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Being that blind to the needs and functioning of your child means you are an acute danger to your child. What is worse, many of these kids have TWO of these parents.

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LordSynos wrote:
I find they're just as good as the brand stuff, for the most part.

Definitely agreed, yeah.

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Freehold DM wrote:
LordSynos wrote:
Despite living in a family house in a residential area, we just don't get trick or treaters here. Halloween is more an adult's drinking holiday than a kid's holiday. Then again, that feels like every holiday here.
unfortunate. Nothing for the kids at all?

It apparently depends on the neighbourhood. I mentioned it to a friend since, they get a few trick or treaters still. The kids still go fancy dress to school for a day or two. I may have been just a bit too cynical posting that.


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Freehold DM wrote:
Aranna wrote:
Europe? I think I have that campaign setting here somewhere...
you mean every setting that isn't dark sun or spelljammer?

You forgot Al-Qadim :-)


Aldi's is aggravating. I love the low prices but it's a crap shoot if the particular item will taste good or be nasty. So I try a wide variety of the odd name brands and figure out the hard way which ones are tasty and which are nasty. Yay! Right? Nope... Aldi's consistently discontinues the ones I like while overstocking the nasty ones. Eventually I got tired of the games and started shopping at Meijer instead.


captain yesterday wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Aranna wrote:
Europe? I think I have that campaign setting here somewhere...
you mean every setting that isn't dark sun or spelljammer?
You forgot Al-Qadim :-)

He means Greyhawk or Mystara.


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We live on the edge of a well to do neighborhood so we don't get hardly any trick or treating, everyone hits the top of the hill instead.

Truth be told, if I'm not out trick or treating with my kids I don't bother with it.


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Aranna wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Aranna wrote:
Europe? I think I have that campaign setting here somewhere...
you mean every setting that isn't dark sun or spelljammer?
You forgot Al-Qadim :-)
He means Greyhawk or Mystara.

I meant a setting not based on Europe :-)

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Aranna wrote:

Aldi's is aggravating. I love the low prices but it's a crap shoot if the particular item will taste good or be nasty. So I try a wide variety of the odd name brands and figure out the hard way which ones are tasty and which are nasty. Yay! Right? Nope... Aldi's consistently discontinues the ones I like while overstocking the nasty ones. Eventually I got tired of the games and started shopping at Meijer instead.

Thankfully I haven't had this problem with the one by where I live.


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Aranna wrote:

Aldi's is aggravating. I love the low prices but it's a crap shoot if the particular item will taste good or be nasty. So I try a wide variety of the odd name brands and figure out the hard way which ones are tasty and which are nasty. Yay! Right? Nope... Aldi's consistently discontinues the ones I like while overstocking the nasty ones. Eventually I got tired of the games and started shopping at Meijer instead.

I refuse to shop at Aldi's, too many unidentifiable objects or dead insects have been found with food from there, I'm poor but I have standards damn it.

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captain yesterday wrote:
Aranna wrote:

Aldi's is aggravating. I love the low prices but it's a crap shoot if the particular item will taste good or be nasty. So I try a wide variety of the odd name brands and figure out the hard way which ones are tasty and which are nasty. Yay! Right? Nope... Aldi's consistently discontinues the ones I like while overstocking the nasty ones. Eventually I got tired of the games and started shopping at Meijer instead.

I refuse to shop at Aldi's, too many unidentifiable objects or dead insects have been found with food from there, I'm poor but I have standards damn it.

O_o

Thankfully I have also not had THIS problem with the one near me.


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Yeah it's really gross when you reach in a bin to grab something and there's some weird spider or centipede husk on it.

Edit: In fairness, that was 15+ years ago, my boycotts are generally for life.


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Freehold DM wrote:
Sissyl wrote:

What is truly, awesomely scary about autism is that the anti-vacc parents don't manage to see the disorder before the kids are more than four years old

I understand that mild forms may be hard to distinguish... But the rest??? Those are kids who do not talk, or interact, or only do one thing, or act very strangely. How does one not understand that before they are four?

some people can be blind to such things in their children.

