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  1. Odd Things That Creep(ed) You Out

    I dated a girl who was seriously afraid of clowns. We went to the grocery store one day after work and there was a clown dancing around the aisles, I don't know what set him off, but he began harassing her and got worse when he saw how much it bugged her. Yes, boys and girls, I threatened to beat up a clown in a grocery store once if he didn't leave us alone.
  2. What Grinds Your Gears...

    A common problem my friend has is she is always asked for proof of citizenship and to demonstrate she is an American because according to her birth certificate, she was born in New Mexico. People automatically see that, and ask if she is American. One time would be funny, but she has put up with this her entire life, from teachers speaking slowly and carefully saying their words, cuz she might not understand English, to being required to provide proof of American citizenship at the DMV or voter registration or when applying for a job. I guess people really are that stupid.
  3. Unique ice designs

    Is this the future of the NHL? Stadium in Turku, Finland. I suppose it's easy when you're used to it, but wouldn't you lose sight of the puck on the ice?
  4. Hurricane Watch 2017

    So is it worth it living there if this is going to happen? Or are these storms so infrequent that it's just a minor inconvenience? When I was a kid, the river just south of us would flood every spring, and every spring, the local news would feature the same people over and over talking about how much they lost to the flood. Next year, same thing. It's hard to feel sorry for people who knowingly put themselves in harms way. So is it worth living there and you accept that things like this could happen?
  5. What Grinds Your Gears...

    No, he got a court order to secure his fence, they must always be chained up when they are back there (I'm not checking) and he received a suspended sentence and fine and told that another incident in the next two years, he's serving time, the dog will be put down, and he has to pay a $20,000 fine.
  6. What Grinds Your Gears...

    The second time, the dogs attacked the animal control officer when she showed up. We eventually went to court because of that incident, he got a suspended sentence and is moving away soon, so that problem is taken care of, but the beware of dog signs are still up at the house, and I'm not gonna confirm.
  7. What Grinds Your Gears...

    A neighbor called the police on me listening to music in my back yard, not because it was too loud, but because he didn't understand it (it was German) and he thought I could be a terrorist or something. He has also called the police on another neighbor of mine because he thought he had kidnapped a child. Unfortunately for him, he works at a school, and was suspended for a while while the investigation went on. My neighbor never got an apology, and I don't expect one either. It would be nice if he could at least talk to me, but he probably feared for his life, given that I could be a terrorist. Meanwhile, he has let his dogs loose in the neighborhood and I have been attacked twice in the last year, the first time required a hospital visit, I now keep my garage open while working outside so I can quickly get in there if I see the dogs, so I can grab a weapon and defend myself.
  8. Hurricane Watch 2017

    Not a hurricane, but a few years ago my dad had fallen asleep on the couch watching TV, he didn't feel the earthquake, only woke up to the door closing and my stepmom coming in with the cat she had run out of the apartment, saved the cat, and left my dad asleep on the couch. It's been a family joke for years now, she would save the cat, but left my dad to potentially die.
  9. Movies, Movies, and Movies

    I can't wait for the sequel to Dunkirk. Curious how the war turns out for the British. Told my nephew that and he can't wait for the sequel either. I told my nephew that I had already seen the sequel to Rogue One, I knew how things would turn out after the rebels barely got away with the plans. He was surprised that the sequel to Rogue One came out so fast that I had already seen it. It's fun to mess with small kids.
  10. Unpopular Opinions - Anything and Everything

    I don't like melted cheese, but I love pizza. Raw cheese is OK, I might occasionally snack on it if offered, but once its melted, I can't stand it. Except for the aforementioned pizza.
  11. 2017 High School Football

    Same rules as here. Never had to learn any new rules for road trips.
  12. 2017 High School Football

    In NW Washington, some years we would play schools from B.C. as non-conference foes.
  13. 2017 High School Football

    He has to pay $300 to play (athletic fee), and they take one plane trip (Juneau) or ferry trip (Kodiak) a year, and while they do fundraisers, the booster club springs for the cost of the trip. They spend the night in the gym of the high school they are visiting and a road trip can take several days. His older sister is a cheerleader at the school and she has to pay for everything (travel, hotel, etc.) to go to these games, whereas he pays nothing (other than the yearly athletic fee). I went to high school in NW Washington, it cost nothing to play, and our longest road trip was maybe 50-60 miles down the freeway, which could be done in one night. We were talking about this because my old high school is now charging students to play high school sports, which seems strange to me, I thought high school sports were supposed to be free, except for some basic personal equipment. That's when she told me about what he winds up paying.
  14. 2017 High School Football

    The championship game is in Anchorage at Anchorage Football Stadium (sounds more impressive than it is). My friend says booster clubs and support groups pay for the travel, so I don't know how much tickets cost, but I'll be sure to ask her.
  15. Go Stare at the Sun

    I found it funny that the tv station that continuously hyped this as a "once in a lifetime" event just interviewed a guy who has just seen his third eclipse and is planning on seeing the one in 2024.