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He probably actually loves pie.


That's certainly true too. But this guy definitely loves math equally, lol.
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Same here. I barely drink at all any more, which can sometimes lead to some awkward social situations among my fellow late 20s/early 30s folks. It doesn't help that I've never been a big fan of beer (bring on the effeminately named cocktails, I have no shame).


It's funny - I barely drank anything during my 20's, and really didn't enjoy the taste of beer either. Granted, most of the stuff I was exposed to was the cheap, flavorless stuff most people drink at college or shortly thereafter, so it's no surprise really that I didn't like it.

It wasn't until I was 30 that I discovered IPA's, craft beer and microbrews, or beers that actually have...gasp...flavor. For me, it was a bit of a game changer, in that from that point beer was something I could actually enjoy, and it became sortof a hobby to try out different varieties to see what everything tasted like. It's pretty fun learning about new styles and getting to try them out. And then when you bring food into the equation, it only gets better!

...at least that's been the draw for me.

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I don't know what it is these days, but if I have more than a couple of drinks, my body hates me the next day.


That's probably a good thing! Not that your body hates you, but that you have a "limit" you know not to exceed.
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It wasn't until I was 30 that I discovered IPA's, craft beer and microbrews, or beers that actually have...gasp...flavor. For me, it was a bit of a game changer, in that from that point beer was something I could actually enjoy, and it became sortof a hobby to try out different varieties to see what everything tasted like. It's pretty fun learning about new styles and getting to try them out. And then when you bring food into the equation, it only gets better!


I have been fortunate enough to recently discover a handful of craft brews that I can get behind. I've found I gravitate towards sours quite a bit. In our neck of the woods, there's a brewery every 20 feet or so it seems, lol.
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In our neck of the woods, there's a brewery every 20 feet or so it seems, lol.


It's definitely blowing up everywhere. There are literally three breweries within a three block radius of where I'm sitting right now. Brand new one opened last week. Craft beer is huge nowadays.
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I think one of the few areas of unambiguous cultural improvement in the last 30 years in the United States is food. Given how badly garbage food has been routed in other areas, I'm not too surprised to see craft beer trampling the budweisers of the world.

What's sad is that extremely low quality food, having become so thoroughly correlated with poverty, will stick around based on that connection alone.
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I got a little bit of good news today -- I'm moving in two months to an apartment on the ground floor of my complex. One of the upstairs units was vacated when its occupant was evicted (sheriff's notice and the whole deal) And the occupant of one of the downstairs units offered to move upstairs. That leaves his downstairs apartment free for me to move in and my current upstairs apartment available for a new tenant.

As I said, it will take about two months for everything to be ready for me to move in. And when I tell my church about this, they are facing the prospect of the shortest-distance move they've ever done. I'm just going to have to wait for it. Give me some patience NOW, darn it!

It'll be interesting to see how things work out. My change of address filing should be simple, but there are all sorts of people I will have to do it with.

Good day, but I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop.
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I think one of the few areas of unambiguous cultural improvement in the last 30 years in the United States is food.


Agreed 100%. And at least in our area, the restaurants that have been doing well are the independents, and/or restaurants that don't cater exclusively to "American" cuisine. That's pretty cool. A couple years ago a sushi restaurant opened up nearby, and we were there the first week when it was pretty quiet. Two years on, and the place is always packed for dinner, and they've had to more than double their staff. The two places that closed this year were a Chili's and a Pizza Hut.

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What's sad is that extremely low quality food, having become so thoroughly correlated with poverty, will stick around based on that connection alone.


That...is unfortunately also accurate. And although poverty is certainly a reason why those establishments do so well, it's not the sole reason. The McDonalds in the nicer suburbs are always really busy too. It's definitely a cultural thing to an extent, but convenience is profitable too.
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What's sad is that extremely low quality food, having become so thoroughly correlated with poverty, will stick around based on that connection alone.


That...is unfortunately also accurate. And although poverty is certainly a reason why those establishments do so well, it's not the sole reason. The McDonalds in the nicer suburbs are always really busy too. It's definitely a cultural thing to an extent, but convenience is profitable too.


