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1  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: Trump bashing thread on: April 26, 2017, 07:53:57 AM
Exactly.  If we leave, and the North invades, it's going to be bloody, that's for sure.  Why does it have to involve American blood?

Say NK does take over SK.  Then what?  Prices on cell phones and LED TV's rise?  No more cheap shitbox cars?  What are we doing protecting a country that should be able to protect itself?
2  Son of The General Forum / General Jr. / Re: The random awesomness thread, ever ongoing... on: April 24, 2017, 07:30:46 AM
Taking the cat? 

We are going to have my brother stay at the house and care for the cats, as well as keep the place occupied.


Actually, that looks like a good trip. Drink way to much Scotch for me.

I don't even really like scotch.  No whiskey tours, son is too young.  We considered a trip to Austria/Germany, but this one looked better.  Maybe in another 5-6 years, and then he'll be old enough to drink beer with us.
3  Son of The General Forum / General Jr. / Re: Movies: Help, I'm rolling snake eyes every time on: April 23, 2017, 05:05:36 PM
"Gunless".

Typical Western toughguy wakes up in a small town.  Problem for him is, it's a Canadian small town.  He's trying to be all tough and ruthless, they're all being polite and friendly. 

Very funny in a subtle kind of way.

1-1/2 hour long on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLk9qR-1ffQ  Well worth the time spent.
4  Son of The General Forum / General Jr. / Re: The random awesomness thread, ever ongoing... on: April 23, 2017, 02:51:33 PM
I don't remember why you couldn't make it.  I do, however, remember Yeknodathon, who was a hoot. 
5  Son of The General Forum / General Jr. / Re: The random awesomness thread, ever ongoing... on: April 23, 2017, 07:37:13 AM
When we did London 13 years ago (and Soddy begged off that time, too, the bastard), we spent 2 days in Edinburgh.  That was the best part of the trip, so we decided to spend more time there.  There is a "all of UK" tour, but it's 1)already booked full and 2)doesn't hit some of the places we want, but does go places we've already been.  Plus, this one hits places like the Orkney Islands, which aren't included in most.  We like to see the out of the way stuff.

The absolute best part of the trip all around was the people.  Everyone we met (including the panhandler) was polite and well spoken.  The only rude people we saw were obviously American, and it embarrassed us.
6  Son of The General Forum / General Jr. / Re: The random awesomness thread, ever ongoing... on: April 21, 2017, 12:05:55 PM
We're going to Scotland!

Trip planned for July (wife is a teacher; we must go on summer vacation).  Prices are higher, but thems the breaks.  10 days, all around the country, with overnight trips to Skye and Orkney islands.  A day on each end to drive to/from Toronto, where the cross pond flights are MUCH cheaper (doesn't say much for Rochester International airport), and maybe a visit to the Science museum up there.

Trip is a small group (16-18 people) guided one, with the same bus driver and guides all along the way.  We went with Collett Tours, which are very highly rated.  It ain't cheap, but it's first class, with nice hotels at every stop, full baggage & limo service, etc.  All the various fees are included.  We get full breakfast every day, and full dinners most nights.  Lunch breaks are on your own, but if it's anything like our London trip, the guides know great places to eat at every stop.  This one is their "discover Scotland" package.

Going to cost a small fortune.  We don't go on vacations very often, but tend to go all out when we do.

The whole family is excited.  If any of you miscreants are in the area, we'd love to meet up for a pint or two.
7  Son of The General Forum / General Jr. / Re: The random crap thread, ever on-going. on: April 21, 2017, 05:35:01 AM
He's a handsome fellow.  He'll eat you out of house and home though.  Maybe the last lot of people couldn't afford to keep him in moose legs any longer.

He does eat like a horse.  Then again, he could use a little extra weight.  He's actually pretty lean right now.  And I have picked him up, but I don't believe he's all of 17 pounds.  Maybe 15.


"You are taking my picture because you appreciate my superior nature, but your time would be better employed by feeding me. Proceed."