It's often much more complicated than that. Even if the parent knows that there is something wrong or off about their child, the doctors will swear to you that they are within normal parameters or that it's only a mild delay and they will catch up. They make you feel like you're being overprotective and a wee bit crazy to boot. So when you finally make it through to an autism diagnosis, you have some predictable responses. You have the see I told you camp. And then you have the confused but angry camp who are like but if junior was fine last month and now he is autistic, it must have been something that happened in the last month. And then they jump to the wrong conclusions because they need a narrative to make sense of this. I believe that we would see a lot less of this if the diagnostic process for autism were less antagonistic than it currently is and parents' concerns were not so frequently dismissed. It wouldn't go away altogether because yeah some people just can't see that their kids are different than other kids. But that's so far from the whole story with the system as it is now.


captain yesterday wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Aranna wrote:
Europe? I think I have that campaign setting here somewhere...
you mean every setting that isn't dark sun or spelljammer?
You forgot Al-Qadim :-)

hmmm..not sure if that counts. Wasn't that an add on to forgotten realms?


captain yesterday wrote:
Aranna wrote:

Aldi's is aggravating. I love the low prices but it's a crap shoot if the particular item will taste good or be nasty. So I try a wide variety of the odd name brands and figure out the hard way which ones are tasty and which are nasty. Yay! Right? Nope... Aldi's consistently discontinues the ones I like while overstocking the nasty ones. Eventually I got tired of the games and started shopping at Meijer instead.

I refuse to shop at Aldi's, too many unidentifiable objects or dead insects have been found with food from there, I'm poor but I have standards damn it.

hm. I haven't encountered this in the aldis near me. Still the one in Vermont(first one I went to) seemed a bit sketchy. Lots of parents with a host of children seemed to gravitate to the place, everyone looking a bit...wooly.


Orthos wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
Aranna wrote:

Aldi's is aggravating. I love the low prices but it's a crap shoot if the particular item will taste good or be nasty. So I try a wide variety of the odd name brands and figure out the hard way which ones are tasty and which are nasty. Yay! Right? Nope... Aldi's consistently discontinues the ones I like while overstocking the nasty ones. Eventually I got tired of the games and started shopping at Meijer instead.

I refuse to shop at Aldi's, too many unidentifiable objects or dead insects have been found with food from there, I'm poor but I have standards damn it.

O_o

Thankfully I have also not had THIS problem with the one near me.

Ewwww... Yeah no there weren't any bugs in the ... no wait there was one product Scalloped potatoes that was always infested with some manner of little larva. But the rest of their stuff was bug free at mine.

No mine suffered from corporate stupidity. They placed ALL the products under one bar code; premium spaghetti sauce for example had three varieties which all scanned the same. Only one of those three was tasty the other two were nasty. So people would buy up all the good stuff and leave the nasty stuff. When Adli restocked they would buy all three leading to overstock of the two nasty ones while the good stuff became harder and harder to find. Seeing sales drop off corporate would just then discontinue all three and replace them with some other rebranded stuff to start the cycle all over again.


captain yesterday wrote:
Aranna wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Aranna wrote:
Europe? I think I have that campaign setting here somewhere...
you mean every setting that isn't dark sun or spelljammer?
You forgot Al-Qadim :-)
He means Greyhawk or Mystara.
I meant a setting not based on Europe :-)

Silly I was saying that is what Freehold meant.


lynora wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Sissyl wrote:

What is truly, awesomely scary about autism is that the anti-vacc parents don't manage to see the disorder before the kids are more than four years old

I understand that mild forms may be hard to distinguish... But the rest??? Those are kids who do not talk, or interact, or only do one thing, or act very strangely. How does one not understand that before they are four?

some people can be blind to such things in their children.
It's often much more complicated than that. Even if the parent knows that there is something wrong or off about their child, the doctors will swear to you that they are within normal parameters or that it's only a mild delay and they will catch up. They make you feel like you're being overprotective and a wee bit crazy to boot. So when you finally make it through to an autism diagnosis, you have some predictable responses. You have the see I told you camp. And then you have the confused but angry camp who are like but if junior was fine last month and now he is autistic, it must have been something that happened in the last month. And then they jump to the wrong conclusions because they need a narrative to make sense of this. I believe that we would see a lot less of this if the diagnostic process for autism were less antagonistic than it currently is and parents' concerns were not so frequently dismissed. It wouldn't go away altogether because yeah some people just can't see that their kids are different than other kids. But that's so far from the whole story with the system as it is now.

deep. Well stated to boot.


