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Just a Mort wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

Aaaaaaand... NobodyHome's opinion of human nature:

- Remains unchanged.

I showed up before the shop opened, met the same manager who I turned the car in to yesterday, the car hadn't been cleaned yet, and he let me back in to it. The iPad was there.

So, iPad recovered, but no humans involved (other than the manager being a nice guy).

Grats on recovering the Ipad! =)

Agreed!

EDIT: celebratory clothing! *clothed*


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Just a Mort wrote:
And I wouldn't use any kicks in a combat situation since I think I am unused to hitting resistance rather then empty air so it might throw me off balance. Especially since when you're kicking one foot is off the ground.

That is quite true - you give up stability when you throw a kick. It's another reason why I prefer very low, fast kicks that are thrown in as an addition to a response to an attack, rather than a kick being the response.

Basically - as they throw a punch or grab me, they'll see my hands respond, but what they don't see is my rear leg coming in and crashing my instep against their ankle/shin. That immediately helps take their attention away from what I'm really wanting to do, which is immobilize the offending limb or counterattack, depending entirely on the threat level.

DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A LAWYER AND THIS SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN AS LEGAL ADVICE. THIS IS FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE AND PRIVATE, UNOFFICIAL CONVERSATIONS WITH INDIVIDUAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS.

In the US, in almost all states (not getting into "stand your ground" laws), you are allowed to defend yourself with an amount of force commensurate with the level of threat you feel yourself to be in. It's a bit subjective and has some grey areas, but *some* basic rules apply - is a weapon involved, what kind of weapon, what is the size difference between the assailant and victim, and the genders of everyone involved. Whether gender should be a factor or not, in the US a female is much more likely to be absolved of excessive force if her attacker is a much larger male - the idea is that she can reasonably assume that he could kill her with his bare hands, so she felt she needed to stab him in the throat to end the threat to her life. I'm not saying there isn't some validity to that, but I also find it a bit sexist.

Cops at the scene will frequently make judgement calls, but the DA always has the power of deciding whether you should be charged with a crime while you were defending yourself. It always comes back to how much force did you use to stop your attacker, and if there's video of it.

The Exchange

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I used the push kick to shove open a door when my hands were full of other things. But other then that, nadda.

Let's see...the only time I've ever sparred was during college. I know I used a mix of block+parry since I don't know how to sidestep.


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Yay, now we're going home.


Drejk wrote:
Lord Harraman Ridh, baron of Ridh-Arath

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He can accumulate a debt of seven hours in this way, before he can no longer retain human shape.
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he occasionally organizes some for infrequent visitors, though he never remains past the sunset),
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as Lord Harraman Ridh mother was secretly a powerful hag and he

... uh, not sure the best way to suggest editing this; that said, this is proooobably the best, as it just follows your current wording:

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"as Lord Harraman Ridh's mother was secretly a powerful hag, and he"

It still has a bit of awkward wording, but it's awkward in a way that I write sometimes myself, so I'm not sure exactly how to suggest a fix. It's an artifact of trying to be clear in context, so... I'unno.

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though mostly lacking his mother's magical
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to avoid exposing onehimself,

While "oneself" isn't exactly incorrect, it somewhat comes off as awkward phrasing, at least to me.

Also, you might want to put "(+3 bonus)" behind greater magic fang just so that rubes like me don't have to look it up and do the math. Then again, you might not want to, given that it's not standard formatting procedure - I could see sticking to more standard formatting being preferred.

Similarly, I'm not sure if you want to mention the "+13" bonus after his curse bite and curse sting; I don't know if there's a standard format for similar abilities, as I can't exactly recall seeing a monster with similar abilities - the closest I can come up with are abilities with DCs or specific attack or CMB values, which, since your DCs are variable and you lack attack or CMB values, is probably why nothing is listed in parenthesis.

So, long story short ("Too late!") it's your call. Neither are recommendations, merely observations.

Awesome NPC!


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When I watched teevee, I tended to prefer the adverts to the programmes themselves, which is more a comment on British commercial television of the '80s and '90s than anything else.


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Limeylongears wrote:
When I watched teevee, I tended to prefer the adverts to the programmes themselves, which is more a comment on British commercial television of the '80s and '90s than anything else.

