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NobodysHome wrote:
Just a Mort wrote:

The root of the problem I suspect was that I was, and in certain ways, am, too different.

Gaming? You're a girl. Girls shouldn't be playing computer games.

That is SO bizarre. As teenagers, we SO desperately wanted to hang around with girls that we would have been ecstatic to find a gamer girl. We constantly invited our girlfriends/friends/any girl we knew to game with us because hanging around with girls was better than not hanging around with girls.

So much yes. I was disappointed when a few times girls in high school asked me and my friend about those games we play and we tried to explain them and they backed off. One of those cases was a girl I liked at that time and I was sad when she said "I must be stupid, I don't understand that". *sigh*

Ah, well, I asked her out some time later but she wasn't interested in me anyway.


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Happy birthday, Lynora.


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Scintillae wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Just a Mort wrote:

The root of the problem I suspect was that I was, and in certain ways, am, too different.

Gaming? You're a girl. Girls shouldn't be playing computer games.

That is SO bizarre. As teenagers, we SO desperately wanted to hang around with girls that we would have been ecstatic to find a gamer girl. We constantly invited our girlfriends/friends/any girl we knew to game with us because hanging around with girls was better than not hanging around with girls.

But yes, I know a lot of guys get disgruntled when a girl is better than them at anything.

But that's the guys' problem, not the girl's.

We would rather have associated with as many girls as possible, as often as possible. We were teenage boys.

I find it bizarre as well. 2/3 of the Rainbow are girls.

My GM, who is also GMing on winter and summer camps for teenagers had a group composed of 6 teenage girls two weeks ago.


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captain yesterday wrote:

Happy Birthday Lynora!

I recommend not drinking 20 beers and then going to Great America the next morning.

But 19 would obviously be acceptable. It's kind of like my fantasy justification for cars that are governed to 155mph. Because you will absolutely survive a crash at 154, but 156 will vaporize your atoms before you even hit anything.

LOL. My Celica maxes out at 108 mph.

Shiro said that the reason for the regulators in cars is so that they don't exceed the maximum recommended speed of the stock tires. Your car has a maximum speed regulator to keep your tires from shredding.

Which, after all the SUV blowout-and-rollover horror stories of the 1990's (was it really that long ago?), makes perfect sense.

And 20 beers is pretty impressive. My punk friend, infamous for his alcoholic excesses, once tried to drink as many as he could in a single night. He made 22.


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Happy birthday, Lynora!

I can sew. Actually, I can't sew - I can fix things onto other things with a needle and thread, which is not the same thing. Sometimes they don't fall off for as much as a couple of months.


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Scintillae wrote:
That would require the Rainbow to have a lot more clout than they do.

Oh, they could beat up a few offenders senseless and then just keep others in check with veiled threats...

EDIT: I see that my mind went the same way as Gran's.

I'm not sure if that is a good sign...


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NobodysHome wrote:

Our groundhog needs a good kick in the nether regions.

73 and clear skies yesterday. In the low 70's and bright and sunny all week.
Our annual rainfall so far is around 5".

We need the rain, stupid rodent!

hell.

This is hell.


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Scintillae wrote:

Oh, for-

Another kid tried the copy-paste thing. Left my bolded comments on why the answer is wrong. In the same hour as the kid from the other day!

hmm...


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Just a Mort wrote:
Scint and NH - - >I live 8000 km away from you all. Asia I would think tends to be more patriarchial then America... And there are still overtones of the woman is to be the homemaker etc.

Overtones of this are still everywhere, though to a different degree.


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lynora wrote:

So far my birthday is off to a good start. I’m 41 today. The kidlet gave me the card he made for me this morning. Apparently the reason he’s been so tired this week is because he’s been staying up late to work on it every night this week. It’s a really cool card. :)

Side note: we never buy cards. Well, almost never. Sometimes I buy blank cards for holidays and such. But mostly we just make cards for all special occasions. I don’t remember why it started, but we’ve been doing it this way since the kidlet was little. Probably because I’m disorganized and never remembered to buy cards ahead of time. :P

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LYNORA WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO


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Oh my, naked while speaking about my first serious crush... And rejection. Ah, well, it's not like I hadn't get used to that.


