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  1. Pitiful.

    Pitiful.
  2. Oh, girl, don't even get me started on this....

    Oh, girl, don't even get me started on this. People who stock up on booze for a crisis baffle me. In a medical emergency, a hurricane, an earthquake, civil unrest, or other emergency (including...
  3. Well, I get that some kids are doing online...

    Well, I get that some kids are doing online school, so if there's heretofore only been a family computer, an inexpensive new computer might be "essential." But, as several people have mentioned, you...
  4. Really? I'm surprised he allowed that. I could've...

    Really? I'm surprised he allowed that. I could've sworn he was gay.
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    When culture conflicts with human rights (e.g.,...

    When culture conflicts with human rights (e.g., genital mutilation of women and female children) or public health (thread topic), "culture" must stand down. All cultures are not equally good. Nobody...
  6. Damn, so do I. What is this world coming to? ...

    Damn, so do I. What is this world coming to?

    No different than rationing during the Big War.
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    Huh. I thought this OOTP you were discussing...

    Huh. I thought this OOTP you were discussing meant, "Out of Toilet Paper."
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    None of the above. Just a colorful cotton shirt,...

    None of the above. Just a colorful cotton shirt, but kind of stiff and scratchy. She washed it once (I thought it was more, but just asked) and has never worn it because it's stiff.



    Nobody...
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    100% cotton.

    100% cotton.
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    LAUNDRY IMPAIRED

    So, OK, I can do basic laundry (although HRH has taken over that task and does a better job), but we have a question that goes to the next level.

    HRH has a beautiful Hawaiian shirt, but it's stiff...
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    I'm from a Navy family. We know all about those...

    I'm from a Navy family. We know all about those Air Force Academy weirdos. :ptpt:
  12. I'm surprised there hasn't been a run on quinine...

    I'm surprised there hasn't been a run on quinine water, but maybe that's too sophisticated a connection for these dorks.
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    Nah, that would be Colorado Springs. I think...

    Nah, that would be Colorado Springs. I think she's farther east.
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    OK, even though I'm really sorry for your...

    OK, even though I'm really sorry for your troubles, that was fun, simply because it has been at least 40 years since I've heard anyone say, "Burn their ditches." You can take the girl out of the...
  15. IMO, Twitter is mostly full of people who had way...

    IMO, Twitter is mostly full of people who had way too much time on their hands and way too much empty space between their ears before they all had to shelter in place and learn to amuse themselves.
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    In my sleep slightly edged out terminal illness....

    In my sleep slightly edged out terminal illness. If genetics is the biggest factor, that's about right.
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    10-cent summary?

    10-cent summary?
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    What would you suggest as an alternative?

    What would you suggest as an alternative?
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    How do they stay 6 feet apart? Do they all drive...

    How do they stay 6 feet apart? Do they all drive vans?
  20. Rats, coyotes, and.............GOATS??? They do...

    Rats, coyotes, and.............GOATS??? They do things differently, over there. :D


    https://twitter.com/AndrewStuart/status/1244673786219282432



    Wales.
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    I actually just got back in the thread because it...

    I actually just got back in the thread because it occurred to me it sounded that way. Absolutely not. The toll it took on healthcare professionals and the bravery of those who volunteered to work...
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    Not so remarkable, as long as you didn't get...

    Not so remarkable, as long as you didn't get stuck. HIV is a fairly difficult virus to contract, unless you were doing things with patients that we don't want to know about. I was representing...
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    So, if they won't let you across the border, you...

    So, if they won't let you across the border, you can always come down here and rack up some additional cash.
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    11. The same people who are annoying as hell in...

    11. The same people who are annoying as hell in court are annoying as hell in e-mail, but during a public health crisis,they start every annoying e-mail with, "I'm praying you are healthy...." Yeah,...
  25. Well, let me tell you, I'd have to be beyond...

    Well, let me tell you, I'd have to be beyond dying of thirst to drink out of the Oakland Estuary, filtration notwithstanding. Besides, I think it brackish if not actual salt water.
  26. When I had a well (in FL, used only for...

    When I had a well (in FL, used only for watering), I figured that, with Nova's help, I could convert the electric pump to manual pretty quickly if the need arose. I don't have a well here, and we're...
  27. Remember the Bob Dylan line, "Ah, but I was so...

    Remember the Bob Dylan line, "Ah, but I was so much older then; I'm younger than that now."? Of course you do. Well, it was the 1950s, and I started off as a miniature adult. Starting in about 1968,...
  28. Oh, before we even get to people who romanticize...

    Oh, before we even get to people who romanticize wild predators, I was thinking of the hysteria over using a gun. For anything.
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    Actually, I figured out my problem. I had turned...

