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captain yesterday wrote:
Awkward Thanksgiving with the ex-wife this afternoon, followed by pie and movies with my daughter, and then a 2nd date tomorrow.

I would not be able to deal with something awkward like that. I'm so glad my ex and I are still on good terms. She's really my best friend.

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I got so much paperwork sorted yesterday, since everyone else still had to work on Thanksgiving. We're planning on a sort of Thanksgiving dinner before Strange Aeons this Sunday, when everyone will be home.


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DungeonmasterCal wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
Awkward Thanksgiving with the ex-wife this afternoon, followed by pie and movies with my daughter, and then a 2nd date tomorrow.
I would not be able to deal with something awkward like that. I'm so glad my ex and I are still on good terms. She's really my best friend.

The sad part is I always thought she was my best friend but she's an entirely different person now.

All good! I'm going out on dates and I'm going downtown to dive bars so at least I'm getting out there!


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I'm officially drunk!


captain yesterday wrote:
I'm officially drunk!

YES! *fist pump*

I miss drinking sometimes...LOL


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DungeonmasterCal wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
I'm officially drunk!

YES! *fist pump*

I miss drinking sometimes...LOL

So did I! It was a lot of fun tonight! All part of my don't spend Saturday night alone at home initiative.


captain yesterday wrote:
I miss drinking sometimes...LOL
So did I! It was a lot of fun tonight! All part of my don't spend Saturday night alone at home initiative.

I can get behind that one.


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I like alcohol but I don't enjoy being drunk. At worst I occasionally enjoy a slight buzz.


"O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”

My debit card was hacked today. Bastards. I've jumped through all of the hoops with my bank so hopefully nothing else will be purchased through it. Egads.

So, howzabout everyone else? Plans, either nefarious or seemingly innocent?


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well, in a minute, I'ma go take a nap. :-)


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Ach! Sorry to hear that, Cal - hope nothing else untowards happens as a result.

My other half and the kids are going to see family near Manchester, so I'm on my tod tomorrow. I have a job to do tidying up the garden and planting some garlic - other than that, we shall see...


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Ed Reppert wrote:
well, in a minute, I'ma go take a nap. :-)

This man is doing it right.


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No big plans this weekend. A bit of Christmas shopping, Christmas decorating, and a couple of minor maintenance tasks with the cars. I should log in to work and get something wrapped up so I don't get yelled at.


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Limeylongears wrote:

Ach! Sorry to hear that, Cal - hope nothing else untowards happens as a result.

My other half and the kids are going to see family near Manchester, so I'm on my tod tomorrow. I have a job to do tidying up the garden and planting some garlic - other than that, we shall see...

Thanks! It'll get sorted out. I just gotta gripe about SOMETHING every day!

I used to date someone from Manchester, believe it or not. She moved to the States right out of university to become a nurse.


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Finally bit the bullet this weekend (no pun intended) and bought myself a decent hunting rifle, so from now on I won't have to borrow one to use during deer season every year.


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My father, a cardiologist, had a patient who was a gunsmith. Said patient took an 8 mm Mauser and carved a new stock for it. Beautiful weapon. Dad gave up hunting. I expressed a desire to own that rifle when Dad was ready to give it away. Thing is, I was in the Navy and on my way overseas at the time. Dad gave the rifle to my brother in law, who soon ran short of money and sold it. Really pissed me off.


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Ed Reppert wrote:
My father, a cardiologist, had a patient who was a gunsmith. Said patient took an 8 mm Mauser and carved a new stock for it. Beautiful weapon. Dad gave up hunting. I expressed a desire to own that rifle when Dad was ready to give it away. Thing is, I was in the Navy and on my way overseas at the time. Dad gave the rifle to my brother in law, who soon ran short of money and sold it. Really pissed me off.

OMG I'd be so upset about that. My sister's ex-husband ruined the stock on the .22 rifle my dad left to my sister by trying to make it look "camo" by spraying three colors of paint onto it. She damned near shot him with it.

I have his antique .12 Gauge double barreled shotgun. That'll knock you on your butt if you're not used to shooting it!


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Please tell me you sit on the porch in a rocking chair, a-wearing dungarees and a large hat, with a straw in your mouth, and the shotgun on your lap.


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Limeylongears wrote:
Please tell me you sit on the porch in a rocking chair, a-wearing dungarees and a large hat, with a straw in your mouth, and the shotgun on your lap.

I don't, but by gum I'll start in a-doin' it now!


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David M Mallon wrote:
Finally bit the bullet this weekend (no pun intended) and bought myself a decent hunting rifle, so from now on I won't have to borrow one to use during deer season every year.

Even though I quit hunting 45 years ago, I'm from Arkansas and it's a biological imperative that I ask what sort of rifle you bought.


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There was a Woodstock revival thing in... 1994? in Saugerties, NY. Right over the hill from where my folks lived. My step-mother took a picture of my Dad sitting on the front steps of the house with his .410 shotgun in his lap. Something about "damned hippies", as I recall.


