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Title: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on July 17, 2007, 02:50:16 pm
I thought I'd start a random thread where people can state the activities of the day.

Today I'm going to take the bus down to the police HQ (the no job and no car thingy in action). I have to get certified as an EMT in Colorado, and that involves a bunch of paperwork. This includes getting my fingerprints taken by a law enforcement agency so that the FBI and CBI can run a background check. The rules are (understandably) Byzantine. (http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/em/CertificationEducation/certification/application.html) I'm waiting for my CPR Instructor card to come in the mail so that I can get photocopies of it. That's the last piece of documentation I need.

Hopefully all this crap will coalesce so that I can at least get a job as a medic until something else pans out.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on July 17, 2007, 04:42:55 pm
today I'm gonna:
wake up at 10 because I think I have work
drive to work
find out that no, I don't have work at lunchtime.
go to the bank to deposit 2 paychecks
go to the library, fail to find anything (they don't have a copy of On the Road!?)
go to target to buy contact solution
fuck around until 6 when I have work. I guess this will involve video games, and lunch.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on July 17, 2007, 05:03:49 pm
Get the kid to preschool and myself to work (20 min train ride - yay!)
Learn a new piece of microarray imaging hardware
Desperately attempt not to demonstrate my ignorance while describing what I'm doing to the data analysis guys.
Eat a tasty lunch (and get same into FitDay journal)
Sketch out my ideas for a new work-team intranet site thingy
Ridicule other team members lame attempts at designing site thingy
Play wall-ball until shuttle comes for train
Get to dojang to spend my hard earned calories from lunch
Read bedtime stories to kid
Try to figure out why new graphics card is making PC crash
Kick dog out of bed (or at least off the pillow).
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on July 17, 2007, 05:49:16 pm
It's raining here. I will probably stay inside and mack on my wife.
Also, I will be ordering a composter for the garden.
I will watch the Orkin guy spray for pests.
I will receive an order of organic vegetables.
I will go to a retirement party for a guy who works at a place my wife no longer works for.
Tonight we will probably go see an acoustic set by Tom Morello.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on July 17, 2007, 06:08:09 pm

I will watch the Orkin guy spray for pests.
I will receive an order of organic vegetables.


This is confusing! You are an internally contradictory fellow!

I am trying to sit in front of the computer and write all day. Also, checking Craigslist for part time jobs. Also, most of that web-surfing counts as research, so shut up, I am too working.

Also I am sitting around dreading a phone call from my sister. I called my mother to see if she got a birthday gift I sent and she told me my sister's husband wants a separation. She is a stay at home mom with a small child and a house in a place they recently moved where her only friend just moved out of state. There is really not much I can say except that life sucks. Not looking forward.

Later I plan to go to the gym, whine about how I hate the music there and the rowing machine is in an odd inside corner of the building where my pocket radio won't pick up NPR, and then go out to eat.  And after that if it isn't still hot enough to kill us, walk the pugs.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on July 17, 2007, 09:34:26 pm
I will wonder when and why I bought the keg I found in my basement (its full).
I will play with my new guinea pig and try to make him comfortable in his new home.
I will make beer butt chicken with every spice i can find and brush the skin with champagne.
More playing with guinea pig.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on July 17, 2007, 11:17:51 pm
Okay. It's 105 degrees Fahrenheit (40.6 degrees Centigrade for all you non-Americans) in fair Denver today. I ain't gotta car, as has been covered previously. It's hot outside.

I take the bus to the Aurora Police Department, whom I have called previously and ascertained their arcane fingerprinting schedule. It's fuck*ng hot outside and my tundra-stiffened body is having trouble adjusting. I am wearing jeans and a long-sleeved black shirt because those are pretty much the only clothing items I have, and I'm hot and irritable. It takes 30 minutes to get there, then another 20 minutes of walking around the huuuge justice complex to figure out which building I'm supposed to be in.  When I arrive, they are incredulous that I don't have a card. I point to the instructions I have received from the CDPHE, none of which mention that I have to bring my own fuck*ng fingerprinting card to a police precinct. They do not stock said cards. They point to a shitty Xeroxed map that shows a place at I-70 and Peoria (read: an incredibly long-ass distance from where I am currently standing) where I can purchase a card for $5.

Extremely pissed, I take the bus and then the light rail to downtown Denver. Of course...I don't think to call first. I am in disbelief that Aurora fucks don't have the basic stuff I need. Light rail takes 45 minutes, then it takes another 30 minutes of taking other busses and walking to the right building. It's even hotter downtown. Thirsty and hot, I stop for a $4 lite Frappucino at Starbucks and feel horrible for doing so. I finally get to the right administrative building and ask about fingerprinting.

They don't do fingerprinting on Tuesdays, and plus I need to bring my own card. >_< SOMEONE SHOOT ME NOW.

I leave a polite yet terse message for the CDPHE-EMT certification division lady (thank heavens for cell phones). I mention that I have been on foot all day and that I went to the Aurora Justice Center and to the main Denver PD precinct downtown, and I beg that they please note somewhere on the application that said applicant must procure their own card. Since I'm already downtown, I wanted to go to the Denver Art Museum but I don't have the ten bucks admission fee. :(

I take the light rail back, dejected. At the Nine Mile Park n Ride, a young man in a very crisp suit is running around and trying to figure out which bus he has to take. He looks frantic, like he has to go to a job interview and can't find the right bus. I have an arsenal of schedules in my purse. I pull the Quincy schedule out of my purse and hand it to him. He smiles and says such a heartfelt thank-you that I feel a little bit better that I've helped someone out.

Miraculously, the lady from the CDPHE calls me back. She offers to mail me a card. Phew. Now I'll have something to take with me to the Aurora precinct on Thursday (the other day that they do the fingerprinting) so I can get this shit taken care of.

Damn.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on July 17, 2007, 11:51:41 pm
I will wonder when and why I bought the keg I found in my basement (its full).
I will play with my new guinea pig and try to make him comfortable in his new home.
I will make beer butt chicken with every spice i can find and brush the skin with champagne.
More playing with guinea pig.



Pictures!  (Of the pig, of course, not the keg or the chicken.)
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on July 18, 2007, 12:11:42 am
Pictures!  (Of the pig, of course, not the keg or the chicken.)

Where are your priorities woman!  Pictures of the keg!  And of the CO2 pressurization system you're surely using because only a wretched fratboy would contaminate beer with a bicycle-style hand pump.  Unless its Natty-lite.  Then any funk that grows will only improve things.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on July 18, 2007, 12:16:50 am
This is confusing! You are an internally contradictory fellow!

Oh you know me well enough by now to understand this is only the tip of the iceberg. I do thank you for not just kicking your comment directly up to hypocrite.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on July 18, 2007, 01:53:05 am

Pictures!  (Of the pig, of course, not the keg or the chicken.)
Awww... Cavies are some cuddly folk. Pictures would be rad.

Where are your priorities woman!  Pictures of the keg!  And of the CO2 pressurization system you're surely using because only a wretched fratboy would contaminate beer with a bicycle-style hand pump.  Unless its Natty-lite.  Then any funk that grows will only improve things.

Beer nerds are so adorable. Kellichou is one, which is why I think they're rad. A-CAP is a college student, yes? He's probably got a fratboy setup with that keg. Unless he's got a kegerator or something.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on July 18, 2007, 02:28:41 am
Working at a brewery inspired me to start homebrewing. I liken it to how i imagine a woman feels raising a child, a child that gets them drunk. The point being that I of course have the proper setup with a kegerator (http://www.comfortchannel.com/prod.itml/icOid/images/kegerator_B_bm23c.jpg) and co2 pressure system. It was the hum of the kegerator that caught my attention this morning. Ill take pictures of Howard the Guinea Pig tomorrow.
Turns out its a keg of yuengling, this evening has a 100% chance of being delicious.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: side_show on July 18, 2007, 03:23:46 am
If a keg appeared without my knowledge as to how, I would first check behind it for magical elves and the like... if no elves were present, I'd start to wonder if the contents were actually beer.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on July 18, 2007, 06:05:34 am
so.

I don't want to say it.

But, my first thought was "wait... keg beer comes in different types?"

It was roughly equivalent to realizing that, say... I don't know. Insert something here that you should have known, and would have if you'd ever pondered it... but you hadn't.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: smick on July 18, 2007, 08:26:48 am

But, my first thought was "wait... keg beer comes in different types?"

It's understandable.   Keg rhymes with egg, and there's nothing but the same yellow and white stuff in every single one of those.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: AugustWest on July 18, 2007, 03:54:31 pm
Today I found out the day & time for my Grammas funeral. She passed while we were enroute from Orlando. Saw her on the Fourth as planned so no regrets.

HaHa, ain't life grand. Tired o' dis chit, I telly youse.

Condolences.  Sucks to lose Grandparents.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Turbo Ninja on July 18, 2007, 04:03:11 pm
Today I'm gonna see if our ancient Windows ME Gateway still works.  The GF is away on business and took our laptop with her, and I can't handle being severed from the Internet for three days.  I can't remember the last time the Gateway was even powered up - 2005? - but I guess I'm glad we kept it.

Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on July 18, 2007, 10:54:28 pm
I've been real glad I've kept old machinery around in the past as well. The house has two towers and a laptop on network, plus my work laptop when necessary. I have a '98 vintage tower and a '99 laptop stored that I pull out every now and then to spin up for functionality checks in case of dire disaster and/or internet jonesing. I don't think I've ever really tossed hardware, shit, and an Atari 800XL is still on the shelf.

Ash, please tell me that you don't live in one of those houses with newspapers up to the ceiling. On a tangentially related note, my aunt had a husband who hoarded 50,000 rounds of ammunition in his trailer because he was convinced that the government was going to make ammo sales illegal some day. Moral of the story: emergency personnel called to any incident at that house, just hang back and wait for it to blow.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: side_show on July 19, 2007, 02:32:41 am
Today I woke up, read a bit of a book by a local author
I fell back asleep
I read a little more of the book
I got up and read my emails and new posts on TOUMB
I ate a healthy lunch
I walked to the walk-in clinic, got my prescription for refills
I walked to the pharmacy and dropped the prescription off to be filled
I went to the art gallery with my free pass.
I checked out a series of historical paintings of my area
I checked out the gallery collection of paintings from the 1400-1500's
I checked out an exhibit of paintings of the human form organized chronologically from the 1600 thru now
I entered an area of the gallery where you make your own art and made an art card so deeply emotional that I welled up entitled "I'm still in love with him even though he broke my heart," then hung it on the wall.
I wandred through an exhibit of Canadian pottery and ceramics which was pretty boring... on the wall was a quote from someone "The hammer is a potter's bestfriend."  I thought of an angry potter smashing something and this pleased me.
I checked out the exhibit I'd gone to see by  Royal Art Lodge (http://www.mts.net/~mondmann/) - a series called "Where is here?" which was hundreds of tiny 5 x 5 inch paintings with lots of text on them.  One of them, called "Peas and Carrots" - which was of an old man with the aforementioned vegetables caught in his beard - gave me a good laugh. 
I checked out a weird installation exhibit of photocopies of about a hundred life-sized line drawings of babies, and participated in an interactive portion of the installation that invited me to colour in my own photo copy of a face labelled lonely, which I coloured to be a target and labelled "IT"S NOT THAT BAD."  Just after finishing this up I went on to another part of the same installation that included "welcome mats" that were embellished with statements about home that people from all over had sent to the artist that were scattered all over the floor, along with a pile of blocks I really wanted to knock over... but I wasn't sure if this part of the exhibit was still interactive.  I was about to knock them over when this bell rang.  I got excited that it was part of the exhibit, but it was actually an announcement that the gallery was closing.
I walked home.
The SO was there when I got home, so I asked him about his day while he prepaired to barbecue some bison burgers.
I ate two bison burgers with my SO.
Then we watched a documentary about ferret owners on PBS that was equal parts cute and off-putting with little hints of humour and sadness.
Then I watched Video on Trial.
Then I came up here and read more of my emails and posts here.
Soon I will eat animal crackers, probably share them with my cat.
Then I will feed my puffer giraffe.
Then I will get into bed and read my book 'til I fall asleep.

All in all, a pretty good day.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: RMJ12345 on July 19, 2007, 10:25:34 am
Today I'm not gonna wear pantyhose to my Barnes & Noble gig, per some very unclear instructions from my manager, to whom innocuous black cloth ##### in the style of jeans are the same as jeans.

Hope I don't get fired!
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: smick on July 19, 2007, 10:34:55 am
Are... are you going to wear anything else?   I... (mercy!)... I don't understand.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on July 19, 2007, 11:02:08 am
Wednesday I went to work and got really, really drunk and etc.


Thursday I am trying to finish Catch-22 so I can return it to the library and going to bed somewhat early as I have a college appointment thing to do.





Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Doc on July 19, 2007, 12:21:22 pm
Today my vitamin D assay still isn't working and my boss is on holiday for 2 weeks from monday so he's stressing over it.
Too many variables that are beyond my control, I'd only just started whittling down the ones that I could control.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: CortJstr on July 19, 2007, 12:46:02 pm
Today I'm going to our annual mandatory sexual harassment and diversity training. Last year somebody asked why we have one of these every single year, when none of our friends or relatives have these annually at their jobs. The HR person said we're "required" to have the trainings every year. Then somebody asked who requires it, and the HR person suddenly had to leave the room.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on July 19, 2007, 12:58:27 pm
Smells has a puffer giraffe?!
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: side_show on July 19, 2007, 01:58:12 pm
Two actually:  Hoju and Valentine ( a green spotted and a Ceylon).  I feed them bloodworms everynight at 10pm and the occasional treat of either snails, ghost shrimp or guppies.  They swim excitedly in the corner of the tank waiting, and I sometimes sing a song about how great their life is due to lack of predators and because "all we do is swim around all day/ and sometimes food rains from the sky!"  I sing this for my SO's entertainment, not the giraffees'.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on July 19, 2007, 04:46:24 pm
I sing this for my SO's entertainment, not the giraffees'.
Occasionally, while reading bedtime stories to the daughter within earshot of my wife, I'll slip in some sophisticated phrasing about the hyper-PC nature of Care Bear interactions, or sexual tension between Fred and Daphne, or predatory yearnings lurking within Tigger.  This usually has the desired effect on Stacey, and sometimes prompts warnings about non-canon editorializing from the kid.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on July 19, 2007, 04:56:45 pm
Today I'm gonna dig into a dataset from an experiment I ran (or more accurately, had a colleague run) back in April.  Sometimes I get an idea for an experiment, then don't have time to analyze and summarize.  The trick is to get it done before I forget why I ran it in the first place.
I'll hopefully be able to finish training another colleague on an analytical procedure so I can foist more work off onto her.
Later, TKD in preparation for a testing session coming up at the end of August - I'm hoping to drop another 5 pounds or so to enable something approaching a decent height in leaping kicks.  I feel like I'm barely getting off the floor these days.
I'll continue my advanced life support efforts on my home PC for an hour or so before bedtime.  After upgrading the video card and replacing the power supply with a 550W Antec unit, it looks like a video card driver is causing BSODs now. 

Edit: 666 posts!  Evil!
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on July 19, 2007, 07:11:17 pm
Today I'm barricaded inside my house, fearfully looking out an upstairs window searching the streets for Asher. Unfortunately I'm more or less unarmed, so I'll have to throw my 22 lb. cat out the window and hope it lands on his head, with the slashing claws and razor-sharp teeth.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: AlohaDawg on July 19, 2007, 07:47:12 pm
Today is my day off and I'm going to apply for a job and look for opportunities to apply for a job so I can move someplace where the median housing price isn't over 600,000 and the milk isn't $5 a gallon on sale.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: AugustWest on July 19, 2007, 07:54:09 pm
Today is my day off and I'm going to apply for a job and look for opportunities to apply for a job so I can move someplace where the median housing price isn't over 600,000 and the milk isn't $5 a gallon on sale.
Whoa!
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on July 19, 2007, 07:59:32 pm
Pictures of puffergiraffe!

And good luck, Dawg. I am sorry it is not working out between you and Hawaii.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on July 19, 2007, 10:11:37 pm
Today is my day off and I'm going to apply for a job and look for opportunities to apply for a job so I can move someplace where the median housing price isn't over 600,000 and the milk isn't $5 a gallon on sale.

I can totally sympathize. I bought a bottle of Scotch the other day. A 750mL bottle of J&B blended scotch cost me $52 in Alaska. The exact same bottle is $21 here. I also got sick of paying $6 for some eggs, and $12 for a pound of produce. At least in HI the produce has got to be cheap and good, yes?

High cost of living is teh suck.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: side_show on July 19, 2007, 10:34:07 pm
Pictures of puffergiraffe!

I don't currently have access to a camera, but I'll show you some pic's next time I do.  They're both pretty cute for giraffe.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: AlohaDawg on July 20, 2007, 03:00:37 am
Whoa!

not exaggerations, either. This place would be great IF I could get a job that pays about 100K a year but it's not looking good.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: AugustWest on July 20, 2007, 03:08:31 am
not exaggerations, either. This place would be great IF I could get a job that pays about 100K a year but it's not looking good.

By the way Dawg, it's really great to have you back posting semi-regularly.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on July 21, 2007, 01:43:08 am
today:

at 12 or so I was leaving Slint.
Then I played guitar for a bit, listened to CDs, etc
then I went to WXYC to help my friend Bryan do his radio show. From 3-6AM. They have so many rules... they are the most bullshit of college radio stations. It made me really mad.
then I went to sleep?
then I woke up at noon, tried to choke down some frosted flakes, and drove the 3 hours back to Charlotte.
then I watched some Arrested Development with my brother
and ate macaroni
then I slept for several hours, I am not sure how many
then I ate a hamburger
now I am going to go to the midnight distribution of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows at a Barnes and Noble.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on July 21, 2007, 02:55:04 am
Today I was a pallbearer.

Guilty note: The white gloves made me feel like directing traffic.

A funeral? My condolences. :(

Also: you ain't gotta feel guilty about that. I bet everyone else was secretly thinking the same thing.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: side_show on July 21, 2007, 01:29:48 pm
Today I was a pallbearer.

Guilty note: The white gloves made me feel like directing traffic.

Dude, you were directing traffic.  That is what pallbearers do.  Hugs.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Golfhaus on July 21, 2007, 01:56:07 pm
Today I was a pallbearer.

Guilty note: The white gloves made me feel like directing traffic.

Hey, I didn't get gloves!

Then again, it was a pretty laid back affair. Or as laid back as it can be when Catholics are involved.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: AlohaDawg on July 22, 2007, 05:14:35 am
Last time I wore the gloves it was to carry an itty-bitty little casket, maybe 3' long with a very young child inside. This thread is taking me places I tried to forget about - this wasn't my child, or even the child of someone I knew well, which made it in some ways worse...I volunteered to help out with this funeral for people affiliated with my church because the family just didn't have a lot of people here. The church was full for the service, but aside from the parents and grandparents, the other pallbearers and the clergy, everyone else was a doctor, nurse, social worker, or other person who was involved in the care of this child for his short and fairly difficult life. That was the toughest funeral I've ever attended.

You can not look at a casket that size when you have small children and not ache from the deepest and most vulnerable part of you for the parents of the child. And you can not avoid putting yourself in the situation and therefore imagine of your children in there. You think you can't imagine, and then you can and it's worse than you thought until you realize it's real for them. And all you can do is say something lame to them. And no matter what it is you say, it sounds lame relative to the event. It's horrible.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: V-Adore on July 22, 2007, 05:55:21 am
Gah, AD. I can't imagine attending the funeral of a small child -- or, for that matter, even a relatively young person. My grandmother's death was somewhat unexpected, but she was still quite elderly, well into the age at which one subliminally expects people to start dying; the thought of people dying before that age is still a bit uncomfortable to me, probably because I'm transitioning into a fuller realization of the mortality of myself and those close to me. Very eerie.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: V-Adore on July 22, 2007, 06:37:01 pm
But hey! Today I am not going to worry about mortality and go ride hosses!

That's the spirit, dude. Ride hosses proudly and without even the slightest philosophical thought.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on July 24, 2007, 06:03:11 am
When the fuck did I get so old??

I just got back from a hardcore show at a shitty Denver warehouse downtown. My friend Nick and I got 40s of shitty 3.2 beer and bottles of water. 90% of the audience was scrawny 18 year old kids in baggy shorts. The only other person who was probably older than us was some dude who was missing fingers and offered me a hit. Obviously I don't do that shit since I get pee tested as a medic. When he heard that he asked me if I could hook him up with some fentanyl. Uh, sorry dude. Anyway, Nick and I had to leave after 2 hours in the sauna-like heat of the warehouse. Man.

Anyway, I have to get up in like 5 hours to go out in the field and do a survey at a construction site. I do not envy the me in 5 hours hence. :(
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: AlohaDawg on July 24, 2007, 07:35:17 am
Today and every day for the next two weeks or so I'm gonna cover for a vacationing supervisor by working 12 hours a day, 6 days a week.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on July 24, 2007, 03:54:51 pm
Lets hear it for overtime?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on July 24, 2007, 08:47:53 pm
I feel for ya, 'Dawg. I got one more day of freedom.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on July 25, 2007, 12:39:34 am
Today and every day for the next two weeks or so I'm gonna cover for a vacationing supervisor by working 12 hours a day, 6 days a week.

O_O

Oh god, that is horrible. Will the returning supervisor buy you and the Missus and the Mini-dawgs a beautiful villa with beach views in exchange? Cuz that really sucks.

Also, I got back from only 8 hours of field work. Doesn't sound like much; however, it was like 99 degrees in Denver today. Whenever I go out in the field I have to wear Carhartts and a long-sleeve shirt. Did a bunch of bushwacking in some godforsaken hoss pasture to do a topo survey. I put sunscreen on my face, but forgot to apply it elsewhere. I have a weird burn at the base of my neck and on the tops of my wrists at the gap of my gloves and shirt. Ouch.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: side_show on July 25, 2007, 01:16:05 pm
Today I'm gonna finish my tasty homemade CUNT smoothie, catch up on celebrity gossip, do some writing, eat some lunch, maybe do a little more writing, meet my friend for dinner and check out the results of her recent plastic surgery, go see a play (clown show) with her, come home, give the SO some face time, then hit the hay.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on July 25, 2007, 03:02:02 pm
Today I'm gonna finish my tasty homemade CUNT smoothie, catch up on celebrity gossip, do some writing, eat some lunch, maybe do a little more writing, meet my friend for dinner and check out the results of her recent plastic surgery, go see a play (clown show) with her, come home, give the SO some face time, then hit the hay.

Heh, I have such a weakness for celebrity gossip. Pink is the new blog, Perez Hilton, trashy gossip mags at the supermarket...it's all good. I feel guilty for funding the paparazzi but damn it's fine entertainment.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: CortJstr on July 25, 2007, 07:57:05 pm
Heh, I have such a weakness for celebrity gossip. Pink is the new blog, Perez Hilton, trashy gossip mags at the supermarket...it's all good. I feel guilty for funding the paparazzi but damn it's fine entertainment.

Oh Jesus there's another Hilton? Because that's exactly what the world needs running around taking over all the news coverage.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on July 25, 2007, 08:08:08 pm
Today I am going to play poker.  And I intend to fuck shit up.  Watch out, chumps, because Carlos del Vaca is coming to take your money.  ALL OF IT.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: pmcd9 on July 25, 2007, 11:29:15 pm
give the SO some face time

Sitting on his face time?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on July 25, 2007, 11:43:07 pm
No, Paul, his cake.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on July 26, 2007, 12:31:52 am
Oh Jesus there's another Hilton? Because that's exactly what the world needs running around taking over all the news coverage.

No, Perez is this adorable slightly scary queen (http://perezhilton.com/?page_id=38) who loves gossip and runs a fairly well-known blog (http://www.perezhilton.com/) about celebrity gossip.

No, Paul, his cake.

Heh. Tiny can. Merciless grinding of pastry. Ray would be proud.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on July 26, 2007, 02:13:07 am
Today I am going to play poker.

I am going to play poker in 45 minutes.  I haven't played in four years.  Someone is going to get my money.  ALL OF IT.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on July 26, 2007, 06:55:47 am
I won like 10 bucks once!

yeah, that was the only time I played for money.

and this was just because a guy who I hate had way too much money, apparently. such that he wanted all of us to have it. you know, in exchange for teaching him how to play poker.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on July 26, 2007, 01:43:32 pm
Yeah, I frickin' sucked at poker last night.  Bummer.

The last game I played, I busted out when I made the right play but someone else got lucky.  Last night, I busted out when I made a stupid play.  I think I actually prefer the former.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: side_show on July 26, 2007, 02:21:46 pm
No, Perez is this adorable slightly scary queen (http://perezhilton.com/?page_id=38) who loves gossip and runs a fairly well-known blog (http://www.perezhilton.com/) about celebrity gossip.

Perez is fantastic because he obsessively hates certain celebrities and worships others.  Also he is fat and ugly, which makes him hating on the beautiful people all the better.  He is about to have his own TV show.

Today I'm gonna pretend my tooth doesn't hurt and hope the pain goes away like it did a few months ago.  And do some more writing.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: smick on July 26, 2007, 02:22:14 pm
and this was just because a guy who I hate had way too much money, apparently. such that he wanted all of us to have it. you know, in exchange for teaching him how to play poker.

Were there penalty dances (http://achewood.com/index.php?date=03272003) involved in your poker instruction?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on July 26, 2007, 03:40:34 pm
Were there penalty dances (http://achewood.com/index.php?date=03272003) involved in your poker instruction?

We don't have penalty dances, but the first player out every week is forced to autograph a copy of the children's book "Donkey Donkey."
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on July 26, 2007, 06:09:16 pm
Perez is fantastic because he obsessively hates certain celebrities and worships others.  Also he is fat and ugly, which makes him hating on the beautiful people all the better.  He is about to have his own TV show.

Today I'm gonna pretend my tooth doesn't hurt and hope the pain goes away like it did a few months ago.  And do some more writing.

Heh. So true!

Your poor tooth! I'm guessing that you don't have dental insurance. You might try some clove oil or kava kava root at the health food store. Both are analgesics and will help numb the pain.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: side_show on July 26, 2007, 08:48:15 pm
Dental (and optical) care are not included in our universal healthcare here, but my SO has a supplimentary plan that covers me.  I am avoiding seeing the dentist because I have TMJ and a weak gag reflex.  Also, I know the news is bad, and don't really want to hear it.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: V-Adore on July 26, 2007, 09:17:06 pm
Please, go to the dentist when something is up, because otherwise I'll worry about you. I'm already fretting enough about my boyfriend, who just lost a wisdom tooth (apparently it hurt a lot and then just came out when he pushed on it?) and does not get nearly as much dental attention as he should.

Today, I'm gonna rest on my laurels now that I finally got my driver's license, many years after I should have. Hooray, driving legally!
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on July 26, 2007, 11:23:54 pm
Wait, how does Canada have amongst the top dental care ratings in the world if the govt isn't propping it up?

[tongue lodged firmly in cheek there]

FOLLOW UP: The gal who got pegged has a spectacular bruise. Bad enough for me to offer sympathy even.

ALSO: I firmly support the delay of bad news. Just take care of it before it kills you off, please.

Pegging? WTF? Was this in your softball game?

Also, smells, I agree that you should get it taken care of pronto. It's too close to your BRAIN for God's sake.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on July 27, 2007, 02:55:15 am
This is one of the few forums I've found that playing straight man pays off so consistently.

Heh!!! Dammit, Ash, you're going for a hat trick and another tiny can.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on July 27, 2007, 05:24:38 am
see...

if the guy is getting pegged... some would argue that he isn't that straight per se. I am not sure what my feelings are on this.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Doc on July 27, 2007, 06:57:09 am
Nonsense! Hetero/homosexuality is just about what gender of person you prefer to be putting things up your arse it doesn't have anything to do with *what* they are doing to you. By that same logic a lesbian with a vibrator isn't gay.
Of course you might want to make an argument for that too, but I'd disagree with you and all the cranky unsatisfied lesbians who are on your side.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on July 27, 2007, 04:08:06 pm
see...

if the guy is getting pegged... some would argue that he isn't that straight per se. I am not sure what my feelings are on this.

You'll never know your true feelings about it until you try it. Good on you for being open to that.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on July 27, 2007, 08:46:05 pm
so, this has been weighing on my mind with a level of importance which... is ridiculous.

Is rum not considered a serious drink? I feel that enjoying rum seems silly. Is it mainly a drink of pirates and fat men on beaches (and college students who think a rum and coke is badass)?

I am pretty sure the answer is "yes, Rum is a silly drink. It is only respectable for a man to drink things which hurt a little."

I ask because every time rum is mentioned, there is a lot of Boat and Ocean and Party imagery going on, which often seems pretty tongue-in-cheek.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on July 27, 2007, 08:49:42 pm
Today I'm gonna....  read a 64 page document on sustainable coffee to ensure that a five sentence conversation had by fictional characters is accurate.

Yes, recovering academic.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on July 27, 2007, 09:11:05 pm
nice! *high five*

um, mostly I am reading Grapes of Wrath, listening to Woody Guthrie, and possibly seeing the simpsons movie.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on July 27, 2007, 09:22:39 pm
Get the Library of Congress record, if you don't have it already.


I think rum is a joke drink, but I do not like it, so...
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on July 27, 2007, 09:29:13 pm
so, this has been weighing on my mind with a level of importance which... is ridiculous.

Is rum not considered a serious drink? I feel that enjoying rum seems silly. Is it mainly a drink of pirates and fat men on beaches (and college students who think a rum and coke is badass)?

I am pretty sure the answer is "yes, Rum is a silly drink. It is only respectable for a man to drink things which hurt a little."

I ask because every time rum is mentioned, there is a lot of Boat and Ocean and Party imagery going on, which often seems pretty tongue-in-cheek.

Rum is an awesome drink.  There is nothing bad about rum itself, but sometimes it is used in bad ways.  I used to drink a lot of bourbon because I, too, felt that respectable drinks should hurt a little.  Then I discovered the Cuba Libre.  The lime is essential

Also, vodka is respectable and, if it is good vodka, should not hurt.  My secret shame is that I enjoy vanilla vodka.  Also, pink wine. 

Today I'm gonna: wear white to my sister-in-law's wedding rehearsal, which I feel is wrong, but which I am doing anyway because I am pregnant, it's hot, and the only other nice summer dress that fits is the one I'm wearing to the wedding tomorrow. 

I am also gonna marvel at my son's newfound ability to verbally inform me that he would like to play Wii Tennis. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on July 27, 2007, 10:00:23 pm
*sniffle* Pegging and rum in the same thread. I love you guys.

Also, theinev, WE TALKED ABOUT THIS. Straight boys can enjoy gettin' pegged and still be straighter than John Wayne voting for Regan on a hoss. It's a new millennium, dude. The two are not mutually exclusive.

TODAY: I'd like to issue a big FUCK YOU to all the employers who call me in for an interview with zero intention of hiring me. I got called in for a position where the other candidates were wearing suits and had Masters degrees in Public Administration. I can't compete with that, so why the fuck did you call me in? Assholes.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on July 27, 2007, 10:01:38 pm
I "have" the library of congress record. the issue is that I am reading, and the talking keeps distracting me.

I have very distinct memories of listening to it all the way through for the first time as we were driving into St Louis for the first time.

OK, see, the "straight" thing was a joke. because someone made a joke about being the "straight man." It was an attempt at a pun.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on July 27, 2007, 10:25:44 pm
It is probably not a good idea to listen to Woody Guthrie when you read.  I just thought about this.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: CortJstr on July 27, 2007, 10:31:03 pm
Today I ran some stuff to Kohl's for the SO, bought my mom an Ove Glove that she desperately needed because her existing pot holders are at least 30 years old and worn through, and took grandma to Five Guys. It's nice that even though they're franchising now the quality still seems to be the same. I especially like how they all say "thank you" together when you put money in the tip jar.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Doc on July 28, 2007, 01:59:13 am
I dislike rum because rum hurts me. Way to sweet, sickly even.
Glenfidditch has always been enough to tuck me in and be my breakfast.

Today I'm gonna read transmetropolitan to try and recover from of mice and men. That shit is harsh.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on July 28, 2007, 02:28:56 am
I "have" the library of congress record. the issue is that I am reading, and the talking keeps distracting me.

I have very distinct memories of listening to it all the way through for the first time as we were driving into St Louis for the first time.

OK, see, the "straight" thing was a joke. because someone made a joke about being the "straight man." It was an attempt at a pun.

Sorry, I should have seen that from a mile away.

Then I discovered the Cuba Libre.  The lime is essential

Hells yes. Another tiny can for liking one of my favorite drinks. Mojitos...margaritas...Cuba Libre...Fresh lime is delicious.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on July 28, 2007, 02:34:35 am
Lime pretty much goes in anything that should be mixed. I guess my rule is, if you don't drink it straight, you should probably have lime with it.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on July 28, 2007, 03:35:50 am
Lime pretty much goes in anything that should be mixed. I guess my rule is, if you don't drink it straight, you should probably have lime with it.

Tiny can for the lime supremacy.

TODAY: I am going to have a scotch and soda and chill the hell out. I had that interview today that was way the fuck up in north Denver. Fuck, my left lats (latissimus dorsi and related muscle groups) hurt like hell. I've been driving a 1977 Nissan/Datsun 280Z. The seat leans way back and it's a totally unnatural action to clutch the damn thing. I need a heat pack for it. Ouch.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on July 28, 2007, 03:39:29 am
Sweet ride.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: AugustWest on July 28, 2007, 04:00:00 am
Sweet ride.

Suh weet.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: pmcd9 on July 28, 2007, 07:28:18 am
Lime pretty much goes in anything that should be mixed. I guess my rule is, if you don't drink it straight, you should probably have lime with it.

Limes (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pmcd9/)
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on July 28, 2007, 02:27:11 pm
I, for one, don't understand why you don't have a link in every post, Paul. You obviously have a photo for every post.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on July 28, 2007, 04:17:21 pm
Today is the second day of the San Jose Grand Prix.  I played hooky yesterday to attend day 1.  I'll get some photos up ono Flickr this evening.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on July 28, 2007, 05:03:29 pm
Man, could I ever go for a mojito right now.  Lime + sugar + mint = DELICIOUS

Recipe Link (http://www.drinksmixer.com/drink582.html)

Is there a way to make one without booze?  Maybe just add extra club soda? 

You can also make them with Sprite instead of club soda if you leave out the sugar.  Not ideal, but it will work in a pinch. 

Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on July 28, 2007, 05:39:35 pm
Yeah, basically a bubbly limeade with the mint mushed up in it is also a pretty good drink.  It's better if you don't compare it directly to a mojito, but it's pretty good.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: side_show on July 28, 2007, 06:42:24 pm
Today I'm gonna protect my SO from a shady business deal and hopefully sell my car.

Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on July 28, 2007, 07:02:49 pm
2oz. of The Captain
1/2 the juice of a lime
Over ice, to the top with RC.

This is what I plan, and JL is right.

Fuck if I care if it's silly, I'm drinking.

A lady that I worked with in AK was craaaaazy about the RC Cola. She was from Indiana and was pissed that it was so hard to find. Whenever our grocery store would get some in, she and her husband would buy the entire lot.

Another friend of mine claims that Coca-Cola from Mexico is infinitely superior to the stuff we have here in the US, because when it's Hecho en Mexico they use sugar instead of corn syrup. I bought some Mexican cokes at the grocery store for him and I, so I'm going to nip downstairs and see if it's as good as he claims.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on July 28, 2007, 07:21:30 pm
1. they have RC cola all over the place here
2. the mexican coke is like cheerwine in glass bottles, in that they both have real sugar (cheerwine in a bottle has actual cane sugar). I drank one once, and now I can never drink the usual stuff. I am not sure why my brain is dying, but I couldn't figure out how to state that first sentence
3. Mint Juleps FTW! (fuck the world, not "for the win")
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on July 28, 2007, 08:35:29 pm
Man, could I ever go for a mojito right now.  Lime + sugar + mint = DELICIOUS

Recipe Link (http://www.drinksmixer.com/drink582.html)

Is there a way to make one without booze?  Maybe just add extra club soda? 

You can also make them with Sprite instead of club soda if you leave out the sugar.  Not ideal, but it will work in a pinch. 



Why would anyone try to find out?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: CortJstr on July 28, 2007, 08:39:32 pm
I used to like RC when I was little, but they quality control at the local bottling plant was piss poor so you had about a 30% chance of ending up with mis-labeled diet RC instead. Lame.

With they ever invent a fake sugar that doesn't have an aftertaste like licking a monkey's ass?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Lister on July 28, 2007, 08:40:26 pm
Cola made with real sugar is *always* better than cola made with corn syrup.  It has a different texture, even.  Every now and then I consider importing a batch of real-sugar Dr. Pepper from this place (http://www.dublindrpepper.com/), but then I remember they charge twenty of your earth dollars to ship the stuff.  So I just go to the barbecue place by work which imports it.  Glass bottles, party people.

Today I'm going to not go to the Comic Con because the mere thought of trying to handle the traffic/parking/crowds/hygiene situation gives me the creeps.  My company is having a fan event at our offices, but it may have many of the same pitfalls so I'm probably not going to that either.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on July 28, 2007, 09:06:36 pm
I used to like RC when I was little, but they quality control at the local bottling plant was piss poor so you had about a 30% chance of ending up with mis-labeled diet RC instead. Lame.

With they ever invent a fake sugar that doesn't have an aftertaste like licking a monkey's ass?

I drink diet soda, mostly Diet Dr. Pepper and Diet Pepsi Max, because if I'm going to spend 140 calories on a drink, then that drink is damn well gonna be beer. I try to limit myself to one soda a day, since aspartame or sucralose is probably going to kill me in some horrible way that hasn't been discovered yet.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on July 28, 2007, 09:18:03 pm
They make Coke with real sugar for passover - look for the yellow bottle cap.  We found a couple of bottles of it this year.  It has the useful effect of making me think it's not worth drinking soda the rest of the year.

But you know, there are a million Latino markets around here that might import it from Mexico... Oh dear. Let's pretend I never had that thought.

And as a matter of fact, they have lately found that diet soda is just as bad for you as real soda in some ways:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070724/ap_on_he_me/diet_soda_heart_risks_13 (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070724/ap_on_he_me/diet_soda_heart_risks_13)
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Limmo on July 29, 2007, 12:17:01 am
twenty of your earth dollars 

Canned for my creating my new temporary favorite term, "earth dollars."
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on July 29, 2007, 02:55:18 am
Why would anyone try to find out [how to make a mojito without booze]?

Because I really want a mojito, but not badly enough to risk damaging the brain of my unborn child? 

I know one drink isn't going to make the baby grow horns or anything, but I felt weird drinking a sip of champagne at my sister-in-law's wedding tonight.  Plus, pregnancy makes me super-sensitive to taste and smell, and the mere aroma of hard liquor lately is enough to make me gag. 

I suppose, however, that there are some things in life that are easier to do without than to try to find a reasonable substitute.  Like real mashed potatoes.  I love them, but I'd rather have none than end up with a mouthful of instant. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on July 29, 2007, 03:19:58 am
Well, you already have one, right?

The thing is, virgin drinks just never measure up. Can't be done. The liquor makes all the difference in the world.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on July 29, 2007, 03:20:45 am
add sugar and ginger ale in place of the rum.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on July 29, 2007, 04:06:11 am
Because I really want a mojito, but not badly enough to risk damaging the brain of my unborn child? 

I know one drink isn't going to make the baby grow horns or anything, but I felt weird drinking a sip of champagne at my sister-in-law's wedding tonight.  Plus, pregnancy makes me super-sensitive to taste and smell, and the mere aroma of hard liquor lately is enough to make me gag. 

I suppose, however, that there are some things in life that are easier to do without than to try to find a reasonable substitute.  Like real mashed potatoes.  I love them, but I'd rather have none than end up with a mouthful of instant. 

I completely forgot that you were pregnant. I was like, "Why would she wanna make a virgin mojito? Those would totally suck." Nabu is right that the virgin drinks don't measure up.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: AugustWest on July 29, 2007, 04:49:23 am
... my unborn child? 


Wait, did we know about this?

Stupid short-term memory loss.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on July 29, 2007, 02:27:51 pm
Nabu is right that the virgin drinks don't measure up.

Right. This is why I said that a mint limeade is good but don't compare it to a mojito. It's not fair to the limeade, which is a good thing on its own but different.  Limeade with ginger juice added is excellent also.

Unfortunately there are many reasons a person might have to pass on alcohol temporarily or long term, and why is it so hard to get anything else good to drink? It's frustrating to be in a restaurant that can make ten million different alcoholic drinks, but otherwise all you can get is Pepsi or something nasty like that. (Or to be at home and find that we have twenty kinds of wine, beer, sake and hard liquor and somehow have neglected to buy anything interesting that's non-alcoholic.)

Some brewpubs make their own root beer. That's a nice thing. If nothing else, cranberry juice with seltzer and a slice of lime is something any bar can do.

I was at some kind of fusion Latin American place a few weeks ago in Brooklyn that had a long list of fruit drinks, takeoffs on those Mexican fruit juices and different kinds of mixed drinks.  Why don't more places make an effort?  It would sure make more money for them than if I - and all those pregnant ladies - drink tap water.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on July 29, 2007, 02:58:59 pm
Hey there, that's my raison d'être you're stepping on.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: pmcd9 on July 29, 2007, 03:34:26 pm
Every now and then I consider importing a batch of real-sugar Dr. Pepper from this place (http://www.dublindrpepper.com/)

I keep meaning to stop by there.  It's somewhere between Houston and San Antonio (or Austin, can't remember which- West of Houston in other words), but always forget.  I'll be heading that way in a couple of weeks.  Hope I remember.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: pmcd9 on July 29, 2007, 04:16:53 pm
I, for one, don't understand why you don't have a link in every post, Paul. You obviously have a photo for every post.

I'm just trying to provide a visual stimulus to accompany the text.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on July 29, 2007, 07:37:53 pm
wombat-- I agree with this.

Fitz's, in St Louis, is awesome for this reason. i go and get the bottomless mug-- they'll fill it with whatever one of their awesome sodas you want.

the grape tastes like medicine, though.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: pmcd9 on July 29, 2007, 07:41:52 pm
What you really want is a phosphate (http://www.flickr.com/photos/29375699@N00/237337871/).
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on July 29, 2007, 07:50:36 pm
I dunno, I think grape, orange, and CUNT sodas are all disgusting. Never had a phosphate, but they sound pretty good. I love mint Italian sodas, personally.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on July 29, 2007, 08:14:54 pm
What about an egg cream (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egg_cream)?

I was just busting your balls, Paul. I sometimes think I include too many links.

But seriously, get your fuck*ng shine-box.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on July 29, 2007, 09:03:57 pm
Ooo, an egg cream. Now there's something more places should serve, definitely.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Golfhaus on July 29, 2007, 09:25:59 pm
I dunno, I think grape, orange, and CUNT sodas are all disgusting. Never had a phosphate, but they sound pretty good. I love mint Italian sodas, personally.

I discovered Minute Maid CUNT Soda a few years ago and drank it almost exclusively for months. Then one day, I woke up and didn't like it anymore. Haven't gone back since.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: pmcd9 on July 29, 2007, 10:29:45 pm
What about an egg cream (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egg_cream)?

I was just busting your balls, Paul. I sometimes think I include too many links.

But seriously, get your fuck*ng shine-box.


Are you posting sober again brother?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: pmcd9 on July 29, 2007, 10:35:17 pm
Today I'm gonna finish writing one paper and start writing another.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on July 29, 2007, 10:46:59 pm
yesterday I went to a show by my favorite local band, who I like way too much. I know them from highschool, which makes it even more awkward that I am so into them. Today I am sore from all the skanking. There were a ton of people there-- including every girl I've been attracted to (in charlotte) in multiple years, including my ex-girlfriend who is going to my college next year. Then I went to my friend's house (he is in the band) and we jammed on guitar for a bit (several people), then a cute girl showed up and started playing and I started fuck*ng up a lot. then I smoked 3 puffs of a cigarette (somehow liked it at the time, but let's be honest-- disgusting. so disgusting.)

Today, so far, I have worked. and slept on the couch. later I might go out, with a group of people including the girl who is very cute. for dinner-- meatballs.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on July 30, 2007, 12:35:05 am
Today I'm gonna finish writing one paper and start writing another.

So, so much to my chagrin.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: side_show on July 30, 2007, 03:39:48 pm
People, people, come to Canada, where all the soda-beverages are sugar based, and the booze is slightly boozier!

I didn't know that everything in the US is now predominantly sweetened with corn-syrup until my friend came home for a visit with his lady and they were filling the entire trunk of their car with candy and pop.  I was like, don't you have Coke in Minneapolis?  Don't you have candy down there? 

Our local, throw back, retro candy shop is  Sugar Mountain.  (http://www.sugarmountain.ca/company/index.php) Basically they have every candy you remember from your childhood, and if they don't they will find it for you.  Last time I was there they had Cyndi Lauper trading cards with a warning that they would not be held responsible if the piece of gum cuts your mouth.  Good times.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on July 30, 2007, 07:23:24 pm
Everyone digging on pure sugar might want to give 10 Cane Rum a spin. Every other rum just seems to be subpar since I tried the 10 cane.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: RMJ12345 on August 01, 2007, 12:04:30 am
Today I'm gonna start over at Harry Potter 1.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: smick on August 01, 2007, 12:22:23 am
Today I'm gonna start over at Harry Potter 1.

For some reason that strikes me as some kind of Youth Wizard Threat Level.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Turbo Ninja on August 03, 2007, 09:27:16 pm
Today I just feel like cussin'.  Get me in line with the Dirtiest Dudes in Town, because I'ma drop some bombs for no good reason and with no context at all.  Bitches gonna be callin' me Sir Cuss-a-Lot because of all the cussin' I'ma do.

Stand back, alls.  This shit's gonna get UGLY.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on August 03, 2007, 09:53:06 pm
Today I just feel like cussin'.  Get me in line with the Dirtiest Dudes in Town, because I'ma drop some bombs for no good reason and with no context at all.  Bitches gonna be callin' me Sir Cuss-a-Lot because of all the cussin' I'ma do.

Stand back, alls.  This shit's gonna get UGLY.

Tiny can. Excellent plans, mon frere. I often wonder how I am going to be a parent, what with how much I cuss in a given day.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on August 03, 2007, 10:22:17 pm
Yours will be the most popular kid in kindergarten, Linnea.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on August 03, 2007, 10:44:42 pm
Thanks for putting my evenings plan together for me youse guys.

I told Spouse and The Boy to go back to the fair together and I'd hang out with Asherbaby after work. He's already started the baby-babble and has DaDa MaMa Uh-Oh and Elmo down pat. Tonight I will try to teach him a new semi-naughty thing while we have our time. I'm shooting for the phrase "Go pee up a rope" but that may be too aggressive for one evening. I'll settle for "Oh-Poop" if it doesn't fly.

May I suggest instead "eat poop"? Much, much funnier to listen to.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on August 03, 2007, 11:47:56 pm
Even if it comes out "E poop" you're money ahead.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on August 04, 2007, 12:07:25 am
Yours will be the most popular kid in kindergarten, Linnea.

That's what I'm afraid of. The millionth second time that the kid flushes my favorite earrings down the toilet...I might not be able to hold back a screamed litany of cusses.
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Post by: theinevitable on August 04, 2007, 01:46:50 am
Eat Poop. ah, the memories.

Or rather, the second-hand memories?

My friends once played truth or dare, at a point when I was not around (I wouldn't have played anyway), and somehow developed the following concept:
if "dare"-- "Eat Poop."
if "truth"-- "Whose poop would you eat?"

It's... it's funny if you hear them tell the story. But now... I make jokes about it, but it's bad because I wasn't there. I am living vicariously through them.

the other best thing like that is from the same group of people. They decided they needed a semi-mean way to make fun of this one girl... and so on a day when she was not there, they decided that she was a cookie monster. now, every time she eats a  cookie, they all say "wow, she's at it again!" and "wow hannah, how many is that today?" etc. One of them gave her a cookie monster doll for graduation. At this point, she has stopped eating cookies in public.

Basically that is my favorite way to make fun of someone ever. I am not sure why.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Doc on August 04, 2007, 02:02:05 am
My brother still gets told about how when he was a baby in a stroller and a lovely old lady came to have a look at him he stared her right in the eye and said ' Bum!'.
I think this is a good word as far as not being too offensive but having a decent amount of shock value coming from a small child.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on August 04, 2007, 03:11:45 am
Tangentially connected dept: They periodically serve Hobo Stew here at work. We got into a big discussion last week about whether or not it would be ok to serve Homeless Guy Stew, Bum Soup, Crackhead Chowder, Street Person Bisque, or Bag Lady Consommé.
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Post by: linnea on August 04, 2007, 04:28:10 am
Tangentially connected dept: They periodically serve Hobo Stew here at work. We got into a big discussion last week about whether or not it would be ok to serve Homeless Guy Stew, Bum Soup, Crackhead Chowder, Street Person Bisque, or Bag Lady Consommé.

What the fuck are they thinking in the canteen? Damn. Then again, my dad makes soup with the leftover Thanksgiving turkey that we call "scum soup", and we still eat that despite the unfortunate name.
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Post by: Doc on August 04, 2007, 04:31:25 am
Well played Ash.
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Post by: theinevitable on August 04, 2007, 06:13:44 am
Hobo Soup is a real soup.  (http://www.boingboing.net/2007/03/11/hobo_soup_in_a_can_s.html)
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on August 04, 2007, 02:28:59 pm
Hobo Soup is a real soup.  (http://www.boingboing.net/2007/03/11/hobo_soup_in_a_can_s.html)

In case there was a misunderstanding, I actually knew that. I was just parallelling Chris Rock's concern about the Washington Redskins: "What about the New York Niggers? Would that be ok?"
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: AlohaDawg on August 05, 2007, 11:04:27 pm
Hobo Soup is a real soup.  (http://www.boingboing.net/2007/03/11/hobo_soup_in_a_can_s.html)

Only if if contains 10% real hobos.

Today I'm gonna reflect on my career over the past few years and cry.

Surprise of surprises, it has been a year with the Post Office, which is a year too long at this point. And five years in Hawaii, which has been about two years too long too.

I applied for a Federal job in Ohio with HHS office of Medicare Appeals. There are many advantages.

It pays more than I make here even with the 25% federal tax-free cost of living added to my check.

Milk on sale here is now $5 per gallon and my girls drink about a gallon a day.

If I get the new job, the likelihood of spending (as I just did) two weeks working 14 hour days 6 days straight won't exist.

My parents are getting pretty old, my grandma's almost 100 and my wife's mom is almost as old as mine, and they are all in Ohio

We could buy a nice house with a yard. Here a shitty house with a tiny yard is $500,000. The MEDIAN housing price on Oahu is over $650,000. People spend $1,000,000 for a tear down in parts of the town where I live.

I could actually get NEWS and watch SPORTS in real time or even go to Sporting events.

The taxation, governance, police, economy, everything would be LOGICAL and not built to FAIL

And, I would no longer be a Postal Supervisor which is huge. This organization is interesting and the mission is great and I've learned a lot, but the pressure from above to to more with less and the issues I've run into with the whole labor/management have just pointed out to me that I don't really want to fit into it.

Thanks for listening!





Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on August 05, 2007, 11:18:42 pm
Dawg, it sounds like you are heading in the right direction. Obviously, you know just as much as I do about life, so I won't belabor anything. I will say that at the end of my first marriage, I was pretty depressed that I had pissed away seven years of my life that I wasn't ever going to get back. As time went on, I was able to aprreciate more and more how the future was getting better, as opposed to focusing on how shitty the past had been for me. Now, I can actually look back on that time and see it as a positive experience most of the time, although periodically I feel some regret. Try to be happy - you've got a wonderful family, and that's pretty key. Plus, we all really like you.
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Post by: Arachno-capitalist on August 05, 2007, 11:36:29 pm
...

The taxation, governance, police, economy, everything would be LOGICAL and not built to FAIL

...


Government and taxation is always built to fail.

(Edit: Not meant to be a trollish statement or to offend anyone who is gung ho about taxation and governance. You'll find no fight here with me)
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on August 05, 2007, 11:38:09 pm
Oh, Dawg, don't cry. I have been there, but I've managed to convince myself that sometimes to figure out the right thing, or to get to the right thing, you have to do the wrong thing for a year.  Or two.  (Or, thinking of some of my past jobs, eight months that only FELT like a year or two...) At least you have the guts to make the move - I know so many people who just stick with misery out of fear of change. The process sucks, but I believe you will be OK in the long run. 

Good luck!



Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Lister on August 06, 2007, 01:43:32 am
If the job you want to do is available in your home state, take it.  As much as I love it here, the housing market is insane and I don't know how I'm going to be able to afford to buy anything where I'd want to live... but since my rent's likely to jump another ten percent this year, I'm trying to find options.

Today I'm going to call in sick because I still haven't gotten over whatever that old cream cheese gave me.  Bleh.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: AugustWest on August 06, 2007, 01:45:03 am
I think you should move back to Ohio because it's so close to Kentucky and your imaginary internet pal August West.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on August 06, 2007, 02:34:47 am
Or, for instance, Portland, Oreegun.
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Post by: linnea on August 06, 2007, 05:21:40 am
Lister, where do you hang your hat? I hate expensive living. Right now I'm renting a house with some old friends and it's pretty damn good. I just need a real job and a car.

And AD...I totally feel your pain. It's so rough being someplace like that. I had a hard enough time in rural AK with just my kitties. I cannot fathom spending $50 on milk for my family per week. I think you should go back home.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on August 06, 2007, 07:14:21 am
Drive from Boulder to San Francisco.
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Post by: Lister on August 06, 2007, 09:31:17 am
Lister, where do you hang your hat? I hate expensive living. Right now I'm renting a house with some old friends and it's pretty damn good. I just need a real job and a car.

I'm in San Diego.  It's freakishly beautiful here, almost all the time, and I love the climate and the food.  Most stuff isn't too much more expensive than anywhere else I've lived (like maybe 5% more on groceries and restaurants, and 10 cents on gas).  Median house prices in the area are north of $600k, though, and the apartments that didn't convert to condos during the boom are now charging like they wish they had.  Still, I see the Pacific on my way in to my job where I can wear shorts and flip-flops and make games go... so all in all it's pretty awesome.

Today I might clean up some of the clutter in my apartment so that I can have maintenance look at my refrigerator.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Turbo Ninja on August 06, 2007, 02:18:19 pm
You can buy hella real estate in Ohio for $500K.  Even in the big cities (Cleveland, Columbus, Cincy), you're looking at a huge McMansion in the burbs or a 2K sq ft condo downtown.   The problem is that most people in Ohio don't make that kind of money.

The cussin' went real good on Friday.  I broke out some old classics and tried new, bold combinations to bring zest to my day.  If edited for TV, it would've been all "Forget you, mother father Chinese dentist."
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on August 06, 2007, 03:16:30 pm
Today I'm gonna fly to Boston to put the grand flourish on my thesis research.  They have the private papers of the women I'm researching at the Harvard Library, and this time tomorrow I'll be poring over them raptly. 

Too bad lesbians in the '40s burned most of the good stuff.  But the paper is on her career, not her private life, so my research won't suffer, even if my curiosity isn't satisfied.

I'm also going to begin the longest stretch of time I'll have spent away from my beautiful son.  They'll drop me off at the airport at 5:30 tonight and I won't see him again until Friday night.  I can hardly stand it.  He's going to be six feet tall by the time I see him again.   :'(
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on August 06, 2007, 03:50:41 pm
I'm also going to begin the longest stretch of time I'll have spent away from my beautiful son.  They'll drop me off at the airport at 5:30 tonight and I won't see him again until Friday night.  I can hardly stand it.  He's going to be six feet tall by the time I see him again.   :'(

Don't worry about it. By the time you see him, you'll have senile dementia and you won't remember who he is. You'll think he's Warren Gamaliel Harding.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on August 06, 2007, 08:51:59 pm
Bloody fuckin' hell! I just spent like 30 minutes on a god-damned online internet job application and right before I was about to finish it up, the page timed out or something and I lost all my fuck*ng work. >_<

At least the job doesn't close for another week. That will give me some time to stop bein' pissed and maybe try again.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on August 06, 2007, 11:41:37 pm
and right before I was about to finish it up, the page timed out or something and I lost all my fuck*ng work. >_<

I too have fallen victim to that soul-sucking bug.  My solution is to keep a copy of notepad handy (or its Mac equivalent) and type into it - then copy/paste into the web app.  A power failure will still bum you out, but in my experience they are orders of magnitude less common than fickle data-entry pages on ter Intarweb
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on August 07, 2007, 01:58:24 am
I too have fallen victim to that soul-sucking bug.  My solution is to keep a copy of notepad handy (or its Mac equivalent) and type into it - then copy/paste into the web app.  A power failure will still bum you out, but in my experience they are orders of magnitude less common than fickle data-entry pages on ter Intarweb

Y'know what my problem is? I'm too retarded to do something like that. All the tabbing between pages and ctrl-c/ctrl-v is just too much work for my lazy ass. And then I lose all my work. Great work, Somebody nice.

Anyway, I'm gonna listen to some pre-Jehovah's Witnesses PRINCE. Heh. Nothing like hearing from the man who pioneered the freak-nasty genre. I guess that several years ago he stopped swearing and stopped getting graphic in his songs due to Religion, but I love listening to shit like "Do Me Baby", "18 and Over", "Gett Off", or "Cream".
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Post by: Arachno-capitalist on August 07, 2007, 02:56:40 am
Y'know what my problem is? I'm too retarded to do something like that. All the tabbing between pages and ctrl-c/ctrl-v is just too much work for my lazy ass. And then I lose all my work. Great work, Somebody nice.

Anyway, I'm gonna listen to some pre-Jehovah's Witnesses PRINCE. Heh. Nothing like hearing from the man who pioneered the freak-nasty genre. I guess that several years ago he stopped swearing and stopped getting graphic in his songs due to Religion, but I love listening to shit like "Do Me Baby", "18 and Over", "Gett Off", or "Cream".

Does anyone else feel weird watching flamboyant Scientologists in films? Maybe its because of all things ive found about scientology, but I cant watch tom cruise or john travolta the same ever again.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on August 07, 2007, 03:59:17 am
Does anyone else feel weird watching flamboyant Scientologists in films? Maybe its because of all things ive found about scientology, but I cant watch tom cruise or john travolta the same ever again.

I don't know much about Scientology, but I have to snicker every time I see one of those douchebags. I saw photos of Travolta playing tonsil hockey with another dude and I just can't look at him the same after that, what with all his married-man posturing and whatnot.

Prince was raised something like Seventh-Day Adventist, but he managed to shake that and write some of the dirtiest songs ever. If memory serves me right, his mom converted to Jehovah's Witnesses and exacted a promise from Prince on her deathbed that he would be one, too. You can tell that although he's tried to put a muzzle on it, he can't stay away. Even though he curses no longer, I still love the man. Amazing musician even if he is a little crazy.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on August 07, 2007, 04:02:46 am
I know that this is just a Teenage Thing, but I kind of want to dedicate my life to eradicating Scientology.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: pmcd9 on August 07, 2007, 04:04:41 am
Why hate on the scientologist?  It's not any crazier than any other religious myth.
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Post by: smick on August 07, 2007, 06:35:11 am
After reading about Lisa McPherson, it certainly is scarier than some.
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Post by: side_show on August 07, 2007, 07:53:54 am
Oh, yes... Lisa McPherson.  So scary.  But really, there are woodcuts from the crusades that are just as scary.  It's only because of those horrible photos that the story of a single women being destroyed by Scientology is so horrifying.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on August 07, 2007, 12:13:06 pm
Today I'm gonna... try not to go outside and die of heatstroke. The heat index is predicted to be 105. Also, try not to have a nervous breakdown waiting for email from my agent.

I guess that amounts to spending the day surfing the web if I don't get my act together and make a more productive plan.

The Technical Staff keeps muttering about finding a job in Seattle. He says it never gets hot or cold there. I have no idea if he is serious. And I am not sure that at my age I want to start over in a place that isn't even near a place where I know anyone.  But damn, a place where it never gets hot or cold sounds like Heaven right now.

Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on August 07, 2007, 12:46:43 pm
Today I too will not go anywhere that doesnt have an air conditioner (id like to go to a place with an air shampooer). And I will try to figure out what the hell im doing with myself this time a year from now when I have a diploma. This means Im looking at housing prices in New Hampshire and jobs that hire over-educated under-experienced economics grads.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on August 07, 2007, 02:42:30 pm
today I have 2 doctors appointments, and I am hopefully going to see a movie with my friend Stephanie (although apparently now she goes by her middle name?)

I am thinking "Talk to Me," but it occurs to me that when asking a lady out to a movie, it might be nice to ask what movie she wants to see.

At the same time, I feel that calling and saying "hey, I've been wanting to see this movie, do you want to go?" makes things a lot less awkward.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: side_show on August 07, 2007, 03:23:22 pm
Unless "this movie" is "I now pronounce you Chuck and Larry" - in which case, don't bother.

I joke, I joke.  That sounds like a lovely plan, and you sound like a fine gentleman caller.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: RMJ12345 on August 07, 2007, 04:21:05 pm
Why hate on the scientologist?  It's not any crazier than any other religious myth.

Exactly. Everyone's a little crazy about something. And as with anything (Mormonism, Harry Potter, baseball statistics, Tolkien, celebrities, jam bands, Achewood) there are people who take it entirely too far, but that doesn't mean you have to hate them all.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on August 07, 2007, 04:56:31 pm
I hate them because they use bullshit pseudo-science to promote their fake religion.

also, the "date" which wasn't a date is off, as her car is broken down and she is taking it to be fixed at the same time as the movie. So, change "what I'm doing today" to "what I'm doing sometime this week, granting that we both have work so maybe it will be difficult to arrange."

also, the movie is "Talk to Me." I also really want to see "This is England," but it isn't showing in Charlotte.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on August 07, 2007, 05:17:24 pm
Exactly. Everyone's a little crazy about something. And as with anything (Mormonism, Harry Potter, baseball statistics, Tolkien, celebrities, jam bands, Achewood) there are people who take it entirely too far, but that doesn't mean you have to hate them all.

Heh. How 'bout that 755, eh? It probably wouldn't be cool to ask how your dad feels about it.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: RMJ12345 on August 07, 2007, 09:39:52 pm
Heh. How 'bout that 755, eh? It probably wouldn't be cool to ask how your dad feels about it.

I was actually wondering that myself, I haven't really talked baseball with him in a couple months.

Last time I checked, Dad thought Barry Bonds was a dirty cheater, but that the record books should reflect the achievement and not the controversy. I think they should just asterisk it and MLB shouldn't make a big deal out of it, as they usually would.

I wonder what Onstad thinks of Bonds? He lives in Giants territory, after all.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on August 07, 2007, 10:03:29 pm
If we're lucky, A-Rod will stay in baseball long enough to top the record - even though by them he'll have made $1 billion. Hopefully having the record will be a compelling enough reason for him to keep coming back.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: RMJ12345 on August 07, 2007, 10:12:32 pm
If we're lucky, A-Rod will stay in baseball long enough to top the record - even though by them he'll have made $1 billion. Hopefully having the record will be a compelling enough reason for him to keep coming back.

Though I hate A-Rod, that would be nice.

I remember when everyone was positive Griffey would break 755. I can't believe he's 38; it makes me feel old. At least he's aging naturally...I wonder if he'll get in the Hall. I hope so.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Golfhaus on August 07, 2007, 11:36:21 pm
also, the "date" which wasn't a date is off, as her car is broken down and she is taking it to be fixed at the same time as the movie. So, change "what I'm doing today" to "what I'm doing sometime this week, granting that we both have work so maybe it will be difficult to arrange."

Dude, that's probably the Scientologists exacting revenge on you for talking shit. They're not a group to be publicly fucked with unless you're willing to go for it all.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on August 07, 2007, 11:49:11 pm
Who do you think destroyed the Masons? That's right.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on August 08, 2007, 01:32:44 am
oh my god, that is exactly true. She said that the guy at the garage was really weird and said something about Engrams when she called to schedule to bring the car in.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Doc on August 08, 2007, 08:54:57 am
As an angry little atheist, I pretty much have to hate all scary cults that use the gamut of vile tactics on people who cross them.

Damn right, just because lots of people are crazy doesn't mean they should be allowed to get away with it.

Also they have 'science' right in the name and the public view of science is messed up enough without them making it worse. If I believe in anything it's science and I don't care for their blasphemy.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: robot_god on August 09, 2007, 01:01:37 am
Tomorrow I'm going to see Daft Punk at Keyspan Park, Coney Island.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: CortJstr on August 09, 2007, 06:53:16 pm
Today I'm gonna buy tickets to the New Pornographers show in October. Oh, wait, no I'm not because it's sold out 1 day after being announced.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on August 09, 2007, 07:59:49 pm
Today I am getting the fuck out of here and going home to see my wife.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on August 09, 2007, 08:06:31 pm
today I am shopping maybe, but I need someone to shop with. My problem is that my parents think I should wear baggy clothes (because I am kind of tall, and smaller ones are too short sometimes) and my friends think I should wear super-tight clothes. I think the best is somewhere in the middle, but, it's hard to tell.

