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bimmy-lee

I’m flying out of town late morning. I just concluded five days of solo dad duties with two young kids while my wife is in Denver for a conference. The kids are now with their grandparents, and the conference is over; so it’s time to meet up for some fun. I’m probably going to pour an adult beverage on my face after I post this. Have a great week and weekend everyone.

@Morpheel - Wow, that’s adventurous, for me at least. The kind of thing I would really hope someone else would order, and then let me try a bite.

limby-bee was a jerk.

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ThanosReXXX

HobbitGamer wrote:

@ThanosReXXX Captive audience to boost ratings. Same as airports 😂

I was thinking more along the lines of seeing a building being destructed minimizing the effect of any pain you might suffer during some procedure on your teeth. It could work as a placebo effect.

Yeah, I know: my mind works in mysterious ways. I almost never go for the obvious. Also because that's usually the most boring option, and if there's anything I can't particularly stand, then it would be boring stuff.

@Tyranexx From what you told @NEStalgia, it does sound like you're REALLY living in the middle of nowhere. Illinois, if I remember correctly?

I could probably never get used to that. In California, I already lived in a small city/town, and now that I'm living over here, I'm completely adjusted to city life, and having everything I need or want within an hour's travel from anywhere. And that hour is only for the outermost regions of the city.

I do always like to visit the country side, though. For a holiday, or a long weekend, just to relax a bit and so on, but I doubt I could ever settle down there. I need all my hustle and bustle, things to do, and places to go to be relatively nearby. In the city, I mostly use public transport, or I just hop on a bike, if the weather allows it, such as around this time of year, and of course in the summer.

And yeah, the whole annual new smart phone thing also still amazes me. I do however switch phones every other year, not because I really need to, but simply because it's a part of my provider's subscription service, and then the previous model goes to my dad, so he gets a relatively new phone for free.

And I always take good care of all my stuff, so he's probably better off than buying a second-hand one from a stranger or in a store...
(edit: not that he ever would, mind you)

@bimmy-lee Well, I hope you have a nice time over there. I'm pretty sure we'll hear all about it, if something interesting and/or funny happens.

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'The console wars are like boobs. Sony and Microsoft fight over which ones look the nicest and Nintendo's are the most fun to play with.'

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bimmy-lee

@ThanosReXXX - Thanks! It’s a pretty short visit (for me), but we’re going to make the most of it. I think a fair amount of funny, interesting things are going to occur. If any of them are within the community rules, I’ll share the story!

Edit - Oh, quick quip. I bought an outlet timer to run my led grow lights for my succulents and inside trees, and I’m paying my brother in beer to stop by and water them on Friday. I’m officially weird, old plant guy now.

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NintendoByNature

Well that's not so bad. I'm officially old wierd grass guy. Had a patch In my backyard that never grew grass. Tried for years to grow it and it never would. Month or so ago I went to Menards and really splurged on the good stuff and all sorts of bells and whistles. For like 2 weeks it wasn't growing and I started getting pretty ticked. One day I got home from work and voila, started sprouting! I'm out there every day watering and when I'm not, I'm just smiling and staring at it. Makes me wonder what the neighbors think of me

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ThanosReXXX

@bimmy-lee Inside trees? As in indoor palm trees, or just large, jungle type plants?
And hey, succulents are nothing to scoff at, nor is having them. Got a couple of them as well, sitting in my window sill. I used to have other plants as well, but I tended to forget to water them frequently, and seeing as I'm the only one living here, no one is reminding me to take better care of them.

The succulents are a bit more resilient and easier to take care of, at least.

Oh, and if any of the stories that you come back with aren't allowed under community rules, we can always use our personal contact details to exchange them.

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'The console wars are like boobs. Sony and Microsoft fight over which ones look the nicest and Nintendo's are the most fun to play with.'

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HobbitGamer

@NintendoByNature That sounds close to my life. Same struggles with some grass and staring. It was a great day when my neighbor applied Pennington seed across the street on a very windy day 😂

Truck finally ran great this morning. Now I can play games again. Did that Mother 3 come out for Switch yet?

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NEStalgia

I leave for a few hours and return to find @Anti-Matter dropping the risque funnies. What planet is this?

@ThanosReXXX Sagat (pronounce sagg-it) is a standup comedian most famous for America's Funniest Home Videos in it's 90's height (when a VHS camcorder was a novelty still), and being the father in Full House. It was a big name in the 90's mostly from those two shows. I don't think I ever saw Home Videos after his era. It was the lamest of the lame jokes, it was awful, but it was very "the era."

