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  1. At least we should auto-qualify as the primary host in 2026, right? Hope I'm still alive then.
  2. Where did you see DBT? Went to their Baltimore show weekend-before last with a few other long-lost FBGs and FBgals. They were the last show I saw pre-pandemic and the first I've been to since. And you convinced me. Gonna order paramount plus instead of watching on Telemundo just for the studio show.
  3. Pretty good seats, at least for one half of the action. The crowd that's here is great, but not a ton of us. Lower bowl looks like it's gonna be filled. They only sold tix on one side of the middle and upper tiers, and those seats are maybe half full. https://imgur.com/a/gkt1iKz
  4. Let's hope not. But thanks for reminding me to check the door camera.
  5. Getting ready to board the flight to Nashville. Never been nervous about flying, so not sure if the unsettled feeling is due to COVID fears heading into bachelorette central or lingering memories of the last qualifier I attended in person (CR in north Jersey).
  6. Man, I get tons of flak from IRL folks for hating on DC too much, but it was already starting to turn by the end of the 90s, and now it's just completely soulless. [Note: I had typed out a long rant about why I abhor the new DC so much, but thought the better of it.] I did like Lucky Bar, and had been to the Big Hunt once or twice, but when I was in town for work, my hangout was the original Stoney's on 13th and L. It was one of the last real dives in NW DC - a place where other patrons first question to you wasn't "Where do you work?" followed by "What's your grade?" Stoney's had great comfort food before comfort food became a thing (meatloaf, hot turkey sandwiches, grilled cheese), cheap beer, and clientele of cops, reporters, drunks, derelicts, and pimps. The working girls from the stroll (back when DC had a stroll) would come in to use the facilities and buy smokes. All were welcome. Sadly, the landlord sold the building to go condo and the new Stoney's moved to P Street across from the Whole Foods and just wasn't the same. Back in the early-mid 90s, we would drive to DC during the summer or over winter break to hit up the kind of freak scenes that didn't exist on the eastern shore of Maryland. Tracks down on Half Street (which had one straight night per week); Nation also on Half Street; Asylum in Exile on U Street; the Insect Club on E Street; and Club Heaven and Hell in Adams Morgan (for an amazing 80s-alternative night). Man, despite the fact that I was completely broke back then, I miss still those times.
  7. I'm sure they changed it at some point. I just know the misplaced hyphen was there one night in the summer of 2005 when I was down in DC for work and met @Ramsay Hunt Experienceat the only bar I liked near DuPont Circle.
  8. Hilarious - it was Lucky Bar (which I realize was way more than a "Burger Bar.")
  9. So much to dissect here. I miss my roach coach outside our Philly office so much - probably the bacon/egg/crystal hot sauce on a long roll that I would allow myself every Friday morning even more than the water dogs. My Baltimore office is in the burbs, so ended up trading dog carts for free parking. Whenever I'm visiting our DC building, I grab a half-smoke from the truck the next block over. The prices seem to be all over the place, depending on whether you're perceived as a Fed or a tourist (we're near Air and Space). Sometimes my half-smoke, chips, and can of soda is <$4 and other times it's like $8.50. At this point, I just fork over whatever the lady tells me. One malaprop comes to mind. Years ago, I was at a burger place that advertised as "Home of the Big ###-Burger." I thought about telling the bartender about the misplaced hyphen and what it meant about their ground meat, but then figured he had heard it a zillion times already. And this is really just idiocy instead of a malaprop - the pizza place where I worked for many summers in OCMD had a big marquee out on Coastal Highway, and on Sunday nights, the owner usually asked me to change out the letters to a new message. It required standing on a tall ladder near whizzing traffic and using a pole with suction cups to make the words from lettered plastic slats, invariably dropping a bunch onto the parking lot or sidewalk below as the suction lost grip, thus leading to frequent trips up and down the ladder and dinged up or broken slats. I hated this. One Sunday night late in the summer, meaning we were running low on letters since so many had been ruined over the previous months, the boss decided he wanted to advertise our homemade pies and cheesecakes by putting "Desserts, Desserts" on both sides of the marquee. Not only was it a stupid message, but we had no commas (I don't think we ever did) and only 5 "S' tiles. I told him we couldn't do it because we didn't have the right letters, and he told me to just use one "S" in dessert. I tried to refuse. He insisted. So I climbed up the ladder, took down the old message, and put up "Desert Desert." I'm already mortified, only for things to be made worse by the countless cars driving by yelling things like "You spelled 'Dessert" wrong you idiot!" Good times...
