Dottie_V
 member, 124 posts
 The fifth in a series of
 odd things you saw today.
Sun 15 Jul 2018
at 19:22
Re: More good stuff.
In reply to Genghis the Hutt (msg # 817):

No, I don't think so. Unless V_V is one of my cousins on the west coast. ^_^"
Briel
 member, 36 posts
Mon 16 Jul 2018
at 16:24
Re: More good stuff.
aguy777:
In reply to Hunter (msg # 813):

Wait, the caller ID said 'Illegal Scam'? Well, I guess you can't say they were dishonest...


A lot of cell phone carriers will now mark suspected numbers as such. I don't know what the criteria are, but I've seen it more over the last couple years.
ShadoPrism
 member, 1228 posts
 OCGD-Obsessive-Compulsive
 Gamer-Disorder
Mon 16 Jul 2018
at 18:48
Re: More good stuff.
In reply to Briel (msg # 819):

I get allot of 'Scam' or Fraud numbers - I tend to answer them with 'Fraud Investigators' or similar, it's amazing how fast they hang up.
facemaker329
 member, 7034 posts
 Gaming for over 30
 years, and counting!
Wed 18 Jul 2018
at 05:27
Re: More good stuff.
For the first time in almost twenty years, I'm doing back-to-back shows (as an actor...I've often done back-to-back-to-back and even overlapping shows as a technician/designer/run crew).

Funniest thing is, I haven't had to audition for either one.  The first role came about because the man they had cast originally became suddenly seriously ill and had to drop out of the show...and one of my neighbors was in the show and said, "I might know a guy..."  A quick text-message conversation later, I was part of the cast.  Small part (two spoken lines, and the majority of my time spent on stage is 'asleep')...they later added me to an ensemble role in the second half of the show because one of the actors they had been planning to use was having issues trying to resolve how he could be one character in one part of the show and another character in a different part of the show, but I don't have any lines in that role and don't even really have much in the way of specific blocking.  They didn't even make me learn the lyrics for the songs I'm supposed to be helping sing (which, I think, was a good choice on their part...and part of selling me on doing the show in the first place was that there was no singing for my character...)

The second one came about because one of my friends is directing the show, and posted something about needing actors to play a small role at the end of the show on Facebook.  I responded with a joke about needing to cut my hair and shave my beard...someone else saw the joke and didn't realize I was joking and asked me about it, and something about the way she asked made me realize just how desperate my friend must have been to throw things open to anyone that would respond...so I said yes (even though I need to cut my hair and shave my beard.  She apologized about that tonight, and I laughed...I started growing my hair out for a part that I didn't get, so it seems somehow poetic that I cut it off for a part that I did.  And it only takes me a few weeks to grow a pretty good beard, so I'm not worried about that.)

I enjoy acting...but I don't get to do it that often.  Most places around here produce musicals, and I consider myself a mediocre singer, at best, and definitely NOT a dancer.  And my job ties up significant portions of my time, and at least a couple of months out of the year, I just can't even think about doing another show because I know how much time work will eat up.  So, having two roles basically land in my lap, at times when I can fit them in around work...this is unprecedented!
CrazyIvan777
 member, 244 posts
Mon 23 Jul 2018
at 16:55
Re: More good stuff.
Getting that 'right role' is so awesome! I'm happy for ya, Face!

As for me...
For reasons I won't go into, my brother is in charge of a travel budget I have, and my brother is... To put it lightly.. A huge pain in the behind. He has actively blocked things because he just wants to be petty and vicious in the past.

Well, after two months of struggle, my trip to GenCon has finally cleared the last hurdle! I've been nervous about it for weeks, and now I'm sure I'm going and I have a great hotel! I'm so excited!
Dottie_V
 member, 127 posts
 The fifth in a series of
 odd things you saw today.
Thu 26 Jul 2018
at 22:12
Re: More good stuff.
My Dad's vision is making a slow recovery. He's adhering to his new med schedules. His labs came back and he's not as terrible as we thought he was (a surprise to us all: apparently he has a very minor anemia). He's even using his glucose monitor like he's supposed to!

