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I am sketching stupid super villains, because my group is doing a short villain campaign, as filler while we wait for a rule book to arrive.

 

The villains are getting sillier with each one I draw. (a mad Napoleonic crab)

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I had some of my driving lessons from my dad up in Tahoe during some storms. I tend to go exactly speed limit in snow, if given speed options and it is safe to do so. My truck is also a slug. I also don't trust other drivers, and would like to not worry if I need to brake. 

 

Problem with requiring people to drive in every condition is that those conditions don't exist everywhere or anytime regionally. And people forget what they don't use, even if concepts were on written tests. 

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1 minute ago, Cyradis said:

I had some of my driving lessons from my dad up in Tahoe during some storms. I tend to go exactly speed limit in snow, if given speed options and it is safe to do so. My truck is also a slug. I also don't trust other drivers, and would like to not worry if I need to brake. 

 

Problem with requiring people to drive in every condition is that those conditions don't exist everywhere or anytime regionally. And people forget what they don't use, even if concepts were on written tests. 

A lot of road conditions can be simulated. But I understand that; I just feel like it would be a good requirement.

 

Michigan licensees should definitely deal with all conditions with someone before driving alone. 

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58 minutes ago, Chaoswolf said:

 

1 hour ago, Crowley said:

There's an anime/manga/light novel series called "Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon."

I know nothing of the anime, but to answer the question: where else are you gonna find all the really cool girls?::D:

 

I'm pretty sure that's what the guy in my daughter's Japanese class is thinking...  Definitely getting the feeling he's got a major crush on the sweetest geek girl around.  (They met at a D&D themed birthday party for a mutual friend.)  :rolleyes:  

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My brain just decided taking the average of two numbers is done via:

 

(x-y)/2

 

...I have a CS BS (practically an MS) with a minor in Math. I'm not supposed to make these mistakes.

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1 hour ago, Grayfax said:

Wait a minute... how is SNOW boring?!?

 

<snip>

 

Cyradis has the right of it.  Being trapped inside gets boring and some places winter lasts a very long time.  Snow is exciting when it only snows a couple of times a year, otherwise the novelty quickly pales.  Trust me.  

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My driving test didn't even include parking between other cars simulated by cones. It didn't have highway driving. Toughest part was pulling up to the curb.

 

I think I'm going to advocate to get *basic* driving skills added to the driving tests before nonstandard conditions driving. It is super sad how bad the driving instructors and exams are. 

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I had a friend that grew up in South Africa.  They had to parallel park on a hill to pass the driving test.  No cones.  Other cars.  In a stick shift, cause that's what he had access to.

I'm still not sure I want to try that test.  I always thought I had decent driving skills... but that was just for the basic license.  Hate to see an advanced license.

My biggest problem was trying to understand the person providing the test.  He was soft spoken and very elderly.  I thanked him for a couple of his comments, only to later realize he was pointing out errors I had made.  Oh, and you should always have a permitting office in the city you live in.  How was I to know there were two lanes on each side of the downtown street?  I didn't grow up there, I had never driven that road.  I couldn't see any paint, I just thought it was a bit wide.  Oh well... I passed and they've never made me try out again.

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They didn't make me parallel park for my driving test, there was too much snow.  (Street parking got covered by the snow from road plowing during the winter.)  But hey, they tested my ability to drive in poor road conditions, so I guess it was a fair trade?  It's not like I use either skill very much any more.  

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I only sortof can drive a stick shift. My dad tried to teach me in his old Honda, but I could barely reach the clutch and it was a super stiff and clunky clutch. That lasted all of 45minutes before we decided it wasn't worth the literal pain. I was spending too much effort stretching and straining to reach, instead of on driving. 

 

Sir Cyr taught me a few years ago in his car, but I so rarely drive it that I'm not great with it. Could in an emergency. 

 

I'd be more comfortable flying a plane than driving stick shift car. Been a while flying too, but I had 100 hours training instead of 3 hours! 

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My driving test was more of a 'can you listen and follow directions' test. Not very hard at all.

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Weird thing - I once met a geology bachelor's degree person who had never been on a dirt road. That was odd. I was like.... "but how?!"

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Lovely Monday.

 

Finally came up for air from drowning in work to fill out a claim form. I bought the Hosptial Indemnity insurance that was offered last year. Supposed to help pay for your hospital room should you need it. Was feeling very prescient as I had appendicitis in April, then my thyroid surgery in August.

 

Claim for the appendicitis was rejected because they don’t cover “Emergency Room”. Uh, yeah, duh. It was a claim for line labeled “Recovery Room”. So had to file an appeal.

 

Guess what? They don’t cover “Recovery Rooms” either. Huh, imagine that! In other words, completely elfing useless and a waste of money. I will certainly let every coworker know just what a scam that is, and I’ve already stopped two people who were thinking about adding it this year.

 

And my wife tells me we have lost two large branches from the trees due to the snow. Guess I’ll have some cutting to do later this week.

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3 minutes ago, Cyradis said:

Weird thing - I once met a geology bachelor's degree person who had never been on a dirt road. That was odd. I was like.... "but how?!"

Uhh... what??

 

I don't remember my driving test at all. It wasn't so horrible I blocked it out, it was just that unmemorable. 

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30 minutes ago, Crowley said:

 

I don't remember my driving test at all. It wasn't so horrible I blocked it out, it was just that unmemorable. 

I made a right hand turn out of the dmv,

Did a 3 point  turn

Left into the dmv

Parked nose in.

Done....

 

I miss my stick shift....

 

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