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2681  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: If you were planning to wow your significant other by cooking dinner... on: April 22, 2009, 02:45:35 AM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on April 22, 2009, 01:17:37 AM

I make a mean wild mushroom or butternut squash risotto.

That and pumpkin ravioli are just about my wife's favorite foods.

I make a few impressively good meals, but none involve fancy presentation. I guess it's peasant food -- mostly Mediterranean cooking with fresh (even homegrown) ingredients. Nothing gourmet, though, that's just not how we eat even when we splurge. My most recent sensation was a Spanish tortilla made with eggs, potatoes, and leeks. I make a hearty cod stew with a red wine base. I also make a spicy tilapia stew with a beer base. Baked halibut steaks with Kalamata olives, roasted red peppers and capers. Oh my, I'm making myself hungry.
2682  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you REALLY believe that extraterrestrial life has visited Earth? on: April 21, 2009, 09:00:37 PM
I wish I could believe that extraterrestrial intelligence exists somewhere in our neck of the galaxy, and has not only developed spaceflight but discovered a way around the light speed barrier and the relativistic consequences of FTL travel, and has invested the tremendous energy and resources and time that would doubtless be necessary to travel here. It would be comforting to think that advanced beings really go to all that trouble...and then sneak around mutilating cattle. 
2683  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Curb Your Enthusiasm on: April 21, 2009, 04:03:31 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on April 20, 2009, 10:03:20 PM

Seinfeld >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Curb Your Enthusiasm

Larry David just isn't very likable. Whatsoever.

It seemed mean-spirited where Seinfeld was playful. We abandoned it after the first two DVDs.
2684  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let the Right One In on: April 21, 2009, 04:00:41 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on April 21, 2009, 03:41:14 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on April 21, 2009, 03:35:23 PM

I kept getting the English version with English subtitles.

Quote
In the first few minutes of the movie we saw "Fuck off!" subtitled as "Go away!"  thumbsdown

Actually, given the English dialogue with English subtitles, "go away" seems like a pretty spot-on translation of "fuck off."   icon_twisted

The meaning is the same, but the inflection is not. I'm sure that a lot of similar nuance was lost in translation. From what I've read, the subtitles are worse than the dub in that regard -- at least on the DVD version that we got from Netflix.
2685  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let the Right One In on: April 21, 2009, 03:35:23 PM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on April 21, 2009, 12:11:50 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on April 21, 2009, 03:23:09 AM

Quote from: Pong on March 28, 2009, 06:46:43 PM


But even if the subs are bad at some points, never watch a dubbed movie.



We watched the dubbed version simply because I couldn't switch the English off. I could toggle between three different sets of subtitles (English, English Narration, or Spanish), but I could not get the original language to play. The mismatch between the dubbing and the subtitles quickly made it obvious that we had the bad translation anyway.

I can only give it 3/5 stars. It might be a 4-star movie, but bad voice acting and untranslated text killed all nuance.


The dub wasn't controlled by the subtitle option, but rather the language option.

The setup screen had two columns, one for language and one for subtitles. I kept selecting the Swedish 5.1 audio option with English subtitles. I kept getting the English version with English subtitles. If there was a separate language screen, I missed it. Given the crappy subtitle translation we were probably better off with the dubbing anyway, as objectionable as that was. In the first few minutes of the movie we saw "Fuck off!" subtitled as "Go away!"  thumbsdown

It was a decent coming-of-age/adolescent revenge film, and a decent vampire movie as well. Not really outstanding as either, but a good blend. Some of the special effects were painfully low-budget, though.
2686  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Automated Phone Systems make me want to scream... on: April 21, 2009, 03:22:59 PM

Quote from: Fireball1244 on April 21, 2009, 05:39:23 AM

I have to say, I much, much prefer "press one" systems to "say something" systems. I feel like an idiot talking to a computer, and the machine rarely is able to parse my subtle Texas accent.

