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Gods. Gotta love lawyers.

"You walk into the office kitchen and notice a small fire. There is a fire extinguisher right next to you. Should you use it to put out the fire?"

OBVIOUSLY, the answer is, "No."
Because being proactive is dangerous.

EDIT: It really is the type of thing that office sitcoms thrive on: "Yes. State law says we have to have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. But if you try to use it, you're fired!"

And if you don't the families of the victims of your obvious and callous negligence will go after you in civil court. It's a definite win-win for the lawyers.


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And pants companies.


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Also, 6:25 is what would have happened to Freehold a mere hour into that 5.5 hour conference call described earlier...


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This would have been hour two.


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D'oh!


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lisamarlene wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
I went to the Renaissance fair with my family and my brothers paid a jester to follow me around and heckle me.
So they have one or two redeeming qualities after all!

No.

They fed him personal stuff, egged him on and all chipped in so he followed me around ALL DAY.

So I'd definitely say nothing redeeming there.

Oh. That is heinous f**kery most foul.

Paying a jester to be random and irritating is one thing, but giving him personal stories is contemptible.

I'm sorry. I misunderstood.

It is what it is, I don't go to renaissance fairs so they can be a&#!%~~s all they want.

All I gotta do is put up with them for a few hours every Christmas.


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lisamarlene wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
I went to the Renaissance fair with my family and my brothers paid a jester to follow me around and heckle me.
So they have one or two redeeming qualities after all!

No.

They fed him personal stuff, egged him on and all chipped in so he followed me around ALL DAY.

So I'd definitely say nothing redeeming there.

Oh. That is heinous f**kery most foul.

Paying a jester to be random and irritating is one thing, but giving him personal stories is contemptible.

I'm sorry. I misunderstood.

CY SHOULD MURDER HIM. CY ALREADY HAVE BOBCAT FOR HOLE DIGGING + FILLING. PLUS, HE AM ANNOYING JESTER AT A RENAISSANCE FAIR; THEY'RE'D BE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF SUSPECTS, IF NOT THE ENTIRE STATE.


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Freehold DM wrote:

G&&*&!mit. I am hungry and irritable.

What should I eat?

SHOULD EAT JESTER. AM WARN YOU NOW, IT TASTE A LITTLE FUNNY.


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I went to a horse ranch the other day. The man showing me around gestured at some horses in a building. He said "These are the stables." Then he gestured at some horses in a pen far from everything else. One of them exploded. He said "And those are the unstables."

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Morning FaWtLites! I hope everyone is well today, and has a good day ahead of them. :)

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Finally caught up on the postings again. Was bed bound last week due to a nasty dose of sinusitis, so had fallen behind on FaWtL (among other things :P ). Mostly better and back in work now.

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Birthdays have always been a big deal in my family, and I've got lots of positive memories of them, so it really cheeses me off when I hear of people being s@#!ty to others on their birthdays.

Sorry you've been left with negative birthday memories CY & VE. :/

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My Dad came over on Saturday and we put together four pieces of Ikea furniture. My little munchkin helped out, so it was fun having three generations of the family working together on a project.

Slightly Silly:
My Dad was also proud of me, because I was doing a DIY thing with him. It may seem silly, but he worked in construction, so he's always been a very hands-on, get-things-done kind of guy, while as a lazy-ass gamer and office desk-jockey, I am very much not. So he was pleased as punch to be working with me on putting furniture and stuff together, and I guess seeing me rise to a man-around-the-house kind of role. It was nice. :)

Also, my partner could not get over how strong the family resemblance is, when all three of us were together. It's a serious Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V situation. :P

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On Epic, I had heard what Woran was saying, that the traffic is too high for what it needs, and that it scans your Steam files without permission. Also, all the exclusivity crap, which I had long thought was a console problem, and seeing it on PC was annoying as heck. And also the yet-another-client issue. I've got Steam, uPlay, BattleNet, Origin, itch, it's already way out of hand.

Epic may not be going anywhere any time soon, but that doesn't mean I have to use it.