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DungeonmasterCal wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
Finally bit the bullet this weekend (no pun intended) and bought myself a decent hunting rifle, so from now on I won't have to borrow one to use during deer season every year.
Even though I quit hunting 45 years ago, I'm from Arkansas and it's a biological imperative that I ask what sort of rifle you bought.

It's OK, I work with a guy from Arkansas, and he said the same thing. I picked up a left-handed Savage Axis in .350 Legend.


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Ed Reppert wrote:
There was a Woodstock revival thing in... 1994? in Saugerties, NY. Right over the hill from where my folks lived. My step-mother took a picture of my Dad sitting on the front steps of the house with his .410 shotgun in his lap. Something about "damned hippies", as I recall.

Ah, the infamous Woodstock '94. AKA Mudstock. I was but a small child at the time, but long have I heard the tales...


David M Mallon wrote:

Even though I quit hunting 45 years ago, I'm from Arkansas and it's a biological imperative that I ask what sort of rifle you bought.

It's OK, I work with a guy from Arkansas, and he said the same thing. I picked up a left-handed Savage Axis in .350 Legend.

I had to look it up. Very nice!


It's Friday! Tell me what's up!

"Thank God It's Friday"


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Most of Saturday will be taken up ferrying my son and some of his classmates to a debate tournament nearly an hour away, and also picking up a gift from my wife's friend who lives between home and the debate location, and then heading back after the tournament (and dropping kids off) so that my son can go attend a birthday hangout that will be already in session. Sunday I hope to finish the Christmas lights on the house.


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I absolutely love Christmas lights. Christmas is my favorite holiday by far and I still love going to different neighborhoods to look at the decorations.


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I wouldn't want to put it up against David's new rifle, but, as a treat to myself for finally selling my old house, I bought a cheap (I suspect professional models do not have to be assembled with hex bolts and an allen key) bow and arrow set, and intend to give that a try, assuming it stops raining at some point.


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DungeonmasterCal wrote:
I absolutely love Christmas lights. Christmas is my favorite holiday by far and I still love going to different neighborhoods to look at the decorations.

I already started one day this week after work. I hang some stars and snowflakes that are threaded with mini lights in the front windows. I bought them on Amazon a few years ago, and I think they may have reached the end of their life. Last year, when I packed them back in their boxes, everything was fine. This year when I took them out, half of the snowflake "spokes" were broken and I accidentally broke a couple more just from handling them. I guess the plastic's planned obsolescence has arrived!

Most of the plastic is roughly held in place by the christmas light wires, so the snowflakes don't look bad unless you look too closely. But I'll have to find something else for next year, I think.


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Limeylongears wrote:
I wouldn't want to put it up against David's new rifle, but, as a treat to myself for finally selling my old house, I bought a cheap (I suspect professional models do not have to be assembled with hex bolts and an allen key) bow and arrow set, and intend to give that a try, assuming it stops raining at some point.

Very cool! What feats are you taking? Do you have Point-Blank Shot, yet?


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The plan was to get some cleaning and Christmas baking done but I ended up sitting on my butt all weekend, just barely managing to do dishes and make dinner.
Go me.


Bjørn Røyrvik wrote:

The plan was to get some cleaning and Christmas baking done but I ended up sitting on my butt all weekend, just barely managing to do dishes and make dinner.

Go me.

You have achieved one-ness with the universe.


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Andostre wrote:
Limeylongears wrote:
I wouldn't want to put it up against David's new rifle, but, as a treat to myself for finally selling my old house, I bought a cheap (I suspect professional models do not have to be assembled with hex bolts and an allen key) bow and arrow set, and intend to give that a try, assuming it stops raining at some point.
Very cool! What feats are you taking? Do you have Point-Blank Shot, yet?

I went down the two-weapon fighting path some time ago, I fear.


It's Friday! I'm still rasslin' with Covid. How about you'ns?


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I hope your immune system isn't slacking off, Cal!

My daughter has a choir performance tonight, and my son has a debate tournament tomorrow (which I don't need to attend this time), and then Saturday night we have a friend's Christmas party. We used to see these friends frequently, but it seems that nowadays we only see them at their yearly party, so we definitely want to attend.


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Looks like Pathfinder is picking back up on Saturday after a two-month hiatus. Planning to spend part of Sunday at the rifle range, and then I start my winter job on Monday.


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I'm taking the little lad swimming tomorrow, and cooking kebabs for tea.


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Limeylongears wrote:
cooking kebabs for tea.

I know what both of those things are, but how do you cook one for the other?


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Sunday I'll be taking Tiny T-Rex and Crookshanks to see Godzilla Minus One.

Tonight I'll be celebrating a successful hardscape season!


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David M Mallon wrote:
Looks like Pathfinder is picking back up on Saturday after a two-month hiatus. Planning to spend part of Sunday at the rifle range, and then I start my winter job on Monday.

...and Pathfinder has been pushed back until next week. Apparently it's fight night, so the GM and half the players will be watching UFC all afternoon.

