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My friend makes money by taking pictures of salmon in designer clothing. She says it's so easy that it's like "shooting fish in apparel."

I guess I loaned her my clothing for a photo shoot.


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I just finished grilling a steak. Three hours and it still won't tell me who it works for.


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captain yesterday wrote:
I had to work my way up from the lowest rungs of poverty to middle class, without a college education.

Well I got the college education and it hasn't done much for me yet.


gran rey de los nekkid wrote:

My friend makes money by taking pictures of salmon in designer clothing. She says it's so easy that it's like "shooting fish in apparel."

I guess I loaned her my clothing for a photo shoot.

Is this one of those kings fine cloths situations?


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Happy birthday to the people(s)!


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gran rey de los mono wrote:
I just finished grilling a steak. Three hours and it still won't tell me who it works for.

Come on steak! Tell me the info! What is the beef?


Un-Bear-able Puns wrote:
gran rey de los mono wrote:
I just finished grilling a steak. Three hours and it still won't tell me who it works for.
Come on steak! Tell me the info! What is the beef?

Don't you mean "Where's the beef?!"


Happy fathers day to all who celebrate


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Freehold DM wrote:
Happy fathers day to all who celebrate

If we were all celibate, we wouldn't be fathers.

Oh, the 'r'...


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Things You Realize In The Shower:

All of our homebrew family "traditions" center around fruit.

When Impus Major was a wee lad, he loved Cuties (are they technically tangerines or oranges? All I know is that their brand name is "Cuties"). So we put one in his Christmas stocking. He was sick and threw it up. We tried the next year. He threw it up again. And now every year every family member gets a "Christmas Orange" in their stocking. Vomiting is encouraged, but not required.

Today my kids will inevitably sneak off to the corner store, buy a bunch of bananas, present me with one with a penny taped to it and a horrible sheet of paper reading something like, "Merry Valentine's Day, Dab!", and the rest of the bananas will be left on the counter to rot.

Because tradition.

Silver Crusade

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I’ll bite...

What’s the deal with the bananas?

And why is the rest of the bunch left to rot? Just because no one likes bananas? Someone in your household needs to learn how to make banana bread.


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Celestial Healer wrote:

I’ll bite...

What’s the deal with the bananas?

And why is the rest of the bunch left to rot? Just because no one likes bananas? Someone in your household needs to learn how to make banana bread.

You act as if I have any clue whatsoever.

One year, the kids realized it was Father's Day, realized they hadn't gotten me anything, and quickly grabbed a banana. They figured that wasn't enough, so they taped a penny to it. I was so "impressed" with this "gift" that they've done it every year since then.

And no, I have no idea why the rest of the bunch is left to rot. It's some kind of fruit sacrifice or something.


I don't care for Father's Day so I try not to encourage the kids to do anything.


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NobodysHome wrote:
Celestial Healer wrote:

I’ll bite...

What’s the deal with the bananas?

And why is the rest of the bunch left to rot? Just because no one likes bananas? Someone in your household needs to learn how to make banana bread.

You act as if I have any clue whatsoever.

One year, the kids realized it was Father's Day, realized they hadn't gotten me anything, and quickly grabbed a banana. They figured that wasn't enough, so they taped a penny to it. I was so "impressed" with this "gift" that they've done it every year since then.

And no, I have no idea why the rest of the bunch is left to rot. It's some kind of fruit sacrifice or something.

YOU MONSTERS!


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Mmmmmmmm. Banana bread.

Scarab Sages

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Bananas never get the chance to rot here. Rats love bananas.


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Speaking of, "Just who the heck have these AP writers been GM'ing for?!?!!?"

Prepping a room, get intricate details as to exactly how the privy works, just in case the entire party decides to cast Reduce Person on themselves and go down it.

Er... ok...?

Shadow Lodge

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Filthy casuals, obviously.


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Mother-in-Law got a house in Berkeley!!!!

The good: She's near us, the rent is 33% cheaper so she can afford it, and it's within walking distance of a good market.

The bad: This pretty much rules out emigration for at least a decade.

Scarab Sages

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MrT's nephew has been staying with us since wednesday.

And I'm so f*cking angry. The nephews mother, MrT's sister is such a f*cking piece of emotional abusive sh*t.


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I hope you guys can help him recover.


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Woran wrote:

MrT's nephew has been staying with us since wednesday.

And I'm so f*cking angry. The nephews mother, MrT's sister is such a f*cking piece of emotional abusive sh*t.

So, his sister is my brother's wife.

Small world.

Scarab Sages

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She'll convince him to come back.
She's the kind of person who never is to blame for anything. Its all other peoples fault. She's created quite a web of lies.

Problem is, nephew has autism. He's is mentally not ready for a world where his mom is a shitty person. While he'd do so much better when he'd be away from her. He's 19 now, so an adult for the law, so no getting child protective services involved. (we tried that before, but there was never any physical abuse and he'd just repeat her lies).


