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What do you call a psychic gnome who escaped from prison?
A small medium at large.

Edit; me and the gnome have something in common.


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Blergh. Up after... Less than four hours of sleep? It won't help my sore throat much...


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Yuck drink some water and go back to sleep that sounds terrible.


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There is that small issue of me getting to work today... I couldn't sleep for a significant part of night.


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You work some strange hours (or are just in a drastically different time zone then me.)


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NobodysHome wrote:
Vidmaster7 wrote:
Who hides those in the woods anyways?
'Glistening' Buff Scrotes, I'm sure of it.

Een the green and verdant forest,

'Midst the beasts and birds and bugs,
Is a stash of 'Big and Bouncy's
And a tattered old copy of 'Juggs'

Where the songbirds sweetly cheerup,
And the beech leaves gently rustle, are
Scattered several 'Barely Legal's
And a complete run of 'Hustler's

The snowdrops peek above the earth,
When spreengtime comes around,
Displacing a slug-gnawed 'Reader's Wives'
Left mould'ring on the ground

The fox and badger make their nests,
And oh! how soft and comfy,
Is a lair lined with pages of,
'Rubber Maven's Monthleee'


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Oh, just Gnome away with these bad jokes.


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The Art of War by Sun Tzu - 1 Laying Plans

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My brother's good at this kind of thing. Everytime he does strategy games he thrashes me at it...I don't see as far as he does.


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OOO I like these videos thank you I will be watching them all. I read art of war in college. very interesting.


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We're supposed to get a mass bird migration passing through this week, and on Crookshanks' birthday no less!


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Vidmaster7 wrote:
OOO I like these videos thank you I will be watching them all. I read art of war in college. very interesting.

My mom kept a copy of The Art Of War in our bathroom (or sometimes War And Peace, or if we had two bathrooms, both).


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Hey, Vid. Drejk is in Poland.


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NobodysHome wrote:

Help me, FaWtL, you're my only hope!

As you know, I'm writing a first-person journal for my female gnome rogue in Shiro's campaign.

At the first inn we'd seen in weeks, the dwarf and the inquisitor stole the first baths, then the inquisitor got all uppity insisting on a soft fluffy robe to go downstairs to the bar. So my rogue suggested she just go naked, and she said, "Only gnomes do THAT," so of course...

...and as my nekkid gnome strolled in all her glory up to the bar to order a drink, the (female) bard spotted her, and, according to the GM, rolled a 27 Perform check to perform a hilarious series of "naked gnome jokes".

So of course my gnome grabbed a chair and listened.

But here's my challenge: I have to do the writeup, and I need some good "naked gnome jokes" to fit the situation.

HELP!

*The bard, in her best posh fashionista voice*

Darling!, I do so love what you've done with the "carpet"! très chic!

*The bard, with a wide-eyed look on her face*
In (insert bards deity) name!, and I though we where hacking through some dense undergrowth getting here! Damn woman!!

*The bard looks casually at the Gnome*
Huh...I guess the carpet doesn't/do match the drapes...

Hmmm...
That it for now I think. I'll see if I can't come up with some more.


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I just realized I'm the Chris Traeger and the General is Ben Wyatt in our marriage.

Lol!


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Day 19(?) of ~0 Carb Diet

On Saturday, Yellow makes pasta with red sauce and meatballs for Yellow, the Homunculi, and myself, because Saturday is my cheat-day where I ignore my diet. Yellow decides they don't like it, and the Homunculi leave on Sunday morning to be with their dad.

Me on Sunday: What is there to eat...oh look, leftover pasta! I should go back to my diet...but I know nobody's going to eat this if I don't. The Homunculi are gone, Yellow doesn't like it, and Mrs Sunrise is on an ever stricter diet. And because I was raised in the lower end of the economic spectrum, throwing good food out is not an option.Well gee, guess I don't have a choice, I'll have to eat this pasta for lunch and dinner until it's gone...

Really, I'm the victim here.


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Vidmaster7 wrote:
You work some strange hours (or are just in a drastically different time zone then me.)

