Looking on the Brighter Side, Things that are good

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Re: Looking on the Brighter Side, Things that are good

Postby jbobsully11 » Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:48 pm

I had an eye exam this morning, and my eyes haven’t gotten any worse since the last time I went about two years ago. Today’s appointment ended with an interesting discussion about terrible neurologists (long story). I couldn’t find my sunglasses before I went (though I know I have two pairs somewhere), so I’ve been spending the last few hours looking like a drug addict because he needed to use dilating eyedrops.
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Crimson847 wrote:In other words, transgender-friendly privacy laws don't molest people, people molest people.

(Presumably, the only way to stop a bad guy with a transgender-friendly privacy law is a good guy with a transgender-friendly privacy law, and thus transgender-friendly privacy law rights need to be enshrined in the Constitution as well)
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Re: Looking on the Brighter Side, Things that are good

Postby jbobsully11 » Thu Aug 16, 2018 1:09 am

(Holy double post, Batman!)

I had a phone interview earlier today for a job that would be fairly close by, and it went well. I was told they’d be done screening candidates by Friday, and they’ll let me know if they want me to come in for a face to face interview after that.

One small problem: I’m going to be on vacation in Washington next week. Hopefully they’ll still be doing interviews after that.
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Crimson847 wrote:In other words, transgender-friendly privacy laws don't molest people, people molest people.

(Presumably, the only way to stop a bad guy with a transgender-friendly privacy law is a good guy with a transgender-friendly privacy law, and thus transgender-friendly privacy law rights need to be enshrined in the Constitution as well)
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Re: Looking on the Brighter Side, Things that are good

Postby cmsellers » Sat Aug 18, 2018 5:33 am

Yesterday I went to Central Market and finally looked at their spice section. It is the best spice selection I have seen apart from Penzey's Spices. Now, Penzey's is cheaper and has like four times the variety, but is also a specialized spice store, and the Austin branch closed which means I have to order online and pay shipping.

Central Market's prices are higher, but it is more convenient, plus Central Market sells five spices I use rather a lot which I could previously only find at Penzey's: Aleppo pepper, Szechuan pepper, Telicherry black pepper, Ceylon true cinnamon, and Vietnam "cassia" cinnamon. It also sells at least two spices which Penzey's does not carry: long pepper and grains-of-paradise. Long pepper in particular is exciting, because I have been trying to find it for forever. It is what was used before chile peppers became widely available and supposedly has a similar heat, and while I probably won't use it often if it is just a more expensive version of chili peppers, I am still very excited to finally try it.
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Re: Looking on the Brighter Side, Things that are good

Postby Kivutar » Sat Aug 18, 2018 5:45 am

I'm getting married today.
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Re: Looking on the Brighter Side, Things that are good

Postby Deathclaw_Puncher » Sat Aug 18, 2018 6:10 am

Mazel tov!
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Re: Looking on the Brighter Side, Things that are good

Postby cmsellers » Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:23 am

Oh, wow, congrats, Kivutar! That is huge!

Sorry I didn't get you anything, but the price of anthrax these days ... you know?
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Re: Looking on the Brighter Side, Things that are good

Postby jbobsully11 » Sat Aug 18, 2018 3:37 pm

Congrats, Kiv!

I just turned the TV on and happened to find a delightfully terrible movie that just came out last year. Has anyone ever heard of Santa Jaws?
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Crimson847 wrote:In other words, transgender-friendly privacy laws don't molest people, people molest people.

(Presumably, the only way to stop a bad guy with a transgender-friendly privacy law is a good guy with a transgender-friendly privacy law, and thus transgender-friendly privacy law rights need to be enshrined in the Constitution as well)
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Re: Looking on the Brighter Side, Things that are good

Postby iMURDAu » Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:52 pm

Kivutar wrote:I'm getting married today.


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Re: Looking on the Brighter Side, Things that are good

Postby Australia » Sat Aug 18, 2018 11:14 pm

What are you talking about? I marred you months ag... Oh, married. Well, that's good too, I suppose.
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Re: Looking on the Brighter Side, Things that are good

Postby cmsellers » Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:12 am

I just learned that my favorite song by my favorite truly modern band was featured in The Walking Dead. I mean, it happened more than two years ago, but give me a break; I don't watch that show.
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Re: Looking on the Brighter Side, Things that are good

Postby JamishT » Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:07 am

My schedule changes from week to week, and it just so happened that I had the last three days off. I figured I should do something fun, so I went on AirBnb and looked around until I saw this:

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A cabin to myself in the Ozark area for about 60/night? Sure! Why not? When I got there, it turned out that it's a duplex-style cabin, but that's fine. Also, getting there was hampered by my phone charger going kaput (long story, but it worked out) and one of the cats I live with deciding to hide (making me search the house repeatedly, thinking I had lost him). But I made it!