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Pokémon Go:
Generation 5 (Black & White - the Unova region) was just released in Pokémon Go, and there's an event on currently for getting Generation 1 (Red & Blue - Kanto) regional Pokémon through friend eggs (7km), with the possibility of shiny variants. Between that and the newish addition of Team Rocket Grunts to battle, I am really enjoying it again. :)

I got shiny Tauros and Mr Lime so far, so hoping for a Farfetch'd and Kangaskhan before the event's end next Monday. :D

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Family Life:
Things are going well, if a bit tough, at the moment. The partner (need to come up with a FaWtL acceptable nickname, all the partners seem to have them these days :P) is doing well, despite a series of health problems around the pregnancy (kidney infection, anemia, sciatic nerve aggravation, and more recently, the flu). Our baby boy is growing healthy and strong, though is apparently as impatient as his mother, and they are currently expecting him to arrive several weeks before his due date (so mid-November). The munchkin is having a hard time adjusting to the idea of a little brother, sometimes being quite excited about the idea, and other times being very possessive of us. For my part, work is keeping me well busy during the day, and I'm doing what I can around the house in the evenings, though that dropped off last week with the sinusitis. We're currently planning on getting married on the 11th of November (just a civil ceremony in the registration office), so we're hoping our new arrival waits at least that long. :P

We're currently giving serious consideration to moving abroad as well. Specifically, the Netherlands. Ireland is great and all, just don't be a parent unless you're rich. Childcare costs and rent are both exorbitant, so we can't really save for the future where we are.

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Gaming:
Recently beat Spider-Man (the newer one) on PS4, including the DLC. I find I have a lot less patience for combat in these games recently. The main game was fine, but they upped the difficulty in the DLC, to the point that I found myself cursing out the game more than once (good thing I wait to play until the munchkin has gone to bed).

Similarly, I've started God of War (also the newest one) on PS4, and having gone with medium difficulty (a balanced experience, they call it), I'm already considering reducing it to easy (story mode). I'm not sure if it's patience, or I've lost my touch in action games, playing PC FPS's and RPG's for so long, but all these combo moves and perfect-timing-required parries and blocks just don't make the game fun, they make it frustrating. But maybe that's just me.

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Steam:
It feels like it's been a while since I've plugged it, so BEHOLD! The great Steam Games list! I'm up to 646 unique games on the list now, with multiple copies of lots of them. All are games for which I have spare Steam activation keys, so if anyone is interested in playing any of the games on the list, just let me know, and I'll pass it along. :)

We also have a Steam FaWtL group. I think Orthos is the administrator.

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Gaming Request:
Can anyone recommend a game like State of Decay? I'm itching for some kind of base-building/developing, resource scavenging, survival management game. Something on the PS4 or Switch are best, but I would take PC recommendations as well.


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WW's fiftieth birthday is Thursday, and his big party is Saturday evening. At our house.

I am trying to stay positive and not devolve into a mass of insecurity and anxiety to the point of hysteria, mostly because I've got work to do, but we're going to have about fifty people in our backyard and I'm making most of the food. And there's cleaning and baking and various other preparations, not to mention my actual job.
I hate parties.
I mean, I like the idea of parties, and other people, existing, in theory, I just want them all to go far, far away.

In other news, while digging the party supplies out of the garage last night, I finally found my good flannel sheets and my GM mug. Only took me thirteen months.

(My good knives are still missing, however.)

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I've spoilered a whole lot there. It's mostly just not wanting to force people to read my rambling, I don't think there's anything really controversial in there. :P

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lisamarlene wrote:

WW's fiftieth birthday is Thursday, and his big party is Saturday evening. At our house.

I am trying to stay positive and not devolve into a mass of insecurity and anxiety to the point of hysteria, mostly because I've got work to do, but we're going to have about fifty people in our backyard and I'm making most of the food. And there's cleaning and baking and various other preparations, not to mention my actual job.
I hate parties.
I mean, I like the idea of parties, and other people, existing, in theory, I just want them all to go far, far away.

In other news, while digging the party supplies out of the garage last night, I finally found my good flannel sheets and my GM mug. Only took me thirteen months.

Happy birthday in advance to WW! Hope the party planning/prep, and party itself, goes smoothly!

