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When building apartments in New Bedford, MA, thou shalt build up to floor three. Up to three shall the number of floors thou shalt build. And the number of floors shall be up to three. Four shalt thou not build, neither thou build five. Six is okay, but seven is right out

https://www.southcoasttoday.com/story/news/local/2022/02/02/glitch-new-bedford-building-code-developer-garden-apartments-wareham-zoning-planning-affordable/9298890002/

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Out here they call used to call them "triple deckas". i.e. "Mahky got stabbed out front of his mum's triple decka in Rozzie." But that was before gentrification..

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amen, Brother Maynard

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Feb 3, 2022·edited Feb 3, 2022

Once the number three, being the third number be reached, then lobbest thou thy holy hand grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who being naughty in my sight, shall snuff it...

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Money

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Facebook loses a quarter of it's stock value today as net membership shrank

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Good

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I have Facebook...

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I still use it too, to keep in touch with people.

But I don't really care if their stock price drops or whatever.

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I meant I have facebook stock.

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I thought it was a typo of "I haTe Facebook"

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Heh, well that's tough for you.

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While we're at it, repeal Section 230!

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Replace, not just repeal

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If by replace you mean to give protections to ISPs for providing the conduit that is internet service, I say yes.

Other than that, giving social media platforms the ability to evade libel and slander litigation is to the detriment of print media, TV, and radio. It is to the detriment of a free and responsible press.

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Yay!

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I left Facebook in 2014 and haven’t missed it at all.

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A beautiful song

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Un bel di vedremo - Puccini's Madame Butterfly.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-r2vu4t9-g

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Casimir Pulaski Day - Sufjan Stevens. Devastatingly beautiful.

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pick your fave Belle and Sebastian song

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Dog On Wheels. Love the lyrics.

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I like She's Losing It (from Tigermilk). But too many to list

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Looking thru the list, I forgot about "Piazza, New York Catcher". Song about Mets and Giants playing, hanging in the Tenderloin, and wondering if he's gay

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That's a great song, haven't thought about it in awhile. Thanks for the reminder.

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not a topic you'd expect to be sung about by Scots

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I Want Wind to Blow by the Microphones

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Which is also among my top songs to whistle

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHKtny5hMvI

Outdoor Miner - Wire

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can't go wrong with Wire, altho not usually "beautiful"

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Hammer Smashed Face by Cannibal Corpse

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no "I cum blood"? Cannibal Corpse's finest epic composition

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that is more of a love song

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If We Were Vampires...Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit (with Amanda Shires)

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Battle of Evermore - Led Zeppelin IV

listening right now ...

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Weather

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It was 15 degrees a week ago. It should reach about 70 degrees today.

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A storm is dumping up to an inch and a half of rain, immediately followed by an arctic blast to freeze all the water. So for the nth weekend in a row it's supposed to be sub-freezing and windy. Meanwhile we keep getting unexpectedly pleasant mid-week weather. Great timing.

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We have a wedding in Dripping Springs, TX (outside of Austin) on Saturday evening. Currently snowing and there will be a high of 38 and low of 18 for the indoor/outdoor wedding. Before the storm we changed our plans from flying out today to flying out Saturday morning, which looks to have been the right decision.

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dripping springs?

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fun fact- for whatever reason, tons of various kinds of distilleries in and around Dripping Springs

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wet your whistle at dripping springs

fly in from charlotte for the full experience

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Double post, ack. Few years ago I dealt with a contract for a rope obstacle course. Only bidder was an outfit in Dripping Springs. Asking the owner about DS, I was informed that Johnny Cash wrote a song - Down At Dripping Springs. Have yet to listen to it but with memory now jogged, maybe later today.

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yup, snowy/icy here today in Austin and I have a leak in my roof. yay

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leaks from snow and ice suck - you know it's going away, but it still gives you that fear of disaster

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just rain in NYC next 2 days, but the midwest storm should dump 5-20 in of snow in the ski resorts north of us which is sorely needed this season.

we are headed up to western MA for the weekend. closer to the 5 in of snow but we'll take it.

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Wait, Western Mass? which resort? The Newellbanys go to Jiminy Peak.

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Snow tonight here in Albany through tomorrow. Perfect timing - we ski on Sundays.

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Small task you refuse to do

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I will go days handwashing the dishes in my sink because my dishwasher is full of clean dishes and I absolutely hate unloading it.

