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Title: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on September 30, 2021, 01:18:27 PM
I have learned to reconcile my own free will with the concept that ultimately my life will reach a point toward which I was partially led by the decisions and consequences of that free will acting in concert with the intrusion of factors over which I will have had no control. I think of that concept as cinneadhadh (kin-na-aw) after the Irish words for “decision” and “luck”.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on September 30, 2021, 07:50:13 PM
^ Sounds like the overthinking...


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on October 01, 2021, 02:22:28 PM
No, I don’t think it’s a coincidence, I think the Ayurvedic herb ashwagandha makes many women more amorous.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on October 01, 2021, 02:41:32 PM
 :question: :question: :question:


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Rev. Powell on October 01, 2021, 03:00:41 PM
Did you decide to have free will? I mean, if given the choice I don't know that I'd take it.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on October 02, 2021, 10:20:04 AM
Will entropy have an entropy?


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Alex on October 02, 2021, 11:46:02 AM
Will entropy have an entropy?

Yes. It stops when everything has decayed to the lowest possible state.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Allhallowsday on October 02, 2021, 04:33:43 PM
... everything has decayed to the lowest possible state.

Now here I must comment.  This would describe my brother who has been diagnosed with Korsakoff Syndrome.  He has been hospitalized for a month.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on October 03, 2021, 08:22:02 AM
In fourth grade I read Charlotte’s Web and no book in my life has ever made me cry harder, though the near-agape demonstrated by the old priest in The Exorcist also got me good as a teenager.

I count that reaction as my first real exposure to the propensity toward entertaining sadness that often lies in Celtic genes.

I went to school and confided my sorrow to my teacher, and she said to me, “Do you not understand, child, that death is part of life?”

“Yes, Sister.”

“Well, that’s why we need to be prepared for death at any moment. When was your last confession?”

“Uh…”

“Then maybe you’d better stay in at recess and go to special confession.”

Never tell a nun that death makes you sad.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Trevor on October 03, 2021, 03:35:47 PM
I think I need to buy some new shoes.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on October 04, 2021, 09:35:58 AM
Somewhere in the world there are immortal rabbits. We just don't notice.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: claws on October 04, 2021, 12:36:55 PM
I think I need to buy some new shoes.

I bought a pair of red sneakers last week, for $25. My nephew bought a pair online for $350. I would never pay that much for a pair of sneakers, even if I were a millionaire  :bouncegiggle:



Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: pacman000 on October 04, 2021, 02:44:34 PM
After ~20  years I finally beat Puzzle Bobble 2.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on October 05, 2021, 12:28:48 AM
Years ago my grandfather told me he heard the IRA tried to shake Stanley Kubrick down during the filming of Barry Lyndon, but the best it got out of the attempt was some of its supporters being used as extras in a few scenes, and others becoming Ryan O' Neal's drinking buddies after hours, and you know, every time I watch Barry Lyndon I try to see who among the visual back benchers looks like they may be in the IRA. I've narrowed my suspicions down to the squinty guy in the army camp sequence, and the bald man in the brown vest.  Provos, I tell you.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on October 06, 2021, 06:56:07 PM
Halloween should last all month.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on October 07, 2021, 11:22:59 AM
If Yoko Ono came to my house, I'd drape a marble birdbath in scarlet velvet, align it toward true north, then fill it with freshly-squeezed pomegranate juice, because I think it'd make her feel welcome.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on October 07, 2021, 11:32:31 AM
If Jeffery Dahmer came to my house, I'd have the fridge stocked with frozen dicks, heads, and hands.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Trevor on October 07, 2021, 11:52:58 AM
If Jeffery Dahmer came to my house, I'd have the fridge stocked with frozen dicks, heads, and hands.

 :buggedout: :teddyr: :teddyr:

Reminds me of that scene in State of Grace where Gary Oldman keeps a pair of chopped off hands in his freezer for fingerprints.  :buggedout: :teddyr:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SKDxqUpfH4 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SKDxqUpfH4)


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on October 07, 2021, 12:00:43 PM
If Jeffery Dahmer came to my house, I'd have the fridge stocked with frozen dicks, heads, and hands.

 :buggedout: :teddyr: :teddyr:

Reminds me of that scene in State of Grace where Gary Oldman keeps a pair of chopped off hands in his freezer for fingerprints.  :buggedout: :teddyr:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SKDxqUpfH4 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SKDxqUpfH4)

Holy sheep s**t!
I never even heard of that movie! Now I must see it!  :buggedout:


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Trevor on October 07, 2021, 12:04:29 PM

Holy sheep s**t!
I never even heard of that movie! Now I must see it!  :buggedout:

Yikes, I just remembered I was still in college when I saw that: 1990! But it is very good and it's about the New York Irish gangsters The Westies. I believe that those were buggers you didn't mess with.  :buggedout:


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on October 07, 2021, 12:27:46 PM
I was born in NYC! The Bronx!
I never paid no mind to gangs. Nobody in the Bronx ever even noticed me. I was a poor white boy. My only friend was a guy from Columbia who could barely speak English. But I had a Led Zep t shirt on at DeWitt Clinton High School. So we sat in Poe Park after school and got drunk and listened to heavy metal on a bench facing the main road right in front of Edgar Allen Poe's house. He had a boom box!


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Trevor on October 07, 2021, 12:58:12 PM
right in front of Edgar Allen Poe's house. He had a boom box!

Wow, Edgar Allan Poe was really ahead of his time  :wink: :wink:


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on October 07, 2021, 10:17:02 PM
I wonder if people wet the bed more often on nights when rain is falling on the roof?


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Allhallowsday on October 08, 2021, 11:15:21 AM
I wonder if people wet the bed more often on nights when rain is falling on the roof?

Aren't you just glad that you don't do that at all? 


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: El Misfit on October 08, 2021, 11:22:32 AM
Soft rock is my most despised music genre. I absolutely can't stand it. A graveyard at night has more life in it than soft rock has.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: claws on October 08, 2021, 11:25:01 AM
So we sat in Poe Park after school and got drunk and listened to heavy metal on a bench facing the main road right in front of Edgar Allen Poe's house. He had a boom box!

A longtime online friend was born in the Bronx. She lived there until the early 2000s and then moved to Houston. She would go to Poe Park very often. I think she lived not too far off. She showed me lots of pics of the park and house. I'd love to visit some day but I'm too afraid of flying.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on October 08, 2021, 11:31:09 AM
^ It was a nice place to sit. Drink and listen to music.  :drink:


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on October 08, 2021, 11:35:36 AM
I was asked by someone who likes to shock if it’s “too soon” to dress up for Halloween as a pair of Covid lungs, and I said I think it is. He said, “Spanish flu 1918 lungs?” I suggested something from Star Wars instead.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on October 08, 2021, 11:44:46 AM
^ Can't he just dress up as colon cancer? That way he won't have to wear a costume.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: claws on October 08, 2021, 11:52:17 AM
They already did covid Halloween costumes in 2020

(https://imagevars.gulfnews.com/2020/10/26/halloween-kids-costumes_175654704a1_original-ratio.jpg)


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: LilCerberus on October 08, 2021, 04:55:55 PM
If a vampire decided to go to medical school, would they study hematology in order to learn more about blood, or would they study psychiatry to learn more about getting into peoples' heads?
Maybe they would cross anthropology with sales & advertising......


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on October 08, 2021, 09:06:44 PM
I used to be acquainted with a gay German kleptomaniac. Bet not many girls who grew up in '90s Midwestern suburbia could say that.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: lester1/2jr on October 09, 2021, 02:45:20 PM
what's with the super ostentatious cat sounds in movies? life if theres a cat in the room the microphone goes right to its face and its like " MEEEOW!" right in your ear.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on October 09, 2021, 05:48:55 PM
That's cool, but aren't all boots made for walking?


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on October 09, 2021, 06:30:39 PM
^  :bouncegiggle:

(https://i.imgur.com/nmBjJjW.gif) (https://lunapic.com)


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on October 09, 2021, 06:53:06 PM
Soft rock is my most despised music genre. I absolutely can't stand it. A graveyard at night has more life in it than soft rock has.


" I'm so lost in love, I can't live without out you..."
I don't disagree. I also hate bands that pretend to be  good rock bands. Like Limp Biscuit.
 :bluesad:

http://youtu.be/gES95UtYTr0 (http://youtu.be/gES95UtYTr0)


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on October 09, 2021, 07:19:18 PM
I wonder if ducks think we are gods if we save them from dying in an oil spill that we caused?  :question:


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on October 09, 2021, 08:34:32 PM
That '90s Show is coming? I'm down with that.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Allhallowsday on October 09, 2021, 10:43:50 PM
...I also hate bands that pretend to be  good rock bands. Like Limp Biscuit.
 :bluesad:...


...or LINKIN PARK... or NICKELBACK...  :lookingup:


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on October 10, 2021, 01:22:02 AM
If they ever made a 7 cent coin, it should be called a dickel.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on October 10, 2021, 01:23:34 PM
A song that makes me recall a funny moment is Bullet With Butterfly Wings, because it was playing years ago while I was being bench-pressed like a 115-pound weight. Just an idea someone got, “Think I can bench-press you if you hold real still?”

“Let’s see.”

So as Billy Corgan warbled that he was still just a rat in a cage, I held myself rigid and was lifted toward the ceiling several impressive times in a row.

It was fun til he tickled me and I fell on him and my elbow busted his lip.

Crazy times.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on October 11, 2021, 04:01:55 PM
Death goes on, long after the thrill of living is gone.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: LilCerberus on October 11, 2021, 06:02:37 PM
The more I learn about the business practices Horace Smith & Dan Wesson, the more it surprises me that these two didn't wind up in jail at some point during there careers....
Considering how many business partners Horace Smith & Dan Wesson left shirtless, the more ironic I find it that Volcanic Arms was bought out by a shirt maker.....
The more I learn about the evolution of Volcanic Arms, the more I can't help imagining these things turning up in some late night infomercial......


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: El Misfit on October 11, 2021, 09:32:50 PM
...I also hate bands that pretend to be  good rock bands. Like Limp Biscuit.
 :bluesad:...


...or LINKIN PARK... or NICKELBACK...  :lookingup:
Sadly all three bands have more energy than a radio station that plays at work. I swear that radio station is what drives my hatred for soft rock. My manager is even more vocal on his displeasure with soft rock than me.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: claws on October 12, 2021, 01:21:21 AM
I swear that radio station is what drives my hatred for soft rock.

