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2841  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 1 year since I quit smoking! on: November 13, 2008, 02:17:09 AM

Quote from: kratz on November 12, 2008, 04:51:46 PM

When I quit I was spending $3.83/pack... 48 days ago...

Friend of mine was buying hers from an indian reservation for a couple of years. The state found out and hit her with a $1500 tax bill.  eek
2842  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 1 year since I quit smoking! on: November 12, 2008, 03:30:57 PM

Quote from: Canuck on November 12, 2008, 11:42:04 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on November 11, 2008, 03:49:02 PM


The money is based on an average $4 per pack. I know they're a lot more than that now, but they were 40 cents a pack when I started.



Congratulations! You must be the only septuagenarian on these forums!

 icon_lol Close enough, I reckon. They were $4 per carton at a local gas station. Gasoline was 24 cents a gallon at the same station. I remember getting change from my quarter when I filled my dirt bike's 1-gallon gas tank. It was 1973, and I was 16.

Yesterday I bought a pack for my smoker friend to to renew my Tuesday-night mooching rights. (And yes, I took out only three for myself and gave him the rest). $6.50 per pack...ye gods! I'm told that they are upwards of 8 bucks in places like NYC. The price had just reached $5 when I quit in 2002.
2843  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 1 year since I quit smoking! on: November 11, 2008, 03:49:02 PM

Quote from: Moliere on November 11, 2008, 02:03:35 PM

That's great!

Did you have any problems from quitting like gaining weight? I've heard that people who quit feel the need to keep something in their hands since they're not holding a cigarette anymore.

I gained 20 pounds when I quit and went from slightly overweight to obese. After a few years I gradually dropped back to merely overweight. Now I'm a semi-smoker. I smoke a couple of cigarettes on most Tuesday nights, plus a few cigars per week. I broke my addiction six years ago. Now I smoke because I choose to, not because I need to. 

These stats aren't entirely accurate, since I do still enjoy occasional tobacco products, but here they are anyway:

Your Quit Date is:   4/16/2002 6:00:00 PM 
Time Smoke-Free: 2400 days, 16 hours, 42 minutes and 5 seconds    
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 60017
Lifetime Saved:  15 months, 8 days, 11 hours
Money Saved: $14,556.06

The money is based on an average $4 per pack. I know they're a lot more than that now, but they were 40 cents a pack when I started.

Oh: Congrats on the 1-year mark!
2844  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Planet of the Apes experts - help please? on: November 11, 2008, 03:43:14 AM

Quote from: McNutt on November 11, 2008, 02:52:32 AM

You're a better man than I if you can finish the series.  The first one is a classic, the second one is okay, but then they get terrible.

I am trying to wrap my head around the concept of Planet of the Apes "experts".
2845  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Just print more money on: November 09, 2008, 03:32:05 PM

Quote from: Zarkon on November 09, 2008, 05:24:32 AM

Hell, I'd be happy with $200,000  bailout for myself. Tongue

Even $2,000 would be a major help. That's about what they say we'll get from the next tax giveback. Imagine being able to keep up with your prescriptions and keep the heat turned up without robbing the grocery budget!
2846  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I Love This: the stick Enters the Toy Hall of Fame on: November 07, 2008, 02:51:48 PM
In other news, six museum-goers were rushed to the hospital with poked-out eyes.  icon_eek
2847  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: McCain advisors speak out against Palin on: November 06, 2008, 06:41:15 PM

Quote from: Razgon on November 06, 2008, 03:23:58 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on November 06, 2008, 01:32:47 PM

This would be funny and sad if it weren't for McCain actually picking her for no obvious reason. It's all on him for choosing poorly.

forgive me if I havent followed this closely enough from across the sea, but...didnt choosing Palin actually seem a good thing when he did so? I seem to remember it being called a masterstroke in some medias...

Before Palin, Obama monopolized the media spotlight. He's just more charismatic and photogenic...and most of the major media tend to tilt liberal anyway. McCain was in the shadows. Everyone expected a dull and predictable vp choice. So Palin was a masterstroke in the sense that she pried the cameras away from Obama. She is even more photogenic than he is.

When her lack of substance and fringe beliefs came into focus, the media spotlight stopped seeming like such a great idea. If they could have kept Palin under wraps for a few more weeks...it might have worked.
2848  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [US Prez Election] Who did you vote for in the 2008 US elections? on: November 05, 2008, 06:36:34 PM

Quote from: Brendan on November 05, 2008, 04:09:50 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on November 05, 2008, 04:04:06 PM

Oh, certainly. Mine, anyway. I've voted Lib in the past several elections, but Barr's anti-choice position closed that option off to me this time.

Paul is also anti-choice.