Yep. The Cayenne things. I see at least 6 a day just back and forth. I also see at least 3 911's. Tons of the various BMWs & Mercedes (equal number coupe/SUV), Audi's. And of course a limitless sea of Lexus/Accura/Infinitiy. A handful of Teslas and Volts, a good deal of Priuses (isn't that your official State Car? ) I've seen more than one DeLorean....not even joking. And occasionally you see the odd Lamborghini, Maserati or McLaren. No Ferraris or Bentleys, weirdly. Supposedly luxury cars make up 6% of the US auto market. Around here it's an easy 45%, maybe more. And of the remaining 55% about 60% of THAT is what I still consider luxury (they maybe Hondas, Toyotas, Jeeps, GMCs, etc, but they're all fully loaded large SUVs or urban cowboy pickups.) Probably about 20% or less of total cars on the road here are normal cars from normal brands.

And of course all those luxury cars have instant pivot turning, stabilization and get annoyed and aggressive when you can't move as fast as they, and ultra bright HID/LED headlights mounted just at eye-level for a normal car. So at night, the whole road behind me will go 5MPH the whole way home. Because I can't #[email protected][email protected] see where I'm going. Seriously. At all. Because I have diving lamps pointed directly into my retinas. Imagine the sea of horns. They can buy me a #$%@[email protected] Cayenne if they'd like. Whomever approved vehicle manufacture without standardized light output and positioning should be tortured in means not even the medieval warlords could imagine.

All food smokes...if you're browning it anyway. Especially meats. I generally brown if I'm cooking something. Plus pan deglazing (unless you're using teflon....tsk tsk....) Trouble is there's a haze through the whole house afterward like it's an opium den.

Hah, well the oil soaked food is really Italian food, so blame them...which is in Europe.... And olive oil is quite healthy. You know I heard for years and years about the "obesity epidemic"....never really saw many such people. I thought it was media hype. Last few years I see it EVERYWHERE. It's surreal. that said, I'm convinced despite media hype and European attention there's something else going on than just "bad diet". Plenty of people have bad diets. I certainly don't eat as the poster child of healthy eating. But I don't look like that. I'd say I have a fast metabolism, but I really don't. Even during holiday times in years when I've eaten more than I could even fit of all the worst possible stuff over weeks with back to back events, I may have put on a few pounds, but NOTHING like that, and just going back to normal eating afterward everything adjusts back down. These people just have REALLY SLOW metabolisms. I'm not sure it's "American diet" related. There's something else going on there. Just eating junk doesn't automatically do that to you. I don't know what the real cause is....I strongly wouldn't doubt it's tied to the pharmaceuticals that pretty much everyone inhales like candy here. Or reactions to additives...or something beyond just eating "too much fat and sugar." The amount of fat and sugar it would take to get me to that point would cause my stomach to rupture first. We're talking about one of the only countries in the world that still fluoridates the entire water supply.....so children will grow strong teeth....despite there being no evidence it actually accomplishes the goal....

Property Brothers...I may have seen an ad for that in a cable company flyer. It might be on here still. I don't get any of those channels, and since YouTubeTV jacked up the pricing because of adding that and other channels....I don't have a better impression of it

@bimmy-lee LOL that is SPOT on for This Old House. I find it funny Vila became the spokesman of Sears. It was an omen.

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Zero3ds

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NintendoByNature

@HobbitGamer haha, what's even better is when the neighbors dandelions spread over to your grass 😣. Nice on the truck. Love when things finally pan out and you can get back to your everyday life stuff. As for me my next project is ripping out the deck and making a patio. I personally have zero clue wth I'm doing but thankfully my dad is a handy man and can do this stuff in his sleep. So all I need to do is front the money (which will still be quite a bit) and do all the grunt work while he barks orders. It's good to be 31 and still feel like a kid taking orders from your dad every now and again 😂

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Anti-Matter

@NEStalgia
Oh, wait.
Was that about Dr.Pornsack ? 🤣🤣🤣

My Top 6 games :
1. Dance Dance Revolution series (100)
2. Dragon Quest Builders 2 PS4/Switch (95)
3. The Sims 4 PS4 + All contents (93)
4. Portal Knights PS4 (90)
5. Final Fantasy VIII PS1 (90)
6. Animal Crossing New Leaf: Welcome Amiibo 3DS (89)

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NEStalgia

@Tyranexx Funny thing is I always thought this was "suburbia" until recently I realized it actually used to be actually rural. Now it's like the worst of "suburbia" that I always considered the city. Actually the big city is nicer than most of "urban suburbia" in a lot of ways...it feels roomer. Of course you need to be really rich to live there. The amount of urbanization here in the last 20 years is surreal. Where it was empty forest, farms, orchards, or tiny houses on big forested lots with lots of land forever, now it's just solid-gridded, traffic lights every block with backed up turn lanes, continuous horns, and strip centers, apartment complexes, and corporate parks piled on top of each other. Now they're building up. Homes get torn down and 3 story ones repalce them. 5+ story 55+ "communities" etc. In just 20 years I feel like a foreigner. I don't understand the culture I'm in even slightly with entirely different customs and ways, attitudes and ethics...I'm certainly not a participant in the world around me, just an observer. But that isn't visually or audibly recognized so I have to nod and play along even though I understand nothing about this culture.