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It is, I guess it shouldn't count.

On the plus side I now want to hit all the major used bookstores in Madison looking for first and second edition campaign settings and Shadowrun books this weekend.


captain yesterday wrote:

It is, I guess it shouldn't count.

On the plus side I now want to hit all the major used bookstores in Madison looking for first and second edition campaign settings and Shadowrun books this weekend.

I love early edition shadowrun. I don't hate the new stuff, but the series suffered when it decided to follow modern technology and one up on it.


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Hell yeah!


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And we finally have an update:

NobodysHome's Self-Improvement Journey:

  • Days without alcohol: 149
  • Days of dieting: 27
  • Current weight: 194.2 (Best since February of 2012)
  • Weight lost so far: 8.6 pounds
  • Weight to go: 29.2 pounds
  • Total days of fasting: 0
  • Thoughts and musings:
    After over 140 days alcohol-free, the cravings are finally gone. I do find myself occasionally thinking about having a drink, but it's far more in the nature of, "You know, a gin and tonic would be nice right now," than, "I really need a drink to deal with this stress/discomfort/whatever." I'm happy about that. I consider the alcohol war "won", but I'm not abandoning my decision not to have another drink until at least my 50th birthday. As I've learned many times, quitting is hard, and relapsing is frighteningly easy.

    The diet so far has been far more brutal. The first couple of weeks were the usual, "Oh, you're going to diet again? OK. Here's 5 pounds. Now start eating normally again, you!" After that it really boils down to 1-2 very carefully considered meals a day, and if I'm going out to a restaurant, that's pretty much all I get to eat for the day. On the other hand, I've managed to avoid any fasting so far and I'm still on schedule after 4 weeks, so so far, so good. But seriously. One night we went out with friends, and I made the mistake of ordering garlic fries for the table. I wolfed down maybe 1/3 of them to go with my lettuce wrap and iced tea, and the next day was so fearful of ending up behind schedule that I had a grand total of a small bowl of cereal, two chicken strips, and two dark chocolate peanut butter cups. (Curse you, Trader Joe's!) Not exactly a feast.
    But it did keep me on schedule, so so far no famines... yet...

    And I think that's the real key to THIS diet. All of the other diets I set up a schedule, started trying to eat well, slowly lost 5-10 pounds, then started falling behind schedule. And the consequences were... nothing much. I would say, "Well, I can't exactly starve, so what else am I supposed to do?" After a month or two of refactoring the schedule to try to fit it in to my non-weight-loss, I'd give up.
    This time, I'm willing to starve, and after my battle with alcohol I know I've got the staying power to do it. And that makes ALL the difference in my eating choices...


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    NobodysHome wrote:

    And we finally have an update:

    ** spoiler omitted **...

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    Silver Crusade

    I'm feeling better this morning, but still really weak.


    Orthos wrote:
    Drejk wrote:
    Orthos wrote:
    I also tend to get my Halloween candy from Aldi. Much cheaper, and the chocolate bars are larger, which I imagine makes the kids happy. Sure the brands are weird and unfamiliar (and, if Thursday Next is to be trusted, potentially the products of an alternate timeline reality)
    That mythic land of Europe?
    Funny enough, the books are set in Britain, so apparently even European Aldi branches still manage to end up with brands that are unfamiliar to the locals. Or at least enough to be something of a stereotype.

    Aldi seems to sell mostly German products here. *checks a bag of spiced cookies lying on printer*

    Yup, German.


    Celestial Healer wrote:
    I'm feeling better this morning, but still really weak.

    what culinary delights are in the area? They may give you much needed protein.


    Freehold DM wrote:
    captain yesterday wrote:
    Freehold DM wrote:
    Aranna wrote:
    Europe? I think I have that campaign setting here somewhere...
    you mean every setting that isn't dark sun or spelljammer?
    You forgot Al-Qadim :-)
    hmmm..not sure if that counts. Wasn't that an add on to forgotten realms?

    They glued it to FR due to FR's popularity. The same happened to Kara Tur.