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Speaking of "NobodysHome" behavior, I've mentioned this before, but I'm always baffled by some people's confrontational approach to life. At the butcher counter, a good 20-25% of customers approach the interaction thusly:
Customer: Are you kidding me?!?!? $8.99 a pound for sirloin? I can't believe you charge such ridiculous prices!"
Butcher: I'm sorry, sir or madam, but I don't set the prices.
Customer: Grumble and huff. Well, I'll take 3 pounds. But I'm not paying for any fat for gristle! Be sure you trim them really well! I'll be watching you the whole time! And if you try to rip me off by leaving too much fat on the meat you'd better believe I'm going straight to your manager! You'll be in trouble then!
Butcher dutifully gets to work.

So, what did that customer accomplish other than alienating the butcher and making them hate their job? Do they really think they're going to get a better cut of meat by being a$$hats?

My approach was... slightly different.
NobodysHome: Hi! I know it's only Wednesday, but last time I asked for two pounds of lamb stew meat the butcher who was working at the time said that it was unfortunate I hadn't called in because she'd have to cut it while helping other customers and I'd have to wait a while. So this time I'm calling in advance for 5 pounds of lamb stew meat on Friday. Is that enough time for you?
Butcher (Confused): You're calling ahead for 5 pounds of meat?
NobodysHome: Yeah. I wanted to give you plenty of time so you could do it when it wasn't too crazy.
Butcher (Audibly Cheering Up): OK, er, well. Let me get your name and number, and we'll have it ready for you. What time would you like to come by?

So, which of us made the butcher's life easier? Which of us is going to get better-quality meat as a result?

Being an a$$hat: It just doesn't pay.


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Happy birthday, Lynora!

And on being girly, let me say this: Joan of Arc led French military forces to repeated victory over the English. She had the French king saying she was girly enough to avoid being tried as a witch for even suggesting the idea.

The bar for girly is set rather high ;)


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So, work complaint... I think one of my managers is trying for a Darwin Award.

Never, ever tell someone with anger control issues and a violent temper to "go at it like you're mad at the world." That person is so calm all of the time for very good reasons.


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NobodysHome wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:

Happy Birthday Lynora!

I recommend not drinking 20 beers and then going to Great America the next morning.

But 19 would obviously be acceptable. It's kind of like my fantasy justification for cars that are governed to 155mph. Because you will absolutely survive a crash at 154, but 156 will vaporize your atoms before you even hit anything.

LOL. My Celica maxes out at 108 mph.

Shiro said that the reason for the regulators in cars is so that they don't exceed the maximum recommended speed of the stock tires. Your car has a maximum speed regulator to keep your tires from shredding.

Which, after all the SUV blowout-and-rollover horror stories of the 1990's (was it really that long ago?), makes perfect sense.

Yes...but...most of the German manufacturers, where the 155 limit started as a "gentlemen's agreement", have an item on the option sheet to remove the 155 limit for whatever the car can do, and you don't get different tires/wheels. $$$

In the lower/middle ends of the market and with a lot of SUVs/trucks, yes, I know Shiro is right, but in the upper middle and higher echelons, it just gets silly.

(As an aside, my unmodified WRX maxes out at around 140 mph.)


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Terrinam wrote:

Happy birthday, Lynora!

And on being girly, let me say this: Joan of Arc led French military forces to repeated victory over the English. She had the French king saying she was girly enough to avoid being tried as a witch for even suggesting the idea.

The bar for girly is set rather high ;)

It didn't work well for her in the long run...


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NobodysHome wrote:

Speaking of "NobodysHome" behavior, I've mentioned this before, but I'm always baffled by some people's confrontational approach to life. At the butcher counter, a good 20-25% of customers approach the interaction thusly:

Customer: Are you kidding me?!?!? $8.99 a pound for sirloin? I can't believe you charge such ridiculous prices!"
Butcher: I'm sorry, sir or madam, but I don't set the prices.
Customer: Grumble and huff. Well, I'll take 3 pounds. But I'm not paying for any fat for gristle! Be sure you trim them really well! I'll be watching you the whole time! And if you try to rip me off by leaving too much fat on the meat you'd better believe I'm going straight to your manager! You'll be in trouble then!
Butcher dutifully gets to work.

So, what did that customer accomplish other than alienating the butcher and making them hate their job? Do they really think they're going to get a better cut of meat by being a$$hats?