UPS has a really good automated voice system. The woman has a tone like she hates doing this as much as you do. She's really friendly and natural sounding. Sometimes I call them just to talk to her. I get lonely working at home.
2687  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let the Right One In on: April 21, 2009, 03:23:09 AM

Quote from: Pong on March 28, 2009, 06:46:43 PM


But even if the subs are bad at some points, never watch a dubbed movie.


We watched the dubbed version simply because I couldn't switch the English off. I could toggle between three different sets of subtitles (English, English Narration, or Spanish), but I could not get the original language to play. The mismatch between the dubbing and the subtitles quickly made it obvious that we had the bad translation anyway.

I can only give it 3/5 stars. It might be a 4-star movie, but bad voice acting and untranslated text killed all nuance.
2688  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Car accident Judgement IN!! Or so I thought NEED MORE HELP!! 4-18 on: April 20, 2009, 05:07:10 PM
Could be a problem if they have you down as "pappasnuff".  saywhat
2689  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let the Right One In on: April 20, 2009, 05:04:29 PM
We've had this disk at home for at least 2 weeks now. I think we're finally going to watch it tonight. Hope it's not the version with the bad subtitles, but I imagine it probably is.

We ordinarily watch movies while doing something else -- my wife will be net surfing or folding laundry, I'll be paying bills or opening mail, etc. A subtitled movie forces us to sit there and stare at the screen for two hours. Foreign films always end up hanging around for a long time until we finally agree to block off two hours doing nothing else.

I want to watch the vampire film tonight because we're donating blood this afternoon, and I know that the Red Cross is just a front. 
2690  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Final 3 Pushing Daisies episodes on: April 20, 2009, 04:19:20 AM
I will watch it for 90 more minutes of Olive Snook.  The Weghted Companion Cube will never threaten to stab you.
2691  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 9 on: April 20, 2009, 01:38:14 AM
Trippy. I like trippy.
2692  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [naive] How are newspapers/networks politcal? on: April 16, 2009, 07:30:56 PM
Most American newspapers were founded to advance their publisher's agenda, whether political, social, or economic. Their original bias often remains long after ownership has changed hands, if only because their readers and their community expect it and their staff is trained to provide it. Massachusetts is a one-party state and the Boston Globe is an unofficial mouthpiece for the Dem party. The way they idolize the Kennedys gets downright embarrassing.

In journalism school they taught us about objectivity and fair reporting at the same time that they taught us the history of newspapers in America. Those two subjects were hard to reconcile. Remember that freedom of the press belongs to those who own the press.
2693  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Colonization! on: April 16, 2009, 04:52:47 PM
...And third time's a charm. No CRC errors and game is running properly.
2694  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Crock Pot cooking on: April 16, 2009, 03:36:58 PM

Quote from: mytocles on April 16, 2009, 04:28:28 AM

I'm not a fan of salt except on two things - steak and corn on the cob. 

You forgot potatoes.

I ought to excavate our crock pot and resurrect some old recipes. Slow-cooking makes great soups and stews -- anything where you want the flavors well-blended.
2695  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A double barrel pump shotgun on: April 16, 2009, 03:32:52 PM
I have a 12-gauge Ithaca over-and-under double barrel that keeps my lawn child-free. I guess the side-by-side pump can fire faster because it doesn't need to be reloaded after each shot. Handy if you're being attacked by a whole gang of street urchins.
2696  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Colonization! on: April 16, 2009, 02:14:26 AM
I started a game as the French, using mostly default settings from the "Play Now" menu. I won an Economic victory on the first turn. Boy, that was easy!

I did get another CRC error on a different file. Now downloading for the third time. The Civ Fanatics thread has some chatter about version problems and file host problems. Hard to say if that's what's going on for me. The mod loaded and the game started up just fine. 

Oh well. Will try once more.

2697  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Season 2 on: April 14, 2009, 10:29:37 PM
Unsurprising, but sad anyway. I am now down to watching only one TV show (Lost) with one other on probation (Parks & Recreation).
2698  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Season 2 on: April 13, 2009, 09:27:36 PM
It started out weak as it tried to reconcile with the movies and placate the fans. I almost abandoned it when it was just car chases and fight scenes. But once it made peace with itself and found its own footing, it delivered some pretty solid sf. As disappointed as I was to learn that it's very likely going off the air, I don't see how they can bring it back now. The writers really wrote themselves into a corner.