Also I have been told that today is the day that I must clean out my dresser. My mom is basically treating me like...
I can't think of a simile. Basically she is acting like I am going to forget or ignore her. Her solution to this is to come in and remind me loudly about it every 20 minutes.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on August 09, 2007, 09:54:29 pm
Tight clothes are back?  Oh dear.  Here come the '80s again
(http://www.sportspickle.com/features/volume2/05072003-selleck.jpg)

These guys approve
(http://hardrockhideout.files.wordpress.com/2007/03/ratt.jpg)

Oh c'mon!  The '80s were fabulous!
(http://untruenews.com/more_images/richard_simmons.jpg)


...i hunger...

(http://www.papierdoll.net/blogimages/calvinklein0707.jpg)
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on August 09, 2007, 10:03:26 pm
theinev, they still have this parent-mentality that you're still growing, and they want you to have clothes to grow into.

I continue to make this mistake. Wearing baggy clothes just looks sloppy. Get clothes that are stylish and that fit you.

Also, jay, tight clothes are fashionable for the adorably scrawny kids-these-days. Nothing is cuter than an emo boy with cigarette #####.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on August 09, 2007, 10:10:56 pm
Guys wear these?
(http://www.catwalking.com/editorial/GLOSS/glossary/C/images/cigarette.jpg)

I guess that's part of the emo thing though. "I reject your arbitrary male/female roles, and choose to dress as my friends dictate".
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on August 09, 2007, 10:16:35 pm
The looser fitting clothing of a dude is a functional necessity. Women can wear clothes without pockets and skin tight ##### because they have purses. Men have wallets and keys that otherwise look ridiculous if in comparable styles. The answer to this is of course the man purse. I get away with the man purse because I'm in Manhattan and student age. Older men and suburban men just look silly carrying a messenger bag.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on August 09, 2007, 10:21:39 pm
no, see, the problem is that when I buy tight clothes, they are too short. My parents prefer for me to hide my skinniness, I think. Also, they are obviously coming at teen fashion from a warped perspective-- my parents were into disco. Be serious. I don't go for the tight jeans, though. Well, I mean, I go for jeans which my parents consider tight, but my friends consider loose.

my main problem is that I only find clothes I like in weird situations. All of my favorite shirts have a story like "I was at a vintage clothing store, and they had "Cowboy Shirts," and they didn't have sizes on them-- they were all fitted-- and apparently some cowboy had almost the exact same proportions as me, so the shirt fits perfectly."

I kind of want to go to American Apparel, but that is a hell of a lot of money to pay for Red Undies (http://store.americanapparel.net/4415pac.html).

The one time I got a shirt from there, it was a white t-shirt. The first time I washed it, there was some sort of chemical reaction with my deoderant, and now the armpits are that ugly bleach color. So, there goes 20 bucks. I really like the band t-shirts I have that are made by them, though-- so soft.

To be honest, the people whose fashion sense I most admire seem to mostly wear a combination of really expensive american apparel stuff, and torn old salvation army stuff. All of their ****** are cut off right below the knee for biking ability. I could not pull this look off. Also, lots of tattoos and piercings. tattoos of horrible shit like... I think a vomiting bear?

my desire to dress like these people is also curtailed by two things:
-there is something very crass about dressing like a broke bike-punk kid when your parents are paying ungodly amounts of money to send you to college. There is also something weird about the fact that although my parents often offer to pay for clothes, my favorite clothes are the things I buy myself for super-cheap.
-I dont like the idea that people looking at me would assume that I was basically scum. I like the fun part where they are in cool bands, not the part where they say "I tried Heroin today! It was ok I guess, I like coke better."

basically I am too much of a nice, nerdy guy. Which I guess is probably a good reason.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: pmcd9 on August 09, 2007, 10:49:24 pm
mow the yard and try not to heat stoke myself to death.

Also, drink lots of water.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on August 10, 2007, 02:40:15 pm
Today I'm gonna go donate some blood. Before I moved to AK I had literally donated about 2 gallons of blood. However, we didn't have a hospital where I was at, and hence zero blood products where I was at, because storage was just totally unfeasible. Sometimes the medevac crew would bring some out from Anchorage, but any unused units had to be returned to the hospital within 12 hours or else it had to be trashed.

The first time I had my sisters donate blood, my younger sister almost passed out, and she was horribly embarrassed because the overly zealous blood techs made her lie down on the floor on this little blue plastic mat with her feet elevated (Trendelenberg position for shock). She vowed never to donate again, but the next time I brought her all these little juice boxes so she could drink while she donated, and the hypovolemia was averted. She has donated even more blood than me at this point, because she has been donating pretty much like clockwork every 56 days for the three years I've been gone.

We have boring type O+ blood, so it's not as cool as the universal donor O-,  but hey - our type O+ brethren still need it.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on August 10, 2007, 03:40:05 pm
i have no idea what kind of blood I have. I have never donated because until very recently, or possibly still, I was severely underweight (based on BMI) and my mom told me that it would be "idiotic" to donate blood. this was probably true.

I am, however, registered to be a marrow donor. I did a pretty good job of guilting myself into that one (in a good way?).
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: JorgeFabregas on August 10, 2007, 04:38:24 pm
I have O- blood and donate double-reds. Makes me feel like a badass.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on August 10, 2007, 05:12:03 pm
i have no idea what kind of blood I have. I have never donated because until very recently, or possibly still, I was severely underweight (based on BMI) and my mom told me that it would be "idiotic" to donate blood. this was probably true.

I am, however, registered to be a marrow donor. I did a pretty good job of guilting myself into that one (in a good way?).

As long as your weight is over 110 pounds, you're okay to donate.

Body fat percentage has nothing to do with it. Your overall body size dictates how much blood you have in your system. For a man of your height, one pint isn't gonna hurt.

I have O- blood and donate double-reds. Makes me feel like a badass.

Damn. You are awesome. More folks need to donate as long as they're not terrified of needles.

{Secret handshake}

O+ is kind of the comfortable cardigan of blood types, isn't it. Those flashy blood types can get lost.

We gotta get our own drink or something. The O-POS drink.
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Post by: jaydub on August 10, 2007, 05:23:27 pm
I'm an occasional blood donor (O pos);  they put me on restriction for a year after I got inked up.  My company has quarterly blood drives, which makes it pretty easy.  About 8 years ago I signed up to be a marrow donor too (as an aside, if you're Asian -I'm not- you really should sign up for that.  There's a terrible problem with a lack of compatible donors).  A while ago I got a call that there was a preliminary match between me and a young girl for marrow.  I called back and agreed to the donation and got an appointment.  Marrow donation is less than surgery, but more than blood donation.  Apparently they get it from your hip bone.  About a day before I went in for the procedure I got a letter notifying me that the girl had died of her illness.  I felt strangely bereft.  Here was a girl I hadn't ever met, who chance had drawn similar biological markers for, and who I was willing to endure a painful procedure to assist.  It made me think a bit about how personal our society can still be, despite the doomsayers, that this agency of donation could create a relationship that I grieved, before it could even really get off the ground.
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Post by: AugustWest on August 10, 2007, 06:46:37 pm
I donated platelets for years.  A little time consuming (~2.5 hours) but a good thing to do.  I had also donated 3 gallons of whole blood by the time I got out of college.  I haven't been donating anything lately -- I need to get back in the habit.
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Post by: theinevitable on August 10, 2007, 06:49:31 pm
so, now that I know it is OK, I will totally donate blood. Rock.
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Post by: linnea on August 10, 2007, 07:05:20 pm
I'm an occasional blood donor (O pos);  they put me on restriction for a year after I got inked up.  My company has quarterly blood drives, which makes it pretty easy.  About 8 years ago I signed up to be a marrow donor too (as an aside, if you're Asian -I'm not- you really should sign up for that.  There's a terrible problem with a lack of compatible donors).  A while ago I got a call that there was a preliminary match between me and a young girl for marrow.  I called back and agreed to the donation and got an appointment.  Marrow donation is less than surgery, but more than blood donation.  Apparently they get it from your hip bone.  About a day before I went in for the procedure I got a letter notifying me that the girl had died of her illness.  I felt strangely bereft.  Here was a girl I hadn't ever met, who chance had drawn similar biological markers for, and who I was willing to endure a painful procedure to assist.  It made me think a bit about how personal our society can still be, despite the doomsayers, that this agency of donation could create a relationship that I grieved, before it could even really get off the ground.
Damn. Hell of emotional. I'm sad that the little girl never got to see another birthday. That's really sad. However, it's really awesome that you're willing to help. I hear that donating marrow is painful, but it's well worth it. I should sign up for that.

And yep, any tattoo or piercing puts you on hold for one year. There's the hepatitis risk, as well as other bloodbourne pathogens that tattooing or piercing puts you at risk for. I'm able to donate as an EMT because I have never had an exposure (http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/ems/policy/99-06.htm). One of my favorite blogs is by a London paramedic.  ***ALERT, if you have a weak stomach do not click this highly entertaining and gross blog entry (http://randomreality.blogware.com/blog/_archives/2004/3/21/28325.htmlblog entry). It's about how my favorite paramedic was exposed to bloodborne pathogens at work one day.
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Post by: jaydub on August 10, 2007, 09:29:58 pm
Cool blog.  I don't have time to giraffe through it at the moment - I assume he didn't seroconvert?
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Post by: AlohaDawg on August 10, 2007, 10:33:32 pm
I'm an occasional blood donor (O pos);  they put me on restriction for a year after I got inked up.  My company has quarterly blood drives, which makes it pretty easy.  About 8 years ago I signed up to be a marrow donor too (as an aside, if you're Asian -I'm not- you really should sign up for that.  There's a terrible problem with a lack of compatible donors).  A while ago I got a call that there was a preliminary match between me and a young girl for marrow.  I called back and agreed to the donation and got an appointment.  Marrow donation is less than surgery, but more than blood donation.  Apparently they get it from your hip bone.  About a day before I went in for the procedure I got a letter notifying me that the girl had died of her illness.  I felt strangely bereft.  Here was a girl I hadn't ever met, who chance had drawn similar biological markers for, and who I was willing to endure a painful procedure to assist.  It made me think a bit about how personal our society can still be, despite the doomsayers, that this agency of donation could create a relationship that I grieved, before it could even really get off the ground.

I was going through some medical asshattery a few years ago and I had to undergo a bone marrow aspiration, which is probably similar to how they harvest bonemarrow for donation. It was the single most painful thing I have ever had to go through in a doctor's office. I only wish that it could have benefited someone. Basically, a largish corkscrew through the skin and into the femur. Local anesthesia, which is useless once the thing hits bone. A few more twists, insert the hollow needle and out comes a cylinder of red goo about an inch long.

The site hurts for a few days.

The tests are negative thank God.

I still wish that procedure could have gone to the positive for someone instead of just negating the negative for me.

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Post by: pmcd9 on August 10, 2007, 11:12:38 pm
Blood Donation (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pmcd9/406042358/).  More Blood Donation (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pmcd9/794494082/)
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Post by: Arachno-capitalist on August 10, 2007, 11:35:40 pm
I heard Chris Onstad donates blood using a magnum and a bucket.
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Post by: Golfhaus on August 11, 2007, 04:36:49 pm
Girls I've dated in the past have been real gung-ho about donation, to the point that they could name off the top of their head the date at which they became re-eligible to donate again. I've never done it, and for some reason the thought of it makes me a little queasy. It's the same feeling that I get thinking about organ donation. I don't know why I'm such an ass about things like that, but I am.
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Post by: jay-ell on August 11, 2007, 04:57:55 pm
Pedro I used to donate regularly before I done got knocked up.  Then I got out of the habit but he still goes -- not as often as he could but still quite regularly.  He is AB- (the rarest type by far) so he gets cards from the hospitals asking him to donate all the time.  He rotates between two centers so one or the other is always looking for him. 

I haven't donated but once in the last three years because I was pregnant, then nursing, then lazy, then pregnant again. 

It seems like pregnancy would be a good time to donate, though, because the volume of blood in your body doubles by the fourth month (I can hear it pounding in my ears when I lie down) so it's not like I don't have some to spare.  But the Red Cross says no.  I guess I've got all this extra blood for a reason, or something. 
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Post by: theinevitable on August 11, 2007, 06:25:07 pm
psh, no way. Put those doctors in their place and donate some! Just say "I know what's good for my own baby! don't you go sassin' me, tellin' me how to treat my little shug-shug!"
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Post by: theinevitable on August 12, 2007, 08:07:47 pm
today, I worked for 4 hours. Then I went out and bought myself some new, hot, undies. they had man-kini bottoms and I laughed. like... string mankini.

now, I am doing two things: preparing for my date-which-is-not-a-date and trying to decide something.
The thing is, I just found out I have 5 (a number of days depending on whether I can convince someone to switch days with me, probably 3) days off work. Now, I can go to the beach for (probably 3) days, and swim and such with my family and some neighbors. OR, I could go visit my friend lindsay, which I have wanted to do all summer. This would probably involve more crazy fun, and less relaxation. I haven't seen her in 2 years. At the same time, she will have work, and she is a waitress so it will probably be around dinner time, and until late at night. I am waiting for her to call me back.

Um, I would have 5 days off in a row in which I could travel, except that I have a doctor's appointment one day. Damn.
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Post by: smick on August 13, 2007, 01:55:18 am
I meant to post this today, but forgot before I went out and did it.

"Today I'm gonna ride 24mi across 8 of the Portland bridges."

I did.  It was awesome.   My knees are totally wiped out.  At the end I felt SO rad.
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Post by: Nabubrush on August 13, 2007, 03:31:54 am
I meant to post this today, but forgot before I went out and did it.

"Today I'm gonna ride 24mi across 8 of the Portland bridges."

I did.  It was awesome.   My knees are totally wiped out.  At the end I felt SO rad.

We did the 6-bridge ride. I would like to point out here that Smick and I (and my lovely) rode right the fuck down the middle of I-5 with 10,000 of our closest friends on our bicycles today. Did you? No, you did not.
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Post by: pmcd9 on August 13, 2007, 03:35:16 am
I meant to post this today, but forgot before I went out and did it.

"Today I'm gonna ride 24mi across 8 of the Portland bridges."

I did.  It was awesome.   My knees are totally wiped out.  At the end I felt SO rad.

That's awesome.  I have a flickr friend in Portland who likes to bike across bridges (http://www.flickr.com/photos/eriadorain/439491566/)
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Post by: smick on August 13, 2007, 04:41:51 am
We did the 6-bridge ride. I would like to point out here that Smick and I (and my lovely) rode right the fuck down the middle of I-5 with 10,000 of our closest friends on our bicycles today. Did you? No, you did not.

That was so incredibly exhilarating.  The other best part was standing on top of the Fremont (http://www.flickr.com/photos/eriadorain/186214449/) (The farther arch bridge in the photo) and looking far north to the St. John's thinking "That is so hell of far away.  I'll never make that." and then standing on the St. John's looking back to barely make out the Fremont in the mid-day haze thinking "I did that.  That was me.  I AM RAD."

Paul: I'm going to spend a good amount of time looking through your friend's flickr.   Her bridge pictures are pretty awesome.

This Bridge (http://www.flickr.com/photos/eriadorain/495522700/in/set-72157594193750618/) is right by my home.   It's my ladyfriend's favorite.   We live a block away from the elevator she mentions.   
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Post by: theinevitable on August 13, 2007, 05:19:49 am
my fitness goal is to bike into downtown st louis by the end of the year. this is not that far, and entirely attainable-- in fact, I could probably do it now. My dad basically said that I would be hit by a car and killed, and that it was unbearably idiotic. I went off on one of my rants where I went on about how a lot of people in the world don't have cars, and that biking is the most energy-efficient means of travel, and besides it is a good goal and I need to get in shape anyway, etc.
the real issue is, I would not put it past myself to get hit by a car, unless I took back roads. In which case: killed and mugged.

at the same time, standing next to the mississippi would be a nice end-point to a bike trip.
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Post by: Golfhaus on August 13, 2007, 11:54:07 pm
at the same time, standing next to the mississippi would be a nice end-point to a bike trip.

I dunno... the only parts of the Mighty Mississippi near STL that I saw looked kinda crap. It was only the part by the Metrorail, where the Casino Queen is anchored, but man.
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Post by: theinevitable on August 14, 2007, 12:39:18 am
I mean, metaphorically. "I am by the mississippi!"
and then, you know, I get shot. Statistically, you are pretty likely to be hit by stray gunfire from East St Louis.
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Post by: jay-ell on August 15, 2007, 02:49:43 am
Today I'm gonna (already did) go to the doctor and hear my unborn baby's heartbeat. 

Sixteen weeks down, twenty three to go. 
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Post by: side_show on August 15, 2007, 03:29:15 am
Today I'm gonna (already did) go to the doctor and hear my unborn baby's heartbeat. 

Sixteen weeks down, twenty three to go. 

That is so cool.  Do you get one of those crazy 4-D images later on?  All my friends have been getting those.  It's a tad creepy to see what a baby looks like before s/he's born, but also really neat.
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Post by: linnea on August 15, 2007, 03:50:59 am
I mean, metaphorically. "I am by the mississippi!"
and then, you know, I get shot. Statistically, you are pretty likely to be hit by stray gunfire from East St Louis.

I think that East St. Louis gets a pretty bad rap because of its high crime rate. A famous architect once proposed enclosing the entire city within a dome. I drove out to Champaign with a friend in '99 and we got a flat tire in East St. Louis at 11:30PM.  Sam (my friend) wailed, "I'd rather run around naked through Chicago's south side rather than get a flat tire in East St. Louis!" I've never seen someone change out a flat so fast in my life. We left the city and drove for a damn long while on the donut tire before we found an acceptable place to have the regular tire repaired.

That is so cool.  Do you get one of those crazy 4-D images later on?  All my friends have been getting those.  It's a tad creepy to see what a baby looks like before s/he's born, but also really neat.

Yeah, those are really cool. I'd love to see the sonogram images, if they give you digital ones!!
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Post by: theinevitable on August 15, 2007, 04:48:21 am
I mean, I feel like having a horrendous crime rate justifies having a bad rep. it is a pretty scary area. Mostly in that... it is like a ghost town. We drove through, and it was just... empty, abandoned buildings.

also: when I said "metaphorically," I meant something more like... symbolically.
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Post by: linnea on August 15, 2007, 05:47:43 am
Quote from: side_show

« Last Edit: Today at 01:13:30 PM by side_show »


smells! What did you EDIT?? It's driving me insane - my post looks identical to how I remembered it, but it says you edited it. Did you just put that there to toy with me?
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Post by: side_show on August 15, 2007, 02:20:37 pm
smells! What did you EDIT?? It's driving me insane - my post looks identical to how I remembered it, but it says you edited it. Did you just put that there to toy with me?


Oh sorry, I edited my quote - it had a typo in it - it said "what the a baby..." before, so I fixed it up to read "what a baby...".  I make so many typos that I'm starting to get embarassed about it.  I went in and fixed it in the original post, but then realized it still had the typo in your post too.  It was either go back to my post and re-add the typo, or go into your post and correct the typo there too.
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Post by: jay-ell on August 15, 2007, 04:20:16 pm
Nah, I'm not planning  4-D ultrasound.  For one thing, I don't think my insurance covers it, and no way am I paying several hundred dollars to see my kid.  I'm sure the kid would rather, you know, go to college someday.  But I will post the regular ultrasound photos next month.  We (hopefully) find out the gender on 9/11. 

Ominous. 
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Post by: side_show on August 15, 2007, 04:39:39 pm
Oh. Right.  4-D is free here, as is having a baby in general.  But, yeah, college over womb-pic any day.
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Post by: jay-ell on August 16, 2007, 04:07:16 pm
Today I proclaim I am officially tired of Summer.

Open the schools, let the trees change colours and drop leaves, start real football, make it possible to nap on lunch and bring on deer season.

I'm tired of unending discomfort from warmth and the terror of fire. Gimmee Fall!

A-MEN. 

Yet, it is 101 in Raleigh today.  Therefore...

Today I'm gonna do everything in my power to not go outside.  Six hours of classic Sesame Street vids, anyone? 

I'm also gonna try to pack up all my non-maternity clothes.  There's really no point pretending any more. 
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Post by: Limmo on August 16, 2007, 04:09:44 pm
Six hours of classic Sesame Street vids, anyone? 

I think The Electric Company is available on DVD now.  That might be a nice break for you. 

I'm in the all-Disney-all-the-time phase right now.  Or, rather, Audrey is.

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Post by: jay-ell on August 16, 2007, 04:12:00 pm
Oh, I wasn't complaining.  I heart classic sesame street.  Did you know Oscar was originally orange? 

Although, he's watching Thomas right now.  I do prefer not to be in the room for that. 
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Post by: Limmo on August 16, 2007, 04:14:00 pm
Yeah, I feel you.  The kid asked for two Thomas videos a year ago and then promptly forgot about them, which pleases me to no end. 

The only show I can stand for multiple viewings is Little Einsteins
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Post by: jay-ell on August 16, 2007, 04:16:51 pm
Oh, Little Einsteins drives me nuts.  I don't mind Baby Einstein, those are easy to tune out.  Personally, I dig on Veggie Tales.  And we just got a Kipper DVD from my brother's family, which is cool if you imagine you're high on marijuana while you watch. 

Can I just take this opportunity to state: I TOTALLY HATE ON THE MICKEY penis CLUBHOUSE. 

That is all. 
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Post by: Limmo on August 16, 2007, 04:18:32 pm
Can I just take this opportunity to state: I TOTALLY HATE ON THE MICKEY penis CLUBHOUSE. 

You may.  And I will be right there with you.
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Post by: Limmo on August 16, 2007, 04:27:52 pm
god DAMN you, Ash, now I've got that fuck*ng hot dog song stuck in my head.

Now I have to do the "Byyyyyyyyyyyyy....MENNEN!" trick to get it out. 

Phew.  It worked. 
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Post by: jaydub on August 16, 2007, 04:39:55 pm
god DAMN you, Ash, now I've got that fuck*ng hot dog song stuck in my head.

Now I have to do the "Byyyyyyyyyyyyy....MENNEN!" trick to get it out. 

Phew.  It worked. 


Mennen should market an anti-earworm product.
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Post by: Carlos del Vaca on August 16, 2007, 05:21:46 pm
From an MBA/marketing point of view, I like the Mickey penis Clubhouse.  For some time I've wondered why exactly kids are supposed to go ga-ga over Mickey when they go to Disneyworld, because it's not like Mickey penis cartoons have been part of the collective popular conciousness for like 40 years or so.  Thus, it's a good move for Disney to get kids interested in Mickey as a character again.

From a parental point of view, I think the show kind of sucks, but it's not as bad as some of the crap that's out there.  Like the Doddlebops.  They freak me the hell out.

Today I am going to go to RFK Stadium and watch Cole Hamels (or as I prefer to call him, Hole Camels) and the Phillies shut out the Nats.
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Post by: jay-ell on August 16, 2007, 05:40:15 pm
I draw the line at the Doodlebops.  My son is not allowed to watch that $#!+. 
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Post by: Arachno-capitalist on August 16, 2007, 05:43:45 pm
Today Im gonna earn my Master's. Not degree, no that would be too meaningful, instead I mean master's as in the teamsters union sense of the word that Ive mastered something. I recall reading about ancient trade unions where a dude was called a master after he created his "masterpiece". Ive done no such thing. Ive just spent a lot of hours with a trainer who hates me so I can continue making money while im in college.
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Post by: AlohaDawg on August 16, 2007, 06:41:22 pm
We actually finally blocked the Disney Channel because the 8 year old gets the shakes if a 1/2 hour goes by without it. But the two year-old likes Micky penis Clubhouse (and DAMN that Hot Dog song, as soon as I read the words in the post...)

C'mon gues, admit it, the girl doodlebop totally gives you wood but the creepy eurogayness of the whole thing just ruins it. Anyone remember the "bugaloos"? It's just a rehash of that I think.

For really creepy eurostyle weirdness how about  that Lazytown (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LazyTown)?
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Post by: AlohaDawg on August 16, 2007, 06:45:51 pm
Today Im gonna earn my Master's. Not degree, no that would be too meaningful, instead I mean master's as in the teamsters union sense of the word that Ive mastered something. I recall reading about ancient trade unions where a dude was called a master after he created his "masterpiece". Ive done no such thing. Ive just spent a lot of hours with a trainer who hates me so I can continue making money while im in college.

Are you in a trade and going to college? That's cool! What is it that you are doing?
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Post by: jay-ell on August 16, 2007, 06:56:13 pm
DAMN that Hot Dog song

TMBG, what hast thou wrought? 
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Post by: AlohaDawg on August 16, 2007, 07:07:20 pm
ALSO: Bear in the Big Blue House is the shiznet.

Word. We all miss that show, and Big Big World is a poor substitute. I especially liked Tutter. And we still sing that goodbye song that Bear and the Moon sang.

Zaboomafoo was also high quality child TV time.
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Post by: linnea on August 16, 2007, 08:15:24 pm
Today I mowed the lawn again. It has been pretty dry in Colorado lately so it has not gotten very long.

Also, I finally downloaded the Achewood theme song by Frontalot (http://www.songfight.org/music/livin_at_the_corner_of_dude_and_catastrophe/mcfrontalot+bradsucks_latcodac.mp3), and god damn is it great.
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Post by: jaydub on August 16, 2007, 08:43:19 pm
Considering what your lawn has gone through lately (http://touamb.com/index.php/topic,3732.0.html), it may be afraid to grow too long. Try regular watering with a little fertilizer.
No doubt, the Evil Scientist Laugh was in full throat during that post.
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Post by: linnea on August 16, 2007, 09:04:59 pm
Considering what your lawn has gone through lately (http://touamb.com/index.php/topic,3732.0.html), it may be afraid to grow too long. Try regular watering with a little fertilizer.

X-D hahaha, that's awesome.
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Post by: AlohaDawg on August 16, 2007, 09:28:06 pm
Zaboomafoo is the one with the lemur and the brothers right? 6:30 to 7AM PST on PBS for SoCal. We watch that while dressing for the day and then scamper to Nannies house in time for Sesame Street. Did that start on Disney?

PBS, actually. I like the clay critters in Zoboo land. Especially NogginDrill.
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Post by: Arachno-capitalist on August 17, 2007, 03:47:20 am
Are you in a trade and going to college? That's cool! What is it that you are doing?

I work as a knitter in a doll shop. No. I work with brewers at an anheuser-busch brewery. I'm going to school for economics, however.
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Post by: AlohaDawg on August 17, 2007, 04:08:58 am
You could do that easily in Columbus, Ohio - the brewery is maybe 30 minutes from Campus. I used to live right next to it.

Smelled pretty rare some summer days, and it WAS Budweiser after all, but still, beer.
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Post by: AugustWest on August 17, 2007, 05:14:19 am
St Louis is an option too.
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Post by: jay-ell on August 17, 2007, 01:46:48 pm
Or pretty much anyplace in the state of PA, I think?  My friend went to college near the place where they brew Yeungling. 
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Post by: theinevitable on August 17, 2007, 05:18:25 pm
St Louis is hell of an option.

Also: I am totally ready for this summer to be over. Luckily, it is over for me in... 7 days. At which point I have to figure out my totally MESSED UP schedule. It is, seriously, a big ol' mess.
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Post by: linnea on August 17, 2007, 07:03:27 pm
St Louis is hell of an option.

Also: I am totally ready for this summer to be over. Luckily, it is over for me in... 7 days. At which point I have to figure out my totally MESSED UP schedule. It is, seriously, a big ol' mess.

Man, I second that emotion. I can't believe my sleeping schedule. I'll look at the clock and realize, "Fuck, it's 4AM" and then I cannot pry myself out of bed until noon. I guess it's one of the perks of funemployment, but I kinda worry about how I'm going to adjust to an actual real job. I'd like to start getting on a reasonable schedule now so that the transition won't be as tough.
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Post by: Arachno-capitalist on August 17, 2007, 07:05:45 pm
St Louis is hell of an option.

Also: I am totally ready for this summer to be over. Luckily, it is over for me in... 7 days. At which point I have to figure out my totally MESSED UP schedule. It is, seriously, a big ol' mess.

8 Days for me. My schedule is also messed up due to poor planning on my part. I have one day where I dont start class until.... 8pm?
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Post by: theinevitable on August 18, 2007, 01:40:51 am
oh, no, more like schedule in terms of "I am taking 3 classes for my major, but the majority of my time will probably go to Arabic, which fulfills no requirements whatsoever. If I drop it, which I should by all logic and my own preference, I have no idea what classes I will take instead."
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Post by: Golfhaus on August 20, 2007, 01:36:33 am
I work as a knitter in a doll shop. No. I work with brewers at an anheuser-busch brewery. I'm going to school for economics, however.

A friend of ours works at the Williamsburg VA A-B brewery in the Quality Assurance department. Everyone who meets him is jealous. It's not that his whole job is about drinking beer to make sure it's okay... but a lot of his job involves, well, drinking beer to make sure it's okay.
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Post by: AugustWest on August 20, 2007, 02:59:06 am
I think if I had to drink Budweiser all day I'd kill myself.

Not that I'm a beer snob, because I'm not.  But I hate Budweiser.
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Post by: jay-ell on August 20, 2007, 03:06:21 am
I think if I had to drink Budweiser all day I'd kill myself.

Not that I'm a beer snob, because I'm not.  But I hate Budweiser.

My great-grandfather drove a delivery truck for Budweiser.  This was back in the day when delivery drivers were also salesmen.  His job was to drive to a bar, buy everyone a round of Bud, and convince the barkeep that Budweiser was the superior brew.  Drive to next bar, and repeat.  Yes.  He got paid to drink and drive.  He'd come home from work every night completely plastered. 

This must've been...oh, just after Prohibition was repealed?  Mid-to-late 1930's?  Because my grandmother was still living at home and she & my grandfather got married around '40. 
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Post by: Arachno-capitalist on August 20, 2007, 03:42:18 am
I dont know why people talk about Bud like its the sin of all beers. There is a universe of beers worse than budweiser and keep in mind that anheuser-busch has a 53% market share of beer sales in america and has similar shares internationally (the Chinese for instance, LOVE THE SHIT out of budweiser). Im not saying that classic bud is my favorite beer, but its certainly not on the 10 worst beers either. As for beer tasting on the job, I've had minutes old bud, rolling rock, bud light, king cobra (yuck), bud ice, and a few others that we make at my particular brewery. The thing about QA beer tasting, which is actually done mostly in the brewhouse lab as opposed to the product quality control lab (the PQA lab tests things like can/bottle/package integrity, finished ph and balling levels, etc while the brewhouse lab where i go has to taste every stage of the beer and break it down to its chemical components and taste them as well. No matter how much you think you like beer, you do not want to taste king cobra wort at high ballin levels. gag) is that you learn to hone in on different things that make one appreciate and dislike certain things about beer. For instance, since training as i have, i can no longer drink Red Stripe because I can taste the chlorine levels of the water used in their brewery. Also, I can tell if an imported beer was exposed to light by the flavors of certain acids.

The more you know...
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Post by: AugustWest on August 20, 2007, 04:45:59 am
My dislike for Bud is purely taste-driven.  It's not cultural or anti-megabrew or anything like that.  I love Miller High Life.  I have Busch in my fridge.  I'll drink Strohs or even the Beast.

I drink good beer too.

I just don't like Bud and I never have.  It has a ricey taste to it that sets my taste buds on edge.

I don't like the taste of it.  Nothing more, nothing less.
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Post by: Arachno-capitalist on August 20, 2007, 04:50:54 am
My dislike for Bud is purely taste-driven.  It's not cultural or anti-megabrew or anything like that.  I love Miller High Life.  I have Busch in my fridge.  I'll drink Strohs or even the Beast.

I drink good beer too.

I just don't like Bud and I never have.  It has a ricey taste to it that sets my taste buds on edge.

I don't like the taste of it.  Nothing more, nothing less.

It is the rice that bothers me as well. In the bewing industry rice is regarded a cheap adjunt ingedient that detracts from the star of the show: the hops. Also, as expensive and time consuming as the beechwood aging process is, I don't care for the beechwood flavor.
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Post by: Doc on August 20, 2007, 05:03:48 am
I haven't had a bud for a while but I seem to remember them being more palatable than fosters.
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Post by: jay-ell on August 20, 2007, 12:56:15 pm
Today I'm gonna get really pissed off about the utility construction going on in front of my house at 8 AM on my only day this week to sleep in.  Especially after they ring my doorbell and risk waking up my kid (who has a cold and was up until after midnight because cold medicine makes him hyper) in order to ask me to move my neighbor's van.  This happened five minutes after Pedro left for work, when they could easily have asked him on the way out. 

I'm not gonna be able to get out of my fuck*ng driveway all day.  They did this on Thursday, too, except they started at 6:30.  I had to wait ten minutes so they could move their machinery before I could take my kid to preschool.  He was late. 

I think they should have to give you 24 hour's notice before they wake you up and block your driveway. 

I am so ready to leave this house.  This, or maybe the sudden kitchen ant infestation, is the final nail in the coffin.  Moving day: Saturday! 
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Post by: CortJstr on August 20, 2007, 02:00:01 pm
Today I'm gonna be really tired because we had a party last night. It was a really rockin' party by our standards, which means we played Celebrities and Taboo and Trivial Pursuit. Oh man it was so crazy. You should've seen the people pantomiming Paul Reed Smith and Barbara Boxer.
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Post by: smick on August 20, 2007, 02:30:48 pm
Today I'm going to bum around and do nothing.

Hooray vacation!
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Post by: theinevitable on August 20, 2007, 04:11:37 pm
today I had a doctor's appointment. now, I am going to go to Target to return some (unused) briefs that I accidentally bought because they were on the same rack as the boxers. I am also going to go to the bank to deposit a paycheck.

Um, I might hang out with my friend Clay later, but maybe he's already back at school? This is the guy A-CAP knows.
Also: plot how I am going to try to get The Flaming Lips to do an interview on my radio show when they play in St Louis. I have no idea how likely or unlikely this is.

Yesterday I saw Superbad, which was pretty solidly hilarious. Yesterday was also my last day of work, and my good friend's birthday. I sent her a birthday message in which I called her a Cutie-Patootie, which she hopefully got a giggle out of. I am probably going to make her a mix cd, because I feel weird about getting people presents. or else, I might get her some jokey "Southern" present if I can think of one.
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Post by: Arachno-capitalist on August 20, 2007, 05:23:24 pm
Today Im going to work, because its monday. Y'all need to get a job.
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Post by: Nabubrush on August 20, 2007, 05:37:12 pm
Ha ha! Football draft today, suckas!

I haven't had a bud for a while but I seem to remember them being more palatable than fosters.

Whatever happened to KB? They put it out in a giant gold can. I sure liked that beer.
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Post by: Arachno-capitalist on August 20, 2007, 05:43:17 pm

Um, I might hang out with my friend Clay later, but maybe he's already back at school? This is the guy A-CAP knows.
.

Tell him he is a low man. A man lower than Brian Cocks. Then shake his hand firmly, say "kai (said like eye but with a k in front) then tell him the eye of wooglin is upon him. At this point his mind will be blown because he will know infinitely more about your own words than you do.
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Post by: theinevitable on August 20, 2007, 06:18:58 pm
I'm pretty sure he is gone to school. Of course, he isn't returning my calls, which probably means... nothing. he never returns my calls, because he is a ridiculous man.

Yeah, um, he is at school now. And apparently he gets really bad phone reception there.

bastard owes me 50$.
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Post by: smick on August 20, 2007, 07:07:53 pm
Tell him he is a low man. A man lower than Brian Cocks. Then shake his hand firmly, say "kai (said like eye but with a k in front) then tell him the eye of wooglin is upon him. At this point his mind will be blown because he will know infinitely more about your own words than you do.

Whatever you do behind the closed doors of your venerable institution is up to you guys.  But you can count me the hell out of your public sheep paddlin'.
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Post by: Nabubrush on August 20, 2007, 07:51:37 pm
Public sheep paddlin'? You better believe that's a paddlin'.
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Post by: CortJstr on August 20, 2007, 08:20:45 pm
Public sheep paddlin'? You better believe that's a paddlin'.

Listen Frostillicus, if I'm going to be threatened with paddlin's on the internet then the threatener had better at least be pretending to be female.
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Post by: Nabubrush on August 21, 2007, 01:17:50 am
Listen Frostillicus, if I'm going to be threatened with paddlin's on the internet then the threatener had better at least be pretending to be female.

I can do that. I don't shave my legs during the summer, though.
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Post by: linnea on August 21, 2007, 02:47:26 am
I can do that. I don't shave my legs during the summer, though.

What happens in the non-summer months for you to shave your gams? I'm confused.
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Post by: Nabubrush on August 21, 2007, 02:55:56 am
If I shave during the summer, it confuses my street-hockey buddies. During the winter I can wear long ******. I'm nothing if not considerate about the effect my predilictions have on my peers.
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Post by: side_show on August 21, 2007, 03:30:34 am
Shaving your legs only in winter?  You must live in opposite land!
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Post by: AugustWest on August 21, 2007, 03:30:48 am
If I shave during the summer, it confuses my street-hockey buddies. During the winter I can wear long ******. I'm nothi9ng if not considerate about the effect my predilictions have on my peers.

Nabu is really a chick.

At least that's what his celly tells himself...
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Post by: jough on August 21, 2007, 12:55:47 pm
Well, he will be, once he finishes making that Lady Suit of his. 




It rubs the lotion on its skin!
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Post by: jay-ell on August 21, 2007, 04:12:26 pm
I finally saw that movie last year, and I have to say, after ten years of hype, it was sort of disappointing. 

Especially when you know the true story of Eddie Gein (http://www.crimelibrary.com/serial_killers/notorious/gein/bill_1.html). 
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Post by: theinevitable on August 21, 2007, 05:22:29 pm
um, I will take this situation to say:

nabu, you are one hot-ass (http://flickr.com/photos/94067542@N00/29805567/) motherfucker.
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Post by: linnea on August 21, 2007, 05:35:57 pm
um, I will take this situation to say:

nabu, you are one hot-ass (http://flickr.com/photos/94067542@N00/29805567/) motherfucker.

QFT. We have discussed this many a time.
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Post by: jay-ell on August 21, 2007, 05:37:46 pm
Really? 

I always figured you guys all look like your avatars.  You mean, side_show isn't a cat in a bow tie?  And inev is neither a kitten or a duck?  And jough isn't the world's perviest eight-year-old? 

Man, my world is shattered. 
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Post by: Arachno-capitalist on August 21, 2007, 05:46:30 pm
I look like George Bush Sr. regretting his procreation.
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Post by: CortJstr on August 21, 2007, 06:05:53 pm
Really? 

I always figured you guys all look like your avatars.  You mean, side_show isn't a cat in a bow tie?  And inev is neither a kitten or a duck?  And jough isn't the world's perviest eight-year-old? 

Man, my world is shattered. 

I choose my avatar as it's much more suave and sophisticated than I could ever hope to be in real life.
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Post by: side_show on August 21, 2007, 06:15:00 pm
I am a cat in a bow tie, but when I take the tie off, I am hott.
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Post by: Nabubrush on August 21, 2007, 07:10:08 pm
I look like George Bush Sr. regretting his procreation.

I look like I regret George Bush Sr's procreation. Also, thanks inev, for your kind words. You are also very attractive.
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Post by: side_show on August 21, 2007, 07:41:53 pm
It's the bed head boys.  The bed head does it.
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Post by: linnea on August 21, 2007, 08:37:37 pm
It's the bed head boys.  The bed head does it.

Bedhead is so sexxay. QFT!
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Post by: smick on August 21, 2007, 10:03:22 pm
I always figured you guys all look like your avatars.  You mean, side_show isn't a cat in a bow tie?  And inev is neither a kitten or a duck?  And jough isn't the world's perviest eight-year-old? 

Don't worry... I really am ready for the party.
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Post by: Limmo on August 21, 2007, 11:07:37 pm
Don't worry... I really am ready for the party.

I can see that.
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Post by: jaydub on August 22, 2007, 12:02:16 am
It is the rice that bothers me as well. In the bewing industry rice is regarded a cheap adjunt ingedient that detracts from the star of the show: the hops. Also, as expensive and time consuming as the beechwood aging process is, I don't care for the beechwood flavor.

The rice thins the flavor for sure, but there's a green-apple flavor to Bud that I haven't been able to ignore since someone pointed it out to me a while back.
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Post by: smick on August 22, 2007, 12:18:26 am
um, I will take this situation to say:

nabu, you are one hot-ass (http://flickr.com/photos/94067542@N00/29805567/) motherfucker.

Ladyfriend was watching over my shoulder and chimed in with, "Uhm....can I have him?"
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Post by: Carlos del Vaca on August 22, 2007, 01:09:53 am
I always figured you guys all look like your avatars.  You mean, side_show isn't a cat in a bow tie?  And inev is neither a kitten or a duck?  And jough isn't the world's perviest eight-year-old? 

I AM A RED & YELLOW COW-LIKE THING
HELLS YES
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Post by: jay-ell on August 22, 2007, 01:45:20 am
Ladyfriend was watching over my shoulder and chimed in with, "Uhm....can I have him?"

I just...I can't even say anything here.  At least, I've been trying not to.  I can't hold back any longer. 

First off, I'm jealous.  I want to be pretty like Nabu. 

Second, it's bad enough to be carrying on with some random individual on the 'net, all the while assuming he's some fat, bald, pasty white guy (a hot enough fantasy by itself), but when you receive confirmation that he is, in fact, hotter than Daniel Radcliffe in a sauna, well, that changes everything. 

I mean, I'm fine with being hot for y'all's brains and wit, but I draw the line at bodily attraction.  It took me weeks and weeks to get over it when I found out that CortJstr looks like Tobey MacGuire's cuter, smarter cousin. 

I'll try to find one of my favorite recent pictures of me and post it, but I think it's on my other computer.  There are, incredibly enough, some (highly modest) photos of me in a bikini with my son from this past spring out there on the internet, but my intense luminosity (it was April for pete's sake) highlighted by the glare of the sun makes me unwilling to post them.  I was pretty pleased to be able to wear a bikini without fear of public ridicule after having had a kid, but man, are those days gone.  If my digital camera weren't broken, you guys would be getting belly pics
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Post by: CortJstr on August 22, 2007, 01:57:50 am
I just...I can't even say anything here.  At least, I've been trying not to.  I can't hold back any longer. 

First off, I'm jealous.  I want to be pretty like Nabu. 

Second, it's bad enough to be carrying on with some random individual on the 'net, all the while assuming he's some fat, bald, pasty white guy (a hot enough fantasy by itself), but when you receive confirmation that he is, in fact, hotter than Daniel Radcliffe in a sauna, well, that changes everything. 

I mean, I'm fine with being hot for y'all's brains and wit, but I draw the line at bodily attraction.  It took me weeks and weeks to get over it when I found out that CortJstr looks like Tobey MacGuire's cuter, smarter cousin. 

I'll try to find one of my favorite recent pictures of me and post it, but I think it's on my other computer.  There are, incredibly enough, some (highly modest) photos of me in a bikini with my son from this past spring out there on the internet, but my intense luminosity (it was April for pete's sake) highlighted by the glare of the sun makes me unwilling to post them.  I was pretty pleased to be able to wear a bikini without fear of public ridicule after having had a kid, but man, are those days gone.  If my digital camera weren't broken, you guys would be getting belly pics

Best. Post. Ever.
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Post by: Nabubrush on August 22, 2007, 02:47:06 am
Ladyfriend was watching over my shoulder and chimed in with, "Uhm....can I have him?"

Well? What if I follow her home? I'm sure she'll never forget to feed me. She'll have to be diligent about keeping my box clean, though.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on August 22, 2007, 03:02:43 am
Well? What if I follow her home? I'm sure she'll never forget to feed me. She'll have to be diligent about keeping my box clean, though.

This reminds me of the time I asked a guy I was seeing, during the quiet calm after a period of Maximum Cuddles, if I could keep him, "you know, like a pet." 

The rest of the story is really too embarrassing to recount here, and -- I realized after typing it out -- makes me sound like a really big slut.  Which, at least in this circumstance, I was not -- there just doesn't seem to be a way to tell this story in a way that makes that clear. 

I love my husband and children. 

Wholesome. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on August 22, 2007, 04:44:24 am
Okay, party people. This is insanity. There's more than enough Nabu to go around! Form an orderly line! Everybody on this board is awesome. We have a damn fine group of attractive TOUAMBies. We have a quality group of awesomeness on this heah board.

That was an great post, JL.

EDIT: I think we oughta have another photo thread, yes? I was reading through the old thread, and JL, this is quite possibly the cutest daddy-baby photo (http://www.x-omega.com/Pearce/Photos2/Pearce-Pages/Image29.html) ever. You have a lovely family. I can't believe how much hair Pearce had when he was so tiny!!
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Post by: Dexter on August 22, 2007, 04:55:25 am
I always figured you guys all look like your avatars.  You mean, side_show isn't a cat in a bow tie?  And inev is neither a kitten or a duck?  And jough isn't the world's perviest eight-year-old? 
If it's any consolation, I am, in fact, Ray's flowchart.
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Post by: Doc on August 22, 2007, 07:50:05 am
The hat is mine, that's all I've got going for me.
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Post by: linnea on August 22, 2007, 08:09:14 am
The hat is mine, that's all I've got going for me.

Doc, I know you've explained your avatar before, but I can't find it. Who is your avatar?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Doc on August 22, 2007, 08:47:58 am
I can't find the thread where we were talking about it, but it was another version of number 18 from this list (http://www.coverbrowser.com/covers/worst-album-covers).
The hat, as I said, is mine.

Oh wait actually it was this site (http://www.zonicweb.net/badalbmcvrs/). I'll leave the other one because it's also hilariously cool.
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Post by: jay-ell on August 22, 2007, 01:44:01 pm
EDIT: I think we oughta have another photo thread, yes? I was reading through the old thread, and JL, this is quite possibly the cutest daddy-baby photo (http://www.x-omega.com/Pearce/Photos2/Pearce-Pages/Image29.html) ever.

Yes, another photo thread.  Where's Paul? 

Also, if you think that pic is cute, you ain't seen nothin' yet (http://picasaweb.google.com/jldunston/September2006Portraits/photo#5101518621529151234). 
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Post by: AugustWest on August 22, 2007, 02:55:50 pm
I am chock full of eggy goodness.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on August 22, 2007, 03:28:49 pm
I am chock full of eggy goodness.

You're always sunny-side up, AW. 
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Post by: Nabubrush on August 22, 2007, 05:29:29 pm
I can't find the thread where we were talking about it, but it was another version of number 18 from this list (http://www.coverbrowser.com/covers/worst-album-covers).
The hat, as I said, is mine.

Oh wait actually it was this site (http://www.zonicweb.net/badalbmcvrs/). I'll leave the other one because it's also hilariously cool.

Man, I have some of those albums.
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Post by: Carlos del Vaca on August 22, 2007, 07:17:56 pm
EDIT: I think we oughta have another photo thread, yes? I was reading through the old thread, and JL, this is quite possibly the cutest daddy-baby photo (http://www.x-omega.com/Pearce/Photos2/Pearce-Pages/Image29.html) ever. You have a lovely family. I can't believe how much hair Pearce had when he was so tiny!!

We are cuter!  Cuter I say! (http://www.bigfool.com/catherine/beachcate2.jpg)
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Post by: jay-ell on August 22, 2007, 07:27:08 pm
We are cuter!  Cuter I say! (http://www.bigfool.com/catherine/beachcate2.jpg)

Awwwwww! 

Is her/your hair really as reddish as it looks in that photo?  Or is it a trick of the light/my laptop screen being funky? 

My brother-in-law randomly has red hair even though nobody else in the family does.  My grandmother's was CUNT blonde, so I'm hoping there are enough red-hair genes floating around somewhere that we have a little red-haired kiddo.  Pedro comes from a family of five and none of them look alike.  (Pedro and his youngest bro did as babies, but they don't any more.)  I think that's neat.  I want kids that don't appear to be related to each other. 

There was a family in my school growing up, there were five of them and they all looked pretty much alike: straight dark brown hair, thin face, glasses by the age of eight.  The kind of kid where as soon as #3 walked into the classroom the teacher knew his name, his parent's names, and that he would be good at math but have bad penmanship.  I'd like to not burden my kids with that if possible. 

What was I talking about?  Damn, I need a nap. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on August 22, 2007, 09:16:51 pm
I want kids that don't appear to be related to each other. 

There was a family in my school growing up, there were five of them and they all looked pretty much alike: straight dark brown hair, thin face, glasses by the age of eight.  The kind of kid where as soon as #3 walked into the classroom the teacher knew his name, his parent's names, and that he would be good at math but have bad penmanship.  I'd like to not burden my kids with that if possible. 

I have an idea of how I could help you with that . . .

This would have been funnier if the doctor hadn't held a quilting bee in my junk.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on August 22, 2007, 09:27:35 pm
I have an idea of how I could help you with that . . .

Nabu, you're such a whore. 

Besides, you're too late.  If the first two look alike but the rest look different, the spell is broken. 

Where were you four and a half months ago? 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on August 23, 2007, 03:11:56 pm
Is her/your hair really as reddish as it looks in that photo?  Or is it a trick of the light/my laptop screen being funky? 

Mmmm, no.  Catie and I both have brownish/dirty blond hair.  The missus and Lizzie both have more red going for them.

Also, here are my kids as Simpsons characters.
(http://www.bigfool.com/pictures/lizsimpson.jpg)(http://www.bigfool.com/pictures/catesimpson.jpg)
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on August 23, 2007, 03:36:01 pm
today I am going to clean my room, organize stuff for school, and get the oil in my car changed.

of course, when I said "I need to change the oil in my car," my mom started yelling at me about how I always try to get out of cleaning my room.
So, you know, I'm thinking my car might explode. I was supposed to change the oil 4 months or 2000 miles ago? I am pretty bad about remembering to check these things.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on August 23, 2007, 03:44:10 pm
Modern cars don't need oil, dude. They just run forever until they don't. Refuse the illuminati oil addiction myth!

Today I'm going to the Anheuser-Busch credit union to loan anheuser-busch some money. 30 years from today, when I'm 51 and these bonds retire, Beer will have bought me a new car. What has beer done for you lately?
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Post by: Nabubrush on August 23, 2007, 04:02:19 pm
Modern cars don't need oil, dude. They just run forever until they don't. Refuse the illuminati oil addiction myth!

Today I'm going to the Anheuser-Busch credit union to loan anheuser-busch some money. 30 years from today, when I'm 51 and these bonds retire, Beer will have bought me a new car. What has beer done for you lately?

Besides made all my troubles go away for a little while? I don't ask any more from it than that.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on August 23, 2007, 04:04:34 pm
What has beer done for you lately?

Mocked my pregnant belly, from the refrigerated section of the grocery store. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: RMJ12345 on August 23, 2007, 04:16:12 pm
Today I'm gonna

-finish "It" (30 pages left)
-read 50 pages of "Gilead"
-finish some transcription (summer job)
-fold some clothes
-listen to "From a Buick 8"
-start "Cat's Eye"
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on August 23, 2007, 06:09:55 pm
Carlos, that is a ridiculously ADORABLE photo. I love the Simpsons characters! Too cuuute!

Dammit JL, give your husband some maximum cuddles on my behalf. He's incredibly hot. Also, I know what you mean about family lookalikes. My younger sister Alena and I look nothing alike. I think I linked to a photo of the three of us in the photo thread. When we started going to APO (http://www.apo.org/) meetings in college, everybody just thought we were good friends because we were always together. When they realized we had the same last name, they thought one of us was adopted!!

Also, this is my favorite photo of Kellichou EVER. I had to elbow all these nasty giraffeermen out of the way at the buffet to snag her the biggest goddamn crab leg ever. She's holding it next to a bottle of Alaskan Amber for scale.

(http://farm1.static.flickr.com/98/219553480_7bd8c0699d.jpg)
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Post by: jay-ell on August 23, 2007, 06:14:42 pm
Carlos, that is a ridiculously ADORABLE photo. I love the Simpsons characters! Too cuuute!

Dammit JL, give your husband some maximum cuddles on my behalf. He's incredibly hot....APO (http://www.apo.org/)...

Yes.  And very good in the sack. 

He got maximum cuddles yesterday, I will retroactively tell him that they were from you.  Actually, you can have the first half.  I'm keeping the second part.  ;) 

Also, he was in APO, as well.  He was his chapter's VP senior year.  I bet smells was in it, too -- unless it's just a States thing? 

Do you still know your Shakespeare? 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on August 23, 2007, 06:38:36 pm
...enjoy the fourth day of my vacation.  Originally, this was going to be a week of T-ball camp for my daughter, but the city program was under-subscribed so it got cancelled.  So I've been her entertainment.  I'm being paged to play the sandwich and taco games (which involve wrapping her in pillows, stuffed animals, and other "condiments" to peals of shrill laughter).
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on August 23, 2007, 06:45:46 pm
Today I'm gonna post a lot of messages on this board instead of packing my stuff for Saturday's move.  Or, I'm gonna get off my duff and go through the train wreck of a storage closet in my basement. 

Which will it be?  Stay tuned for our thrilling conclusion. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on August 23, 2007, 06:49:21 pm
Today I'm gonna

-finish "It" (30 pages left)
-read 50 pages of "Gilead"
-finish some transcription (summer job)
-fold some clothes
-listen to "From a Buick 8"
-start "Cat's Eye"

What does Stephen King have on you?

Today I am going to cool my heels at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Series_of_tubes) for . . . oh, about 6 hours waiting for my flight, because of "weather delays".

I wonder if they are going to pull the name back off when Uncle Ted goes to his country club prison. (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/07/30/politics/main3115970.shtml?source=mostpop_story)

Quote from: Uncle Ted, that loveable wizened idiot
Ten movies streaming across that, that Internet, and what happens to your own personal Internet? I just the other day got... an Internet was sent by my staff at 10 o'clock in the morning on Friday, I got it yesterday. Why? Because it got tangled up with all these things going on the Internet commercially.
[...] They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the Internet. And again, the Internet is not something you just dump something on. It's not a big truck. It's a series of tubes. And if you don't understand, those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and it's going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on August 23, 2007, 08:00:41 pm
Today I'm gonna post a lot of messages on this board instead of packing my stuff for Saturday's move. 

Apparently today I am also going to spend most of the day on this board instead of doing anything constructive.

But come on, it's August. Everyone but me is on vacation so why should I have to work harder than they're working?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on August 23, 2007, 08:13:17 pm
Today I'm gonna

-finish "It" (30 pages left)
-read 50 pages of "Gilead"
-finish some transcription (summer job)
-fold some clothes
-listen to "From a Buick 8"
-start "Cat's Eye"

Are you talking about Gilead as in "A Handmaid's Tale"? Or are you reading the Balm in Gilead play? Also, Margaret Atwood is one of my favorite authors, and "Cat's Eye" was a great novel.

What does Stephen King have on you?

Today I am going to cool my heels at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Series_of_tubes) for . . . oh, about 6 hours waiting for my flight, because of "weather delays".

I wonder if they are going to pull the name back off when Uncle Ted goes to his country club prison. (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/07/30/politics/main3115970.shtml?source=mostpop_story)


Man, I wish I was still in AK. maybe I could have deadheaded on a medevac flight and hung out with you!  Also, the corruption in Uncle Ted's family just astounds me. Remember when his son got his office raided?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on August 23, 2007, 08:44:08 pm

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Today I am giving the inev the stink eye.

I knew I was going to get that from at least one person.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: RMJ12345 on August 23, 2007, 10:53:40 pm
What does Stephen King have on you?

Specifically?

I kind of fell in love with him after I read "The Stand". My boyfriend's mom has almost all of his books, so I tend to pick one up whenever I'm at his house and bored. Then I get involved in them. Plus, he's got so many books and a lot of different styles in which he writes.  Plus, he's a quickquickquick read. Plus, I think he's brilliant.

I'm having nightmares though, so I'm stopping for a bit.

Are you talking about Gilead as in "A Handmaid's Tale"? Or are you reading the Balm in Gilead play? Also, Margaret Atwood is one of my favorite authors, and "Cat's Eye" was a great novel.

Atwood is one of my favorites too. "Handmaid's Tale" is on my top ten list forever. But I'm actually referring to "Gilead" by Marilynne Robinson - it's an epistulary novel about an old pastor writing a letter about his life to his young son.

I've read "Cat's Eye" before, but it's been a while, so I'm revisiting it.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on August 24, 2007, 12:08:07 am
We got on the plane, taxied out, sat there for about 15 minutes, then the pilot got on the PA and said "something's not right; we're going back." Mr. Fixit came on, and we deplaned. They said maybe another hour.

I have been at the airport for 9 hours now, with no end in sight.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on August 24, 2007, 01:04:04 am
Because I really want a mojito, but not badly enough to risk damaging the brain of my unborn child? 

I found some virgin mojito bottled mixes at the liquor store that are amazing. Just buy a lime and some fresh mint. Fewer things are more glorious on a warm summer evening than a tall glass full of crushed ice and garnish and mojito mix. The mix is better than the stuff I've tried to cobble together at home, although it could be improved by making it at home with fresh lime juice, simple syrup, and club soda.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on August 24, 2007, 01:12:58 am
I have been at the airport for 9 hours now, with no end in sight.

Check out this thread (http://touamb.com/index.php/topic,3848.0.html).  It should keep you amused. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on August 24, 2007, 01:14:25 am
I have been at the airport for 9 hours now, with no end in sight.

That may not be the saddest thing but it's right up there.

It's just impossible to go anywhere by plane these days, isn't it?  It's a shame, I hoped to see California and Japan again someday.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on August 24, 2007, 02:09:50 am
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fresh lime juice, simple syrup, and club soda.

this one time, we decided we wanted to make Mint Juleps. So, we drove to the local grocery store, only to realize we had no idea what Simple Syrup meant. So a certain friend of mine, being the guy he is, decided to just walk up and ask one of the people working there. Who, of course, asked "what are you using it for?"
We never did find any. Is it something that is only used in mixed drinks?

Also: Mint Juleps are basically delicious. So good.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on August 24, 2007, 02:36:04 am

We never did find any. Is it something that is only used in mixed drinks?


No, but if the person was suspicious that a bunch of teenagers didn't need it because they were making cake frosting, they would probably be guessing right.

Anyway, you can't buy it, can you? Surely even Americans can manage to boil sugar and water together at home instead of buying it in a bottle? I'm not sure I want to know.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on August 24, 2007, 03:17:03 am
this one time, we decided we wanted to make Mint Juleps. So, we drove to the local grocery store, only to realize we had no idea what Simple Syrup meant. So a certain friend of mine, being the guy he is, decided to just walk up and ask one of the people working there. Who, of course, asked "what are you using it for?"
We never did find any. Is it something that is only used in mixed drinks?

Also: Mint Juleps are basically delicious. So good.

Hoss, you just gotta boil some water and add sugar. There are about a million recipes on the internets. Keep it in a closed container in the fridge. You could also just buy a bottle of light Karo and use that instead in a pinch.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: side_show on August 24, 2007, 04:30:33 am
Oh man, not knowing how simple "simple syrup" is is so damn cute.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on August 24, 2007, 05:45:56 am
yeah, that's what I was going for.

In retrospect, now I remember looking it up later and smacking that kid on the back of the head. IT'S SUGAR WATER! But, you know, apparently that knowledge didn't take.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on August 24, 2007, 01:39:49 pm
You could also just buy a bottle of light Karo and use that instead in a pinch.

Noooo!  Don't do it! There are other flavorings in Karo, like vanilla extract or something, that you don't want in your mojitos.

At a Japanese supermarket, you can buy a bag of tiny containers of simple syrup. They are the same kinds of little individual serving plastic containers that coffee creamer comes in and that's what it's for, to put in iced coffee. I confess have a bag of those - they were originally intended to bring to work, but now I basically don't go to work - and I use them if I am really lazy.

I was very surprised to see these containers of syrup at coffee shops in Japan and when I mentioned to my Japanese friend that we didn't have them, she was quite bewildered. She asked what did we use in iced coffee then, and I said, just regular sugar. She said, but that doesn't dissolve! I said, well, yeah. She was shocked to hear that we would put up with such a low standard of iced coffee sweetening.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: CortJstr on August 24, 2007, 01:53:23 pm
Noooo!  Don't do it! There are other flavorings in Karo, like vanilla extract or something, that you don't want in your mojitos.

At a Japanese supermarket, you can buy a bag of tiny containers of simple syrup. They are the same kinds of little individual serving plastic containers that coffee creamer comes in and that's what it's for, to put in iced coffee. I confess have a bag of those - they were originally intended to bring to work, but now I basically don't go to work - and I use them if I am really lazy.

I was very surprised to see these containers of syrup at coffee shops in Japan and when I mentioned to my Japanese friend that we didn't have them, she was quite bewildered. She asked what did we use in iced coffee then, and I said, just regular sugar. She said, but that doesn't dissolve! I said, well, yeah. She was shocked to hear that we would put up with such a low standard of iced coffee sweetening.

My favorite local chinese place always gives a little creamer-style jar of simple syrup when somebody orders iced tea. I had always thought that it was just this one place that was smart and considerate enough to do this. But apparently it's actually the rest of the world.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: side_show on August 24, 2007, 02:00:52 pm
Today I'm gonna conquer the great outdoors.  Camping?  Fuck yeah!
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on August 24, 2007, 02:59:56 pm
My favorite local chinese place always gives a little creamer-style jar of simple syrup when somebody orders iced tea. I had always thought that it was just this one place that was smart and considerate enough to do this. But apparently it's actually the rest of the world.

'round heah we sweeten the tea when we brew it. 

1 gallon of boiling water + six teabags + 2 cups of sugar = delicious
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on August 24, 2007, 03:05:01 pm
my dad told me that the first time he had Sweet Tea when we moved here, they just gave him tea and a little container of syrup to sweeten it himself.

sweet tea is my LIFE.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on August 24, 2007, 03:08:15 pm
Today I'm gonna... steal wireless internet from the neighbors all day because ours is broken.

And hope that the great outdoors doesn't conquer me, because the hot humid summer weather is back.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on August 24, 2007, 06:41:40 pm
That may not be the saddest thing but it's right up there.

It's just impossible to go anywhere by plane these days, isn't it?  It's a shame, I hoped to see California and Japan again someday.

We . . . are having some trouble with our airplanes.

The group that runs the charter is called Shared Services. We call it Scared Services now. We have had to book about a third of our flights with Alaska Airlines because one of our planes is in Canada for a pretty serious checkup (a thing that happens periodically with planes) and right at the same time, a second plane lost an engine directly after takeoff, so they had to take that one out of service. Things are a bit sketchy right now.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Golfhaus on August 25, 2007, 12:51:25 am
my dad told me that the first time he had Sweet Tea when we moved here, they just gave him tea and a little container of syrup to sweeten it himself.

sweet tea is my LIFE.

My wife and my sister have talked tea.  My sister apparently likes "crunchy tea." That is, she orders unsweetened iced tea, and lots of sugar packets. She then drops the sugar in, but doesn't stir it up, specifically so that she can crunch down on the sugar when she drinks it.

I don't like any kind of tea.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on August 25, 2007, 02:24:14 am
My wife and my sister have talked tea.  My sister apparently likes "crunchy tea." That is, she orders unsweetened iced tea, and lots of sugar packets. She then drops the sugar in, but doesn't stir it up, specifically so that she can crunch down on the sugar when she drinks it.

I don't like any kind of tea.

Your sister doesn't have many second dates, does she?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on August 25, 2007, 04:39:19 am
today (technically) I am getting on a plane and getting off in St Louis. then I will take a cab to campus, walk some, and get to my dorm.
I will unpack, see a ton of people, and probably do some partying.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on August 25, 2007, 04:47:10 am
today (technically) I am getting on a plane and getting off in St Louis. then I will take a cab to campus, walk some, and get to my dorm.
I will unpack, see a ton of people, and probably do some partying.

Dog can you take a picture of the St.Louis A-B brewery? I might be going out there a job interview this semester.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on August 25, 2007, 12:34:39 pm
Today I'm gonna ignore an email from a friend of mine, who was just ordained as an Orthodox Priest, inviting me to join Facebook. 

Weird. 

Also, I'm going to move houses, and hope my kid doesn't freak out. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on August 25, 2007, 02:59:14 pm
Today I'm gonna ignore an email from a friend of mine, who was just ordained as an Orthodox Priest, inviting me to join Facebook. 

Weird. 

Also, I'm going to move houses, and hope my kid doesn't freak out. 

I wish you all the best and will be pulling for you. Hopefully the positivity will help.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on August 25, 2007, 04:04:25 pm
Today I pack for school, load the car, then read the College Football Encyclopedia until I can force myself to sleep.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on August 25, 2007, 04:21:40 pm
Today I'm going to listen to the Pogues and be angry about being at work.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on August 25, 2007, 04:48:01 pm
Today I went to the gym for the first time after weeks of feeling sick as a dog most of the time. This is such a great accomplishment that I am going to spend the rest of the day just lying around in the air conditioning, trying to convince the dogs not to hate me, because it is not my fault that it is too hot to go outside without getting heatstroke.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Drygioni on August 25, 2007, 05:34:39 pm
Today I'm going to listen to the Pogues and be angry about being at work.

Are you a big fan? They're probably my favourite band. Ever. For now. If you haven't done so already, I recommend picking up "A Drink With Shane MacGowan". Absolutely fuck*ng wonder, that man is.

