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It's International Kissing Day.

Now, that's a holiday I can get support!


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It's really interesting to me seeing the difference between "world travelers" and "world workers".

It's not like GothBard and I are exactly massive travelers: I did a 7-week tour of Europe in 1987, then we did two weeks in Australia in 1994, and finally a few weeks in Europe in 1997. Shiro has lived in Japan and Singapore, but apparently this is his first international vacation "for fun".

And you get fun questions from him such as, "How much cash should I bring?"

Er...
(1) You're not going to need U.S. cash in any country we're going to. Even when I was "kidnapped" by a taxi driver in Athens, he took his payment in drachmas, not dollars.

(2) The terrible exchange rates you get at exchange booths more than obliterate the moderate fees you pay for using an ATM. I think my bank is charging $2.50 plus 2.5% of the transaction. I guarantee that'll be far cheaper than the exchange rates you get at those shady exchange places, and your only other choice is to carry a ton of U.S. cash and find local banks to do an exchange. And local banks frequently charge... a convenience fee.
Yeah, I'll just leave my money in the bank, carry very little cash, and use an ATM, thanks.

It's just funny seeing the difference between, "I've traveled internationally for business or to work in another locale for a period of time," vs., "I've traveled internationally for fun."

Anyway, I've downloaded Into the Spiderverse, Violet Evergarden, and The Flash, season 1 onto my iPad. It may make the plane ride tolerable.

I'm more interested in seeing how our TSA pre-screening stuff goes. It supposedly works for international flights leaving the U.S., but of course you never know 'til you try...


Cap'n Yesterday, FaWtL Tourism wrote:

It's International Kissing Day.

Now, that's a holiday I can get support!

We... see...

Now where's the brain bleach?


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NobodysHome wrote:
Cap'n Yesterday, FaWtL Tourism wrote:

It's International Kissing Day.

Now, that's a holiday I can get support!

We... see...

Now where's the brain bleach?

Sorry, that was me.


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I really do hate the service industry sometimes.

We went to Trader Vic's last night and received truly appalling service. No menus until we asked a busboy for them 15 minutes after sitting down. No server until 20 minutes in. Then she got both food and drink orders wrong, including serving me an alcoholic drink after I'd been specifically asking for non-alcoholic versions all night, ignored us when we tried to flag her down to oh, get silverware or report an error, laughed it off when I told her I needed a non-alcoholic drink and told me I could have the alcoholic one on the house (gee, thanks), and was otherwise inattentive, insensitive, and inaccurate.

So either she was having a really crappy night, or she's really really not very good. Considering she was working as a server at a high-end restaurant on a Friday night, I'm guessing it was the former.

As a communicator, I just want to say, "Dear xxx. You provided us with very poor service last night, so here are some ideas that might help you avoid this in the future...", such as writing down orders or making eye contact with each table as she makes the rounds just so no one feels abandoned.

And the trouble is, all such communication goes through the manager who's more likely to fire her than to try to help her.

I'm not there, but I figure people have learning curves and she's at the low end and can improve. She didn't seem indifferent, just inexperienced and really bad at reading people, both of which she can learn with help and time.

So I submitted the letter in a friendly tone, saying, "Here are some things she could improve on."

And now I just have to hope it doesn't get her fired. Unless we're not the first ones to complain. One complaint = Bad night. Multiple complaints from multiple nights = "Have you considered another line of work?"


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Drejk wrote:

*waves to Aiymi*

Welcome to the madhouse. Don't mind us. We are mostly harmless.

*waves back*

Thanks! I'll sit back and enjoy the show.


Amby, Tac, I have received word of an explosion in Florida. Is everyone alright by you?


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Aiymi wrote:
Drejk wrote:

*waves to Aiymi*

Welcome to the madhouse. Don't mind us. We are mostly harmless.

*waves back*

Thanks! I'll sit back and enjoy the show.

ABOUT TO GET INTO DA CON

My god, I am standing in lines like....like some COMMONER!


Cap'n Yesterday, FaWtL Tourism wrote:

It's International Kissing Day.

