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Random Thoughts Deserving No Thread of Their Own 2019

Dan

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And what's up with woman on tinder or POF showing pictures of them shooting guns, with guns, or pictures of their guns? Nothing against gun ownership, but like, that shit scares the jesus out of me. Ummm.. swipe left bro..
Old post, but PoF was (is?) the Walmart of online dating sites. When I was still doing the dating thing, I found PoF had more than their fair share of "simple country girls". Lots of "My kids come first", "If you can't handle me at my worst, you don't deserve me at my best", "No cheaters!", grandmothers in their late 30s and early 40s, etc.

I usually had my PoF profile hidden, and my account on hold, only looking at it every so often, like how someone would visit People of Walmart. I have no idea what Match (where I met my wife!) and OkCupid are like now. There'd probably be nobody over 40 in my town on Tinder.

In other news, I have this big bump under my cheek and I don't know if it's a mosquito bite or the early stages of a giant zit. I really, really want to squeeze on the thing, but we're going to a wedding next weekend, and it's a white tie affair -- gotta' look good.
 

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In other news, I have this big bump under my cheek and I don't know if it's a mosquito bite or the early stages of a giant zit. I really, really want to squeeze on the thing, but we're going to a wedding next weekend, and it's a white tie affair -- gotta' look good.
Thanks for the TMI. On a more serious note, though, there have recently been a number of cases of mosquito-borne Eastern Equine Encephalitis locally, and a 13 year old girl even died from it. Public health officials considered the threat bad enough that they proceeded with an aerial spray throughout the county, despite frost only being a couple of weeks away.
 
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Dan

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Earlier this year PSE&G dropped a pole in the middle of the driveway apron of one of my projects. Never mind that their markout crew spray painted a neon orange circle with an X on the ground where it was actually supposed to go. It sat there for 3 months waiting for PSE&G to come out and move it where it was supposed to go so the apron could be poured and the last layer of asphalt put down in the little parking area.
My inner urbanist is fuming right now. There's (almost) no utility poles in the middle of traffic lanes in the US, but I see them all the time blocking sidewalks and corner ramps.
 

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My inner urbanist is fuming right now. There's (almost) no utility poles in the middle of traffic lanes in the US, but I see them all the time blocking sidewalks and corner ramps.
Classic coordination failure. And yes, you are 100% correct about poles interfering with sidewalk pedestrian flow and corner ramps. When I used to run CDBG I used to ask for a list of proposed corner ramp installations from DPW to review and made them include pole relocation in the scope of work if there was one that interfered with accessibility.
 
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In other news, I have this big bump under my cheek and I don't know if it's a mosquito bite or the early stages of a giant zit. I really, really want to squeeze on the thing, but we're going to a wedding next weekend, and it's a white tie affair -- gotta' look good.
Do not squeeze it. Neutrogena On-the-Spot Acne Treatment is a good OTC remedy to apply to it.
 
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Dan

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@Dan but if you do squeeze it, YouTube it
No way. I love popping my own, but it grosses the bejeezus out of me if I watch someone else do it.

In other news, "bejeezus" made it past the spell checker.

Y'all are not fans of doctor pimple popper? Disclaimer, I have never seen the show and have no desire to do so.
Nope. Can't even watch the commercials. Peter Griffin-type question: would you rather watch (1) two minutes of pus gore from Doctor Pimple Popper, or (2) six minutes of back-to-back ASPCA, Shriners, and St. Jude Hospital commercials?

Anybody watch 90 Day Fiance? That's some quality television right there.
 

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I have no idea what Match (where I met my wife!) and OkCupid are like now. There'd probably be nobody over 40 in my town on Tinder.
Absolute dumpster fires. Bumble is okay. The rest are garbage infested with bots.
 

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Absolute dumpster fires. Bumble is okay. The rest are garbage infested with bots.
My ex fiancee looked at my phone and noticed I was still on POF. In fairness, I hadn't looked at since we had gotten engaged. It hadn't occurred to me to delete it because it wasn't relevant to me anymore. Needless to say, it got deleted pretty quick. Ironically, we broke up later and now I get back on the on it. POF is a mixed bag. I had gotten several dates from it. I liked because it had a lot local women on it.
 

Dan

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My ex fiancee looked at my phone and noticed I was still on POF. In fairness, I hadn't looked at since we had gotten engaged. It hadn't occurred to me to delete it because it wasn't relevant to me anymore. Needless to say, it got deleted pretty quick. Ironically, we broke up later and now I get back on the on it. POF is a mixed bag. I had gotten several dates from it. I liked because it had a lot local women on it.
My then-girlfriend now-wife watched me delete my match.com account when we were several months into our relationship. I was kind of reluctant to do it, because the account was free for life (I was a "charter member", but didn't use the account in earnest until there was a critical mass years later), and I worked hard to hone my profile. Also, what if we broke up?

Anyhow, I'm one of those Match success stories. :)
 

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Front page news on CNN - "A town in North Carolina is being told to not wash any clothes for five days".

The town is flushing excess iron from the water lines. For towns with small public works budgets, this is extraordinarily common. We have at least one that has to do this when they flush. I have no idea why this is national news.
 

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I have no idea why this is national news.
It's not news. It's outrage porn. Flushing water lines = discolored water = OMG FLINT = "newsworthy". At least it's a break from all-Trump-all-the-time news coverage.
 

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"Eat the babies!" isn't that new of an idea.

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A wild-ass guess -- was that road a former interurban right-of-way?
I don't think so, it's too far outside of the Pacific Electric Railway territory. My best guess is that the big ag operation there wanted electric service, but didn't want the poles on their property. because the poles start at the northern end of the property and then move over to the side of the road just a little ways down.
 