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Anime:
While sick and bed-bound, I caught up on a bunch of anime series I've been meaning to watch. DanMachi S2, Dr. Stone, Isekai Cheat Magician, Machikado Mazoku, and Maou-sama, Retry! ICM and M-SR! are both fairly typical "isekai" (transported to another world) anime, though I'm enjoying M-SR! a bit at least. Dr.S is an interesting premise, but kind of slow going. I'm kind of hoping they pick up the pace, as I'm losing interest. MM is cutesy and hilarious. I've actually laughed out loud a few times while watching it. Definitely not to be taken seriously though. DM S2 is the second season of DM, and if you enjoyed the first, you'll probably enjoy this too. If you didn't enjoy DM, or haven't seen DM, I'd hold off.

Scarab Sages

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LordSynos wrote:
** spoiler omitted **

Its not like having kids here is cheap either, but most companies have very flexible rules for part time work. So generally most families with two parents working can make it work.

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I need a nap


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Wahoo! After today, the temp is supposed to drop down to the high 80s for the rest of the month! For Texas, that's practically sweater weather!

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I don't know what WW stands for so I am just assuming Lisamarlene is married or related to Wonder Woman.


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Whingey Wizzard.


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Though the extent to which YOUR brothers went is definitely too far!


captain yesterday wrote:
I went to the Renaissance fair with my family and my brothers paid a jester to follow me around and heckle me.

Ok that's horrible but it IS a great brother prank.

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Woran wrote:
LordSynos wrote:
** spoiler omitted **
Its not like having kids here is cheap either, but most companies have very flexible rules for part time work. So generally most families with two parents working can make it work.

From what I've read, childcare stuff, like creche or after-school care, is cheaper there, and there's non-means-tested government assistance for it. Also, rents are much cheaper, with somewhere in the range of €700 for equivalent sized apartments between the capital here and there. So, it may not be cheap, but I'll take cheap-er any day.


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Cap'n Yesterday, FaWtL Tourism wrote:
Whingey Wizzard.

Going back to the olden days and NH's grumblings about WW when he was our DM.

(Also Gothbard's very legitimate complaints, and Shiro's, and Hi's, and the Ersatz Russian's... probably the Impii's as well.)


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The Vagrant Erudite wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
I went to the Renaissance fair with my family and my brothers paid a jester to follow me around and heckle me.
Ok that's horrible but it IS a great brother prank.

No, it wasn't a brother prank, it's just one of the many ways my brothers excluded me.

They've never done it to each other, and they go every year.


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I'll tell you what, they must have been doing some pretty hardcore Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the gym upstairs last night, seeing as how there were chunks of cement from the ceiling all over the office floor when I got in.


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The Vagrant Erudite wrote:

My family talked us into waiting until Pebbles can talk and understand what such a big trip means before the Erudite family packs up and abandons the States.

I'm not sure I understand their reasoning. Are they basically saying you're not giving Pebbles the choice? From my perspective, it would be infinitely easier on Pebbles if she didn't know anything any differently than "Mom and Dad moved here from the United States before I was born."

Financially, yeah, I get that. It ain't cheap, and it ain't easy.

But this is just one random guy on the internet rambling about a situation he's not directly involved in, so grain of salt and a pinch of okra.


gran rey de los mono wrote:
I went to a horse ranch the other day. The man showing me around gestured at some horses in a building. He said "These are the stables." Then he gestured at some horses in a pen far from everything else. One of them exploded. He said "And those are the unstables."

something something Roy Scheider Jackie Scanlon/Sorcerer alias


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Limeylongears wrote:
I'll tell you what, they must have been doing some pretty hardcore Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the gym upstairs last night, seeing as how there were chunks of cement from the ceiling all over the office floor when I got in.

Both Danny Rand and The Hand are fairly dim, so it's very likely they still haven't figured out the show was canceled.

Edit: Time-traveling posts again. Hmmm.


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lisamarlene wrote:

WW's fiftieth birthday is Thursday, and his big party is Saturday evening. At our house.

I am trying to stay positive and not devolve into a mass of insecurity and anxiety to the point of hysteria, mostly because I've got work to do, but we're going to have about fifty people in our backyard and I'm making most of the food. And there's cleaning and baking and various other preparations, not to mention my actual job.
I hate parties.
I mean, I like the idea of parties, and other people, existing, in theory, I just want them all to go far, far away.

