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Tequila Sunrise wrote:

I find malls dull at the best of times, and overstimulating at the worst.

But then, I've never been a window- nor a spree-shopper.

Sunday is Valentine's Day, there are certain kinds of stores there that cater to my needs to at least keep up a facade of classiness.. :-)

Edit: see, classy.


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NobodysHome wrote:

Speaking of Florida...

** spoiler omitted **...
I'll check it out if I can.

Just keep in mind that I'm old. This was back in 2001-2002. Who knows whether it's still around...

Apparently Google does... I know those red stools! And there are even reviews.

Doesn't sound much like a gay bar any more, and there are no steaks on the menu at all (BOO!) but that's definitely the place.

TL? Road trip?

But... but... no steaks... :(

More seriously, I tend to avoid any place that flaunts its "target" orientation, no matter what that orientation is, and a strong alcohol smells tends to make me dizzy and headachy... but if those things are avoidable, and it's FaWtLians, than I'm game*!

* Certain limitations and restrictions apply. Check local times for availability. Call ahead (practically) required**.

** It's reeeaaaally hard to get me out of my house/away from my family without a pretty big organized event before-hand. I love my family! XD

Tequila Sunrise wrote:

I find malls dull at the best of times, and overstimulating at the worst.

But then, I've never been a window- nor a spree-shopper.

I used to love them for three reasons:

1) It was an information source. I was able to glean hints about all the trends and crazes that I, personally, never cared about, but that all my friends loved.
2) Food courts. They're basically the best.
3) Book stores. If a mall lacks book stores, it is* dead to me. (Yes, this even supersedes the Food Courts, hard as that may be to believe.)

* (usually, practically)

Otherwise, yeah, I tend to agree. Especially now, when I can go to dedicated bookstores, then drive to wherever I want. When I go out with my kids, however (rare as that actually is), it might prove pretty handy if I don't have to pack them up and move them out again...


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captain yesterday wrote:
Well, you see, we dated, broke up, were just friends, dated again, lived together, got married...
Tequila Sunrise wrote:
...Ross Geller?
captain yesterday wrote:
Who now?

No-no, Tequila, he's Shreddie Vedder!

Let's all be Friendsly and get to know each other better, alright?

captain yesterday wrote:
Edit: see, classy.

I didn't want to see that kind of classy! Too much classy!


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captain yesterday wrote:
Who now?

Oh, just a Long Island jew I used to know.

Thanks for the reminder, it's my first V-day with the gf. :)

Is there such a thing as too much chocolate? That was her Xmas gift...

Tacticslion wrote:

2) Food courts. They're basically the best.

3) Book stores. If a mall lacks book stores, it is* dead to me. (Yes, this even supersedes the Food Courts, hard as that may be to believe.)

You have (had?) a point. Food and books are two of my favoritest things. :)


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Darn it Tac keep up, I'm not Brad Pitt. Not not Eddie Vedder... honestly, I'm starting to have trouble keep up with all the people I've been compared to... is it too late to go with Weird Al. :-)


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They've eliminated all book and video game stores from our Mall, it's pretty much just Victoria's Secret, Apple Store, Build-A-Bear, and gang turf.

I avoid it at all costs.


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It's easier if i leave an outdated photo from when my currently four year old son was a baby.


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Here's my dad.
Joe, the Snowman, he didn't last long, but he was the first one the kids built completely by themselves.
The General (my wife)
F%%*ing snow

edit: i actually just added a mess of new pictures. :-)


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Xenthya, Nuzlocke Trainer wrote:
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The Long Way Around

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Not dead yet! Just lacking in time for posting up long screenshot-laden posts like this. Now that January overtime is over, should see more activity from here.

The North Wind Howls


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I swear. This woman complaining about the massive line and only two cashiers at Safeway is significantly more annoying than the massive line and only two cashiers at Safeway.


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captain yesterday wrote:

Here's my dad.

Joe, the Snowman, he didn't last long, but he was the first one the kids built completely by themselves.
The General (my wife)
F!$@ing snow

edit: i actually just added a mess of new pictures. :-)

your wife looks cool. The snow is hot!


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Yeah, I'll have to look for more snow pictures, but we haven't gotten much in the last few years. Just cold, cold, and a little snow, if we had more snow I'd complain a whole lot less. :-)


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I do not think the spammers know what Casanova really means, unless they're way more progressive then I give them credit for.