Now, that's a holiday I can get support!

smoochies.


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Teensy Valeros and Hermione are both mildly sick (bad coughs, feeling a little low), so Mom and Eve are going up to see my uncle in the hospital and I am staying home with the kids to play board games and watch movies. It doesn't feel so bad because we're here for three more weeks, I'm just worried about my niece getting it.

After a week of being on the Focalin, I've realized that Val tends to amp up right after taking it for about an hour or so before settling into an industrious and focused not-quite-calm for most of the rest of the day. So now I have to start observing more carefully and charting so we can time it well when school starts.


Freehold DM wrote:
Amby, Tac, I have received word of an explosion in Florida. Is everyone alright by you?

It was news to me. It happened over in Plantation, on the east coast (near Fort Lauderdale). I think Tacticslion is in north FL, and I'm over the southwest coast.


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Freehold DM wrote:
Amby, Tac, I have received word of an explosion in Florida. Is everyone alright by you?

Notices Freehold's lack of concern for NobodysHome in an earthquake...

...updates Christmas list...

(Of course, it depends on the reporting. "Earthquake near L.A." pretty much tells everyone we won't have noticed it. And vice versa.)


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NobodysHome wrote:

I really do hate the service industry sometimes.

We went to Trader Vic's last night and received truly appalling service. No menus until we asked a busboy for them 15 minutes after sitting down. No server until 20 minutes in. Then she got both food and drink orders wrong, including serving me an alcoholic drink after I'd been specifically asking for non-alcoholic versions all night, ignored us when we tried to flag her down to oh, get silverware or report an error, laughed it off when I told her I needed a non-alcoholic drink and told me I could have the alcoholic one on the house (gee, thanks), and was otherwise inattentive, insensitive, and inaccurate.

So either she was having a really crappy night, or she's really really not very good. Considering she was working as a server at a high-end restaurant on a Friday night, I'm guessing it was the former.

As a communicator, I just want to say, "Dear xxx. You provided us with very poor service last night, so here are some ideas that might help you avoid this in the future...", such as writing down orders or making eye contact with each table as she makes the rounds just so no one feels abandoned.

And the trouble is, all such communication goes through the manager who's more likely to fire her than to try to help her.

I'm not there, but I figure people have learning curves and she's at the low end and can improve. She didn't seem indifferent, just inexperienced and really bad at reading people, both of which she can learn with help and time.

So I submitted the letter in a friendly tone, saying, "Here are some things she could improve on."

And now I just have to hope it doesn't get her fired. Unless we're not the first ones to complain. One complaint = Bad night. Multiple complaints from multiple nights = "Have you considered another line of work?"

Sounds like you should've gone to Denny's.


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When can we get him to become USA president at earliest?
35. So 17 more years.

Duh. He will miss 2035 elections! Can you rig his birth license to show 2000? He might be our last hope for decent future...


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Drejk wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
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When can we get him to become USA president at earliest?
35. So 17 more years.
Duh. He will miss 2035 elections! Can you rig his birth license to show 2000? He might be our last hope for decent future...

Ha! You puny earthlings, that will already be too late!! Mwahahahahahahaha!

I mean, good luck with that!


NobodysHome wrote:


(2) The terrible exchange rates you get at exchange booths more than obliterate the moderate fees you pay for using an ATM. I think my bank is charging $2.50 plus 2.5% of the transaction. I guarantee that'll be far cheaper than the exchange rates you get at those shady exchange places, and your only other choice is to carry a ton of U.S. cash and find local banks to do an exchange. And local banks frequently charge... a convenience fee.
Yeah, I'll just leave my money in the bank, carry very little cash, and use an ATM, thanks.

Interesting... Here exchanging dollars, euro, and pounds to złoty is almost usually favorable at exchange booths (called kantor) comparing to banks and hotels. And having exchanged pounds earned in UK in Polish banks and kantors, I can say I have first hand knowledge.

Of course it's sort of tradition since sixties, when government (which was desperate for internationally acceptable funds)-controlled banks offered much worse exchange rates to foreign tourists than unlicensed shady dealers - who were still making big money for themselves.


