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Fine, they are terrible in the specific!

It wasn't until 15 seconds into a 45-second "How to" video that I realized how stupid the question "How do I make celery sticks?" was.

Don't feel too bad, I've seen videos of people growing vegetables and fruit called "life hacks".

Prederick wrote:

It wasn't until 15 seconds into a 45-second "How to" video that I realized how stupid the question "How do I make celery sticks?" was.

You puts glue on it

Ranger Rick wrote:
fenomas wrote:

Here are two interesting facts about Corey Glover - the lead singer from Living Colour, who back in the 90s used to perform wearing a wetsuit

Oh man, I saw the David Bowie tribute show that has been touring off and on since he passed away (it's organized by his long-time collaborator and pianist, Mike Garson, and features a rotating cast of amazing musicians and folks that played with/for Bowie). Corey Glover was on that tour and he was freakin' amazing live, did a great job doing the higher beltier parts of Bowie's repertoir.

Ah, you've sparked one of my favorite musical memories. Thank you!

A group of friends gathered at The Cabooze to see Galactic featuring Corey Glover with Rebirth Brass Band as the opening act on their Carnivale Electricos tour. Both bands performed together for the encore set. The stage, barely big enough for each band on its own, was crammed tight but the musicians embraced it and jammed. Rebirth's trombonist was on top of a speaker his slide going out over the crowd, other brassists nestled between and around the drummer's gear, and they just funked up the night. It. Was. Amazing.

I looked across the hazy bar and caught the eye of a good friend and we just smiled as the music washed over us, thrummed through us, and we moved to the funky beat.

Apparently the American Airlines robot voice that tells you that instead of staying on hold it can just call you back when a human frees up and you won't lose your place in the queue is a goddamn liar. GF and I just called at the same time for the same issue, she listened to the muzak and got a human within 5 minutes. I'm still waiting for my callback half an hour later.

I would absolutely not believe a robot voice that told me that.

AA has had terrible customer service since I had a job in the 80’s doing travel agency support.

I’m parked in my car in front of CVS. I’ve just taken my first dose of Naltrexone 50MG. I’ve got goosebumps and butterflies in my stomach. Things are about to get interesting.

Good luck Rawk

Thank you, fang. My biggest fear is of course that it won’t work as advertised. Still 40 minutes to go until I’ll try a few sips of wine. This is fascinating to me. I’m going to play some vidja’ games to pass the time.

Robear wrote:

AA has had terrible customer service since I had a job in the 80’s doing travel agency support.

Every actually human employee of AA I've ever dealt with, either in person or on the phone, has been excellent and done everything within reason to address my issue. It's just getting to a human that's the problem.

Good luck, Rawk!

fangblackbone wrote:

Good luck Rawk :)

Robear wrote:

Good luck, Rawk!

Whadayaknow! It worked. I had half a glass of wine. Didn’t feel like having any more than that. Very out of character for me. Still only day one but I’m feeling optimistic.

I was being vague upthread. I should explain that Naltrexone is a mediation that is supposed to take away your urge to drink alcohol. They say the way it works is that it somehow blocks the endorphins in your brain that give you that euphoric feeling from drinking alcohol. About 78% of folks who try Naltrexone successfully quit drinking. How come I’ve only just learned about this?

Is there a better thread to post this in? I looked but didn’t find one.

Spoiler:

You take one tablet a day for 30 days. Then you take as needed. What this means is that you take one an hour or more before you think you might be triggered to want a drink. For me, going to a fancy restaurant means that I’m ordering an old fashioned to have with dinner, so I would take a Naltrexone tablet about an hour before going. Fight night? Game night? Date night? Yep. Take a Naltrexone.

The thing about quitting drinking with Naltrexone that surprises me most is that you can still drink while you’re taking it. That’s not even discouraged for most people. In fact, some doctors recommend having a small serving of alcoholic beverage during your first few days of taking it. (An hour after you take the tablet of course.) The reason is that for most people, this starts to retrain your brain to not associate alcohol with pleasure.

I wish I had a half bottle of whiskey in the fridge as that’s been my favorite libation for a few years now. That might be the most effective drink for me to have while doing this disassociation thing. But not ironically, open bottles of whiskey don’t last too long in the fridge. It seems weird to buy a bottle just for this but I think I might. Nothing too expensive as I’ll most likely dump it in the sink or give it to my neighbor.

I don't think anything's helped me understand how big big numbers are more than Cookie Clicker has. I'm making 12 billion cookies a f**king second and getting to a Quadrillion will take what feels like YEARS.