My dad is a huge fan of British television, so I know what you speak of all too well.


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Tacticslion wrote:
Just a Mort wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
Just a Mort wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
The Vagrant Erudite wrote:
We go to look at kittens!
Watch out, they're masters of mind control.
Hoi! I take offense to that!

Stop carrying mind-altering diseases, then!

(I'm not going to stop, mind you, I'm just pointing out that if you take offense to being a mind-manipulator, you should probably not manipulate minds. :D)

I don't manipulate minds I should think?

*gives everyone puppy eyes*

First: ew, cat/dog hybrids look so weird~!

Says the cat-named dog-lover.

Second: Single study with limited sample size shows horrible dangers of cats and their poop; we must now rethink all of society as direct result~!

** spoiler omitted **
[spoiler=Also, I loved this...

we do have to be very, very, VERY careful with how we handle animal feces, our furry friends can transfer things to us without intent or thought. Cat scratches can be particularly debilitating as they can transmit truly awful parasites to us(and each other).


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Freehold DM wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
Just a Mort wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
Just a Mort wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
The Vagrant Erudite wrote:
We go to look at kittens!
Watch out, they're masters of mind control.
Hoi! I take offense to that!

Stop carrying mind-altering diseases, then!

(I'm not going to stop, mind you, I'm just pointing out that if you take offense to being a mind-manipulator, you should probably not manipulate minds. :D)

I don't manipulate minds I should think?

*gives everyone puppy eyes*

First: ew, cat/dog hybrids look so weird~!

Says the cat-named dog-lover.

Second: Single study with limited sample size shows horrible dangers of cats and their poop; we must now rethink all of society as direct result~!

** spoiler omitted **
[spoiler=Also, I loved this...

we do have to be very, very, VERY careful with how we handle animal feces, our furry friends can transfer things to us without intent or thought. Cat scratches can be particularly debilitating as they can transmit truly awful parasites to us(and each other).

Or, get a dog and not have to deal with all that.


Very true! And, let me be clear, appropriate caution is always warranted, regardless of pets and what is and is not known. Most actual contagions and plagues came about as a result of powerful connections between humans and animals.

However, mostly, it struck me as funny that, "oh no, handling pet poop might be daaaaaaaaaangerous (if we don't take care of ourselves) ((see caveats))" seems like such a revelation.

(Also the correlation/causation thing. Totally legitimate and accurate, but still funny, aided by being written in a humorous style.)

EDIT: this was being written prior to CY's post, but I'm leaving it here, 'cause it's a funny response to either what he says or what FH says. So, good times, either way! :D


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Tacticslion wrote:

Very true! And, let me be clear, appropriate caution is always warranted, regardless of pets and what is and is not known. Most actual contagions and plagues came about as a result of powerful connections between humans and animals.

However, mostly, it struck me as funny that, "oh no, handling pet poop might be daaaaaaaaaangerous (if we don't take care of ourselves) ((see caveats))" seems like such a revelation.

(Also the correlation/causation thing. Totally legitimate and accurate, but still funny, aided by being written in a humorous style.)

EDIT: this was being written prior to CY's post, but I'm leaving it here, 'cause it's a funny response to either what he says or what FH says. So, good times, either way! :D

Somebody needs to go to a cow chip throwing contest.


captain yesterday wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:

Very true! And, let me be clear, appropriate caution is always warranted, regardless of pets and what is and is not known. Most actual contagions and plagues came about as a result of powerful connections between humans and animals.

However, mostly, it struck me as funny that, "oh no, handling pet poop might be daaaaaaaaaangerous (if we don't take care of ourselves) ((see caveats))" seems like such a revelation.

(Also the correlation/causation thing. Totally legitimate and accurate, but still funny, aided by being written in a humorous style.)

EDIT: this was being written prior to CY's post, but I'm leaving it here, 'cause it's a funny response to either what he says or what FH says. So, good times, either way! :D

Somebody needs to go to a cow chip throwing contest.

Thank you, no.


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My immune system is broken enough, thanks.

(Also, I'm probably allergic to it.)


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For the record I have nothing against cats, they're incredibly adorable.

