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    Just watched Blackfish. Im just horrified.
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    Sometimes I really wish we could all have a big JUB meet so I can see how some of the people here would interact in person. It would also be fun to see who splits up into little cliques, groups, and fan clubs like I see here sometimes.
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    ^ I suspect that many of the "big arguments" on JUB would mean absolutely nothing in real life.

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    It's a shame that there are so many "artists" out there who can't get the promotion they need because they're not some "big name"...yet they're the ones who have something new to bring to the table when it comes to music.
    ^THIS, and the rest of your post.

    Therehave been times when it has been otherwise, but that's been the exception. I'm old enough to remember more times than most people will remember.

    Pre-recorded radio music was EXTREMELY homogenized until about 1956. When rock and roll took off - a good part of it coming from "low budget" recording artists and record companies - the upstart companies piled on and, by 1958, the competition was fierce and, because of so much non-formula rock and roll coming to the forefront, I consider that probably the best "pre-Beatles" year for radio. Elvis Presley was probably the biggest influence bringing rock and roll to nearly every corner of the United States and Canada, but he couldn't have pulled the entire load alone without Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, etc. (Actually 1957 was probably the very best of all rock and roll years ever, but it took radio a year to catch up...)

    By 1959, big money was getting into rock and roll...and the really fast and hard stuff was somewhat pushed back. Big-money interests have always tended to be conservative (going back much farther than my lifetime), and it showed in the music that was trending. By the end of 1960, ballads and slower stuff were back to near-dominance, though the traditional adult pop standards, often with big band overtones, no longer dominated. But, often, the most popular songs became ballads or, sometimes, lush pop instrumentals. (think "Theme From a Summer Place" the #1 song of 1960.) Even with radio music again somewhat homogenized, other rock and roll and independent stuff wasn't kept entirely at bay, because hard-and-fast "formatting" still barely existed. The homogenous music period on radio didn't involve much more than 1960 and parts of 1959, because new styles were coming out at a lightning pace once 1961 arrived, and some juggernauts (such as Phil Spector, "The Twist," and Motown) were soon to break wide open, or already had. Rock and roll had a very bright and lively feeling to it, with the teenage ballads, the girl groups, the first soul music, oodles of rockin' instrumentals slongside the juggernauts. Generally the music was all about having fun...

    Then came The Beatles.

    Independent music had a good chance being heard on the radio around 1958 and first-half of 1959, then a lot more independent stuff started showing up around 1961 (after that "valley" in 1960), and the period 1964 to 1968 was just "crazy" with it. (A good indicator is that there were more songs that reached the Billboard Hot 100 in 1966, than in any other year ever. More successful titles = more churn.) Music started to homogenize again bvy 1969 and 1970, and stayed thus for a decade, though the last half of that was a change in the dominant music when disco became huge.

    The last time I'm aware of when alternate types of music had a chance on the radio was around 1981 to 1983, when New Wave and other alternative forms became successful. But, now, it is thirty years since I've noticed much independent music on the radio. Of course it's hard to know when, nowadays, it seems that absolutely no current song ever played on any American radio station will ever be announced or identified.

    I have not enjoyed radio in thirty years, because of that.
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    Re: The Just Venting, Airing Out, Talking Shit, Personal Beefs, Problems, Anger Management, and etc Thread for 2014

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    sometimes i really wish we could all have a big jub meet so i can see how some of the people here would interact in person. It would also be fun to see who splits up into little cliques, groups, and fan clubs like i see here sometimes.
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    The fact that I still live with my parents, depresses the shit out of me. Its been so hard to keep a steady job. Im lucky that I have a place to stay but sometimes I just want my own space. Bleh.
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    ^ I've not had a real job for two years. I live in a garage now, better than staying at Mom's house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harke the Boeotarch View Post
    ^ I've not had a real job for two years. I live in a garage now, better than staying at Mom's house.
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    ^ An accommodating eldergay plus some inherited money...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harke the Boeotarch View Post
    ^ An accommodating eldergay plus some inherited money...
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    "You may only be one person to the world, but you may also be the world to one person"
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    I adore the southern boys.