Do you have (or can you borrow) a few crockpots/slow cookers? They are good for buffet-style service, and there are a lot of things you can make in them that only require minimal prep. What's your menu going to be like?

I don't envy you at all being stuck with that many people. Hope it isn't too nerve-wracking & exhausting for you.


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lisamarlene wrote:

WW's fiftieth birthday is Thursday, and his big party is Saturday evening. At our house.

I am trying to stay positive and not devolve into a mass of insecurity and anxiety to the point of hysteria, mostly because I've got work to do, but we're going to have about fifty people in our backyard and I'm making most of the food. And there's cleaning and baking and various other preparations, not to mention my actual job.
I hate parties.
I mean, I like the idea of parties, and other people, existing, in theory, I just want them all to go far, far away.

In other news, while digging the party supplies out of the garage last night, I finally found my good flannel sheets and my GM mug. Only took me thirteen months.

(My good knives are still missing, however.)

Didn't you say he wants to be more like me?

Tell him that for my 50th birthday, I drove up to Yosemite and went hiking alone all day, didn't have any kind of party, and accepted no gifts.

And there you go.

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LordSynos wrote:
Woran wrote:
LordSynos wrote:
** spoiler omitted **
Its not like having kids here is cheap either, but most companies have very flexible rules for part time work. So generally most families with two parents working can make it work.
From what I've read, childcare stuff, like creche or after-school care, is cheaper there, and there's non-means-tested government assistance for it. Also, rents are much cheaper, with somewhere in the range of €700 for equivalent sized apartments between the capital here and there. So, it may not be cheap, but I'll take cheap-er any day.

In that price range, it might be very hard to find something, as its an increabebly popular price range for renting.

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I'm also not one for a lot of birthday hassle


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Vanykrye wrote:
The Vagrant Erudite wrote:

My family talked us into waiting until Pebbles can talk and understand what such a big trip means before the Erudite family packs up and abandons the States.

I'm not sure I understand their reasoning. Are they basically saying you're not giving Pebbles the choice? From my perspective, it would be infinitely easier on Pebbles if she didn't know anything any differently than "Mom and Dad moved here from the United States before I was born."

Financially, yeah, I get that. It ain't cheap, and it ain't easy.

But this is just one random guy on the internet rambling about a situation he's not directly involved in, so grain of salt and a pinch of okra.

The process takes too long to leave before she is born, and we don't want to go while she is a newborn, so it's more "don't go broke trying to rush this" - and by the time we can afford the cheapest option, Canada, she will be at least a year old.


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captain yesterday wrote:
The Vagrant Erudite wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
I went to the Renaissance fair with my family and my brothers paid a jester to follow me around and heckle me.
Ok that's horrible but it IS a great brother prank.

No, it wasn't a brother prank, it's just one of the many ways my brothers excluded me.

They've never done it to each other, and they go every year.

Frankly I don't know how you still talk to them.

I mean I love my mom but her sister pisses me off, and I don't pretend to even tolerate her for "family's sake"

It caused friction for a couple years, but in the long run it was less of a headache.


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NobodysHome wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:

WW's fiftieth birthday is Thursday, and his big party is Saturday evening. At our house.

I am trying to stay positive and not devolve into a mass of insecurity and anxiety to the point of hysteria, mostly because I've got work to do, but we're going to have about fifty people in our backyard and I'm making most of the food. And there's cleaning and baking and various other preparations, not to mention my actual job.
I hate parties.
I mean, I like the idea of parties, and other people, existing, in theory, I just want them all to go far, far away.

In other news, while digging the party supplies out of the garage last night, I finally found my good flannel sheets and my GM mug. Only took me thirteen months.

(My good knives are still missing, however.)

Didn't you say he wants to be more like me?

Tell him that for my 50th birthday, I drove up to Yosemite and went hiking alone all day, didn't have any kind of party, and accepted no gifts.

And there you go.

That is no doubt what *I* will do in five years, because it sounds perfect to me, but that has never, and will never, be WW's ("ME! Make ME the center of the universe!") way.


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DeathQuaker wrote:

I don't know what WW stands for so I am just assuming Lisamarlene is married or related to Wonder Woman.

on one hand, I like the way your mind works.

