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8361  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Two things that made me laugh today on: July 31, 2008, 06:22:41 PM
Carrot Top is not funny.  Carrot Top is not funny.  Carrol O' Connor is not funny.  Carrol O' Connor kills bunnies.  Carol O' Connor....

wait...i got lost.
8362  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Two things that made me laugh today on: July 31, 2008, 06:18:55 PM

Quote from: rickfc on July 31, 2008, 06:16:36 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 31, 2008, 05:06:47 PM

July 31st, 2008 - The Day Comedy Died.


 Tongue

Says the one with the picture of Carrot Top as his avatar?

YOU TAKE THAT BACK!  THE TOP IS GOD, HE TELLS ME WHEN TO TAKE THE SOULS OF THE UNBE....

errr...I mean...yeah...i'm just being...ummm...ironic with that avatar.  yeah, that's the word i'm lookin' for, ironic.
8363  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The new Mummy movie is...maybe not so good on: July 31, 2008, 06:15:59 PM
The biggest problem i have with the current Mummy movies with Fraser is how friggin' delicate the damn mummy minions are.  It's hard to work up a sense of dread when a 10 year old kid is able to easily pull the arms off one, while the heat from a glow stick will cause them to burst into flames.
8364  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The new Mummy movie is...maybe not so good on: July 31, 2008, 05:49:49 PM
One of my deepest shames is that I actually LIKE Fraser.  For some reason, he just comes across as a genuinely nice guy. 

That being said, I'll probably wait for this one on dvd.
8365  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [news] Jeebus, this is creepy on: July 31, 2008, 05:32:54 PM
There has been an alarming increase of incidents of Drive By Punnings in these parts lately and I think a task force should be formed to get to the bottom of his...

...or at least make some headway
8366  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Exxon posts record high quartly profit...again on: July 31, 2008, 05:28:36 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on July 31, 2008, 05:21:33 PM

I think what we have to consider is a profit margin of only around 8.5%.  When compared to other areas of business, just think about what gas prices could be with a comperable profit margin to say, Microsoft or Apple.  Yes, gas prices are a bit high, but not as high as they could be.

Considering that you are personally responsible for about 20 percent of that profit due to your constantly driving back and forth between the salon, the beauty supply store and the day spa in northern Arizona (you boycotted the one near your house because "the fools tried to use an off brand exfoliate and didn't think i'd know the difference!"), I don't think you have any room to comment on this article.
8367  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [news] Jeebus, this is creepy on: July 31, 2008, 05:24:29 PM
Man decapitated on bus

how long before this makes its way into a horror film?
8368  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Two things that made me laugh today on: July 31, 2008, 05:06:47 PM
July 31st, 2008 - The Day Comedy Died.


 Tongue
8369  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I have re-joined the RRoD Fraternity on: July 31, 2008, 03:02:33 PM

Quote from: Purge on July 31, 2008, 12:50:16 PM

#8 going back out; refurb that has bad fan-whine and games on disk are choppy.

Whee!

 icon_eek
8370  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Monte Cristo has left the building on: July 31, 2008, 02:59:45 PM

Quote from: Eightball on July 31, 2008, 02:49:44 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 31, 2008, 02:35:00 PM

Quote from: Eightball on July 31, 2008, 01:47:59 PM

Everyone else pretty much gags at the thought of them.  Think of the company you keep, sir.

well, he does hang out here with you.....

Exactly!

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oh boy, this is awkward...ummm...you realize that may have more to do with where you've chosen to live, right?

Washington DC?

you may say Washington, but you might be trying to cover up the fact that you actually live in a remote region of West Virginia that makes "The Hills Have Eyes" look like "The Sound of Music"...