Also, have you ever had the luck to see them live in their earlier days? I saw them three days before Christmas last year, and it was special, despite Shane's singing/talking being one long rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrfatbastar dughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhrrrrrhhhhhhhhh.

Then again, I suppose vocal virtuosity is the last thing expected when you go to see a band with a frontman who's just consumed an amount of alcohol within five hours equivalent to all the drink I've had in 17 years.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on August 25, 2007, 06:28:23 pm
Are you a big fan? They're probably my favourite band. Ever. For now. If you haven't done so already, I recommend picking up "A Drink With Shane MacGowan". Absolutely fuck*ng wonder, that man is.

Also, have you ever had the luck to see them live in their earlier days?

Bwahahahahahahhh!

In their earlier days, I lived in Alaska - a state that Shane MacGowan probably doesn't even realize exists.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on August 25, 2007, 07:52:24 pm
Today I went to the museum of natural history with an extremely cute guy. We had a great time.

Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on August 25, 2007, 09:53:00 pm
organize my room, put up my Achewood posters, put away clothes, discuss our future TV purchase.

get stared at by a cute freshman girl. really really blatantly.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on August 25, 2007, 09:57:26 pm
get stared at by a cute freshman girl. really really blatantly.

So, inev won today. See you guys tomorrow!
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on August 25, 2007, 11:55:45 pm
no. I will probably never see her again.
or else: run into her at KWUR, and have to say "hi, I'm Daniel. I'm one of the Music Directors" and she'll just jump on me and start getting nailed.

Um, basically there are a lot more attractive girls here than I remembered. I just evened out my karma by staring for slightly too long at a girl who lives on the floor below me.
also a lot of the whole "wow. you... you got a haircut. the short hair... it's... *whisper to friend* has she always been this hot!?"
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on August 26, 2007, 12:18:32 am
no. I will probably never see her again.
or else: run into her at KWUR, and have to say "hi, I'm Daniel. I'm one of the Music Directors" and she'll just jump on me and start getting nailed.

Son, I'm going to have to recommend the second course of action.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on August 26, 2007, 04:21:52 pm
Today I'm gonna meet up with my mom and sisters and go to brunch at a fancy French restaurant. Yay!

Also, I had two dates yesterday with cute electrical engineers, coincidentally enough. Both were very nice gentlemen and I plan to see them again. In the morning I went with the first Gentleman Caller (who lives one mile away from me) to the museum and saw a really great exhibit on the Titanic. In the evening I went with the second Gentleman Caller (who unfortunately lives about 85 miles away) went to see a really bad film that he chose. About 30 minutes into it I told him that we had to leave, and then we got dinner. That is the last time that I will ever agree to go see a film without doing at least a cursory check of the reviews online.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on August 26, 2007, 04:22:54 pm
Was it Superbad?  I thought that was just a long, annoying dick joke.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on August 26, 2007, 04:31:05 pm
godddamnit, why am I the only person who loved that movie!?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on August 26, 2007, 06:44:52 pm
The two main characters had good chemistry and the McLovin thing was pretty funny, but if you are going to have a two hour movie you better have either cigarette breaks or a plot.  Either one would have made it enjoyable.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on August 26, 2007, 06:47:40 pm
I haven't seen Superbad but...

If you're gonna have a comedy over 99 minutes, you better have a DAMNED good reason.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on August 26, 2007, 07:24:59 pm
ok, let's be honest. I liked it because I am a skinny, awkward boy who talks a lot about getting laid.

also: today, I have woken up at 11 feeling slightly gross, eaten lunch, and bought books. I have 1 textbook for each class (Spanish, Linguistics, Anthropology), except "Film 329: Italian Neorealism" which is slightly intimidating and requires 4 books. My psych class apparently didn't require any books? this means he forgot to tell the store, and we're going to have to buy them on our own.

Um, later my stuff is being delivered from storage, and we are going to Target to get snacks and stuff. We might buy a very large tv soon.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on August 26, 2007, 07:28:33 pm

If you're gonna have a comedy over 99 minutes, you better have a DAMNED good reason.

LFM, I hope that someday you rise to a position of great power in the movie industry.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Drygioni on August 26, 2007, 07:53:57 pm
Today I stubbed my toe very hard indeed, resulting in what seems to be a minor fracture, intense bruising and massive swelling. The colour of my toe is that of a blackberry and the feeling is that of an overripe peach.

My girlfriend came round to look after me, and now I am playing Football Manager, occasionally screaming at my good for nothing overpaid arseholes of players. (I have just lost.)
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on August 26, 2007, 08:30:53 pm
Today I moved into my apartment back in the city. It is a cozy place and unequipped with a ceiling light. I want to know what asshole engineer decided bedrooms dont need lights. Also, my chair does not recline. I don't want to live a life where I cant angle my spine in comfort. Now, some crunchy brews.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on August 26, 2007, 08:53:37 pm
Was it Superbad?  I thought that was just a long, annoying dick joke.

Oh Jesus...dude. you are spot-on. The main character was unbelievably irritating. Yes. I could not stand that film. You party people know that I am not a prude, but that film was just over-the-top with vulgarity. It had no redeeming qualities.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on August 26, 2007, 09:06:35 pm
Yeah, I loved Arrested Development and he was the reason I wanted to see that movie.  I toned it down to not feel like a jerk to theinev, but yeah, it wasn't a question of taste.  Just didn't bring the funnies.  Unless---- hahaha he is drawing a c*ck!!!  What was I saying?


It was a Bill Hicks wet dream if he was a sadist.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on August 26, 2007, 09:29:23 pm
It is a cozy place and unequipped with a ceiling light.

This actually made me feel nostalgic. Of course, this is because it has been a long, long time since I had to live with this inconvenience. This just goes to show something about anyone's memories of the good old days, I think.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on August 26, 2007, 09:32:25 pm
Yeah, I loved Arrested Development and he was the reason I wanted to see that movie.  I toned it down to not feel like a jerk to theinev, but yeah, it wasn't a question of taste.  Just didn't bring the funnies.  Unless---- hahaha he is drawing a c*ck!!!  What was I saying?


It was a Bill Hicks wet dream if he was a sadist.

I liked the Eric character in the film, it was his friend Seth that made me want to get homicidal. I imagine that theinev might have been like Eric in high school, which is maybe why he enjoyed the film?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on August 26, 2007, 09:36:39 pm
yeah, Eric is why I was there.  I watched his internet show at clarkandmichael.com and now Superbad, which just lets me know how dumb it is to follow actors and not writers/producers, etc.  I mean, he wasn't bad or anything, but he could totally pull off George Michael better than anything he will probably ever do. 

After this Superbad cash he probably doesn't have to worry too much about getting more roles though.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Golfhaus on August 26, 2007, 09:44:13 pm
Today I picked up some friends from Newport News at the airport. They were here to take Jeff's (http://touamb.com/index.php/topic,3752.0.html) stuff back to Virginia, since his wife thinks she'll be able to cope with going to Virginia to get it long before she'll feel comfortable returning to Charlotte. It was nice having friends in Charlotte to go to lunch with, but after two months of Jeff's truck out in the street, it's kinda sad to see it gone. Now there's no reason for anyone from Virginia to come down except to visit us, which I worry means that no one will feel the need to come visit us.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on August 26, 2007, 10:02:41 pm
...lie on the couch, watch bad preseason football, and contemplate my fortune in escaping tae kwon do testing with nothing worse than sore muscles.  My school runs a really safe program, but the next oldest guy testing yesterday was literally 20 years younger than me.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on August 26, 2007, 10:07:32 pm
Saw Bob Saget's HBO standup act yesterday. Now, I am also no prude, and I know a bit about that fellow, but he is maybe fundamentally broken. Not that I haven't seen fouler, more vulgar stuff, and I did laugh, but just the way he came off was like he was kind of unwell.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on August 26, 2007, 10:10:16 pm
I think Saget's just desperately trying to figure out how to still make a living by being the compleat opposite of Danny Tanner. Which is fine and all... but dude's persuing it to the point of looking like madness, yeah.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on August 26, 2007, 10:20:11 pm
I'm almost certainly wrong, but I thought that his stand-up had always sort of had that tenor.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on August 26, 2007, 10:33:29 pm
we bought a big ol TV. um, and yesterday I met a drama-ish girl who looked basically like Linnea to a really really high degree.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on August 27, 2007, 12:38:02 am
Today I picked up some friends from Newport News at the airport. They were here to take Jeff's (http://touamb.com/index.php/topic,3752.0.html) stuff back to Virginia, since his wife thinks she'll be able to cope with going to Virginia to get it long before she'll feel comfortable returning to Charlotte. It was nice having friends in Charlotte to go to lunch with, but after two months of Jeff's truck out in the street, it's kinda sad to see it gone. Now there's no reason for anyone from Virginia to come down except to visit us, which I worry means that no one will feel the need to come visit us.

Damn. I wish I knew what to say, because I can't imagine coping with grief of this magnitude. I'm sorry.

we bought a big ol TV. um, and yesterday I met a drama-ish girl who looked basically like Linnea to a really really high degree.

Did you say, "Whoa, you look almost exactly like this imaginary internet friend of mine."? Also, drama sucks. Don't let the fact that she's really, really, REALLY good-looking </derek zoolander> throw you off. Heh!
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on August 27, 2007, 01:29:18 am
yeah, um, Drama kids at washU are basically bullshit. I mean, at least, all the ones I have met are silly. They're all pretentious and silly, and I can't help but think "washU's drama department is tiny. to the point that they're debating absorbing it into the English department. You are not a Big Deal."
I dont' know. they're just very... silly.

um, so, my room does not have room for things. It is causing problems. (http://flickr.com/photos/theinevitable/1243252435/) You know, like, where my boxes of stuff take up all the floor space, and there is nowhere to put them.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on August 27, 2007, 01:50:51 am
(Y)esterday I met a drama-ish girl who looked basically like Linnea to a really really high degree.

I think this is a reasonable question, at this point. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itInfhK3aD4)
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: side_show on August 27, 2007, 02:09:19 am
yeah, um, Drama kids at washU are basically bullshit. I mean, at least, all the ones I have met are silly. They're all pretentious and silly, and I can't help but think "washU's drama department is tiny. to the point that they're debating absorbing it into the English department. You are not a Big Deal."
I dont' know. they're just very... silly.

Oh man, you don't know how embarrassed I am by my peers sometimes.  I mean, I just want to tell them to shut the fuck up sometimes.  Back in my university days, when you could hear the drama department student lounge all the way down the hall?  Shut up people.  Some of them actually are as brilliant as they think they are, a few of them are way more brilliant than they think they are, then there's the rest of them.  And they just need to shut up.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on August 27, 2007, 02:13:28 am
Oh man, you don't know how embarrassed I am by my peers sometimes.  I mean, I just want to tell them to shut the fuck up sometimes.  Back in my university days, when you could hear the drama department student lounge all the way down the hall?  Shut up people.  Some of them actually are as brilliant as they think they are, a few of them are way more brilliant than they think they are, then there's the rest of them.  And they just need to shut up.

I am totally retarded.

I thought that theinev meant that she was a drama queen or something. The thought of drama as a major did not enter my head. Please disregard the comments I made about drama, since they were about drama queens and not about drama majors.

I think this is a reasonable question, at this point. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itInfhK3aD4)

Hee! It would be totally weird to meet my Doppelgänger, since I already have a twin.


Oooh! Theinev! Take some pictures of her? Please? I'm totally intrigued now to see what she looks like.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on August 27, 2007, 02:38:35 am
I don't remember her name. And on second thought, I think she might have actually looked like Mel? My memory is... um... muddy.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on August 27, 2007, 03:05:23 am
Hee! It would be totally weird to meet my Doppelgänger, since I already have a twin.

Well, I meant why can't I be him, but whichever.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on August 27, 2007, 03:15:35 am
linnea has a twin? is she single?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: side_show on August 27, 2007, 03:31:21 am
linnea has a twin? is she single?

Uhh... A-CAP, linnea's twin sister Somebody nice posts here too - thought not quite as much.  They've both posted pictures of each other all over the board.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on August 27, 2007, 03:40:02 am
Uhh... A-CAP, linnea's twin sister Somebody nice posts here too - thought not quite as much.  They've both posted pictures of each other all over the board.
Well, Kelli, sure. Somebody nice is Linnea.  Kelli is Kellichou.  The post ratio is about 200:1 in Somebody nice's favour at this point, I think.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on August 27, 2007, 04:05:27 am
linnea has a twin? is she single?

Dude, I'm the resident alcoholic. Lay off the hooch and pay attention. If I can keep this shit straight, you shouldn't have any trouble at all - for Christ's sake, you're an intellectual or college student or some fuck*ng thing.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on August 27, 2007, 04:56:04 am
Dude, I'm the resident alcoholic. Lay off the hooch and pay attention. If I can keep this shit straight, you shouldn't have any trouble at all - for Christ's sake, you're an intellectual or college student or some fuck*ng thing.

Sorry.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on August 27, 2007, 05:06:49 am
It's ok, it's just that I was here first and it's kind of my thing. You want it, we have to go Beyond Thunderdome. Two men enter, one man leaves.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on August 27, 2007, 05:14:16 am
It's ok, it's just that I was here first and it's kind of my thing. You want it, we have to go Beyond Thunderdome. Two men enter, one man leaves.
Hmm, is the thing being the addled board member who can't keep the cast of characters in Wombat's mind straight, or perving after the state-hopping 28-year old volunteer firefighter?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on August 27, 2007, 05:16:47 am
Hmm, is the thing being the addled board member who can't keep the cast of characters in Wombat's mind straight, or perving after the state-hopping 28-year old volunteer firefighter?

The thing is being the resident drunk, and I'm a little suspicious of you now, too. Lay off the sauce, dammit.

Well, I do the perving thing too - but I think that's pretty much open to everyone. I certainly don't want anyone feeling like he or she can't be perving for the constantly-commuting engineer.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on August 27, 2007, 05:21:18 am
The thing is being the resident drunk, and I'm a little suspicious of you now, too. Lay off the sauce, dammit.
I have no choice, at the moment.  Due to bad planning, I just killed my keg of Hefe while the Pale Ale is still in the fermenter.  I've been resisting putting together an actual schedule for brewing, on account of it being too much like work.  I think I hate the idea of store bought beer for the next week more though.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Lister on August 27, 2007, 03:17:36 pm
...be late for work because I read this thread, and am typing this instead of showering.

Also, I will have to Have Words with someone who does not realize that flipping a shipwreck object around is not the same as fixing your texture issues.

You see, in one case the problems still exist but are in a different place.  In the other, the problems do not exist any more.

This man is one of the oldest in the building.  We should not have to have this conversation.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on August 27, 2007, 04:11:22 pm
...be late for work because I read this thread, and am typing this instead of showering.

Also, I will have to Have Words with someone who does not realize that flipping a shipwreck object around is not the same as fixing your texture issues.

You see, in one case the problems still exist but are in a different place.  In the other, the problems do not exist any more.

This man is one of the oldest in the building.  We should not have to have this conversation.

Old men are forgetful. Cut him a break! For all you know, when you are his age you will be incontinent.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on August 27, 2007, 04:44:17 pm
...steal wireless access from a neighbor until the cable guy shows up to connect our modem. 

He has fifteen more minutes.  Then I start making calls. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on August 27, 2007, 06:22:18 pm
...steal wireless access from a neighbor until the cable guy shows up to connect our modem. 

He has fifteen more minutes.  Then I start making calls. 

When we moved into the new house I was at work, and my wife stayed home for two days to try to get that done. By the end of the second day, when I talked to her on the phone, her rage was so thick and palpable I could see it drifting out of the damn phone. Those guys pretty much just don't care.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: CortJstr on August 27, 2007, 06:35:33 pm
I found out Comcast actually has a policy where you get a credit if your tech is late, but only if you call and ask for it. And of course only if you don't sign the tech's worksheet, the fine print of which says that you acknowledge that he was on time.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on August 27, 2007, 06:46:17 pm
Today I'll be listening to Maynard James in all his various forms (well, excepting recordings of him on Mr. Show, although maybe I'll check out his work on Youtube) - and filling in for the boss, which I absolutely hate.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on August 27, 2007, 06:58:46 pm
I called.  They had no record of the transfer request, change of address, change of telephone number, or the change of account name from when I got married six years ago. 

"I submitted this online two weeks ago," I said. 

"You should have called.  The web form doesn't always work."  The customer service rep was unsympathetic. 

"What?  I don't want to be rude, but why do you have a web form if it doesn't work?" 

"Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't," the rep explained.  "You should always call whenever you move.  I personally never trust doing things online." 

"Well," I said, "I transferred several services online, and this is the only one that hasn't gone through."  Plus, I added mentally, until recently Pedro wrote programs like this for a living, and I know that if a company knows what they are doing, a web form should not be live if it doesn't work. 

"Well, the earliest appointment I have is for next Tuesday.  Is that OK?" 

"I guess it has to be," I said.  We made the arrangements.  I called Pedro.  He was livid.  I gave him the number. 

Thirty minutes later, Pedro called back.  "I talked to the Vice President of Customer Relations.  Someone will come out today, she apologizes for the poor service you received, and she will personally make sure that the web form will be fixed so that it works 100% of the time." 

I guess the lesson here is that I am a pussy when it comes to being angry with customer service people, and should be exempt from making this kind of call in the future.  Also, Pedro's charisma knows no bounds.  That is all. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: side_show on August 27, 2007, 07:48:06 pm
Well, Kelli, sure. Somebody nice is Linnea.  Kelli is Kellichou.  The post ratio is about 200:1 in Somebody nice's favour at this point, I think.

Oh man, that is the second time I've said Kellichou is Somebody nice.  It must be the twin thing.  Who sucks?  I do.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on August 27, 2007, 08:02:32 pm


Thirty minutes later, Pedro called back.  "I talked to the Vice President of Customer Relations.  Someone will come out today, she apologizes for the poor service you received, and she will personally make sure that the web form will be fixed so that it works 100% of the time." 


Wow. Does he hire himself out? Because if I go downstairs in a minute and my expensive premium Japanese tv station still isn't working, I am going to want heads to roll.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on August 27, 2007, 08:28:06 pm
No bad on you, JL - it's just cool that Pedro can bring the wicked strong sack like that. It's cool to be able to share the responsibilities. I have to say, though, that this has a flavor of that same thing where the customer service chowderheads blow off women and pay attention to men. That sort of shit ought to be punished with force.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on August 27, 2007, 09:07:36 pm
wait..

wait...

your internet provider doesn't trust the internet to get business done?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on August 27, 2007, 09:28:55 pm
wait..

wait...

your internet provider doesn't trust the internet to get business done?

inev all getting to the heart of the matter.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on August 28, 2007, 12:35:11 am
No bad on you, JL - it's just cool that Pedro can bring the wicked strong sack like that. It's cool to be able to share the responsibilities. I have to say, though, that this has a flavor of that same thing where the customer service chowderheads blow off women and pay attention to men. That sort of shit ought to be punished with force.

I have no idea why this is - I guess people just have this innate, deep feeling that a man's time is worth more? Even going on EMS calls I prefer to have a male partner, because even just his silent presence will cause chowderheads to cooperate.

wait..

wait...

your internet provider doesn't trust the internet to get business done?
inev all getting to the heart of the matter.

Fuck yes. That's awesome.

Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on August 28, 2007, 01:23:03 am
I have teh internets! 

Aaaah...it finally feels like home. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on August 28, 2007, 01:55:07 am
I have teh internets! 

Aaaah...it finally feels like home. 

Rock!

And also roll, if that appeals to you.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: kellichou on August 28, 2007, 02:28:08 am
Oh man, that is the second time I've said Kellichou is Somebody nice.  It must be the twin thing.  Who sucks?  I do.

Yeah, Somebody nice posts at least 426 times more than I do. 

But yes, we're twins.  She's 5 minutes older (I guess I can blame that for her gains in posting??)
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on August 28, 2007, 02:38:30 am
Well, she's had all that extra time.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: side_show on August 28, 2007, 02:32:24 pm
But Kelli's can to post ratio is so much higher.  I propose that the two of you fight it out Greco-Roman style.  It can be like pay-per-view.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: CortJstr on August 28, 2007, 03:16:06 pm
But Kelli's can to post ratio is so much higher.  I propose that the two of you fight it out Greco-Roman style.  It can be like pay-per-view.

Will there be Jell-O?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on August 28, 2007, 05:04:49 pm
But Kelli's can to post ratio is so much higher.  I propose that the two of you fight it out Greco-Roman style.  It can be like pay-per-view.

I can get behind this. I also would like to point out the proximity of two particular words in that post that will always work for me, under pretty much any conditions:

Kelli's can

Not to make a big, embarassing deal about it. I just really like cans.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on August 28, 2007, 07:17:53 pm
yesterday: beer pong is way hard if you have no hand-eye coordination. Awkward small party at frat, then came back and read. Organizied my room a ton, raised the bed a few notches. Unfortunately, the amount of work is the same whether you move the bed up 1 notch or all the way. either way, I would have had to completely dismantle my room in order to have enough space to move the bed.

today:
go to a meeting about KWUR to learn about my new job. Learn absolutely nothing, but I didn't really know what questions to ask?
So basically what I accomplished was learning that I need to call promoters and tell them whether their CDs are "charting" (?) and such.
I learned that Nirvana played at KWUR Week right before they got huge, and they did an interview with some of the current DJs. There is a recording of this somewhere in the station.

Also: "We'll probably interview Animal Collective when they come. You can do the interview, if you want."


I also met my Film teacher, who asked, in quick succession: "Do you speak Italian?" and "Are you a film major?" I felt pretty bad having to say no to both.
Tomorrow: classes.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on August 28, 2007, 07:20:58 pm
My last batch had a spiked alcohol content which was not intended. The result was that I applied for a job with the Boston Beer Company (Sam Adams). Today I will try to figure out the most offensive most interesting flag i can put in my window to hide myself from the apartment building across the avenue.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on August 28, 2007, 08:17:51 pm
I also met my Film teacher, who asked, in quick succession: "Do you speak Italian?" and "Are you a film major?" I felt pretty bad having to say no to both.
Tomorrow: classes.
Tell her that your Arabic will come in handy once the caliphate retakes Italy.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on August 28, 2007, 08:20:46 pm
Today: Iggy and the Stooges, and filling in for the boss.

My last batch had a spiked alcohol content which was not intended. The result was that I applied for a job with the Boston Beer Company (Sam Adams). Today I will try to figure out the most offensive most interesting flag i can put in my window to hide myself from the apartment building across the avenue.

We have a nice 3'x5' rainbow flag hanging off the front of our house. This time home, I'm replacing it (for the season) with:
(http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a274/Nabubrush/14541-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on August 28, 2007, 08:49:38 pm
There's a few other history folk around here who will probably rock you can for that one too.

Today on lunch I set up my spotting scope and picked out 2 bedded does with fawns on the north facing hillsides above my office parking lot. Several co-workers walked by with a funny look on their face so I put them on the eyepiece. They all thought it was really neat and we had nice chats about how close in the wildlife gets and how, with the weather and how late the rut was last year all the fawns dropped later than usual.

I didn't have the heart to tell them I was practicing identifying game for the Oct. 13th deer opener 'cause I'm twitchy to get out there and kill/eat bambi.

I can't imagine how you resisted just dropping that into the conversation just as they were turning to leave.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on August 29, 2007, 12:29:07 am
I have eaten some venison, elk, and caribou in my day. However, when I was a little girl (I think i've told this story before?) my asshole white trash cousin went out hunting and illegally took two juvenile deer. He hung them off the clothesline tree at my grandmother's house. He took me out back and told me that he shot Bambi while pointing at the deer carcasses. >_<

SCARRED...FOR...LIIIIIIIIFE!
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on August 29, 2007, 12:43:59 am
I have eaten some venison, elk, and caribou in my day. However, when I was a little girl (I think i've told this story before?) my asshole white trash cousin went out hunting and illegally took two juvenile deer. He hung them off the clothesline tree at my grandmother's house. He took me out back and told me that he shot Bambi while pointing at the deer carcasses. >_<

SCARRED...FOR...LIIIIIIIIFE!

Sometime in the early fall of 2002 AD four young college men went for a drive. When they returned to their campus they had a young doe in tow. With boy scout precision the animal was tied into a noose and thrown from a low tree. It died suddenly, or at least thats what they like to think these days, and it was drained of its fluids and inedible parts. The men let it rest there for the night. "it will be there in the morning and we can have venison steaks with our eggs in the morning."
Chaz noticed a strange flavor in his morning brew. It came steaming from his coffee pot as it did every morning but his starbucks organic blend did not taste just right this morning after the deer party. he thought maybe his creamer had curled, and inspected it while he looked over the empty body of the deer.
The eyes. The eyes of the deer. They glared at him from his coffee filter.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on August 29, 2007, 01:48:33 am
Jesus, man! There's no call for that!

That's why I use a french press.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on August 29, 2007, 02:27:27 am
good god.

I, as a child, watched a fawn die from shock. That was pretty... upsetting. Even when it was dead, it was so tiny and beautiful and perfect.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Doc on August 29, 2007, 03:16:30 am
This thread is on an exponential curve, I hope my posting with no good story hasn't de-railed it.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on August 29, 2007, 12:16:27 pm
good god.

I, as a child, watched a fawn die from shock. That was pretty... upsetting. Even when it was dead, it was so tiny and beautiful and perfect.

*sobs quietly, Philippe-style*
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on August 29, 2007, 02:12:38 pm
the worst part is that the deer was already injured, but the reason that it went into shock was that the dog hiking with us bit it and reopened the wound.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: side_show on August 29, 2007, 02:16:13 pm
Oh man, I could tell such a dear hunting related story as to open my old wounds.  I'm not going to though.  It's way too sad a story.

Today, I'm gonna repress some traumatic memories - and maybe get a hair cut.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: AugustWest on August 29, 2007, 03:04:35 pm
I hit a deer on my way home Saturday before last.  Sucked for it, sucked for me.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on August 29, 2007, 07:04:55 pm
the worst part is that the deer was already injured, but the reason that it went into shock was that the dog hiking with us bit it and reopened the wound.

No, no - I think we're done. I just need to get the check, if that's cool.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on August 29, 2007, 07:09:06 pm
Me: [finds $50 bill on the ground] Holy crap, its the best day of my life!
My grandfather: Do you know that Ive slept longer than youve lived?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on August 29, 2007, 08:22:06 pm
today, i realized that so far every one of my professors has an accent.
I am pretty sure the Linguistics professor is german,
my Film teacher is... eastern european of some kind,
my psych professor is french, but his dad was british... basically he has like 3 accents combined
my spanish professor... only speaks in spanish,
my anthro professor has a NYC accent, and I know that hardly counts but it would break the trend!

so, yeah, I have a shitty shit Wednesday schedule, but tomorrow I only have one class.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: smick on August 29, 2007, 09:28:52 pm
Today I'm gonna... sit in a parking lot all day (Under the Fremont Bridge we discussed earlier) and watch GPS tracking units get installed into everyone's work trucks.

So glad I don't drive a company vehicle.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on August 29, 2007, 11:15:58 pm
Me: [finds $50 bill on the ground] Holy crap, its the best day of my life!
My grandfather: Do you know that Ive slept longer than youve lived?

Your grandfather = awesome.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on August 31, 2007, 09:12:58 pm
Today I walked by a guy who was wearing a counterfeit Calvin shirt where Calvin was wearing a Red Sox hat and peeing on a Yankees logo, so I stuck a pen into his eye and wrote 'fuck you' on his brain.

No jury in the world will convict me.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Doc on September 01, 2007, 01:47:45 am
Shit man, I think we could arrange some kind of medal for that. Some fancy drinks, local officials, picture in the paper, the works.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Lister on September 02, 2007, 05:08:27 pm
...go watch the Padres beat get shut out by the Dodgers again.

(Edited to match what actually happened.  Dammit.)
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on September 02, 2007, 05:55:48 pm
Wuurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrk. And hope that the Monkeys are able to finish the Ninjas, since it seems like they've got an absentee owner.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on September 02, 2007, 06:07:57 pm
I'm just trying to hang onto the regular season title by the skin of my teeth here.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on September 02, 2007, 06:16:28 pm
I'm also going to talk dirty on the internet.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on September 02, 2007, 07:04:34 pm
Yeahhh! We be talkin' dirty!

Anyway, today I have a date with a really cute boy!! I'm very excited. We are going to get takeout and watch a movie. Sadly, there will be no smooches because it's only our second date, but it's going to be awesome.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on September 02, 2007, 07:20:12 pm
today I am going to try to figure out what the fuck class I can take that fits in my really wonky schedule, now that my Spanish teacher says that I have to drop Spanish 101. I placed into 102, even though I don't speak any spanish? I tried to explain that I can understand just enough spanish to guess the right answers on such as placement exams, but she would hear none of it. 102 would be confusing, since I DON'T KNOW SPANISH, and also it is at 9 AM which would make my schedule even more weird than it is.

so, so far it looks like my only choices are Logic and Critical Analysis and Psychology of Adolescence. Unless I decide to take an English class or a Poli Sci class or something. OOh, economics?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on September 02, 2007, 11:24:20 pm
Yesterday, I went to the OU-North Texas game.  It was my first game in 4 years and I went because my friend's dad had a suite.  The campus is dry, but, if you are ridiculously rich, you can do whatever you wan, so there was a full liquor cabinet there.  I started dringing tequila shots and margaritas at with some other friends at 12, went to the game at 5pm, drank Jack and The Glenlevvit (however you spell it, to hungover to look it up) for 4 hours, chugged a Red Bull and vodka and went to a party.  On my walk home from the party I ran into two UNT fans who were getting yelled at.  I apologized for the assholes, and my friend told them that we had tequila and they came back and drank with us.  Two of their friends were passed out in a car down the street, so they got them and there were about 7 people over at my friends.  The UNT people had two cases of beer and we drank it until 6 am. 

So, to make it shorter, I drank for 18 hours and watched a football game.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on September 02, 2007, 11:47:17 pm
You might be better at that than I am.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: AlohaDawg on September 02, 2007, 11:49:17 pm
I sure as hell can't do that anymore.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on September 03, 2007, 02:01:44 am
I can still do it if I don't mind going on auto-pilot for a few hours - which I do mind indeed, and quite a bit at that.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on September 03, 2007, 03:42:30 am
tonight I'm gonna
"GUYS! GUYS! DRINK EVERY TIME THEY TRANSFORM!" (while watching Transformers.)
so fun. so horrible.

orson welles is in it!?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on September 03, 2007, 03:48:00 am
tonight I'm gonna
"GUYS! GUYS! DRINK EVERY TIME THEY TRANSFORM!" (while watching Transformers.)
so fun. so horrible.

orson welles is in it!?

Inspired by inev, ill be watching the sopranos and drinking every time someone gets hurt, killed, high, or fucked. double drinks when they drink.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on September 03, 2007, 03:54:31 am
also: leonard nimoy is in it.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on September 03, 2007, 04:03:47 am
What about Peter Lorre?

Shit, I thought you were fuck*ng around. Isn't that new movie the Transformers, too? Anyway, Scatman Crothers is your movie, too! And Eric Idle, Casey Kasem, Judd Nelson, Robert Stack, and Frank Welker. Damn! I gotta see this flick!
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on September 03, 2007, 04:12:27 am
I mean, maybe? it is the old, 80's animated one.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on September 03, 2007, 04:15:26 am
No, you're right - it's the old one. It says the original print was lost. The IMDB is intriguing about this one. Now you should be getting your drink on!
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: smick on September 03, 2007, 04:18:19 am
This movie made me cry when I was a child.

"You got the touch... you got the POW-AH!"
Title: In America its called Labor day
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on September 03, 2007, 07:23:23 pm
Today I will be denied by every business in the country because they are closed for a day honoring "Labor". Hey assholes, I labor plenty, now open your doors! So i cant deposit my paycheck, cant buy booze or cigarettes or guns. Instead I sit in my apartment, drinking some cider, preparing for the first day of classes. Maybe ill have to crack open my reserve can of snuff to hold off the shakes.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on September 03, 2007, 07:31:04 pm
I ended up leaving that. so, instead, I went to 3 parties all over st louis, all of which my friends decided to leave.

today, I am going to watch Taxi Driver, review some CDs for the radio station (technically it is my job to get other people to review them, so it would probably look good if I had ever reviewed a CD myself) and try to guess my password to get in and change my classes.
Title: Re: In America its called Labor day
Post by: wombat on September 03, 2007, 07:44:27 pm
Today I will be denied by every business in the country

A-CAP, you need to get out more. There are plenty of businesses open around here.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: mavies on September 04, 2007, 10:58:11 am
Inspired by inev, ill be watching the sopranos and drinking every time someone gets hurt, killed, high, or fucked. double drinks when they drink.
I can't see that ending well. And by well, I mean with a fully functioning liver.

Today I'm going to do the first bit of work I've had for like 2 weeks or something. That is, if you consider writing an email work. Probably not. I'm also planning on drinking beer and playing my bass and doing some writing when I get home. Oh, what a life I lead.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on September 04, 2007, 11:54:54 pm
Welshie - the qatari frown upon your sinful lifestyle against allah.

Today i walked around the village and saw more bongs and gay dudes than ive ever seen in my life. Why are gays and bongs so cohesive?
Then I picked up the RUDEST ukranian takeout. These pierogies had no manners at all, they were peeing in the sink.
Next, hall meeting and a trip to the anarchist bookstore.

Also- 555 posts. 555 little pieces of my life that ill never get back. Thanks.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on September 05, 2007, 12:56:10 am
oh shit, I think my "friend" (a guy I hate) goes to an anarchist bookstore in that area a lot. If you ever see a man in tight ##### and a black bandana with an effeminate voice who is saying something about how he hates the police, it is probably not him because there are 100s of him.
He goes to Pratt.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on September 05, 2007, 01:36:25 am
I think someone's on his way to becoming a verb. 

inev (i'nev, v.) -- to have acquaintances in every major city; to be ubiquitous

The Inevitable: The Poor Man's Kevin Bacon. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on September 05, 2007, 01:41:01 am
I like to think he just randomly makes up stories periodically in response to posts when it strikes his fancy.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on September 05, 2007, 01:47:24 am
I like to think he just randomly makes up stories periodically in response to posts when it strikes his fancy.

Nabus unrequited love has turned him against the young inev. Where once he posted hugs and kisses, now he posts venom and accusations.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on September 05, 2007, 01:48:29 am
oh shit, I think my "friend" (a guy I hate) goes to an anarchist bookstore in that area a lot.

Presumably they sell cookbooks there?

(posting about an hour after I started because I got distracted by the damn intertubes
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on September 05, 2007, 01:50:21 am
I mean, everyone I know is in college. Most of my close acquaintances go to college out of state.
I mean, I guess I will just say in advance, then:
I know people at A-CAP, WashU, UVA, Harvard, Yale, Brown, UNC, UNC(insert other city here), NC State, App State, USC, most small colleges in the carolinas, UGA, Ole Miss, Sweetbriar, UChicago, Smith, Sarah Lawrence, Drexel, BU, BC, Vassar....

I mean, why is it not OK to know a kid that lives in New York City? I feel like a lot of people know people that live there.

I just mentioned that kid because Anarchist and NYC combined make me think of him.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on September 05, 2007, 01:52:24 am
Strictly speaking, I'm sure I know people all over the fuck*ng place, I just don't know where they are.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on September 05, 2007, 01:55:45 am
Strictly speaking, I'm sure I know people all over the fuck*ng place, I just don't know where they are.

because theyre either on this board or in your head you flipping whackjob.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on September 05, 2007, 01:58:53 am
because theyre either on this board or in your head you flipping whackjob.

You aren't just pissed because you couldn't keep your cool-looking '555' total posts and still be a presence on the board, are you?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on September 05, 2007, 02:00:11 am
I think that most of us are far enough removed from high school that all the people who went to far-flung colleges and universities have fallen off our social radars, and we don't know where they are any more. 

Plus, I didn't have but a handful of friends that I knew well enough to care where they went.  Most of them went away for a while, and then came back to the Raleigh area when they graduated.  So I have friends who *used to* live in all kinds of interesting places -- but they're all regular people now. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on September 05, 2007, 02:30:50 am
yeah, see, facebook fixes that so much.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on September 05, 2007, 02:53:48 am
I HATE Facebook.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on September 05, 2007, 03:39:57 am
i love it a ton.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on September 05, 2007, 03:48:09 am
facebook is a necessary evil. As for the bookstore, yes the anarchist cookbook was there, next to the "cooking" section ironically (dont ask me why the anarchist bookstore here has a cooking section). The brand of anarchy there is the most wrongest flavor of anarchy, its that whole workers of the world unite stuff (read: noam chomsky). So I ended buying this really nifty 2000 page condensed history of the world paperback.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: lprkn on September 05, 2007, 05:41:41 am
...I ended buying this really nifty 2000 page condensed history of the world paperback.

How's that working out for you?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on September 05, 2007, 05:54:39 am
Facebook has a better interface than MySpace. However, that's like saying that Proust was a better writer than V.C. Andrews. Ain't hard to do, folks.

It is Wednesday here in Denver (almost). Today I'm gonna go for a kickass job interview that I really hope I get. Keep your fingers crossed for meee!
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jough on September 05, 2007, 12:10:45 pm
So I ended buying this really nifty 2000 page condensed history of the world paperback.

Oh, I think I read that one.  Don't worry, I won't spoil the ending.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on September 05, 2007, 01:51:46 pm
Facebook has a better interface than MySpace. However, that's like saying that Proust was a better writer than V.C. Andrews. Ain't hard to do, folks.

I don't know, I always thought Proust was a little thin on the incest front.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on September 05, 2007, 02:10:45 pm
The brand of anarchy there is the most wrongest flavor of anarchy, its that whole workers of the world unite stuff (read: noam chomsky).

Marx is rolling -- no, flailing -- in his grave. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Turbo Ninja on September 06, 2007, 07:43:30 pm
Apropos of nothing...

Hey Keith Hernandez!  If you haven't already seen this, take a look:

I'm particularly fond of the Chief Wahoo on his shin. (http://www.villagevoice.com/news/0736,clancy,77702,2.html)
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on September 06, 2007, 11:02:50 pm
Awesome.


Yesterday I was cutting my grass that the roommate let grow like 4 feet tall (before I moved in).  I ended up cutting of a outside water line and having to cap it.  I broke the pipe though, so tomorrow I have to dig like 2 feet into the ground and cap it again.  It took like 4 hours just to do the first thing.  Yay.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: RMJ12345 on September 07, 2007, 12:52:18 am
Today I checked out 16 books and printed out ten articles for my two theses.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on September 07, 2007, 01:12:03 am
Today I walked from my new house to the local library and checked out three board books for my son.  Pedro got two audiobooks and a book-book.  The walk took twenty five minutes each way but was very pleasant.  We could probably have made it in fifteen but we stopped and looked at stuff.  It's really, really nice to be able to walk someplace from my home.  I haven't lived in a place like that since I was a kid. 

I know all the rest of you people are total urbanites and probably don't even own cars, but the irony here is that I had to move from the city to the suburbs to be able to get anywhere on foot. 

That part of the day was nice.  Most of the rest of it blew. 

Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on September 07, 2007, 03:49:12 am
"cock one-two. cock one-two. Is this thing on?"

Still broken, I see. And interestingly, it changes the capitals to lower-case.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on September 07, 2007, 03:59:27 am
today I went to classes, and was informed that my Poli Sci professor (who I am in love with) likes me because I used a superman analogy. I realized that IPA will let me try to transcribe cool accents. I got my Poli Sci textbooks, and they make me feel smart just by sitting near them (Aristotle, Plato, Hobbes, Rousseau... etc.) I put up a few posters. I went to the radio station to get CDs for people to review, and realized that several new CDs were missing. Did some record-keeping type stuff, sent out emails, etc. Encouraged a cute girl I have only met once to join KWUR, and debated inviting her to a party my floor is having.
I drove around with my friend Karl for a while, and bought some salami which I later used to make some quesadillas. One was burnt, the other two were under-cooked. I was told there was no kitchen in this building, so I used the one in my old dorm. That person was wrong, there is one. Oh well.
Now I am cleaning my room up, folding laundry, and listening to Wu Tang Clan.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on September 07, 2007, 04:01:38 am
I'm in the airport again. Flight leaves in 5 hours. Midway through an epic battle with my lovely wife. Things will probably end even more poorly than I expect them to, when I land in Portland in 9 hours. Fuck.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on September 07, 2007, 09:55:51 pm
Shit, Nabu, I hope everything turns out all right.

i got paid today and went to the grocery store for the first time in a damn long time. I currently have a purring Lennybruce perched on my knee. I have no idea what I'm going to do for the rest of the day, but I still haven't heard back from the place I interviewed with on Wednesday.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on September 08, 2007, 04:18:33 am
Id be lieing if a dude in the village did not just yell "GETTING FUCKED IN THE ASS IS MY GOD GIVEN RIGHT. MY. GOD. GIVEN. RIGHT. AND YOU CANT TAKE IT AWAY FROM ME"

I dont know if he was talking about his sexual preferences or the price of drinks around here.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on September 08, 2007, 08:50:24 am
Zing
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on September 08, 2007, 02:00:06 pm
Does anyone else agree that the sun is way too bright in the morning? and people... turn down the volume a little. cmon now.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on September 08, 2007, 04:21:56 pm
Does anyone else agree that the sun is way too bright in the morning? and people... turn down the volume a little. cmon now.

Oooh!! Well if it isn't my old friend the Hangover Ham. Nice to see you again H. Do you need emergency Denny's muchacho, or are you just gonna whine this one out? *whips out the hot sauce and saltines*
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on September 08, 2007, 05:46:27 pm
The sun is ALWAYS too bright in Los Angeles, even when it's raining.

Other than the fact that everything is unaffordable here, it's pretty much the worst part of the deal.

Thank God I don't drink to excess out here.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on September 09, 2007, 01:32:39 am
Everything worked out pretty good. I'm a pretty lucky guy.

Also, my wife bought me 'Guitar Hero 2' so that has been fun. I know everybody around here is so done with that game, but I am enjoying it. I got 5 out of 5 on 'Bad Reputation' by Thin Lizzy my first time through. Man, I love me some Thin Lizzy.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on September 09, 2007, 01:39:16 am
Oooh!! Well if it isn't my old friend the Hangover Ham. Nice to see you again H. Do you need emergency Denny's muchacho, or are you just gonna whine this one out? *whips out the hot sauce and saltines*
All I need is you baby.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on September 09, 2007, 03:46:59 am
Everything worked out pretty good. I'm a pretty lucky guy.

Also, my wife bought me 'Guitar Hero 2' so that has been fun. I know everybody around here is so done with that game, but I am enjoying it. I got 5 out of 5 on 'Bad Reputation' by Thin Lizzy my first time through. Man, I love me some Thin Lizzy.

I'm glad everything is OK.  I was more worried that I had any right to be. 

Today I worked on my thesis for ten hours and ate spicy boneless barbecue wings.  Then I put my kid to bed an hour late.  Now I'm going to sleep. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on September 10, 2007, 06:43:28 pm
Today I expect a horrible day at work due to JAPAN. Foreseeing this, I drove Spouse's Weeee (http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z120/Asherdan93/Weeee.jpg) to work.

The only top that ain't on a woman I'm interested in when it comes down.

That's sweet.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: V-Adore on September 10, 2007, 09:42:30 pm
Today I moved a bunch of boxes of shitty, poor-quality used books into a storage room, where they will likely never see the light of day again.

PROTIP: Before donating to a charity, please consider this question: "does the charity actually have any use for this, or will my donation just be dragged to a storeroom by a disgruntled volunteer?" If it is the latter, do not donate. Thank you.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on September 10, 2007, 10:12:25 pm
I stayed up until 3:30AM last night, and then was amazed to wake up and see my bedside clock read 2:28. How the fuck did I manage to sleep that long? Dammit! I had a bunch of shit I wanted to get done today.

I also ordered some fuck*ng rad hot Chicago-style Giardineria. It's a finely chopped collection of peppers and stuff that is packed in oil. GOD IS IT DELICIOUS. Jough, have you gotten to have Italian sammiches in Chicago w/ giardiniera? It's amazing. I cannot find authentic giardiniera anywhere here (they sell the "garden mix" of large vegetables packed in vinegar that is hard to put in a sandwich), so I finally ordered some Scala's online (http://www.iwanthotpeppers.com/q-shop/details.asp?prodid=SC10&cat=45&path=45). I'm sure there are other brands, but Scala's is what my dad brought home from his last Chicago trip. (My pa is Sicilian and from Chicago).


Ash, those people suck. Why should they turn down nice household goods? What assholes.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on September 10, 2007, 10:37:48 pm
Today I'm gonna go out to dinner because black ants have taken over my kitchen.  They are literally marching from one end of the counter to the other.  I put out Terro and sprayed the hell out of the ones who had found a sauce drip in my spoonrest, and cleaned up a large number of carcasses, but they're still coming in and I'm not cooking in there tonight.  They're coming in from at least three places, so we're dealing with multiple colonies, at least one of which is, I'm pretty sure, in the wall between our town house and the next one. 

Two weeks in the new place and we're overrun with pests.  This is not poor housekeeping.  This is managerial negligence.  They just had an exterminator here last week.  What the hell did she do, put breadcrumbs behind the appliances? 

We called maintenance and they can't send anyone over 'til tomorrow.  So we're eating out tonight, which we can't really afford, and I'm going to have to throw away a perfectly good tray of pork chops. 

But!  Tomorrow I go to the doctor for my 20-week ultrasound, so after 4:30 I will know my baby's name with 95% accuracy.  So tomorrow will probably suck less than today. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: CortJstr on September 11, 2007, 12:37:52 am
But!  Tomorrow I go to the doctor for my 20-week ultrasound, so after 4:30 I will know my baby's name with 95% accuracy.  So tomorrow will probably suck less than today. 

I didn't realize that US technology had progressed far enough to detect names. I thought only positron scans could pull that off.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on September 11, 2007, 12:51:26 am
I didn't realize that US technology had progressed far enough to detect names. I thought only positron scans could pull that off.
And from fetuses, no less.  I guess the tabula rasa theory of language acquisition truly belongs in the dumpster these days.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on September 11, 2007, 01:48:21 am
Today I expect a horrible day at work due to JAPAN. Foreseeing this, I drove Spouse's Weeee (http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z120/Asherdan93/Weeee.jpg) to work.

The only top that ain't on a woman I'm interested in when it comes down.

That is a damn fine car.

But!  Tomorrow I go to the doctor for my 20-week ultrasound, so after 4:30 I will know my baby's name with 95% accuracy.  So tomorrow will probably suck less than today. 

Can you tell us the top names you've picked out? Or will that attract the Evil Eye by telling?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on September 11, 2007, 02:43:26 am
For a girl: Hero Elizabeth Dunston. 

For a boy: Robert Eugene Dunston. 

Yes, I've taken plenty of crap on both counts.  Half my friends and family are praying for a boy so that I don't burden a poor girl with Hero; the other half are praying for a girl because Eugene is so horrible, even as a middle name.  Whatever.  I have one friend who claims she will simply refuse to call my child by her name if it turns out to be a girl.  I think this is basically the rudest thing you can say to someone about her chosen baby names and it kind of irritates me.  Then again, she said the same thing about P, going on and on and on about how horrible it is to name your son after his father, it's the height of vanity and it's a burden on the child, et cetera, ad nauseum...but he doesn't think twice about calling him Pearce now that he's here and she's used to it. 

Elizabeth, Robert, and Eugene are all family names -- My mother is Roberta and my father is Eugene (they go by Bobbie and Gene), if it's a boy he'll go by Rob or Red.  Hero is a literary name that appears in Greek mythology (Hero and Leander) as well as the better-known Shakespeare play Much Ado About Nothing.  We happen to like it, but in the event that she doesn't, she can always go by one of the billion or so variations on Elizabeth, which also happens to have been my great-grandmother's name. 

So those are the names.  I'll let you know which one it will be tomorrow.   ;D
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on September 11, 2007, 03:01:50 am
For a girl: Hero Elizabeth Dunston. 

For a boy: Robert Eugene Dunston. 

Yes, I've taken plenty of crap on both counts.  Half my friends and family are praying for a boy so that I don't burden a poor girl with Hero; the other half are praying for a girl because Eugene is so horrible, even as a middle name.  Whatever.  I have one friend who claims she will simply refuse to call my child by her name if it turns out to be a girl.  I think this is basically the rudest thing you can say to someone about her chosen baby names and it kind of irritates me.  Then again, she said the same thing about P, going on and on and on about how horrible it is to name your son after his father, it's the height of vanity and it's a burden on the child, et cetera, ad nauseum...but he doesn't think twice about calling him Pearce now that he's here and she's used to it. 

Elizabeth, Robert, and Eugene are all family names -- My mother is Roberta and my father is Eugene (they go by Bobbie and Gene), if it's a boy he'll go by Rob or Red.  Hero is a literary name that appears in Greek mythology (Hero and Leander) as well as the better-known Shakespeare play Much Ado About Nothing.  We happen to like it, but in the event that she doesn't, she can always go by one of the billion or so variations on Elizabeth, which also happens to have been my great-grandmother's name. 

So those are the names.  I'll let you know which one it will be tomorrow.   ;D

I want to fly over there and bitch-slap both those people for saying such STUPID SHIT TO YOU. Arrrrgh!!

My best friend Jennifer is pregnant. She and her husband are keeping names secret because they're so agitated at responses that friends have gotten. There won't be many people to argue with them, since nobody will find out the baby's name until it is on the birth certificate. Hard to say snide things after it's all said and done.

And fuck those people, I think that Hero Elizabeth and Robert Eugene are great names.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on September 11, 2007, 03:18:14 am
Thanks for the vote of support. 

It's appalling what people think they have the right to tell you when you're pregnant/have kids.  Basically everyone seems to be looking for a reason to say "you're doing it wrong."  I think the next time my friend gives me a hard time about my baby names, I'm going to look her in the eye and say, "At least I didn't name my kid after a plant."  (Her daughter's name is Lilly, and yes, she was born pre-Harry Potter, just barely.)  Granted, I like the name Lilly, but still.  It's kind of a stupid name if you think about it really, really hard.  And squint. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on September 11, 2007, 03:24:01 am
I love weird names. My kids are going to get so much shit.

Actually, no. I like Old names. so I will probably name my kids really generic names. Biblical names? Possibly.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on September 11, 2007, 03:33:03 am
I like a lot of biblical names.  Especially names from the Torah.  If I had boy twins I would name them Elijah and Elisha. 

My grandmother's name was Ruth, and she was very close to her husband's sister Naomi.  I thought that was cool, the way it matched up with the bible story and all, sort of. 

When Mom was expecting me, she only picked one name, and I was going to get it no matter which gender I turned out to be.  She wanted to name me Jamie Jean, but Dad didn't want me named after him at all.  So she picked Lynn for the middle name instead, because it's a nice placeholder but doesn't sound too country. 

Dad wanted to name me Courtney.  I'm really *not* a Courtney. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on September 11, 2007, 03:37:43 am
If my girlfriend and I were to ever create children:

Edward Alan for a boy, Katherine Casey for a girl.

The boy... Edward was her father's name and also the name of my step-grandfather who is as much a grandfather as anyone could be... and Alan for my childhood hero, my cousin Al, who died very young and quite tragically when I was barely a teenager.

The girl... have you ever listened to the full lyrics to "Take Me Out to the Ballgame?" That is why.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on September 11, 2007, 03:44:07 am
Catherine is my second girl's name.  I love the name...I have an aunt Cathy, but really she would be named for Catherine the Great.  (No hoss jokes, please...I get enough of those from Pedro.  He doesn't happen to like the name.)  The middle name would be Grace, after Adrian's mother and also his paternal grandmother.  It's his sister's middle name, too.  (Graciela, anyway.) 

I'm all about the family names.  I suppose after looking in my family tree I ought to consider "Uberto..." that shows up in three generations...but that might be even worse than Eugene.  At least Eugene is a good, strong Polish name.  Uberto is just...odd.  Especially coming from the British side of the family. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on September 11, 2007, 03:46:44 am
If you're naming your second girl Catherine, you should just go ahead and name the first one Elizabeth.  Worked for us.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on September 11, 2007, 04:05:42 am
Well, I do try to be more like you, Carlos. 

When I wake up in the morning, I look at my WWCD? bracelet, and smile. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: AugustWest on September 11, 2007, 04:33:51 am
We're all about family names.

My first name is one GF's, my middle name is the other's middle name.

First daughter's first name has at least four connections, three on one side, one on the other.  Middle name equally ponderous with genealogical significance.

Second daughter = GM's first name + my middle name (see above).

Why?  Because I love HISTORY dammit.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on September 11, 2007, 05:23:58 am
JL, I'll bet you didn't even consider Eli Cole.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on September 11, 2007, 05:30:12 am
Today ill make my normal trip to the 9/11 ground zero site. Aside from paying my respects, Its always interesting to see the protesters and counter-protesters. last year it came damn near a fisticuffs riot, so some group of dudes just started chanting "LETS GO YANNNKEESS". I also remember one of the counter-protesters asking if everyone could just agree we hate Lex Luther as his parting statement.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on September 11, 2007, 05:57:15 am
The fact that early attempts to turn the unity around 9-11 into a political tool ended up turning it into one of the most divisive issues in America today... kinda says all you need to know about American politics today, doesn't it?

The second "we all stand together" became "we must all stand together behind the president no matter what he says or else you're a terrorist"... it all sorta went tits up.

Can't escape the feeling that if we had reacted differently at the beginning, we could've healed together stronger for surviving the tragedy all of us together.

But that ain't how it went down, of course. Of course.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on September 11, 2007, 06:51:58 am
Quote
it all sorta went tits up.

yesterday, I used the phrase "that gets my goat" and my best friend asserted that she had never heard this phrase before. Is this not common to say?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: V-Adore on September 11, 2007, 07:53:25 am
To get back on the subject of baby names for a moment...

If Gentleman Caller and I end up having a son at some point, there may very well be fisticuffs. I may have mentioned this in the past, but we have two conflicting family naming traditions: my father's line has had "Enrique" as the male middle name for generations, and Gentleman Caller is the third Joseph Ignatius in his line. I realize that a war between "Enrique" and "Ignatius" as middle names is best solved by just giving the kid up for adoption and letting him be named by a sane person, but it's an issue nonetheless.

If given my druthers, my boy name would be Arthur Enrique (after my paternal grandfather). I'm not sure about a girl name.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on September 11, 2007, 08:04:53 am
You could name the girl "Enragius"...

Sort of like the She-Hulk except, like, uhm, in a toga.

...okay, it's late, my imagination's broken.

I wasted it all in my journal riffing on the idea of Davey from Davey and Goliath being brutally gunned-down before he could blow up an abortion clinic because God told him to... dog bein' all "I dunno, Davey" and... yeah. Used it all up there.

All I got left is She-Hulk in a toga. I'll... I'll try to go to sleep now.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on September 11, 2007, 08:17:00 am
on second thought, I would want to give my kid a crazy Hispanic name like my aunt did with my cousins. I have always liked "Ignacio" (which is the name of... a distant cousin? I think?). Horacio,my grandfather's name, is also awesome. He was named after an ocean liner his dad had an affair on.
For a girl, Dejanira (Sp?) which is my mom's middle name. I have always loved the sound of that.

Bizarrely, out of all of my cousins and my own family, the two with "Hispanic" names are the two with "Hispanic" features. This is a coincidence.
Also, apparently the older one has developed a really thick Mexican accent because his babysitter has one.

"mama`! Juwanaeet one?"
"what?"
"juwanaeet one?"
"Do I want to eat one of your cheerios?"
"yeah! juwan one?"
"yes, I would like one."

I find the concept that my family, who for all appearances are an upper-class-ish highly educated white family, has any level of race issues... really interesting.

My friends were shocked when I told them that i checked both "Caucasian" and "Hispanic" on college applications, SATs and such. My mother was shocked and pissed when I said I felt uncomfortable doing so. When they said to only check one, I checked Caucasian because I didn't want to feel like I was tricking them.

Not to mention my grandparents (especially my grandmother) the whole gross obsession with being Light Skinned and not having any (insert crude spanish word for native chilean) blood.
damn, the whole race thing is so fucked up. So weird. So weird. I love how something which is basically a fake concept is so important to so many people.

OK, but, the real question: people with kids, how much do you worry about other people who share your child's name? I find, even when naming characters in games (The Sims!), that i feel strange using the name of someone I know. Because there's always that little bit of "oh, god, not Ben, that Ben guy in Middle School was an idiot" or "oh, no, Erin would think I was naming the kid after her" or what have you.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: CortJstr on September 11, 2007, 01:42:08 pm
My great-grandmother hated nicknames. She thought they were crude and disrespectful to the parents who choose the kid's real name for a reason. So she tried to give all of her kids names that couldn't be turned into nicknames and naturally failed miserably. Mainly due to aunts and uncles who would make up nicknames for the kids just out of spite.

My grandfather Lamont was called Duke for his entire life because of one of his aunts. And now I have two cousins who are both named Duke for real. One of his brothers had red hair, so it pretty much didn't matter what crazy name he had because everybody called him Red.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on September 11, 2007, 03:22:10 pm
My grandfather Lamont was called Duke for his entire life because of one of his aunts. And now I have two cousins who are both named Duke for real. One of his brothers had red hair, so it pretty much didn't matter what crazy name he had because everybody called him Red.

That's funny, because if we have a boy he may be called Red (for his initials), but only if he ends up being blond or brunet. 

I love Hispanic names.  My favorite thing is that if you disagree with your spouse, you compromise by just adding names in the middle until everyone's happy. 

In Argentina, the tradition is for a woman to have her given name and her middle name followed by her married name, her married name, and her mother's maiden name.  So my sister-in-law is now Maria Graciela Dunston Torres Lexow.  We call her Mariela or Fuji. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on September 11, 2007, 03:54:54 pm
my mom has a whole list of names, but it is more due to her family being crazy than due to any cultural thing. Her parents neglected to tell her that the name they called her wasn't her real name, basically.
Until she was 7 or so, she thought her nickname was her real name. so then she started going by her real name.
then at 20 or so she learned that her legal name was something else entirely.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on September 11, 2007, 03:59:11 pm
As far as names go, so friggin' boring we are. Adam and Paul, from grand-dads on each side. I'm a big believer in a no frills handle. It's easier to yell.
My parents specifically selected names that would be distinguishable when yelled.  They didn't want to call "Tom" and have "Ron" show up.  So, John, Scott, Neil and Mike.  For kids nowadays, this is probably less of an issue, since parents presumably summon them by texting.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on September 11, 2007, 06:39:47 pm
My mother-in-law's name is Graciela Anna. 

She was a teenager before she realized it wasn't Cachi, which is the only thing anyone ever called her.  She still goes by Cachi.  It's a gibberish word.  It's like naming your kid Fred and calling him Doodah. 

On the other hand, I grew up trying to convince my classmates that yes, Jamie is in fact my whole name, it's not short for anything. 

Also, Pedro's family is notorious for nicknames.  He has relatives that go by: Poochie, Dindi, Poopie, Foofie, and Nacho (short for Ignacio, as a matter of fact).  These are just the ones that spring to mind at the moment.  I'm sure there are more. 

I don't know if that's an Argentina thing or just a his-family thing.  As kids, the children were Kiki, Lolly, Pookey, and Fuji.  Somehow Danny ended up without a nickname.  I guess because Danny is easier to say than Chris, Adrian, Mariela, or Gabriel. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: CortJstr on September 11, 2007, 06:49:31 pm
On the other hand, I grew up trying to convince my classmates that yes, Jamie is in fact my whole name, it's not short for anything.

My mom has the same problem because her full first name is Toni. Telemarketers will often swap my parents genders, too. They think Toni is a man and read Stephen as Stephanie.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: AugustWest on September 11, 2007, 07:10:39 pm
My first name is Frank not Franklin.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on September 11, 2007, 07:16:40 pm
My mom has the same problem because her full first name is Toni. Telemarketers will often swap my parents genders, too. They think Toni is a man and read Stephen as Stephanie.

My parents go by Bobbie and Gene.  Lots of people hear this and think Dad is Bobby and Mom is Jean. 

Adrian and Jamie can go either way, as well.  I've been called Adrienne so many times I just answer to it now. 

One time I got assigned to a boy's cabin at sleep-away camp.  Unfortunately, they straightened it out before bed that night. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on September 11, 2007, 09:02:39 pm
I wasted it all in my journal riffing on the idea of Davey from Davey and Goliath being brutally gunned-down before he could blow up an abortion clinic because God told him to... dog bein' all "I dunno, Davey" and... yeah. Used it all up there.

I'm pretty glad you feel we're worthy of your best work.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on September 11, 2007, 11:55:16 pm
tonight I am going to give blood. I am saying this on the internet so that I will not chicken out. you can't just take back something you said on the internet. (http://achewood.com/index.php?date=07222003)

update: apparently I have weak veins, or no blood, or magic blood, or my superpower is super-clotting, or some shit that leads to them being unable to get blood out of me.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on September 12, 2007, 03:26:33 am

It's

a


BOY!


We think.  His foot was in the way, but the OB got a pretty good glimpse when he kicked, so he's 99% sure.  Just in case, though, he's going to look again next time I have an ultrasound -- probably eight more weeks -- to be sure. 

Robert Eugene Dunston.  I'm thrilled -- boys are great, I know how they work.  And we won't have to buy clothes this time around.  Actually, we won't have to buy much of anything this time around -- we saved *everything.*  And my brother is giving us a double stroller that his kids have outgrown.  And P will have a little brother, and I don't have to worry about whether the kids' hair bow matches his socks.  Aaaah, boys: the sweet simplicity of childhood in one convenient package. 

I guess we'll have to have at least one more kid, though. 

Yeah, that's right. 

I'm holding out for a Hero. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on September 12, 2007, 05:04:48 am
Ooooh congratulations to JL and Pedro! And little P will have a little bro! That's so awesome.

theinev: :( Boo to that! At least you tried, though. Maybe in the future you can try again. Were you properly hydrated? Did you drink at least 1 glass of water per hour before you went in? I think that's usually a good rule of thumb for me personally...
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on September 12, 2007, 06:01:42 am
I mean, I have been really thirsty lately... so maybe I'm dehydrated? I drink water constantly, and yet I constantly want more. This makes me worry.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on September 12, 2007, 06:09:05 am
I mean, I have been really thirsty lately... so maybe I'm dehydrated? I drink water constantly, and yet I constantly want more. This makes me worry.

I think you have AIDS, or the Plague. Can I have your computer? I mean... when youre gone?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: V-Adore on September 12, 2007, 06:57:11 am
Be not ashamed, inev. Some people have a harder time giving blood than others.

Personally, I should really give more blood than I do; I've got really visible veins, remarkably few needle problems, and enough blood to shake it off. If only I hadn't missed out on my mother's O-type...
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on September 12, 2007, 11:58:51 am
I was never able to give blood until I was in my mid-twenties.  All through college I was either anemic or dehydrated.  Then I hit 23 and my metabolism hit the brakes and now I bleed like crazy when they stick me.  I can fill a bag twice as fast as Pedro can. 

But you can't give when prego or nursing.  So it'll be a while. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: mavies on September 12, 2007, 12:02:09 pm
Way to go, JL! I don't know you very well, but from what I can tell from stuff you write on the internet you make an extremely excellent mother. Giving the kid such a cool name is a darn good start.

Inev, at least you've tried to give it.. I've always meant to but never got round to it. It's probably all a vampire conspiracy anyway, so I'll leave the bloodsucking fiends work for their supper.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Doc on September 12, 2007, 12:17:11 pm
Good stuff JD. Don't dismiss the power of middle names though. I onl just found out recently my grandfather's name wasn't Roy (as I had assumed for my entire life) it's just that everyone called him that bcause his midde name was Glenroy.

I had a thing about giving blood in first year uni, at the beginning of the year they wouldn't let me because I was underage and needed a parental consent form, at the end of the year I was disqualified becaue of a dang old infected ingrown toenail. I was close to just getting a razor and a bucket and doing the job myself but I worried that wouldn't be sterile enough for donation.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on September 12, 2007, 03:49:06 pm
Theinev: Thirsty all the time? Does that have to do with drinking alcohol at college? From what I have been told by my doctor, most people are dehydrated because they just don't drink enough plain water. Coffee and other caffeinated bev are diuretics. Drinking 2-3 liters of water a day is normal, and more if you exercise a lot or live in hot weather.

If it doesn't go away, maybe you should mention it to your doctor the next time you go. Have you ever had your blood sugar checked? Does diabetes run in your family?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on September 12, 2007, 04:27:50 pm
Firstly, all kinds of congrats to JL & Pedro.

Secondly, I work in a desert, so we hear about dehydration all the time. Somebody nice's got it - most people are somewhat dehydrated generally. You could get away with a half gallon a day. I have to drink about a gallon a day at work.

Thirdly, today I am going to cancel our vacation to Chicago. Maybe we will go see the Rembrandt exhibition at the local museum.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on September 12, 2007, 04:47:18 pm
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Secondly, I work in a desert, so we hear about dehydration all the time. Somebody nice's got it - most people are somewhat dehydrated generally. You could get away with a half gallon a day. I have to drink about a gallon a day at work.

Good. I was imagining that I would soon get a letter from the Diabetes Association of America. "FIND THIS MAN!" etc.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on September 12, 2007, 07:22:21 pm
Firstly, all kinds of congrats to JL & Pedro.