    Actually, I figured out my problem. I had turned off Javascript to avoid a website pay wall and forgot to turn it back on. As soon as I did, all functions returned. :o
  30. You know where I live. Now imagine the angst and...

    You know where I live. Now imagine the angst and LE response if I shot a coyote, let alone allowed a kid to. These people about had a hissy fit when a cop shot a burglar who broke into his home while...
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    Can't quote, don't have the tool bar for italics,...

    Can't quote, don't have the tool bar for italics, etc, images, video, or links. Emojis don't work. Did I accidentally change some setting?

    Replying to Frostbit's "No but we can make it look that...
  32. Sounds like a scene from Peeps (YA novel by Scott...

    Sounds like a scene from Peeps (YA novel by Scott Westerfield. For some reason, I have no ability in reply mode to link or use fonts.)

    An article in yesterday's SF chronicle said coyotes are...
  33. Oh, and the grocery shelves. We went to the store...

    Oh, and the grocery shelves. We went to the store with my mom. Near the front, there was a rack of magazines, comic books, and Little Golden Books. Sometimes Mom would deposit us there, and I would...
  34. I have a terrible memory...I remember almost...

    I have a terrible memory...I remember almost everything. :eek:

    Things I remember:

    hot, humid summer nights when our sheets were sweaty (nobody except really rich people, Reade's Drugs, and the...
  35. It's not a "condition," per se. Before she...

    It's not a "condition," per se. Before she outgrew the worst of her juvenile-onset rheumatoid arthritis, she took naproxen for several years. It left her with a somewhat sensitive stomach. She...
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    Is getting home still "essential?"

    Is getting home still "essential?"
  37. This would be fun even with more recent people....

    This would be fun even with more recent people. My grandparents lived from the time when crank-start automobiles were a novelty right up through moonwalks. Wrist communicators were still the stuff of...
  38. Me too! One of my favorites as a kid. My mom...

    Me too! One of my favorites as a kid. My mom handed me that book and there were so many things about culture and economics she never had to explain further.

    I also enjoyed - despite my initial...
  39. Newman, Scott, and I may constitute a small club:...

    Newman, Scott, and I may constitute a small club: people who live in the place they would most want to visit.

    Sure, I'd like to go back to France and Scotland sometime, but no urgency.
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    Mancini was (is?) good. Mike Post is my...

    Mancini was (is?) good.

    Mike Post is my favorite.

    ETA: OK, answered: was.
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    I adore outbuildings. I gave up expecting "a...

    I adore outbuildings. I gave up expecting "a place for everything and everything in its place" when I decided to procreate, but my basic nature is to have the right tool and keep it in the right...
  42. HRH's is not that critical, but I would hoard...

    HRH's is not that critical, but I would hoard meds also if we had any that were absolutely necessary.
  43. No, but I'm seriously pissed that Target is...

    No, but I'm seriously pissed that Target is apparently redirecting their warehouse stock to the shelves and panic-hoarders instead of giving priority to people who use their subscription online...
  44. Can't quote Frostbit today. Re: non-hunters being...

    Can't quote Frostbit today. Re: non-hunters being ill-informed:

    I grew up around hunters. Of course, like most kids whose own families don't hunt, I went through the "please don't kill Bambi and...
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    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Anything but Howdy...

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Anything but Howdy Doody! Bane of my elementary-school years. Throw me out on the playground in a blinding blizzard, but PLEEEEEEEEASE don't show Howdy Doody filmstrips!
    ...
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4kd3ojoFFA

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4kd3ojoFFA
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    I agree, except that I would add to "your...

    I agree, except that I would add to "your distaste for religion" "your enthusiasm for your religion." I have shared office space with some people who just never shut up about it, and/or decorate...
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    Exactly. And I've encountered it from both sides...

    Exactly. And I've encountered it from both sides as well.

    It's a corollary of another unpleasant habit: people who look around them and, seeing only people who look like them, assume that no one...
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    Please, no! From Mayor of SF to Governor, with no...

    Please, no! From Mayor of SF to Governor, with no stop for a reality check, is not good training for a President.
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    :shrug: I tend to look askance - no, actually, I...

    :shrug: I tend to look askance - no, actually, I usually just make my escape as soon as possible - when I encounter people who announce their religious (or anti- or a-religious) beliefs before we...
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    Well, there's your problem. Stick with classic...

    Well, there's your problem. Stick with classic musicals. I suggest The Music Man. :devil:
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    Dude, you can grow your own. It's boiled tree...

    Dude, you can grow your own. It's boiled tree bark.
  53. But she's a hated "leftist" and member of the...

