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1 hour ago, -fish- said:

Roverkid has a cat that we call Murdercat.   She attacks people for no reason whatsoever.   She's also attacked two different friends' dogs, sending one to the vet with its eyelid torn open.   Roverkid wants a dog.   I told her it was a terrible idea, and reminded her of Murdercat sending our friend's dog to the vet.   After much argument, I agreed to foster a dog for the humane society for a week to see how it would work out.   Day 3:  the dog can't open its left eye now, and we're waiting for a call back from the emergency vet.   Murdercat 3, dogs 0.

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just got home from cabo.  a wedding with all inclusive booze for 5 days.  ended up in the ocean naked one night.  flew out of TJ, effortless and way cheaper.  good times.

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4 hours ago, -fish- said:

Is this a request for a cocaine hookup?

turned down the 2 grams(yea right) of yay, that i was offered, in the giggling marlin's bathroom.  adulting!

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@DA RAIDERS Was in St. Thomas/St. John a couple weeks ago.  I think some of our recommendations came from you a few years ago when we were supposed to go (but the hurricanes hit).  Had a great time.  Thanks for info provided long ago.  

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14 hours ago, kevzilla said:

My Packers are on SNF, my Astros are in the World Series, and I am watching in my Vegas hotel room, because, well, I probably shouldn't watch the Packers in public. I'm a mess.

Saturday night was fun gb. You’re in elite company having met my sister, BIL, and Portland friends. All were super impressed with your vast Vegas knowledge (me included). Safe travels and we’ll do it again sometime soon. 
 

ETA: the Vdara valet is reaping the benefits of last night’s epic jackpot. :lol:

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On 10/26/2019 at 3:54 PM, mrip541 said:

Today, the plumber came over to unclog my main sewer line. He underestimated the severity of the problem resulting in many gallons of disgusting sewer water spraying all over the utility room. While flailing about trying to stop sewage from spewing everywhere he knocked my water main and cracked a connection. He attempted to temporarily seal it with electrical tape and in the process completely disconnected the joint. He hadn't bothered to shut of the water, so the full force of my water main shot to the ceiling and washed sewer water out across my finished basement before he could shut it off. Fun times. Just wanted to share.

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9 hours ago, DA RAIDERS said:

just got home from cabo.  a wedding with all inclusive booze for 5 days.  ended up in the ocean naked one night.  flew out of TJ, effortless and way cheaper.  good times.

do you know anything about dental tourism?

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Had a fundraiser for HeckDave on Saturday to help offset their medical/rehab expenses (insurance was being stingy about the rehab for a while so my niece was paying a big chunk out of pocket).

Hog roast, auction, beer & wine bar, live music, and duck races with parimutuel betting. It rained ALL DAMN DAY, which made getting things set up a pain, considering the bar, music and racing took place in a tent.  Fortunately we seemed to be on high ground, and the tent was enclosed on the sides, so it was dry inside, but going between the building and the tent could be challenging.

This all took place in a fairly rural community - they live in a town of a couple thousand, although there's a larger city of ~200K nearby.  But most of the crowd were from smaller towns and farms.  Anyway, this bunch plowed through about 70 gallons of draft beer, plus another 8-9 30-packs of canned beer, and another 2 cases worth of wine slushies, all over the course of about 6 hours.

Oh, and about the duck races. I had (naively) assumed these were rubber ducks, as a local summer festival does rubber duck races as a fundraiser. Oh, no. No, no no. Here's the "race course". There's a set of doors down the left side; you put a duck in each lane, open the doors, and then everyone yells and rings a big bell to scare the bejeezus out of the little critters, so they ideally run to the other end.  They take bets ahead of time, post the odds just before the start, and then pay out for the winner.

Anyway, the night was a big success; one of the organizers said they'll likely end up between $35-40K when everything's finalized.

