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  1. Hooray! Whoop! I actually saw this on my Facebook feed first. And thank you for the reply on my other thread. Everyone beware! The cuteness factor will be increasing! My middle daughter, the redhead, is now old enough (by our rules) to attend, so me and my two oldest daughters are coming! Gotta raise 'em right! :-) Looking forward to another great weekend! Glen
  2. When do badges go on sale? Or am I blind, and they're already for sale? Thanks! Glen
  3. Glen

    Too late?

    They removed pre-registration at the end of March. I'm told that you can still register at the door, though. I was initially confused as well, til I figured it out.
  4. Glen

    rcon location

    Check flights into Love Field in Dallas. Southwest airlines flies in/out of Southwest. They're usually much cheaper that anything out of DFW.
  5. I am so geeked up about this series! If it gets picked up by HBO, I will subscribe just so I can watch it!
  6. My group was playing in a Star Wars D20 game set pre-episode 4 (Jedis are hunted, branded as dangerous rebels). My character was the Tech guy, thoroughly min/maxed at computer and repair. Anyhow, he got paired up with a Jedi character to go check out the local spaceport. The entry to the spaceport has a scanner that checks for midichlorians. My character and the Jedi party member walk through the scanner, not realizing that it shows the prescence of Midichlorians in the Jedi character. Apparently, Jedi are so rare that the stormtrooper working the scanner has never actually seen the scanner detect Midichlorians before. The stormtrooper begins shaking it and whacking it as if it's not working properly. The Jedi sees this, realizes what the scanner is, and uses his Jedi powers to convince the stormtrooper that the scanner was malfunctioning, and that he can fix it for him. After "fixing" the scanner, they proceed on into the port. The Jedi then reports back to warn the other Jedi character of the possibility of Midichlorian scanner. My character, who knows absolutely nothing about Jedi/Midichlorians, overhears that the scanner showed he had Midichlorians. When the report is finished, my character says, while slowly moving away, "so . . . you got some sort of condition? Is it contagious?" We all busted up laughing at that. It's one of my most fun memories of that group. I miss them! :-(
  7. Amen to that! You're a smart guy! As Ray Bradbury said, "you have to jump off cliffs and build your wings on the way down!" Don't lie, but be confident in your ability to learn the computer stuff! It's not that difficult! And besides, you have a wealth of knowledge at your disposal on the Reaper Boards, let alone the rest of the internet! Don't sell yourself short! Step up and give it your best shot!
  8. Or you could take a page from the French and German legal systems where the judge has investigative powers separate from the police investigative powers. I read a series of books, although they were sci-fi, that had a really cool take on legal stuff. The person holding the office that had to carry out the punishment had extremely powerful investigative and subpoena powers, but only within the narrow confines of their respective duties. I.E. the Executioner would have broad legal power to investigate whether the condemned person really did deserve to die. I'm in my 3rd year of law school and have found some really cool plot hooks in my law classes. For example, the Rule Against Perpetuities as a plot hook: Owner gives estate to A, but if B or his heirs ever come back from the Crusades, B or his heirs get the estate, and A gets nothing. In fantasy terms: Old lord is dying, leaves his lands and gold to his evil nephew with the stipulation that if his grandson or grandson's heirs ever show back up and claim the estate, it is theirs. That could be a nice family secret! and explain why, once the PC's real name becomes known, he keeps getting attacked by assasins! The fun never ends! Way to keep the players on their toes!
  9. Congrats on opening your store! One thing that I really appreciate about my FLGS is that they have a stock of cold drinks and snacks that are not unreasonably priced. They have a small fridge that they keep stocked. It is a nice service and makes them a small profit as well.
  10. I'll be keeping Gawain in my prayers. My wife and I had a similar experience with our oldest child. She spent 4 days in the hospital at 5 weeks old. When your son does get home, be diligent with the breathing treatments. If your insurance won't cover a nebulizer, I'll send you the one we have. It's a year old, and works just fine.
  11. Does anyone have a link to, or a copy of the Head of Vecna? I read it once and almost gave myself a hernia from laughing so hard.