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    Re: The Just Venting, Airing Out, Talking Shit, Personal Beefs, Problems, Anger Management, and etc Thread for 2014

    Yesterday morning, after I ate the buffalo chicken wings from the 7-Eleven across the street from my apartment, I had that wonderfully annoying moment we've all had, where you get a piece of something stuck off in your teeth. Since I was at home, when this happened, I simply went to my bathroom and tried to floss out whatever piece of chicken meat was lodged in there.

    While I brush and floss everyday, I still couldn't get this damn piece of chicken out of my teeth.

    It was lodged on the lower-back teeth, in between the last two in the back - an already very stubborn place to get something out of, in the human mouth. I tried to brush again, flossing, mouthwash... I'm not kidding you - my mouth was so clean, it probably could have passed a restaurant health inspection.

    And then the pressure started to set in - the prelude to a toothache. I took two Tylenol, and while there was a little soreness, thankfully, it wasn't much more than that. I played some Twilight Princess, went to bed, then woke up at Midnight, thankfully with no pain at all.

    Buffalo chicken wings are going to be the bane of my existence.

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    OMG...I just totally flushed 20 bucks down the toilet. I'm not going to say what I did--but I can't believe the stupidity.

    Gentleheart...put the debit card doooooowwwwnnnnn...
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    Was in Buffalo last night and had 'authentic' Buffalo wings. They sucked.
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    "People Can't Give You What They Dont Have"...I forget who said that either Maya Angelou, Oprah or Iylana Vanzant LOL



    I wanted to say this to someone this morning, but I dont think that they are ready to hear it.


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    Re: The Just Venting, Airing Out, Talking Shit, Personal Beefs, Problems, Anger Management, and etc Thread for 2014

    I just read some VILE shit in the comments section at yahoo on an article about a gay man in Cameroon who has died. I am used to people being complete assholes when it comes to the treatment of gays, but some of the stuff was incredible. It's really hard not to have hatred for bigots and homophobes. The thing that bugs me the most is when straight people try to speak FOR gays when many of them have no fucking IDEA what we go through on a daily basis because of dicks like them. I found myself thinking things I am ashamed of while reading those comments. I don't care...I hate people sometimes. I really do.
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    Re: The Just Venting, Airing Out, Talking Shit, Personal Beefs, Problems, Anger Management, and etc Thread for 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by Gentleheart View Post
    I just read some VILE shit in the comments section at yahoo on an article about a gay man in Cameroon who has died. I am used to people being complete assholes when it comes to the treatment of gays, but some of the stuff was incredible. It's really hard not to have hatred for bigots and homophobes. The thing that bugs me the most is when straight people try to speak FOR gays when many of them have no fucking IDEA what we go through on a daily basis because of dicks like them. I found myself thinking things I am ashamed of while reading those comments. I don't care...I hate people sometimes. I really do.
    I don't know if I feel more sad or more angry about this. All he did was tell someone he loved him. How vile his own family was to him and they let him die. I suspect he really suffered, too.

    It has always been my opinion that if someone felt that being gay was wrong, that was their right to believe it. But when you go beyond that belief to actually hating and harming someone, that makes you reprehensible. I suspect a lot of these haters have a bigger problem with a man loving another man more than they do the sex part because love means something deeper, something powerful. Looking into his eyes in that picture made me so sad. Sometimes I despair for humanity.
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    I know this should go in jdcnow's other thread but that thread depresses me LOL. A customer came in today to get information transferred from their old phone to their new phone. I thought she meant phone numbers because transferring pictures won't always work 100%. I let the customer know and she freaked out. She wanted me to do it because they told her over the phone that we could and I explained the situation. I told her that the 100% surefire way to do it was to plug the old phone into her computer, copy them to her desktop, plug in the new one, and drag them over. She just wanted me to do it since they had done it for her daughter in the past. Generally when someone isn't trying to hear our advice and on top of it is being extra bossy, it's because they don't know what they're doing or talking about and don't want to appear stupid.

