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What product(s) are you digging right now?

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Costco: Motor City Pizza Co. Detroit-style pepperoni pizza. Best frozen pizza I've ever had.

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Cherry Coke. no good reason, just hit the spot today.

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Love Cherry Coke. My roommate and I used to get late night Top Dog Hot Links and Cherry Cokes from the Unit 3 Norton Lobby coke machine. MMM...Now I want to drive in for a Hot.

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A good change of pace to mix into the rotation for sure.

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Nectar of the Gods

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The in-house Caesar dressing from Gus's Community Markets. Super tangy, just the right consistency. I've always liked the caesar dressing I make but this is way better.

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I remember the chain El Torito. They had this great in house Caesar which was like Caesar with avocado. It was really good.

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I remember that and it was really good.

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Costco: Blue Moose Hatch Green Chile Aged Cheddar Spread. I was at Costco on Monday and they didn't have any.

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Korean BBQ Kettle Chips, dipped in sour cream.

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Love the Korean BBQ kettle chips. They used to have Spicy Thai that I think has been discontinued. There also was a New York Cheddar that may have been replaced with Parmesean or something like that. But I love Kettle Chips.

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What's with companies discontinuing tasty things...Top Dog did it with the Bird Dog.

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Lego

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My favorite toy when I was a kid, many happy hours spent building things, long before the advent of "sets".

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Legolas

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Lego Masters has been a hit with me and the kids--great show to watch together

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The things that they build on that show are sometimes mindboggling. It's great to see a reality competition show that doesn't include drama that is bottom-of-the-barrel drivel. It's just fun.

On a side note...going to Legoland this weekend in SD as a makeup for not being able to do anything for my son's birthday last year because of the pandemic. Can't wait!

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My bro-in-law is starting to get into adult legos...only a matter of time, as my niece and nephews have literally every set ever offered on the market in the last decade.

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X-rated Legos?!?!?!?! What a concept!

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We're onto something...Legos is coming out with a Lady Chatterly's Lovers set...

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Just went to Legoland NY last weekend. It was very well done. Amazing Lego constructions, everywhere, and it was the perfect size park where it takes the whole day to do it all but it's not so big as to totally swamp you.

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I went to the Carlsbad location maybe a decade ago. Definitely a good experience for the kids.

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I grew up a Lego mania and when I heard that they built a Legoland in Carlsbad, I dreamed of going to California one day. Few years later I moved to Orange County from NY where I grew up, and now living so close to the dream Legoland, and I have never been to Legoland in 20 years that I've lived in California.

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It's not too late to go!

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My kids loved it at that age range. For pre-K and early grades, might be better than Disneyland.

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My kids love it, agree. Maybe not better than Disneyland, but close for sure

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It's perfect for the 6-and-under (maybe 7) crowd. Took my then-5YO nephew on his first roller coaster at the one outside of London. One of my favorite days out with him -- he's 21 now. :-)

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my eggo

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Beer from a neighboring state

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I suppose there are beer's from neighboring states, but I don't know them. Unless Corona is made in baja.

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Deschutes brewery makes a whole lot of great beers.

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Does Hawaii count as a neighboring state? I just picked up some Maui Brewing Co. Coconut Hiwa Porter to use in this recipe in place of coffee: https://www.kingarthurbaking.com/recipes/chocolate-fudge-bundt-cake-recipe

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Rolling Rock from PA - not bad on a hot day when it comes in buckets

Long Trail from VT - good apres ski beer

Heady Topper from VT - famous IPA

it took a little time to realize that many of the good "nearby state" beers are not connected to NY - places like VT, NH, ME ...

although i guess NY-VT share a long vertical border far away from NYC so i added them to my list

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IMO, all beer in a green bottle are terrible and to be avoided.

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Totally. True for clear bottles, too.

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I agree. Other than Newcastle, l can’t recall many beers in clear bottles.

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Corona is the most egregious example. Clear glass lets all the light in, which can quickly skunk a beer. Corona tends to be drunk in the sun - at least that's their whole marketing campaign. The two of those things together means grabbing a Corona is like skunk beer Russian roulette.

