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Vidmaster7 wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:

I finished The Suicide Squad today, on account of the surprise rain day.

It was actually really good, not as good as Guardians of the Galaxy (which is barely a super hero movie) but better than most Marvel movies and way better than anything DC has put out to date.

I wanted more King Shark.

More dumb friends?!


Nylarthotep wrote:
Nylarthotep wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

I'll spoiler this, just because it might upset people, but:

** spoiler omitted **

EDIT: Of course, FaWtL. Of course.

steven conforti of the gaming community has posted that he was COVID positive. I have only met him a few times, but he is a decent sort. It appears he is on the recovery path, so not a loss for us yet, but it is closer than it was.

On a closer personal note, my gym is about 200(?) people. We all know each other by face if not buddy-buddy. One of our first responders/health care workers in that community is positive. We do not know which one, but that is VERY close.

Before this is over, I expect I will have at least one in my circle of friends that is lost to the virus.

This post has aged moderately well so far. Nephew and several in circle of friends (including several more at gym) have been declared positive, but recovered. Several more of people I would call distant friends (keep in touch, but probably have not seen each other in multiple years, even before the covid). One older acquaintance (more a friend of my parents than mine) passed away at 95 of covid. Wife of fraternity brother is a long haul case it seems, but most of rest declare mostly full recovery.

its good to see you again.

Thank god I'm not naked this time.


Drejk wrote:
Celestial Healer wrote:
Drejk wrote:
Celestial Healer wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

Shakes fist at New York.

Why you gotta try to beat us in everything? It's embarrassing!

We were okay with not winning that one.

Honestly, the housing market here in the suburbs is even more insane. We figure our house has appreciated by about $100k since we bought it in November 2018. People keep calling me to buy it even though it’s not for sale.

John keeps saying we should find out what they’re offering. I have to remind him that, as attractive as it sounds to sell right now, we wouldn’t want to sell this place without buying another place and dealing with all the insanity that goes along with that. Given how high these suburban housing prices are right now, we’d most likely be plowing all that equity into the inflated price of the next house, which means it would be a wash.

And some time ago an acquaintance of mine shared a post of a lovely house for less than $400k. Not far from you in the middle of NY state.

I have been always told that 150 miles is close according to Americans...

If I had a friend there, I would visit occasionally. But moving 150 miles further from my place of work? No.

If that house were near me, the price would be double.

Shame. It looks lovely.

Google maps view. The post on facebook also showed interior.

...

Maybe Freehold would be...

After Sandy, I am VERY leery of living on waterfront property.


Syrus Terrigan wrote:

150-mile round trip on my commute, 5 days each week.

One gets used to it.

...are you serious?


Freehold DM wrote:
Nylarthotep wrote:
Nylarthotep wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

I'll spoiler this, just because it might upset people, but:

** spoiler omitted **

EDIT: Of course, FaWtL. Of course.

steven conforti of the gaming community has posted that he was COVID positive. I have only met him a few times, but he is a decent sort. It appears he is on the recovery path, so not a loss for us yet, but it is closer than it was.

On a closer personal note, my gym is about 200(?) people. We all know each other by face if not buddy-buddy. One of our first responders/health care workers in that community is positive. We do not know which one, but that is VERY close.

Before this is over, I expect I will have at least one in my circle of friends that is lost to the virus.

This post has aged moderately well so far. Nephew and several in circle of friends (including several more at gym) have been declared positive, but recovered. Several more of people I would call distant friends (keep in touch, but probably have not seen each other in multiple years, even before the covid). One older acquaintance (more a friend of my parents than mine) passed away at 95 of covid. Wife of fraternity brother is a long haul case it seems, but most of rest declare mostly full recovery.

its good to see you again.

Thank god I'm not naked this time.

*waves*


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"Cooking and sex are very different things. The only similarity is that sometimes Pam Nonstick Spray is used in both."


Freehold DM wrote:
After Sandy, I am VERY leery of living on waterfront property.

