Fyrerain
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Thu 16 Dec 2021
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Two days of finals down, one more to go. Today's students -- at least in our district -- aren't as capable as back when I was in school... or even a couple generations after. Instead of two days of three finals each, it's three days with two finals each.

And now some moron has posted a ticktok (misspelling intended; that format is a parasite on society) challenge for school violence in school tomorrow, putting schools across the nation on high alert. The idiocy never stops.

Finish your dumbed-down finals and go on Christmas break already. Don't screw up the rest of your life proving what an utter sheep you are!
GreenTongue
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Thu 16 Dec 2021
at 22:30
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In reply to Fyrerain (msg # 1961):

Maybe they just don't see how learning to conform, follow directions and basic fundamentals are going to make much difference in their future minimum wage job.
This is especially true if all the jobs are going to be replaced by AI and robots anyway.
phoenix9lives
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Thu 16 Dec 2021
at 22:39
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My stepdaughter was refusing to go to school friday because some yaboo threatened to shoot the place up.  My wife told her this morning that she's going; they caught him.  I believe expulsion was the course of action, plus charges preseed.
Evil Empryss
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Thu 16 Dec 2021
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As someone who has been thru a school shooting (Lindhurst High, '92), if there was ANY suspicion that someone had an actual plan to bring a gun to school, my kids STAYED THE FRUIT HOME.

Considering my kids STILL went thru one actual shooting and one lockdown that ended in the kid getting dragged off before he could fire a gun, I do not regret my stance on them missing a day for safety.
phoenix9lives
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Thu 16 Dec 2021
at 23:49
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Used to be you would walk through a student parking lot, and pass by a few trucks with rifles and/or shotgun in the back window.  You would think nothing of it because you knew those students went hunting before or after school.
GreenTongue
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Fri 17 Dec 2021
at 01:40
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In reply to phoenix9lives (msg # 1965):

Back then kids had responsibilities not just privileges. You were not reminded at every turn how "bad" you have it compared to "others". So unfair, ought to get even.

This message was last edited by the user at 01:45, Fri 17 Dec 2021.

Fyrerain
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Fri 17 Dec 2021
at 15:40
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I'm glad to hear they caught the instigator of this latest "challenge." I hope the kid and his parents all get some extensive counseling. There's still a chance now the kid can get his life back on track.

This message was last edited by the user at 15:40, Fri 17 Dec 2021.

phoenix9lives
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Fri 17 Dec 2021
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Rumor is that one of the schools in the district where I work, the high school my stepdaughter attends, found guns on site.
GreenTongue
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Fri 17 Dec 2021
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In reply to phoenix9lives (msg # 1968):

It's crazy that they feel the need of them. Jamming more and more kids into a single facility to save money, has other costs. I remember going from a school of hundreds to a school of thousands. From personal experience, the outsiders are ganged up on not joining together. More people gives more bullies. More bullies give more people preyed on. At least one will feel the need to fight back or get even. I don't see how, without surveillance and AI, this can be addressed with the staffing and funding at their current levels.
phoenix9lives
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Fri 17 Dec 2021
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I was one of those outsiders who got bullied by everybody.  Even other outsiders.  But, I never went out to kill my tormentors.  I thought about it.  A lot.  And quite creatively, I might add.
 Since I had a chemistry set, Encyclopedia Britannica, and my grandfather's medical encyclpedias....
GreenTongue
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Sat 18 Dec 2021
at 03:11
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In reply to phoenix9lives (msg # 1970):

As the numbers go up, one in a million becomes when not if.
bazhsw
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Wed 29 Dec 2021
at 19:05
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Has anyone else experienced the phenomena of 'games I am really interested in joining' only being advertised when one does not have the time to committ to them?  I'm sure it's not the case in reality but it feels like my free time and games I love the look of are in two entirely different orbits!

The second part is a vent about myself and maybe some self reflection - as the years go by I am finding myself more and more picky about what I'll apply to - to the point of self exclusion really.  At one time I am sure I would overlook a lot of things that make me pause now.
ShadoPrism
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Wed 29 Dec 2021
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In reply to bazhsw (msg # 1972):

Yeah I get the second half pretty well.
I have not played a game here in over 2 years - I just come in for the forums these days. Mostly as no game interest me anymore. .. sign I am getting old I think...
donsr
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Wed 29 Dec 2021
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it has nothing to do with getting old?  its getting wise..the  games i am in  have been around. some games I joined  were former players who started  a game and asked if i would join to 'get things  moving'

 any who have seen my posts  about this know, i have a short list for games i would join, no matter  how much i Like the concept ( Micromanaging  CS, and making players wait months to play..yeah..not happening!   detailed  step-by-step posting rules for colors  ect...nop...the list  is short..byt important to me... you're  going to spend the one thing you can't get back...Time... it should be worth it.)
bazhsw
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Wed 29 Dec 2021
at 20:15
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In reply to ShadoPrism (msg # 1973):

Age may be part of it for me too.  Don't know whether I am being overly discerning, but as donsr says there is a certain wisdom in knowing what you'll enjoy and what you won't.  I do feel like I am suffering from 'Goldilocks' syndrome though where everything has to be 'just right' and we all know what happened to her!

