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    Small Talk: We'll Be Right Back

    I get that. For years, I had an "All the stuff!" mentality. Had number of collections going at once. When I saw that everthing I spent good money on was stacked up in boxes and storage totes, undisplayed (because I had no room), gathering dust, I had to tap out. My husband was in the same boat. We each agreed to stick to one or two things, and everything else had to go, and we ceased collecting it. Something else that helps is a trick we learned on Clean House (the Niecy Nash show that was on eons ago): if something new comes in, something old goes out (preferrably more than one old thing, but at least one). It's served us well. When we were forced to move, we moved to a place that was twice the size of our old one. But it doesn't have a basement. That was another prompt to get rid of stuff. We doubled our house size but got rid of at least half of our stuff. We made daily runs to donation boxes, and sold things that had value. Once a year, we go to the shed in the yard, and pare down the storage totes we have. Every year, we have a little less.
  2. I'm 99.9% sure that's a Jehova's Witness pamphlet. They used to set up every Saturday at a restaurant we used to patronize, until it went downhill. They would sit at a table and smile, but not approach people. And they always had a literature rack.
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    All Episodes Talk: All Rise

    I remember the PayPal lady, and I remember at that time thinking that she may have been the victim of some fraud herself and there being some evidence that pointed me that way, but she was otherwise so incompetent that I just shook my head.
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    Small Talk: We'll Be Right Back

    I didn't like Friends even a tiny bit, but I loved Seinfeld. However, I am a big fan of well-done snark, and Seinfeld elevated that to artform. Fantasy genre stuff just escapes me. Same with westerns. I think some of that may have to do with my parents liking both, and being somewhat forced to sit through them when I was younger (if I never see The Pincess Bride again, it will be too soon - if it was on HBO, my parents were watching it...over and over....). But I know plenty who love it, so it's all good. Enjoy it by all means. I collect items relating to The Monkees. I have a display cabinet full of it in my living room ,and more stuff I can't fit in there. I have some high-value items that I lucked in to along the way (at good prices - even better). People don't "get" that either, and that's OK, but many have criticized me for liking that group, let alone collecting their stuff. People see a "crappy" group from the 60's, but I remember the look on my mom's face when they had their first comeback. I was a teen, and got in to the show. My mom had been a big fan and this became a fun activity we could do together. We went to concerts, and conventions, and just had a blast. Yet another reason I don't judge because people may have a special connection with something.
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    Commercials That Annoy, Irritate or Outright Enrage

    No need to apologize. PA is a deceivingly good-sized state. I always used to chuckle when I lived in Ohio, and someone would find out where I was from, and says "Oh, I know someone who lives in PA. Do you know (insert name here)?". 🤣 Not trying to go off-topic, but just a quick note for the MST3K/Rifftrax fans. They'll be re-playing "Giant Spider Invasion" in theaters next Tuesday (8/20). GO! Seriously. Just do it. I haven't laughed that hard in eons.
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    Commercials That Annoy, Irritate or Outright Enrage

    Western PA. Near Pittsburgh. 😀
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    Commercials That Annoy, Irritate or Outright Enrage

    You're in my neck of the woods, then (Central PA - I don't live super close to Pottstown).
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    General True Crime Shows

    I think the sheer scope of his operation also helped. That wasn't something that could be explained away simply. That was a huge operation that involved a ton of planning.
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    General True Crime Shows

    There were 2 eps of Web Of Lies on the other night that I hadn't seen, and both were so sad, and involved young girls in the earlier days of the internet. I'd like to think we know better now, but sadly...... The first one was heartbreaking, as the young girl was killed, but the 2nd one was "happier" in that they caught the guy and put him in jail for over 100 years, but he harmed hundreds, if not thousands, of girls in the US, Canada, and the UK. No one was killed, but they have horrible mental scars, sadly.
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    Commercials That Annoy, Irritate or Outright Enrage

    Last year's tour was 2 different movies. Many areas got 2 shows so they could do both, but our area only did one show. Some 80's Canadian made stinker called "The Brain". So terrible, but so good. I can't recall what the 2nd movie was, but it was supposed to be a knock-off of Conan type movies. This year's tour is "No Retreat, No Surrender", which we'll be seeing next month, and also "Circus Of Horrors", which we're hoping to see next spring. Tonight's Rifftrax is "The Giant Spider Invasion". They did one 2 or so months ago that we went to where the movie was bad. And not funny bad, just bad, and it made sitting through the show boring. We're never able to get to the Rifftrax live events - they're always too far away - but our local theaters do them live via satellite. I don't want to get scolded for going off topic too far, but when I get a chance this weekend, I can post some photos from last year's tour, for anyone interested. I'll put them in off-topic.
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    Commercials That Annoy, Irritate or Outright Enrage