While I can't claim I planned it this way, we're right at the base of the Berkeley hills, so too low for mudslides, too high for flooding, far enough from the Hayward fault that our house won't split in half (could easily fall over given a big enough quake, but that's California), and have a stream within 100 yards of the house so in case of major natural disaster we have a ready source of water. (The backpacking kit includes water filters and a stove, and now for reasons beyond my control a week's worth of freeze dried food.)

So blind luck has me ready for most natural disasters.

And we're up to FOUR air purifiers we have around the house for the fires. If we *do* get burned out, most of my life is digital and stored on a single hard drive I can grab-n-go.


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Now you only need a few automatic sentry turrets against zombies and a flak gun to shoot down cosmic invaders and you are all set.

Scarab Sages

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When the last few hours of the workday feel like eternity


All the talk about commuting got me thinking:
- Pre-school through 5th grade: Walked
- 6th-8th grade: Biked
- 9th-12th grade: Walked
- Undergraduate: Biked
- Graduate: Biked
- 1st job (1 year): Walked/BARTed
- 2nd job (2 years): Drove alone
- 3rd job (1 year): Carpooled
- 4th job (3 years): Carpooled
- 5th job (2 years): Biked
- 6th job (2 years): Carpooled
- After that: Worked from home

In short, in 50 years of having to go somewhere every day, I only used a car for 8 of those years, and for 6 of those years I carpooled.

Kind of a, "Wow! As a Californian I'm really an unusual person" revelation.


Hello, everyone.


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Indoor mask mandate for Illinois again.


Freehold DM wrote:
Syrus Terrigan wrote:

150-mile round trip on my commute, 5 days each week.

One gets used to it.

...are you serious?

Is that a trick question?


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I swear, companies stuck in the 1970s model of security drive me nuts.

Call from an unidentified toll-free number: Hi, this is so-and-so from your prescription company. Is this <my name>??
NobodysHome: Yes.
Caller: Can you please provide me with your full name, date of birth, and ZIP code for verification purposes?
NobodysHome: No. You called me.

So, is it any wonder that phishing and identity theft are rampant when major corporations are still running around calling people with unlisted numbers and saying, "Hi! This is your bank/health care provider/whatever. Please provide critical personal information so we can verify it's you!"

Nope. Never have. Never will. Your entire security team should be fired.


Syrus Terrigan wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Syrus Terrigan wrote:

150-mile round trip on my commute, 5 days each week.

One gets used to it.

...are you serious?
Is that a trick question?

You do 150 miles every day? That is nuts! Do you work across state lines?


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Only if he says he's doing 150 moles per day should you really be concerned.


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Why The Kids Don't Ask NobodysHome For Non-Science Homework Help:

Impus Minor: My government assignment is to write a parody of the Declaration of Independence.
NobodysHome: Perfect! When it goes into "inalienable rights", just start listing all those horrible things people do in the news where they say, "This is 'Merika! I have a right to xxx!" It'll be an appalling, depressing parody!
Impus Minor: Impus Major, can you help me with this one?


Freehold DM wrote:
Syrus Terrigan wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Syrus Terrigan wrote:

150-mile round trip on my commute, 5 days each week.

One gets used to it.

...are you serious?
Is that a trick question?
You do 150 miles every day? That is nuts! Do you work across state lines?

I don't *work* across state lines, but I do commute across state lines. I live in a fairly rural area, but work in the heart of the nearest large urban center. The fastest commute involves traveling south to the nearest US highway and exploiting its lack of speed zones and traffic lights to make it to Metro Area, TN for the job.

Yep. 150 miles a day, 750 miles a week. The six weeks I was off work after injuring my right knee resulted in 4500 miles of travel saved (which, consequently, resulted in a *massive* income savings, even at the 66%-of-normal rate for the worker's comp insurance).


Syrus Terrigan wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Syrus Terrigan wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Syrus Terrigan wrote:

150-mile round trip on my commute, 5 days each week.

One gets used to it.

...are you serious?
Is that a trick question?
You do 150 miles every day? That is nuts! Do you work across state lines?

