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Thank God for electric kettles and English tea. I forgot to brew coffee this morning, and remembered with ten minutes to spare. Electric kettle boils water in under five minutes. Chuck obscene quantity of tea bags in thermos, allow to brew while heading to the subway. Am proper caffeinated for Black Friday retail work.


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I got off the subway at Montgomery station and nobody was there until I walked near Bart's half of the top level. Was most creepy.


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Calm before the storm.

Be ready.


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Rosita the Riveter wrote:
Thank God for electric kettles and English tea. I forgot to brew coffee this morning, and remembered with ten minutes to spare. Electric kettle boils water in under five minutes. Chuck obscene quantity of tea bags in thermos, allow to brew while heading to the subway. Am proper caffeinated for Black Friday retail work.

the nudity will help your sales go through the roof.


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Are you working today, Freehold DM?


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SWEET!!! Gamersgate has Civilization III on sale for $1.25!!! SOLD!!! And I had enough Blue coins saved up to pay for it without spending a penny.


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Wall-o-random-thoughts:

  • Thanksgiving was always wonderful for me until I got into grad school, at which point my father thought that the best possible encouragement he could give me was to say, "Why aren't you working? You're going to flunk out of grad school!" every time I visited. So one year NobodysWife and I stayed home and had turkey burritos. I will forever love my brother for the exchange that occurred at the Thanksgiving table:
    NobodysDad: "It doesn't make any sense. Why would NobodysHome stay home instead of coming here? It's only a 1-hour drive, and he can't be THAT busy."
    NobodysBrother: "Maybe he's going to flunk out of grad school."
    NobodysDad: "..."
    I got a full apology and he never started in again after that one.
  • This year was quite the sad Thanksgiving, going to NobodysWife's mother's and helping her do Thanksgiving for the first time without her husband. Many tears were shed, but it was a Good Thing.
  • I'm neither an avid fan of Black Friday, nor a bitter hater. I prefer to stay at home and pretend it doesn't exist. I just don't see the appeal of, "Wow! I'm going to buy the cheapest Chinese-made knock-off of a decent product because it's 1/10th the price of a decently-made product! And if it only lasts a year, I'll just buy another one!"
    However, NobodysWife needs new jeans and we decided we're going to putter over to San Francisco to go shopping at the Levi's Store. I am actually curious as to what it's like to be out and about on a Black Friday. I hope I do not get trampled.
  • One of the things I *do* look forward to is swinging by the "kitten display" at the downtown Macy's. For those not familiar with San Francisco tradition, the S.F. SPCA does an annual Christmas display in the Macy's store window that consists of adoptable kittens, then has volunteers in front of the windows asking for donations. I was rather depressed last year when I dropped a $20 bill in the pot and the volunteer acted like I'd just given them an endowment. People gather in massive crowds 50-100 strong to see the kittens in their adorable little Christmas-themed shelters, and a $20 donation is a big deal?
    This year should be... interesting. My uncle's final request was that everyone make a donation to one of a number of animal shelters (he was a huge animal lover), so I cut a check for $100 to the S.F. SPCA. No one collected it at the wake, so I've been carrying the stupid thing around for a couple of weeks. I'll see whether I can discreetly drop it in the pot and flee...

  • Anyway, may everyone have the Black Friday they desire, whether it be shopping like a maniac, curling up with a warm cuppa in front of a fire/TV/scenic vista, or whatevs.

    I'm going to do the ultimate diet-killer: Purchase a pair of pants currently too small for me in the hopes of eventually fitting them.

    Wish me luck!

    Shadow Lodge

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    It's a beautiful, sunny, only-slightly-breezy 62* outside. My Black Friday will be spent with the house open and the fans on rather than the heat, at least some time spent out walking to burn off the Thanksgiving gorge, eating leftovers, and working on various projects at home while I enjoy the fact that I don't have to be at work again until Monday.

    And also hoping that this latest bout of insomnia passes before then.


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    You should see all the crap we've had on the shelves for months, which no one bought, then bam! It's thanksgiving and suddenly everyone must have it! Half the time, it isn't even on sale, their kid sees an ad before a cartoon 3 months ago, say "mom, I must have that!" " ask Santa, maybe he'll bring it" then it's forgotten until Christmas when everyone else said the same thing and is looking for it.

    No one likes to hear "we had 10 of them 3 weeks ago".


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    Nobodyshome, have your kids act as a distraction, have them ask a bunch of stupid cat questions while you slip the check into the pot, my wife's dad uses ours for his donation drop off every year (he has a curmudgeonly reputation that must be maintained! :-D)


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    Despite all My Rage: not gonna lie, the title scared me.
    Lance, One Man Pain Train: so did this. Also, I was mentioned! Woo~!


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    Sharoth wrote:
    Are you working today, Freehold DM?

    then second job yes, the main job no.