LOL never mind, then. I would have rejected him for the same reason. I really had no third-party refuge this time around.
2849  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Car warranty scam? on: November 05, 2008, 06:33:48 PM
I was getting junk calls on my cell phone several times a week. Oddly, the caller hung up every time I answered. Finally I put the number in my contacts list and assigned it the "No ring" ringtone. They kept calling for months before the missed-call notifications finally ended, but I never heard those calls come in again.

Too bad land lines don't have a remedy like that.
2850  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [US Prez Election] Who did you vote for in the 2008 US elections? on: November 05, 2008, 04:04:06 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on November 05, 2008, 06:43:59 AM

Quote from: Moliere on November 05, 2008, 02:44:58 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on November 05, 2008, 02:13:31 AM

I genuinely believe this country needed a seismic change in direction. That change to me was more important than my policy disagreements with Obama.

That's been the question all along. I hope you're right.

I went with Barr and any other Libertarians that were on the ballot. Although Barr isn't much of a Libertarian I wanted to help the Party get their required 2% and continued name recognition as the largest 3rd Party. All the local candidates without a Party affiliation (e.g., Water Board and Judges) I left blank since I didn't know anything about them.

I wonder if Ron Paul had been the Libertarian candidate if the Libertarians would have drawn a larger number of votes.

Oh, certainly. Mine, anyway. I've voted Lib in the past several elections, but Barr's anti-choice position closed that option off to me this time.
2851  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama WINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! on: November 05, 2008, 03:52:45 PM

Quote from: Glycerine on November 05, 2008, 02:54:22 PM

Quote from: PaulBot on November 05, 2008, 02:11:07 PM

I can't wait until Obama takes office, our economy keeps slumping, the troops don't come home, and our country stays in the toilet.

THEN WE CAN BLAME OBAMA AND THE DEMOCRATS FOR ALL OUR WOES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yeah right, like you already don't blame the Democrats for every problem in your entire life.  Give me a break man.  As competent as I feel Obama is, I seriously doubt he can clean up the mess you Republicans have left us in one term.

You lost, get over it.  Some of us know exactly how you feel, we've had to live with that disappointment for the last EIGHT YEARS!

glyc

Obama has the advantage of taking office near the bottom of the business cycle. It is nearly certain that the economy will be expanding and stocks will be up four years from now, simply because every contraction seeds the next expansion. Government policies can goose that growth by a few tenths of a percent one way or the other, but they'd need to be radical indeed to change the trajectory. Unless he screws up bigtime, most of us will be financially better off four years from now.

As always, there will be individual winners and losers, and government helps pick those. Do you think that Exxon-Mobil's record profits after eight years with an oilman in the White House is just a coincidence?

Sucks to be on the losing end of that stick. I hope your adjustment isn't too wrenching, KD.
2852  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama WINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! on: November 05, 2008, 05:57:30 AM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on November 05, 2008, 04:57:05 AM

Here's the fun part - if he proves to be a genuine screwup, I'm not listening to a single one of you say "well we didn't know! What the hell?" We survived Carter. We'll survive Carter II. Come on 2012!

I'm sure that two years from now our savior will turn out to be just another politician. But tonight, I'm on board with Obamarama.
2853  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [US Prez Election] Who did you vote for in the 2008 US elections? on: November 05, 2008, 04:05:55 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on November 05, 2008, 02:13:31 AM

accused Kay Hagan, a Sunday school teacher, of being an atheist.

As if that's a bad thing.
2854  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My Dinner With Eddie X on: November 05, 2008, 04:03:54 AM
I'm another Chicagophile. Thought about moving there after college, but I wanted easier winters than I grew up with in Michigan, not harsher ones.
2855  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [US Prez Election] Who did you vote for in the 2008 US elections? on: November 04, 2008, 09:30:52 PM
This was only my second vote for a major-party candidate since 1976. Ordinarily I think the major parties are a joke, and I won't waste my vote ratifying either of the "choices" that the plutocracy offers us. Instead I choose whomever leaves me the cleanest conscience, which is equivalent to standing outside and throwing rocks.

For the first time, that led me to choose a Democrat. None of the fringe choices appealed to me at all. I am SO going to regret this two years from now.
2856  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: What happens if McCain somehow wins? on: November 04, 2008, 06:06:31 PM
I thought of this thread when I stumbled across Cecil Adams's column this morning: When Does Human Life Begin? For the lazy, Cecil concludes:

Quote
1. Human life begins at conception.

2. Big deal.

The rest of his column is a bit more nuanced than that. It's a fun read.
2857  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Is it just because I live in a 'battleground state' or...? on: November 04, 2008, 06:02:57 PM

Quote from: Chaz on November 04, 2008, 05:00:07 PM

Yeah, MA is so blue that we don't see anything.  Hell, the vast majority of my ballot this morning was for unopposed Dems. 