Secondly, I work in a desert, so we hear about dehydration all the time. Somebody nice's got it - most people are somewhat dehydrated generally. You could get away with a half gallon a day. I have to drink about a gallon a day at work.

Thirdly, today I am going to cancel our vacation to Chicago. Maybe we will go see the Rembrandt exhibition at the local museum.

Cripes! That's crazy. I should have realized that you guys were in a desert climate from all the research I did for being stationed at McMurdo (which will not happen because I cannot bear to leave my little boys for even a six month deployment to Antarctica). Being somewhere so dry and arid must really do a number on your tender Portland lungs, eh?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on September 12, 2007, 10:23:41 pm
Today im gonna go to this bar a couple feet from my apartment called the continental. Their banner says "5 shots of anything $10 YEA WERE SERIOUS" This could either mean I choose 5 shots or the bartender literally gives me 5 shots of "anything" in exchange for $10. Yes this is a good Wednesday night experiment - Take a hike, Advice.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: CortJstr on September 12, 2007, 10:35:56 pm
Pet peeve time: confusing "yea" and "yeah"

Screw you, Continental banner!
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on September 12, 2007, 10:36:54 pm
Today im gonna go to this bar a couple feet from my apartment called the continental. Their banner says "5 shots of anything $10 YEA WERE SERIOUS" This could either mean I choose 5 shots or the bartender literally gives me 5 shots of "anything" in exchange for $10. Yes this is a good Wednesday night experiment - Take a hike, Advice.

This would be nothing but trouble for me.

Cripes! That's crazy. I should have realized that you guys were in a desert climate from all the research I did for being stationed at McMurdo (which will not happen because I cannot bear to leave my little boys for even a six month deployment to Antarctica). Being somewhere so dry and arid must really do a number on your tender Portland lungs, eh?

Or, say, for a week.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on September 12, 2007, 10:49:56 pm
McMurdo (which will not happen because I cannot bear to leave my little boys for even a six month deployment to Antarctica).
Or, say, for a week.

Heh, tiny can for astuteness. So true.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on September 13, 2007, 12:35:10 am
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Theinev: Thirsty all the time? Does that have to do with drinking alcohol at college? From what I have been told by my doctor, most people are dehydrated because they just don't drink enough plain water. Coffee and other caffeinated bev are diuretics. Drinking 2-3 liters of water a day is normal, and more if you exercise a lot or live in hot weather.

If it doesn't go away, maybe you should mention it to your doctor the next time you go. Have you ever had your blood sugar checked? Does diabetes run in your family?

I drink almost only water. 2-3 liters is probably more than I drink. I'm just... almost constantly thirsty.

I don't drink alcohol except on the weekends, so, I don't think that's it.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: smick on September 13, 2007, 01:45:33 am
I'm just... almost constantly thirsty.

Look out! DIABEETUS!
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on September 13, 2007, 02:46:19 am
There are other symptoms that go with diabetes.  Like, for instance, peeing all the time even though you're always thirsty.  Simple dehydration would result in less peeing, not more.  Also, excessive sleepiness or headaches, especially after a starchy meal.  And Type II diabetes doesn't usually show up in adults until they reach middle age.  It's not generally associated with underweight college students.  So you probably don't have anything to worry about, inev.  Drink more water.  You'll be fine. 

Education. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on September 13, 2007, 02:54:01 am
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.  Like, for instance, peeing all the time even though you're always thirsty.  Simple dehydration would result in less peeing, not more.  Also, excessive sleepiness or headaches, especially after a starchy meal.

see, this kind of applies. Except the sleepiness is just... all the time. And no headaches.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Nabubrush on September 13, 2007, 03:06:04 am
see, this kind of applies. Except the sleepiness is just... all the time. And no headaches.

You know what'll fix that? More boy-on-boy action.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: side_show on September 13, 2007, 04:10:33 am
You know what'll fix that? More boy-on-boy action.

Yay! 

But seriously.

I don't know... being sleepy is the standard state of someone attending a post secondary institution isn't it?

Is the place you're living dry?  Lots of old dorms, classrooms, etc. are quite dry by nature.   Especially if there's a lot of old/dry wood in the architecture and or furniture.  This also goes for new structures with super efficient heating and cooling systems.  Is your skin also dried out?  Throat sore, nose crusty?  Are you mistaking dry eyes for a feeling of being sleepy?  These were all problems the SO and I had to deal with in our new home due to it's ultra efficient heat return ventilation system.  Maybe pick up a cheap humidistat, and find out if the space you live in, particularly the area where you sleep, is too dry.  If so, a small humidifier next to your bed at night will probably solve things up nicely.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on September 13, 2007, 04:23:16 am
yes, the place I live is very dry-- but I've been feeling like this to one level or another all summer.
I was sleepy all year last year, true. but this year my classes are all later, and I've been going to sleep earlier...
for the first two weeks, I was awesomely energized, woke up before my alarm almost every day... now, no. Now I wake up 5 minutes before I have to leave for class, just like last year.


Today, I had some classes and such. Went to Taco Bell. Did linguistics homework.
 I planned all day for my first radio broadcast. Unfortunately, it was last night. OOPS. The schedule got changed around right before the deadline, and I didn't think to check it again. Damn.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on September 13, 2007, 04:52:44 am
There are other symptoms that go with diabetes.  Like, for instance, peeing all the time even though you're always thirsty.  Simple dehydration would result in less peeing, not more.  Also, excessive sleepiness or headaches, especially after a starchy meal.  And Type II diabetes doesn't usually show up in adults until they reach middle age.  It's not generally associated with underweight college students.  So you probably don't have anything to worry about, inev.  Drink more water.  You'll be fine. 

Education. 

The reason why I asked about theinev's BGL is because it CAN happen to underweight college students. One of my friends was scrawny and very athletic. He was out playing tennis when his doctor reviewed his labs and freaked the hell out, and the doctor had someone go get him. His blood glucose levels were at 700, and even though he appeared fine he still had an endocrine disorder (diabetes). Having all that sugar floating around does serious damage to bodily organs. It's not just obese middle aged people who get diabetes.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on September 13, 2007, 04:54:42 am
Today Milan made a break for it and ran outside my room! Fortunately he doesn't move that fast and I was able to scoop him up and carry him back inside. I have a rather large apartment (three interconnected rooms that take up most of the second level of the house) and the boys aren't allowed to go downstairs because my roommate has gorgeous, expensive furniture and I don't want the cats to scratch it up.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: smick on September 13, 2007, 05:47:31 am
The reason why I asked about theinev's BGL is because it CAN happen to underweight college students.

I think more important to this diagnosis, inev, does your pee smell sweet? 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: mavies on September 13, 2007, 10:53:11 am
Never mind the smell, how does it taste? Pleasant? Would it be marketable as a beverage? Inevajuice, the sensationally sweet swill, get it while it's luke-warm.

I'm constantly thirsty & tired as well, but I think that's more the drinking coffee all day and booze every night. I hope you aint got diabetes, man. That would be no fun, particularly for a young fellow like yourself. My fingers are crossed on your behalf.

Today I am going to be hungry until I go home, as the bloody canteen at work is closed for ramadan. Then tonight, I'm going to celebrate the start of this most auspicious holy season (as well as the weekend) by getting drunk and watching the Omega Man or Brazil. Unless I get asked out somewhere, in which case I'll jump for joy at actually having the beginnings of a social life. Maybe I should do the asking out?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: side_show on September 13, 2007, 01:28:55 pm
Today I begin an intensive process of re-writing a play I wrote for kids.  It's not my best work, and honestly, if it weren't for the money, I don't think I'd be doing this one.  But oh well.  My dramaturge is pretty fun, so I suppose I can enjoy this on a personal level anyway.  It's all crammed into a 7 day period, so when I'm not at my regular theatre gig, I'll be cramming.  I'm gonna be totally drained by this time next week.  I'm trying really hard to focus on good self care by eating right and getting to bed early, but it's damn hard when I'm so busy and stressed.  And oh yeah... writing a play about a class of elementary school students dealing with their teacher dying...  Who's got depression?  I do.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on September 13, 2007, 04:00:24 pm
yeah, um, basically it has to be due to this place being so dry. It is really freaking dry. Until I started taking Wal-itin (Walgreens off-brand claritin) every night I woke up every morning all stuffed up and dried out.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: smick on September 13, 2007, 08:29:58 pm
Wal-itin (Walgreens off-brand claritin)

I was so happy the day I learned that claritin doesn't cross the blood-brain barrier.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on September 13, 2007, 08:32:11 pm
The reason why I asked about theinev's BGL is because it CAN happen to underweight college students. One of my friends was scrawny and very athletic. He was out playing tennis when his doctor reviewed his labs and freaked the hell out, and the doctor had someone go get him. His blood glucose levels were at 700, and even though he appeared fine he still had an endocrine disorder (diabetes). Having all that sugar floating around does serious damage to bodily organs. It's not just obese middle aged people who get diabetes.

I cede the argument to the EMT with the quite apparently superior knowledge. 

I have a lot of diabetes in my family, and had gestational diabetes when I was pregnant the first time.  I think inev should definitely be checked out, if only to rule out the possibility of a serious problem.  I just don't want him to be all worried, especially if he has no family history of type II diabetes.  I know it *can* happen, but it seems relatively unlikely in my admittedly under-informed opinion. 

That said, don't take medical advice from imaginary people on the internet.  Get checked out and, hopefully, breathe a sigh of relief when your doctor looks at you cockeyed and says, "what the hell, dude?  You're totally fine." 

Who have you been with, my son?
Nobody, nobody!
Then how can you have gonorrhea?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on September 13, 2007, 08:46:41 pm
ok, maybe it's more of a thing where I have been dehydrated my entire life, and didn't notice until now. Because... there is no way I was drinking anywhere close to as much as you people.

and no, my pee is not sweet. My pee smells like... pee.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on September 13, 2007, 09:02:28 pm
You don't need to drink that much water, as long as you drink that much beer, anyway.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Lister on September 15, 2007, 06:22:47 am
Today I'm gonna be at work again.  Also tomorrow.  Management has just now realized that our team was down 40 percent for the past two months during which they also gave us an extra month's worth of stuff to do.  Also: They moved their deadline up a week.

Also also: I used also a lot in this post.  Count how many times and tell a grown-up!
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on September 15, 2007, 07:04:25 am
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You don't need to drink that much water, as long as you drink that much beer, anyway.

I don't drink That much beer. But I'm not sure how much is That much.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on September 15, 2007, 09:19:10 am
2-3 Liters, dog.


Also, I have always heard that it is 1 ounce for every 2 pounds you weigh (200 lbs-- 100 ounces.)
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Ruta Bagas on September 17, 2007, 02:03:46 am
I have agreed to bake far too many cakes this week.

Also: where in the name of the one panda who's successfully maintained an erection this year is everyone this last couple of days? I'm sure you cats don't all keep Sunday holy.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Lister on September 17, 2007, 04:24:17 am
Yesterday I worked.  Today I was working.  Tomorrow I will work also.

There is a pattern forming.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: mavies on September 17, 2007, 07:38:17 am
Today I'm going to lose my job. Oh, wait, I did that yesterday. Well today I shall find a new one!
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Ruta Bagas on September 17, 2007, 11:55:41 am
I made some delicious hashbrowns.

I got some potatoes and grated them, also some onions and cooked it all so it was delicious.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: CortJstr on September 17, 2007, 12:53:59 pm
Today I'm going to lose my job. Oh, wait, I did that yesterday. Well today I shall find a new one!

Wait, aren't you the one in Qatar? Is finding a new job that easy there?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on September 17, 2007, 05:07:44 pm
I made some delicious hashbrownies.

I got some potatoes and grated them, also some onions and cooked it all so it was delicious.

I read it like this 3 times and couldnt figure out why you were putting potatoes into brownies.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: side_show on September 17, 2007, 07:42:06 pm
Today I'm gonna have actors read the final draft of a play I've been working my ass off on.  It's about a class of students dealing with the death of a favorite teacher.  It's a real tear jerker.

Then I'll continue to comfort my friend whose husband left for a remote part of the Congo today (for a month with no contact with the outside world) on a UN mission to try to contain an outbreak of Ebola.  He assesses who lives and dies.  Holy shit!  People A got to a tent for treatment, People B go to a tent to die and be incinerated!  He has to burn everything he takes with him before his return.  I cheered my friend up by telling her she knows what to buy him for Christmas - replacement socks and underwear!  She was telling me the UN warned him that the locals hate the treatment team because they wont allow the dead proper burial, and that the majority of the people who finally go in for assessment are too far gone for help.  She had their son make her husband a bunch of hand prints labelled "Hi Five!" for his dad to take with him, which started me misty eyed.  A month is a long time for a little boy, nevermind my friend.

Then I'll comfort my other friend who's been unable to get pregnant after trying for a year straight.

Then maybe I'll cook up a stir fry for the SO and I, and maybe go to bed early?  I'm tired just typing this. 

There's been so many tears in the past 24hrs (friends' and my own).  Why is it so fuckin' hard to be cognizant?  Seriously!  I come out feeling like an awesome friend, and like I'm definitely not alone in the universe, so, you know... Melanie 1, CrapWorld 0, but seriously... my spirit hurts.  Fuckin' life!
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on September 17, 2007, 09:58:20 pm
Today I'm gonna finish up this shittay field work and go home for a much needed shower. Err, by home I meant "hotel". I hope I brought enough shampoo and conditioner. My hair is so tangly from all this work and wind that I am gonna need a lot of conditioner to get it untangled.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on September 17, 2007, 10:09:11 pm
Smells, thanks for reminding me to stop whining and count my blessings.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on September 17, 2007, 10:23:15 pm
Then I'll continue to comfort my friend whose husband left for a remote part of the Congo today (for a month with no contact with the outside world) on a UN mission to try to contain an outbreak of Ebola.  He assesses who lives and dies.  Holy shit!  People A got to a tent for treatment, People B go to a tent to die and be incinerated!  He has to burn everything he takes with him before his return. 
Yikes.  I didn't know that particular bug had raised it's blood-soaked head again.  Could you imagine the media frenzy that 166 deaths out of 372 cases would stir up in the US?  I just did a quick fact check on that - the closest thing we have to it is Dengue fever.  Sixteen people contracted in Texas last year (presumably on the Gulf coast).  None died - although the experience probably sucked.  "Breakbone fever".
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on September 17, 2007, 11:47:27 pm
today, I realized that whatever Tonsil Problem I had has gone mostly away, although they still look gross. 2 classes, typed up some CD reviews, went to Walgreens with my friend.

last night, I read a ton for homework. Apparently, I completely misunderstood like 5 major plot points in The Bicycle Thieves.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: V-Adore on September 18, 2007, 01:58:59 am
Oh, man, The Bicycle Thief. Such a depression-bomb of a movie.

Also, speaking as someone with really big tonsils (seriously, every pediatrician I ever had brought this up), tonsils pretty much always look gross. They are crazy little flesh wads.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: side_show on September 18, 2007, 02:11:01 am
Yikes.  I didn't know that particular bug had raised it's blood-soaked head again.  Could you imagine the media frenzy that 166 deaths out of 372 cases would stir up in the US?  I just did a quick fact check on that - the closest thing we have to it is Dengue fever.  Sixteen people contracted in Texas last year (presumably on the Gulf coast).  None died - although the experience probably sucked.  "Breakbone fever".

Yeah, it started up again in about April.  Estimates indicate there are about 400 infected, but it's hard to say at this point.  There's at least 5 cases of officially confirmed Ebola in the region - apparently there's a lot of other health problems that mimic it.  Hopefully when they get their mobile lab set up it turns out to be smaller and more contained than 400... because 400 is way too scary a number.  I didn't want to upset my bud, but... if it's bad, I'm pretty sure they'll want to keep him out there.  Back in April there was talk of him going out of 3 months, but it's best not to remind her of these things right now.  Him going, all by itself, is way too scary for her at this point, so I was just trying to keep things optimistic and not ask too many questions.  It's scary shit.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on September 18, 2007, 02:18:41 am
Quote
Oh, man, The Bicycle Thief. Such a depression-bomb of a movie.

Also, speaking as someone with really big tonsils (seriously, every pediatrician I ever had brought this up), tonsils pretty much always look gross. They are crazy little flesh wads.

yeah, except the thing about them that is gross right now is... big white spots.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: V-Adore on September 18, 2007, 03:30:44 am
Okay, that is an abnormal gross thing, certainly.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Doc on September 18, 2007, 09:05:48 am
Today... tonight I stayed at work until 7 o'clock because my new extraction protocol for some dried blood spots involves cutting them out by hand and weighing them rather than using the hole punch we used to use. Also acetonitrile takes too damn long to evaporate.
Don't get me wrong, I'm into this project and am happy to do what it takes to get it to work but these late nights are getting a bit to regular, I'm going to have to start planning out my days better.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on September 18, 2007, 01:08:58 pm
Doc, what the heck do you do for a living?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: CortJstr on September 18, 2007, 01:53:48 pm
Today I'm gonna delete a bunch of spam threads from the Wild Card forum
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on September 18, 2007, 02:47:36 pm
Today I'm gonna delete a bunch of spam threads from the Wild Card forum

I missed those. Was it anything good?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: CortJstr on September 18, 2007, 03:25:28 pm
I missed those. Was it anything good?

No, just somebody selling some crappy software. And you know it was classy because instead of going to some lame store you just e-mail this person. At Hotmail. Oo-la-la.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: smick on September 18, 2007, 03:59:49 pm
No, just somebody selling some crappy software. And you know it was classy because instead of going to some lame store you just e-mail this person. At Hotmail. Oo-la-la.

It's the personal service that attracts me.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Ruta Bagas on September 18, 2007, 04:11:52 pm
Damn it, I go away for five minutes and when I come back the excellent deals on embroidery software have been deleted.

Where am I going to get my embroidery software now?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on September 18, 2007, 11:19:34 pm
today, I think I overheard one of my roommates telling our friend that if she does pot, it will ruin her life and she'll become a horrible person, drop out of college, etc.

I want to write her a note telling her he is full of shit, but first I feel like I need to make sure that that is actually what I overheard.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Doc on September 19, 2007, 11:51:03 am
Doc, what the heck do you do for a living?

I'm a research assistant working for a group that's trying to work up an assay where we detect amounts of vitamin D in blood spotted on filter paper and dried, the kind that gets made from heel pricks when you're born. It's femtomolar amounts of vit D (read: crazy tiny if that doesn't mean shit to you) so we're really paranoid about getting the preparation right.
If we get it working soon we get 6000 samples from Denmark that are linked to medical records so we can see if pre-natal vitamin D deficiency causes any long term effects (spoiler: we think it does).
 
Today I'm gonna delete a bunch of spam threads from the Wild Card forum
Service with a smile. Though I must admit to being a little disappointed, I was hoping it would all link up with the knitting thread.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Lister on September 19, 2007, 03:24:12 pm
...be late for work because I was posting here.  So dumb.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: AlohaDawg on September 19, 2007, 05:13:41 pm
Hemmorhagic fever diseases never really go away and there's more of them than just Ebola. Gorillas in parts of Africa are being wiped out too.

Linky (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/hemorrhagicfevers.html)
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on September 20, 2007, 12:12:40 am
today, I watched an almost-3-hour-long film, in Sicilian with bad subtitles, that was basically a reel of communist propaganda. Maybe I would have liked it more if I hadn't been sneezing/coughing/eyes-runny/tummy-rumbly/head-achey the whole time. but, seriously, fuck. We get it. the family is destitute and nothing they do will ever make things better. OK, you're looking into the camera and saying "we have to unite." I got it the first time.
Thank you, La Terra Trema. Thanks for taking the time to explain these things to me.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: AlohaDawg on September 20, 2007, 07:47:09 am
...discern among over 100 job openings at PHS/NIH in Rockville, MD and apply for as many as I can in my grade and series.

Anyone here know anything about Rockville, MD besides that Michael Stipe says I shouldn't go back there?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: V-Adore on September 20, 2007, 08:33:30 am
You also shouldn't waste another year.

Or so Stipe says.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on September 20, 2007, 12:40:12 pm
...discern among over 100 job openings at PHS/NIH in Rockville, MD and apply for as many as I can in my grade and series.

Anyone here know anything about Rockville, MD besides that Michael Stipe says I shouldn't go back there?

When and why did he say this?

Rockville is a suburb of Washington DC. You should come live here!

But seriously... It's very expensive here, but perhaps not as bad as Hawaii. If you worked in Rockville I suppose you could live farther out which is somewhat cheaper. The climate sucks. There is a fair amount of culture and civilization - there are more interesting authentic ethnic restaurants in the DC suburbs than in the city. You are close enough to go downtown and do all the free Smithsonian museums and so on.

What else do you want to know? I don't know much about schools, but it's a rich county. It seems like that so much a local question of exactly where you end up living.

Oh, and the traffic sucks. We just got rated second worst in the country. But if you know where you're going to work, you can pick a place to live that works around it. I would consider that a high priority if you want to live here.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: side_show on September 20, 2007, 01:22:12 pm
Today I'm gonna try to avoid getting a swelled head due to my invite to an artistic leaders summit.  Nice to be flown half way across the country to meet with the best in my field.  If they keep putting me on a level playing field with such brilliant people, I'm gonna start believing I'm good at making art. 

Also, the most prestigious award given to a theatre artists in my country?  I got to hold one (someone else's) in my hands today.  It has a nice, solid weight to it.  My theory is that any serious award should be heavy enough and solid enough to bludgeon someone to death with, and the Dora is all those things.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: CortJstr on September 20, 2007, 01:25:48 pm
Rockville has a Penzey's, So it's got that going for it. I've been told that in Maryland adding "North" to a town name is code for "expensive and pretentious." Don't pick a work/home combination that requires travel on 270, because it is one of the 3 single suckiest roads during rush hour.

I believe that it's cheaper to live in MD than VA because of VA's personal property tax but VA jobs generally have higher pay which leads to a lot of our traffic woes. MD is also left leaning, although their law banning interracial marriage was just upheld.

Wombat, there's an old REM song called Don't Go Back to Rockville. It's pretty well known but I don't know what Rockville it's referring to.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on September 20, 2007, 02:50:18 pm
Smells, don't get so famous that you don't have time to post anymore!
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on September 20, 2007, 03:59:57 pm
Rockville has a Penzey's, So it's got that going for it. I've been told that in Maryland adding "North" to a town name is code for "expensive and pretentious."
In California, we add "East" to things to indicate that they are low.  Why the people who live in East Palo Alto, East L.A. and so forth put up with this is beyond me.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on September 20, 2007, 05:33:03 pm
Wombat, there's an old REM song called Don't Go Back to Rockville. It's pretty well known but I don't know what Rockville it's referring to.

That would indeed be Rockville MD.  Mike Mills had a girlfriend at UGa who was from Rockville, and was going to go back home for the summer, but he wanted her to stay.
http://www.hermenaut.com/a135.shtml

What wombat said about Rockville is spot on.  Hellish traffic, but lots of really good ethnic restaurants and markets.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on September 20, 2007, 05:44:10 pm
...Finish setting up my dad's new printer. He gets unreasonably pissed when it comes to new technology, so I'm helping him out. He got an HP Photosmart C5180 All-In-One, since he previously owned a Canon Pixma, which has the unfortunate planned obsolescence feature of taking 4 shits and dying after its "waste ink receptacle" is filled. The Pixma printer says that it needs to be serviced, but Canon does not make or sell waste ink receptacles. For a while we cobbled it together by using tissues and paper towels to absorb excess ink, but apparently that won't work anymore. It died spectacularly this morning while I was helping him with mapping projects.

I am hell of tempted to blow the Phoenix paycheck on a new computer laptop ($700) or a big-ass iPod ($250)...or go to the Cherry Creek Mall and see if they have any L'Artisan ($110), Frédéric Malle ($180), or Serge Lutens ($245) perfume. But the voice of reason tells me to save my money.

Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: AlohaDawg on September 20, 2007, 06:15:50 pm
So maybe someone should split this off to a Rockville topic.

The Jobs I'm looking at are GS-13/14 jobs. If I were hired, I would start out at just about 80,000 a year, with yearly cost-of-living of between 1.5-4% and step increases of a couple thousand a year for the first three years and then every two years after that. Eventually the jump to GS-14 would at at least another 5K with bigger steps.

I don't know how big the county is or the town, but I would like to live in the same town I work or one town over if it's possible. I hate to sit in traffic, and it sounds like the traffic is worse than the traffic was in Chicago. I don't mind buses, trains or whatever, though.

The median income in the county according to Wikipedia is something just under 60,000. I never know how to gauge this, I'm way ahead of that in Kailua and we are still getting killed. What are rents like? How about home prices? What suburbs lay around Rockville?

Thanks DC people, this is helpful. When I was in HS I told myself one day I would live in/around DC. Maybe I can accomplish one youthful goal before I die.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on September 20, 2007, 06:31:41 pm
Wait, isn't NIH on the Metro? You might not have to drive at all if you worked it right.  Although if you live farther out most of the metro stops are the sort that you drive to rather than walk to, but at least that's less driving.

Towns that are more or less adjacent to where NIH is are Bethesda and Chevy Chase, which are expensive. I think Rockville itself stretches pretty far north - I think there are parts of close-in Silver Spring that are closer to NIH than places that are legally in Rockville, and might be cheaper.

I think it must be tough to live in this area on 60,000. I don't know about home price statistics, but if you're searching, it might help to know that the towns are in Montgomery County.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: CortJstr on September 20, 2007, 07:02:09 pm
If it helps Montgomery County has the best schools in the DC area, IIRC.

Traffic around here is 2nd worst, but that's mainly because of people who A) live in the exurbs but commute to inside the Beltway or B) commute between MD and VA. There are only 3 crossings over the Potomac river, so all 3 act as huge choke points.

In Arlington a condo near the metro will run you ~$400K for a one bedroom. As I understand it Arlington and Montgomery counties are pretty comparable and both posted a 10% housing price increase over last summer, even with the mortgage/housing slump.

The nice thing about the area is that it's just crawling with jobs, especially government. I just heard on the radio that $80K is the median income for a federal employee in the metro area.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on September 21, 2007, 01:08:05 am
last night, my roommate asked to borrow my guitar so that he could practice before his guitar class today.

this morning, I was woken by the sound of a heartily played acoustic guitar. I feel like, in college, 9 AM is too early to be making loud noises right outside someone's bedroom.

today, I have had a really annoying unproductive, shallow cough (the kind of out-of-breath cough that I associate with smokers and old men).
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Ruta Bagas on September 21, 2007, 01:17:49 am
Well, I've just come home from a cracking last night at the pub before returning to uni to receive an e-mail telling me that a much-loved member of my college has died. No details, no reasons, just that he was... and now he isn't. So I guess sooner or later today I'll be experiencing that bit of news again through a sober mind.

Won't that be fuck*ng fun.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on September 21, 2007, 03:42:09 am
Jesus H. Christ on a pushbike. I have poor impulse control. I'm now the proud owner of an 80g silver iPod.

I was checking 'em out on craigslist and got really incensed when I saw all these jagoffs that were trying to sell their used 60G iPods for $300. Sorry, douche, but I can get a brand new 80G one for $249. They didn't like hearing that very much. Fuck you, cheap bastards, and your shitty used iPods! I got a new one, bitches!

Kellichou is gonna get my 4G pink nano. I hope she likes it.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on September 21, 2007, 02:54:59 pm
Today I'm gonna avoid work as much as possible.  Seriously, working blows.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on September 21, 2007, 03:06:49 pm
today I'm going to finish a film paper (ie: right now, before it is due at noon). Then, I have film class. Then, I have Human Ev, where the professor is giving a lecture he is known for on campus. Apparently you have to get there early because a ton of people who aren't in the class come. The lecture is about why creation science is hooey, basically.

after that, I will come back and sleep. Tonight, I will most likely find something diverting to do.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on September 21, 2007, 04:00:32 pm
Today I'm going to follow The Mayor's plan. I delivered big time this week and now it's time to regroup.

I'm also going to return the call I got from DF&G with crossed fingers. Usually a 'no' is mailed, so a phone call gives me some hopes. If you hear a faint 'whooopeee' blowing on the wind about 9:05AM PST, that's me.

Is DF&G the Department of giraffe and Game? Did you apply for some sort of wacky hunting permit that requires a governor's approval before it can be issued?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Limmo on September 21, 2007, 04:31:35 pm
Jesus H. Christ on a pushbike. I have poor impulse control. I'm now the proud owner of an 80g silver iPod.

If you're gonna have poor impulse control,the iPod-acquiring kind is the best to have.  My 80 is pretty much my favorite possession.  Good on you.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: CortJstr on September 21, 2007, 05:04:10 pm
Yes. Well, not quite to the Govenator's level, but still. You might have heard the 'whooopeee' wafting on the wind. I've been doing all the agreement filings to access some utility lease land. I just paid for a black bear tag and an either sex deer tag to go with my buck tag. I guess I'm going to use all my vacation up from Oct. 13 to Nov. 11.

Hey, at least you let the impulse control go in a good direction!

I was guessing elk. Around here those licenses are given out by lottery because there's too much demand.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on September 21, 2007, 05:05:00 pm
I was guessing elk. Around here those licenses are given out by lottery because there's too much demand.

We have ELK?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: CortJstr on September 21, 2007, 05:06:55 pm
We have ELK?

By "around here" I mean WV
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: V-Adore on September 21, 2007, 07:32:25 pm
Today, I'm mostly going to loaf. I've had a productive, taxing week, and this is my reward.

Also, my birthday is tomorrow, and I have no idea what to do for it. What do you do for the 24th, anyway? Keep in mind I have no friends in town and am not keen on going out drinking alone.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: AugustWest on September 21, 2007, 07:35:41 pm
We have elk in KY.  The herd is apparently doing well and they're giving out more tags each year.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Turbo Ninja on September 21, 2007, 07:41:18 pm
Hemmorhagic fever diseases never really go away.

Tell me about it.  Just when I think I've finally kicked my Marburg for good, I start getting that ol' familiar maculopapular rash, most prominent on the trunk (chest, back, stomach).  Then I know it's just a hop, skip and jump until nausea, vomiting, chest pain, a sore throat, abdominal pain, and diarrhea then may appear.  At least it gives me plenty of time to notify my boss that I'll most likely be out for a few days due to jaundice, inflammation of the pancreas, severe weight loss, delirium, shock, liver failure, and multi-organ dysfunction.

If only I could remember not to handle infected monkeys and come in direct contact with their fluids or cell cultures quite so often!
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on September 21, 2007, 08:23:38 pm
Also, my birthday is tomorrow, and I have no idea what to do for it. What do you do for the 24th, anyway?

I wish I could help you but I can't remember being 24.

Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on September 21, 2007, 08:53:10 pm
Go to an arcade and play all the games you want, never considering money at all.

You would be surprised how pleasant a birthday thing this is to do.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on September 21, 2007, 09:10:39 pm
I don't think I did anything for my 24th birthday.  Or wait, was that the year Pedro threw me a big party and arranged for me to call a bunch of you guys?  I think that was the 25th because I was hugely pregnant for my 26th and I think the Achewood year was the last big bash before The Kid arrived. 

I think on my 24th birthday I worked, and probably went to my Mom's house for dinner.  She probably made pot roast over egg noodles and mashed potatoes and served it with dinner rolls -- my annual birthday starchfest.  (She used to make this all the time when I was growing up, we lived in the midwest and nobody had heard of Dr. Atkins yet.) 

I recommend finding a food you love, and eating lots of it.  If you're alone, all the better -- no sharing. 

Rent a movie you like that nobody will watch with you and yuck it up (or cry yourself to sleep, depending on your tastes).  Better yet, call your best friend and convince her (or him) to rent the same movie and watch it with you over the phone.  It is like a pajama party except that you don't have to clean your apartment or blow up the airbed. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on September 21, 2007, 09:13:12 pm
Better yet, call your best friend and convince her (or him) to rent the same movie and watch it with you over the phone.  It is like a pajama party except that you don't have to clean your apartment or blow up the airbed. 

Do we still have a chat room? We should do this in the chat room sometime.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on September 23, 2007, 04:15:00 am
Drove back from Tulsa after getting plastered there last night.  Played Mario Tennis.  Taught my roommates pit bull how to make it look like he was attacking me when some friends came over.  Now, Drink a couple guinness' and read about Eisenhower and Truman's strategies during the Cold War for my capstone. 

Graduation in December!!!  That is all I can think about---so tired of college.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: AugustWest on September 23, 2007, 04:46:12 am
Eisenhower rocks!  He's one of the three GOP presidents I actually respect.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on September 23, 2007, 06:50:24 am
Yeah, I agree completely.  Basically what a real military man should be.


Are the other two Roosevelt and Lincoln?

edit:  Teddy
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: AugustWest on September 23, 2007, 02:47:14 pm
Yeah, I agree completely.  Basically what a real military man should be.


Are the other two Roosevelt and Lincoln?

edit:  Teddy

DING!
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on September 23, 2007, 10:44:15 pm
I just got home from a weekend in the mountains on a retreat. It was nice, but waaaaay too much social interaction. I want to sit here in my Somebody nice-bubble now and spend time with Milan and Lennybruce. Bah. I hate being around tons and tons of people I ain't know.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: AlohaDawg on September 24, 2007, 02:23:50 am
Wait, isn't NIH on the Metro? You might not have to drive at all if you worked it right.  Although if you live farther out most of the metro stops are the sort that you drive to rather than walk to, but at least that's less driving.

Towns that are more or less adjacent to where NIH is are Bethesda and Chevy Chase, which are expensive. I think Rockville itself stretches pretty far north - I think there are parts of close-in Silver Spring that are closer to NIH than places that are legally in Rockville, and might be cheaper.

I think it must be tough to live in this area on 60,000. I don't know about home price statistics, but if you're searching, it might help to know that the towns are in Montgomery County.

Wikipedia said 60K but the jobs I'm looking at are 80K. We already checked out the home prices. Don't forget where I live now! Most places are cheaper, most of the rest are about the same - anyone know anything about Gaithersburg or Olney?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on September 24, 2007, 02:55:24 am
What do you want to know? They are big suburbs. I often read reviews of restaurants in Gaithersburg that I would go to if they weren't so far away. I suspect that the commute from there would be rather congested.

You don't need to buy a house right away, though, right? You could rent for a while until you get the lay of the land.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: CortJstr on September 24, 2007, 01:29:25 pm
What do you want to know? They are big suburbs. I often read reviews of restaurants in Gaithersburg that I would go to if they weren't so far away. I suspect that the commute from there would be rather congested.

You don't need to buy a house right away, though, right? You could rent for a while until you get the lay of the land.

I thought Gaithersburg was fairly far out, but then I'm pretty hazy on MD geography. Renting for a year to get a feel for things would be my first thought, unless you don't like the idea of having the kids changing schools that many times.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on September 24, 2007, 03:37:14 pm
Don't forget where I live now!
I'd think the culture shock of going from E' komo mai!, to Who you lookin' at? or from Polynesian Time to East Coast Fast Forward would be causing you more apprehension.  Why not split the difference and look in the West?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on September 25, 2007, 04:05:27 pm
Today at 8 AM I had a job interview.  At 11, they called to offer it to me.  They want me to decide by tomorrow.

So today I'm going to figure out what the hell to do.  And bring it up with my boss, who will freak the hell out.

It's a good offer, not a jump-out-of-your-chair-holy-shit offer.

I've been thinking for weeks if not months "I'm sick of it here, I really need to make a change."  But suddenly I'm all "Change is SCARY!  Don't know what to DO!"

ohhhhh shiiiiiiiiiit
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on September 25, 2007, 04:52:48 pm
I like to think of job change decisions in this way:

Could the unknown quantity (new job) be any worse than the known quantity (current job)? 

If not...it's probably worth the risk. 

JMHO, YMMV, etc. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on September 25, 2007, 05:52:04 pm
JL's assessment technique is good too. If the offering company meets the basic criteria [stable company, interesting to you, decent salary, OK people, OK commute, reasonable position expectations] while offering some change and potential now is the time to do it.

QFT.

On the other hand, I had the conversation with my boss, and he was basically "What do you want?  I'll give you whatever you want to keep you."  I am having trouble articulating what I want, though.  I want to say "I don't know what I want, I just know it's not this."
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on September 25, 2007, 07:02:26 pm
Well, it's nice of your boss to ask, but it sounds like you do know exactly what you want - it's 'not this,' and that's the one thing he can't give you and the other place can.

But congratulations, either way.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on September 26, 2007, 07:10:45 am
Jeez, poor you and poor Asherbaby! That sounds horrible. I hope they can figure out what is ailing the little guy. One of my friends has such bad acid reflux disease that he had to have a Nissen funduplication...and both his kids (little girl is 2 years old, little boy is 8 months) have acid reflux too.

Today I got a haircut and had my hair blown out (that's when the hairdresser uses a brush and hairdryer to straighten it... God, it's fabulous. If I were rich I'd pay a lady to come in and style my hair every day. That would be sheer luxury. I always fuck it up every time when I try to blow it out myself). I also attended a presentation about human trafficking that made me feel like I'd been punched in the stomach. 
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Post by: lprkn on September 26, 2007, 07:42:44 am
...concentrate on getting a political ethics paper done. (this week's topic, torture!) I'm a pretty bad procrastinator and I'm paying for it now. I had 10 days to do this thing and I waited 'til the night before. God I'm an idiot. Bright side: sleep deprivation, reminders about bad personal habit.
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Post by: mavies on September 26, 2007, 09:54:21 am
Concentrating on getting a paper done by posting about doing it on here? That's my kind of concentration, right there. Best of luck to you! What's the paper gotta be about exactly?

When I finish work today I'm going to concentrate on not fuck*ng things up with the extremely nice girl who is interested in me. This isn't a situation I am at all experienced with. But it is awesome!
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Post by: KeithHernandez on September 26, 2007, 10:22:26 am
Sleep deprivation is one of my favorite ways of getting fucked up.  Mix it with some other things and you've got yourself a nice little time.
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Post by: Doc on September 26, 2007, 10:24:30 am
Today I spent most of the day concentrating on why all my blank controls have huge signal in them. I'm sure it's just some stupid mistake I made but not knowing what the stupid mistake is makes me very tense.
But I'm home now and I made the huge pile of dishes go away there are battlestar galactica dvds cold cans of coca-cola so things are looking up.

...concentrate on getting a political ethics paper done. (this week's topic, torture!) I'm a pretty bad procrastinator and I'm paying for it now. I had 10 days to do this thing and I waited 'til the night before. God I'm an idiot. Bright side: sleep deprivation, reminders about bad personal habit.
Extra credit?

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Post by: lprkn on September 26, 2007, 04:01:17 pm
Concentrating on getting a paper done by posting about doing it on here? That's my kind of concentration, right there. Best of luck to you! What's the paper gotta be about exactly?

When I finish work today I'm going to concentrate on not fuck*ng things up with the extremely nice girl who is interested in me. This isn't a situation I am at all experienced with. But it is awesome!

Uh, yes well, all work and no play would actually help lprkn be a better student. The paper is not about any one person, it is an examination the use of torture as a tool of the state, and the ethics involved. Actually a somewhat interesting topic. I'm supposed to draw on the various class readings(krauthammer, walzer, shue) to pick a perspective that seems most persuasive, and then justify it.

Best of luck with the whole avoiding sef-sabotage thing!
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Post by: theinevitable on September 26, 2007, 04:14:35 pm
today, I am going to have a bunch of classes, one of which is the big Quarter One human evolution exam (1/4 of grade, on the first 1/4 of the class). This class is known as being a major bitch, but I have had major non-academic incentives to study, as well as... thinking that Anthro is awesome. So I feel pretty prepared.
Tonight, after a film showing for my film class (maybe Bitter Rice?) is an Exec Staff meeting for the radio station, then we are sponsoring a showing of American Hardcore which I might attend.
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Post by: jaydub on September 26, 2007, 08:52:53 pm
today, I am going to have a bunch of classes, one of which is the big Quarter One human evolution exam (1/4 of grade, on the first 1/4 of the class).
See, this is the way I thought college classes were supposed to work.  Unfortunately I had professors who would make us work like demons for 80% of the class, throw us a 10% bone on that, then base 90% of our grade on final-type stuff when you're all distracted by finals in your other classes.  As well as professors who had some mysterious grading system where they arbitrarily assigned you a grade at the end that seemed to have little bearing on what you'd actually demonstrated.
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Post by: CortJstr on September 26, 2007, 08:58:24 pm
Is that better or worse than the teachers trying to stop grade inflation? I had one that would give final grades on a bell curve so most of us got Cs. But that meant for the whole semester you had only a vague idea what your actual grade might be.
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Post by: theinevitable on September 26, 2007, 11:06:07 pm
yeah, he basically told us the formula for his curve. he has been teaching the class for almost 20 years.
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Post by: robot_god on September 27, 2007, 12:44:11 am
Right now I'm filling out the choices for my 'experiential rotations.'  Next two semesters of school I have to go do 19 day internships at 9 different locations, so now I am haphazardly filling out my choices.  That year will be annoying.  Probably going to have to deal with patients.

Hopefully tonight I will go to some dude's place who has Guitar Hero.  I played it for the first time two weeks ago and it was outstanding.  I played real well.
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Post by: KeithHernandez on September 27, 2007, 12:49:49 am
I love guitar hero. 
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Post by: linnea on September 27, 2007, 12:58:10 am
Right now I'm filling out the choices for my 'experiential rotations.'  Next two semesters of school I have to go do 19 day internships at 9 different locations, so now I am haphazardly filling out my choices.  That year will be annoying.  Probably going to have to deal with patients.

Hopefully tonight I will go to some dude's place who has Guitar Hero.  I played it for the first time two weeks ago and it was outstanding.  I played real well.

r_g, what are you going to school for?
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Post by: theinevitable on September 27, 2007, 01:01:39 am
guitar hero is cool. but I am pretty bad at it.
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Post by: robot_god on September 27, 2007, 01:10:51 am
r_g, what are you going to school for?

Pharmacy.  Just started the fifth year.
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Post by: littlefallsmets on September 27, 2007, 04:55:08 am
Some friends and I actually did a short mockdocumentary about Guitar Hero once...

Did I ever share it with you guys and ladies?
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Post by: theinevitable on September 27, 2007, 05:06:24 am
my RA is...
he was once one of the top ranked DDR-ers in the world. Now this skill only goes towards Beating Everyone Ever at Guitar Hero. He and his friends made a short documentary about him beating this uppity freshman at Guitar Hero.
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Post by: linnea on September 27, 2007, 06:06:02 am
Some friends and I actually did a short mockdocumentary about Guitar Hero once...

Did I ever share it with you guys and ladies?

I'm not sure if you did. Is it on YouTube?

my RA is...
he was once one of the top ranked DDR-ers in the world. Now this skill only goes towards Beating Everyone Ever at Guitar Hero. He and his friends made a short documentary about him beating this uppity freshman at Guitar Hero.

A World DDR Champ, eh? Damn. How did he get ranked at that? Did he travel to Japan to compete at a convention or something? That is crazy.
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Post by: theinevitable on September 27, 2007, 06:23:04 am
yes. he traveled all over the place. And, he was on TV shows back in the day, when he wanted to be an actor? Also, he dated/smooched like a shit-ton of ladies who are now making headlines who are around our age.
There is evidence of these things, people.

It just occurred to me that this is equivalent to "my friend on the internet used to live in Alaska!" or what have you. But seriously, people, this man is one BAMF.
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Post by: V-Adore on September 27, 2007, 06:36:19 am
... am I your Friend On The Internet Who Used To Live In Alaska, or do you have another one?

Anyway, on the subject of acquaintances with unusual properties, I know a dude on the current season of Beauty and the Geek. He's a jerk, though.

"Acquaintances with Unusual Properties" sounds like Mr Bear's attempt at titling she-male porn.
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Post by: theinevitable on September 27, 2007, 07:09:43 am
you used to live in Alaska?

...I meant Linnea. or Nabu. But, you know, I'd probably say Linnea, because otherwise the person might ask if anyone had ever photoshopped me to appear to be preparing for maximum cuddles with Nabu, and it'd be awkward to explain.
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Post by: V-Adore on September 27, 2007, 07:33:19 am
Oh, right. I often forget how many Alaska-dwelling folks we have here.

(I was born in Alaska and lived in Fairbanks until after seventh grade, when my father's midlife crisis took us to the Lower 48. It is a long story.)
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Post by: Doc on September 27, 2007, 08:30:28 am
"Acquaintances with Unusual Properties" sounds like Mr Bear's attempt at titling she-male porn.
A thousand cans! A million cans!
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Post by: Lister on September 27, 2007, 01:49:54 pm
...wake up an hour before my alarm, after a strange dream where my current employer decided to publish a horrible game of mine from 4 years ago.  Now I'm going to turn my alarm off and spend the day in a sleep-deprived stupor.
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Post by: linnea on September 27, 2007, 05:41:17 pm
Oh, right. I often forget how many Alaska-dwelling folks we have here.

(I was born in Alaska and lived in Fairbanks until after seventh grade, when my father's midlife crisis took us to the Lower 48. It is a long story.)

I seem to remember you having some amusing stories about the batshit-insane kids from Barrow that you met at camp or something...
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Post by: smick on September 27, 2007, 10:40:32 pm
But, you know, I'd probably say Linnea, because otherwise the person might ask if anyone had ever photoshopped me to appear to be preparing for performing maximum cuddles with Nabu, and it'd be awkward to explain.
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Post by: Arachno-capitalist on October 01, 2007, 08:10:40 pm
I walked out of my building and the first thing i saw was a speeding pick up truck do a screeching 360 degree turn in the middle of an intersection. the truck adjusted and then ramed a parked station wagon. The driver of the truck got out, cursed at the station wagon dude and punched him in the face, got back in his truck and sped away. Best part: The dude was wearing a kilt.
I saw all of this happen, looked around and then mumbled "No.... no way." And turned around to go back to my room.
It just seemed like a not good omen.
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Post by: linnea on October 02, 2007, 12:20:07 am
Today I got a flu shot and another 100 days' supply of thyroid medicine.

Tomorrow: Chicken!

Also, tomorrow I'm also going to have a kickass job interview (keep your fingers crossed for me, please), and do some volunteer work. Wednesday I'm going to have coffee with a very, very adorable man. We met for coffee on Saturday night. He is just...nine million kinds of awesome. We totally hit it off. After coffee, we went for a late night walk around downtown Denver, and as we were chatting, he said something that reminded me of Eddie Izzard's standup routine, and I started imitating bits of Eddie's routine. He grabbed my hand and said, "I can't believe you're for real! You like Eddie Izzard and you're smart and beautiful!" I felt like a million bucks.
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Post by: theinevitable on October 02, 2007, 12:29:55 am
wow. that is cute for real. Good luck on your job interview! we are rooting for you, Somebody nice!

today I slept for like 4 hours between finishing my paper and waking up to turn it in, then went to film class, then anthro (we looked at slides of cute monkeys, basically. Macaques are adorable!), and then I came back and fell asleep for like 3 more hours. Just now I was convinced into participating in possibly the Worst charity concept I have ever heard. I literally feel like I am a worse person for having "helped" than if I had said "that is a horrible, offensive idea. please reconsider."

the concept was "PB&J's for the Hungry." basically they have a bunch of peanut butter and jelly and bread, and you go and make a sandwich. I'm just imagining... being hungry, and having some rich-ass college student come up to me and say "hey! we made you a pb&j!" and handing me a shitty half-assed sandwich that some kid got railroaded into making... and eating it anyway.
I feel like this is the least dignified way to help someone I have ever heard. "This sandwich was made by a college student you will never know. We did not have gloves, or any way for them to wash their hands."
Also the concept that there is some "The Hungry" really bugs me. I asked how the whole thing worked, and they didn't really seem to have a plan. "well... we have... we have peanut butter and jelly. and... bread. you make a sandwich, and we... we get it to the people that need it. the hungry people."
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Post by: Arachno-capitalist on October 02, 2007, 01:44:32 am
"well... we have... we have peanut butter and jelly. and... bread. you make a sandwich, and we... we get it to the people that need it. the hungry people."

Basically I think this would really take off here. It is an unofficial tradition around here to use all of your unused meal plan meals at chik-fil-a or quiznos at the end of the semester (christmas time) and leave bags and bags of free chicken sammiches at the local homeless hangout.
Dudes gotta eat and I gotta justify my existence. win, win, win.
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Post by: lprkn on October 02, 2007, 02:22:23 am
I got an "A" on my political ethics paper. Yay!
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Post by: theinevitable on October 02, 2007, 02:32:13 am
when I get back my Political Theory paper and he has torn my argument to shreds... I might cry. he's an awesome guy, but he's known for absolutely destroying people's papers.
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Post by: jay-ell on October 02, 2007, 08:02:49 pm
Basically I think this would really take off here. It is an unofficial tradition around here to use all of your unused meal plan meals at chik-fil-a or quiznos at the end of the semester (christmas time) and leave bags and bags of free chicken sammiches at the local homeless hangout.
Dudes gotta eat and I gotta justify my existence. win, win, win.

Last time I was in DC I gave a package of Dibs (bite-sized ice cream in magic shell) to a homeless guy on the lawn of the National Dance Museum.  I gave it to him because my two year old asked for it, then rejected it.  I felt sort of bad about it, being a bastion of American wastefulness and all, but it was really hot and the guy seemed sort of pleased to be offered something besides a Subway sandwich or a Big Mac.  So I thought maybe there was a higher purpose in my son's unexpected finickiness after all. 

The PB&Js for the homeless sounds...sketchy.  But if it weren't for rich college students, who *would* feed the hungry? 

Christians?  Fat chance. 
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Post by: CortJstr on October 02, 2007, 08:24:27 pm
Today executive management informed me that I may add minions to my budding empire. Specifically, 3 minions and a henchman.

It has begun...

He Heh Heh heh heh ehhhh heh!


I can never remember, is a henchman over a minion or below? I need to bone-up on my Legions of Terror hierarchy.
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Post by: Carlos del Vaca on October 02, 2007, 08:39:54 pm
I believe a henchman is closer, someone you may take into your confidence.  Thus a henchman ranks higher than a minion, as you just send minions forth to do your bidding.
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Post by: jaydub on October 02, 2007, 09:32:03 pm
What about lackeys?  Are they like, house-bound minions?
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Post by: littlefallsmets on October 02, 2007, 09:48:19 pm
I thought that a minion is someone with actual individual abilities and talents that is simply subservient to you...

Whereas a henchman is pretty much just a skill-less warm body. For living and punching and data entry and so on.

The Baroness is Cobra Commander's minion.

A dude named Laurel or Hardy who is big and punches things for the Joker is a henchman.

A lackey is LIKE a henchman... but a non-generic henchman. Like a nepotism-placed henchman.

Like if you were in the Memphis Mafia because Elvis hired you as muscle, you were a henchman.

If you were in the Memphis Mafia because you were Elvis's cousin or childhood friend, you were a lackey.

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Post by: CortJstr on October 02, 2007, 09:54:49 pm
I think the Baroness was more of a Trusted Lieutenant because she could use her own judgment about non-trivial matters.
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Post by: smick on October 02, 2007, 09:58:32 pm
I would certainly at least describe her as a Capo.
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Post by: littlefallsmets on October 02, 2007, 10:01:38 pm
Fair enough. Hm.

Okay, okay, this might be more clear.

Bebop and Rockstead were minions, Foot Soldiers were henchmen.

Minions get individual names and have some kind of talents, henchmen get a group name at best.
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Post by: linnea on October 02, 2007, 10:07:42 pm
The PB&Js for the homeless sounds...sketchy.  But if it weren't for rich college students, who *would* feed the hungry? 

Christians?  Fat chance. 

JL, that stung. I must mention that the group that I volunteer with does all kinds of outreach programs, including helping to feed the hungry. In this country and others. You are correct, however, that Christians can and should do more. However, we already do a LOT to help feed the hungry. But yes, room for improvement since there are fatass Americans throwing up food like in a god damned Roman vomitorium (as well as throwing it away) while people die of starvation. Also, our government destroys huge stores of crops each year to maintain the supply/demand and price fixes on crops...even though that food could be shipped to places like Zimbabwe, where they have fuck*ng run out of bread and flour (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7022653.stm).
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Post by: jaydub on October 02, 2007, 10:28:37 pm
It also pays farmers not to grow food - but neither of those things are humanitarian sins. If American farmers had to sell their crops for free market value, they'd all go out of business.  Then we'd all starve.  Agribusiness has gotten way out of balance thanks to government intervention. BUT...even if we shipped all our surplus food to Zimbabwe it would rot in the docks because the government there is so corrupt and incompetent.  Mugabe and his cronies would sooner burn it than acknowledge their basket case economy is the doing of the government.

Also, our government destroys huge stores of crops each year to maintain the supply/demand and price fixes on crops...even though that food could be shipped to places like Zimbabwe, where they have fuck*ng run out of bread and flour (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7022653.stm).
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Post by: linnea on October 02, 2007, 10:46:56 pm
It also pays farmers not to grow food - but neither of those things are humanitarian sins. If American farmers had to sell their crops for free market value, they'd all go out of business.  Then we'd all starve.  Agribusiness has gotten way out of balance thanks to government intervention. BUT...even if we shipped all our surplus food to Zimbabwe it would rot in the docks because the government there is so corrupt and incompetent.  Mugabe and his cronies would sooner burn it than acknowledge their basket case economy is the doing of the government.

Right, government exists (in part) to protect the food supply, hence government price fixes on crops. But donating food wouldn't kill the price of commodities...although then some people would probably argue that it would be morally wrong for "the weak" to subsist or depend on "American handouts". And yes, Zimbabwe's government is hell of corrupt. It is just...perverse...that we live in a world where perfectly good food is thrown away or burnt instead of giving it to the hungry because of politics.
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Post by: jaydub on October 03, 2007, 12:49:05 am
It is just...perverse...that we live in a world where perfectly good food is thrown away or burnt instead of giving it to the hungry because of politics.
Agreed.
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Post by: lprkn on October 03, 2007, 01:03:14 am
Henchman: strong, dumb
Lackey: Weak, ineffective
Minion: conniving
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Post by: linnea on October 03, 2007, 02:22:22 am
Today I'm Gonna... (Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007)

Go have coffee with the cutest boy ever. I'm so excited. He is a mapping geek like meeeee! We both love Eddie Izzard! He's cute and intelligent and well-read and likes great music!! Seriously. He is incredible. Intarwub dating, I know I lambasted you in the past, but even just that one date with this guy last Saturday more than made up for it.

Now i have to go to bed because nerves about today's job interview (which went awesomely) meant I only got four hours' sleep last night. I'm hell of tired. G'night.
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Post by: lprkn on October 03, 2007, 02:29:44 am
Good job on the interview.

Good luck with the boy.
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Post by: Golfhaus on October 03, 2007, 05:46:03 pm
Everyone that I've met here in Pittsburgh over the course of the last two weeks found out this morning that they're out of a job come January.

So today I'm going to try to bump into as few of them as I can, while hopefully returning home. The reason I was brought here is now moot because of what we learned this morning.
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Post by: jay-ell on October 03, 2007, 08:50:03 pm
JL, that stung.

I just figured I'd better say it before someone else did. 

I am a "church every Sunday" type, myself, you know.  But I think most of us could do more, and would, if we weren't all wrapped up in things we think are problems in our own insignificant little lives. 

Hm.  What's the deal with me being jaded today? 

---

Today I spent an hour painting pictures with my kid.  We got a copy of penis Paint (http://www.amazon.com/penis-Paint-Ellen-Stoll-Walsh/dp/0152002650) and I made paper cutout mice and we painted them, and experimented with mixing primary colors to make secondary colors.  Then I went to the craft store because I decided that Little P needed some foam penis stamps.  Then I spent another hour cutting fun foam into penis-shaped stamps with an xacto knife.  Now I'm going to work on developing an original knitting pattern for a Mario cap for Little P's Halloween costume.  When he wakes up from his nap we will probably make a pumpkin with stickers. 

I am a scary good mom today.  I'm worried for my sanity.  All Martha Stewart up in this piece.  Thank goodness we only do activities on Wednesdays.  Next think you know I'll be posting recipes for homemade play-dough and gak. 

Gack! 
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Post by: theinevitable on October 03, 2007, 11:32:53 pm
penis Paint is one of the best ever. I love(d) that book so much.
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Post by: KeithHernandez on October 04, 2007, 04:08:54 am
My mom is the director of a preschool.  I have spent at least a day of my life making homemade playdough and gack.
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Post by: V-Adore on October 04, 2007, 05:08:37 am
Once, we accidentally made homemade Gak and attempted to use it as papier mache, because nobody in my high-school theater club knew the real recipe for papier-mache paste and we had a massive outbreak of collective idiocy.

Worst. Prop-making session. Ever.
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Post by: linnea on October 04, 2007, 05:18:46 am
Coffee today was amazing. He's so adorable!! We are going to see each other again this Friday. I can't wait!

Anyway, today I've got another job interview at 1PM. Clutch on my roommate's car is getting a bit wonky, so I'm going to take the bus.
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Post by: jay-ell on October 04, 2007, 04:23:34 pm
lin, good luck on both counts. 

I've got a hot date tomorrow night.  I bought a really cute top (http://www.kohls.com/kohlsStore/womens/maternity/shirts/PRD~238038/Oh+Baby+by+Motherhood+AnimalPrint+Shirt+Set.jsp) today in anticipation.  I really like this guy, I'm excited about getting to know him better.   ;) 
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Post by: lprkn on October 06, 2007, 08:28:50 pm
I had my wisdom teeth out this week. It went swimmingly. I'll be seeing Henry Rollins later this month. So, yeah, money is just going out a lot faster than it's coming in.
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Post by: theinevitable on October 06, 2007, 09:48:11 pm
today, I am going to make some pumpkin bread for a potluck tonight!

last night I saw the Turbo Fruits in the basement of the cooperative living commune thing on campus. it was awesome. afterwards we went to a party, and the band came, and it was cool.
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Post by: linnea on October 07, 2007, 01:45:43 am
I HAS A BOYFRIEND.

He is so goddamned hot. I am soooo lucky! Yeeeeee!!!

I'm still all addled. We went geocaching today. He is so adorable. Did I mention that he's hot? And hell of intelligent? And sweet and kind? Daaaaamn.

Today I'm gonna...go run the Race for the Cure and hopefully see game 4 of the Rockies-Phillies playoffs on Sunday, October 7th.
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Post by: Golfhaus on October 07, 2007, 01:56:47 am
Wow, it's been a while since I've gone geocaching. Used to have a lot of fun doing it.
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Post by: V-Adore on October 07, 2007, 02:20:57 am
Congratulations, Somebody nice! Have fun with your geocaching.
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Post by: jay-ell on October 07, 2007, 03:02:16 am
I had to google geocaching, but I've heard of it.  Neat!  And congrats! 

Get him an account so we can haze him make sure he treats you well. 
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Post by: Arachno-capitalist on October 07, 2007, 03:17:36 am
I HAS A BOYFRIEND.

He is so goddamned hot. I am soooo lucky! Yeeeeee!!!

I'm still all addled. We went geocaching today. He is so adorable. Did I mention that he's hot? And hell of intelligent? And sweet and kind? Daaaaamn.

Today I'm gonna...go run the Race for the Cure and hopefully see game 4 of the Rockies-Phillies playoffs on Sunday, October 7th.

I too would like to come out and make our relationship public. Thanks for the compliments, babe. You are too kind.
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Post by: linnea on October 07, 2007, 04:02:53 am
I too would like to come out and make our relationship public. Thanks for the compliments, babe. You are too kind.

Baby, it was so nice of you to get us tickets to Game 4 of the Rockies-Phillies playoffs, too. I kinda hope that the Phillies win tonight so we can go to the game tomorrow to watch the Rockies PWN. And going to all those art galleries last night, too... whatta man.

For those who didn't already know, A-CAP is secretly a sexy, Liberal, 29-year-old man who lives in downtown Denver. 
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Post by: theinevitable on October 07, 2007, 04:43:29 am
I KNEW IT.
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Post by: KeithHernandez on October 07, 2007, 04:55:36 am
Sorry Somebody nice, but... !!!!!!!ROCKIES!!!!!!
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Post by: wombat on October 07, 2007, 01:08:38 pm
We went geocaching today.

Is that what you kids are calling it nowadays.
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Post by: linnea on October 07, 2007, 08:42:05 pm
Sorry Somebody nice, but... !!!!!!!ROCKIES!!!!!!

WE GONNA PLAY THE WORLD SERIES, BABY!!!

Also, my man got us tickets to game 2... that's right, he's amazing. It's gonna kick much ass.

We went geocaching today.
Is that what you kids are calling it nowadays.

Heh. Yes. I've still got a smile so huge that it wraps twice around my head. I've gotta break it into sections just to fit through a doorway.
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Post by: AugustWest on October 07, 2007, 08:58:58 pm

Heh. Yes. I've still got a smile so huge that it wraps twice around my head. I've gotta break it into sections just to fit through a doorway.

Good for you, you deserve it!
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on October 07, 2007, 09:37:31 pm
Somebody nice, I saw the girl who looks like you again! I am so glad that the boy is doing well and earning our approval. Yayyy boyfriend!

so, how do these things work when you're... not 19? does he still have to say like "will you be my girlfriend Somebody nice?" or is that as immature and lame as it feels?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on October 07, 2007, 09:50:41 pm
Somebody nice, I saw the girl who looks like you again! I am so glad that the boy is doing well and earning our approval. Yayyy boyfriend!

so, how do these things work when you're... not 19? does he still have to say like "will you be my girlfriend Somebody nice?" or is that as immature and lame as it feels?

Heh... not, it still feels lame and silly. Our conversation went something like this:
Me: "So...can I introduce you to my roommates as my boyfriend?"
Him: "Yes!"

Later:
Him: "You know, you didn't have to say that just to keep up appearances with your roommates...I'd really love to be your boyfriend."

Now I just have to come up with a clever nickname for him... not Technical Staff, not The Gentleman Caller... I'll have to come up with something.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: CortJstr on October 07, 2007, 10:07:13 pm
Now I just have to come up with a clever nickname for him... not Technical Staff, not The Gentleman Caller... I'll have to come up with something.

The Peg-ee?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: AlohaDawg on October 07, 2007, 10:33:37 pm
I would never have expected that from Cort, but it deserves a tiny can. Or a medium sized can with a tiny hole, anyway.

Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on October 07, 2007, 11:41:42 pm
The Peg-ee?

I would never have expected that from Cort, but it deserves a tiny can. Or a medium sized can with a tiny hole, anyway.

HEE!!! Oh man, I will never live down the peggin' jokes. Tiny cans to both of you for hilarity.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: kellichou on October 08, 2007, 03:49:33 am
Yeah, belatedly posting, here, but . . .

I heard about this awesome man a while ago, and I am hell of psyched that they're officially boyfriend & girlfriend now!!!!  GO, TWIN O' MIIIIINE!!!  YAY!

Hm, a good pseudonym for him.  I got nuthin'.  CI, for Cuteness Incarnate?  <g>  SGC, for Sexy Geocaching Consort?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jough on October 08, 2007, 03:57:03 am
Meatspace Accomplice?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: lprkn on October 08, 2007, 04:51:49 am
Orlc: Official Rocker of Linnea's Can?

Too much? Yeah, I figured.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: AlohaDawg on October 08, 2007, 05:24:13 am
Teh AssMaster


(unless that should be Linnea's name....)
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: smick on October 08, 2007, 06:36:12 am
Just let him know, should it all go wrong, you know people that you can bring in for shivvings.

The detectives won't have any way to trace it back.  They'll be such as sending it down to cold cases, and saying "Must have been one of those rogue message boards on the internet."
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: lprkn on October 08, 2007, 09:01:41 pm
You'd be amazed how many cases end up that way. More common than you think.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on October 09, 2007, 12:13:22 am
My stomach is twisting itself into knots from nervousness. Today my boyfriend is coming over and we're going to cook dinner together. We're going to grill salmon and have edamame, and we should probably also stop at the grocery store for bread or something. I am so excited to see him!
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Golfhaus on October 09, 2007, 01:52:54 am
My stomach is twisting itself into knots from nervousness. Today my boyfriend is coming over and we're going to cook dinner together. We're going to grill salmon and have edamame, and we should probably also stop at the grocery store for bread condoms, a disposable camera, and a banana or something. I am so excited to see him!

Fixed that for you.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Limmo on October 09, 2007, 11:54:51 pm
We're going to grill salmon and have edamame

So...how was the meal?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on October 10, 2007, 12:01:14 am
And by "meal" he means "ten straight hours of pegging".
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Limmo on October 10, 2007, 12:02:40 am
Pegging?  Is that what you crazy kids are calling the Hot fuck*ng these days?

ETA: I just looked up "pegging" up to be sure.  Ten hours of that would probably chafe. Guess the San Fernando Valley is a kinkier place than I thought.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: smick on October 10, 2007, 12:19:42 am
Just let him know, should it all go wrong, you know people that you can bring in for shivvings.

The detectives won't have any way to trace it back.  They'll be such as sending it down to cold cases, and saying "Must have been one of those rogue message boards on the internet."

The day after I open my big yamhole, Paul brings the cops here. 

Linnea: I actually had edamame the other day and a sushi boat place.   How did I go this long without eating such a thing?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on October 10, 2007, 12:26:29 am
I'm in love with the idea of this place being a rogue message board.

It conquers up images of the pirates of accountancy in "The Meaning of Life" you know?