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1 hour ago, Sideshow Bob said:

@DA RAIDERS Was in St. Thomas/St. John a couple weeks ago.  I think some of our recommendations came from you a few years ago when we were supposed to go (but the hurricanes hit).  Had a great time.  Thanks for info provided long ago.  

nice!   any hghlights? 

oddly, my sister's finally leaving after 30 plus years down there.

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16 minutes ago, Sideshow Bob said:

Is that what the kids are calling use of dental dams these days?

no its what geezers are calling an alternative to $40,000 worth of dental implants

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2 minutes ago, DA RAIDERS said:

nice!   any hghlights? 

oddly, my sister's finally leaving after 30 plus years down there.

6 hour fishing charter was awesome. Caught a ton of fish, also providing us with lots of great meals.

Red Hook was great for food and drink.  Loved Duffy's Love Shack and Island Time Pub.  Great casual hangs for Happy Hour.  Food and wine at XO were fantastic. Some great options in St. John, too.  Really enjoyed The Longboard and Northshore Deli.

St. John beaches (and wildlife). Wife loved Trunk Bay. Cinnamon was pretty fantastic, too.  Turtles, sharks, stingrays, and deer at Maho. Mongoose (Mongooses? Mongeese?) at Hawksnest. And just driving the Jeep around the island. Missed North Shore Road off the roundabout the first time, so went up Centerline instead, then cut back on "Hwy 206" (not a highway).  SOOOO glad we did.  Great drive in a Jeep.  Not so much had we been in a car.

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I have a bone to pick with the Tap & Still people, as they don't know what a patty melt is.  I feel like it's a slam dunk case of false advertising if one of you lawyer types would be so-inclined.

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Cowpet Bay was a great place to stay, btw.  Two bedroom, two bath, ocean view, less expensive than a lot of options we looked at, resort pool access, condo was nice enough, complex had its own beach (it was meh, but a quiet beach nonetheless), and a 5 minute drive to Red Hook (which was the real winner here).

View from the deck

 

 

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On 10/22/2019 at 12:50 PM, General Malaise said:

Rough week for GMTAN dads.  

Here's one for you.  My dad was hospitalized with a blood infection on Friday.  Unsure what the culprit was, but he's got a compromised immune system, so his body is very fragile and prone to illness and infection.  Took a while to find the right antibiotic to pump into his bloodstream (first one caused an allergic reaction) but it finally got knocked out yesterday.  Ultimately, the docs/nurses traced the infection back to an early morning wake-up from his mini-Australian shepherd who thought it would be a sweet gesture to lick my dad in the eyes to get him up and moving.  Yada yada yada, guess who has a dog now.  :hot:

A dog that has done nothing but aggressively hump our twins, bolt out of the house whenever the door is open and bark uncontrollably the last 24 hours.  So, this is fun.  This is fine.  

Well, that was short-lived.  Yesterday afternoon, one of the twins was playing with the dog on the floor.  Lord knows what he did, but the dog turned super aggressive and started attacking him.  I put a stop to it and there were no injuries, but my wife and I agreed that can't happen again.  Dog was kind and mellow the balance of the day/night.

This morning, got a call from my wife - we never call; text/email only unless it's an emergency, so when the phone rang, I knew even before she said anything what had happened.  Dog bit the same twin on the forehead and drew blood.  My sister is coming to take the dog to live with her.  Her boys are teens and she's kept the dog over there numerous times in the past without incident.  

TL;DR, I'm not meant to have a dog.  2 dead by cancer before the age of 4, another bit my nephew when he was 2 and now this.  Just.....sucks.  :(

 

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1 minute ago, General Malaise said:

Well, that was short-lived.  Yesterday afternoon, one of the twins was playing with the dog on the floor.  Lord knows what he did, but the dog turned super aggressive and started attacking him.  I put a stop to it and there were no injuries, but my wife and I agreed that can't happen again.  Dog was kind and mellow the balance of the day/night.

This morning, got a call from my wife - we never call; text/email only unless it's an emergency, so when the phone rang, I knew even before she said anything what had happened.  Dog bit the same twin on the forehead and drew blood.  My sister is coming to take the dog to live with her.  Her boys are teens and she's kept the dog over there numerous times in the past without incident.  

