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  1. 37 minutes ago, Technico Support said:

    If you have a kid on the way, get ready for a million questions, some really nonsensical, usually at the end of the day when you're exhausted and definitely not in the mood for it ūüėĄ

    Oh Lord, this.  If they're anything like my son, they don't care about the answers. He won't even wait for the answer to end before asking the next question.  Sometimes we have to have a question moratorium just to keep the parents sane.

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  2. 2 hours ago, twiztor said:

    you've never seen any full match from any WrestleMania?

    i literally can't even comprehend how that is possible. what do you watch? how did you dive into wrestling when your fandom turned full blown? how have you avoided Hogan/Andre?

    (Warning before reading - my memory is pretty hazy on a lot of this, so it's quite possible I've got some of it wrong.  Mostly it was a very long time ago.  I'm old and didn't spend as much of the time period I'm describing sober as I probably should've)

    As far as seeing a full Wrestlemania match - not that I know of.  It's possible, but I certainly don't remember it.  The only time I watched WWF, as it was at the time, on a regular basis was roughly 1990-1992.  Before that I doubt I'd seen a dozen hours of their programming total, mostly due to lack of opportunity (parents didn't have cable).  I'm not sure I've seen a dozen hours since, mainly due to lack of interest.  I don't have anything against em, I just don't feel like watching for whatever reason.  The last WWE match I saw was Bryan/Orton on Raw maybe seven years ago.  I remember liking it, but I haven't watched since.  Those two, and Goldberg if he's still around, might be the only folks on their current roster I've seen wrestle a full match.  (Googled it.  Mysterio's still around?  I did not know that.  Yeah, I've seen a bunch of his matches.)  I really dunno why I haven't watched them outside of that time in the early 90s, though part of it is that I've watched next to zero television over the last ten years or so.

    Also, I'm REALLY cheap.  Irrationally so.  PPVs cost money to watch, so even when I was watching a lot of wrestling I never saw the PPVs.  The only time I can remember watching any PPV was one time when a couple buddies and I rented some old ones from a knockoff Sam's Club type place.  Don't remember what they were, but I'm pretty dang sure none of em was a Wrestlemania.  The only thing I do remember was Kevin Sullivan being on one of the shows.  And maybe the Road Warriors.  Of course I've seen the big Andre gets slammed thing from WM3 a few places over the years, but never the whole match.

    What I have watched is all over the place.  First I remember watching was roughly around 1980 - whatever showed up on one of the three stations we got in central Texas at about midnight Saturday night.  Could've been more than one promotion over the next few years.  I remember a few of the folks on the shows.  Scott Casey had the belt for a good while, I think.  I remember Matt Borne, Manny Fernandez, the Mongolian Stomper, the Grapplers, and a skinny Eric Embry.  I remember seeing at least one Flair interview, but never saw him wrestle back then, I think.  A quick Google search says that at least some of that was Southwest.  I know I saw a decent amount of World Class at some point too.

    I took a few years mostly off, then watched a bunch of stuff in the early 90s, not just WWF.  Watched a fair amount of WCWSN.  Watched whatever was on ESPN back then - GWF I guess?  I know there was something else I watched on a lower tier sports channel, but don't remember what it was.

    Took a few more years off, then watched a lot from maybe 1995-2000.  Mostly WCW at that point - Nitro, Thunder, Worldwide and to a lesser extent WCWSN.  I also watched WOW and a little ECW.  That's how I wound up here, reading Dean's stuff on RSPWM starting in the summer of 1997.  Eventually just slowly lost interest.  I think I had mostly wound down watching before WCW went under, though I did watch the last show. 

    After that I just haven't watched much.  I've seen a few random things here and there.  Seen a bit of ROH occasionally.  Saw a little bit of old AWA.  Watched some old stuff I hadn't seen online, but never really any WWF/E.  That's about it.  I'm kinda curious about AEW, but not enough to actually turn on the TV, apparently.

