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Morpheel

Well, fried tacos are a common thing. They get crunchy, but not crumbly.

You don't need to wrap it like a burrito, just folding it once should be enough, lets the whole thing cook a bit better if you're using a pan.

I'm not particularly fond of fried foods, but if you liked it that's great.

As a side note, I wouldn't recommend deep frying flour tortillas, only corn ones.

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ThanosReXXX

@Morpheel Concerning ice cream: some of my favorites are either Haagen Dazs or Ben & Jerry's strawberry ice cream, Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey, and Ben & Jerry's Cookie Dough.

And over here, in the city center, there's an original Dutch ice and pastry making artisan, who has been in business ever since 1937, and they make the best hand-made vanilla ice cream which they mix with their also hand-made whipped cream. Both of which are made fresh daily. Especially in this time of year, and when it gets REALLY hot, people are forming long lines, pouring out into the street, all to get their hands on a cone or cup of that classic goodness.

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Morpheel

The only noteworthy ice cream shop we have in town is a Thrifty, which is convenient because they sell my fathers favorite flavor: Black Cherry.

There's a Häagen-Dazs in Los Cabos, though. I had a really good triple chocolate ice cream there last time I visited.

@octane welp, now u kno.

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NEStalgia

@ThanosReXXX If I had been forced into the world of sales I'm pretty sure I'd have drowned myself by age 20. Or drowned a whole lot of other people. Maybe the latter.....

@AlohaPizzaJack Any environment that needs motivational posters is a soul sucking lifeless environment where nobody feels useful to begin with. They complete assigned tasks for a thankless taskmaster to get paid, and are pretty sure there's no actual value to what they are doing beyond making money for someone who already has more money than themselves, and typically doing the work they do to obsolete the necessity for anyone to be doing that work, including themselves. Which is most office jobs.

And if you' like working for someone else, you're a psychopath, but then, you like pineapple pizza, so this is not news to us.

@Morpheel If going to an office full of motivational posters to perform your soul sucking meaningless tasks for people who hate you gives you a reason to wake up in the morning, you're probably better off not bothering to.

@Tyranexx I read your post and I can't help but think of the medical-industrial complex and it's bizarre attempt to make people healthy by telling them how to live and watch what they eat. "pre-hypertensive", watching this, avoiding that medication for that. Humans lived thousands and thousands of years before any of that. Some people lived to 110, some died by 18. Same as we have with all the medical intervention, minus the side effects. They want to sell you the disease and the cure, even though the cure may cause new diseases needing new cures.

@ThanosReXXX beer...more beer....more beer.....yup, sounds like NED. Honestly though I'll just take more cake. Unless it's supermarket cake. Those things taste like cardboard and I'd rather have none at all. Give me a good bakery cake and I'll give you an empty box in an hour or less or your money back.

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bimmy-lee

The Zestos locations in my town opened up recently for ice cream season. They’re a small, but national chain. Haven’t been yet, but it’s a once a month thing when they’re open for the season. I’m very simple. Chocolate malt or cherry malt. Every time. Unless I’m feeling real crazy, then I get a chocolate cherry malt. The biggest one I can get. It’s 32 ozs of malt. I’m usually nauseous in the best possible way when I finish one.

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ThanosReXXX

@NEStalgia I said beer or whatever you like to drink, so that could be just about anything.
And cakes over here aren't simple slices of bakery cake, but more similar to the ones they serve on weddings, except just one layer instead of a tower. And usually, there's at least two or three flavors to choose from.

Seeing as they contain heaps of sugar and confectionery, and the cream/whipped cream that's used over here is also heavily-sugar infused, I wouldn't even be able to eat several servings of cake. My sweet tooth can only handle so much sweetness on one evening... I'm all about hearty snacks, which also go much better with beer and/or rum and coke.

As for the sales bit: I wasn't forced into it. I applied for a sales job completely voluntary. I always like to challenge myself, throwing myself into the deep, looking for new experiences and trying to learn new things. In 2001,
I worked on Hewlett Packard's Corporate Laserjet Support Desk, and having to help people with a variety of printer problems was about as exciting as it got, so I decided to look elsewhere.

