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lisamarlene wrote:

Well, the tornado moved from ten miles due west of us to just about ten miles north without ever coming close. It's moving away to the northeast and some folks are reportedly getting pretty big hail.

At least I'll have an excuse why my progress reports aren't written tomorrow.

Okay, not a valid excuse, but a plausible lame one.

Tornado ate my homework.

And my pants.


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lisamarlene wrote:

Well, the tornado moved from ten miles due west of us to just about ten miles north without ever coming close. It's moving away to the northeast and some folks are reportedly getting pretty big hail.

At least I'll have an excuse why my progress reports aren't written tomorrow.

Okay, not a valid excuse, but a plausible lame one.

Will you accept it today from the kids?


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Drejk wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:

Well, the tornado moved from ten miles due west of us to just about ten miles north without ever coming close. It's moving away to the northeast and some folks are reportedly getting pretty big hail.

At least I'll have an excuse why my progress reports aren't written tomorrow.

Okay, not a valid excuse, but a plausible lame one.

Will you accept it today from the kids?

I once used the excuse that my guinea pigs had eaten my homework, and had the heavily chewed remains as evidence. Sure, I had fed it to them, but they still ate it.


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Hello, everyone!


Freehold DM wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
Teen-appropriate anime with female protagonist(s)?
what kind of adventure are we looking for?

Pretty much just what I had there, parameter-wise. A friend works for a library and runs an anime club. They just did a male-specific protagonist thing and are going to be looking for female-specific protagonists.

Thanks for the suggestions!

Scarab Sages

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gran rey de los mono wrote:
Drejk wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:

Well, the tornado moved from ten miles due west of us to just about ten miles north without ever coming close. It's moving away to the northeast and some folks are reportedly getting pretty big hail.

At least I'll have an excuse why my progress reports aren't written tomorrow.

Okay, not a valid excuse, but a plausible lame one.

Will you accept it today from the kids?
I once used the excuse that my guinea pigs had eaten my homework, and had the heavily chewed remains as evidence. Sure, I had fed it to them, but they still ate it.

Haha. Silly piggies.


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Tacticslion wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
Teen-appropriate anime with female protagonist(s)?
what kind of adventure are we looking for?

Pretty much just what I had there, parameter-wise. A friend works for a library and runs an anime club. They just did a male-specific protagonist thing and are going to be looking for female-specific protagonists.

Thanks for the suggestions!

Utena? That gets dark with teen appropriate drama, I found.

Vampire Princess Miyu? Fushigi Yuugi?


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Tacticslion wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
Teen-appropriate anime with female protagonist(s)?
what kind of adventure are we looking for?

Pretty much just what I had there, parameter-wise. A friend works for a library and runs an anime club. They just did a male-specific protagonist thing and are going to be looking for female-specific protagonists.

Thanks for the suggestions!

I'll second Ouran High School Host Club, and may suggest Gun Gale Online. Might check out Girls Und Panzer as well. I don't remember anything too outrageous in it. There was a show I watched a while back that was called something like Women's Academy C3 that may be okay. It was about high school girls playing an airsoft type sport. Been a while since I watched it, so I may be misremembering if it was questionable.


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Gunsmith Cats?


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Gall Force?


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Gunbuster(some say it has not aged well, I say instead one needs to have a science fiction background relevant to the time period it was made).


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Magic Knight Rayearth?


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It turns out I'm the only person that lives on our cul de sac that gets up at 4:15 am.


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Also Sound! Euphonium, RWBY (although maybe not for all teens), possibly High School Fleet (again, it's been a while and I don't remember if it's inappropriate or not).


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Ghost Hunt? But I'm not sure about the rating. It might be OT ( Older Teen ).

Scarab Sages

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Do any of you ever suffer from imposter syndrome?
If you do, how do you deal with it?


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Woran wrote:

Do any of you ever suffer from imposter syndrome?

If you do, how do you deal with it?

I have no idea what that is.


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Freehold DM wrote:
Woran wrote:

Do any of you ever suffer from imposter syndrome?

If you do, how do you deal with it?
I have no idea what that is.