I feel the exact same way. I was working a few weeks in a section of our firm that had a radio station on all day. It was torture because they would repeat certain songs throughout the day and all week long. The radio station had a hard on for Westlife's Total Eclipse of the Heart, a cover version of the Bonnie Tyler classic. Funny thing is the Westlife version was never released officially as a single, but the radio station would play it 3-4 times every day for weeks. I felt violated and brain washed lol. Thanks to that radio station pushing that song (it is still on their heavy rotation list to this day. Why?) it became one of my most hated songs.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on October 12, 2021, 10:55:08 AM
Orange is the most naturally-caffeinated of all bi-racial crayons.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on October 12, 2021, 08:09:09 PM
I was falling asleep watching Bob Ross paint, when I heard him say a certain dirty-ish word for male bovine poop. I did a double take and rewound YouTube and what he said was, “….blend the color, or moosh-it.” OK, the world returned to normal then.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Rev. Powell on October 12, 2021, 08:55:47 PM
I am reading the comments to a cocktail recipe and wondering, do people not know what lemonade is anymore?  :question: One guy thinks it's carbonated and another thinks it's pure lemon juice.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on October 13, 2021, 09:05:47 AM
Someone has to clean up after every onscreen food fight, after every hotel room trashed by rock stars showing off to groupies, after every dropping of confetti and balloons at a time-wasting political convention. Those are the unsung heroes in the wake of your self-indulgence, Belushi, Plant, Pelosi.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on October 13, 2021, 09:30:49 AM
in the wake of your self-indulgence, Belushi, Plant, Pelosi.

I know John Belushi- but the others? Robert Plant from Led Zep? Nancy Pelosi ?  :question:
They're not in movies.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: claws on October 13, 2021, 11:44:06 AM
I know John Belushi- but the others? Robert Plant from Led Zep? Nancy Pelosi ?  :question:
They're not in movies.

Someone has to clean up after every onscreen food fight (Belushi)
after every hotel room trashed by rock stars showing off to groupies (Plant)
after every dropping of confetti and balloons at a time-wasting political convention (Pelosi)




Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Alex on October 13, 2021, 01:55:45 PM
Kristi said she was looking for a TV show to buy me as a Yule present. I have suggested Saphire & Steel.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Trevor on October 13, 2021, 11:03:46 PM
Kristi said she was looking for a TV show to buy me as a Yule present. I have suggested Saphire & Steel.

Wow: that is a blast from the past.  :smile: :thumbup:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sapphire_%26_Steel (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sapphire_%26_Steel)


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on October 14, 2021, 08:46:23 AM
I think Andy Warhol would have made a frustrating D&D Dungeon Master.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Alex on October 14, 2021, 12:25:28 PM
Kristi said she was looking for a TV show to buy me as a Yule present. I have suggested Saphire & Steel.

Wow: that is a blast from the past.  :smile: :thumbup:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sapphire_%26_Steel (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sapphire_%26_Steel)

The other show I suggested was "Into the Labyrinth". If you remember that one without needing to search for it, colour me impressed. At least in the U.K, I seem to be the only one who remembers it.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Trevor on October 14, 2021, 12:36:43 PM

The other show I suggested was "Into the Labyrinth". If you remember that one without needing to search for it, colour me impressed. At least in the U.K, I seem to be the only one who remembers it.

I had to search for it: it looks good. :thumbup:

The one British TV series which scared the *BEEP* out of me as a teen (but I remember fondly and have on DVD) is this:  :buggedout: :buggedout:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Omega_Factor (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Omega_Factor)


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on October 14, 2021, 04:56:21 PM
I think we can all be glad that trees don't fart.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: LilCerberus on October 14, 2021, 05:02:28 PM
I think we can all be glad that trees don't fart.

"If trees could scream, would we cut them down?
 We probably would, if they did it all the time, for no reason."
 - Jack Handy


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on October 14, 2021, 08:30:03 PM
I know John Belushi- but the others? Robert Plant from Led Zep? Nancy Pelosi ?  :question:
They're not in movies.

Someone has to clean up after every onscreen food fight (Belushi)
after every hotel room trashed by rock stars showing off to groupies (Plant)
after every dropping of confetti and balloons at a time-wasting political convention (Pelosi)




Some odd choices. Belushi has been dead for decades, Plant hasn't thrown a TV out a window since about 1973, and Pelosi having a big rally? I must have missed that one. Though I noticed Dump is still running around the country having circle jerks all over the place, even though he isn't holding any office.
Oh yeah...and Jan.6.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on October 15, 2021, 08:03:50 AM
It seems like the modern medical community is better at keeping sick people lingering than it is improving overall health in the later stages of life.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Alex on October 16, 2021, 04:34:06 AM
It seems like the modern medical community is better at keeping sick people lingering than it is improving overall health in the later stages of life.

I think that is down to how much people look after themselves though when they are younger and then suffering the effects later.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on October 16, 2021, 12:59:28 PM
Visited some friends out of state last night and drove home through two separate active tornado warnings. Crazy stuff.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on October 17, 2021, 03:54:13 PM
I am randomly wondering whatever happened to Boy Scout Kevin.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on October 17, 2021, 04:22:29 PM
I am randomly wondering whatever happened to Boy Scout Kevin.

I dunno...it's been almost a year...I hope he's ok.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on October 18, 2021, 02:36:47 PM
The world was forever changed because you came into it. The future is rewritten because of the children to whom you gave life. Everything you do, every choice you make, changes what would have been. We are each writers of the great story.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on October 18, 2021, 02:48:45 PM
^ well, thank you for that compliment!  :twirl:


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Trevor on October 19, 2021, 10:12:30 AM
I am randomly wondering whatever happened to Boy Scout Kevin.

I dunno...it's been almost a year...I hope he's ok.

I was also wondering about him.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on October 19, 2021, 10:23:58 AM
My friend spent several summers in Israel as a kid, and one year her group went to Masada, and the guide told them the women there in AD 74 made themselves beautiful before their deaths, and the Romans who found them dead were so stunned by this that some veteran soldiers cradled the Jewish women’s bodies in their arms and wept. I’ve never heard that anywhere else but she said that’s what the Israelis said.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: indianasmith on October 19, 2021, 10:34:08 PM
My friend spent several summers in Israel as a kid, and one year her group went to Masada, and the guide told them the women there in AD 74 made themselves beautiful before their deaths, and the Romans who found them dead were so stunned by this that some veteran soldiers cradled the Jewish women’s bodies in their arms and wept. I’ve never heard that anywhere else but she said that’s what the Israelis said.

Interesting.  The only contemporary account of Masada is the one from Josephus, who did interview the only survivors the Romans found.  Guess I need to dig out my volume of THE JEWISH WAR and see if that's in there.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on October 19, 2021, 11:11:41 PM
My friend spent several summers in Israel as a kid, and one year her group went to Masada, and the guide told them the women there in AD 74 made themselves beautiful before their deaths, and the Romans who found them dead were so stunned by this that some veteran soldiers cradled the Jewish women’s bodies in their arms and wept. I’ve never heard that anywhere else but she said that’s what the Israelis said.

Interesting.  The only contemporary account of Masada is the one from Josephus, who did interview the only survivors the Romans found.  Guess I need to dig out my volume of THE JEWISH WAR and see if that's in there.

Probably some scheme older Israeli women cooked up to guilt-trip American Jewish girls into self-improvement. "If our ancestors could gussy themselves up to face death, is it too much to ask you to lose five pounds while you're over here for the summer, Rachel Beerman?"

My theory.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on October 20, 2021, 12:08:36 PM
I keep finding sloppy anachronisms in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. For instance, they didn't have hand grenades in ancient Antioch, they didn't have neon lights in Dark Age Britain, rabbits had quit being carnivorous by the 2nd century, God didn't have an English accent til Victorian times, and police in the 1970s couldn't travel back in time to arrest people, because time machines still aren't common today, five decades later. And this is dubbed a classic?


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Rev. Powell on October 20, 2021, 06:34:26 PM
I keep finding sloppy anachronisms in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. For instance, they didn't have hand grenades in ancient Antioch, they didn't have neon lights in Dark Age Britain, rabbits had quit being carnivorous by the 2nd century, God didn't have an English accent til Victorian times, and police in the 1970s couldn't travel back in time to arrest people, because time machines still aren't common today, five decades later. And this is dubbed a classic?

Have you secretly been WyreWizard all along?


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on October 21, 2021, 10:39:54 AM
It's raining, and I keep thinking how when people draw raindrops, they are drawing them upside down. The thick end should be at the top.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Alex on October 21, 2021, 12:41:51 PM
It is a wet autumn here.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Trevor on October 21, 2021, 01:34:49 PM
I keep finding sloppy anachronisms in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. For instance, they didn't have hand grenades in ancient Antioch, they didn't have neon lights in Dark Age Britain, rabbits had quit being carnivorous by the 2nd century, God didn't have an English accent til Victorian times, and police in the 1970s couldn't travel back in time to arrest people, because time machines still aren't common today, five decades later. And this is dubbed a classic?

Have you secretly been WyreWizard all along?

 :teddyr: :teddyr: :teddyr:


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on October 22, 2021, 09:52:19 AM
When I was a kid I used to like a variation of hide and seek called hide and bite. It was hard to get people to play it with me twice though.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: claws on October 22, 2021, 09:58:40 AM
I didn't even know there was a hide and clap variation until I saw The Conjuring.

(https://media.giphy.com/media/QMCorrbkNGXiU/giphy.gif)


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Alex on October 22, 2021, 11:49:13 AM
Any sufficiently advanced science will indeed seem to be magic to anyone who doesn't understand it.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on October 22, 2021, 10:56:40 PM
The heart speaks its own language and the soul hears it, oft to its own grief.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: El Misfit on October 24, 2021, 09:59:51 AM
There's nothing quite lke waking up and cleaning up dog mess after having a frantic day yesterday.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on October 24, 2021, 12:10:20 PM
^ Except for rolling in it and drinking it's blood!  :smile:


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Alex on October 28, 2021, 01:30:04 AM
They really should have stuck with Boaty McBoatface.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Alex on October 28, 2021, 06:17:20 AM
After watching Marvel's 'What if?" show, I think I'd have much rather seen a Captain Carter series of movies than Captain America.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Trevor on October 28, 2021, 07:26:44 AM
They really should have stuck with Boaty McBoatface.

 :teddyr: :teddyr:

If you're talking about the navy renaming a ship after David Attenborough,  :thumbup: I have a toilet in my house I named after his brother Dick.  :wink:


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: claws on October 28, 2021, 10:41:47 AM
After many many years IMDb added the genre tag "horror" to The Silence of the Lambs (1991) this week. I wonder what made them change their mind?

Jaws (1975) still remains without "horror" tag though.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on October 29, 2021, 12:39:07 AM
Something I remember about 1985.

I remember I got a splinter in my chin and it hurt.

I was staying all night with my cousin, who took me through some woods near her home and out the other side to this house they were building at this new subdivision, and by propping a ladder against the side of a half-built house, we'd gone up on the roof, which seemed really high at the time, even though the house was just a one-story ranch.

I was keenly aware my cousin was leading me astray, her standard MO, and if I got busted I'd be in complete and total trouble for going up on a roof with her, but I did it anyway, which was a recurring pattern: she'd propose mischief, I'd follow. She was ten, I was six, she was my leader.

We climbed back down after being up on the roof a few minutes, and I saw that this house had a wooden deck, not sanded or painted or anything, so I climbed it and leaned over the deck to see my cousin who was on the ground, and put my chin against the railing to call out to her, and a little splinter from the rough wood stuck me like a dart, just zooming straight into me diagonally about half an inch in.

I pulled half of the splinter out but it broke and partly stayed under my skin and ached and got red over the next few days, like a tiny chigger bite, and my cousin said don't tell them how it happened, so I didn't, but everybody kept saying I should get the splinter taken out and I said no. I picked at it and it burned but I wouldn't let anyone else touch it.

