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    Today, 03:31 PM
    Broccolini. It's broccoli's half-breed cousin.
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    Today, 01:53 PM
    Cheese-filled ravioli, scallops scampi, and garlicky broccolini. Mom is not feeling too well so the garlic and shallots are a must, and so is the Vitamin C boost.
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    Yesterday, 07:29 PM
    If you add up the basic numeric equivalents for each letter in my name, you get 123. If you use the 1-9 means of assigning numbers to those same letters, the total is 33 --- year of Christ. And yes, a lack of logic does cause me to reject information. It's in my nature I guess :) Or maybe I was born in 1947 (everyone born in that year is a spook).
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    Yesterday, 07:04 PM
    I like the part about how people who watch Game of Thrones are messed up, which the author knows from not watching the show, but looking up a 16-minute montage of nude scenes. People who look up montages of nudity contained in shows they are too good to watch are definitely not messed up.
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    Yesterday, 05:09 PM
    No, businesses (mostly restaurants) that only accept cash as payment. It's going well for them.
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    05-26-2016, 07:45 PM
    I've seen an uptick in cash only businesses here.
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    05-26-2016, 07:38 PM
    Not a problem. My issue is that a lot of the people who seem to object to me speaking Spanish in public seem completely incapable of stringing together a coherent sentence of their own. Personally, I prefer market solutions to language preference as I stated earlier. There are certain ethnic markets where you're almost required to speak whatever the shop's products' national origin demands. Hell, there are certain areas of the country where you might be better off speaking another language to order a soup or cup of coffee. From an official standpoint, I have no problem with English becoming the official language of documents and phone lines and other such Government services (since we have them at all). Groups could easily translate those materials if a certain area has a need for them. There's certainly no shortage of people who can guide others through a brochure or process, and perhaps for a very small acknowledgement on the back of a pamphlet, La Raza could do something other than race bait and give people ammo to extend the hatred that keeps the organization in business. Let me extend this to what you said in your response. When you go to the store and everyone else is speaking Spanish, the issue is twofold. The first is that the patrons are speaking Spanish, which really should not bother you unless you feel a strange need to know what everyone around you is saying. Eavesdropping? :p The second is actually far more serious, though, which is that you can't do business with employees who can't communicate with you. I have voiced concerns along those lines in the past at some delightful Asian markets with mixed success. If they want your money, a business is going to do its best to help you out. The school example goes back to what I just said. Official languages dictate how public schools should operate. There are going to be a LOT of kids whose English is subpar, and at that point they should be taught within their own communities or at least tutored on that specific issue. There will be many people who fail going through school that way, but the ones that emerge tend to be well-rounded, truly bilingual, and a step ahead of their peers. And as for the custard? Again, the owner should be able to install whatever policies he or she wishes, and for whatever reasons. Let's assume the guy really is just the biggest racist ever. The next action shouldn't be to grab a pitchfork and go after him. It should be to shrug my shoulders and say "Okay. So?" and either order some custard or go somewhere else :)
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    05-25-2016, 05:52 PM
    Idk. There's that one carpenter around 2000 years ago that's still pretty popular.
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    05-25-2016, 05:52 PM
    A couple of things to add. "Africa" is a very large place. Yeah, actually, a lot of it was pretty amazing for a very long time. The particular combination of resources and relative isolation of civilizations, though, made it ripe for other groups to come in and exploit those resources. The very first to exploit slaves, gold, and other resources were fellow Africans. From there, it was only a hop skip and jump for people to swoop in and mine, etc.. It doesn't mean that the people coming in were evil, or that the natives were all noble savages, or any similar idiocy. Also, I really don't mind racist as a label. I do think it would get tossed around a little less if it weren't the equivalent of shouting "fire" in a crowded theater. Most people are at least a little racist, and some are incredibly (almost comically) racist. Until they take steps to harm someone or institutionalize their hatred into depriving people of rights (real rights, btw, not "the right to free stuff" type rights), it's fine with me. Lynching someone --- ANYONE --- is pretty godawful. It wouldn't be any prettier if the victim were other-than-black. Calling someone a name, though, just reveals your true colors and the person on the receiving end gets to decide how to react to it. Remember that? When you had to decide whether to fight, walk away, or come up with a witty retort? Before people called the cops because their safe space was violated?
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    05-25-2016, 05:33 PM
    If there's an issue with foreigners learning English, the implication is that native speakers can at least "reach the peddles" and learn to speak properly. The person I was quoting was applauding the idea that foreigners don't "talk English good" and that it's a major part of the problem. It's merely a pet peeve of mine for some reason. Carry on.
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    05-24-2016, 05:08 PM
    My question back to DamianTV is "Why won't so many native speakers do that here?"
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    05-21-2016, 01:39 PM
    Not sure how one would credit that, however their latest widespread testing got them a 90%+ failure rate on planted violations. There are also a number of ways the TSA (or any future private equivalent) won't be able to stop things. If there's a mechanic who got past a background check, a pilot with a death wish, or a lithium ion battery (or ten) that someone missed, results can be pretty awful. If there's a bomb or attack during these three-hour tours around the checkpoints, it will be catastrophic, especially since many airports are multi-story buildings. I can think of several where the security line is above the baggage claim/rental car check-in area. I can think of at least one where the security checkpoint is right next to an oft-occupied area of a hotel that's inside of the airport itself. The arrivals are also normally pouring out of the space right next to the security lines, with waiting friends and family on this side of security along with the hundreds --- or more --- waiting in line. Or people could get even more clever and distribute biological weaponry in that same contained area. Many people are removing shoes, and almost everyone is handling those plastic bins. You could distribute something in the ice on the plane itself. There are a number of things that could be done to those little free bags of snacks. In other words, there is always going to be a risk that someone who's annoyed is going to do something awful. Putting forth an army of flunkies who can't find a fake gun strapped to someone going through their line is not going to stop any of it.