Imposter syndrome is when you feel like a fraud and unworthy of your accomplishments (or you doubt your accomplishments altogether); this is usually associated with a fear of being found out and “exposed” (for the supposed “imposter” you are).

In some ways, it’s like a reverse or opposite Dunning-Kruger effect.

And, Woran, I suspect that everyone experiences it or something like it, even if it is only to minor degrees - perhaps not the full-blown syndrome, but that fear and worry that you’re not as good as your life says you are.

In my case, I expect such anxieties are a little more accurate, but in general I deal with them by being religious and recognizing my over-all inability to “earn” my place. When I reframe it in such a narrative, while it does not absolve me of the responsibility to try to be a good person, it absolves me of the responsibility to succeed on my own merits. It becomes less about deserving something and more about reviving the gift that is life - and then struggling to live up to the expectations and requirements such things place upon us. I may not succeed (in fact, I often don’t) but that’s irrelevant to the fact that when I fail, I get back up and try again.

What happens when people discover I’m a fraud? I don’t know. But my family will still love me - not because I deserve it, but because they are my family. God still will be there - not because I am worthy, but because He is God. And my kids don’t have a choice for a few more years (so I’d best try to make it an acceptable set of years).

And that’s really the key. You are more than your accomplishments. You are more than what is publicly called success. You can define yourself as more and better.

For my part, I suspect that your accomplishments are every bit as excellent as others currently think they are.

But you can see the flaws, holes, and weaknesses because you are the one who went through them. Who better to notice the problems than you?

So try your best to live up to the hype, but don’t wreck your life doing so. Instead, moderate yourself so that you have time for you, because if you don’t, you will start failing more. And whether you deserve to be where you are or not, start now to make sure that you live your best self and do what you can - while taking care of yourself, because you can’t do anything if you don’t - to honor the gift of your life that you’ve been given. Because it’s a cool life. You are, after all, you! That’s awesome!


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I also demand to know why CY is no longer impersonating Freehold while avoiding New York. Well, if he won’t, I guess it’s up to me...


Totally Freehold, Fo'Shizzle wrote:
I also demand to know why CY is no longer impersonating Freehold while avoiding New York. Well, if he won’t, I guess it’s up to me...

But it was me, TL!!

This is literally all I know about this meme as I have never seen JBA


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It's got to be hard being a weather reporter for the Bay Area:
"Summer-like temperatures are going to return to the Bay Area this week..."
"Oh, so it's going to be highs in the mid-50s with lots of fog?"
"No, no! Summer-like for other areas!"
"So it's going to be in the 90s?"
"No, no! It's going to sunny with highs in the high 70s!"
"Oh, so absolutely normal late October weather for here."
"But... but... sensationalist headlines... (head explodes)"

Scarab Sages

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Tacticslion wrote:
Good stuff

Thank you!


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gran rey de los mono wrote:
I once used the excuse that my guinea pigs had eaten my homework, and had the heavily chewed remains as evidence. Sure, I had fed it to them, but they still ate it.

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Woran wrote:
Do any of you ever suffer from imposter syndrome?

{raises claw}

Woran wrote:
If you do, how do you deal with it?

Persistent writer's block and depression?


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Speaking of major IT department fails...

If this morning's announcement is true, I think it may be one of the laziest IT decisions I've ever seen.

As I think I've mentioned, our file sharing systems here are pathetic; by default you get 50 MB (yes. Megabytes. NOT Gigabytes). By request you can up it to a whopping 500 MB. You need special permission to go higher.

So, we just got the announcement from IT that we're moving to a new file management system. Hooray!

Except... they're not going to migrate anything for us. Every single one of the 100,000+ affected employees has to manually migrate his or her own file systems.

In my opinion, "We're an IT department, we're fundamentally changing your infrastructure, and we're going to make YOU deal with it all with no instructions or tools," is a serious IT fail.


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NobodysHome wrote:

Speaking of major IT department fails...

If this morning's announcement is true, I think it may be one of the laziest IT decisions I've ever seen.

As I think I've mentioned, our file sharing systems here are pathetic; by default you get 50 MB (yes. Megabytes. NOT Gigabytes). By request you can up it to a whopping 500 MB. You need special permission to go higher.