I refuse on principle to vote for unopposed candidates, so I was able to skip about 2/3 of the ballot. The Reps don't even try in this state anymore.
2858  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: NOT Political. Please Vote Tomorrow on: November 04, 2008, 05:55:40 PM
Done. No line, no fuss, took about 10 minutes.
2859  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: An ethical man for president on: November 03, 2008, 04:29:18 PM
In general -- leaving these two individuals out of it -- I would prefer a pragmatist to an idealist.

In the context of this election, I think Obama is much more pragmatic than the image that he successful projects. And McCain lost my support when he chose Palin, thereby embracing a form of idealism that is completely opposite my own.
2860  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: What happens if McCain somehow wins? on: November 03, 2008, 04:23:11 PM
The abortion debate is effectively over as a national political issue anyway. The Bush presidency was the anti-abortion side's high water mark, and they failed to overturn Roe v Wade or even weaken it substantially. Even if McCain pulls a hat trick tomorrow, there is very little chance now that abortion rights will be rescinded, since he does not represent the moralistic wing of the Rep Party. (Only the nightmare Palin scenario would revive abortion as a political issue). The moralizers are likely to be further marginalized as the Rep Party reforms itself during Obama's administration, since their support is what cost McCain the moderates and therefore the presidency. If the Rep Party is to resurge in 2012, it will need to do so primarily as the party of fiscal restraint, with a secondary emphasis on militarism.

It would be more productive for everybody if both sides were to cooperate on finding ways to reduce the abortion rate. 
2861  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tuesday, Nov 4th: You vote, my son has brain surgery [long] on: November 02, 2008, 09:22:17 PM
I wish you the best, even though I'm disappointed that I can't vote on it.
2862  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Life on Mars...best show you may not be watching on: November 02, 2008, 02:44:34 PM

Quote from: Canuck on November 02, 2008, 01:54:50 PM

eRR.. How does Mars come into the picture?

The show's theme song is Bowie's Life on Mars. The show's theme is alienation.

Unlike most new tv shows, this one drew me in right from the first episode. It probably helps that 1973, the year I turned 16, was a high point in my life, and I love the music from those days -- they get the setting exactly right. After seeing just three episodes I feel completely immersed in the characters and storyline. And, I should mention, I don't ordinarily like cop shows. The sf mystery aspect and the 1973 setting are what draw me in.
2863  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Is it just because I live in a 'battleground state' or...? on: November 01, 2008, 12:13:39 AM

Quote from: Gratch on October 31, 2008, 07:38:57 PM

I suppose that's the one advantage to living in the reddest state in the Union.  Haven't received a single robo-call or mailing, and the TV advertising has been extremely minimal.

Same thing here in the bluest state. You'd barely know there was an election going on if it weren't for the worshipful local media. We get a little bit of splash damage from the contested state next door.
2864  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apparently I live in a Charles Dickens' Novel on: October 31, 2008, 11:07:25 PM
Some months ago I read that NYC was in the midst of a bedbug plague. A few days after my wife came back from a weekend trip to NYC, I developed a generalized itching. No lotions could relieve it. Dousing myself in rubbing alcohol did not help, nor did bathing in Epsom salts. I laundered the bedclothes and soaked the mattress in pesticides, all the while certain that my (unaffected) wife was a dirty, filthy, plague carrier. Nothing helped. The itching went on day after day and night after night, as if tiny invisible insects were swarming all over me. Finally I broke down and saw my doctor about it.

It's a histamine reaction. Nobody knows what causes those -- a low-grade infection or chronic allergy, maybe, or just old age -- but they're pretty common. I control it now with antihistamines. Someday it might go away as mysteriously as it came.

No bedbugs, though.
2865  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I Like Mustard! on: October 29, 2008, 03:24:57 AM
Yellow mustard, brown mustard, horseradish mustard, grey poupon, that expensive stuff with the little round seeds...it's all good. I often use mustard instead of ketchup on french fries. I don't understand why mustard is an uncommon restaurant condiment. It belongs on every table.
2866  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: So... other candidates besides McCain and Obama? on: October 27, 2008, 02:22:33 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on October 27, 2008, 12:17:52 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on October 27, 2008, 07:35:10 AM

Well, Ralph Nader is running again as an indepdent. (www.votenader.org)

Bob Barr caught my attention, running as a libertarian. (www.bobbarr2008.com)

I've always voted republican in the past but Bush completely destroyed the party, IMO. I can't believe I voted for him in 2000. (Voted Nader in 2004)

If it were any other democrat running against McCain, I'd vote Nader again. But because how close this election is going to be, I'm going to have to vote for Obama because we can't have another 4 years of this BS Bush got us into. And despite what the mainstream media wants to lead you to believe about Obama being in the lead, I can almost guarentee you McCain is going to take the election.
I'd only vote for Obama if you live in a swing state or red state. Otherwise, you may as well vote for a third party so somebody can get some public funding next election.

