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Limeylongears wrote:
quibblemuch wrote:
Thomas Seitz wrote:

Quibble,

This only further cements my theory. Stand up against your psychic simian oppressors!

I for one welcome our new Monkey Santa overlords. And I'd like to point out that as a trusted media personality, I can be invaluable in rounding up others to toil in their underground banana caves.
Would bananas grow well underground? Might flying banana caves work better?

Reference.

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Dizzydoo42 wrote:

Does anyone remember a Saturday morning TV series during the early 70's they used the hot rods from "Damnation Alley?" The apocalyptic Winnebagos from hell that were driven by Jan Micheal Vincent and George Peppard. Series was filmed near Manson"ville" {Spahn Ranch} out in the Calfornia desert.

What was it called?

Wasn't that vehicle used in Space Academy and 'Jason of Star Command' (with Scotty, from Star Trek, being the only thing other than the Damnation Alley 'Arks' I remember about them)...


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Happy Year Of The Pig from Monkey Santa and his noble steed!


Dizzydoo42 wrote:

Does anyone remember a Saturday morning TV series during the early 70's they used the hot rods from "Damnation Alley?" The apocalyptic Winnebagos from hell that were driven by Jan Micheal Vincent and George Peppard. Series was filmed near Manson"ville" {Spahn Ranch} out in the Calfornia desert.

What was it called?

Yeah, I think Ark II was the name of it. It's odd that you should mention it. This was part of a conversation I had with a friend of mine the other day.


@DungeonmasterCal: How did that fight against Karakhul wind up playing out?


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OH! Sorry I didn't let ya know about it! Things around here have been... weird...as of late.

:
Let's see. In the valley called the Great Grave things went pretty smoothly until they encountered a variant monster called a Hellfire Behir. Things went better for the party right off the bat because I rolled badly on initiative. It was beaten pretty quickly, though had it had rolled better things would have turned out differently. Half the party took some damage, but not so much they couldn't heal easily before continuing on.

At the keep, which was really small but built to withstand a bombardment they entered into the greeting hall. All they found were Sleestak footprints in the dust. They determined which way the most seemed to be coming and going so they went down that hallway. They encountered a group of Sleestak mooks and made short work of them, but made a lot of noise in the process. This was the signal that Karakhul needed to prepare for the party's attack.

After a bit more wandering about empty hallways, they found the throne room, which was bare except for a 20' tall dais upon which sat a throne made of pure obsidian. On it sat a gold scaled Sleestak (an Altrusian). The party Slayer, before anyone could stop him, dashed up the stairs and attacked it. Upon doing so it fell apart into a mound of sand. That's when Karakhul attacked. He had cast Invisibility and Silence on himself. He simply waded into the midst of the party who were unable to cast verbal spells or hear each other. He hit nearly everyone in the party with Great Cleave before they could react. The party's Priest (3PP class) was nearly killed in the first assault. Then initiative was rolled and he ended up near the middle of the sequence.

The party, not having any real combatants except the Slayer and the Ranger, were holding their own because of good rolls. Karakhul ended up very nearly killing the Priest and the Ranger, who had stacked all her feats into archery. Hand to hand she wasn't that great. The party Sorcerer cast Fireball using Selective Spell to exclude her friends damaged him pretty badly due to a failed saving throw. He concentrated his attacks on the Slayer next and when the next round came up the Sorcerer used a Selective Fireball again and killed him.

OH, I forgot this. The Priest and the Sorcerer had moved out of range of the Silence Spell. The real Altrusian, who was a Cleric of Orcus (both he and Karakhul were worshipers), dashed in and was taken down pretty quickly, sadly.

They were so focused on finding a way home from The Land that they didn't even bother to loot the bodies (shame, that). They found a hidden panel in the dais that concealed a Pylon. The Investigator and the Mesmerist, using their Linguist skills, figured out that the crystals were arranged in a sort of language and that by rearranging them the words and phrases changed. While not being able to actually read the language fully, they did figure out the sequence to send them home.

They appeared on a hill near the city of their origin. It was besieged by thousands of soldiers. This was not how things were when they left. What they don't realize yet is 16 years have passed in their world and this will completely change their points of view regarding a rebellion against the oppressive empire they lived under. This weekend we'll see how that goes.


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And tomorrow is my birthday! ;P

***HAPPY BIRTHDAY***Ragadolf***I:>


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quibblemuch wrote:
Happy Year Of The Pig from Monkey Santa and his noble steed!

I think Monkey Santa is trying to hog the spotlight.


Happy Birthday, Ragadolf!