    She leaves and I get a call from probably the biggest asshole I've ever talked to on the phone. He starts off with asking for the name of the person who won't help one of our customers because he wants it escalated to corporate. I actually have to interrupt him to explain the situation. He says some other horseshit and then after I explain to him what actually happened, he talks about how it most likely won't adversely affect me. Fuck you buddy. How about you call center fucks make some more appointments for customers to come in after the store is closed, or hang up on us when you can't figure out the issue we're having, or tell the customer we'll switch out their device when they tell you they lost it? Weird case of white knight syndrome from some guy with a headset. The funniest part was her saying that if she was younger and pretty that I would have helped her. Oh ok. I can guarantee my bf doesn't have a vagina.

    Only thing that annoys me is that they were QUICK to come at my neck and she's the type of spoiled white bitch to push the issue because how dare a peon not lay down for her. I really hope this is the last of it. If someone else at a different store tries it and they succeed, I'll never hear the end of how I didn't want to help a customer, how I'm rude, etc.

    Which brings me to the fact that everyone thinks I'm an asshole at work because I hold people accountable for the stupid shit they do. I work with a good amount of lazy bastards who are all about passing the buck, pawning work off on someone else, and stepping on me regardless of whatever help I give them. I laugh at some of the people who act as if they're responsible for me having a job. What I do and how I do things is the reason that a lot of goods get sold at full price, when the modus operandi is to ask for discounts on stuff that's already cheap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whitedavo View Post
    spoiled white bitch
    Whereas she may have been both, your depiction of the combo is the equivalent of using the term "stupid lazy nigger." After all, is there a lessened incidence of spoiled syndrome among privileged Chinese, Indians, Blacks, Japanese, Latins or Pinoy? Doesn't "spoiled" tell the tale?

    The fact that you have aired this sort of class and race animus suggests the dude from the Help Center may be barking up the right tree. If you truly see your customer as part of a hated racial and income and gender demographic, then your value in retail is quite low to an employer.

    Her pushiness may be as wrong and one-sided as you have portrayed it, but she may have also picked up on hostility which is not appropriate in a customer/clerk interaction. If so, she had reason to escalate, regardless of whether anyone owed her any data transfer.
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    does anyone know if there are some kind of "workshops" or something out there for late 20-somethings who are experiencing that quarter-life career crisis-uncertainty issue?
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    does anyone know if there are some kind of "workshops" or something out there for late 20-somethings who are experiencing that quarter-life career crisis-uncertainty issue?
    It's called "Happy Hour".
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    Quote Originally Posted by borg69unimatrix View Post
    It's called "Happy Hour".
    you rock. I need that laugh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gentleheart View Post
    you rock. I need that laugh.
    Maybe you're trying too hard. Life is a journey, not a destination.

    Turn off the cruise control, kick back a little and enjoy the ride, and the views.

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    Some doctors just drive me nuts!!! So arrogant! Like their time is all that counts. To be the second appointment of the day and be kept waiting over an hour is inexcusable. Then to be so condescending when asked questions!! Doctor! It's my body! I have the right to ask questions about the meds you prescribe. And if I need clarification about things, then I'm saying that you don't explain things good. Don't get hostile with me you friggin twerp!!! Just do your job and do it right!!! And why don't you validate parking anymore? Bastard! Your snooty condescension first thing on a Monday morning cost me $15 in parking. Fucker!!!!
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    ^ Hugs. Trust me, I'm so right there with you on doctors.

    Dallas-Fort Worth - for a city that's literally 2/3rds the population of NYC, and just as physically large in size, why aren't there more servicesthat do nights and weekends?

    I've been trying to get in to several doctors, all of which work banker's hours. Must be nice.

    Yesterday in counselling, my therapist told me she has more business than she can handle directly because she sees people primarily on weekends. She's not hurting for clients and won't be anytime soon

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdcnow View Post
    ^ Hugs. Trust me, I'm so right there with you on doctors.

    Dallas-Fort Worth - for a city that's literally 2/3rds the population of NYC, and just as physically large in size, why aren't there more servicesthat do nights and weekends?

    I've been trying to get in to several doctors, all of which work banker's hours. Must be nice.

    Yesterday in counselling, my therapist told me she has more business than she can handle directly because she sees people primarily on weekends. She's not hurting for clients and won't be anytime soon
    Pretty much this. If you really want to get business, you should work on the weekends. To compensate for working on weekends, you can take a couple of week days off. I keep thinking "isn't that obvious?" and "why don't more doctors just open on the weekends?"....but then I realize the all work and no play thing sounds pretty shitty to me too. Can't win them all.