TL;DR, I'm not meant to have a dog.  2 dead by cancer before the age of 4, another bit my nephew when he was 2 and now this.  Just.....sucks.  :(

 

When do you feed the kids versus when you feed the dogs? Dogs are pack animals.
Kids get fed first, then you, then the dogs. Kids are the pack leaders and unless they are 
doing something insane to the dog, the dog(s) wouldn't hurt the kids.  

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15 minutes ago, nightmare said:

When do you feed the kids versus when you feed the dogs? Dogs are pack animals.
Kids get fed first, then you, then the dogs. Kids are the pack leaders and unless they are 
doing something insane to the dog, the dog(s) wouldn't hurt the kids.  

I'm not an expert in animal husbandry, so I'll take your word for it.  Regardless, dogs that bite children aren't staying at our house.  

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On 10/26/2019 at 9:27 PM, cosjobs said:
On 10/24/2019 at 11:15 PM, cosjobs said:

You got an extra 500 you can throw on the Astros to win the series for me? I'll gladly repay you Tuesday for an Astros wager today

 

On 10/25/2019 at 2:08 AM, kevzilla said:

You know I love you, man. But I'm gonna protect you from yourself here. They're not hitting their weight. 

 

On 10/25/2019 at 5:57 AM, cosjobs said:

reversion to the mean, bro

:rant:

 

This kevzilla fellow seems to be up to no good.

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48 minutes ago, General Malaise said:

Well, that was short-lived.  Yesterday afternoon, one of the twins was playing with the dog on the floor.  Lord knows what he did, but the dog turned super aggressive and started attacking him.  I put a stop to it and there were no injuries, but my wife and I agreed that can't happen again.  Dog was kind and mellow the balance of the day/night.

This morning, got a call from my wife - we never call; text/email only unless it's an emergency, so when the phone rang, I knew even before she said anything what had happened.  Dog bit the same twin on the forehead and drew blood.  My sister is coming to take the dog to live with her.  Her boys are teens and she's kept the dog over there numerous times in the past without incident.  

TL;DR, I'm not meant to have a dog.  2 dead by cancer before the age of 4, another bit my nephew when he was 2 and now this.  Just.....sucks.  :(

 

I'm sure I've told this story before, but when I was three, our dog, Toe White, bit me in the face.  Then he died a few hours later. 

Fearful the dog might have rabies, dad wanted to keep the dead dog refrigerated until they could send the head to Austin for testing (seriously, that's how things used to be done).

His good friend, Johnny Alford, owned a supermarket. Dad called him and said, "The dog bit Damon and he died. Can we keep him in your cooler tonight?"

Johnny thought he meant I had died. Hilarity ensued.

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2 hours ago, heckmanm said:

Had a fundraiser for HeckDave on Saturday to help offset their medical/rehab expenses (insurance was being stingy about the rehab for a while so my niece was paying a big chunk out of pocket).

Hog roast, auction, beer & wine bar, live music, and duck races with parimutuel betting. It rained ALL DAMN DAY, which made getting things set up a pain, considering the bar, music and racing took place in a tent.  Fortunately we seemed to be on high ground, and the tent was enclosed on the sides, so it was dry inside, but going between the building and the tent could be challenging.

This all took place in a fairly rural community - they live in a town of a couple thousand, although there's a larger city of ~200K nearby.  But most of the crowd were from smaller towns and farms.  Anyway, this bunch plowed through about 70 gallons of draft beer, plus another 8-9 30-packs of canned beer, and another 2 cases worth of wine slushies, all over the course of about 6 hours.

Oh, and about the duck races. I had (naively) assumed these were rubber ducks, as a local summer festival does rubber duck races as a fundraiser. Oh, no. No, no no. Here's the "race course". There's a set of doors down the left side; you put a duck in each lane, open the doors, and then everyone yells and rings a big bell to scare the bejeezus out of the little critters, so they ideally run to the other end.  They take bets ahead of time, post the odds just before the start, and then pay out for the winner.

