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  1. I have never gone to a High School Reunion, in part because there is no possibility of meeting the cast of Romy & Michelle, but really because ugh. I have bumped into people from High School however. One ex-classmate was amazed how my wife and I were still together when we had started dating at 15 years old. They asked, “How do you do it?” I quickly responded with, “Mostly from behind.”
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  2. Got packed for my flight to Seattle tomorrow!
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  3. So yesterday I finally got a job. Unofficially at least. I should have an official offer letter by this evening. This is fantastic news because my husband's job is not going well and his medical problems are starting to all come to light. Now his doc wants to schedule him for an MRI because he's concerned about Trevor's memory loss.
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  4. Minor updates! KP - still all good in the hood. She hangs out here around the kid now. He's polite. JP - same situation, see her once every couple months for a night Valley Mom - progressing fine. Also very chill. She makes homemade soap and sent KP a gift bag. KP responded by making her a papercraft junk journal. This so much better than having to pretend KP doesn't exist. Blue and I are still cuddle buds. Haven't seen Curly again, but we text. Going out next week with a girl who is married to another woman and is getting a hall pass to have some dude experiences
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  5. There's a backlog in general across the industry. A lot of the smaller boutiques went out of business during covid. They are the backbone of the industry. If you look at the end credits for any Marvel project you'll see no less than a dozen FX houses. The days of one company doing all the effects for a single movie are done. These days, given how everything is shot digitally, the number of effects shots in a movie has increased by tenfold. It's no longer just add in the giant monster or spaceship, it's also make the sky prettier, take out those trees, touch up this actor... with the advances i
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  6. You are looking at the back-to-back Durango PK coed soccer champions (apologize for the watermark--we are too cheap to order the digital copies--we just got the hard copy and will scan it--how the hell the digital copy is twice as expensive as hard copies--don't get me started). My boys are the two next to me. As a former mediocre d2 college player and coaching for years (what got me into education) including running a high school mens and womens varsity programs and multiple club teams, I can easily say that this has been the most challenging soccer experience ever. Whoever put our pr
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  7. Edinburgh is awesome. One of my favourite cities. It feels properly medieval. Lots of snaking little alleyways, cool whiskey bars and such. It's really hilly so you can get great vantage points and views and a real feel for the layout of the city. Plus you know..the castle. If your budget will allow I highly recommend the Isle of Skye. There are mind-blowing walks, hikes and mountain treks there and the landscape is jaw dropping. My wife and I climbed Bruach na Frithe in the Black Cuillin Mountains and it remains one of my most memorable life experiences so far. The whole region is simpl
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  8. When I was in London I eschewed anything planned or guided. I just put boots to ground, googled up the stuff I knew I wanted to see, and tried to walk as much as possible to just be entrenched in the city.
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  9. So, I live in the UK and have done for just under 15 years now. Never done guided tours because I moved to London and started living and working right away. I lived there for about 13 years. London is cool but it's very flat. I recommend staying above ground as much as possible to get your bearings, otherwise using the tube you get no sense of direction. You just pop up at your destination, and while that is convenient you get no real sense of the city as an environment. deffo use the tube if you're tired and just need to get somewhere, but I'd advise either walking or taking a bus to the majo
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  10. Maybe at the hotel free breakfast?
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  11. Thats probably alot of it, being able to go to a movie and enjoy it without having watched 25 other movies and 4 TV series.
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  12. This is exactly what I don't want to see with Vader. The payoff in ROTJ is based on the whole idea that there is nothing remotely human left in him. It's not enough that the characters believed Anakin to be completely gone, but the audience isn't shown any reason to think otherwise either, and that's what made his redemption so powerful. We were never shown anything to suggest it. It was like a miracle. Having him conflicted in this new series will mitigate what ROTJ did. Vader should be a one-dimensional evil character who is only driven by power. There's not supposed to be anything e
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  13. Enjoy it because it's too damn cold up here for bathing suits right now.
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  14. The space between decks stuff is a MEGAHATE for me.
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  15. Having just rewatched the whole run, it really does shift once Chuck dies tonally. I remember the first season feeling like WAIT THIS ISN'T SAUL WHAT IS HAPPENING, and then realized it was a slow burn. When he first started wearing the colorful suits to get himself fired from Davis and Main it locked in how slow of a burn it would be. I've honestly never seen a prequel manage to do so well as giving us really in depth and new stuff for characters we know the fate of. Saul and Mike's histories are now so complex and interesting. I do recall one plot point in BB, that Saul only then realize
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  16. Ugg no thank you to high school reunions. I didn't like those people 20 years ago, I sure as hell won't like them now. My husband's 10-year was a douchebag convention. It was kind of entertaining since I was an outsider but his best friend made a drunk ass of himself.