    So to tie this back to Dolfan's stuff, I read this with just almost zero foreknowledge.  I knew a few things - the aforementioned Hogan/Andre thing, Hart/Austin from WM 13 (I've seen the last minute or so of that somewhere along the line), Eddie and Benoit winning at WM 30, though I haven't seen that, and the existence of Taker's streak - that's about it.  It's been a fun read.

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  3. Dolfan, I wanted to add my thanks for this.  Best I can remember, I've never seen any full match from any Wrestlemania, and I've never seen a bunch of the WWF/E folks from the last 20 years wrestle at all (I know I've never seen a Cena match, and I don't think I've ever seen a full Rock match, for example).  Despite that I read and enjoyed the whole thing.  A lot of it got read in my son's room at night while trying to get him to go to sleep, and helped me to stay awake till he was out.  Good stuff.

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  4. I can’t sneak or scan for shit.  And I probably have a low cool stat, but I really don’t know. I don’t need those things. I have ammunition. 

    I really don’t get having trouble with the game unless you’re maybe playing on higher difficulty or just damned and determined to do missions a certain way.   I’m far from good as a gamer and I barely felt challenged by this. I died occasionally, but the only mission I couldn’t beat by running headlong into danger and blasting everything in sight was the one you start buck naked and unarmed. 

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  5. 30 minutes ago, odessasteps said:

    One of the guys ar work was telling me he saw people on the news saying the snow in Texas was fake and/or man-made. 

    So who's behind that, some sort of Rosicrucian/plumbers union cabal?  It's funny, but when I first heard Stuart by the Dead Milkmen back in 1988, the conspiracy theory sounded ridiculous.  I'm not sure that's true any longer.

    On the positive side, we've actually got running water, and it's apparently drinkable, though it looks like watered down milk.  

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  6. 2 hours ago, Zimbra said:

    "Don't try to fight a short dude with visible cauliflower ear" should be taught in school.  Those dudes ignored all the warning signs that they were about catch a beating.

    Thats right there with the make sure the short guy Isn’t in the UFC lesson Rashad Bobino learned. 

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  7. If you smell an unpleasant body odor wherever you are, don’t panic - it’s probably just me. 

    City announced we’ll be one of the last areas to get water back.   Ugh. At least my parents got it back this morning. 

    There were lines at car washes yesterday because people are stupid assholes. 

  8. That's why you put a 2-4 hour battery backup in place, so you have an instant bridge supply available until the generator comes online.  And you do a test run on the generator every week, even in summer.  Our little (by tech company standards) site has had that in place forever, even when we were in a leased building.  Scale might be an issue I suppose, since data centers eat huge amounts of power.

    Update for today:

    We've got power (mostly) and water (barely).  Still have our houseguests.  Kid's having a great time with somebody to play with, so taking them in has been a Godsend.  Parents still melting ice to flush toilets, but at least their power has been on for a record 5 hours straight.  In-Laws have power but also no water.  A friend of mine lost his roof yesterday in the ice storm.  It's supposed to start snowing again any minute, but at least it's supposed to get into the 40s tomorrow.

  9. 26 minutes ago, Raziel said:

    Because it didn't snow fast enough and with as much accumulation to insulate the ground from freezing, and Texas' water system isn't insulated like pretty much anywhere else it drops below freezing, so the water's either frozen at the source, the well's aren't getting power to the pumps, or water's frozen in the pipes and it's like the arteries of a 50 year old McDonalds eater without the Lipitor regimen.   

    Sounds about right.  There are also power issues affecting the treatment plants, and a shit ton of leaks from the ice as well.

  10. My 80 year old father is out collecting snow to melt for water, since they've lost water completely.  Of course they lose power for two hours every two hours, so they have to wait till its back on to even do that.  

    A friend's 85 year old mother had the upper floor of her house flood last night in Huntsville.  