Anyway, the night was a big success; one of the organizers said they'll likely end up between $35-40K when everything's finalized.

What kind of odds can I get that someone was named Cooter 

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16 minutes ago, Dan Lambskin said:

What kind of odds can I get that someone was named Cooter 

Well, I can't say for SURE that someone there was named Cooter, but... 2-5?

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4 hours ago, General Malaise said:

Well, that was short-lived.  Yesterday afternoon, one of the twins was playing with the dog on the floor.  Lord knows what he did, but the dog turned super aggressive and started attacking him.  I put a stop to it and there were no injuries, but my wife and I agreed that can't happen again.  Dog was kind and mellow the balance of the day/night.

This morning, got a call from my wife - we never call; text/email only unless it's an emergency, so when the phone rang, I knew even before she said anything what had happened.  Dog bit the same twin on the forehead and drew blood.  My sister is coming to take the dog to live with her.  Her boys are teens and she's kept the dog over there numerous times in the past without incident.  

TL;DR, I'm not meant to have a dog.  2 dead by cancer before the age of 4, another bit my nephew when he was 2 and now this.  Just.....sucks.  :(

 

sorry gb.  those dogs are bred to herd.  they are known to nip at small children, they do this to animals that they herd.  sux0rs

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Just checked roverkid into the dentist.  I was focused on a book I was reading when they handed me a consent form to sign.  I scribbled my name and without thinking answered “yes” in the blank for “relationship to child.”  Technically, it’s correct.

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Came home to find the electricity out in my neighborhood.  I'm pretty sure it wasn't just my building since there were no other lights out looking out from my window.  I'm on the 5th floor, so the stairs weren't fun, but not the end of the world either.  I've had worse days as far as that's concerned, such as when the escalator is out at the subway station where I used to work.  That's a really long escalator - about 7 or 8 flights of stairs worth.  Couldn't imagine having to walk up 20+ flights if I lived in a skyscraper, although I would risk it if I had a great view of NYC from my living room.  Electricity came back on about 10 minutes after getting home.  

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Sorry GM.  Should have gotten the dog stoned like every other dog you’ve ever met.  

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1 hour ago, RC94 said:

Came home to find the electricity out in my neighborhood.  I'm pretty sure it wasn't just my building since there were no other lights out looking out from my window.  I'm on the 5th floor, so the stairs weren't fun, but not the end of the world either.  I've had worse days as far as that's concerned, such as when the escalator is out at the subway station where I used to work.  That's a really long escalator - about 7 or 8 flights of stairs worth.  Couldn't imagine having to walk up 20+ flights if I lived in a skyscraper, although I would risk it if I had a great view of NYC from my living room.  Electricity came back on about 10 minutes after getting home.  

Pg&e taking over for con-ed?

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22 minutes ago, El Floppo said:

Pg&e taking over for con-ed?

PSE&G.  They have generally been pretty good.  I called them when I got home, but was on hold for a while and then the electricity came back on so I hung up.  I love electricity.  It' one of my favorite things.

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3 hours ago, RC94 said:

Came home to find the electricity out in my neighborhood.  I'm pretty sure it wasn't just my building since there were no other lights out looking out from my window.  I'm on the 5th floor, so the stairs weren't fun, but not the end of the world either.  I've had worse days as far as that's concerned, such as when the escalator is out at the subway station where I used to work.  That's a really long escalator - about 7 or 8 flights of stairs worth.  Couldn't imagine having to walk up 20+ flights if I lived in a skyscraper, although I would risk it if I had a great view of NYC from my living room.  Electricity came back on about 10 minutes after getting home.  

once climbed 18 flights while tripping. 

only took about 11 hours. worst 3 days of my life. if i could have that week back on those steps i would do it in an instant.

