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Random Thoughts Deserving No Thread of Their Own 2020

DVD

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My fridge is a Frigidaire and came with the house. I don't care for it, just because it kinda feels cheap, as all Frigidaire stuff seems to be. It's overall a decent fridge though. The clips on a cosmetic cap over the wires connecting to the freezer door were broken probably before I took ownership. It keeps popping up and finally I went searching for a replacement. $28 dollars!! I think I'll try affixing it with velcro or something and see if it works.
Look around. I think Frigidaire is just a high end Whirlpool. Maybe its GE. Find the equivalent model of a cheaper brand and the part number will be the same. Sadly I've learned how to fix most appliances over the years. Rule 1, don't mess with microwaves, they could actually kill you. Rule 2, the old simple ones are so much better than the new fancy ones. No computer to burn out, parts are simple and affordable. Old models are good until the motor goes and even then it might be cheaper to replace the motor. New models are good until the motor or the computer goes.
 

Wannaplan?

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What do you think of fingerlickers? You know, those that lick their fingers before rifling through stacks of paper or pages? Frankly it grosses me out to watch someone lick their fingers. Today, I witnessed my mailman fingerlicking the envelopes before putting our mail in the mailbox. Since mid-March, we have been diligent covidders by cleaning our hands with sanitizer after getting the mail and then quarantining the mail for 24 hours.
 

AG74683

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duct tape
It's not a real duct tape friendly place. At least from what I can tell. Maybe if I double up a piece it'll work.

Look around. I think Frigidaire is just a high end Whirlpool. Maybe its GE. Find the equivalent model of a cheaper brand and the part number will be the same. Sadly I've learned how to fix most appliances over the years. Rule 1, don't mess with microwaves, they could actually kill you. Rule 2, the old simple ones are so much better than the new fancy ones. No computer to burn out, parts are simple and affordable. Old models are good until the motor goes and even then it might be cheaper to replace the motor. New models are good until the motor or the computer goes.
I think microwaves aren't too bad. I've replaced bits and pieces over the years and never really been that terrified of it. I love messing with older washers and dryers. Those are generally really easy and enjoyable to work on. New ones aren't worth it though because everything is digital and expensive. I suspect I can just make a velcro loop or something for this and have it work just fine.
 

DVD

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So I imagine hell is a place where if you're vain all your vanity faults are pointed out to you constantly in some horrible way. We all have our faults. Kids would be constantly poking my and point out that I'm fat or birds would be picking at that mole you have. So with Trump I'm picturing this must be the worst kind of hell. He keeps trying to come the hair over, but it keeps moving to show how bald he is. He keeps getting spray tans, but the color always goes wrong and people constantly point and laugh at the green guy or the purple guy. His hands would always be too small to grip the jar he's trying to open.

I'm in a mean spirited mood today.
 

WSU MUP Student

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We had dairy delivery in Dearborn when we lived there. Can't remember the name of the dairy.... might be the same one you use?

We use a small service out of a tiny village in the northern part of the Oakland County. I picked this one mainly because they get their ice cream and milk from a farm in Ortonville called Cook's Farm Dairy which is the best ice cream I've had in Michigan.

Guernsey Farms Dairy is a bigger dairy operation closer to home and if they had a delivery service I'd probably go with them. Their ice cream is almost as good as Cook's (maybe just a step below) but they have the best chocolate milk around and we go through a lot of chocolate milk. It's my drink of choice every morning after my run. And if anybody is ever in the Detroit area and wants a fantastic old fashioned chicken dinner followed up with some great ice cream, Guernsey has a great restaurant.
 

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Yesterday afternoon I was sitting in the driveway on the side of the house while my youngest was playing and coloring with chalk. I had my radio on to Lithium, the '90s alternative and grunge satellite station, and it must have been loud enough for the neighbors to hear because when Sublime's Santeria came on the 15-year-old neighbor kid yelled out from his backyard, "Aww, turn it up! I love the oldies!"

I think I now know what it feels like to be "triggered".
 

AG74683

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I'm going to start requiring affidavits for large residential accessory buildings now I guess. This one is a 40' x 50' building with a full bathroom and 2 offices inside.....yeah okay. I guess I'll draw a line at some specific building size. Maybe anything larger than 24' x 24'?
 

TOFB

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For years, an ice cream truck that plays an annoyingly loud "Theme from the Movie The Sting" rolls down our street. We try to ignore it and wish it would go bother someone else's neighborhood.. Yesterday, we happen to be in the front yard (rare since we are back yard people) and it came by I was shocked to see people happily swarming out their houses - - kids, moms with babies, millennials, boomers, - - to get their fix. It was 330 in the afternoon on a cloudy cool day.

