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Not sure whether to be proud of myself or not, but telemarketers incense me, particularly since:
(a) I am on the Do Not Call list, and
(b) I work for a company that sells marketing software, and that software continually checks that list, updates phone numbers, and flags them as "Do Not Call", so I know darned well these people are intentionally violating the law

Call #1: "Hello, sir! This is xxx from xxx Solar! Are you interested in getting solar for your house?"
"I'm on the Do Not Call list, so **** off!"
(And immediately reporting them to the DNC registry, 'cause that's the kind of Lawful I am)

Call #2: "Hello! Congratulations! You've qualified for the low-income energy program from PG&E! Do you spend more than $70 a month on your PG&E bill?"
(The moment ANYONE tells me I've qualified for "low income" anything I know I'm talking to a scammer)
The resulting stream of invective and threats was SO over-the-top that I'm uncomfortable posting any of it here. Needless to say, she hung up on me, and it would be hilarious for her to report me to the authorities, because... scammer...

EDIT: And yes, THAT I'm proud of...


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Speaking of proud, congratulations, Scint! GothBard is thinking black robes and candles around the trophy...


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Yeah not gonna lie Scint had the best suggestion.


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FREEHOLD HUNGERS

ONLY AN EARLY DINNER WITH A FELLOW FAWTL WILL SATIATE HIS UNENDING APPETITE


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Vanykrye wrote:
Basically the parts I actually hate tend to come down to most non-jocks' memories of recess and/or PE...

PE at schools is the serious contributor to my dislike of physical activity... Another thing made worse by school.


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So... our water bill just came in. Adding watering the back lawn 3x a week and the front garden daily has put us up to... 190 gallons/day.

So, y'know the people who say that anything under 1000 gallons/day is "horrible", and California's goal of 55 gallons per person per day is "impossible"?

Er... shut it.


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The Vagrant Erudite wrote:

I want to play a villain in an RPG so I can unleash my fury at the world on fictional characters.

But no, everyone wants to be good guys...

Back from Legend Of Five Rings session.

As a bunch of Scorpions we are sort of bad guys. Sort. The heir apparent to the throne is a cruel jerk and I wish for a chance to get a drop on him. The wife of our champion gives a vibe of being a cruel jerk (and her plans might be at odds with ours, to a degree).


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NobodysHome wrote:

So... our water bill just came in. Adding watering the back lawn 3x a week and the front garden daily has put us up to... 190 gallons/day.

So, y'know the people who say that anything under 1000 gallons/day is "horrible", and California's goal of 55 gallons per person per day is "impossible"?

Er... shut it.

Imperial or US gallons?


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How do I read my water bill?
My latest statement has a billed usage of "84 UOM". I have no idea what that means, but it was $153. I think we still have a leak somewhere. But we do so much laundry.


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Licensing came to school today for our annual inspection.

I cannot possibly express what a relief it is to only be a classroom teacher, not the Site Director for state Licensing purposes, any more. One more way in which my life improved by leaving California.

It seems to have gone well.

The new school dress code, however, is the dumpster fire that will not die. We've lost four students because of this since the term started (school-wide; none from my classroom), and who knows how many more will follow. Apparently the school is "restrictive" and "shaming girls" because the new code specifies (1) skirts or shorts no shorter than mid-thigh, (2) no bare midriffs, and (3) cartwheel shorts must be worn under skirts or dresses (for faculty as well; we sit cross-legged on the floor a lot).

Honestly, reminding families that students are not supposed to come to school dressed for a day on South Padre Island should not be that big of a deal.


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SAVE THE QUEEN


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lisamarlene wrote:

How do I read my water bill?

My latest statement has a billed usage of "84 UOM". I have no idea what that means, but it was $153. I think we still have a leak somewhere. But we do so much laundry.

Drejk: I'm hoping you're being silly. We use U.S. Gallons. But yes, the fact that there exist multiple gallons, tons, and so forth makes the Imperial system event nuttier.

LM: That's the funniest water bill EVER, since "UOM" is standard for "Units of Measure". Seems like someone configuring the billing system forgot to, y'know, actually PUT ONE IN.

Was that per day or grand total?

According to the EPA, the two big measures used are ccf (hundreds of cubic feet) or gallons. Considering that 84 CCF would put you at over 1000 gallons a day, let's assume it's gallons per day.