  12. Favorite class in undergrad? Hands down, History of Warfare, parts I & II over two semesters. The first class covered from the earliest recorded history through Napoleon. The second covered post-Napoleonic to the present. It was so awesome! Our professor was a former company commander in the 82nd Airborne Division, and got his PhD from the Univ. of Chicago. He was top-notch! We covered Biblical battles, Asian, Greek (including Alexander), Roman, Arab/Turk, Medieval, Renaissance, birth of firearms/ transition period, Prussian, Napoleonic, Colonial/Exploratoy/Age of Rifles, WWI, Fall of colonialism, WWII, Korea/Vietnam/Cold War, Desert Storm. Of course each of those periods could have an entire semester devoted to them, but for a "big picture" it was amazing! I badly wanted to take his class of Korea/Vietnam, but decided I needed to graduate instead of wait another semester for it. I did get to take WWII from him, and also History of Air Power from Vietnam fighter pilot.
  13. I will second the recommendation for good shoes! >>A nice (expensive) pair of shoes will make a cheap suit look expensive! A cheap pair of shoes will make an expensive suit look cheap!<< On top of that, a high quality pair of shoes will last for years. Good quality shoes like Cole Haan or Johnston & Murphy (I prefer these over Cole Haan's) are designed to be re-soled, so you can continue to wear them for years. Be prepared to pay for them, though. Good quality shoes will set you back between $100 and $200. Also, if you buy some, please buy some shoe trees and a shoe polish kit to take care of them. My Johnston & Murphy shoes are the most comfortable pair of shoes I own, and that includes my Nikes! Good luck with the party!
  14. Since I've been an adult I've been insured by Allstate, State Farm, Progressive, and USAA. USAA is hands down, the best insurance company I've ever dealt with. I've made two claims on my homeowners policy and two auto insurance claims. My homeowners policy has yet to go up. My auto insurance did not go up because neither accident was my fault. I dealt strictly with USAA for one accident where USAA paid me for the car and the other driver's insurance company sent me a check for my deductible. The other accident was a nightmare. I made a claim through the other driver's insurance company. I felt insulted by the way I was treated. Every part of my claim was investigated and questioned like I had a record of insurance fraud! USAA dropped me when I was 22 because I got behind on my auto insurance monthly premiums. Years later when I asked about getting insurance through them again, they said that I needed to pay the portion of the policy for which I was insured but had not paid. I didn't have a problem with it, and have been glad I did ever since. They provide free towing with a phone call (the first 15 miles are free). They call back to make sure that a tow truck showed up. They arrange rental cars for you if you want; as in "just show up at 9am and your car will be waiting for you." As you can probably tell, I'm a very satisfied customer. Even more meaningful, my extremely stingy, hard-to-please father is a customer and has been for more than 40 years. What it comes down to is that USAA treats me like I'm rich. You know how wealthy people get better service than the rest of the regular folks? That's how I feel when I have to deal with USAA. They take me at my word for my claims. Their adjusters have, on multiple occasions, told me how to get the most money from my claim. If you qualify to be a member of USAA, it's my opinion that it is poor decision to use anyone else for your insurance. Of course, as always, YMMV.
  15. The kristof65 is wise! His last two posts are spot on! I'm not a lawyer, so I can't give you legal advice, but I am in my last year of law school so know a little about property and contract law. Read your HOA's bylaws enough times that you know what each section means. Read them out loud if you need to. Then, do the same with the contract you signed when you bought your house. Also, go the the courthouse and get copies of your deed to your house. Some counties make public records (deeds are public records) available online. All restrictive covenants should be in the deed or the contract for the purchase of your house. The bylaws of the HOA, the contract clauses, and the restrictive covenants on your property will tell you the limits of the HOAs rights and powers. Go to your HOA meetings! It's a pain in the neck, but you have just as much voting power and the next homeowner (more if you can get voting proxies from your neighbors). Good luck! I hate neighborhood nazis, but I also hate loser scumbags who are too lazy to take care of their property.
  16. Wow! 2 years, 4 months! Is that a record for thread resurection?
  17. It's good to see you back on the boards! Glad to hear things are going better for you.
  18. Ah! Good catch! that is a better analogy than mine. I should have used Oreos instead since they have different versions of Oreos. How dare they make Double-Stuff Oreos! There was nothing wrong with plain Oreos! There's still a problem with my analogy though, in that the different varieties of Oreos are still being made, while 3.5 has been dropped (by WOTC). Oh well, it wasn't perfect, but I think it still effectively illustrated my point.
