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Speaking of which, being in Germany (even if it's Berlin, not Bavaria), I HAVE to get a liter Stein mug, (really called a Maß or Maßkrug). So I looked online, found one I'd love, then realized my little brother's 21st birthday is coming up in October...
(No, unfortunately, after Oktoberfest)
... so I think I might get 2 different ones and give him one for his birthday! Not only that, but the two of them, shipping included, are only 24 euro; not a bad price! You can find a single one easily for that price!
On that beer, if you guys ever somehow find a hefe-weizen from Munich (or München), specifically Paulaner or Franziskaner, try it! If you like that kind anyways. I don't know why, but they're so different and amazing, it's so weird. They're almost banana-y!
In fact, there's something in Berlin called the Banana-Weizen; it literally tastes like someone took a hefe-weizen and a banana and blended them together!
So my question is... does that count as my fruit for the day? ;)
You're probably right, BaKhan, but it seems so weird that just a couple hours in a museum hits way harder than a full day even on concrete and other hard flooring.
I've always preferred grass anyways! :)
@Zem, marble over concrete. Bad floors to stand on, and walk slowly over hours on. Middle back because the fatigue is moving up to the next set of stabilizers. or you know, something else maybe. ;)
BaKhan, but I can stand and walk for hours often without any pain or tiredness whatsoever, but in museums, I consistently get middle-back pain and feel beat.
The middle-back thing is the weirdest, because I have really bad lower back troubles, but my middle-back almost never hurts!
"If I had to judge movies by the quality of their plot, I'd hardly ever go to the movies."
Oh my God, sadly, that sums it up so perfectly!
And dang it, I'm full right now, but now I REALLY want a nice, greasy double bacon cheeseburger and some nice garlic-parmesan fries! I do have the beer though, so I've got that going for me.
@Zem, its the floors. More than anything else. The other things you mentioned don't help the situation, but really, its the floors/footwear that makes the most difference. Most chronic lower back pain stems from issues relating to your knees or feet. As it gets worse, it moves up the body to the next stabilizer, your back.
Thanks you guys, I needed a good laugh!
So what it is about museums? I went with a small group to the Neues Museum with a bunch of stuff from ancient Egypt, but everyone who went was complaining about back pain! Which is nice to know it's not just me, but it's so weird that just going to a museum can take it out of you!
My theory is that it's so long of standing there, leaning slightly forward or hunched while trying to read all of the signs and focus on the displays.
@CB: Pretty sure it's people also. ;-)
Frankly, I'd be more concerned about exactly what is in the chili dogs. :-)
I had chili dogs and a soylent
But...soylent is PEOPLE!
I'm eating at home today, so no garlic fries. I had chili dogs and a soylent. They don't really go together unless you pretend the soylent is a chocolate milkshske.
@GM: Really? With Canada's connection to the U.K., I thought you guys also allowed for a pint or two when dining out at lunch time. They don't do it here but I practice it if I go out by myself. Heck, I've been known to sneak booze into work and take a nip. Haven't been caught yet.
@Geist: I acould find the burger...but not a quality one. The fries(over garlicy) I can get across the street, the beer...well I have that at home. Not allowed to even have one beer at lunch.
@GM: I can find a bacon double cheese burger in most restaurants in D.C. but not garlic fries. Done right, those things are soooooo good.
Sometimes you need a bacon double cheese burger with garlic fries and a beer
@Geist: Now that's what I want for lunch...sadly I don't know of a place nearby that has something that good.
@CB: Movies are a lot like food. Yes, I could eat nothing but healthy all natural food all day everyday but that wouldn't be much fun. Sometimes you need a bacon double cheese burger with garlic fries and a beer (or milkshake if you don't consume booze). Not healthy for you but oh man does it taste good and you get a wonderful feeling afterwards.
Right now, I need an action movie to take my mind off of my troubles.
@Geist, that's probably why I hardly ever go to the movies. ;-)
@CB: If I had to judge movies by the quality of their plot, I'd hardly ever go to the movies.
((How can you go wrong with giant fighting robots?))
... by making yet another movie featuring giant fighting robots in lieu of a plot ...
@BK, every few years the software development industry collectively decides that, "we're doing it all wrong!" When that happens, they reinvent our entire way of doing things. The current resume-stuffing acronyms are Angular (a software framework) and Agile (a software development methodology.)
Agile is indeed a project management paradigm, which replaces waterfall, the previous darling child of PM.
I can't wait to see what's next.
@BaKhan: I completely understand. I wasn't sure if you guys had a Red Lobster there. If you couldn't get it, you could try to make it. Heck, your homemade version would most likely taste better than the one in their restaurant.
@Geist, oh for sure I could... but sometimes its nice to try the original first you know? ;)
@BaKhan: I bet you could recreate this at home. There are a bunch of recipes that tell how you can make their biscuits at home. Only, instead of baking them, you'd put them in a waffle iron and tempura fry some lobster tails. Easy peasy.
@Geist, OMG! I want that so bad!!! I love me some chicken 'n' waffles, I couldn't even imagine lobster and waffles! Lordy Lordy!
Btw, since we were talking about Red Lobster a few days ago, they have some out with something new.
@BaKhan: I know, right? I saw the first one twice in theaters and while it didn't make as much money in the States, Hollywood saw fit enough to give it another chance. There is even talk of it taking the number one spot away from Black Panther.
I still haven't see A Wrinkle in Time. I want to see it. Just haven't had the chance.
