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I survived House on the Rock. Took 4 hours to tour the whole place. Afterwards we went out, checked into our exceptionally seedy motel, went out for dinner, quietly considered eating the money and getting a different hotel, realized I couldn't, went back to House on the Rock for The Dark Side tour...which turns the place into a haunted house, and it's a lot of fun.


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I don't remember much about Gaiman's description of House on the Rock, just that it's filled with tons and tons of chachkes.


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I had to go to Best Buy but I finally found The Blair Witch Project (used to be on Hulu) for Crookshanks, which I wouldn't think would be that hard to find this time of year.

The things we do for our children.

Watching The Blair Witch Project has become a Halloween tradition with Crookshanks and I ever since she woke up and watched it with me a few years ago.


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Vanykrye wrote:
I survived House on the Rock. Took 4 hours to tour the whole place. Afterwards we went out, checked into our exceptionally seedy motel, went out for dinner, quietly considered eating the money and getting a different hotel, realized I couldn't, went back to House on the Rock for The Dark Side tour...which turns the place into a haunted house, and it's a lot of fun.

how bad are we talking?


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captain yesterday wrote:

How to make a bad idea worse.

bad idea... Hey, I know! I'll go to the 24 hour mega grocery store on a Sunday!...worse Right before the Packers game.

same question as above.


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Tequila Sunrise wrote:
I don't remember much about Gaiman's description of House on the Rock, just that it's filled with tons and tons of chachkes.

Well, ya see there Normie, not many people know that the builder of the House on The Rock was just trying to impress his lady love, Joanie. But she wasn't impressed by wealth or fame or good taste. So he found a great spot, built an eccentric house, and filled it full of gee-gaws, baubles, nick-nacks, and trinkets. Yep, and in the end, he won her heart. {sips beer} Because he knew: Joanie loved tchotchkes.


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Amby...that one hurt...wow...


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Once again, Amby gets ALL the cookies.


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Freehold DM wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:
I survived House on the Rock. Took 4 hours to tour the whole place. Afterwards we went out, checked into our exceptionally seedy motel, went out for dinner, quietly considered eating the money and getting a different hotel, realized I couldn't, went back to House on the Rock for The Dark Side tour...which turns the place into a haunted house, and it's a lot of fun.
how bad are we talking?

The kids were convinced we were not going to survive the night.

The problem is that a lot of southern Wisconsin, particularly the areas surrounding Madison, makes a killing off tourists. Hotel/motel rates are rather high by comparison to central IL. Hell, a Best Western in Dodgeville was running $140/night, and I wanted a separate room for the kids. Best Western in Lincoln, IL, runs about $60/night. About $100/night in Peoria.

So $111/night/room at the Karakahl Country Inn seemed like a relatively decent deal for the area, and I was wrong.


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Vanykrye wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:
I survived House on the Rock. Took 4 hours to tour the whole place. Afterwards we went out, checked into our exceptionally seedy motel, went out for dinner, quietly considered eating the money and getting a different hotel, realized I couldn't, went back to House on the Rock for The Dark Side tour...which turns the place into a haunted house, and it's a lot of fun.
how bad are we talking?

The kids were convinced we were not going to survive the night.

The problem is that a lot of southern Wisconsin, particularly the areas surrounding Madison, makes a killing off tourists. Hotel/motel rates are rather high by comparison to central IL. Hell, a Best Western in Dodgeville was running $140/night, and I wanted a separate room for the kids. Best Western in Lincoln, IL, runs about $60/night. About $100/night in Peoria.

So $111/night/room at the Karakahl Country Inn seemed like a relatively decent deal for the area, and I was wrong.

There are places I'd willingly stay in Berkeley that run $140/night. A rate like that outside of a major metropolis is BAD.