I'll say this, though: When I eventually rent the new movie DVD, it will be very hard to take it at face value and pretend that the TV series never happened.
2699  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I may have just become a believer in universal healthcare on: April 13, 2009, 06:21:43 PM

Quote from: Farscry on April 13, 2009, 04:42:03 PM

Quote from: Brendan on April 13, 2009, 04:18:45 PM

the facts that've been presented in this thread (20% of the country has no insurance, we spend more per capita on health care expenses than countries with single-payer or national insurance systems, and we lag seriously behind other industrialized nations in all of the typical health metrics)

These are the points along with the point I made earlier in the thread that I have yet to see any free-market/for-profit health care system advocates address effectively in any manner.

In Massachusetts, we are required by state law to have health insurance. If you are judged capable of affording it, and choose not to buy it, you can be fined up to $900. (That money goes into the state's Commonwealth Care fund). Some young, healthy people would rather pay the fine than the premiums, so we do have some voluntarily uninsured residents.

Companies that employ more than six people have to provide subsidized group health insurance. Those who choose not to are fined $300 per worker, and that money goes into the state's Commonwealth Care fund.

Citizens who can't get employer-subsidized insurance and who can't afford to buy their own policy are eligible for Commonwealth Care subsidies. The coverage and subsidy options vary according to income.  

Under this system, >95% of Massholes have health insurance obtained from for-profit insurers.  

Because we've only had near-universal coverage for a couple of years, it is too early to see any cost containment benefits. We don't have enough private physicians to accommodate all of the newly insured, and old habits die hard, so many of the poorest continue to visit hospital ERs. It could easily take a decade before we know how well this is working out.  

It's not exactly a "free market" system, but this is how you can get universal coverage without nationalized health care.
2700  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I may have just become a believer in universal healthcare on: April 13, 2009, 03:51:56 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on April 13, 2009, 02:00:38 PM

 Franly, we found their literature bewildering - I couldn't tell you if something as a simple broken leg was covered.  It appeared pregnancy was covered - there was nothing in there about some optional rider.  And no, I'm not a doctor and I don't have the knowledge or time to ask on every single thing if something is covered or not.  Fault me for assuming it was if you want, but beyond a few basic things, do you really know what's covered in your plan?  I doubt it.

This kind of uncertainty is one of the worst aspects of our system. When my doc recommended a colonoscopy due to my age, I called the insurance company and was told that it's 100% covered because I'm over 50. When I showed up for the procedure the clinic refused my $20 copay because it's 100% covered (less any deductible, which would be billed separately). Four months later I got a bill for $1000 from the lab that biopsied the tissue samples. Two weeks after that I got a bill for $1800 from the gastroenterologist.

Both of these must be mistakes, but it's going to take some time and telephone calls to put it right, and even then I'm at the mercy of the insurance company. What am I going to do if they say that it wasn't covered due to some technicality? I have been through situations like this many times with many different insurance companies. Their bias is to deny claims.
2701  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies on: April 13, 2009, 03:41:55 AM
I'll wait for Pride and Predator.
2702  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Parks and Recreation on: April 13, 2009, 03:38:34 AM
I got a few chuckles out of it. It's staying in the recording schedule for a few more weeks.
2703  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Colonization! on: April 12, 2009, 06:49:55 PM
Thanks for that link. I might give this one another look soon.

(edit) Or maybe not. "Extracting Nap_uniform.tga
bad CRC b9787f96  (should be 0b3c8495)"

That's just a graphics file, isn't it? Will it crash the game if corrupted?
2704  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I may have just become a believer in universal healthcare on: April 12, 2009, 05:11:58 AM

Quote from: brettmcd on April 12, 2009, 01:28:19 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on April 11, 2009, 09:48:16 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on April 11, 2009, 06:54:20 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on April 11, 2009, 06:08:49 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on April 11, 2009, 04:32:11 PM

We lost our health, dental, and vision insurance when my wife was laid off. Massachusetts law requires us to have health insurance. And, if your coverage ever lapses for more than 90 days, future insurers do not have to cover any of your pre-existing conditions. By the time you're in your 50s you have amassed a pretty impressive record of "pre-existing conditions" (virtually everything you've ever sought treatment for). So, going without insurance is not an option.