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  17. Yesterday I had a 2nd interview for a decent job that's in a different aspect of real estate than I'm used to. I heard back first thing this morning. Apparently he was "very impressed" and would like to meet me in person next week. So this is sounding good.
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  18. Wow. I forgot about this thread. I was getting panicky about work recently and looked it up to remind myself I have shit going on, then got busy. So since this was last updated... the two jobs I was on up above, both were finished and paid out. The Pilot didn't get set up, cause as I warned the, the concept was a better feature than a TV show. They just made me an offer to rewrite it as a movie, and we're negotiating with them. The other job was the video game Devil In Me from Supermassive, which comes out this fall. In 2021 I jumped onto a new horror anthology show for Blumho
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  19. New season of Kids in the Hall dropped this week. I was a HUGE fan as a teenager. They have a documentary too that also dropped, but I haven't seen it. I started watching it and the intro sketch was okay--but then the opening theme hit and the feels set in--I had to rewatch the opening 2-3 times. It felt right and then the first sketch hit and I started laughing--like LOL laughing. I am watching on my laptop and I realize that it is wildly not for the rest of the family immediately. I realize the kids are back and are back to hit hard. I am laughing like I was in high school just g
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  20. I have always wanted to see England, Scotland, and Ireland, and now that I have an inheritance, I can finally afford a trip. I would like to spend around 9-14 days, depending on how expensive it is. I am not planning on going for at least a year, and want to do all the research and get as much feedback as possible. I was wondering if anyone here has any input on guided tours in particular, and if either you or someone you know can recommend a specific company, OR give advice? If you actually are from the UK I would love to hear your input too, as far as places to specifically see.
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  21. Shits moving fast it’s scary
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  22. They look decent. Trying to remember if I have seen their coaches at various places but I can't really recall. That best of Britain tour looks cool. Hopefully you still get some time to put your feet to the ground and explore a little bit yourself when you arrive in cities/towns...but that looks like a good idea.
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  23. Be sure to check out the sequel and Freaky.
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  24. My 6 year-old taught my 13 (almost 14) year-old how to demand bribes/payment for doing things.
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  25. "A feeling I have not felt since..." Disney is lucky that in ANH, Vader never finished his thought, leaving it open to whatever place and time they deem fit for Kenobi and Vader's last meeting.
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  26. I have a whole closet full here at school that I don't know what to do with. Let me know how many you want and I can send them to you.
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  27. Bullshit! She wants to be my wingman!
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  28. You can Tetris those things pretty good! Just remember-- heavy furniture on the bottom, the kids on top.
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  29. I don’t love all the inconsistencies with technology, uniforms, continuity, established character ages, and despite top notch effects, 40 years have passed and TWOK still has the best looking Enterprise in space effects… But despite those things, this show is an utter joy so far. Too soon to say, but it feels like the best spin off since DS9.
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  30. Thats right on that scene in s4 with Hector, but interestingly when Walt & Jessie kidnap Saul in his first appearance in BB (s2’s “Better Call Saul” titled episode), he said “did Lalo send them” and saying “it wasn’t me, it was Ignacio” (Nacho). Obvs not mapped out at that point as Saul wasn’t going to be a long term character, but they do like to tie things up, so I think he will at least think he is still alive at this point, whether he is or not… I also hope Saul/Gene/Jimmy gets a happy ending - he has had to deal with a lot of stuff with his brother and so his actions are sor
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  31. We can get 10 free tests per month in Washington shipped to our house. I just ordered 10 after E tested positive and I think I'm already down to those 10. Eeek. After that I guess we will have to go to the pharmacy and see how to do this via insurance. Why were EMTs there again? Did you get Tina's results yet?
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  32. My take on that scene has always been that this was the last we saw of Anakin, until ROTJ. When he learned that Padme was dead, he didn't have anything else to live for, and this was the moment when he fully embraced the dark side and Anakin "died." Again, just my personal take, but I never saw this scene as Vader displaying humanity, but rather, this scene marked the true birth of Vader and the final suppression of the Anakin persona. That's how I've always seen it. This is a subtle one, and debatable whether this reflects any act of conscience in Vader. It was also Vader's idea t
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  33. It’s not a narrative problem for Obi-Wan to know or not know, it would be a significant change to a well established part of the overall mythos. Vader’s redemption comes when he saves Luke in ROTJ. Finding out he did the same thing in a lesser form 10 years previous is a hat on a hat and does nothing to add to the story, and if anything, weakens the significance of Luke’s role later. It’s a terrible idea that undercuts the overall saga for the sake of forcing a moment in a new story inserted into the timeline… to which I’d give 50/50 odds of it happening.