I'm not as much debt as I thought I would be over this whole ordeal. As a jumping off point, we're not in as bad a shape as I thought we were.

Right now, this is all I can ask for.
aguy777
 member, 284 posts
 Join Date:
 Thu, 28 Nov, 2013
Mon 30 Jul 2018
at 00:17
Re: More good stuff.
Just passed my Occupational First Aid level 2 exam. With all the stress that's been lifted off of me, I feel 10 lbs lighter. Also, I now get an extra week of paid vacation per year. I'm a tad exhausted (a 4 hour exam where ~2.5 hours are practical will do that), but I'm so relived and happy that it doesn't matter.
Isida KepTukari
 member, 224 posts
 Elegant! Arrogant! Smart!
Wed 22 Aug 2018
at 14:46
Re: More good stuff.
My mom, who has been allergic to cats for four+ decades, inherited her boyfriend's cat when he passed away last year.  Since then, she's been virtually inseparable from The Boss (as he's known), with only very minor symptoms of her allergies.  The Boss has proven to be a cuddly companion and good lapcat.  He also travels very well, being super chill in the car, strange houses, or even just the basket of a shopping cart.  And he doesn't mind visiting the vet.

(His only "flaw" is he has no real hunting instinct - bats got into the house twice and he was like, "What? Not my problem. I'm gonna go take a nap.")

Somehow my mom ended up with the perfect "starter cat" and best possible pet out of what had been a sad time in her life, and The Boss brings her so much joy.
acera
 member, 151 posts
Sun 2 Dec 2018
at 13:18
Re: More good stuff.
My workplace benefits include access to mental health help (quite substantial, too). It used to just be for those who received benefits, but apparently the company is now expanding access to our staff. Big boss has to specifically request it, but I’m impressed that they’re doing it.
facemaker329
 member, 7067 posts
 Gaming for over 30
 years, and counting!
Tue 4 Dec 2018
at 08:39
Re: More good stuff.
Here's to opening new doors in life...I'm in dress rehearsals this week for my first musical role (I've been in a musical before...but with a strictly non-singing part.)  I spent most of my life thinking that I couldn't sing...and as a result, I never did, so it was kind of a vicious cycle.

Several years ago, some friends of mine convinced me to try singing at a karaoke party.  It was at another friend's place, relatively small crowd, I knew almost everyone there, and most of them were drunk, so I figured it was a good time to give it a try, because if I was terrible, it would be in front of friends who knew I didn't sing, and most of them wouldn't remember it, anyway.

Turns out, I wasn't terrible.  And I enjoyed it.  I don't consider myself a great singer, by any means...but I'm at least mediocre, and on a good night, I'm actually pretty good (as long as I stick to stuff in my vocal range).  So, when some friends from another show told me about this one, I decided I'd audition...nothing ventured, nothing gained, and all that.  And I was initially auditioning for a non-singing part...but the director decided that my voice was good enough to gamble on.  And it's been a lot of fun (more fun than I expected, considering the show, itself, is one of my less-preferred musicals...fun enough that my opinion of the show has been tempered somewhat).

I still think I'm a lousy dancer, though...but not bad enough to take me out of any of the numbers (although I'm only in two where I have to dance at all, and that's only briefly)...but I've gone from 'I don't do musicals' to 'I'd audition for one that interests me' (or for one with a lot of people I enjoy working with involved in the production).