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NobodysHome wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Amby, Tac, I have received word of an explosion in Florida. Is everyone alright by you?

Notices Freehold's lack of concern for NobodysHome in an earthquake...

...updates Christmas list...

(Of course, it depends on the reporting. "Earthquake near L.A." pretty much tells everyone we won't have noticed it. And vice versa.)

Oh yeah, well, somewhere in Wisconsin a cow chip throwing contest was delayed by rain.


lisamarlene wrote:
After a week of being on the Focalin, I've realized that Val tends to amp up right after taking it for about an hour or so before settling into an industrious and focused not-quite-calm for most of the rest of the day. So now I have to start observing more carefully and charting so we can time it well when school starts.

How does he feel about the medication?


After a few nicer days the high temperatures are back... :(


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NobodysHome wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Amby, Tac, I have received word of an explosion in Florida. Is everyone alright by you?

Notices Freehold's lack of concern for NobodysHome in an earthquake...

...updates Christmas list...

(Of course, it depends on the reporting. "Earthquake near L.A." pretty much tells everyone we won't have noticed it. And vice versa.)

This.


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Drejk wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:
After a week of being on the Focalin, I've realized that Val tends to amp up right after taking it for about an hour or so before settling into an industrious and focused not-quite-calm for most of the rest of the day. So now I have to start observing more carefully and charting so we can time it well when school starts.
How does he feel about the medication?

He says he feels "stronger".


Drejk wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:


(2) The terrible exchange rates you get at exchange booths more than obliterate the moderate fees you pay for using an ATM. I think my bank is charging $2.50 plus 2.5% of the transaction. I guarantee that'll be far cheaper than the exchange rates you get at those shady exchange places, and your only other choice is to carry a ton of U.S. cash and find local banks to do an exchange. And local banks frequently charge... a convenience fee.
Yeah, I'll just leave my money in the bank, carry very little cash, and use an ATM, thanks.

Interesting... Here exchanging dollars, euro, and pounds to złoty is almost usually favorable at exchange booths (called kantor) comparing to banks and hotels. And having exchanged pounds earned in UK in Polish banks and kantors, I can say I have first hand knowledge.

Of course it's sort of tradition since sixties, when government (desperate for internationally acceptable funds) controlled banks offered much worse exchange rates to foreign tourists than unlicensed shady dealers - who were still making big money for themselves.

Well, now I'll have to check.

I still remember in '87 when the booths at the airports and train stations in London were offering British pounds at $1.75 per pound, and banks were offering British pounds at $1.51 per pound. It was that bad, and that striking of a difference; well over 10% in favor of the banks.

But that was 32 years ago, and I haven't comparison shopped since.


NobodysHome wrote:
Drejk wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:


(2) The terrible exchange rates you get at exchange booths more than obliterate the moderate fees you pay for using an ATM. I think my bank is charging $2.50 plus 2.5% of the transaction. I guarantee that'll be far cheaper than the exchange rates you get at those shady exchange places, and your only other choice is to carry a ton of U.S. cash and find local banks to do an exchange. And local banks frequently charge... a convenience fee.
Yeah, I'll just leave my money in the bank, carry very little cash, and use an ATM, thanks.

Interesting... Here exchanging dollars, euro, and pounds to złoty is almost usually favorable at exchange booths (called kantor) comparing to banks and hotels. And having exchanged pounds earned in UK in Polish banks and kantors, I can say I have first hand knowledge.

Of course it's sort of tradition since sixties, when government (desperate for internationally acceptable funds) controlled banks offered much worse exchange rates to foreign tourists than unlicensed shady dealers - who were still making big money for themselves.

Well, now I'll have to check.

I still remember in '87 when the booths at the airports and train stations in London were offering British pounds at $1.75 per pound, and banks were offering British pounds at $1.51 per pound. It was that bad, and that striking of a difference; well over 10% in favor of the banks.

But that was 32 years ago, and I haven't comparison shopped since.

Location. Avoid exchanging money at airports, ports, train stations, and hotels if possible.