  19. So it took me parts of three days to work my way through this entire thread. After all that's been said, I thought I'd add my two cents in. I'm embarassed to admit, that I have a bad "rules-lawyer" streak in me. Akela has suffered through a few times when it has gotten the better of me. That being said . . . I am pleasantly surprised by my two very short introductions to the new edition. I am intrigued enough that I will probably buy the books sometime soon. I prefer low-magic fantasy (seriously, how often do the preeminent wizards of popular fantasy, Gandalf and Merlin, sling spells around? But that's a topic for another thread), so I was extremely skeptical of the whole at-will, encounter, daily power thing. From my limited experience it works pretty well. I am interested enough to find out how it scales as the PCs advance in level. Is it the "be-all, end-all" game? No. I wouldn't mind playing 3.5, I wouldn't mind playing 4.0, I wouldn't mind playing GURPS, or Savage Worlds either. Each of them are great systems (albeit limited experience with 4.0 and Savage Worlds) with their own differences. I don't think that anyone can credibly say that 4.0 sucks. That's like saying "Snickerdoodles suck! How could they do that to Sugar Cookies?!?! There was nothing wrong with Sugar Cookies. why did they have to add cinnamon?" Well, they're both still cookies. Just like 4.0 and 3.5 are still games. Don't tell me that my snickerdoodles suck just because you don't like cinnamon; and don't tell me that 4.0 sucks because it's different from 3.5. Just like trying a new type of cookie (I like cookies, can you tell? http://cookiepride.com/ ) I might have to try two, or three, or a dozen of the new type of cookie to really compare it to snickerdoodles. Same thing with 4.0. I'm intrigued enough to keep taking bites. I also reserve the right to change my mind.
  20. Sooo . . . you gonna post a link, or what? Come on, enquiring minds want to know! :-P
  21. I saw this on ESPN.com. I forwarded the link to my wife, who was a softball player in high school. It was a great story.
  22. Ding Ding Ding Ding! I think Ron has the right answer here. I worked for my Dad one summer as a 'gofer' for his heating & A/C repair business. The condenser inside the indoor unit has coils and fins much like a car's radiator. The air that moves through the fins drops in temp becuase of the freon (or whatever they use now) in the coils. The problem develops becuase dust, fibers, hair, etc in the air that aren't captured by the filter get caught on the fins. Over time enough of that stuff builds up on the fins that less and less air can move through the fins. When not enough air moves through the fins, the coldness from the freon begins to condense water vapor on the coils. Without enough air moving through, the condensation turns to ice. The ice builds up further restricting air movement. until it's solid ice. Turning it off for several hours lets the ice melt, restoring some air-flow; thus, it works again for a short while. Soon , it begins to freeze up again. Here's where unscrupulous A/C guys will try and screw you. They'll say that you need a whole new condenser, when in actuality, your's may just need to be cleaned. They don't like doing this, though. Replacing it with a new one is easier and makes more profit for them. Cleaning a condenser is dirty, messy, and tiring. I happened to be one of the smallest guys working for my Dad, so I spent quite a bit of time on my back in someone's attic, contorted into weird shapes, trying to clean condensers without damaging the fins. When the A/C tech comes out, ask him what's wrong with your system, then ask him to show you. The condenser is like a car raditor that has been half-way folded into a big V. That V is secured inside the air-handler unit; the air moves through the V from the open end and out the other side. I hope that makes sense. If the A/C tech can't show you what's wrong, then I suggest getting a second opinion. The dishonest ones count on you being so desperate to get it fixed that you'll cave in and agree. The main reasons for having a condenser replaced are if there is a hole in the coils (you can't fix these holes because all the coils are in the way), or the fins are so badly damaged that air cannot get through. Oh, and don't let them take the old condenser when they're done. You can take it to a scrap yard, and with the price of copper now, you can easily get yourself enough cash to buy some new minis! There's an awful lot of copper tubing wound up in those condensers. Of course, it could be the blower motor also, like Joe suggested. That would stop the air-flow and cause a freeze-up as well. The main reason I lean toward it being a dirty condenser is because after turning it off for several hours it worked again. Good luck! **edit cause my speling skils are teh suck!**
  23. Last year when you registered, you submitted two army lists, then between each round you chose which list you were going to use. Every one that buys a ticket gets to play!
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