Wife and I got a kick out of your caption. 
8  Son of The General Forum / General Jr. / Re: The random crap thread, ever on-going. on: April 21, 2017, 02:55:41 AM
The lady that took the pics is the one that fostered him for a couple of days.  She's a professional photographer.
9  Son of The General Forum / General Jr. / Re: The random crap thread, ever on-going. on: April 20, 2017, 11:26:30 AM
This is Antin.  Antin means gold, in Turkish.  He's a big one tipping the scales just over 17 pounds.  He's also completely laid back.


10  Son of The General Forum / General Jr. / Re: The random awesomness thread, ever ongoing... on: April 19, 2017, 03:30:02 PM
We have been approved for adoption!  New kitty will come home with us tomorrow night.  He is resting at a foster house after a through battery of tests at the vet today.

We are all excited to be welcoming another rescue cat.
11  Son of The General Forum / General Jr. / Re: The random crap thread, ever on-going. on: April 18, 2017, 02:17:42 PM
In a strange twist, the facebook page we joined for help locating our lost cat had a post about a found cat.  Seems said cat was chipped, so they contacted the owners.  Who, apparently, just dumped the poor guy and don't want him back.

I stepped up and said I'd take him.  He has to be tested (FIV) and get booster shots before they'll let us have him.  But it looks like unless there are some unforeseen circumstances, he'll be our new kitty tomorrow.

And, in a case of instant karma, as I was emailing the new rescue group to work out the details, indoor only place called me, and I was more than happy to tell them to get lost.
12  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: News from the front, Iraq, the Middle East, and elsewhere. on: April 18, 2017, 11:53:48 AM
To me the whole issue about the MOAB is not the weapon, but the delivery system.  A C130 at 15 grand flying at 200+ knots would have limited deployment scenarios.

And, it was used in about the best possible scenario this past week.  Not only did it do what they intended (kill bad guys), it also sends the message that the caves are no longer a safe haven.  I think by taking off the tethers, they (the military) have started doing what they need to do without being second guessed at every turn.
13  Son of The General Forum / General Jr. / Re: The random crap thread, ever on-going. on: April 18, 2017, 06:18:07 AM
We're going back to the place I got my first cat from almost 30 years ago.

Appointment to see all the cats at 3 PM today.  Hopefully, we will bring one home with us.
14  Son of The General Forum / General Jr. / Re: The random crap thread, ever on-going. on: April 17, 2017, 03:07:48 PM
Update: after talking to the vet, she said that it was very possible that Gadget suffered heart failure.  She was concerned at last visit (2 weeks ago) because of a pronounced heart murmur, and his age (~12 years).

Naturally, I have been missing my kitty.  The other guy we have is much more attached to my wife than me, and this weekend my wife suggested we might look into getting another rescue.  So, we spent Saturday morning searching the web and looking at the various cats available.  Being a holiday weekend, most places were not holding viewings, but one place close to us was.  Since we had to contact the vet to tell her about our loss, we decided to stop in because it was close by.

We get there, and they have a grand total of 4(!) cats. 2 were very battle scared feral rescues (both missing ears, one half blind), and not very friendly.  Neither would respond to petting/scratching more than just tolerating it.  One was scared to death, hiding under the bedding and visibly shaking.

But the fourth guy was a treasure.  Big tabby, super affectionate; couldn't get enough attention.  Tried to climb into my arms when the door was opened so I could pet him.  Obviously a good candidate.

Then the church lady says that because our other cat is indoor/outdoor, we would be refused.  But fill out an application online.  For what? So you can get all smug and self righteous about turning us down?  What the hell is it with these people that they think a prison is a better life than being able to go in and out as they please?
15  Son of The General Forum / General Jr. / Re: The random crap thread, ever on-going. on: April 13, 2017, 04:42:37 PM
I regret to inform you that Gadget has been found, dead.  He was 3 houses away, in a small fenced area at the front of an empty house for sale.  There are no marks on his body indicating he was attacked by anything.  He may have been hit by a car, but I really canít tell.  He will be buried next to his brother, who died of acute kidney failure several years ago.
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