My city is seeing a lot of tourists so there is competition between private booths and hotels. There is also a large number of Poles more or less temporarily working abroad since nineties, sending money back home, so exchange booths make a big buck on the bulk transactions.

The exchange rates might be more unfavorable in wealthier countries where people less often send money from abroad.

Also, pound exchange rates might be in a bit of a mess nowdays anyway.


Also note that the differences might not be significant enough to warrant using the exchange booths anyway for your touristic needs. It's a kinda different when those money are spent on months and month of living.


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And funnily enough, 32 years ago here, shady dealers were sure to give you much better exchange rates than banks.


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Ah, I don't idle well.

We're as packed as we're going to get 'til tomorrow morning, done with shopping, caught up on the budget, cats are ready, etc., etc., so now it's just, "Wait until 4:10 pm to print your boarding passes, then wait 'til morning to wrap up packing and take off to the airport."

And I'm going stir crazy looking for stuff to DO....


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Drejk wrote:
Also note that the differences might not be significant enough to warrant using the exchange booths anyway for your touristic needs. It's a kinda different when those money are spent on months and month of living.

Yeah, in '87 I was trying to survive for 7 weeks on as little as possible (did all 7 weeks including airfare and Eurail pass for $2200). I lived for 3 days on peanuts and mustard packets. Mmm... the good old days!

We're in a bit of a different position today, where GothBard just said, "Yeah, I'm not going to pack an umbrella because if we need one I can just buy a real cheapie over there and throw it out before we come home."

But still, we'll probably be using somewhere around $1000 cash total on the trip, so a 10% difference is still enough to make a bit of a walk worthwhile. But I'm with a credit union, not a bank, so I'm betting I do OK with exchange rates with them.


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Hi all, been distracted for a while. Hope everyone's well!

I learned something suuuper interesting recently. I've been watching a lecture series on ancient North American civilizations. Most of it was frustratingly devoid of detail and story; only one or two First Nations were maybe on their way to written language so there are no written records of anything, many First Nations were completely obliterated by European & U.S. imperialism, and as the lecturing archaeologist himself said, bones and artifacts only get you so far.

But!

The Iroquois tribes of what became New York State were very warlike, warring with both each other and other First Nations. But five of them eventually joined together into a democratic confederacy -- well, democratic in much the same way that the early U.S. was democratic. I.e., the elite women of each tribe voted on important issues. Yes, the elite women. Anyhow, the Iroquois Confederacy was highly effective at reducing infighting, focusing war efforts on other Nations, and at preserving its way of life after European contact. At one point the English allied with the Iroquios' traditional enemies, the Algonquins, and the Iroquios still won thanks to the Confederacy's unified efforts. In fact, some of the Founders, including George Washington were so impressed with the Confederacy that they explicitly cited it as an inspiration for the new Republic!

How is this amazing tidbit not more known?! I remember something about the Iroquios and Algonquins from grade school, but I never learned that any First Nation helped inspire our way of life!

Scarab Sages

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NobodysHome wrote:

I did a 7-week tour of Europe in 1987

Then you were there for the most important event in european history! My birth! :P

Scarab Sages

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lisamarlene wrote:
Drejk wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:
After a week of being on the Focalin, I've realized that Val tends to amp up right after taking it for about an hour or so before settling into an industrious and focused not-quite-calm for most of the rest of the day. So now I have to start observing more carefully and charting so we can time it well when school starts.
How does he feel about the medication?
He says he feels "stronger".

I can imagine. Chaos in your head wears you down.

Scarab Sages

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Cool short movie and article about bicyles in my city, Utrecht.


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Woran wrote:
Cool short movie and article about bicyles in my city, Utrecht.

SOOOOOO many political things to say here...

...instead, I just installed the 800 GB of memory in my camera, then cranked it up to highest resolution.

Unfortunately, on that resolution I'll only be able to take around 32,000 pictures in Europe before having to clear the memory. Oh, what EVER shall I do?


