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      Welcome!   03/05/2016

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  1. 6 points
    Reasoned discussion, perhaps? Or good Lord, constructive criticism? The sort of stuff that gets mentioned in the FAQ?
  2. 4 points
    ProfessorTomoe

    What Are You Ingesting?

    I got accused of spreading tea porn in the Scribophile moderators forum.
  3. 3 points
    Don Edwards

    Story Wednesday October 18, 2017

    A rich Alpha Bitch would not be immune to the desire to have others demonstrate her dominance by bringing her gifts. And a less-than-rich Alpha Bitch can occur through sheer force of personality; most commonly, but not always, this person will be an oldest or youngest child in a large somewhat-dysfunctional family. On the other hand, a person who obviously has what it takes to be Alpha Bitch and obviously rejects the role (such as Susan) weakens the power of the role. This is good for other students who can't, or don't want to, play those games. Much the same is true on the male side, albeit manifesting slightly differently. Elliot, being obviously athletic (quite possibly one of the top athletes in the school) and apparently having little interest in school sports (plus having an obvious nerd and a couple of brainy non-cheerleader girls as his best friends), makes things a lot easier for non-jock/non-cheerleader schoolmates. Even without him making any effort to do so.
  4. 3 points
    FINALLY! I've been approved for the trial implant of the spinal stimulator which will hopefully get rid of my back pain! The implant surgery is scheduled for sometime on Wednesday, October 25th (yes, that soon!). They'll be implanting a trial Nevro HF10 spinal cord stimulator that operates at 10 KHz. The "test drive" will last about a week. If I like how it works, they can do a permanent implant later in a second procedure. I've been on the phone about it all day last Friday and once this morning. The office manager got back to me rather quickly today. Also today, I got a letter from Blue Cross with approvals for a ton of different procedures, each of which I guess will be necessary to implant the device. I think it'll be done outpatient, which is a blessing given my recent inpatient experience.
  5. 3 points
    CritterKeeper

    Things That Make You Happy

    Haven't done enough large animal to warrant my own cattle prod, but I may be able to dig up one of those tennis racket bug zapper things, I'm told they can really get someone's attention!
  6. 3 points
    Finally, on YouTube—Loudmouth and Baker's Lazy Day!
  7. 3 points
    He may be loud and his poop may stink, but he's a polite kitty. Can't fault him there.
  8. 3 points
    The Old Hack

    Things That Make You Happy

    I just got the following thank you note from Amazon Gifting. I am now quite happy.
  9. 3 points
    They all arrived while I was out. Forgot I was going to see my mother in Tulsa, so I didn't get home until 6:30. Printer set up was dog easy and the microwave works just fine. I am a happy camper, at least for right now. Thanks every one that donated. I'll try to pay it forward.
  10. 3 points
    Mrs. Prof caught a rare moment of peace between the two cats tonight. We've got two hammocks installed in our bedroom window, but until tonight only one has been used at a time. Behold, photographic evidence that both cats are finally using the window at the same time! ... and a picture of Loudmouth and Baker looking at each other ...
  11. 3 points
    ...you have no idea of how hard I just had to struggle to stop myself from making a joke about LGBTQ* insurance policies and reparative therapy for them.
  12. 2 points
    mlooney

    What Are You Ingesting?

    Head ache more or less gone, and the rice/soup mix is a bit, well, soupy.
  13. 2 points
    4:21 p.m. CDT 20171021. This post could go in the "What are you ingesting" thread if it weren't for the accompanying pain. Had any of you heard about Arby's nationwide one-day rollout of Venison Sandwiches today? They did a three-store test last year, and apparently it was so successful that they decided to go national with it. I mentioned it to Mrs. Prof a few days back and asked if she'd drive me to it. "NO!" she said. She is anti-Bambi-as-a-dish and absolutely refused to drive me. I tried asking my son: he couldn't do it. As a last resort, I asked my best friend. I offered to pay for sandwiches for him as well. He switched around his schedule and said yes. I was getting very excited as V-day approached. Then my pain started getting worse. And worse. And much worse. I've ended up pulling sevens on the 1 to 10 scale in between doses of pain medicine. I wouldn't be able to go. I got onto Facebook and sent a message to him yesterday, telling him we'd have to cancel. "I'll do it for you," he said. I couldn't believe my eyes. There's my best friend for you. Sure enough, he showed up this morning with three Venison Sandwiches in hand, two for me and one for him. He beat the two-sandwich limit by going to two stores. I paid him for all three. We each enjoyed one—very, very tender (they were cooked sous vide) and with a delicious juniper berry sauce that went well with it. It was bigger than I thought it'd be. His opinion was that it was good, but he wouldn't order it every day if it were on the menu. My opinion? Good enough to order as a special treat. Arby's is testing an Elk sandwich in three stores this year. If they roll it out, I hope I'll be able to drive myself to get one next year.
  14. 2 points
    ProfessorTomoe

    What Are You Ingesting?

