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46  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: drunk thread on: July 31, 2016, 08:48:43 PM
Vegetarian, or more specifically ovo-lacto vegetarian, meaning I consume eggs and dairy.  I could never go vegan, because I like cheese too much.  

But, yeah, beer, Fat Sandwiches, and a sedentary lifestyle contributed to my being a lard-ass bag o' doughnuts back in 2008.

EDIT: Last time I got drunk was summer 2013 at a backyard show/festival with Pool of Thorns.  I still can't figure out how I got through the set because I was three sheets to the wind while playing.  And I ended up getting tickle-tortured by everyone because I would squeal like a piggy when tickled.  I'm better at resisting now, but back then, my ticklish-ness was pretty bad.
47  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 31, 2016, 08:32:07 PM
I'm feeling it in my legs today, definitely.  Part of it might be that the rest stops mostly had gel packets rather than real food (my favorite rest stop snack during event rides is peanut butter and jelly sandwiches) and I could have used some extra protein rather than just glycogens and electrolytes.

I've gotten lost on poorly marked rides before so that didn't phase me so much, but running out of drink rattled me, so that stop was like an oasis in the desert.
48  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: drunk thread on: July 31, 2016, 08:18:53 PM
I'd say drunk food is valid discussion here.  When I went to Rutgers, I ate too many Fat Sandwiches for my own good during my weekends of drunken debauchery.  All other drunk food paled in comparison to those grease truck sandwiches.
49  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 31, 2016, 08:28:29 AM
The super-superlative bestest of the bestest decision I've ever made was... Taking up cycling as an adult. 

*tells people about some long distance bike ride he did*
People: Neal, you're crazy
Neal: I'm not crazy, I'm a cyclist

*gets excited about hills when out with cycling club*
Cycling club: Neal, you're crazy
Neal: I'm not crazy, I'm a (wannabe) climber
50  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Square Enix New "Dramatic RPG" on: July 31, 2016, 08:21:53 AM
I liked the music in the trailer and it seems to be a parallel world type thing.  I'm not sure how dramatic a weird kid in a monkey suit can be, but whatever.  Lain was plenty dramatic in her bearsuit in Serial Experiments Lain, so who am I to say anything?

I'd like to see it for 3DS or Vita.
51  Media / General Games / Re: How much do you care whether something is interactive or not? on: July 30, 2016, 08:29:25 PM
And then there's books.  I like to read books because the interactive part is me imagining the characters' appearances, voices, environments, actions, etc.  To me, that's interactive and makes a book more compelling to me than a TV show or movie.  It engages more of my senses and aspects of my brain.

And that brings me to why I like video games.  I don't like to be a passive watcher- I like to be an active participant.  That's also why I prefer to play sports than watch them.  And with video games, I'm an active participant of what's happening on the screen.
52  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 30, 2016, 04:41:51 PM
I did the Spellbound Century bike-a-thon today.  The quick and dirty of this adventure was that it was a tale of getting lost, near dehydration, a pushup contest, and an accidental computer reset.  

The longer version:
My 46 mile ride turned into a 50-52 mile ride because, on the third leg, I missed a turn (it wasn't marked), got lost, but eventually found my way back on course.  As I was going back on course, I saw some other riders on the other side of the road who made the same mistake that I did and I tried to holler to them to turn back, but they didn't hear me.  

So, because of the extra mileage I put in on that third leg and the fact that the third leg (out of 4) was mostly out in the sun (almost no shade) I ran out of fluids 3-4 miles from the next rest area.  We're talking a 24 oz. bottle of water and a 24 oz. bottle of Gatorade completely empty 3-4 miles from the rest stop.  That was really rough, but I made it and though that rest stop ran out of food, they had enough water and Gatorade for me to partially fill my bottles enough to get to the end.  I was making such good time (keeping a 16-18mph pace), but the dehydration slowed my pace to about 12-14mph on the latter part of the third and the final legs.

I have no idea what my final mileage was since, during a descent, I was crouched so far over the handlebars that I accidentally reset my cyclocomputer so my final reading was about 26 miles.  

And during the end-ride lunch, I was making my way to the bathroom when I encountered a group of people doing an incline pushup contest off the side of a picnic table.  And I participated.  I managed to eke out 24 incline pushups, so I'm stoked.  I know that seems stupid and everything, but because I spent much of my youth as a weakling, crybaby, gym-class-joke, I overcompensate as an adult to prove (mostly to myself, but also to others) that I'm (physically) strong, that I'm tough, even though I used to be fat and my body still looks disgusting.  
53  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: July 29, 2016, 09:44:39 AM
Trae Crowder the "liberal redneck" is perhaps the best new YouTube channel to come out in 2016.  It's funny, informative, and this is what got me watching his vids.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l71Pvvnp3oE

54  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 29, 2016, 08:41:46 AM
As an immigrant, Khizr Khan's DNC speech resonated with me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uG0K_9RDeFE  When Khan pulled out his copy of the Constitution and called Donald Trump out on his unconstitutional nonsense, that was a "mic drop" moment.  

