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    Small things you hate

    A dependable fact of life: Being generous with salary just promotes greed. Now because I was generous, I have to argue with people who apparently think I'm a pushover. This would not have happened if I had been a hardass. I wish I could learn my lesson but I keep making the same mistake. Now I'm a softass, full of anger.
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    Is David Eddings any good?

    Depends on what you consider 'deliberate'. My theory is that every man has a tale to tell about the first time he saw his own erect penis. I believe that Eddings wrote it organically, saw what it was, and then said 'eh, wtf' and published it anyway. So I would consider it deliberate and not-deliberate at the same time.
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    Is David Eddings any good?

    This thread prompted a re-read. At my present state of maturity (or immaturity) I found this section hilarious: "The sword was so huge that he should not have been able to hold it, much less lift it; but as he braced himself with his feet widespread and his shoulders pressed back against the wall, the point of the sword rose easily until the great blade stood upright before him. He stared at it in amazement, feeling a strange throbbing between the hands he had clasped about the hilt." :rofl
  4. paraphrasing this as the thread for 'unexpressed thoughts which are of no value to anyone' I do declare that I love to whine in an over-the-top, dramatic fashion. For instance, right now I have successfully reached my home through an unseasonable blizzard with hopes that in 5 hours I will be constitutionally capable of returning to work--in this case, to hear more ear worms. Part of me would love to extol fulsomely on the horrors of sitting in a chair listening to pop music for upwards of 15 hours a day but I can't do that because some people have real problems. However, I will say that one of the joys of living alone is that I may come home and moan audibly when I take off my boots and run my toes through the shag carpet. If my back/feet/knees hurt me I can cry out with no regard for others who may roll their eyes in disgust. As a non-sequitur, I will only add--Please, stop with the dancing! Oh dear Jesus, it's only April. There will be more dancing to more pop tunes. I've got two more months of it to endure. My ebooks cannot save me. Thoughtful reflection on the state of the world cannot save me. In five hours I have to get up and do it all again.
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    So, Toys R Us Closing...

    Here's my nostalgia kicking in... In elementary school I remember the first efforts at marketing to public school students where they would send home flyers of all the great books you could order to enhance your reading skills. I would circle all the books I wanted and present it to my parents with a 'I think we are supposed to do this' vibe like it was a permission slip they needed to sign or something. The answer was "No, we're not doing that." Nothing wrong with the library, though.
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    So, Toys R Us Closing...

    The only affection I have for TRU is that they had a truly spectacular jingle. I'm not sure that I ever entered a store but I can still get "I don't wanna grow up, I'm a Toys 'R' Us kid' stuck in my head. Analytically, I can see the appeal of an immersive fantasy environment, filling kids with wonder and desire of acquisition. I see the romance of the happy and prosperous family. However, kids today do not lack for immersive fantasy environments so what's the loss? For me, this is one of those privilege threads. I was not underprivileged but the idea that people went out on a random non-holiday for the express purpose of buying a non-essential item sort of drops my jaw. Go ahead and love on the toy store but don't be blind to the fact that a trip to TRU wherein a child gets to choose a toy is a story of remarkable riches for most people.
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    What's For Dinner, Take 7

    Do not underestimate my ignorance. Having never melted Jello, I did not know if that was a thing you could do (much less something you could do with a meat jello.) For all I knew, this was some kind of Super Jelly and you only needed 2 tablespoons to a cup of water to create normal broth or something. (Perhaps I imagined a jiggly bouillon cube.)
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    What's For Dinner, Take 7

    Wonderful! Thank you. So if a recipe calls for 1 cup of broth, how much jelly is that? Do I need to liquefy it somehow?
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    What's For Dinner, Take 7

    Please advise--what is this I have made? I am a poor cook but once in a while I will get a package of chicken drumsticks and slow cook them in the oven for that 'fall off the bone' goodness. Other times I will simmer the carcass from a store rotisserie chicken to make broth which I freeze into cubes and use for various other recipes. Recently I did the drumstick thing and thought, 'what's up with all that liquid that comes off the drumsticks? can it be used as broth?' usually I just pour it out but this time I put it in a container and just shoved it in the fridge. Wanting some broth, I fetched the container and found that it was some kind of chicken jelly. What do I do with it?
  10. The relevant bit is at about 2:40: If I told people the things I want them to know, all I would get is "thank you for making my last moments socially awkward."
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    Reforming police, the Blue Wall of Silence