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    05-21-2016, 01:24 PM
    So all the Government bathrooms have that offensive signage removed, right? And no urinals (those just mock the "transitional" people who cannot pee standing up yet; I'm sure it will cause all kinds of triggering). And the gyms and showers, of course, that the staffers use... those have been changed first and foremost, right? Right?
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    05-21-2016, 01:12 PM
    He wasn't at the White House. This is a repeated issue with these reported "disturbances." He was near the greater Metro area, so to speak, of the White House (which includes a bunch of big ole "Executive" buildings, some lawns, a bunch of little security huts, the area with the Christmas tree in winter, etc.), but not at the gates, and definitely not "on the lawn" as some reports seem to suggest.
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    05-21-2016, 01:07 PM
    Video aside, this general question has a very simple answer. If you were abroad for a few months in Germany (for sake of argument), you might attempt to learn the language ahead of time. You would definitely have an accent, and no one would mistake you for a native speaker. You might bravely attempt to order in German at a restaurant, but depending on your attention to detail, you might end up confusing or insulting someone in the process. You certainly would not be at your most comfortable in German. Now imagine that your waitress smiles and says "Are you American? I could take that order in English if you'd like, or explain some of the menu items." Even if you speak some of the local language, from a customer service perspective it helps to make your clientele be at ease and happy in your establishment. Should it be the law? Hell no. I should be able to decide I don't want kids, or dogs, or women, or whatever, in my establishment. I could cater only to fat, bearded smokers over 50. I will deal with the financial results of those decisions, of course. Back to the particular establishment, I'm not sure there's even a direct translation for custard that would satisfactorily explain what it is. I just tell my parents it's mantecado.
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    05-15-2016, 05:38 PM
    It's a balance. Run off one customer and his family and maybe a few rabid "support animal" people, or run off more that do not want to have parrot shit and feathers and dander/dust all over their groceries, on top of which one of those two choices is a greater sanitation hazard than the other.
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    05-15-2016, 07:02 AM
    MelissaWV replied to a thread Millipedes??? in Freedom Living
    They do tend to die on their own fairly fast, especially if it's dry around where you're at.
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    05-15-2016, 06:57 AM
    It FEELS like I've been here that long.
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    05-14-2016, 05:16 PM
    Kind of. It was more about switching to doing something else, which is healthy but it's still work. Elders would move in with family and help with the kids, or they'd "retire" but stick around to help whomever was taking over the business. There wasn't too long for them to do it for, but there was certainly acknowledgement that you might not be able to work in your career after a certain point. And with the elimination of some of the things that made an early death a bit more likely, people are also working until later in life. They're also starting employment much later. There are several new-to-college sorts around here who are at their first job at 18, which is crazy to me. Things change.
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    05-14-2016, 11:49 AM
    It tends to help to not think of these things in quantities, but instead as your body's reaction. There's not some magic, universal level after which you are too stressed and suffer a heart attack. Most of the big baddies brought on by stress are really brought on by your body's fight/flight reaction to it. Stress might not just be the movie version where you have clients to see, or an appliance breaks and you can't fix it, or your kids are being jerks. It might be environmental stress (pollution, diet, temperature, humidity). It might be internal stress relating to levels of one body chemical or another (I know others have talked about inflammation, but there are also hormonal concerns, or blood glucose, or any number of things out of whack that can make your body react badly). Oh and let's not leave off the amount and quality of sleep. Your body might balk at being forced to deal with five hours of sleep, or it might get really upset that your normal six hours is now interrupted by the neighbor's flood light going off at night (you might not even know that's what it is). The long and short of it is that, with this as a wake up call, it's time to be really aware of what's going on around and inside you --- and also your body's reactions to all of it. Don't freak out about it; just observe and record.
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    05-14-2016, 10:49 AM
    Here's to that. Chicken marsala tonight with spaghetti. It's been a long week; I want simple comfort food.
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    05-14-2016, 10:43 AM
    Well thank you. That certainly changes my personal recollection of not having heard of it before, and not caring for it much. I don't add milk or cream, either.
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    05-14-2016, 09:58 AM
    RE: Pasta sauce (and obviously just my opinion) If one of the ingredients in your pasta sauce is marinara sauce, then that's your choice, but I don't think it really counts as "from scratch" once you do that. I agree entirely with carrots > sugar. Roasted veggies go very well in pasta sauce, even if it's not really traditional. I don't think I've ever measured how much olive oil I put in the bottom of a saucepan to start the veggies/enhancements, but I don't think it's 1/8". I tend to put the onions and carrots (and mushrooms if I want some) down there for a little bit, sprinkle the barest bit of flour and whatever dry seasonings, add the garlic, then deglaze the pan. That shallow gravy of veggies and wine is what will run through the entire pot of sauce as it simmers most of the day. Herbs come after the tomatoes, once you are at a very low simmer rather than a sizzle or a boil; herbs are delicate and can taste like total ass if they get burnt.
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    05-13-2016, 07:29 PM
    I was thinking it would make a nice ringtone.
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    05-08-2016, 12:43 PM
    Oh and this guy. You probably shouldn't mess with him, or his beard.
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    05-08-2016, 12:40 PM
    Gotta say... GoT is definitely Game of Beards.
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    05-08-2016, 12:35 PM
    Or you could make enough of a strategic retreat to regroup and plan, all the while sending forth spies and subversives into the enemy's camps, brothels, and pubs.
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