I agree, I just think that, every year for the last couple of decades, it's a little bit more about poverty and a little bit less about convenience.
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Also, I'm really sorry for Kevin and anyone else in the Central US that had some crazy weather the last few days, but that front brought some really warm weather to the Northeast, which we're currently enjoying.

It's 62 degrees outside right now. That's pretty unheard of in March. And it's supposed to still be in the upper 50's tomorrow!

...aaaaaaaaaand then it's going to drop right back into the 30's and below by the weekend. But at least we're getting a couple warm days in the meantime. I can sit on my deck tonight!
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Also, Happy Pi Day everyone! One of my coworkers loves math, so he brings in a couple homemade pies every year. Pretty good day.

I was going to make pie for my team at work last night... but there was a bit of a potential apartment flooding situation we had to deal with first... which pretty much ruined our night.

The good news is we caught things early enough this time that our apartment didn't flood. The bad news is that it was going to - so our upstairs neighbors learned nothing from the incident in November. I'm sooo pissed at them. Our landlord is going to send a camera into the pipe, so there's that at least. But I really wish we didn't have to be doing this...

If only I had time to ramp up our search for houses... not that a house will solve all our problems (and might give us new problems) but it would be getting the fuck away from the stupid woman who lives upstairs.
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IceFire1424 wrote:
JohnRayJr wrote:
I think one of the few areas of unambiguous cultural improvement in the last 30 years in the United States is food.


Agreed 100%. And at least in our area, the restaurants that have been doing well are the independents, and/or restaurants that don't cater exclusively to "American" cuisine. That's pretty cool. A couple years ago a sushi restaurant opened up nearby, and we were there the first week when it was pretty quiet. Two years on, and the place is always packed for dinner, and they've had to more than double their staff. The two places that closed this year were a Chili's and a Pizza Hut.

JohnRayJr wrote:
What's sad is that extremely low quality food, having become so thoroughly correlated with poverty, will stick around based on that connection alone.


That...is unfortunately also accurate. And although poverty is certainly a reason why those establishments do so well, it's not the sole reason. The McDonalds in the nicer suburbs are always really busy too. It's definitely a cultural thing to an extent, but convenience is profitable too.


My trip to the arches place this Monday was hardly a prime example, or something I'm proud of, but I needed a quick bite and needed a low price. I feel like my money was wasted anyway; almost $10 om a cheap burger and poorly done fries. It may seem hard to both french fries, but almost everyone does.

And if you think that's bad, try the grocery store. I actually like Winco, the local discount chain, but I hardly expect to be able to make fine cuisine there. The deli in the store in Beaverton at least makes very tasty fried chicken. And as I mentioned in the welfare thread, the rules for food assistance are weird. You can't buy fresh fried chicken with SNAP, but you can buy the same chicken a day old and refrigerated. I'm jealous of those who can afford good food, but I don't let it bother me too much.
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JohnRayJr wrote:
I agree, I just think that, every year for the last couple of decades, it's a little bit more about poverty and a little bit less about convenience.


I think you're right. The reality for many people is that it's often cheaper to get dinner off the dollar menu than it is to go to the grocery store and buy something healthier.

This past year a small grocery store located in one of the poorer areas of Syracuse closed because it was no longer profitable. It was a big deal because for many people it meant they either needed to walk a much longer distance or take a bus to the next closest store, get their food from a convenience store ($$$), or rely more on the fast food chains. Perfect example of a situation where fast food suddenly becomes your best option for food.
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JohnRayJr wrote:
I agree, I just think that, every year for the last couple of decades, it's a little bit more about poverty and a little bit less about convenience.


I think you're right. The reality for many people is that it's often cheaper to get dinner off the dollar menu than it is to go to the grocery store and buy something healthier.

This past year a small grocery store located in one of the poorer areas of Syracuse closed because it was no longer profitable. It was a big deal because for many people it meant they either needed to walk a much longer distance or take a bus to the next closest store, get their food from a convenience store ($$$), or rely more on the fast food chains. Perfect example of a situation where fast food suddenly becomes your best option for food.


