Random non sequitur posts catch-all thread

Names I call my cat Flynn:

Flynster
Monkey
Beauty
Fluffy guts
Chocolate cake
Little cat who lives with me
Chubby britches

Ooh. I'll play that game.
Names I call my dog Pepper

Pep
Pepper doo
Pepper Rose
Boo
Boo boo
Boo boo ganoosh
Furry butt
Beautiful
Stinky
Goofball
Perty girl
Perty thing
Little thing
Little girl
Teeny tiny thing
My favorite thing
Precious P
Foofer
Puppy

Recently had a conversation with a friend where we agreed that cats and dogs names only exist as a springboard to their nicknames.

E.g. My cat Blueberry gets called:
Blue
Mr Blue
Mr Boo
Booboo

Ha, totally true!

I called my cat Mickey "Little Buddy" so often that he would respond to that and not his real name.

I was writing random tabletop encounters and fell asleep. Then dreamt I was in one of my encounters.

Did you win?

Stealthpizza wrote:

Did you win?

Non combat. I wanted some interesting situations that could be dropped into any system.

Jonman wrote:

Recently had a conversation with a friend where we agreed that cats and dogs names only exist as a springboard to their nicknames.

E.g. My cat Blueberry gets called:
Blue
Mr Blue
Mr Boo
Booboo

Our rabbit Siegfried:
Sigi
Ziggy
Herr Siegfried von Hasen
Mister Sigi
Dum dum

Totally forgot that January 20 marked 20 years of me being a GWJer.

Honestly, the most impressive thing about that is a single forum, an old-fashioned, genuine FORUM being around for 20 goddamn years. The only other websites I visited anywhere near as regularly were Deadspin/Gawker et al, and those have all gone straight to hell.

And I genuinely cannot imagine going anywhere else. It is genuinely insane to have a place on the modern internet I've called home for literally two decades. I started posting here when I was 21 and barely had a job. I turn 41 this summer and am a an almost decade-tenured member of the effete New York Liberal Media.

It's pretty cool, gotta say.

Congrats! My 20 years here is coming up in December.

Prederick wrote:

Totally forgot that January 20 marked 20 years of me being a GWJer.

Congrats! Your post made me curious, so I looked and damn, my 20th was LAST January.

One of the best places on the Interwebs, two decades later.

As of March 6th, my account is old enough to purchase alcohol

Huh, my 20th year was about a month ago Feb 22nd.

I have three years to go before I pass the 20 year line.

While I’m at it: It’s probably an unnecessary flourish to say, ‘Boom,’ whenever I put the cat’s food down.

cartoonin wrote:

Huh, my 20th year was about a month ago Feb 22nd. :)

Jumpin. Last August for me. Time flies. Just in general, I mean.

I actually would never want to win the $1B Powerball. Like, I know those problems are better than "I cannot afford a sudden $2,500 expense" problems, but I've read too many horror stories about what ends up happening to the people who win those huge jackpots.

I'd actually prefer to win when it's like $150M or less. Enough to change your life, not enough for anyone to really be interested in putting you in the news. If I won the lottery, I'd like it to be as anonymous as possible.

Like, Mega Millions is currently $45M, and I'd genuinely prefer to win that than win the $1B Powerball.

Some states allow you to be anonymous, or you can claim the prize through an LLC that shields your identity. I agree it can be pretty awful in states where neither of those are an option.

beanman101283 wrote:

Some states allow you to be anonymous, or you can claim the prize through an LLC that shields your identity. I agree it can be pretty awful in states where neither of those are an option.

There is a giant post about to do with it on reddit that gets referenced in other places sometimes. Essentially you hire a giant law firm first, sign the winnings over to them and work with them to distribute and manage safely. But also fake your own death and move to europe.

Mile marker 66.6 on I81 North between Bingoland and Syracuse has been stolen. But.. ironically... 66.6 southbound? That's still there.

I wouldn't mind winning the 1B Powerball. I would very publicly give most of it away and tell everyone that it's all gone.

Grenn wrote:

I wouldn't mind winning the 1B Powerball. I would very publicly give most of it away and tell everyone that it's all gone.

I'd probably still work for health insurance, and pull a sort of Caligula move and appoint a cat as head of an LLC that controls the money. Then I'd buy a new car for my wife.

Utopia character I'm making.

Nick Danger, Non-Human Detective: A 7ft robot that wears a trench coat and a fedora. His eyes look like two unblinking lights. His mouth is rectangle that lights up as he speaks. He mostly speaks like he is in 1960s crime noir novel. He is a detective working the crime riddled streets.

In a world where most synthetics can past as human Nick is unicorn from the old world. His model was outdated over a hundred years ago. He is a relic of the past recommissioned to police the streets no one cares about. If they did care they would have sent a fresh new 3077 bots to do his job. Instead they get robot who's long term goal is to wake up one day not wanting to make the world a better place by putting a bullet into his chrome head. Which is particularly difficult for him considering he never sleeps and can’t wake up from this nightmarish life. He knows it makes no sense. He gave up making sense when the world did, meaning he never made sense. Or maybe that's just his programming.

Special Abilities: No need for sleep, food, or drink. Can recover hit points by doing a engineering check. Can create and upgrade tech, drones, and gadgets.

Skills:
Engineering
Investigation

HE WALKS AGAIN.... BY NIGHT!

"I'd just finished my biggest case... a case I like to call, the Case of the Case of Bourbon. I don't remember exactly how it ended, but I know it began something like this.. (glug glug) Ahh... Old Plainwrap. Aged on the shelf... like me."

IMAGE(https://i.imgur.com/pEcKnq6.jpeg)

I thought Danger was his middle name.

It is.
As is his last name...

I SURVIVED THE APRIL 2024 NYC EARTHQUAKE

Prederick wrote:

I SURVIVED THE APRIL 2024 NYC EARTHQUAKE

Ha, me too! Epicenter was about 15 miles from where I live in New Jersey, and I've never experienced anything quite like it. Entire house shook, windows rattling, for a good 20 seconds. Doggo in a panic, barking in all directions!

The experience made me very glad that we don't get proper big earthquakes like other parts of the country/world.

Oooh! And a nice little 4.0 aftershock as an evening Digestif!

Prederick wrote:

Oooh! And a nice little 4.0 aftershock as an evening Digestif!

Yup! Felt them both on Long Island about 40 miles east of NYC.