So, we just got the announcement from IT that we're moving to a new file management system. Hooray!

Except... they're not going to migrate anything for us. Every single one of the 100,000+ affected employees has to manually migrate his or her own file systems.

In my opinion, "We're an IT department, we're fundamentally changing your infrastructure, and we're going to make YOU deal with it all with no instructions or tools," is a serious IT fail.

Have you tried turning it off and back on again?

Grand Lodge

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It's typically frowned on to murder your IT team. Much better to fire them all and hire new.


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NobodysHome: So, see right here? This is our emergency generator. If there's a natural disaster while your mom and I are out, use one of those clear plastic tubes to siphon some gas out of whichever car is here and use it to run the generator to power the fridge and the microwave.
Impus Major: But doesn't that mean I'll have to use the "mouth method" to get the gas?
NH: Yes, but gasoline is remarkably non-toxic. It can cause severe pneumonia, so just don't inhale it and you'll be fine.
IM: You know I can't promise that.


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NobodysHome wrote:

Speaking of major IT department fails...

If this morning's announcement is true, I think it may be one of the laziest IT decisions I've ever seen.

As I think I've mentioned, our file sharing systems here are pathetic; by default you get 50 MB (yes. Megabytes. NOT Gigabytes). By request you can up it to a whopping 500 MB. You need special permission to go higher.

So, we just got the announcement from IT that we're moving to a new file management system. Hooray!

Except... they're not going to migrate anything for us. Every single one of the 100,000+ affected employees has to manually migrate his or her own file systems.

In my opinion, "We're an IT department, we're fundamentally changing your infrastructure, and we're going to make YOU deal with it all with no instructions or tools," is a serious IT fail.

Granted, it should just be copy and paste, but there's absolutely no reason they shouldn't be able to robocopy the entire folder/file structure over to the new system and replicate the permissions over...there's no reason at all...

Your IT department continues to make me weep.

However, at the same time, between yours and one of the megacorps I worked at, I would like the users here to work for those megacorps for a month and see how far their behavior goes with those IT departments. It wouldn't end well for them.


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Woran wrote:

Do any of you ever suffer from imposter syndrome?

If you do, how do you deal with it?

Boy howdy.

I generally deal with it by trying to overcompensate like a madwoman, which makes me stressed and overtired, which diminishes my performance, which proves that I was right, I'm completely mediocre and worthless and don't deserve anything I've got.

My brain is an evil bastard.

Scarab Sages

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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
Woran wrote:
Do any of you ever suffer from imposter syndrome?

{raises claw}

Woran wrote:
If you do, how do you deal with it?
Persistent writer's block and depression?

*hugs slaad*

Ive been dealing with it by stressing waaaaaaaaay too much.

Scarab Sages

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lisamarlene wrote:
Woran wrote:

Do any of you ever suffer from imposter syndrome?

If you do, how do you deal with it?

Boy howdy.

I generally deal with it by trying to overcompensate like a madwoman, which makes me stressed and overtired, which diminishes my performance, which proves that I was right, I'm completely mediocre and worthless and don't deserve anything I've got.

My brain is an evil bastard.

I feel ya.


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Woran wrote:

Do any of you ever suffer from imposter syndrome?

If you do, how do you deal with it?

Denial, distraction, and seeking validation from my coworkers to tell me if "this project looks okay to you" when I know it should look okay because I know what I'm doing, but I have an overwhelming need to fish for a compliment to feel halfway competent when professional anxiety strikes.

It also stops me from working on any of my personal projects between feeling unable to meet a bare minimum of a standard and devoting so much time to reinventing the wheel at work.


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Hugs to everyone! We need hugs, I think, and you can have some e-hugs!


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


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Have a good one, my dude!


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NobodysHome wrote:

Speaking of major IT department fails...

If this morning's announcement is true, I think it may be one of the laziest IT decisions I've ever seen.

As I think I've mentioned, our file sharing systems here are pathetic; by default you get 50 MB (yes. Megabytes. NOT Gigabytes). By request you can up it to a whopping 500 MB. You need special permission to go higher.

So, we just got the announcement from IT that we're moving to a new file management system. Hooray!