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DungeonmasterCal wrote:
quibblemuch wrote:
Happy Year Of The Pig from Monkey Santa and his noble steed!
I think Monkey Santa is trying to hog the spotlight.

He's such a diva...


Dizzydoo42 wrote:
Ragadolf wrote:


And tomorrow is my birthday! ;P
***HAPPY BIRTHDAY***Ragadolf***I:>

Thank you guys! :)

I needed that.

Good nighters all,


PS-
Oh yeah! I remember Ark II (barely) and Star Command (Space Command?) AND Jason of Star Command. I liked those shows as a kid.

I was such a nerd.

Wait,... It's only my 33'rd, 20th birthday.

I'm STILL a nerd! ;P

NOW goodnighters. For reals! ;)


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Anyways, simians are apparently trying to take over the stars now.


Happy birthday, Ragadolf! May you have many, many more!


Happy birthday, Ragadolf!


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DungeonmasterCal wrote:
quibblemuch wrote:
Happy Year Of The Pig from Monkey Santa and his noble steed!
I think Monkey Santa is trying to hog the spotlight.

I *just* got this. At 5:00 AM. Man, I was sloooow yesterday...


Happy Birthday Ragadolf!


So, we got freezing rain this morning to the point where most of us had at least one patch of trouble getting in. District didn't make the call until after the buses had left, so today is effectively an excused absence for anyone who doesn't show.

The hour right before my plan period had no one show up. Then they announced a half day...which means release right after my plan, thanks to the already wonky schedule for morning PD stuff.

So I got up to effectively churn out two hours of work for approximately a quarter of the students I'm meant to see in said timespan.


Happy Wizarday!


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Thank you for the happy Birthday wishes all. VERY much appreciated. :)

My family got me nerd-games for my birthday this time, (various versions of Munchkin. They know me SO well!) ;P

Sadly, one of my best friends in the world is dying from cancer right now. I have been busting my hump trying to get my ducks in a row at work so I can leave my student workers in charge while I go and be there for him in his final days.
I am blessed. There are four of us, (The Four Amigos!) who have been together since we met in college. No matter how much time passes, or how far apart we move, we always stayed in touch and drifted back together again. However briefly.

Whatever your personal beliefs, Any prayers, well-wishes, and positive thoughts you might send his way will be very much appreciated by his friends and family.

Thank you,


I hate to hear that, Rags. It's so hard to watch someone you care about be consumed by that hateful disease.


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I'm glad that Rag didn't have any simians come looking for him and try to take over his mind.


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They can't take over what doesn't exist! ;)

(At this time, any simian peeking into my mind is only getting what he deserves!) ;)

Yeah,
Actually, I think that all of 'The Four Amigos' have had cancer at one time or another. This one just discovered it too @#!$ late. It was already Stage 4 when they figured out what was wrong. And treatments were just too little too late.

At this point, I'm with Deadpool/Ryan Reynolds,...

"F@#$ Cancer.com!"


I'm sorry to hear about your friend, Ragadolf. If there's anything I can do, let me know.


I'm very sorry to hear about your friend, Ragadolf.


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;_;
I'm very sad today. The source of many of my best childhood memories is gone. The Century III mall, Pittsburgh's largest indoor mall, is closed. The Borough of West Mifflin has condemned the property for being unsafe. The burst water sprinkler pipes, and the injury they caused, might have had something to do with it. The property manager has filed bankruptcy on the mall, so I guess that there wasn't any point in fixing the many problems.

Now that it's gone, I thought that I might share some of my memories of the place. When I was a Teenager in the 1980's, the entire family would spend a Saturday there. We'd blow our allowances on candy, comic books, video games in the Arcade. Even after I returned home from the Army, it was still a favorite spot.

There was a small pet store, on the stairs between the first and second floors by the JC Penny's. They used to sell birds, kittens, and puppies. Right across the landing was a Radio Shack. There was a National Record Mart. When they went out of business, a F.Y.E. took its place. I bought many of my non-Tekko-purchased anime DVDs from there. F.Y.E. moved out of the mall last year. There was a New Dimensions Comics store. They sold RPG books in addition to comics.

On the first floor, there was a Walden Books. For an introverted kid who loved to read books like me, the place was like Heaven. On the third floor, right across from the National Guard recruiting office, was the Arcade. They had Pinball Machines, Skee ball machines, Air Hockey, and Coin-op Video Games. In the food court, there was a burger place that would put cheese with bacon, or gravy on the fries. There was a large open area where Holiday events, mainly Christmas and Easter, would be held.

;_; Good bye, Century III. I'll miss you.