We aren't poor enough to qualify for the state-subsidized Commonwealth Care plans, which are just the barest coverage anyway. That leaves us with COBRA. COBRA lets us buy our old insurance at the group rate for up to 18 months. That brought us a brand-new $850/month bill at the same time that our primary income went away.

Obama's recovery package includes a 65% COBRA subsidy for nine months. That kicks in next week, and will be retroactive to February. This means that we'll get a couple of months for "free" as retroactive federal subsidy money is applied. Then we'll pay only 35% of the $850 premium for a few more months, until the subsidy runs out. Then we'll have to pay the full $850 again until COBRA expires. If she's still unemployed after 18 months, we'll certainly be poor enough for the state insurance plan.

It looks to me like providing health insurance through employers is the basic flaw in our system. The system needs to somehow decouple insurance from employment. Losing one's job is traumatic enough as it is.

Yep, I've been there before and I feel for you.  I had to drop coverage for my family at one point after working for a couple of crooks who took the money and ran.  I agree that health coverage needs to be uncoupled from employment.  What's really stupid is that without coverage, you'd probably not seek medical help for a small ailment because of the expense.  But if it turned into something really big, you'd get it treated at a huge cost that you couldn't afford.  In essence, anyone who is insured is already paying a premium to cover the cost of those who aren't. 

How will nationalized health care change any of that?   People who have insurance now dont go to the Dr for small ailments, or preventative care, how will a flawed nationalized system change that in any way?   I also dont see how a huge decrease in income that the massive taxes needed to pay for this system will be a good thing either.    The only people who will gain is the employers who will no longer have to provide health care, and people who dont work or contribute taxes at all.    The people who already work and have health insurance will see worse health coverage and a smaller paycheck.   Sorry if I dont want to endorse that plan.

"Nationalized healthcare" is a strawman. I have not heard anything out of Washington that doesn't preserve for-profit medicine and private providers.

Sorry Nationalized health insurance, which is pretty much the same thing.

How is universal insurance coverage the same thing as nationalized medicine? Under the Mass. model, companies with more than 6 employees have to either subsidize health insurance or pay the state to do it. Everyone gets their insurance from a private, for-profit company and the main cost burden remains on business. There are no massive tax increases.   

It's not a great solution -- insurance still depends on employment, and any cost savings from universal coverage will take years to appear. A lot of small businesses will not grow beyond six employees so that they can avoid the requirement. But it's really got nothing to do with the socialized-medicine bugbear that you're invoking.
2705  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I may have just become a believer in universal healthcare on: April 11, 2009, 09:48:16 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on April 11, 2009, 06:54:20 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on April 11, 2009, 06:08:49 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on April 11, 2009, 04:32:11 PM

We lost our health, dental, and vision insurance when my wife was laid off. Massachusetts law requires us to have health insurance. And, if your coverage ever lapses for more than 90 days, future insurers do not have to cover any of your pre-existing conditions. By the time you're in your 50s you have amassed a pretty impressive record of "pre-existing conditions" (virtually everything you've ever sought treatment for). So, going without insurance is not an option.

We aren't poor enough to qualify for the state-subsidized Commonwealth Care plans, which are just the barest coverage anyway. That leaves us with COBRA. COBRA lets us buy our old insurance at the group rate for up to 18 months. That brought us a brand-new $850/month bill at the same time that our primary income went away.

Obama's recovery package includes a 65% COBRA subsidy for nine months. That kicks in next week, and will be retroactive to February. This means that we'll get a couple of months for "free" as retroactive federal subsidy money is applied. Then we'll pay only 35% of the $850 premium for a few more months, until the subsidy runs out. Then we'll have to pay the full $850 again until COBRA expires. If she's still unemployed after 18 months, we'll certainly be poor enough for the state insurance plan.