...either that or you socialize in such a place after being ostracized for your hillbilly ways in greater DC.
8371  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Updated: Sad day for a friend on: July 31, 2008, 02:56:36 PM
wow, the national abuse center is a great hotline!  15 minutes after i'd emailed them for more info on an intervention, a rep called to walk me through some steps to take.  they gave me a number for a state run treatment center (my friend has no job, ergo no health insurance) and sent me links for info on how to run an intervention.  they told me that we can do it by ourselves, but that we need to read through the info packet she sent me AND that a bed be ready at the treatment center of our choice IMMEDIATELY following the intervention. 
8372  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Monte Cristo has left the building on: July 31, 2008, 02:48:02 PM
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Probably, as I've only seen rednecks in wifebeaters actually eat a Monte Cristo. 

oh boy, this is awkward...ummm...you realize that may have more to do with where you've chosen to live, right?
8373  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Updated: Sad day for a friend on: July 31, 2008, 02:38:19 PM
well, i've contacted a couple of addiction centers and asked for help locating an "interventionist" in the area in which my friend lives.  hopefully i'll find someone who can give us the advice we need.

8374  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Monte Cristo has left the building on: July 31, 2008, 02:27:27 PM

8375  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Updated: Sad day for a friend on: July 31, 2008, 03:23:29 AM

Quote from: Sarkus on July 30, 2008, 11:34:00 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 30, 2008, 10:39:47 PM

Quote from: Zero on July 30, 2008, 09:02:34 PM

Does his family know how bad off he is?  It seems like a situation where an intervention needs to occur, from his friends and family.  People to take him aside and just put him into a program that he can't get out of.  Otherwise, its going to be difficult trying to get that person on the "right path".

well, the friend who sent out the original email regarding this person is now planning an intervention.  he wanted to do it this weekend, but i told him that going into that type of situation armed only with experience gained from reality shows on the Lifetime Network and various sitcoms was a recipe for disaster.  they're now planning on doing it NEXT weekend, which I still think is too soon, to be honest.  we really do need advice if we're going to pull this off.  my friend is just amazing in his self-denial and I honestly believe he doesn't think he has a problem. 

anyone have any links with info on interventions?  or perhaps a contact for a help group that might give us some advice?

Does the plan involve an outside expert?  My own experience (limited) with interventions and what I've seen on TV suggests you need someone who can take charge and try and act as an independent third party but who also can honestly show they have experience with the situation.  An intervention of just friends and other concerned folks is more likely to get side-tracked or out of control.  You also need an immediate plan if the person is willing to accept that they need help, something like a place already set up to take them too.

that's my fear, as well.  i dare say that none of us involved have any real experience in this type of situation.  i fear it's going to backfire, to be honest.  i just need to convince them that we DO need outside help. 
8376  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Monte Cristo has left the building on: July 31, 2008, 01:50:07 AM

Quote from: gellar on July 31, 2008, 12:09:44 AM

Is that sandwich... fucking fried?  WHAT THE FUCK?

No wonder we're a country full of fatasses.

gellar

 icon_lol  moral outrage over a sandwich. 

christ, it's not like we're proposing a steady diet of monte cristos.  some of us are simply extolling the virtues of a sandwich we enjoy every now and then. 

did you know that other countries have the ability to fry foods, by the way?  it's true! 
8377  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Updated: Sad day for a friend on: July 30, 2008, 10:39:47 PM

Quote from: Zero on July 30, 2008, 09:02:34 PM

Does his family know how bad off he is?  It seems like a situation where an intervention needs to occur, from his friends and family.  People to take him aside and just put him into a program that he can't get out of.  Otherwise, its going to be difficult trying to get that person on the "right path".

well, the friend who sent out the original email regarding this person is now planning an intervention.  he wanted to do it this weekend, but i told him that going into that type of situation armed only with experience gained from reality shows on the Lifetime Network and various sitcoms was a recipe for disaster.  they're now planning on doing it NEXT weekend, which I still think is too soon, to be honest.  we really do need advice if we're going to pull this off.  my friend is just amazing in his self-denial and I honestly believe he doesn't think he has a problem. 

anyone have any links with info on interventions?  or perhaps a contact for a help group that might give us some advice?
8378  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Monte Cristo has left the building on: July 30, 2008, 09:17:02 PM
okay, couple of points we need to establish:

1) Everyone who hates the Cristo is a communist

2) Communists are known girly men and are commonly blamed for the rise of reality television.

3) Ergo, they're all going to hell for their crimes whilst i wave to them (with my non-Cristo bearing hand) from my fluffy cloud located on 777 St. Peter's Road, Heaven.