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I miss mall bookstores. None of the malls in my area have a bookstore since Borders closed.


I miss mall bookstores.
I like the mega stores too, Lots more books, but the MALL, come on guys and gals! How many of us wasted many hours just walking around the mall??

I miss Borders.


Around here, South Hills Village and the Monroeville Mall both have Barnes and Nobles. As does both Waterworks and Waterfront malls.


I lived 2 hours from the nearest Mall growing up, so about 2 trips a year was all I could manage (went with friends). We fall into Waldenbooks or the record store (can't recall the name) and spent who knows how much time deciding what to buy with our limited funds. And Spencer's! This was before they were an adult store like they pretty much are now and more of a novelty shop, with black light posters, sculpted candles, and things like that.

Memories.....


;_; Yeah.


Living in Morgantown, WV, we've had our share of things come and go.

The first mall here, the Mountaineer Mall is pretty much vacant of any actual shopping. They've turned most of it into office space for other companies.

The Morgantown Mall, (which kind of killed the Mountaineer one), is on a death spiral now that Elder Beerman and Sears have closed (respectively.)


I think indoor malls are becoming a thing of the past. The two remaining ones in the Little Rock area are still doing ok (I think. I've not been to either of them in years). But I've not heard anything about them having problems.


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From what I see around here, Cal's probably right. Hate to see 'em go, but then I hated to see Sears go, too. I used to love browsing their tool section.

Yeah, cancer sucks. Sorry about your friend, Rags.


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Welp, looks like old Monkey Santa got himself an Instagram. And a Calvin Klein ad.

There'll be no living with him now.


Well in a couple hours Seattle is gonna be tight by the biggest snow storm since like... I don't even know.

If I don't make it, curse the snow for claiming me.

Good thing I changed my gaming session to Skype...


The head of IT in my company lives in Seattle. He used to live in Minnesota. He's making fun of everyone in the Seattle office leaving work early.


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Funny how 6-8 inches of snow threatens to paralyze the Pacific Northwest for days whereas on the frozen tundra that's what's called a Tuesday, as in "Is that it! We got that on Tuesday!"


Yes but in Seattle we've overprepared for liquid falling from the sky.

If it's solid we can't handle that! It's like trying to cut off a hydra head.


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MageHunter wrote:
If I don't make it, curse the snow for claiming me.

Will do.

You wouldn't, I dunno, happen to have any buried treasure somewhere you'd like to come clean about before freezing to death? Maybe your tontine loot from a decades-old unsolved jewel heist? I'm happy to do the whole "avenge me" thing, but it's got a lot of overhead... especially if you want me to take on an entire weather system.


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I'm in central Arkansas. I'm not kidding when I say that 2 inches will practically paralyze a city here.


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DungeonmasterCal wrote:
I'm in central Arkansas. I'm not kidding when I say that 2 inches will practically paralyze a city here.

I once saw a sweet old granny in a church dress leap up out of her scooter and shank someone over the last gallon of milk when a snow storm was on its way. Grisly, man, grisly...


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We lived one year is St. Louis, and that's another city that will shut down over a trivial amount of snow. I did actually see two women get into a screaming fight over the last bottle of wine at a supermarket.


Snow will only paralyze the upper portions of this county. At least if it's not more than 6 inches. After that, it's hard to say...


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I remember when we lived in Seattle and we got an inch of snow, when I got to work I was the only one there so I called my boss and asked if he was coming in and he said "Oh gosh no, I'm snowed in!".


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Thomas Seitz wrote:
Snow will only paralyze the upper portions of this county. At least if it's not more than 6 inches. After that, it's hard to say...

Nope, I gotta disagree as someone who has lived in the upper Midwest for 37 out of 42 years. The snow only paralyzes those areas that don't prepare.

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captain yesterday wrote:
Thomas Seitz wrote:
Snow will only paralyze the upper portions of this county. At least if it's not more than 6 inches. After that, it's hard to say...
Nope, I gotta disagree as someone who has lived in the upper Midwest for 37 out of 42 years. The snow only paralyzes those areas that don't prepare.

County, Cap, not Country.


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D'oh!


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quibblemuch wrote:
MageHunter wrote:
If I don't make it, curse the snow for claiming me.

Will do.

You wouldn't, I dunno, happen to have any buried treasure somewhere you'd like to come clean about before freezing to death? Maybe your tontine loot from a decades-old unsolved jewel heist? I'm happy to do the whole "avenge me" thing, but it's got a lot of overhead... especially if you want me to take on an entire weather system.

*Shiver*

Check the --

*Freezes*


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It's currently a warm and balmy 4 degrees here.

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