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    NHL Thread

    Am I wrong for being glad the Maple Leafs lost last night and John Tavares is starting his off-season early, while the Islanders swept the Pens and are moving ahead to the second round?
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    S01.E20: Free Fall

    I tried it for the concept and stayed for the cast and characters. I don't know if I should admit it here, but I hardly knew who Fillion was before this, it's the first thing I've seen him in.
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    Dear Diary: Question of the Day(s)

    Chocolate...is there any other flavor? Actually, I'll try just about anything that has chocolate in it, chocolate fudge brownie, rocky road, you name it, if it has chocolate in it, I'm there.
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    Undercover Boss

    I've been watching some of the old episodes they air on CNBC. Just caught the Taco Bueno episode. As usually, he gave a bunch of stuff to the employees that were included on the show - two of whom had in the neighborhood of $20K in outstanding medical bills, which he paid. That led me to two thoughts. First, if the cheap SOB provided health insurance for his employees, they wouldn't be struggling to deal with $20K in medical bills. Second, if I work for that company and have large medical bills I'm struggling to pay, the day after this episode aired, I'd be calling the CEO's office to ask when I should be expecting a check to cover my medical bills.
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    I don't need overalls made with sweatshirt material for that to happen... 😜
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    Pet(s): Photos & Discussion

    I'm not familiar with them. What is the problem?
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    Pet(s): Photos & Discussion

    It's the Easter Aussie, Charlie Brown!
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    Favorite Commercials

    You have a roof rack on that thing?
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    Small Talk: We'll Be Right Back

    Bringing the talk about alert signals - tornadoes, nuclear plants, etc. - over to Small Talk. There is a nuclear plant about 30 minutes from me, I don't have any warning sirens near me, but my GF has some near her place. They will usually make a FB post announcing tests, saying people should ignore the test siren. One time, I replied "What if there is an actual emergency during a test? How will we know that?" They came back with some mumbly response, but clearly they didn't appreciate the level of my snark. Back in my Air Force days, I was flying KC-135 tankers - we refueled other aircraft in flight. One week out of three we would pull Alert - just like the B-52s, a number of aircraft was fully fueled and loaded, with checklists complete up to the point of starting engines. They were parked in a restricted area next to the end of the runway, and the Alert force lived in the Alert Facility next to the aircraft. We slept, ate, and did most everything in the facility, and had pickups with lights and sirens to respond to the aircraft if the klaxon went off. The klaxon, was a loud, obnoxious horn - they had them in many places around the base - and it was tested every day at 1:10 pm. You could always tell who was flight crew on base, even out of uniform - almost everyone had an alarm set on their watch for 1:09 pm. If the klaxon went off at any other time - even if it was just for a few seconds, and not the full signal - we would respond "as fast as safety permits" to the aircraft and await further instructions. Usually when it was just an exercise, we knew it because the fire trucks would be out waiting and we would see the Wing Commander's car cruising the flight line. On a few occasions, there was a system malfunction that resulted in an inadvertent klaxon. Those were exciting because you didn't know if it was real or not...
  10. As comedian Lewis Black calls it, "the moonshine of medicine!"
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    NFL Thread

    No, I'm with you. Barkley had a great rookie year, and should only get better. I know Darnold was playing with the Jets, but what I saw of him didn't get me too excited.
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    It looks like a CBS logo to me, and I'm a big screen.
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    Pet(s): Photos & Discussion

    It's been a tough few days for Jake the Aussie. GF and I both started new jobs this week, so he's home alone all day, and since he's a big, exuberant, year-old Aussie, we keep him in his crate when he's home alone. Tuesday night, we brought him up to a local pet supply place for a visit. A couple of groomers are there Tuesday evenings, doing nail trimmings, for a donation to a local animal rescue. We used to take Denali there every three or four weeks. As amazing as she was, she would forget all her manners when she went in there, because it was all about the treats she would get after her nails were done. We've brought Jake down the past three weeks, not that he needed his nails done, but just so he gets used to the place, the ladies, and the noise and feel of the Dremel tool she uses. He's been pretty good about it, he's getting used to the Dremel little by little. This week he was amazing - this is the dog that loses his mind when he sees a bunny when we're out for a walk. While we were waiting, he mostly just sat at our feet quietly, he didn't get all crazy when he saw other dogs there, and was well behaved when we were in with the groomers. We stopped for ice cream afterwards, at a small shop in town. We had ice cream, he had a "pup cup" of vanilla ice cream with a dog biscuit, and got loved on by a number of people, including a little (2 year old?) girl - he was incredibly calm and gentle with her. Tonight, we took him to a local dog park for the first time. I don't know that he's been to one before, and he absolutely loved the chance to run off leash and play with the other dogs. There was a guy with a German Shorthaired Pointer who was throwing a ball around, and Jake would chase her as she went after the ball and brought it back, and a couple of times beat her to the ball and brought it back himself. He burned off a lot of energy and had a blast! He made a bunch of new friends, although he did knock this German Shepherd puppy down a few times.
  14. Just saw - well, heard, I wasn't really watching - a promo on CBS, maybe for BBT. I think someone there is reading this thread! Man: I'm literally losing my mind. Woman: Really? Man: I just used literally figuratively!
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    Miscellaneous Celebrity News