    So two people are dead over a stolen car? I have had my car stolen and I was very happy to recover it undamaged and very thankful to the police but no matter how difficult its loss would have been to me (I was supporting myself as a pizza delivery driver at the time) there is no possible way that my loss would have been worth two people killed, even if one of them was guilty. Thinking in flow charts, I see how it happened. The escalation, the protection of citizens' property, the protection of police lives, fear, poor aim, desperation. But in the aftermath you have two people killed over a car. **** It seems natural to me that we can't make generalizations about the fitness of veterans for police duty. Besides the differences of personality, there are differences stemming from assignment--some veterans went house-to-house in a foreign country where they didn't speak the language with stipulated Rules of Engagement while other veterans served behind fences. There is no perfect solution to training police. We want them to be Navy Seals and social workers and mindless drones filling out tickets all at the same time. We often use the phrase 'the best and the brightest' but we need to be realistic. There are only so many 'best and brightest' to go around. Mostly we have average people with average levels of intelligence, compassion, courage, and virtue. Maybe we need to direct our attention more to the prosecutors and jurors.
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    The Rules of Being a Woman

    I'm good at what they call 'book learning' but not good with the unwritten rules of life. At 46 years old, I still struggle with these unwritten rules. I would like to compile a guide for the naive based on the unwritten rules of society. This is all based on my experience and observation so I have no doubt that my rules will seem outrageous to others. Still, you've got to do what works best for you. #1--Show no skin. No matter how nice it is to feel wind and sun on your shoulders, any exposed skin is perceived as an invitation to ogle or some kind of vanity. It is Not OK to just enjoy bodily freedom, if you are showing skin you will be judged in unsavory ways by both sexes. #2--Sex=Love--Do Not Deviate. My females friends understood this far earlier than me--you can have sex with as many guys as you like as long as you fall in love with every one of them. All you have to do is say 'I think he could be the One' and you're covered. People may think you are stupid and naive but they will not call you a slut. Sluts are women who have sex just for fun and pleasure. #3--Hair Restraint. I keep a pony tail 98% of the time because I can't stop flipping it around and messing with it. Hair fiddling = attention-seeking, all will judge you. #4--Defense. You can dress modestly and stay on your guard but if a strange man approaches you and you are defensive, that makes you a bitch. That man plays the victim, 'why would you throat punch me? I'm a nice guy' but if you get assaulted you will not only be assaulted but people will say 'why didn't you defend yourself?' One must cultivate the art of being casual yet formidable. #5--Diplomacy. Socially men are expected to make the first move and that is a rough assignment if you consider that we all fear rejection. Nevertheless,when a guy makes the first move and it is unwelcome, women can't just say 'go fly a kite' we have to reject a man with compassion and consideration so that he doesn't slit our tires or stalk us. There could be an entire other thread about how to reject a man without inciting hatred. I hope that others will add to the list from their own experience but I do not deceive myself.
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    Men. Men. Men.

    Kalbear, I would appreciate it if you stopped trying to paraphrase my argument. You didn't understand my argument, you cannot restate it with accuracy.
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    Men. Men. Men.

    I don't want to keep sparring with you because I understand that your mind is closed to what I am trying to say but I can't help myself. Poor impulse control, I am also guilty. You don't have to give them a wank room. They will find a way. If they need it, they will have it no matter the consequences. It's more a question of asking what impact it has on the greater population and what (if anything) should be done about it. Because I can't grasp it, it must apply to every man? WTF? I did not say that or imply it. You fabricated that and attributed it to me. You are saying more about your mind than mine right now. From my experience and observation, I wouldn't say it is a majority problem but I would say that it is not uncommon. I'm not talking about the 1%, I'm talking about the 20%. I won't bog the thread down with examples. You have your own examples if you are honest. Having said that, the thread wants to move on and I don't want to stop it. We can move it to PM or just let it go. You get the last word.
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    Men. Men. Men.

    Yes! Finally a shred of hope of being understood. I suggested a medical solution in my first post but acknowledged that there would be resistance to that idea. How can we help people who suffer from this condition for their benefit and the benefit of all when a reduction in sexual desire is not considered a desirable outcome? In other news, I compared sexual release to breastfeeding, migraines, asthma, blindness, and depression. I don't have any of these issues but that does not excuse me from giving consideration to the needs of people who do. "A small minority related to sexual deviancy" Where have I heard that argument before?
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