Never mind, my brother's wife isn't smart enough for webs or illusions, she's just an emotional terror all the time.


Fantasy NPC: Yashko The Harvester. A peculiar farmhand NPC.

Scarab Sages

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captain yesterday wrote:
Never mind, my brother's wife isn't smart enough for webs or illusions, she's just an emotional terror all the time.

Its not that she's a mastermind. She's just good at lying in general, but she lies so much that she does contradict herself. Plus, when you're close to her and know the other side of her stories, its easy.

And she is an absolute emotional terror.


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Happy Father's Day, everyone!
Still suuuuuuuuper asleep!
(Though I had so many video conferences wishing me happy father's day today...)

But I love you all and hope your day, week, and everything else is going well! e-Hugs from an acceptable social distance! :D


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Happy birthday, NH.

Happy Father's day everyone!


Their suppose to be bad! That is the whole point of the alias!


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Interviewer: "We only hire people who are responsible."
Me: "Your search is over! At my old job everyone always said that I was responsible. Especially when something had gone wrong."


Four men are sitting in a hospital waiting room because their wives are all giving birth. A nurse comes up to the first man and says, “Congratulations! You are the proud father of a pair of twins!”
“That’s funny...” the man said, “I work for Twin Peaks!”
Another nurse comes into the room and goes to the second man and says, “Congratulations! Your wife has just given birth to triplets!”
“That’s funny...” the second man said, “ I work for the 3M company!”
Yet another nurse comes into the room and says to the third man, “Congratulations! Your wife has just given birth to quadruplets!”
“That’s so funny...” said the third man, “I work at the Four Seasons Hotel!”
The last man is groaning and whining in obvious agony, “What’s wrong?” the other men ask.
“I work at Seven Eleven.” He replied.


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I spent four hours at the ER today because I had a strange-looking mole I wanted them to check out. Eventually they called the cops and had me thrown out. Apparently they all look like that and I should have just left it in the back yard where I found it.


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gran rey de los mono wrote:

Four men are sitting in a hospital waiting room because their wives are all giving birth. A nurse comes up to the first man and says, “Congratulations! You are the proud father of a pair of twins!”

“That’s funny...” the man said, “I work for Twin Peaks!”
Another nurse comes into the room and goes to the second man and says, “Congratulations! Your wife has just given birth to triplets!”
“That’s funny...” the second man said, “ I work for the 3M company!”
Yet another nurse comes into the room and says to the third man, “Congratulations! Your wife has just given birth to quadruplets!”
“That’s so funny...” said the third man, “I work at the Four Seasons Hotel!”
The last man is groaning and whining in obvious agony, “What’s wrong?” the other men ask.
“I work at Seven Eleven.” He replied.

I would groan and whine if I had to work at 7/11 too.


gran rey de los mono wrote:
I spent four hours at the ER today because I had a strange-looking mole I wanted them to check out. Eventually they called the cops and had me thrown out. Apparently they all look like that and I should have just left it in the back yard where I found it.

Aww but moles are cute! How dare they!


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NobodysHome wrote:
CrystalSeas wrote:

On being taller

Height Matters
The most-incompetent CEO I ever worked for was 6'6" and quite handsome. I'm convinced those were his only qualifications, as he drove our company under within 2 years of taking over...

My son was so happy the day he realized that he had sprouted taller than both me and his mother, (Mr and Mrs Wizard are pretty much the shortest ones of both their families) ;P

He walked into the kitchen where I was prepping dinner and said
"Hey Dad! Stand up straight!"

Wizard- "I am."

Son- 'Hah! I'm taller than you!"

Wizard- "Shut up. And grab that thing from the top shelf."

EDIT- Yes I have a lot of catching up to do, at least 2 pages worth, something about retirement questions/discussions?


Good morning everyone.

Scarab Sages

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I remember how happy my brother was when he passed me in hight.


Mornin john.


Good morning, Vid.


Other than NH, has anyone here tried to convert a garage into a usable room?

The search for another rental house is not going well, and so we're considering staying in this one for another year or two, but using the little garage for WW's office so that the kids could have separate bedrooms and maybe not fight *all* the time.

Since it's a rental, we couldn't make any structural changes (we're not wven allowed to paint), but other than getting a carpet remnant for the floor and a small air conditioner so he doesn't actually die, what can we do?


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Insulation is the hard part from what I am to understand. This seems more like a CY area of expertise tho.

Scarab Sages

John Napier 698 wrote:
Good morning everyone.

Good morning John.


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Garage conversions.

The issues are: temperature, lighting, power, and internet.

Impromptu insulation can be almost anything including collapsed cardboard, egg cartons, heavy curtains and the like. Basically you either want to create an air barrier (like between panes of glass) and/or add material that slows heat exchange with outer wall.

You can also use the winterizing plastic sheets over windows to create air barrier. Common in north, not sure about texas.

Wall ac unit and fans. Electric space heater in winter.