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I have a dishwasher that I've only used once in the 3+ years I've had the house because it did a horrible job. Either because of my generally low water pressure or maybe the line is clogged.

Rather than address the issue, I've just been hand washing.

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I don't know why, but when I first read this I was wondering why you were keeping clean clothes in your dishwasher.

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You and Dr Ms Newellbany, both.

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And me as well. I don't mind doing dishes, but I can't stand putting them away.

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I'm the opposite. I will unload the dishwasher if I know that it is clean.

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Yup, I'm taking them clean dishes out whey they still hot as hell, burning up my fingers.

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decent powerpoint presentations (not sure if that is small enough?)

i really dislike any drag and drop type software where you have infinite flexibility. would rather work with a decent template.

in grad school, one guy who was a lifelong research scientist and never got taken seriously for tenure track jobs told me, "never get really good at something you dislike doing, because you might find yourself doing it for the rest of your life .."

since i dont make very good ones on purpose, rarely do i get asked to do them.

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I love PowerPoint!

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ugh! (where is the non-heart feedback icon)

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OUR CRUMBLING DEMOCRACY

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[Jennifer-Lawrence-Yeah-Okay-Thumbsup-Sarcastically.gif]

https://www.timesofisrael.com/fbi-confirms-purchasing-pegasus-spyware-but-denies-using-it/

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Fundraising reports for the fourth quarter of 2021 are in, and they don’t paint a pretty picture for candidates endorsed by former president Donald Trump. Combined with polling data suggesting a decline in Trump’s relevance to Republican voters, they might just indicate that Trump’s ice-like grip on the party is slowly thawing.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/02/02/trump-endorsed-candidates-are-having-trouble-fundraising-thats-bad-sign-former-president/

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Elsewhere in college

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Huskies allow their players to opt in to get $ from jersey sales. When we're ***** done with UA, I demand we do this so I can start rocking my Robby Rowell jersey.

https://gohuskies.com/news/2022/2/3/fanatics-to-offer-uw-football-players-nil-opportunity-for-jersey-sales.aspx

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Alabama's DC popped for DUI

https://tide1009.com/pete-golding-arrested-for-dui/

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"Head coach Herm Edwards and Pierce were named in the new findings from Sun Devil Source."

Is Herm next to fall?

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I think he would have to be fired for failure to oversee the program.

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[ESPN] Harbaugh staying at Michigan

https://twitter.com/adamschefter/status/1489031932558069772

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Think many, including g.oso, totally called this.

Apparently Harbaugh wants GM authority as well....

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Funny, every college coach has GM responsibility.

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i did call this with a little inside help. ok a lot of inside help

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Are you banging Harbaugh's wife?

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2022 National Signing Day winners & losers: Texas A&M, Oregon highlight college football recruiting rankings -

The Aggies and Ducks made waves, while Florida and Arizona State came up short on the first Wednesday in February

https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/2022-national-signing-day-winners-losers-texas-a-m-oregon-highlight-college-football-recruiting-rankings/

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Weird year for Pac-12 recruiting: the two worst programs in the conference last year, LSJU and Arizona, pull in the conference's top two classes (17th and 24th nationally, respectively). Meanwhile ASU signs a whopping 9 recruits, good for 105th in the nation.

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After underachieving in Austin, Shaka Smart inherited a real nice nucleus for his system at Marquette, and scored a key transfer from George Mason in SOPH Tyler Kolek...all glory be to the transfer portal!!

They another solid Villanova team for the 2nd time this year...keep an eye on MARQ for your brackets...team could do serious damage come March, folks.

I wonder what Shaka Smart could do with THIS Cal team? Would they be more efficient offensively? Cal’s deep, and has some athletic wings...could these kids execute?

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Today in Covid

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Finally tested negative, after spending 11 days in covid jail. I had flu symptoms days 1-3, then nothing but nasal congestion and drip the rest of the way that slowly waned over the past week. It's been frustrating the past several days seeing that test line get thinner and thinner, till finally this morning no line at all.

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I knew that when the line started taking longer and longer to appear, I was getting closer and closer to leaving covid jail. Initially it appeared almost immediately as the fluid reached the bottom line.

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Yeah, on day 5 I was feeling mostly fine (fever and aches gone, just a few sniffles) and decided to take a test fully confident it was going to be negative. It turned like marker thick within 30 seconds, like a big "F*** you, you're not going anywhere for awhile." It was very nice to see it revert to pencil thickness within a couple days, then slowly fade away.