I don't *work* across state lines, but I do commute across state lines. I live in a fairly rural area, but work in the heart of the nearest large urban center. The fastest commute involves traveling south to the nearest US highway and exploiting its lack of speed zones and traffic lights to make it back to Metro Area, TN for the job.

Yep. 150 miles a day, 750 miles a week. The six weeks I was off work after injuring my right knee resulted in 4500 miles of travel saved (which, consequently, resulted in a *massive* income savings, even at the 66%-of-normal rate for the worker's comp insurance).

Ah, OK! 75 miles each way is well within what some people do around here; as I mentioned Tracy to S.F. is 63 miles, and we've started to see people out as far as Sacramento and Stockton.

But 150 each way (300 total a day)? [i]THAT[i] we haven't seen...

Silver Crusade

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Freehold DM wrote:
Drejk wrote:
Celestial Healer wrote:
Drejk wrote:
Celestial Healer wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

Shakes fist at New York.

Why you gotta try to beat us in everything? It's embarrassing!

We were okay with not winning that one.

Honestly, the housing market here in the suburbs is even more insane. We figure our house has appreciated by about $100k since we bought it in November 2018. People keep calling me to buy it even though it’s not for sale.

John keeps saying we should find out what they’re offering. I have to remind him that, as attractive as it sounds to sell right now, we wouldn’t want to sell this place without buying another place and dealing with all the insanity that goes along with that. Given how high these suburban housing prices are right now, we’d most likely be plowing all that equity into the inflated price of the next house, which means it would be a wash.

And some time ago an acquaintance of mine shared a post of a lovely house for less than $400k. Not far from you in the middle of NY state.

I have been always told that 150 miles is close according to Americans...

If I had a friend there, I would visit occasionally. But moving 150 miles further from my place of work? No.

If that house were near me, the price would be double.

Shame. It looks lovely.

Google maps view. The post on facebook also showed interior.

...

After Sandy, I am VERY leery of living on waterfront property.

I don't know that a pond in Saratoga qualifies as "waterfront property".

Edit: I guess it's actually the Upper Hudson River, but either way...

Silver Crusade

NobodysHome wrote:
Syrus Terrigan wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Syrus Terrigan wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Syrus Terrigan wrote:

150-mile round trip on my commute, 5 days each week.

One gets used to it.

...are you serious?
Is that a trick question?
You do 150 miles every day? That is nuts! Do you work across state lines?

I don't *work* across state lines, but I do commute across state lines. I live in a fairly rural area, but work in the heart of the nearest large urban center. The fastest commute involves traveling south to the nearest US highway and exploiting its lack of speed zones and traffic lights to make it back to Metro Area, TN for the job.

Yep. 150 miles a day, 750 miles a week. The six weeks I was off work after injuring my right knee resulted in 4500 miles of travel saved (which, consequently, resulted in a *massive* income savings, even at the 66%-of-normal rate for the worker's comp insurance).

Ah, OK! 75 miles each way is well within what some people do around here; as I mentioned Tracy to S.F. is 63 miles, and we've started to see people out as far as Sacramento and Stockton.

But 150 each way (300 total a day)? [i]THAT[i] we haven't seen...

I haven't worked with anyone doing that here in NY. (Even 75 miles is long. I live about 40 miles from Manhattan, but some people do 60 or so. I used to know somebody who reverse-commuted from Brooklyn to Westhampton which is about 100 miles east on Long Island.)

But when I lived in Los Angeles, I worked downtown and there was one person who commuted from Oxnard and another who commuted from Palm Springs which was over 100 miles. Lots of people in SoCal have ridiculous commutes.


The worst commute I ever had (only for one academic year) was 96 miles round trip but took anywhere from 3.5 to 4.5 hours total. The second worst (also for one academic year) was 68 miles and took anywhere from 2.75 to 4 hours round trip, with a screaming baby Hermione in the back seat. That one went through SFO and the heart of downtown SF at rush hour.

I like living twenty minutes from work.


Here I thought 20 minutes was annoying in San Antonio. I moved so I could live across the street from where I worked.