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NobodysHome wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:

Okay, this post is mostly for Nobody's Home, because he will never believe it, but if any of you remember NH's endless litany of the horrors of trying to DM for Whingey Wizzard (that is, after all, how WW earned his Paizoboards nickname), his endless hours of prep while the rest of us sat around waiting, and waiting, and waiting, well...

Last night, I had the kids level up their PCs to 10, and spent the evening after they went to bed prepping the first eight encounters of book four. This morning, I said to WW, "The kids leveled up last night, so if you want to game this afternoon, I need you to level up over breakfast."

WW: "Are you serious? I can't level up over breakfast. It will take..."

Me: "You're the Fighter."

It took the length of time needed to eat two muffins.

WW: "Well, it's not exactly rocket science. There's not much for me to choose."

Me: "Yes, but you're giving the kids so much more to do! Val, tell Papa about your new spells!"

Teensy Valeros: "I got Restoration and HOLY SMITE!"

Am I drunk with power?
Well, perhaps. Just a bit.

I'm honestly amazed that he didn't:

(1) Spend 2-3 hours looking over available feats, trying to figure out how to min/max each one before choosing some utterly useless one that he misinterpreted as being way more powerful than it is,
(2) Argue with you over the next 6 days as to how he feels the feat should work, and how if you're not letting him have it work that way, you're ruining his roleplaying.

Bitter memories much?

You know how in The Wind in the Willows, Mister Toad will, when his crazy schemes backfire on him, appear all contrite and swear to be a better Toad from now on, until the next crazy scheme hits him?

Well, that's WW right now.
He's terribly contrite and eager to show willing. I give it about two more sessions, tops.
He actually asked me this evening, "So, I'm asking for an adjudication on this, but I'm fully expecting the answer to be no: Can I use the lesser maximize metamagic rod we found in the aboleth's dungeon on my Gravity Bow spell?"

Me: "Hang on a sec. Let me check the Paizo forums."

[Sure enough, there was a thread specifically devoted to that question, because Paizofolk are magically awesome.]

Me: "No, and here's why. (reads answer from thread aloud)"

WW: "No problem. I'll use it on Mirror Image instead."


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NobodysHome wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:
I survived House on the Rock. Took 4 hours to tour the whole place. Afterwards we went out, checked into our exceptionally seedy motel, went out for dinner, quietly considered eating the money and getting a different hotel, realized I couldn't, went back to House on the Rock for The Dark Side tour...which turns the place into a haunted house, and it's a lot of fun.
how bad are we talking?

The kids were convinced we were not going to survive the night.

The problem is that a lot of southern Wisconsin, particularly the areas surrounding Madison, makes a killing off tourists. Hotel/motel rates are rather high by comparison to central IL. Hell, a Best Western in Dodgeville was running $140/night, and I wanted a separate room for the kids. Best Western in Lincoln, IL, runs about $60/night. About $100/night in Peoria.

So $111/night/room at the Karakahl Country Inn seemed like a relatively decent deal for the area, and I was wrong.

There are places I'd willingly stay in Berkeley that run $140/night. A rate like that outside of a major metropolis is BAD.

That's Wisconsin for ya! If the mosquitoes don't bleed you dry, the locals will.


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Vanykrye wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:
I survived House on the Rock. Took 4 hours to tour the whole place. Afterwards we went out, checked into our exceptionally seedy motel, went out for dinner, quietly considered eating the money and getting a different hotel, realized I couldn't, went back to House on the Rock for The Dark Side tour...which turns the place into a haunted house, and it's a lot of fun.
how bad are we talking?

The kids were convinced we were not going to survive the night.

The problem is that a lot of southern Wisconsin, particularly the areas surrounding Madison, makes a killing off tourists. Hotel/motel rates are rather high by comparison to central IL. Hell, a Best Western in Dodgeville was running $140/night, and I wanted a separate room for the kids. Best Western in Lincoln, IL, runs about $60/night. About $100/night in Peoria.

So $111/night/room at the Karakahl Country Inn seemed like a relatively decent deal for the area, and I was wrong.