Except... they're not going to migrate anything for us. Every single one of the 100,000+ affected employees has to manually migrate his or her own file systems.

In my opinion, "We're an IT department, we're fundamentally changing your infrastructure, and we're going to make YOU deal with it all with no instructions or tools," is a serious IT fail.

you mean that's not how its supposed to work? That's what they told us to do years ago when we migrated.


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Freehold DM wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

Speaking of major IT department fails...

If this morning's announcement is true, I think it may be one of the laziest IT decisions I've ever seen.

As I think I've mentioned, our file sharing systems here are pathetic; by default you get 50 MB (yes. Megabytes. NOT Gigabytes). By request you can up it to a whopping 500 MB. You need special permission to go higher.

So, we just got the announcement from IT that we're moving to a new file management system. Hooray!

Except... they're not going to migrate anything for us. Every single one of the 100,000+ affected employees has to manually migrate his or her own file systems.

In my opinion, "We're an IT department, we're fundamentally changing your infrastructure, and we're going to make YOU deal with it all with no instructions or tools," is a serious IT fail.

you mean that's not how its supposed to work? That's what they told us to do years ago when we migrated.

(1) Meet Woran or Vanykrye in person (or LordSynos? Aren't you in IT?)

(2) Say, "We will let the users be responsible for their own critical data migrations."
(3) Repeat until they are quivering masses of "no" on the floor.

You will then understand just how monumentally bad of an idea this is.


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NobodysHome wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

Speaking of major IT department fails...

If this morning's announcement is true, I think it may be one of the laziest IT decisions I've ever seen.

As I think I've mentioned, our file sharing systems here are pathetic; by default you get 50 MB (yes. Megabytes. NOT Gigabytes). By request you can up it to a whopping 500 MB. You need special permission to go higher.

So, we just got the announcement from IT that we're moving to a new file management system. Hooray!

Except... they're not going to migrate anything for us. Every single one of the 100,000+ affected employees has to manually migrate his or her own file systems.

In my opinion, "We're an IT department, we're fundamentally changing your infrastructure, and we're going to make YOU deal with it all with no instructions or tools," is a serious IT fail.

you mean that's not how its supposed to work? That's what they told us to do years ago when we migrated.

(1) Meet Woran or Vanykrye in person (or LordSynos? Aren't you in IT?)

(2) Say, "We will let the users be responsible for their own critical data migrations."
(3) Repeat until they are quivering masses of "no" on the floor.

You will then understand just how monumentally bad of an idea this is.

He's done Step 1, twice, and survived the experience. Of course, next time may be different.

Step 2...yeah, he hasn't said that to me in person. Perhaps this is why he survived.

It *shouldn't* be a bad idea, but it really, really, really is. I mean...at the core it's just "Copy your files from here, paste them over here." And for some reason, they can copy/paste stuff that they're asked to do as part of their routine, but the instant you tell them to copy/paste stuff like this, outside of their daily routine...cats and dogs living together and the apocalypse is upon us all. They just lose their minds. They have no idea what to do.

What are those files in the first place and how did they get there?
What are you talking about? I don't have any files.
Those aren't mine.
Just delete them all.
Which ones do I need to keep?
Why did you delete all those files? I needed them!
I'm missing files now.
What's copy and paste?

It's better for IT to just copy everything over, migrate the security permissions, then quietly change group policy to no longer map the old location, delete any current mapping to the old location, and instead map the new location without telling them.

Now, I know a lot of people are going to balk at that "don't tell them" part. But honestly...we do tell them...and it just doesn't matter. They don't listen, they largely don't understand, and they're going to blame us no matter what we do. Besides, it's a network location and it shouldn't matter one bit where that location is.

As a friend of mine said when I first met her and she found out I was in IT: "Oh...you don't hate people. You f#$@ing loathe them."

In the work setting, yes. I do. I have a very hard time not seeing most of them as just a collection of repeated acts of stupidity. It's horrible. I know. I'm a horrible person. It's not everyone, mind you. There's a small handful that I can trust to *honestly try*, regardless of their success or failure. I have no issues with people when the problem is honestly a problem and/or they have done a bare minimum of "can I fix this myself".