10 AM — 4 PM

Spoiler:
Central Europe


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And the session was canceled. One of the players got stuck with extra work until the late evening.

Which is good for my sore throat.

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Tequila Sunrise wrote:

Day 19(?) of ~0 Carb Diet

On Saturday, Yellow makes pasta with red sauce and meatballs for Yellow, the Homunculi, and myself, because Saturday is my cheat-day where I ignore my diet. Yellow decides they don't like it, and the Homunculi leave on Sunday morning to be with their dad.

Me on Sunday: What is there to eat...oh look, leftover pasta! I should go back to my diet...but I know nobody's going to eat this if I don't. The Homunculi are gone, Yellow doesn't like it, and Mrs Sunrise is on an ever stricter diet. And because I was raised in the lower end of the economic spectrum, throwing good food out is not an option.Well gee, guess I don't have a choice, I'll have to eat this pasta for lunch and dinner until it's gone...

Really, I'm the victim here.

Yeah I sort of get that...mind you if you get hungry without carbs, I suggest chickpeas.

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Having the car break down on the drive to work was not the way I wanted to start the week.


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Having the car break down on the drive to work was not the way I wanted to start the week.

damn. I'm sorry, man.

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Only an hour late thanks to towing being included on the insurance and Cyz being able to get away from work to drive me the last ten minutes to work. Car is at the shop being diagnosed and her mom is off today to handle that piece. (Borrowing her third vehicle while we work on paying things down and getting a new vehicle.) So worst case we grab a rental for the week.


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My coworker had big, big plans for what he wanted to accomplish today.

Because he has me working with him we got those done by lunchtime.

I haven't even broken a sweat yet.


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It's always interesting/depressing to watch just how much American society is geared towards encouraging self-destructive behavior.
"No, thank you! I'm full!"
"Oh, I'm sure you can find room for just one more piece! It's delicious!"

And yet again on the chaperoning trip, I got the usual:
"I'm going to get a bottle of wine for all the chaperones. What do you think I should get?"
"I really don't know, but the champagne is probably a good call."
"No, I'm going to get a dessert wine."
"That sounds fine. I won't be drinking it in any case."
"Oh, that's NOT OK, you have to drink."
"No. I don't drink."
"Well, you're going to have to have a little, just this once."
"No. I'm a recovering alcoholic. I will not be having any."
Cue awkward silence
"Oh. OK."

The idea that it's not OK to refuse alcohol is really amazingly prevalent in U.S. society. Even the choir director, who went dry for a year, experienced it and described it as incredibly awkward, as there are so many social situations where drinking is considered "required". She described being pressured into drinking on one occasion because the hosts would find it "unacceptably rude" if she refused.

Considering last time I tried to go dry I made it 289 days before trying "just a little" just to be polite and falling off the wagon for another entire year as a result, I'm at the point in my life where I'll walk out of a place and be considered a rude a$$hat rather than make any attempt to be "polite".

Respect my life choices, thanks.


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Just as bad as giving drugs to a recovering addict. Such people are unworthy of my respect.


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Unfortunately, alcohol consumption is seen as an indicator of both maculinity and adulthood in the us. I enjoy tossing back strange brews especially (*sniff* lovecraft...i miss you...), but I have no problem with those who do not drink. I may not go teetotal when hanging with you, but I will moderate any consumption. If me drinking makes you uncomfortable, then let me know and I will not drink.


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LOL. I actually encourage my friends if they are so inclined, as it allows me to drink "vicariously". (I do taste my friends' drinks, because one or two mL has no effect on my reticence. And it's not "a sip", it's, "smelling the drink and maybe tasting a drop to see what it's like").

But in terms of "irony" and "how to tell you're unwittingly becoming a pillar of the community", the corner store clerk took me aside and told me she was really concerned about my across-the-street neighbors because both of them are coming to the store falling-down drunk on a daily basis, and she was hoping I could find out whether anything is wrong at home.

I don't know them, but I'm now keeping an eye out for them, and we actually have a police department that's willing to do "wellness checks" on people, so hopefully I'll be able to lend them a hand by calling (nice) cops on them soon.