    But she's a hated "leftist" and member of the "Hollywood elite," Mark. You must be offended, even if she says something totally innocuous.

    I wouldn't know Gwyneth Paltrow if she sat on me, have no...
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    Your original post on the topic posited that...

    Your original post on the topic posited that atheists would miss the connection between economic resurrection in April and Easter. It was with that premise that I took issue. I challenge you to find...
  55. For some, it is due to poor sleep habits. Others...

    For some, it is due to poor sleep habits. Others nap in the daytime because they sleep poorly. Reasons vary. Some are:

    1. Nocturia - having to wake frequently to pee, due often to diabetes,...
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    Surely as a teacher - even a music teacher - you...

    Surely as a teacher - even a music teacher - you understand the difference between concepts and precepts. Try reading again and responding to what I wrote, not what you expected to see.
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    In my experience, very few atheists have been...

    In my experience, very few atheists have been raised atheist; most have some sort of religious background that they later rejected. I've also been told by friends of other faiths that it's virtually...
  58. I neither expect nor want celebrity...

    I neither expect nor want celebrity globetrotters/jet-setters doing things they're not qualified to do and possibly, through their entitled attitudes, putting others in harm's way. I really don't...
  59. What happened to single-subject legislation? This...

    What happened to single-subject legislation? This is not the budget. Any emergency legislation to deal with a public health crisis should be lean, clean, and focused solely on the immediate problem....
  60. OMG, inexperienced people trying to can...

    OMG, inexperienced people trying to can vegetables and fruit? I predict an outbreak of botulism. We'll be saved from coronavirus and die of botulism.
  61. Two to 3 days on steel or plastic is plenty....

    Two to 3 days on steel or plastic is plenty. That's the interior of public transit vehicles, office telephones, cell phones, doorknobs, elevator buttons, table tops and flatware, etc. Cardboard means...
  62. Sorry, I'm busy "sheltering in place."

    Sorry, I'm busy "sheltering in place."
  63. :bawl:

    :bawl:
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    They also have no AIDS. Like China. ...

    They also have no AIDS. Like China.

    https://assets.bigcartel.com/product_images/188105006/P-S03-28Monkey.jpg?auto=format&fit=max&w=1200
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    Your mom was a wise woman. Honoria and I were...

    Your mom was a wise woman.

    Honoria and I were never into comic books, but we just read actual literature - children's classics that had belonged to our parents and sometimes their parents, plus...
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    I say that because I've both taught high school...

    I say that because I've both taught high school and been the parent of a student in a rigorous college prep program (International Baccalaureate). There were poor kids in that program, as well as in...
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    And remember that reading, in any medium or...

    And remember that reading, in any medium or format, is still reading. Manga (much as it pains me to concede this), fan fiction (likewise), comic books, Goosebumps, Wikipedia (as long as you make sure...
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    What it really is: the one-size-fits-all approach...

    What it really is: the one-size-fits-all approach to pedagogy.

    Some kids don't have computers and internet. OK, realistically, those are not kids who are planning to start college in the fall....
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    Well, we took your advice and ordered carry-out...

    Well, we took your advice and ordered carry-out from our local Greek restaurant. I had the kebab in a pita, and we split a Greek salad (no onions). The sandwich was too big, and HRH won't help, so I...
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    Stores around here were limiting the number of...

    Stores around here were limiting the number of people in the store at a time, and strongly encouraging maintaining distance. OTOH, I haven't seen the kind of craziness that I've heard described,...
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    We don't have radiators now? :wtf:

    We don't have radiators now? :wtf:
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    Additional ingredients aren't a "disguise." Both...

    Additional ingredients aren't a "disguise." Both recipes are very simple, with 3 or 4 total ingredients. Are you "disguising" beef when you spice it for taco meat? If cooked properly, kale is only...
  73. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meJP410N9Gg ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meJP410N9Gg

    Good times.
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    You just hate vegetables. Your opinion doesn't...

    You just hate vegetables. Your opinion doesn't count.

    I could feed any reasonable person my great-grandmother's kale (boiled with a ham bone - chunk of bacon in a pinch - and seasoned with pepper...
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    I think he's homely as sin, but funny. And I...

    I think he's homely as sin, but funny.

    And I realize this is totally out of character for me, but anybody who hates kale isn't cooking it right.
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    Fiddling is fun but hard work. Can't blame him...

    Fiddling is fun but hard work. Can't blame him for hanging it up, at least professionally, at his age. However, I think he's nuts to go back North permanently. Florida's a pain if you have to put on...
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    [Replying to Newman, whom I can't quote:] Law...