Man. We gotta keep that running gag running, is all I'm saying. So good.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on October 10, 2007, 02:10:53 am
smick: edamame is damn tasty, isn't it?

Re: "The Meal" - I guess I got so preoccupied and nervous that I forgot to cook the edamame. The salmon steaks were done in a Cajun spice rub and grilled, and we made some garlic bread, and some salad. It was a tasty meal. Then we watched about five minutes of Pollock (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0183659/). No pegging was had by anyone. Today we went geocaching here in my 'hood and didn't find anything. The caches we were checking out were in heavily trafficked areas and it was impossible to properly search without raising bystander suspicion. Then he went home and i went to another job interview that was a total waste of my time.

also, golfhaus got a tiny can of Dr. Pepper for the FIX'D post.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on October 10, 2007, 02:18:06 am
there are several things of interest there... but I am going to restrain myself to giving you a subtle thumbs up.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on October 10, 2007, 02:42:11 am
Quote from: theinevitable
but I am going to restrain myself to giving you a subtle thumbs up.

Oh you and your vague pegging references.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Limmo on October 10, 2007, 03:05:43 am
Pegging.  Geocaching.  I'm learning about all this stuff.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: CortJstr on October 10, 2007, 03:51:04 pm
Today I'm not gonna see the Pipettes at the 9:30 Club. Because they had to cancel like half their US tour due to visa problems. Hell of lame, get with the program, ladies. Also, since their CD was finally released in the US eMusic can no longer carry any of their stuff. WTF?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on October 10, 2007, 04:26:08 pm
Today I'm not gonna see the Pipettes at the 9:30 Club. Because they had to cancel like half their US tour due to visa problems. Hell of lame, get with the program, ladies. Also, since their CD was finally released in the US eMusic can no longer carry any of their stuff. WTF?

Man, WTF?? That is totally lame. You would think that their managers or agents would be able to swing a couple of visas. :( I'm sorry you had to miss the show.

Today I'm gonna go play trivia with my sexy geocaching consort and a bunch of his friends. Woooo! We kick much ass at trivia. I hope we win.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on October 10, 2007, 04:40:40 pm
today I woke up just now. 20 minutes before I need to leave.

I woke up, and my alarm clock was still set to go off at 11 AM, still turned on, had batteries, etc. This happens to me constantly. I have tried buying new alarm clocks, using my cell phone alarm, etc.

wtf?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: smick on October 10, 2007, 08:11:23 pm
I've managed to not see MIA twice because of visa issues.

She's coming to Portland soon.  I'm not even going to bother trying.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on October 10, 2007, 10:20:39 pm
today I woke up just now. 20 minutes before I need to leave.

I woke up, and my alarm clock was still set to go off at 11 AM, still turned on, had batteries, etc. This happens to me constantly. I have tried buying new alarm clocks, using my cell phone alarm, etc.

wtf?

I'm trying to remember what it was like to have to set an alarm to get up at 11 AM.  Man, I'm old. 

Also, today, while trying to get to my OB/GYN's office, I saw this:

(http://wwwcache.wral.com/asset/news/local/2007/10/10/1912012/1192034821_IMG_7033-323x485.jpg)

Needless to say, I had to find an alternate route. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on October 10, 2007, 10:21:32 pm
today I woke up just now. 20 minutes before I need to leave.

I woke up, and my alarm clock was still set to go off at 11 AM, still turned on, had batteries, etc. This happens to me constantly. I have tried buying new alarm clocks, using my cell phone alarm, etc.

wtf?
Get your ears checked?  Go to bed earlier so you're not so exhausted you sleep through?  Are your roommates still talking to you?  I abused mine when they slept through their alarms (since I cleverly never took a class before 9am if I could help it, they were always getting up before me - which is completely defeated if their doggam alarm wakes me and not them).
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on October 10, 2007, 10:27:18 pm
Get your ears checked?  Go to bed earlier so you're not so exhausted you sleep through?  Are your roommates still talking to you?  I abused mine when they slept through their alarms (since I cleverly never took a class before 9am if I could help it, they were always getting up before me - which is completely defeated if their doggam alarm wakes me and not them).
Word.
Dan has a single this year so he probably just annoys the people in the rooms next to him.
I also have a single because last year my roommate would do the same thing which inevitably resulted in this explosion:
::Throws "THE ROAD TO WAR - HITLER'S MARCH" at roommate's head::
"NEEL, DO YOU REALIZE THAT DESPITE YOUR ALARM NOT WAKING YOU UP, IT MAY WORK ON OTHER PEOPLE IN THE ROOM? YOU KNOW YOURE NOT GETTING UP, I KNOW YOURE NOT GETTING UP, SO STOP HITTING THE fuck*ng SNOOZE BUTTON"
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on October 10, 2007, 10:27:43 pm
I'm trying to remember what it was like to have to set an alarm to get up at 11 AM.  Man, I'm old. 

Also, today, while trying to get to my OB/GYN's office, I saw this:


That looks like an imperial star destroyer nose-diving into the Death Star (or terra-firma-North Carolina).

Gas main fire?  With a crane in the background?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on October 10, 2007, 10:47:47 pm
Oh, yes.  Explanation would probably be appreciated. 

A crewman working on the road drilled into a gas main, which ignited the fumes from a nearby truck.  Hundred foot flames, burned for six hours, no injuries, yadda yadda. 

Latest News (http://wral.com/news/local/story/1911482/)

It was kind of neat to see up close, actually -- especially knowing now that nobody was hurt.  Kind of beautiful, in its way. 

The way of fiery, burning death. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on October 10, 2007, 11:00:16 pm
Quote
Get your ears checked?  Go to bed earlier so you're not so exhausted you sleep through?  Are your roommates still talking to you?  I abused mine when they slept through their alarms (since I cleverly never took a class before 9am if I could help it, they were always getting up before me - which is completely defeated if their doggam alarm wakes me and not them).

No, see, they all have classes earlier than me. For some reason WashU feels the need to add insult to injury, and make Bio-Mechanical Chemical-Systemic Math be an 8 AM class. Whereas, you know, Intro to Political Theory is at 4 PM.

I have actually been getting enough sleep for most of this year. Which is... weird and surprising.

Also: tonight, after I go to a meeting for the radio station, I am going to see Ted Leo and the Pharmacists for free.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on October 10, 2007, 11:33:41 pm
Today I had to trim Milan's claws, and we reached a new all-time-low record: he only let me trim 2 claws before running away. sigh. I feel horribly guilty about trimming his claws because his little back is so bad. I have to hold him (gently) on his back, on my lap, in order to trim his claws. I always worry that I'm hurting him. Poor little dude.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on October 10, 2007, 11:49:58 pm
I always worry that I'm hurting him.

That's what he wants you to think, you know.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: lprkn on October 11, 2007, 12:57:24 am
No, see, they all have classes earlier than me. For some reason WashU feels the need to add insult to injury, and make Bio-Mechanical Chemical-Systemic Math be an 8 AM class.

In general, the type of people who take those classes don't really sleep, so much as they simply exist. Next time you're there, take a look around. Odds are, you don't fit in with the general make-up of the class.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Doc on October 11, 2007, 02:39:09 am
No, see, they all have classes earlier than me. For some reason WashU feels the need to add insult to injury, and make Bio-Mechanical Chemical-Systemic Math be an 8 AM class. Whereas, you know, Intro to Political Theory is at 4 PM.

I think this is a thing typical of higher learning institutions. My first uni lecture was chemistry 8am monday, this was a trend that continued for three years. Meanwhile my brother's business and mass communication classes rarely require him to get up pre-noon.

Kind of beautiful, in its way. 

The way of fiery, burning death. 
There's another way?
Now you're getting me all hot and bothered.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on October 11, 2007, 04:25:42 am
It is.  All of my History classes are in the afternoon, whereas my engineering friends all have class at like 8 am. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on October 11, 2007, 05:01:01 am
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In general, the type of people who take those classes don't really sleep, so much as they simply exist. Next time you're there, take a look around. Odds are, you don't fit in with the general make-up of the class.

...Why would I wake up early to go visit their class? That is not happening. I'm happy with my Noon film class, thank you very much.

also: I feel like it makes me some kind of Major Hipster Douchebag that I keep walking out of concerts after 40 minutes. In the past 6 months or so: Ratatat, Tilly and the Wall, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Animal Collective. Oops?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: V-Adore on October 11, 2007, 08:27:03 am
I'm preparing myself for maybe doing that at the New Pornographers show I'm going to soon, but that's because the Gentleman Caller has never heard them before and seems likely to get the vapors.

In thread-normal terms: yesterday, I bought tickets to see the New Pornographers with the Gentleman Caller in Boston towards the end of the month.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on October 11, 2007, 12:45:42 pm
Oooh... now that I (almost) have gainful employment, I think I'm gonna pay a scalper to get Tori Amos tickets. She is playing the day after my birthday and I love her!

Today I'm gonna...go look at Subarus with my roommate. I'm so excited! Their pearl white paint color is just gorgeous. I think that's what I want. My rooommate has a WRX and loves it. The AWD is going to be superb for Colorado winter driving.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: CortJstr on October 11, 2007, 01:10:09 pm
I'm preparing myself for maybe doing that at the New Pornographers show I'm going to soon, but that's because the Gentleman Caller has never heard them before and seems likely to get the vapors.

In thread-normal terms: yesterday, I bought tickets to see the New Pornographers with the Gentleman Caller in Boston towards the end of the month.

I tried to get tickets to the NP show here, but it was sold out before it was "announced." Apparently all the tickets were taken by people who had pre-ordered Challengers back in like June. I did manage to get Weakerthans tickets, though.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on October 12, 2007, 03:39:55 am
Today I'm gonna...go look at Subarus with my roommate. I'm so excited! Their pearl white paint color is just gorgeous. I think that's what I want. My rooommate has a WRX and loves it. The AWD is going to be superb for Colorado winter driving.


Everybody in Boulder drives a Subaru.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: lprkn on October 12, 2007, 03:47:31 am
A lot of the lesbians around here drive Subarus. I wouldn't say it if it wasn't true.


Also, "A" on my pacific northwest history midterm. Boy, was I sweating that one.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on October 12, 2007, 04:01:43 am
Nice work.  I got back my last test today from midterm times, 2 90's exactly and one Excellent !! A, by a teacher who doesn't use numbers. 

However, I am really fretting this semester and just checked out nine books from the library to start work on this 30 page paper for my capstone course over the Tito-Stalin split, with a 1250-1500 word paper due on Monday detailing what we have learned about our subject so far plus a five to ten minute speech.  This two weeks after our first paper (Excellent !! A) with the major event of my college's year (OU-Texas) the week between.  The part that makes this bad is that Missouri and OU play this week and, while I won't be going, I will be getting drunk and then there is a Ghostface Killah free show on campus Sunday. 

Then again, I think I may be freaking out because I need ten hours to graduate and am taking 12 and don't want to screw up and cost myself another semester.  I have already talked with my parents and they are helping me move to San Francisco in January, were I already know 2 people that I can crash with.

Anyhow, today I went to class from 2:30 to 9:30 and then the library until 10:30 and now I am missing my neighbors concert and studying until I pass out, then studying all day until the Red Sox play tomorrow.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: lprkn on October 12, 2007, 04:10:21 am
Basically your workload kicks my workload's ass. I don't think I'd be getting A's with your workload.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on October 12, 2007, 04:14:52 am
yeah, wow. I basically just go to lectures and then do a shit-ton of reading. I realized the other day that... i don't think I'm going to have any final exams this semester. Just 2 final papers.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on October 12, 2007, 05:12:03 am
Yeah, I have written plenty of 30 page papers.  It just kind of comes with being a history major.  The thing that gets me though is the stuff you have to turn in to show you are working on it.  AHH, it is my fuck*ng capstone, I am going to do the paper.  Can't I just wait until the last month of school when you give us the month off to start?

Also, I may be exagerating, but it is because I am freaking out about screwing up and having to live in Oklahoma another couple months.  I got a lot of stuff to do and shit to see, I don't want to be stuck here because I flunked a course I don't even need.  I haven't ever failed a course except for one I just did absolutely nothing in (I hated the professor real bad), which is what makes this fear so irrational.  I can't wait to get a job and have money (more than now at least) and have real free time, instead of this making free time but always having work sitting over your head or something that you could probably be doing bullshit.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: pmcd9 on October 12, 2007, 05:56:03 am
and have real free time, instead of this making free time but always having work sitting over your head or something that you could probably be doing bullshit.

That's what it fuck*ng is.  Yes.  Damn I am suffering.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on October 12, 2007, 12:44:25 pm
instead of this making free time but always having work sitting over your head or something that you could probably be doing bullshit.

You know, many jobs are also exactly like that, so if that's a priority, job-search carefully.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on October 12, 2007, 03:41:59 pm
I went from a career where I always had work hanging over my head, to one where when I left work I really left work and had real free time, and now seem to be transitioning back to one where I always have work hanging over my head.

In the 'work hanging over' ones I could make my own schedule to a great extent - but work was never over. In the other I had to be there forty hours a week whether I liked it or not but when I wasn't there, there was no work to do. So there was a tradeoff. There's advantages and disadvantages to both, I think.

Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on October 12, 2007, 10:55:53 pm
It is a common stereotype that lesbians drive Subaru Outback wagons, but I don't care if folks think I'm a friend of Dorothy.  It also bears mentioning that I'm going to get a Subaru sedan, not a wagon and god not a hatchback. This is for purely aesthetic purposes. It might be handy to have a wagon, but I don't like how they look. 

ALSO: How the FUCK did I miss that Marmite made a special Guinness edition (http://www.coolhunting.com/archives/2007/02/marmite_guinnes.php) for St. Patrick's Day 2007?? HOW???? DAMN my cash flow problem! I am dying to get some of that. Two jars, one to eat and one to keep for posterity.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on October 12, 2007, 11:01:45 pm
man, damn, I love Hatchbacks. and Station Wagons (the sexier modern ones.)
also, the only person I had ever heard say
Quote
friend of Dorothy
until now was my mom.

also, I realize that liking those cars destines me to be a boring dad whose kids will not want to borrow my car for dates, will want to grow up to be everything I'm not, etc... I have accepted this.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on October 12, 2007, 11:03:54 pm
man, damn, I love Hatchbacks. and Station Wagons (the sexier modern ones.)
also, the only person I had ever heard say  until now was my mom.

also, I realize that liking those cars destines me to be a boring dad whose kids will not want to borrow my car for dates, will want to grow up to be everything I'm not, etc... I have accepted this.

Heh! Friend of Dorothy refers more to gay fellas than lesbian women, but whatevs. I didn't realize your mom used that euphemism! Heh, how funny.

Anybody who thinks Subaru is not sexy... I defy you to sit in the driver's seat of a brand-spankin-new WRX/STI and tell me that.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on October 12, 2007, 11:07:38 pm
There is a gay-kitsch store in West Hollywood called "Dorothy's Surrender".

I'm a big fan of actually-clever names for such things, you know?

No points for calling it "The Manhole" or whatever but "Dorothy's Surrender"?

You get points.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on October 12, 2007, 11:07:59 pm
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I didn't realize your mom used that euphemism!

Well... it would have been weirder if you did know that.

She also says people are "on the bus."
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on October 12, 2007, 11:15:31 pm
My stepmom sent me a really cute picture today (http://www.flickr.com/photos/linnea/1555710503/), so I threw it up on my Flickr page. It's a Scottish Fold that looks similar to Milan, one of my little dudes.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on October 12, 2007, 11:25:35 pm
Well... it would have been weirder if you did know that.

She also says people are "on the bus."

Can you talk your mom into registering for an account here?  She sounds awesome. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on October 12, 2007, 11:55:35 pm
that would be... a horrible idea?

She doesn't like comics, or cartoons. She would hate Ray and Roast Beef equally. She is the person who...
when she read Harry Potter, she almost stopped reading it because Snape was so mean. I said "but he's the villain!' and she said "i know. but that doesn't make it OK for him to be such an unfair jerk all the time."
Other things she doesn't like:
folk, folk-rock, country music, punk (it all sounds the same!), jazz (it's so boring!)...
also, she has a PhD, is from Chile (but is now a US citizen), cooks wonderfully, is pretty, and is nice. She is my mom, as well as the mom of my brother and sister.

Also she is going to be here really soon! As in... their plane just landed! yayy family.

Today my parents and siblings are getting here, and we are going out to dinner. I do not know where.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on October 13, 2007, 12:00:57 am
She doesn't have to read the cartoon.  She can just hang out and be smart with us.  Half of us don't read the strip anymore, anyway. 

I stopped reading a Garfield book when I was eight because Garfield was too mean to Jon.  He broke a priceless Ming vase just to be spiteful.  I got really upset and stopped reading and never really got into Garfield after that. 

Sometimes mean is funny, and sometimes it's just mean. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on October 13, 2007, 12:02:04 am
yeah, I'm sure she would really enjoy reading all of my posts about sexing and smooching and all of that.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on October 13, 2007, 12:06:21 am
yeah, I'm sure she would really enjoy reading all of my posts about sexing and smooching and all of that.

If I were your mom, I would be proud of you for being a Gentleman. 

Hell, I'm NOT your mom and I'm proud.  You are a Quality Dude. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on October 13, 2007, 03:07:32 am
so, yeah. They came. It was cool. Now they left to go sleep, because they are tired. UM, I asked them to bring me t-shirts, and my dad said "oh yeah there was that pile of shirts you wanted to bring but didn't have room for, I will bring those," and then brought all the shirts I have never worn and never want to wear (crappy t-shirts from tourist attractions, etc. there are literally 4 Hard Rock Cafe t-shirts) Oops! We went out to dinner and I had salmon, which was nice. Tomorrow we are going to a really good Italian place.

Now we are going to have a meeting about... this kid that just suddenly dropped out, possibly because his parents are mad that he isn't pre-med.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Golfhaus on October 14, 2007, 01:34:16 pm
and then brought all the shirts I have never worn and never want to wear (crappy t-shirts from tourist attractions, etc. there are literally 4 Hard Rock Cafe t-shirts)

Yeah, I've got four or five HRC shirts too. For a while I was collecting them - it was my plan to get as many as possible. I believe I was in high school at the time. I've been to the one in Atlanta, Baltimore, Washington DC, Niagara Falls NY, Niagara Falls ONT, and St. Louis. I don't have all of them anymore. HRC shirts make good shirts when you're bumming around the house and then need to go to Wal-Mart and don't want to change.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on October 14, 2007, 08:50:34 pm
today I'm gonna eat a steak dinner and then go to the State Fair. 

The Fair is a big deal around here.  Like, HUGE.  People travel for hours to get here.  I don't even know if Ohio *had* a state fair, but it wasn't a thing (at least in my neck of the woods).  We had a county fair growing up, but it was -- for lack of better terminology -- lame. 

I'm looking forward to seeing what deep-fried atrocities they have this year.  The deep-fried candy bars are a classic at this point; last year the most disgusting thing I could find were the deep-fried oreos.  I hear that this year some vendors are hawking deep-fried PB&J sandwiches.  I can only imagine what that's like. 

Thirteen years ago, Mom picked up a bunch of my friends and drove us to the state fair for the afternoon.  We must've had the day off school (the local schools close for the opening day of the fair every year).  She later told me that as soon as that blonde-haired boy got in the car, she knew he liked me.  It was the first time Pedro met my mother and the first time we hung out after school.  We both had other dates, but by some chance they both had to be home early so when the group went for coffee afterwards we had a chance to talk for the first time.  I think that's when we first exchanged phone numbers. 

So the fair is sort of a sentimental thing for us.  Sort of.  Vaguely. 

But mostly, you know.  Deep-fried monstrosities. 
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Post by: theinevitable on October 14, 2007, 09:41:57 pm
man.

this girl in my linguistics class is from Raleigh, and she came up to me... and we had the following conversation.

Hey! dan! I'm going home this weekend!
oh. that's nice.
Um... you know. This weekend. THIS WEEKEND!
Is there something going on in Raleigh?
THE STATE FAIR!
oh. we have one? there's an NC state fair?
Yes! we... we do! god... goddamnit! and I'm going!
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on October 14, 2007, 09:45:06 pm
I went to the NY State Fair once.

Basically just because Steely Dan was playing the grandstand that night.

Steely Dan was great! The rest... eh. I was mostly there for the concert.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on October 14, 2007, 11:37:42 pm
We're basically disappointed whenever you have a conversation with a lady at school and it doesn't lead to makeouts, at this point. You've made your bed and you're lying in it alone.

This could've led to makeouts.

It could've. That's the whole point of college. Nearly anything can lead to makeouts.
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Post by: theinevitable on October 14, 2007, 11:42:49 pm
Yeah, um, I don't know about that.

Also, I forgot, today my parents and siblings left. We went to the St Louis zoo, which ruled. My parents continued to try to buy me stuff I don't want or need, which continued to make me uncomfortable. They alternate making me feel guilty by mentioning how poor they were in college, and trying to give me money.

Yesterday night we went to this Italian place on The Hill, which is the Italian part of St Louis (where Yogi Berra is from). It was the most delicious Italian food I have eaten in my entire life. It was also semi-cheap, which makes me want to go back there constantly. For lunch we went to this little Jewish deli which... has this kosher salami that...
2 slices of wheat bread, 1 slice of munster cheese, about an inch thick of salami, mustard. heated. greatest sandwich I have had in my life.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: AugustWest on October 15, 2007, 12:35:31 am


Yesterday night we went to this Italian place on The Hill,

Which one?
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Post by: theinevitable on October 15, 2007, 12:38:12 am
Ricardo's.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on October 15, 2007, 02:07:20 am
For lunch we went to this little Jewish deli which... has this kosher salami that...
2 slices of wheat bread, 1 slice of munster cheese, about an inch thick of salami, mustard. heated. greatest sandwich I have had in my life.

Kosher salami?? Really? I have never had beef salami, I've only had salami made from pork, which is decidedly non-kosher. It's also not kosher to mix dairy and meat at the same meal. Kosher sandwiches with meat do not contain any dairy. They probably put cheese on there for the goyim.

Still, that sounds like a grelicious sammich.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on October 15, 2007, 02:10:17 am
oh, yes, I requested cheese.

The first time I had it, my friends told me it couldn't be salami, since salami couldn't be kosher (since it's pork.)
For some reason they said it must have been Pastrami. So then... I had a pastrami sandwich. That shit is nasty.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: AlohaDawg on October 15, 2007, 02:34:22 am
I don't even know if Ohio *had* a state fair, but it wasn't a thing (at least in my neck of the woods).  We had a county fair growing up, but it was -- for lack of better terminology -- lame. 

Dude, you <are> kidding, right? Ohio has a huge State Fair and it's awesome.


http://www.answers.com/topic/ohio-state-fair

"The Ohio State Fair is one of the largest state fairs in the United States. In 2006 the attendance was 814,512, up 12,000 from 2005.[1] The state fair contributes as much as 280 million dollars to the state economy. It is held in early August in Columbus, Ohio."



Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on October 15, 2007, 02:49:05 am
Well, to be fair, Columbus IS short of the forgotten part of Ohio.

For example, I am told that it has an NHL team but... that doesn't make any sense.
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Post by: jay-ell on October 15, 2007, 03:18:37 am
Oh, Columbus.  That's why. 

What LFM said. 

I grew up in Toledo, which is basically the little part of Michigan nobody wanted.  The legend was that there was a war between Michigan and Ohio to see who would get it, and Ohio lost.  Toledoans root for Detroit pro teams (even though there's a hockey team in Columbus now, because they suck) and are fairly evenly divided between Michigan and Ohio State when it comes to college ball. 

I think actually some people might root for the Browns over the Lions, but that's because the Lions have sucked since the mid-eighties.  But we probably had as many Packers fans in Toledo as Browns fans. 

The fair was nice, we stayed way too late and I ended up passing up the deep fried PB&J for a chocolate-dipped (non-fried) frozen cheesecake.  Pedro got a deep fried twinkie and we split a funnel cake with my folks.  Pearce covered his ears every time we came within sight of the midway, and by the end his arms were so tired that he would lean forward and rest his elbows on the tray of his stroller.  It was cute.  He really liked seeing the animals, though -- surprisingly, he was really fascinated by the bees -- and there were some absolutely adorable piglets in one pen, about ten of them, that he watched for quite a while.  He found the fireworks too loud, and I covered his ears for him (his little arms were just too tired by then), but he enjoyed watching them as long as the sound was muffled. 

So, we ate junk food, saw some cows, and watched fireworks.  All in all, a rousing success. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on October 15, 2007, 04:40:58 pm
He really liked seeing the animals, though -- surprisingly, he was really fascinated by the bees -- and there were some absolutely adorable piglets in one pen, about ten of them, that he watched for quite a while.

There's something hypnotic about the way bees move when they fly.  They're sort of like fuzzy little helicopters.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on October 15, 2007, 10:29:17 pm
Today I gave a presentation over my research so far over the US Congress' reaction to the Tito-Stalin split.  Oh yeah, and also, I wrote the thing from 4am to about 10am over research I was supposed to be doing for a month.  I was going to start on Saturday but I just sat there depressed over how badly I fucked up and how this is my capstone and I just need to pass it and be done with college already and I am going to have to drop it and be in ok til may and...  The problem was that, while the research was supposed to take a month, I already know a good deal about my subject and just had to basically come up with a source trail and bull shit about the sources and what I am going to do next.  I made an A on the first assignment, and I am pretty sure I got at least a C on this one.  (I Wrote Something really long and inconsequential here) or it could be an A.  It is one of those things.  Either I completely over or Underestimated this assignment,


Anyway, even if I got a 50% on this assignment, with the previous A I need to average  about a 75 to get a C, and I have gotten A's in three of this cats classes before. 

What does all this mean??  Tonight I am drinking a six pack of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale to celebrate the fact that it is still very, very likely that I will be going to San Francisco (ie, Northern California) by the end of January, latest.  Yeah, I could have gotten Anchor Steam, but realy, I prefer the good old solid Sierra Nevada.  Also, I got it to watch the Red Sox and Rockies win.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: lprkn on October 16, 2007, 01:09:01 am
...I'm looking forward to seeing what deep-fried atrocities they have this year.  The deep-fried candy bars are a classic at this point; last year the most disgusting thing I could find were the deep-fried oreos.  I hear that this year some vendors are hawking deep-fried PB&J sandwiches.  I can only imagine what that's like.

So I had this idea once where I would freeze gravy, then batter-dip it, then deep-fry it. I felt that one may be able to market it as breakfast food to southerners.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Mr Trout on October 16, 2007, 07:17:05 pm
Not quite the same thing, but close: http://archive.southcoasttoday.com/daily/01-99/01-16-99/a05op025.htm

Reading that makes me hungry even though I just ate. I am a slave to fried foods.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on October 16, 2007, 07:25:15 pm
The idea of being a slave to Southern cooking is just so funny in a macabre sorta way that I had to make note of it.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: CortJstr on October 16, 2007, 07:47:37 pm
"Cream gravy"? I think I just threw up a little in my mouth. Don't get me wrong, I love a tasty gravy. Gravy fries are one of life's great pleasures when eaten quickly, but gravy != white. Ever.

Also, why has it become so hard to find fried ice cream? It used to be that every crappy mexian chain had it but now I can't find it anywhere. Vanilla ice cream + honey + whipped cream + cherry + tasty fried coating = Yes, please!
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Turbo Ninja on October 16, 2007, 08:53:42 pm
I live in Columbus.  It's pretty rad.

I've been to the state fair once.  It's hot, huge, and they don't sell beer.  I thought this was a bad thing until I counted how many overheated hillbillies there were running around after ten hours of junk food, crappy rides and hoss barns.  Now I know that selling alcohol at the Fairgrounds would be Bad For Everyone.  If I ever go back, I'm bringing a flask.

And I've been to probably 125 Blue Jacket home games.  The team might not be that great on the ice but they know how to put on a three-hour extravaganza of entertainment.  The arena is very nice.  The owner is this wrinkly old chubby guy who uses a scooter to get around.  He loves the team, the city loves him for bringing us wintertime pro sports, and the players at least seem to prefer Columbus to Edmonton w/r/t quality of life.

Sneaking a flask into a barn full of chickens and reassuring yourself that life is better here than it would be in Edmonton: I am truly proud to be an Ohioan.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: lprkn on October 16, 2007, 11:12:03 pm
"Cream gravy"? I think I just threw up a little in my mouth. Don't get me wrong, I love a tasty gravy. Gravy fries are one of life's great pleasures when eaten quickly, but gravy != white. Ever.

Also, why has it become so hard to find fried ice cream? It used to be that every crappy mexian chain had it but now I can't find it anywhere. Vanilla ice cream + honey + whipped cream + cherry + tasty fried coating = Yes, please!

So, white gravy is basically soul food for me, along with boiled potatoes and fried deer steak.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on October 16, 2007, 11:30:09 pm
I really really want a big ol' Yam. I mean, like... baked? The kind that they cook over coals.

I was reading a book yesterday where the guy ate one, and now I want one so much. They have Sweet Potato Fries here sometimes, but, not today of course.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: CortJstr on October 16, 2007, 11:53:16 pm
I really really want a big ol' Yam. I mean, like... baked? The kind that they cook over coals.

I was reading a book yesterday where the guy ate one, and now I want one so much. They have Sweet Potato Fries here sometimes, but, not today of course.

Thanks to Deb Duchon I can't hear the word "yam" without immediately thinking "man yams." That plus sweet potatoes aren't yams.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on October 17, 2007, 12:06:47 am
well, yes, but they are called Yams.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: V-Adore on October 17, 2007, 03:26:40 am
I dunno, can you guys keep up with the West Edmonton Mall?

Oh, damn, man. You've hit one of my shameful childhood memories: the year our road trip included a visit to the Edmonton Mall, and I about died of spontaneous joy overload. The water sides alone, man.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on October 17, 2007, 05:07:11 am
Yesterday my SGC took me to the fuck*ng Colorado Rockies NLCS game...Game #4, which we promptly won and swept the series. THE ROCKIES ARE GOING TO THE WORLD SERIES, ALL! The Rox have won the last 21 games out of the last 22 they've played. We have a 2007 National League Championship series pennant hanging in our stadium now. It's incredible. Plus only one dude tried to jump onto the field, and was immediately tackled by about six police officers and jailarity ensued. It was an amazing game. I don't know jack about baseball, but my SGC is a huge baseball nerd, and it's adorable to see how excited he was and happy to be at the game. It was like watching a little kid at Christmas, except the dude is 29 and we drank overpriced shitty Coors until the 7th inning.

So yeah, I got about four hours of sleep last night. Then I went to my second day of work, which went well. I am so fortunate to have such a rad job, and I really like the folks that I work with. I am relieved to find that I cannot access ANY internets there. It will keep me productive. I think I might have an interwub addiction, or at the very least it makes me unproductive.

I just got back from the dealership. I am the proud new owner of an AWD vehicle, a Subaru. It's gonna kick much ass this winter. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm exhausted, and I need to get some sleep. **EDITED to add, 2300 posts. Woo.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: robot_god on October 17, 2007, 05:49:58 am
there is a Ghostface Killah free show on campus Sunday. 

Wow, that is a quality show especially compared to my school's Gym Class Heroes show.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on October 17, 2007, 07:19:06 pm
Today I am a parent volunteer on a kindergarten field trip to a pumpkin patch.  I'll let you know how that goes...
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: lprkn on October 18, 2007, 06:10:17 pm
...get a haircut so that I am ready for reserve duty this weekend. I also have a physical fitness test that I was given only 10 days notice for. (usually we have at least two months or so.)
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on October 20, 2007, 04:57:43 am
I thought I'd start a random thread where people can state the activities of the day.

Today I'm going to take the bus down to the police HQ (the no job and no car thingy in action). I have to get certified as an EMT in Colorado, and that involves a bunch of paperwork. This includes getting my fingerprints taken by a law enforcement agency so that the FBI and CBI can run a background check. The rules are (understandably) Byzantine. (http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/em/CertificationEducation/certification/application.html) I'm waiting for my CPR Instructor card to come in the mail so that I can get photocopies of it. That's the last piece of documentation I need.

Hopefully all this crap will coalesce so that I can at least get a job as a medic until something else pans out.

GUESS WHO IS NOT AN EMT IN THE STATE OF COLORADDY. Guess. Actually, I'll give you three guesses but the first two don't count.

I just called the fuck*ng CDHPE today, they lost my fingerprint card. THEY LOST IIIIITTTT!!! They said that they never received it, which is bullshit. I know I mailed it in... but God only knows where it is. Good job for not sending it certified mail. That was such a great idea, self. Anyway, the check was never cashed. Somebody owes me big for this, god damn it!

I'm so pissed. I don't even wanna do it anymore, not for Basic certification. what a load of shit. Seriously, gubmint assholes who have nothing better to do than try and make it tough for someone to find work...fuck you in your filthy ears. I hate you.

Anyway. Today I'm gonna go buy a pair of dress shoes for a wedding to complete my outfit. I'm taking my SGC as my date. I'm wearing a black and white dress with a black cashmere sweater, and I'm thinking about getting some round-toe pumps, possibly peep-toe if I have time to do a self pedicure. I also need to buy some stockings and then I should be all set.  I also have to figure out what to do about a purse, since I will need a small black clutch to carry. Hmmmm.

jay-d, how did the punkin patch duty go? Were you swarmed by a bunch of wee little kids and trapped like Gulliver?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on October 21, 2007, 02:36:57 pm
Today Im gonna eat food only inspired by achewood. Im home with an oven and stuff so I can do this rude. I dont actually have the cookbook so Im going partly based on wombat's webpage. Breakfast: Hell Baby and Communist pancakes. Lunch: Galaxy Nachos Dinner: Beer Butt chicken on the grill. Its Sunday, Im an American, I can do this.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: side_show on October 21, 2007, 03:31:36 pm
Oh man, I make so much beer butt chicken that I have the special stand thing that holds the can better.  I'm not sure if you've made it before so here are some pointers you may already know:  1) Make a mix of herbs you like and a bit of oil and push this under the skin and rub it into the meat really well for added flavour.  2) tuck the wing tips under the skin-flap at the neck hole - otherwise they'll get over cooked.  3) I've found wine butt to be just as good if not better - empty a pop can and refill half way with wine, crushed garlic cloves and herbs and you've got a damn tasty chicken. 4) a nice touch is to brush the entire chicken with a coating of high quality bbq sauce 10 min before you take it off the grill - this enhances the crispiness of the skin and adds major flavour points.  5) It's very important to let the chicken stand for 10 -15 min after taking it off the grill before you carve it up - otherwise the juices just drain out when you cut it.

Enjoy.  It is truly a meal of kings.

Today I am going to prepare a spicy Cassoulet that will cook tomorrow in the slow cooker.  I don't really do it traditional style as I add things like sweet potatoes, and chipotle but it's a damn fine fall meal.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: AugustWest on October 21, 2007, 03:35:45 pm
.  5) It's very important to let the chicken stand for 10 -15 min after taking it off the grill before you carve it up - otherwise the juices just drain out when you cut it.

This is pretty much true for any piece of meat.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on October 21, 2007, 03:59:11 pm
Oh man, I make so much beer butt chicken that I have the special stand thing that holds the can better.  I'm not sure if you've made it before so here are some pointers you may already know...

As indicated by the picture you see to your left, making beer butt chicken is something I've enjoyed. Using the remaining chicken as a communal man ceremony beer mug is optional.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: CortJstr on October 21, 2007, 04:32:26 pm
Today I'm gonna go to a corn maze out in Maryland. Apparently it's pirate-themed.

Last night I had to blow off seeing The Cliks because the SO thought 9:30 was too late of a start time for a show with two openers. Personally I think no real concert starts before 10 or has seats.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on October 21, 2007, 05:53:38 pm
today I'm going to go clean stuff up at the radio station, and then write a Political Theory paper which will probably kick my ass. Right now I feel sick to my stomach and I'm not really sure why. Part of it is being hungry, but there's a weird edge to it which I don't associate with being hungry. Hmm. I slept really badly, so, maybe it has something to do with that.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: AlohaDawg on October 21, 2007, 06:07:46 pm
This is pretty much true for any piece of meat.

Yes, you are supposed to rest the meat. It will continue cooking for a few minutes, and then the juices will redistribute themselves nicely. AugustWest is a a country squire of meat.

Also, what smells said about the oil and herbs - excellent - what I do is soften butter, beat in the herbs you want, and rub that all under the skin of the chicken, being careful to leave the skin intact. That'll bring the flavor and give you a nice, crispy, delicious skin.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on October 21, 2007, 06:08:10 pm
Pirates had corn mazes?

Who knew?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on October 21, 2007, 06:19:45 pm
Personally I think no real concert starts before 10 or has seats.

Yes.  If you want to be in bed early go watch Hitch or something.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: CortJstr on October 22, 2007, 12:39:38 am
Pirates had corn mazes?

Who knew?

They had 3 mazes, one shaped like a ship, one like a squid, and one was the word "Pirates" with a compass, skull, and crossed swords. They also had a corn/apple canon and a pumpkin canon. With pirate ships mocked up so you had something to shoot at.

Of course I found all 18 fence posts. But they give you a map, so it's not like it's that complicated.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: side_show on October 22, 2007, 01:01:04 pm
Last night I had to blow off seeing The Cliks because the SO thought 9:30 was too late of a start time for a show with two openers. Personally I think no real concert starts before 10 or has seats.

That... what?   What?  I would go see the Cliks if the show started at 2 am, with three openers.  I would go see the Cliks if it meant missing an appointment for surgery.  So, ugh, not going due to a 9:30 start time is hard for me to understand.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on October 22, 2007, 01:29:13 pm
today I am going to feel like it is still yesterday due to not sleeping. I am weirdly un-tired, just kind of dazed. I feel like I black-out wrote? I just suddenly realized that the whole hard part of my paper  was done, and that an hour had gone by? I don't understand how I wrote a big ol' paragraph with all these citations which doubled the length of my paper without realizing it. The good news is, it isn't due for another 3 hours, so I can totally finish it in time! it's not like I had all day yesterday, and the day before, and the day before to write it or anything silly like that!

My roommate is in the same class, and is taking a one hour nap on our couch before his first class. I have never seen someone look mad while sleeping before. He's got his arms crossed and is frowning, and I keep thinking he's pissed off because I woke him up or something.

but yeah, um, boo to missing a concert due to your lady's bed time. I can understand not wanting to go to a standing-up-type show when you are tired, though. My legs always get so tired, dang. It sucks. Especially when most of the tiredness is from standing there like a fool for 2 hours while the band didn't feel like coming on yet, and oh boy here's another opener...

Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Turbo Ninja on October 22, 2007, 02:59:40 pm
...tell people that I proposed to my girlfriend on Saturday.

We've been together for almost 8 years and we've basically been married for the last four or so, but I finally allowed her to make a decent man out of me.  I picked up the ring last week and found a way to suprise her with it, even though she's been on Engagement Watch Level 10 since, oh, 2003 or so.

It looks like we shall be wed on August 31st.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on October 22, 2007, 03:19:44 pm
awesome, man! congratulations on that.
Quote
today, I worked for 4 hours. Then I went out and bought myself some new, hot, undies. they had man-kini bottoms and I laughed. like... string mankini.
People, that was me. I said that in this thread.
I said something which, due to poor wording, sounded like I was saying that I bought such as a man-kini. People, I am so disappointed in you.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on October 22, 2007, 04:39:30 pm
Yo, congrats newly honest man dude.

Seconded.  Marriage is awesome.

They're looking for the &^%$^%%^%$$%$##@!!!! fire bug who started it right now!

On my first read through I was wondering if the pic of your pack and rifle was associated with your opinion of the arsonist. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Lister on October 22, 2007, 09:13:34 pm
...stay home from work due to Fire, too.  There are eight of them in this county.

I'm not in immediate danger, but places north of me are under evacuation notice.  This is weird.  It's like a slow tornado or a series of small hurricanes.  Localized destruction, but 3 miles away there's nothing wrong.

This is almost like a snow day, except outside tastes like Las Vegas before the smoking bans.

EDIT: Oh yeah, a reporter for one of our stations reported FROM THE SMOULDERING REMAINS OF HIS OWN HOUSE.  Talk about surreal.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on October 22, 2007, 09:16:42 pm
Sorry to hear about the fires, thats gotta be pretty damn scary. As a firefighter who has dealt with way too many wildfires, I can tell you its a bitch. The wind (specifically the strong winds your area) carry embers all over the place, no matter how many burn walls we make or fires we put out. Good luck, friends. I hope  everything works out.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Lister on October 23, 2007, 07:01:53 am
Well, tonight I'm gonna be spending the night with friends.  I don't believe my place is in danger, but me and the SD County Fire people don't agree on that, so, like... now I'm up in Vista.

Me and my hard drives and my papers in a file.  At least there is internet and an XBox.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on October 23, 2007, 01:07:24 pm
At least there is internet and an XBox.

Yes. I keep reminding my friend in Lake Forest that the most important thing is to evacuate to somewhere where there is internet. And don't forget your power cords.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: side_show on October 23, 2007, 01:14:26 pm
In the middle of the horrible winter, I usually pause and ask myself why I live where I do.  I mean, why not go somewhere warm?  But I will look back on this thread and remind myself why I am where I am.  A blanket of snow - a blanket of snow vs wild fire - wild fire.  That shit is way too stressful.  I don't know how you can put up with it.  I hope for all of you effected that you are effected in the least problematic of ways possible - you know like the kind of thing that a garden hose can clean up.  Just... just some settled ash on your siding.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on October 23, 2007, 02:47:30 pm
Hey Wombat, I work in Lake Forest now.


Really? Well, let me know if they evacuate you from work again - my friend was all worried about her dogs at home yesterday while she was at work and couldn't find any information. It's fine if you're home when they tell you to evacuate from your house but what if you're not home? This is a scary business.

On the bright side, my urge to move to Southern CA has greatly diminished in the last couple days...
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: CortJstr on October 23, 2007, 03:06:07 pm
On the bright side, my urge to move to Southern CA has greatly diminished in the last couple days...

The song Earthquakes & Sharks (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c887CsfZhIc) convinced me to stay away.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on October 23, 2007, 04:15:06 pm
SoCal fo' life, bitch.

or, I guess...

SoCal fo' (the first four years of my) life, bitch.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on October 23, 2007, 04:51:53 pm
In the middle of the horrible winter, I usually pause and ask myself why I live where I do.  I mean, why not go somewhere warm?  But I will look back on this thread and remind myself why I am where I am.  A blanket of snow - a blanket of snow vs wild fire - wild fire.  That shit is way too stressful.  I don't know how you can put up with it.  I hope for all of you effected that you are effected in the least problematic of ways possible - you know like the kind of thing that a garden hose can clean up.  Just... just some settled ash on your siding.

You know what place doesn't have snow *or* fire? 

North Carolina. 

Of course, we have the occasional hurricane.  But compared to blizzards, wild fires, and earthquakes, I'll take a little wind every three years or so. 

And if you don't live on the coast, you might have a tree branch on your windshield if you're really unlucky, or -- more likely -- be without power for a few days, but on the whole, with a few exceptions, hurricanes don't cause much damage this far inland. 

Everybody should live near me so we can party. 
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Post by: wombat on October 23, 2007, 04:59:33 pm
Yeah, but tell the truth: you have humidity the likes of which will make people wish they would get knocked unconscious by a tree branch so they don't have to suffer through it.
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Post by: theinevitable on October 23, 2007, 07:22:26 pm
yeah, but...

Charlotte is cool, though. Charlotte is becoming cooler by the second. I mean... it's not that cool right now. Probably less cool than St Louis. But... it's getting cooler. Whereas St Louis is becoming less cool, as they turn every single cool old building into lofts, tear down other cool old buildings, crime rates go up, &c.
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Post by: lprkn on October 23, 2007, 10:38:43 pm
Another minus: monsoon season
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Post by: jay-ell on October 24, 2007, 01:43:29 pm
Yeah, but tell the truth: you have humidity the likes of which will make people wish they would get knocked unconscious by a tree branch so they don't have to suffer through it.

Oh, it's no worse than D.C., and it's sure as hell better than Florida. 

Also, we have air conditioning.  Everywhere

When we first moved here, I was shocked to discover that they air condition the public school buildings.  The hardest part about summertime is walking from my air-conditioned house to my air-conditioned car. 

Also, hot leather seats. 
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Post by: CortJstr on October 24, 2007, 02:02:37 pm
Oh, it's no worse than D.C., and it's sure as hell better than Florida. 

Also, we have air conditioning.  Everywhere

When we first moved here, I was shocked to discover that they air condition the public school buildings.  The hardest part about summertime is walking from my air-conditioned house to my air-conditioned car. 

Also, hot leather seats. 

This was shocking? We had a/c in our schools up in PA, too. They had the kind where the thermostat was inside a plastic case to keep people from fiddling with it. So if you wanted the temp to change you would have to soak a paper towel in hot or cold water and drape it over the box. That would fool the thermostat into thinking the room was much hotter or colder than it actually was.
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Post by: wombat on October 24, 2007, 02:16:20 pm
Oh, it's no worse than D.C.,

My point EXACTLY.
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Post by: littlefallsmets on October 24, 2007, 04:34:13 pm
I suppose I'm lucky where I live... smoke in the far distance north and west, the faint smell of it on a stiff breeze and...

That's it, happily. But good Lord from the look of the news, man, some people. Awful stuff.
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Post by: theinevitable on October 24, 2007, 04:43:44 pm
I am glad you are all safe. Fires are scary as all hell.


I really don't like when people apply sexual assault analogies to things to mean "doing well." "I raped that exam!" makes me uncomfortable.
So, today, I am going to consensually fuck the shit out of my human ev exam. I'm afraid I might start making embarassing moaning noises about how awesome I will be doing at this exam. Other people will be jealous, because they'll be all "hey baby, let me tell you about the Cercopithecines... *leer*" and the exam will be like "hell no, leave me alone, I only let Daniel talk to me like that! what kind of Exam do you think I am?"
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Post by: CortJstr on October 24, 2007, 04:46:06 pm
I am glad you are all safe. Fires are scary as all hell.


I really don't like when people apply sexual assault analogies to things to mean "doing well." "I raped that exam!" makes me uncomfortable.
So, today, I am going to consensually fuck the shit out of my human ev exam. I'm afraid I might start making embarassing moaning noises about how awesome I will be doing at this exam. Other people will be jealous, because they'll be all "hey baby, let me tell you about the Cercopithecines... *leer*" and the exam will be like "hell no, leave me alone, I only let Daniel talk to me like that! what kind of Exam do you think I am?"

Can a person who sexually assaults their exam still sign the honor pledge?
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Post by: side_show on October 24, 2007, 07:07:08 pm
Oh, it's no worse than D.C., and it's sure as hell better than Florida. 

Also, we have air conditioning.  Everywhere

When we first moved here, I was shocked to discover that they air condition the public school buildings.  The hardest part about summertime is walking from my air-conditioned house to my air-conditioned car. 

Also, hot leather seats. 

We... we have airconditioning everywhere here too.  But it gets just as hot here as it does there... just not for as long.
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Post by: lprkn on October 24, 2007, 10:57:23 pm
It is possible to rape an exam. If the exam did not want you to fuck it, then you raped it.
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Post by: theinevitable on October 24, 2007, 11:19:10 pm
yeah, ok, but I don't rape. I make sweet love to. Or, you know, if the exam is into it, I will fuck it hard.

Today the exam was like "you can fuck me pretty hard, but, I'm not into that thing you suggested" and I was all "ok, yeah, I can handle that. Maybe I don't get exactly what I want in this situation."

He asked some pretty bullshit questions. But I was still able to make educated guesses? I could narrow it down to two options, so, you know.

edit: goddamnit, Callitrichidae do not live in SE Asia. Dumb dumb dumb.
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Post by: jaydub on October 25, 2007, 12:12:45 am
edit: goddamnit, Callitrichidae do not live in SE Asia. Dumb dumb dumb.

Hooray, inev!  For new knowledge.  My phrase of the day: obligate exudativore.

Also: Tarsiers have the most ridiculous skulls:

(http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:iNoA7gre3u5fBM:http://www.freewebs.com/oolon/Tarsier.jpg)
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Post by: theinevitable on October 25, 2007, 12:49:39 am
yeah, their orbits are insane. I was thinking of Tarsiers, who live in Southeast Asia. Tamarinds live in South America, and are part of the Callitrichidae!

so, to sum up:
Tarsiers != Tamarinds
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on October 25, 2007, 01:21:00 am
No, no! Tamarind is a plant with edible seed pods used in Asian cuisine.  Tamarin is the primate from South America. Please do not confuse the two, particularly in cooking.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on October 25, 2007, 02:14:03 am
oh, oops. I knew that.
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Post by: Lister on October 25, 2007, 06:53:45 am
Today I'm gonna sleep in my bed, which is still here and, to my knowledge, not on fire.  The Santa Anas have really died down and life is pretty good near the coast where I live.  Plus, work tomorrow is optional.  I'm still going in, though.

Probably.
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Post by: KeithHernandez on October 25, 2007, 07:24:25 pm
Air quality is so bad it's like smoking a carton a day.

And I thought I wanted to move to California before!

Seriously though, be careful.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on October 25, 2007, 07:41:39 pm
today:
class, office hours, class, dinner with my old roommate, write a film paper.

I got back the exam. Well, I wouldn't say I rocked its can or anything, but I definitely got some play. Also, not that I am competitive about this kind of thing, but... I am pretty happy about how I did relative to other people I know in the class.
You know, cause it doesn't mean a thing if the exam is all slutty and stuff.
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Post by: V-Adore on October 25, 2007, 09:46:06 pm
inev, that analogy is getting increasingly weird.

Can'd for tarsier skull, though.
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Post by: Limmo on October 25, 2007, 11:39:58 pm
The sunlight was less orange today, and my car was not lightly dusted with ash, so things are lookin' up!!
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on October 26, 2007, 12:00:43 am
today, I realized that I need to declare a major in 4 months. Right when... suddenly I don't know if I want to major in Psych, which is what I'd always assumed I would major in. Especially because I have been told that it stops being fun in the next few classes. Anthropology, on the other hand, just gets more and more awesome as far as I can tell. Also significant is the fact that so far Linguistics is not nearly as interesting as I thought it would be, which partially rules out the interdisciplinary program I was planning on doing as my major. Hm.
Also, the fact that I'm not sure what I want to major in makes me freak out about classes for next semester. I feel like I need to somehow magically take a ton of psych and anthro and cognitive science between now and February. I also really want to take the continuation of the poli-sci class I am in. These things are not all possible.
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Post by: side_show on October 26, 2007, 01:48:21 am
1) I know declaring a major feels like a big deal... but aren't' you allowed to change your major?  I know plenty of people who changed their major 2 or 3 times here.  I double majored in English and theatre for one term, which was really hard but worth it in the end.

2) Could you get permission to sit in on a few of the classes that you just can't squeeze in or that you would take if they turn out to be what you major in - just for two or three classes?  In my experience profs are very open to this.  Infact they love this shit.  This way you can get a taste of the other stuff, and find out if it's really as you imagine it being before you dedicate yourself to it completely.
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Post by: theinevitable on October 26, 2007, 02:00:59 am
oh man, straight-up good idea.
I will sit in on some Archaeology classes, and a psych class that I am interested in. Clever!

you are so wise.
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Post by: V-Adore on October 26, 2007, 02:05:27 am
Auditing is good, inev. Most profs will be really okay with it, and it's a great way to get material that you don't have the time to take properly. I only audited one class in college, but it was incredible, and I wish I'd done it more.

In terms of majors... honestly, I'd advise you to major in something that you really enjoy. If your college is anything like mine, the class load in the subject you decide to major in will only increase as the years go by, which is going to be very painful if you don't love your major. If nothing else, do you have an advising program worth a damn? It might be worth talking to an advisor; major-declaration confusion is a common problem, especially among students like you (bright, with a lot of interests but no clear "goal"), and a good advisor might be able to give helpful advice.

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Post by: theinevitable on October 26, 2007, 02:17:02 am
EDIT: this post turned into me freaking out, and I realize now that it was not really what I was freaking out about. I am going to talk to my advisor about my major plans soon.
to sum up what was previously here: some of these majors I am considering require like 8 billion classes, and some of them are like "have fun and explore your interests!"
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Post by: theinevitable on October 26, 2007, 11:17:09 am
today, I am going to finish a film paper, sleep, go to class. Then I will have band practice, during which we need to pick a name we will still be OK with in a month when we are doing a Battle of the Bands. Then I will go see Barack Obama give a speech downtown. Afterwards, I will hopefully take a short but satisfying nap before heading over to the big annual radio station party that we're throwing.
There is an awkward thing where people were really indiscreet about it, and our Faculty Sponsor definitely got emails that had a lot of "informal mixer *WINK WINK!*" stuff in them. I am confused about why this happened, as we agreed that we would not say anything incriminating on any potential level, as obviously any student party is going to be under suspicion, and we will get in a shit-load of trouble if they find out there is alcohol at a party we're officially sponsoring. this has been an issue in the past.
Although I am a huge fan of:
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Annual Mixer this Saturday. Teams of 4. Entry fee, 12 dollars. Registration Forms will be due by friday. Please come even if you aren't competing, everyone is welcome.
Because, you know, that is not suspicious at all.
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Post by: Doc on October 26, 2007, 11:26:32 am
Why do people need to be in teams to go to your party? I figured it was in relation to some sporting comp but then it's sponsored by your radio station, just please elaborate so I can stop envisioning people socialising in tag teams and such.
"And now the akward small talk doubles..."

Also re: alcohol
Your country needs to get isself a sane drinking age so people can stop having half their job description be 'stop the kids from drinking' fuck*ng college administrators should have more important shit to worry about.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on October 26, 2007, 11:33:35 am
well, see, that is the thing. The party starts off with a horrifyingly unhealthful competition (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Case_race) which I will probably have to endure mockery for not competing in. I am a small guy, I dislike almost all beer, I don't like competing, I hate situations where I feel pressure to drink, I would end up vomiting, it isn't worth it to me on any level. All of these cute little freshmen girls are competing, and I am anticipating disaster. Of course, the station does this every year, so... maybe they know what they are doing?
They don't know what they are doing.
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Post by: Doc on October 26, 2007, 11:45:18 am
cute little freshmen girls are competing
I think they know what they're doing.

Something that took me a while to figure out (I didn't drink beer for years, only spirits) go out of your way and pick yourself up a six pack of a *nice* beer. (First hint: if it's in a can try again) Something light and tasty like a decent pale ale or a nice pilsner. After you find there is actually enjoyable beer out there you have something good to drink when other people are swilling keg shit and find it easier to stomach mediocre beer because you are aclimatised to the taste. Not that you should drink just because everyone else is doing it but sometimes you feel like a beer and there's only crap available.
Or just stay sober, it can be entertaining to be the sober one around a bunch of drunks but this can get old fast. Of course if being around a bunch of idiot drunks is annoying me I would usually choose leaving over getting as drunk as the people around me.

I'm sorry, what were we talking about?

Also: The concept of a case race is abhorrent to me also. These things are meant to be enjoyed people, at least a yard glass has tradition behind it.
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Post by: side_show on October 26, 2007, 01:03:18 pm
Case race?  That sounds terrible.  I'd never heard of it before.  At first I thought it was where you debated in teams of 4 - making a case for the existence of "race," and I thought "Oh man, inev would totally lose at that."  So four people drink and entire case of beer?  What size of case is the station pushing?  A twelve among four people isn't so bad, except it takes me about an hour to finish one beer, so no one would want me on a team.

I do like the concept of hosting a party where people come in teams though.  It's an interesting concept.  You could make partying a sport.  Call fouls for double dipping chips, earn points fo witty quips.  That sounds like a good deal to me.
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Post by: Golfhaus on October 26, 2007, 01:18:07 pm
All of these cute little freshmen girls are competing, and I am anticipating disaster.

I agree with Doc. I know you're the Nice Guy and all, but damn, when someone sets up the rack, you gotta take the break. Pick one that's only moderately drunk, and limit yourself to second base. Then invite her out two days later and go for the kill.
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Post by: theinevitable on October 26, 2007, 04:21:43 pm
damn, dude, there is no way I am doing that. I will feel a lot better if I tell myself that I could have, and don't. it doesn't help that the one time I did something like that, it ended up being a thing where... the other day I saw the chick, and she looked at me like a I was human garbage before completely ignoring my presence.
also, fuck, staying up that late writing a paper has removed all desire I have to do anything today that isn't "sleep."

edit: I also have no conception of what "moderately" drunk is, which is part of my problem with drinking in general.
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Post by: lprkn on October 26, 2007, 05:10:03 pm
What size of case is the station pushing?  A twelve among four people isn't so bad, except it takes me about an hour to finish one beer, so no one would want me on a team.

In the parlance arond these parts, a case is definitely 24 beers.

edit: I also have no conception of what "moderately" drunk is, which is part of my problem with drinking in general.

Canned because of empathy.
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Post by: jaydub on October 26, 2007, 06:19:15 pm

edit: I also have no conception of what "moderately" drunk is, which is part of my problem with drinking in general.

Moderately drunk is the state of inebriation where your consumption of new beers has dropped to the point where you replace what you have left when it gets warm, you're in no danger of hurling, it seems perfectly reasonable to close your eyes and hear the babble of your friends carrying on around you while you listen closely to the lyrics of whatever song is playing at the moment - yet you're ready to spring into action and participate when someone proposes tossing the keg down the staircase.
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Post by: Arachno-capitalist on October 26, 2007, 06:29:23 pm
In the parlance arond these parts, a case is definitely 24 beers.
My case races always involved 30 pack cases.
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Post by: littlefallsmets on October 26, 2007, 06:41:53 pm
Yeah, in the depths of the Adirondacks, a case was assumed to be twenty-four.

If you were looking for thirty beers, you'd use the modifier "thirty case" lest you end up a six-pack short of your goal.

Similarly for an "eighteen case".

I was a huge fan of the Saranac Winter Mix, a twelve pack of bottles of seasonal flavours that they only put in the Winter mix pack, such as the Stout they used to make their Black-and-Tans, only separately bottled for the Winter pack.

I loved how everyone just called it "The Twelve Beers of Christmas".
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on October 26, 2007, 07:33:23 pm
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Moderately drunk is the state of inebriation where your consumption of new beers has dropped to the point where you replace what you have left when it gets warm, you're in no danger of hurling, it seems perfectly reasonable to close your eyes and hear the babble of your friends carrying on around you while you listen closely to the lyrics of whatever song is playing at the moment - yet you're ready to spring into action and participate when someone proposes tossing the keg down the staircase.

Wow, that has never happened. Oops.
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Post by: AugustWest on October 26, 2007, 08:36:35 pm
Inev, do they still do Tang at Wash U?
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Post by: KeithHernandez on October 26, 2007, 08:58:17 pm
A thirty pack is a cube.  Duh.


One of my good friends got a keg of PBR, so I am going to go drink that and see where it leads.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on October 26, 2007, 10:04:17 pm
Wow, that has never happened. Oops.
It takes practice.  And lots of overshooting the mark - ending up facedown in the shower with the water running.  If you're fortunate, no one will remember the Sharpie you keep in your desk.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on October 27, 2007, 01:22:23 am
Tang? No, I do not know what that is.

And yeah, I tend to overshoot slightly? Not by too much, though. The times it was bad, I was being really stupid.
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Post by: AugustWest on October 27, 2007, 03:22:31 am
Tang? No, I do not know what that is.

And yeah, I tend to overshoot slightly? Not by too much, though. The times it was bad, I was being really stupid.

Tang was an university sanctioned organization which sponsored an annual team speed beer chugging competition.  So I'm not really surprised that it's not around anymore.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on October 27, 2007, 07:22:27 am
so, the party turned into this:
-I showed up, shaved and with my contacts in (for me, this is the height of getting Done Up)
-a really cute girl, who... I have no idea why she was there... went on a thing how she liked guys with glasses and stubble (i shit you not.)
-the paranoid/(there isn't a word for optimistically suspicious) part of me is thinking that... originally this one chick was coming to the party with my friend Dylan, and he told me she liked me, and I said "egh, she's cool and all..." and then said that this second girl was cute, and then she came and the first one didn't?
-the party was really intense for like 2 hours after all those people drank all their beers. then everyone simultaneously felt sick/tired and left.
then we came back here and watched old episodes of The Simpsons. I know this is some kind of cultural blasphemy, but I had never really enjoyed the simpsons at all until tonight. that show is so good. the early ones are so different... nuts.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Lister on October 27, 2007, 04:00:09 pm
Today I'm gonna go to work.  And tomorrow, same deal.  Next day? 12 hours.  Then I'm gonna repeat that pattern.  Apparently we can't push a ship date back because marketing has already had things with the date printed.  Thanks marketing!  I'm sure you'll be helping clean up the mess you made instead of having launch parties and going home early.

NOT BITTER
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on October 27, 2007, 04:43:59 pm
Im going on a hunt for game meats at dean and delucas to cook up nicely and some fried frog legs. Then Ill work on stats regressions until I demand beer.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: robot_god on October 27, 2007, 05:37:54 pm
then we came back here and watched old episodes of The Simpsons. I know this is some kind of cultural blasphemy, but I had never really enjoyed the simpsons at all until tonight. that show is so good. the early ones are so different... nuts.

Damn, man, what were you watching during your childhood to miss out?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on October 27, 2007, 07:29:54 pm
my mom wouldn't let me watch The Simpsons, and I was that one kid in the world who thought there must be a good reason for that and never tried to watch it on the sly.
when I finally did see some episodes, it was generally "oh, hah, I guess that's pretty funny."
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on October 27, 2007, 09:36:15 pm
I made $50 on the Breeders Cup so far today, 10 minutes till post on the last race. If I hit the daily double its a champagne fiesta.

Edit: Champagne Fiesta with the 5 layer dip, hombre
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on October 27, 2007, 10:56:15 pm
speaking of partying, didn't you say at one point that you might come to St Louis to interview with Anheuser-Busch? Is that happening?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on October 28, 2007, 03:11:48 am
Today I'm gonna not go to a Halloween party at my sister-in-law's like I planned, because Pedro thought it started at 6 and it didn't start 'til 9:30.  I'd already booked a babysitter (my parents) for 6 - 10 so we went to dinner and watched part of the Raleigh Zombie Walk (http://www.myspace.com/nczombiewalk) instead.  Now Pedro's at the party without me.  We figured if only one of us could go, it should be him, since he is able to drink alcohol and he doesn't have a thesis to write.  Also, he likes people. 

For Pete's sake.  How are people with kids supposed to attend a party that doesn't even start until bedtime?  I mean, if she'd been like "I'm having this party but it's OK if you can't come," that would have been one thing.  But she was all, "You HAVE to come to my Halloween party, and you HAVE to dress up, oh by the way no kids."  Apparently when Pedro called to tell her I wouldn't be able to come she was a little upset. 

Sigh.  Someday she'll have kids, I guess.  Maybe by then mine will be old enough that I can have parties she can't come to. 

Bitter?  Me? 

Nah. 

Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Doc on October 28, 2007, 03:25:25 am
Today I went to the beach, discovered I have almost completely lost the ability to body surf and had an sausage from a local charity's sausage sizzle and an icecream with nuts.
Pretty good overall.

Tomorrow I'm going to be unpacking all the stuff from my lab at work that we spent the last week packing. I think this is going to turn out to involve Issues since there isn't nearly as much chemical storage space in the new lab as in the old one.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: CortJstr on October 28, 2007, 06:00:31 am
I just got home from Emma Pollock/New Pornographers. I'm always wired after concerts so it will be a while before I can go to bed.

Tomorrow: The Weakerthans!

Monday: FDA inspection at work!
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: V-Adore on October 28, 2007, 08:04:28 am
I just got home from Emma Pollock/New Pornographers. I'm always wired after concerts so it will be a while before I can go to bed.

Oh, man, I saw that ticket while I was in Boston, and it was wicked. I need an Emma Pollock CD like whoa.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on October 28, 2007, 02:15:41 pm
  Apparently when Pedro called to tell her I wouldn't be able to come she was a little upset. 

Sigh.  Someday she'll have kids, I guess.

Well I hope she grows up quite a bit first.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: CortJstr on October 28, 2007, 04:02:49 pm
Oh, man, I saw that ticket while I was in Boston, and it was wicked. I need an Emma Pollock CD like whoa.

It's only like $2 (http://www.emusic.com/album/Emma-Pollock-Watch-The-Fireworks-MP3-Download/11074746.html). What is there to lose?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: pmcd9 on October 28, 2007, 05:17:09 pm
It's only like $2 (http://www.emusic.com/album/Emma-Pollock-Watch-The-Fireworks-MP3-Download/11074746.html). What is there to lose?

Well it's about fuckin' time.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on October 28, 2007, 07:59:17 pm
Right now I am listening to the New Pornographers DC show here
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15333436 (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15333436)

Maybe you had to be there, but you know, they don't seem all that great live. Which doesn't surprise me, because their music always struck me as being in large part about perfect studio production.