I guess part of it is that I remember the relatively few things that are a turn off or led to a poor experience and they become bigger than the years of fun, rewarding roleplay experiences.
GreenTongue
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Wed 29 Dec 2021
at 20:50
Do details no longer matter?
The "Enjoyment / Time" calculation. Unfortunately, all to often, doing nothing provides enough enjoyment.
I keep eyeing the newer narrative style games as having a better ratio but hard to find people that share that interest. So many different genre and even flavors within a genre to reach a consensus on.
As was said, with all the choices, 'Goldilocks' syndrome is strong.

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ShadoPrism
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Wed 29 Dec 2021
at 23:53
Do details no longer matter?
Truthfully I don't even look anymore - like I said above, I am just here for the forums anymore.
Hunter
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Wed 29 Dec 2021
at 23:56
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In reply to bazhsw (msg # 1972):

It's because as you get more experience, you realize what kind of games and characters you enjoy and/or can play well.
GreenTongue
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Thu 30 Dec 2021
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As you get older, and the rut gets deeper, it's hard to see that it is a wonderful world in some less frequented places.
NowhereMan
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Thu 30 Dec 2021
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In reply to GreenTongue (msg # 1979):

Well, you know how older folks feel about music. Everything was better back when they were younger. The stuff the kids are into these days is just noise! I imagine the same holds true for a lot of our more... fully matured gamers.
GreenTongue
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Thu 30 Dec 2021
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In reply to NowhereMan (msg # 1980):

I'm sure. Like a Minecraft landscape. The farther way it is, the better it looks.
The human mind has selective memory and those games when things were new are now MYTHIC.
All the fumbling and confusion has been forgotten and just the high points are remembered.
This makes it very difficult for any new game to compete.

Back In The Day, everyone fumbling around trying out the new game was part of the group experience. Now it is just annoying.
donsr
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Thu 30 Dec 2021
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I have mentioned a few times through the years...everything comes in waves...

New Vampire  movie or show?..tons  of Vamp games

New  SCI-FI..tons of  space games

New  Marvel show...tons of super heroes

list goes on..... In the  end...and? Again i have said this before,  a GM  should pick i  genre  he wants to play in...run the game how  he wants it run if he was the  player..give  some small input from players  for flavor, and...most of  all keep the game moving.

Younger 'butterfly' folks will always hop from game to game.. one of the vets here  said  'the new shiny"...

 Vets will  try a game..and they will leave if it 'doesn't suit them'

all age does?  is make you chose 'more wisely'
GreenTongue
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Thu 30 Dec 2021
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Search says, "We have 5,607 games" and yet...

How do you search for those things you can't put your finger on?
"Games and characters you enjoy and/or can play well."
donsr
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Thu 30 Dec 2021
at 19:33
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::chuckles:: that could be a thread all by itself?  There   are   generes  i have , that i have looked for, but  most of the GMs/DMs  don't  advertise... and some that are advertised, i happened not to pick the right selection to bring up games.

::shurgs:; that's fine though, sooner or later a game will show up that i am interested in, that also  fits  my personal parameters... until then, I cursive along as i am now.
V_V
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Sat 1 Jan 2022
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My best friend and I are without a car. That's bad, but not what I'm venting about. She (my friend) had to work today, and needed a ride. So through some difficulty she got one to work. Well, no one would give her a ride home, and taxis didn't run. So she waited until 4 PM (she got off at 11 AM) and someone gave her a ride. They stopped at grocery store, and my friend was fine with that. She got some butter and waited for him and his girlfriend. Well, it was getting close to 5, so she called the guy, and asked "hey, how much longer do you need" and he replied "Oh, we left about an hour ago, we couldn't find you. Sorry" and hung up.

By then she was able to get a taxi, but it was so infuriating. She could have gotten a taxi @4 but figured her coworker would be better. So she ended up working at her expense; as she works two part time jobs. Her other job, which she had more hours at, is great! This one, however, really don't have the same cooperation. She was supposed to work Christmas eve, but couldn't. We had no car. They wanted her to take a taxi both way, which definitely would have COST her to go. It was ridiculous.

I get that they wanted someone to be there...but they had two people are stand by. Soooooo....I'm not really sure why they took five hours before they accepted "I can't come in". Anyway, just pissed me off. My friend is really agitated too. She was supposed to be home for lunch, and is just now eating dinner. :/