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Tequila Sunrise wrote:
How is this amazing tidbit not more known?! I remember something about the Iroquios and Algonquins from grade school, but I never learned that any First Nation helped inspire our way of life!

I can only speak for myself, but my US history education made a point of talking about the natives as little as possible. Squanto got a mention, Sacajawea got a mention, a couple others I had to remember names of for tests and no longer do now 15 years later, mostly associated with conflicts on the westward expansion and the Trail of Tears.

To keep it as apolitical as possible, my teachers and the writers of our textbooks were not incredibly concerned with the history of the natives beyond where they conflicted with the settlers.


Ah, the Catch-22s of travel: We got our TSA pre-screenings done after we ordered our tickets, so we have two choices:

(1) Go to the airport, stand in line for check-in, try to get our TSA numbers added to our tickets, and skip security.

(2) Check in online, skip the check-in line, but go through normal security.

So no matter what we do, it's a line. We all think it'll be better trying to skip security, so we're going to check in in person. Since so few people do that these days, it'll likely be the shorter line. There's the risk they won't be able to add our TSA numbers there either, but meh, security's usually pretty smooth for us because we actually read the fricking rules before we go...
(Will not tirade about people still bringing full bottles of liquid into the security line or arguing about every little POSTED RULE with the TSA agents...)


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ALL (DE) and children stayed over on Friday night, which is why anyone in the area would have been pleased to see small persons playing the ukelele and attacking trees with my swords on the evening of the 5th.

On the 6th, we went to the scupluture park, where ALL (DE) got to meet all her old pals from Hull.

She had a nice time, which was the main idea; I got to exchange LOTR facts and riddles with some Scottish adolescents and see some ducks, which was enough for me.


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NobodysHome wrote:

Ah, the Catch-22s of travel: We got our TSA pre-screenings done after we ordered our tickets, so we have two choices:

(1) Go to the airport, stand in line for check-in, try to get our TSA numbers added to our tickets, and skip security.

(2) Check in online, skip the check-in line, but go through normal security.

So no matter what we do, it's a line. We all think it'll be better trying to skip security, so we're going to check in in person. Since so few people do that these days, it'll likely be the shorter line. There's the risk they won't be able to add our TSA numbers there either, but meh, security's usually pretty smooth for us because we actually read the fricking rules before we go...
(Will not tirade about people still bringing full bottles of liquid into the security line or arguing about every little POSTED RULE with the TSA agents...)

politics:
oh come now.

You know as well as I do the TSA is a mostly private organization that should not exist. Their rules are laughable at best.


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And here yet again we see the Lawful and Chaotic mindsets at odds.

Observe how the Lawful mind spares themselves excess stress, time, and effort by observing the instructions and authorities currently in place, even if they consider them foolish or unnecessary. Likewise observe how they express frustration with those who induce excess lost time and expended energy objecting to the instructions provided, regardless of reasoning.

Observe in turn how the argument of the Chaotic mind is that these prohibitions and obstacles needn't exist at all, perhaps even shouldn't, yet provides no consideration nor acknowledgement of the irritation and frustration caused by those who would ignore the fact that, regardless of one's opinion with regard to their existence, the rules still exist.

This has been... traffic.


Woran wrote:
Cool short movie and article about bicyles in my city, Utrecht.

New Utrecht was a neighborhood in Brooklyn.


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Cecil Gershwin Palmer wrote:

And here yet again we see the Lawful and Chaotic mindsets at odds.

Observe how the Lawful mind spares themselves excess stress, time, and effort by observing the instructions and authorities currently in place, even if they consider them foolish or unnecessary. Likewise observe how they express frustration with those who induce excess lost time and expended energy objecting to the instructions provided, regardless of reasoning.

Observe in turn how the argument of the Chaotic mind is that these prohibitions and obstacles needn't exist at all, perhaps even shouldn't, yet provides no consideration nor acknowledgement of the irritation and frustration caused by those who would ignore the fact that, regardless of one's opinion with regard to their existence, the rules still exist.

This has been... traffic.

sigh:
I know you are not from here and know next to nothing of what I am referring to as a result, so I will go into greater detail.