I must also point out that in my earlier missive regarding my eating habits I was high as a kite on paint thinner and the stuff they use to make cotton candy.  That day I also created the following threads on various boards:

1) That can't possibly be from me!

2) New Diet Tip:  Only Eat What You Can Physically Beat In A Fair Fight

3) Help!  How does one get around a restraining order, and does anyone have Rose McGowan's real phone number!?!?!?

4) I admit it, I bought into the whole "Heaven's Gate" thing at first...

5) When you least expect it...POW...there I am, pants in hand!
8379  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Monte Cristo has left the building on: July 30, 2008, 07:56:39 PM
Au Contraire, my dear friend.  it is you who have questionable taste buds in this debate.  The Cristo is impervious to your aspersions simply because it has a fan base roughly equal to the population of southern China. 

cave drawings found in France and dating back 12,000 years clearly show early man wrestling with a crudely made fry daddy while his subservient mate prepares the breading for this most sacred of meals. 

According to the Bible, there were actually FOUR wise men who appeared at the manger for the birth of the Christ child (Gaspar, Melchior, Balthasar and Ted).  The fourth is never remembered by the church though because he was bearing a Cristo (Christ-Cristo...hmmm?) and was unable to keep himself from eating it on that long walk from upstate Jersey to Jerusalem.  (The Book of Slappy: Chapter 4, verse 7).

Now, I realize that to an uncultured yokel like yourself, this history of greatness means little.  You SEE breading, you SEE meat, you SEE powdered sugar, yet you don't SEE the sandwich.  For you, the spoon is not only "not there"...it's actually a spork.

But I digest...



 
8380  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Monte Cristo has left the building on: July 30, 2008, 07:19:58 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on July 30, 2008, 07:17:16 PM



I did in fact have the Monte Cristo the last time I was there, a few months ago. It's great, but I never would recommend it for lunch on a work day. I felt like a tub of lard the entire rest of the day.  icon_razz

One just doesn't rush into a Monte Cristo, my friend!  One has to plan.  You have to set aside an entire day for the Cristo.  You have to whiteboard your approach, designating whether or not to consume the accompanying pickle, whether or not to use ketchup on the fries, and how much jam to apply to each section of the actual sandwich.  I've had to bring in consultants to help me eat this sandwich.  Allotting this magnificent bastard only one meal is a mistake many a rookie has come to regret.
8381  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Monte Cristo has left the building on: July 30, 2008, 06:59:17 PM
Two things:

1) obviously, for those who may think otherwise, the protestations flying back and forth are purely tongue in cheek (at least on my part as i don't know how traumatized both eightball and YK have become by this most divine of sandwiches).

2) "white trash" is most assuredly race related, my friend!  while you yourself may not be trash (and believe me, i've got reams and reams of documentation from your nearby Aveda wholesaler that muddies the waters on that assumption...i've told you countless times: shampoo, conditioner, fixer...why you insist on reversing the order is beyond me), you are definitely white...almost a chalk white...you actually reflect light on a level that makes you visible from space...i honestly don't know how you maintain that level of white.   casper the friendly ghost (who, if you think about it, is actually a dead baby...how much more grim can a children's show get??) looks like george hamilton (or "George Hamil-Tan" for those in his circle of friends...of which I consider myself a member of...or at least a peripheral member of...well, more like someone who watches them from a van with tinted windows whenever they're in town) when compared to you.
8382  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Monte Cristo has left the building on: July 30, 2008, 06:38:55 PM

Quote from: Eightball on July 30, 2008, 06:25:54 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 30, 2008, 03:19:47 PM

the incredibly muscular body with that head on it would be a dead giveaway, unfortunately. 

Remember, although you may have the avatar of Carrottop, you are not him.

You don't take steroids...


and remember, just because you have them in your name doesn't mean you have them in real life.

 Tongue

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The King of Sandwiches

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White trash lunchmeat donut.