I just prefer dogs in every way.


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It's after 2:30 on a Monday, and my relief isn't here yet. Typical.


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Dang it, I had a post favorited at least 7 or 8 times and then I got greedy and screwed it all up.


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Vanykrye wrote:
I think the cleaning crew accidentally knocked my wireless mouse off my office desk. The left click button is loose, squeaking, and has far more travel in it than it did for the 5 years prior to this. Still works fine for single clicks, but double clicks are a challenge.

And I've managed to fix the mouse. Yay. Don't have to buy a new one. The squeak from the button was loud enough that one of my techs started looking around for an actual mouse in the office.


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I got a sudden nostalgic pang for the TMNT RPG.


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From The Awesomes.

Prock: I blame Gregslist!

Hotwire: Um, don't you mean Craigslist?

Prock: No, if you want something even Craig won't touch, you turn to Greg.


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Vanykrye wrote:
Crescent kicks (relative of the axe kick), in my style, are a good flexibility exercise, and that's about it.

How could I forget crescent kicks?! I love 'em!

But yeah, I wouldn't use one in an actual fight either.


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My relief said that his car got repo'd. Consoling myself by watching an AMV.


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captain yesterday wrote:

For the record I have nothing against cats, they're incredibly adorable.

I just prefer dogs in every way.

Exactly the opposite for me. Dogs are perfectly nice, but I cannot think of a single aspect of them where I don't prefer cats.


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It seems that I'm looking at fifty-two and a half hours of work this week.


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At least it's a nice bump in the paycheck.


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With the possibility of sixteen hours on Wednesday, if a relief isn't found by then. Which would make it fifty-nine hours this week.


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John Napier 698 wrote:
With the possibility of sixteen hours on Wednesday, if a relief isn't found by then. Which would make it fifty-nine hours this week.

Does your company at least have a decent OT policy? I think in California it's time and a half for hours 41-60, and doubletime for hours 61+.


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And yes, I'm spending all day watching Transfer of Information (TOI) presentations, working group presentations, and any other work that is legitimate work that doesn't involve working.

Trouble is, I'm down to maybe an hour of stuff left and two hours of work left.

C'mon, working groups! You KNOW you want to post one more training session today...


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Oh, I saw the thing about the car getting repo'd and I'll post something out-of-order from the trip: We got to see a tour bus do a hit-and-run on a Disney shuttle.

Our bus drivers were dying laughing at his incompetence, then horrified when he drove away.

And the lead chaperone provided the police with the key photo that included the license plate number.

Our drivers were ecstatic. They were saying the hit and run alone would lose the guy his license for 5 years. If there were people on the shuttle it'd be 10 years. If there were kids on the shuttle it would be permanent.

But HOW can you be a professional bus driver and NOT know you're going to get busted for a hit-and-run at fricking DISNEYLAND?!?!?!


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About the only place in the world where there would be more cameras than Disneyland is possibly Heathrow.


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NobodysHome wrote:
John Napier 698 wrote:
With the possibility of sixteen hours on Wednesday, if a relief isn't found by then. Which would make it fifty-nine hours this week.

Does your company at least have a decent OT policy? I think in California it's time and a half for hours 41-60, and doubletime for hours 61+.

Pretty much the same here in PA.


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Tonight, two lovely people with brightly coloured hair came over to teach us messer.

What is a messer?

A two to three foot long Bowie knife, basically.


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NobodysHome wrote:
Drejk wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

Aaaaaaand... NobodyHome's opinion of human nature:

- Remains unchanged.

I showed up before the shop opened, met the same manager who I turned the car in to yesterday, the car hadn't been cleaned yet, and he let me back in to it. The iPad was there.

So, iPad recovered, but no humans involved (other than the manager being a nice guy).

Battery died or the garage had poor/no reception so the find feature didn't work?

NobodysHome's cluelessness.

The iPad doesn't have cellular access, so unless it's near an unsecured wireless network, it can't be found.

Ah, it's one of those. Well, they are (or at least should be) cheaper.


captain yesterday wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
Just a Mort wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
Just a Mort wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
The Vagrant Erudite wrote:
We go to look at kittens!
Watch out, they're masters of mind control.
Hoi! I take offense to that!