I got there at about 5:30, but was running on a few hours of sleep, so I stayed in and watched TV. The next day was cloudy, windy, and a lil' rainy, and sitting by the lake wasn't very exciting, but it looked nice.

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I ate here, because I decided to become a tourist for the day.

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But it was so unexciting that I forgot about it in a few hours. I ended up going to Branson, which, for those who don't know, is a tourist trap of a town. Lots of museums, a theme park, live shows, kitschy flea markets and souvenir stores, and way too many visitor centers. I'm pretty sure I saw about 3 official, government run visitor centers and about 10 not-so-official ones, and they all advertised discounted tickets to all the shows. I didn't go to any shows, but I did find a Ripley's Believe It Or Not. I've wanted to go to one of those since I was a kid and I read about them in a book. So I did. I saw some cool stuff, but IDK if it was $20 worth.

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I drove to downtown Branson, where they have made a large stretch of lakefront a shopping area, with a Bass Pro Shop on one end and a bunch of boutiques on the other. I walked the whole thing and stopped in two stores. A moonshine distillery, where I tasted 13 flavors and got a good buzz going, and a hot sauce shop, where I got a good burn going (and bought two bottles). From there I walked up to the "historic" "downtown" area where flea markets and crap was to an ice cream parlor I'd seen on the way in.

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I did not add the hot sauces to the split.

It was still cloudy and crappy, so I went to my cabin, ordered a pizza and watched football, as God intended.

Monday (today, in my mind), was sunny and beautiful! I checked out of my cabin, went to eat breakfast at a big ol diner that apparently feeds every old person in the area, and went back to my cabin for my phone charger. :roll: I looked up some parks, picked one, found out it's a federal park and they wanted money to use it, found a state park, and went there to do some "hiking" (I don't consider paved trails to be hiking).

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After that, I got some BBQ and drove home. It was a good weekend.

The pictures were taken with my Canon T5i and Pixel phone.
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Re: Looking on the Brighter Side, Things that are good

Postby Marcuse » Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:10 pm

You mean to say you didn't add "Bust-a-nut" hot sauce to your banana split????

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Re: Looking on the Brighter Side, Things that are good

Postby cmsellers » Sun Sep 16, 2018 11:11 pm

The Austin Gilbert and Sullivan Society did what they call a concert performance of Patience, which means one show, piano accompaniment instead of a full orchestra, street clothes, and reading from scripts. I went, it was good.

Though they modernized it to explain the street clothes and part of their modernization was that they had hipsters self-identifying as hipsters. Every hipster I have met has very strongly rejected labels, so I cringed every time they did that.
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Re: Looking on the Brighter Side, Things that are good

Postby Malfeasinator » Wed Sep 19, 2018 12:42 am

cmsellers wrote:The Austin Gilbert and Sullivan Society did what they call a concert performance of Patience, which means one show, piano accompaniment instead of a full orchestra, street clothes, and reading from scripts. I went, it was good.

Though they modernized it to explain the street clothes and part of their modernization was that they had hipsters self-identifying as hipsters. Every hipster I have met has very strongly rejected labels, so I cringed every time they did that.


They were only pretending to be hipsters like, ironically or whatever?
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Re: Looking on the Brighter Side, Things that are good

Postby cmsellers » Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:47 am

Friday I tried to go to Corpus Christi and had car troubles that made me waste three hours and fucked a lot of other stuff up too. But there was a bright side to all of this.

In Nixon City, a truck was just sitting at a four-way intersection, not moving, for five minutes. I was right by a Lowe's, which is a Central Texas grocery chain, not the hardware store. So I went in to use the background, saw three brands of sausage I had never seen, and got a package of each to try. Two of them are some of the best sausages I have ever had.

Apparently there is a specific kind of central Texas sausage called Czech sausage, and it is fantastic. And I only tried two or three brands, there's apparently a ton more I haven't tried yet. I need to get on that.
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