"The Sandwich Girly Men Cannot Handle"

by the way, i'm fascinated by race entering the description of a sandwich.   icon_lol
8383  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Two things that made me laugh today on: July 30, 2008, 05:38:13 PM
1)  This article in The Onion entitled "Al Gore Places Infant Son in Rocket to Escape Dying Planet"

2) This headline from the always funny writer(s) of thesuperficial.com regarding the split up between Kate Hudson and Lance Armstrong. 

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Kate Hudson & Lance Armstrong make like his testicles and stop being a pair

(I know, I know...it's in poor taste, but it still made me chuckle)
8384  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Monte Cristo has left the building on: July 30, 2008, 03:33:15 PM
That body brought to you by Bennigan's.

8385  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Monte Cristo has left the building on: July 30, 2008, 03:19:47 PM

Quote from: Eightball on July 30, 2008, 03:02:34 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 29, 2008, 08:43:45 PM

I'll see if i can find the one in which he's wearing a girl's scout uniform and sporting a gold tiara.

if i can't, i'll just hand draw one.

You could just use your girl scout picture, and photoshop in his head.

Lunchmeat donut.

the incredibly muscular body with that head on it would be a dead giveaway, unfortunately.  now, if you send me a press release photo from your last American Girls promotional tour in which you played "America's Sweetheart", I could probably use that.

The King of Sandwiches
8386  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Kingdoms, from Puzzle Quest creators on: July 30, 2008, 02:04:43 PM
i bought it for both the 360 and the psp, dangit!  how dare they ignore me!   icon_wink
8387  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Flavors Of Entanglement: New Alanis Morissette Album on: July 29, 2008, 09:56:38 PM

Quote from: rickfc on July 29, 2008, 08:52:47 PM

Quote from: kratz on July 29, 2008, 08:45:56 PM

No.

Billy Gibbons is a great guitarist.

Jon Mayer is a frat boy.

John Mayer is a good guitarist.  However, he writes pop songs with simple arrangements and simple guitar parts.

i actually can't stand his music, but he seems to be accepted by many musicians as a damn good guitarist.  he's especially well known for his blues work, oddly enough.  he's worked with bb king, buddy guy and eric clapton (according to his resume). 
8388  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Monte Cristo has left the building on: July 29, 2008, 08:43:45 PM
I'll see if i can find the one in which he's wearing a girl's scout uniform and sporting a gold tiara.

if i can't, i'll just hand draw one.
8389  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Monte Cristo has left the building on: July 29, 2008, 08:34:13 PM

Quote from: Eightball on July 29, 2008, 07:45:28 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 29, 2008, 06:49:54 PM

None take, as I know the Monte Cristo isn't for everyone. 

Women, for example.

Yes, because eating a deep-fried sugar coated "sandwich" is the hallmark of manliness?

Face it, your beloved concoction is nothing more than a lunchmeat donut.

The only thing I'm facing is your overt femininity.  How dare you mock the sandwich that was once called "America's Silent Killer" and "Cancer's Copilot"!   You don't have the cajones to tackle a Bennigan's Monte Cristo so you take out your frustration on the most noble of the meat and breading food group from behind the anonymity of a public forum. 

Bah, I must remember to just ignore the prattling of lesser men, I guess.  The Monte brings that out in the weak. 

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Road trip to Rockford!

we need crayola as our guide.  plus, we'll need backup muscle.  rockford's a tough city. 
8390  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Monte Cristo has left the building on: July 29, 2008, 07:26:37 PM
Reminds me of a joke Bobcat Goldthwait used to tell.

"I lost my job recently.  Well...I actually didn't lose it.  I mean, I know where it's at.  It's just every time I go there, someone else is doing it."
8391  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Monte Cristo has left the building on: July 29, 2008, 07:05:41 PM
yeah, i saw that bit on the midnight call and thought, "what a crappy thing to do to the employees".   icon_eek
8392  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Monte Cristo has left the building on: July 29, 2008, 06:49:54 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on July 29, 2008, 06:48:10 PM

Good riddance. A friend of mine begged me to try a Monte Cristo for months before I finally caved in and ordered one. I took two bites, nearly threw up in my plate, and cussed him all the way home for making me waste my money and go back to work hungry. Powdered sugar and meat were never meant to be combined, and anybody who believes so is a godless demon spawn that should crawl back into the filthy sewer mouth of Hell that birthed them. No offense, hepcat.  icon_razz

None taken, as I know the Monte Cristo isn't for everyone. 