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    My ex cousin-in-law is a dentist. He only works 3-4 days a week... cause he can, and likes his play time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dereperez View Post
    Pretty much this. If you really want to get business, you should work on the weekends. To compensate for working on weekends, you can take a couple of week days off. I keep thinking "isn't that obvious?" and "why don't more doctors just open on the weekends?"....but then I realize the all work and no play thing sounds pretty shitty to me too. Can't win them all.
    Or, for those with the ability to write their own schedule - like Borg's ex-cousin-in-law dentist - simply work every other weekend. That's actually my schedule at my store job - Tuesday Night to Tuesday Night with the following Wednesday Night through Monday Night off. I work every other weekend, but I'm also guaranteed the opposite weekends off. It's a ridiculously good schedule. I work, yes, but I also get to have a life outside my job, too.

    These last 12 years, I've worked and made a living in an industry where the ability to work nights, weekends and even holidays is pretty much required. So, to be completely fair, I will admit here to a somewhat unsympathetic bias against people who work bankers' hours jobs. Again, must be nice.

    But even when I work holidays (like Christmas), I know that what I do actually is providing a much-needed, invaluable service that helps people. I remember, a few weeks ago, when I worked Christmas Eve Night into Christmas Day Morning, I had one woman came up and told me that her 10-year old son was at home with the flu, running a 102 fever, and just sick as a dog. One of those unplanned for emergencies where just shit happens. She was so grateful that we were open on Christmas Eve in the middle of the night, when everything else - even Wally World - was closed. She flat told me that, because of the situation with her child needing flu meds, her choices were either us or take him down to the nearest hospital ER in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve. I've gotta tell ya' - it's the best feeling in the world to know that you're actually helping someone out like that.

    And she was dead-on right - where was she going to go? It's Christmas Eve. Everybody's closed. Everybody. But we were open. And a kid got the meds he needed to feel better because of it.

    We were there, filling a void, filling a need. And don't get me wrong - I'm not saying that everyone should be absolutely forced to work weekends. But there really is a genuine need out there for those who work in a professional service job (doctor/healthcare worker, lawyer, banker, etc.) to be open for business on Saturdays and Sundays. And that need is not being met - not by a longshot.

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    First world problems, I know, but what is it about a neighborhood street that is so empty...



    ...But when you come along, and decide that you need to cross said street...



    Quite the annoyance in my neighborhood. Especially those of us whose only means to get around is either on foot or by public transit (which thanks to our wonderfully reliable public bus and train service, means mostly on foot.)


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    Like many practices in Scotland, we still do home-visits, we stay open late, for those who are working during the day. Plus you can have access to a Dr 24/7 all year round, thanks to NHS24.
    Many practices here in Scotland also hold a saturday morning surgery.

    I posted in this very thread, not that long ago about the amount of paper-work which we now have to undertake, a lot of this came about after Dr Death (Harold Shipman).
    I also had a rant about the ten minute appt system, totally useless. Many patients need a lot longer than that, this is why some appts
    do over-run when it comes to scheduling.

    I totally understand peoples frustration, we too suffer from it. It is not unusual for a GP to see as many as 20-25 patients in a day, and not all are one-fix wonders.
    I am thankful that here we do have an NHS, this does give more choice to the patient
    It is all well and good having a "pop" at Dr's, though please remember that most, here anyway do try their hardest.

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    ^ Totally understood. Thank you all for all that you do.

    Here in the states, there are a few places - primarily in your major cities, where you can seek medical treatment at a doctor's office on the weekend. But especially out in the country, in rural areas, if you get sick between 5pm Friday and 9am Monday, your only choice is the county hospital ER, which you'll pay out the ass for, even with insurance.

    There is a huge void in healthcare here for medical care to be accessible on weekends, when the situation merits attention, but doesn't justify a full blown trip to the ER (the flu, a bad toothache, etc.)

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    Medic, would you mind telling us how doctor's salaries under national health compare to American doctors of similar practice?
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    The past few days, my life as been one giant video game fetch quest, and it's pissing me off.

