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  1. #1
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    Registered: Feb 2002
    Location: In the flesh.

    Random thoughts...

    This is an easy one. Whatever happened to you today or whatever thought popped into your head or anything you want to share. Random shit. I'll start.

    I have been feeding crows for two damn years every morning when I get to work. You see, I go by my moms before work every day to check on her and make sure she is okay and doesn't need anything and we talk a bit. She is way on up there in years and I worry about her. She always has a bacon biscuit for me and even though I have told her not to go to the trouble it makes her happy so I eat a bit of it as I talk with her. The rest I take to work and feed the crows. They wait on the light lines most mornings and I've torn the biscuit into pieces so I just dump my paper plate out and they watch from there and I go into the building. BUT before I do I look at them and say "nevermore". A stupid homage to Poe's Raven poem. I've been doing this doggedly for two years. No results. Yesterday as I did it I said the perfunctory "nevermore" and started to walk away when one of them said "neh mo". I was stunned. I said "never more" and one said "neh mo" in response again. I was so happy I kept saying it and it kept repeating it. I said it all the way from my parking spot to the building and it responded every time. It's not earth shattering but it made my day. I had given up on it ever happening.

    Today there was only one crow and I said it and it just looked at me like I was crazy. I have to figure out which crow can talk but how the hell do you tell one crow from another?

    So what's your random shit?

  2. #2
    Moderator and Priest
    Registered: Mar 2002
    Location: Dinosaur Ladies of the Night
    I just found the ass half of a dead mouse sitting in front of my breezeway door. It wasn't there the last time I went outside, but it's there now.

    Normally, this wouldn't be much of a concern for me. I have cats. It's what cats do. I should be thankful it wasn't a snake again. Thing is, all my cats are put up in the garage for the night.

    ...so who left the mouse?

  3. #3
    Member
    Registered: Feb 2002
    Location: In the flesh.
    Somebody likes you but not enough to give you the top half.

  4. #4
    Moderator and Priest
    Registered: Mar 2002
    Location: Dinosaur Ladies of the Night
    Which is the same thing as saying they don't like me at all.

  5. #5
    Member
    Registered: Feb 2002
    Location: In the flesh.
    Hey man, brains are gooooood. Ask any zombie. Which reminds me, my daughter is at a wedding in Florida so tomorrows zombie run will be shit without her. I'm just not going to go. Funny how you realize it's not an event you like but who you are with.

    But yeah, who wants the ass end?

  6. #6
    Member
    Registered: Feb 2001
    Location: Somewhere
    paging Mr Duck

  7. #7
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    Registered: Aug 2004
    We have a typical "entertainment center" cabinet that holds the cable box, consoles, and stuff. The front is "baby proofed" but it's half a foot from the wall behind to allow ventilation. Well, our younger daughter just loves to throw stuff back there when she's done with them. Lots and lots of toys, and more problematically, the occasional sippy cup or food item. Our older daughter has taken to "borrowing" a bungee cord with a hook on the end, and "fishing" behind the entertainment cabinet. She even calls it that. Heck, sometimes she pulls up toy fish. Hasn't pulled up a real one... Yet...

  8. #8
    El Shagmeister
    Registered: Jul 2000
    Location: Under your fingernails.
    I am the crunchy center of the Universe.

  9. #9
    Member
    Registered: Feb 2002
    Location: In the flesh.
    Uh... well, as long as you aren't gooey. I had to laugh at the fishing for toys story, Pyrian. Reminded me of Halloween carnivals in my youth where one fished with a clothes pin attached to a string on a pole flung behind a screen wherein someone clipped a packet of goodies. Halloween is on my mind tonight. I had a few toddies of cider spiked with Captain Morgan spiced rum as we sat around the fire and told ghost stories at my sons tonight. Some of them true. I came home and wetransfered my latest episode of Count Eeflac to the station. I had enlisted my brother for this one. It was Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein. Not fond of old horror/comedy but the station owner wanted it. I had him as my neighbor Frank with stein which I took from him to put him into my coffin done up with various electrical devices which fried him into a skeleton. FRANKly I think I'm better than the average horror host. I impart knowledge of the film and how it fits into the genre as a whole while performing a skit. Most, including Svenghoulie, are way more lame.

    I missed the zombie run. I hope it was a success for them but without my daughter it just would not be the same. Here is a pic of runs past.

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  10. #10
    Member
    Registered: Sep 2001
    Location: Qantas
    Quote Originally Posted by Pyrian View Post
    We have a typical "entertainment center" cabinet that holds the cable box, consoles, and stuff. The front is "baby proofed" but it's half a foot from the wall behind to allow ventilation. Well, our younger daughter just loves to throw stuff back there when she's done with them. Lots and lots of toys, and more problematically, the occasional sippy cup or food item. Our older daughter has taken to "borrowing" a bungee cord with a hook on the end, and "fishing" behind the entertainment cabinet. She even calls it that. Heck, sometimes she pulls up toy fish. Hasn't pulled up a real one... Yet...
    I can only imagine. He he

    We have a bird's nest of cables behind our entertainment credenza and fireplace next to it, so we just fenced the whole thing off:
    http://www.redmc.net/room/WP_20180928_18_19_01_Pro.mp4

    Used this with an extension or two:
    https://northstatesind.com/product/3...tal-superyard/

    My son does throw toys over the gate from time to time, but our rule is that it stays there for a few days to a week before he can have it back.