  10. The core runs on a hardwired older PC. The interface is either on a mini Samsung tablet or my phone.
  11. I love Roon - can't recommend it highly enough. I have a Devialet integrated in the basement that's Roon Ready and everything is completely seamless. My primary system is analog but I bought an Arcam streamer that's Roon Ready for when I'm listening to digital upstairs. I also have a couple of portable Bluesound speakers that are Roon Ready too. Perfect for a party where all four zones can run off of the Roon app.
  12. Do the Russians love their children too? Went on a date in college where the girl told me she loved Sting but hated the Police. I asked her if I this was Freaky Friday and I was really out with her 50 year-old mom instead.
  13. My son's HS team (he's a junior) had full-length scrimmages against two soccer powerhouses last week. His school is a small private (about 100 per class) where kids go for the academics and the "quirky culture" but their athletics are typically among the top of "B" conference schools. The "A" conference teams they faced are the type that recruit statewide and sometimes nationally - both are ranked in the top 15 in the country according to prepsoccer. Not sure what the big schools were getting out of this, but hoping it helps to prep my son's team for the season ahead. As expected, the run-of-play was pretty much in one direction and their third-teamers were probably better than many of our first teamers . Lost the first game 4-0, which really wasn't as bad as I expected. Second game was much more interesting. In the first 25 minutes our goalie must have made a half-dozen good saves while our offense couldn't string three passes together. Somehow, we ended up with a free kick about 30 yards out, which our best player put on goal. The rebound comes to my son unmarked about 8 yards out who finishes for a 1-0 lead. Hooray for now, except this lit a fire under the opponents, who took the ensuing kickoff, made three passes, and then drilled one top corner from just outside the box. The game actually stayed 1-1 until the 60th minute and us parents were dreaming of some FA Cup-type magic. Alas, things fell apart in the final 20 and the game ended 4-1. Totally dominated, but still respectable. Looking forward to playing a team more our speed later this week.
  14. This is all really part of larger discussion about how to separate art from politics though, right? And that's a question I've never personally been able to come up with an easy answer for. I mean, it's easy for me to boycott the music of the odious Ted Nugent because I didn't listen to him anyway. And the racist comments of Jay Electronica or that young country singer who has been in the news don't really outrage me b/c I had never heard their names before their comments broke. But how am I supposed to feel when I listen to GnR "Lies" and "One in a Million" comes on? In my dumber teenage years, I tried to convince myself that it was a perfectly realized vehicle for distilling the angry and disaffected feelings of a "small-town white boy," i.e. art. Now I realize Axl was just an ignorant bigot and it's no wonder Vernon Reid wanted to beat his ###. Is it OK to enjoy GnR? Should I skip "One in a Million," even in private? What about when Professor Griff got booted from Public Enemy for a lot of the same stuff Jay Electronica espouses. Do I throw away my PE records now? On the flip side, I can remember a lot of meathead fascists I worked with at various restaurants loving Rage Against the Machine. I could never quite process how one could profess to love a band whose politics were central to their existence yet abhor their actual beliefs. Of course, maybe they were just idiots and never realized who "#### you I won't do what you tell me" was directed at. Sorry to ramble - this was my poor attempt at channeling Rock...
  15. Nothing to add to the discussion except a small complaint. Every time I scroll through the front page and see this thread, I get a Loretta Lynn/Jack White classic stuck in my head for the next several hours. Portland, Oregon
  16. I'm 48, so 44 when I got my first DVT. And yes, I would definitely slack on drinking water. I've been cured of that bad habit at least.
  17. Heluva story. Thanks for sharing. I'm on Eliquis, which doesn't require testing or dietary changes. Probably no point in switching if Warfarin works for you but so far Eliquis has been a cinch.
  18. I feel ya, Scoob. I was never a hypochondriac, but now I'm convinced that I'm dying (especially when I wake up at 2 am and can't fall back asleep). I came up negative when they tested me for Factor V, which instead of reassuring me, makes me all the more certain that I have one of the other rare and deadly conditions that can lead to ideopathic clots.
  19. Who knows if it really came from a bike ride - the doctors kind of just chalk it up to coincidence when I point out that all three clots came after hard exercise (the peloton one was after an FTP test). Even the first one can likely be chalked up to flying after a dehydrating run in the tropics rather than just exercise itself. Still, googling will get you scary DVT articles written by elite runners (of which I am most definitely not) who typically developed symptoms after flying home from a race.
  20. Damn, man. That's really rough. Good luck - hope that's the only one you ever get.
  21. This morning, I asked my wife how she felt about me flying to Nashville on Labor Day weekend for the qualifier. Her response, "Considering it's just 2 days before my birthday [note: I'm thinking that's a bad sign], I think we both should be going to Nashville for the qualifier." Boom. So looking at tix now - for the same price, would you rather be in the front row between the 6 and 18 or in the second level near the center circle? I've sat in both areas before, but can't decide between the overall better view versus proximity and craziness.
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