Also does one wall get all afternoon sun? Can you make a shade break for it?

Lighting adds heat typically but necessary. A small dorm fridge for convenient chilled drinks? Also adds heat but maybe? worth it.

Power and internet...hopefully you have outlets and router reaches. Otherwise extension cords.


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Tis a rain day, now I can do all those things I said I'd do on a rain day.

D'oh!


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For dirt cheap insulation that doesn't alter the structure, there's the black soundproofing foam. The actual stuff is pretty darned expensive, but the cheap egg carton stuff works just as well for insulation, and is 1/10th the price. Similarly, depending on how cold it gets in the winter a simple carpet pad under the carpet works wonders.

Other than that, Nylarthotep nailed everything except entry/exit: For Impus Major I had to cut a hole in the wall and jury rig some steps so he didn't have to go outside of the house every time he needed to use the bathroom (NOT like the good old days). If the only entrance to the garage is through the garage door, you'll have massive heat issues every time WW comes in to get a snack or relieve himself. If it's a more normal house with a door leading from the garage into the house it's better, and once you've insulated as best you can you can even leave that door open to try to allow for some air circulation.

Most garages have excellent power (they're typically used as workshops with power tools), but you'll want to make sure your wireless router reaches.

Lighting is less of a problem. Even if it's the old 4' fluorescent tubes I was able to replace all the ones in my kitchen with LED replacements for under $10 a tube, and the light is brighter and doesn't have that 60 Hz flicker that'll give you a headache if you try to work in it all day.


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I will also note that when I was looking at houses in austin, it was common to have exposed (sealed) concrete in the main living areas. The realtor explained to my simple mind that such floors were cooler than traditional wood/carpet floors.

So, depending on the finish of the concrete in the garage - it may be "cooler" to have exposed concrete in summer and save the carpet remnants for winter. However, if it is rough concrete, that may not be practical.


NH and Nylarthotep, thank you.

I hadn't even thought about egg carton foam for insulation, but that's a good idea. The long eastern wall of the garage is connected to the house, but the long western wall is the exterior wall and is only partially blocked by a boxwood hedge and a tree. The garage door points south and the northern end has a large utility closet and a separate keyed door which leads to the covered back porch, right next to the sliding door into the kitchen. So no *direct* house access, but at least you don't have to go through the garage door.

Ideally, I'd like to put some kind of false wall in-between the garage door and the office, to leave maybe six feet space for the lawnmower, jerry cans and bicycles. It seems we could almost do that by using our heavy wooden ikea garage shelving as the structure on the office side of the wall and just affixing some paneling and insulation to the back of it, since we don't have to worry about earthquakes here. And then line the walls with foam and cover them with paneling?

Power is not an issue, but we may have to move the wifi router from the living room to the corner of the kitchen closest to the garage.

Of course, instead of just giving one of the kids the office, now WW is talking about switching around *all* the bedrooms... when we first moved here two years ago, we gave the kids the master bedroom and bathroom, so if they won't be sharing any more, he wants to put us in there, which also means swapping the bathrooms and everything in both bathroom cabinets, putting Hermione in our current bedroom and Val in the one that is currently his office.

In some ways, it would feel like as much work as moving to an entirely new house, except for we wouldn't be moving the living room/library, or kitchen, or dining room, which would be a colossal amount of work. And it would make the kids happier. Which would make us happier. And he would have more peace and quiet in his office, and maybe even have some room to put some tatami mats down (since he's continuing to teach aikido over zoom some evenings/weekends), and his current space is not exactly ideal for that. He just can't do any falls or rolls with a hard concrete floor under the tatami, but he can't do that right now anyway.


Nylarthotep wrote:

I will also note that when I was looking at houses in austin, it was common to have exposed (sealed) concrete in the main living areas. The realtor explained to my simple mind that such floors were cooler than traditional wood/carpet floors.

So, depending on the finish of the concrete in the garage - it may be "cooler" to have exposed concrete in summer and save the carpet remnants for winter. However, if it is rough concrete, that may not be practical.

Our school has polished concrete floors for that reason, with area rugs here and there. Our house is tile or laminate in living areas, and only carpet in the bedrooms.


lisamarlene wrote:
...and maybe even have some room to put some tatami mats down (since he's continuing to teach aikido over zoom some evenings/weekends), and his current space is not exactly ideal for that. He just can't do any falls or rolls with a hard concrete floor under the tatami, but he can't do that right now anyway.

In no way am I going to pretend to know more about aikido than WW, but I do have a background as a martial arts instructor and I did take some aikido.

Teaching over remote sessions without an uke (I'm assuming) and not being able to repeatedly fall/roll, from my knowledge and experience, would severely limit what he'd be able to teach and make teaching other concepts and techniques close to impossible without the visual reference of the uke's reaction for the students.

Granted, I've seen some truly awful...like MST3K levels of awful...martial arts "instuctional" videos in my time...

Anything he's doing has got to be better than that.

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