...killed by creatures from beyond the moon, shot as potential witnesses to a (insert substance/ activity of your choice here!) deal, or just plain harvested for organs?

I ask because I have been in each of those hotels while conventioning. It was not fun.


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Hello, everyone!


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John Napier 698 wrote:

Hey, Guys! Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey!

The local Ace Hardware had a full-sized Katana in the window. Guess who has it now!

Awesome!


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Freehold DM wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:
I survived House on the Rock. Took 4 hours to tour the whole place. Afterwards we went out, checked into our exceptionally seedy motel, went out for dinner, quietly considered eating the money and getting a different hotel, realized I couldn't, went back to House on the Rock for The Dark Side tour...which turns the place into a haunted house, and it's a lot of fun.
how bad are we talking?

The kids were convinced we were not going to survive the night.

The problem is that a lot of southern Wisconsin, particularly the areas surrounding Madison, makes a killing off tourists. Hotel/motel rates are rather high by comparison to central IL. Hell, a Best Western in Dodgeville was running $140/night, and I wanted a separate room for the kids. Best Western in Lincoln, IL, runs about $60/night. About $100/night in Peoria.

So $111/night/room at the Karakahl Country Inn seemed like a relatively decent deal for the area, and I was wrong.

...killed by creatures from beyond the moon, shot as potential witnesses to a (insert substance/ activity of your choice here!) deal, or just plain harvested for organs?

I ask because I have been in each of those hotels while conventioning. It was not fun.

Yes.


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The Dunning-Kruger Effect with David Dunning (and Adam of Adam Ruins everything).

By the way, TS, I don't think I've specifically posted, a "Hi! Welcome back!" thing since you said you were back - I know I tried at least once, but lost the post, so... "Hi! Welcome back!"


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Random Morning Updates:

(1) We did our first full night of Divinity 2 with me on a Linux machine (though I told neither GothBard nor Shiro that I was playing on Linux). It was pretty much the typical Linux experience:
- To download the game I had to download a DNS tool to fix a bug with the Steam client on Linux
- The DNS tool immediately broke my internet connection, so each time I rebooted I had to manually fix the DNS files
- My headset started with the microphone set to "off"
- The game will only run in fullscreen mode, not windowed fullscreen as I prefer
- I had one fatal crash
And thus, the game is rated "gold/platinum" on the Proton Database website for running Steam games on Linux. Because Linux users will tolerate a LOT of nonsense to be able to not be on Windows.

(2) Speaking of Windows, Windows update ran on Friday, noticed that I'd disabled my wireless network adapter, and re-enabled it, leading to VPN chaos this morning because my laptop is not connected to a wireless network.
Gods, I will keep complaining about this for the lifetime of Windows 10.
- STOP CHANGING MY SETTINGS!!!!!!!
- USE HARDWIRED CONNECTIONS FIRST!!!!
And yes, I'm angry enough about it to shout.

That is all.


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NobodysHome wrote:


Gods, I will keep complaining about this for the lifetime of Windows 10.
- STOP CHANGING MY SETTINGS!!!!!!!

Yyyyyyyyyyyup.


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Captain and Vany, tell me, for I must know.

What shade of green is Green Bay?


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Limeylongears wrote:

Captain and Vany, tell me, for I must know.

What shade of green is Green Bay?

{sips port} Predominantly a deep shade of Anatto'd cheddar, with brackish spots of mozzarella. It's recovered quite a bit now that the SuperFund site has finished cleaning up where Missouri had been illegally dumping provel.


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Play's done. Just in time: I think I blew out my voice.

...just in time for school. Why didn't I call out today?


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Limeylongears wrote:

Captain and Vany, tell me, for I must know.

What shade of green is Green Bay?

Sausage and cheese green.

Yep, I'm just going to leave that there.


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Scintillae wrote:

Play's done. Just in time: I think I blew out my voice.

