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Creepy contortionist clown

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  • Jurf_WurburJurf_Wurbur Posts: 2,686
    I am not technically allowed to take half-days like that. My boss is just wildly disconnected from what is actually happening in the office and no one ratted me out.
  • captqitncaptqitn Posts: 1,626
    Last night I was digging the "Esher Demos" included on the new White Album release.

    Mostly just enjoyable stripped down recognizable versions, but there are some that come off with a noticeably different vibe.

    Will be diving into the alternate takes tonight.
  • captqitncaptqitn Posts: 1,626
    Didn't dive into the alternative takes. Forgot I had a divorce party. And I was the only man there.

    It sounds like it could've been bad, but it was lovely. The divorce was amicable and this group of eight are all highly educated, so the conversation was fascinating. Ranging from Me Too to how do atheists fill the natural desire for ritual.
  • Jurf_WurburJurf_Wurbur Posts: 2,686
    What did they offer as ideas on how atheists fill the natural desire for ritual?
  • Jurf_WurburJurf_Wurbur Posts: 2,686
    If you dug The Raid movies, check out The Night Comes for Us on Netflix. It's an Indonesian gangster movie with fight scenes so elaborate and violent that even this horror movie nerd was grimacing and covering his eyes.
  • captqitncaptqitn Posts: 1,626
    It started from a conversation about a bar mitzvah that we had all just attended. We talked a bit about things like birthdays and (jesus-less) Christmas. But came around to Come the Freak On (Home's version of crappitystock). We've been doing it every couple of years for two decades. It is an all day immersive experience. And as our kids become old enough to join, they get welcomed by the rock and roll elders (and encouraged to join in).
  • captqitncaptqitn Posts: 1,626
    Do y'all have any activities that you suppose scratch similar itches that religious folks use their rituals for? Connecting to the universe. Connecting to humanity. etc.
  • Jurf_WurburJurf_Wurbur Posts: 2,686
    edited November 16
    We struggle with that, tbh. We tried joining the Elks Lodge, but ours skewed old. It was like getting drunk with aunts and uncles you don't know well, so we quit. We've done some Cub Scouts, but that almost has to be your hobby to make it work.

    We had a network of friends we were tight with for about two years and that was fantastic. But then both the single moms got new boyfriends and disappeared into New Relationship Land and the other family's kid had some psychological issues. Those were tricky, but we would have hung in there with them... they're like family. But they hunkered down into family cocoon mode to help their kid get right. I don't begrudge them, but it's been hard without our old friends.

    We tried the Unitarian church, but they went way past being chill into being scattershot and weird. The first time Simon and I went to their kids group, they asked me if I would take it over. I was like, "Uh, you've known me eight minutes."

    We've made some new friends of late, a Muslim family in our neighborhood/scout pack. They're fun and really kind. But they're also halal vegetarians who don't drink, so that puts us outside of our normal "Drinks and barbecue for everyone!" entertaining mindset.

    I think another thing that makes for social disconnect in 2018 is the rapidly accelerating dispersement of family. It was a little easier when my cousin was still alive here in town.
  • Jurf_WurburJurf_Wurbur Posts: 2,686
    We're taking Simon and a friend from school to the Chicago Toy &Game Fair on Sunday though, so that should be fun.
  • captqitncaptqitn Posts: 1,626
    That sounds pretty killer.

    After a two week hiatus caused by stupid ass marching band, I'll have my dudes this weekend!

    Don't have a plan, but greatly looking forward to catching up.
  • Jurf_WurburJurf_Wurbur Posts: 2,686
    The boys enjoyed the toy/game show. The kid from school S____ took with us was nice. Kind of an exact dupe of his spazzy sense of humor. I think they're legit buds now.

    I made a recipe I'd found online for "Mississippi Roast," basically beef chuck roast rubbed with ranch/dill/paprika, topped with peperoncini and then slow cooked. I added a half a can of beer to make sure it had enough moisture. Ended up with a yummy spicy thing about halfway between pot roast and Chicago style Italian beef. It was pretty tasty.
  • captqitncaptqitn Posts: 1,626
    That is great about S____ bud. That is so incredibly important.