Finally my dad, who'd been away for a while with his new work in another state came home and saw my chin and did a double-take and raised his eyebrows and said the splinter would stay in there the rest of my life and I'd notice people always looking down at my chin when they talked to me, and asked did I want that?

Well, no, so I let him take a needle and work the splinter out, which hurt like insanely much and bled a lot more than it'd seem like a little thing like that would, and it left an even bigger red spot on my chin for the next week, but at least it did heal so I wasn't destined to be called Splinter Chin, like my cousin said I would be as she laughed her head off when it happened in the first place.

1985.....


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on October 29, 2021, 10:36:51 AM
( Say in a Carey Grant voice)
"Rudy, Rudy, Rudy!"
That's an Abe Lincoln hat??? Looks like the Mad Hatter's hat!
 Real life makes it hard to make fun of stuff. Because you cant't make this sh!t up.

(https://i.imgur.com/34NmGNy.jpg) (https://lunapic.com)


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Allhallowsday on October 29, 2021, 10:47:04 AM
...That's an Abe Lincoln hat??? Looks like the Mad Hatter's hat!
 Real life makes it hard to make fun of stuff. Because you cant't make this sh!t up.
...


It is not an ABE LINCOLN "stovepipe" it is an earlier "bell crown" and therefore WAY wrong.   :thumbup:


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on October 29, 2021, 10:53:07 AM
^ Whatever is going on here- it's so stupid it's funny.  :bouncegiggle:


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Allhallowsday on October 29, 2021, 02:39:52 PM
^ Whatever is going on here- it's so stupid it's funny.  :bouncegiggle:


Indeed.

(https://hips.hearstapps.com/hmg-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/images/index1-3-1605902864.jpg?crop=0.5xw:1xh;center,top&resize=980:*)


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on October 30, 2021, 11:20:17 AM
What ever happened to Women's Roller Derby? Or any roller derby TV shows, for that matter?

http://youtu.be/9JySr3QeeOs (http://youtu.be/9JySr3QeeOs)


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Alex on October 30, 2021, 04:12:01 PM
It turns out that the party Kristi asked me to go to is fancy dress. Advance warning of this would have been useful. If anyone asks about my costume I am going to rip my tee shirt off and say I’m Jon Moxley.

Although he wishes he has my shoulders.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: LilCerberus on October 30, 2021, 04:27:54 PM
What ever happened to Women's Roller Derby? Or any roller derby TV shows, for that matter?

[url]http://youtu.be/9JySr3QeeOs[/url] ([url]http://youtu.be/9JySr3QeeOs[/url])


Had a league called The River City Roller Girls my first year at WRIR....
It's what the movie Whip It (2009) was about....
I think an episode of Lucifer, maybe the second season, was about roller derby....

Maybe it's one of those things only women know about.....


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: El Misfit on October 30, 2021, 09:18:03 PM
Work played Uriah Heep on the radio, a group I had never heard of before.  Both of my parents heard of the name but don't know any songs of them.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on October 30, 2021, 09:26:51 PM
 ^ I had one of they'r records in the 70's. They were early prog rock. But with a metal edge.
I had this record.

http://youtu.be/lumulauzCU0 (http://youtu.be/lumulauzCU0)


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Allhallowsday on October 30, 2021, 11:47:56 PM
^ I had one of they'r records in the 70's. They were early prog rock. But with a metal edge.
I had this record.

[url]http://youtu.be/lumulauzCU0[/url] ([url]http://youtu.be/lumulauzCU0[/url])


URIAH HEEP my favorite English band to dump on.   :thumbdown: What drivel.  Here you go : 

http://youtu.be/QaRXQkuB2SM (http://youtu.be/QaRXQkuB2SM) 

https://youtu.be/QaRXQkuB2SM (https://youtu.be/QaRXQkuB2SM)


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: LilCerberus on October 31, 2021, 05:53:12 PM
If people are parts of a wheel, then what is the difference between the cogs & the spokes???????????


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on November 01, 2021, 04:03:11 AM
Try saying "Red leather, yellow leather" 3 times real fast.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: claws on November 01, 2021, 03:00:05 PM
YouTube wants me to test two months free premium and I wouldn't mind but in order to do so I have to actually complete a premium purchase and click "try it free."
If I don't cancel the free trial on time they will charge a monthly fee. From what I read people get shafted all the time because they are struggling to cancel or did cancel on time but still charged and didn't get their money back.

If you are giving away two months for free just do it, and switch automatically back to regular YouTube after two months without forcing the purchase.
No drama, no struggling, no p**sed off people.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on November 02, 2021, 07:21:11 AM
Retiring at age forty-two seems great beforehand because it leaves you with the entire second act of life still ahead. But then you realize the playwright hasn't written the second act, and you've been improvising your lines since the door closed behind you, and you can't go back in anymore. So you wash off the makeup and shake their last style out of your hair and you look in the mirror at this stranger you're suddenly meeting, and you think, "What now?"


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Alex on November 02, 2021, 10:40:27 AM
Retiring at age forty-two seems great beforehand because it leaves you with the entire second act of life still ahead. But then you realize the playwright hasn't written the second act, and you've been improvising your lines since the door closed behind you, and you can't go back in anymore. So you wash off the makeup and shake their last style out of your hair and you look in the mirror at this stranger you're suddenly meeting, and you think, "What now?"

Write a novel, paint a picture, go naked ice skating on a frozen lake in Canada. The world is your oyster.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on November 02, 2021, 10:42:17 AM
^ Smoke weed, play with the dog, sit in the front yard watching cars-trying to guess what color the next car will be.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: pacman000 on November 02, 2021, 12:40:20 PM
Get another job, this time on YOUR terms.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on November 04, 2021, 09:22:26 AM
Exchange from this morning....

Me: "I had warm cinnamon buns for breakfast."

My friend Edie: "You cheated with a hot Cuban guy this early in the day?"

Pretty bad, but funny.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Rev. Powell on November 04, 2021, 11:57:46 AM
Retiring at age forty-two seems great beforehand because it leaves you with the entire second act of life still ahead. But then you realize the playwright hasn't written the second act, and you've been improvising your lines since the door closed behind you, and you can't go back in anymore. So you wash off the makeup and shake their last style out of your hair and you look in the mirror at this stranger you're suddenly meeting, and you think, "What now?"

Get coked-up, have a threesome with a stripper, kill a hobo for kicks.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on November 04, 2021, 02:13:03 PM
Retiring at age forty-two seems great beforehand because it leaves you with the entire second act of life still ahead. But then you realize the playwright hasn't written the second act, and you've been improvising your lines since the door closed behind you, and you can't go back in anymore. So you wash off the makeup and shake their last style out of your hair and you look in the mirror at this stranger you're suddenly meeting, and you think, "What now?"

Get coked-up, have a threesome with a stripper, kill a hobo for kicks.

Can the hobo and the stripper be the same person?


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Paquita on November 04, 2021, 10:19:18 PM
Retiring at age forty-two seems great beforehand because it leaves you with the entire second act of life still ahead. But then you realize the playwright hasn't written the second act, and you've been improvising your lines since the door closed behind you, and you can't go back in anymore. So you wash off the makeup and shake their last style out of your hair and you look in the mirror at this stranger you're suddenly meeting, and you think, "What now?"

Get coked-up, have a threesome with a stripper, kill a hobo for kicks.

Can the hobo and the stripper be the same person?

No, because the stripper hobo might be me when I’m unemployed in March and have to take up stripper hoboing to provide for my family.  I don’t think I’ll quite be ready to die yet, but the list of things I would do for 20 bucks might get much longer. 

Plan an adventure!  Solve mysteries! Did you know you can make baskets out of pine needles?   There’s a youtube video on it.  I think I’m going to do that too – I’ll be a basket weaving stripper hobo.  I may not be able to do all the moves the other strippers can do, but I bet you haven’t seen a stripper on a freight train with super cute hand woven pine needle basket top grass tasseled pasties.



Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on November 05, 2021, 09:29:05 AM
Remember, remember the fifth of November, when a benighted bunch of Catholic fundamentalists tried to murder the English government and bring the brutality of the Inquisition to the land, somehow inspiring modern-day revolutionary hobbyists who say they want social equality for all. Try 'n connect those far-flung dots, eh....


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on November 05, 2021, 10:12:39 AM
Remember, remember the fifth of November, when a benighted bunch of Catholic fundamentalists tried to murder the English government and bring the brutality of the Inquisition to the land, somehow inspiring modern-day revolutionary hobbyists who say they want social equality for all. Try 'n connect those far-flung dots, eh....

Seems pretty useless.
All of it.
All religion seems competitive and useless. Or dangerous.



Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Alex on November 05, 2021, 10:54:22 AM
I often feel it was a shame they didn't succeed. Not that I agree with their beliefs or aims, but sometimes I do feel that the country would be better off without Parliament.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Alex on November 05, 2021, 11:24:49 AM
Retiring at age forty-two seems great beforehand because it leaves you with the entire second act of life still ahead. But then you realize the playwright hasn't written the second act, and you've been improvising your lines since the door closed behind you, and you can't go back in anymore. So you wash off the makeup and shake their last style out of your hair and you look in the mirror at this stranger you're suddenly meeting, and you think, "What now?"

Get coked-up, have a threesome with a stripper, kill a hobo for kicks.

Can the hobo and the stripper be the same person?

No, because the stripper hobo might be me when I’m unemployed in March and have to take up stripper hoboing to provide for my family.  I don’t think I’ll quite be ready to die yet, but the list of things I would do for 20 bucks might get much longer. 

Plan an adventure!  Solve mysteries! Did you know you can make baskets out of pine needles?   There’s a youtube video on it.  I think I’m going to do that too – I’ll be a basket weaving stripper hobo.  I may not be able to do all the moves the other strippers can do, but I bet you haven’t seen a stripper on a freight train with super cute hand woven pine needle basket top grass tasseled pasties.



If you can steal a laptop, you could always leech onto some free wi-fi and launch your own highly specialised Only Fans.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on November 05, 2021, 03:30:18 PM
 ^ Ride a sperm whale, get swallowed by it, get sh!t out, and go on to live a normal life.

(https://i.imgur.com/oh25nul.gif) (https://lunapic.com)


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Trevor on November 05, 2021, 03:41:58 PM
I really need to do some laundry soon.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: indianasmith on November 05, 2021, 07:38:38 PM
Well, I have dug up or helped dig mammoth, mastodon, bison, a Pleistocene musk ox, mosasaur, plesiosaur, xiphactinus (a 16-foot tarpon-like fish), and an ancient sea turtle.
Now I can say I have helped dig up a giant ground sloth!


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on November 05, 2021, 09:51:29 PM
Three Friday night thoughts.....

I once asked an expert on the subject what I'd be like on cocaine, and he said, "Frightening."

Religion is a finger pointing at the moon, not the moon. (Though which finger varies.)

It broke my heart to find out the best compliment ever---she's never bored because she's never boring----was lifted without credit from The Pet Shop Boys.



Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on November 07, 2021, 09:02:14 AM
The frost was so thick when I got up this morning in the pre-dawn it looked like grass had been replaced by sauerkraut.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Alex on November 08, 2021, 08:22:04 AM
I found out that a version of Monopoly, based on the Bible exists (Bibleopoly). I wonder how much Sodom and Gomorrah are worth?

https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/8009477520?iid=133927653124 (https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/8009477520?iid=133927653124) if anyone wants a copy by the way. It is touted as being fun and educational.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on November 08, 2021, 09:01:26 AM
The Towles novel reminded me of something Fitzgerald may have written had he lived into his fifties. You should read it when you're in "Miami."


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on November 08, 2021, 09:50:04 AM
I used to tell my kids when they were real little that thunder and lightning was just God bowling.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: pacman000 on November 08, 2021, 10:41:09 AM
I found out that a version of Monopoly, based on the Bible exists (Bibleopoly). I wonder how much Sodom and Gomorrah are worth?

https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/8009477520?iid=133927653124 (https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/8009477520?iid=133927653124) if anyone wants a copy by the way. It is touted as being fun and educational.
Have a copy. If that one's like ours, it's a co-operative game where you have to trade with players to form a certain number of churches. (Going by memory.)


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Alex on November 09, 2021, 10:10:19 AM
I hear there are moves in Brazil to make their president stand trial for genocide for his handling of Covid and the amount of deaths.

While I find it hard to believe such a protest actually succeeding and him standing trial for war crimes, imagine a world where politicians were actually held accountable for their actions? Now wouldn't that be something?


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on November 09, 2021, 10:23:40 AM
^ It happened in Nuremberg...except some sneaky Nazis ended up working for the Allies, and many still had their companies and holdings.  :bluesad:


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Alex on November 09, 2021, 10:54:02 AM
Shame the Japanese war criminals got away with their crimes back then.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on November 09, 2021, 11:17:38 AM
^ Yes. But we dropped 2 A-bombs on Japan, and I think all  involved just wanted it over.
I think they got what they paid for, but dropping it on civilians- and I know they murdered civilians-so did everybody.
But we just dropped a big bomb on a major city. And another the next day.
I don't really know what to say about anything.
I DO know by sowing anger and hate into a mind set among others is just f**king lashing out because your life is empty.
I don't know for sure, but it seems to have become a religion to some folks.
" You have created a monster, and it will destroy you."
FRANKENSTEIN (1931)


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on November 09, 2021, 01:20:57 PM
Here at home, Donald Rumsfeld deserved to be held accountable for his inexcusable failures of duty as Defense Secretary; Dick Cheney was probably within the bounds of being a war criminal; and George W. Bush routinely ignored intelligence that ran contrary to his version of how he wanted things to be, costing uncountable loss of life.  At the very least I hope history judges them harshly.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Alex on November 09, 2021, 02:04:55 PM
I think dropping the bombs possibly had more to do with being a warning shot to the Soviet Union. They were already grabbing territory in Eastern Europe that went further than the agreements Stalin had made with the west. No one wanted them grabbing more land and having a controlling stake in Japan.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: indianasmith on November 09, 2021, 08:14:50 PM
My Dad was scheduled to take part in the second wave of the invasion of Japan.  Army intelligence expected America to lose 250,000 to 500,000 troops in a conventional D-Day style invasion of Japan - and to subdue the island, the casualties they would have to inflict on the enemy, based on  Okinawa, Iwo Jima, Saipan, and all the other Japanese held islands we stormed, would have probably been ten times our own losses.
The bomb ended the war at the cost of 100,000 dead.  It sucked for those killed, but in the end, I do believe the  atomic bombs saved more lives than they took.
And one of them was my Dad's.

I'm glad I didn't have to make that call.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on November 09, 2021, 08:26:32 PM
^ The deal I have with dropping the A bomb-once- I can understand from a tactical move. It scared the f**k out of everybody. But why Nagasaki? There was no reason to do that.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: indianasmith on November 09, 2021, 10:56:19 PM
^ The deal I have with dropping the A bomb-once- I can understand from a tactical move. It scared the f**k out of everybody. But why Nagasaki? There was no reason to do that.

After Hiroshima, the USA gave Japan an ultimatum: Surrender within 48 hours or we hit you again.
Japan did not surrender, and we hit them again.
They surrendered the next day.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: lester1/2jr on November 09, 2021, 11:13:03 PM
it was terrorism, plain and simple


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: indianasmith on November 10, 2021, 12:16:07 AM
it was terrorism, plain and simple

It was WAR.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: lester1/2jr on November 10, 2021, 12:29:17 AM
Bombing the population to influence the policies of the govt is terrorism


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Alex on November 10, 2021, 06:46:42 AM
^ The deal I have with dropping the A bomb-once- I can understand from a tactical move. It scared the f**k out of everybody. But why Nagasaki? There was no reason to do that.

The cities that were hit were picked because they had been relatively untouched by the war so far. It was felt that bombing a city that had already been reduced to rubble would lessen the psychological impact of the weapon. If I remember rightly (and I'd have to admit here that my memory is a bit fuzzy here, it has been a long time since we did the Laws Of Armed Conflict (LOAC), as a study in relation to the bombings), both cities were legitimate targets as they were producing war goods or had a large military base... something like that. Certainly, given their own activities in places like Nanking (it was the Rape of Nanking that really set Japan and the US on the course to war) I don't think the Japanese can really complain about what was done to them. If you really want to know more behind the reasons RC, I can look them up for you and send you some links when I have some free time.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on November 10, 2021, 08:43:31 AM
^ Like Alex mentioned, I think the fact that Russia was eyeballing Japan in the final months of the war is why the US dropped the bombs. If I recall, Russia and Japan had dealings with  each other back in the early 1900's.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Alex on November 10, 2021, 08:56:45 AM
In academic circles there is certainly a lot of debate on what actually caused Japan to surrender, was it the two bombs, or was it that the Soviet Union had broken their non-aggression pact and was rampaging throughout Manchukuo (Manchuria). My own view is that it would have been a combination of factors (these and a few others too).

You are correct about Japan and Russia having been at war previously. Japan shocked the world when it humiliated Russia in 1904/1905, sinking two large Russian fleets. Later (although Russia was by then the USSR), there was the Battles of Khalkhin Gol, an event little known in the west but that set the course of the Second World War even before a shot of that conflict had been fired.

In a completely unrelated issue, is anyone here an expert in faultfinding with printers?


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on November 10, 2021, 09:59:14 AM

^Yeah- throw it in the garbage and buy another one. When my old printer took a s**t, I tossed it. I'm on my 3rd printer.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: LilCerberus on November 10, 2021, 05:12:50 PM
I wonder what would happen if Jason Voorhees hockey mask was destroyed, and he was forced to wear a Green Bay Packers cheese hat for several sequels.....


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on November 10, 2021, 10:11:38 PM
My email doesn't seem to be working tonight.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: claws on November 10, 2021, 10:44:27 PM
It is 2021 and I'm streaming for the first time. We got Netflix which is part of a renewed and updated contract with our Internet provider.

As far as movies go, I'm not very impressed. About 65% of the Documentaries look like crap. I was never much into series but I'll probably start watching a few. I guess Stranger Things is the obvious first choice.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Rev. Powell on November 11, 2021, 01:55:44 PM
It is 2021 and I'm streaming for the first time. We got Netflix which is part of a renewed and updated contract with our Internet provider.

As far as movies go, I'm not very impressed. About 65% of the Documentaries look like crap. I was never much into series but I'll probably start watching a few. I guess Stranger Things is the obvious first choice.

Netflix has gone down in quality--especially in movies--in the past few years, as they've gone almost exclusively to original content. They do have a new deal with Sony, though. Last non-original movie I watched on there was LABYRINTH (1986).


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on November 11, 2021, 02:24:33 PM
If I'd been conceived in a projectionist's booth, I think I'd brag about that.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: pacman000 on November 11, 2021, 02:42:36 PM
Never was all that impressed with Netflix. Around 2015 or 2016, I was at someone's house & tried it. I wanted to watch "The Valley of Gwanjii" but couldn't find it. Failing that, I decided to watch "The Lost World." They didn't even have the public-domain silent version.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: lester1/2jr on November 11, 2021, 02:47:01 PM
I would get netflix if they offered ALL their movies streaming


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: LilCerberus on November 11, 2021, 07:48:29 PM
I wonder what it would look like if somebody tried to make a cigar store indian out of a muk yan jong...
Or tried to make a muk yan jong out of a cigar store indian....
Or if some artist had some weird vision of a fusion of the two.....


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: claws on November 11, 2021, 08:44:19 PM
Is fostering cats a new trend? It seems that almost everybody in my social media feed is suddenly now fostering cats.

I'm not against the Idea but personally I wouldn't have the time and patience.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: lester1/2jr on November 12, 2021, 03:04:43 PM
the best part of Wild Wild West by The Escape Club is when he goes "gimmee gimmee safe sex"


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: LilCerberus on November 14, 2021, 03:33:38 PM
Yoda dies around the age of nine-hundred with a head of thinned out grey hair....

.....Leaving me to conclude that at some point in his prime, he must've had a full head of hair with some kind of color to it....


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on November 14, 2021, 03:41:32 PM
^ Maybe blue. Or a purple mohawk. Or a Moe Howard.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: El Misfit on November 16, 2021, 07:07:15 PM
Gotta love it when the general manager doesn't call someone to fix a simple fix on machinery and that leads to it breaking more and injuring a worker. Yea that happened to me today.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: LilCerberus on November 16, 2021, 07:19:13 PM
Gotta love it when the general manager doesn't call someone to fix a simple fix on machinery and that leads to it breaking more and injuring a worker. Yea that happened to me today.

DANG!
The most dangerous thing we had at WRIR was a gas stove, which I saw enough people make enough mistakes with...
Still that was one of the reasons I left in 2016; The maintenance & repair team would never fix anything, just send me a rude email asking why I needed said equipment......


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: El Misfit on November 16, 2021, 07:33:54 PM
Gotta love it when the general manager doesn't call someone to fix a simple fix on machinery and that leads to it breaking more and injuring a worker. Yea that happened to me today.
I got




DANG!
The most dangerous thing we had at WRIR was a gas stove, which I saw enough people make enough mistakes with...
Still that was one of the reasons I left in 2016; The maintenance & repair team would never fix anything, just send me a rude email asking why I needed said equipment......
I got injured when I was trying to do a bale from the box baler at work. The box baler has two broken struts that holds up the gate.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on November 16, 2021, 08:45:59 PM
The clock hanging on my wall in the living room is whacked. The time is off by hours.
I tried to reset it-didn't work.
So I just left it hanging on the wall.
The little second hand goes round- but every day it's some weird time.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: LilCerberus on November 16, 2021, 10:13:10 PM
Today I learned about Elmer McCurdy......
A successful plumber at one point in his life, a real piece of work in his last living year.....
In death, a curiosity both figuratively & literally........


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on November 17, 2021, 12:27:56 AM
I don't know about you folks, but I'm excited to see JFK rise from the dead!



Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: LilCerberus on November 17, 2021, 12:34:55 PM
My nose is getting distracting......