    I won't have to torture you with *** TEA PORN *** any more, you'll be glad to know. I found a forum about tea (TeaChat.com) where I can geek out all day long about tea.
  15. 2 points
    Woo for surgery date! Wooo!! We're in the home stretch now.
  16. 2 points
    Pharaoh RutinTutin

    The Pharaoh Returns

    I am back and I am sorry for being away for so long. First, I'm certain the weather had many of you were worried about me. Let me assure you that even though Irma made a big mess here in Florida, I was not hard hit. I had to evacuate to a shelter a little farther inland called "Buffalo Creek Middle School". I know I've said this before, but a lot of places here in Florida sound like generic or fictional names. This was certainly no exception. Let me say that the Red Cross, along with the school district, the Sheriff's department, and the National Guard ran the shelter well. It could have been a lot worse. But if you ever look at news footage and see shelters full of cots, don't believe it. I spent three days with just a thin blanket over a cold, tile floor. One of my first purchases afterward was an air mattress with a battery powered air pump. Next, why is a crazy Danish princess attacking Ireland? Ok. I have a lot of comics to read and a lot of threads on which to mindlessly pontificate. This could take a while. But it would probably be unrealistic of me to request No Spoilers, so go ahead and talk about this, that, and the other thing.
  17. 2 points
    mlooney

    What Are You Ingesting?

    /me takes note. "I got that one..."
  18. 2 points
    The Old Hack

    What Are You Ingesting?

    Tea porn comes at a steep price.
  19. 2 points
    ProfessorTomoe

    What Are You Ingesting?

    From today's post in the Scribophile moderator's forum: *** TEA PORN *** Having my first go at the 10g piece of 2005 pu-erh tea. Initial notes: Breaking it into two 5g pieces is not easy when you don't have a tea needle. My wife knows exactly when the worst time is to get in my way. Once I got the piece broken in half (with some shreds, alas) and my wife out of the kitchen, I got everything going: 5g tea rinsed in 12oz. water at 212°F. I immediately dumped the first rinse, then refilled the steeper with the same amount of fresh boiling water over the same leaves, then let it steep for 4 minutes. BTW, for my tea porn friends, I use an IngenuiTEA Teapot from Adagio Teas to steep. Don't let that be a turn-off: it works, and has for me for years. First steep results: strong tea, with a little astringency at the back of the throat. N.B.: I always have to let things cool down some, lest I fry my tongue. Today, I fried part of my tongue. Note two: it's hard to enjoy tea while one's wife is talking business on the phone (loudly) nearby. As it cools, the tea gives off a woody aroma. There are traces of woodiness in the taste as well as it cools. A slight warming sensation spreads throughout the upper body. It's at this point that I wish I'd committed a blasphemy. I have some amber crystal sugar that I got as a sample from Adagio Teas. It's like rock candy, except that it dissolves faster. A rock or two would be nice at about this point. I'm assured, though, from the description on Teavivre.com, that a rock candy sweetness will develop after about the third steeping. The last drops go down smoothly. Unfortunately, I'm left with a combination burnt tongue / astringent feel in my mouth. However, the bitterness isn't so bad if you're used to drinking unsweetened tea at the drive-thru (another blasphemy, I know, but spare me the carbonation and sugar). I'm looking forward to future steepings, but after 12oz. of a liquid that's old enough to have a driver's license, I need some rest at the moment.
  20. 2 points
    mlooney & ProfessorTomoe Shipping. We get it there come Hell or high water.
  21. 2 points
    ProfessorTomoe

    NP, Wednesday October 18, 2017

    I don't know ... maybe this ... (Ashley <-> Elliot) ^ <---- (oo) Susan Catalina
  22. 2 points
    ProfessorTomoe

    What Are You Ingesting?

    ... and I didn't have to wait too long—just an hour or so since my last post, the mailman drops off the tea from China! And boy howdy, were they nice to me. In addition to the full Downy Dragon Pearls and Lapsang Souchong Smoky Black Tea orders, I got the following samples: Aged Raw Pu-erh Brick Tea 2005 - 10g (ordered free sample) Fuding Shou Mei White Tea Cake 2011 - 10g (ordered free sample) Jasmine Snow Bud Green Tea - 7g (extra free sample) Lapsang Souchong Wild Black Tea - 7g (extra free sample) Organic Lapsang Souchong Smoky Black Tea - 7g (extra free sample) My only regret is that I'd just poured a big, fresh glass of Crystal Light Tea with Lemon. It's okay. I feel a shutdown coming on, so after I wake up, I'll give teas a chance.
  23. 2 points
    The potted flowering plant made it to my friend's father's funeral. He called it "beautiful." Told his mother that he wanted it if she didn't. At least some good came from this.
  24. 2 points
    English muffin toasted. Topped with Tiptree Little Scarlett Conserve, which (according to the novels) was James Bond's favorite jam. That should give me a positive energy rush for a little while.
  25. 2 points
    There is nothing strange about that, old friend. You have been through medical hell and it is hard to believe that it may finally be nearing its end. I can relate to it -- all too well, in fact.
  26. 2 points
    mlooney