  11. #11
    SShock2.com
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    Registered: Apr 2001
    Location: The land of ever sideways rain
    Quote Originally Posted by Tocky View Post
    Whatever happened to you today or whatever thought popped into your head or anything you want to share. Random shit.
    You do not want to know what is on my mind at this moment, it will be a very lengthy whiny rant. It would be about something I lost and can never get back. But this isn't about that.

    So, instead, I'll go with my second most recent thought. I have decided to adopt a new online behaviour policy. Well, it's not really new, I'm just extending it to my various little spheres of interest, and unfortunately TTLG is just the last one. I started with YouTube.

    A few years ago, I decided that I would only ever comment on a YouTube video if I had something positive to say. The internet is full of idiots, and we all know all too well how seemingly harmless comments can escalate to ridiculous proportions. So, I decided, if I was to say anything at all, it must be positive. I'm pretty sure I've managed that so far. I've praised several awesome bands on their great songs. I have said nothing about the inane crap that makes me want to rip out my ears and stuff them down my throat to prevent me from vomiting. I keep those thoughts to myself.

    Then I expanded it a bit. Facebook. Now I hate how people behave on FB, and the stupid and inane things they post, but again, I decided to never post my displeasure. No sarcasm, which is quite hard for me as a bitter old cynic. Negative comments breed negative comments. Everything escalates. And suddenly you have an idiot in the White House. So, I only post when I feel strongly positive about something, which is quite rare, so I don't post a lot, but my point still stands.

    Since my recent return to TTLG, I have not yet adopted this philosophy here. But, I feel I really should. I shouldn't expose you poor innocent bystanders to my own stupid negative opinions about things you like.

    This is not about self-censorship, though. If there is an important discussion to be had, and I have a strong opinion about it, I will voice it, regardless of what it happens to be, but largely, I will try to stay with my above policy. Sticking to that also makes me somewhat more immune to trolls. It's clearly not a perfect method, but it has stopped me more than once from posting something stupid, just pausing for one second to think "is this positive, or by posting this, will I make things worse?". It's starting to become second nature. I just need to stick to it.

    It's just like your mother used to say. If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all. It's just that simple.
    Boing. Peng. Boom-Tschak. Peng.

    System Shock 2 Walkthrough

  12. #12
    Member
    Registered: Aug 2004
    Every morning there's a spiderweb on my driver-side-view mirror. I clean it off - but next morning it's there again. Every day, we each wish the other would stop it already.

  13. #13
    Member
    Registered: Feb 2002
    Location: In the flesh.
    LOL Pyrian.

    I try to control myself. Sometimes I win and sometimes lose. I would love to be absolutely honest all the time but I'm certain that wouldn't work out so well. Selective honesty is perfectly okay with me.

    Did a couple of Count Eeflac episodes for the station. I don't mind them so much though I wish I could pick stuff other than public domain. It has forced me to watch some I would never have seen and that is sometimes good. Spider Baby was enjoyable and one of Rob Zombie's favorites. He even used one of the stars in it as Captain Spalding. It was the last sober role of Lon Chaney Jr. and he was good in it. I wish I didn't have to do promotional stuff though. Next weekend I have to play Eeflac at a Halloween party down at the station. I would so much rather go to Arx Mortis haunted house with my daughter like usual.



    Oh hey, my nephew Spencer got his black belt in Kung Fu today. Pretty bit of badass.

  14. #14
    Member
    Registered: Feb 2008
    Location: on a mission to civilize
    If your opinion is forever unchanging then you've never actually had an opinion--you have a set predilection, one most likely formed by and adhering to the set predilections of someone else or a group.

  15. #15
    Member
    Registered: Aug 2008
    Location: in your second eyelids
    Thanks for teaching me a new word, Q. I thought normally the word bias was used to describe liking over opinion, but I guess this sounds like it emphasises it even more.

    I guess my one unique thought today was: If my life is in disharmony with your ideology of your life, I don't sleep. Changing ideology in my case is comparable to changing species, which seems impossible, and changing a deeply engraved way of life is probably comparable to changing the laws of physics. Needs a black hole.

  16. #16
    New Member
    Registered: Apr 2018
    I'm hungry....

  17. #17
    El Shagmeister
    Registered: Jul 2000
    Location: Under your fingernails.
    *Devours Danielee*

    <3

    Derp.

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    Subway is awesome.... They're also slooooow....

  19. #19
    Level 10,000 achieved
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland
    Idea for a boat-name: "You And Me Boat".