EDIT: I think the best way to describe it is that after a good 6-7 years of battling my alcoholism, I know d**ned well what's a trigger and what isn't. Watching other people drinking, smelling alcohol, cooking with alcohol, or even eating alcohol-infused desserts (the Fake Russian's wife's bourbon balls... mmmmm...) or tasting one or two drinks at dinner aren't triggers. Having even a half-glass of champagne? Massive trigger.

Know yourself. Respect yourself. Work with yourself to be better.


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Speaking of "nice" police, the school district requested a significant police presence around the greenway this morning after the shooting, and the police obligingly granted it and are watching after all the students coming to and from the school.

I'd call them a "fantastic" police department, but I have a LOOOONG memory.

Almost certainly political:

As a 1980's punker, I got stopped at night and questioned by the police every 1-2 weeks. I had no issues with it; I was just honest and polite and told them the truth, and my "questioning" lasted all of 2-3 minutes and they'd let me be on my way. (I was frequently bitter that I'd have several miles left in my walk and they never offered me a ride.)

My friend, who dressed very conservatively, happened to have an excess of melanin. He got stopped on a nightly basis on his way home from work. I experienced the difference in treatment firsthand. There never was, and never will be, any excuse for the way he was treated vs. the way I was treated.


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For a lot of Poles refusing to drink is outright insult. This is beyond annoying. I drink rarely, after a long period of abstinence and some (late) period of experimenting with various alcohols. A lot of folks can't understand not drinking, often asking "is he sick?", best are surprised but don't push, only a few are "oh, ok"... Sooner or later I will probably burst in an angry rant when a friend will insist on getting me drink one time too many...


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Drejk wrote:
For a lot of Poles refusing to drink is outright insult. This is beyond annoying. I drink rarely, after a long period of abstinence and some (late) period of experimenting with various alcohols. A lot of folks can't understand not drinking, often asking "is he sick?", best are surprised but don't push, only a few are "oh, ok"... Sooner or later I will probably burst in an angry rant when a friend will insist on getting me drink one time too many...

That's pretty much where I am in my life.

If anyone ever says, "Have a drink or get the h*** out of my house and never speak to me again," I'll just grab my coat and go.


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A lot of others are not insulted but simply can't comprehend not drinking. Regretfully, in local culture drinking alcohol is synonymous with fun, or at least viewed as necessary component of having fun...

To the point when I heard said "how could I have fun without alcohol"...

Also, as one of my acquaintances said "Offer someone 20 zloty for help and he'll punch you in the face, offer him bottle of crappy vodka (which costs about 20) and he'll be happy to help you"

*sigh*


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On a complete lark, I've decided to share a pair of tidbits from my SWEU PbP project. It's just the link to the posts portion of an alias of mine, but I figured a little HoloNet News Network action might brighten some days! (In other words, this is just another shameless plug.)

If you haven't played KotOR II, the newest one may not mean as much, but you might still get a kick out of it. For sake of clarity, the timestamp on those posts is circa 3948 BBY.

Should take you straight to it!


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Bah. No Rainbow tonight, got asked to cover after-school tutoring.


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I don't get the drinking = fun!!! culture, either. I've seen far too many people do some really stupid things under the influence. That's...not the kind of fun I want to have.


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OK. Life in Albany is hilarious.

I started talking to NobodysWife about the alcoholic couple.

NobodysWife: Which house is it?
NobodysHome: (describes house)
NW: Isn't that the lesbian couple? I just took the bus to work with one of them the other day.
NH: Are you sure you're not thinking about (our northern neighbors, who just got married)?
NW: No, that's a different lesbian couple.
NH: And it's not the really nice gay guys, 'cause she definitely described a middle-aged woman...

...and as we went down the street, ALL of the houses are either gay couples or single old men or women; the ONLY heterosexual couples are us and our southern neighbors, who we happen to know don't drink.

Now we're bemusedly trying to figure out just who our local drunkards are...


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Scintillae wrote:
Bah. No Rainbow tonight, got asked to cover after-school tutoring.

BOO!