Well, if it gives people some joy, I'm fine with it.
 

AG74683

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For years, an ice cream truck that plays an annoyingly loud "Theme from the Movie The Sting" rolls down our street. We try to ignore it and wish it would go bother someone else's neighborhood.. Yesterday, we happen to be in the front yard (rare since we are back yard people) and it came by I was shocked to see people happily swarming out their houses - - kids, moms with babies, millennials, boomers, - - to get their fix. It was 330 in the afternoon on a cloudy cool day.

Well, if it gives people some joy, I'm fine with it.
My brother has an ice cream truck that goes by their house every day. Rain or shine, in the middle of winter, doesn't matter, it's there. This is also in downtown Baltimore. I've always suspected there's a certain type of snow that truck pushes, but have never confirmed it.
 

MD Planner

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My brother has an ice cream truck that goes by their house every day. Rain or shine, in the middle of winter, doesn't matter, it's there. This is also in downtown Baltimore. I've always suspected there's a certain type of snow that truck pushes, but have never confirmed it.
Probably operated by Big Worm.
 

WSU MUP Student

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For years, an ice cream truck that plays an annoyingly loud "Theme from the Movie The Sting" rolls down our street. We try to ignore it and wish it would go bother someone else's neighborhood.. Yesterday, we happen to be in the front yard (rare since we are back yard people) and it came by I was shocked to see people happily swarming out their houses - - kids, moms with babies, millennials, boomers, - - to get their fix. It was 330 in the afternoon on a cloudy cool day.

Well, if it gives people some joy, I'm fine with it.
Lack of an ice cream truck is one of my biggest complaints about our neighborhood. We just don't have the density. That said, in the summer the ice cream truck does go through the next neighborhood over every other evening during the week and every afternoon on Saturday and Sunday. I know the times it goes by and schedule evening runs and walks to the playground with the kids accordingly.
 

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Yesterday afternoon I was sitting in the driveway on the side of the house while my youngest was playing and coloring with chalk. I had my radio on to Lithium, the '90s alternative and grunge satellite station, and it must have been loud enough for the neighbors to hear because when Sublime's Santeria came on the 15-year-old neighbor kid yelled out from his backyard, "Aww, turn it up! I love the oldies!"

I think I now know what it feels like to be "triggered".
One of the first times I felt old was when I heard REM on the local classic rock station.
 

ChairmanMeow

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For years, an ice cream truck that plays an annoyingly loud "Theme from the Movie The Sting" rolls down our street. We try to ignore it and wish it would go bother someone else's neighborhood.. Yesterday, we happen to be in the front yard (rare since we are back yard people) and it came by I was shocked to see people happily swarming out their houses - - kids, moms with babies, millennials, boomers, - - to get their fix. It was 330 in the afternoon on a cloudy cool day.

Well, if it gives people some joy, I'm fine with it.
We have that same model in my 'hood. Haven't heard it this year yet.
 

TOFB

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Lack of an ice cream truck is one of my biggest complaints about our neighborhood. We just don't have the density. That said, in the summer the ice cream truck does go through the next neighborhood over every other evening during the week and every afternoon on Saturday and Sunday. I know the times it goes by and schedule evening runs and walks to the playground with the kids accordingly.
Our lots are 40 to 50 feet wide so we have the density
 

The Terminator

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The days are beginning to blend together for me, working sun-thurs as an emergency building monitor in a seniors social housing building since pandemic began. Even my days off, it all just is blurring together. Im just taking it day by day.
 

TOFB

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OK I should have remembered the song was "The Entertainer" by Scott Joplin.

Tomorrow, now that summer has arrived to the Upper Midwest, and City Hall closed to visitors, I am going to wear cargo shorts and a decent collared shirt to work. If I get sent hone to change I'll be back in 12 minutes. Don't see that happening. But I do see at least one of my deadbeats making it a 4 day weekend.
 

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My allergies are now just being jerks. I mean I have to wear a mask, which I thought would help, but it doesn't stop my eyes from watering and being itchy. And when my nose is itchy, it isn't as simple to itch. Is it July yet?
 

WSU MUP Student

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Tomorrow, now that summer has arrived to the Upper Midwest, and City Hall closed to visitors, I am going to wear cargo shorts and a decent collared shirt to work. If I get sent hone to change I'll be back in 12 minutes. Don't see that happening. But I do see at least one of my deadbeats making it a 4 day weekend.
I've generally been wearing tailored trousers to WFH and my wife has been chastising me for that, but I've got nice clothes and I enjoy wearing them. However, it's supposed to be in the mid 80s today and tomorrow so I'm wearing shorts to WFH today... and of course my wife made a comment along the lines of, "Oh, is it casual day already?"

