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Mr. X

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  1. I think I waited an hour once, and that was in NYC in November 2020 with the pandemic, the presidential election, and *waves hands at everything else* all going on. I don't think I've voted by mail since college, and most of my in-person voting day experiences have been under 15 minutes. To be fair, I've been teaching high school since the early 2000's and usually go to the voting site right when it opens at whatever stupid early time since I'm on my way to work anyway. That definitely cuts down on the wait times.
  2. Reading this right now is the first time I realized that Rey did not start out on Tatooine.
  3. This is really the best description there is of Kurt Vile's music.
  4. Have you listened to The War on Drugs at all? They have some of the same vibe as Kurt Vile (he was a member at one point, so not too surprising). I Don't Live Here Anymore is their latest and it has some great driving around with the windows down vibes.
  5. The developers said something along the lines of it tying up the trilogy of DLCs they released. They did an AMA on Reddit a few days back (here's a link) and said they have "At least another year of content and then we'll see how it goes" when asked what more they have planned. They did say more DLC will be on the way but didn't give specifics. I picked up the new DLC last Thursday and have played through the new levels twice (well, only made it to the boss once). I really enjoyed the shipwreck. Haven't been super excited about the new weapons I picked up in terms of actual gameplay, but I thought the shark was hilarious to use. Died pretty quickly using that due to its slow speed but laughed my ass off every time I swung it around or threw it.
  6. I find Dead Cells to be ridiculously fun and lightly addictive. It's my default when I want to play something but not get tied up in a story or exploration. In the first half of this year, when I would often be virtually paralyzed by anxiety related to my former job, playing Dead Cells was a perfect way to shut my brain off. it's great fun, and I think I've now managed to unlock all the weapons in the "Everyone is Here" update (but none of the outfits). I also just played through Death's Door on the Switch and thought it was great. Very much a metroidvania that draws on things like Hollow Knight and the Zelda series -- it doesn't necessarily do anything super original, but what it does it does very well.
  7. I want to like this three times, but I can't. Instead, I liked it, quoted it, and will like my own quote post (if I can -- I have no idea how these things work).
  8. I got my Moderna booster yesterday and I think was at the pharmacy for maybe 5 minutes total, including spelling out my name so they could pull up the appointment and signing the consent forms. They didn't do the monitoring for me either -- the person who administered the shot said, "If you were going to have an anaphylactic response, it would have happened on one of the first two times so we're not worried about the third time." Been mostly okay today -- sore at the injection spot with some achiness that spread to my shoulder, though nothing that could be distinguished from my shoulder hurting because I slept in some weird, awkward position. Had a bit of a headache in the late afternoon today, so I took some aspirin, took a nap with the cat, and woke up feeling fairly normal.
  9. This is true. I'm booked for next Friday for a Moderna booster and I made that appointment a week or two ago. I mean, I was also looking for a Friday afternoon/evening so I wouldn't have to deal with any potential day-after effects on a teaching day, so I definitely complicated things, but there were many more slots available for the Pfizer booster.
  10. Oh wow, Coco. I kind of remember that whole thing happening but completely blanked on who was involved.
  11. I'm imagining a return of "Become Another Boarder Week" (or whatever it was actually called) where Scot and solo switch accounts.
  12. About an hour of my Monday morning just disappeared reading Uni Watch and I had to force myself to stop before I spent the rest of the day reading it. Figured out why the writing had a familiar feel to it when I checked the About page and found it's the same guy who wrote the zine Beer Frame back in the 90s. I probably still have a couple issues of that sitting in a box around here.
  13. I had forgotten about the 7pm salute and fast-forwarded mentally to June (?) when there were fireworks all the time. We live right between two fairly large hospitals in Brooklyn. I don't know that I'd call the ambulances relentless, but they certainly stood out due to the lack of all the other noise we usually get.
  14. I got curious after reading your earlier post about last March, so I looked at photos on my phone. I took a selfie of myself wearing a mask on the way to the grocery store on March 31, which is most likely the first time I went out of the house wearing a mask. There's another photo from the next day of Xray trying on one of the cloth masks my mom made and sent us. And I think you mentioned this too, but one of the weirdest things about living here at that time was how quiet things got. There was a stretch where almost the only sound was ambulances. This checks out. It did come up in conversation at Casa X that we were going through a lot more TP than usual since we were pretty much homebound. If you're asking whether there's a mandate for vaccinated folks to wear masks outdoors, the answer is no. I often do out of convenience as much as anything, as I find it simpler to just wear the mask for the 5-10 minute walk to the store or the subway rather than waiting to put it on when I get there. Here's what the NYC Health page has to say about it:
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