Except...
(1) 84 gallons per day for a family of four is REALLY small. We frequently don't flush, Impus Minor rarely showers, none of us take baths, and we're still at around 145-155 gallons a day normally. So 84 seems unrealistic unless you guys take your showers and do your laundry elsewhere.
(2) If it really is 84 gallons a day, then water in Texas is more than twice the price of water in California, and that I just don't believe.

So yeah, until we know what UOM is, I'm stumped.


lisamarlene wrote:

The new school dress code, however, is the dumpster fire that will not die. We've lost four students because of this since the term started (school-wide; none from my classroom), and who knows how many more will follow. Apparently the school is "restrictive" and "shaming girls" because the new code specifies (1) skirts or shorts no shorter than mid-thigh, (2) no bare midriffs, and (3) cartwheel shorts must be worn under skirts or dresses (for faculty as well; we sit cross-legged on the floor a lot).

Honestly, reminding families that students are not supposed to come to school dressed for a day on South Padre Island should not be that big of a deal.

Wow...

...just...
...wow...


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Oh. I looked it up on the website and UOM = gallons x 100.
So 8400/31=271, or 67.75 gallons per person per day.
Our clothes washer is old and not water-efficient (I guess I should look into replacing it with a second-hand HE model), and we run the dishwasher almost every night. We could definitely do better.


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Why I Love Impus Minor:

NobodysHome: Hey, Impus Minor! How should I dress to embarrass you the most tonight? (It's back to school night.)
Impus Minor: (Looks me up and down carefully) You don't have to change a thing, Dad.
NH: OK, good. So I should just wander around school like this and scratch myself a lot?
IM: Yeah. Just walk up to each of my teachers until your chest is just barely touching them, then start scratching your testicles. That'll be perfect, thanks.

If it wouldn't get me arrested, I'd totally do it just to show him! :P


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Fish pants! Fish pants! Fish pants!


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Venting:
This is an EXCERPT of an email I received last night from the father of one of my students. She is six. She came to school in denim shorts so short they disappeared under the hem of her tank top in the back. Not making a judgement, it was just so obviously outside of the code that I would have been questioned by the administration if I *hadn't* said something to the parents, so I emailed them the boilerplate reminder notice.
I said *nothing* to my student about this. That's school policy, too.

Anyway.

"...Knowing how wonderful and sweet you all are it makes it a little difficult to have this discussion over email. I would prefer at least a telephone conversation. However in an effort from keeping you in the dark let me set the tone. I beg you to please not read this in an adversarial one. Rather one of grave importance and deep concern for not just my children but all children.

I can clearly sympathise the reasoning behind this new dress code. Children should be appropriate at school. However, I find it incredibly overbearing for someone of Sydney’s age. If she were showing up to school in lingerie I might side with you on these issues. (I’m using hyperbole, clearly) However this isn’t the issue, beyond that I already feel these requirements are very gender biased. In a world where girls have been oppressed long enough, I really don’t think this is a step forward. Something I never thought I’d say, yet here we are.

In reviewing what she wore today. I find her modest and acceptable by many standards not just my own. However I find your new policy a gross violation of freedom of expression and the reason we chose Montessori to begin with. I would be a strong vocal advocate to recommend change.

I’m very careful with [older sister] and her long legs but in both instances we teach our children to be modest and appropriate in all settings not just school. [Student] is 6 years old she’s not wearing makeup and evening gowns. I don’t want a child thinking of body issues in kindergarten and I don’t think it’s acceptable for others to cast judgment on a child in such a crucial development period.

I would advise that the staff take a long hard look into the strong biases that have been set forth by your policy. I’m happy to meet and offer alternatives as I rarely would complain about an issue without a path to resolution. I’m very confused as to where all this is coming from. Has there been an incident? Is there something more you should tell us?

Just in case it’s not clear I’m very upset about this issue and I seek remedy as soon as possible. It is not the way we should be raising our leaders of tomorrow..."

SERIOUSLY. W.T.A.F.


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NobodysHome wrote:

Why I Love Impus Minor:

NobodysHome: Hey, Impus Minor! How should I dress to embarrass you the most tonight? (It's back to school night.)
Impus Minor: (Looks me up and down carefully) You don't have to change a thing, Dad.
NH: OK, good. So I should just wander around school like this and scratch myself a lot?
IM: Yeah. Just walk up to each of my teachers until your chest is just barely touching them, then start scratching your testicles. That'll be perfect, thanks.