    My son's school flooded from burst pipes, so no clue when he'll be able to go back

    Fuck all this.

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  11. We've somehow mostly kept the power on.  Best guess is we're near a fire station, and they've trying to avoid blacking that out, but no idea if that's really true.  Gas is working fine, so we've got heat.Water pressure is very low, but at least we've still got a little.  Pipes haven't frozen, so that's still good.

    My son is having a ball with the houseguests, since the've got a kid a year younger than him.

    New fun is the ice storm that came through last night.  quarter inch of ice on everything means limbs down all over the place, the worst of which are on the roof


  12. This weather has gone way past amusing at this point.  We've been lucky - lots of pretty snow to look at and play in, and then an nice, warm house to go back to.  Power's gone out four times, but never for more than 90 minutes.  

    On the other hand, some folks haven't had it in two days.  We may be taking in two families later today, if they can even get here.  Friends of ours have brought strangers in today.  There are gonna be people dying in their own homes in the not yet gentrified parts of east Austin over this

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  13. Supposed to be two degrees here (south of Austin) tonight.  Was under ten last night. We  had ice built up inside the house around window frames. Houses and infrastructure here ain’t built for this. We’ve got power and water still, but most folks I know have lost at least one of the pair. 

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  14. So, remember those level 900 guys we used to run into six years ago?  The ones whose level gave them away immediately at hackers? 

    Well, I got into a room last night and immediately got a bunch of messages.  "LifelessTurd killed DuckonQuack"  "LifelessTurd killed FishNuts"  "LifelessTurd killed Mundungus"...

    So, I found the killer on the map.  He's in a jet.  I thought Jet Boy had just about gone extinct after the arrival of the Oppressor, but apparently there's still one or two around.  He's also a level 1900-something.  

    That got me thinking.  Do you figure that's legit?  And if so, has he spent literally every waking minute for the last six years flying around in circles, using those stupid Lazer cannons to blast level 12's? (I know online is seven years old, but Jet Boy didn't really appear on the scene till a bit later).  I kinda think the answers to those questions are yes and yes.

  15. I've been playing a bit here and there.  Did you know people still bring tanks into freemode?  They do.  Didn't last long.  I still got the Night Shift Tank Flowchart memorized.  I was all the way under it when the explosion went off.

    Then I got into a fight with 2 CEO orgs and a white dot, all focused on me.  The brought out multiple ghost orgs, jet bikes. etc.  And they netted two kills from it.  One was when I was distracted trying put a proximity mine on the personal vehicle of a player I'd just shot and didn't notice the ghosted guy behind me.  The other was by freaking orbital cannon.  All that to fight one person who can't even remember his way around the map.

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  16. Did my first real post-corona workout today.  First time I've done anything significant since early December.  Nice to know things (kind of) work again.  Cut things short, but still did a fair amount and only feel a little more wiped out than normal afterwards - not much worse than I'd normally expect from a workout after 7 weeks off, really.  Looks like I'm finally beating the lingering crud.  First time I got back on a bike in late December, the two easy miles I did with my kindergarten age son wiped out my legs worse than 15 mile runs have done.  

  17. 10 minutes ago, jstout said:

    If I remember Nate correctly, the hospital called it pneumonia, but I wonder if there wasn't some COVID there. He was one of them milkfed younguns, lifted a lot of weight in his time. I can't remember if he ever competed in local bodybuilding or not. I know at one point he was ticked to have a pro set of weights and a rack at home so he wouldn't have to fool with a gym anymore.

    My favorite online moment: BA-DING! became an inside joke for us because we'd be playing GTA and his future wife would be texting him every 20 seconds, I swear. BA-DING! BA-DING! BA-DING BA-DING! Right after a BA-DING!, I managed to get in "and that is the sound of whooped."

    Oh Lord. I forgot the night Nate texted him about 50 times in a row so his phone would ba-ding 50 times in a row. And every text said ba-ding.  

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