    My college emailed me Friday that my tuition was due yesterday, and that I needed to accept my financial aid. So, I do that online ..

    I go down to my college. On the way there my bus almost had a right-front to right-front collision head-on with a garbage truck. Both the trash truck and my public transit bus tried to make wide left turns at the same time.

    So that was that. I made it in one piece to my college. Because of my financial aid, the amount of tuition I owe is less than their standard payment plan. So I have to go see a cashier advisor at the main office to pay.

    Trouble is, they won't even let you pay for classes without a picture ID. I don't have mine, as I lost my wallet the Sunday before Christmas, and then after the holidays were over last week, I've been slammed busy with work.

    So now, this is happening. Even though my tuition is late I'm praying they'll still want the money, and not drop me from my classes. I've got to go get an ID.

    Trouble is, the DMV office wants a bank statement and a utility bill to prove residence lawfully.

    And it must be between 30 and 90 days old.

    When I come back, will I have to stand on my head, and clap 3 times.

    Now I have to go back home, get my documents in order, go back to the DMV, pray they don't give me anymore run around. Get my ID,,go to my college and pay on my tuition.

    All before I have to be at my store this afternoon at 3pm for work.

    I'm tired of having to balance a ball on the end of my nose just to get what I need..

    And BTW, doctors won't take you without an ID either. Found that out yesterday, when I tried to get into a GP to refer me t9 a psychiatrist.

    Not a happy camper, right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frankfrank View Post
    ^THIS, and the rest of your post.

    Therehave been times when it has been otherwise, but that's been the exception. I'm old enough to remember more times than most people will remember.

    Pre-recorded radio music was EXTREMELY homogenized until about 1956. When rock and roll took off - a good part of it coming from "low budget" recording artists and record companies - the upstart companies piled on and, by 1958, the competition was fierce and, because of so much non-formula rock and roll coming to the forefront, I consider that probably the best "pre-Beatles" year for radio. Elvis Presley was probably the biggest influence bringing rock and roll to nearly every corner of the United States and Canada, but he couldn't have pulled the entire load alone without Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, etc. (Actually 1957 was probably the very best of all rock and roll years ever, but it took radio a year to catch up...)

    By 1959, big money was getting into rock and roll...and the really fast and hard stuff was somewhat pushed back. Big-money interests have always tended to be conservative (going back much farther than my lifetime), and it showed in the music that was trending. By the end of 1960, ballads and slower stuff were back to near-dominance, though the traditional adult pop standards, often with big band overtones, no longer dominated. But, often, the most popular songs became ballads or, sometimes, lush pop instrumentals. (think "Theme From a Summer Place" the #1 song of 1960.) Even with radio music again somewhat homogenized, other rock and roll and independent stuff wasn't kept entirely at bay, because hard-and-fast "formatting" still barely existed. The homogenous music period on radio didn't involve much more than 1960 and parts of 1959, because new styles were coming out at a lightning pace once 1961 arrived, and some juggernauts (such as Phil Spector, "The Twist," and Motown) were soon to break wide open, or already had. Rock and roll had a very bright and lively feeling to it, with the teenage ballads, the girl groups, the first soul music, oodles of rockin' instrumentals slongside the juggernauts. Generally the music was all about having fun...

    Then came The Beatles.

    Independent music had a good chance being heard on the radio around 1958 and first-half of 1959, then a lot more independent stuff started showing up around 1961 (after that "valley" in 1960), and the period 1964 to 1968 was just "crazy" with it. (A good indicator is that there were more songs that reached the Billboard Hot 100 in 1966, than in any other year ever. More successful titles = more churn.) Music started to homogenize again bvy 1969 and 1970, and stayed thus for a decade, though the last half of that was a change in the dominant music when disco became huge.

    The last time I'm aware of when alternate types of music had a chance on the radio was around 1981 to 1983, when New Wave and other alternative forms became successful. But, now, it is thirty years since I've noticed much independent music on the radio. Of course it's hard to know when, nowadays, it seems that absolutely no current song ever played on any American radio station will ever be announced or identified.

