@cbilyak@gt0163c@Koolhandjoe@macromeh@njfan Feel free to stop by on my birthday next month. Mom will be making my favorite sauce for lasagna (drops a roast in the sauce to cook). It will be amazing and she makes enough for me to feast on for the week.
I should warn you, we are sicilian so no ricotta cheese. Mozzarella and Parmigiano/Pecorino Romano only.
@cbilyak@Koolhandjoe@macromeh@njfan@tinamarie1974 Sorry @Koolhandjoe, I’m not willing to share my fruitcake I get from my mom. The number of years my mom is able to bake them (and therefore the number of her fruitcakes I receive) is getting are short and I plan to cherish and savor every remaining one. Maybe once I take over the baking I’ll toss and extra one Joe’s way. Until then, he’ll have to make due with what other Mehizens provide.
I would be curious if Googlezon actually does become a thing but I think I’d like to visit a library, ask for access to LexisNexis and research the best investments and all the winning lottery numbers from the previous 25 years.
@njfan I am most interested to see if Amazon and Disney have finally conquered humanity… will they unite and create peace or will the people earth be divided into 2 warring factions… Those who pledge loyalty to the Utopian House of Mouse and the those are loyal to the Dystopian Amazonian overlords…
Man, this is a tough one. Thanks, book!
I am going to choose charity. To me, charity introduces tangible opportunities for actualization of lasting empathy. Without getting too preachy, I think the world would be in a better place if there was more of it.
That said, virtues are highly subjective. Example: Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. I don’t think opinions on his virtuosity would be uniform.
@njfan I think the world would be better off if more folks practice self-care. I am in no way discounting certain mental diseases, but I find other undesirable behaviors are exasperated because people don’t sleep enough, don’t eat healthy, don’t exercise, don’t Meditate and don’t manage their day to best suit their body.
Suppose that each day you had to spend one hour in private meditation or contemplation and that by snapping your fingers, you could instantly transport yourself anywhere for the duration of this quiet time. Where would you choose to go?
@njfan Somewhere peaceful out in nature…beach, mountain top, field of flowers…does not matter exactly where so long as the air is fresh and there are no stupid humans around…or bugs/animals that will bite or torment me too much.
Somewhere peaceful out in nature…beach, mountain top, field of flowers…does not matter exactly where so long as the air is fresh and there are no stupid humans around…or bugs/animals that will bite or torment me too much.
@njfan I’m assuming at the end of the hour I would either immediately be transported back to where I started or I could snap my fingers and be back to where I started. Because otherwise I’d have to significantly increase my Lyft/Uber budget.
But, if that’s the case, I think I’d change it up. Some days I’d be on a warm, sandy beach. Some days up in the mountains next to a water fall. Some days I’d go somewhere in a different timezone so I could see the stars or the aurora or an eclipse. Some days I’d want to be by a quiet lake. Other days by a rushing river. Some days I’d want to be in the cat room at an animal shelter around kitty nap time. It would be neat to take a month (or three) and go to a different cathedral or church or other house of worship each day. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t run out of different places to go.
Have you stopped beating your wife? (A question that has no right answer other than FU or Don’t have a wife. Yes or no is bad.) Great way to discern the persons intellect on first encounter. Or, be an asshole cop.
@njfan they are basically a butterfinger bar made into a cylinder and rolled in finely grated toasted coconut instead of chocolate. Maybe they are a southern thing. They are made at a little candy company in Lufkin, Texas
Other than English? Hmm, I’m considering Spanish and Mandarin for professional advancement but I think it’d be interesting if I could be fluent in the language of love. Wait, no, I change my answer. I want to be fluent in PowerShell scripting.
@ironcheftoni@njfan I thought about “only good” IRKs later but too late to edit. The Force would work on those that keep trying to get IRKs even though we continually get very very Meh ones. You know, the ones with weak minds that hasn’t learned.. I guess I could pick the good ones after the reveals.
@njfan I think knowing all things would kind of take some of the fun out of life, but that’s just me. I always find it so fascinating to learn something completely new.