On the bright side, this means I don't feel bad about missing them. (In contrast, I have a list of friends who I will never forgive because no one would go with me to see Bruce Springsteen. So this is a good thing)
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: V-Adore on October 28, 2007, 08:17:18 pm
See, that's what was a pleasant surprise for me: they sounded pretty good live. I'd agree that it wasn't as good as their studio albums in terms of sound quality, but they hung together remarkably well for a band that's always felt immaculately produced. That, and they tended towards wall-of-sound songs that made for really fun dancing/singing-along ("Jackie Dressed in Cobras," "Testament to Youth in Verse," plus "My Slow Descent Into Alcoholism" in the encore). Maybe it wasn't a perfect show -- I'm not that much of a concerthound, I'll admit -- but I had a delightful time.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: CortJstr on October 28, 2007, 08:37:14 pm
I wish Dan Bejar didn't always seem like he was being forced to perform. His attitude makes it seem like we're all interrupting his drinking by coming to see him perform. That plus his songs tend to be my least favorites to begin with.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on October 28, 2007, 09:09:08 pm
Dan Bejar sounds like a powerful religious cult in the Dune books.

"We can't allow this shipment of spice into the hands of the Dan'bejar, Paul. It would TOTALLY fuck shit up."
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: CortJstr on October 29, 2007, 02:01:20 am
I am already home from The Weakerthans show and it's not yet 10pm. So sad. They played for an hour and fifteen minutes, but I missed the beginning because they actually started 15 minutes early. I guess that's my punishment for skipping out on the lame openers.

But I did buy some TMBG/Oppenheimer tickets with only a $1 service charge.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on October 29, 2007, 02:56:29 am
I think it says everything about how really fucked we are as a culture, that we are happy that we "only" had to pay a dollar extra over the written price. I've said it before, I'll say it again:

Some additional reigns are required on the American form of capitalism.

I ain't saying we go to collective farms or nothin', pure communism is as suck as pure capitalism but... c'mon. Seriously, c'mon.

We "only" paid a dollar extra for nothing extra!

Fuck. This. Shit.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: CortJstr on October 29, 2007, 01:15:10 pm
I think it says everything about how really fucked we are as a culture, that we are happy that we "only" had to pay a dollar extra over the written price. I've said it before, I'll say it again:

Some additional reigns are required on the American form of capitalism.

I ain't saying we go to collective farms or nothin', pure communism is as suck as pure capitalism but... c'mon. Seriously, c'mon.

We "only" paid a dollar extra for nothing extra!

Fuck. This. Shit.

I realize it's insane but the alternatives are:

1) Don't go see any bands ever again until TicketMaster and Tickets.com both go bankrupt
2) They stop explicitly stating the service charge and start hiding it in the ticket price, meaning prices go up across the board so it doesn't matter where you buy the tickets or if you pay cash anymore.

At least under this system you can find out of the way places (or the actual venue B.O.) that only charge 50 cents or a dollar compared to the $8 that ticketmaster.com often charges for the exact same ticket.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: side_show on October 29, 2007, 01:21:14 pm
So the Weakerthans weren't that great?  The SO's seen them a few times and hasn't had great things to say about them either.  I gotta say I think their new album is a real let down.  I was just listening to it last night, and it doesn't even kind of compair to the quality of Reconstruction Site.  I got it over a month ago, listened to it once then barely again, so I pushed myself to listen to it all the way through last night and I gave up a few tracks before the end.  I'm very disappointed, but maybe it'll grow on me?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: CortJstr on October 29, 2007, 01:54:38 pm
So the Weakerthans weren't that great?  The SO's seen them a few times and hasn't had great things to say about them either.  I gotta say I think their new album is a real let down.  I was just listening to it last night, and it doesn't even kind of compair to the quality of Reconstruction Site.  I got it over a month ago, listened to it once then barely again, so I pushed myself to listen to it all the way through last night and I gave up a few tracks before the end.  I'm very disappointed, but maybe it'll grow on me?

The show was good, the problems were mainly the venue's fault. The Weakerthans were the early show, with 5pm doors and another show had 10pm doors. So they had to be totally done, encore included, by 9pm to clear the club out for the 2nd show. On the club's website it said that the openers played at 6 and 6:45 then The Weakerthans would go on at 7:45, but apparently they had everybody start early. So those of us who tried to show up after the openers ended up coming too late.

I think the frontman was chattier than when I saw them last year, which helped things. He talked to some people in the front row who had driven like 12 hours to see them, because DC was the furthest south the tour went. And the guitar player and bassist would often act like they were in a stadium-rock band, holding their guitars up in the air or doing that overly dramatic full-circle strumming thing.

I'm not as big a fan of the new album, but I do tend to prefer the peppier songs like Our Retired Explorer or Aside. I had the same issues with the New Pornographers newest. I just don't dig on slower more melodic stuff.

Also, I just learned about the Virtue/Virtute mix-up they had on Reconstruction Site. So apparently I've had the name of one of my favorite songs wrong for years.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: V-Adore on October 29, 2007, 07:44:32 pm
I take it The Boy has had some issues lately, Ash?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on October 29, 2007, 08:06:54 pm
today, I woke myself up from a dream! It was the first time, I think, that I have ever done that.

"and as you can see, here in the library we have a large collection of DVDs"
"holy shit! DVDs? My film class! i'm dreaming! I should be in class! *wakes up*"
So, I only missed half of my class. oops.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on October 29, 2007, 08:22:24 pm
today, I woke myself up from a dream! It was the first time, I think, that I have ever done that.

"and as you can see, here in the library we have a large collection of DVDs"
"holy shit! DVDs? My film class! i'm dreaming! I should be in class! *wakes up*"
So, I only missed half of my class. oops.
You went?  I used those kinds of opportunities to find my friends and distract them.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on October 30, 2007, 07:34:26 pm
recently, I have been really entertained by watching my roommates play Guitar Hero III. Especially when the song is by such as The Strokes, but the animations on the screen are still strutting rock guys with long hair playing their guitars behind their heads.
I also have enjoyed hearing them play a Dead Kennedy's song, and exclaim "what is this crap? this isn't even music!"
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on October 30, 2007, 07:54:33 pm
I also have enjoyed hearing them play a Dead Kennedy's song, and exclaim "what is this crap? this isn't even music!"
Philistines
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: V-Adore on October 30, 2007, 09:10:02 pm
Today, I'm washing that man right out of my hair and sending him on his way.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on October 30, 2007, 09:31:21 pm
Good for you!
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on October 30, 2007, 10:56:46 pm
sing it, gals! *entire message board space starts dancing, making motions signifying pushing a man away, and singing along*
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: AlohaDawg on October 31, 2007, 01:08:26 am
sing it, gals! *entire message board space starts dancing, making motions signifying pushing a man away, and singing along*

Followed by the rest of us guys in a rousing chorus of "There ain't nothing like a Dame". Inev, you wear the coconut bra and hula skirt.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on October 31, 2007, 01:30:32 am
nothing in the WORLD!

Dawg, nothing looks like a dame. Nothing cooks like a dame. There are no books like a dame.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on October 31, 2007, 01:35:11 am
Today I'm gonna post this link here because I can't think of a better place.
http://www.foundmagazine.com/find/1689 (http://www.foundmagazine.com/find/1689)
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: AlohaDawg on October 31, 2007, 01:36:19 am
nothing in the WORLD!

Dawg, nothing looks like a dame. Nothing cooks like a dame. There are no books like a dame.

Nothing.....in the... worrrrrrld....has a soft and wavy frame.....like the silhouette of a dame!
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: side_show on October 31, 2007, 02:09:58 am
Nothing is this world can stop us tonight!
I can do what she can do so much better!....

Oh, god... I'm so sorry.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Doc on October 31, 2007, 12:53:38 pm
Sean Connery's first screen roll you know.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on October 31, 2007, 07:08:01 pm
i think id regret it if I didnt get drunk and enjoy the village halloween parade. Its supposed to be epic. The only problem I see is that given the location and the people that attend it, and the modern propensity for sexy costumes, I could break some kind of primal circuit trying to figure out if I should be turned on or not - not knowing what is woman and what is man dressed as woman.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on October 31, 2007, 08:41:58 pm
If Nabu were here, he'd give you A Talking To, you know.

"If it turns you on, why worry about labels? Just go up and see if he or she will let you fuck and worry about the definitions later."

I... I'm not that good a replacement for Nabu, I know. But I'm all we've got right now.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: CortJstr on October 31, 2007, 10:00:40 pm
Tonight I'm packing to go to the Virginia Film Festival. 3 days of Kin Flicks.

And of course my office announced that tomorrow they're closing at noon to send the staff bowling as a fun activity. They couldn't do this while I'm not on vacation?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on October 31, 2007, 10:57:32 pm
Tonight I'm packing to go to the Virginia Film Festival. 3 days of Kin Flicks.

And of course my office announced that tomorrow they're closing at noon to send the staff bowling as a fun activity. They couldn't do this while I'm not on vacation?
One guy disappears for three days to watch movie, the whole office goes bowling on office time... your office is a beacon of American industrialism.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on October 31, 2007, 11:35:00 pm
HM. Today I wore my Potential Freshman costume and everyone asked me if I had a job interview or something. We watched Il Posto in film class and I freaked out heavily about how good it was. We're talking... talking too fast to be understood about specific shots to someone who has not seen the movie and doesn't care about film. She was nice about it, though? In two of my classes (the film class and my crazy psych/philosophy class) students got in insanely complex arguments with the professors with a lot of words I didn't understand
"the ontological quality of the film... really precludes classifying it as neorealist. Doesn't the teleology contradict the supposed ideological underpinnings?"
"well, really, the issue of personhood vis-a-vis biographical self-concept can't really be applied without considering theory of mind, as well as self-consciousness... in a way that necessarily excludes merely sentient animals."

Um, I had a huge crush on the girl in Il Posto. Not a girl in my class-- the character in the movie.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on October 31, 2007, 11:48:44 pm
One guy disappears for three days to watch movie, the whole office goes bowling on office time... your office is a beacon of American industrialism.
Maybe you'd be surprised that much of the world is astonished at the American work ethic?  The Japanese may have us beat, but I think we have a better quality of life.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on October 31, 2007, 11:56:14 pm
really? I have been told by so many people that we're lazy and everyone hates us for this.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: CortJstr on November 01, 2007, 12:24:39 am
One guy disappears for three days to watch movie, the whole office goes bowling on office time... your office is a beacon of American industrialism.

Hey, it's not like my company tries to make a profit or anything. And we surprisingly don't close for any of the wuss holidays like most companies around here do.

As for American laziness, don't we get way way less vacation than European workers? I get 5 weeks, which as I understand it is very generous. Either way I'm going to use every last minute of it.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Golfhaus on November 01, 2007, 12:29:41 am
really? I have been told by so many people that we're lazy and everyone hates us for this.

America routinely ranks down around the level of the Borg as far as time off for work (http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0922052.html). The "workaholic" Japanese get almost twice the average vacation time that we do. Hell, the Italians get practically a whole damn season off.

I've worked at my job for eight years next February. I will finally get a third week in 2008.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on November 01, 2007, 01:18:09 am
Yeah, Americans spend a lot of time reading blogs at work, I think that is the problem.

Screw today, RIGHT fuck*ng NOW I am going to get drunk as shit at one of my friends concerts while dressed like a hobo.  Drink of choice?  Thunderbird.  Hey, I just got to get in character.  (this is the second year in a row I have gone as a hobo.  Slightly ashamed.  No one from this year was there last year though, except the close friends I will be going with.)
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on November 01, 2007, 01:41:49 am
We work hard, and we work long hours, according to the linked report (http://www.finfacts.com/irelandbusinessnews/publish/article_1011022.shtml).  Its from a UN organization, the International Labour Organization, which may mark the first time I've seen something useful come out of the UN.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on November 01, 2007, 03:05:45 am
OH GOD.

As you party people might know, I just got my first brand-new car on October 16. I got a letter today from the fuck*ng bank. Because of my credit Problems, they will only finance me for $2,570 LESS THAN WHAT I PAID FOR THE fuck*ng CAR. WHAT THE FUCK.

I don't know how I'm going to scream my way out of this, but jesus fuck, this is really scary. I do not have $2,570 just kickin' around right now. It's not like they'll let me return a brand-new car to the dealership after I've put 414 miles on the damn thing and say, "Sorry it didn't work out for ya!" They are going to want blood.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Doc on November 01, 2007, 03:50:38 am
Yeah you American's are nutty, I get my four weeks a year plus ludicrous amounts of public holidays. Being part of the commonwealth ain't all bad y'know.

Also Linnea: That's some major shit, you got any peeps that can lend you the dosh before the car-guys come over to knee-cap you?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on November 01, 2007, 04:33:17 am
I'm puzzled that the car company let you drive it off without the bank saying all was kopacetic.  If the bank came back to you later saying, "You know what, we changed our mind - we're stiffing you for $2750" that sounds like, I dunno, it should be illegal or something.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: V-Adore on November 01, 2007, 05:04:01 am
Yeah, I was about to say, is that even kosher? I always assumed that, once financing came through and you actually, you know, drove the car away, the matter was pretty much settled. Can banks actually just be like "ha ha, psych!!"?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Lister on November 01, 2007, 06:01:28 am
36 hours down, 36 hours to go this week.  And I don't get paid vacation.

Gotta love dream jobs!
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Doc on November 01, 2007, 09:16:05 am
36 hours down, 36 hours to go this week.  And I get paid in giant gold bars and naked women.

Fixed that for you. You work in mining/energy related industry in alaska right? This is what I am given to understand about remuneration in that industry.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: V-Adore on November 01, 2007, 09:20:05 am
I believe that's Nabubrush, unless there's some clever name-changing or multiple-oil-worker-ing going on here.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Doc on November 01, 2007, 09:25:44 am
ech, indeed it is.
Apparently finally going back to the gym has destroyed my mind.

Lister works on a mining barge in *space* right?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on November 01, 2007, 03:55:31 pm
I think we're unproductive because we don't get enough time off.

We work so much that we don't really actually work all that well, as a nation.

We're so overworked that we just... spend most of our time at our jobs fantasizing about not working, about winning the lotto, about trying to find just five stolen minutes to look at pictures of sexy ladies in states of undress to kill the pain of workin'.

I firmly believe that in 99% of people working in the world, if you give them the same money to work 40 hours in 35 instead? They're gonna do better work and probably more work.

We're made for sittin' under a shady tree and pulling our heads together when it's too hot.

For chattin' with each other while we pick fruits and berries.

For quietly bullshitting in the four hours you gotta wait for the goddamn mammoth to show up.

We ain't made for this bullshit. The apes that are our closest cousins spend a lot of their time pickin' at their skin, yapping with each other, sleeping and trying to fuck. We were not designed for all this goddamned work.

Don't let the bastards tell you any different.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on November 01, 2007, 04:05:24 pm
I firmly believe that in 99% of people working in the world, if you give them the same money to work 40 hours in 35 instead? They're gonna do better work and probably more work.

Pedro's company agrees with you.  Their work week is 35 hours (and the pay is competitive), they get 3 weeks vacation and unlimited sick days.  (They figure -- if you're sick, stay home, do not come to the office and infect the rest of us.)  They also occasionally get bonuses in the form of extra time off.  E.g., "You met your big deadline so you get half a day off this week." 

Very European, I hear.  This is why it's so hard to get in to this company -- you basically have to wait for somebody to retire or die. 

This is why, when Pedro told his mom he got a job there, she Wept for Joy.  At last, her son had Arrived. 

This is also why he's not around the board much any more.  He's actually *working* when he's at work.  So -- clearly, the system works. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on November 01, 2007, 04:24:16 pm
I think we're unproductive because we don't get enough time off.


I agree. I think most people only have so many hours of work that they can do in a day. And that same amount of work just spreads out to fill the whole day, however long you are forced to be there.  And if you don't get enough time off to be well rested, then that amount of work gets smaller and smaller spread out thinner and thinner.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Doc on November 01, 2007, 11:22:14 pm
One interesting benefit that you Americans do get though which isn't common in this country (and I don't think many others) is company-paid health insurance. In theory people in my country shouldn't need this because we have government funded hospitals (though many people also have insurance and recently the government has been pushing this) but it would be interesting to see what people would trade off in exchange for this benefit.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on November 01, 2007, 11:29:16 pm
What do you need health insurance for if hospitals are funded by the government? Are you saying it's just hospitals and not other doctors?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on November 01, 2007, 11:31:24 pm
Well, it seems like there's thousands less Americans with health insurance through their jobs... like... every hour. So, seriously. I know that in some cases the Canadian and European and Aussie systems are crap?

But... I had a back problem that felt like a heart attack and it nearly drove me into bankruptcy.

Your systems are ten-million-times better than this clusterfuck, warts and all.

EDIT: womb@, I think they have side insurance for like... faster help on non-life-threatening stuff and things that the government health system deems elective and so on. This is as I understand it.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on November 02, 2007, 01:05:00 am
Just to clarify, 100% company paid is a real rarity, hen's teeth category. Really good plans will run a family $125 a month for medical and dental. Poor can get into $300 a month easily.

I'm quoting private sector California rates, of course.

I'm still interested in your question, but it's more of a "how much will you pay for what additional benefit" thing as I see it.

Pedro's last job: Private-sector small company family plan: $600/mo.  AFTER the employer's share of the premium. 

BUT!  I refuse to let this thread wander into an international debate about health care.  I will split with a vengeance

I don't care if you guys want to bicker about this, but don't do it here. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on November 02, 2007, 02:05:16 am
today I had class and office hours. I learned part of a John Fahey song on my guitar! It was so exciting.
I said to my roommate "goddamn, how do you play this fingerstyle stuff!" and he took it as a literal request for an explanation of the concept. "you know, like, you use a different finger for each string, except sometimes you have to move one..."

I really need to do laundry, but I really don't want to. If you were my friend's really really painfully cute roommate and you met me, and I was wearing a dirty t-shirt or old socks, would it influence how you thought of me that much?
This is a question which I guess has answered itself. Damn.
Edit: today I lost the battery to my cellphone in one of my classes, apparently.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Doc on November 02, 2007, 03:52:10 am
Wow, that is crazy amounts. I don't have private cover but I just got a quick quote and for me and my lady a good level of private cover (hospital, dental, physio etc. included) would run to about 200 a month and most places have very flexible options about covering alternative therapies etc. (Not really my cup of tea but something I am generally impressed by).
One argument I've heard against american health insurers is that since people need healthcare they don't operate by strictly capitalistic principles since if they all band together and basically pick a really high number people will pay it regardless because not having healthcare is not an option. I bring this up because it just occurred to me that having a certain level of government supplied healthcare might act as a balance to this since people don't 100% need private cover the insurance companies actually have to offer competitive alternatives to get your business.

JL: Split at will, though I think I might basically be done on this topic.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on November 02, 2007, 04:14:32 am
JL, all keeping Linnea's original vision pure...
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: AugustWest on November 02, 2007, 04:02:35 pm
...Go to Uncle Bud's funeral.

Aunt Dorothy in March.
Gramma in July.
Uncle Bud Tuesday.

I hope these things run in threes 'cause this shit's ridiculous. I have to carry another casket and I'm tired of the weight on my hands.

Fortunately, I guess, unlike Spouse's parents a couple years back we haven't had to carry the full burden of care.

I would have liked to finish the year not using up my bereavement leave, though.

Hell of Condolences, dude.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: V-Adore on November 02, 2007, 07:05:16 pm
My sympathies. Even the concept of using up one's bereavement leave is kind of tragic.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: pmcd9 on November 02, 2007, 07:33:37 pm
My sympathies. Even the concept of using up one's bereavement leave is kind of tragic.

Unless you are using it to go to the beach or something.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Doc on November 03, 2007, 01:14:45 am
Definite condolences for Ash-Dogg.

Some news I got today that requires back-story: My Nana's sister Shirley came over from new zealand last weekend (first time she's ever left her country due to her husband not liking travel and being kind of controlling) and she basically came over because she wanted to tell my nana in person that she had months to live. We all secretly knew this anyway because her side of the family was keeping us informed, she's had liver cancer for a while now and it's just spread all over the place to the point that she broke her hip a couple of weeks ago and when they opened her up to have a look at it they just saw hell of tumours.
Anyway I found out today that just before the flight back her daughter, who was travelling with her, got an sms that Shirley's husband (the daughter's father, just to keep things clear) had a fall, turns out he had a stroke and died a couple of days after she got back.
I didn't know the husband at all but I was worried about what Shirley dying would do to my Nana and now I'm worried about what the husband dying is going to do to Shirley.
Seriously though, first time she ever left the country and her husband didn't want her to and the fucker up and dies on her. What's up with that?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on November 03, 2007, 05:34:49 am
Sorry to hear about your relatives, Doc.  Everyone from that generation in my family has already passed away, but the lessons in frailty they left were always difficult for me to come to grips with.

I've been trying to work out something about this being a good example of why Kiwis should stay on their side of the Tasman Strait, but it keeps coming out insensitive.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: pmcd9 on November 03, 2007, 05:59:26 am
People dying is a bummer.  Sorry friends that you are suffering from your losses.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Doc on November 03, 2007, 07:47:58 am
I've been trying to work out something about this being a good example of why Kiwis should stay on their side of the Tasman Strait, but it keeps coming out insensitive.

Cann'd because I'm going to use something like this on my family now.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on November 03, 2007, 07:52:44 pm
Yeah, I was about to say, is that even kosher? I always assumed that, once financing came through and you actually, you know, drove the car away, the matter was pretty much settled. Can banks actually just be like "ha ha, psych!!"?

Great news. Another bank came through with the full amount and exact APR that I was quoted. Crisis averted. Sweet. I guess that the dealership works with 30 different banks, but they only have to run your credit once so your credit score doesn't get hammered with all these random inquiries.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on November 04, 2007, 12:44:15 am
Also, I avoided temptation today (http://cgi.ebay.com/COACH-NWT-Black-Leather-798-MANDY-Legacy-COURIER-10331_W0QQitemZ260175610553QQihZ016QQcategoryZ63852QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem) and decided to use a tiny fraction of that money to join a gym, which I have been budgeting for. I could not brook spending $460 on a purse, despite how fuck*ng badly I want that one. Sigh. They don't make that style anymore (10331), and when I went to the Coach boutique today the girl told me that they only had fifteen of those bags (in whiskey brown leather) left in the entire company. I got to hold the one that they had. I'm smitten, which is ridiculous, but I love it.

Anyway, enough freaking out over luggage. I'm very happy because I'm now committed to working out every weekday at 5:30AM, which is as soon as the gym opens. Since I hate waiting to use equipment, it will be a huge motivating factor for me to get there as soon as they open each morning. I'm so excited!!! I feel a thousand percent better when I've been working out.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on November 04, 2007, 01:49:47 am
I feel a thousand percent better when I've been working out.
QFT.  Although, even waiting to start at that time until after Daylight Savings ends, that is a brutally early time to be hitting the gym (since presumably it isn't down the hall from your bedroom - so you're getting up even earlier)  Somehow I thought you weren't a morning person?  If not - you're dooming your resolution by picking that time.  IMHO.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on November 04, 2007, 02:56:22 am
QFT.  Although, even waiting to start at that time until after Daylight Savings ends, that is a brutally early time to be hitting the gym (since presumably it isn't down the hall from your bedroom - so you're getting up even earlier)  Somehow I thought you weren't a morning person?  If not - you're dooming your resolution by picking that time.  IMHO.


Well, I am a night owl but I also like getting up and gettin' shit DONE. Believe me, I've looked at this thang ten ways from Sunday and the best, primo time for me to work out is in the morning. I won't have time during the rest of the day. Currently I'm trying to work out during lunchtime on this ancient shittay treadmill they have at work, but that doesn't give me enough time. It also makes me feel like I'm a disgusting, sweaty wreck for the rest of the damn day, even if I try to reapply my makeup. This way I'll be able to take a long, cool shower and get fully ready for the day in privacy.

When I was taking sleep meds, I routinely worked out at 10PM, came home, showered, took my meds and slept like a baby for 8 hours. Since I do not take sleep medication anymore, I can't do that. Working out that late will totally screw my sleep schedule. Also, the gym is going to be hell of crowded after work, but if the 5:30AM thing doesn't work out, I could always try doing that instead. Working out in the AM is great because it wakes you up and stokes your metabolism for the day ahead. Plus I don't drink coffee, so this will help get me going in the morning.

The plan is to wake up slightly earlier than normal (5:15AM), put on my gym clothes, and drive over there (fortunately it's about one mile from my house). I will work out for 30-45 minutes, then drive home and take a shower. I'll have enough time to get ready and then leave my house by 7:25 for the morning commute to work. That is a MAJOR BONUS POINT for me... I cannot fathom trying to take a shower in a public gym shower, then try to blowdry my hair and apply makeup in the grody gym bathroom with all these irritating ladies gettin' in my way. Just thinking about doing that makes my blood pressure rise. No, I've gotta be able to shower and primp in utter privacy each morning.

It will be slightly rushed every morning, and it would be MUCH nicer if the gym opened at 5 instead of 5:30...but hey, I've gotta take what I can get.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on November 04, 2007, 05:43:22 am
Well, God bless you and good luck on your new routine.

Personally, I've found the only surefire way for me to stick with an exercise routine is
   A)  Have it be between work and home.  Diversion off the primary axis of my life is the surest path to falling off priority.
   B)  Have people who expect you to be there.  Being missed/noticed appears to be an important part of my psyche.

Membership at a martial arts club has been the key to meeting these requirements.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on November 04, 2007, 08:26:22 pm
hm. Today I'm going to clean the fuck out of my room. It is a really gross mess. I just found out that we are putting new carpet into our house (at home) and so my parents and siblings are taking everything from my room out. I have a weird feeling like they are going to find something they don't want to find, but I can't for the life of me think of what it could be.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on November 04, 2007, 08:45:06 pm
I get that feeling every time my mom walks into my bedroom. 

Then again, the stuff she would not want to find isn't exactly well-hidden.  I figure, if someone's snooping around in the top drawer of my nightstand, they deserve whatever they get.  There's no reason for anyone but me to be going in there.  (Well, Pedro too, I suppose.) 

When we moved I almost forgot to take the under-bed wrist and ankle restraints out from under my mattress before my Dad came to help disassemble furniture.  That would have been a nightmare.  I'd imagine Mom could overlook the odd stray vibrator, but if Dad had an inkling that his little princess likes to be tied up he would probably have a stroke and die right then and there. 

Apparently one time we left a tube of K-Y when we were staying with them for Christmas.  It fell out of the sheets when he went to strip the bed.  Mom said she came running into the guest room because she heard a shriek, and Dad was just standing there, frozen, with a sheet in his hand and a tube of K-Y at his feet. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on November 04, 2007, 09:20:53 pm
Well, uhm, maybe it was less that he was prudish, more that he didn't wanna get anywhere near his daughter's... lady gravy?

I'm not a father, I might not ever be a father and I'm no prude about people bein' Into Things but... man. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't wanna be nowhere near one of my children's... juices.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on November 04, 2007, 09:27:04 pm
yeah, um, if I found anyone's KY jelly I would feel weird. Much less my daughter or son or, say, sibling. I mean, I guess it would be different maybe if they were married, but... still.

I think any level of grossed-out-itude is acceptable when it's your baby girl.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on November 04, 2007, 09:28:29 pm
Prudes
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on November 04, 2007, 09:40:23 pm
Finding a hot lady to whom I am not related and who I know was simply using it herself or possibly with another lady... finding her KY?

I dunno. It'd be kinda hot in that accidentally seeing a cute girl's shirt do a nipple slip kinda way.

Creepy if you're going out of your way to find it, kinda hot if it was on genuine accident.

Clearly, though, the relation thing puts it RIGHT out the window.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Doc on November 04, 2007, 11:34:49 pm
Prudes
Keith thinks finding his relation's sex toys is totally hot.
Keith has some issues to work through.

Creepy if you're going out of your way to find it, kinda hot if it was on genuine accident.
Actually it would only be creepy for the owner, if you were the person going out of your way to find someone's sex toys the act of finding them would have to be hot for you. For that matter walking in on someone who has discovered your sex toys would almost certainly be creepy regardless of their motivations.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on November 04, 2007, 11:38:26 pm
I dunno, though, D.

Maybe I'm just a little twisted but... if I owned sex things and they were found by someone I was attracted to, there would be a momentary thrill in... in the hopes that this would turn into a Penthouse Letters page situation.

If it didn't, it would be definitely mortifying but... if I was attracted to the person that found them, there would be at least a half-second moment of turn-on, in the hopes that she wanted to use these things with me.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on November 05, 2007, 12:52:39 am
I'm not saying my dad's reaction was unwarranted.  I'm just saying that the idea of him being rendered immobile by a tube of K-Y would be like nothing compared to him finding some of the stuff I've got in my "Special Drawer." 

Is all. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on November 05, 2007, 12:55:49 am
"Now, honey, I found this... midget woman living in your dresser doors..."

"Oh, Dad, you weren't supposed to see that."

"Is she your... maid, maybe?"

"Not exac-"

"Because she's DRESSED like a maid. Please, honey, please tell me she's your maid."
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on November 05, 2007, 02:26:49 am
Yeah, I was kind of joking but people have sex!  Even if they are related to you.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: CortJstr on November 05, 2007, 04:21:39 am
One day I'm going to see an item made by Coach that doesn't look like it should come free with a $30 Clinique purchase. Their sunglasses are especially bad. I mean, at least they didn't pick an inherently fugly calling card like Burbury's (sp?) plaid, but Coach's designers either have no idea what they're doing or are playing a huge prank on everybody.

Anyway.

Today I'm catching up on 3 days of internet after my film festival. John Turturo was there, but his two movies sold out in like 9 seconds. I did get to see a Joe Strummer bio and a neat 30-minute documentary about a guy leaving an office job to work at the family Halal butcher. Oh, and Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, which is basically 90 minutes of Marisa Tomei topless.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: pmcd9 on November 05, 2007, 05:49:51 am
Yeah, I was kind of joking but people have sex!  Even if they are related to you.

Maybe dad was shocked to suddenly discover that his daughter takes it in the pooper.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on November 05, 2007, 06:02:04 am
um, there is not really a correlation between lube and anal sex. some people just like that extra glide, you know?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on November 05, 2007, 06:12:32 am
I dunno.

In my humble opinion, there's a such thing as too much glide.

But I accept that I might just be weird.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: V-Adore on November 05, 2007, 06:12:43 am
I would say there's a correlation between lube and anal sex, but there isn't a direct "A->B" link, no.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Doc on November 05, 2007, 08:49:51 am
Maybe I'm just a little twisted but... if I owned sex things and they were found by someone I was attracted to, there would be a momentary thrill in... in the hopes that this would turn into a Penthouse Letters page situation.
I could see that but it applies only if the person is attracted to you which would likely preclude someone who is rooting through your stuff looking for them without your knowledge.

Yeah, I was kind of joking but people have sex!  Even if they are related to you.
Scandalous!

"Now, honey, I found this... midget woman living in your dresser doors..."

"Oh, Dad, you weren't supposed to see that."

"Is she your... maid, maybe?"

"Not exac-"

"Because she's DRESSED like a maid. Please, honey, please tell me she's your maid."
Humorous!

I would say there's a correlation between lube and anal sex, but there isn't a direct "A->B" link, no.
Non-Linear!
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on November 05, 2007, 04:11:03 pm
um, there is not really a correlation between lube and anal sex. some people just like that extra glide, you know?
Also, if you're going back to the buffet for seconds, thirds, etc - some lube is usually in order.  However hearty the partner.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on November 05, 2007, 09:17:03 pm
I would say there's a correlation between lube and anal sex, but there isn't a direct "A->B" link, no.

Considering that my Mom bought me a giant (16 oz) tube of K-Y the week before my wedding, I would guess that they don't tend to make that particular association. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: pmcd9 on November 05, 2007, 09:51:19 pm
Well I'm glad we are still about education here.  I've never used KY in that way.  I've never used KY period actually, Vaseline has always worked just fine for me.

Or lotion or whatever happens to be around.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on November 05, 2007, 10:14:47 pm
fuck lube, I need... Friction.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on November 05, 2007, 10:55:46 pm
dang, dude, your lady's area is supposed to provide that on its own.

There are a thousand things I can say here.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: lprkn on November 06, 2007, 01:01:27 am
Inev, dude, A-CAP depends upon the invisible hand of the market.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: AugustWest on November 06, 2007, 01:02:20 am
Inev, dude, A-CAP depends upon the invisible hand of the market.
Oh that is so canned. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on November 06, 2007, 01:49:13 am
Quote from: AugustWest
Oh that is so canned.

Seconded!
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on November 06, 2007, 02:46:58 am
One day I'm going to see an item made by Coach that doesn't look like it should come free with a $30 Clinique purchase. Their sunglasses are especially bad. I mean, at least they didn't pick an inherently fugly calling card like Burbury's (sp?) plaid, but Coach's designers either have no idea what they're doing or are playing a huge prank on everybody.

Sigh, yeah, I know. Cort thinks Coach is trashy, and a lot of folks do, too. Burberry, fake Louis Vuitton, and Coach are forever associated with chavs and trash. I don't like anything in this season's shops, but I really love the Legacy 65th Anniversary stuff (the Legacy shoulder bag and the Mandy courier bag).

I did my 5:30AM workout today and felt like a million bucks all day. My shoulders are going to need a massage, but come Dec. 1st I will have chiropractic care covered, so maybe I can finagle some free massage work out of my HMO. Plus we have a CMT (certified massage therapist) dude who comes to the office periodically with his massage chair, so I've signed up for his services on Thursday. w00t.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: lprkn on November 06, 2007, 06:14:39 am
w00t indeed. I need somebody to show up periodically to massage me tired bones.

All, "You will sit in this chair that I brought and you will be massaged."
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on November 06, 2007, 10:22:30 am
Inev, dude, A-CAP depends upon the invisible hand of the market.
That doesnt even make sense.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on November 06, 2007, 10:38:52 am
He's right you know.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on November 06, 2007, 02:38:15 pm
Today I voted.  DID YOU?!?

Our polling place is at an elementary school.  I got scones at the bake sale.  They were yummy.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on November 06, 2007, 03:03:38 pm
There is nothing to vote for where I live. Unless they are keeping it a really big secret.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: CortJstr on November 06, 2007, 03:34:15 pm
I voted. Luckily at my new apartment the polling place is literally across the street. Is so awesome.

When I turned 18 my polling place was in my high school, so I could just vote on my way to 1st period. That was pretty good too. Thanks to various special elections I actually got to vote 4 or 5 times that one year. Every time we elected somebody that person had to leave a lower office, which required another election. It started to get pretty comical by the end. It was like, can't somebody just appoint a temporary Deputy Secretary of Naming Streets After Things One Finds on a Farm?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on November 06, 2007, 04:21:26 pm
There is nothing to vote for where I live. Unless they are keeping it a really big secret.
Same here - which seems unprecedented for California "Home of the Nanny State".  Surely there's some group that wants me to wear a helmet inside my car, or tax smokers to pay for beach cleanups.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: lprkn on November 06, 2007, 05:11:25 pm
It did when I wrote it, but like so many other things in my life, the actual reason why has faded from the dry-erase board of my memory.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on November 06, 2007, 06:38:59 pm
I must be still waking up from one of my Real Dreams (they're like lucid dreams except with no control but as real-feeling and complicated as lucid dreams) but I swear to God...

For a second, I saw Washington recarved into the head of Lex Luthor.

Oh man. I did not do heavy enough drugs, ever, for flashbacks, kids.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: deniseontheinternet on November 06, 2007, 06:54:08 pm
today im going to be organising my friends 20th birthday, so if you live in perth, western australia, come down to the rocket room on the 8th of december and party with us  ;D
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on November 06, 2007, 08:35:36 pm
yesterday, I saw something new.
a 5 minute long video of a woman being sucked slowly into quicksand. "oh... oh no! it's quicksand! *little moan* how am I going to get out? it's so... hard to get out... I can't... escape..."

that was a good one.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on November 06, 2007, 09:01:06 pm
Oh yeah, there's all kinds of things to say about THAT fetish.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on November 06, 2007, 09:14:53 pm
oh man, I totally forgot.

this morning, I woke up from a dream where... I drove all over town with my dog, trying to find a vet, only to finally realize that this was The End, and holding him as he took his last rasping breath, growing colder as the life left his cute little body.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: pmcd9 on November 06, 2007, 09:51:47 pm
Man you are working the rough chuckles today Dan.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: lprkn on November 07, 2007, 12:14:02 am
today im going to be organising my friends 20th birthday, so if you live in perth, western australia, come down to the rocket room on the 8th of december and party with us  ;D

Hi there! Australia is a little far for most of us, but have fun.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Doc on November 07, 2007, 12:32:18 am
Be careful what you wish for Denise,it's lucky for you I'm going to be on holiday with my sweety on the diametrically opposite side of the country on that night.

Also, Inev, AHHHHHH!
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on November 07, 2007, 04:54:17 am
today a cute girl called and said that yes, she will definitely go to a movie with me, and it became plain that she is kind of finagling her schedule to fit it in when she totally could have said "I'm too busy." I am glad about this event, even though it is just one more intense thing I need to work into a week which was supposed to be easy, and is rapidly becoming hard.

also, if at all possible, when asking a girl out avoid asking "um... do you have a car?"
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on November 07, 2007, 05:00:37 am
today a cute girl called and said that yes, she will definitely go to a movie with me let me bone her, and it became plain that she is kind of finagling her schedule to fit it in when she totally could have said "I'm too busy." I am glad about this event, even though it is just one more intense thing I need to work into a week which was supposed to be easy, and is rapidly becoming hard.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on November 07, 2007, 05:03:05 am
So... many... double... entendres...

Possibly even a triple entendre!
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: lprkn on November 07, 2007, 06:54:46 am
A-CAP, I don't know who that is in your new avatar, so I'm going to pretend it's John Galt.

Also,when the prmary rolls around, I'm probably going to vote for Ron Paul, because I like 27.32% of his ideas, which is more than I can say for any other candidate.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on November 07, 2007, 07:04:47 am
A-CAP, I don't know who that is in your new avatar, so I'm going to pretend it's John Galt.

Also,when the prmary rolls around, I'm probably going to vote for Ron Paul, because I like 27.32% of his ideas, which is more than I can say for any other candidate.

Obviously its a picture of me admiring the view from my apartment.

So close. Its Howard Roark from the film adaption of The Fountainhead. (The movie is actually not that good.)
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on November 07, 2007, 07:19:14 am
oh, A-CAP, if only you knew.

also, possibly the reason she can't go out friday is that she is going to a frat formal? ick. not the frat that is just a bunch of nice guys, either. oh well.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: pmcd9 on November 07, 2007, 09:05:38 am
Well lets hope she chooses you rather that getting tapped by the entire pledge class.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on November 07, 2007, 02:39:28 pm
Yay, inev! 

Today I'm gonna take a sick day.  By which I mean, Pedro took a sick day from work which means I have more help at home.  We're all going to sit around in sweaters and drink tea. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on November 07, 2007, 10:59:15 pm
"Fuckin whiteboy! whiteboy! Yea you cracker! With briefcase of documents! PFF! Ho, Get off my sidewalk!" - Old man outside my building, monologuing at me whilst I smoke a cigarette.
Viva New York, capital of the world!
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on November 08, 2007, 12:13:48 am
"Fuckin whiteboy! whiteboy! Yea you cracker! With briefcase of documents! PFF! Ho, Get off my sidewalk!" - Old man outside my building, monologuing at me whilst I smoke a cigarette.
Viva New York, capital of the world!
We have those in San Francisco too, but do you have the crunchy granola chickadee sitting crosslegged in front of him, earnestly trying to engage him in humanity-affirming conversation?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on November 08, 2007, 12:32:05 am
today:
I woke up feeling horrible. Then I went to film class and perked right up. The rest of the day (ie, until an hour or so ago) it was like my brain was suddenly Turned On after being off for weeks, and suddenly I had things to say in class, took tons of notes, etc.
Then halfway through the film we just watched for the film class, I just kind of crashed. The rest of this day is going to blow balls. Tonight: studying for a linguistics exam, planning for an in-class presentation, a radio station meeting which will go for up to maybe 2 hours, and a ton of reading for my poli sci class which I probably won't do.
Tomorrow I have an exam, office hours at the radio station, and I have to meet with this chick to plan out the in-class presentation... and then I have that movie date.

I know these are not really that many things... I just get stressed out easily. Especially because I forgot about all this stuff, and spent the weekend and the first several days of the week just fuck*ng around.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on November 08, 2007, 12:32:14 am
We have those in LA too, but do you have asshole twenty-something hipsters, standing around looking at him, talking about how they could TOTALLY make a reality show about the topic of this guy... and then they go off and do nothing about their already morally shaky idea?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on November 08, 2007, 12:46:36 am
the guys like that here, my roommates who are from non-urban areas (Little Rock, Springfield IL) try awkwardly not to look at him and pretend to be knowledgeable about crazy guys who live in cities. I include myself in this category (the roommates, not the crazy guys.) Our other roommate who is from NYC looks at us and makes the face which means he is trying not to laugh.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Doc on November 08, 2007, 09:46:09 am
The only crazy guys round here tend to stick to public parks or bus stops. Not great to make conversation with but at least occasionally you can buy the big issue.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on November 08, 2007, 04:51:58 pm
Today, I'm gonna pick out a christmas tree. Apparently now is the time. (http://www.cnn.com/2007/LIVING/homestyle/11/01/christmas.trees/index.html)

Also, a linguistics exam for which I am currently studying (VP= V NP NP (PP), bitch!), and office hours, and poli sci, and a date. I am pretty sure this girl is not into this date for a couple of reasons, which I will not go into at this time so as to not completely jinx myself.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Golfhaus on November 09, 2007, 01:43:06 am
also, if at all possible, when asking a girl out avoid asking "um... do you have a car?"

A wise and respected expert on the romantic arts summed it up best: "Got no money and you got no car, then you got no woman - and there you are."
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on November 09, 2007, 01:46:24 am
Reminds me of the old joke.

What do you call a drummer without a girlfriend?

Homeless.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on November 09, 2007, 05:24:15 am
Filled out the application for readmission to my old school, HSC, and emailed the dean. I know im technically a "transfer" but do they really need to see my SAT scores and high school transcript again? Dudes who get kicked out for honor court violations, or you know go to jail, just have to basically write a letter for readmission. It would be quite the christmas present to return to my homeboys back in ol' Virginny. Still, the idea of me sitting here in NYC right now and possibly sitting in Farmville, VA just 2 months from now... mindblowing.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: AugustWest on November 09, 2007, 05:47:02 am
Try calling the Dean tomorrow and describing your situation.  If you didn't shit on his desk on your way out of town, you're probably fine.  You may be able to cut through some red tape too, but in my experience, college administrators love making folks jump through hoops even more than the Driver's License bureaucrats.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on November 09, 2007, 05:58:05 am
I am not really sure how that went. Movie date without coffee or dinner-- BAD IDEA.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Doc on November 09, 2007, 06:38:51 am
Yeah Inev, have to allow yourself a chance for getting to know you chit chat. Unless the movie goes really well but then such as we are too gentlemanly for those type antics.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on November 09, 2007, 06:45:09 am
yeah, um, she had to get home and get to bed, she had some kind of work thing in the morning?
highlights reel:
-I am an idiot and went to the wrong metro stop, so we missed our movie. She sent me a text message saying something like "I am scared of this metro stop, where are you?" and I felt like a major dick
-we decided to walk to a closer movie theater
-she kept trying to give me advice on classes to take? not a positive thing.
-this journey involved jumping over... this... there was a whole situation which is hard to explain. Basically she did something where I was basically imagining her falling, landing on a busy street, and being run over before my eyes.
-she brought fruit roll-ups to the movie and it was adorable
-About a Son is... a movie to watch I guess. It exists. I dug it because I love Kurt Cobain. She said it made him seem like a whiny dick, which I guess is true.
-she had left her bike on campus, so we walked all the way back to campus together, passing her apartment. she gave me an awkward hug and said bye.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Doc on November 09, 2007, 01:44:00 pm
That doesn't sound so bad, sure the bus thing is a bit of a hiccup but long walk back to campus? That's good stuff. Don't play down hugs either, hug on a first date is reasonable progression. My general rule is that if the chick wants to touch you this is a good sign.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on November 09, 2007, 04:57:33 pm
Try calling the Dean tomorrow and describing your situation.  If you didn't shit on his desk on your way out of town, you're probably fine.  You may be able to cut through some red tape too, but in my experience, college administrators love making folks jump through hoops even more than the Driver's License bureaucrats.
He answered my email basically saying that I am applying for "readmission" not "transfer" so I just need to fill out the application with a letter from a professor and a letter from "someone who knows me". This personal character witness letter I feel is of southern flavor. No one in new york cares what someone else thinks of me.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on November 09, 2007, 05:02:11 pm
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No one in new york cares what someone else thinks of me.
I have gotten this vibe from some of my Yankee friends. damn, dude, those people. Where do they get the nerve.

Chris, I am glad that you have made the decision you have. Way to man up and fix your problems.

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Don't play down hugs either, hug on a first date is reasonable progression. My general rule is that if the chick wants to touch you this is a good sign.
oh, I mis-explained this and the class-advice giving thing. The issue is that contrary to our earlier interactions, it seemed very obvious last night that she was creeped out by being 2 years older than me. This was not a good hug. It was a... I don't know what hug to compare it to, but i didn't like its tone.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on November 09, 2007, 09:31:22 pm
Today I saw an acupuncturist. It wasn't as scary as I expected.  It might be bullshit, but I have had so much trouble with western medicine lately - I figured I might as well try it because at least it wouldn't make me feel any worse.

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Post by: wombat on November 09, 2007, 10:38:48 pm
I'm pretty sure she was taking each needle out of a fresh package... although I can't swear to this since I was afraid to look at them.
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Post by: Doc on November 09, 2007, 10:48:26 pm
Today I saw an acupuncturist. It wasn't as scary as I expected.  It might be bullshit, but I have had so much trouble with western medicine lately - I figured I might as well try it because at least it wouldn't make me feel any worse.

I read about an interesting study (Ben Goldacre at badscience.net wrote a few entries about it) that was done a little while ago on people who had chronic back-pain for at least 8 years (and presumably had tried all sorts of standard treatments) were split into three groups, one recieved normal treatment, one recieved acupuncture and one group recieved fake acupuncture where they deliberately did it wrong.
For a pre-set level of 'feel better' twenty something percent of the normal treatment group felt better (not that suprising since they had probably already tried these conventional medicines) 47% of the accupuncture group felt better and 45% of the fake accupuncture group felt better.
The point isn't that acupuncture is a huge crock, it's that certain conditions have a genuine psychological component (which doesn't make them any less real, pain is pain regardless of the cause) and so they need a psych-social treatment so the novelty of the new type of treatment had more of an impact than the treatment itself. Not that any of this is necessarily relevant to you Wombie, just sharing.
Don't get complacent about them not being about them not being able to do you any harm though, anything that has an effect has side effects. This is particularly true in the case of herbal remedies where some of the herbs contain the same compounds you'll find in more conventional medication. If you're taking Saint John's Wort while on depression medication for instance you should always let your doctor know.
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Post by: theinevitable on November 09, 2007, 10:52:09 pm
I recently had an argument about this with a good friend of mine. I sent her a link to that badscience.net study, and she said she didn't trust anything on the internet, basically, and pointed out that he misspelled a word, and so he couldn't possibly have any legitimacy as a source.
About a week later, our anthro professor mentioned badscience.net as a blog that he really enjoys and reads regularly.
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Post by: wombat on November 09, 2007, 11:15:37 pm
To tell you the truth, if it just works because of the placebo effect, that's fine with me.  The placebo effect is probably the most effective things medicine has to offer - don't knock it.

She did talk about herbs but yeah, that's different. I don't think I want to mess with that.
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Post by: linnea on November 09, 2007, 11:16:02 pm
I'm pretty sure she was taking each needle out of a fresh package... although I can't swear to this since I was afraid to look at them.

All acupuncturists use fresh needles for every patient. Don't scare her, you guys!
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Post by: Doc on November 09, 2007, 11:20:13 pm
To tell you the truth, if it just works because of the placebo effect, that's fine with me.  The placebo effect is probably the most effective things medicine has to offer - don't knock it.
Oh I wasn't the placebo effect is the bomb, I'm not even saying that's how acupuncture works, you just reminded me of it.
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Post by: Arachno-capitalist on November 09, 2007, 11:28:14 pm
Oh I wasn't the placebo effect is the bomb, I'm not even saying that's how acupuncture works, you just reminded me of it.
people still say "the bomb" ? Next doc will claim that herbology is "all that and a bag of chips".
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Post by: jay-ell on November 09, 2007, 11:35:33 pm
people still say "the bomb" ? Next doc will claim that herbology is "all that and a bag of chips".

Oh, A-CAP.  Saying "the bomb" is "the bomb." 

You all up in the kool-aid, but don't even know the flava. 
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Post by: Doc on November 10, 2007, 12:49:02 am
Don't make me starting busting out my ocker slang in this hizzle.

Also I seem to have missed out three or so words in that sentence and now I can't correct it because A-CAP quoted it.
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Post by: wombat on November 10, 2007, 01:05:41 am
Next doc will claim that herbology is "all that and a bag of chips".

If he does, I might try it after all. That sounds great!
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Post by: CortJstr on November 10, 2007, 01:23:36 am
people still say "the bomb" ? Next doc will claim that herbology is "all that and a bag of chips".

I always went with "all that and a side of beef." Because who wants greasy old chips where there's meat to be had?




I swear I posted this before but it's not here. Did the board eat my post?
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Post by: linnea on November 10, 2007, 03:59:31 am
Wow, A-CAP, is your new avatar of you and your lady? I approve, it's a great picture.
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Post by: Arachno-capitalist on November 10, 2007, 05:35:21 am
Wow, A-CAP, is your new avatar of you and your lady? I approve, it's a great picture.
yea, all sporting the HSC Rugby shirt
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Post by: side_show on November 10, 2007, 03:04:18 pm
These cold gray November days are always so fraught with potential, the air feels like it's full of electricity - is today the day the first fat fluffy snowflakes will fall?  Today, I'm thinking is a day suitable for Nachos and Beer, followed by seeing an awesome improv troop.  Running out to get the Saturday paper and some fresh donuts this morning is also a temptation.  But so is staying in my PJ's, going back to bed and just staying in bed until it's ridiculous.  You know - so that it's so late in the day that you wonder if there's any point in getting dressed at all since you'll be back in bed soon enough?  Is it a sign of getting old that I weigh staying in my PJ's on the same level of decadence as drinking many beers with Nachos (and maybe wings)?  Both are very attractive options to me.

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Choose Your Own Adventure that is side_show

If you want side_show to get dressed and go get donuts, turn to page 27
If you want side_show to stay in bed all day, turn to page 4
If you want side_show to got out and get hella twisty on Stella and gourmet Nachos then watch an improv show turn to page 16

Which to choose?  They're all so sexy.  I earned this weekend.  Earned it.

While I try to decide I'll watch an episode of Iron Chef America.
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Post by: wombat on November 10, 2007, 04:05:31 pm
Page 27!
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Post by: littlefallsmets on November 10, 2007, 04:47:54 pm
Page 16, except... substituting "nachoes" with "cider donuts".

There's something to be said for sopping up Hard Drink with cider donuts.
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Post by: linnea on November 10, 2007, 05:11:53 pm
Hat trick! Hat trick! ALL THREE!!!

Send the SO out for donuts and nachos and Stellas. Fuck yes.
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Post by: jay-ell on November 10, 2007, 06:32:23 pm
Page 4, but keep your finger on Page 27 in case you get eaten by gigantic rodents or something. 

At least, that's how *I* always read CYOA books. 

With cheating. 
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Post by: V-Adore on November 10, 2007, 06:43:00 pm
27, with options for 16.
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Post by: theinevitable on November 10, 2007, 10:37:48 pm
hmm.

today I woke up earlier than I woke up on any weekday, and went to a 5 hour radio station meeting where we planned for our future, planned to rewrite the KWUR Bible, talked about our badass new computer system/website, planned what to do with out backlog of like 300 unreviewed CDs, made drug jokes in front of our Faculty Advisor which made her look uncomfortable, explored the awesome old house we were having the meeting in...
it was cool, but overwhelming. And I really doubt we'll get a lot of that stuff done.

also: today I learned the deets on a situation in which... a naked kid got tazed by WashU police at a Girl Talk concert on campus last night. Apparently it nearly turned into a Major Incident because people were flipping out--understandably, as the kid... I guess he was being annoying by being naked and resisting arrest, but it sounded pretty unneccessary from what I have heard. Several people commented that they are normally in favor of police officers doing what they need to do to do their jobs, but that this was just ridiculous and insane. All the kid was doing was dancing around without a shirt on, obviously drunk-- he didn't get entirely nude and start acting provocative until they started accosting him and trying to make him leave.
I think it says a lot about our culture and some sort of generational shift that... the police guy entered, and people started yelling "dont taze me bro!" at him, and then he tazed the kid. in front of several hundred pissed off kids. another police officer went up and made them stop the show. People were freaking out, screaming, not being allowed to leave, the air conditioning was somehow failing so people were way too hot...
it was an intense situation which I missed as a result of not liking Girl Talk.
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Post by: side_show on November 10, 2007, 11:18:45 pm
27, with options for 16.

Oh yeah, I did page 27, and somehow picked up an awesome pair of handmade moccasins on the way, now I'm turning to page 4, and it is looking hella sweet. 

Side_show eats nachos and drinks Stella's.  She heads out to the hip district of the city, to that place that has 6 different types of nachos and a variety of tasty beers on tap.

Turn to page 12 if she drinks enough to obnoxiously yell out suggestions at the improv show.
Turn to page 31 if her SO realizes she is not in the best state and takes her home.
Turn to page 2 if she keeps it under controle, lives with dignity.  Maybe porn.
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Post by: theinevitable on November 10, 2007, 11:37:22 pm
THERE IS ONLY PAGE 2.

(because of the porn, y'see.)
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Post by: CortJstr on November 11, 2007, 02:29:42 am
Oh yeah, I did page 27, and somehow picked up an awesome pair of handmade moccasins on the way, now I'm turning to page 4, and it is looking hella sweet. 

Side_show eats nachos and drinks Stella's.  She heads out to the hip district of the city, to that place that has 6 different types of nachos and a variety of tasty beers on tap.

Turn to page 12 if she drinks enough to obnoxiously yell out suggestions at the improv show.
Turn to page 31 if her SO realizes she is not in the best state and takes her home.
Turn to page 2 if she keeps it under controle, lives with dignity.  Maybe porn.


2! 2! 2!
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Post by: littlefallsmets on November 11, 2007, 03:20:42 am
Ruuuuuuuuufio!

Ruuuuuuuufio!
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Post by: Doc on November 11, 2007, 08:16:01 am

Turn to page 12 if she drinks enough to obnoxiously yell out suggestions at the improv show.
Turn to page 31 if her SO realizes she is not in the best state and takes her home.
Turn to page 2 if she keeps it under controle, lives with dignity.  Maybe porn.



Turn to page 12 if she drinks enough to obnoxiously yell out suggestions at the improv show.
Turn to page 31 if her SO realizes she is not in the best state and takes her home.
Turn to page 2 if she keeps it under controle, lives with dignity. Maybe  porn.

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Post by: side_show on November 11, 2007, 02:38:25 pm
I did go for page 2, but substitute porn with the real thing, which I think we call all agree is even better. 

Also the nachos were awesome, the wings were okay, I drank Corona instead of Stella - it's better with Nachos.  The improv show was awesome.  The first show they took my suggestion of "gender confusion," which was entertaining.  The second show someone shouted out "penistrap," which turned into a show about German mice taking over the world.  How did they do it?  Sexy female automaton cats.  The trigger device?  The moment the barbed pen!s latches inside the lady automaton cat she explodes.  Barbed peni people. It was enacted on stage for us.
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Post by: jaydub on November 11, 2007, 07:55:46 pm
..brew a nice English Brown - style ale.  I've got 3 pounds of Maris Otter pale malt mixed with 1 pound of Munich malt mashing on the stovetop.  I'll mix in some specialty malts to get the caramelly flavors and darker color, then drain the sweet wort into my boiling kettle.  Some Willamette hops, and a good boil, then I'll chill to 70 degrees F or so with the copper coil immersion chiller.  I've got a vial of White Labs English Ale yeast waiting for its 2 week feast.
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Post by: littlefallsmets on November 11, 2007, 08:34:07 pm
So... what you're saying is...

People who brew their own beer are like... people who grow their own weed except that they are mostly contributing members of society?

That is some pretty complex shit going on there. I congratulate you but do not envy you.
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Post by: theinevitable on November 11, 2007, 10:24:16 pm
... go to the station for "Jazz DJs Meet Up Day" and be the only person who showed up other than the Jazz director. he was pretty disappointed, I felt bad.
Now I am putting off writing lyrics to a song by planning classes for next semester. Why is every single class I want to take for my major at the same time? This seems like... you'd think they would realize it was a bad idea to put every 200 or 300-level psych class at the same time. And, of course, Cultural Anthro is at that time too, which I really want/need to take as well.
Dang, man. I'm going to end up taking a bunch of cool non-major classes instead? Shit.
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Post by: Golfhaus on November 11, 2007, 10:35:03 pm
Two reasons I stopped going after a Comp Sci minor in school: 1) too much math. 2) the classes tended to be held between 0800 and 1100 every day. By contrast, most of my English classes were afternoon classes - many were three hour, once-a-week deals that allowed for dinner and drinks afterwards.

Today I got a video from my daughter - we're in VA visiting, and somewhere along the way I got into a hell of a funk and went into the bedroom to sulk a little bit. My wife came in to see me clutching a pillow in the fetal position, then went out to the living room and had my daughter record a video on my cell phone saying that she loved me.

I have a pretty awesome wife.
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Post by: littlefallsmets on November 11, 2007, 11:11:47 pm
Quote from: theinevitable
Why is every single class I want to take for my major at the same time? This seems like... you'd think they would realize it was a bad idea to put every 200 or 300-level psych class at the same time.

Could it possibly be... a psychological experiment?
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Post by: theinevitable on November 11, 2007, 11:16:50 pm
I made a chart of all the time-slots I have, and now I realize that it isn't as bad as I thought.

It's just that there are 3 classes that I really really really want to take, that are all required for other classes in my major, that are all at the same time.
But now that I wrote out all the slots, I realize that if I want, I could take 7 really interesting classes that would fit in my major. So... I have more options than I thought. Plus, space to take "Music of the African Diaspora" or "Afro-American Linguistics" or Economics or something.
To clarify, I am not taking 7 classes. I am just saying that it isn't going to end up being an unproductive semester like I thought. I can fit shit in.
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Post by: Lister on November 12, 2007, 06:24:13 am
...go to work again, and keep a relatively good disposition.

Somewhat unrelated: CEOs should encourage people to tell them bad news.  It would be better all around.
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Post by: jaydub on November 12, 2007, 07:02:22 am
That is some pretty complex shit going on there. I congratulate you but do not envy you.
Last year I brought a keg of my homebrew to work and stuck it in one of our cold-rooms (like a walk-in fridge).  After work, I carried it into my office and invited my coworkers in for a pint or two.  After drawing off a tall frosty and handing it to one, he shook his head in astonishment and said, "You have ascended to a level of manliness I've never dreamed of".  Its like having a super power.  Having a cold keg.  Of beer you made.

Ironically, before the middle ages, brewing was women's work.  If you've heard reference to alewives, that's where its from.  Also "Brewster" is the feminine for "Brewer".
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Post by: theinevitable on November 12, 2007, 05:33:02 pm
so. it's raining.

in the past week, a big prostitution ring got busted in Charlotte. Prominent Charlotte businessmen and stuff are on the list of clients. The "madam" has said she is going to make names public?

The segment of "guys who would send their kids to inev's high school" is the same as "guys who would frequent high-class prostitutes." Hm.

Also, they used this creepy website claiming to offer "high class nude photography" to advertise their... selection. Man, the internet.
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Post by: side_show on November 12, 2007, 05:57:59 pm
Inev, this reminds me of something I stumbled on to a couple weeks ago.  I was doing a google image search for "Ski Bunny" because I'm getting a custom made shirt done for the SO's sister who is big into skiing.  I found a sort-of cute image, and clicked to see the site it came from and found this (http://www.ski-bunnies.com/).  I suppose the site is NSF because you don't want anyone seeing you look at a site for a ski-bunny escort service, but the content itself is pretty tame - no nudity or anything.  But still, these are ski hookers I guess.  I imagine anyone who wants a Euro-ski-hooker is probably pretty rich.

Quote from: from the site's FAQ's
What should my expectations be?

For the duration of her stay, your ski-bunny is there only for you!  She will ski with you (although may not be the same standard skier as you), dine with you, party with you, stay with you in your hotel and be your girl-friend. Ski-bunnies are fun-loving girls - treat them with respect and you will undoubtedly transform your ski trip into one packed with fun, romance and pleasure.

What will my ski-bunny's expectations be?

Your ski-bunny will hope that you are pleasant to be with and that you will treat her with respect. She will expect to stay with you in a comfortable hotel, eat and drink fairly well and wants to enjoy being your girl-friend, day and night for the duration of your time together.

The "testimonials" page is hella creepy.

Needless to say I will not be using the image I found for the SO's little sister's clothing.

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Post by: Arachno-capitalist on November 12, 2007, 07:14:42 pm
Your ski-bunny will hope that you are pleasant to be with and that you will treat her with respect. She will expect to stay with you in a comfortable hotel, eat and drink fairly well and wants to enjoy being your girl-friend, day and night for the duration of your time together.
Jesus Christos, I have to PAY for this experience? I have to change my entire demeanor so that Im "pleasant", feed her and sustain her, house her, and she won't ever leave me alone day or night? This sounds more like Christmas with grandma than a sexy vacation.
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Post by: jaydub on November 12, 2007, 07:20:28 pm
Jesus Christos, I have to PAY for this experience? I have to change my entire demeanor so that Im "pleasant", feed her and sustain her, house her, and she won't ever leave me alone day or night? This sounds more like Christmas with grandma than a sexy vacation.
That must be a close family you come from, there.
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Post by: theinevitable on November 12, 2007, 08:33:10 pm
man, what really creeps me out is that... both sites they used were really specific about the girls being Classy and Southern with good manners and fancy clothes and such. Then you look at the gallery, and...
I dunno, man. they're all creepy looking.
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Post by: CortJstr on November 13, 2007, 01:35:42 am
I got a replacement batter for my 3G iPod in the mail. Here's hoping all goes well because I've heard bad things about the new iPod Classic. Plus, y'know, I don't really feel like paying for a new one. And I have a dock connector in my car so I'm kind of locked into iPods for the foreseeable future.
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Post by: Arachno-capitalist on November 13, 2007, 01:44:28 am
Today I went to the apple store in SoHo to get a repair quote on my other computer. It will be beaucoup thousands to fix that bitch, but as an exact quote of what I told the technician "Its cool dude, Im made of money." And by that I meant I have insurance. Do not ever take your brand new macbook pro and throw it off a table, spill tomato soup, and sugary mixed drinks into it all in the same night... unless you have insurance. ( And I mean, 'into it', as in, if there was a hole in the computer, it got its dinner)

"Why is your computer so... sticky? And Is there tomato sauce in the optical drive?"
"Look. I just need a repair quote. My lifestyle choices should have no impact on how much you're going to charge me."
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Post by: linnea on November 13, 2007, 02:11:05 am
Today I went to pick up a heinous pile of mail that was waiting for me at my dad's house. Most of it got shredded, but I'm still picking my way through it. Then I bought some groceries. I came home and took an EPIC three hour nap. I woke up and since I finally have a little bit of scratch (birthday pressie from my pa), I bought 2 bottles of red wine (one cabernet, one shiraz), some frosty Amstels, and some blended go-to Scotch (J&B).
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Post by: theinevitable on November 13, 2007, 02:19:18 am
...three hours is epic?

man, my sleeping habits are so horrible.
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Post by: linnea on November 13, 2007, 02:37:58 am
...three hours is epic?

man, my sleeping habits are so horrible.

I woke up and it was dark outside, and I panicked momentarily. Sleeping on a sofa is nowhere near as restful as an actual real bed. Fortunately it had just gotten dark and I had only been out for three hours.

I try to keep myself on a really regular schedule. We'll see how it goes tonight...I hope I'll be able to get a full night's sleep. This week is gonna be gravy, though...I had today off work, and I only have to work 8-4:30 for the rest of the week. Then...next week, I only have to work three days because of the Thanksgiving holiday.
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Post by: theinevitable on November 13, 2007, 02:43:24 am
hmm.

today I am trying to plan what I am going to write a 10 page psych paper on. evidence of episodic memory in non-human mammals?
I am not sure how to write a paper on a scientific question and have it be anything but... "here is a list of the research (not very much). So far, the jury is still out on whether non-human animals have what is considered a human-like episodic memory. Part of the issue is that, you know, a scrub jay cannot say "hey, I totally remember putting this worm here! oh shit, I'm reliving past events through what one might call "mental time travel!" Instead, the scrub jay just makes it obvious that it remembers where it left something, and when, and then scientists change the definition of episodic memory so that this is not sufficient to count.""

also, wondering how long this girl thinks it is OK to wait before calling me back. It has not been long enough to be worried, but... it's not that hard to call someone back, you know?
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Post by: AugustWest on November 13, 2007, 03:42:13 am
Sleeping on a sofa is nowhere near as restful as an actual real bed.

Depends on the sofa...
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Post by: theinevitable on November 13, 2007, 07:42:59 am
Way to get publicity, WashU. (http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1574097/20071112/girl_talk.jhtml)
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Post by: Arachno-capitalist on November 13, 2007, 08:03:46 am
Way to get publicity, WashU. (http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1574097/20071112/girl_talk.jhtml)
It was linked on Fark.com as well.


