Random non sequitur posts catch-all thread

I think 30-45 minutes is fine but 1:15 is pretty far for a relationship to me. Yeah you see each other once a week now for a whole day fine but what if it gets more serious?

I have a similar attitude as your friends toward commuting. It boggles my mind that people put up with driving an hour+ each way to work every day. I hate 20 minute commutes, I can’t imagine an hour commute and how much of my one life I am wasting. I know some people it doesn’t bother, just a foreign mindset to me.

I used to drive about 1:00 to 1:30 daily (each way). Once we had kids and they started to get into after-school activities and sports, we felt compelled to move closer to our jobs. It's usually about 30-40 minutes to get to work during rush hour, and sometimes as low as 22-25 minutes to get home when I work late and traffic is light.

I work in NJ (near the Meadowlands), and was willing to put up with that long commute in order to live out in the (relatively) rural part of NJ.

Yeah I get it, I used to live in Livingston / Chatham and commuted to Roseland, so not too bad. If I had to go to the Meadowlands every day I think it would have driven me crazy or into a new job.

LeapingGnome wrote:

Yeah I get it, I used to live in Livingston / Chatham and commuted to Roseland, so not too bad. If I had to go to the Meadowlands every day I think it would have driven me crazy or into a new job. :)

I'm one town over from Chatham.

Good thing I was already crazy when I started this job!

LeapingGnome wrote:

I have a similar attitude as your friends toward commuting. It boggles my mind that people put up with driving an hour+ each way to work every day. I hate 20 minute commutes, I can’t imagine an hour commute and how much of my one life I am wasting. I know some people it doesn’t bother, just a foreign mindset to me.

I think I just grew up with it. NYC was always 90 minutes away for me, and now that I work there, the idea of that commute, while not ideal, is just the price of getting the job I wanted. Anyway, I couldn't afford to live in the city even on my current salary. I ran the numbers and I think the BEST I could do is cut my commute to 30-40 minutes. At BEST.

Yeah, at least going into the city hopefully you have a train commute. When I had to go into the office in the city I would always take the train and it wasn’t bad since you can do stuff like read or email or whatever which you can’t do while driving. I would be ok with a longer train commute but would still want to keep it under an hour because that is just a lot of the day burnt up.

Few things are worse than obnoxious and entitled white people getting chardonnay day drunk in an immigrant owned Asian restaurant in a strip mall in an economically depressed area of town.

Kind of a good metaphor for the Trump presidency, actually.

Had some epic lightning storm last night in Seattle. Epic for Seattle anyway.

Baron Of Hell wrote:

Had some epic lightning storm last night in Seattle. Epic for Seattle anyway.

Wife and the friends we had over for dinner are all mid-westerners and declared it a "proper thunderstorm".

I got some HOLY SH*T family news today from my sister.

Like, "this is going to create a mushroom cloud visible from China and might kill my father" kind of holy sh*t. Keee-rist.

In short, it involves a ne'er do well cousin throwing out a bunch of family heirlooms (photos, mostly) in an apparent fit of pique, and his sister, who knew about it, not telling anyone until very, very recently.

All of this in a family that has become ALL ABOUT genealogy and tracing our roots.

This is going to be an absolute disaster.

Yeah I finally felt like I was enjoying a true Northeast thunderstorm. More of those, please!

Prederick, my sister did something like that a year ago when we were moving my Mom's apartment. Luckily, my sister-in-law surreptitiously hit the dumpster and saved, I dunno, half of it? Definitely, as you say, in a fit of pique. Not all was saved, but at least it's something.

My sister has since revealed (inadvertently) that she has some deep, deep issues with family that I had no idea of. I'm kind of waiting for her to blow up, like living near Krakatoa. Maybe in my lifetime, but hopefully not lol.

Baron Of Hell wrote:

Had some epic lightning storm last night in Seattle. Epic for Seattle anyway.

I like thunderstorms and I guess I picked a good week to be in town. I thought it was nice. I sat outside on a covered patio swing for the whole thing.

deftly wrote:
Baron Of Hell wrote:

Had some epic lightning storm last night in Seattle. Epic for Seattle anyway.

I like thunderstorms and I guess I picked a good week to be in town. I thought it was nice. I sat outside on a covered patio swing for the whole thing.

Of my two dogs, one, River, is scared to death of storms. She hides under the desk or covers at the sound of heavy wind. Crowley, though, loves them. I will open the blinds in the bedroom and he will lay on the bed and just watch the storm all night or day in a complete peace. If it starts to storm in the middle of the night, River is waking me up to help her hide, and Crowley is asking me to open the blinds.

But not many people in the midwest sit outside to enjoy a thunderstorm. They have been wrecking our neighborhood this year.