I think I’d go with teleportation too, like @ironcheftoni - no driving in heavy traffic, no perking hassles, no airports, etc.
Dave Righetti, Ramariero Mendoza, Al Toon, Satchel Paige come to mind but it would be awesome to see Jackie Robinson play today. I am more curious about his interplay relationships and environmental observations. Does he think there has been progress or has all the success been a mirage?
I’d probably want to do away with the ceremony. I understand it’s a special moment that some might want to celebrate with others but …meh, I’m not feeling it. If the ceremony has to take place, how about from start to finish, it lasts about fifteen minutes.
We work 7on/7off. If the holiday falls on your work week… to bad. We also don’t get extra pay on those days but rather, we get paid an extra 5.25 hours each 2 week pay period to cover holiday and vacation pay. Kinda sucks when Thanksgiving and Christmas both fall on your work weeks.
Currently I am leaning towards “every day I wake up” is my favorite day!
@njfan well, it is because of Covid. Seems my summer attire is yoga pants and a t-shirt (barefoot). Winter business casual includes Muk-Luk slippers that can be worn outside, fuzzy pajama pants and a tshirt. My favorite pair of pj pants are ruldolph themed
@njfan when im in the office, it’s business casual except on special occasions where we can wear jeans. My work from home wardrobe has been gym shorts and tshirts which is far more comfortable. And I find myself more productive when I’m comfortable.
@njfan I have worked from home since 2010. Basically my entire professional career for a major company. Never in that time has anyone wanted or attempted to be on a video call. I don’t get the obcession with it the pandemic caused… We were making. “Ugh it’s casual Friday… I have to wear jeans instead of boxers?” Jokes in 2011.
@njfan lol probably hiring decent programmers at the national level on some accounts. Haven’t looked at the job listings in years. And I have no idea how friendly they are to wfh on new hires, they have waffled back and forth over the years. We’ve been bought and sold at the company level multiple times. At my account/module we are staffed up.
@njfan J-school Intro to News Photography.
I’d never used anything but a point & shoot camera, and couldn’t afford a fancy SLR, so I used a Leica my father bought while stationed in Germany as a soldier, and a hand-held light meter. Super hard class, many hours in the darkroom, but I learned SO much, and got one of only three As given by the very tough prof.
@njfan Can’t pick just one. Genetics (had I not been such a dumb as young 20 something with no functioning frontal lobe I would have finished taking all the fucking chemistry I hated and my PhD would have been in human genetics rather than what it is in), followed by Environmental Geology, followed by Science, Technology and Human values, followed by History of Science and Math, followed by the Physics of Music, followed by any art class (I took a lot of those too).
Curry <fill in the blank>. I cannot stand the smell and smell and taste are closely related, at least for me. Pancakes would also fall into this category but distaste for it is not as passionate as it is for curry.
@ironcheftoni you must have all/most of the bitter genes (I think there are 5 of them). People who hate broccoli are far more likely to be able to taste bitter and to them broccoli has a bitter under taste.
Heh, interesting timing. A lottery ticket today w/ the winning Powerball numbers for next week would be awesome.
A gift that is a bit more attainable (but still out there) would be winning the Meh fantasy football league this year. If @metaphore, @sammydog01, @brendles, @gallogj, and everyone else forgets to start multiple positions over the next couple of weeks, it could happen.
@metaphore I think we’ve all been there where our bench outscored our starters. Don’t think of it as a mistake but rather a reflection of your ability to motivate your bench players to not be bench players anymore.
The New York Jets vs. the New York Giants.
I’d be rooting for the Jets!!
I’ve already had the dream World Series with the Mets vs. Yankees, so this would just be sports fan gravy. I really, and I think most Jets fans, would be happy to settle for any NFC team as an a opponent in the Super Bowl.
I think this is a tough question. Would sports programming or news programming be considered a show? I hope not (if so, I’d probably lean towards sports programming because I’m comfortable w/ learning the news in print format or from the radio)!
Assuming news and sports are excluded, I’d go with Curb Your Enthusiasm. He behaves how I think…and sometimes behave .