That friend I mentioned earlier, the one living abroad, has also been my mentor as well as my colleague, in a variety of sales jobs over the decades, and he definitely helped shape the (professional) me that I am today.
He was always successful, to various degrees, so that, and his willingness to mentor me, was all the motivation
I needed. No motivational posters necessary...

Completely agreed on people being duped by the medical society and/or the companies behind them. I also firmly believe that there's a lot of factors involved of wanting to keep people on certain meds, and possibly even creating new diseases due to (over) usage of these drugs. Because that's what we should really call them.

They're basically now in the business of trying to bring some new stuff to the market that'll cure the side effects of the side effect of the actual drug that you were supposed to take...

Also agreed on the very valid point of some people just working to help someone else, who's already rich, get even richer, instead of actually doing something for themselves, but the majority of society has lulled itself to sleep believing this is actually a good thing, and that they're "contributing to society". Sure, they are, except only to high society, not to their peers.

For all intent and purposes, we might just as well be stuck in the Matrix...

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@ThanosReXXX Berry cake? I don't know, it sounds like the Dutch could learn a lot from the Germans and French about how to make a proper cake..... German food is dismal but German dessert is divine! There's been a trend in the US that icings get sweeter and sweeter as well.....at least on commercial cakes...bleh. A good buttercream has just the right sweetness. I could eat it by the bucket!

Wow, you were Laserjet tech support? I'm sure I flipped you off at least a dozen times in my life then. I was very disappointed when Samsung sold their printer division to HP..... Back into despair. Maybe I'll go Xerox next.

Yep. Most of the medical complex is little more than legalized drug dealers. A lot of the old school doctors know this. Many have retired out in recent years struggling with the new systems (in the US, proscriptions of drug x for symptom y are mandatory. The doctor can't use his own judgement to override, his medical license could be stripped if he tried - his job is to obey the pharma lobby.) And I don't believe you're far off, perhaps not intentionally creating diseases (though they accidentally/knowingly create many), but in terms of not curing diseases that can be cured, due to the profit motive that selling lifetime treatments is infinitely more profitable than selling one-time cures. They don't go as far as to call it a subscription model...that sounds tacky when they're selling you your own life....but that's what it is. If I'm not bleeding out or in excruciating pain, I don't believe in the "benefits" of the medical world actively searching to find problems to treat. There are of course plenty of doctors that agree, but their voices are generally suppressed until they quit or are forced out. Medicine as an industry and a product to advertise and sell isn't a pretty sight. It used to be about treating the sick. Now it's about selling services in advance. It's like when you take a car in for an oil change and they come back with a bill for "recommendations" for new tires, a new alternator, an A/C recharge, a battery "refresh", and an alignment. If you go asking someone to find problems to fix, they're always going to find some.

They'll produdly cite the higher life expectancies today, but they'll neglect to mention the lack of wars, lack of occupational hazards, etc contribute heavily to that, and also neglect to mention the WWII generation for whatever reason (such as Doris) lived abnormally lengthy lives on average and life expectancy is on the decline again, even as more and more medical services are sold. I suspect the low stress adult lives of the WWII generation with a great work-life balance and high amounts of stability and social stability led to their long lives more than magic genetics or superior treatments. Heck they chugged first and second hand smoke for decades and still outlived most. For us that wonder from day to day if tomorrow it all comes crashing down, I imagine that permanent stress does a lot to reduce lifespans.....drug dealers be darned.

As for "contributing to society" it all sounds wonderfully Communist, doesn't it? I commented in another thread recently, and I believe to you once before that Lenin missed the obvious when he said the object of Socialism is Communism: The object of capitalism is also Communism. It just gets there slower.

And as for the Matrix...the more I've played with PSVR, the more I realize that actually is the future of mankind, or worse, as Elon Musk has said, crazy though he might be, maybe we really are already in it. Would we know the difference if we were?