My approach was... slightly different.
NobodysHome: Hi! I know it's only Wednesday, but last time I asked for two pounds of lamb stew meat the butcher who was working at the time said that it was unfortunate I hadn't called in because she'd have to cut it while helping other customers and I'd have to wait a while. So this time I'm calling in advance for 5 pounds of lamb stew meat on Friday. Is that enough time for you?
Butcher (Confused): You're calling ahead for 5 pounds of meat?
NobodysHome: Yeah. I wanted to give you plenty of time so you could do it when it wasn't too crazy.
Butcher (Audibly Cheering Up): OK, er, well. Let me get your name and number, and we'll have it ready for you. What time would you like to come by?

So, which of us made the butcher's life easier? Which of us is going to get better-quality meat as a result?

Being an a$$hat: It just doesn't pay.

being screwed over at the butchers block- or anything where you pay by the pound live- is one of the oldest buyer beware scenarios out there. However, if there is someone you SHOULD NOT ALIENATE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES it is the person preparing your food.


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Overheard at a local diner at lunch yesterday:

Lawyer, happens to be a regular like myself at this diner: "No, I don't know, my stomach hasn't felt good all day. I think I was poisoned at breakfast."

Waitress: "Oh, whatever. My spit isn't poisonous."


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Happy Level Up, lynora!!

Happy 1000, lisamarlene!!

*returns to light freighter design specs*

EDIT: 'cause I can't punctuate. Some English teacher's kid, I am.


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Ah, life! It just seems to manage to work out beautifully if you approach it with patience and optimism! (And you wonder why us older folks are closer to death and more feeble yet happier!)

Long story short, I showed up at the butcher, and the person I talked to on Wednesday forgot to put in the order (the on-duty butchers had much more colorful language to describe him). The head butcher took over immediately and asked, "Are you willing to wait?"
I said, "Sure!"
As he apologized profusely, I pointed out that it sure as heck wasn't his fault that the order didn't get put in, and I appreciated that he was taking care of me.
So I got to watch him very carefully and expertly trimming every ounce of fat and gristle he possibly could off of the meat. As he finished with a flourish, he said, "If your guests have any issue with that, they can come talk to me personally!"

Yeah, I think we got some pretty darned nice meat.

Then on the drive home, every single driver and pedestrian behaved perfectly, to the point that by the time I was halfway home I was looking for Rod Serling. As I got to the left turn down the hill to my house and SIX cars expertly and perfectly executed a series of left turns, right turns, and "go around the other guy" maneuvers, I figured that today has to be some kind of "ultra good karma" day for me or something.

It's really a lovely day all around.

I blame the pizzas.


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ZOMG I cannot WAIT for tomorrow.


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So last night I bought a tent, and this morning I booked our campsite reservation.
Chinese New Year is a school holiday for us and it falls on a Friday, and the following Monday is a Federal holiday (and coincidentally a day that Whingey Wizzard has to be back on campus), so we're taking the four-day weekend to go down the coast, take the kids hiking in Big Sur, etc.
Hermione is lobbying hard to tour Hearst Castle because Julia Morgan is one of her heroes.
Depends on whether the tax return comes through.


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Just a Mort wrote:
Scint and NH - - >I live 8000 km away from you all. Asia I would think tends to be more patriarchial then America... And there are still overtones of the woman is to be the homemaker etc.

I share your perception that Asia is generally more patriarchal than the U.S.. Thanks to feminism, women here are a lot more at liberty to pursue life and happiness than they were a century ago.

Was that too political for FAWLT? I'm not sure, but I'm pretty sure this is:

Spoiler:
But nevertheless, we still have echoes of the old patriarchal hierarchy. Just last week, a mother got kicked out of Chick Fil-A -- a notoriously conservative fast food chain -- for breast-feeding her baby while eating with her family. People who get in a huff over breast-feeding in public think of all kinds of arguments against it, but the antogonism against it is basically an echo of the Strict Father Family model -- dad goes out to bring home the bacon, mom stays home barefoot and pregnant, and never shall their two worlds cross.

Just last year I read a book, interesting whereever you live and whatever your politics, called Don't Think of an Elephant. It's written by a cognitive linguist named George Lakoff, who outlines how the Strict Father Family v. Nurturant Parent Family conflict still very much drive politics in the U.S.. In fact I liked it so much that I wrote a summary of it on google docs here. :)


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lisamarlene wrote:

So last night I bought a tent, and this morning I booked our campsite reservation.