Prederick wrote:

I don't think anything's helped me understand how big big numbers are more than Cookie Clicker has. I'm making 12 billion cookies a f**king second and getting to a Quadrillion will take what feels like YEARS.

(looks at the 22 septendecillion cookies, churning in at 250 quindecillion a second) About five or six years, yeah...

Someone caught a 10 foot long 9 foot wide sunfish. I was sad for a moment until they put it back into the ocean.

Eleima wrote:
Prederick wrote:

I don't think anything's helped me understand how big big numbers are more than Cookie Clicker has. I'm making 12 billion cookies a f**king second and getting to a Quadrillion will take what feels like YEARS.

(looks at the 22 septendecillion cookies, churning in at 250 quindecillion a second) About five or six years, yeah... :D

Christ.

Also, unrelatedly, why do I ALWAYS feel guilty about taking sick days? I literally have 100 HOURS OF THEM right now, and yet here I am, feeling super scared and guilty about calling in sick, like it will reflect badly on me as an employee.

You've probably had bosses that felt that way and weren't shy about it, or internalized a lot of media that portrayed taking sick time as an excuse or weakness. Actually, probably the biggest reason is our how our schools (and our parents) handled days when we were sick and needed to stay home.

Also it could be the way your work is or was structured. If there are just enough people to just squeak by and you are suck then everyone suffers. And undoubtedly it is your fault for being sick not the fault of the people that designed it to have no safety systems in place.

Prederick wrote:

Also, unrelatedly, why do I ALWAYS feel guilty about taking sick days? I literally have 100 HOURS OF THEM right now, and yet here I am, feeling super scared and guilty about calling in sick, like it will reflect badly on me as an employee.

I used to feel that way too. Then I noticed how many health problems were happening just in my department (financial stuff) I realized my health was worth more than getting some report in 'on time'.

It's just amazing how well I've been trained to feel bad about taking care of my own health. I wrote that at 6 AM, on zero sleep, during a minor lull in the first migraine I've had in almost a year (spent basically all day Saturday lying down, taking ibuprofen, and sipping ginger ale for the nausea) and under five hours from when my shift was supposed to start and I was genuinely reticent about doing it!

The candied ginger that you find in the health food section of the grocery is just sliced ginger root boiled in sugar syrup. It's fantastic for nausea. Chew a couple of pieces and you're good for quite a while. (Ginger ale does not actually have much ginger in it...)

I have never had candy corn because corn flavored candy sounds gross. What next candy brussel sprouts. NO

Baron Of Hell wrote:

I have never had candy corn because corn flavored candy sounds gross. What next candy brussel sprouts. NO

Let me introduce you to High Fructose Corn Syrup, and how like 90% of what we eat these days contains it.

Also, Candy Corn doesn't taste like corn. Corn flavor would be an improvement. Oblig. video (Youtube versions look and sound like crap, presumably due to copyrights).

Candy corn is so called because it's shaped like corn kernels. The worst candy corn just tastes sweet, with no other taste to it. The best candy corn tastes like honey.

Also, candy corn is delicious, but one of those things that's seasonal for a reason, because one would get sick of it if one had it more than once a year.

Caramel popcorn is… gross? Huh. News to me.

merphle wrote:
Baron Of Hell wrote:

I have never had candy corn because corn flavored candy sounds gross. What next candy brussel sprouts. NO

Let me introduce you to High Fructose Corn Syrup, and how like 90% of what we eat these days contains it.

Also, Candy Corn doesn't taste like corn. Corn flavor would be an improvement. Oblig. video (Youtube versions look and sound like crap, presumably due to copyrights).

Candy corn taste like what it is: Fondant mixed with honey. It's delicious, if you like fondant.

A friend of mine got some corn flavored candy from korea or thailand or somewhere (they got it a local asian grocery story) and it was.. good? but definitely weird. it tasted like extra sweet sweet corn, but was like a shelled gummy.

When I lived in Mexico (6yo in 1976) there was this strange candy that was a pack of sugary granules. It had a anthropomorphic ear of corn on the wrapper. It was sweet salty sour and spicy all at once. It didn’t taste like corn. Now looking back I wonder if it was meant to be a seasoning that you sprinkle on corn. Pretty sure it was in the candy section of the bodegas though.

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Looks like a peanut rather than a corn. Huh.

Apparently it's just a candy powder, not meant to be put on anything specific. There are similar US candies in the sweet/sour mold.