TSA has zero authority for the most part, at least at JFK/ LaGuardia. They run the scanners, which have been sold to airports by the same concern that created the TSA. When s#&$ goes down, they quietly call/run screaming for the people who DO have authority: either the semi-private security for the airline near where s$*@ is going down(who have at least a *little* more authority than the TSA does) or the people who actually DO have authority in that situation- The Port Authority Cops/Transit Cops(you aren't going to find the latter at the airport really, though)/Just Plain Old Every Day Cops, who do walk the airport as a part of their beat. TSA makes it a point to stand near them when they do whatever it is they do so it LOOKS like they have authority, but the simple truth is they do not- the people actually detaining/arresting you do. Most people who live around here are very much aware TSA are largely people who couldn't cut it elsewhere, but most humor them with varying degrees of politeness, and that politeness goes down when someone who isnt old enough to shave/a year old1er than methuselah decides they want to pull you out of the line for a random screening to make it look like they are doing something/are a force to be reckoned with. If you want to get more into politics, they are a sterling example of government bloat some complain about but do PRECIOUS little to stop and a whole hell of a lot to vote for. To do otherwise, of course, is unamerican, and we can't have that.

Finally, and I would not want to bring this into the situation as I do not want to embarrass NH or make assumptions about his financial practices(or if TSA is still doing this), but just how lawful is it to pay about 100 bucks to bypass security? Because if I wanted to do some damage to the great satan, 100 bucks is a great way to ensure my bomb, composed solely of liquids over 10 ounces(or whatever the limit is), makes it past the eagle-eyed TSA. But I know, TEaM CHaOs BaD.

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Hi cool kids. I'm cranky for little good reason and tired and it's way past my bedtime and I don't want to go to bed, and I have to get up early to spiritually advise a boy scout in the morning. Help. Or not.


Freehold DM wrote:
Cecil Gershwin Palmer wrote:

And here yet again we see the Lawful and Chaotic mindsets at odds.

Observe how the Lawful mind spares themselves excess stress, time, and effort by observing the instructions and authorities currently in place, even if they consider them foolish or unnecessary. Likewise observe how they express frustration with those who induce excess lost time and expended energy objecting to the instructions provided, regardless of reasoning.

Observe in turn how the argument of the Chaotic mind is that these prohibitions and obstacles needn't exist at all, perhaps even shouldn't, yet provides no consideration nor acknowledgement of the irritation and frustration caused by those who would ignore the fact that, regardless of one's opinion with regard to their existence, the rules still exist.

This has been... traffic.

** spoiler omitted **...

Spoiler:
And none of this changes the fact that annoying and unnecessary as it may be, just cooperating with their restrictions causes less headache and frustration for everyone else around you and doesn't in any real or practical way inhibit your ability to get yourself and your possessions to your destination.

Meanwhile arguing and fighting with them only causes more trouble, delay, and headaches not just for you but also for everyone else involved, and fails to succeed at inducing any meaningful or helpful change or improvement in any way.

The system needs fixing, sure, but picking a fight with TSA or arguing over the minutiae of their ruleset - especially, as in NH's example, when you're already in line at the airport - is doing jack all to actually fix anything. It's just causing more problems.


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DeathQuaker wrote:
Hi cool kids. I'm cranky for little good reason and tired and it's way past my bedtime and I don't want to go to bed, and I have to get up early to spiritually advise a boy scout in the morning. Help. Or not.

Hug pounce for calling us cool kids!

The best advice I've seen in ages about sleep (or lack thereof) was simply: If you're in bed relaxing, don't worry about sleeping. Daydream. Think about things you need to do. If your body is at rest and the lights are out, it doesn't matter whether you're really asleep.

Makes long sleepless nights much more relaxing.

On the other hand, "Cranky and don't want to go to bed" sounds like stress, so hang out here, post nonsense, and hopefully the night shift'll show up soon to keep you company, since I've got to get to bed for my trip.