@Geist, I hope you have a great weekend! If you do get a chance to see the PR sequel, let us know your thoughts. I also enjoyed the first movie! How can you go wrong with giant fighting robots? ;)
@CB, I looked up Agile Training, as I'd never heard of it, and I think I wound up more confused than when I started! ;) Its basically project management?
What a day this is turning out to be. My neighbor noisily came back to her unit around 3 am and proceeded to give an x-rated audio of her make out session with her boyfriend. I left my apartment 20 minutes later than usual only to get caught up in a traffic jam due to an accident that affected the bus line I was on. And of course, the building maintenance people wanted access to my unit to spray around the fridge so I had a fast clean up session when I got home last night. Glad it's the weekend. Hope to see the Pacific Rim sequel. I loved the first movie and I could use the escapism around about now.
Morning kittens. Spent an hour meeting a mandatory Agile Training requirement. Felt like work!
Morning kittens. Happy Friday.
@Geist, sadly no improvement on her hearing. Its possible that those popping sounds were just the last vestiges of her hearing dying off. Its brutal, but she is learning to deal with it. The second opinion testing still hasn't happened yet, as they want her to wait 6 months to see if it comes around on its own first. I'm hoping that there will be some type of new technology or procedure that will be able to correct it soon!
@BaKhan: I completely understand. It's almost impossible not to beat myself up when things go wrong in my life. The only thing you can do is try. Think of this as a lesson learned. Next time will be different. Even if it ISN'T, still don't go blaming yourself. It's also human to make the same mistake more than once before the lesson kicks in.
How is Misty's hearing, btw? Still getting popping sounds?
@Geist, oh I know it, its just hard to dispute when I don't disagree with them. Partly due to who I am, and how I was raised, I tend to think the worst of myself. Its like constantly having that person telling you, you aren't living up to your potential, but from the inside. Then when something actually does go wrong, that negativity is justified. I know this about myself, and struggle with it constantly, just in times like this, its harder to silence that voice.
like watching a famous person crash and burn, people get a perverse sense of enjoyment out of it.
@BaKhan: I also think that some people feel better about themselves if they think they are in a better place than you. For example: I think some women like me because I'm fat so it makes them feel better. If I were to lose the weight and take better care of myself, they might not want to be around me anymore because I wouldn't be such a sad sack in their eyes. I lost one friend because I found better work than her and she never found (while I knew her) a full time job.
And anyone who acts like they don't do bone headed stuff is bullshitting you. They just don't want to admit it.
@GM, Thanks man.
@Zem, I think its just human nature. If they can make the problem unique to you, then it doesn't effect them. I also think its like watching a famous person crash and burn, people get a perverse sense of enjoyment out of it.
Morning kittens. I got into work around 7 am so I'm hoping to get some extra hours in even though the government is on a two hour delay. I could kick myself for not coming in the office yesterday when the bus and subway system were still running.
The roads are even more clear than yesterday. The only thing I have to look out for now is ice and, thankfully, most businesses keep their sidewalks clear. (Don't want a law suit to hit them) Got my last unemployment check. When I log in this Sunday, I'll have to let them know I've found work. All businesses report your employment to the surrounding unemployment agencies so you can get in trouble if caught. I know one woman I use to work with that had an undeclared part time job and when she went to renew, they told her that she couldn't until she paid back the over payment plus penalties.
BaKhan, did you ask all of those people if they've kept all of their oil change receipts ever? Because the only people I know who do that are my parents, but even then I doubt they actually keep stuff like that more than a year or two. Why would people just be insensitive about this? It's not really common knowledge or practice to hold on to every seemingly not too important receipt for the entire life of a car.
@BaKhan: I can see why people say to keep them...but I probably would have done the same as you and thrown them out. I know my parents keep all receipts for items they paid for with credit cards, then check their statement against those receipts every month. They don't keep the receipts past that(to my knowledge). But keeping receipts from oil changes going back however many months/years....I really couldn't see the majority of people doing that.
@Geist, thanks for that. I've been told so many times over the past couple of days how dumb I am for not keeping them. Its a fairly common thread when I tell people about the situation I'm in right now. Talk about kicking a guy when he's down.
@BaKhan: all of on this planet have made a stupid decision or 2. How many of us keep our receipts anyway? I know of only one person in my lifetime and her reason is she tends to return things on a regular basis.
You and I didn't get the best life prep growing up so try not to be so hard on yourself. Try to find something that will help you take your mind off your troubles for a while. I like to dive into a good book or go to the movies. It helps me calm down and sometimes clears my head so I can think rationally.
@Zem, thanks brother. I appreciate it.
BaKhan and Geist, I'm really sorry for you guys right now. I know I haven't said much, but know that I'm hoping things turn around for you all soon!
@Geist, car situation is still ongoing. I'm dealing with the service manager now, and she seems to be more willing to be helpful. My main issue was not keeping my oil change receipts, which I now realize was really dumb. I just never expected to have an issue like this, the car is only 4 years old. So as with most of my life, stupid decisions are making everything complicated. I was able to get a couple of receipts from a Mr. Lube and send them into her, so I trying to be hopeful that it will make a difference. I'm very much still super stressed, and in a serious bind if they don't cover it under warranty. As of right now, my original motor is disassembled and they don't seem willing to put it back together, for what they say are safety reasons. To get a used motor (with less mileage than my current one) would cost over $7000, and right now, I just don't have that kind of money. If I saved up for a few months I could do it, but then I would be out of a car, and have no way to get to work. So, yeah, I'm a ball of stress right now. Hoping for good news.