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Wow, how could I forget about Corona? I suppose it is because I haven’t been on a beach type vacation in almost two years due to the pandemic. Of course they are clear. If I’m drinking a Mexican beer, it is typically Pacifico.

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Corona? Miller High Life?

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Oh, actually I do like living the high life every once and a while.

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good German and Czech beers say "eff you, GoldenSD81". I'll drink Pilsner Urquell and Spaten Munich all day every day and laugh at you peasants who wont

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I’ll allow it. This comment was intended for domestic beer in a green bottle and not international beer in a green bottle.

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Long Trail ale is very good. Their brewery is an amazing bit of space / production line engineering for how much work they can do in a small space. Heady Topper is tasty. Magic Hat #9 is a great summer beer, and Drop-in Brewing's Heart Of Lothian Scottish ale is like someone had the idea "McEwan's 80' but really good" - big fan.

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Have you had Yuengling? I remember it was a big deal when it came to Kentucky. I don't know the details but maybe it wasn't exported outside of Pa or west or Pa or something like that.

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It's all over the place here in MD. It's a basic, cheap beer that offers a local alternative to the likes of Bud/Coors.

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Unlike Budweiser, it doesn't give me a dreadful headache. It's not my first choice, but some of the neighborhood dads have made it their "cheap beer" alternative for gatherings and I like it a lot better than literally anything from DC Brau, the popularity of whose beer completely baffles me.

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I didn't realize it was a cheap beer.

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It's in every grocery store in NC. It's the same price as Budweiser.

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America's oldest brewery! In PA, when you go to any bar and say "I'll have a lager, please" they'll slide you a Yuengling - no clarifications necessary. And I've long said that Yuengling's porter is the best beer made in America.

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That's high praise for their porter, which I don't think I've tried. I've only had their lager and their Hershey's chocolate porter, both of which were okay.

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Drinkability is important to me. Or, sessionability, as the euros would say. You know, beer that you can have a couple dozen of. For a dark beer, the Yuengling porter is super sessionable.

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The VT beer trail is glorious - there are A LOT of breweries crushing it next door

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Eusuchia

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I wonder how close a Komodo dragon is to Eusuchia.

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Close, but not really. They're both Reptilia Class (ie, reptiles) - but their predecessors branched a long way up the chain. The main difference is fenestra - the bone loop/hole in the skull behind the eye. It allows jaw muscles to anchor, allowing for stronger biting/chewing. The stronger jaws of these "archosaurs" means ability to be a predator of large things and/or large volumes of vegetation. These are dinosaurs, crocodiles, and birds.

This contrasts with lepidosaurs, which don't have fenestra and relied more on swallowing things whole or developing venom to incapacitate their prey. These are lizards, snakes, tuatara, and Komodo dragons.

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Elsewhere in college

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Today in Covid

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Got my booster and my flu shot yesterday afternoon. I have a very sore arm, and had a headache for a couple of hours last night, but am in good shape this morning.

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Spaced out the flu shot 5 days from the booster, just in case (and because I got them in 2 different places). Booster left a sore spot for a couple days, but the flu shot, at least in combination with a cool, fall-like turn of the weather, has resulted in a bit of mild symptoms. Hoping they pass by the end of the week; band road trip to Pullman this weekend.

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OUR CRUMBLING DEMOCRACY

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I saw that NYT article comparing government spending here on childcare with other OECD countries. I shared it with my friends who have kids and we were discussing whether the USA is the best country to live in still. What do you guys think?

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i think it is the best country for some things that fall into 2 camps

1 - opportunity to innovate and monetize it

2 - a constant pressure that pushes for more equality across the board

on the other hand i think that the system is by-definition unsustainable and the increase in income inequality which is due to #1 is going to crash the system one way ot another.

personally i would love to see some more care given to "the people" the expense of unlimited potential to make unlimited $$$ but then pair that with the steady progress in equality which is admittedly got a long way to go.

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Can you share the article? Childcare is way too high. My monthly mortgage payment in $3k and my monthly childcare bill for two kids aged 1 and 3 is $2,700 a month. The sad thing is, the staff at my childcare center, while decently paid by industry standards, are by no means well paid or paid nearly enough to live comfortably in a HCOL city like San Diego.