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PRO

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TBB will be pleased to learn that the NBA has redesigned the All-Star Game MVP trophy to look like a tiered layer cake.

https://twitter.com/NBA/status/1489259558400774151

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Welp, it has happened again. Another visiting SF fan in a coma due to violence inflicted upon him by LA fans.

https://twitter.com/CBSLA/status/1489094570872909826

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New allegations that the commander of the Commanders is a sexual harasser.

https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/33209242/new-allegations-levied-washington-commanders-owner-dan-snyder-hearing-congressional-committee

Former Washington Commanders employee Tiffani Johnston made new allegations against team owner Dan Snyder on Thursday at a roundtable before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, saying he placed his hand on her thigh without her consent at a team dinner and that he pushed her toward his limousine with his hand on her lower back.

"He left his hand on the middle of my thigh until I physically removed it," Johnston said.

Describing the incident outside Snyder's limousine, she said: "The only reason Dan Snyder removed his hand from my back and stopped pushing me towards his limo was because his attorney intervened and said, 'Dan, Dan, this is a bad idea.' ... I learned that I should remove myself from Dan's grip while his attorney was distracting him."

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I don't really follow soccer, but is there a reason the USMNT scheduled a game in Minnesota in early February?

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Feb 3, 2022Liked by Berkelium97, SGBear

Here's my favorite CONCACAF World Cup qualifier story:

The US was playing on the road - I forget where - and in the weeks leading up to the game, the host nation told US Soccer which ball would be used. It was the heaviest, slowest rock of a ball on the market, and it's never used for a major competition. US Soccer objected, but the host nation said it was their choice, and so US Soccer commenced practices, trying to kick around this rock.

The US showed up for the game and the host said they actually didn't have that kind of ball on site. US Soccer said "that's ok, we brought ten dozen of them." The host noted that the rule book dictates that the host has to provide the game ball, and the only type they happen to have was the lightest, quickest ball you can find - the opposite of what the US had been training with.

Welcome to CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, where no advantage is left behind!

Hell yeah, we put the Honduras game in St. Paul. The Mexico game is in Ohio. Play Jamaica in Denver. Do it all!

Every road game, they take maximum advantage - every home game we do the same.

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fuck the rest of CONCACAF. After years of being served purposefully bad food when we travel, honking car horns outside the team hotel all night, coins, batteries and bags of piss being thrown at the players on the field... all of them can fuck the hell off

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how do they not have a standard ball?

why does the ball never look like the (classic) one we used when I was a kid?

why are the pitches diff sizes (which I learned from Scootie's fave TV show)?

[I know baseball has diff sizes, but I don't know of any rectangular fields that allow variance. Altho NHL and Olympic hockey are diff, they are consistently diff...right?]

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Someone should make a field that can be slightly tilted so that the home team is always playing slightly downhill the whole game.

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Sounds expensive

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It's just the girth. length is the same.

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sooooo many possible responses, which perhaps was your intent

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It is a little weird how much variation FIFA allows in so many aspects of the game. Sure, baseball stadiums can have different sized outfields and such, but the composition of the ball is tightly regulated, and the bases and pitcher's mound have to be exact distances from each other.

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exactly!

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I think there are mandated sizes for the goal, the goal box and penalty area, etc. So some things obviously are regulated. It's just weird that the width of the field and the weight of the ball aren't.

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It does seem like home field advantage is way more pronounced in CONCACAF than in other regions, and this all explains why.

Canada also forced Mexico to play in a snowstorm when it was on their home turf.

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Hell yeah Canada did, and I commend them for it.

If Mexico's gonna make all of CONCACAF play at 7,200 feet of elevation with fans raining beer on every corner kick, Canada has every right to put their home game in the damn Yukon if they think it'd be an advantage.

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Yeah, I've read some takes about this Honduras match that the US was somehow being unfair or "afraid to compete" because they scheduled it this way. My thought was that they were just pulling the same shenanigans that every country in the region pulls for their home games.

Back in the day they used to play these matches in L.A. where there would be more Mexico fans than US fans. That's stupid. Play it in Ohio or Minnesota, why not?

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Yeah, US Soccer used to put the Mexico game in the Rose Bowl to sell tickets because they needed the money. It was embarrassing.

