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Celestial Healer wrote:
Studpuffin wrote:

*Opens fortune cookie and reads fortune*

You will soon witness a miracle.

LOL WUT

Maybe Freehold is about to fall in love with a Whedon film.

he said miracle, not impossibility.


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Swedish Pancakes, bacon, orange juice and fresh coffee for breakfast.


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Went to see Rogue One this morning. Loved it. Well worth the extra money for imax 3D.


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3-D movies make me sick, literally.


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I'm not an avid Star Wars fan by any reasonable measure (*only* saw the original 13 times in the theaters back in 1977, which was a low number at the time), but saw Rogue One last night.

I have to agree with the other posts: If you can get past the disjointed, confusing, "What the heck am I watching? What's going on? Help meeeeee!" of the first half hour, it's a really good movie.

The first half hour is a tribute to fans who have memorized every bit of Star Wars trivia and canon for the last nigh-on 40 years, and is really bad if you're not a Star Wars fan.

The rest is really good, and makes up for it.


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With the kids getting older the Pillow Fort is getting outdated.

Time for an upgrade! With even! more! exclamation! points! ! !

And super action grip!!

But no robot hookers. The General was very adamant about that. >:-(

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What about blackjack?


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Blackjack is fine, as long as he doesn't wreck up the place.

Begins assigning Silent Bob and Rolf The Dog as guards to the walls, equipped with Action! Firing Action! And rocks.


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Made it up to -3 degrees already! That's our projected high! Anything above that is a happy bonus!


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We hit 33 last night. That's downright frigid around here. Some might even call it "freezing", but I'm a purist. Give me one more degree before I call it that.


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Out here, 33 degrees sounds like a fanciful story we tell the kids before bed. "If only you kids were good enough for winter to loosen it's grip. Alas... well, maybe tomorrow then!"


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gran rey de los mono wrote:

I have a recipe for chewy ginger cookies. I love them, they have both ground ginger and crystallized/candied ginger in them. If you like, I can try to post the recipe when I'm home and find it. Warning: It is an Alton Brown recipe, so Freehold will hate it.

Also, in general when it comes to making cookies soft, I find that replacing some of the white sugar with brown sugar helps. Of course, depending on the type of cookie being made, you might not want the molasses flavor of brown sugar.

I'd love the recipe, and I'm a brown-sugar man all the way!

Spoiler:
Double entendre not intended, but acknowledged.


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King Yesterday Of Action!Town! wrote:

With the kids getting older the Pillow Fort is getting outdated.

Time for an upgrade! With even! more! exclamation! points! ! !

And super action grip!!

But no robot hookers. The General was very adamant about that. >:-(

Presumably, just robots or hookers are OK, then?


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Only one way to find out...

To EBay!!


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Oof. Nothing like a year of trying new meds and finding out the side-effects.

Doctor thinks they have an idea of how my mind reacts to certain medications now.


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*waves to Magus*


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lynora wrote:
Went to see Rogue One this morning. Loved it. Well worth the extra money for imax 3D.

hugs lynora


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Star Wars just doesn't excite me anymore.

Seeing The Phantom Menace on opening night. It changes you, and not in a nostalgic Ron Perlman way.

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Gotta be honest, didn't change much on watching Phantom Menace. But I guess it was at a second run theater, not on opening night.

Was also more of a Star Trek guy than Star Wars.


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Cap'n Siskel, FaWtLy Critic wrote:

Star Wars just doesn't excite me anymore.

Seeing The Phantom Menace on opening night. It changes you, and not in a nostalgic Ron Perlman way.

Try seeing it while high on certain psychiatric meds. Much better movie.


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This is why you shouldn't tell me things at work.

Don't tell me we got a BIG shipment of Hatchimals in the morning but they were gone by noon, and we aren't getting anymore before Christmas.

Because that's exactly what I told people when they came in looking for them at 7 or 8 p.m. which, it turns out, is NOT what they want to hear.


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MagusJanus wrote:
Cap'n Siskel, FaWtLy Critic wrote:

Star Wars just doesn't excite me anymore.

Seeing The Phantom Menace on opening night. It changes you, and not in a nostalgic Ron Perlman way.

Try seeing it while high on certain psychiatric meds. Much better movie.

I saw Toy Story on LSD, spent the rest of the night watching my friend's Star Wars figures, waiting for them to do anything!