It looks to me like providing health insurance through employers is the basic flaw in our system. The system needs to somehow decouple insurance from employment. Losing one's job is traumatic enough as it is.

Yep, I've been there before and I feel for you.  I had to drop coverage for my family at one point after working for a couple of crooks who took the money and ran.  I agree that health coverage needs to be uncoupled from employment.  What's really stupid is that without coverage, you'd probably not seek medical help for a small ailment because of the expense.  But if it turned into something really big, you'd get it treated at a huge cost that you couldn't afford.  In essence, anyone who is insured is already paying a premium to cover the cost of those who aren't. 

How will nationalized health care change any of that?   People who have insurance now dont go to the Dr for small ailments, or preventative care, how will a flawed nationalized system change that in any way?   I also dont see how a huge decrease in income that the massive taxes needed to pay for this system will be a good thing either.    The only people who will gain is the employers who will no longer have to provide health care, and people who dont work or contribute taxes at all.    The people who already work and have health insurance will see worse health coverage and a smaller paycheck.   Sorry if I dont want to endorse that plan.

"Nationalized healthcare" is a strawman. I have not heard anything out of Washington that doesn't preserve for-profit medicine and private providers.
2706  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: [back up your HD] I am an idiot on: April 11, 2009, 09:41:51 PM
MozyHome is free.
2707  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I may have just become a believer in universal healthcare on: April 11, 2009, 04:32:11 PM
We lost our health, dental, and vision insurance when my wife was laid off. Massachusetts law requires us to have health insurance. And, if your coverage ever lapses for more than 90 days, future insurers do not have to cover any of your pre-existing conditions. By the time you're in your 50s you have amassed a pretty impressive record of "pre-existing conditions" (virtually everything you've ever sought treatment for). So, going without insurance is not an option.

We aren't poor enough to qualify for the state-subsidized Commonwealth Care plans, which are just the barest coverage anyway. That leaves us with COBRA. COBRA lets us buy our old insurance at the group rate for up to 18 months. That brought us a brand-new $850/month bill at the same time that our primary income went away.

Obama's recovery package includes a 65% COBRA subsidy for nine months. That kicks in next week, and will be retroactive to February. This means that we'll get a couple of months for "free" as retroactive federal subsidy money is applied. Then we'll pay only 35% of the $850 premium for a few more months, until the subsidy runs out. Then we'll have to pay the full $850 again until COBRA expires. If she's still unemployed after 18 months, we'll certainly be poor enough for the state insurance plan.

It looks to me like providing health insurance through employers is the basic flaw in our system. The system needs to somehow decouple insurance from employment. Losing one's job is traumatic enough as it is.
2708  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Pirates Seize Ship Crewed by Americans on: April 11, 2009, 05:06:11 AM
This is escalating.

Quote
The high seas drama turned more complex and potentially deadly in its third day as both pirates and American forces rushed reinforcements to the scene several hundred miles off the coast of Somalia. The crisis stemmed from a thwarted attempt to take over the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama freighter and is testing the new Obama administration.

The pirates summoned reinforcements, calling in four commandeered ships with hostages from a variety of nations including the Philippines, Russia and Germany, according to the Somali in touch with the pirates.

Threatening wholesale slaughter = summoning reinforcements? That's a new one on me.
2709  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost returns next week! [Spoilers!] on: April 11, 2009, 04:37:42 AM

Quote from: Qantaga on April 11, 2009, 02:31:19 AM

Quote from: rittchard on April 10, 2009, 06:21:14 PM

Also rumored, Juliette may be going soon - as she was cast on the new V series.
     
Noooooooooooo! frown
   
She's my fave.

+1. She has enormous talents.
2710  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Parks and Recreation on: April 10, 2009, 10:23:31 PM
I have it on the DVR but haven't watched it yet. Enjoyed the BBC Office series, have never seen the American one. Parks & Recreation is billed as more political, which I will probably like. I'd like to find a new comedy to watch since all of my current shows are getting canceled, so I'll give this one a few episodes to grab me. I didn't like The Office until the third episode either.
2711  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Beer] Spring ales finally making their appearance on store shelves... on: April 10, 2009, 10:19:03 PM
I can't recall if I've seen the Point label before or not. Their site says they have one distributor in Boston, so it might be around. I'll try it if it's not overpriced.