Today I bumped side_show off the "most time spent online" user stats list. 20 days of my life that I'll never get back...
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Post by: side_show on November 13, 2007, 02:22:27 pm
Wait... what I was top on that list?  Yikes. 
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Post by: CortJstr on November 13, 2007, 02:28:42 pm
Wait... what I was top on that list?  Yikes. 

No, you were #10. Q is still on top with an almost 14-day lead on Judy, who is in 2nd.
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Post by: AugustWest on November 13, 2007, 06:29:44 pm
Way to get publicity, WashU. (http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1574097/20071112/girl_talk.jhtml)

Heh.  I used to tend bar at the Gargoyle.
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Post by: CortJstr on November 13, 2007, 06:42:13 pm
I've been listening to my iPod for over 3 and half hours now without needing to plug it in. Truly this is a glorious new day for music at work.
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Post by: theinevitable on November 13, 2007, 11:53:28 pm
today, I got a form to (tentatively) declare my major. So that hopefully I can meet with my major advisor (or at least someone in the department) about my classes for next semester.
This became more urgent once I met with my 4-year advisor and she basically told me to take the least-fun combination of classes you could make out of my options. Also, she wants me to take fiction writing and Psychological Statistics.
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Post by: pmcd9 on November 14, 2007, 06:12:05 am
I saw Beowulf (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pmcd9/2011332625/).  It is awesome, go see it.
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Post by: lprkn on November 14, 2007, 08:03:39 am
Yeah, I have committed to seeing this. Once I saw the preview where he shouts something to the effect of, "I am lust, I am power, I. Am. Beowulf!" I was pretty much hooked. I think I am a sucker for movies where the protagonist is all, "Fuck you, I am a Badass."

Also where somebody sacrifices their self for someone else. Makes me misty eyed every time.
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Post by: Arachno-capitalist on November 14, 2007, 08:06:55 am
Yeah, I have committed to seeing this. Once I saw the preview where he shouts something to the effect of, "I am lust, I am power, I. Am. Beowulf!" I was pretty much hooked. I think I am a sucker for movies where the protagonist is all, "Fuck you, I am a Badass."

Also where somebody sacrifices their self for someone else. Makes me misty eyed every time.
Like this?
(http://content.ytmnd.com/content/2/7/8/278e7de7d2938581816c2298b0cb3c90.gif)
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Post by: lprkn on November 14, 2007, 08:14:12 am
Exactly like that. You namby-pambies say what you like, but that movie rocked nine ways to Sunday.
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Post by: CortJstr on November 14, 2007, 02:24:08 pm
I had to read Beowulf in 4th, 7th, and 11th grades and actually read it each time, but I remember very little. Grendel's mom was supposed to be hot?
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Post by: theinevitable on November 14, 2007, 05:22:31 pm
...we got Super Mario Galaxy. So far: AWESOME.

...try to man up and ask my psych professor if he will be my Major Advisor. Or at the very least, ask him if he will look at my plans for next semester and give me some thoughts. He is a rad guy. I am for some reason imagining myself saying "um, Professor Craver, will you be my boyfriend? oh! shit! I mean... I was... advisor! Will you be my advisor!?"
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Post by: KeithHernandez on November 14, 2007, 06:26:42 pm
It's called a Freudian Slip, pseudo-science boy.

Also, today I watched the Cal band play a bunch of different old school video games and get in formations for them on youtube and went to the Government Documents section of the library to find some shit out.  I also went to a train station for an essay due the day after the gov docs shit, but it turns out it is just a performing arts center.
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Post by: jay-ell on November 14, 2007, 06:57:15 pm
...we got Super Mario Galaxy. So far: AWESOME.

Me, too! 

Don't expect to see me around much for a while...
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Post by: Turbo Ninja on November 14, 2007, 11:30:27 pm
Don't expect to see much of me either, because...

...we're going to India for two weeks.  Not "Indiana," which I originally heard and is only a hundred miles or so to my west.  No, we're talking snake charmers, tech support call centers, and elephants as far as the eye can see.  I'll take some pictures.

Don't let anyone break my stuff while I'm away.
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Post by: theinevitable on November 15, 2007, 12:59:28 am
um, I know what a freudian slip is. I don't actually want my professor to be my boyfriend, I just feel like asking him to be my advisor is going to be an awkward situation which I will have to plan in advance, as if asking him on a date.
pseudo-science? no way, man.
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Post by: jaydub on November 15, 2007, 02:49:27 am
It's called a Freudian Slip, pseudo-science boy.
pseudo-science? no way, man.
Its the classic techie/fuzzy battle, TOUAMB edition!  These are the fights that always end up with the biologists being torn in half as each side tries to claim us as their own.  Damnit people, the world is not always binary!
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Post by: lprkn on November 15, 2007, 02:54:10 am
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Post by: Doc on November 15, 2007, 02:56:02 am
the world is not always binary!

And anything that can't be measured empirically isn't science!

Secretly I love having this argument way to much.
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Post by: lprkn on November 15, 2007, 03:02:24 am
I am listening to a band named 3 Inches of Blood sing about a Great Hall of Feasting. I am sure there is something wrong with this, but I cannot stop myself.
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Post by: pmcd9 on November 15, 2007, 05:42:41 am
I am listening to a band named 3 Inches of Blood sing about a Great Hall of Feasting. I am sure there is something wrong with this, but I cannot stop myself.

I thought you were listening to Clutch.
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Post by: theinevitable on November 15, 2007, 07:54:17 am
Quote
And anything that can't be measured empirically isn't science!

Then I guess your dick isn't science, because we haven't developed anything that can measure things that small yet.

OHH!
OHHH!

but no, I just wanted to say that. I'm sure your personal dick is great.
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Post by: lprkn on November 15, 2007, 08:14:11 am
I thought you were listening to Clutch.

I have listened to (and enjoyed) Clutch in the past. Is there something around here that says I am listening to them in the present? I often update things, then forget about them, leaving a kind of chronoview screen to the past.

but no, I just wanted to say that. I'm sure your personal dick is great.

As opposed to his public dick.
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Post by: Doc on November 15, 2007, 09:39:36 am
Then I guess your dick isn't science
Well it can't be adequately explained by science, make of that what you will.

I have listened to (and enjoyed) Clutch in the past.
Are Clutch, clutch?
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Post by: lprkn on November 15, 2007, 10:17:42 pm
They can be. I've found that I have to be in the right mood to listen to them.
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Post by: pmcd9 on November 16, 2007, 02:52:01 am
Is there something around here that says I am listening to them [Clutch] in the present?

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10001110101 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjklCPpKSMs)
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Post by: theinevitable on November 16, 2007, 04:57:53 am
today, I went to the biology library and freaked out and checked out 7 books on Primate Cognition, similarities between human and ape behavior, evidence of consciousness in chimps, and then one that is like "chimps are really smart animals. but they are animals. they are not little furry people." Um, now I am realizing that some of these are way beyond what I can understand. So... yeah.

By tomorrow I will have a write-up of what I am writing a 20 page paper on about this topic. Fun.

also tomorrow, I am meeting a girl for Hot Chocolate. it was her idea to get hot chocolate, and I feel that that is adorable. also, I think it is a good sign that she suggested something for us to do. um, she might have to go to this event her roommate planned instead, though... in which case I will try to tag along for that. which is not as good, but, still nice.
due to this I will miss seeing these guys give a speech at the St Louis film festival. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_and_Eric)
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Post by: littlefallsmets on November 16, 2007, 05:43:07 am
Sex... or a progression leading toward sex... is better than Tim and Eric.

But, yeah, if it doesn't get to the point of sex at some point, even if it's twenty dates down the road, you'll have been ripped off.

Sex is one of the few things better than Tim and Eric.
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Post by: jaydub on November 16, 2007, 06:27:16 am
I am meeting a girl for Hot Chocolate.
This is different than Hot Coffee (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=hot+coffee), right?
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Post by: theinevitable on November 16, 2007, 06:29:25 am
I dunno man. This art thing is going to probably blow. She is going to be dressed up as Edward Scissorhands and chopping up paintings? I am not really sure what my function at this event is, as I am unlikely to spend over 20 dollars on anything, and I do not think that is enough money to afford a painting.
Also relevant: she does not know that I know that this thing is an issue, I know about the issue because I talk to her roommate all the time on IM. I am avoiding "hey, um, your roommate who I talk to all the time said you probably couldn't go tomorrow?"

jaydub: yes.
we had a discussion at one point about how neither of us really likes coffee (my parents drank tea so that is what I am used to, I don't know what her excuse is) so we are literally getting hot cocoa.
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Post by: Doc on November 16, 2007, 06:41:43 am
Hot chocolate implies a desire for warmth, which implies snuggling at the very least.
Bring a jacket that's easy to lend a lady.

Also, maybe she hasn't mentioned it because she's trying to weasel out of going because she'd prefer to hang with you? Crazy as that may seem.
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Post by: side_show on November 16, 2007, 04:22:38 pm
Aw, that is some good clean fun.  Coco.  Maybe this will lead to handholding.  It has been a long time since I had that start of a relationship time -granted it is also great when it moves into the hardcore fuck*ng - but that innocent time before you see each other's junk is so nice.  Right now, she doesn't know about that one hairy mole you have, and you don't know about that weird scar she has...  Good times.  Good times.  Just remember, right now, you're perfect to her.  No pressure.  No pressure.
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Post by: theinevitable on November 16, 2007, 05:40:43 pm
oh. I mean... not exactly. it is not entirely in that time, at the same time as it is?

and no, unfortunately, there is no way she can wriggle out of going to this art thing without making her roommate really pissed off and disappointed. this girl has been planning this thing for like a month, and it is important that her roommates show up and support her. also... the girl I am going on the date with volunteered for kind of an important part of it.
also, it would be so much easier to use names, but I am avoiding that.
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Post by: chuanoplast on November 16, 2007, 06:00:15 pm
You could always use fake names, such as Grebenna or possibly Jarleene.
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Post by: littlefallsmets on November 16, 2007, 06:10:30 pm
Or you could give them male names, in hopes that the imagery would draw Nabu back into our little world.

That would always be good.
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Post by: chuanoplast on November 16, 2007, 06:13:12 pm
Male names such as Minakle and Stewevel?

(Guess who has not slept since yesterday.)
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Post by: jay-ell on November 16, 2007, 07:47:12 pm
When Pedro was a little kid, he used to taunt another boy in the neighborhood by saying, "Your mama's name is Gretchen...Gretchenanna Jones!" 

That might be the best little-kid insult in the world.  "Grebenna" reminded me of it, for some reason. 

Gretchenanna. 
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Post by: jaydub on November 16, 2007, 08:03:38 pm
I've often thought that Gretchen is an awesome parallel world name.  As in - I'd never name my kid that here, but its an awesome name.  You don't mess around with Gretchen.  She'll kick your butt and write a short story detailing your defeat.
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Post by: wombat on November 16, 2007, 08:30:13 pm
Seven books seems like a lot for a 20 page paper.
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Post by: theinevitable on November 16, 2007, 08:53:42 pm
is it? i have never written anything over 10 pages, unless I'm forgetting something.

the main issue is that my class is on Memory, so I think I need to find something memory-ish... and each book potentially has little bit at most about memory.

so, I just talked to the lady, and she said "um, I feel like a tool, I forgot that I had to go to this art thing. Maybe we can get dinner tomorrow instead?" I said that maybe I was going to go to the art thing tonight anyway. Hmm. Tim and Eric. I don't know about this choice at all.
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Post by: jaydub on November 16, 2007, 09:10:43 pm
Perhaps a memoir?
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Post by: V-Adore on November 16, 2007, 09:28:10 pm
Is there something really insulting about the name "Gretchenanna Jones" that I'm not twigging to?
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Post by: jay-ell on November 16, 2007, 09:47:59 pm
Is there something really insulting about the name "Gretchenanna Jones" that I'm not twigging to?

No, that's the thing.  It's totally not an insult, but it still made the other kid cry. 
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Post by: Golfhaus on November 16, 2007, 09:58:28 pm
No, that's the thing.  It's totally not an insult, but it still made the other kid cry. 

Oh, man, childhood insults from before you learned how to swear. There was a kid on our bus named P.J. We called him "Humperdinkle PJ" and his friends "The Humperdinkle Gang." Another girl, Suzie, came from Circumstances that we were always sensitive to by holding our breath every time we drove past her house. Even now, when my sister and I go back to the old neighborhood every year or so to see what's changed, we still hold our breath past that damn house.
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Post by: jaydub on November 16, 2007, 11:33:53 pm
Is it Cape Buffalo season already?
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Post by: Golfhaus on November 17, 2007, 12:34:59 am
I already run a 460g lead bullet from Cast Performance at 1550 fps for Buffalo/Bear/Moose/Chupacubra.

Today I'm working up a 300g jacketed Hornady HP with a 1925 fps goal for +2.5 at 100, +0.5 at 150 and -6 at 200 for everything from bunnies to black bear.

Handloading has all the fun of science with component selection and mix, assembly and caliper/micrometer measuring, neat toys like a chronograph and EXPLOSIONS and DESTRUCTION to calm the mad scientist within. Me likee lots.

This shows how suburban my life has been - I thought you were talking about cameras. "Why does he need that quick a frame-per-second rate for a fuck*ng bunny?"
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Post by: lprkn on November 17, 2007, 08:29:44 am
This shows how suburban my life has been - I thought you were talking about cameras. "Why does he need that quick a frame-per-second rate for a fuck*ng bunny?"

Because bunnies are fuckin' fast, that's why.
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Post by: theinevitable on November 17, 2007, 09:17:40 am
Tonight I got a cool painting. It is basically ruined with spray paint and big slashes across the canvas, but I am going to attempt to reconstruct it. It was my favorite painting in the auction, and I told my friend who was running it, and then when it lost the competition and was destroyed, she saved it for me. It lost because in the bad lighting they had, it looked like a plain white canvas. In reality there are really faint lines on it and it's really pretty. I am so glad she saved it for me. I am trying to think of how to get the spray paint off without ruining the rest of it, but I think that is probably impossible.

um, basically I could type a big thing here about being intimidated now that I realize how highly regarded the girl I am going out to dinner with tomorrow is. I am not really sure how to explain what was going on, but it was hell of intimidating.
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Post by: Doc on November 17, 2007, 11:55:29 am
How'd it get ruined inev? They deliberately spray paint it after it didn't sell or something?
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Post by: Golfhaus on November 17, 2007, 12:27:18 pm
How'd it get ruined inev? They deliberately spray paint it after it didn't sell or something?

Kinda like how they treat greyhounds that don't win. "Stupid painting! {spssssss} I spent three grand on you! {spsssssssss} You're worthless, you hear me? Worthless! {spssssss}"
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Post by: Doc on November 17, 2007, 12:32:28 pm
They take that painting around back with a shotgun.
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Post by: theinevitable on November 17, 2007, 08:10:10 pm
oh, no, it was a thing where... they would hold up two paintings and measure the decibel level to decide which one won. The winner would go on to the next round. The loser would be put in a vise, and then a wheel would be spun. If, for instance, it landed on "Edward Scissorhands," the cute girl I am going on a date with would come up, dressed as edward scissorhands (not hot. terrifying. also... she could definitely pull off being a guy.) and slice up the painting. UNLESS someone was willing to bid at least 50$ on it, in which case bidding would start in a normal auction-like setup.
Because of the lighting, it looked like this painting was a plain white canvas. Nobody cheered for it except me and a few friends of the artist. It got spray-painted, and then someone sliced it up just to add injury to insult. So it has "ART ATTACK KDHX!" spraypainted on it, and a big T-shaped cut.
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Post by: KeithHernandez on November 17, 2007, 09:33:38 pm
oh.

Well good luck with that.  Does it look cool with the spray paint on it?
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Post by: theinevitable on November 17, 2007, 10:16:28 pm
kind of. it looked cooler without it. especially because the graffiti is not skillful at all. the main distracting part is that they didn't take the "#13" tag off before spraying it, so there is a big blank square in one corner.
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Post by: theinevitable on November 18, 2007, 07:06:51 pm
date becomes dinner with her friends, ew. she was really sick and miserable, though, so I guess she had good reasons. then I stayed there until 5 AM watching movies with her roommates, big mistake. now I am so sleepy.

is there a word for the thing where you're so hungry that you feel sick, and nothing appeals to you? This feeling is my arch-nemesis. now I have band practice and a tryout for a battle of the bands, then I'm probably going to sleep, then I'm going to write a political theory paper which hopefully will not keep me up all night like they have the past 2 times, but I'm not optimistic. 3 classes to go before I go home and sleep and see my best friend for the first time in 4 months and hang out with a bunch of friends who act like they're still in high school and get mad and miss being here. also, thanksgiving, seeing all the crazy new furniture my parents have put in our house, new carpet, my room will be a disaster because they had to move all the furniture and all my stuff to put in the new carpet...
i am looking forward to the Lounging aspect, and the driving around charlotte aspect. mmm. relaxation.
there is some chance the aforementioned best friend and his dad will come for Thanksgiving Dinner, which would be the raddest thing ever. Damn, that would be so rad.
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Post by: side_show on November 18, 2007, 10:37:54 pm
Today I'm gonna dress inapropriatly and be otherwise ill equipped for the weather due to a low quality radio weather report, make sure I don't make any tweens cry (40 of 'em came to the audition!), make dinner and try not to crash before 8:30.
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Post by: linnea on November 19, 2007, 12:43:42 am
Today it was almost 70 degrees outside (that is about 21 degrees C). I meant to wash my car but did not get around to it. Now it is only 5:42PM and it is already pitch black outside. Meh. I cooked some buffalo on the grill for dinner. It was pretty good.

I was getting all set to go to bed, but I can't go to sleep before 6PM! Dammit!
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Post by: lprkn on November 19, 2007, 06:52:06 pm
It snowed, I tried to get the effluent off of my body from the Gwar concert (failed), and I took my car to get serviced.
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Post by: KeithHernandez on November 19, 2007, 07:30:22 pm
Today it was almost 70 degrees outside (that is about 21 degrees C).

Going to be about 75 in Oklahoma today.  about 70% of the time I talk to my friend in Boulder he knows the weather here based on what happened there.   No that isn't right.  About 70% of the time I talk to my friend in Boulder and he asks me about the weather he is right.  Maybe more.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on November 20, 2007, 07:14:32 pm
... pack, take the metro, get on a plane, be in Charlotte.
maybe go meet friends, maybe go get dinner at The Penguin (golfhaus, have you been to The Penguin? Mmmm.), maybe be a horrible son and friend and go buy Mass Effect.
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Post by: Golfhaus on November 20, 2007, 07:30:36 pm
...pack up, take an early night to bed, then waking up around 2 and getting in the car to drive to Pennsylvania to see the wife's family.

While fighting off a now week-long cold.
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Post by: theinevitable on November 20, 2007, 07:35:24 pm
also: today I find out that at least 2 of my 3 roommates thought that "Higher Ground" was originally by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and are confused when I play the Stevie Wonder version.
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Post by: jaydub on November 21, 2007, 01:42:49 am
also: today I find out that at least 2 of my 3 roommates thought that "Higher Ground" was originally by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and are confused when I play the Stevie Wonder version.
See, this is another side effect of the demise of albums.  The Chili Peppers totally gave credit to Stevie for that one, but who reads the sleeve of a CD?  Or whatever documentation comes with an MP3 download?

p.s. I love their version.
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Post by: littlefallsmets on November 21, 2007, 01:54:04 am
I still read all my CD booklets and I do not buy mp3s but... we have already established that I am prematurely old. I do not even know how to crunk. I... am not even exactly sure what crunking is. It may have something to do with ghost-riding whips but...

All I know for that is Ghost Rider's enchanted flaming chainlink whip.

I am prematurely old AND a nerd.
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Post by: Doc on November 21, 2007, 02:39:01 am
I'm always disappointed by the lack of good liner notes on most albums, or at least most of the ones I see. If the internet and blogs and viral marketing etc. has proved anything it's that people love to get into the heads of people who created something we enjoy and liner notes are a lovely way to do this.
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Post by: theinevitable on November 21, 2007, 04:24:20 am
I cannot tell if you are kidding.
being "crunk" means to be drunk.

unless there is another usage of which I am unaware. ghost-riding the whip is a hyphy thing, but getting Crunk is a pretty universal rap thing at this point I think.
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Post by: Lister on November 21, 2007, 08:33:29 am
I'm-a stay up too late then get up too early and fly to Nashville, then immediately drive to Birmingham because my family changed plans after I bought plane tickets.

On the other hand, I bought Sim City DS today, so I have INFINITE REPLAYABILITY as long as my battery holds out.

Later I will try to convince my dad that we don't need to go to a restaurant with a dress code to get a good meal.  He seems to have trouble with this idea from time to time.
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Post by: Arachno-capitalist on November 21, 2007, 12:47:36 pm
Today Im taking a german language exam and then taking my guinea pigs back across the hudson in preparation for Turkey Holocaust Day.
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Post by: side_show on November 21, 2007, 02:13:00 pm
Today Im taking a german language exam and then taking my guinea pigs back across the hudson in preparation for Turkey Holocaust Day.

The mention of German, guinea pig, the Hudson and Holocaust (but not the one we normally think of) in the same sentence is somewhat discombobulating for me.  For some reason I'm imagining you in an SS uniform, stroking your guinea pig in that way only villains do, on a train, muttering about how the turkey's are an inferior race. 


Today I'm gonna work my ass off, and possibly see the Darjeeling Unlimited.
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Post by: theinevitable on November 21, 2007, 04:09:55 pm
oh man! Darjeeling Ltd! Maybe one of my friends here has not seen it yet.
I am worried that I'll hate it and have to seriously reconsider my priorities. I am starting to think that watching black and white Italian films every week since the end of August has fucked up my sense of what a Good movie is.
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Post by: linnea on November 22, 2007, 12:33:44 am
Today I am cleaning the shit out of my rooms and bathroom. In the house that I rent, I have my cats confined to three large rooms - essentially two bedrooms that share a Jack & Jill bath, as the realtors like to say. It is bigger than my entire apartment in Alaska, and Lenny loves to gallop along the length of the three rooms. The Problem is that my roommate's parents, sister, and brother-in-law are all coming for Thanksgiving. The parents will stay in the guest bedroom, but the only other place to sleep is in the fold-out sofa in one of my rooms (my "office").

So basically I am scouring the office and trying to clear out all my mail and back issues of The Economist, Wired, and Architectural Digest so the sister and brother-in-law will have someplace to sleep. I also have to deep-clean the bathroom and remove the nine gazillion beauty products that I don't use on a regular basis so that the sister and brother-in-law will have someplace to put their toothbrushes. This also means that Milan and Lennybruce will be cooped up in my bedroom only, a 2/3 reduction in their habitat fachrissakes, for the duration of the relatives' stay. I don't want to sound like a selgiraffe asshole, but I secretly hope they only stay one night. Wait - is it a secret if I say it out loud on the internets?

I need my own place.

The other Bad Thing is that both the parents and the sister/brother-in-law each have dogs. So while my little dudes have gotten used to the parents' dog sniffing at them from beneath the door, now they will have to contend with TWO dogs and four extra humans in the house. I feel bad for the little guys, but they will do fine.
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Post by: theinevitable on November 22, 2007, 01:35:29 am
today I woke up at 11, ate, played Mass Effect, somehow wasted the rest of the day (not playing the game... I'm not really sure what I did?), ate dinner, uploaded a ton of pictures from my mom's camera. Now I am waiting for my best friend who I haven't seen in something like 4 months to come over. He goes to the Air Force Academy, and is rad.
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Post by: jay-ell on November 23, 2007, 06:03:04 pm
This also means that Milan and Lennybruce will be cooped up in my bedroom only, a 2/3 reduction in their habitat fachrissakes, for the duration of the relatives' stay...The other Bad Thing is that both the parents and the sister/brother-in-law each have dogs. So while my little dudes have gotten used to the parents' dog sniffing at them from beneath the door, now they will have to contend with TWO dogs and four extra humans in the house. I feel bad for the little guys, but they will do fine.

Maybe this will help keep them happy (http://gadgets.boingboing.net/2007/11/23/cat-spa-might-actual.html)? 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on November 23, 2007, 06:17:45 pm
Maybe this will help keep them happy (http://gadgets.boingboing.net/2007/11/23/cat-spa-might-actual.html)? 

Holy hell! That thing is AWESOME! I totally want one for the little boys.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on November 24, 2007, 05:52:42 pm
Today I got up at 6:30AM and went with my sister and her boyfriend to this fabled beer warehouse in the industrial sector. We got a huge haul of bottled beer for $30. I think we got at least 60 bottles. They are a bev distributor, so they sell off all the damaged cases and beers that are nearing their expiry date. The place was filled with a bunch of unsavory types, so we just got our beer and got the hell out.

Today I'm gonna have another Thanksgiving dinner with my roommate and his family. Tomorrow I'm going to visit my mom and have Thanksgiving dinner with her! Crazy. That's a lot of turkey.

As I type this, sitting in my bedroom instead of my office (roommate's family is camped out on my fold-out sofa in my office), I felt two small paws on my shoulders. Lenny was standing on the bed with his back legs, and resting his front paws on my shoulders, trying to get my attention for some petties. Cuuuuute!
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Post by: theinevitable on November 24, 2007, 07:22:13 pm
today, Gary Kasparov was arrested during protest about the upcoming parliamentary elections. he was knocked to the ground and beaten before being handcuffed and led off. The charges are resisting arrest and organizing an unauthorized protest.
awesome.


today I am going to try to fit in too many different things which I told myself I'd do while I am in Charlotte. Go to the Penguin for a burger and sweet potato fries, see all my old Theater kids who are Dramatic about Everything friends, see all my old Smart Kids who are Good at Stuff and Work Hard friends, go to Best Buy, clean my room, organize which clothes I'm bringing back to school...
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Post by: Arachno-capitalist on November 24, 2007, 07:31:55 pm
today, Gary Kasparov was arrested during protest about the upcoming parliamentary elections. he was knocked to the ground and beaten before being handcuffed and led off. The charges are resisting arrest and organizing an unauthorized protest.
awesome.


today I am going to try to fit in too many different things which I told myself I'd do while I am in Charlotte. Go to the Penguin for a burger and sweet potato fries, see all my old Theater kids who are Dramatic about Everything friends, see all my old Smart Kids who are Good at Stuff and Work Hard friends, go to Best Buy, clean my room, organize which clothes I'm bringing back to school...
I think it was you who posted the link to the video of him on facebook? What a guy, he certainly kicks the ass out of any US politician Ive ever heard. I feel as though if he were to show up to one of the debates the conversation would be elevated so high that the other candidates would have to forfeit.
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Post by: theinevitable on November 24, 2007, 07:52:09 pm
yeah, that was me. He seems really intelligent. I like him.
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Post by: Doc on November 24, 2007, 11:18:45 pm
Yeah but someone would probably wheel Deep Blue in and totally own him.

Seriously though, Russia is starting to seem like a pretty scary place again, wtf? We talked (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_war) about this...
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Post by: littlefallsmets on November 25, 2007, 12:04:26 am
Well, here's the thing, though.

Even if Deep Blue can beat Kasparov in chess... if there's an earthquake or a fire?

Gary can leave the room, Gary wins.

If Gary has a crush on a lady, he can go up to her and see if he can make some time.

Deep Blue can just sit there. Possibly beep, maybe.

(if anyone gets this reference, they completely get a can)
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Post by: theinevitable on November 25, 2007, 06:40:18 am
hm. packing. entirely too many clothes I want to bring back. and all my CDs. and DVDs. and LPs. Oops.
issue: in the process, I went through all the ##### in my closet. And... due to the fact I have gained weight since I went to college, which is a really good thing for my health, I have 4 or 5 pairs of really nice, brand-new, tags-still-on ##### that don't fit me. I know this is going to piss my parents off, as I have always had this problem. Largely because when clothes shopping, they would get so annoyed when I said that I didn't like things that I'd say "fine" just to get them to stop guilt-tripping me about being picky. So I would outgrow stuff I had never worn.
So basically what I'm saying is that I have a bunch of nice, unworn ##### which are a relic from when I let my parents have entirely too much input on my clothing. Especially the fact that they always wanted me to buy khakis, despite the fact that I wear jeans every single day (unless I am wearing courderoys).
So. yeah. feeling bad about the amount of money this pile of ##### represents. On the other hand, the jeans I have from that era all have holes in them at this point.

also wonderful this week:

My sister: "mom, wait, I need to go straighten my hair"
me: "Jaclyn... your hair is straight."
my sister: "no it isn't. it's wavy and ugly, I hate it."
me: "WHAT!?"
my sister: "right, mom?"
my mom: "yeah, daniel, her hair is wavy. she should straighten it."
me: "...don't start this shit."

this pisses me off especially because my mom always talks about how my sister is too worried about her appearance and too girly in general (in the negative, catty, pink-lipstick way). at age 12 she's all into makeup and expensive clothes and stuff... it's horrible. Also she is turning into a major little bitch... we have gotten reports from people's moms about her being a little terror.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: V-Adore on November 25, 2007, 09:19:05 am
Well, here's the thing, though.

Even if Deep Blue can beat Kasparov in chess... if there's an earthquake or a fire?

Gary can leave the room, Gary wins.

If Gary has a crush on a lady, he can go up to her and see if he can make some time.

Deep Blue can just sit there. Possibly beep, maybe.

(if anyone gets this reference, they completely get a can)

Awesome, dude. Awesome. (My favorite part of that sketch is "a little match for a little calculator!")
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on November 25, 2007, 02:06:43 pm
Today I'm gonna get up before I have to!!! My roommate's sister is staying with us, and after complaining all day yesterday about the thermostat, she must have gotten up in the middle of the night to crank it to 75 (24 degrees Celsius). I finally gave up and stopped trying to sleep around 5AM. I have grown accustomed to a house that is 65 degrees at night (18.3 degrees Celsius), and I cannot sleep with a ten-degree difference and the god damned furnace kicking on (loudly, I might add) every five minutes.

The irony is that she's probably still freezing her ass off, because the room she's in doesn't seem to get a lot of furnace-air anyway. We tried to convince her and her husband to sleep with the door open, but I guess that was unacceptable to them. My question is, how on earth does she remain cold while sleeping in a bed with a toasty-roast husband? Men are basically giant sexy heat rocks. If you are sleeping in the same bed with one, you cuddle up to him like a lizard does to the heat rock in its cage.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: CortJstr on November 25, 2007, 02:46:24 pm
Today I'm gonna need some Nyquil or Tylenol PM or something to get to bed. Four days of sleeping till noon has totally fucked up my system. Also, my left calf started hurting a couple days ago and panicky relatives have convinced me I might have DVT and might die at any moment. So that's not making falling asleep any easier.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: AlohaDawg on November 25, 2007, 06:04:06 pm
Today I'm gonna get up before I have to!!! My roommate's sister is staying with us, and after complaining all day yesterday about the thermostat, she must have gotten up in the middle of the night to crank it to 75 (24 degrees Celsius). I finally gave up and stopped trying to sleep around 5AM. I have grown accustomed to a house that is 65 degrees at night (18.3 degrees Celsius), and I cannot sleep with a ten-degree difference and the god damned furnace kicking on (loudly, I might add) every five minutes.

The irony is that she's probably still freezing her ass off, because the room she's in doesn't seem to get a lot of furnace-air anyway. We tried to convince her and her husband to sleep with the door open, but I guess that was unacceptable to them. My question is, how on earth does she remain cold while sleeping in a bed with a toasty-roast husband? Men are basically giant sexy heat rocks. If you are sleeping in the same bed with one, you cuddle up to him like a lizard does to the heat rock in its cage.

If you like him. She sounds like a bitch to me, I wouldn't cuddle up to her. Plus, the house should be cooler at night. That's why our Gracious Creator gave us blankets, quilts, footy pajamas, etc.

Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: side_show on November 25, 2007, 06:22:47 pm
That's why our Gracious Creator gave us blankets, quilts, footy pajamas, etc.

Do you... do you have footy pajamas, AD?  Because that would be awesome.

Today I'm going to stay inside and watch everything turn white under the first real snowfall of the year.  So pretty.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on November 25, 2007, 09:18:06 pm
I have been too tall for footy pajamas since I was, like, six.

I basically physically outgrew all the things of youth three or four years before I emotionally did.

This is probably one of the reasons why I am a bleeding heart.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on November 25, 2007, 09:59:14 pm
When I was a kid, my parents had to cut off the feet of footy pajamas, because for some reason my feet used to get really hot (they still do) and I'd complain about it. Apparently I have really good foot-circulation or something.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on November 25, 2007, 10:40:24 pm
Today I am going to drive to my house from my parents and start to do all of the shit I told myself I would do over this long weekend.

I used to be able to come to my parents and get stuff done, but now it seems like I just get drunk, just like at college only with family instead of friends.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: side_show on November 26, 2007, 12:09:41 am
I have been too tall for footy pajamas since I was, like, six.

Wrong. (http://www.dancestore.com/pajama-mastercart/pjc-adultfootedpajamas.html)  It is never too late for footy pj's.  The variety and spectrum of sizes on this site seem to be set forth specifically to prove this point.

Inev:  I had the same damn hot-footed problem.  I could never wear my footy pj's inspite of how awesome they were due to this.  To this day I can not wear normal winter boots due to my hot footedness.  Thankfully this doesn't translate to especially sweaty feet, just hot ones.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on November 26, 2007, 03:08:34 am
Well, I mean, when I was nine and there was no internet and I was living in Bumfuck Nowhere, The Adirondacks in 1988... there was nowhere for footy pajamas for me then, you see. My desire for footy pajamas, now, is practically nil... but I wanted them back then.

I haven't worn pajamas in years and years, really. Just an old tee-shirt and old shorts, really.

I guess I've always been under the impression that once teenagers start growing bodyhair, pajamas are a female-only thing. That's probably not the case but... yeah. My impression.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on November 26, 2007, 05:28:44 am
oh, see, my feet get hell of sweaty and nasty. But when it's cold out, I get over it and wear thick socks and boots... so I just had to go buy de-odorizing inserts for my boots.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on November 27, 2007, 01:14:02 pm
Today I'm gonna celebrate the end of my twenties with my twin sister. It will be low-key, because I'm flat broke and don't get paid until the 30th. I might even get sassy and buy myself a coffee before I go into work (I hardly ever drink coffee, unlike my twin sister, because it makes me twitchy. I can't handle caffeine beyond some hot tea).
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on November 27, 2007, 01:35:09 pm
today I'm going to: wake up at 7:30 AM to register for classes. Now I am sitting here, staring at the screen telling me that I am trying to register for too many (I can't decide between two at the same time and was trying to get both to keep my options open for a few more days...)

but yeah, because my registration time was at 7:30, and "only" seniors and juniors got to register before me, I got everything I wanted except Music of the African Diaspora. And the other class I want, "Linguistic Legacy of the African Slave Trade" only has 3 people registered for it, whereas the music class is full (12 students), and has 3 people on the waitlist. So... hm.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Turbo Ninja on November 28, 2007, 08:15:27 pm
...and we're back.  I had a hard time believing I was actually IN India when we arrived, because Mumbai is hell of jilapidated and the poverty is so prevalent and severe that there's no way THAT could be the country that is taking all of our computer jobs and whose currency has almost doubled in strength against the USD over the last little while.  But it's real.  Your Porsche dealership is right next to a cinder-block shanty town and property costs $1BN even though it is RIGHT NEXT TO THE BIGGEST SLUM IN THE WORLD.

I'll share more soon, once my brain and body are in agreement about when I should be awake.  Right now there is some debate about that.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on November 29, 2007, 12:00:54 am
...and we're back.  I had a hard time believing I was actually IN India when we arrived, because Mumbai is hell of jilapidated and the poverty is so prevalent and severe that there's no way THAT could be the country that is taking all of our computer jobs and whose currency has almost doubled in strength against the USD over the last little while.  But it's real.  Your Porsche dealership is right next to a cinder-block shanty town and property costs $1BN even though it is RIGHT NEXT TO THE BIGGEST SLUM IN THE WORLD.

I'll share more soon, once my brain and body are in agreement about when I should be awake.  Right now there is some debate about that.
One of my fave economists, Hernando DeSoto has a lot to say about exactly this situation in his book The Mystery of Capital.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on November 30, 2007, 08:06:20 pm
Thank God it's raining there, Ash.

Today I'm gonna stop by a post box to mail my rent check because I woke up too late to catch the mailman while he was making his neighborhood rounds. It is nice and sunny outside, and I think I will wash my car. Also, I just got paid today. As I have complained before, I only get paid once a month. I've been working for the past seven weeks and my last paycheck was for $708 and some change on Halloween. Needless to say, after trying to make it for that long on that little cash, this hard-won paycheck is quickly evaporating. It is insane. So many bills to pay.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on November 30, 2007, 09:01:46 pm
today, I declared my major. The departmental secretary asked who I wanted my advisor to be, which... the whole reason I didn't fill out that part on the form is that theoretically they will just assign you to someone. She gave me two options, and one is a professor I have never met, and the other is my current Linguistics professor, so I picked him. I don't know how this will work, since I am not focusing in linguistics, but she seemed to think he was the right choice.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on December 01, 2007, 08:22:11 am
I mean, yeah, hopefully. He is a nice guy and all, but who knows.

Tonight, I went to a fun surprise party we threw for all the trainees at the radio station. Afterwards we went to my friend's apartment, and her roommate who has not called me back from when I called her like 4 days ago was there. I feel like especially considering I am good friends with both of her roommates, rules of life require that she at least man up and call me to tell me she doesn't want to go out, you know? Because otherwise we're going to keep getting in these awkward social situations, where I'm sitting there realizing that everything in their apartment smells like her? I do not know if that is a logical conclusion, but it seems to be what is going on.

LAME.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on December 01, 2007, 11:18:56 am
Today I'm gonna wake up at 3:30AM and be unable to go back to sleep!  Before I took the sleep meds for several years, I had horrible problems with insomnia. I stopped taking the meds in July. Every day for the past 2 weeks I've been waking up mysteriously around 3:30-4AM, but most days I'm able to go back to sleep.

So far, I got a humidifier out of the linen closet, filled it up, and plugged it in my room to help with the crackling dryness. I put some eyedrops in my eyes.  I drank a glass of water and had a yogurt. Am I doomed to be an insomniac like my old man?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: melack on December 01, 2007, 07:19:38 pm
Today I'm gonna figure out the optimal placement for my new TV so I can play Mass Effect during the day without having to worry about this crazy glare. What ever happened to the mythical San Francisco fog?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on December 01, 2007, 07:39:39 pm
It moved to LA and created a rainstorm that no one knows how to drive in.

Bllllaaaaaaaaah.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on December 01, 2007, 09:53:05 pm
Today Lenny repaid me for accidentally stepping on his tail last night. I have no idea how he managed this because he's been on a standard cat diet his whole life except for a tiny shred of turkey last Saturday...but you all know that animals poo. They are basically little shit factories. Lenny got some on his fur and Fecolated(TM) my entire damn place. I cleaned him off the best I could, and I just got done sanitizing every single surface he might have walked on. GOD WHY ARE ANIMALS SO GROSS.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: chuanoplast on December 01, 2007, 11:25:41 pm
Today I found out why my room smells like baked bread and stinky cheese when I discovered a plastic cup filled with yeasty grapefruit juice. College students are so disgusting.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: V-Adore on December 02, 2007, 12:19:18 am
Today Lenny repaid me for accidentally stepping on his tail last night. I have no idea how he managed this because he's been on a standard cat diet his whole life except for a tiny shred of turkey last Saturday...but you all know that animals poo. They are basically little shit factories. Lenny got some on his fur and Fecolated(TM) my entire damn place. I cleaned him off the best I could, and I just got done sanitizing every single surface he might have walked on. GOD WHY ARE ANIMALS SO GROSS.

We have this problem with the kitten, too: every few days, he will step in his own poo (usually with just one back foot) and walk around with it. (Naturally, he has this perverse love of getting snuggly with humans just afterwards.) This inevitably leads to my mother and I washing off his foot, a process he hates like Hell, but he's going to have to get used to it. Be a cleaner bathroomer, little man!

On subject: today I held an angry kitten while my mother swabbed poo off his right back paw.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: side_show on December 02, 2007, 04:17:33 pm
I've never had a cat in all my days smear shit around - they leave it in the box.  Once my cat sprayed shit in my face due to me grabbing him the wrong way.  I didn't feel clean for days and days. Sooo unpleasant.

Today I'm gonna go get a Christmas tree.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on December 03, 2007, 04:59:56 pm
today I'm gonna---

have a dream that I woke up early and studied, and then feel disappointed when I wake up for real.
this was after the dreams where I discovered an early human ancestor, and where I saw a man lose a million dollars on a quiz show for not knowing what "Italian Neorealism" is.
So yeah, finals time is approaching, how did you guess?

I just got an email from my psych professor about our big paper that is basically our entire grade. I had sent him an explanation of my paper topic right before thanksgiving, then he didn't reply until wednesday of last week, telling me that it was not a great topic, as it wasn't really what we have talked about in class. Now I emailed him with a new topic... his reply confirms that I have somehow done a thing where I re-invented a theory that already exists, and he is confused about where I got it from? I think that that is what he is saying.
Writing the email, I realized that there was one part which didn't really come from any of the reading... and that either I was making it up, it was a theory that was true/valid but I didn't have any way of proving, or it was a theory that is accepted that I forgot reading about/that I haven't read about.
Based on his response, it is an acceptable theory, but he is confused about where I read about it? He goes on a thing about "localization and mechanistic explanation" and I don't know what those mean.

Today, I only have one class, and then a "lab day" for anthropology where we look at casts of specimens. The last exam for this class is probably the first thing in my life I have started studying so far in advance for (that wasn't a cumulative final). Although, it's 40% of the grade, so I guess it may as well be the final.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on December 04, 2007, 09:18:36 pm
Today I'm gonna find someone to pay to put back the two big fuck*ng chunks of siding that blew off our fuck*ng house, on account of it being so goddamned windy.

Fuckin' WEATHER.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on December 04, 2007, 09:48:51 pm
I just saw a portable basketball goal (like the one in driveways with the sand stand area, not really portable but whatever) blowing down the street last night at a friends.  Pretty sweet, went at least a block.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on December 05, 2007, 12:04:19 am
today I am going to try to organize my next week or so in order to write 26 pages worth of papers (I know this is not an actually large amount in the real world, but, it is a lot for me), and prepare for 2 exams. I also need to do my laundry, do my radio show tonight, go to radio meetings for a few hours tomorrow, do all the research for the psych paper, clean up my room some. Also I want to ask a girl out this weekend but that is irresponsible, as well as fighting a losing battle at this point.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: lprkn on December 05, 2007, 01:19:00 am
I also have to write 26 pages worth (by Monday). But mine will be about history and political philosophy.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on December 05, 2007, 01:29:37 am
ooh, 5 or 6 pages of mine is Political Theory (Rousseau.) Then 6 pages of film, and 15 pages of psych.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Golfhaus on December 05, 2007, 02:21:21 am
...try to contain my excitement. My airline has announced that it will start service to Daytona Beach, FL in February, just in time for the Daytona 500. As it is a new station, my department will be asked to help. I've been tentatively scheduled for three weeks there.

Three weeks, in February, in Daytona, during Speedweeks, on the company dime.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: lprkn on December 05, 2007, 03:41:49 am
Sweet, cars drivin' in circles.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on December 05, 2007, 05:14:04 am
I also have to write 26 pages worth (by Monday). But mine will be about history and political philosophy.
I'm on final revisions of a paper of about that length - only 8 pages of text though, the rest was appendixes of data and analysis notes.  Hybridization kinetics of DNA sequences.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: melack on December 05, 2007, 07:42:29 am
Tonight I'm gonna attempt to stop playing Mass Effect long enough to get some sleep.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: melack on December 05, 2007, 07:44:13 am
...try to contain my excitement. My airline has announced that it will start service to Daytona Beach, FL in February, just in time for the Daytona 500. As it is a new station, my department will be asked to help. I've been tentatively scheduled for three weeks there.

Three weeks, in February, in Daytona, during Speedweeks, on the company dime.


Haus, you are sittin' at 999 posts right now. The chances of you reading this before posting again are slim, but if you do, MAKE IT EXTRAVAGANT!
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on December 05, 2007, 07:50:14 am
Quote
Tonight I'm gonna attempt to stop playing Mass Effect long enough to get some sleep.

I kept putting off side-quests, and so I beat it in something like 20 hours. After a certain point it wouldn't let me deviate from the main storyline... which was realistic I guess, but annoying. I don't get the thing where they kept saying there weren't obvious "good" and "bad" answers. There were in essentially every situation. There were some tough calls too, though. I don't know, I was expecting it to be the Greatest Game of All Time, so I ended up disappointed even though it was great. Menu issues bugged me a lot. Messing around with upgrades and stuff was frustrating sometimes.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on December 05, 2007, 03:10:43 pm
Today I'm gonna meet with my professor about the first fifty pages of my master's thesis and schedule my defense. 

Or I'm going to sit in his office and cry, then promptly drop out of school. 

Depending. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: lprkn on December 05, 2007, 04:59:51 pm
HOOOOOOOOOOOO-DAMN-YEEEEEAGGGHHH!
Let's get drunk and fit sterotypes!
That didn't get the right response the first time.

Most definite of the sweet.

Fix'd

Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on December 05, 2007, 07:15:37 pm
Fitting the stereotype of a Northeastern wanna-be-intellectual living in Southern California, I honestly have no idea what Speedweeks is.

I am pretty sure that there is a big car race of some kind in Dayota at some point in the year and... I can put two and two together and assume that "Speedweeks" probably has something to do with it but... I am not feigning ignorance when I say that I have no idea beyond that inference.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on December 05, 2007, 09:50:55 pm
Man, I hate to interrupt the discussion of making cars go around, but I just got out of my meeting with my thesis adviser and I've got all this nervous energy. 

Basically it looks like with some massive restructuring and the addition of about ten to fifteen pages worth of writing, my thesis will be done by New Year's.  Then I can defend it the second week in January, assuming I don't spontaneously go into labor before then.  If I do, well, at least the writing will be done and I'll just have to clear my head long enough to defend it sometime before mid-March. 

The Prof reassured me that defenses are not that big a deal at NC State and that my material is very solid so I should have no problem talking about it with a group of professors who already know and like me.  Either way, the really stressful part is the writing, and that will probably be competed over the next four weeks.  So for better or for worse, this thing is getting done. 

*sigh* 

Now...to go do it. 

Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: lprkn on December 05, 2007, 10:14:19 pm
Not really. I like cars and making them go fast. I still wish I hadn't let go the  '80 Chevy Malibu w/ the 305ci that I redid the suspension on and added a 3k stall torque converter too and then swapped out the tranny for a THM-350. When I toted the old one into Dick's Speed in Simi they already had one rebuilt on the shelf with mated cones and a hard shift kit in some dude hadn't picked up so I plunked down the ca$h and walked right out with it. Goddam car looked like a family sedan and would straight out go. I also took a '74 Chevy C-10 short bed and pulled the 250ci straight six and dropped in a 283. Then I pulled the column shift and dropped a Hurst kit in the floor to a new Saginaw 3 speed I rebuilt. 4.11 Dana rear end and it would go like a scalded cat up to about 60mph.

Short version is, I like cars and I like fast so my response wasn't some damn stereotype being propagated.

[deleted personal curse-down]

No foul intent, just trying to bring the funny(and failing as usual)

I just have never been into the cars that drive in circles. I mean, I understand its appeal, but it is a rudimentary understanding, like how a cat understands television.

Which is to say, not at all. I just bat at the screen, and then stalk away with head held high and nary a backward glance, claiming a moral victory.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on December 05, 2007, 11:21:28 pm
Man, I hate to interrupt the discussion of making cars go around, but I just got out of my meeting with my thesis adviser and I've got all this nervous energy. 

Basically it looks like with some massive restructuring and the addition of about ten to fifteen pages worth of writing, my thesis will be done by New Year's.  Then I can defend it the second week in January, assuming I don't spontaneously go into labor before then.  If I do, well, at least the writing will be done and I'll just have to clear my head long enough to defend it sometime before mid-March. 

The Prof reassured me that defenses are not that big a deal at NC State and that my material is very solid so I should have no problem talking about it with a group of professors who already know and like me.  Either way, the really stressful part is the writing, and that will probably be competed over the next four weeks.  So for better or for worse, this thing is getting done. 

*sigh* 

Now...to go do it. 


So I used to want to be a professor, but after my 35ish page capstone I have put those plans on hold.  How hard is it to get your masters/ doctorate?  I mean, I am so tired of school, but a BA in History isn't that helpful and I could take a couple years off and come back if I don't find a real sweet job. Like, is wanting to quit constantly part of the deal, or am I just not cut out for it?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Doc on December 05, 2007, 11:36:44 pm
Which is to say, not at all. I just bat at the screen, and then stalk away with head held high and nary a backward glance, claiming a moral victory.

I feel prominant display of your asshole should be involved here too.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: lprkn on December 06, 2007, 01:07:50 am
Yes, well, what happens in front of my television during nascar stays there.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on December 06, 2007, 03:56:48 am

So I used to want to be a professor, but after my 35ish page capstone I have put those plans on hold.  How hard is it to get your masters/ doctorate?  I mean, I am so tired of school, but a BA in History isn't that helpful and I could take a couple years off and come back if I don't find a real sweet job. Like, is wanting to quit constantly part of the deal, or am I just not cut out for it?

I think constantly wanting to quit is part of the deal. 

I've been talked into not quitting more times than I can count...

...and that's just today. 

I'd recommend taking a couple of years off, though, and then going full-time (living off student loans if need be) and finishing in 2 - 3 years.  I've been working on my MA six years now and my clock is about to run out, which is a whole new kind of stress.  You want to be able to throw yourself at it and knock that bitch out ASAP. 

But Wombat might be the better resource on this.  She's the real academic here. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on December 06, 2007, 04:08:15 am
Today my Anthro professor got all choked up because he had to mention that we should show up to class early on Friday, as it is his last lecture ever, and a lot of former students have told him they're coming. It is apparently a lecture he is Known for around campus, too. there aren't enough seats half the time, even when there aren't extra people coming. This is largely because after an entire semester of classes, assholes do not get that they need to go all the way to the end of the row.
It is going to be a madhouse. I will probably end up sitting on the stairs.

On the other hand, my psych professor just put out a big ol' book which won some award (it is a huge, intimidating book), just got tenure, is getting invited to all these big events to give speeches, and just got a big grant to do a big research project. He is just getting to the good part of his career, and it is really exciting for him. Also he is a really cool guy. Today he told us that he doesn't have that high of expectations for our big final papers, as a lot of the material we've covered this semester has been pretty advanced, etc. He essentially said that a paper which summarizes the current state of research in our chosen topic would be just fine. I actually have a semi-interesting idea of two things to talk about which I think are related, so I should be set.

My film professor, too, is just getting to the fun part where he's printing a book and stuff. He also has a really gorgeous wife... we were all blown away, as he is this (cute?) little bald romanian man with thick glasses. he wears black turtle necks, has the crazy accent, specializes in the influence of Socialism and Anarchism on cinema in europe... he is like a big ol' adorable stereotype.

My linguistics professor basically said "if you study linguistics, do not even attempt to go into academia. too many people with doctorates, not enough positions by far. It blows." He is a cool guy, and is now my major advisor.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: lprkn on December 06, 2007, 07:30:17 am
At this point, I need more summary papers. This book review of our textbook is a little intimidating, as is the research project where I have to actually interpret, and not just recite.

But hey, I'm learning, go me.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on December 06, 2007, 07:46:11 am
see, I've never had a paper before where I just had to regurgitate information. Which is why I was terrified of this paper until today.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on December 06, 2007, 03:10:26 pm
My linguistics professor basically said "if you study linguistics, do not even attempt to go into academia. too many people with doctorates, not enough positions by far. It blows."

Quoted for hella truth.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on December 07, 2007, 12:04:52 am
Today, I had my last class with my Political Theory professor, who is lovely. He is a great guy.

Also, it was snowing for a while, but now it has turned into icy rain.
Tonight I need to write a film paper comparing Il Posto and The Bicycle Thieves. It shouldn't be too bad, except the DVDs are at the library, and I can't check them out for more than 2 hours at a time. Oops? I just realized that the DVD of Il Posto is on 3 hour reserve, which means only 2 more people can check it out today, assuming everyone keeps it for the full 3 hours... and almost everyone in my class, of 13 people, is doing their paper on Il Posto... dang. issue.
so yeah, um, basically it was a normal day. I am eating some Amy's pesto pasta and it is hell of grelicious. I realized that I have too much money left in my cafeteria account, and it doesn't carry over, so I am buying a lot of chips and frozen dinners and stuff.

Update: being up so late writing such a shitty, easy paper is really lame. It just won't come out. I love both of these films, and I have so many ideas about what to say, but they won't come together into anything coherent. I am also not very observant, apparently. Film and Music are two things which I really like where... I will point something out, and people are blown away that I didn't notice it before. I got into an argument with someone the other day where she insisted it couldn't be true that I don't notice key changes or syncopation and can still play guitar. I mean, I could have ended the argument by pointing out that I play guitar badly but she would have thought I was just being a pain.

Also, i think I am giving up on fixating on real girls, I am going to just accept that my One True Love is Antoinetta in Il Posto. It was love at first sight.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on December 09, 2007, 08:17:12 am
Today Im gonna study for finals which is always a blast. Complain about your jobs all you like, Ill be happy the day college exams are longer a part of my life. Also, I just felt a strange compulsion to edit the A-CAP article at uncyclopedia and when i looked at the page history, I saw that I had last edited the page at this exact minute, one year ago. http://uncyclopedia.org/index.php?title=New_York_University&action=history (http://uncyclopedia.org/index.php?title=New_York_University&action=history)

Spook factor: 5.7
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on December 09, 2007, 09:08:12 am
woke up at 2:30 to a text message, "do you want to go with me and my roomie to this party tonight" from my friend. The roomie being this girl I really like. I said no. Then, read Rousseau's Treatise on the Origins of Human Equality, took really badass notes, got super pumped-up and radicalized. Came back, ate dinner, studied human evolution, changed my mind and called and told her I'd go to the party. I went to her apartment, realized that the girl I like intimidates me to a degree which is ridiculous. Basically just because she acts all cool and indifferent every time she sees me, and I suddenly realize she probably doesn't have that much interest in me. got pissed at myself for being lame about this, got pissed at myself for wasting my time instead of studying, got upset/intimidated by friend of theirs who intimidates me was playing really cool songs he's written on guitar, told them I had to leave to study. I came back, opened a text document to start on my paper... stared at it for ten minutes... and then went and fucked around with some friends until now, 3 AM.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on December 10, 2007, 01:25:28 am
woke up 5p.m. because yesterday I watched that boxing match then studied from like 2am to 530am.  I woke up at 3, but my clock was beeping noon, which means we lost power and it woke me up but I was too tires to notice the beeping. 

Now, I am trying to figure out whether or not I want to drive 30 minutes in freezing rain with ice covered streets to see Dinosaur Jr.  I mean, they are playing at a tiny venue and it is OKC, there will probably be like no one there, especially considering road conditions, which would be bad ass, as I love Lou Barlow.  On the other hand, to get there I have to drive through the shit.  Also, it is doing this thing were we basically have been having a really long (2 day) thunderstorm (normal for here), only it is really cold so it is sleet not rain, which is not normal, but kind of cool.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on December 10, 2007, 01:49:20 am
I would probably go for it. But, you know, I love Dinosaur Jr, and would love seeing them in a small venue with no one there.


on the other hand; BE SAFE.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on December 10, 2007, 01:52:32 am
I had a friend who was a huge Dinosaur Junior fan and she said to me, once:

"I had no idea David Bowie was a Dinosaur Junior fan."

It took me a long time to figure out that she meant that she believed DJR had originally written "Quicksand" and that Bowie had merely covered them.

I... kind of had no idea what to do.

On the one hand, I was sexually attracted to her as all hell.

On the other, my inner music nerd really wanted to burst out and be snotty.

I froze up, instead, in a very inev sorta way.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on December 10, 2007, 02:23:58 am
oh, dude, I would not freeze up in that situation. I would bust out that she was wrong, and be hell of obnoxious about it if she didn't believe me.

On the other hand, I don't like David Bowie very much. So I wouldn't have known. Except that... the album Quicksand is on came out in 91. I maybe would have been able to figure that out, based on the fact that I only know the ones up to when Lou Barlow left, and that was like 89 or so and I know I have never heard of that song.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on December 10, 2007, 02:24:47 am
Oh, I am going.  Part of me is going just to try to get high with Lou Barlow though.  I like him a lot more than Dinosaur Jr., and I really like them.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on December 10, 2007, 02:30:31 am
I saw Dinosaur Jr. in Denver in June. They were pretty good, but I wouldn't drive through hell of treacherous ice-covered streets to see them.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on December 10, 2007, 02:33:37 am
Lou Barlow? really? Sebadoh have never really grabbed me, except the song "Freed Pig." I listen to that song, and then skip every other song on the album looking for something that sounds like that. I then go back through, and try to listen and... none of it really appeals to me.

I imagined that Sebadoh would sound like "In a Jar," and when they didn't I gave up on them. Except that, you know, I have two of their albums, so sometimes I try to listen to them again.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on December 10, 2007, 02:42:30 am
Quote from: theinevitable
I would bust out that she was wrong, and be hell of obnoxious about it if she didn't believe me.

...if I had any idea how to edit photographs or upload them to the interweb, I would find a picture of Yoda and write "that... is why you fail" under it.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on December 10, 2007, 02:44:06 am
Yeah, the Folk Implosion- Dare to Be Surprised is actually the album that started me liking Barlow.  Some of the other stuff is alright, but off and on.  I really like Folk Implosion.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on December 10, 2007, 02:57:21 am
LFM-- I am aware of this. I know this.

Actually, I was probably exaggerating. I would hopefully restrain myself. I do not say something in these situations unless I am absolutely sure. And even then, in the form of a question.
"Didn't Bowie record it first?"
"I don't know."
"oh. yeah. he did. Dinosaur Jr were covering him."
"oh."

Yes, now that I think about it, I have restrained myself about that very thing on several occasions. The situation in which I would be obnoxious about it would be if she were dismissive of the idea that I could be right, you know? Once someone responds in a way that indicates they don't believe that I could be correct, I lose it. "It" meaning, you know, my chance of getting laid. But do I really want to get laid by someone who is not only wrong, but refuses to acknowledge that they might be wrong?

It depends on the person, of course. When metal kid who bugs me when I am trying to do work tells me that Dinosaur Jr are fuck*ng lame, and "pussy indie rock," I just grimace and say "whatever, man. I like them a lot."
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: melack on December 10, 2007, 05:27:28 am
I seem to have walked in on this conversation a bit late. I love You're Living All Over Me, but I haven't been able to get quite as into their other albums. Then again, I haven't really given them much of a chance. Which is the next best?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on December 10, 2007, 05:31:45 am
I think Bug is generally considered the second best. I don't know, as much as I like Dinosaur Jr and want to be like them, I have not  listened to anything other than these two albums. There is too much music in the world, my friends. How can I listen to 6 different Dinosaur Jr albums when there's a hundred of years of music that I want to hear?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Doc on December 10, 2007, 06:00:03 am
Actually, I was probably exaggerating. I would hopefully restrain myself. I do not say something in these situations unless I am absolutely sure. And even then, in the form of a question.
"Didn't Bowie record it first?"
"I don't know."
"oh. yeah. he did. Dinosaur Jr were covering him."
"oh."

A dude I knew from highschool and throughout uni once told me this was how he dealt with situations where someone said something that he knew to be wrong, either that or he'd just agree because although he was one of the smartest guys I know he didn't like seeming all confrontational about that kind of this. It is a thing of modern society that my first reaction was to mentally go over our conversations to work out if he'd used this technique on me.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Carlos del Vaca on December 10, 2007, 03:08:26 pm
My favorite Dinosaur Jr. album is Green Mind, but that's just my opinion.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: lprkn on December 10, 2007, 03:09:33 pm
Today I'm gonna turn in three papers and do a final. Wheee!
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on December 10, 2007, 07:22:23 pm
Today Im gonna do brain surgery on my old computer and try to find an external SATA enclosure to rescue my data. Also, I just got my invitation to the private beta of Hulu. Damn guys this thing is sweet, its like every shady tv site but with great quality video, 10 second commercial breaks, and high speed non-illegal video of all your favorite tv hits. </hulu commercial>
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Dexter on December 10, 2007, 09:04:18 pm
Today Im gonna do brain surgery on my old computer and try to find an external SATA enclosure to rescue my data. Also, I just got my invitation to the private beta of Hulu. Damn guys this thing is sweet, its like every shady tv site but with great quality video, 10 second commercial breaks, and high speed non-illegal video of all your favorite tv hits. </hulu commercial>
10 second commercials?  Awesome.  I've always felt that's what YouTube was missing.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on December 10, 2007, 09:09:57 pm
10 second commercials?  Awesome.  I've always felt that's what YouTube was missing.
You tube doesnt have full seasons of popular television shows uploaded by the networks.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on December 11, 2007, 12:35:13 am
Can the blipvert be long in the future?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Golfhaus on December 11, 2007, 01:55:19 am
Can the blipvert be long in the future?

About twenty minutes or so.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on December 11, 2007, 04:43:33 am
Be in a horrible ice storm, but also have 20 pages left of a capstone paper (do thur, chance of no power until 5 days, probably 2) even though there have been two small fires by my house, hundreds or thousands of trees down and 25,000 households without electricity (the same amount of people who go to college here.)


Also, Dinosaur Jr. was worth it totally. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on December 11, 2007, 04:49:15 am
Be in a horrible ice storm, but also have 20 pages left of a capstone paper (do thur, chance of no power until 5 days, probably 2)
Do they still make typewriters?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: pmcd9 on December 11, 2007, 06:17:59 am
Today I'm gonna feel relief like I haven't in a long time at finishing the semester.  I turned in my last final today and now I don't have to do anymore thinking for about 4 weeks.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on December 11, 2007, 06:18:40 pm
I might have could put this in the Not Dying thread - but today I returned to a weight lifting program.  I've spent the last 5 weeks going twice a week and doing a light conditioning routine (and paying dues in the 2-day delayed onset muscle soreness department).  Today marked the first workout where I went to failure on whole set, and stopped midway through the final exercise because I would puke if I had continued.  Now I'm back at work and am happily letting the machines do my job.  Thank god we're not an agrarian society anymore.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: melack on December 11, 2007, 06:35:46 pm
Today I'm gonna find out why I have a gold star under my name.

Today I'm also gonna feel embarrassed when I find out it's for a reason I really should have already known.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: pmcd9 on December 11, 2007, 08:38:26 pm
Today I'm gonna find out why I have a gold star under my name.

Today I'm also gonna feel embarrassed when I find out it's for a reason I really should have already known.

I thought the star was a one post only thing.  I don't know why you STILL have a star, but you acquired the star when you achieved 666 post.  You also had the one post only ranking of "Here's your 1982 Subaru Brat."
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: melack on December 11, 2007, 09:32:00 pm
It's fine by me. I like my gold star. I was just curious, is all.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on December 11, 2007, 10:03:42 pm
I don't really know why the gold star showed up.  It was the default setting, so I just left it. 

So basically: Administrative Laziness. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: melack on December 11, 2007, 10:26:43 pm
Please continue to be lazy! The gold star is awesome.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on December 12, 2007, 12:00:44 am
Laze around. I got a B on my Anthro exam due to the curve-- I actually got a 70%. I need to clean my room, and do some research for my psych paper, which I am not entirely sure how to do. Basically I am going through the articles we read in class on the subject, and trying to find the articles that they cite on databases.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: CortJstr on December 12, 2007, 12:46:34 am
Bobby has/d a star as well.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on December 12, 2007, 02:47:20 am
Wake up with no power again.  Cry under covers while being very cold (I don't have a back door right now).  Get power like an hour ago.  Now, read internet then start writing the paper I was bitching about. Edit:  Oh yeah, between these steps=Long hell of hot shower.

Also, find out I got an a in the two classes I am done with, which is good because the other two are going to be b or c's (if I am lucky in capstone.)
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on December 12, 2007, 02:55:01 am
Wake up with no power again.  Cry under covers while being very cold (I don't have a back door right now).  Get power like an hour ago.  Now, read internet then start writing the paper I was bitching about. Edit:  Oh yeah, between these steps=Long hell of hot shower.

Also, find out I got an a in the two classes I am done with, which is good because the other two are going to be b or c's (if I am lucky in capstone.)

Hopefully your hot water heater is powered by natural gas and not electricity?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Doc on December 12, 2007, 02:56:01 am
Bobby has/d a star as well.

Yeah but wasn't that due to double secret probation? I'm sure Melack hasn't earned that.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on December 12, 2007, 05:51:29 am
I was looking at an old schedule, and found out that there used to be a show on my radio station that had the tagline "Everybody Dance like there's Ass in your #####!"
I may know the guy who did it. Otherwise, there was an additional Achewood fan here in 2005!
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on December 12, 2007, 05:57:18 am
I was looking at an old schedule, and found out that there used to be a show on my radio station that had the tagline "Everybody Dance like there's Ass in your ******!"
I may know the guy who did it. Otherwise, there was an additional Achewood fan here in 2005!
Isnt it unusual how excited one gets to see another achewood fan? I dont think theres the same kind of solidarity among garfield fans, or like the peanuts.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: AugustWest on December 12, 2007, 06:06:40 am
I was looking at an old schedule, and found out that there used to be a show on my radio station that had the tagline "Everybody Dance like there's Ass in your ******!"
I may know the guy who did it. Otherwise, there was an additional Achewood fan here in 2005!