...just in time for school. Why didn't I call out today?

The same reason my wife did, even though she feels sick: you're a teacher, and it's much harder to skip a day than to just power through doing what-ever's needed (no matter how big it is you need to do).


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Scintillae wrote:

Play's done. Just in time: I think I blew out my voice.

...just in time for school. Why didn't I call out today?

Tacticslion wrote:
The same reason my wife did, even though she feels sick: you're a teacher, and it's much harder to skip a day than to just power through doing what-ever's needed (no matter how big it is you need to do).

What I'm trying to say is that teachers have too-much-daggum-work to do.

Related: that bullying video I linked some time back actually points out that we have solid strategies to handle bullying, but U.S. teachers often can't spare the time to implement them because they lack the necessary time to do so.


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Cooking time!

I bought a giant chunk-o-beef from Costco last weekend, and I was going to make a pot roast but GothBard has requested beef stew; in particular, "The kind that doesn't have any potatoes in it, but that you pour over mashed potatoes and you're in hog heaven."

Anyone have such a slow cooker recipe? (I have an Easy Pot and Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking on my side, but I figured I could ask as well.)

I figure beef, carrots, and boiler onions for the stew proper, then my mashed potatoes, and we'll be set, but I like to see all the recipes that are out there before doing my own thing.


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Limeylongears wrote:

Captain and Vany, tell me, for I must know.

What shade of green is Green Bay?

Cold.


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Praise Jebus for audiobooks. Half my day solved right there.


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Aaaaand... another one.

Some guy, just hanging out on our sidewalk, in front of OUR house, pacing back and forth while having multiple LOUD phone conversations.

Know what, dude? If it's not YOUR house, you shouldn't be pacing back and forth in front of it on your phone. It's RUDE!


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Time to aggressively water your lawn! Whoops! Didn't see you there, friendo!


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NobodysHome wrote:

Aaaaand... another one.

Some guy, just hanging out on our sidewalk, in front of OUR house, pacing back and forth while having multiple LOUD phone conversations.

Know what, dude? If it's not YOUR house, you shouldn't be pacing back and forth in front of it on your phone. It's RUDE!

The next time you should casually just interjecting yourself into the conversation "Totally!" "What!?" "No way!!" Go a long way.

Warning: Living on the west coast this might get you shot or stabbed.


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Scintillae wrote:
Time to aggressively water your lawn! Whoops! Didn't see you there, friendo!

You mean our dirt. Our front yard has no lawn. As I like to point out to the police when they complain that I'm blocking my driveway, my driveway isn't long enough to fit a 15' Prius.

We're in the Bay Area. Free space doesn't exist. We have an 8'x12' patch of dirt in front of the house.


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The Teacher Diet

7:15 - Stop at gas station for hot cocoa I'm an adult and blueberry muffin for a cold morning's breakfast.
7:30 - Sit down at desk; receive alert for student meeting. Abandon muffin on desk.
7:45 - Meeting has been canceled due to lack of student.
7:50 - return to classroom; students arrive. Become too busy for muffin.
9:50 - Morning break! Reach for muffin...receive reminder it's my week for hall supervision.
10:40 - Plan period! Reach for muffin...receive phone call asking me to cover a class.
12:30 - Lunch bell. FINALLY eat !@$#@$%@ muffin.


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How to find what parts of your body are arthritic in one easy step.

1. Spray yourself with water for 10 hours in 42-68 degree temps.

I got to cut a bunch of pavers this morning, thus spraying my hands in about 42 degrees and now I get to spend the rest of my day pressure washing about 16 acres of pavers.

Yay!?

On the plus side, this will give me plenty of time to think of how I'm going to weaponize the pressure washer.


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captain yesterday wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

Aaaaand... another one.

Some guy, just hanging out on our sidewalk, in front of OUR house, pacing back and forth while having multiple LOUD phone conversations.