EDIT: If Hillary wants to run a strong campaign, she needs people like Khan.  Khan could be the parent of any immigrant family who came to this country for a better life and are proudly loyal to this country for that better life.  His son, a Muslim boy brought up in America, served in the US army and sacrificed himself for his platoon.   Or Hillary needs people like those two teenagers (a boy and a girl) at the DNC who were both hired by the same pizza place on the same day for the same job, but he was offered $8.25/hr and she was only offered $8.00/hr.  Both outraged, the two kids went to their boss to ask why two kids of the same age, hired the same day for the same job, and have the same knowledge of pizza were paid differently.  Their supervisor shut them down and fired them on some bullshit policy thing.  That boy and girl could be any of the 2000 students at the high school I teach at.    

This story has details about his son's military sacrifice: http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2016/07/28/khizr_khan_s_message_to_donald_trump_was_the_most_damning_moment_of_dnc.html



(FWIW, here's the speech with Clinton's introduction, giving context about Khizr and his son.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7z7lN7nQjG0 )
55  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 28, 2016, 04:17:23 PM
We can't talk political nonsense without talking about Vermin Supreme.  The fact that this guy makes more sense than a belligerent casino owner is just... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrDDkKPUFa4

Yeah, Pool of Thorns is a really cool name, and the band itself is fantastic.  Heck, I was a fan of them before I tried out for them.  Kryovax was formed by one of my best friends and we broke up that band once he went to law school (and that's when Pool of Thorns was auditioning for a bassist and through a series of roundabout events I wound up being their bassist, and a fan favorite, for 2 years.)
56  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 28, 2016, 02:33:05 PM
I'm still trying to wrap my head around how a casino owner is considered the more trustworthy presidential candidate.  Casino owners build their business on cheating, stealing, lying, manipulation, exploitation, extortion... I mean, casino owners look at you walking into their casinos with complete disrespect because, to them, you're two-bit chump who basically wants something for nothing.  Hit the million dollar jackpot on a $1 play.  Yeah, you're basically a stupid cow, a "useful idiot" to the casino owners.  The house always wins, plain and simple, and is built to profit on your misfortune.  And they only give out enough prizes to keep you hooked and coming back.  That sounds like an abusive relationship right there.  Lost your mortgage payment pressing your luck in the casino?  Tough noogies, cry me a river.  You came in of your own volition to play.  Casinos, as it's been proven time and time again, do not help communities.  In fact, they bankrupt and destroy communities like an infestation, because casino owners are thugs who certainly won't offer their fat profits for community welfare.  

Sure, everyone knows establishment politicians cheat, steal, lie, manipulate, and exploit.  But a casino owner literally gambling with an entire country's people and resources frightens the crap out of me.

Everyone talks about Hillary being above the law?  Newsflash, the Donald is even worse:  http://www.pajiba.com/politics/a-complete-list-of-all-the-times-donald-trump-has-broken-the-law.php
57  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 28, 2016, 12:44:17 PM
I was a straight-edger during my 2-year stint in a punk band ( Kryovax) and I had so much fun.  It was an exciting time for me.  It's funny.  Kryovax is the band that meant the most to me, but Pool of Thorns is the band I tell everyone about.
58  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 27, 2016, 08:20:59 PM
...and that's a lesson that isn't taught in school, but should be.  That even when you go away to college, you still need to vote in your permanent address's polling place unless you sign up for an absentee ballot. 

I learned that lesson the hard way. 
59  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 27, 2016, 06:25:43 PM
Milestone check-in.  

About 2 years ago, I stopped drinking alcohol.  Best decision I ever made.  
About a year and a half ago, I gave up the touring/gigging musician lifestyle.  Best decision I ever made.  
About 6 months ago, I became a vegetarian.  Best decision I ever made.  
60  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 27, 2016, 02:43:29 PM
Ugh, the Bernie-or-Busters are getting ridiculous.  Instead of abandoning ship and jumping off a cliff like lemmings, if they really want to stand by their cause and everything they should use their voting power to take back the senate and make Bernie majority leader.  

Like I edited into my tirade, that urge to just "shake things up" runs strong, even among those who KNOW an impulsive, depraved megalomaniac like Trump is a poor choice for president.  But he would shake things up for sure, and a lot of those Bernie supporters are driven by that primal urge to shake things up.  

EDIT: And as frightened as I am of Trump, I equally don't want to see Pence in power.  Marginalized groups (including women, minorities, LGBTQ, etc.) can kiss several of their civil liberties and even rights goodbye under that regime.  My mom jokes, "I'm old, I'm a minority, I'm a woman... I'm screwed."  
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