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D-Ray Kenobi

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  1. Things are insane in my area right now. At least four major manufacturing plants or distribution centers have expanded or opened up within a half hour drive of here. They're from like likes of Target, Toyota, and other big companies. That's in addition to the new secondary FBI HQ at Redstone Arsenal, as well as the Space Force HQ that's coming in a few years. The house across the street from me sold to an out of town investment company after two days on the market for $15K over the asking price. I've been getting mail and calls about offers on mine, and we've never had any intent to
  2. I always love learning how the meat gets made from you. This sort of stuff is always really obvious and glaring in a lot of big studio movies. Certain scenes come out of nowhere, or feel unnecessary or shoehorned in. Sometimes it's even line to line. I liked No Time to Die a lot, but the parts where they had Phoebe Waller-Bridge come in to brush things up really felt like an apple put in with a bunch of oranges. On my side of things, I'm feeling really stale. I love where I work, I always wanted to be at NASA since I was a little kid. But the role itself has gotten incredibly mundane
  3. I have struggled a lot with this in recent years, I'm having a continually evolving background existential crisis. Around four or so years ago, my beloved niece flatlined and technically died on the airlift to the children's hospital. She eventually made it and is now a nonstop and deafening bundle of mischief, but there was a few days where we thought she was gone and a few months where we thought she'd never be the same again. Last year was tough too. I lost my grandpa and my cat of over a decade, both were normal and had to be expected because they were both old in their own ways.
  4. And Zathras I am so sorry to hear that. I lost my grandpa a few months ago, I understand a part of what you may be feeling right now. Emotions are like waves in times like this, ride them out and lean on someone if you feel like any wave is too heavy for you.
  5. Something positive I learned from the few therapy sessions that did help is that sometimes it's the deeply rooted things from long ago that often come back to bite you. In my case, it's been a few things. Feeling inadequate and always having to keep up in unhealthy ways to feel worthy when I was a kid, and then dealing with loyalty and abandonment issues when my parents split around a decade ago. Whenever I feel like I'm having to compete for attention or whenever I feel like someone has ditched me, those feelings get dug up from deep inside mental storage. Being able to recognize that
  6. Best movie I've seen all year. Maybe in the last few years. It's one of those kinds of things that requires a lot of work of the audience and a repeat viewing or two. I wasn't prepared to love a movie that included mom's cum rag, but here we are I guess.
  7. Pretty much everyone in our circle is fully vaccinated now, so from a "doing things perspective," the pandemic is over for us. We're already making up for lost time and have gone to theme parks, ballgames, concerts and things like that. Work is going really well. I got promoted to a new role again about a month ago and I get to work on some more mission-related stuff so that's pretty cool. A few months ago, I bit the bullet and treated myself to a Tesla Model 3. I'd driven my old car for twelve years, this was always my dream car, and I found an insane deal on a used 2
  8. I worry about what I won't do before I die, not necessarily how I'll die.
  9. I didn't think it was bad, I just think that it kind of turned into paint-by-numbers Marvel in most aspects. There were some solid action set-pieces, possibly some of the best there's ever been in the MCU. That chase scene in the first episode and that truck fight were amazing. Also, they really had some good thesis ideas for dealing with a lot of important topics. But it felt like they weren't bold enough to say anything about those topics, and were more interested in being a standard MCU four-quadrant crowd pleaser. At the end of episode two, I thought this was going to be something r
  10. Considering how much I liked WandaVision, and how much the tail end of Falcon and Winter Soldier flopped, I'm really looking forward to this.
  11. I've dealt with this kind of stuff for forever. Most of it stems from a lousy childhood. Home was fine enough at the time, but I was in a really terrible school situation up until the ninth grade. The place I went to was kind of a magnet school for all the kids that got expelled everywhere else, so it was a combination of them and the biggest overachievers ever. Add that to the fact that kids that age are just ***holes in general, and it was a perfect storm of mental torture. Years of that warps your brain into having the worst conceptions of yourself. When my parents split right after
  12. I don't pop into Nightly these days as much as I probably should, so here's what I've been doing. Trips - We're going to do a road trip to New Orleans and Austin in a few months, basically just to take advantage of COVID basically being over. I haven't been to Austin in ten years so I'm excited to be back for some BBQ and the Alamo Drafthouse. We're also keeping an eye on how Thailand's vaccinations are going, hoping we can go back there for two weeks in January or February. Also, we *might* go to LA for the next Star Wars Celebration in May. Hobbies - With Captain Trips coming to a c
  13. My wife and I did a weekend trip for our fifteenth anniversary this past weekend, so that was pretty cool. I had a buddy ask what it takes to keep it going for a while, and honestly I don't even know. Disagreements and fights happen, and if anybody says that two married people are always on the same page with everything that's just a lie. If anything, I think there's just an awareness in the back of our mind that things always level out. We might have it out and not be able to stand one another on one day, but then probably be cackling and inseparable two weeks straight after that. T
  14. Pedro also just made a big splash by making a big show of support for his trans sister. The world isn't always black and white.
