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About Green Eyed Monster

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    Beta Tester of DIRT - - Wearer of The Tentacles
  • Birthday 10/20/1949

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    Mojave Desert
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    RPGs of various flavours - Lifelong Train Nut - Lasagna - Touring Motorcycles - Lasagna- Steam Trains - Lasagna - Active member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, currently serving as the Grand Marshal for the Jurisdiction of Nevada and official chauffeur for my wife who is extremely active at the state and national levels.

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  1. Green Eyed Monster

    Happy Birthday Mengu

    Happy Birthday GEM
  2. Green Eyed Monster

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    The drawback with paving stones being, in the event you become colateral damage to one of the knuckleheads that just can't resist tempting their darwinian fate score those paving stones become missiles. If you have trunk compartment they will be fairly well contained but in an SUV or a truck, somebody could end up in a world of hurt with sharp corners. GEM
  3. Green Eyed Monster

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    As do a couple of sandbags to improve weight distribution and provide some "just in case" traction improving material. If you don't need the extra weight the cheapest kitty litter you can find will do the same job for traction improvement. GEM
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    This is concrete roadway built to Interstate Specs. When it gets to the point where there are visible ruts from the chain abrasion you know that its time for them to start tearing it out and redoing it again. I've been to all four corners of the contiguous 48 states and most places in between and am ashamed to say that I've never found roads in as consistently bad shape anywhere elsethan my home state of California, except for Detroit. It didn't used to be that way, but, "beekeepers". In Detroit the pavement is there to keep the potholes from becoming just one big hole. GEM GEM
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I used to tell people when I was driving professionally that I ~could~ stop on a dime - - - but it was the one in their pocket. Got some very bug eyed looks when it finally dawned on them what I meant by that statement. GEM
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    This is just one of the long list of reasons why I advocate for everyone applying for a Drivers License for the first time be required to have a minimum number of miles and months on a scooter before being allowed to qualify for a 4 wheel permit, with graduated restrictions along the way to an unrestricted private class license. GEM
  7. Green Eyed Monster

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Has anybody here experienced a Fresno Pepper? Wife had a grilled one on the plate with her Cheeseburger at lunch. She does not enjoy or even tolerate spicy foods very well so I was imediately offered her "garnish". Not the hottest spice I've ever had but the longest afterburn I've ever encountered. Intense enough that I needed a glass of milk to control the burn. I think I now know what Dragons use as an ignition source. GEM
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    So who gets to skin the tomatoes? GEM
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Take heart. California is trying very hard to move West Virginia up the charts in certain areas of public endeavor. I won't go into any details becauseI really don't want to attract any small flying things. GEM Very cool. I wonder what it would look like under Octarine Light? GEM
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    During a snow storm in the Sierra Nevada Mountains the CHP has authority to invoke the "Chain Law" and require all vehicles to be equipped with either Chains or Snow Tires on all 4 wheels. Interstate 80 has to be resurfaced every 7 to 10 years from the damage caused to the road surface from keeping the law in force when conditions are clearing. I guess they would rather have to do major road work every so often than have to scrape up the people who shouldn't be driving in inclement weather to begin with. Is this something local or a statewide prohibition? GEM
  11. Green Eyed Monster

    Learning a new language!

    I don't thnk that it is possible to emphasise enough the necessity for actually listening to things in the language you are trying to learn. By listening, your brain will start to firstly, recognize sound patterns instead of just gibberish. This will hasten the process of beginning to think in the language, which everyone who is multi-lingual will tell you is necessary for true fluency in a language. Once your brain begins to pick out these sound patterns it will automatically begin the second stage and start to establish linkages between the spoken and written word. Once you are able to recognize words the structure of sentences comes into play. Which gets you to the third stage, where you begin to use gramatically correct structure and syntax. Once you get to this point you are well on your way to a mastery of the language. GEM May you and your lady friend have a long and happy relationship.
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    Black Friday Deals

    They had not just serious but severe fullfillment problems. A lot of people, myself included, ordered and paid for stuff that was indicted on the website as in stock but never shipped. Because of the level of communication we benefit from these days people were able to figure out that their order filling system was completely screwed up with orders being filled out of order so that people who ordered earlier got refunds, a month or more later, while people who ordered later got scarce items. It seriously messed up some peoples holiday shopping, created a lot of bad feelings, and lost them lot of customers who got "burned" by the foulups. If you decide to deal with them, be aware that you are going to have long odds on recieving everything you order, it probably won't ship on the advertised timeline, and you won't know how much of your order is actually fullfilled until the box shows up. Do you feel lucky? GEM
  13. Green Eyed Monster

    Black Friday Deals

    @Marvin Check out Fry's, the electonics store not the food store. [frys.com] They've got couple of good deals running right now, including one that looks suitable for browsing, word processing and other light usage for a buck and a half [Benjamins]. GEM
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Made succesful Save VS Rolls against Salesman, Closer, Closers Backup, and Last Ditch Interviewer. Of course we had help from the currently awful stock market as a "really good reason" why this is a very bad time to be pulling money out of the market in order to make an "investment" in a "deed" to Hilton Resorts "not quite a timeshare" program. With the backup reason that their program would look a lot better if nearly half of our "vacation" expenses weren't controlled by where the various conventions being held for our Fraternal Orders are and many of them aren't at Hilton Properties and we're mostly locked in on the loctions selected by the various convention committees. We are both mentally beat from the experience but I did gain some useful tidbits of information today. For those of you currently experiencing the opening act for Old Man Winter, my condolences. I guess it's time for "Winter Routine" to be in effect for the next 3 months. On the Thanksgiving Dinner front, we are in charge of The Pies. It's only about 450 miles from our Desert Hideaway to the kids house. I may have to do some creative packing to get a half dozen pies from where we are to where the pies need to be. Then again, Plan B involves a trip to Costco, which is less than 5 miles from our destination, and 3 or 4 of their large [and actually pretty decent for store bought] pies. GEM
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    When they do get hung up that way just refer them to H.G. Wells, and every single War College on the planet. Wells wrote one of the first published rules sets for staging battles with "toy soldiers". GEM
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