Stop carrying mind-altering diseases, then!

(I'm not going to stop, mind you, I'm just pointing out that if you take offense to being a mind-manipulator, you should probably not manipulate minds. :D)

I don't manipulate minds I should think?

*gives everyone puppy eyes*

First: ew, cat/dog hybrids look so weird~!

Says the cat-named dog-lover.

Second: Single study with limited sample size shows horrible dangers of cats and their poop; we must now rethink all of society as direct result~!

** spoiler omitted **
[spoiler=Also, I loved this...

we do have to be very, very, VERY careful with how we handle animal feces, our furry friends can transfer things to us without intent or thought. Cat scratches can be particularly debilitating as they can transmit truly awful parasites to us(and each other).
Or, get a dog and not have to deal with all that.

dogs are just as bad, and tend to roll around in or eat their crap before slobbering all over you. Their higher body temperature kills most but not all parasite and they do rely on humans to physically dispose of the stuff for them.


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Sooooooo avoiding "cats vs. dogs". That's practically politics.

Stated my preferences: For my personal pet ownership, Cats > Ferrets > Dogs

And I fully accept that many people will use a different order, and I am perfectly OK with that. To each his/her/its own.


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Any pet that is loved and cared for is the best kind of pet.

We'd probably have a cat by now but three out of four people in the house are allergic.


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Tacticslion wrote:
gran rey de los nekkid wrote:
Just out of curiosity, does anyone else pronounce Yuugasa's name like this? Or is it just me?
captain yesterday wrote:
I pronounce it "You-gah-sa"

The latter reads like it pronounces the same way as the former, to my mind.

(I mean, you know, ending-sound-wise; obvs. not the starting syllable sounds, save for that last "s" they share.)

gran rey de los nekkid wrote:
Also, is anyone else nekkid? Or is that just me, too?
Pretty sure it's been canon confirmed that CY has never gotten dressed.

Our ancestors didn't wear clothes and they obviously led long, full lives.


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Freehold DM wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
Just a Mort wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
Just a Mort wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
The Vagrant Erudite wrote:
We go to look at kittens!
Watch out, they're masters of mind control.
Hoi! I take offense to that!

Stop carrying mind-altering diseases, then!

(I'm not going to stop, mind you, I'm just pointing out that if you take offense to being a mind-manipulator, you should probably not manipulate minds. :D)

I don't manipulate minds I should think?

*gives everyone puppy eyes*

First: ew, cat/dog hybrids look so weird~!

Says the cat-named dog-lover.

Second: Single study with limited sample size shows horrible dangers of cats and their poop; we must now rethink all of society as direct result~!

** spoiler omitted **
[spoiler=Also, I loved this...

we do have to be very, very, VERY careful with how we handle animal feces, our furry friends can transfer things to us without intent or thought. Cat scratches can be particularly debilitating as they can transmit truly awful parasites to us(and each other).
Or, get a dog and not have to deal with all that.
dogs are just as bad, and tend to roll around in or eat their crap before slobbering all over you. Their higher body temperature kills most but not all parasite and they do rely on humans to physically dispose of the stuff for them.

Slight correction, the city requires you to pick it up, the dog could care less, and in some cases is quite irked with you when you do ("you a~%&~@%, I left that for my girlfriend to roll in!").


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captain yesterday wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
Just a Mort wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
Just a Mort wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
The Vagrant Erudite wrote:
We go to look at kittens!
Watch out, they're masters of mind control.
Hoi! I take offense to that!

Stop carrying mind-altering diseases, then!

(I'm not going to stop, mind you, I'm just pointing out that if you take offense to being a mind-manipulator, you should probably not manipulate minds. :D)

I don't manipulate minds I should think?

*gives everyone puppy eyes*

First: ew, cat/dog hybrids look so weird~!

Says the cat-named dog-lover.

Second: Single study with limited sample size shows horrible dangers of cats and their poop; we must now rethink all of society as direct result~!