FWIW, I've always wanted to be able to wear shorts to work in the summer.
 

kms

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I've generally been wearing tailored trousers to WFH and my wife has been chastising me for that, but I've got nice clothes and I enjoy wearing them. However, it's supposed to be in the mid 80s today and tomorrow so I'm wearing shorts to WFH today... and of course my wife made a comment along the lines of, "Oh, is it casual day already?"

FWIW, I've always wanted to be able to wear shorts to work in the summer.
I'm wearing a skirt, sleeveless top, and flip flops. It'll be rough putting on jeans and work boots when our field time resumes.
 

AG74683

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So the girlfriend's son kept asking about Nerf blasters last weekend. I have some really old ones, but apparently they're still at my parents house. Girlfriend went out and bought a few and we had a freaking blast last weekend. Yesterday she came over with more, A LOT more. These things are super advanced now, two of them were electric, and one fired small bouncy balls. Now I'm addicted to them. There's a pretty robust adult hobby around these things and a big modding community. The guns are cheap enough to have some fun with too.
 

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So the girlfriend's son kept asking about Nerf blasters last weekend. I have some really old ones, but apparently they're still at my parents house. Girlfriend went out and bought a few and we had a freaking blast last weekend. Yesterday she came over with more, A LOT more. These things are super advanced now, two of them were electric, and one fired small bouncy balls. Now I'm addicted to them. There's a pretty robust adult hobby around these things and a big modding community. The guns are cheap enough to have some fun with too.
My oldest and I play with our Nerf guns at least once a week. I've been thinking of looking for a couple more to add in to our arsenal.

My daughter first got into them a couple of years ago when we were at an aunt and uncle's and they had a bunch in their basement from their kids, including a couple of belt fed ones. I looked online to buy some of those belt fed ones and was going to buy one for us but that particular model had been discontinued and was now selling for like $300+ on Amazon and eBay!

Some of the kids in the neighborhood right near her school have Nerf gun wars on the playground in the summer (it's a big playground with a lot of good things to hide around or climb over). My daughter is hoping that the school grounds open back up at some point this summer so she can join in on those wars.
 

TOFB

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I'm wearing a skirt, sleeveless top, and flip flops. It'll be rough putting on jeans and work boots when our field time resumes.
I chickened out, thought I should ask the boss first. But if the ladies in the office can wear short skirts and no hose, what's the diff?
 

AG74683

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My oldest and I play with our Nerf guns at least once a week. I've been thinking of looking for a couple more to add in to our arsenal.

My daughter first got into them a couple of years ago when we were at an aunt and uncle's and they had a bunch in their basement from their kids, including a couple of belt fed ones. I looked online to buy some of those belt fed ones and was going to buy one for us but that particular model had been discontinued and was now selling for like $300+ on Amazon and eBay!

Some of the kids in the neighborhood right near her school have Nerf gun wars on the playground in the summer (it's a big playground with a lot of good things to hide around or climb over). My daughter is hoping that the school grounds open back up at some point this summer so she can join in on those wars.
There's ones now that use belts to actually fire, like fast moving conveyor belts to sling the balls out. Some are fully automatic now which is nuts. I found the one's that shoot the balls (Rival line) to be the best looking, but the balls have a tendency to disappear. The darts drop where they hit, the balls bounce off and end up all over the place. We lost just about every ball the gun came with. Luckily they're fairly cheap from 3rd parties (bought 200 of them for 25 bucks). The ball ones also seem to be more accurate. She bought some sort of drum fed one from the Ultra line, which gets terrible reviews all over. It's primarily related to the more expensive darts it uses, but the guns are really neat. I bought one that comes tomorrow that's a rear loading revolver type pistol.
 

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So the girlfriend's son kept asking about Nerf blasters last weekend. I have some really old ones, but apparently they're still at my parents house. Girlfriend went out and bought a few and we had a freaking blast last weekend. Yesterday she came over with more, A LOT more. These things are super advanced now, two of them were electric, and one fired small bouncy balls. Now I'm addicted to them. There's a pretty robust adult hobby around these things and a big modding community. The guns are cheap enough to have some fun with too.
We have a number of nerf guns at the house. My daughter was into them a few years ago. We have improtu nerf battles on occasion. There are Nerf guns stashed all over the house. We have fun but it annoys my wife, who is constantly finding "lost" Nerf darts in random places.
 

kms

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I chickened out, thought I should ask the boss first. But if the ladies in the office can wear short skirts and no hose, what's the diff?
Agree. Wear a kilt. People would be too speechless to question you.

