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  1. 3 hours ago, haldir said:

    February 9th Question of the Day:


    Well, today is the day, the Embassy Suites hotel in Denton, TX, USA opens up for ReaperCon attendees to stay at the "where the Con is at" hotel. What is the best hotel you've ever stayed at & why?


    Let's flip it as well, what's the worst hotel you've stayed at & why?


    (BTW, you have little less then 30 mins for the window to open to get your registration in! Be fast!)


    As Inarah says, the best hotel experiences aren't the amenities, but what you do and see there.

    So, in no particular order:

    The hotel on the Ice, Hudson Bay and seeing Polar Bears

    A grass hut in the Selous Park, Tanzania, where in the middle of the night my wife begged me to stop snoring and I had to tell her that she was hearing an elephants digestive system as it was eating the thatch on the roof.

    A tent in Kahna Tiger park that was big enough for a four-poster bed and a gigantic bathtub. (And seeing plenty of tigers, of course!)


    Plenty of candidates for the worst too, but I shalln't forget joining a ship in Conakry, Guinea in a hurry. 2 nights in an airless hell-hole with hardly any food and not much sleep due to the rampant cockroaches. 

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  2. 17 hours ago, haldir said:

    February 8th Question of the Day:


    Would you rather win the lottery or work at the perfect job? And why?


     When I worked I felt I had pretty much the perfect job.

    I used to think about what would happen if an unexpected fortune just fell in my lap. Extra taxes, begging letters, loss of friends... 


    So all in all I would ask for the third option: Good health for all my allotted span.

    Hastily touching wood, I've done pretty well on that score so far too.

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  3. 9 hours ago, Sylverthorne said:


    Ah. You're the one I get to blame for this knee.


    ... I slipped and slammed (what felt like) my entire bodyweight into a concrete walk, knee-first.

    It's still pretty sore, and I am not speaking to the ice I slipped on.

    The knee functions. It's just really really not happy. I suspect I'll have a really fancy bruise tomorrow.


    I can still recommend Leavenworth as a good place to go in WA state; just... y'know.. watch where you're putting your feet. 



    .. Apparently, Monday isn't- *eyes clock* .. heck dangit. 


    Blame Iron Man


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  4. 4 hours ago, haldir said:

    Feb 3rd Question of the Day:

    (note this one was yesterday's but with it being Gh day here in the states, it got pushed a day...)


    Is there one or more songs that you know the words to in it's entirety?

    (inspired by the community board aka "Let's put up the morale!!" in our break room at work)


    Quite a few.

    Some of them are even the official "clean" ones.

    I can recite quite a lot of poetry too. 

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  5. 3 hours ago, haldir said:

    FEB 2nd Question of the Day


    It's the Day of the Rodent or as some people call Groundhog's Day, here in the US. Do you believe in the rodent or do you just look out the window & say "Eh, it'll be spring, when it wants too."


    Also, members outside the states, do you have a similar day like ours?




    Not really a thing here in UK. When the rain gets up to a certain temperature we call it Spring.

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  6. 36 minutes ago, Rob Dean said:

    I’ll come back to this later, but I’m now curious about the rest of you who were “mature” (for some value of mature…) in 1981. Do your gaming interests still include some/most/all of the stuff that was interesting then?  


    Basically yes.

    As I said, going to sea had put a stop to 90% of my hobbying, but I had done a lot of table top gaming by then and just discovered D&D. All those passions are still with me.

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  7. I was 23. Spent the first 4 months in college, sweating my way through the first part of my Chief Engineers exams. Passed the exam by the skin of my teeth. Very glad to get the paperwork out of the way.

    Then did a short trip on a minesweeper to fulfil my required time with the RNR, a very bouncy few weeks in the North Sea.

    Then away for a long trip on a VLCC: "Mobil Condor", joined in the Arabian Gulf and slow steamed to Rotterdam and back, which took up most of the rest of the year.

    As I was living out of a suitcase most hobbying was on hold. When I passed my exam I treated myself to a copy of SPI's "Highway to the Reich". Drooled over the maps and counters, but didn't get a chance to actually play any of it until several years later.

    Oh yes, somewhere in all that I got engaged... 

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  8. 10 hours ago, Corsair said:

    Quizzle for 22 &23 January 2022

    23: What beverage do you want when it's freezing cold out?

    24: What memory from childhood still makes you feel warm?


    A) Good strong hot tea.

    B) Watching my father sculpt amazingly intricate sand-castles.

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  9. 19 hours ago, TGP said:

    Emergency Substitute Question—

    20 January 2022:

    Ever go into the kitchen, and find yourself unable to decide what to fix, because there are too many choices?



    But... nothing is broken?

    (Perhaps this is an example of January 19th. quizzle)

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  10. 9 hours ago, Auberon said:


    The amusing part about that is "inflammable" is the traditional English word, and "flammable" is a more modern one.  If you were to travel back in time and chastise the American revolutionaries that their incendiary rhetoric would inflame the passions of the populace and ignite the flammable tinderbox of war, they would have to point out you inflame inflammable objects. Flammable won't come about for another generation or so.


    Related, but admittedly getting away from the question...


    Consider the altered current meanings of "Objective" and "Subjective."

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