    Story Friday October 13 2017

    <nerd type = "Science Fiction"> Arguably? Star Wars is space fantasy full stop. No aspect of it makes it rise to as high as "SciFi", much less science fiction. It's very good space fantasy, but it's space fantasy never the less. I'm not saying that is a bad thing, just making sure what pigeon hole it goes into is properly identified. </nerd>
  27. 2 points
    My second order from Teavivre has just today arrived stateside, in Chicago! @CritterKeeper, you think you can grab a cattle prod and hurry 'em up there?
  28. 2 points
    Scotty

    Story Friday October 13 2017

    Yes ... it seems Mr. Raven is doing something else than just going to buy something ... I think we overlooked one reason that Adrian could be at the mall. Charity work helping military veterans.
  29. 2 points
    FINALLY! I got my hydrocodone for the month. The prescription was filled this morning. I called and verified that. As it turns out, they tried to call me, too, but due to the language barrier with the guy who originally took my order, he wrote a "2" down as a "5", screwing up my phone number. As a result, they couldn't call me. Here's how it went down. It started with a hematologist appointment, where I found out I'm still dealing with leukocytosis and a high neutrophil count, but not high enough to worry the doctor about cancer. Mrs. Prof then drove me to the pharmacy, which was exquisitely well hidden in a medical complex building. We finally located it and got to the head of the line. I presented ID and asked for my prescription. Turns out they had mine set up for mailing, although that didn't happen due to the holiday. They're supposed to call me before they mail (see above phone screwup). Anyway, they found the priority mail box, cut it open, and extracted my prescription. For some reason, there was no copay. On that part alone, I'm not complaining. Next time I need a hydrocodone prescription, I'm calling two frigging weeks in advance.
  30. 2 points
    It gets used at least 3 times a day.
  31. 2 points
    ProfessorTomoe

    Things That Make You Happy

    Good jasmine tea makes me feel not so alone when Mrs. Prof is out doing her caterwauling duties.
  32. 2 points
    CritterKeeper

    Loudmouth's Journey Inside

    Aww, shucks, t'weren't nuthin'!
  33. 2 points
    partner555

    Things You Find Amusing

    Today, lunch time with family eventually led to this gem from my dad: Mom: Do you have a degree in sarcasm? Dad: Noooo, I have a Masters in sarcasm.
  34. 2 points
    The Old Hack

    Story Friday October 6, 2017

    She will conjure a lightsaber and purge all life forms from the seat with the power of the Dark Side. What? It's what I would do.
  35. 2 points
    ChronosCat

    EGS Strip Slaying

    I did a handful of strip slays back in the day; this is the only one I still think is any good:
  36. 2 points
    The Old Hack

    Story, Monday October 2, 2017

    Indeed. It looks very dramatic and there is usually enough of them around to make them tempting choices, but if you need to use a missile, consider the merits of not using something that these days has been constructed so as to specifically collapse and crumble in a way to absorb kinetic energy from impact.
  37. 2 points
    hkmaly

    Story, Monday October 2, 2017

    Gee, this Friday Night at the Moperville Mall would be the perfect place to hold a classic car event, wouldn't it? Look up how much a gull-wing Mercedes is worth now. Thirty-odd years ago I saw one here going for $300,000. Yes, and maybe we should also have some celebrities to visit ... like, Ben Lee, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham, Michael Flatley, Julia Roberts ...
  38. 2 points
    Has to make up for the fancy cars he got a while back, right?
  39. 2 points
    Scotty

    Story Friday September 29, 2017

    Since Susan's involved, it should be titled "First Contact".
  40. 2 points
    Why does it sort of bother me that you have a detailed plan for doing this?
  41. 2 points
    Eek! Glad it wasn't a heart attack, but sorry it happened at all. As if there wasn't enough medical drama in your life!
  42. 2 points
    hkmaly

    NP Wednesday September 27, 2017

    "Never" is pretty strong word to be used in comics this full of transformations. Rhoda is RIGHT THERE.
  43. 2 points
    For God's sake, make sure it isn't one of the run that had exploding and/or melting batteries!
  44. 2 points
    The Old Hack