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ThanosReXXX

@AlohaPizzaJack Well, that's basically what constitutes me saying that work is a necessary evil.
Any and all positive side effects, such as the work itself being various degrees of enjoyable/entertaining, having nice coworkers, sitting in a beautiful office/work space, getting a great package of benefits and what not are just coincidentally beneficial side effects.

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Tyranexx

@Octane I always have preferred plain white milk. Chocolate milk is meh, and strawberry milk does NOT taste anything like a strawberry (at least the artificial-tasting crud I've had). Fruit and ice cream mix well though.

@ThanosReXXX I recall my dad being very skinny and fit back when I was a little kid; he farms by profession, so he's pretty active at certain times of the year. Even during the more lax periods of time like winter, there's plenty of stuff that he could still be doing to stay active.... He's getting quite a gut.

Part of the problem, besides his general diet and slowing metabolism, is that he has a tendency to sleep if he doesn't have something that he immediately needs to do with livestock or in the field. Some of this is due to some meds that he's on (unrelated to the diabetes) that make you sleepy, but a lot of it has to do with his sleep apnea. He doesn't get a good night's sleep and won't wear a CPAP machine since it "doesn't help". My mom has tried multiple times to get him to use/wear different things, but it's to the point where he won't even bother. I genuinely fear that he'll stroke out or suffocate in his sleep at some point. We had a pretty open floor plan when I still lived at home, so I'd hear one of his (thankfully infrequent) gagging fits once in awhile when he slept out in the chair. Not to mention the chainsaw snoring....

Edit: I forgot to address the cake. In some settings here, you only get a single piece of dessert at a restaurant. However, some celebrations and restaurants that I've been to have plenty of cake and sweets in a buffet style environment; you can easily grab more than one piece and there'd still be plenty for everyone else.

Then there's people like my grandmother who think that you're getting "too skinny" and feel insulted if you don't have a giant helping of something....

@NEStalgia I haven't bought into some of the health mumbo-jumbo - typically if a diet has a name, someone is likely trying to sell you something - and think that everything in moderation is fine. I do agree that Americans as a whole probably eat more garbage on average than we should. For example, I don't beat myself up for eating a small piece of candy once a day; that's just a small blip on the radar compared to most of my diet. I don't count calories or anything like that, but I do keep an eye on ingredients and try to eat less processed stuff in general. There are some things that I'll occasionally eat when I'm out and about - like my beloved French fries or by supplementing my pizza addiction - but I don't stock any of that at home either. Some things I don't even crave anymore that I used to, like potato chips. To be fair, I sorta got tired of those even before gradually shifting my diet around. XD

I'm not anti-med or anti-vaxx, but I also like not putting any foreign meds in my body unless I feel it's absolutely essential. I stock few OTC meds and am currently not on any prescriptions...though I have been offered a couple.


To be honest, losing weight and increasing my fitness level was more of a decision for self-therapy, both physical and mental, in the face of some IRL issues. I by no means starve myself and eat regularly; the main thing is not overeating and getting better at recognizing when I'm full or approaching that point. It has definitely been a learning process. The internet has been a big help, but like with almost everything else, there's quite a bit of noise and opinions to sift through. I don't believe carbs are bad for example; it just depends on how much and what kind of carbs you're eating.

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ThanosReXXX

@NEStalgia Berry cake? Where did I say that? And trust me: the Germans got nothing on the Dutch, where it concerns making pastries, cakes and what not. If you ever decide to visit, I'll take you on a sweet-tooth tour of the city.

As for the medical industry: I do believe that in certain instances, there are some fair handlings of diseases, and they're REALLY making strides to cure or even eradicate them, but plenty of lesser afflictions are solely being kept in check, by moderating distribution of the cure and/or the doses of said cure, because like you said, there's more money to be made from maintaining that situation than by giving people the single cure medicine.

This situation, or rather: artificial construct is, in my opinion, hiding in plain sight, if you stop for a minute and wonder how it is possible that we've either completely halted or severely crippled a series of deadly diseases, to a point where they aren't terminal for a large percentage of the population anymore, but somehow, it's impossible to cure diseases like diabetes, certain lung diseases, birth defects, and so on. Don't shoot me if I got some of those mixed up, but it's the thought that counts. There most definitely ARE examples of diseases that are strangely still around, more or less thriving, regardless of the ever advancing state of our medical knowledge.