I saw a man who was wearing a kilt to work at a state office building. He wore it well.
 

Planit

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Agree. Wear a kilt. People would be too speechless to question you.

I saw a man who was wearing a kilt to work at a state office building. He wore it well.
A bartender at a place I used to frequent usually wore a khaki green kilt. He'd wear it at outdoor beer festivals too.
 
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Every human male goes through a flirtation with permanent facial hair between ages 17-24.

Some keep it, but most realize it's futile and kinda silly looking on themselves.
 

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Every human male goes through a flirtation with permanent facial hair between ages 17-24.

Some keep it, but most realize it's futile and kinda silly looking on themselves.
That assumes an ability to grow said hair. I didn't have enough to grow a beard until my late 30s.
 

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I shaved just about every day of my life until I turned 30. Then, after a really rough week of work and a long holiday in front of me I decided not to shave for 2 weeks. I just assumed it would be a patchy mess but nope, full beard, and everybody told me not to shave it. I still haven't gotten rid of the beard, I guess it's just a permanent part of my face from now on...
 

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I shaved just about every day of my life until I turned 30. Then, after a really rough week of work and a long holiday in front of me I decided not to shave for 2 weeks. I just assumed it would be a patchy mess but nope, full beard, and everybody told me not to shave it. I still haven't gotten rid of the beard, I guess it's just a permanent part of my face from now on...
Exactly.
 

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Every human male goes through a flirtation with permanent facial hair between ages 17-24.

Some keep it, but most realize it's futile and kinda silly looking on themselves.
I had a beard off and on until I was about 28. My boss pointed out that people who want to advance in Planning, don't have beards. Needless to say, it got shaved off. Since then, I've almost always had a mustache. If I don't, my face pretty much disappears beneath my glasses.
 

DVD

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I look like crap with facial hair. The best I can do is a goatee and a bad teenage mustache. Normally I shave daily, but with this work at home thing I shave maybe once every couple weeks. Even then I just have some patchy neckbeard fuzz.
 

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Yesterday afternoon I was sitting in the driveway on the side of the house while my youngest was playing and coloring with chalk. I had my radio on to Lithium, the '90s alternative and grunge satellite station, and it must have been loud enough for the neighbors to hear because when Sublime's Santeria came on the 15-year-old neighbor kid yelled out from his backyard, "Aww, turn it up! I love the oldies!"

I think I now know what it feels like to be "triggered".
My 15-year old stepson does that to me when we are in the car. . . our local rock/alternative station plays a song from my high school era and he's all, "This song is so old!" :eek:

I look like crap with facial hair.
Me too. :p
 

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Jazz cooking is a pretty okay station to listen to at work.
 

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Every human male goes through a flirtation with permanent facial hair between ages 17-24.

Some keep it, but most realize it's futile and kinda silly looking on themselves.
I'm 41 and I've tried growing a beard and mustache every winter for the past few years and up until last winter, it was always horribly patchy but this last year it actually came in pretty good, if not a bit more grey than I expected. My plan was to shave it all off at the end of March when we were supposed to go to Florida. The trip didn't happen, but I still shaved everything off... except the mustache, much to the chagrin of my wife. She said it looked like Matthew McConaughey in Dazed and Confused. I just need to find a Ted Nugent/Amboy Dukes shirt and I'd be all set!

I kept my beard shaved off through most of April but about a month ago I stopped shaving completely. I haven't even trimmed it or cleaned it up so the neck beard is really coming along nicely. I'm waiting for my wife to get fed up with it... at which point I'll shave the beard again but keep the mustache.

Growing up, I had never seen my dad without a beard (he's like me in that his mustache has always been thinner but can get a beard growing). When I was in elementary school, he lept his beard really long. All of his facial hair (and on top of his head) is very white and I remember one year we were at his office Christmas party and some little kids thought he was Santa Claus so for the next few years he decided to play Santa at the party.

When I was maybe a freshman or sophomore in high school he had a propane grill explode in his face (due to his own stupidity) and he lost all of his facial hair - eyebrows, lashes, beard, etc. Between my tears of laughter when he came home from urgent care and his altered appearance, I didn't recognize him. That was the only time I had ever seen him without a beard. After that, he started growing his beard again but he was never able to get it to grow as thick and he's worn it as a chin strap beard for the past 25 years or so.
 
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