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Messages - Carlos del Vaca

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Wild Card / Re: Return of the Son of Today I'm Gonna...
« on: Yesterday at 01:14:12 pm »
My younger daughter has not been doing well with the transition to middle school. In particular, she's not enjoying the hallways between classes. She's a small kid, and the halls are super crowded (the school is in the midst of a construction project which makes it worse). In particular, she's having trouble getting from lunch to the next period, which is basically a study hall/activities period. She's not allowed to bring her backpack to lunch, so she has to go to her locker after lunch, swap out her stuff, and get to the next class which is at the far end of the school. She's been late for it almost every day, and the teacher gives her a hard time about it (which is galling because it's not an actual class).

So Mrs. del Vaca e-mailed the teacher and the guidance counselor, went over the situation, and said "My kid is not goofing off or anything, she's trying her best but it's not working. This is a ridiculous thing for her to be stressed out about; can anyone figure out why this is so hard and help fix it." And the teacher wrote back like yeah sure, we'll see what we can do.

This morning, she writes again: the break between those periods is only four minutes, when all the rest are five. WELL THERE YOU GO. Good on Mrs. del Vaca for making them actually look at this shit. A big part of her struggles this year is that some of the teachers seem to not give a shit; they're like "No one is going to help you in high school so we should we do that now." Jeez, what a shitty attitude.

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Science & Nature / Re: Aminals
« on: September 20, 2018, 02:50:56 pm »
Goats are like potato chips, apparently.

They are crunchy and good with sandwiches

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Bojack Hossman
« on: September 20, 2018, 02:47:45 pm »
Yeah, exactly. There's actually a YouTube video that attempts to calculate what Bojack's worth. It was interesting, but it didn't have much to say about syndication and residuals (which I certainly don't know how those work), so it's hard to say it it was at all accurate. Actors tend to make ridiculous amounts of money as it is (my friend who was one of Hollyhock's dads once told me that being "Henchman #3" in some movie would keep him afloat for a surprisingly long time), and to be the lead in a show that ran nine seasons certainly gave Bojack a nice pile of dough.

Got through episode 10 last night, and am psyching myself up for episode 11 since that is usually where something freaking terrible happens.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Bojack Hossman
« on: September 18, 2018, 05:02:42 pm »
Reviewed this thread and found this:

Question: what became of the Sugarman sugar cube company and the associated family fortune? Did Beatrice ever actually inherit it? I don't think that's covered.

OK then.

Also: I have been listening to the official The Good Place podcast, and I would FREAKING PAY ACTUAL MONEY for a similar Bojack podcast, with the actors and crew participating.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Bojack Hossman
« on: September 17, 2018, 12:26:03 pm »
Oh, amusing Bojack-related moment from yesterday. I have posted previously about how hard it is to watch TV without the kids wandering in. Yesterday Mrs. del Vaca and the youngest left early for some hoss-related activity, and I figured the oldest (she is 15) would sleep in. So I sat down to watch, but to my surprise she comes downstairs at 9 AM and flops down on the couch. I paused the show momentarily, then I thought "She watches Netflix shows all the time, how bad can it be?" and let it roll again.

It was the episode where Todd meets Yolanda's family, specifically when they first sit down and they all describe their careers. Before long she says "Do we HAVE to watch this?"

I found this amusing. Good job, Yolanda's family, and it's probably a good thing I turned it off at that point.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Bojack Hossman
« on: September 17, 2018, 01:57:27 am »
She made a brief appearance in episode 1 of this season.

I got through six episodes this weekend. Episodes 2 (the Diane episode) and 5 (the Princess Carolyn episode) are the best so far.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Some TV show I didn't just see.
« on: September 14, 2018, 02:51:55 pm »
Also, pretty sure the new season of The Good Place starts next Friday. As before, if you're not familiar, avoid spoilers and watch it from the very beginning.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Some TV show I didn't just see.
« on: September 14, 2018, 02:46:55 pm »
I started the first episode this morning, watched up to the title sequence, just to make sure it was there. Guess I know what I'm doing this weekend.

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Sports & Leisure / Re: Fantasy Football 2017
« on: August 26, 2018, 02:14:09 pm »
Oh yeah, don't get me started on college football. Got a lot of issues there too.

Interestingly I have been watching high school football the past couple years and have enjoyed it (which is easy to do when your kids' school is on a run of three straight state titles). The emphasis seems to be on teamwork and execution. Make the dang tackle, not so much "hit him so hard his teeth rattle."

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Sports & Leisure / Re: Fantasy Football 2017
« on: August 22, 2018, 01:22:34 pm »
Why is your interest in football waning?

1. Increasingly it is evident that the violence in NFL football has long-term impact on its players, which makes the game difficult to enjoy.
2. All the issues with rules and interpretations, along with replay, make the game difficult to enjoy.
3. I got plenty of other shit going on and I just don't have the brain space for it.

Drew has some advice for you.

Yeah, that article is partly why I posted.

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Sports & Leisure / Re: Fantasy Football 2017
« on: August 21, 2018, 06:19:33 pm »
speaking of my declining interest in football, I may bail on our fantasy league this year because I simply do not care

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Some TV show I didn't just see.
« on: August 21, 2018, 06:18:16 pm »
Okay, okay, she's yours. I just meant, it's probably a pretty good show, right?

oh yeah totally

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Some TV show I didn't just see.
« on: August 20, 2018, 09:00:29 pm »
I WILL FIGHT YOU FOR HER PAUL, DON'T TEST ME

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Some TV show I didn't just see.
« on: August 20, 2018, 02:19:37 pm »
Anyone watching "Ugly Delicious?" It's basically Lucky Peach in TV show form. They owe a debt to Bourdain, for sure. But it's quality stuff.
Also, Rosio Sanchez from the taco episode is my girlfiend now. (Neither she nor my wife is aware of this, but it's true.)

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Wild Card / Re: Return of the Son of Today I'm Gonna...
« on: August 20, 2018, 02:17:58 pm »
peak 2018: A moment of excitement at discovering that Eric Idle is on Twitter, instantly dashed when it turns out he's tweeting almost exclusively about the shitstorms that are the current British and US political situations.

John Cleese very much same. Gets in arguments with nobody shit-talkers. I should probably unfollow him.

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