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  34. It’s already pushing it to see Vader and Obi-Wan meet at this stage, to make Vader at all redeemable is just too contrary.
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  35. I hope not. At this point in Vader's life, he should be full-on evil. I always felt it wasn't until ROTJ Vader finally turned back. Even in TESB, Vader just wanted to use Luke to overthrow the Emperor and take his place.
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  36. I'd be interested in possibly going to a high school reunion if I get a chance to do so. I think we had 5-year and 1-year ones, but they were at very inconvenient times for me since they were scheduled around holidays and I was going to see my parents who moved away from where I grew up right after I finished high school. If nothing else, it would be a good excuse to go visit my hometown area for a few days since I really don't get up there much anymore. I just realized my 20-year reunion should be coming up next year if they have one. That seems nuts to me.
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  37. I think that's one of the things I don't like about Discovery, they don't let you get to know the side characters. Like the two helmsman (helmswomen?), I barely remember their names half the time. And after watching three seasons, I still don't know much about them.
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  38. I was raised in England until moving to the United States in 1984. I have been back to the UK several times prior to being a parent (so decades ago now). Hmm. This is probably not going to be helpful at all, so here’s my apologies for that now. Sorry. I can say that the best moments on our trips home were always unscripted and a bit chaotic. It’s possible however that not being on or enjoying a lot of tour based things was due to our budget being a bit tight, rather than tours being lame. One of the most chaotic things was my Ma getting us a rental car and then that rental barely bei
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  39. I hear that! I didn't end up going to any of the reunions for that reason. I came close to it on my 30th, but after seeing the FB group, I lost interest. Some people's posts revealed they were the same douches they were in HS.
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  40. The thing about the guides tours is you don't have to worry about a damn thing. I did it when I went to France when I was 16, it was great. There is still opportunities to slow down and enjoy some culture. On the other hand, I've done a few foreign countries on our own, and its a lot more stressful and I find we don't get as much done as I want because my fellow travelers don't have the energy. My mother in law loves European river cruises. She also likes to go off the beaten path and is over confident about her navigation abilities though lol. I used Educational Tours and they might be E
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  41. I had much schadenfreude when I saw the FB 30th reunion group! It was perversely satisfying seeing some of the popular folks who were too cool for school and stuck up ending up looking like they got beat down with the ugly stick.
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  42. Thanks to FB I’ve seen the train wreckery. I mean even being a bit overweight I am holding up really well compared to some of those people!
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  43. It's 2022 ffs. This shouldn't even be a conversation anymore.
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  44. I don’t think the opposition to abortion have any cares about what SCOTUS does at this point. https://www.reuters.com/world/us/louisiana-legislators-advance-bill-classifying-abortion-homicide-2022-05-05/ Probably just going to keep getting “worse”. In quotes because I guess some people don’t see this as a problem. Afterthought: Is it perfectly ironic that out of the 17 interactions in this thread 13 are by men?
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  45. I am personally pro-life but I don't think outlawing abortion universally is a good answer. Unfortunately, there are real cases where a fetus is not viable or a woman's life is actually endangered by pregnancy. And its such a political issue that I absolutely do not trust the legal system to determine that properly. I think we are setting ourselves up for even worse maternal care in this country. I do feel like this is a control issue, not a moral issue.
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  46. It was a political decision posing as a legal decision for 50 years. The Court, in 1973, started with the decision that abortion should be legalized and then tried to find a way to make that happen. Even Amanda used to talk about how she was extremely pro-choice but the decision itself was legally horrible. Don't be surprised when political decisions change. You can absolutely disagree with the decision, but the abortion argument has been filled with nonsense for decades, including the initial decision in 1973.
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  47. Well we signed the lease after all. Still a little stressed about it, but it's done. A month and a half to go!
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  48. You know, they actually don't let things get too bad before they shut it down out here. They have been playing it by ear but pretty sure this is the last weekend. It's not like all those Instagram Reels of people skiing on the half inch of snow surrounded by brown. I've never seen a season go this long before out here. I do remember once we drove by at the end of April to go wine tasting and they had some snow and a couple people (and I mean like 4 people max) on the mountain and I was shocked. But they usually shut down by mid-April if not sooner. According to Strava, Parachute is only
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  49. I got put on a new psych med that has made me crazy creative-productive the past week or so, so I get that whole MUST BE BUSY! thing. I’m holding half the projects in my pipeline mostly because I worry people will worry about me launching so much new stuff so fast. I you ever want a reminder to chill, check out @thenapministry on insta.
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