Know what, dude? If it's not YOUR house, you shouldn't be pacing back and forth in front of it on your phone. It's RUDE!

The next time you should casually just interjecting yourself into the conversation "Totally!" "What!?" "No way!!" Go a long way.

Warning: Living on the west coast this might get you shot or stabbed.

He left when Impus Major (in his full metal regalia) left the house for school. The guy even apologized to him.

Good Impus Major.


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There have been how many posts since the last time I was here?


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Boss: Why is the flame thrower attached to the pressure washer?

Me: Time saver!

Boss: So, what's the bayonet for?

Me: Commies.


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OK, Shiro just one-upped me. But he's less stubborn than I am.

*HIS* hardware had an "energy-saving" feature where it turned off wireless when not in use. So he got a neverending cycle:
(1) Hardware: Wireless is not in use. Disabled.
(2) Windows: Wireless is disabled. Enable. ERROR: Wireless is disabled at the hardware level!
On reboot:
(3) Hardware: Wireless is in use. Enabled.
(4) Windows: ERROR: Cannot find a wireless network!
(5) Hardware: Wireless is not in use. Disabled.

He got so fed up with the two of them arguing that he just installed a wireless router in the room.

EDIT: And I 100% guarantee that once I get my network settings working correctly on my Linux box, they'll work perfectly for the next 10 years.

LOVE Linux's stability. HATE the initial configuration required for EVERYTHING.


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I have decided that, in terms of being a “Native” of a place, the whole West Coast is my domain, and I must properly scope it out. I am currently returning home to California from Oregon, and my second trip to Seattle this year is next week. British Columbia over Thanksgiving, probably back to Oregon next year. I will come to understand this entire domain eventually.


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Well.

This day sucks worse than the convention ever did. Ugh.


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Rosita the Riveter wrote:
There have been how many posts since the last time I was here?

hey stranger.


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Plane taking off. Have to go.


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Rosita the Riveter wrote:
There have been how many posts since the last time I was here?

I will s$~$ my towel if it's 42.


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My relief is here. Have a good day, everyone.


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You know what? No.

I am not going to let my boss' desire to grind an axe or pick a fight keep me from doing what I am supposed to do. If he has a problem with something that's fine- let me try to fix it. Just because something hasn't been completed to satisfaction doesnt mean I am going to shut down.


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Hey Rosita! Safe travels.

EDIT: Realized I typed "Rosie" instead of "Rosita". Corrected.


Scintillae wrote:

The Teacher Diet

7:15 - Stop at gas station for hot cocoa I'm an adult and blueberry muffin for a cold morning's breakfast.
7:30 - Sit down at desk; receive alert for student meeting. Abandon muffin on desk.
7:45 - Meeting has been canceled due to lack of student.
7:50 - return to classroom; students arrive. Become too busy for muffin.
9:50 - Morning break! Reach for muffin...receive reminder it's my week for hall supervision.
10:40 - Plan period! Reach for muffin...receive phone call asking me to cover a class.
12:30 - Lunch bell. FINALLY eat !@$#@$%@ muffin.

Can confirm. This is accurate. Except for the part about getting to eat lunch. Didn’t they tell you? You’re on lunch duty, so you’ll have to eat during your free period after lunch. Also, your free period now needs to be spent watching some kids do makeup Tests, and/or serving detention for things that they did while you were on lunch duty. And then, of course, you have the rough part of the day finally starting…


Hi, Rosita!


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You know, my Mom was a teacher, my oldest sister is a teacher, and I never truly appreciated teachers until I was an adult and married one. I get it, now. To all my educators: I’m sorry. I get it now. It’s too late for us, yeah, but I appreciate your sacrifices.


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To all current educators: thanks! I’m sorry. I’m a parent. I do understand that. And, yeah. I get it. But, know that you are, in fact, appreciated. Despite what we may put you through. And, as the “King of Heroes” has been known to say, “Thanks! And thanks again!”

EDIT: and edit again!

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