There's more US fans, now, and I'm sure the TV contracts are really where the money is, anyways. The most important thing of all is qualifying for the World Cup. Do whatever it takes.

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Partially travel, they just played Canada in Hamilton, and partially what Newel said.

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because they're chicken

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I suggest Scotland take a page out of the CONCACAF playbook for their next phase of UEFA world cup qualifying. Wouldn't want to miss a sixth straight finals.

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You're right, we should totally stop losing in our traditional manner and replace it with a national team tradition largely built on upper middle class travel teams, ignoring first generation players, and having a domestic league that has done more to bolster the quality of CONCACAF players than the domestic game.

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Salty- reminds me that more than anything we could do to make the rest of the world hate the US would be to win the World Cup

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I would be hugely entertained by that tbh

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The thing I like the most about international soccer is that national teams play with the personality of their people.

Germans play mechanically but effectively. Brazilians play with beauty and freedom. England shows class at times, but their best years are behind them. The Italians play like their sportscars - either they're incredible or they're broken down on the side of the road.

So what should be the personality of US Soccer? Jurgen Klinsmann, when he coached the US, said the personality of America is to exert our will on the world, and he wanted our national team to do that, too. He thought the US should use its size and physicality to dictate the terms of the game.

Of course, this is harder said than done. But I like the idea. In soccer, anyways.

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Sadly, these are all fair criticisms of US Soccer.

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I mean Scottish soccer SUCKS and I don't think that playing in bad weather would really help, most of the rest of the European powers have shitty weather (or play in it) too. There's more to be said about how television money and the Old Firm have fucked up the pipeline of players in a country of 5 million, but the fact is: just not good enough 🤷‍♂️

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Oh Snap!

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CAL

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Apparently the Keelhaulers found a way to avoid getting keelhauled without any fault falling on them.

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TIL there's a thing called Cal Maritime

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Yep, just on the other side of the bridge on 80 that takes you to the northern side of the Bay. They're actually part of the CSU system. I had a friend who went there when I was at Cal. It's a tiny school (< 1000 students) but apparently they have enough to field a rugby team that gets obliterated by Cal on an annual basis.

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The bridge you're describing is the Carquinez Straits Bridge. This is not to be confused with the Al Zampa Bridge which is for westbound I-80 traffic flowing from Vallejo to Crockett.

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Apparently a great school for marine engineers

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After retiring from the Navy my dad worked there as exec. director of continuing education. Then he started his own training company. Even though it is in the CSU system it's training ship for students is called Golden Bear.

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We became aware of Cal Maritime when CJ was looking at schools. He was looking at schools that had rugby programs and Cal Maritime came up as a such a school.

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The son of a high school friend of Mrs Slug's is a graduate (class of 2020, I think).

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My electrician's son attended there for a while.

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Go Bears!!!

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Cal gets another PWO commitment, this time from a c/o '22 WR out of Oregon who shunned several G5 scholarships.

https://twitter.com/jsking08/status/1489125727353987072

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DBD Test kitchen, lunch division.

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Today, I had a hankering for mass-market pizza. So I went to Domino's. Don't know why. The gut wants what it wants.

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I always associate Domino's with my first two years at UCSC because, at the time, they were the only pizza place to deliver to campus at night. It wasn't until I moved off campus in my Junior year that I could get Pizza My Heart after hours as it were.

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Sometimes that plasticky cheese really hits the spot. I haven't had Domino's in years and now I kind of want one of those super pepperoni pizzas.

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Domino's when I lived in Japan was good. Or I was grading on the curve. but they had a good delivery deal that I used every now and then

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Lunch was a sad combo of cottage cheese and Triscuit while I was in the middle of an 8 hour executive leadership "offsite" via Zoom. Dinner is happily enchiladas, rice and beans from my local taqueria.

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My condolences! And I thought a couple of 3 hours afternoon mandatory boilerplate training videos this week were bad! Dinner does sound good.

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Ugh...8 hours?

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i had lunch here yesterday and i loved every bit of it, 19/19 wb: https://www.milpalv.com/

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They won't deliver to me.

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not my kitchen, but the lady friend and I are going to Bombera tonight for dinner

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Looks good. Never been.

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So today I had leftover stir fry; chicken, cashews & pineapple, but yesterday I started making sandwiches a bit differently (and better). Ditched the mayo & tomatoes, added peppers, rocket and a drizzle of EVOO with ham, salami, red onions & provolone.