    I have not enjoyed radio in thirty years, because of that.
    My favorite times in a musical genre's lifespan is the early days. Because the rules haven't been "set" yet. So bands, and labels, and the media don't know what they're doing...so they try it all. Which is why the early post-punk/new wave music was so wonderfully diverse. I was explaining to somebody about how fucking WEIRD "Cars" by Gary Numan is. The lyrics are bizarre and paranoid, there are three tambourine solos (and you thought it was all about the keyboards), and the song goes instrumental for the last half. But it was number one in the UK, and Top Ten in the US where it shared the chart with Captain and Tennille. Gary freely admits he didn't know what the hell he was doing - he was following his 19-year-old muse. The label shrugged and put it out, and radio said "fuck - why not" and put it on. But as time went on, the "rules" started falling into place. The bands looked like this, sounded like that, and wrote this type of song. It was still different from what came before, and there were still pleasures to be had there, but the true link to "doing something really different" was gone.

    But I've seen it happen again. When Nirvana broke, alternative rock was born. (I'd argue that the ascendence of bands like REM and the Cure helped set the scene, though.) And again, the stuff from the first wave was wonderfully diverse. Lots of stylistic dead-ends, but it was fun watching them get explored. But in a few years, the rules were set, and Live and Bush were on top. Not that they couldn't be enjoyed, but again, the sense of discovery had waned a lot.

    Who's to blame? Ultimately, us. It's not like new, different, unusual music is never available. Just recently, I've begun digging on line for the "off-number" records put out by major labels in the 20s thru the 50s. These were catalog numbers assigned to specialized markets - Celtic, Scottish, West Indies, blues, Hawaiian. And now, of course, it's easy. There are thousands of places online (and even on-air) you can check out new, different and diverse music. It does mean effort on your part, which is why limp music often sells - they're selling it to the lazy people who won't bother finding something superior.

    Lex
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    wow!



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    You know, every now and then I'm reminded why I don't really like to go out of my way to make friends with people. You can't force it. People are selfish, ungrateful, and awkward about people getting 'too close' sometimes.
    I don't always need people to give me 100 percent of what I give them...but if I go the extra mile for you, it's nice to at least be met with something that resembles appreciation or notice. Maybe some people are just weird about showing affection and feelings for others? I dunno...I just don't do the half-assed friend thing very well (online or otherwise).
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    Today I'm kind of having sad- vent. 3 of my fishes had died because of nasty bug called ich-
    it's a common aquarium parasite. I'm an expert in maintaining fish keeping and water quality, make sure my water is properly cycled and clean. But how come my pet fish still could get it? I think the culprit was when I introduced my new fish altogether with water from pet store. BIG MISTAKE to dumped the water inside my cycled/clean aquarium. New fish tend to stressed out at first -making it a perfect host for ich bug to spread over.

    It's heart breaking..what use of a perfect aquarium like this?


    with perfect setup and everything but you can only see "death" in the water

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    Never say die!!!

    On the public transit bus to the DMV office at half past 6 in the morning so that I can be first in line at the front door.

    In the immortal words of Bugs Bunny, "Of course you realize, This means war!!!!!"

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    Today I'm kind of having sad- vent. 3 of my fishes had died.
    Im sorry that your fish died, its never easy to loose a pet.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gentleheart View Post
    You know, every now and then I'm reminded why I don't really like to go out of my way to make friends with people. You can't force it. People are selfish, ungrateful, and awkward about people getting 'too close' sometimes.
    .

    I can understand that. Ive encountered people that just dont want to or dont know how to let you in. I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve and can be a very open person. I have no problem doing things for people or expressing my 'like' for folks. Some people are too busy trying to look aloof and cool (most likely afraid of getting hurt) that they just can't go there with you.

    I had to stop trying with some people. I feel like Im a good person and I think that its smart to hold on to good people because there are so many jerks out there.

    What's funny about some of these folks is that when you stop trying, that is usually the moment in which they begin to reach out.... because they miss you.

    Its kind of sad.

    Some of my best friendships just fell into place so easily, that is how it should be.
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    ugh, first paycheck of the new year... time to have lower take-home pay for the next 3 months

    insurance costs increase at the start of the new calendar year, but raises don't go into effect until after yearly reviews in the spring... so I'll be making about $25 less each paycheck until then.

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    Winner winner, chicken dinner!