Heyah DQ. No real advice from this corner sadly, beyond what NH's already offered. But nice seeing you around again =)


DeathQuaker wrote:
Hi cool kids. I'm cranky for little good reason and tired and it's way past my bedtime and I don't want to go to bed, and I have to get up early to spiritually advise a boy scout in the morning. Help. Or not.

For some reason, I keep thinking this is you.


Wow. Stepped on a landmine there!

But yeah:

TSA Stuff:
(Deleted most of this because Orthos said it already)
And Freehold, I am not embarrassed at all: The $85 TSA pre-screening was a frightening joke. I expected a trained agent to interview me for an hour to determine whether I was a threat. I got a low-wage paper-pusher who just collected my paperwork and fingerprints and rubber-stamped me.

More people need to be made aware of just what a farce U.S. airport security is. But being disruptive (through malice or incompetence) or hostile slows things down and inconveniences a lot of people with no positive result; people don't think less of the TSA when you're an obnoxious jerk to them; they think less of you.


NobodysHome wrote:
DeathQuaker wrote:
Hi cool kids. I'm cranky for little good reason and tired and it's way past my bedtime and I don't want to go to bed, and I have to get up early to spiritually advise a boy scout in the morning. Help. Or not.

Hug pounce for calling us cool kids!

The best advice I've seen in ages about sleep (or lack thereof) was simply: If you're in bed relaxing, don't worry about sleeping. Daydream. Think about things you need to do. If your body is at rest and the lights are out, it doesn't matter whether you're really asleep.

Makes long sleepless nights much more relaxing.

On the other hand, "Cranky and don't want to go to bed" sounds like stress, so hang out here, post nonsense, and hopefully the night shift'll show up soon to keep you company, since I've got to get to bed for my trip.

I just read.


NobodysHome wrote:

Wow. Stepped on a landmine there!

But yeah: ** spoiler omitted **

Spoiler:
85 dollars.

I get change for my c note AND I get to blow people up.

Ugh.

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NobodysHome wrote:
DeathQuaker wrote:
Hi cool kids. I'm cranky for little good reason and tired and it's way past my bedtime and I don't want to go to bed, and I have to get up early to spiritually advise a boy scout in the morning. Help. Or not.

Hug pounce for calling us cool kids!

The best advice I've seen in ages about sleep (or lack thereof) was simply: If you're in bed relaxing, don't worry about sleeping. Daydream. Think about things you need to do. If your body is at rest and the lights are out, it doesn't matter whether you're really asleep.

Makes long sleepless nights much more relaxing.

On the other hand, "Cranky and don't want to go to bed" sounds like stress, so hang out here, post nonsense, and hopefully the night shift'll show up soon to keep you company, since I've got to get to bed for my trip.

Yeah, the issue isn't I can't sleep (and what you've described above is my entire life at bedtime--ADD=does not fall asleep right away, so I tell myself stories till I eventually doze off. Been doing that since childhood). Just feel uptight. Probably residual stress, now that you mention it, of a thing that happened earlier today that was resolved, but I am not recognizing I didn't properly decompress from what happened afterward.

Have a good trip.

Orthos wrote:
Heyah DQ. No real advice from this corner sadly, beyond what NH's already offered. But nice seeing you around again =)

Hi Orthos!

Freehold DM wrote:
DeathQuaker wrote:
Hi cool kids. I'm cranky for little good reason and tired and it's way past my bedtime and I don't want to go to bed, and I have to get up early to spiritually advise a boy scout in the morning. Help. Or not.
For some reason, I keep thinking this is you.

I do not know why you think a single, childless, erratic goofball would be the god of Law and Motherhood...

Grayhawk Wiki wrote:
"Stern Alia is somehow an aspect of the Flan god [...]"

Ah, that's it. I do love a good pudding.


Last Christmas I went to the tree lot and bought a giant 25' tree. As he helped me load it into the truck, the salesman asked "Are you going to put this up yourself?" I gave him a dirty look and said "Don't be disgusting! I'm going to put it up in the front yard."


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My girlfriend has to get a new gynecologist. Apparently she decided that during her pelvic exam was a great time to practice her ventriloquism.

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