Fifty years old, and I'm still trying stuff that scares me...and discovering how much fun it can be.
Brianna
 member, 2163 posts
Tue 4 Dec 2018
at 13:19
Re: More good stuff.
Yay, Annabelle (my cat) ate all the last dish of food I put out for her!  She recently developed diabetes, and is (supposedly) eating a different food in double the quantity of her previous more varied diet.  Her BG has been pretty good, but I'm afraid that's more because she hasn't been eating much of anything, and because she's been losing weight.  Have to see how her next test goes, may have to give her insulin again, but I guess that beats seeing her waste away.
Aleph Null
 member, 12 posts
 I have my PhD
 In Wumbology
Tue 4 Dec 2018
at 16:34
Re: More good stuff.
I just found out this morning that I have an extra 3-ish days to study for my exam. I have been stressed about it so the extra time means I should do quite a bit better than I was originally thinking I would do, assuming I spend it correctly.
V_V
 member, 785 posts
 You can call me V, just V
 Life; a journey made once
Tue 4 Dec 2018
at 17:33
Re: More good stuff.
Holy Swiss Cheese on onion bagels! Mmmmmm...oh yeah! the dice roller has...MAGIC EIGHTBALL? OMG! jase! Man every December I find cool stuff I didn't know I wanted and now can't live out. My face to face group threatens to use the dice roller (a big no non  without board support) and I must never divulge that they have systems like "Magic Eight Ball". They will ruin my IP record of good behavior! Anyway, that is SO cool that you have magic eight ball. That made my day! I wish I had an onion bagel though. :( *Shakes Magic Eightball* auh..."Concentrate and Ask Again" sad catface. Ooooooooooooh "My reply is no" q:< FINE! I'M GOING TO EAT YOU THEN! And if you taste bad it's your fault.

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facemaker329
 member, 7069 posts
 Gaming for over 30
 years, and counting!
Thu 13 Dec 2018
at 08:35
Re: More good stuff.
I have some really awesome friends.  I agreed to build a prop gondola, for a corporate event (because a friend asked me to). It's winter.  I have a 1br apartment that's ridiculously overstuffed from a little over two decades of theater and entertainment work, on top of my 'stuff-intensive' hobbies.

So I hit Facebook to see if any of my friends had a space I could work in.  A couple of new friends I made over the past year responded, and let me use a third of their garage, their table saw, their propane space heater and their propane, and even fed me a couple of times.  They let me work there all day while they were at work, let me keep working after they'd gone to bed, and even made a hardware store run with me to pick up some supplies that didn't fit in my car.  Thanks to them, the project is done, in less than a week.  Saved my sanity, and likely my health, as well.
Fyrerain
 member, 99 posts
Fri 21 Dec 2018
at 00:41
More good stuff.
I'm alive.

And contrary to popular belief, looking death in the eye doesn't cause your past to go flashing through your mind... sometimes, there just isn't that much time.

I was turning left off the SR on my way home last night, blinker on, slowed, with a car right on my tail. I'd already turned across the center line when there were suddenly headlights in my left side mirror as a car came barreling around me. I had an instant to realize what was happening, yank the wheel to the right, and pray the guy on my tail hadn't decided to whip around me on the right rather be bothered with slowing down.

Thankfully, he didn't, he was still behind me and somehow, I didn't end up dead in the center of a 3-car pile of crumpled steel. I had a brief glimpse of a white or silver sedan similar in size to my car right outside my door, and then the psycho was past.

I've seen a lot of stupid driving, having an hour+ commute, with half of it on one of the state's deadliest highways, but I've never seen a stunt like that.
Isida KepTukari
 member, 253 posts
 Elegant! Arrogant! Smart!
Wed 23 Jan 2019
at 04:07
More good stuff.
My external windscreen cover is a miracle.  When I put it on my car, I haven't had to worry about scraping my windscreen from frost, snow, or ice this winter, and at the end of a 12-hour shift that is such a relief to know I can get home just that much sooner, because I can actually see out of my car instead of having to scrape.

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V_V
 member, 806 posts
 You can call me V, just V
 Life; a journey made once
Fri 1 Mar 2019
at 02:20
More good stuff.
So, I just had my brain tickled and exercised (so to speak) at the same time.

I was watching a video on Youtube (which was dry and technical) in which the voiceover said (in an excerpt) "...the error cost the company 150 million dollars, which is more than the average average American makes in a year" and I was just O_O wait, what?! I felt somehow, for a good minute really pathetic. I tried to rationalize it by the super rich and then it dawned on me. I felt really dumb for about the next ten seconds and then had a great laugh.

