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  1. 19 yards of chitlins with onions and sardines on the side
  2. Hot almonds and shelled pistachios.
  3. Wondering if anyone else here had their problems "solved" in a dream, only to wake up and face ugly reality... it's got to be one of the worst letdowns. I dreamed that I got out of the rat race and found a ranch in the country to move to and escape this existence. It all seemed so realistic, too, including putting in an offer and dealing with the real estate company. Just another reminder to ask myself if I'm dreaming if something seems too good to be true.
  4. I'll third this. That's a silver lining of COVID: You can deliberately avoid people on the street and not look like some kind of antisocial weirdo anymore. When I cross the street as soon as I see someone coming towards me, that's now a prudent health and safety measure.
  5. Yep, the best rap was done in the 80's: Fat Boys, Run-DMC, Ice-T, etc. Except for LL Cool J. LL Cool J is the only one that wasn't cool After all these decades, somehow I still remember a bunch of lyrics from passive memorization, thanks to everyone playing it all the time in school: E.g.: ... Dust is burnin', the steerin' wheel's turnin' I'm out a week, I'm already earnin' Suckers crossed, tonight's their loss Payback time, boy, life's the cost Gauges out the window, one lay 'cross the roof They all die if them suckers ain't bulletproof I'm rollin', death tollin', of course the car's stolen But I'm blind to what's wrong, all I want is what's golden A fool in a fight, too damn dumb to know right F****n' blue lights, read 'em their rights Drama I copped an alias, got out in an hour or less I keep a bank for that, don't know about the rest Copped another piece, hit the dark streets Rollin' once again, f**k the damn police! ... That's just a small fragment of one song.
  6. Yes, but while the 80s gave us Menudo, the 90s gave us New Kids on the Block, which sort of throws a wrench into things. To be fair, though, I didn't have the same low opinion of those as everyone I knew did (and I mean everyone!)
  7. In my mind, at least, everyone has a fraction of time when they'd go through it. For most, it's 0%, or so I would hope. 100% means you have no wish to live at all. If it's 20%, this means you'd go actually go through with it about 1/5 of the time. However, I suspect many or most switch back to their "want to stay alive" phase when about to "succeed" in their attempt. That's where intervention comes in: If someone is there for the person, it will save their life.
  8. Even as a child? I remember thinking that I had some purpose and the future was wide open, with not knowing what's coming a part of the fun. Sadly, reality has dealt a harsh blow to this naive notion.
  9. Sometimes you find torn-off fingernails in nooses used for suicides, apparently indicating a futile final attempt by the victim to save their own life. Does it really all become clear with one second left to live?
  10. Yep, that's pretty harsh. Some people play 12 hours a day or more. That's China's 996 system -- i.e., 9am to 9pm 6 days a week, except it would be more like 997 for games. I prefer the banker's version: 363. That is, accept deposits at 3%, lend out at 6%, and be on the golf course by 3pm.
  11. Yes, it's disturbing that no one even knows exactly who's susceptible. It's not always those with weak immune systems or pre-existing conditions. There seem to be no straight answers. Sadly, no one seems safe. Even those who beat it can suffer diminished lung function and the like, thanks to the scarring due to the virus ripping up cells. Or so I've read. Best wishes to all. Stay safe...
  12. Fond memories of the Stargate series... If only we could ascend and dispense with this world, though I never got a real sense of what sorts of issues might arise on that higher plane of existence (or even what it was, exactly). Would those glasses cost the same in Canada? Sounds like a case of profiteering in the US healthcare system (what else is new?), unless it's a rare case of the cost being justified.
  13. I dare you to walk into a Lamps Plus outlet store and ask the first clerk you see, "Excuse me... do you guys have any lights?"
  14. The bad news is that the chances of that asteroid hitting the Earth have just been upgraded to 1 in 1750. The good news is that this won't happen for another 100 years.
  15. Good to hear that everyone made it, since I was imagining the land of Oz and all. I lived on the east coast long enough to "appreciate" the brutal summers, but now it's getting to be the same or worse more out west as well. Also heard about haze and smoke from wildfires in Siberia, which would seem a bit like tropical air in the Arctic.
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