Liberty's Edge

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Spam spam spam spam, spam spam spam spam....


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Hazgarr the Dwarven Pirate wrote:
Spam spam spam spam, spam spam spam spam....

And here I was expecting something else...


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PONYCOOOOOOOON!


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Equestranauts unite!!


And now...

... steak.

(In the oven.)

Step 1: 450 degrees (F) EDIT: or maybe "Hi" Broil?
Step 2: Broiling pan lined with foil
Step 3: Lined-broiling pan with soda or sweet tea in it
Step 4: Preheat broiling pan
Step 5: Set steak on broiling pan*
Step 6: Heat for four-to-six three-to-five minutes per side
Step 7: ???
Step 8: Profit!

Cooking folk in FAWTL, am I doing this wrong?

You've got, like, 15 minutes to tell me.

* (waffling between just placed there, or wrapped in foil[+]soda-or-tea)

EDIT 2: Updated to reflect some hurried advice/clarity I got from my mom, though she was a tad distracted at the time (as I called while she was elsewhere doing something).


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Tea/soda-marinated steak? How does that taste? O_o It's certainly not something I would have thought to do, but if it's good, I'll give it a shot.

I mean, I'm going to be marinating burgers in a garlic-based sauce when I get home in a couple hours, so I'm certainly no stranger to unusual flavor combinations. I've just never considered this particular one.


Orthos wrote:

Tea/soda-marinated steak? How does that taste? O_o It's certainly not something I would have thought to do, but if it's good, I'll give it a shot.

I mean, I'm going to be marinating burgers in a garlic-based sauce when I get home in a couple hours, so I'm certainly no stranger to unusual flavor combinations. I've just never considered this particular one.

Dunno. That's why I was curious about it. My dad used to do something vaguely quasi-similar on the grill^, and I loved it... but this isn't a grill, sooooo... *shrug*

^ According to my memory, anyway.


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Meat can be marinated with anything.

I need to do more cooking, i got in a rut of breakfasts, lunches, and dishes. by the time supper rolls around, I'm usually so tired of the kitchen, the general takes care of it (i walk the dog, which is it's own trial of fortitude, at least in winter) but yeah, need to work on that. :-)


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Tacticslion wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
Well, you see, we dated, broke up, were just friends, dated again, lived together, got married...
Tequila Sunrise wrote:
...Ross Geller?
captain yesterday wrote:
Who now?

No-no, Tequila, he's Shreddie Vedder!

Let's all be Friendsly and get to know each other better, alright?

captain yesterday wrote:
Edit: see, classy.
I didn't want to see that kind of classy! Too much classy!

I've never seen Friends. i of course know of it, but never watched it.


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captain yesterday wrote:
Meat can be marinated with anything.

While this is 100% true... there is a VAST difference between "can be" and "should be" ;)


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Freehold DM wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:

Here's my dad.

Joe, the Snowman, he didn't last long, but he was the first one the kids built completely by themselves.
The General (my wife)
F!$@ing snow

edit: i actually just added a mess of new pictures. :-)

your wife looks cool. The snow is hot!

Shouldn't it be the other way?


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Orthos wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
Meat can be marinated with anything.
While this is 100% true... there is a VAST difference between "can be" and "should be" ;)

A nice chili rub works wonders.


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captain yesterday wrote:
It's easier if i leave an outdated photo from when my currently four year old son was a baby.

Now I want to listen to Pearl Jam on YT...


And now...

... conclusions.

(Of steak. In the oven.)

Tacticslion wrote:

And now...

... steak.

(In the oven.)

Step 1: 450 degrees (F) EDIT: or maybe "Hi" Broil?
Step 2: Broiling pan lined with foil
Step 3: Lined-broiling pan with soda or sweet tea in it
Step 4: Preheat broiling pan
Step 5: Set steak on broiling pan*
Step 6: Heat for four-to-six three-to-five minutes per side
Step 7: ???
Step 8: Profit!

Cooking folk in FAWTL, am I doing this wrong?

You've got, like, 15 minutes to tell me.

* (waffling between just placed there, or wrapped in foil[+]soda-or-tea)

EDIT 2: Updated to reflect some hurried advice/clarity I got from my mom, though she was a tad distracted at the time (as I called while she was elsewhere doing something).

This worked pretty well.