** spoiler omitted **

Also, I loved this...
we do have to be very, very, VERY careful with how we handle animal feces, our furry friends can transfer things to us without intent or thought. Cat scratches can be particularly debilitating as they can transmit truly awful parasites to us(and each other).
Or, get a dog and not have to deal with all that.
dogs are just as bad, and tend to roll around in or eat their crap before slobbering all over you. Their higher body temperature kills most but not all parasite and they do rely on humans to physically dispose of the stuff for them.
Slight correction, the city requires you to pick it up, the dog could care less, and in some cases is quite irked with you when you do.

[spoiler=FOR MATURE DOG OWNERS ONLY:


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How mysterious! Spoiler tags I can't read.

For the record, I do pick up the poop, unless it's in the yard of a restaurant that laughed at me when I brought my two year old to the interview because the babysitter fell through. Or Boyd's house.


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Cats.


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It's almost 9 P.M. My supervisor doesn't want me working more than 16 hours in a row anymore. About to clock out, Good night, everyone.


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captain yesterday wrote:

How mysterious! Spoiler tags I can't read.

For the record, I do pick up the poop, unless it's in the yard of a restaurant that laughed at me when I brought my two year old to the interview because the babysitter fell through. Or Boyd's house.

strange. I can't see it either.

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You know, I don't have pets. Well, except my brother's fishies.

You shouldn't clock 16 hours in a row, John. It's bad for you. You know the saying about all work and no play.


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Just a Mort wrote:

You know, I don't have pets. Well, except my brother's fishies.

You shouldn't clock 16 hours in a row, John. It's bad for you. You know the saying about all work and no play.

LOLOL. Try being a chaperone. I think 2:30 am - 11:00 pm breaks that rule by a little...


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I want a million of these


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Scout, my new kitten, took some time to break in to loving me, but she leans into petting now and will let me cuddle her for a bit.

Quinzelle (named after Harleen), on the other hand, Tala's new spoiled diva b$!**, is still fighting some dominant behavior. When she clawed me like a rabid tornado on crack she found out what a cold shower feels like. She gives me a wide berth now.

Actually, both are extremely independent. The dogs are terrified of both. Hunter just wants to be their friend so bad and keeps getting clawed in the face by both. Scout likes laying in windows watching the birds. Quin likes nothing but to fume in a corner and to be treated like an Empress while she growls at you if you don't do it fast enough.

They're sisters about a year old that were a couple blocks from our house. The owners are moving to a one pet only hood and they didn't want to separate the pair.

I don't know why. Quin seems to hate Scout almost as much as the rest of the world.


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Speaking of which... while I'm waiting for Impus Minor to finish his dinner, here's a whirlwind review of the tour up to the point that he finishes eating:

Wednesday, April 3: In the morning I went to Sprouts, Safeway, and Costco to pick up food for the trip. I think the thing that impressed me the most about Sprouts is that it had absolutely nothing that I felt like buying. I get all my organic fresh fruits and vegetables at either my corner store or the farmer's market, and pretty much everything else was made by drunk and/or stoned hippies who decided that anything they make that's organic, vegan, and gluten-free is automatically fantastic, so who the heck cares what it tastes like?

It was... appalling...

In the afternoon I had a pleasant walk to the Avis on Gilman street and... holy carp! They had my car ready on time!!! And it was the right car!!!! And it was clean!!!!! Serious points for Avis.
After that it was time to pick up the kids and head out to Alameda for our TSA pre-screening appointments. I told them not to screw around and get me arrested. I shouldn't have bothered. TSA pre-screening is utterly pointless.

We went into a small office. The woman took our fingerprints and pictures, we paid $85, and that's it. No questions. No nothing. I could have done everything she did at any notary public in the state. But apparently she is TSA-certified and a notary isn't, so whatever.

On our way home we stopped by Al's Big Burger for dinner, I helped the kids pack, and I was snug in bed by 6:30 pm. Because I know what Thursdays are like...


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For the record, now we have two dogs, two cats, and two rats, and yes, the cats are on edge because of this.

We decided should Scout or Quin nom on Chichi or Bulma, that's just something that can happen to a rat with cats around. Sad, but we won't punish the cats; we want them to stop outside pests after all.

Still, we don't let the rats out of the cage anywhere near the cats. Hunter anf Memphis are surprisingly nice to the rats, though.

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