If I'm going to feel like a foreigner anywhere, I'd rather it be Tokyo.

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HobbitGamer

@NintendoByNature Oi, don’t even start about dandelions. I’ve just got a small 6’x6’ slab patio, but one day I want to grade and extend it. My next outdoor project will be putting 4x4 posts down for my muscadine grapes, though. They’ve matured to a weight and strength that’s bending the rebar spikes now

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NEStalgia

@Anti-Matter I'm sure he's the top doctor in the nation (as voted on in the top women's magazine.)

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NintendoByNature

@HobbitGamer I still need to make a garden too. Not sure where to put it though. I have a small backyard and it's oddly shaped. I suppose I can get rid of the little mulch area i made a few years back when i rip the deck out and put a garden there, but I can barely grow grass. How embarrassing would it be planting all these veggies and fruits and waiting for nothing like i typically do hahaah

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ThanosReXXX

@NEStalgia I know who he is: Full House was also aired over here, as well as all the AFHV shows that he presented. Except his name isn't Bob Sagat, it's Bob Saget, so you misspelled it. Hence my joke about the Street Fighter character...

Oh, and I wouldn't mind owning a DeLorean. I already loved that car long before it ever became famous thanks to Back to the Future...

And I am REALLY starting to wonder what you're doing to your food, because I can honestly say that none of my food ever smokes, unless I burn it. Which I don't, of course. I get steam, and every now and then some billowing fat clouds, if I add a splash of water to the butter/oil I baked my meat in, to make a gravy out of it, but other than that, no smoke, ever. It seriously makes me doubt your gourmet skills...

Or maybe, there's some additives in American meat, that makes it smoke by default.

As for the greasy food thing: oil/olive oil in food may be an Italian thing, but butter-soaked pizzas and/or bread, like was described by one of you, mentioning it being soaked before AND after baking, very much IS an American thing. And as we know from modern day infotainment, America is still the land of giant-sized portions. Even burgers at McDonald's are bigger in the States than in Europe. What's sold over here as a quarter pounder, is a normal burger in your neck of the woods. And in restaurants, you still see enormous slabs of meat being served, entire bowls of whatever as a side dish, liters of soda, and so on, and so on.

All of that makes what most European restaurants are serving, look like children's (or dwarf-sized) menus...

But I would agree that at the very least, pharmaceuticals will also have something to do with it. But food still is a major factor. A couple of pages ago, I believe it was @Tyranexx that also mentioned that apparently, a lot of American-made products (as in: processed foods) also taste sweeter than what most people outside of the States would be used to, so still having fluoridated water might not even be such a bad idea. Not that it helps against obesity, but still...

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'The console wars are like boobs. Sony and Microsoft fight over which ones look the nicest and Nintendo's are the most fun to play with.'

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bimmy-lee

@NintendoByNature - Well done. Getting grass to grow in that ooooone bate patch is always difficult. Glad you were able to do it with seed instead of sod. I live in a wooded lot. No grass at all. I miss that kind of yard work.

@ThanosReXXX - These are local hardwoods. I live in an oak/hickory/maple forest, and our collection of inside trees are samples from our yard that we’ve either grown from tree nuts, or gotten trimmings of new growth to sprout roots. They’re babies now, but I’ll keep them bonsai size. Can’t call them bonsai though as none of them are acceptable specimens for official bonsai. We added a walnut tree and some rooted willow branches this spring. I do have a blood maple that’s about 4.5 feet tall in a large planter, but I keep it trimmed way down so it can function inside. It’s like a family member. My favorite tree is redbud, but they’re too finicky. Haven’t gotten one to survive the transition to inside tree.

I really love the succulents too. You’re right, I can forget to water them for weeks, and they’re fine. Amazing plants. I’m constantly cloning them with fallen leaves too. Once you have one succulent, you can have as many as you want.

@NEStalgia - That chance to get out a little Bob Villa humor really made my day. I actually thought I’d never have the opportunity.

Edited on by bimmy-lee

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NintendoByNature

@bimmy-lee Thanks! It definitely got the best of me for years. I don't love the yard work but I will say I feel a sense of accomplishment when my work pays off in the yard.

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StableInvadeel

what the eel

I was just checking my wish list on my switch and noticed Shovel Knight was 50% off. I have the game on 3DS, but having it on the switch would be nice for multiplayer and the extra modes the 3DS version won't get, anyway, just as I was about to pay, the shop said "The price has changed, please check again".

Then the discount was gone D:

And then my switch crashed...

Invading your ranch, taking your cows.

My dead channel.

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NintendoByNature

@Morpheel dude... that blows. I was just looking not even an hour or so ago and it was still up there for 50% off. Give it a few more weeks and i bet at e3 it'll be discounted again

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