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  1. We picked up a 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid today. (OK, technically it's at the dealership still for a software update.) We drove to 3 places yesterday just trying to test drive one and each time, it had been sold the night before or someone was in the process of buying it. The original plan was test drive one and place an order for a 2022. At the last place, which was actually the closest location to us and where we intended to actually place the order, we got there right as someone was buying it, so we couldn't even test drive it. It was now 1:30pm and we had an hour before we had to leave to
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  2. I finally got a tour of the airplane factory today. Much bigger and more impressive from inside than driving by on the freeway. After all that walking my back is sore but I didn’t wanna stop and stretch, cuz the guy giving me the tour is old enough to be my dad, and he seemed fine.
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  3. If I were to buy everything in my Amazon wish lists, I'd be broke for the rest of the year. Also, I'd need a bigger apartment to put it all in. I like to "window shop" on Amazon, putting stuff in my lists that I'll probably never actually buy, but it's fun to pretend that I might.
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  4. I always kinda knew that I wanted to raise my kids almost the exact opposite of the way my parents raised me. My parents aren't bad people and they certainly could have been way worse, but they weren't what I would call "good" parents. It was no secret growing up that my siblings and I were all accidental pregnancies, and my parents just sorta committed to doing what they needed to to get us across the finish line. But we weren't exactly neurotypical either, especially me. I could write a whole essay about this tbh. But it basically boils down to the fact that I'm gifted but low achieving - th
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  5. I figure Anakin put in some kind of Star Wars Raspberry Pi chip in Golden Rod and just downloaded as many pirated languages as he could from the darknet.
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  6. I have to present to the school board tomorrow our improvement plan and make the case for our charter's re-authorization--it is kind of a big deal. I am super nervous--I am considering applying for the superintendent position when the current one retires so I need to make a good impression. I was actually on the committee to approve a new charter school (It is backed by Hillsdale College--this is a far right wing school called Accent Classical Academy that pretends not to be religious) and I voted against it so I am being heckled by the religious right. Anyways--it is scheduled to be a
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  7. Definitely my favorite Star Wars streaming series so far. I always come here after watching something Star Wars related, to see what you all are saying. This is the first time in a while I’ve felt compelled to post. To Tank’s point, I really enjoyed the lack of endless winks and nods. Those always make the Star Wars galaxy feel so much smaller than it should be. Just as an aside, the droid’s voice reminded me of TARS and CASE from Interstellar.
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  8. In case anyone was wondering, the car buying experience still sucks. We spent 9 to 3 driving around to dealerships trying to test drive a car. At the first one, I had an email saying it was still in stock. Got there and it was gone, sold the night before. So they said they would open up a new one for us to look at. Then they couldn't find the keys. Turns out someone had the keys in their pocket and took them home. So then they had to track down another car. We spent an hour dealing with this nonsense. Then the guy had to go find a business card, and he was out. It was such a disaster, there's
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  9. I didn’t want his luck rubbing off on me.
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  10. This dude was awesome taking down the bully!
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  11. I fired a teacher the first week of school. I already coached a para (teacher aid) to resign because she didn't think she would have to work with tough kids and had a shitty attitude and when asked to help with laminating she complained her skill set was above that because she had college degree (in HR 20 years ago). The only reason I didn't fire her is because I need her to do recess duty--not that she does anything.
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  12. In other words, there are people who essentially repeat what you are saying.
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  13. No - their powers were largely stripped away in two phases: - firstly after Charles I was executed in 1649 and following Cromwell’s death 9 years later, with the country being in a bit of disarray, Charles II was asked to come back out of exile to the throne with reduced power; - and secondly when George I came to the throne as a second cousin of the childless Queen Anne in 1714. During his reign, power was largely moved across to the politicians to be more or less as it is today. Very much a ceremonial and ambassadorial role these days. And the succession rules changed abo
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  14. Yeah the Royals don't have any direct political power in that they can't dictate policy. The Queen still had weekly meetings with the Prime Minister and did a bunch of ceremonial duties around parliament and things but no dictatorial power. That said, I'm sure during her conversations with Prime Ministers she would state her opinions and thoughts on the way things should happen, but she couldnt be like "Do this, mine subject and make it so". People saught her advice cause she'd seen some things and done some stuff in her time, but the Royal Family (like has been said here) are more like arasto
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  15. Last night I saw Sammy Hagar and George Thorogood in concert!