NobodysHome wrote:
If we *do* get burned out, most of my life is digital and stored on a single hard drive I can grab-n-go.
Also NobodysHome wrote:

So, is it any wonder that phishing and identity theft are rampant when major corporations are still running around calling people with unlisted numbers and saying, "Hi! This is your bank/health care provider/whatever. Please provide critical personal information so we can verify it's you!"

Nope. Never have. Never will. Your entire security team should be fired.

Hmmm.... Who's in charge of your home security team?

:D


About to go home. Good night, everyone.


Quark Blast wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
If we *do* get burned out, most of my life is digital and stored on a single hard drive I can grab-n-go.
Also NobodysHome wrote:

So, is it any wonder that phishing and identity theft are rampant when major corporations are still running around calling people with unlisted numbers and saying, "Hi! This is your bank/health care provider/whatever. Please provide critical personal information so we can verify it's you!"

Nope. Never have. Never will. Your entire security team should be fired.

Hmmm.... Who's in charge of your home security team?

:D

That's the constant backup -- everything's on TWO hard drives, and there's a third in a separate building. But ONE is all I need.


My longest commute was a bit over 1000 miles, or somehow over 800 miles in a straight curved non-Euclidean straight line, when I went to work in England.

I stayed temporary there, but my home remained here, that's counts as a commute, right?

One of my co-workers at a game-making company a few years ago regularly commuted around 40 miles, being a person I knew with the longest regular commute line, excluding people whose work involves driving directly to the customers as a sales agents and such.

Scarab Sages

Im so happy I dont have to do long commutes anymore.


"You're right. I'll buy you a nice dinner, and then suck you up and farm you."


gran rey de los mono wrote:
"You're right. I'll buy you a nice dinner, and then suck you up and farm you."

Resistance is futile.


Hello, everyone.


I have worked in stamford ct, at a location where a previous CEO flew in from RI on a helicopter every day. Those were in the heady days of the first dot com bubble when money was everywhere if you were a dot com.

In fairness, that company did make a lot of money and is still successful today - albeit under different management.


Nylarthotep wrote:

I have worked in stamford ct, at a location where a previous CEO flew in from RI on a helicopter every day. Those were in the heady days of the first dot com bubble when money was everywhere if you were a dot com.

In fairness, that company did make a lot of money and is still successful today - albeit under different management.

listening to you and NH and Vany and Woran, I can only imagine how wonderful those days were. If only robinhood existed then.


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Freehold DM wrote:
Nylarthotep wrote:

I have worked in stamford ct, at a location where a previous CEO flew in from RI on a helicopter every day. Those were in the heady days of the first dot com bubble when money was everywhere if you were a dot com.

In fairness, that company did make a lot of money and is still successful today - albeit under different management.

listening to you and NH and Vany and Woran, I can only imagine how wonderful those days were. If only robinhood existed then.

E*Trade existed, but I suffered from the fact that my parents insisted that the stock market was "gambling", so neither they nor any of us should ever invest.

My brother ignored them and retired at 35. I heeded them and will be hard-pressed to retire at 65.


*** DISCLAIMER ***
Yes, some will point out that the above statement isn't particularly true; I could retire today, sell my house, and live a very comfortable retirement in Central America with the wife and kids.

So, "I will be hard-pressed to retire at 65 and keep my home," is more accurate.

Grand Lodge

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I knew a guy that spent his entire enlistment walking from the barracks to work and back, saved every paycheck until he got out. Wish I had been that smart.


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I went to HS with a guy who did four years in the military, avoided the war zones somehow, saved almost all of his money and started college by buying a house in the same town. Not much of a house but his and is slowly being fixed up. I expect he'll flip it here soon.

NobodysHome wrote:
That's the constant backup -- everything's on TWO hard drives, and there's a third in a separate building. But ONE is all I need.

That's more like it!

:D

My solution is that I've nothing worth saving outside of 'the cloud'.