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: claws on November 17, 2021, 12:42:15 PM
I don't know about you folks, but I'm excited to see JFK rise from the dead!



but he will reinstate Trump. Not excited about that  :bluesad:


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Rev. Powell on November 17, 2021, 12:45:50 PM
I don't know about you folks, but I'm excited to see JFK rise from the dead!



but he will reinstate Trump. Not excited about that  :bluesad:

I think you guys mean JFK Jr. It would be ludicrous to think JFK would come back from the dead to reinstate Trump!


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on November 17, 2021, 12:51:39 PM
^ Of course! JFK Sr. would be a 104 year old zombie! Jr. would only be a only a 61 year old zombie!
Now if we could just get Jackie to rise from the dead, we can recreate the murder and funeral!

(https://i.imgur.com/UMZ3N2F.gif) (https://lunapic.com)



Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Alex on November 17, 2021, 01:05:10 PM
I don't know about you folks, but I'm excited to see JFK rise from the dead!



but he will reinstate Trump. Not excited about that  :bluesad:

I think you guys mean JFK Jr. It would be ludicrous to think JFK would come back from the dead to reinstate Trump!

Why stop there? Bring back all the dead presidents.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on November 17, 2021, 01:15:41 PM
^ Or just bring back ALL the Dead Kennedys!

http://youtu.be/Gm0t99WmSCM (http://youtu.be/Gm0t99WmSCM)



Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on November 17, 2021, 02:54:10 PM
Air fryers suck. All food that goes into it comes out tasteless. UGH!  :bluesad:


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: claws on November 17, 2021, 07:12:44 PM
Air fryers suck. All food that goes into it comes out tasteless. UGH!  :bluesad:

How is that even possible? Don't you salt and pepper your food before air frying it?


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: LilCerberus on November 17, 2021, 08:45:57 PM
There are times I think More Than Meets The Eye by The Bangles would've gone nicely with that closing scene in The Wild One (1953)


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on November 18, 2021, 10:27:49 PM
Air fryers suck. All food that goes into it comes out tasteless. UGH!  :bluesad:

How is that even possible? Don't you salt and pepper your food before air frying it?

You can't make home fries with onions in an air fryer. It's a glorified microwave.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Allhallowsday on November 18, 2021, 10:42:17 PM
Air fryers suck. All food that goes into it comes out tasteless. UGH!  :bluesad:
How is that even possible? Don't you salt and pepper your food before air frying it?
You can't make home fries with onions in an air fryer. It's a glorified microwave.

Maybe not, but we eat chicken out of air fryer often.  It is NOT a "glorified microwave".


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on November 18, 2021, 10:57:00 PM
What kind of chicken? How do you fry chicken in that?
Unless it's like Banquet or Swanson.
Nah. You can fry chicken, you can shake and bake chicken, you can make a roast chicken.
You can get a pack of frozen chicken nuggets and stick it in an air fryer.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Allhallowsday on November 18, 2021, 11:12:40 PM
What kind of chicken? How do you fry chicken in that?
Unless it's like Banquet or Swanson.
Nah. You can fry chicken, you can shake and bake chicken, you can make a roast chicken.
You can get a pack of frozen chicken nuggets and stick it in an air fryer.

Wings or thighs.  What the air fryer does is render out all the fat and leaves crispy skin behind.  Air fryer ain't even close to a microwave.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: claws on November 19, 2021, 01:15:00 AM

You can't make home fries with onions in an air fryer. It's a glorified microwave.

I make home fries in the air fryer all the time. They are delicious. Air Fryer is nothing like a microwave, it's more like an mini-oven. Huge difference. Microwave heats up food and can make it soggy. Food from the air fryer is like straight out of the oven, always with a crispy edge.

One of my favorite things to cook in the air fryer are hamburgers. Put the patty in the air fryer basked and "broil" for 6-7 minutes at 355F on each side. They come out perfect. Super easy without grease splatter.
Marinated chicken pieces or wings from the air fryer are the best. You can do breaded chicken but it is suggested to pam spray the chicken first.

I also love to crisp and heat up savory snacks from the bakery. They taste like freshly made from the oven.

Air fryer is also great for roasting tomatoes, egg plant, zucchini - you name it. I use my AF almost every day.



Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on November 20, 2021, 10:55:05 AM
 ^ Eh. I don't like them.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: El Misfit on November 21, 2021, 09:40:50 PM
Stargazer from Rainbow is a better Kashmir than Kashmir itself.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on November 22, 2021, 02:18:39 PM
Do crabs think fish are flying?


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: lester1/2jr on November 24, 2021, 02:40:19 PM
Repo Man is on tubi


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on November 24, 2021, 07:17:43 PM
Jack of Norfolk be not too bold,
For Dicken thy master is bought and sold.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: LilCerberus on November 25, 2021, 10:24:48 PM
Many memes this week about that one episode of WKRP in Cincinnati, & there's a couple things I just can't get past:

1) "Wild" turkeys "can" fly, not farm turkeys....

2) Who the hell gives away "LIVE" turkeys for the holidays, particularly in an urban location???? I mean, do they really expect that many people to know how to kill, clean, gut & cure an animal?????  And are they allowed to do that in the city???


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on November 26, 2021, 02:26:47 PM
Many memes this week about that one episode of WKRP in Cincinnati, & there's a couple things I just can't get past:

1) "Wild" turkeys "can" fly, not farm turkeys....

2) Who the hell gives away "LIVE" turkeys for the holidays, particularly in an urban location???? I mean, do they really expect that many people to know how to kill, clean, gut & cure an animal?????  And are they allowed to do that in the city???

Because Cincinnati is the weirdest city in the Midwest; it makes Rome, Wisconsin seem sane. Therefore live turkeys, helicopter drop, eh, sounded logical.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: LilCerberus on November 26, 2021, 10:51:14 PM
Many memes this week about that one episode of WKRP in Cincinnati, & there's a couple things I just can't get past:

1) "Wild" turkeys "can" fly, not farm turkeys....

2) Who the hell gives away "LIVE" turkeys for the holidays, particularly in an urban location???? I mean, do they really expect that many people to know how to kill, clean, gut & cure an animal?????  And are they allowed to do that in the city???

Because Cincinnati is the weirdest city in the Midwest; it makes Rome, Wisconsin seem sane. Therefore live turkeys, helicopter drop, eh, sounded logical.

The first time I saw this bit, I thought they were dropping "frozen" turkeys from the helicopter onto the crowd, which I found pretty funny, but then somebody mentions something revealing the turkeys are alive, & that's when I suddenly have a problem turning my brain off...........


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Rev. Powell on November 29, 2021, 12:06:56 PM
The woman I've been seeing going on two years just got accepted into a master's program at NYU. She's hinting she'd like to try a long-distance thing but I don't see it working out.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Alex on November 29, 2021, 01:03:59 PM
The woman I've been seeing going on two years just got accepted into a master's program at NYU. She's hinting she'd like to try a long-distance thing but I don't see it working out.

They can work, but it takes a huge amount of effort and commitment from both parties.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Rev. Powell on November 29, 2021, 01:18:25 PM
The woman I've been seeing going on two years just got accepted into a master's program at NYU. She's hinting she'd like to try a long-distance thing but I don't see it working out.

They can work, but it takes a huge amount of effort and commitment from both parties.

I've never had any luck with them.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Alex on November 29, 2021, 01:31:14 PM
The woman I've been seeing going on two years just got accepted into a master's program at NYU. She's hinting she'd like to try a long-distance thing but I don't see it working out.

They can work, but it takes a huge amount of effort and commitment from both parties.

I've never had any luck with them.

I got married through one, but yeah my previous long-distance ones were a disaster. It was a matter of finding things we could still do together, date nights where we'd start watching the same movie at the same time and chat on Skype while it was on, gaming online together etc. I was so very close to calling the whole thing off early on due to prior experience. If you do decide to go for it, then you both need to fully commit to it 110%. It takes a hellish amount of work for something that is not guaranteed to succeed. It might be better to call things off early than go through that. I am not trying to advise either way, but if you ever want to chat about how me and Kristi made things work then drop me a PM.

Whatever you both do decide, the best of luck to the pair of you. I don't envy you having to make this choice.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on November 29, 2021, 03:05:55 PM
The Letters of Shirley Jackson provides more true insight into who Shirley Jackson was than any biography of her I've so far read. I think I really like her.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Rev. Powell on November 29, 2021, 04:30:02 PM
The woman I've been seeing going on two years just got accepted into a master's program at NYU. She's hinting she'd like to try a long-distance thing but I don't see it working out.

They can work, but it takes a huge amount of effort and commitment from both parties.

I've never had any luck with them.

I got married through one, but yeah my previous long-distance ones were a disaster. It was a matter of finding things we could still do together, date nights where we'd start watching the same movie at the same time and chat on Skype while it was on, gaming online together etc. I was so very close to calling the whole thing off early on due to prior experience. If you do decide to go for it, then you both need to fully commit to it 110%. It takes a hellish amount of work for something that is not guaranteed to succeed. It might be better to call things off early than go through that. I am not trying to advise either way, but if you ever want to chat about how me and Kristi made things work then drop me a PM.

Whatever you both do decide, the best of luck to the pair of you. I don't envy you having to make this choice.

Thank you for the offer. Truth is, I already know I am not interested in trying another long-distance thing. I am more worried about her accepting that fact.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on November 29, 2021, 04:52:35 PM
The Letters of Shirley Jackson provides more true insight into who Shirley Jackson was than any biography of her I've so far read. I think I really like her.

I have a book of her collected works, which includes many of her letters.
An amazing mind.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: LilCerberus on November 30, 2021, 01:37:45 PM
I wonder if Get Smart could be done in this day & age....
I don't just mean in the age of smart phones & guns that have built in flashlights, but also in the age of HD television....

Such as when smart was wearing a stealthy fake nose to protect him from poisonous gasses instead of a gas mask, or the fake lips to protect him from a woman wearing poison lipstick.....

I keep wondering if people would notice those those things these days.........


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on December 02, 2021, 04:32:10 PM
Joyce Carol Oates' latest short story collection (knowing her she should have five more out by next week) contains a stream of consciousness tale of a Manson follower rehearsing her speech before a parole board, and even though it was fiction, as I read it I found myself thinking: may you never walk free, you wretched scum.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on December 03, 2021, 01:28:23 PM
Been so warm and sunny here this week I managed to get a mild sunburn.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on December 04, 2021, 08:51:48 AM
My daughter: "Why haven't more species of freshwater sharks evolved?"

Me: "Honey, God invented war, genocide, diseases, and hurricanes, but he's not THAT cruel."


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Alex on December 04, 2021, 09:48:07 AM
My daughter: "Why haven't more species of freshwater sharks evolved?"

Me: "Honey, God invented war, genocide, diseases, and hurricanes, but he's not THAT cruel."

You could always tell her about the Bull Shark which can survive in both fresh and saltwater (as well as being the animal believed most likely to be responsible for the shark attacks that would later inspire Jaws, rather than a Great White).


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on December 04, 2021, 11:37:39 AM
My daughter: "Why haven't more species of freshwater sharks evolved?"