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  16. That's one of the reasons why I keep using my cell phone until it's so broke I can't fix it because buying new phones every year is bad too. I plan to keep on driving my Prius for as long as it wants to run for me. All I've ever done is normal maintenance to keep it up and it just keeps going. Because of the damage I've already done by even having a car. I'd take public transport if it was more reliable. I mean I loved riding the train from Tucson to San Antonio instead of driving it but the routes now only run maybe three times a week now for Amtrak.
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  17. 100% believe this is what they were going for. Yoda's an asshole, as I've said before. I forgive Obi-Wan a little bit because he's been shown to show remorse and an ability to admit when he's wrong. But Yoda's a dick all the time to Luke for no reason.
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  18. Hahaha, my kids have taken all of my expectations and thrown them out the window. With both my kids being neurodiverse, it's harder. There's a lot of therapy and extra work to do the same thing as neurotypical kids. My childhood was so much easier. I was athletic, I was smart... it just took some practice and then skills were learned easily. Not so much for my kids. Q is athletic and smart but disorganized. I think she might be dyslexic, but I almost feel like another diagnosis would break her heart. She wants so badly to be "normal". E is so smart but zero attention span and can't focus long
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  19. He was Orion Pax! God I'm a fucking nerd.
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  20. Thursday, September 22 Pittsburgh at Cleveland Sunday, September 25 Houston at Chicago Las Vegas at Tennessee Kansas City at Indianapolis Buffalo at Miami Detroit at Minnesota Baltimore at New England Cincinnati at NY Jets Philadelphia at Washington New Orleans at Carolina Jacksonville at LA Chargers LA Rams at Arizona Atlanta at Seattle Green Bay at Tampa Bay San Francisco at Denver Monday, September 26 Dallas at NY Giants
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  21. Its like when someone makes a movie that disagrees with the Gospels and people freak out. The movie doesn't change what you celebrate in church so who cares?
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  22. The thing is, *if* it was just a fantasy series and the names weren't Tolkien's all-star lineup, for me it would still be meh. As it is, it's the EU of Tolkien.
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  23. Yeah I've read LOTR probably half a dozen times at least, the Hobbit 2-3, Silmarillion twice. I know it doesn't fit. There are things that I don't like (the aforementioned mithril, half of everything in Numenor, etc), but I mean, come on. They're just stories. They aren't setting any books on fire. You can like both things separately from each other.
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  24. No, the Silmarillion is mostly about the 1st age, this is the 2nd age. They actually don't even have the rights to the Silmarillion. Im a Tolkien fan, but not to the extent others are. I've read LOTR probably 5 times, read the Silmarillion two times through and certain segments I enjoy more than that. Not claiming to be any kind of Tolkien expert or scholar and probably aren't as concerned about changes to the lore as others may be. I like the show so far, I think some of the things its doing thematically are really good. Im not sold on the mithril thing but also not going to flip o
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  25. Lord, gimme strength. I've watched all the episodes of this show so far, and it's just a mess. The writing, the cliches (slow motion fighting! another king in exile!), whatever the hell Galadriel is doing, the piggy-wolves. Also, how did the producers spend eleventy-one zillion dollars on the show but it looks so much like a bad 80s fantasy flashback? Every time the Harfoots are on screen, aside from their being so ridiculously a stereotype of the big-trottin' Irish, I expect them to break into a chorus of "Safety Dance". I suspect my biggest issue is that I know too much Tolkien.
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  26. At this point, I'm just like "well of course he does". They're not hiding anything anymore.
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  27. I'm wondering if they are the children of the miners that were used as labor-- either indigenous, or left behind after the accident. While they are tribal, their clothes are manufactured and their gear is repurposed technology, Maturity-- yes, exactly. While the lack of cameo/easter eggs is different, it's just in general more somber and isn't going out of its way to be cute. The closest thing to cute is the droid, but even he seems to have some trauma in his past lol. And yes, the prop community is going nuts in excitement to see the first live-action version of the Briar Pistol
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  28. Well that was super interesting. It’s feeling a little piecemeal and takes the first three episodes to come together and make sense with all the individual parts— but I have to say it’s the most mature, both tonally and in content, SW to date. It almost feels like this was and original story adapted to Andor/SW… which may not be a bad thing. This may also be the first Star War since Empire Strikes Back to not expend half its energy reminding you it’s a Star War with countless callbacks, Easter eggs, winks, nudges, and cameos. Something else I really appreciate. Not to say they weren
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  29. So bad he even put in a power gap in the standings
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  30. I'm so sorry! Let me fix that.
