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  1. jayembee

    What's On Your Mind?

    What's been on my mind recently is the realization that this year's American elections coincides with Guy Fawkes Day. It's both delightfully ironic, and rather ominous.
  2. jayembee

    What's On Your Mind?

    That's the annoying thing about Life. It never stops trying to kill you.
  3. jayembee

    What's On Your Mind?

    We didn't notice anything here in NH, but the national news had reported that there were folks in Maine that felt it.
  4. jayembee

    What's On Your Mind?

    My wife was on a Zoom call with people spread out geographically when the quake hit. Several people were reacting to the tremors, including one in Vermont.
  5. jayembee

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    It appears that there was enough warning that they shut off the bridge to traffic. There may still have been some cars on the bridge, but there were definitely some workers on it doing some patching/pothole-filling, according to reports.
  6. jayembee

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    I'm waiting for shrink-flation to finally even out packages of hot dogs and hot dog rolls. Of course, it'd probably shrink both equitably so that there are fewer in the packages and still not the same number. The most amusing incidence of shrink-flation that I've come across is with a brand of...
  7. jayembee

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    I also hate clothes shopping. Give me t-shirts, jeans, and sneakers, and I'm happy as a pig in garbage. The last time I bought a suit was almost 20 years ago, for my wedding. I've only been in a Men's Warehouse once since then to get a new shirt and pair of nice pants for a niece's wedding...
  8. jayembee

    What's On Your Mind?

    Sad for your dog, and your troubles. Happy that he's being taken care of. Priorities are good.
  9. jayembee

    What's On Your Mind?

    I have to find a new dentist. When I moved to New Hampshire almost 20 years ago, I've been continuing to drive down to Massachusetts to see the dentist I've been more than happy with for 36 years. His practice was in the same town that my mother lived in, so I'd use the opportunity to visit her...
  10. jayembee

    What's On Your Mind?

    I wish I had a nickel everytime I found myself in a place that was undoubtedly suitable for 1935-level traffic, but isn't nearly suitable for 2024-level traffic.
  11. jayembee

    What's On Your Mind?

    Read from this post and the follow-ups: https://www.hometheaterforum.com/community/threads/criterion-press-release-the-princess-bride-1987-4k-uhd-combo.379661/post-5292263
  12. jayembee

    What's On Your Mind?

    That occasionally happens with us, but for the most part, we succeed in finding things in-store. We have the same reaction as you when a worker drone suggests that they can order it for us. I'm also always amused when the cashier, apparently by rote, asks, "Did you find everything OK?" and I...
  13. jayembee

    What's On Your Mind?

    No reason to close it. There have been almost 100 posts in it so far, so people seem to find it useful for random nattering. Speaking of which, something that I keep meaning to mention... At least some of you may be familiar with the Allstate insurance commercials with actor Dean Winter...
  14. jayembee

    What's On Your Mind?

    Freak out as in run screaming from the room, or as in "Oh, that's AWESOME!!!!!"?
  15. jayembee

    What's On Your Mind?

    I'm guessing it's because of Canada-wildfire issues affecting air quality.
  16. jayembee

    What's On Your Mind?

    I'd say you're starting from a false premise: Star Trek: Discovery is not a four-alarm dumpster fire. My wife and I really like it. ;)
  17. jayembee

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    The odd thing is that here in New Hampshire -- or at least here in Concord, NH -- we haven't seen the orange/brown haze. My wife and I would watch the national news, and Lester Holt would go on about the awful AQI in this region of the country, but we'd look out our window, and see gray clouds...
  18. jayembee

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    I hear that the air in NYC is so bad because of this that even the rats are complaining.
  19. jayembee

    What's On Your Mind?

    It's too easy to blame the pandemic making people too impatient and irritated. But that's just an excuse to act rude. Last year, I made a perfectly proper left turn at a traffic light. For some reason unknown to me, it pissed someone off. As I was driving up the drag in the right lane, this...
  20. jayembee

    What's On Your Mind?

    Rabid minimalists. Younger people these days are less interested in "stuff".
  21. jayembee

    What's On Your Mind?

    Audiobooks are actually a thing. I don't listen to them myself, but I and my wife know a lot of people who listen to them. And eBooks very definitely took off. I have a Kindle, and I do use it to get random stuff that isn't otherwise available. My wife does the same. A lot of people we know use...
  22. jayembee

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    Similar story here. My parents had four children, me being the youngest. Next up is my brother, who died at the age of 28, and had no children. The oldest sibling, a sister, and still around, had no children. Between her and my brother was another sister, who passed away a few years ago. She had...
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