Chinese New Year is a school holiday for us and it falls on a Friday, and the following Monday is a Federal holiday (and coincidentally a day that Whingey Wizzard has to be back on campus), so we're taking the four-day weekend to go down the coast, take the kids hiking in Big Sur, etc.
Hermione is lobbying hard to tour Hearst Castle because Julia Morgan is one of her heroes.
Depends on whether the tax return comes through.

Yeah, we're back in the, "Eagerly and impatiently waiting for our accountant to get back to us" boat.

For the 2015 and 2016 tax years, NobodysWife had a "real" job (as opposed to, "You're not our employee! You're a 'private contractor'! So let's have you work random hours, stress you out, and make you feel horrible about yourself, all the while knowing that you're trapped because you need the job experience before any 'real' company will hire you") and we suddenly owed thousands in taxes each year because I wasn't withholding enough. (Have two kids, a mortgage, and an unemployed wife and you can get away with 14 exemptions. Try pulling that once your wife is working and... ouch!)

So this year she had 0 exemptions and I was down to 4, then it turns out with the new tax structure (that utterly hoses us in 2018) we need to do a whole ton of legal cash-outs in 2017. I don't quite understand it, but things like, "All the points you've ever paid on mortgages that you've been deducting a tiny bit at a time every year? This year we're closing them all out and taking them as deductions," sounds really nice.

Our guy is extremely by-the-book, so I trust him to know what he's doing, but it sounds like we're going to get a nice chunk of change for once. Which will be a nice change.

But he won't even give us a rough estimate until he's done, and even then he won't tell us 'til he's FedExed us the final forms.

Annoying lawful types!


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Happy birthday, Lynora!


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This past Monday evening, a buddy asked me if I had watched TLJ yet.

I just laughed and laughed.


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Just for Freehold Attempt #2.


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Oh come on! I hate Facebook as much as Freehold!!


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I like it.

Then again, I like most things, apart from

[Flaming bicycle barrage]

and

[Flaming bicycle barrage]

and

[Flaming bicycle barrage]

and that other thing I dislike.

And boiled eggs.


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NobodysHome wrote:

Just for Freehold Attempt #2.

Bah! As if those live social interactions were any more meaningful than that...


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*reads further*

Oh, common, as if sleeping regularly was anything more than a myth anyway!

Shadow Lodge

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I too am on the Anti-Facebook Party Train.

Also it took me a while to realize that was an Onion article.

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Trimming off all that fat and gristle is a bad idea. Both gives the steak flavor, so that idiot is going to end up with a bland tasting steak, which serves him right.

Or maybe it's more of a Chinese thing, since we have this dish where you braise the entire trotter

And frankly when I eat a steak, I enjoy the fat.

Though missing out on the order would piss me off, since I am quite demanding on that line. If I say I will do something, hell or high water, it will get done. And I hold others (perhaps unfairly) to the same standard. I'd just sit around and wait and PBP on phone though.

I'm always nice to my food vendors. If I piss em off I don't get my bargains, afterall...


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...you ever just watch your players make deliberately bad choices?

Shadow Lodge

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Yes.

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Yes. The Oracle in Reign of Winter walked right into the Eons Pit. Why he didn't determine the pit was cursed despite NPC warnings I have no idea.

His excuse:It had to be done(to get the mcguffin at the bottom of it).


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Mine was just handling downtime because half the party was gone, but the half present begged to do something. One of the Rainbow had just blown all his money on a fancy crossbow and decided to spend the month of downtime while the cure was made...disguised as a beggar on street corners.

"Do you have your plague mask on?"
"No, it'd ruin the disguise."
"People still have blood veil."
"I know."
"Okay, I need a fort save for every day you're out there."

28 fort saves later...

...he contracted blood veil three times with this, to much mockery every time he begged the temporarily GMNPC'd cleric and made approximately 50gp back for his month's effort. Also the rogue decided to give the "beggar" 1 sp worth of fruit as insult to injury.


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Drejk wrote:
Scintillae wrote:
That would require the Rainbow to have a lot more clout than they do.

Oh, they could beat up a few offenders senseless and then just keep others in check with veiled threats...

EDIT: I see that my mind went the same way as Gran's.

I'm not sure if that is a good sign...

It's probably not a great sign.


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I'm making spaghetti and meatballs for dinner tonight.

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Tequila Sunrise wrote:
Just a Mort wrote:
Scint and NH - - >I live 8000 km away from you all. Asia I would think tends to be more patriarchial then America... And there are still overtones of the woman is to be the homemaker etc.