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  31. At least you aren't doing so bad that you got left off the totals list
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  32. Totally. A shitty attitude can sink a school. Students know when an adult doesn't want to be there and they feed off of that negativity making their behaviors worse.
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  33. Yeah I get why, you don't need to explain and defend the obvious. I just found it boring to watch.
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  34. I mean, I agree there were plenty of plot pushing moments. Pawns being moved on the board as it were, I just didn't find it as engaging a watch as previous episodes. Those things are all important, yes, but not that entertaining to watch. Drawn out sex scenes in cinema bore me because they are always so corny, or unrealistic. Though I would say the shot of the king's back was good use of nudity. His scabby sores looking pretty serious now. Don't think he is long for the world.
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  35. An excellent 10 minute preview on d+ that dropped last week. And they revealed it’s 3 episodes that land on release day as well, so that will be great to get stuck into! Can’t wait!
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  36. E had his first Cub Scout meeting and he actually had fun and enjoyed it. Lately he complains about anything that requires him to leave the house. It was obviously a recruitment meeting so it was all just fun. His energy was not too far off the other boys, and the adults seemed pretty laid back. I was probably hovering compared to the others but he definitely needed some reminders and redirection a few times. I asked that we get to attend a pack or den meeting before committing to make sure he still likes it. There are a few boys and maybe a girl in the Bear Den so hopefully he makes some frie
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  37. I think it’s cute and funny, but my not-caring from a lack of real stakes continues with your post-Endgame MCU experience.
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  38. I wouldn’t say that. The Battle of Yavin seems to be going well for the Rebels until he shows up. Then he almost single-handedly takes out the whole fleet. Luke only survives because of Han’s interference. But I do get your point. I think that’s what pissed off a lot people about the PT. They wanted to see the Vader we saw in the Obi Wan series. Terrorizing a whole town, snapping people’s necks and laying waste to his enemies. Because notice when he goes up against someone not Obi Wan or Luke, that’s what happens. He toyed with Reva in the Obi Wan series and Kanan in Rebels (they only li
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  39. I think we all gave up on her. Probably should've considering Philip died, usually the elderly give up after their long-time spouses go.
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  40. Yeah but for an alleged badass, Vader sure got beat a lot! He has Boba Fett syndrome: on screen feats don't reflect his reputation.
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  41. me and lyra been walking around the last two days saying KING CHALLLLLLLS in our most ridiculous, fakest, most terrible english accent the last two days and we can't stop laughing about it. no R at all.
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  42. I honestly assumed she was gonna outlive us all
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  43. My friend just had his Prius C wrecked into so they're probably going to total it. It's a bad time to buy cars in my opinion because you either have to wait for the car to be made or take what dealerships have on the floor which is not going to be in his price range. He's a starving artist who just took a 13K pay cut to teach sculpture at a community college. They're trying to buy a used bread truck. LOL. To replace a Prius C. It should be interesting to see what his reaction to gas is going to be.
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  44. I have been thinking about a Jeep Gladiator.
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  45. Big style! So glad that clown is gone and wasn’t around yesterday!
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  46. Very sad news- yesterday was a very strange day here in the UK, and it’s continued today. Feels like the country has lost its grandma. Certainly reminds me of when mine went at the same age. All very sudden. She has been fantastic - where else to you have someone still wanting to do their job at 96 by welcoming the new Prime Minister just a few days ago? I know the royal family divides opinions, but I think they are great for this country and she was always spoken highly of by others. I hope Charles does well in what time he has left - 73 for heavens sake. He has said he w
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  47. I hope Charles could just pass the Torch to William. For the sake of the realm, we need some youthful energy and optimism to galvanise the people, not a crusty old fart to take the throne.
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