    From the Wiki article @Silver Raven posted: So yes, Jessica probably contributed to the school's death toll...
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    MLB Thread

    That's why we love Mr. Met so much!
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    TV Tropes You Hate

    Manifest, I'm looking at you...
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    MLB Thread

    We had a good time in Atlanta this weekend. It was raining like mad when we left Charlotte Saturday morning, but it stopped while we were on the road. Stopped at Peachtree Dekalb Airport for a little spotting before heading to the hotel. We stayed at the Hyatt, about 3/4 of a mile from the ballpark. As @Enero noted, the park is a short drive from downtown, on the I-285 loop north of downtown. The GPS took us down I-85 to 285 then a short hop onto and off of I-75 - the park and hotel are just a little west of the I-75 interchange. The overhead signs said 6 lanes (!!!) on I-75 were closed for construction, and vehicles were completely stopped 2 miles from the exit, so we stayed on 285 and backtracked a bit. The ballpark is beautiful, really well done, and there is a large dining and entertainment area right outside the gates, with plenty to eat and drink before and after games. We caught the end of the Mets' batting practice, and had time to grab a beer and a couple of hot dogs before the game. The concourses are plenty big enough to get through without too much of a hassle. Food was pretty good, if expectedly expensive. We were on the first base side, about 8 rows from the field, and about half way out into the outfield. The weather was absolutely perfect for a ball game, the Mets not so much. Of course, instead of deGrom or Syndergaard, we had Jerry Vargas starting for us. He didn't make it out of the first, giving up 4 runs and getting only one out. The Mets came back and tied it up in the top of the second, then Met reliever Corey Oswalt gave those 4 back in the bottom of the second, and we were off to the races! There were actually a good number of Met fans in the stands - we even had several "Let's Go Mets!" chants during the game. And yes, there was the tomahawk chop, and The Wave made its way from the 1990s to make five or six laps around the park. All in all we had a great time. Win or lose (and I've seen the Mets lose lots of times in the past 50 years) not much beats a day (or evening) at the ballpark. They don't allow longer lenses in the ballpark, so I had to make due with a normal lens and some significant cropping... Atlanta's take on the mascot race - Home Depot tools running on the outfield warning track. The big power drill got hip checked into the wall in the left field corner! Braves' mascot Blooper passing us in the aisle.
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    Miscellaneous Celebrity News

    Did any of them try to get their kid into Hudson University? That would be worth doing time for!
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    A case of the Mondays: vent your work spleen here

    Today, I started my job at the Census Bureau. I'm starting as an office supervisor working with the field operations team - they are the folks who do the address checking and follow up interviews with people who don't return their Census forms. It's not a bad gig - right now it's an 8-week term that can (and probably will) be extended, and it pays better than a clerk position. I'm also interviewing for the Office Manager position - that's the one I want, at least if I'm working for the Census - I would be managing the entire operation here, and it's more of a "real" government job, with a term through the end of the Census operation in September 2020. It pays more, and offers some benefits, like paid vacation days, and qualifying for health insurance. My interview is Wednesday morning, in the office where I'm working, and the woman I'm interviewing with is from the Atlanta regional office, currently serving as the acting office manager. I had the opportunity to meet her and chat with her a bit today, so hopefully that helps come the interview. I spent most of today doing training programs on the computer - it sounds like the operation this time is what they hoped to have in 2010, but couldn't make work at the time. Even so, I'm finding many familiar things from my previous work there, so some things remain the same. I also have a phone interview Thursday on a permanent, full-time analyst position, and I'm still waiting to hear on a couple of other things I'm working on.
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    A while back, I got shampoo and body wash in bottles with a pump, to make it easier to dispense. Since then, I get the large, economy size versions of each, and use a small funnel to transfer them when the pump bottles get low. I just prop them up in a corner of the vanity until they finish.
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    Small Talk: We'll Be Right Back

    Yeah, I remember that one too! 😊
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    It sounded like you tell them where you live, and they research what's in the water there.
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    You don't lock/unlock it from outside. It is meant to keep people from entering a building/room you are in, not to secure it when no one is there.
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    Small Talk: We'll Be Right Back

    This year? I've seen you post these before, and I've never seen Mookie look happy to be with the Easter Bunny.