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TriOmegaZero wrote:
I knew a guy that spent his entire enlistment walking from the barracks to work and back, saved every paycheck until he got out. Wish I had been that smart.

I'm happy that I'm forcing the issue with my kids. "I've set up a savings account you will not touch until you move out. I've set up a brokerage account you will not touch until you retire. Now, let's look at what you earned total this year. Put 10% of that total into each account, never to be seen again."

Considering Impus Major makes $15/week and Impus Minor doesn't have a job at all, it doesn't look like a heck of a lot of money yet. But if I can instill the habit in both of them, I'm hoping they can both retire before they're 50.


Our retirement is being spent on GND boondoggles, or soon will be. If you want to retire before 50 get into real estate - the kind people live in not on the low income end of things. Buy a duplex and rent the other half. People will always need somewhere to live.


Quark Blast wrote:
Our retirement is being spent on GND boondoggles, or soon will be. If you want to retire before 50 get into real estate - the kind people live in not on the low income end of things. Buy a duplex and rent the other half. People will always need somewhere to live.

LOL. Not only is that what my accountant recommended to us back when I was in my 40s, but it's what HE did with his family.

Dark Archive

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I'm investing all my retirement in cryptocurrency and NFTs.


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My retirement plan involves waiting for all my old Beanie Babies to become valuable again.


About to go home. Good night, everyone. And have a good weekend.


I don't know whether it already exists, but here's what I consider a fantastic game for kids in the classroom to familiarize them with the world of social media:

Kid #1: Tells the kid next to them something very boring about themselves. "I have a dog," or, "I own three pairs of shoes."

Kid #2: Keeps the heart of the story, but makes it a little bit more interesting. "They have a big dog," or, "They own three pairs of old shoes."

Keep going for 20 kids.

I suspect you'd end up with a fantastical story the likes of which you'd see on Facebook news.


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Kingmaker tonight was...interesting. Fought some cultists, and 5 of the 6 PCs get Confused and started fighting each other. We still managed to win, but the Druid dropped the Sorcerer to single digits, as well as knocking the Gunslinger into negative HP. Also, my Kineticist almost killed the Druid's animal companion (I think I took it to -11 or so).


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-.-

o.o

O.O

I just read about an incident where a Florida guy was the good guy...

What is this strange universe that I found myself in today?!


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Drejk wrote:

-.-

o.o

O.O

I just read about an incident where a Florida guy was the good guy...

What is this strange universe that I found myself in today?!

Was he the protagonist of a Carl Hiaasen novel? Trying to save Florida from the f**kwits, jerkwads and evildoers with the power of humorous prose?


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This weekend should prove to be *almost* restful.
Sure, there are still boxes to unpack, but it's starting to almost feel not entirely insurmountable.
And I have a little bit of record keeping and lesson planning to do for my classroom, but at least I have a desk (or part of one, Miz Daisy still hasn't finished clearing the shelves) to do it at.
And I've already done my meal planning and grocery shopping for the week. When I have to do that on the weekend, I feel cheated and get depressed. After work on a weekday is better.
Tonight, I'm making the Russian Tea Room's Cold Summer Borscht with roasted small potatoes. It's funny, I don't care for gazpacho or Vichyssoise, or smoothies, but I love cold borscht.


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Limey's Cool Story Time, August Edition.

Yesterday, when getting out of the car outside ALL (DE)'s house, we interrupted a squabble involving three blank & white cats, two running around skrowling and waving their paws at one another, and one sitting on someone's front wall and looking thoroughly disinterested. There was no blood, and their form left a lot to be desired, but the less fluffy individual won on points, I feel.

Cool story over

Today, we took Sonic to the park, early in the morning, so he could go nuts on the big tyre and the swings without any other kids getting in the way. He did, and so did ALL (DE).

(She's having a hard time with a shitty manager at work, so deserves a bit of R&R. The Union has got involved, and I hope they'll slap the manager in question down and stop the unpleasantness for everyone. Even so, ALL (DE) is looking elsewhere for work)


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It's 89˚F with an air quality of "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups".

NobodysHome is displeased.

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