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Is having both cars due for inspection/registration at the same time good or bad? It's easier to keep track of I guess, but if both end up with unforeseen expenses, that sucks. The Subaru needed tires.
 

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I've got three cars all due at the same time. It kind of sucks. Since one of the cars needs repairs I'm just leaving that one until it can get fixed.
 

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All three vehicles need tires and the snow is coming... I am cheap and don't want to s[pend the $$.
 

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I started looking online for tires and alas, coupons from Firestone. How did they know?

Great song with a solid base line which makes memorable. Though it's about what was happening in Australia, it a great social awareness/social justice song.
I've played that in a little garage band project I was involved with. Love the song.
 

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"Eat the babies!" isn't that new of an idea.

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That article is truly abhorrent and offensive! Wow! I barely know what to say but let's start by cutting it down to the quick....
"The fore or hind Quarter will make a reafonable Difh, and feafoned with a little Pepper or Salt will be very good boiled on the fourth Day, efpecially in Winter."
Did we really just read that? Overlooking for the moment the gravely flawed initial premise that Papifts are the best dish, as opposed to the plainly obvious choice of Jacobites....in what universe is boiling considered haute cuisine? And disguising it with salt and pepper? I mean why not just pour ketchup all over your filet mignon while you're at it! Good God! The 17th century was truly a barbarous time.
 

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That article is truly abhorrent and offensive! Wow! I barely know what to say but let's start by cutting it down to the quick....
Did we really just read that? Overlooking for the moment the gravely flawed initial premise that Papifts are the best dish, as opposed to the plainly obvious choice of Jacobites....in what universe is boiling considered haute cuisine? And disguising it with salt and pepper? I mean why not just pour ketchup all over your filet mignon while you're at it! Good God! The 17th century was truly a barbarous time.
I read a crazy thing the other day that bland British food has its roots in aristocrats abandoning spices when they got cheap enough for the masses to have them as well. Maillard reactions ore for the poor, i guess, the rich need to boil their food.
 

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My youngest daughter's school has spirit week this week and today was decade day. They can dress like any decade that they wanted. She choose the early 90's, which I guess is like the 60's for me. Both are the decade prior to us both of us being born, respectively. She is wearing a unbuttoned flannel shirt over a Metallica t-shirt, blue jeans with an accidental hole, pair of converse, and a knit beanie hat. She wears the 90's grunge look better than I did.
 

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A Modest Proposal For preventing the Children of Poor People From being a Burthen to Their Parents or Country, and For making them Beneficial to the Publick,[1] commonly referred to as A Modest Proposal, is a Juvenalian satirical essay written and published anonymously by Jonathan Swift in 1729. The essay suggests that the impoverished Irish might ease their economic troubles by selling their children as food to rich gentlemen and ladies. This satirical hyperbole mocked heartless attitudes towards the poor, as well as British policy toward the Irish in general.
 

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OMG! OMG! OMG! Le Creuset has a line of Star Wars cookware. I so want the Darth Vader dutch oven or the Solo in carbonite roasting pan.

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Summer vacation thoughts: Outer Banks vs Hilton Head Island?
I think the Outer Banks are more scenic but, save for a few tiny spots like Oracoke or Manteo, it's rather limited in terms of things to do other than enjoying the beach. With kids, I'd rather go to Hilton Head as there's a bit more civilization and opportunities to keep the kids entertained. Plus, you can easily take a day trip into Savannah or Charleston. Hilton Head is also a couple hours from Conagree National Park - it's a smaller park but has some very cool, eerie trails and one of the largest concentration of "champion trees" (very old or very tall trees) in the world.

Back in NC, there are a few communities further south from the Outer Banks that I always find more appealing: Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach, Topsail Island and Surf City are all near Wilmington and have fantastic beaches. Surf City and Topsail are the quieter of those choices.
 

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Be honest. Brutally so.
Honestly, she didn't. All that mess really didn't scare me that much. What really made me mad/turned me off from the whole thing was her last text. I rode along with EMS on Saturday and we had to respond to a middle school football game. I texted to ask if she was at the game, mostly so I could tell her what was going on so if anyone asked she could let them know. Her daughter cheers for one of the teams that was there so I knew she was.

3 hours later she finally texted back to ask if I helped the little boy at the game. Uh, yeah. That's why I asked if you were there?! Well I replied to her and said "yeah, were you there?" and the response I got was :r: . That was it. That emoji. Nothing else. Like WTF am I supposed to infer from that? Ugh. Made me mad.
 

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Summer vacation thoughts: Outer Banks vs Hilton Head Island?
We love Isle of Palms and Sullivans Island just outside of Charleston which is about 20 minutes without traffic. We generally stay at Wild Dunes. Bella loves the Children's Museum of the Low Country, the South Carolina Aquarium, Patriot's Point/USS Yorktown, Boone Hall Plantation, and Fort Sumter. Plus all the eating she did.
 

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Anybody watch 90 Day Fiance? That's some quality television right there.
I've recently started watching Pillow Talk, but have yet to watch the actual show. I don't have much desire to watch the original but I guess I should just to see what it's like.
 

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A Modest Proposal For preventing the Children of Poor People From being a Burthen to Their Parents or Country, and For making them Beneficial to the Publick,[1] commonly referred to as A Modest Proposal, is a Juvenalian satirical essay written and published anonymously by Jonathan Swift in 1729. The essay suggests that the impoverished Irish might ease their economic troubles by selling their children as food to rich gentlemen and ladies. This satirical hyperbole mocked heartless attitudes towards the poor, as well as British policy toward the Irish in general.
I was wondering if someone would catch that! :D If you read the whole thing, you'd think it was written in all seriousness, consixering the florid 18th century language, and what we think was the mindset of the era. I love how the essay implies that Americans already eat babies.
 
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