Also a brioche bun really elevates the sandwich.

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had houloumi cheese on focaccia. and a can of coke, which I'd not had in a LONG time.

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Filing, I hate filing.

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Feb 3, 2022·edited Feb 3, 2022

All filings or any particular type of filing? Wondering if you mean to include tax returns with your statement, or using a file on wood or metal or putting paper into folders.

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Papers, documents etc.

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Maybe giving his wife a mani-pedi?

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That kitty doesn't appear to be pleased.

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Let go of the paw.

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I didn't get the Wordle today 😭

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sorry to hear that! a couple of times over the last several weeks, I've been down to the last guess and been sweating bullets!

I'm at 33 in a row. I think I broke my streak prior to that by doing it on phone, not computer :-/

I've been doing the archives, and first wave of words was tough! lots of 5 and 6s. and a couple of failures.

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Yeah, I'd been doing it on my computer, but realized I should switch to my phone so I wouldn't break my streak on the days that I'm not at my computer...but then I broke the streak anyway haha.

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have you noticed that the shared graphic from a phone has black misses whereas the computer one has grey ones?

btw, grey or gray?

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I didn't share my graphic until today, but yes, it's interesting! The same message on my phone has black square, but when viewed in iMessage on the computer, it was white.

Wait, actually this is weird: black on my personal phone (dark mode), black on my work phone (light mode), black on the computer when sent from my personal phone to my work phone imesage, but then white when copied form the computer's imessage to another computer's imessage thread.

(That was a long description that probably wasn't clear and also not super interesting.)

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I think the color is based on the source of the graphic, not where you post it. On our work Slack, I see gray and black, depending on the player's computing device.

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grey is English, gray, American

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This, though I prefer grey. Single Ls for canceled and jewelry, though.

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Feb 3, 2022·edited Feb 3, 2022

I know the Earl uses an E.

(Thank you rediscovered Edit button. But just noticed that it always edits the original text, not any updates, which is why this is my 5th go to change And to An!)

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Has anyone tried AIRPORTLE? You have to guess the airport code, but it's alot harder because there's only three letters to cover, but it's mostly major airports so far I've gotten every time.

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I recently learned the code for Charlotte, and it makes me giggle.

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yeah, that shows up a lot on the UAL site.

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OK I don't understand why?

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Hmm how does one share this pearl of wisdom

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was "pearl" intentional usage? ;-)

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naturellement!

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I posted a lmgtfy below (and referenced Jay and Silent Bob). hopefully that's enough of a hint.

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I know what the code is, I don't understand why it's funny!

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also they talk about the Charlotte airport a lot in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back...

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Me neither!

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just did it. took me all six tries!

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i LOVE airport codes. going to try this.

nice to know obscure things like SDF is the airport in Louisville (Standiford Field)

but on further investigation it has been renamed Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport

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heh..they should petition to change the code to ALI

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Thought I had it in 3, but took 5! Sneaky

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yeah, getting it in one is luck, not skill.

but the opposite is like today. I had the first four green at Round 3. from there, it was just guessing which of the half-dozen choices to try. which is also luck.

too many options can be harder than tough rare word.

PS Hope that eases the pain, TBB!

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The only time I've gotten it in 1 is because I saw someone say, "I hate this word."

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hmmmm...if you were Scootie, the word woulda been LASSO.

TRUMP? (I wonder if that has been filtered out of the database.)

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I'm guessing TBB's hated word was MOIST.

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I don't mind the word, and like MoriBear said, it's useful for cake, but I know it's commonly hated, so that helped me get the Wordle that day.

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long(ish) story: back in college (I went to Cal...you?), back in the day of physical dictionaries, came up with two words that distinguished a good dictionary from a pocket one.

Callipygian and smegma.

When one guy called his bro to give the definition of smegma, he got one word in before he fell off the EJC desk he was sitting on in laughter. It was that word.

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even for cake?

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Same! I thought I had it in 3 but got in 5th try, and I don't even know what that word means.

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A piece of broken pottery usually.

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3 for me! But wouldve been better if the last letter was a T.

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I usually hear: ***** of glass

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realize that more than 1 word works there, so not much of a spoiler.

WTG's post is a spoiler – in more ways than one – but only when reverse-engineered after knowing the answer.

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It can get tricky when there are a bunch of letters that could fill that last spot and make a word.

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