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    Take it easy, CH. I was horrified in biology class to find that viruses actually block the critical chemical reactions in our cells to give us energy. So you don't just feel weak, you are truly out of gas until your immune system mounts a defense. This frightens me.


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    Freehold DM wrote:
    Celestial Healer wrote:
    I'm feeling better this morning, but still really weak.
    what culinary delights are in the area? They may give you much needed protein.

    Yes, a time-honored tradition in our family is, "If you're sick, you get whatever food you crave."

    Theory 1: Your body will crave what it needs.
    Theory 2: Your body is an idiot, and will crave whatever it can get away with.

    Either way, it'll make you feel better, so there you go...


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    Treppa wrote:
    Take it easy, CH. I was horrified in biology class to find that viruses actually block the critical chemical reactions in our cells to give us energy. So you don't just feel weak, you are truly out of gas until your immune system mounts a defense. This frightens me.

    Biology classes do that to you. My mother was an immunologist, and learned all about food-borne parasites.

    So our dinners were always cooked at at least 425 degrees for at least 25 minutes. Even 1/4" pork chops or thin salmon steaks.

    Is it any wonder I learned to cook for myself by the time I was 11?

    (For those wondering from previous posts, the timeline was: At 10 I helped my grandmother with simple stuff like opening cans, fetching ingredients, and chopping. At 11 I was cooking everything, but she still planned the menu and shopping. At 12 I was in charge of it all. Bwoo hoo hoo haa haa haa!)


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    "Starve a cold, feed the flu" my Grandma always said

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    There's a reason I don't eat any meat anything less than medium well.


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    Raw Meat diets are popular in the Northwoods, it's f~*#ed up.


    Drejk wrote:
    Freehold DM wrote:
    captain yesterday wrote:
    Freehold DM wrote:
    Aranna wrote:
    Europe? I think I have that campaign setting here somewhere...
    you mean every setting that isn't dark sun or spelljammer?
    You forgot Al-Qadim :-)
    hmmm..not sure if that counts. Wasn't that an add on to forgotten realms?
    They glued it to FR due to FR's popularity. The same happened to Kara Tur.

    More proof of the perfidity of Forgotten Realms.


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    Treppa wrote:
    Take it easy, CH. I was horrified in biology class to find that viruses actually block the critical chemical reactions in our cells to give us energy. So you don't just feel weak, you are truly out of gas until your immune system mounts a defense. This frightens me.

    Great. Now I can't stop picturing a bunch of tiny CHs in military uniforms, mounting a fighting withdrawl(not retreat) from hideous, gibbering diseases in some kind of chibi first person shooter video game.

    Silver Crusade

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    NobodysHome wrote:

    And we finally have an update:

    ** spoiler omitted **...

    I have spoken to some recovering alcoholics and they say even 20 years later that one must remain vigilant. They say the cravings get subtle and sly. I call this at least in my case the "Cold beer on a warm day syndrome".


    Tin Foil Yamakah wrote:
    NobodysHome wrote:

    And we finally have an update:

    ** spoiler omitted **...

    I have spoken to some recovering alcoholics and they say even 20 years later that one must remain vigilant. They say the cravings get subtle and sly. I call this at least in my case the "Cold beer on a warm day syndrome".

    Indeed.

    Professionally speaking, there remains a divide between the teetotalers and the moderates. Both sides present evidence that their way is the way to go. And this is without getting into the occasionally ugly religious fights that break out from time to time. In the end, only you know what's best for you, NH. If that means being teetotal, then it's O'Doul's time, not Miller Time.


    Freehold DM wrote:
    Drejk wrote:
    Freehold DM wrote:
    captain yesterday wrote:
    Freehold DM wrote:
    Aranna wrote:
    Europe? I think I have that campaign setting here somewhere...
    you mean every setting that isn't dark sun or spelljammer?
    You forgot Al-Qadim :-)
    hmmm..not sure if that counts. Wasn't that an add on to forgotten realms?
    They glued it to FR due to FR's popularity. The same happened to Kara Tur.
    More proof of the perfidity of Forgotten Realms.

    More of bad marketing. Attaching not exactly fitting (but great on their own) settings to another setting because that setting is hot sale now? It's not fault of FR it's fault of designers people deciding to attach those settings.