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Cyz is up in Colorado for a funereal, so the boys have the house for the weekend. I expect we will do exactly nothing with it.


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Andostre wrote:
Limeylongears wrote:
cooking kebabs for tea.
I know what both of those things are, but how do you cook one for the other?

Depending on what part of England you live in, 'tea' can mean what most other English speakers would call 'dinner' or 'supper'. I assume that's what they mean.

Or maybe they will steep a bunch of kebabs in water, strain it and drink it. It wouldn't be the weirdest thing people drink.

My plan is to get through the day at work with a heavy cold. My voice sounds like the tortured groans of the dead and I look like a zombie, but my nose has thankfully stopped running quite so badly. Saturdays should be busy days but economic downturns have left the place very quiet, which is a silver lining considering I don't have a lot of energy.

Tomorrow I hope to finally get some Christmas baking done. We'll see how I feel.


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Bjørn Røyrvik wrote:
Or maybe they will steep a bunch of kebabs in water, strain it and drink it. It wouldn't be the weirdest thing people drink.

Recipe for Beef Tea

Beef Tea


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Bjørn Røyrvik wrote:
Andostre wrote:
Limeylongears wrote:
cooking kebabs for tea.
I know what both of those things are, but how do you cook one for the other?

Depending on what part of England you live in, 'tea' can mean what most other English speakers would call 'dinner' or 'supper'. I assume that's what they mean.

Or maybe they will steep a bunch of kebabs in water, strain it and drink it. It wouldn't be the weirdest thing people drink.
Dancing Wind wrote:

Recipe for Beef Tea

Beef Tea

This has been a very eye-opening five minutes for me.


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Bjørn Røyrvik wrote:
Andostre wrote:
Limeylongears wrote:
cooking kebabs for tea.
I know what both of those things are, but how do you cook one for the other?

Depending on what part of England you live in, 'tea' can mean what most other English speakers would call 'dinner' or 'supper'. I assume that's what they mean.

Or maybe they will steep a bunch of kebabs in water, strain it and drink it. It wouldn't be the weirdest thing people drink.

My plan is to get through the day at work with a heavy cold. My voice sounds like the tortured groans of the dead and I look like a zombie, but my nose has thankfully stopped running quite so badly. Saturdays should be busy days but economic downturns have left the place very quiet, which is a silver lining considering I don't have a lot of energy.

Tomorrow I hope to finally get some Christmas baking done. We'll see how I feel.

Bjørn is correct - 'tea' in this case refers to the evening meal rather than a beverage. They were lamb (and halloumi, and vegetable) kebabs - lamb tea is not a thing, so far as I know, but would make a good name for your early '70s folk rock outfit, should you happen to have one.


Dancing Wind wrote:
Bjørn Røyrvik wrote:
Or maybe they will steep a bunch of kebabs in water, strain it and drink it. It wouldn't be the weirdest thing people drink.

Recipe for Beef Tea

Beef Tea

That sounds yummy!


Bjørn Røyrvik wrote:
Tomorrow I hope to finally get some Christmas baking done. We'll see how I feel.

I hope you feel better soon! I think I'm seeing hints of daylight at the end of this Covid tunnel. Most days I feel pretty good but sometimes a fever comes roaring back in the evenings. And I slept almost 16 consecutive hours last night and today.

I am the world's worst cook and I've only ever attempted baking once (a very long time ago). What are you planning on making?


Santa's whiskers and Baileys balls. I really should try my hand at my great-breat-grandmother's pepperkake recipe since my mother has been getting over too much travel, covid and a cold in recent months to do most of her usual Christmas baking.

Of course I didn't get any baking done. My cold had mostly disappeared by the end of my shift on Saturday but made a strong comeback yesterday and I spent most of the day with my head in a fog and the mucousworks ramped up. I did manage to do the dishes, dinner, laundry and some very minor cleaning so the day wasn't a total waste but I still would have liked to get more things done.


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It took awhile, with light effort but my apartment is completely clean and all the laundry and dishes are done.

Now I can spend the rest of the day hibernating in my toasty apartment playing video games guilt free.


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Bjørn Røyrvik wrote:

Santa's whiskers and Baileys balls. I really should try my hand at my great-breat-grandmother's pepperkake recipe since my mother has been getting over too much travel, covid and a cold in recent months to do most of her usual Christmas baking.

Of course I didn't get any baking done. My cold had mostly disappeared by the end of my shift on Saturday but made a strong comeback yesterday and I spent most of the day with my head in a fog and the mucousworks ramped up. I did manage to do the dishes, dinner, laundry and some very minor cleaning so the day wasn't a total waste but I still would have liked to get more things done.

Santa's whiskers and Bailey's balls sounds like an epithet you could shout if something disastrous was happening. "Santa's whiskers and Bailey's balls! It's raining pepperkake batter!!!" Or something.

I just looked up what Santa's whiskers and pepperkake are. O Holy Night! I'd eat a carload of pepperkake!

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