If it wouldn't get me arrested, I'd totally do it just to show him! :P

Please give Impus Minor a colossal hug from me. He just cheered me up immensely.


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lisamarlene wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

Why I Love Impus Minor:

NobodysHome: Hey, Impus Minor! How should I dress to embarrass you the most tonight? (It's back to school night.)
Impus Minor: (Looks me up and down carefully) You don't have to change a thing, Dad.
NH: OK, good. So I should just wander around school like this and scratch myself a lot?
IM: Yeah. Just walk up to each of my teachers until your chest is just barely touching them, then start scratching your testicles. That'll be perfect, thanks.

If it wouldn't get me arrested, I'd totally do it just to show him! :P

Please give Impus Minor a colossal hug from me. He just cheered me up immensely.

Yeah, 'cause YOU'RE not one of his teachers! :-P


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lisamarlene wrote:

How do I read my water bill?

My latest statement has a billed usage of "84 UOM". I have no idea what that means, but it was $153. I think we still have a leak somewhere. But we do so much laundry.

[voice="Cliff Clavin"] 84UOM is a C-lister bounty hunter that didn't make Vader's final cut in Empire Strikes Back. Or possibly the title of a late 90s Van Hagar album. [/voice]


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lisamarlene wrote:

Venting:

This is an EXCERPT of an email I received last night from the father of one of my students...

He's likely used to being the squeaky wheel that gets the grease. Except he's failed to consider that the persistent squeaker is increasingly likely to instead receive a vigorous session of percussive maintenance.


The Vagrant Erudite wrote:

I want to play a villain in an RPG so I can unleash my fury at the world on fictional characters.

But no, everyone wants to be good guys...

I am fundamentally allergic to playing evil characters. I really try, I swear, it just... doesn't work out.

(To get evil PrCs, I gotta start my character evil and narrowly avoid doing excessive good deeds until I can squeak by, earn the prerequisites, and try to finish my build prior to redemption. Or start more advanced. Or both. Sometimes it's still not enough...)


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Freehold DM wrote:
SAVE THE QUEEN

Second favorite weapon (knight) sword from FFT, yeah, why do you bring it up?

Also, that video is... huh.


Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:

Venting:

This is an EXCERPT of an email I received last night from the father of one of my students...
He's likely used to being the squeaky wheel that gets the grease. Except he's failed to consider that the persistent squeaker is increasingly likely to instead receive a vigorous session of percussive maintenance.

Personally, I think grease is a fun spell and an over-the-top movie.


NobodysHome wrote:

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According to the EPA, the two big measures used are ccf (hundreds of cubic feet) or gallons. ...

One place I lived measures water usage in kilogallons (for the month). And one of the towns I grew up in charged by the acre-foot per year.


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Why is the opening to Konosuba Season 1 (the one set to "Fantastic Dreamer") so hard to come across?

Like, Season 2's opening is everywhere. Season 1's closing is everywhere. But why is S1's so hard to come by? Seems like it was hit harder by copyright strikes for some reason. Weird.


My mom is trying to talk me into staying in America. I guess so she can visit a grandchild in Ohio 20 hours away when she visited her son in Jacksonville, Florida 4 hours north of her 3 times in 10 years. Oh, this is decades after she left HER country 20 years younger than I was.

Almost 40 f+~#ing years old and I'm still treated like I'm 14.


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I am not even CLOSE to drunk, but Celestial Healer is here so that helps...


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So um...

...I haven't taken my meds in about 2 months. I also haven't smoked weed in over a month. And honestly I have been way better than ON the meds. Seriously, Tala talks all the time about how much less depressed I am and how I handle stuff better.

Except today.

Apparently anger is hard to control when you're manic.

But here's the thing; when you take meds to fight mania, they make you depressed. Mania, contrary to the opinion of most, does not feel good to me. It does, however, feel better than depression. You rarely hear the phrase "I'm so manic I want to kill myself."

And yet doctors seem to only give a flying s*@+ about solving one of the two. I'll let you guess which. Can you guess why I stopped meds before? I'll give you a hint - it involves being locked in a hospital for 72 hours.

Well since I supposedly have to get s&+~ done myself, since nobody will help me, I'll let anger fuel me. It's amazing what I can accomplish out of spite.

And honestly I don't care about the "well stay on and keep trying until they find your cocktail" b#!~%!+$. BP meds include mild doses of antipsychotics - which are dopamine antagonists - meaning they literally drain your ability to feel pleasure.