As for you flipping me off during my Corporate Laser Jet department job: small chance. I was in Europe, and we only handled European calls. And besides, it was in 2001, so too long ago as well.

Concerning longevity: we also need to remind ourselves that even though we don't live in stressful times of war or depression, like our grandparents used to do, we do live in a world that's actually way too fast for us. An example: while the average person back in the 50's or 60's, heck, in the entire pre-internet age, got about 70 to a 100 sensory stimuli a day, that number has now easily multiplied by a tenfold, if not twenty.

So, small wonder that so many more people are going crazy, getting stressed out, or suffering a burnout.

As for the object of capitalism: that's simply to enlarge capitalism. Communism at its core isn't bad, it's just the leaders that abuse any and all ideas that are truly meant to be for the people. But better not stray too much into politics here.

And if you want to find out if you're already in the Matrix: take a red pill and try to pull that plug from the back of your neck...

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@Tyranexx Haha, yeah... grandmothers are like that, aren't they? We've got one abroad, because my mother's brother married a Danish woman, and these too are big eaters and drinkers. In fact, all Scandinavians are. True enjoyers of life. Burgundians, as they say...

Anyway, we used to visit our Danish family every two or three years, and even though we'd always stay at my uncle's place, we obviously had to visit all the various family members, and then when we'd visit his mother in law, it would always seem as if she'd emptied the entire fridge, pantry and cellar onto the table, because any and all food or drink was on there, both hearty and sweet. And all they'd say to us is "please, eat. Have some more. Please eat".

Yeah, we sure had to avoid standing on any scales for a couple of weeks, after we returned back home...

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bimmy-lee

@Tyranexx - I just hit a year using my cpap (deviated septum), and it has completely changed my life. At first it was an awful adjustment to learn to sleep wearing a mask with a long hose on the end, and it didn’t make an immediate difference. Over time though, I became accustomed to it, and the payoff has been enormous. Sleep apnea is very dangerous. It’s basically slow, methodical strangulation, and it breaks down our bodies at a cellular level. I couldn’t have hated it more at first, couldn’t love it more after I adjusted to it. I hope your dad gives it another chance.

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Octane

@ThanosReXXX If I'm allowed to chime in. It is important to keep in mind that the severity of a disease (or at least, the perceived severity, because there's no way to ''objectively'' measure it) is not related to the ability to cure a disease. The underlying cause can vary greatly from disease to disease, but the severity of a disease has nothing to do with ability to cure it, or prevent it.

''Mild'' diseases like asthma and diabetes for example are caused by the malfunctioning of a tissue or organ. Simply put, ''curing'' it would require alteration of the entire tissue and their germ cells on a cellular level, or an organ/tissue transplant. The former is currently very much sci-fi, whereas the latter also brings a ton of complications with it, if it's even feasible at all.

On the other hand, a severe disease caused by a bacterial infection may be way easier to treat. Of course, from what I've seen and learned, it's never as simple as that. And there's often way more factors that play a role in it.

In the end it's true that medicine suppliers are still a company, and rely on profits to keep going. But there's no reason to believe it's all one giant conspiracy of keeping people with diseases in check.

Octane

ThanosReXXX

@Octane Of course you're allowed to chime in, this wasn't a closed-off conversation, and any and all points of view are welcome, far as I'm concerned, and may even serve to further the conversation in a positive and/or constructive manner.

Good point you made. Still doesn't explain how we all but halted AIDS, and largely crippled cancer, though.
It's not like these are simple diseases either. It would seem, from the outside looking in, that especially in the case of cancer, more attention is paid to it, and more effort is put into it, compared to "smaller"/lesser diseases, that either aren't directly lethal or not lethal at all, regardless of the fact that these too can still have a rather lasting and sometimes even debilitating effect on one's life.