Heading towards 2020, my favorite music video experience of the decade is still Pharrell's '24 Hours of Happy' video.

Perfect concept, perfect song, and I've never gotten tired of it. It is also the video that is most demonstrative of what I imagine "America" to be.

That said, if I was asked to choose my best pop song of the 2000s, I'm going with "One More Time". Although that really doesn't work as well without the entire music video experience.

Wow, that "happy" thing is neat, hadn't seen it!

Is something special going on with the Daftpunk one? Both video links are blocked for me.

fenomas wrote:

Is something special going on with the Daftpunk one? Both video links are blocked for me.

Probably something to do with music rights in your location, those rules are always weird.

So something I did at work got tweeted out by an incredibly famous person on Twitter today. That's... different.

(My response upon hearing this news wasn't "Hooray!" but instead "JESUS H. CHRIST I HOPE THERE WEREN'T ANY TYPOS")

A few days ago I was googling stuff about pirates (the boat kind, not the media/software kind). Since then, I keep getting Google notifications on my phone with sports scores for the Pittsburgh Pirates. I think some wires got crossed somewhere.

muttonchop wrote:

A few days ago I was googling stuff about pirates (the boat kind, not the media/software kind). Since then, I keep getting Google notifications on my phone with sports scores for the Pittsburgh Pirates. I think some wires got crossed somewhere.

Well, don't keep us waiting - how many villages have they plundered?

Jonman wrote:
muttonchop wrote:

A few days ago I was googling stuff about pirates (the boat kind, not the media/software kind). Since then, I keep getting Google notifications on my phone with sports scores for the Pittsburgh Pirates. I think some wires got crossed somewhere.

Well, don't keep us waiting - how many villages have they plundered?

0 so far. It's like they're not even trying!
Apparently they defeated some Giants though

Sounds like an epic adventure. I wonder if they’ll avoid that island in the future though.

muttonchop wrote:
Jonman wrote:
muttonchop wrote:

A few days ago I was googling stuff about pirates (the boat kind, not the media/software kind). Since then, I keep getting Google notifications on my phone with sports scores for the Pittsburgh Pirates. I think some wires got crossed somewhere.

Well, don't keep us waiting - how many villages have they plundered?

0 so far. It's like they're not even trying!
Apparently they defeated some Giants though

I think that means they can advance to the next level?

So my sister was telling me about how she got a news notification on her phone the other day and then proceeded to go to her co-workers and tell them all that Eddie Murphy had died- from cancer, he was 70. They all were shocked and in disbelief and trying to find confirmation of the news- plus they hadn't heard he had cancer and they didn't think he was 70. So they asked her if she was absolutely sure. She was like, yeah, and checked her phone again and said, "oh, sorry... Eddie Money just died." (RIP Eddie Money)

So, for a long time now, I've fallen asleep to various TV shows. I'll put on an episode of something pretty broad and inoffensive on Netflix, set the TV timer to like 30 minutes, and then nod off to the sound of hackneyed jokes and laugh tracks.

But, I've run through some of these shows like 3 or 4 times now. I needed something new this week. So, I decided to take a big swing on something new.

TELENOVELAS.

It's been GREAT. I have NO IDEA what's going on but it's SUPER DRAMATIC and the subtitles don't even help because on Hulu, they're all in Spanish too. I fell asleep last night idly watching a show with quite possibly the greatest title on earth and I am all-in on this now. I'm going to learn Spanish in my sleep, but only dramatic Spanish.

I don’t know how many times I’ve gone through the Planet Earth series (really, anything narrated by David Attenborough), with the sleep timer set to 30 min

I should be doing that. Instead, I am watching the over-dramatic wives of Colombian drug dealers shoot one another.

Lately my fall asleep show has been Top Gear. Might be an odd choice but I have seen all of the old episodes so many times it is comfort TV and I am working my way through the series again part of an episode each night.

For some reason the soundscape of an MMA match on TV lulls me right to sleep. It’s some special kind of white noise that switches my brain to sleep mode. Sometimes when it’s a match that I’m really interested in watching I will mute the audio. Bingo. Problem solved. But it drives my son nuts when I do that. Haha.

I often look for MMA on Netflix but no dice. I’m sure it will happen eventually.

Prederick wrote:

I should be doing that. Instead, I am watching the over-dramatic wives of Colombian drug dealers shoot one another.

Real Housewives of Medellín?

For anyone looking for more shows to fall asleep to, I just posted in the Amazon Prime thread about a show my brother-in-law just introduced me to: Travels by Narrowboat. Seems like it would do the trick, especially with the hypnotic constant drone of the engine.