    Through middle school E___ has had basically one buddy (beyond school hours), but I always got the feeling he wasn't quite up to E___'s level. Now that he's on the HS marching band, he's getting a lot more invitations to parties and hang-outs, often with older kids. I can see his anxiety shrinking and his confidence coming back. It's great.
  • captqitncaptqitn Posts: 1,626
    That roast sounds good. I couldn't used that yesterday. S____ got a roast but was struggling with finding a new way to cook it.

    She finally found a recipe for Italian Stew that looked good. But realized too late the it took 3 hours to make.

    So we had pizza and wings. (didn't really mind that).
  • captqitncaptqitn Posts: 1,626
    I think last night was the first "great" Dr. Who of the new season. Interesting ideas. Creepy-yet-funny bad guys.

    There've been some good ones along the way, but this one feels like we'll be referencing it in the future.
  • captqitncaptqitn Posts: 1,626
    Ahhh nice. Just found out that A____ was chosen as pianist for his school jazz band. He was lead pianist for the "jazz ensemble" last year, which is sort of like musical junior varsity. "jazz band" are all the best players and they swing hard.
  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 3,621
    edited November 19
    I wish little S. had an interest in playing music. She likes listening to music, but whenever I try to push her (but not too hard) into learning to play an instrument, she's not interested.

    However, she loves drawing. But I have trouble persuading her to take to it in a more formalized manner: I've proposed classes, both online and "real" classes, but she doesn't like that kind of discipline. Maybe she'll get more deeply into it when she's older. In the meantime, I try to get out of the way, I don't want to spoil her fun.
  • Jurf_WurburJurf_Wurbur Posts: 2,686
    edited November 19
    I thought the last two eps of Doctor Who were pretty terrific. I liked the partition of India episode a lot. I am sort of getting antsy wondering when the new showrunners will bust out an actually scary (by the standard of Who being a "scary" show for kids anyway) monster/villain, though.

    I like that the 13th Doctor is an open, welcoming person with real moral clarity. I didn't realize how tired I was of the Doctor being an inscrutable prick until we got 13 and she was anything but.
  • Jurf_WurburJurf_Wurbur Posts: 2,686
    edited November 19
    S_____ takes mandolin lessons and is proud of what he can do, but is sort of half-assed about actually practicing.

    Congrats on A____ making jazz band.
  • moetownmoetown Posts: 1,357
    I really enjoy reading about the struggles and victories of your kids. Congrats to A____ for being chosen to play with the A team!
  • moetownmoetown Posts: 1,357
    My friend in Dallas who has the new girlfriend finally called me. Unprompted, he apologized to me for not calling in so long. People keep telling me that eventually I’m going to meet somebody and yada yada yada...but that’s really not something I’m even thinking about. I remember being fairly content being single before I hooked up with my ex. Right now my goal is to be in that space again.
  • captqitncaptqitn Posts: 1,626
    That seems like an excellent plan.

    It seems very foreign to me. I'm a serial monogamist. I haven't been in my own space/head since I was in my early 20s. It's probably not the healthiest thing in the world. I worry about landing there against my choosing and not knowing how to operate.
  • captqitncaptqitn Posts: 1,626
    Glad your friend called you. Girlfriends shouldn't be the end of communications with friends.

    Babies? Sure. You get a 6 month guilt free zone for babies.
  • moetownmoetown Posts: 1,357
    So Trump is going to continue to support Saudi Arabia even though everyone in the world knows Prince WTF was behind offing Khashoggi. The US is Bizarro World.
  • captqitncaptqitn Posts: 1,626
    His plan of saying so many batshit crazy things everyday that none of us can keep up is working.
  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 3,621
    edited November 21
    I've pretty much given up! We're living in times of fast-paced dumbfuckery, and I can't keep up. I don't even want to keep up.
  • Jurf_WurburJurf_Wurbur Posts: 2,686
    I've been watching this documentary series, The Purge? Have you seen it? Harrowing.
  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 3,621
    What's that about?
  • Jurf_WurburJurf_Wurbur Posts: 2,686
    KIDDING.

    I'm referring to to the dystopian/horror film series in which a upon coming to power in the US, a conservative totalitarian government institutes an annual "holiday" called The Purge, consisting of a 12 hour span during which all crime, including murder is legal.

  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 3,621
    This morning, we had -16°C, which makes it the coldest November 22 since the 1940s. I've already started shovelling snow and it not even winter yet.
  • moetownmoetown Posts: 1,357
    Happy Thanksgiving, Crappiteers! Eat carefully.
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