    O'Doul's!!

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    Not even the designers as much as the marketing department.


    Drejk wrote:
    Freehold DM wrote:
    Drejk wrote:
    Freehold DM wrote:
    captain yesterday wrote:
    Freehold DM wrote:
    Aranna wrote:
    Europe? I think I have that campaign setting here somewhere...
    you mean every setting that isn't dark sun or spelljammer?
    You forgot Al-Qadim :-)
    hmmm..not sure if that counts. Wasn't that an add on to forgotten realms?
    They glued it to FR due to FR's popularity. The same happened to Kara Tur.
    More proof of the perfidity of Forgotten Realms.
    More of bad marketing. Attaching not exactly fitting (but great on their own) settings to another setting because that setting is hot sale now? It's not fault of FR it's fault of designers.

    Pah! Other settings should not exist solely to be food for Forgotten Realms!


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    Freehold DM wrote:
    Drejk wrote:
    Freehold DM wrote:
    Drejk wrote:
    Freehold DM wrote:
    captain yesterday wrote:
    Freehold DM wrote:
    Aranna wrote:
    Europe? I think I have that campaign setting here somewhere...
    you mean every setting that isn't dark sun or spelljammer?
    You forgot Al-Qadim :-)
    hmmm..not sure if that counts. Wasn't that an add on to forgotten realms?
    They glued it to FR due to FR's popularity. The same happened to Kara Tur.
    More proof of the perfidity of Forgotten Realms.
    More of bad marketing. Attaching not exactly fitting (but great on their own) settings to another setting because that setting is hot sale now? It's not fault of FR it's fault of designers.
    Pah! Other settings should not exist solely to be food for Forgotten Realms!

    *cannibalizes pieces of Golarion to fit into Faerun*

    Shadow Lodge

    You jest but a couple people on our server have done exactly that. Mostly saying "I want to worship this Golarion deity so we'll write them in as aspects/alternate interpretations/etc. of this Faerun god".


    Drejk wrote:
    Freehold DM wrote:
    Drejk wrote:
    Freehold DM wrote:
    Drejk wrote:
    Freehold DM wrote:
    captain yesterday wrote:
    Freehold DM wrote:
    Aranna wrote:
    Europe? I think I have that campaign setting here somewhere...
    you mean every setting that isn't dark sun or spelljammer?
    You forgot Al-Qadim :-)
    hmmm..not sure if that counts. Wasn't that an add on to forgotten realms?
    They glued it to FR due to FR's popularity. The same happened to Kara Tur.
    More proof of the perfidity of Forgotten Realms.
    More of bad marketing. Attaching not exactly fitting (but great on their own) settings to another setting because that setting is hot sale now? It's not fault of FR it's fault of designers.
    Pah! Other settings should not exist solely to be food for Forgotten Realms!
    *cannibalizes pieces of Golarion to fit into Faerun*

    Freedom for all campaign settings! Down with Forgotten Realms!

    Slashes at Forgotten Realms belly to free other campaign settings

    Scarab Sages

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    Mwahahahah! You fool! Slashing at the ooze only creates copies!


    Google, Demon Queen of Spiders wrote:
    Mwahahahah! You fool! Slashing at the ooze only creates copies!

    then the time has come to watch FORGOTTEN REALMS BURN!!! soaks campaign setting in oil, tosses a burning brand onto it, walks away from immolative explosion in slow motion, sheds tear for the true campaign settings that could not be freed

    Scarab Sages

    Ah, lovely fire of consumption that heals the hungry beast.


    Google, Demon Queen of Spiders wrote:
    Ah, lovely fire of consumption that heals the hungry beast.

    makes forgotten realms too healthy, kills it with common cold, puts a hankie on Drizzt and Elminster's decaying bodies

    You seem to have caught a chill.

    walks away in slow motion

    Scarab Sages

    *points at title* Demon. You know, immune to silly things like diseases.

    You're really bad at this 'knowing when you're beaten' thing, aren't you?


    Google, Demon Queen of Spiders wrote:

    *points at title* Demon. You know, immune to silly things like diseases.

    You're really bad at this 'knowing when you're beaten' thing, aren't you?

    I'm trying to kill forgotten realms, not YOU. Silly demon.

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