No. F*!+ that. I'm not going to depressed for years while some a%%!$&% who tells the government I can handle everyday life plays guesswork on my body with pharmaceuticals that steal my happiness as a main effect and make me fat, add high blood pressure, and kill my physical health as a side effect.


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Tacticslion wrote:
The Vagrant Erudite wrote:

I want to play a villain in an RPG so I can unleash my fury at the world on fictional characters.

But no, everyone wants to be good guys...

I am fundamentally allergic to playing evil characters. I really try, I swear, it just... doesn't work out.

(To get evil PrCs, I gotta start my character evil and narrowly avoid doing excessive good deeds until I can squeak by, earn the prerequisites, and try to finish my build prior to redemption. Or start more advanced. Or both. Sometimes it's still not enough...)

That's wonderful for you.

I play RPGs to live out a fantasy. Sometimes that fantasy is to be a hero. But I'm a cynical hearted bastard who is morally and ethically but not naturally bound to be a good person. I volunteer. I give the very little I have away to those I see have a need. I apologize at the ready, and I obey most laws. I feel guilty even yelling at people.

But I don't want to.

So if I can pretend to be a selfish, capricious, power hungry, angry, yet complex motivated and self-righteous villain - that is a literal fantasy to me.

I am a cynic and I hate almost everyone. IRL I would feel guilty causing harm to people. But fake people? I'm a writer. How could I ever write an antagonist if the feelings of the imaginary victims mattered to me? As such pretending to do such folks injustice? No guilt.


I just do what the dice tell me to do.


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See? See? Ignorant ass parents like the one in Lisa Marlene's class are why I want to be a villain.

I want to scream

"Oh shut the f%@+ up and cover your kid's g~$**#n ass you s@!+ty excuse of a parent!"


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Spoiler:
The Vagrant Erudite wrote:

So um...

...I haven't taken my meds in about 2 months. I also haven't smoked weed in over a month. And honestly I have been way better than ON the meds. Seriously, Tala talks all the time about how much less depressed I am and how I handle stuff better.

Except today.

You are allowed to have a bad day. Or a bad couple of days. You need no one's permission to do so.

Quote:
Apparently anger is hard to control when you're manic.

Yes.

Quote:
You rarely hear the phrase "I'm so manic I want to kill myself."

When I have heard it, it was a very frightening moment, both professionally and privately.

Quote:

And honestly I don't care about the "well stay on and keep trying until they find your cocktail" b#%%~!*&. BP meds include mild doses of antipsychotics - which are dopamine antagonists - meaning they literally drain your ability to feel pleasure.

No. F#$! that.

Which is more than okay. While they will find SOMETHING that works for you EVENTUALLY, the values of the words SOMETHING and EVENTUALLY can vary so wildly that it isnt funny.


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What would happen if Saitama killed John Wick's puppy?

Keep in mind in DC comics Lex Luthor has stolen Darkseid's powers (and probably is the new Dr Manhatten in Doomsday Clock), so "powerless" isn't such a limiter.


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Tacticslion wrote:

Why is the opening to Konosuba Season 1 (the one set to "Fantastic Dreamer") so hard to come across?

Like, Season 2's opening is everywhere. Season 1's closing is everywhere. But why is S1's so hard to come by? Seems like it was hit harder by copyright strikes for some reason. Weird.

why don't i own konosuba?


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The Vagrant Erudite wrote:

What would happen if Saitama killed John Wick's puppy?

a movie so epic we would go blind upon watching it.


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I would never send my kids to a school with a strict dress code like that.


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captain yesterday wrote:
I would never send my kids to a school with a strict dress code like that.

Wait, are you being deadpan, or are you serious?

Because, please, I would love to hear the perspective of someone who disagreed with the policy who wasn't actually part of our parent coommunity.

As a teacher, this is the most *lax* dress code of any of the schools I've been a part of. (Granted, I've never taught at a public school except as a sub.)

A friend of mine used to teach in a Catholic high school in Oakland. One of his students was sent home (not by him) because her CLAVICLES were showing. Nothing else. Just her clavicles.


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Tacticslion wrote:
The Vagrant Erudite wrote:

I want to play a villain in an RPG so I can unleash my fury at the world on fictional characters.

But no, everyone wants to be good guys...

I am fundamentally allergic to playing evil characters. I really try, I swear, it just... doesn't work out.