I share your perception that Asia is generally more patriarchal than the U.S.. Thanks to feminism, women here are a lot more at liberty to pursue life and happiness than they were a century ago.

Was that too political for FAWLT? I'm not sure, but I'm pretty sure this is:

** spoiler omitted **

Tequila:

I don't care if people breastfeed in public. To all those who do, if it bothers you, don't look. We usually cover up with a cloth so we don't get indecent exposure while breastfeeding, was it done in that situation? I see not. OK Asian conservatism kicking in, next time the family can carry a large bath towel. If the baby doesn't want to get covered, fine. Husband just holds out a bath towel screening breastfeeding wife from the rest of the world. When you go out with a baby you'll already be carrying huge bag with all the baby supplies. An extra bath towel won't make any difference.

Only problem lies when you're going out alone with your baby.


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NobodysHome wrote:

NobodysHome's Driving Experiences

(I was going to spoiler this whole thing, but I figure some people will want to reply, so here we go...)

In the courses of travel for business and leisure, I've driven in dozens of cities and 7 different "countries": Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, the United States, and Wales. (Yeah, yeah, I know, UK, you're all 'United' -- but it doesn't mean they don't all WANT to be different countries...)

So, here are some highlights/lowlights:

  • Boston: I was relatively amazed when everyone warned me how bad drivers in Boston were, and I had no trouble at all. It reminded me of home. So either I was in the wrong place, or it was in the wrong time of year, or Boston drivers get a bad rap.
  • Chicago: Chicago's the one place that made me feel guilty about driving like a Californian. The drivers there were SOOOO timid! I'd do the usual, "Wait for a space, then signal and move into it at the same time," and the other drivers would immediately slow down to allow me as much room as possible. It was just a surreal experience seeing so many drivers working so hard to avoid getting in my way. Then we got 6" of snow, and all the drivers on the road knew how to drive in snow. Considering I spent weeks every year driving in the Sierras and watching idiots in SUVs with 4 wheel drive learning that 4 wheel drive means nothing in terms of ability to go around corners on icy roads at high speeds, it was a nice experience.
  • Dallas: OMG, wow! More than anywhere I've ever driven, "I'm going to do 35 in the left lane of this 65 mph freeway," is a standard of living there. It's so bad that every 100-200 yards there's a sign that says, "If you're doing under the speed limit, please stay out of the left lane." Everyone ignores it. I've never been anywhere with drivers who so flagrantly ignore the speed limit... by driving BELOW it by 15-20 mph! And I've driven in Florida for gosh' sake....
  • I live in Los Angeles and drivers that stop in the crosswalk when I am a pedestrian and then I would walk into the side of them if I walked straight across the crosswalk.


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    Does Los Angeles have pedestrians?

    When I was there it seemed like people drove everywhere but the sidewalks were all but abandoned.


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    My annoyance with Los Angeles traffic is practically every intersection has some sort of shrub or bench or box or anything really so you can't see if traffic is coming.

    Keeps you on your toes though.


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    Butte traffic: The highways are covered in debris from countless over filled dump trucks (my windshield gets cracked every f@@@ing time I drive through) and everyone is an a+$@+** (I also have people yell "get a f@&~ing haircut!" when they pass me every time I drive through).

    Colorado: Everyone is f~#$ing insane! The speed at which people careen around those bends through the Rockies, holy s!#$!!

    Portland: Better know what lane you want because you no one will let you merge, even if it means driving you off the road. On the plus side, that's how you end up going to Seattle instead of the Portland Zoo.

    Shadow Lodge

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    captain yesterday wrote:
    Colorado: Everyone is f+~!ing insane! The speed at which people careen around those bends through the Rockies, holy s!%%!!

    We visited Colorado when I was in high school. I did a fair amount of noping out during the driving parts and burying my face in my GameBoy to ignore the fact that one wrong move would lead to a long drop and a sudden stop.


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    Hey, Nobody! You won't believe this, but you've actually managed to shame Whingey Wizzard into doing game prep this afternoon!


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    "If something looks like bees, it's probably bees, so I'm not going to touch this."


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    271 since last post


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    lisamarlene wrote:
    Hey, Nobody! You won't believe this, but you've actually managed to shame Whingey Wizzard into doing game prep this afternoon!

    "WTF was that about?"

    ~grins and runs~

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