Women, for example.

What I'm trying to say is that I would only be offended if you weren't a pansy girl-man with no discernible external testicles and an utter need to watch Sex and the City reruns whenever you're upset...

 icon_razz
8393  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Monte Cristo has left the building on: July 29, 2008, 05:54:33 PM
Anyone wanna loan me about 14,000 dollars to install a walk in freezer and pay for 1500 Monte Cristo sandwiches before the end of August?
8394  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Monte Cristo has left the building on: July 29, 2008, 05:49:59 PM
As some may remember, I consider the Bennigan's Monte Cristo (seen below in a photo that actually causes grease to form on your computer screen) to be the single greatest sandwich ever created by human hands.



Unfortunately, I just found out that the Bennigan's near me is closing .  As a matter of fact, a LOT of Bennigan's are closing.  This means I have to pump even more money into my Monte Cristo research fund...and perhaps start feeding the culinary scientists I have trapped in my apartment building's cellar...in order speed up their progress on "Project DAMN, THAT'S GOOD".

In light of this sad, sad news, I think the board should be brought down for a few minutes in order to pay tribute to what I affectionately like to call "Death's Little Helper".

 icon_frown

8395  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Tattoo Thread on: July 29, 2008, 05:27:44 PM
I've always wanted a full body tattoo of myself facing the other direction on my back....
8396  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Flavors Of Entanglement: New Alanis Morissette Album on: July 29, 2008, 05:22:39 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on July 29, 2008, 12:37:06 PM

Well.  The third pillar in the big three (Kelly Clarkson, Avril Lavigne, Alanis)

please, please, please tell me that the three pillars are purely based on sales!  if it's talent...well...i just don't know what to say.   icon_eek


my three (female) pillars would probably go like this:  P.J. Harvey, Patti Smith and Siouxsie Sioux
8397  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Updated: Sad day for a friend on: July 29, 2008, 03:27:52 PM

Quote from: rickfc on July 29, 2008, 03:25:51 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 29, 2008, 03:19:20 PM


oh, i'm painfully aware that he doesn't think he has a problem.  the numerous lies he's been telling to cover up his fall back into drugs is proof of that.   icon_frown 

He's an addict.  He's not going to accept real help until he realizes himself that he has a problem and wants to deal with it.  I did, to a lesser extent, with cigarettes.  I 'quit' several years ago, but would smoke here and there every once in a while.  I finally stopped altogether at the beginning of the year after seriously considering WTF I was doing lying to all my loved ones and myself about it.  It was pretty easy after that.

Until your friend reaches that point, he's not going to quit or better his life regardless of how many times you tell him so.  Once he does, if he does, more than likely he won't need any help at all.

my last cigarette was on May 30th, 2007.  haven't had one since.  took 20 years to quit, though! 
8398  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Updated: Sad day for a friend on: July 29, 2008, 03:19:20 PM

Quote from: rickfc on July 29, 2008, 03:02:11 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 29, 2008, 02:55:08 PM

thanks for the good advice purge, hark.  i really do need to find out what i can do to help him.  i'll check out some support groups for drug addiction and see if they can provide me any information.



You also have to wonder whether your friend really wants help or not.  I know that he wants help as in the monetary kind, but does he really want out of the situation he's currently in?  Some people just don't want to be helped; they want someone to keep enabling their lifestyle.  At what point do you draw the line and cut ties with that person before they drag you down their path?

oh, i'm painfully aware that he doesn't think he has a problem.  the numerous lies he's been telling to cover up his fall back into drugs is proof of that.   icon_frown 
8399  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: WTF? Activision Drops Ghostbusters, Brutal Legend, Riddick and Others for... on: July 29, 2008, 03:01:58 PM
dang it.  make riddick BC with the 360 or release the new version.   icon_evil
8400  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Updated: Sad day for a friend on: July 29, 2008, 02:55:08 PM
thanks for the good advice purge, hark.  i really do need to find out what i can do to help him.  i'll check out some support groups for drug addiction and see if they can provide me any information.

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