On the other hand, looks like my group may cancel Wednesday as well; the alchemist is studying for his SATs, and the rest of 'em are perfectly happy with a night of bad movies and Quiplash, 'cause socializing with adults with senses of humor is apparently fun. Who knew?


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Anonymously put pamphlets for the local AA chapter in the mailboxes, and see who gets angry? :D


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Huh, oddly I've never had a you-must-drink experience. Maybe I just know chill people. Or maybe because I'm a classic introvert, and don't associate with people who need alcohol to be social.

What I have had happen in the past couple of years is people expecting me to sleep with their dogs.

Go on, put your mind in the gutter, get it out of your system.

OK, got it out of your system? Good.

My mother-in-law and then Yellow have both asked me to take care of their dogs while away, which I'm happy to do. But what I'm not even bemused about doing is including any animal in my sleeping experience. No, I don't care how small and cute she is, or how sad she'll be that you're gone. I promise, your dog will be fine sleeping alone in her dog bed. I don't sleep with animals.

(Go ahead, I gave you that one.)


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Scintillae wrote:
I don't get the drinking = fun!!! culture, either. I've seen far too many people do some really stupid things under the influence. That's...not the kind of fun I want to have.

Me neither. For me being drunk is physically unpleasant experience, made even worse by the after-effects.

Once during the experimentation phase I went from friend to friend saying they are stupid for deliberately inducing symptoms of motion sickness in themselves by drinking.


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Wednesday Legend Of Five Rings game was canceled because of rampant mild sickness spreading among the players and the GM.


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I achieved an ambition of mine tonight by hitting somebody with a sword to the accompaniment of HAWKWIND.

I am easily pleased.


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I love getting drunk on occasion. Lots of fun. Not something to do on a regular basis though.


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So I was talking to Shiro about my 'amusing' discovery about my neighbors, and he said, "Man, that's a diverse neighborhood!"

And I responded, "No, it's really not. If you count the 6 houses around me (my house, my neighbors, and the 3 across the street) it's 16 people:

  • 2 straight African-American males
  • 2 gay Asian females
  • 2 gay Caucasian males
  • 3 gay Caucasian females
  • 3 straight Caucasian females, one of whom is disabled
  • 4 straight Caucasian males."

  • Then I looked at that list and just started laughing. We could be a PBS special if we just got a latino to move in near us...

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    Count me in on the no-drinking list and having no earthly clue why some people demand it in social settings. I've never been around those kinds of people, but I've certainly heard my share of stories about them from friends and acquaintances over the years.

    I get upset and uncomfortable at the effects of laughing gas. (That and it makes my nose and sinuses burn like heck.) I could not handle alcohol's. I don't know what the official name of it is, but I apparently have a phobia of anything that reduces my capability to control myself mentally or physically. If medical sedation wasn't so sudden I'd probably have a panic attack every time I had to go under.

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    captain yesterday wrote:
    The General and Crookshanks are making a Demogorgon cake for Crookshanks' birthday this week.

    D&D Demogorgon or ST Demogorgon?


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    Impus Major got a project to write about someone he admires. He chose me. I am very proud.

    Then he did the entire project without ever interviewing me.

    I look forward to seeing what my life was like...

    Shadow Lodge

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    Wow.


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    Orthos wrote:
    captain yesterday wrote:
    The General and Crookshanks are making a Demogorgon cake for Crookshanks' birthday this week.
    D&D Demogorgon or ST Demogorgon?

    Stranger Things, of course.

    Crookshanks and I are huge Stranger Things fans.

    Albeit, super late to the party, as we hadn't seen it until this winter.

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    captain yesterday wrote:
    Orthos wrote:
    captain yesterday wrote:
    The General and Crookshanks are making a Demogorgon cake for Crookshanks' birthday this week.
    D&D Demogorgon or ST Demogorgon?

    Stranger Things, of course.

    Crookshanks and I are huge Stranger Things fans.

    I knew that ;) But as this is a D&D-tangential community, it doesn't hurt to make sure.


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    I drink sometimes, but only socially.

    It's incredibly rare though, I don't even remember the last time I did.

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