    [Replying to Newman, whom I can't quote:] Law school was a long time ago, and this is far from my area of expertise, but I'm pretty sure this is illegal, even if it's not technically insider trading.
  78. Our dentist is closed for routine care, not just...

    Our dentist is closed for routine care, not just to comply with the shelter-in-place, but because they have very few masks and gloves left, and only hospitals are being resupplied. However, he...
  79. Really? Who certifies journeyman carpenters?

    Really? Who certifies journeyman carpenters?
  80. I don't know about your area, but union...

    I don't know about your area, but union contractors here are all licensed.

    Some non-union contractors are also licensed. That doesn't mean their employees, who don't have to be licensed, are...
  81. Amazon has an Epicurious 6-qt enameled for $39.99...

    Amazon has an Epicurious 6-qt enameled for $39.99 w/free delivery. Is that a good brand? What about the foil liners, are they a useful thing or just more trouble than they're worth?
  82. Is it structured enough to use for cheese toast?...

    Is it structured enough to use for cheese toast? That's all she requires.
  83. Bullshit. Anyone reputable and responsible hires...

    Bullshit. Anyone reputable and responsible hires people certified through the state. Remember what I do for a living. We deal constantly with unlicensed (and uninsured, often) contractors and subs....
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    She didn't really have a chance this go-'round,...

    She didn't really have a chance this go-'round, but I'm sorry to see her go. I hope she represents the next generation of serious political contenders, and that voters recognize the value of her...
  85. No rush. Bread is back in abundance now the panic...

    No rush. Bread is back in abundance now the panic is leveling off. She'll bring it or I'll pick it up at our next visit. I'm smack dab in the middle of her route to visit her older boy. :D
  86. Amen. Yes, there is corruption in some...

    Amen.

    Yes, there is corruption in some unions. Yes, I know some unions operate almost exclusively as political organizations. But in the construction trades, I've dealt with both union and...
  87. I get at least daily updates from the deputy...

    I get at least daily updates from the deputy chief counsel. So far, everything is closed until at least April 3. All hearings are being automatically continued. Since I had the calendar from Hell on...
  88. I have just delegated the finding of a suitable...

    I have just delegated the finding of a suitable dutch oven to Honoria, queen of the thrift store.
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    Nova and I were raised "high-church"...

    Nova and I were raised "high-church" Episcopalian. That is to say, as near Catholic as you could get without Latin and large doses of free-floating guilt.

    The first time I encountered "the peace,"...
  90. Never mind, sanity has returned to our village....

    Never mind, sanity has returned to our village. HRH was shopping for her client and found real bread!
  91. I realize this is heresy, but I didn't move the...

    I realize this is heresy, but I didn't move the cast-iron pot cross-country. Are there hacks? I have a deep, stainless-steel pasta pot.

    And if I decide to order a cast--iron dutch oven online,...
  92. Contracts 101: non-performance or incomplete...

    Contracts 101: non-performance or incomplete performance = breach of contract -> no duty to pay.

    Now, I have no idea whether Trump engaged in unethical practices or not, wouldn't be surprised...
  93. Baking is so not my thing, but HRH would be...

    Baking is so not my thing, but HRH would be interested in trying. I told her it was too labor-intensive, but "no-knead" sounds right up her alley. She's at work (caregivers are exempt from the...
  94. No pool at all, unless you're willing to use the...

    No pool at all, unless you're willing to use the one at 24-hour Fitness. Sorry. Also a 2-bedroom flat already occupied by 2 women, 2 dogs and a totally unreasonable number of stuffed animals. I think...
  95. We have been able to find bagels, Hawaiian sweet...

    We have been able to find bagels, Hawaiian sweet rolls, and a baguette, but no regular whole wheat bread. I'll pay Fed Ex if you give in to your baking jones and send a loaf or 2 of whole wheat. :D
  96. I am well-rested for the first time in MONTHS....

    I am well-rested for the first time in MONTHS. Since work-from-home has no fixed hours, I can conform my schedule to the dogs' and HRH's, so it was actually daylight when I woke up! :yes:

    Aside...
  97. The best thing about being old is the presumption...

    The best thing about being old is the presumption that you were in genuine and reasonable fear of death or GBH. :devil:
  98. Burglary and theft from persons are not...

    Burglary and theft from persons are not non-violent, IMO.
  99. People here seem to calming down a bit. I was...

    People here seem to calming down a bit. I was able to score 2 five-pound bags of carrots for the dog, so she doesn't go into withdrawal, and some fresh bagels and cream cheese for HRH. We're set.
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    What would I use it for?

    What would I use it for?
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