  15. Funny, this just popped up on one of the local news sites this morning. https://whnt.com/news/huntsville/madison-county-home-values-increase-36-in-four-years/
  16. I don't see it crashing anytime soon. The main reason it did back in 2008 was because of predatory lending and finance market inventions that largely don't exist anymore. For the most part, people can afford the houses they're buying and their mortgages aren't tied up in securities anymore. Even in the last year, supply just seems to be far below demand in most towns. Places that used to be cow pastures in my area just a year ago are now spiraling mazes of suburbia. I think eventually it'll change over to a buyer's market when Gen Z can't afford houses or doesn't care about owning a hou
  17. Artists of any medium being involved socially and politically is in no way a new thing. They just have a bigger megaphone for it in recent years. I personally feel as if anyone has a right to speak their mind to a reasonable extent. Blowback is just kind of natural selection for those that take it too far.
  18. We've been dipping our toes into the idea of getting our next place, we've been in our relatively small house for around thirteen years now. (Funny how the last year changed things pretty drastically.) I was shocked at how much the market has changed in what was once a really affordable area. A house that would have went for around $130K just a few years ago is now pushing $200K. That's mostly in areas that's within city limits and a quick drive to the government installation or downtown, but it's certainly a harbinger of things to come. I'm still looking for places outside of town that
  19. We've had some ups and downs in the last year too. My wife got let go from her job of almost fifteen years back around May. Museum attendance plummeted, and attendance for their camps basically went to zero overnight. It sucks, but she'd in theory be one of the first back if things ever pick back up enough. I don't think anyone is counting on that though. I've heard firsthand from her how tough it is. For the places that have money to hire, it's definitely a buyer's market because there are so many mid-career professionals looking for work who got cut this last year. Some remote wo
  20. In most cases, I'm not a fan of cancel culture. Whether I agree or disagree with the person being cancelled. It seems too much of a knee-jerk reaction to basically delete someone's career or life from existence because of one or two regrettable mistakes. We're all human, all make dumb mistakes, and are all always learning and improving. But in cases like this, she very likely had multiple chances. She's posted dumb and insensitive stuff before and probably got a corporate talking down and maybe even had someone go to bat for her. When it's a pattern, and goes to the extent that it had,
  21. Okay, y'all saying you don't like it that much...
  22. Y'all saying you don't like In n Out is blasphemous to me. But then again I'm in the South and don't get the Chick-fil-a hype, so I suppose I get it.
  23. This latest season didn't jump the shark for me, but it skipped across some other fishes. I certainly loved a lot more than I hated. Doing a soft retcon of Karate Kid 2 was brilliant, giving Kreese a backstory was really cool, and I love how the arcs of most of the kids are progressing. Hawk went from an annoying side character to having my favorite subplot. But then a lot else is just getting to be too much. Kreese sending in snakes or the kids attacking the Larusso house should call for pressed charges and lawsuits. That bit where they went to the police office and she found out sh
  24. I see a lot of places are already selling this for half off. I'm about to finish another game, should I trust that the upcoming updates will make this tolerable enough to play on my PS5?
  25. Alright so my new thing these past nine or so months: After being stuck at home and missing live music, I wanted to pursue just doing something myself. I can play guitar but I'm terrible at it, and any attempt I've had in the past to work with buddies to play something together never went anywhere. So instead, I decided to start learning editing and mixing on DJ software. I'd seen a lot of people mix live on DJ boards in festival campgrounds at impromptu parties and always thought it was cool so I wanted to try i out. I know enough with creation tools to put a few things together here
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