On the other hand, now I am just going to envision him wearing WWs outfit.


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lisamarlene wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:

WW's fiftieth birthday is Thursday, and his big party is Saturday evening. At our house.

I am trying to stay positive and not devolve into a mass of insecurity and anxiety to the point of hysteria, mostly because I've got work to do, but we're going to have about fifty people in our backyard and I'm making most of the food. And there's cleaning and baking and various other preparations, not to mention my actual job.
I hate parties.
I mean, I like the idea of parties, and other people, existing, in theory, I just want them all to go far, far away.

In other news, while digging the party supplies out of the garage last night, I finally found my good flannel sheets and my GM mug. Only took me thirteen months.

(My good knives are still missing, however.)

Didn't you say he wants to be more like me?

Tell him that for my 50th birthday, I drove up to Yosemite and went hiking alone all day, didn't have any kind of party, and accepted no gifts.

And there you go.

That is no doubt what *I* will do in five years, because it sounds perfect to me, but that has never, and will never, be WW's ("ME! Make ME the center of the universe!") way.

I hate birthday people like that! It's just another day! When will people learn to be more humble?

On an unrelated topic, International Worship Freehold Day falls on a Saturday this year. So I better hear some praise, people! It's not like any of you have to go to work!


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captain yesterday wrote:
The Vagrant Erudite wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
I went to the Renaissance fair with my family and my brothers paid a jester to follow me around and heckle me.
Ok that's horrible but it IS a great brother prank.

No, it wasn't a brother prank, it's just one of the many ways my brothers excluded me.

They've never done it to each other, and they go every year.

is there no way for you to pay a jester to follow them and be a dick the entire time?


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lisamarlene wrote:
Wahoo! After today, the temp is supposed to drop down to the high 80s for the rest of the month! For Texas, that's practically sweater weather!

sends more money to DeathQuaker Air Conditioned Suit Manufacturing Concern


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Slaadish Chef wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:

WW's fiftieth birthday is Thursday, and his big party is Saturday evening. At our house.

I am trying to stay positive and not devolve into a mass of insecurity and anxiety to the point of hysteria, mostly because I've got work to do, but we're going to have about fifty people in our backyard and I'm making most of the food. And there's cleaning and baking and various other preparations, not to mention my actual job.
I hate parties.
I mean, I like the idea of parties, and other people, existing, in theory, I just want them all to go far, far away.

Do you have (or can you borrow) a few crockpots/slow cookers? They are good for buffet-style service, and there are a lot of things you can make in them that only require minimal prep. What's your menu going to be like?

I don't envy you at all being stuck with that many people. Hope it isn't too nerve-wracking & exhausting for you.

The usual menu is:

Bouillabaisse, cooked over a wood fire;
Dates stuffed with chorizo, wrapped in bacon, and grilled;
Fresh figs stuffed with chevre, drizzled with balsamic vinegar, and grilled;
Homemade sourdough rolls;
Appleton rum bundt cake (my specialty).

Guests bring finger foods, sides, and beverages.


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lisamarlene wrote:
Slaadish Chef wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:

WW's fiftieth birthday is Thursday, and his big party is Saturday evening. At our house.

I am trying to stay positive and not devolve into a mass of insecurity and anxiety to the point of hysteria, mostly because I've got work to do, but we're going to have about fifty people in our backyard and I'm making most of the food. And there's cleaning and baking and various other preparations, not to mention my actual job.
I hate parties.
I mean, I like the idea of parties, and other people, existing, in theory, I just want them all to go far, far away.

Do you have (or can you borrow) a few crockpots/slow cookers? They are good for buffet-style service, and there are a lot of things you can make in them that only require minimal prep. What's your menu going to be like?

I don't envy you at all being stuck with that many people. Hope it isn't too nerve-wracking & exhausting for you.

The usual menu is:

Bouillabaisse, cooked over a wood fire;
Dates stuffed with chorizo, wrapped in bacon, and grilled;
Fresh figs stuffed with chevre, drizzled with balsamic vinegar, and grilled;
Homemade sourdough rolls;
Appleton rum bundt cake (my specialty).

Guests bring finger foods, sides, and beverages.

brings Chocolate Cake

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