(To get evil PrCs, I gotta start my character evil and narrowly avoid doing excessive good deeds until I can squeak by, earn the prerequisites, and try to finish my build prior to redemption. Or start more advanced. Or both. Sometimes it's still not enough...)

Playing an evil character long term is hard for me because I am lazy. I prefer to play the long term game and it is so much more profitable playing "Good".


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OTOH I do agree with the evil overlord list. Sadly, I have no interest in leading, mainly because most people annoy me. I tend to want to squash anything that annoys me. One of the reasons why I am glad that I don't have any real power.


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REDRUM!!! REDRUM!!! REDRUM!!!


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Whether or not someone would send their child to said school or not isn't the issue. Hardcore rebel and casual dresser I am, if I disagreed with a code I too would not send a child to a school with one.

The issue is they have a dress code, the parents knew the code, and the parents violated such code. They were free to pull the child out if they disagreed instead of simply being noncompliant. They did not. A teacher informed them of their violation, and instead of just buying appropriate clothes for the code, they whined about body shaming - and it's not like a six year old chose the outfits - their parents did. So if anyone should feel shame, it's papa bear. In the time it took him to write said letter (which no matter how nicely written will not allow their child to break a rule every other one must obey, no matter how arbitrary) he could have just said "honey I know it's a silly rule, but sometimes we have to follow silly rules - that's just how life is. You can still wear those shorts outside of school any time you want!"

But that would involve talking to his children and explaining things, which clearly is only LM's job, and not that of the person who created said child, right?

Furthermore, his gender specific complaints are a tangent that proves he just has an axe to grind and wanted someone to listen to how wonderfully progressive he was; I'm sure LM would have sent the same letter if a little boy had on the same shorts.


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A second mysterious object from interstellar space may be about to fly through our solar system


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lisamarlene wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
I would never send my kids to a school with a strict dress code like that.

Wait, are you being deadpan, or are you serious?

Because, please, I would love to hear the perspective of someone who disagreed with the policy who wasn't actually part of our parent coommunity.

As a teacher, this is the most *lax* dress code of any of the schools I've been a part of. (Granted, I've never taught at a public school except as a sub.)

A friend of mine used to teach in a Catholic high school in Oakland. One of his students was sent home (not by him) because her CLAVICLES were showing. Nothing else. Just her clavicles.

As private school dress codes go, it is lax. As public school dress codes go, it seems a bit on the more restrictive side.

My personal experience with dress codes, both in schools and workplaces, is that they are enforced haphazardly as a general rule (and I'm not talking about safety-based dress codes) and are entirely too subjective. And yes, frequently based on gender bias issues. Usually cleavage or upper thigh related, but also plenty of sillier things like women frequently wearing open toe shoes/sandals with no socks, but men not being allowed to wear nice sandals. Stupid and petty stuff.

I do not think that's happening with this particular case as you've laid it out...and I think VE is right. With private schools the kid and the parents follow the rules and there usually isn't a lot of recourse or discussion. They weren't forced to enroll their child there and they were informed of the rules.

Of course, a lot of private schools have uniforms to deal with dress code issues, and that does remove most of the subjectivity, but I always remember my favorite comedian on that one. Paraphrasing/memory: "I first saw school uniforms in newsreels from the 1930's, but it was hard to understand because the narration was in German."


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Having issues with my phone submitting stuff when I'm not done.

That was the second half of what George Carlin had to say about school uniforms. The punchline. The more important part was "It's bad enough we try to force them to think alike, now we have to force them to look alike too?" Again, paraphrasing from memory, but yeah, part of how you express yourself is in how you dress, and part of the school years is learning about yourself as much as it is the classroom subject matter. For NH it was 80's punk. For me it was very early 90's grunge.

Except she's six.


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"There are two kinds of right: right, and right enough. We are at least one of those."


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NobodysHome wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:

How do I read my water bill?

My latest statement has a billed usage of "84 UOM". I have no idea what that means, but it was $153. I think we still have a leak somewhere. But we do so much laundry.
Drejk: I'm hoping you're being silly. We use U.S. Gallons. But yes, the fact that there exist multiple gallons, tons, and so forth makes the Imperial system event nuttier.

Being silly? When dealing with Imperial US measurement system?! Whatever could make you think so?!


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The last two days of betatests. Which means that I should be free to get up at whatever time I please next week...

Which means I will be probably waking up around 8-9 for the next two or three weeks...


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Freehold DM wrote:
I am not even CLOSE to drunk

5/10 must try harder.

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