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    Freehold DM wrote:
    Sharoth wrote:
    Are you working today, Freehold DM?
    then second job yes, the main job no.

    Enjoy your time off from the first job and I hope that your second job goes well.


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    Anyone remember where in S.F. Rosita's Pier 1 job is? And is it Pier 1, or one of its clones?

    I'd love to sneak in and try to shop there and figure out who she is (more fun if you don't figure it out), but considering I forget both the store name and the location I'm probably going to be Epic Fail Man.

    (I figure she's already working, so it's pretty unlikely she can help me out...)


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    I believe it's Costco.


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    captain yesterday wrote:
    I believe it's Costco.

    No; I think it's the "Cost Plus World Market" flagship store... But the "Cost" in the name was key. Thanks!

    EDIT: Ah, found it, in North Beach. That's a heck of a walk from Union Square (over a mile and a half), so unlikely we'll pop in there today. Ah, well, next time we're going to Betelnut...


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    West coast sure does like putting the word "cost" into every store name, huh.

    I bet there's a liquor store called "Cost Less Beer and Spirits. Whereas, in Wisconsin it's just called The Booze Haus.

    Haus is key, you can't trust a business without Haus in the name, or at least it needs a polish, Suisse, or German name name for it.


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    So far the day is off to an interesting start.

    First off, I woke up early to surprised the wife with the Xbox one. Only I didn't know her email or password for her account. So I made breakfast of leftovers and waited. Most days my wife is up at an ungodly hour, saying her arm hurts (carpal tunnel) or she has to go to the bathroom(and hog it forever).

    But not this time.

    No, sleeping beauty slept and slept and slept for hours on end, waking up at minutes to 9. Normally I would not care, but I remember things going wrong with setups before, so i stayed in front of an impatient xbox one tapping controls to keep it from falling asleep.

    She eventually woke up, we muddled though the email address and password guessing game, and then tried to get games going.

    It took forever to find the spot to put in the password for gears of war redemption, and we scratched our head over the poor layout of the Xbox one home page (s). So we got the download only to realize it is nearly fifty gigs of game- it's not downloading any time soon. We thought about starting a movie, but all of our stuff is on- you guessed it- xbox 360, so no movies really. So we shrugged and went ahead with dragon age inquisition, which, to our surprise, ALSO NEEDED TO DOWNLOAD. SO we once again shrugged and played the waiting game. Since it was a disc and not a download, inquisition started a lot faster than gears of war ever did, and I am enjoying the 80s Storm from the X-men character the wife and I made together. It's disturbing how much she looks like my late mother in law....my wife actually screamed in one of the cut scenes...almost exactly like her.

    Silver Crusade

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    Fawesome!

    The character creator for DA:I is pretty sweet. I think it's the best I've seen, but my experience is limited.

    Silver Crusade

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    Company is still here. Introvert tendencies starting to surface. I may have to find somewhere to hide for a couple hours.


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    I do that. :-)


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    Headache getting better, too much exertion yesterday, not enough water.

    To drink, that is, we had more than enough rain.


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    While making snowflakes out of construction paper, Pea Bear found a black piece and made Tiny T-Rex a cliche evil handlebar mustache and pointy goatee.

    Now Tiny T-Rex is calling me "old man" as in "out of the way, old man" or "get me some milk, old man".

    We'll see how long I let that continue.


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    The fall from Cool Hip Dad to "Old Man" is so sudden, you never even see it coming.


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    captain yesterday wrote:
    The fall from Cool Hip Dad to "Old Man" is so sudden, you never even see it coming.

    I know Old Man Yesterday.


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    Celestial Healer wrote:
    Company is still here. Introvert tendencies starting to surface. I may have to find somewhere to hide for a couple hours.

    This is when dogs come in handy. "I need to walk Fido. Back tomorrow."


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    Celestial Healer wrote:

    Fawesome!

    The character creator for DA:I is pretty sweet. I think it's the best I've seen, but my experience is limited.

    I don't think it's the best, although it is detail oriented. I think it gives you enough to let you make what you want without going into artiste category.

    Then again, I can't draw to save my life- maybe some of the old bitterness is coming back.

    Silver Crusade

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    Treppa wrote:
    Celestial Healer wrote:
    Company is still here. Introvert tendencies starting to surface. I may have to find somewhere to hide for a couple hours.
    This is when dogs come in handy. "I need to walk Fido. Back tomorrow."

    Unless you're the host.

    I should have lied and said I had to work today.


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    Celestial Healer wrote:
    Treppa wrote:
    Celestial Healer wrote:
    Company is still here. Introvert tendencies starting to surface. I may have to find somewhere to hide for a couple hours.
    This is when dogs come in handy. "I need to walk Fido. Back tomorrow."