    Thoughts?

    I don't have a boat btw so if anyone has one and needs a name feel free to use it!

  20. #20
    Member
    Registered: Feb 2002
    Location: In the flesh.
    How about "This side up"?

  21. #21
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    Registered: Feb 2002
    Location: In the flesh.
    I was on facebook yesterday and a post reminded me of Upper Heyford RAF USAF so I looked up some pics of my old base. I found one of my dorm but not my end of it. I found the old hospital and one I think is the hospital dorm. Sadly the PX is boarded up and fencing runs around the NCO club and other stuff I used to walk to every day is in decay. Then I read some comments below the pics and found there is a facebook site for those who did duty there. I joined the group. Then I looked for names I knew in the comments there.

    Motherfuck. I happened on one almost automatically in the comments about The Barley Mow pub. Dena. I had called her Delilah in my stories. I had the first and last sound of her name right but that ain't good enough for someone you have slept with. She even used her old Air Force photo for her facebook photo. I'm 99% certain. I left a reply on her comment asking if we didn't go to the AC/DC concert together but so far no response. Okay, it's only been eight hours but I'm on tenterhooks waiting. I'm not really sure what I'm going to say when she does.

    I know what I want to. I want to let her know that I know what a dumbass I was for not realizing how great she was. I want her to understand it wasn't her. I was a dick. I was playing the field. I didn't want any ties but she was so wonderful. She was so caring and passionate and if I had been at another place in my life I would have realized that and not used her for just fun. We couldn't dance together without falling in bed together. We kissed within minutes of first meeting each other. I want to let her know I remember. That I will never forget. That I cherish those memories. But somehow I've got to say that without saying it. We are happily married long term to others after all. I looked her up on her facebook page. Time has done damage but that smile is still the same.

    How do you say you remember? How do you say I am sincerely sorry for being such an ass that I let her get away? That I know now what my stupid younger self was too flippant and shallow to comprehend. How do you say all that in an undercover fashion that can only be read between the lines?

    I never expected all these emotions just from looking at some old photos of the base. Jesus.

  22. #22
    Member
    Registered: Feb 2002
    Location: In the flesh.
    Okay. No response. Not a lot of movement on that page anyway but I'm so disappointed. I even posted a picture of her I still have. Just as a reply to her comment. Just her and a guy eating chili in the break room at the ward. One I saved from the day of burning my wife made me do the first year of our marriage. She didn't know it wasn't just a pic of hospital staff. I guess you think I should be honest. Maybe I should let go of my memories. That is not who I am. I can't forget anything. Anyone who ever meant anything to me still does. That is a lie of omission I do all the time. I let nobody go. I remember. I may not always recall what I said or did but I recall what others have. They made my life. They are as much me as anything I did or said. More so. They made me.

    Is this okay?

    "You were so wonderful and so funny. I wish I had met you when I wasn't young and stupid. I recall those days fondly though. Hey do you remember when the bus stopped on the way to the concert and when the guys lined up to take a leak some wise ass girls ran down the line pointing and saying things like "aw poor little fellow" and "hey what are you doing later"? We had some great times for as short as they were. I've thought of you off and on over the years and always with a smile. Good to see you again."

    I posted that. It wasn't too much right? I kept it not too personal right? I don't want to be a ghost from the past returned as a nightmare. I don't want anything. Forgiveness maybe.

  23. #23
    Administrator
    Registered: Oct 2000
    Location: Athens of the North
    Could be that she's not too active on facebook or just wants to leave the past behind - but I don't think your message is too over the top. Entirely possible she's wondering what the motivation is for being contacted - just as you'd probably do if she was to send a similar message in your direction. From your past posts you've struck me as the sort of guy who knows how to pitch things at the right level - I'd trust your gut. I personally find "a day of burning" a bit strange (hopefully it was just photos and you're not married to a serial arsonist!). I can understand the motivation as a symbolic gesture but trying to get rid of old photos won't change your memories, who you were and who you are now.

    My random thought today is a bit meta - why does my brain piece thoughts together best in the shower? I realise that "shower thoughts" is not exactly new but I'd have expected other situations where I'm distracted from a particular problem to be just as effective - but nothing quite works in the same way.

  24. #24
    Member
    Registered: Feb 2002
    Location: In the flesh.
    Yay! She responded. She reminded me she was not one of the girls who said mean things when they ran by. I told her I know that. I remember everything she did and said was thoughtful. She, in an on the sly sort of way, said her son sees her posts so I on the sly let her know I would never get detailed about things. She remembers me though and in a good way. Yay!

    I guess I already did get too detailed but I didn't include her in the girls who ran down the line.
    Last edited by Tocky; 24th Nov 2018 at 16:05.

  25. #25
    Still Subjective
    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Idiocy will never die
    I read an article about the potential, or not, of a Back to the Future reboot. It was as depressing as the respondents to the poll therein were idiots.

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