I've been taking the bus to the store all my life. As my back deteriorates, paratransit has been almost a godsend, because now I can get to more distant stores with better prices without having to cart groceries home on the bus. And once I move into the downstairs apartment I can by one of those foldable carts to make it even simpler on paratransit.
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A couple years ago a sushi restaurant opened up nearby, and we were there the first week when it was pretty quiet. Two years on, and the place is always packed for dinner, and they've had to more than double their staff. The two places that closed this year were a Chili's and a Pizza Hut.


That stinks. Chilis is awesome, Pizza Hut has faded in quality over the past 15 years though. Sushi is disgusting. So nasty. Less of those please, more Chilis. Thanks!


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The good news is we caught things early enough this time that our apartment didn't flood. The bad news is that it was going to - so our upstairs neighbors learned nothing from the incident in November. I'm sooo pissed at them. Our landlord is going to send a camera into the pipe, so there's that at least. But I really wish we didn't have to be doing this...

Oh man, I feel for you. I loathe apartments for reasons like this, and I seriously doubt I will ever live in one again unless I have no other options. Here's hoping you guys find the perfect house for you both.
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The good news is we caught things early enough this time that our apartment didn't flood. The bad news is that it was going to - so our upstairs neighbors learned nothing from the incident in November. I'm sooo pissed at them. Our landlord is going to send a camera into the pipe, so there's that at least. But I really wish we didn't have to be doing this...

Oh man, I feel for you. I loathe apartments for reasons like this, and I seriously doubt I will ever live in one again unless I have no other options. Here's hoping you guys find the perfect house for you both.

Thanks. I hope so too.
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IceFire1424 wrote:
Also, I'm really sorry for Kevin and anyone else in the Central US that had some crazy weather the last few days, but that front brought some really warm weather to the Northeast, which we're currently enjoying.

It's 62 degrees outside right now. That's pretty unheard of in March. And it's supposed to still be in the upper 50's tomorrow!

...aaaaaaaaaand then it's going to drop right back into the 30's and below by the weekend. But at least we're getting a couple warm days in the meantime. I can sit on my deck tonight!


Day before the blizzard that hit us it was pushing 60 if I remember correctly. Next day low level hurricane winds and snow.
I'm sorry but I think it's headed your way. And y'all's snow is 100x worse than Colorado snow because of the humidity.
My advice: make sure you have something warm to wear, some adult beverages, and something good to grill!
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Oh man, I was just thinking about Dr. Horrible the other day. There were some catchy songs. And Neil Patrick Harris is a delight.


It's one of those shows that I desperately want more episodes of, but desperately do not want more episodes of. It's perfect. And because it's perfect I want more of it. But in my heart of hearts I know that more will not be perfect. So conflicted.

See: Firefly.
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Minor lack of understanding that arises from not being married to someone who has video games coursing through their veins.

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Anyways part duex: I feed the dog.

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Oh man, I was just thinking about Dr. Horrible the other day. There were some catchy songs. And Neil Patrick Harris is a delight.


It's one of those shows that I desperately want more episodes of, but desperately do not want more episodes of. It's perfect. And because it's perfect I want more of it. But in my heart of hearts I know that more will not be perfect. So conflicted.

See: Firefly.


Firefly, had they immediately continued it, would have been perfect for a while.
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Oh man, I was just thinking about Dr. Horrible the other day. There were some catchy songs. And Neil Patrick Harris is a delight.


It's one of those shows that I desperately want more episodes of, but desperately do not want more episodes of. It's perfect. And because it's perfect I want more of it. But in my heart of hearts I know that more will not be perfect. So conflicted.

See: Firefly.

Yep. My exemplar for this is Police Squad. Only 6 episodes, each one an exquisitely-crafted masterpiece. Naked Gun movies were fun and I did enjoy them, but to me they proved that Police Squad was perfect at the 6 episodes it had.
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And now, as if seeking vengeance my lumbar area is spasming really badly and keeping me miserably awake. The bad thing is that I really have to watch what medications I take at this particular moment. But it's just after 3:00 and lying down to sleep has been impossible to me.

I hate feeling like this. I shouldn't say I'm looking forward to next week's injection, but given the amount of pain I'm having at this moment I reason it can't hurt me worse.
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