Wow!  Two whole years ago???
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on December 12, 2007, 07:57:21 am
yeah.

I mean, I was in High School then. In KWUR years, that is ages and ages, you know?

So, I just made myself eggs. The "sell-by" date was Halloween? They didn't smell or look gross, but they weren't great.
Isn't eggs going bad like, A Thing?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on December 12, 2007, 08:54:15 am
I have always wondered this, and, being in college, have also eaten hell of old eggs.  I uh... didn't notice anything. 


Stay the fuck away from milk though, seriously. 


Also, maybe it is raw eggs that is a thing?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Doc on December 12, 2007, 09:13:31 am
Well yeah but in order to cook the eggs one must come in contact with the raw egg.
Somehow I don't think anyone has actually tried to cook and eat an egg that is obviously rotten so it's maybe noone even knows. Maybe rotten eggs are fuck*ng delicious.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on December 12, 2007, 09:16:13 am
Maybe rotten eggs are fuck*ng delicious.
I hear anti-freeze tastes awesome.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: chuanoplast on December 12, 2007, 11:34:11 am
Maybe rotten eggs are fuck*ng delicious.

They are*.
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/63/Century_egg_sliced_open.jpeg)


*Disclaimer- eggs are not actually rotten, just preserved. I am a liar!


Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on December 13, 2007, 02:27:19 am
yeah.

I mean, I was in High School then. In KWUR years, that is ages and ages, you know?

So, I just made myself eggs. The "sell-by" date was Halloween? They didn't smell or look gross, but they weren't great.
Isn't eggs going bad like, A Thing?

As long as they do not smell bad (and your nose works okay), and they look okay when you crack them open and inspect them in a white bowl to check for discoloration, then they are fine to eat. Just cook them thoroughly.

Once I opened an egg, and although it had no smell, its whites were green-tinged. I threw it away immediately.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on December 13, 2007, 09:59:15 am
I might study abroad next year, depending on whether I get accepted to the program, decide I definitely want to do it, and take the prerequisite classes. I had always meant to study abroad, but I am debating it... there are so many classes I want to take here, and so many classes I need to take for my major.
I checked, and the places I can go and get credit for my major are... University of Sussex or University of Exeter in England, University of Queensland in Australia, University of Haifa in Israel, University of Edinbourgh in Scotland.

I would rather go someplace non-english-speaking, but... I don't speak any other languages.

Alternatively, maybe I'll go live with my grandparents in Santiago one summer? I think I would pick up Spanish really fast, and I would probably find a way to get into trouble!
Also, i would have nothing to do all summer. hm.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Doc on December 13, 2007, 11:14:10 am
Inev: I work at UQ and promise not to stalk you down and kill you right away if you come here.

A-CAP: It is a total tease to say that and not elaborate but hope it works out for you.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on December 13, 2007, 11:49:34 am
Go to Australia.  Sunny Christmas day.  Surf like they do in the U.S.A.  No drug addiction!



Also, have ten pages of a paper to write by 10, but I have to have it there by ten, so, lets say, 9:30.  I am sitting at -3:45 between me graduating or not.  I think (HOPE) that just completing this will be enough for a C, which I have to get to graduate.

Edit:  Alright, about 5 more with 1:30 left, plus fixing some footnotes.  I have amazed myself again (the last 3 or so will just be me talking about tito, why I choose this topic and my final analysis-20 min tops.)
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on December 13, 2007, 02:06:35 pm
Leave college for the next 9 months. Long story. Not gonna talk about it. Basically I foresee a lot of beer and golf supported by me getting my series 7 license that I have been studying for since I was 12.  This is one of those days in my life that will either be good or bad. Id like my display name to be changed to "Hiatus"  if possible.


So you are doing this now?  Oh, to move colleges?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on December 13, 2007, 02:14:53 pm
Leave college for the next 9 months. Long story. Not gonna talk about it. Basically I foresee a lot of beer and golf supported by me getting my series 7 license that I have been studying for since I was 12.  This is one of those days in my life that will either be good or bad. Id like my display name to be changed to "Hiatus"  if possible.

Taking time off from college can be a good thing. When I was undergraduate advisor I used to suggest it to people all the time. Seriously.

I dropped out in the middle of college without any idea of what I was going to do next. I knew I was at the wrong school but I didn't know what to do about it.  I worked a few different jobs and eventually figured out a different school to go back and finish up. You are at least starting with more of a plan than I had.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on December 13, 2007, 02:41:33 pm
And don't forget I not only went back to school, I went back for as many degrees as is, like, humanly possible. There's no reason to think it has to derail your whole education and goals. Sometimes the right path isn't the straightest one, and all.

Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on December 13, 2007, 05:15:21 pm
I regret not taking a longer break between undergrad and grad school.  I took three years off in between, mostly for financial reasons, and I probably should have taken more. 

So, what womb@ said.  You are smarter than me.  Good on you. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: AugustWest on December 13, 2007, 07:58:19 pm
I took a couple of (non-consecutive) semesters off.  It was a good thing.  Not necessarily the most fun times in  my life, but I did good stuff during those times.

Also, 9 months isn't a terribly long time.  Before you know it you'll be in here complaining about having to go back to class.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: side_show on December 13, 2007, 08:16:42 pm
Also, have ten pages of a paper to write by 10, but I have to have it there by ten, so, lets say, 9:30.  I am sitting at -3:45 between me graduating or not.  I think (HOPE) that just completing this will be enough for a C, which I have to get to graduate.

Edit:  Alright, about 5 more with 1:30 left, plus fixing some footnotes.  I have amazed myself again (the last 3 or so will just be me talking about tito, why I choose this topic and my final analysis-20 min tops.)

I know which Tito you probably mean (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josip_Broz_Tito), but secretly I'm hoping I'm wrong and that it's  this Tito (http://www.titojackson.com) you're writing about.

Also, A-CAP, I'm glad you're taking some time off, but I'm thinking changing your name to whatever educational situation you're in isn't anywhere near as sensible (or fun) and us giving you a nickname that can stay the same from now on.  Otherwise things get confusing.  Also, usually such a thing as renaming calls for a jingling of ye olde tip jar, but since you're from circumstances I'm sure we can ignore that.  Here's  a thread I started to get the ball rolling.  (http://touamb.com/index.php/topic,4135.0.html)
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: V-Adore on December 13, 2007, 10:53:27 pm
I'm taking some time off RIGHT NOW, and while I'm a little aimless as to what I'm going to do with it, my hope is that it'll be good and might alleviate my fears about What Is Right For Me. Take some time and take care of yourself, arachnocapitalist.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on December 13, 2007, 11:56:37 pm
...put off doing my paper some more. I went over to my friend's apartment and gave her my LP of "My Aim is True" for xmas/graduation kind of. I just left it on her desk, because she was asleep. She is freaking out as if I have given her something really valuable. I wish I could get presents this good for my family, you know? A present which costs under 10 dollars and makes the person completely Lose It.
Granted, she is kind of high-strung anyway. Elvis Costello is her favorite-- she has a tattoo of his face, which is simultaneously horrifying and awesome.
The horrifying part is mostly that it is really high up on her thigh, so being shown the tattoo is a Harrowing experience.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on December 14, 2007, 12:17:56 am
Quote
It was not a decision I made. It was made for me, and it sucks. But hey, its only the worst day of my life so far.

That blows.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on December 14, 2007, 12:25:42 am
Huh. That sucks, man, my condolesences.

If it makes you feel any better, I am definitely riding the "a change that probably should've happened but happened in a fashion that was completely out of my control and so is much less benefical than it could've been" train as well.

It is a real motherfucker of a train and I would not wish ridership on anyone... it is more than bad enough that I am on it.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on December 14, 2007, 12:28:22 am
Granted, she is kind of high-strung anyway. Elvis Costello is her favorite-- she has a tattoo of his face, which is simultaneously horrifying and awesome.
The horrifying part is mostly that it is really high up on her thigh, so being shown the tattoo is a Harrowing experience.
She's had her midsection pulverised by an IED in Iraq?  All colostomy baggy and such?  'cos otherwise I can't imagine witnessing feminine loins as harrowing.

Or perhaps she's 70 years older than you.  That might qualify.  Even cougars have a shelf life, I'd imagine.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on December 14, 2007, 12:50:12 am
I suppose that if Elvis Costello had a giant Gene Simmons tongue and appeared to be forever eating her out from afar... that'd be harrowing, yeah.

But in general, if a lady has good hygenie and is somewhere between 18 and her early fifties roughly, the pu$$y is usually at-least-pleasant to look at.

This is just my opinion, of course.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on December 14, 2007, 01:00:16 am
She is just... she is a really nice girl, and is not attractive to me as anything more than a friend. It was more the concept that I was seeing this area of her that was upsetting than the actual image. People have commented that due to the angle, it looks like Elvis is looking up at her Area. It wasn't anything I hadn't seen before, anyway. Hell of awkward halloween costume, yo.

so, now is the part where I look in the bibliography of a paper I'm reading for my paper, and it cites "Constructive Memory-- Remembering the Past and Imagining the Future" and I scream "fuck!!!" real loudly. That's even basically the title I was going to use. Fuck you, Schacter. You think you're better than me? You think you're a big-shot, Mr Head of Psychology Dept. at Harvard? Fuck you, man.

The best part is, it was only published this year.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on December 14, 2007, 01:16:53 am
"Reconstructive Memory - Imagining the Past and Remembering The Future" would be cooler, though.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on December 14, 2007, 01:29:01 am
oh, yeah, there are some ones with interesting stuff about that, too. This guy's specialty is memory distortion and false memories. There is a paper I have somewhere, I think, called "Remembering the Future." Memory is so fucked up and nuts.

This shit is so cool, oh my god. oh my god. I just need to keep myself in this zone of thinking about how cool it is for the next, say, 30 hours, so I can write this paper.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on December 14, 2007, 08:25:47 am
man. I can't even care about my computer problems now.

I just read this psych paper that completely blew my mind. The way he lays it all out, it just feels so elegant. I realized at one point that I was underlining, the way I do when I'm reading literature or political theory, instead of circling like I do with psych stuff. It's not that he really has any ideas that are so different from what other people said-- it's the way he brings it all together into a coherent theory. He summarizes it all in a paragraph, and that by itself basically wins me over-- and then he spends the rest of the paper proving every point. That's what the ancient Romans called EDUCATIO. (or, you know, being scientific, which is what he is supposed to do. the writing style, though, is very distinct. maybe I'm just reading it in my Rousseau voice.)

I read it, and I thought "who is this Buckner guy? He wasn't cited anywhere else... maybe he's really young or something?"
he was an assistant professor here. And then Harvard offered him a professor job (professorship?). So now he is there. Goddamn.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on December 14, 2007, 02:31:43 pm
Thanks.  Thats probably the raddest thing ive heard since this situation began. But as for now, my beer drunk soul is sadder than all the dead christmas trees in the world.

I am really sorry to hear about your troubles, dude. :(  I had an incredibly difficult time when I had to drop out of grad school. I was extremely upset and it really did a number on the ol' self esteem. However, I am going to go back, I just haven't decided what to study. We are cheering for you, so take the time that you need.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on December 14, 2007, 02:47:53 pm
Yesterday, if I were psychic, I could have posted that I was going to attend a surprise baby shower orchestrated by my three closest friends and my sister-in-law. 

Except, you know, the surprise part. 

I'm never, ever going to believe Pedro when he tells me we're having family photos taken.  Ever again.  "My parents won this free photo sitting at church and they want all of us in it, we have to pick up my sister on the way." 

I changed my clothes three times because I didn't want to look too pregnant.  I put on makeup, even. 

My friend Heather -- the perennial party planner of the group -- told me she knew it had to be a surprise because I had already forbidden them from throwing me a party on account of I had a baby shower when Little P was born, and I didn't need anything.  They were all pretty good about it though, and mostly just bought me girly clothes (since I refuse to buy pink things when I have perfectly good blue ones sitting in boxes). 

So, my friends are creeps.  But they're good creeps. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Doc on December 14, 2007, 02:51:59 pm
Those cads, I'm suprised you put up with such rough treatment.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: CortJstr on December 14, 2007, 03:34:32 pm
Those bastards. You want we should rough them up some?

Today I'm going to feel bad because my friend from 4th grade is coming home from Iraq next week, but I'll be in S. Carolina with the in-laws so I can't be there to meet him at the airport. Luckily he'll be home for a month before shipping back to Alaska to wait for potential reactivation.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on December 14, 2007, 08:29:54 pm
JL, you should beat them up for forcing your future daughter to conform to the Pink Clothes rule.

at the same time, I guess this keeps you from having to constantly explain that no, it's not a cute little boy, it's a cute little baby girl. She just likes blue.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Doc on December 14, 2007, 11:07:52 pm
I read an intersting thing on the pink vs. blue cothing thing a while back. Apparently around the 20s pink was a very in colour for boys since it was seen as a toned down red and therefore strong and dramatic. Blue was softer and therefore girlier.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jay-ell on December 14, 2007, 11:22:32 pm
Yeah, see, I'm in a weird place about that. 

I don't want her to be mistaken for a boy, because of girl power and stuff, and also it was embarrassing when P was little to have to tell people that my "pretty little girl" ...wasn't.  (He's dressed in all blue, and his shirt has a big picture of a dump truck on it.  Seriously, people, I can't be any clearer than this.)  I'm sure she'll be dressed towards the boy side more often than not, simply because that's what we have, mostly.  I pulled out all the stuff that actually had the word "boy" printed somewhere on it, but everything else is pretty much fair game. 

At the same time, there are some cuuuute things out there for baby girls.  Plus, girl clothes are easier to find than boy clothes.  Last Easter, I was looking for a church outfit for P that didn't involve a sweater vest.  I went to Kohl's and they had FOUR RACKS of Easter dresses, and HALF A RACK of dressy clothes for boys.  And they were all hideous.  (At two and a half, I felt he was a little old for bunny-and-chicky appliqués.)  So he ended up wearing khakis and a button-up shirt from Old Navy.  And a diagonal-striped clip-on tie.  Finding just a basic outfit such as you would put on an actual man is pretty difficult.  But you have options for little girls.  Especially before they hit the age of 8, and all of a sudden all the clothes get slutty and you can't find anything without glitter. 

So I'm torn between my post-feminist desire to reject traditional gender stereotypes, and my progesterone-induced need to purchase very small articles of clothing with ruffles, ribbons, and screen-printed bunnies. 

It's a challenge.  I'm leaning towards red, purple, and turquoise, mostly, to convey femininity without the diva-princess connotation of pink.  Although the wrap top and ##### I am planning to knit for her trip home from the hospital will be pink and purple, I'm probably going to use the deep eggplant shade for the main color and the warm petal pink for the trim. 

And I think this post proves that I have spent waaaaaaaaay too much time considering this. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on December 14, 2007, 11:27:27 pm
I can't speak for ruffles and ribbons, but there is nothing wrong with bunnies.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Doc on December 14, 2007, 11:27:52 pm
Green is a good colour, it can go either way.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on December 14, 2007, 11:54:30 pm
Especially before they hit the age of 8, and all of a sudden all the clothes get slutty and you can't find anything without glitter. 
My duaghter's still well short of 8 - but there is slutware a-plenty for the 5 year old if you're so inclined.  (I'm not, and am delighted in her fashion sense which usually includes t-shirts and jeans).  One thing I have learned to accept gracefully is glitter.  My clever wife is into scrapbooking (which apparently requires generous usage of glitter) and my daughter likes to apply it to herself, her hair, her stuffed animals, the dog - whatever.  Inevitably this gets transferred to me, which leads me to find my face (specifically my hairline) subtly shimmering at me in the mirror as I check my teeth for food before a meeting.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: robot_god on December 15, 2007, 12:20:36 am
Tonight I'm gonna party because I finished my last test for the year.  Now, no concrete classes for over a year.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: AlohaDawg on December 15, 2007, 01:04:18 am
My duaghter's still well short of 8 - but there is slutware a-plenty for the 5 year old if you're so inclined. 

We were pretty happy, actually, with the clothes at Target this past summer for our girls. A key for us is to buy the tops bigger so they actually cover the midriff. Finding non-lowrise jeans is challenging, and I personally can't get into the muffin-top look for anyone, let alone girls under 14.

At least the school she starts in January will have uniforms. That will help things immensely.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on December 15, 2007, 05:23:25 am
One thing I have learned to accept gracefully is glitter.  My clever wife is into scrapbooking (which apparently requires generous usage of glitter) and my daughter likes to apply it to herself, her hair, her stuffed animals, the dog - whatever.  Inevitably this gets transferred to me, which leads me to find my face (specifically my hairline) subtly shimmering at me in the mirror as I check my teeth for food before a meeting.

Heh, that is an almost unbearably cute mental image of all the glitter.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on December 15, 2007, 10:02:55 am
finish this damn psych paper, and then be free. Hopefully I will finish it before I need to leave to catch my flight home. I am kind of worried at this point.
Right now, my dilemma is this: it is snowing pretty heavily outside. I don't want to take the metro. I don't want to pay for a cab. My friend offered to drive me. Am I putting her at risk by accepting her offer? I asked if she was OK to drive in the snow, and she said "yes" and said that she is used to it because she is from the northeast and is used to driving in snow. Still, though, I feel anxious. I have never driven in the snow, and so I do not really have any way to judge.

In other news, googling my dad and the company at which he works brings up a ton of stuff about insider trading, and I nearly pissed myself. Then I read one, and it ends up that some jackass with out last name, and his first name as his middle name, is getting prosecuted at some other company.
I did find one thing where he was quoted, though, and it was kind of weird.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: pmcd9 on December 16, 2007, 01:15:49 am
Once I opened an egg, and although it had no smell, its whites were green-tinged. I threw it away immediately.

They were delicious (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pmcd9/2041952871/).
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on December 16, 2007, 12:39:37 pm
Today I had a party where the cops came twice.  The second time they wrote me a disturbing the peace ticket.  My roommate is convinced it is because he is black and has had parties there before.  Both times the police were there I asked them why they were there, as the party was still going on and you could not here anything on my front porch.  The second time they said, as they wrote me a ticket, that they could hear it 50 ft. away.  I said where is the noise, we are on the front porch.  They said they could here it from the street outside my house.  I said that is not 50 ft. away.  They said sign the ticket or go to jail... can I fight this, given that they said the law says that to be in violation you must be heard from 50 ft away, and they said they could hear me from a distance that is not 50 ft. away.  Also, if you get a city violation and are leaving the city in less than a week and leaving the state within months, will that follow you?  Also, can I fight this? Also, I got drunk as shit and partied hard and I have no idea how I can type.  And I am sorry.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on December 16, 2007, 04:14:02 pm
Today I had a party where the cops came twice.  The second time they wrote me a disturbing the peace ticket.  My roommate is convinced it is because he is black and has had parties there before.  Both times the police were there I asked them why they were there, as the party was still going on and you could not here anything on my front porch.  The second time they said, as they wrote me a ticket, that they could hear it 50 ft. away.  I said where is the noise, we are on the front porch.  They said they could here it from the street outside my house.  I said that is not 50 ft. away.  They said sign the ticket or go to jail... can I fight this, given that they said the law says that to be in violation you must be heard from 50 ft away, and they said they could hear me from a distance that is not 50 ft. away.  Also, if you get a city violation and are leaving the city in less than a week and leaving the state within months, will that follow you?  Also, can I fight this? Also, I got drunk as shit and partied hard and I have no idea how I can type.  And I am sorry.

Couldn't you at least contest it in court? Petition to have the date changed to reduce the chance that the cop will be able to show up? I SERIOUSLY doubt that the judge will buy the "black undergrad has his parties busted due to racism" but see what you can do about challenging your tickets.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: AugustWest on December 16, 2007, 04:39:11 pm
How much is the fine?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Limmo on December 16, 2007, 08:32:15 pm
And will it go on record as an infraction or a misdemeanor?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on December 16, 2007, 09:56:02 pm
Today I drove to the library to return books, only to realize that they did not open for another 1.5 hours. Argh! At least they have that newfangled invention that is the bookdrop, though. I was able to deposit the books and not incur any fines. I was bummed that I couldn't sit there and knit quietly for a while, with no Bad Lennybruce trying to eat the yarn, yelling (meowing loudly), and climbing all over me and causing me to drop hell of stitches. "Dammit, Lenny! You know that Mommy loves you, but I'm BUSY HERE!"

Jayelle, now you know why I can't get any damn knitting done at home. I can do one or two rows at the most, and then I have to shut my knitting bag up in a closed cabinet to prevent Lenny from stropping his bad little claws on it.

I am thinking about starting a Meetup group for knitting in my town (there are groups in other parts of Denver, but none that are close to me), but I don't have the money to start my own group. I tried to join a crochet group, but at 22 members they said that their group is closed to new members! What the fuck? Maybe I could just try a Yahoo! Group if it's free, and then post to Stitch n' Bitch. Apparently there is a huge brouhaha because some group called Sew Fast Sew Easy copyrighted the Stitch & Bitch name and won't let any of Debbie Stoller's minions use the name. Christ, you assholes! I just want to knit, I do not want to get embroiled in your stupid-ass legal battles.

I'm feeling a little cranky (http://achewood.com/index.php?date=08252006).

I really want to join up with a knitting group that meets once a week, because I don't have any girlfriends and I really, REALLY miss the rad group of girlfriends that I had in Alaska. They were the group that I performed alongside in Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues. After three months of rehearsals and the performances themselves, we all became really close. I miss them so much.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: side_show on December 16, 2007, 10:34:18 pm
Today I'm gonna spend all the daylight hunched over baby bibs with my embroidery thread wondering if customizing all these Christmas gifts will be worth the back pain.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on December 16, 2007, 11:31:02 pm
Today, I woke up at 5:30 or so and couldn't sleep. So I read the compilation My Favorite Science Fiction Story that I hadn't read since 7th grade or so-- still awesome. I missed this stuff. Then I made myself a bagel-and-eggs-kind-of-over-easy sandwich. Then I read more. Then I talked to my grandparents and my mom for a while. Ate again, read more.

At some point, I came upstairs and fell asleep again. My dad woke me up to ask what I wanted for dinner, and I was so deeply out of it that I couldn't process the sounds he was making with his mouth.

I woke up to hear my sister screaming at my mom so shrilly that she didn't sound like a person. literally, I do not think she could have possibly been making words. It was so bad. I went down and gave my mom a big hug afterwards, it sounded so horrible. I will never understand the ability of teenage girls to keep digging themselves deeper and deeper. YOU'RE GROUNDED! NO! YOU LIED, AND YOU'RE GROUNDED! I KNOW! I KNOW THAT! DON'T YOU TAKE THAT TONE WITH ME! YOU'RE GROUNDED FOR A MONTH! 5 WEEKS! JUST TRY TO KEEP GOING, MISSY!
My mom is not a lady to put up with any shit, and the fact that my sister does not know that after 13 years of butting heads with her does not bode well for the rest of her teenage years.

Hopefully after dinner I am going to a folky/punky show at a record store downtown. I am hoping I will run into some friends there, as a friend of these friends is in one of the bands. (http://www.myspace.com/jameskpolkandthefamilyoffriends) I like this record store so much.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on December 16, 2007, 11:55:09 pm
Today I woke up late hung over and still pretty mad about the party thing.  I am not for sure, but I think the fine is for 144, they didn't say when I asked and gave me a pamplet that did not have that particular charge listed.  I doubt the racism too, but that is what he thinks.  More likely that since he had parties here before, and we live pretty close to the police station, they saw the cars and thought to figure out which house it is.  It would not be a thing on my record.  My family is full of lawyers, I just needed to vent.

On that note, sorry for venting on your message board.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on December 17, 2007, 12:55:59 am
OH CRAP OH GOODNESS... that (http://cgi.ebay.com/Coach-Mandy-Leather-Legacy-Courier-10331-NWT_W0QQitemZ300182666273QQihZ020QQcategoryZ63852QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem) fuck*ng (http://cgi.ebay.com/Coach-Mandy-Leather-Courier-Black-Purse-Bag-10331-NWT_W0QQitemZ150195098680QQihZ005QQcategoryZ63852QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem) handbag is at $359 (http://cgi.ebay.com/Coach-Mandy-Leather-Courier-Black-Purse-Bag-10331-NWT_W0QQitemZ150195098680QQihZ005QQcategoryZ63852QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem)-450 (http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-COACH-MANDY-BLACK-LEATHER-COURIER-HANDBAG-10331_W0QQitemZ110206568329QQihZ001QQcategoryZ63852QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem) (retailed for $798).
Bloody fuck*ng hell! Why do I have to be poor and cashless?? WHY??

Sigh... I will comfort myself on the sour grapes by saying that I'd probably find something else after I acquired said handbag. Like I'd need a wallet to match it. And some new shoes. And new outfits. Better to just opt out and refuse to play the game .Mmmm, sour grapes.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on December 17, 2007, 02:15:24 am
L...


that is ugly.  Sorry.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on December 17, 2007, 02:59:45 am
L...


that is ugly.  Sorry.

Nooo! It is beautiful!

Ash... you... you're right. What I NEED is to figure out how these eBay fugs managed to get a hold of them at wholesale prices!!
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on December 17, 2007, 03:41:40 am
Seriously, it is okay, but, like, I am assuming a lot of it's price is because of like material and build and stuff (or name), and I can't figure out what that matters in a purse, unlike, say, shoes.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: side_show on December 17, 2007, 03:48:54 am
I cut the labels off every thing I own, and go out of my way to buy things that don't have logo's, branding, the outward appearance of a certain branding etc. on them.  Why a bag such as this is desirable is hard for me to grasp.  I really don't get it.  If I had $350 to blow, I wouldn't be spending it on a hand bag.  Don't get me wrong, I'm very much for quality goods, and if I was in need of a hand bag for whatever reason, I know a good leather worker, and I know for a fact for that much cash she'd probably be able to make me a couple custom bags that would be like works of art and would probably last a life time.  When it comes to branding, I guess it's about showing off - like impressing other people?  Because of the brand? I guess the cachet of such items is what allows folks to charge such exorbitant prices? It makes me feel icky to know people spend so unnecessarily on absolutely inessential things, for the sake of what other people might think of them, or the way it makes them feel to know they've spent so much.  Like I said in the frugality thread, I find living simply to be very peaceful... so when confronted with the opposite I feel a certain level of confusion and discomfort.

Also, that bag is completely not my style.  I guess if I looked at it and thought it was beautiful, I might find it a little less disquieting to know somewhere in the world someone had paid $800 for it.  But still... yikes, I don't know - that shit freaks me out.  It's such waste.  It's so unnecessary.

Don't get caught up in this stuff L - especially in the financial state you're in.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: AlohaDawg on December 17, 2007, 03:55:25 am
OH CRAP OH GOODNESS... that (http://cgi.ebay.com/Coach-Mandy-Leather-Legacy-Courier-10331-NWT_W0QQitemZ300182666273QQihZ020QQcategoryZ63852QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem) fuck*ng (http://cgi.ebay.com/Coach-Mandy-Leather-Courier-Black-Purse-Bag-10331-NWT_W0QQitemZ150195098680QQihZ005QQcategoryZ63852QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem) handbag is at $359 (http://cgi.ebay.com/Coach-Mandy-Leather-Courier-Black-Purse-Bag-10331-NWT_W0QQitemZ150195098680QQihZ005QQcategoryZ63852QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem)-450 (http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-COACH-MANDY-BLACK-LEATHER-COURIER-HANDBAG-10331_W0QQitemZ110206568329QQihZ001QQcategoryZ63852QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem) (retailed for $798).
Bloody fuck*ng hell! Why do I have to be poor and cashless?? WHY??

Sigh... I will comfort myself on the sour grapes by saying that I'd probably find something else after I acquired said handbag. Like I'd need a wallet to match it. And some new shoes. And new outfits. Better to just opt out and refuse to play the game .Mmmm, sour grapes.


I wrote something much harsher and I deleted it. Because I don't want to sound mean. So take what comes next for what it's worth, from a bitter poor guy about to watch his family move a long way away...

Go back and read the post where you rant about what your dad said to you. Try to be objective. Then go back and read your posts about perfumes and this bag. Then read what your dad said again.

Repeat til it sinks in. Some of what he said was probably right, just not what you wanted to hear and definitely not how you wanted to hear it.

We love you, but you can't want to save baby seals and feed hungry kids, etc.  while simultaneously spending huge amounts of money on what amounts, in the big scheme of things, to ephemera.

Do the envelope thing like the other AD said. That should really be helpful.

Love,

me

Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on December 17, 2007, 03:57:03 am
There are many pros and cons to being ladies or dudes.

However. I was given a high quality leather wallet as one of my high school graduation presents.

It is still my wallet and it still looks and functions perfectly well.

In this one small regard, holy shit, go testicles.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on December 17, 2007, 04:13:25 am
AD and Mel:

Yes, it is totally irrational to be so broke you can't go to the grocery store, yet you think you need a handbag that costs an entire car payment. That is part of the reason why I'm so torn up about this whole thing. My dad said that he thinks my mood swings are getting worse, but I don't want to go back on the meds. I may have to, however.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on December 17, 2007, 04:19:07 am
I have had a velcro cloth wallet for, oh, 4 years?  I got it for a dollar from a thrift store.

SS, I also never wear clothes with labels.  The only shirt I have with a label is a Liverpool kit.  The only other thing I have that is easy to tell who makes it is Converses, and, well, I only wear those because they are the only non leather shoes I could find that were not ridiculously priced.  Perhaps that is why I said shoes earlier, I would love some quality leather shoes, but don't think I want to do that.  Right now the only animal products I use that result in death of animal is my two belts, which I have also had for like 5 years and don't really see the point in replacing as long as they are still working.  On the other hand, a lot of people eating meat creates probably so much leather?  whatever.

Also, though LFM, sometimes I drive for like 30 hours with my wallet in and it hurts, also purses can store loads of shit.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: side_show on December 17, 2007, 04:23:19 am
Oh, L, meds are good.  These days I <3 meds.  Being well is the most important thing.  There ain't nothing wrong with having opinions and feelings, but if you feel like your getting fractured, don't wait until you get to a bad place.  Anyone who's been there before don't want to go back again.

Keith - I keep finding out we have more in common each day.  I have kick ass shoes, and never buy crap shoes - as a result I buy few shoes but really good ones.  They last so much longer that it's worth it.  None of them are designer labels, but shoes known for quality. 
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on December 17, 2007, 04:26:11 am
The bag that I want has really great design and no blatant exterior logos. I think it'd be different if I was wearing knockoff stuff like fake Louis Vuitton or fake Tiffany (http://achewood.com/index.php?date=11302006) - that is blatantly about the brand. There are probably only a handful of other Coach aficionadas who would even recognize it as Coach.

Incidentally, a lot of the people on the Frugality boards constantly bitch about Coach and seem to use it as a barometer of sorts for Everything That's Wrong With Society. I think that a lot of folks in this country feel about Coach the way many Britons feel about Burberry - knockoffs are worn everywhere by irritating chavs who think they're being high-class by touting the instantly-recognizable Burberry plaid, whether authentic or not. I see nothing wrong with wanting something that is high-quality, of lasting value, and will have use for many years to come. My travels and searches in many stores elsewhere have not yielded anything of similar quality.

I have kick ass shoes, and never buy crap shoes - as a result I buy few shoes but really good ones.  They last so much longer that it's worth it.  None of them are designer labels, but shoes known for quality. 

I feel the same way. I'd rather have one well-made handbag - which is a piece of luggage that I use 365 days a year - rather than a bunch of crappy ones that you can get at Ross or Payless for $30 each.  I also have about six pairs of shoes total.



**EDIT: Thanks Keith. Meant to link to a damn Achewood strip.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: AlohaDawg on December 17, 2007, 04:30:00 am
You're smart enough to make the right decision for yourself. It's OK to have a list of things you need and a list things you want. It's just important to be sure that the appropriate things are on each list and that you prioritize well. I'm not saying you can't ever have the bag. It just may not be the right thing right now.

You know yourself pretty well and you set some great goals for yourself in the 2008 thread. Do what you need to maximize all the aspects of wellness in your life and everything else kind of works itself into place.

Review:

Emotional
Intellectual
Social
Physical
Spiritual
Vocational

are the aspects of the wellness matrix. They all impact your life, they all require maintenance, or service occasionally and it's important to pay attention to all of them and to promptly work on the ones that are out of balance and affecting your life.

Me too. I need to seriously overhaul my Vocational life, seriously catch up on some deferred maintenance in my Physical life, maintain my Social life well, especially after my family ships out (This will also require attention to the Emotional life), make sure I don't neglect my Spiritual life (large part of Social, too,  probably) and maintain my "lifetime learner" status by keeping up with reading, stimulating conversation, maybe a class.

This model of wellness really works for me, and I've introduced it to people who didn't approach their wellness holistically - it's not piecemeal. A full, rich life is complex and generally includes all these aspects. Lots of them respond to it well because it's fairly intuitive.




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Post by: KeithHernandez on December 17, 2007, 04:42:10 am
That is a pdf to a condo in Aurora.

Also, but do hand bags break a lot or are they the most important thing as far as your future health goes, as shoes are?  (alright the first question was honest, the second was asshole-ish, sorry.)  I am not frugal, I make about 1.25 big technology purchases a year, but maybe people just think that because you could, as Side Show said, go to a local leather worker, or go to a shop that isn't ross or payless, but doesn't have HAND BAGS THAT COST AS MUCH AS 3-4 MONTHS WORTH OF FOOD. 

The thing I think about lots of times is that lots of people cost themselves shit tons of stress and hard work, just so they can buy things they don't need.  Then they call others lazy.  I may be lazy I guess, but at least I am not a fool.
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Post by: AugustWest on December 17, 2007, 05:09:33 am
Our priorities are all different. 

When we have money, we all blow it on stuff that other people can't understand.

I can't conceive of spending that sort of money on a purse, or say, $30,000 on a car.  But I know that I spend money on crap that's important to me but would boggle most folks minds.

Don't be ashamed about liking what you like Linnea.  On the other hand, don't spend too much time coveting stuff that you can't realistically acquire.  Next year...
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Post by: KeithHernandez on December 17, 2007, 01:51:48 pm
Okay, so, today I call them to find out how much my ticket is.  It will either be 144 or 244, I am pretty sure, and I can just mail them some money.  Or, if I do decide to go to court and if this is anything like the possession of marijuana thing, you just talk to the prosecutor before court and then you get to have a 6 month deferred sentence and in this case a reduced fine.  I may do that, but really, I may want to be in San Fransisco in two months, and it will just be like a 20-40 dollar reduction and a shit load of work.

Now, on the other hand, I do not think it should cost you 144 (I think) to have 30 people over at your house.  I think that is a bad thing, especially as this is the only personnel party I had in my 4 1/2 years in school, 6 months were I am living now.  I just fuck*ng graduated, can you not have one night of people over?  Seriously, there have not been more than five people in my house at one time since I lived there, until Sat.  The police did lie to me, as far as the 50 ft, but they were standing about 20 ft away thing.  They said they could hear car doors shutting from 50 ft away, but c'mon, that is ridiculous.  Basically it has nothing to do with money, but if I am just going to go through some shit and lose, that is lame.  If I have a chance at all, I would like to fight it on principle.  Basically I am still really mad, but this time I am not super drunk.  It is just my roommates and my word against two police.  Both of us have had separate Big issues with local police and drugs (beyond simple possession), and I guess that might be a thing.  Can I get a jury trial on this?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on December 17, 2007, 01:58:52 pm
Oh, and hey Linnea, looks like I will pay about 300 for a 3 hour party followed by five hours of pissed of drunkenness and a huge surplus of beer.  That is so much dumber than any purse could ever be.
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Post by: theinevitable on December 17, 2007, 09:21:08 pm
I guess I was more tired than I thought after staying up all night multiple nights last week. Yesterday I woke up at 6 AM, hung out with my family until like 3 PM, slept for 3 hours, then went out and hung out around town until 10 or so. Watched Futurama until 2 AM, then slept for 13 hours.

What the fuck do I buy my family for Christmas? I know that my brother said something that gave me an idea, but now I forget what it was.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Doc on December 17, 2007, 11:17:50 pm
... have my housemate's budgie put down.
Dude got the budgie a few weeks after we moved into our new place and got a cat less than a week ago. The cat's bee stalking the budgie's cage but we've been fairly vigilant. This morning however the Lady and I awoke to find that my friend had hung the cage from a curtain rail before he went to work to keep it away from the cat, it seems he either didn't close the door properly or either the cat or the bird opened it, the result being a hallway filled with smug cat and injured budgie.
Poor thing had bites through a wing a leg and it's chest. We took it to the vet and they said they had a specialist that could take a look but it was gonna be hell of pricey and the outlook was not good so I called my buddy at work and we agreed to have the poor guy gassed.
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Post by: AugustWest on December 18, 2007, 12:19:54 am
Must..Resist..Urge..To..Make..Sylvester ..Joke......
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Post by: Doc on December 18, 2007, 03:10:51 am
Oh been made, don't worry.

If it helps the bird was also called 'giraffe'.
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Post by: linnea on December 18, 2007, 04:46:10 am
Oh, and hey Linnea, looks like I will pay about 300 for a 3 hour party followed by five hours of pissed of drunkenness and a huge surplus of beer.  That is so much dumber than any purse could ever be.

Thanks, I feel much bettah about myself.

Doc, I'm so sorry about the budgie. That is hell of sad.
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Post by: theinevitable on December 18, 2007, 07:04:34 am
UM.

my prof sent me back my paper, without any comments. The email reads
Quote
here are some quick comments... didn't finish the whole thing. If you 
need a day or two, let me know.

And I can't tell if he's being informal, and saying "here are my comments so far, I have not finished reading it"
or telling me that the paper is incomplete. I think that it is done. I think that it is a good paper.
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Post by: Doc on December 18, 2007, 07:15:27 am
I think he means he didn't finish reading it and he wants to know if you need a couple more days to correct the things he mentioned.
Deep breaths man.
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Post by: theinevitable on December 18, 2007, 07:27:45 am
it is a little of both. Now I figured out that he embedded little notes up through the 7th page. Some are little comments about where I could do to expand...
some are things basically saying I should rewrite it in an entirely new format? i am trying not to freak out right now. I mean... at least he is giving me the chance to change things?
Some of his comments kind of make me want to cry.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Doc on December 18, 2007, 07:56:21 am
Yeah I know that feeling, just got to roll with it and shoe-horn in an old fogies tired rhetoric, trying not to let it mar your otherwise insightful and revolutionary thesis.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on December 18, 2007, 04:51:05 pm
Ash is right.

Remember - why did you have him read it before it's done if you didn't want feedback? Ah - did you expect the feedback would be "This is terrific! Hand in the finished version exactly like this!" It doesn't work that way, if only because then the prof thinks he is not doing his job. And, in fact, he wouldn't be.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: side_show on December 18, 2007, 05:20:42 pm
No Womb - Inev handed in a paper he considered finished.  Or are you being sarcastic?

I once met my prof to pick up a paper she was supposed to have graded, and since she was in the middle of grading it when I arrived, she asked me to come with her to the cafeteria, where she would finish marking it and give it to me.  I bought a slice of pizza I didn't really want and sat awkwardly with her while she read my paper and made notes for about 30 minutes.  So odd.  I was a straight A student and she was one of my favorite professors, but it was still weird to sit there and silently wait while she scribbled on my paper.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on December 18, 2007, 06:10:15 pm
He handed in a finished paper and the prof gave it back without finishing reading it? With that email? That just seems like such bizarre behavior that I misinterpreted the situation.

Of course, if someone gave me a draft for comments I wouldn't give that back without finishing either. Maybe that's why I'm the one who's out of the business and inev's prof is still in it.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: melack on December 18, 2007, 06:13:46 pm
Today I'm gonna tell as many people as I can to see the movie Juno. So, so good.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on December 18, 2007, 07:09:35 pm
yeah. Um. I feel like he is telling me to basically re-write it. But, he also only gave me notes on the first few pages? I am going to email him and see what is up. I should be glad that he is giving me suggestions to fix it instead of just giving me a shitty grade, but... I thought I was done with this thing. I thought it was good.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on December 18, 2007, 07:22:59 pm
that is impossible because I am already back in Charlotte. damn.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Golfhaus on December 18, 2007, 09:31:40 pm
Damn indeed - if it wasn't close enough to the Xmas travel season to make standby travel iffy, I'd let you use one of my guest passes to get back out there for a day. Telling a prof that you took a day trip back out to get the scoop would be a positive influence, I'd think.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on December 19, 2007, 12:02:22 am
I sent him an email asking for clarification, so, I think I will be OK.

in other news, a power cable for a laptop costs ONE HUNDRED AND FOUR DOLLARS. this is like a cruel joke, people. having to constantly borrow my brother's cable because my laptop is about to run out of power, and then his is about to run out of power so he needs it back...
this is not fun.
And of course, we have something like 5 extra power cables lying around, all of which have jive-ass proprietary plugs that won't fit.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Golfhaus on December 19, 2007, 12:34:05 am
I dunno what the hell it is about power cables - I was going to buy one of those cables that you can plug into the laptop power port of airplanes since I spend so much time in them. One hundred dollars. Screw that. One of my contacts in the biz says they get left behind on planes "all the time," and that he'll snag one for me.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on December 19, 2007, 02:16:09 am
Look on eBay for Christ's sake, do not pay full retail for one of those things. My cell phone power cord was like $30 retail, I got one for $7.99 including shipping.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: pmcd9 on December 19, 2007, 09:10:51 am
Today I am going to get a boil lanced (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pmcd9/2121657307/).
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Doc on December 19, 2007, 12:04:30 pm
Paul I think you need to one up that man's gif.
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Post by: Carlos del Vaca on December 19, 2007, 02:53:32 pm
Today I am going to get a boil lanced (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pmcd9/2121657307/).

I could not possibly be more not-clicking on that link.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: V-Adore on December 19, 2007, 10:35:37 pm
I really can't explain why I clicked on that link, but yes, if anything it just shows Paul's super-mad photo skillz.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: robot_god on December 19, 2007, 11:58:39 pm
If you ain't gonna watch boil lancing, then what good is the internet really for?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Doc on December 20, 2007, 02:42:17 am
I thought that wasn't Paul on there, just some other dude getting a boil lanced?

I was hoping Paul would also get pics and we'd have a boil-pic face off.

Sorry to hear that AD, life just doesn't stop eh?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: pmcd9 on December 20, 2007, 03:02:40 am

I was hoping Paul would also get pics and we'd have a boil-pic face off.


I'll take on all comers.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Doc on December 20, 2007, 12:48:45 pm
... link to this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvlxDcALQ6g). Didn't seem worthy enough of it's own thread but that's quite a clip in my view.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: pmcd9 on December 20, 2007, 04:03:29 pm
... link to this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvlxDcALQ6g). Didn't seem worthy enough of it's own thread but that's quite a clip in my view.

I felt obligated to click.  I'm glad it wasn't an exploding boil.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: CortJstr on December 20, 2007, 05:57:25 pm
...pack for a week in South Carolina. The in-laws moved there over the summer to closer to my sister-IL who moved down there for college years ago. I've never been, but I hear they have big gross bugs and something called "sweet tea."

So I'll either be online a lot less, or way, way more.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on December 20, 2007, 06:08:50 pm
...pack for a week in South Carolina. The in-laws moved there over the summer to closer to my sister-IL who moved down there for college years ago. I've never been, but I hear they have big gross bugs and something called "sweet tea."

So I'll either be online a lot less, or way, way more.
Carolina sweet tea is its own species of the broader southern sweet tea and unrecognizable to northern sweet tea.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on December 20, 2007, 06:52:16 pm
Isn't "sweet tea" just... iced tea with simple syrup as the sweetener instead of sugar?

I mean, that sounds nice and all and possibly even superior, but that hardly sounds like A Thing that needs to be differenciated with a separate name and to be heralded as a great regional tradition.

Sometimes, at Starbucks, I put a little of that vanilla powder in my regular coffee.

This is not A Thing That Needs A Separate Name, it is a slightly different way to take coffee.

Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: melack on December 20, 2007, 07:01:25 pm
The sexual tension between sMEts and ennewhy is palpable.
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Post by: theinevitable on December 20, 2007, 07:54:35 pm
sweet tea is like God's Own Pee.

So, you know, I guess God has the diabetes pretty bad.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: CortJstr on December 20, 2007, 08:00:29 pm
Somehow I knew the sweet tea crack would turn into a thing. Actual question, what is Carolina barbecue? The SIL works at Stickyfingers, which doesn't seem any different than Famous Dave's or Red Hot and Blue. But their owner did buy the double Colbert painting, so they've got that going for them.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Arachno-capitalist on December 20, 2007, 08:18:42 pm
Somehow I knew the sweet tea crack would turn into a thing. Actual question, what is Carolina barbecue? The SIL works at Stickyfingers, which doesn't seem any different than Famous Dave's or Red Hot and Blue. But their owner did buy the double Colbert painting, so they've got that going for them.

Sweet Tea Crack... now thats an idea worth investing in. My best memory of carolina sweet tea is one of dream quality. The tea was served with clear rock sugar crystal that settled at the bottom and was topped with knobs creek and mint.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on December 20, 2007, 09:01:47 pm
A thing is just a thing, nothing you can do about it.

I think Carolina bar-b-que is more vinegary than other types, but I have never had it.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on December 20, 2007, 09:15:30 pm
I am pretty sure that that is correct. My family aren't from Around Here, and so I am forgiven (and yet, judged) for not knowing these things.

Today, I'm gonna work on that paper, go to a christmas party I don't want to go to (explaining what I'm majoring in to people's parents, explaining that Washington University in St Louis is in St Louis, not Washington State), and marvel at how clever some of the names kids came up with for their radio shows next semester are.
(I think my favorites are Non-Stop Birthday Party, A Jew Named Sue, 5 and 1/2 Years of Braces, and my own, Restless Leg Syndrome). I am really sad, because these two girls were going to do "Yours Truly Radio," where every week they wrote a letter to a different musician and read their responses on the air, but they got lazy or chickened out.
I also enjoy that one show has the explanation "Esta musica cambiara tu vida.  (Natalie Portman, like, she said it, in Garden State! We love that movie. She is so quirky and unique. Indie Rock!!! YAY!!!!!)"
Actually, I am not sure whether I hate or love that show description. I care a lot about whether I think it's funny or obnoxious, and I just don't know.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on December 20, 2007, 11:39:55 pm
Actually, like, that wasn't about picking a fight at all.

It was really just a declaration of ignorance about the idea of sweet tea that... ended up being tempered into cynicism by what a fuck*ng bad week I've been having.

What I meant was:

"I basically know nothing about the South. What is actually different about sweet tea?"

Mea culpa.
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Post by: Carlos del Vaca on December 21, 2007, 02:20:26 am
I think Carolina bar-b-que is more vinegary than other types, but I have never had it.

It is.  While I wouldn't pick it over, say, KC barbecue, it's still pretty damn good.  When I was a kid, any time we went to Myrtle Beach or other points south, we would stop at this barbecue joint in Wilson, NC (http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Overview.aspx?RefID=2131) on both the way down and the way back.  Along with the barbecue, they have some of the best fried chicken I've ever had.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on December 21, 2007, 07:09:57 am
today: Science listed the topic I wrote (and am re-writing) my big psych paper on as one of the top 10 breakthroughs of the year. And the articles they cited are the ones I used in the paper, which is reassuring.
They didn't mention the one that really blew me away, though. That one... I was seriously freaking out about how good it was.


Also, I am kind of really mad at my friend, who thought it was a good idea to have Makeouts with our mutual friend who has a crush on him.
"I mean, it was a big mistake... I shouldn't have done it, I think.... but what can I say, man, I can't turn down pussy."
"Dude. That... that is our friend's pussy."
He keeps trying to make jokes about it, and I am not amused. He is a nice guy, but he is really dense about these things sometimes.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on December 21, 2007, 07:14:58 am
Well, to be fair, there is a huge difference in the wrongness of "getting pussy" in terms of some kind of make-outs and "getting pussy" in terms of... y'know... actually getting pussy in that situation.

It is definitely not cool to desperation make out with a friend who digs you a lot more than you dig her but... it is not Capital Letters Not Cool with an N and a C, you know?

You guys are, like, nineteen. That sorta thing happens when you are, like, nineteen.

It's an offense but it's shoplifting compared to actually getting desperation sex, y'know.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on December 21, 2007, 07:18:23 am
oh, no, think they actually had sex. That is my impression of events.


I am mostly mad because... she does not have great self-esteem and stuff, and really likes him, and is all cautiously excited that maybe this is good, but also saying all kinds of "but he probably doesn't really like me, etc."
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on December 21, 2007, 07:22:53 am
Oh, okay. Yeah, yeah, that is fucked up as hell.

You said "makeouts" and I took it at the word there.

fuck*ng someone who is otherwise your respected friend, who digs you to the point of probably delusionally kicking the l-word around in your head, just because you are pent-up and she is (metaphorically) presenting her rump... yeah.

That is bad juju, a bad juju of which nineteen will not excuse.

Of course, hopefully she punched holes in the condom or something out of delusional love and it'll bite him back, eighteen years worth.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on December 21, 2007, 07:26:20 am
actually, hm. I am not sure that they had sex. I am going to hope for the best here, I guess.
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Post by: KeithHernandez on December 21, 2007, 07:37:47 am
Wooh man, what the fuck.  It is a lot less harmful to have sex with someone than for either one of them to trick the other to pregnancy.  Jesus.  When I was 19 I did shit like that, who didn't?  I mean, it wasn't too cool, but, you know, if she's down.  Who is to say that, just because she likes him doesn't mean she maybe just wanted to have sex with him.  I mean, girls like to have sex too.  (At least that is what I have experienced, but you know, maybe you aren't good.  I mean, you probably get real emotional afterwards) (I am joking, that is low)  Oh, thanks a lot inev.  I ain't quoting, but that is to the last LFM post.


Today (10 minutes ago), I found out that I graduated from college.  For sure.  I graduated with a sweet thing happening, like, there is this one threshold that I had never gotten over after a super shitty freshman year and some stoned effort for the next 3 1/2.  I had been getting within like .08 of this number, but after a kind of bad last year I didn't think I could do it.  Then, I got over it by .01!

It is like a football team losing the whole game and then kicking a time running out field goal to win the game.  Only like, all the fans left too and even the head coach didn't care about that game anymore.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on December 21, 2007, 07:39:16 am
If they didn't go far enough to completely screw her feelings up about him... whatever that line is, I'd think that if genitals got involved, it probably got to far... then we could still chalk it up to a really bad judgement, a supremely bad judgement.

And it's not like casual sex is necessarily a bad thing... if both people are honest about what they are looking for out of that casual sex. If one person is letting the other think that the sex means something that they don't want it to mean...

That is a very very very bad thing.

It isn't rape, of course, but... it is within shouting distance of that sorta thing.

Bad. Bad. Bad.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on December 21, 2007, 07:49:12 am
I mean, to be fair, he wasn't completely clear on what her feelings were about the whole thing.

But, I mean, sometimes there is a thing called Willful Ignorance.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on December 21, 2007, 07:51:34 am
Dude, she is nineteen too. 

A- she will learn sometime what she probably already knows, that some guys just want to have sex with her.  If she didn't know, perhaps she will learn, and be more careful in the future if she doesn't want that to happen.  I doubt one experience will completely fuck up her life, well, one experience like this.

B- dude, she is nineteen too.  Not everyone is a fuck*ng killjoy.

C- You are generally right about the whole honesty thing, and as far as I can tell that has been well understood in all of my "relationships"

D-  Is your, um, genital area  shaped like a lobster tail, only without its shell?  How can some good ol loving be so traumatic in your mind?

(again to LFM, but inev, dude you are 19 or something too, quit worrying about other peoples pussies and start looking out for one for yourself)






Since I am Ray now, it only seems appropriate to mention I had a completely trashy orgasm yesterday with a 20 year old.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on December 21, 2007, 07:54:21 am
I mean, she actually isn't 19. But, you know, whatever.
If you can not see how this is a shitty situation then I am kind of sad for you, you know?

I feel like in a situation where... one of you wants to Date and Be Into It and all that stuff, and the other of you wants a hole with pleasant friction, someone is coming away sad. He did not mislead her in any way, but, still, shitty. He knew what he was doing.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on December 21, 2007, 07:57:29 am
Ladies and dudes like sex equally, more or less, sure.

But fraudulent sex is fraudulent sex.

Fraudulent sex to create pregnancy-entrapment might be a higher degree of fraud in terms of the lastingness of the effects than... playing on someone's assumption that your intercourse is Meaningful when it is Meaningless but... same ballpark, man.

Same ballpark. Same kinda way-fucked-up, just wildly differing degrees.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on December 21, 2007, 08:00:54 am
I mean, we are basically agreed and everything it is just like, why you got to say it that way?
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Post by: side_show on December 21, 2007, 02:12:48 pm
Today I am going in for ominous test results.  The doctor said "We'll only call you in if something's wrong" and they called me in.  I know what they were testing me for, so today is the day of bad news.  The only questions are how bad the news will be, and if the tests are definitive or call for more tests.

After that I am helping my sister be a secret shopper at Boston Pizza.

Also today is my last day in the office til Jan 2nd.  Let's just say I need the break.
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Post by: Doc on December 21, 2007, 02:54:33 pm
Ouch, good luck Smells, remember so long as you breath in again after breathing out you're doing better than the majority of people.
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Post by: AugustWest on December 21, 2007, 03:20:37 pm
Congrats on your graduation Hernandez.

Good luck at the doctor Smells.
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Post by: wombat on December 21, 2007, 03:59:21 pm
Good luck, Smells.

Boston Pizza? Why would you call a place Boston Pizza?  The pizza in Boston is terrible.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on December 21, 2007, 05:24:27 pm
Boston Pizza? Brilliant. Brilliant.

Best of luck, Smells.

Congrats on your trashy orgasm, keith.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: jaydub on December 21, 2007, 05:35:45 pm
Good luck, Smells.

Boston Pizza? Why would you call a place Boston Pizza?  The pizza in Boston is terrible.
Seconded, dear Side_Show

Do they put clams or something on the pizza in Beantown?  Or is this the Big Apple talking?
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: wombat on December 21, 2007, 06:01:35 pm
Well, who else's standard for pizza should you use, other than an Italian New Yorker?

In the Boston area, all the pizza shops seemed to be owned by Greeks. I love Greek food but felt they should lay the hell off my pizza. It just wasn't right. This was ten years ago now, of course, but it seemed like such an entrenched tradition that I would be surprised if it had changed.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on December 21, 2007, 06:05:00 pm
there is some really good pizza in St Louis. so good. I can't get over how many good pizza places there are there.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on December 21, 2007, 06:38:50 pm
Today I slept for 13 hours and it felt damn good.

It is sunny and nice outside and I'm going to wash my car. Probably gonna have to be with a bucket since the hose is attached to the house at a Bad Exposure and is probably frozen.

Tomorrow I am going to have prime rib at my dad's house. I hope to God that he and my stepmother will give me some cash for Christmas. Even if it's just $25, then at least I can buy $25 worth of fuck*ng groceries. Buying some pizza or Quizno's sounds like a delicious, forbidden miracle to me at this point.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on December 21, 2007, 07:42:30 pm
Oh god, Quizno's.  Such a good vegetarian sub.


Today I haven't done anything at all.  I have been waking up early recently and just chain smoking in the morning.  That is not good.


I have never heard of Boston Pizza.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on December 21, 2007, 08:11:08 pm
Yeah, I have heard of NY Pizza and Chicago Pizza... but I have never really thought of Boston as being Pizza Territory.
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Post by: KeithHernandez on December 21, 2007, 08:36:51 pm
Inev, maybe your friends were trying to save the world through positive energy?  (sfw? I don't have a job(hahahaha))

http://www.globalorgasm.org/
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on December 21, 2007, 08:46:18 pm
I got up way too late and didn't strike while the iron was hot. Now it is snowing outside and I cannot wash my dang car. Dammit!
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on December 21, 2007, 09:28:57 pm
there is also a style called St Louis pizza. Apparently I am the only person not from St louis who likes it.

I like it because... I don't keep it in the mental category of Pizza. it is not good "pizza," but it is pretty good... crackers with weird tomato sauce and weird cheese.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on December 21, 2007, 09:33:06 pm
That sounds delicious.
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Post by: littlefallsmets on December 21, 2007, 10:01:49 pm
There is a Utica-area style of pizza that is not called "pizza" but is rather called "tomato pie" which...

Its a thin day-old spongey-pizza-bread, lightly fried to rejuvenate it, the top is covered in a thin layer of a non-chunky heavily-herbed red sauce and a heavy heavy dusting of parm-cheese and... that's it.

You eat it cold or luke-warm and it tastes even better the next day if it is allowed to age in a cold moist place overnight.

It started as a way to get new life out of old bread and became something Ridiculously fuck*ng Awesome.
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Post by: littlefallsmets on December 21, 2007, 10:14:05 pm
Provide me a manner in which to acquire or create this "Sweet Tea" in an authentic manner that I might consume it and I'll see what I think.

I just... I still kind of don't get the concept.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on December 21, 2007, 10:38:38 pm
to clarify, st louis pizza is like... a really thin crust, slightly sweet sauce, and then provolone-like cheese that is not provolone.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on December 21, 2007, 10:56:03 pm
Basic Variation of Sweet Tea

Orange Pekoe tea.
Boil Water, Brew Tea.
About 5 minutes into brewing add ~1 cup sugar per 1/2 gallon of tea.
Mix & finish brewing. I add ~two shots of lemon juice per quart as well.
Chill. Drink over ice and enjoy.

Adjust mix to taste with experience.

Holy shit, dude. That sounds like a recipe for sweet goddang hummingbird nectar. Does it come with an insulin chaser?

I am kidding. If I've learned anything as a Western girl with Yankee leanings and some Southern relatives, it's that Southerners love their Sweet Tea. It is an institution. You do not mess with the Sweet Tea.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: AugustWest on December 22, 2007, 04:53:27 am
there is also a style called St Louis pizza. Apparently I am the only person not from St louis who likes it.

No you aren't.  I'm looking forward to having an Imo's next week when I'm in town.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: side_show on December 22, 2007, 05:09:25 am
Huh.  I had assumed Boston Pizza was an American chain, but  apparently I thought wrong. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Pizza)  It's a pretty terrible chain restaurant.  We had a really disgusting pizza (Spicy Perogie Pizza only sounds good in theory.  Potatoes, bacon and sour cream on the pizza is not good)  Even better our server was an actor who had auditioned for me (terribly) and gained some fame from throwing a hissy fit when the judges on Canadian idol (rightfully) told him he couldn't sing.

Also, I took a 45 minute bus ride to the doctors to find out that my test results weren't in and wouldn't be in until the New Year due to lab closures over the holidays.  Why was I called in?  To be told to continue taking my B 12 vitamins.  Sigh.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: littlefallsmets on December 22, 2007, 07:12:33 am
According to Wikipedia:

"In the mid 1990s, John Ratzenberger was hired as spokesperson and filmed a number of commercials for Boston Pizza. He was replaced by Howie Mandel, who was subsequently replaced by the character Louie, a Sasquatch."

Man. I am slightly happier to be on this Earth knowing that a paragraph like that can be a statement of fact and not just a humourous attempt at "random" humour.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on December 22, 2007, 07:41:40 am
yay for the fact that you will be in St Louis and will eat Imo's!
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Golfhaus on December 22, 2007, 03:26:58 pm
We still haven't found a good pizza place in Charlotte. Apparently the "good" place to go here is Brixx, which is a local chain that does gourmet pizza. And by gourmet, I mean shitty. All crusts so hell of wispy a spider covets. All just enough cheese to technically call it a pizza. I was raised on Pizza Hut Pan Pizza, so if it ain't some kind of deep dish monster with much cheese, it's already got one strike and a 101 mph fastball halfway towards it.
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Post by: wombat on December 22, 2007, 03:35:02 pm
Spicy Perogie Pizza only sounds good in theory. 

Um, no. Not even in theory. But what do you expect from a county that puts gravy and cheese curds on french fries, bless their hearts.

But seriously, fuck your doctor. Telling you they'll only ask you to come in if it's bad news and then telling you to take your vitamins? They should get only coal in their Christmas stockings this year.
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Post by: linnea on December 22, 2007, 05:09:38 pm
But seriously, fuck your doctor. Telling you they'll only ask you to come in if it's bad news and then telling you to take your vitamins? They should get only coal in their Christmas stockings this year.

QFFT! What a bunch of assholes. They'd better shape up! Seriously uncool.
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Post by: theinevitable on December 22, 2007, 06:20:50 pm
Golfhaus-- the Good pizza place in Charlotte used to be Mellow Mushroom. They had such good pizza. Now they are hell of wrapped up in legal bullshit and are not allowed to sell pizza.

The other place people like is Fuel pizza, but it's... it's just pretty basic Good Pizza, it isn't anything special. it is acceptable. There is one real close to you, I think, based on knowing you go to Quaker Steak and Lube. Having more than 2 locations is new, though, so maybe the pizza has suffered. The one I normally go to is up in... I think Plaza Midwood... and it's the original one. Hell of far from my house, but next to my favorite record store, and near where some friends live and hang out.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: linnea on December 22, 2007, 06:46:31 pm
Golfhaus-- the Good pizza place in Charlotte used to be Mellow Mushroom. They had such good pizza. Now they are hell of wrapped up in legal bullshit and are not allowed to sell pizza.

The other place people like is Fuel pizza, but it's... it's just pretty basic Good Pizza, it isn't anything special. it is acceptable. There is one real close to you, I think, based on knowing you go to Quaker Steak and Lube. Having more than 2 locations is new, though, so maybe the pizza has suffered. The one I normally go to is up in... I think Plaza Midwood... and it's the original one. Hell of far from my house, but next to my favorite record store, and near where some friends live and hang out.

We had a Mellow Mushroom pizza joint (hurr hurr hurrrr) in Boulder, I wonder if they're also embroiled in the same legal woes? I never went there personally, I always called Fatty J's. Ahh, double entendre drug names. How can you go wrong.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on December 22, 2007, 06:49:06 pm
no-- the issue is that one guy owned all of the ones in Charlotte, and somehow broke his contract, and they sued him, so he had to agree to change the name and stop selling Pizza.

in other news, an event at my school is mentioned in the Pitchfork "Year in News" countdown. This naked kid got tazed on the ass at a Girl Talk show.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: melack on December 22, 2007, 07:24:32 pm
Today I'm gonna mentally prepare myself for tomorrow's 14 hour road trip from San Francisco to Seattle. It's a good thing I only have to drive a small part of the way; I get to play Jeanne d'Arc on PSP for most of the trip.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: Golfhaus on December 22, 2007, 08:09:01 pm
I've heard of Mellow Mushroom - at some point, the Homestar Runner guys did their website. It would make sense of course that they're not around now that I'm here.

Mrs. Haus has gone to Fuel before - she agreed with your sentiment, that it was okay if that's where you were going, but nothing to write home about. Incidentally, I don't live down in Southpark anymore - they tore down my apartment building to build $180,000 condos. We live in Steele Creek now.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: KeithHernandez on December 22, 2007, 09:47:37 pm
Today I am going to wake up at 3:30 to snow!
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Post by: wombat on December 23, 2007, 03:55:45 pm
Today I'm gonna whine about how gray and foggy and wet it is, even though at least it's not cold so I should just shut up.

Also, today I'm gonna see how long I mess with my new satellite radio before I give up and listen to something on the internet. This was an extravagant gift, and even more so if it only works half the time. But hey, it's like you get time travel thrown in for free - a minute ago I was hanging out the window pushing the antenna around trying to pick up the signal and realized that with this new technology I had just moved several decades into the past, like I was wiggling the rabbit ears on the TV trying to pick up a station. 

Oh well, hopefully when the Technical Staff gets home he will be able to make it work properly. We don't call him the Technical Staff for nothing.
Title: Re: Today I'm gonna...
Post by: theinevitable on December 23, 2007, 07:51:28 pm
Golfhaus-- my mom recommends Mario's Pizza. It is kind of far from you, I guess-- it is basically over in Matthews. If you do a Google Maps search, it is the one on Weddington Road. I don't think I have been there, but a few of my friends agreed that it was pretty good.

yesterday, I shopped for my mom's birthday present, went to a nice Italian restaurant for her birthday dinner, and then saw Enchanted with my friends. I liked it, and this was a relief, because I was worried that I was becoming such a horrible film snob that I wouldn't want to be my own friend any more.

Today, I bought presents for everyone else I need presents for but my grandmother. I bought a bunch of books and flashed back to doing the very same thing last year-- the same cute girl was working the cash register, too. It's funny, because she's a friend of a friend who I'd never found particularly attractive... but she puts a cute little apron on, ties her hair back, and puts on her glasses... instant crush.
Also, her (non-identical) twin sister looks a ton like my ex girlfriend, so maybe there are some subtle things at work here.

today I'm gonna-- realize that I spent what is, for me, an unbel