    Loudmouth's Journey Inside

    I fondly remember my kitties. Coming from the same litter really helped when it came to coexisting. Their favourite spot was invariably right next to where the other one was loafing. Example: here they somehow found their way into my laundry basket.
  45. 2 points
    CritterKeeper

    Loudmouth's Journey Inside

    They may shuffle who hangs out where as they get settled in. Heck, they may occasionally change it up even once they're best buds. As long as they're not fighting over the prime spots, let them sort it out amongst themselves.
  46. 2 points
    Actually, while fixing them will help, it won't magically make all conflict vanish. It can still be difficult to introduce a new cat to a spayed female cat, even if she has been spayed for years and used to share the household with two other cats. (Ask me how I know....) The benefits to the kitten of being an indoor cat far outweigh being exposed to an older female cat who doesn't seem to want to have much to do with her in the first place. In the wild, once the kitten is weaned, she has to leave to make way for the next litter, so trying to keep momma and baby together is unnatural and can be quite stressful, maybe even dangerous.
  47. 2 points
    It's late, and the cats are getting tired. Baker is zonked out on his pillow throne: ... while Loudmouth takes advantage of Baker's absence to nap in Baker's window hammock: The calm before the 6:00 a.m. storm.
  48. 2 points
    A friend of mine once owned a Ford Probe. Yes, the jokes were made.
  49. 2 points
    Have you checked for hidden compartments? ComEd has informed us that our practice will be without power from 9am to 11am Saturday. They told us this on Thursday. Apparently a transformer by the nearby Montessori school is leaking something, and we're downstream from it. We are normally open 8am to noon on Saturdays. This is about the worst two hours they could pick that day, and since Saturdays are probably our most reliably busy day, it kinda cuts into our income to not be able to see appointments. No x-rays, no microscopes, no centrifuge to spin blood samples, no computer to see the schedule or make appointments or take in money and credit it to accounts.... The boss decided to heck with it, moved the already-scheduled appointments either to other days or to between 8am and 9:30am (she rather expects them to be late in shutting off and reconnecting), and declared we're just going to close early. I may actually get out of there by 10am. Fermilab is holding their 50th anniversary open house on Saturday, and I got signed up for it a few weeks ago. It's sold out now. It's happening from 10am to 4pm, so normally I'd have missed half of it, minimum. Closing early means I'll get to see a lot more, plus there's sure to be more walking, which is a good thing. Balance that with the chronic anxiety of being a major part of a small business which needs a certain amount of income to stay afloat, and you get the ambivalence this thread is devoted to. I'm thinking it's more of a happy than anything else, by a good margin, but still mixed feelings.
  50. 2 points
    CritterKeeper

    What Are You Ingesting?

    I've been seeing commercials for Red Lobster's Endless Shrimp promotion. I love their shrimp scampi and their coconut shrimp, so the idea of having large amounts of both is quite appealing. However, it feels like too much of an extravagance to do frequently, and I'm trying (trying) to watch what I eat within reason. So, I've been resisting the urge to just go and pig out, especially since I was rather lazy this weekend. Wenesday, I went for a short walk at lunch. Short, both due to time constraints, and due to it being in the 90s and I didn't want to get my scrubs too sweaty. I enjoyed it, despite the temperature, and so Thursday I brought a bag with a pair of shorts and a light bare-shouldered (and upper-arm-concealing) blouse, an outfit I'd worn in Orlando comfortably. I sprayed on a boatload of sunscreen, donned a hat and put headphones in my iPad, and headed out around 12:40-12:45pm (lunch is theoretically noon to two but rarely am I free right at noon). And I proceeded to walk all the way down to the park near the next major street over. I stuck to shade as much as I could, and kept a decent pace, just like when doing the breast cancer walks. Drank my whole large water bottle and refilled it at the park. It felt good, and I wound up walking for over an hour before coming back, sponging off, and changing back into my work duds. I never got around to getting lunch and had no time left to eat it anyway, but I wasn't all that hungry until the end of the day. Well, after all that exercise, I felt virtuous, and I also craved meat, as often happens with me after a workout. When a near-miracle occurred and I was also done working relatively early, I decided now, when my metabolism was revved up by exercise and my body needed protein to build muscle, was as good a time as any to go eat shrimp. The nearest Red Lobster is almost half an hour away, but it's also open until 10pm. I had scampi and I had coconut shrimp, and I tried their new spicy one (good!) and their new "Mediterranian" skewer (bland), and I had scampi and coconut shrimp. And scampi. I ate a bunch of green leaves and some whipped sweet potato in there, too. The biscuits came home with me and I had them for breakfast today. Picture a cat stretched out in a sunbeam, purring, and that's me last night. :-)