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Tequila Sunrise wrote:
gran rey de los mono wrote:

I have a recipe for chewy ginger cookies. I love them, they have both ground ginger and crystallized/candied ginger in them. If you like, I can try to post the recipe when I'm home and find it. Warning: It is an Alton Brown recipe, so Freehold will hate it.

Also, in general when it comes to making cookies soft, I find that replacing some of the white sugar with brown sugar helps. Of course, depending on the type of cookie being made, you might not want the molasses flavor of brown sugar.

I'd love the recipe, and I'm a brown-sugar man all the way!

** spoiler omitted **

Here you go.

Recipe:
Ingredients:
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 tbsp molasses
1 large egg, beaten
2 cups AP flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 crystallized/candied ginger, chopped to small pieces

Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, ground ginger, and salt. Cream butter, brown sugar, and molasses together in mixer. Slowly stir in egg. Add flour mixture slowly, scraping sides as needed. Stir in crystallized ginger.

Roll the dough into two logs, each 2" in diameter, wrap in wax paper and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat oven to 375F. Put parchment paper on two cookie sheets. Slice dough into 1/4" slices, place on cookie sheets. Bake for 4-5 minutes, rotate pans, and bake for 4-5 more minutes (until cookies have soft set). Carefully remove cookies from pans and place on wire racks to cool.

Should get you around 36 cookies.


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So, fair reporting and all that: Corso's owner saw the one-star review, tracked us down, contacted us, apologized profusely, and wants to treat us to dinner at his place one more time and bring in our favorite waiter from Rivoli. He even offered to buy us dinner at Rivoli if we wouldn't eat at Corso.

So it's a fair cop -- he believes his place had a really bad night with us, and wants to make it up. We'd be kind of jerks if we just said, "No, your chef sucks! Buy us dinner at Rivoli!", so we'll put on our Big Boy pants, accept the apologies of the chef and waitstaff with kindness and dignity, and have a likely tasty-but-uncomfortable meal from them in the near future.

Yeah, I'm not real big on the whole, "You gave us a miserable experience, I publicly ripped you a new one, and now you want me to eat food that those same people I insulted are going to prepare. Hmmm... what could go wrong with this?"
But the magnanimous gesture is to accept the dinner and thank them for reaching out, so that's what I'll do. *SIGH*. Being adult about things can be VERY uncomfortable...


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I've never seen anyone spit in food, if that helps.

I've seen things mind you, but not spite spitting.

Which should be an Olympic sport if you (don't) think about it...


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Alternatively, NH, you could apologize in turn that you do not feel confident in their food preparation capability PRIVATELY and that the management team has made their proper efforts to rectify the issue.

There is no use in going and getting violently ill *again* just to 'save face'.

Also, if it turns out that the subsequent meal is a five-star delight, then what happens to the person that prepared the *first* meal?


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OK NH,

Whatever you decide to do, Good Luck.


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Good luck. You'll need it. Several Tinkerbells' worth of it.


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I hope it goes well, NH.


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-5 degrees this morning (-20 degrees with windchill) too bad the kids couldn't behave well enough to drive old man winter off his lawn...

Well, maybe tomorrow then!


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If they make Lulu sick again, they will suffer Paine.

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Freehold DM wrote:
If they make Lulu sick again, they will suffer Paine.

What if NobodysHome makes NobodysWife sick though, would he get both Lulu and Paine?


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Rysky wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
If they make Lulu sick again, they will suffer Paine.
What if NobodysHome makes NobodysWife sick though, would he get both Lulu and Paine?

Nobodyshome was the chef the entire time!

I didn't see that twist.


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I started something, especially fun for kids to use.

I'll start putting other stuff in the hole, but for now, it's a start.


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Apparently, Camelot was near Hebden Bridge

Along with a million billion other places.

RPG Superstar 2012

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NobodysHome wrote:

So, fair reporting and all that: Corso's owner saw the one-star review, tracked us down, contacted us, apologized profusely, and wants to treat us to dinner at his place one more time and bring in our favorite waiter from Rivoli. He even offered to buy us dinner at Rivoli if we wouldn't eat at Corso.

So it's a fair cop -- he believes his place had a really bad night with us, and wants to make it up. We'd be kind of jerks if we just said, "No, your chef sucks! Buy us dinner at Rivoli!", so we'll put on our Big Boy pants, accept the apologies of the chef and waitstaff with kindness and dignity, and have a likely tasty-but-uncomfortable meal from them in the near future.

