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Something that has become much rarer these days and not directly due to a technology change

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Hitch-hiking

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Seeing children -- ages seven to twelve -- off on their own. When I was a wee lad (and dinosaurs roamed the Earth) I used to walk to school and my friends and I wandered everywhere especially in the Summer. We even used to organize our own baseball games. Somehow our culture has since decided that children must be under constant adult supervision. Don't know when this happened nor why.

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Yes, totally. I was born in 79 and would wander around, organize games at schoolyard, go to card store, other ppl’s houses starting in about third grade. But now play dates are more point to point. I have no idea why!

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I guess, but that happened the year I was born and I and all my friends in every place I lived (I moved 7 times) had free range childhoods

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fewer and fewer good snowstorms in NY and long winters for skiing.

unless tech = climate change (maybe)

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Common sense and decency. Political polarization is only partly to blame. Much of the decline is due to people overreacting to a changing world.

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How about politeness and civility? Though I guess you could blame that on social media.

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I blame the DBD

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Something made with apple that isn't a dessert

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Chicken-apple kofte. I've taken to roasting these little meatballs of minced chicken meat, gelatin, minced apple, mirpoix, Better Than Bouillon (chicken) and spices in the oven. Apple's fructose has too too low of a carmelization temperature, so will burn before the chicken browns if I do it in a frying pan. So I roast it on a wire rack to get an all-over brown. Bouillon is my little secret cheat - it boosts the flavor of any mass market meat to taste more like the meat. Factory meat tends to grow too fast, so this makes it more chicken-y. Gelatin (alternatively, an egg) is used because I use white meat, which lacks the springiness of fat. It makes the meatballs texture superior, offering more flex/snap rather than crumble.

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A William Tell type arrow target.

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Lunch: Vital Vittles Real Bread sandwich consisting of sliced apple and crunchy Adams PB.

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Sonoma

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Rank 'em: beets, artichokes, asparagus, iceberg lettuce, receiving a slap across the face by Salma Hayek, eggplant

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Apr 16Liked by SGBear

I'm picturing Salma Hayek slapping me across the face with various produce.

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While I wouldn't enjoy Salma slapping me, honestly I'd rank it #1 just for the experience and bragging rights. I'd have a picture taken and put it on a t-shirt. I can have beets, artichokes, asparagus, eggplant, and lettuce anytime I want.

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Apr 16·edited Apr 16

1. artichokes

1a. asparagus

2. ......

29. iceberg

57. .....

98. eggplant

99. beets

100. slappy Salma

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I love artichokes, beets and asparagus, iceberg lettuce is okay, not an eggplant fan. A slap across the face is not the kind of physical contact I'd most want from Salma Hayek.

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Ohhhh, this one's tough...

Artichokes, asparagus, beets, iceberg lettuce, Salma Hayek, eggplant.

The top three are really close, and the top two are almost interchangeable.

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A pro superstar you saw play live when he or she was in college

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Cheryl Miller. Oh, and I saw her brother too.

And the non-Cal people:

Steve Nash, Sergei Bubka, Mary Decker, Dan O'Brien, Lincoln Kennedy, John Elway, James Lofton, Troy Aikman, Junior Seau, Marcus Allen, Anthony Munoz, Ronnie Lott, Bill Musgrave

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Apr 16·edited Apr 16

Jason Kidd, Tony Gonzalez, Marshawn Lynch, Michael Irvin

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Apr 16·edited Apr 16

Marcus Semien. DK Metcalf, from Tightwad.

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Ryan Fitzpatrick

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Ray Guy circa 1972. In one game, he tied or broke the NCAA FG distance record. And had his punt blocked near his end zone allowing opposing team to win in last minute.

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Multi world record holder Henry Rono when he ran for WSU.

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OIR CRUMBLING DEMOCRACY

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TFG fell asleep at the first day of his trial. He got called out by a journalist and Trump proceeded to blast her for calling him out. Guess who fell asleep AGAIN at his trial.

https://twitter.com/NormEisen/status/1780248505048850846

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He's really got to knock off the Adderall.

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DBD AV CLUB

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Shōgun S1 E8. "The Abyss of Life". (Hulu, 19/19 WB). This show is like a Japanese garden -painstakingly planned, hyper-manicured, and razor sharp execution just to make everything look so natural. This episode does not spoon fed you details. Everything is super subtle. Eye contact. Word selection. Vocabulary. It's all so precise. As each major character hits a significant inflection point in this episode. I rewound several parts just to make sure that I got all the dialogue and re-watch details. This show is top notch.

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PRO

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Apr 16·edited Apr 16Author

How bad are things at the Oakland A's?

They flew Southwest airlines.

https://www.tiktok.com/@shanynmarie/photo/7357382604531764526

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Chase Garbers out for the season

https://twitter.com/JamesLarsenPFN/status/1780005523988877340

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CAL

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Apr 16Liked by SGBear

Go Bears!!!

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Cal football continues the Summer Reading Challenge started by Pat Laird. This year, the program ambassadors are Jack Endries and Jaydn Ott. Cal is also using the program to give away tickets to kids to see the UC Davis game vs. Cal.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7TYl3qpUIg

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ELSEWHERE IN COLLEGE

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Five current and former U Michigan staff busted for recruiting violations. No details on severity.

https://www.ncaa.org/news/2024/4/16/media-center-michigan-committed-ncaa-violations-in-football-program.aspx

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Magic

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OSKI DISCIPLE’S TRIVA FUN, A DAILY DBD FEATURE

Upon returning to Earth after the first moon landing, Neil Armstrong was frustrated to realize he’d left behind his waffle iron.

(All trivia verified by the International Trivia Foundation.)

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Nice one OD, thanks for continuing to bring us chuckles.

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that was the funniest thing you said all day

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Tough choice: 1.) watch the Warriors on TV tonight, once again in a low rung play-in game or 2.) attend, in person, the Cal baseball game vs. USF at beautiful Stu Gordon Stadium at Evans Diamond. I’m leaning towards the latter. The Bears, who are riding a four game win streak (including a road sweep of the Cougs), have already reached twenty wins on the season (out of 34 games played). Pitching of late is rounding into form. Power from the plate returned with a vengeance in the 10-run outburst of the ninth inning of Saturday’s game, then continued Sunday when the Blue and Gold erupted for 17 hits. Keep it rolling. Gob Ears!

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given that i live in NY, it is going to be easy choice. getting ready for disappointment ..

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