Another excerpt, which I'm sad to say I saw as only an excerpt and not into the context of its entirety, was talking about (I'll insert an example to make it coherent) the fact every person that ever lived had more ancestors than the number of stars in the solar system. That one, sadly, I also was baffled at, and also made me crack up when I caught the nuance. This was in CONTEXT to the above. I was still taken for a ride. I am an astro physics enthusiast...and I still fell for the deadpan joke.

I won't assume that people need this, but just in case I'll explain it. I'm sleep deprived from taking care of a sick friend. So maybe it was just that fact, or maybe others might have fallen for the trick.


Spoiler for the blunt truth: (Highlight or hover over the text to view)

  1. Even if the average American made $365 a year (which obviously they make more than), 150 million is still more than that. ALOT more...but still more.
  2. The solar system only has one star in it. The Milky way and other galaxies are what contain the vast array of stars.



It made me smile. No, grin in fact. I needed that! I like that kind of humor. Especially when the content is otherwise dry, and it makes you pause and your common sense fights with this esoteric suspicion.
Yaztromo
 member, 224 posts
Tue 5 Mar 2019
at 02:25
More good stuff.
My oldest game still open just reached 3,000th posts!
Isida KepTukari
 member, 264 posts
 Elegant! Arrogant! Smart!
Sat 20 Apr 2019
at 15:04
More good stuff.
Today I was a hoopy frood who knew where her towel was!
Starchaser
 member, 603 posts
 GMT+0
 http://bit.ly/2NvdzWG
Mon 22 Apr 2019
at 16:30
Re: More good stuff.
Isida KepTukari:
Today I was a hoopy frood who knew where her towel was!


Did you round the day off with breakfast at Milliways?
Isida KepTukari
 member, 266 posts
 Elegant! Arrogant! Smart!
Tue 23 Apr 2019
at 01:55
Re: More good stuff.
Alas no, but I did help corral a dog who had escaped his owners, and bundle him up in said towel to keep him safe and warm until the police could come to get him to the shelter (and he was reunited with his owners later that day).
CrazyIvan777
 member, 271 posts
Mon 29 Apr 2019
at 03:41
Re: More good stuff.
Yay happy safe dog! Good job, you!

In two and a half weeks, my second book comes out. I honestly... I never thought I'd even get -one- published, let alone two. I continuously think of how my parents regularly stifled my hopes in that direction, and how the first book was partially inspired by the 3-year-lingering death of my dad due to ALS. But now I've got not one, but two. I did what my parents told me was impossible, and I'm still doing it. I'm excited. I can't wait to get a physical copy of the second novel. I'm just... Kinda stoked.
icosahedron152
 member, 951 posts
Mon 29 Apr 2019
at 04:06
Re: More good stuff.
Congrats Ivan - twice!

Never let anyone tell you what's possible and what isn't.

Nobody knows what you're capable of - not even you, until you try.
Yaztromo
 member, 235 posts
Sun 12 May 2019
at 02:07
Re: More good stuff.
Another of my games reached the 2,000 posts mark!
I came back to GMing on RPoL after long years to run just a one-off memorial adventure (targeting a few weeks or perhaps a couple of months of gaming) and... weeks became months, then years, and the number of games I run or play grew... very unplanned...
praguepride
 member, 1393 posts
 "Hugs for the Hugs God!"
 - Warhammer Fluffy-K
Sun 12 May 2019
at 16:42
Re: More good stuff.
A co-worker put in a request for me that basically gives me two days off of work. There are some tasks that we do that are super easy and low effort but take a long time. I covered for him while he was on vacation and in response he made the request for me to do it for a couple of days. It is helpful to the company but I always feel kinda guilty requesting it myself but he went to bat for me and now I get to
have two days working that is mostly me monitoring diagnostics while watching TV.