I've had Red Hook's ESB before. Not bad, not impressive. I've never tried their seasonals. I'll watch for the Copperhook.
2712  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's Tax Time! on: April 09, 2009, 07:18:12 PM
...and our state refund showed up in my bank account this morning, just four business days after we e-filed. Impressive!
2713  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Beer] Spring ales finally making their appearance on store shelves... on: April 09, 2009, 01:53:39 AM
Tonight Chili's was serving Sam's Summer Ale.

Yes. Summer.

This thread is now closed.
2714  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hottest Book: Pride and Prejudice... and Zombies!! on: April 09, 2009, 01:30:33 AM
There is already a movie in the works, which I think is by the same people who are bringing us Pride and Predator.
2715  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Pirates Seize Ship Crewed by Americans on: April 08, 2009, 02:46:44 PM
We've got, like, a 300-ship navy, right? Seems like we could find a dozen or two that aren't busy.
2716  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's Tax Time! on: April 08, 2009, 04:00:36 AM

Quote from: PeteRock on April 07, 2009, 09:12:51 PM

We owed $1800 to the feds but received $1100 back from the state, so we paid out $700 just the other day to settle up our tab.  After a few minor tweaks to our withholding we should come pretty close to breaking even next year, which is right where we want to be.

Come April I always wish we just had w-2 income. Our federal return was 28 pages long (with worksheets). That's impossible to fine-tune.
2717  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Housing: Buy or Rent? on: April 07, 2009, 08:28:50 PM

Quote from: Ridah on April 07, 2009, 06:12:18 PM

Also don't forget about paying property taxes every year once you own a home. Not to mention homeowner's insurance.

Homeowner's insurance won't cost much more than renter's insurance. You are buying renter's insurance, aren't  you?
2718  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Housing: Buy or Rent? on: April 07, 2009, 01:07:28 AM
When we first bought our house the mortgage payments were staggering -- fully double what we'd paid in rent, plus we had to pay PMI and escrow our insurance and property taxes. 20+ years and two refinances later our mortgage is less than half of what we'd have to pay in rent. Rents are inevitably going to keep rising. Your mortgage should not.
2719  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's Tax Time! on: April 06, 2009, 03:36:21 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 05, 2009, 07:21:15 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on April 05, 2009, 05:52:57 PM

assuming that the COBRA subsidy kicks in as scheduled.


errr.... should we getting G.I. Joe ready?

The evil former employer has until 4/17 to notify the COBRA administrator that we are eligible for the subsidy, whereupon the amounts that we should have gotten in March and April will be applied toward future medical insurance bills. That means we will get a couple of months of insurance without making further payments, and when the bills do start coming in again they will be only 35% of what we had to pay in Feb, March, and April. (COBRA is the law that says your former employer has to let you stay in their group health plan for18 months, although they don't have to pay anything toward your premiums anymore. You get to keep your old health insurance and pay the group rate, but you owe 100% of the premium.)

We know that the evil former employer will wait until the last possible moment, and then pretend that they have never heard of this law. I don't know what recourse we have if they simply refuse to report our eligibility. G.I. Joe could be useful there.
2720  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Beer] Spring ales finally making their appearance on store shelves... on: April 06, 2009, 12:50:04 AM

Quote from: Doopri on April 05, 2009, 09:05:01 PM

ironrod i have a bar right near me with 65+ beers on tap smile i LOOOOOOVE the place

and where was this?  it sounds like it was a pretty big tasting event...??? i hate you for not making the post YESTERDAY because with all the new england beers im guessing it was somewhere that couldnt have been too far away

Sorry I didn't cross-post; I have a spring ales thread going at OO. It was at Curtis Liquors in Weymouth. My packie. They do one in the spring and one in the fall, and each one is better than the one before.
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