I've voted for third parties and independents in every election since 1976. I generally default to the Libertarians, but Barr's anti-choice position closed that option off for me this time. After watching An Unreasonable Man recently, I toyed with casting my vote to Nader. (I recommend this movie, btw, as being both informative and entertaining). But Nader's time has passed, his politics don't really match mine, and he's not building a party. After rejecting these alternatives, I'll be joining in my state's Obama landslide. I've convinced myself that he is a transformative figure who's worthy of my symbolic vote.
2867  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama Ineligible to be President? on: October 27, 2008, 12:54:34 AM
Is the income tax illegal because Ohio wasn't a state when the 16th amendment was ratified?

Same thing. Except more fun to read.
2868  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Ready? Go! Debate what Socialism really is. on: October 26, 2008, 06:08:27 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on October 25, 2008, 04:51:03 PM

There are aspects of the US that are socialist. For example, welfare, libraries, and Medicaid.

Add the minimum wage and assorted worker-protection laws that grew from the labor movement...and Social Security, of course. The US embraced socialism during the New Deal partially to deflect the inroads that communism was making in response to the Great Depression. Had FDR not "softened" capitalism, the US might very well have undergone its own communist revolution.
2869  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Gone Baby Gone on: October 24, 2008, 05:41:37 PM
I enjoyed the movie until a series of absurd reveals led to an unbelievable ending. Overall, I wouldn't recommend it.
2870  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help me save my outside faucet from the cold on: October 20, 2008, 04:50:50 PM
Um...just leave it alone?

We've had the same spigot on the side of our house for 25 years without doing anything special to it. I've never heard of anyone trying to protect a faucet, unless maybe it's at the end of a long, exposed pipe.
2871  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sell Me On Babylon 5 on: October 18, 2008, 08:53:02 PM
Every episode credits Harlan Ellison as "Creative Consultant". 'Nuff said.
2872  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: 3rd Debate - Obama in a romp, says CBS poll on: October 17, 2008, 05:55:29 PM
Joe has got much larger challenges than a small potential tax increase...which doesn't even exist if we're talking about $250k of corporate revenue, vs. his personal income. This whole Joe the Plumber thing is as silly as it sounds.
2873  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: 3rd Debate - Obama in a romp, says CBS poll on: October 17, 2008, 04:55:36 AM
Isn't Joe incorporated?  icon_confused
2874  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: 3rd Debate - Obama in a romp, says CBS poll on: October 17, 2008, 02:12:13 AM

Quote from: the Nightbreeze on October 17, 2008, 12:08:23 AM


If you are going to buy a plumbing business with $250K of revenues:


$250k of profits, right? The candidates have been sloppy about that. $250k of revenue is peanuts. My business needs to gross that much just to pay me a living wage, never mind any employees. I'd need to bring in something over $2 million to generate a $250k profit.
2875  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [Presidential Election] Undecided? on: October 16, 2008, 03:39:56 AM
Obama 76
Nader 75
McKinney 73
McCain 51
Barr 49

2876  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help settle an argument (Americans only!) on: October 16, 2008, 03:28:30 AM
I have been besotted, into my cups, feeling a stiff breeze, three sheets to the wind, blasted, polluted, trashed, tanked, pickled, sloshed, snockered, inebriated, and just plain drunk. I don't think I've ever been "pissed." But I'm going to start now.
2877  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The saddest music video you've ever seen? on: October 15, 2008, 09:00:33 PM
If you've lost your parents, this song will get to you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdapAqrcuvw&feature=related

Not a video, as such. "Wanting Memories" is a staple of a capella groups everywhere, so there are lots of (bad) versions out there.

Also on the theme of losing your father...here's Lucinda Williams singing Lake Charles. IPress the big Play button in the upper right:
http://www.last.fm/music/Lucinda+Williams/_/Lake+Charles

Again no video...sorry, but the YouTube clips are all terrible.
2878  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Hayden Panatierre endorses McCain on: October 15, 2008, 04:09:44 PM
Where's the video about the Hayden Planetarium, and who is that irritating little girl?
2879  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: In need of a subplot. Suggestions wanted. on: October 15, 2008, 04:06:20 PM
You can't go wrong with spaceships. Or dinosaurs.
2880  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sell Me On Babylon 5 on: October 14, 2008, 07:59:11 PM
Not much to add, except that the Bride of Ironrod and I have been watching the series for the past few months. We're 1/3 of the way into season 3 now and very glad that we persevered through the early episodes.
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