What I actually ended up doing was a bit different, since I hadn't really let the time I needed to marinate first, and even though it had been in the fridge overnight, it still felt extremely cold (though probably not frozen) in a few different places.

So anyway, warm water in the sink helped it "thaw" more a tad (though indirect - I'm not pouring water on the meat), though I limited that to something like a minute. I put the broil on 'Hi' for a while before starting (about 20 minutes over all) and warmed the broil pan for about 5-7 minutes before putting the steak on it.

During that time, I put sea salt/garlic salt/garlic powder (a bit of each that added up to a fair amount, though not overwhelming), onion powder, and basil seasoning, and I massaged it in. My left hand really ached from the cold. I made sure to put it on one side, massage as much as possible; flip and repeat (getting the sides and any cracks with each pass-through).

I put the steak on the warmed broil pan.

The meat was thicker than I thought when looking at it in the package... definitely a cause for slower warm up.

The cooking times were off as a result.

I put it on for three minutes and it looked good on the outside, then flipped it, and did so again. It was still raw on the inside - not rare, but actually uncooked. Ranging from five-to-six minutes more with a few pull-and-checks in between flips (I really tried to limit the flipping, but I also really didn't want to just blacken one side entirely).

Toward the end, when the inside of the main part was finally "rare" temperature, I added some Coca-Cola to the thing and put it in for a few more minutes. This enabled the middle to get up to medium, at which point I ended it. It was left with a puddle of liquid where the soda was pooled previously (though it didn't look like soda anymore...), and let it cool. I ate the edge - the part that, by now, was well-done and dry, but dipping it in the liquid in the middle was great and added great moisture and flavor right back into that puppy.

Aaaannnd... that's it. Thanks, FAWTL! :D


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I can attest that Coke poured in eggs mid-scramble (like a couple spoonfuls, maybe half a can - nowhere near a can) is pretty darn tasty. My former roommate taught me that. Apparently it's all the rage in Colombia, where they use Coke for everything.


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I wonder why...


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I bet Blue Oyster Cult never imagined that their music would be used to soundtrack pyjama repair- BUT NOW IT HAS! Buck Dharma must be thrilled.

I made egg fried rice a little while ago, which was very nice. I also suspended a curtain ring from the ceiling and tried to stab it, without much success.

Could have gone to sparring, but didn't fancy a three-hour round trip on a Saturday night.

Captain, what's the General wielding in that photo?


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Limeylongears wrote:

I bet Blue Oyster Cult never imagined that their music would be used to soundtrack pyjama repair- BUT NOW IT HAS! Buck Dharma must be thrilled.

I made egg fried rice a little while ago, which was very nice. I also suspended a curtain ring from the ceiling and tried to stab it, without much success.

Could have gone to sparring, but didn't fancy a three-hour round trip on a Saturday night.

Captain, what's the General wielding in that photo?

She is wielding a Beagle, on the trail of something, from last fall.

Your day sounds productive and fun, think i might tape some s~&% to the ceiling a stab at it with something, nothing formal tho. :-)


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I JUST GOT MAUD PIES AUTOGRAPH AFTER WAITING FOR A YEAR TO MEET HER AGAIN


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I AM FREAKING OUT


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ONE HOUR TO DEALER ROOM CLOSING


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Xenthya, Nuzlocke Trainer wrote:
Xenthya, Nuzlocke Trainer wrote:
Xenthya, Nuzlocke Trainer wrote:
The Long Way Around

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Not dead yet! Just lacking in time for posting up long screenshot-laden posts like this. Now that January overtime is over, should see more activity from here.

The North Wind Howls

Under the Ice


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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a good movie, I highly recommend it.

Love Mos Def as Ford Prefect, also Alan Rickman as Marvin and I forget who plays Zaphod Beeblebrox, great casting, and very faithful to the story, at least so far, didn't finish it yet.


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They changed a lot of the ending, but it's not terrible. I was amused by it and the casting has permanently colored my mental images of the books.

I'm reading through the series again and just started So Long and Thanks for All the Fish a couple days ago.


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Yeah, my wife is a huge fan and has the entire series in a big leather bound book, it's one of our nicer books. :-)

Edit: I have read them, they're great books.


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I own one of the first compilations of the books.

I will not go overly into the movie, as the bigoted backlash from certain areas left a bad taste in my mouth.