Me: "Honey, God invented war, genocide, diseases, and hurricanes, but he's not THAT cruel."

You could always tell her about the Bull Shark which can survive in both fresh and saltwater (as well as being the animal believed most likely to be responsible for the shark attacks that would later inspire Jaws, rather than a Great White).
Ha! That is EXACTLY what we were talking about when she asked that.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on December 05, 2021, 11:58:55 AM
You know, I've done things in my life that I guess would have to be considered brave, but little in a long time has required more personal courage than going with my daughter to her horseback riding these last couple months. Though I think I conceal it well, horses (i.e. long-faced assassins :-) terrify me and I don't know what the root of this fear is, present life, past life, no cause, but when I am standing there watching her happily ride these seemingly gentle and benign beasts, I have to force myself not to start trembling. Shrug.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: claws on December 05, 2021, 12:47:24 PM
Try some horse sausage. Maybe you won't fear them anymore after you ate some?

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Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on December 05, 2021, 04:37:07 PM
^ "Horse cock!"

That's a saying around here. I don't know why. Same as saying "bulls**t."


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on December 05, 2021, 09:14:50 PM
I heard a gross, disturbing, almost funny story today. Remind me to tell you.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: El Misfit on December 05, 2021, 10:32:29 PM
I heard a gross, disturbing, almost funny story today. Remind me to tell you.
Go on....


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Alex on December 06, 2021, 09:24:23 AM
You know, I've done things in my life that I guess would have to be considered brave, but little in a long time has required more personal courage than going with my daughter to her horseback riding these last couple months. Though I think I conceal it well, horses (i.e. long-faced assassins :-) terrify me and I don't know what the root of this fear is, present life, past life, no cause, but when I am standing there watching her happily ride these seemingly gentle and benign beasts, I have to force myself not to start trembling. Shrug.

Telling you, it is because of a past life experience Catherine....  :bouncegiggle:


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on December 06, 2021, 09:59:50 AM
You know, I've done things in my life that I guess would have to be considered brave, but little in a long time has required more personal courage than going with my daughter to her horseback riding these last couple months. Though I think I conceal it well, horses (i.e. long-faced assassins :-) terrify me and I don't know what the root of this fear is, present life, past life, no cause, but when I am standing there watching her happily ride these seemingly gentle and benign beasts, I have to force myself not to start trembling. Shrug.

Telling you, it is because of a past life experience Catherine....  :bouncegiggle:

Ja.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on December 10, 2021, 12:26:46 PM
Ever notice maps are a reliable gauge for showing when you've slipped into a different dimension? Like one day Sri Lanka is off India's southeast coast, another time it's off the due south, or Europe doesn't exist. You know, little things like that.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: LilCerberus on December 15, 2021, 01:51:19 AM
It only just now occurred to me, The Five Thousand Fingers of Dr T doesn't rhyme.....
Not what you'd expect from Dr. Seuss.....

Even The Thief and the Cobbler (1993) somehow managed to rhyme for two hours.....


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: LilCerberus on December 16, 2021, 05:50:06 PM
Why is there a blank page in the paperback version of "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown"?


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: lester1/2jr on December 16, 2021, 11:44:32 PM
^good question


weed stores are opening like crazy around here. They are like dunkin donuts franchises: no reason why you would drive by one to go to another. they all sell the same stuff at similar prices


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on December 17, 2021, 10:45:09 AM
Why is there a blank page in the paperback version of "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown"?
If it's in the back, maybe it has to do with the way books are printed and bound. Usually books are printed on large sheets with many pages on them, and then they're folded, trimmed, bound, and unless the number of pages in a book happens to coincide exactly with the number of pages being pressed on the large sheet, there can be a blank page or two or. more left when the book is bound. Maybe that's it.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on December 17, 2021, 10:47:14 AM
Words are open to interpretation by all but their speaker, but I think there's no more jarring comment on growing old and selling out than Don Henley's line about the Deadhead sticker on the Cadillac.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on December 17, 2021, 10:51:38 AM
Someone told me this satire of the old Master Card: Priceless commercials.....

Tube of lube: $7.50
Box of condoms: $10.00
Three gay porn videos: $29.99

Making your parents think your jerk of a big brother is secretly a homosexual: priceless.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: LilCerberus on December 17, 2021, 01:48:58 PM
Why is there a blank page in the paperback version of "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown"?
If it's in the back, maybe it has to do with the way books are printed and bound. Usually books are printed on large sheets with many pages on them, and then they're folded, trimmed, bound, and unless the number of pages in a book happens to coincide exactly with the number of pages being pressed on the large sheet, there can be a blank page or two or. more left when the book is bound. Maybe that's it.

You've clearly never read (had it read to you) this book as a child.....


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: LilCerberus on December 17, 2021, 01:56:52 PM
^good question


weed stores are opening like crazy around here. They are like dunkin donuts franchises: no reason why you would drive by one to go to another. they all sell the same stuff at similar prices

Now that it's legal in this state, I keep thinking I smell a dead skunk everywhere I go....

The most notable shop in the state was was opened by a state senator who fired a police chief for charging her with inciting one of last summers race riots.....


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on December 17, 2021, 03:22:36 PM
Why is there a blank page in the paperback version of "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown"?
If it's in the back, maybe it has to do with the way books are printed and bound. Usually books are printed on large sheets with many pages on them, and then they're folded, trimmed, bound, and unless the number of pages in a book happens to coincide exactly with the number of pages being pressed on the large sheet, there can be a blank page or two or. more left when the book is bound. Maybe that's it.

You've clearly never read (had it read to you) this book as a child.....

Well sod it, I tried.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: LilCerberus on December 17, 2021, 04:25:03 PM
^It's in the middle of the book, & has a caption, but no picture.^


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on December 17, 2021, 04:49:01 PM
^ It's a conspiracy!

(https://i.imgur.com/v92Meck.gif) (https://lunapic.com)


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: LilCerberus on December 17, 2021, 04:52:39 PM
Why is there a blank page in the paperback version of "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown"?

Methinks this was the inspiration for the subplot in Elf (2003)


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on December 17, 2021, 05:05:14 PM
^ Hmmm....what?  :question:


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: LilCerberus on December 17, 2021, 05:23:57 PM
^Will Ferrell finds out who his real father is, & he's on Santa's naughty list for publishing a children's book with a blank page.^


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on December 17, 2021, 05:55:03 PM
^ Hmmm. That's not in the movie at all.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: LilCerberus on December 17, 2021, 06:02:30 PM
^Seriously? I know it's been a number of years since I've seen it, but that's the one thing I recall when they introduce the character....^


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Allhallowsday on December 17, 2021, 11:30:10 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/v92Meck.gif)


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on December 19, 2021, 09:00:25 AM
I keep having vivid dreams about people I know who have died.

Not long ago I dreamed about this woman I knew in Austin, whose house I stayed in, and she was sitting on the end of a boat dock with her back to me, apparently not surprised to find me there, and we had a short conversation in which she (like all the dead people in these intense dreams) told me she was waiting but she didn't know what she was waiting for.

Last night I had another one about my cousin Magda, who died in London last year, and she too told me she was waiting and didn't know for how long.

Then she said something that should have been nightmarish but somehow wasn't. She told me, "You'll do this too after you're murdered."

I told my husband this morning and he said, "You really gotta stop taking LSD before bedtime."  :lookingup:


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on December 21, 2021, 04:32:17 PM
I wonder if Captain Picard ever read the history of the inventor of his beloved tea? Earl Grey was a jerk.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on December 21, 2021, 04:33:14 PM
I also wonder if the giant in the castle on top of the bean stalk ever flushed his toilet over top of Jack's cottage to get back at jack for his B&E?


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on December 21, 2021, 04:34:52 PM
And finally I wonder if I have been buying defective Rice Krispies all these years since mine have never once snapped, crackled, or popped, just sort of hissed a little when wet, at best sounding like limp rain hitting a moist sidewalk.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: LilCerberus on December 21, 2021, 10:57:43 PM
A Christmas Carol....



.... Is about A Christmas Karen.....


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on December 22, 2021, 08:49:14 PM
Faking a mild speech impediment is a good way to cover up a foreign accent if you're imperfectly speaking a language that is not your native tongue.

I used to get paid to tell people tips like that.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on December 23, 2021, 09:21:54 AM
Sometimes I think the Japanese represent the high-point of human evolution.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: claws on December 23, 2021, 12:36:00 PM
Faking a mild speech impediment is a good way to cover up a foreign accent if you're imperfectly speaking a language that is not your native tongue.

I used to get paid to tell people tips like that.

No offense but that is terrible advice. It is insulting to people with real speech impediments and insulting to foreigners.

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Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on December 23, 2021, 02:05:57 PM
Faking a mild speech impediment is a good way to cover up a foreign accent if you're imperfectly speaking a language that is not your native tongue.

I used to get paid to tell people tips like that.

No offense but that is terrible advice. It is insulting to people with real speech impediments and insulting to foreigners.

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None taken, since I passed on what my bosses taught in the course, and they were admittedly unconcerned with people's feelings. From a pragmatic standpoint it was useful in covering some flaws in foreign pronunciation, and it activated most people's tendency to then become non-judgmental and at least in most western cultured to make excuses for the speaker due to handicap. It was about covering yourself and exploiting another person's perceptions. What's useful isn't always nice and there was a coldness to it all, no denying.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: claws on December 24, 2021, 03:55:17 AM
Elegantly explained racism. Our firm has over 50% foreign employees, half of them don't speak the German language perfect. Some do speeches for clients. If our bosses would 'teach' me to say such thing to them not only would I be embarrassed, I would sue the bosses for discrimination. Mocking people with disabilities? Wow. Common sense says this is wrong on so many levels. f**k that firm.

Merry Christmas  :cheers:


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on December 24, 2021, 09:23:40 AM
Elegantly explained racism. Our firm has over 50% foreign employees, half of them don't speak the German language perfect. Some do speeches for clients. If our bosses would 'teach' me to say such thing to them not only would I be embarrassed, I would sue the bosses for discrimination. Mocking people with disabilities? Wow. Common sense says this is wrong on so many levels. f**k that firm.

Merry Christmas  :cheers:

Gosh, how about some thoughts in defense of my former employers, before I see what my birthday holds?

Firstly, people with speech disabilities constitute a "race"? I guess I would have thought of them more as representing a handicap since there are only three recognized human races.

Your reaction shows there is indeed a sensitivity recognized around speech impediments and why someone who evinces one might be cut slack rather than have the assumption be that this is someone with a foreign accent. Few are brave enough to jump on the words of someone with a disability, and frankly sometimes it's useful to capitalize on that allowance. Whatever you may think of it, if the technique didn't work it would not have not have been taught for decades. Whatever else may be true of them, my bosses were pragmatists.

Under the circumstances in which this particular technique is used, it's really no better or worse than faking a limp in the hope people won't be as inclined to stare at you, wearing glasses when your eyesight is good, dyeing your hair to look different, or any of a great many other employable deceptions out there in a world that exists right under the radar of the everyday.

Life isn't PC and like I said, these people, my former bosses, couldn't care less about hurting feelings, or for that matter ruining lives, to achieve an end. Insofar as they pause to consider morals at all in their undertakings, they see this and much else---correctly----as justified by their needs and goals.