Yeah, I'm not real big on the whole, "You gave us a miserable experience, I publicly ripped you a new one, and now you want me to eat food that those same people I insulted are going to prepare. Hmmm... what could go wrong with this?"
But the magnanimous gesture is to accept the dinner and thank them for reaching out, so that's what I'll do. *SIGH*. Being adult about things can be VERY uncomfortable...

That is a surpringly generous offer. I hope your return visit goes well.

I would also have an issue with being offered fare again from a place where I had a terrible experience.

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Kingdom Death 1.5 Kickstarter up to $8 Million USD


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Limeylongears wrote:

Apparently, Camelot was near Hebden Bridge

Along with a million billion other places.

Like Sherwood Forest...


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Thanks for the well-wishes everyone!

Corso *IS* a high-end restaurant. I have no idea how the chef managed to botch everything so horrifically -- my bet is that it was the "real" chef's night off, and the sub has already gotten an earful.

I don't think they're going to tamper with my food or any such, it's just going to be uncomfortable because they're going to be obsessively obsequious to make sure we're happy, and we'll be uncomfortable with all the attention.

But I publicly called them out for a terrible experience rather than sending a private letter to the manager, so I feel it's my "duty" to let them apologize in a way they see fit, which means eating there one more time.

It will be uncomfortable, but I'm sure the food will be excellent and the service overwhelming. And that's the issue -- it'll be such an artificial, uncomfortable experience that the main purpose is closing the issue. "You screwed up. You want to apologize by feeding me. I will accept your apology. And then never come here again."

Seems like the best high-road approach to me.


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Considering that Nerf battles are won by using stealth, ambushes and being able to shoot the one person not wearing safety glasses in the eye.

I'm a little surprised they're marketing a remote control Nerf firing robot with a live video feed. It looks like Number Five from Short Circuit, except it has no soul, can't dance well, and fires Nerf bullets instead of being capable of laying waste to Guatemala (or Russia if deployed in the summer, or deep cover as a Russian boy band)

All yours, for two hundred and fifty dollars!


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Number Five stayin' alive, stayin' alive!


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Tacticslion wrote:

DAGGUMMIT DARKEST DUNGEON, GET THEE TO A 70-90% CHRISTMAS SALE - I'M IN THE MOOD FOR FRUSTRATING GAMEPLAY, NOT FRUSTRATING REAL LIFE.

*mutter, grumble*

... dangit. Still nothing. :I

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Tacticslion wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:

DAGGUMMIT DARKEST DUNGEON, GET THEE TO A 70-90% CHRISTMAS SALE - I'M IN THE MOOD FOR FRUSTRATING GAMEPLAY, NOT FRUSTRATING REAL LIFE.

*mutter, grumble*

... dangit. Still nothing. :I

*glares at Deals screen*


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Rysky wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:

DAGGUMMIT DARKEST DUNGEON, GET THEE TO A 70-90% CHRISTMAS SALE - I'M IN THE MOOD FOR FRUSTRATING GAMEPLAY, NOT FRUSTRATING REAL LIFE.

*mutter, grumble*

... dangit. Still nothing. :I
*glares at Deals screen*

F5, F5, F5, F5, F5, F5, F5, F5, F5, F5, F5, F5...

This is totes a lie. F5 doesn't work on the Steam App - you have to keep clicking to look at the story entry...


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Random kind thought of the day:

I am well aware that the Korean-owned market down the street charges me nearly double what I pay at "big box" stores for my groceries (Trader Joe's, Lucky, Safeway, Target). It likely costs me on the order of $300/month to shop there.

Yet I am very grateful that I have the luxury of being able to afford that. All the people who work there know me and greet me cheerfully when I come in. When I indicate I want something, the manager has no issues special-ordering it for me, because, "If you want it, I'm sure some of my other regulars want it, too." (He mysteriously stocks Impus Major's favorite Marie Callendar meals in great quantity.) And it's a 1 1/2-block walk. No car, no bike, just mosey over and get what I need. Even on my sprained ankle, I was able to hobble over there on Sunday.

Just makes me feel good to support a local business, and its existence makes my life a lot easier.