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It’s behind a paywall so I’ll try to read it later.

I feel like the democrats are missing a big opportunity to sale themselves as the party that advocates for families by highlighting their push in the Recon Bill like the expanded child tax credit, free or stipends for child care, and expanding SNAP benefits that help children.

Having children in todays society is expensive and stressful.

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Oh my lord, yes. Also there is a lot of research about it being a good investment even if a long term one, in terms of creating more productive, taxpaying citizens as the kids reach adulthood. That I think is how you convince people in our society to expand those benefits, not so much on values alone because if that were enough we would have already done it

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It seems like the biggest obstacles would be Republicans fearmongering about taxpayer funds going to hordes of imaginary welfare queens and people who only have kids to reap the monetary benefits.

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For myself, I would say it’s a personal decision obviously - no baseball in most other countries is a legit issue for me. But still, Australia, NZ, Canada, and several countries in Central and Western Europe are all up in the same band as USA. I also personally like Japan/Korea, but I have three school age daughters and would rather they grow up in a culture that was a bit better for women.

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I don't think I'd like the homogenized culture of Japan/Korea, which is perhaps my bias from having grown up in cosmopolitan America. Australia could be cool, though.

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PRO

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The 3rd quarter of Bucks-Grizzlies preseason game was alarming

https://twitter.com/BleacherReport/status/1445567646854828041

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Did a popcorn machine start smoking and set off the alarm system?

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Elinor Barker (UK - women's team bike pursuit) was pregnant when she won a silver medal.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CUps8c4oPqz/

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Kyrie situation. I wonder what he, and other unvaccinated NBA players, are going to do. I have a feeling the vaccine will be strongly encouraged in the league for at least 2 years. I guess it all depends on when the Bay Area and NYC lift vaccine mandates for indoor events.

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Most of them will just get the shot. Kyrie is a weird guy so I can't predict what he'll do.

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Red Sox easily beat Yankees 6-2 to win AL wild card.

Yankees did not put up too much of an obstacle in this one. Boston in control from the beginning.

Yankees squandered their one good chance to get back in the game w/ a baserunning error that i guess should be blamed on the 3rd base coach who sent the runner home on a double off the Green Monster.

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Yankees' pre-season and regular season summed up in a single play

https://twitter.com/bubbaprog/status/1445544684982472706

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heh...that was classic. I know that the announcer wasn't in the ballpark but he just game up on the ball after it was hit.

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Was that a Fox announcer? This guy clearly knows VERY LITTLE about Fenway Park (not that I'm any sort of expert). Anyone who's watched more than a few games broadcast from Fenway knows about the Green Monster.

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Angels play-by-play man Matt Vasgerian was on the call, and is also the ESPN Sunday Night baseball PxP guy...he's called plenty of games in Fenway and is very familiar with the Monster. That ball is out of 29 of the 30 parks in baseball...only Fenway holds it, and it only held it by about 18 inches.

Gallo and Torres have been awful with RISP all season, which is probably the reason why the Yankees season is over, rather than Judge getting thrown out on a perfect relay.

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Campolindo alum Matt Vasgersian.

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I think the ball might have hit lower on the Green Monster. But Vasgerian (?) gave up on the ball and the call. He didn't watch the spectators (members of the press, maybe?) because they would have told him by their actions that the ball was not clearing the fence.

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I thought it sounded like him before I turned down the sound. I didn't know hid did Angels PBP. I see him on the MLB channel hosting all the time - a busy guy, who as just noted below is an east bay guy. Talks about growing up an A's fan all the time on the MLB show.

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Game was on ESPN wasn't it. ARod was doing color so I turned it down.

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oh I guess that's a good point. I could've been the Fox announcer. I just assumed it was the Yankees announcer.

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You have to figure that the Red Sox players know how to play off that wall better than anybody.

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I dunno how much of an error it actually was, tho, HSB...Sox made a perfect relay. Gallo on deck hit .160 for the Yanks (.199 on the year) with 2000 strikeouts, so you're not really expecting him to get a big hit.