And that's about all I have to add, except I respect your pique and kind of envy you the luxury of dwelling in a life where you allow yourself the quaint liberty of feeling selective outrage over something so small when in many other people's careers there are much bigger things to worry about,  including protecting other peoples' lives and not just their little feelings.

Mmerry Christmas back atcha....



Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on December 24, 2021, 12:27:46 PM
^ Merry Christmas? Are you a Christian?

If so, it's only in name.
That's immoral, dishonest, and disgusting.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on December 24, 2021, 01:48:58 PM
Immoral, dishonest and disgusting describes the job well. What is a little funny is....falling back on a feigned impediment scandalizes you? Oh, trust me, that....that barely moves the needle in the list of things done for those employers either as an instructor or earlier in my career.

 :bouncegiggle:


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on December 24, 2021, 01:55:03 PM
 ^ Your such an angel of hope and wisdom.  :lookingup:

(https://i.imgur.com/wjym624.gif) (https://lunapic.com)


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on December 24, 2021, 02:08:31 PM
Ha! Thanks, mate, I love you too.  :wink:


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on December 24, 2021, 02:12:02 PM
Hey, just to be clear because sometimes print comes off too strong, I'm not mad at you, RC, or Claws or anybody, just kinda bouncing along with it. Hope everyone has a pleasant Christmas Eve or at least a good December 24th.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Alex on December 25, 2021, 07:31:36 AM
Faking a mild speech impediment is a good way to cover up a foreign accent if you're imperfectly speaking a language that is not your native tongue.

I used to get paid to tell people tips like that.

No offense but that is terrible advice. It is insulting to people with real speech impediments and insulting to foreigners.

(https://i0.wp.com/credituniongeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/lucy-advice-booth.jpg?fit=308%2C266&ssl=1)


Actually we are given the same advice if we are stuck behind enemy lines. If it makes the difference between getting home alive or not, I don't care who it insults.

When Kabul fell, a British student was caught by the Taliban. When they asked him where he was from, he replied Wales. Since his captors had never heard of Wales, they let him go. These simple deceits are surprisingly effective. If you ever find yourself in a similar situation, you might want to remember tips like that. I promise you, you won't care who it offends either if it makes the difference between getting home and some guy cutting your head off and posting the footage on the web.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on December 26, 2021, 12:53:55 AM
Duh, turns out we been doing Boxing Day wrong all these years, but I will NOT miss those black eyes!


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on December 27, 2021, 08:55:18 AM
Years after I first let some girl talk me into trying it in kindergarten, there's still something satisfying about occasionally taking a tiny nibble off the eraser of a number two pencil. Texture, not taste.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on December 28, 2021, 11:59:11 PM
I got these soft silicone nasal inserts for Christmas that slide into the nose and widen the nostrils to increase oxygen intake during a workout, which they do, but I used them once this morning when I was on the treadmill and my nose hasn't stopped running since.

I....only just realized that reads like the setup to a joke (my nose is still running) but, no, it hasn't for real.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on December 29, 2021, 02:00:18 PM
Warm enough outside here this morning to play tennis before breakfast, as my inner fifteen-year-old urged me to do. If this is global warming, it's a shame it's going to flood low-lying coastal areas and displace millions in the biggest refugee crisis in history, but, hey, on the plus-side, I repeat: outside tennis in December?


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on December 30, 2021, 06:28:14 AM
It feels like Sunday.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on December 30, 2021, 09:52:19 AM
Lately I been asking people if they think Bambi ended up mounted on some hunter's wall. A few people have said Bambi wasn't real and his story had no existence beyond the movie's run time (and those people suck walrus tusks); and a few have cited the statistics on how few deer make it to die of old age; but mostly the view is Bambi lived happily ever after, and that's the answer I like.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Alex on December 30, 2021, 02:14:57 PM
I am convinced that the woodland critters featured in South Park are actually the offspring of Bambi, Thumper and so forth.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Alex on December 30, 2021, 03:45:51 PM
If you put out poisoned brandy and cookies, would that kill Santa and mean you get to keep ALL the presents?


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on December 30, 2021, 04:16:13 PM
Drove up  the road a bit ago and listened to an old Rick Steves' radio show episode, and this woman called in to share her experiences traveling in Kenya, and she referred to the Maasai she met there as "African Americans." Gosh....


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: LilCerberus on December 30, 2021, 04:19:31 PM
If you put out poisoned brandy and cookies, would that kill Santa and mean you get to keep ALL the presents?
(https://c.tenor.com/tMQaUQKHtVAAAAAd/willy-wonka-you.gif)


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Trevor on December 30, 2021, 04:24:56 PM
Drove up  the road a bit ago and listened to an old Rick Steves' radio show episode, and this woman called in to share her experiences traveling in Kenya, and she referred to the Maasai she met there as "African Americans." Gosh....

As a proud third generation African, born and bred in what is now Zimbabwe, I have never understood the "African American" term at all. I actually get angry when people from overseas misappropriate our rich culture.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on December 30, 2021, 04:40:58 PM
If you put out poisoned brandy and cookies, would that kill Santa and mean you get to keep ALL the presents?
Dude. Dude...never f**k with Santa or he'll have you eating your own colon. Hint: rearrange those letters a little bit.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: LilCerberus on December 30, 2021, 04:50:26 PM
If you put out poisoned brandy and cookies, would that kill Santa and mean you get to keep ALL the presents?
He sees you when you're sleeping
He knows when you're awake
He knows if you've been bad or good

He's Santa; He has ways of figuring these things out!


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Alex on January 01, 2022, 08:22:38 AM
Is Soylent Green available now, or do we have to wait until later in the year?


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on January 02, 2022, 11:39:20 AM
Help yourself:


https://www.target.com/p/soylent-nutritional-shake-mint-chocolate-4pk-11-fl-oz/-/A-81911413?sid=1393&ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=bing_pla_df&fndsrc=tgtao&DFA=71700000051363452&CPNG=PLA_Health%2BShopping%7CHealth_Ecomm_Essentials&adgroup=PLA_Health%2BShopping&LID=700000001230728&LNM=PRODUCT_GROUP&network=o&device=c&location=&targetid=pla-4585169649589148&ds_rl=1246978&msclkid=ca4998b665e414b57fadf967b0c4ee98&gclid=ca4998b665e414b57fadf967b0c4ee98&gclsrc=3p.ds (https://www.target.com/p/soylent-nutritional-shake-mint-chocolate-4pk-11-fl-oz/-/A-81911413?sid=1393&ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=bing_pla_df&fndsrc=tgtao&DFA=71700000051363452&CPNG=PLA_Health%2BShopping%7CHealth_Ecomm_Essentials&adgroup=PLA_Health%2BShopping&LID=700000001230728&LNM=PRODUCT_GROUP&network=o&device=c&location=&targetid=pla-4585169649589148&ds_rl=1246978&msclkid=ca4998b665e414b57fadf967b0c4ee98&gclid=ca4998b665e414b57fadf967b0c4ee98&gclsrc=3p.ds)


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on January 02, 2022, 11:45:54 AM
^(https://i.imgur.com/4MePTkF.jpg) (https://lunapic.com)

Soylent Green is Cheeze-It crackers!


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Trevor on January 02, 2022, 11:47:44 AM
Help yourself:


https://www.target.com/p/soylent-nutritional-shake-mint-chocolate-4pk-11-fl-oz/-/A-81911413?sid=1393&ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=bing_pla_df&fndsrc=tgtao&DFA=71700000051363452&CPNG=PLA_Health%2BShopping%7CHealth_Ecomm_Essentials&adgroup=PLA_Health%2BShopping&LID=700000001230728&LNM=PRODUCT_GROUP&network=o&device=c&location=&targetid=pla-4585169649589148&ds_rl=1246978&msclkid=ca4998b665e414b57fadf967b0c4ee98&gclid=ca4998b665e414b57fadf967b0c4ee98&gclsrc=3p.ds (https://www.target.com/p/soylent-nutritional-shake-mint-chocolate-4pk-11-fl-oz/-/A-81911413?sid=1393&ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=bing_pla_df&fndsrc=tgtao&DFA=71700000051363452&CPNG=PLA_Health%2BShopping%7CHealth_Ecomm_Essentials&adgroup=PLA_Health%2BShopping&LID=700000001230728&LNM=PRODUCT_GROUP&network=o&device=c&location=&targetid=pla-4585169649589148&ds_rl=1246978&msclkid=ca4998b665e414b57fadf967b0c4ee98&gclid=ca4998b665e414b57fadf967b0c4ee98&gclsrc=3p.ds)

There's an "Ask A Question" button: I want to ask where they source their product from  :wink:


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on January 02, 2022, 06:21:17 PM
I give up. Cloud Cuckoo Land is a ridiculously awful book. Like House of Leaves without the excuses.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: lester1/2jr on January 02, 2022, 11:49:57 PM
I'm not the biggest gangster movie fan. I've recently tried to watch Heat and the Warner herzog New Orleans one and I just can't with all the fancy acting and ridiculous dialogue.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on January 03, 2022, 12:19:46 AM
I'm not the biggest gangster movie fan. I've recently tried to watch Heat and the Warner herzog New Orleans one and I just can't with all the fancy acting and ridiculous dialogue.

Heat from the '90s? Pacino, Kilmer, etc.? That movie took itself way too seriously.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Rev. Powell on January 03, 2022, 08:55:16 AM
Help yourself:


https://www.target.com/p/soylent-nutritional-shake-mint-chocolate-4pk-11-fl-oz/-/A-81911413?sid=1393&ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=bing_pla_df&fndsrc=tgtao&DFA=71700000051363452&CPNG=PLA_Health%2BShopping%7CHealth_Ecomm_Essentials&adgroup=PLA_Health%2BShopping&LID=700000001230728&LNM=PRODUCT_GROUP&network=o&device=c&location=&targetid=pla-4585169649589148&ds_rl=1246978&msclkid=ca4998b665e414b57fadf967b0c4ee98&gclid=ca4998b665e414b57fadf967b0c4ee98&gclsrc=3p.ds (https://www.target.com/p/soylent-nutritional-shake-mint-chocolate-4pk-11-fl-oz/-/A-81911413?sid=1393&ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=bing_pla_df&fndsrc=tgtao&DFA=71700000051363452&CPNG=PLA_Health%2BShopping%7CHealth_Ecomm_Essentials&adgroup=PLA_Health%2BShopping&LID=700000001230728&LNM=PRODUCT_GROUP&network=o&device=c&location=&targetid=pla-4585169649589148&ds_rl=1246978&msclkid=ca4998b665e414b57fadf967b0c4ee98&gclid=ca4998b665e414b57fadf967b0c4ee98&gclsrc=3p.ds)

I've had those a couple of times. They're not bad.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on January 03, 2022, 05:34:28 PM
Today we were at this country-kinda restaurant called Bob Evans, and our server was a nice soft-spoken lady with her blond hair in a tight bun, about fifty, and her accent reminded me she was from maybe somewhere south of Nashville, and as I was getting something out of my purse, she saw I had a curious-looking device I carry called a De-Choker, which consists of a long clear plastic tube about eight inches long and three inches wide, and a pump handle at the top, a sort of suction appliance that fits over the mouth and supposedly removes food from the windpipe of a choking victim.