(This comes up because yesterday during lunch I got all the ingredients for dinner, but then NobodysWife came home and learned we were out of beer. And I could just pause dinner for a moment, toodle over, and grab a 6-pack. No muss, no fuss, no driving, no worries. SO nice!)


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NobodysHome wrote:

Random kind thought of the day:

I am well aware that the Korean-owned market down the street charges me nearly double what I pay at "big box" stores for my groceries (Trader Joe's, Lucky, Safeway, Target). It likely costs me on the order of $300/month to shop there.

Yet I am very grateful that I have the luxury of being able to afford that. All the people who work there know me and greet me cheerfully when I come in. When I indicate I want something, the manager has no issues special-ordering it for me, because, "If you want it, I'm sure some of my other regulars want it, too." (He mysteriously stocks Impus Major's favorite Marie Callendar meals in great quantity.) And it's a 1 1/2-block walk. No car, no bike, just mosey over and get what I need. Even on my sprained ankle, I was able to hobble over there on Sunday.

Just makes me feel good to support a local business, and its existence makes my life a lot easier.

(This comes up because yesterday during lunch I got all the ingredients for dinner, but then NobodysWife came home and learned we were out of beer. And I could just pause dinner for a moment, toodle over, and grab a 6-pack. No muss, no fuss, no driving, no worries. SO nice!)

I know what you mean. There's a major Pittsburgh-area supermarket nearby. It's just a ten to fifteen minute walk ( one way ) to get there. As for beer, there's a distributor at the top of the hill, just a few minutes away. Yeah, Mt Oliver ROCKS!!!


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NobodysHome wrote:
Random kind thought of the day:

W-wait. Y-you o-only ha-aaaaaaave o-one of th-those a d-day?

Er, I mean, "too"? Y-yeah, that's n-normal, right?

W-we're all n-normal, around here...!

>.>

Whew! I think they bought it!


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So, here's one for the FaWtLers, since we represent a wide swath of ages, geographic areas, ethnicities, and genders:

Is there anyone here who doesn't absolutely despise commercials with kids singing?

I'm trying to listen to the Pandora Classical Christmas channel, and the commercials are all for Applebee's, with the usual, "Wouldn't it be cute to have a bunch of kids singing Christmas carols off-key, with the usual words replaced by ads for our product?"

No, no it wouldn't. It makes me grind my teeth. It makes me turn off Pandora. It makes me decide to boycott Applebee's for the year.

Why, why, why, why, WHY?!?!?!?


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I've completely cut out television, have commercial free Hulu, and skip ad every time on YouTube.

So, thankfully I don't remember anymore.

I also made a handful of mix cds for the car, so I don't have to listen to the radio, which is twenty times more terrible then the west coast.


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Tacticslion wrote:
Rysky wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:

DAGGUMMIT DARKEST DUNGEON, GET THEE TO A 70-90% CHRISTMAS SALE - I'M IN THE MOOD FOR FRUSTRATING GAMEPLAY, NOT FRUSTRATING REAL LIFE.

*mutter, grumble*

... dangit. Still nothing. :I
*glares at Deals screen*

F5, F5, F5, F5, F5, F5, F5, F5, F5, F5, F5, F5...

This is totes a lie. F5 doesn't work on the Steam App - you have to keep clicking to look at the story entry...

Steam! STEAM. Steam. Listen, Steam. Listen! Christmas is only five days away, Steam. Five. Days.

Steeeaaaaam. Steam, baby~!

Look, now: I have a whole lot of money* right here next to me that I shouldn't spend on you - oh, don't give me that face, you have to let me finish! - ... ahem, that I shouldn't spend on you... but I'm going to~!

Well! ... mmmmmmmmmmaybe.

I mean, I know you like money, and I like giving it to you, but, Steam, baby, you gotta know, I can't just go off and give it away! I got stuff, you know? Needs! Like basic hygiene! And food! And paying other people! Oh, and I guess kids and a family and stuff!

You see how it is! I just... I just can't give you any of this nice money right now...

... unlessssss... unless, say, a really big sales event happened to start, like, right now...?

I mean, I'm not saying that I won't have any of this money left over** after the holiday season - i.e. tomorrow - starts... I'm not saying that...

ಠ_ಠ

* Well, okay, maybe "a whole lot" is a lie. But it's a lot for me!

** Hah! I tricked you! I totally don't have any money left over now~! Sucker! ... but I'll probably somehow still have less, then, too.

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