    Unless you're the host.

    I should have lied and said I had to work today.

    Can someone from your office *cough*Freehold*cough* call and say they need you to come in for a couple hours?


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    Sharoth wrote:
    captain yesterday wrote:
    The fall from Cool Hip Dad to "Old Man" is so sudden, you never even see it coming.
    I know Old Man Yesterday.

    Who let you on my lawn, Dangnabbit! Why do I even pay taxes!


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    Stap me vitals, sirrah, it's all been downhill since bustles went out of fashion. You mark my words, it's the thin end of the bottom, er, wedge.


    Ye Olde Timey Captain Yesterday wrote:
    Sharoth wrote:
    captain yesterday wrote:
    The fall from Cool Hip Dad to "Old Man" is so sudden, you never even see it coming.
    I know Old Man Yesterday.
    Who let you on my lawn, Dangnabbit! Why do I even pay taxes!

    Air eh namblies done wit me wee men?!

    Grand Lodge

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    One of them is looking for ya, old man.


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    OK, I've "kind of" done the Black Friday thing now. Admittedly, not leaving the house 'til after noon meant the freeways were empty, but it was pretty amazing crossing Market Street and seeing a sea of people far greater than either the Christmas season or rush hour can compete with.

    But...

    ...we bought a few Levis for us and some clothes for the kids, never stood in line more than 10 minutes, were told we were getting 40-50% off, and, whatever...

    Just seemed like an unusually busy shopping day with an unusual number of stores having sales.

    Meh. My opinion hasn't changed. Black Friday. Could take it or leave it. Not particularly swayed by it.


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    Xenthya, Nuzlocke Trainer wrote:
    Xenthya, Nuzlocke Trainer wrote:
    Xenthya, Nuzlocke Trainer wrote:
    Xenthya, Nuzlocke Trainer wrote:
    Situation Normal

    Mortar and Pestle

    Time to trim the pyramid again =)

    Despite All My Rage
    Lance the Dragon Master, One-Man Pain Train

    Rocket Science


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    lynora wrote:
    David M Mallon wrote:
    Thanksgiving dinner with my folks, my aunt, and my Irish grandparents. Lots of awkward pauses, talking about death, complaining of various aches and pains, and stories about second and third cousins. At least my mother hasn't given me the "make sure I get cremated after I die so you can take all of my gold teeth" speech yet, so that's good.
    That sounds a lot like my last familial visit. And only because I'm getting better at not engaging when they try to start the drama. And this is why they've been limited to no more than two visits per year and never at thanksgiving. I can't cut it down any more than that without moving out of state. :)

    It's rarely dramatic-- more like an episode of a really boring sitcom. There's little bad blood in my family, but plenty of weird blood. My aunt has been compiling a list of snippets of conversations with my grandparents, and is planning to release them as a book titled "Strange Old People."

    lynora wrote:
    Are you sure we're not related? :P

    I have a second cousin that shares a last name, but he's not blood related.


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    TriOmegaZero wrote:
    One of them is looking for ya, old man.

    Dafawg?


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    Best night of work yet!!

    Simon and Simon lady got taken to the woodshed for arguing semantics with one of the managers.

    The rest of the newbies are losing it, of course considering it's been open non stop since 5 last night they're hitting the bottom of the barrel. Pretty much only 3 competent people working on the floor tonight.


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    I almost feel bad for getting paid for working tonight, almost.


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    Why? Because you enjoy the pain and suffering of your coworkers?


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    When it's self inflicted and completely avoidable and not the product of a manager being an a~#!!@&.

    Then yes, yes I do.


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    Wow!

    FaWtL was wiped out.

    Edit: tired I mean. :-)


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    All the FaWTLies treat the tryptophan in turkey as drow sleep poison. Or a Jigglypuff song.


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    Sleep. Sleep, (Yesterday's) Data, sleep.


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    Linzer cookies are not at all what I thought they were. They are even more amazing.


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    The General made Cream Puffs this morning (she made the puffs yesterday).

    Rampaging through New Vegas right now.


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    Treppa wrote:
    Linzer cookies are not at all what I thought they were. They are even more amazing.

    {channeling Iron Butterfly:} ♪ ♫ "Ina-Garten's-Da-Eating, Uh Huh" ♪ ♫


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    captain yesterday wrote:

    The General made Cream Puffs this morning (she made the puffs yesterday).

    Rampaging through New Vegas right now.

    Creeeaaaaaaaaaammmmmmmmmm Puuuuuuuuuffttttssssss...


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    New avatar, too cartoony, even for me?

    Not sure if it's really working for me, they need new avatars!

    Maybe I'll go back to Anubis.


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    I work from 3:55 (technically 3:45) until midnight tonight, and it's the last night for sales for stuff we're sold out of.

    People are going to be surly tonight.

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