But around here, I've had to ask "Is it plugged in?" The answer was "Yes, I'm not stupid! Why are you even asking such a stupid question!" So I walk over there and can see the cord dangling, not plugged in from 8 feet away. Then they complain directly to the CIO that I'm walking away without solving their problem.

These are the same people that call IT because the printer is out of paper. No. You don't need IT to open a pack of paper and stick it in the drawer.


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I might be having a bad day.


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My IT guys always just hand me escalated security and say, "Yeah, if you have any issues go ahead and fix them yourself, because we know you're going to do it right."

It's a batch of security privileges I wear with honor.

AND I can get into a bunch of Global Megacorporation's secure server rooms on a whim, and who doesn't want that?


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I'm potentially up to nine kids for D&D. This is going to be...interesting. But hey, it's a club. Maybe we'll get to the point where they want to start running their own tables.


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Today is a good day, because I finally finished off all the transcripts for the big pharmaceutical research job I had, yippeeeee.

By Deneir and Oghma, those things were a proper pain in the bum.


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Scintillae wrote:
Woran wrote:

Do any of you ever suffer from imposter syndrome?

If you do, how do you deal with it?
Denial, distraction, and seeking validation from my coworkers to tell me if "this project looks okay to you" when I know it should look okay because I know what I'm doing, but I have an overwhelming need to fish for a compliment to feel halfway competent when professional anxiety strikes.

I try not to do that anymore (not that I have much opportunity being in a non-office environment anymore), partially because I knew I just seeking validation, but mostly because I got really irritated when my one of my co-workers would often come back with something. Not because there was anything wrong with my work, but because my writing didn't fit their own personal style of writing. Which was extra irritating because I was the one who sat down with my own copies of Strunk & White's Elements and Microsoft's Manual of Style and wrote the formal standardized techwriting guidelines for all our group's output back when the group was first formed, and then personally got it all signed off by the group supervisor & manager, the tech guys in San Jose and Tokyo, stateside upper upper management, and the legal departments. Like dude, really?

Deep breathes. I can't believe I'm still carrying that crap around inside my head this many years later.

Scintillae wrote:
It also stops me from working on any of my personal projects between feeling unable to meet a bare minimum of a standard and devoting so much time to reinventing the wheel at work.

I keep a slushpile folder of text files with every idea for a story or RPG-related thing to work on. Which helps clear it out of my brain's active memory, but the pile keeps growing...


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NobodysHome wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

Speaking of major IT department fails...

If this morning's announcement is true, I think it may be one of the laziest IT decisions I've ever seen.

As I think I've mentioned, our file sharing systems here are pathetic; by default you get 50 MB (yes. Megabytes. NOT Gigabytes). By request you can up it to a whopping 500 MB. You need special permission to go higher.

So, we just got the announcement from IT that we're moving to a new file management system. Hooray!

Except... they're not going to migrate anything for us. Every single one of the 100,000+ affected employees has to manually migrate his or her own file systems.

In my opinion, "We're an IT department, we're fundamentally changing your infrastructure, and we're going to make YOU deal with it all with no instructions or tools," is a serious IT fail.

you mean that's not how its supposed to work? That's what they told us to do years ago when we migrated.

(1) Meet Woran or Vanykrye in person (or LordSynos? Aren't you in IT?)

(2) Say, "We will let the users be responsible for their own critical data migrations."
(3) Repeat until they are quivering masses of "no" on the floor.

You will then understand just how monumentally bad of an idea this is.

I find the idea of leaving Woran a quivering mass on the floor incredibly inviting, but I dont want her to be a quivering mass of no, of all things...

I would need to begin training especially vigorously to leave Vany a quivering mass of anything.


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It worries me that the women I think are so effortlessly awesome doubt themselves so much.


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Trend Micro wins today's fail award!


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Freehold DM wrote:
It worries me that the women I think are so effortlessly awesome doubt themselves so much.

In many cases (not all), it comes from a lifetime of being told that a woman can't be good enough or simply can't do something at all because they aren't a man.

F%!# that noise.


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NobodysHome wrote:

Trend Micro wins today's fail award!

I've got nothin'.


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I have a stone that I throw at people who sing Christmas songs before December. I call it my Jingle Bell Rock.

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