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7 minutes ago, roadkill1292 said:

Are there any Deadspin readers in here? Pretty much the whole staff quit the past two days.

just read that they were bought out by a private equity firm

makes sense that people quit

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7 minutes ago, mr. furley said:

just read that they were bought out by a private equity firm

makes sense that people quit

The purchase was a couple of months ago but yesterday a directive from new ownership was leaked. They told Deadspin to stick to sports and drop the political commentary. Their political commentary was generally pretty popular among its readers, who aren't traditional sports news consumers.

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On 10/28/2019 at 10:10 PM, mr. furley said:

once climbed 18 flights while tripping. 

only took about 11 hours. worst 3 days of my life. if i could have that week back on those steps i would do it in an instant.

🤣

 

Time does not exists, MF! 👨‍🚀🤩

 

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1 hour ago, roadkill1292 said:

The purchase was a couple of months ago but yesterday a directive from new ownership was leaked. They told Deadspin to stick to sports and drop the political commentary. Their political commentary was generally pretty popular among its readers, who aren't traditional sports news consumers.

they did politics?

guess i hadn't read the site in a while

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Halloween isn't my favorite holiday. i've never really dressed up for it.. mostly because i'm not creative but also because, historically, i couldn't afford anything.

but i don't get people who get curmudgeony about passing out candy. or seeing kids out trick or treating. or who pass out candy but parse out certain types/amounts to certain kids based on whatever imaginary criteria makes them least angry.

Halloween is for having fun, being happy, relaxing and making people smile. you don't have to host your in-laws and miss the game. you don't have to attend a company party. you don't need to spend thousands of dollars to make your family happy.  you spend $20 on bags of candy, stand in your door, smile and compliment little kids costumes.

 

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8 minutes ago, mr. furley said:

Halloween isn't my favorite holiday. i've never really dressed up for it.. mostly because i'm not creative but also because, historically, i couldn't afford anything.

but i don't get people who get curmudgeony about passing out candy. or seeing kids out trick or treating. or who pass out candy but parse out certain types/amounts to certain kids based on whatever imaginary criteria makes them least angry.

Halloween is for having fun, being happy, relaxing and making people smile. you don't have to host your in-laws and miss the game. you don't have to attend a company party. you don't need to spend thousands of dollars to make your family happy.  you spend $20 on bags of candy, stand in your door, smile and compliment little kids costumes.

 

Or not 

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45 minutes ago, Osaurus said:

Or not 

or leave the lights off. go to dinner. go to a bar. 

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I turn all the lights off, then head over my buddy's extravaganza, which spills onto his neighbors' lawn. Made the local news while out of town, because someone was triggered by a hanging skeleton wearing pirate gear.

Actually actually true

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Yeah, we have a bunch of friends over, the kids go out trick-or-treating and we stay home with refreshing beverages. We generally employ a "one for you and one for me" methodology when the kids ring the doorbell.  My liver feels we had too many trick-or-treaters last night, but otherwise no complaints.  Big fan.

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1 hour ago, kevzilla said:

I turn all the lights off, then head over my buddy's extravaganza, which spills onto his neighbors' lawn. Made the local news while out of town, because someone was triggered by a hanging skeleton wearing pirate gear.

Actually actually true

I'll give the noose a 7.

7. Aesthetically more pleasing than most other nooses but woefully unfit for any actual noose like duties.

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8 minutes ago, Ron Swanson said:

I'll give the noose a 7.

7. Aesthetically more pleasing than most other nooses but woefully unfit for any actual noose like duties.

:lmao: He pointed out he had upgraded the noose before the big day.

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57 minutes ago, Ron Swanson said:

I'll give the noose a 7.

7. Aesthetically more pleasing than most other nooses but woefully unfit for any actual noose like duties.

Cute noose at the rally, in trees, at work, in the news. Definitely cute, but not tops locally.

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I stopped by to see Mr Krista at work since he’s never home and am hanging at the bar drinking more than I should.  
 

Two dumdums next to me pulled out a box of Trivial Pursuit cards.  She asked him some question about the 1980 Presidential election.  His answer:  Eisenhower.

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