She asked what that was, and I said, "Well, it's a De-Choker, but I don't want people to think I'm weird carrying it around, so I tell them it's a Swedish-Made Penis Enlarger."

She stared at me for about five seconds and her cheeks went pink and she finally said, deeply serious, "Ma'am, why would you want people to think you were carrying one of those?"

Well, my Jewish friends would have gotten the joke anyway.

(And I tipped her thirty percent.)

Picture of a De-Choker:

http://www.dechoker.com/?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Brand%20%7C%20Search&utm_term=dechoker&utm_content=Core (http://www.dechoker.com/?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Brand%20%7C%20Search&utm_term=dechoker&utm_content=Core)


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on January 04, 2022, 01:37:24 PM
My SSI went from $1,260 a month to $1,340 a month.

 :smile:


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: LilCerberus on January 04, 2022, 02:57:07 PM
My SSI went from $1,260 a month to $1,340 a month.

 :smile:

Yeah, 5.9% Cost Of Living Adjustment supposed to occur this year....
Mine went up from $843 to $886


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on January 10, 2022, 11:28:32 AM
So the last half-week was a blur, a total blur. I remember only bits and pieces of it.  Zoom, Friday middle of the AM to yesterday, long stretch of white-out taken to my life. Last time I ever eat discount Somalian food, buy cocaine from a guy in a trenchcoat, have a drink with Bill Cosby, work for my former bosses again.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on January 11, 2022, 12:43:41 PM
Do black people became paler when they're in shock? I asked someone I know who is married to black man and he paused and said....you know, I'm not sure.

So I don't feel bad about not knowing.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Trevor on January 11, 2022, 01:15:10 PM
Seems this site's been a bit quiet the last few days.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on January 11, 2022, 03:41:44 PM
Seems this site's been a bit quiet the last few days.

Good news, I'm back.  :wink:


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on January 11, 2022, 04:12:25 PM
Seems this site's been a bit quiet the last few days.

Good news, I'm back.  :wink:

Maybe there's a correlation.  :buggedout:

I'm joking! I joke! I couldn't resist!


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Alex on January 11, 2022, 04:19:29 PM
Found out today that I am heading back up to Inverness this weekend.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: LilCerberus on January 11, 2022, 04:37:26 PM
Found out today that I am heading back up to Inverness this weekend.

Bring us back some Inverness capes!


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on January 11, 2022, 08:06:28 PM
Over Christmas my cousin Adam called saying he was in town and asked if I wanted to get together while he was around, and I didn’t give an automatic yes, since he and I were never close, and growing up he was a psycho drug addict, whom our grandpa once threw off a balcony, but I finally said OK and I saw him and he slid into this anecdote:

Out in LA, where I went after San Diego, I had a job where I had to final-interview a lot of candidates for positions, and a woman came in and I was talking to her, and sometimes I toss out off the wall questions no one could prepare for, just to see the reactions, so out of the blue I asked her when was the last time she used a coupon on something she was buying that wasn’t for herself?

She said, “Yeah, well, in college I worked as a part-time caretaker for elderly people, through a service, and we had voucher coupons for different products on the job, so when I was there I used these all the time buying things for other people. In fact one of my clients was Paula Poundstone’s mother, Mary.”

I said, “Oh, yeah? That’s interesting. What was she like?”

“Mary was so old she didn’t say much.”

“I guess I meant what was Paula Poundstone like?”

“I’d like to say she was a terrible mean b***h, but then she’d do something to redeem herself.”

“Huh. Like what?”

“Well, one evening, because I only worked evenings, I was changing her mom’s diaper and Paula came in and yelled at me for not cleaning up a mess she herself had made on the counter. She yelled hard, like red-faced and shouting.”

“Jesus. What did you say?”

“I told her it was never my job description to clean up her house, that’s what maids were for, so any clean-up I ever did was me doing her a favor. She quieted down and said, ‘I guess so. I guess we both need a break, so after you change Mom, take a breather before you finish the counter.’”

Adam said, “You serious? She said that? She still expected you to clean up her counter?”

“Yeah.”


“And that was her being nice?”

“’Redeeming herself’ is what I said. Not ‘nice.’”

“Huh.”

“Then her mom died that winter, so I never saw Paula again.”

Adam said he didn’t hire that applicant for the job, anyway, and then he said to me, “The funny thing is weeks later I wasn’t doing anything and remembered that interview, so I looked up Paula Poundstone on Wikipedia, and it turns out her mother’s name isn’t Mary, it’s Vera, her mother is still alive, and her mother never lived in Los Angles, she lives in Tennessee.”

“No way!” I said.

“Exactly. I wonder who would lie about any of that? Working for a C-list celebrity nobody exactly adores, making up stories about it, and even claiming you did a gritty job like changing old people’s diapers? Who would do that?”

I told him, “Probably a good thing you didn’t hire her.”

“Yeah, and maybe I should’ve been locking my doors.”

I liked Adam’s story so much I invited him to the house and he gave my children presents and seemed popular, and so far none of my offspring have gotten into drugs or parental abuse as a result of his visit.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Alex on January 12, 2022, 08:22:09 AM
Found out today that I am heading back up to Inverness this weekend.

Bring us back some Inverness capes!

Not sure on the current exchange rate, but I'd estimate that this would be around $1000.

https://misterantony.com/product-category/black-barathea-inverness-cape/ (https://misterantony.com/product-category/black-barathea-inverness-cape/)


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on January 12, 2022, 09:30:15 AM
Someone told me you don't stop being young if you believe the best of life is still ahead.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Alex on January 12, 2022, 11:34:20 AM
With climate change causing a number of droughts across the world, I have discovered that the excess rain now falls on Fort William.

Seriously, there hasn't been one dry day since I got here.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: lester1/2jr on January 12, 2022, 10:38:07 PM
Megan fox was hilarious in Jennifer's Body. I wish her the best with her new dorkball white rapper husband


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on January 13, 2022, 08:32:15 AM
If you go on a vision quest and don't have a vision, is that an answer or a result?


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Alex on January 13, 2022, 10:53:14 AM
Because I have a need to learn things, today I ended up discovering what is meant by a 'Roman shower'. Wish I didn't know now.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Rev. Powell on January 13, 2022, 01:23:45 PM
Because I have a need to learn things, today I ended up discovering what is meant by a 'Roman shower'. Wish I didn't know now.

"A Roman shower is a type of architecturally designed shower stall that does not require a door or curtain. These showers are often used as handicapped-accessible showers in hotels. They may also be known as "'roll-in showers.'" Not so bad, really.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on January 13, 2022, 02:02:19 PM
Because I have a need to learn things, today I ended up discovering what is meant by a 'Roman shower'. Wish I didn't know now.
For Christmas I got a massive book called 10,000 Things You Need To Know, and been enjoying making my way through the chapters and seeing factoids about, well, almost every topic and subject out there. You might like the book. I've always humbly subscribed to the idea that everyone knows something you don't, and I enjoy finding new things out.

Also a friend of mine in Austin had a Roman shower put into his house, and hated it because he said it felt like taking a shower in a locker room.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Alex on January 13, 2022, 02:10:10 PM
Because I have a need to learn things, today I ended up discovering what is meant by a 'Roman shower'. Wish I didn't know now.
For Christmas I got a massive book called 10,000 Things You Need To Know, and been enjoying making my way through the chapters and seeing factoids about, well, almost every topic and subject out there. You might like the book. I've always humbly subscribed to the idea that everyone knows something you don't, and I enjoy finding new things out.

Also a friend of mine in Austin had a Roman shower put into his house, and hated it because he said it felt like taking a shower in a locker room.

I suspect this type of Roman shower is somewhat different to your friends one, unless you have a rather odd friend. It is definitely different to the one the good Rev mentioned. There seem to be variations on this such as a Baby Roman Shower, or Siamese Roman shower, none of which I have any urge to experience.

https://www.eventlooking.com/roman-shower-urban-dictionary (https://www.eventlooking.com/roman-shower-urban-dictionary) if you really want to know the details.

 


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on January 13, 2022, 02:11:56 PM
Because I have a need to learn things, today I ended up discovering what is meant by a 'Roman shower'. Wish I didn't know now.
For Christmas I got a massive book called 10,000 Things You Need To Know, and been enjoying making my way through the chapters and seeing factoids about, well, almost every topic and subject out there. You might like the book. I've always humbly subscribed to the idea that everyone knows something you don't, and I enjoy finding new things out.

Also a friend of mine in Austin had a Roman shower put into his house, and hated it because he said it felt like taking a shower in a locker room.

I suspect this type of Roman shower is somewhat different to your friends one, unless you have a rather odd friend.


Oh, no, is that a dirty term or something? lol His shower was literally modeled on ones found in Roman ruins, a sort of semi-circular room with a tiled floor and a mosaic above and several shower heads beside each other, and there was a steam vent in the room. I don't know if he called it a Roman shower (this was the mid-'00s) but he described it as based on Roman showers. (And apparently they had showers....)


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on January 13, 2022, 02:14:55 PM
Oh. Oh. Well, urbandictionary.com just enlightened me. Nevermind.....  :bouncegiggle:


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Alex on January 13, 2022, 02:23:53 PM
I was kinda trying to warn you off lol.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Trevor on January 13, 2022, 03:33:57 PM
I was kinda trying to warn you off lol.

I have a Roman Shower at least 4 or 5 times a month 😳😝😁🤣😉🐢


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: RCMerchant on January 13, 2022, 03:35:29 PM
Because I have a need to learn things, today I ended up discovering what is meant by a 'Roman shower'. Wish I didn't know now.

For some reason I read that as "golden shower".
I Think that reason was because I was stoned.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Rev. Powell on January 13, 2022, 03:41:14 PM
75% of the crap on Urban Dictionary is made up by 12 to 16-year old males trying to gross their friends out.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Trevor on January 13, 2022, 04:09:15 PM
75% of the crap on Urban Dictionary is made up by 12 to 16-year old males trying to gross their friends out.

Well, it grossed me out 😝🤧🤢😉🐢💀☠️💩🤓🤠🥳🇿🇦


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on January 13, 2022, 04:27:24 PM
So vernal today I hung out laundry, figured the clothes would smell nice, save electricity, the forecast said no rain..... it is pouring out there right now, atop clothes that had been ninety percent dry when I felt them half an hour ago! Grrrrr.  :hatred:


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: Alex on January 13, 2022, 04:34:56 PM
Just think of it as an extra wash cycle?


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: ER on January 15, 2022, 10:19:33 PM
Someone I know tonight: "We won, we won!"

Yeah, I still say it's only "we" if you were part of the game, not just living in the same city where it happened.

But then again I didn't say so since nobody likes a buzzkill, and she was happy.


Title: Re: Random Thought Thread Part III: The Thinking
Post by: lester1/2jr on January 15, 2022, 11:21:36 PM
vangoghexpo.com/boston/ In Boston tonight there were two different places that were doing a show that is like projections of the paintings of Van Gogh.