    I don't think it's wrong, lol, but she would just vehemently defend the show, and in the end, she was only watching it because she thought a character was cute. 🤣
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    Commercials That Annoy, Irritate or Outright Enrage

    I don't make fun of people's fandom stuff. I know how to scroll by it, or how to block the pages they share stuff from. I know someone who is REALLY in to a cult-hit short lived sci fi show. I have zero interest, but I just hide the pages where she shares stuff from, and the ones that sneak through are just ignored. Simple. She does chap me a bit beause she made fun of me incessantly for liking Star Wars back in the 80's. I fell out of love with Star Wars when the Prequels came out, and it got worse when Disney bought it, and I'm completely innundated by Star Wars everything, and no longer really care for it. But now she's a super fan, and acts like she's been one since birth and people who don't like it suck - it's annoyning. But still, I let it go. I responded to a poll once in a group I belong to for nostalgia, that was regarding stuff you just can't get in to. I mentioned some TV shows (How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory, among them) and the aforementioned fantasy genre stuff. Man, did I get ripped to shreds. I got called stupid, unable to understand smart, intellectual comedy with regard to HIMYM (nothing about HIMYM seemed intellectual to me - "Wait for it" and "That's what she said" ad nauseum, in particular). Someone in that group that I'm "friends" with outside of the group would post about BBT, then say on the post "If you don't like it, keep scrolling!", which I knew was directed at me and a few others, who only commented once, and on a group post. Incidentally, she eventually admitted she only watched the show becasue she thought Johnny Galecki was cute (this woman is in her 50's). She would also incessantly post this meme that had Sheldon on it, and it said "People tell me they hardly know anyone watching Big Bang Theory. People are saying they don't know about the show, so please keep sharing this! Thank you, and Bazinga!". Seriously? This was several seasons in. People know about the show..... I have ecclectic taste, and I won't knock people for what they like, because I got plenty of it growing up in the 80's. While it stings that some of the stuff I was called weird for is now popular (Monty Python, for one), I just chalk it up to people taking a little longer to "get it". But I will bite back when people who made fun of me suddenly get irritated because it's done to them. Suck it up.
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    Commercials That Annoy, Irritate or Outright Enrage

    Thanks! The friend who turned me on to the show waaaay back in high school (late 80's) and I are going to Rifftrax at the movie theater tomorrow, and we're going next month to MST3K live. I went last fall and had a ball. It's Joel's last tour. Hoping to catch it again when it comes back to our area next spring. It will be a different movie from the one next month. I work in manufacturing, and no one reads the specs (which I write), and they make a small portion of the project the wrong color. So a manager goes back to those responsible, and they immediately put it back on me, saying I didn't make it clear enough. Am I supposed to hold their hand? They just need to read. So they say "highlight it". Um, no, orders are already highlighted in 3 colors, depending. They'd just say it was confusing if I added a 4th color of highlighting. Then they say it should have been on the design proof (it didn't really need to be - the part had no art on it, and it should have been very simple....)so they did ask art why they chose to let if off the proof, but art bounces it back on me, saying that if I was concerned, I should have had them update it. In reality, they just didn't want to add it since it had no art. Not anymore - they WILL be putting it on each one from here on out - even if the piece is just inches. An outside salesman in another state sends in incorrect specs. He has art correct it, but doesn't tell me (it's his order, so his responsibility). It gets to manufacturing, and someone in art says "Wait. I think I changed that." That was on the sales rep in this case - not art, as art doesn't know what is in-house - they offer many options, and aren't involved when the customer chooses, and shouldn't be. Not to mention, the customer signed off of this, and it wasn't correct. So my manager calls the rep and he doesn't answer (typical). We decide to go with what he told art to change, and it's done. Until the rep calls back. My manager apologizes TO THE REP (who is a shitty rep, for starters) because I got confused. EXCUSE ME??
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    Judge Judy in the Media

    I dislike the newer trend of watching a video, then having another person pop up in the corner, and you watch their reaction to said video, and have to listen to them talk. I really don't give a crap about what others think of the video. Just show me the danged video!!!
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    Commercials That Annoy, Irritate or Outright Enrage

    That's the favorite phrase of drama queens and whiny people. My cousin's younger daughter - in her 20's - is a bit of a drama queen, and she used that on me once, when I said I couldn't get in to Harry Potter (I also mentioned that I don't like fantasy genre stuff in general, like Lord Of The Rings, and Game Of Thrones - just so I wasn't appearing to be some hater). She told me that my comment made her die inside. 🙄 I told her to stop dying inside, because I don't die inside because she doesn't like Mystery Science Theater 3000, or other stuff I like. We like different stuff, and that's cool. Then she incessantly posts memes that say about not making fun of poeple for their fandom and whatnot. To which I always respond "As long as the same person isn't making fun of other people for not liking their fandom" - because I've gotten that a ton. I'm pretty sure I saw one the other day. Injury from exploding pens or something similar.
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