I prefer the radio play to the books.


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How is PonyCon?

I'm trying to psych myself up to go out trying to shop, the warm up starts tonight, 20 degrees and a few inches of snow for tomorrow, Only gets better from there.


Orthos wrote:
I'm reading through the series again and just started So Long and Thanks for All the Fish a couple days ago.

While I recognize that, in tone and setting, there was really little option for "ending" the series in any other way, I am no where nearly as fond of that segment as others.

Ending Spoiler! Sort of!:
A definitive "downer" of an ending, one way or the other, and feels (or did when I read it) like a tad tonal whiplash and character divergence - the latter with what is supposed to be growth, I'm aware, but the difference is striking enough when moving smoothly from one story to the next to feel odd. (Or it was to me.)

Otherwise, though, yeah, the whole thing was pretty great, and I enjoyed enough parts of So Long and Thanks for All the Fish to enjoy that... it's just in compared to the rest that it wasn't as fun or enjoyable (to me).


Xenthya, Nuzlocke Trainer wrote:
Xenthya, Nuzlocke Trainer wrote:
Xenthya, Nuzlocke Trainer wrote:
Xenthya, Nuzlocke Trainer wrote:
The Long Way Around

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Not dead yet! Just lacking in time for posting up long screenshot-laden posts like this. Now that January overtime is over, should see more activity from here.

The North Wind Howls
Under the Ice

Wow! Fast!

Also, hey, Orthos: would you mind, terribly, putting links to that other thing that you're working on either somewhere on your personal stats page, or here? I've been busy and my link to it has gotten buried... sorry!


Freehold DM wrote:
I JUST GOT MAUD PIES AUTOGRAPH AFTER WAITING FOR A YEAR TO MEET HER AGAIN

Congrats! :D


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captain yesterday wrote:

How is PonyCon?

I'm trying to psych myself up to go out trying to shop, the warm up starts tonight, 20 degrees and a few inches of snow for tomorrow, Only gets better from there.

IT IS AWESOME I MET MAUD AND SHE REMEMBERED ME FROM LAST YEAR!


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Garlic-and-cheese vinaigrette marinated burgers were a success. Three more left for later devouring. Now marinating some fish in the leftover dressing. No sense letting it go to waste.


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Tacticslion wrote:
Xenthya, Nuzlocke Trainer wrote:
Xenthya, Nuzlocke Trainer wrote:
Xenthya, Nuzlocke Trainer wrote:
Xenthya, Nuzlocke Trainer wrote:
The Long Way Around

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Not dead yet! Just lacking in time for posting up long screenshot-laden posts like this. Now that January overtime is over, should see more activity from here.

The North Wind Howls
Under the Ice

Wow! Fast!

Also, hey, Orthos: would you mind, terribly, putting links to that other thing that you're working on either somewhere on your personal stats page, or here? I've been busy and my link to it has gotten buried... sorry!

Other tumblr project:
Sure, here you go. Haven't had an opportunity to work too much more on it, but hoping that will change tomorrow.

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Orthos wrote:
Garlic-and-cheese vinaigrette marinated burgers were a success. Three more left for later devouring. Now marinating some fish in the leftover dressing. No sense letting it go to waste.

..that sounds quite good.

What kind of cheese?


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Freehold DM wrote:
Orthos wrote:
Garlic-and-cheese vinaigrette marinated burgers were a success. Three more left for later devouring. Now marinating some fish in the leftover dressing. No sense letting it go to waste.

..that sounds quite good.

What kind of cheese?

Parmesan, romano, and asiago, according to the bottle.


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Douglas Adams was good. Silly, and he really trails off in quality in that quintet as time goes on, though. The detective books don't hold up with time either. Still; he was way ahead of his time.

Terry Pratchett took that style of writing and combined it with actual plots you can follow and characters you give a crap about.

With Pratchett dead, Christopher Moore is my new favorite living author. He has the same style, but does more historical fiction or other weird fantasies and sci-fis that aren't quite as traditional.

Lamb:The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Best Pal is easily one of my top three novels I've read. He didn't a lot of research, it was REALLY funny, and it had a good plot, even if you know how it ends. Apparently, Mary was the original MILF, according to Biff.

His three vampire books, Bite Me, You Suck, and Bloodsucking Fiends, are also quite entertaining.


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I'll check it out. :-)

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