    My persistence has paid off with me walking out of the DMV office with a temporary ID.

    My permanent one will be in the mail within the next 2 weeks, and I'm now a registered voter in the county I live in, as well.

    Mission accomplished. Next item on the rundown - to get in to a GP for my medical issues. Now, that I have an ID, they can't refuse me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darden View Post
    ugh, first paycheck of the new year... time to have lower take-home pay for the next 3 months

    insurance costs increase at the start of the new calendar year, but raises don't go into effect until after yearly reviews in the spring... so I'll be making about $25 less each paycheck until then.
    I know what you mean. I'll see my first paycheck on Friday. From what my open enrollment told me online, I think I'll take home about $90 bucks less per check. But it's for what's supposed to be Cadillac insurance. I intend to make this no-deductible insurance worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissAnne View Post
    Im sorry that your fish died, its never easy to loose a pet.




    I can understand that. Ive encountered people that just dont want to or dont know how to let you in. I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve and can be a very open person. I have no problem doing things for people or expressing my 'like' for folks. Some people are too busy trying to look aloof and cool (most likely afraid of getting hurt) that they just can't go there with you.

    I had to stop trying with some people. I feel like Im a good person and I think that its smart to hold on to good people because there are so many jerks out there.

    What's funny about some of these folks is that when you stop trying, that is usually the moment in which they begin to reach out.... because they miss you.

    Its kind of sad.

    Some of my best friendships just fell into place so easily, that is how it should be.
    I hear ya both. I've realizes that as we grow older, it's more difficult to make friends. In my straight life all my friends have faded into the horizon for one reason or another. After my coming out process, I made a point of going out and making new friends. I got involved in the local LGBT community, joined some groups and new friends just fell into place. Now these friends are some of the best people I've ever met and I'm so glad they are in my life.
    Inspired - but too tired.

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    It's weird how friendships ebb and flow. And there's this tough-to-nail happy medium when it comes to maintaining them. I mean, you have to put SOME effort into them (although with some people, that effort doesn't FEEL like effort). But if you put too much effort into it for not much payoff, you're wasting your time.

    My ex was sort of the epitome of that. We resolved to stay friends, and when he moved away, I tried to stay in touch. But phone calls were never returned, and e-mails went unanswered. So I'd think "well, OK, he doesn't want to keep the friendship" and just let it die. No drama, no whiny messages on my end asking why he didn't contact me. I'd just stop. And for eight or nine months, we wouldn't contact each other at all. And then, out of the blue, I'd get an e-mail or phone call. Starting with "it's weird - we never talk anymore." So I figured "OK, he DOES want to keep the friendship", and resume the occasional chatting. For about a week. After which the calls and emails would stop again.

    I finally realized that he only contacted me when he wanted something. Not money or anything tangible, though. But he had worked his way in to this crowd of artsy gay folk. Which is fine, and apparently, he gets along great there. But apparently, there were things they had no interest in talking about, and so when he wanted to talk about those things, THEN I got a phone call. And even that would have been fine if he had returned the favor. But he didn't, so that was the end of that.

    I ran into him a couple years back. Married now, nice guy, attractive, and a much better fit for him than I was. But I did learn a lot from my time with him. I've gotten decently good at extending overtures, and moving on if they're not returned.

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    I went out to dinner for my birthday last night and I was sitting at a booth. In the booth behind mine (and connected to mine) was this old woman who looked about 3 years older than Biblical Methuselah. When I got up to go to the restroom, she complained to the rest of the table that I was "shaking the booth", and when I returned she stopped me and lectured me to "be careful when I'm sitting" like I was two years old. Then she immediately started an argument that went on for about 7 minutes with her waitress trying to get the lunch menu prices instead of the dinner menu price for what she'd just eaten.

    When I have to deal with people like this out in public or at work, I give ever outward sign of being polite and listening or caring about what they're saying. But the only thing going on in my head meanwhile is this:


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    ^Im sorry that you had to deal with that shit on your birthday.
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    ..But the only thing going on in my head meanwhile is this:

    In case you want to listen another theme-song while they keep making up drama ^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by G-Lexington View Post
    I've gotten decently good at extending overtures, and moving on if they're not returned.
    I have yet to master this.
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