Any bobble or errant throw and Judge scores. Red Sox just made the play...tip your hat. Lifting Cole was a different story.

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fair enough. hat tipped ...

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I wasn't watching but No 1 said he thought Cole asked out of the game. Was it his decision or Aaron F'in Boone?

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Probably a little of both. He probably stays out there in July or August, but a winner-take-all is a different animal.

Since he lost the Spider-Tac, Cole's dominance definitely waned, tho.

Schwarber is going to have a huge postseason.

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My Armageddon world series has been averted. Now, Astros vs. Giants is the worst case scenario. Still bad.

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Astros vs. Giants would be two (original) NL West teams, made possible by the Disastros moving to the AL.

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Oh but absent having your own team involved, rooting against someone is the next best thing!

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But if it's Astros v Giants, I'd want to root against both!

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I've known you since kindergarten and can honestly say that your irrationally misguided hatred of the San Francisco Giants, a team that spent years in a dogschitt park and went nearly 6 decades b/t World Series titles, is probably your most un-endearing quality.

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That's a testament to my incredible level of endearment in all other areas.

P.S. Giants suck

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CAL

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go bears!!

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"The Washington Football Team signed former Cal linebacker Jordan Kunaszyk off of its practice squad on Tuesday, which means Kunaszyk will be on the team's active roster for Washington's game against the Saints on Sunday.

Kunaszyk was elevated from the practice squad after Washington linebacker Jon Bostic was placed on injured reserve with a pectoral injury. He is likely to miss the rest of the season."

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We can’t lose this week!

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We'll still miss tackles

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You miss 100% of the tackles you don't attempt

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We should.

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A guy I know didn't go to Cal but is from the east bay and is a big fan. I ran into him this morning for the first time in awhile and he was all about still having the faith. I'm afraid he's a better fan than I am.

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That was a description that could have been written about me as recently as 8 years ago.

No longer true.

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Hot take: 8 years isn’t really all that recent.

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In terms of Cal fandom 8 years feels like a lifetime ago. In 2013, Sonny Dykes was leading football to a 1-11 season, Mike Montgomery and the men's team upset 5-seed UNLV in the first round of the tourney, and Lindsay Gottlieb led the women's team to a Final Four appearance

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Well football might be going full circle and finishing up another 1-11 season so time is indeed a flat circle for Cal fans.

Yeah between sports, politics, and my personal life (married in 14, kids in 17 and 20 and bought a house in 21) 2013 does feel like a lifetime ago.

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I've been a Cal fan since 1966. Context.

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Context certainly helps. I’m old enough and have been on these sites long enough to remember your sunshine pumping.

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Could have applied to me 8 weeks ago. That's pretty recent.

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The difference for me is that i cannot watch when the game is over after three series. The Wash game was a gut punch, but we were in the game the whole way. The WSU game was over after the missed PAT, and it was obvious.

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I would argue that the game was over 5 minutes later, after the blocked punt that somehow extended their drive.

But I agree - the kids played pretty quiet after that.

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San Diego Zoo looks down on the Columbus zoo and all those who believe it is the equal of THE World Famous San Diego Zoo.

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USA Today ranking:

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden - Cincinnati

Fort Worth Zoo - Fort Worth

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium - Omaha, Neb.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo - Colorado Springs

Nashville Zoo - Nashville Zoo

Brevard Zoo - Melbourne, Fla.

Audubon Zoo - New Orleans

Saint Louis Zoo - Saint Louis

Dallas Zoo - Dallas

Denver Zoo - Denver

https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/zoo/

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we were just in Ft Worth too! everyone kept saying to go to the zoo, but i did not ..

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I thought zoos are like Chuck E Cheese and don't allow entry without a kid in tow.

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Quickest way to make the registered sex offender watch-list.

And shocker...not a single zoo from the Pacific Time Zone...East Coast bias.

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I'm in trouble then. A few times a year on a nice day I like to take my lunch and sit out in the zoo in Rock Creek Park and enjoy the park and the animals. I guess if I don't post for awhile at some point you'll now I was busted.

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I feel like AndBears needs to be here to gloat.

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I almost sent it to her

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This is exactly what I was thinking.

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I gather you've been there?

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