I would know, seeing as my dad is both a diabetic and a Parkinsons patient. He has to take a lot of pills each day, and had to severely adjust his diet and daily habits.

And trust me: looking at price differences, (rather sudden) uprising of certain diseases and/or distribution of certain types of meds, it most certainly isn't all that strange to suspect that there's more than meets the eye there. No need for conspiracy theories either. Just look at how smaller companies are strangled/crippled, just because they were somehow able to manufacture certain types of pills for much cheaper, which was also happening in the Netherlands, recently.

Pharmacy is a business first and foremost, eradicating any and all diseases has slowly been surpassed as the primary goal. Businesses can't thrive on being good Samaritans alone...

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@Octane P.S.

As for not being able to objectively compare severity of diseases: yes we can. The simplest differentiating factor could be lethal or non-lethal, and another could be the disease having a lasting effect or not, even after having been cured. All of which can have a whole range of effects on somebody's life in a variety of ways, the most severe one obviously being ending someone's life prematurely.

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Anti-Matter

Phew...
Good morning. 🤓
I woke up from my bedtime just now. 😉
My body told me to wake up quickly for today due to Super Mario Maker 2 Direct that will be aired Live at 5 am in my country.
Okay... I think i want to play some 3DS / NDS games again, preparing my lunch box, having my breakfast, take a bath and get dressed while waiting the Direct.

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Tyranexx

@ThanosReXXX Both of my grandmothers are that way, though one is way more so than the other at this point as my dad's mother is significantly slowing down; the dear woman is already 91! She loves baking but just doesn't have the energy to do hardly any of it these days, much less leave her own home. It's a shame as I'd argue that she has some of the best chocolate chip cookies ever...though I may be biased.

The main culprit at this point is my maternal grandma; besides some health issues that she's keeping in check, she's still pretty spry and adores cooking. Her ice cream logs and cakes are certainly unique...and delicious! She definitely overdoes it with the helpings though. XD

Food is love to these wonderful ladies and, I'd argue, a lot of their generation as well.

@bimmy-lee As do I. IIRC part of the problem other than dad's general discomfort with the machine is that, even before he started showing the classic symptoms, he historically was and still is quite an active sleeper and moves around quite a bit/is a bedhog. He'd end up pulling the mask off without even being aware of it. Mom even bought him something for Christmas that should help, but to my knowledge he still hasn't tried using it.

Unfortunately I don't know what else I can do at this point. He typically listens to my mom the best (and, due to similar personalities in some respects and to very different interests and outlooks on humor and life, he and I don't see eye to eye half the time) but is also a very stubborn person; convincing him to do something half the time is like trying to tell a mountain to do backflips.

My grandfather - his dad - was hospitalized when I was very young due to a stroke and died during his hospitalization from a heart attack. Due to their physical and mental similarities, I'm worried that he's heading in the same direction.

It's difficult to convey in text how terrifying it is to wake up to someone gagging horribly.

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@Tyranexx And yet, somehow, most of them became as old as dinosaurs. All of my grandparents passed away either in their late eighties, or well into their nineties, an age that I'm wondering if I'll ever even reach, regardless of me living a relatively healthy life, eating fresh foods, taking care of my sugar and salt intake, and minimizing alcohol and not smoking.

My takeaway from that is that back then, they were using far more natural ingredients, which were naturally high in fat and nutrients (edit: healthy, saturated fats that the body knew how to deal with). Nowadays, almost everything is low fat, low carb, sugar free or there's a lot of processed foods of which you wouldn't even suspect, that they have sugar in them.

Decades ago, like before and shortly after the second World War, products didn't have nearly as much trash and sugar in them, as they have now. Which, if you ask me, is also where the upsurge in diabetics is coming from, as well as the obesity problem. Well, of course the expansion of fast food chains is also partly to blame. Then again: our grandparents were also already drinking milkshakes and eating burgers and fries...

If you're interested in the topic, look up the BBC documentary "the truth about sugar". It can probably be found on Netflix, or maybe even on YouTube. I found it to be highly enlightening and educational.

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