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"You mean I have to try to catch a plane in three hours?"  That was me on Tuesday afternoon.

A few weeks ago, I was told I'd need to be at a meeting this week, Wednesday afternoon.  I was returning from vacation late on Monday, but figured that would be fine -- I'd fly out early Wednesday morning -- so I made my travel plans.

So after getting home after 9 pm Monday night, I took Tuesday morning off.  I went in Tuesday at 1, figuring I'd work for a couple of hours, pick up my rental car, and collect everything I needed.

At 1:30, I learned that my meeting had been moved to Wednesday morning -- too bad nobody had bothered to tell me!  Would I be able to make it to the airport for the 4:30 non-stop, or would I be stuck arriving after 11 pm?

I hastily grabbed a few things (and forgot some others), and headed out.  Fortunately, my rental car was waiting for me.  I drove home, hastily emptied some bags from vacation, and packed the clothes that my wife had grabbed for me, and headed to the airport.

Fortunately, traffic was light, and I made it to the airport with an hour to spare.  I changed my flight while I was on the rental car shuttle.  I changed my car reservation while standing in the security line.  I made a hotel reservation while waiting to board.  Ah, the wonders of modern technology!  (Too bad somebody couldn't use modern technology to tell me sooner that the meeting had been rescheduled...)
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My 8yo said that this is her favorite book! Here's a chance to get the Kindle edition for free!
 
Want a fun, free, imaginative paranormal children's book? Look no further! #readingisfun   #parenting  
Sorry for the last-minute post, but I lost track of the promotion I set up a while ago (bad writer!). My first Gracie the Ghost Eater book is free to download from Amazon today through Friday, August 21st. It's a great book f...
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It's not unusual for me to have vivid, bizarre dreams.  What is unusual is for me to have so many of them that I decide it's not worth trying to sleep any longer.  That happened this morning.

Here's the only one that I remember clearly enough to share that is suitable for sharing: I found myself going back to high school.  At age 36.  The first day of school, I looked at my schedule to try to figure out where I was supposed to be: history class.  As soon as I walked in, it was clear that it was the type of high school class you'd see in a movie -- the inmates were running the asylum, and the teacher had no control or respect.

There was a really short kid laying on the floor near the wall, sleeping.  The teacher told everybody to grab a textbook (larger than a NYC telephone book) and find a seat.  I found the remaining textbooks, which were both trashed, with the cover barely hanging on.  I took one, and gave the last to the sleeping kid.

The (mostly ignored) teacher said we couldn't start until everybody was sitting down, and there were only a few seats left.  The desks were abnormally tall, like you needed bar stools to sit at them, and arranged in squares of 4.  There was one cluster that only had one girl sitting at it, where apparently nobody else wanted to sit.  Not caring about high school drama, I went and sat down.

Immediately, a guy moved over from an adjacent square and sat down across me, and told me to leave because nobody else could sit near his girlfriend.  One of those relationships, huh?  Then why wasn't he sitting at the table with her, instead of at the next table with his buddies?  I told him he had nothing to worry about -- I was happily married (he looked slightly confused).  I had four kids (he looked more confused).  I worked for a government research lab as an engineer (he looked extremely confused).

At this point, in my dream, I either thought or mumbled, "I'd like to see the pitch session for this TV show.  Whose stupid idea was this?  What's the premise?"  I realized that I was "now" me instead of "high school" me; 36 years old, with a beard.  "Why in the world am I back in high school when I'm twice as old as I should be?"  Yet somehow, I didn't realize it was just a dream.  Very weird.

Anyway, my monologue was interrupted by a very large student coming over and threatening me.  Somehow there was a baby involved in this part, but it wasn't very clear.  Maybe he was harassing one of the students who for some reason had a baby with her, and asked him to stop, I'm not sure.  But suddenly, he was threatening me with physical violence. 

Apparently,  I somehow knew some self-defense tactics that I don't know in real life -- some combination of judo and wrestling -- and suddenly I had him trapped with his arm behind his back, and telling him to back off.  When he settled down, I let him go, and he immediately turned around and came back at me.  I somehow got him in another, more painful hold and started lecturing him like a parent, telling him he was being a jerk and a bozo.

Then the dream either ended or transitioned to another dream.  I still can't figure out why I would have been back in high school, particularly as a student! ;-)
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Finally found it!

Until recently, my comic book collection included Thor (vol 1) #283-398, 400-460 (most as individual issues, but about 50 only in paperback collections), with a gaping hole in the shape of "399".

Whenever I travel and have a chance to visit a comic shop, I try to fill in a few holes in my collection. I think I've been trying to fill this hole for over five years. I finally found it recently at a garage sale!
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Garage sales can sometimes be treasure troves! 
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Cyborg molecules!
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The Marshall Islands were at the top of CNN today.
It's one of the clearest injustices of climate change: The Marshall Islands likely won't exist if we warm the planet 2 degrees. I traveled to the remote Pacific to learn what it's like to try to process that doomsday forecast. And why some people already are making the painful decision to leave. You voted for this coverage as part of CNN's two° series.
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I've seen my name misspelled a lot of ways, but this is a new one. Hi, I'm Steven Pradices.
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Pra-dice-ees.
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Happy World Elephant Day!
 
Did you know that today is World Elephant Day?

...now you do!

http://worldelephantday.org/ #worldelephantday   #elephants  
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Baffling wording of the day:

I loaned a key to our church building to somebody who is using it for a wedding reception, and we were trying to coordinate how it would be returned.  I received this ... invitation (?):

"If you want to drop by, you can.  That way, we can just hand the key to you. ...you're not officially uninvited.  You might as well enjoy a party."

"NOT OFFICIALLY UNINVITED"?  I don't even know where to begin...
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Everybody here at work received this email notification earlier today:
"Please be advised that there is a swarm of bees on the pathway near the west side of building x and Gate 1.  Clark has been called and maintenance will be setting up a safety barricade."

Can the bees read the sign telling them to stay behind the safety barricade? 
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Happy breakfast, everybody!

This is the first time I've ever made biscuits and gravy. They turned out pretty tasty, if I do say so myself. We haven't found a breakfast sausage we like, so I used bacon. I was surprised how sweet it was.
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Anybody want some Tiramusi?  No, that's not a typo ;-)

I overheard somebody refer to Tiramisu ("tier-a-MEE-soo") as Tiramusi ("tier-a-MOO-see") the other day, and even had her repeat herself so I knew I didn't imagine it.  It was funny enough (and comes up seldom enough) that I decided that the chuckle was worth it, but correcting it wasn't.

And besides, somebody could recreate the dessert in mousse form ("Tira-moussey"?) and I'm sure people would love it.
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A friend of ours told us that Bella Roma was much improved after the last time they changed hands, and we finally got around to giving it a try. I'd give it 2.5 stars if I could, but I'm afraid I have to round it down. The pizza itself was three stars ('it's okay") -- it wasn't phenomenal, but it was at least pretty good. However, it seemed like they were skimpy on the toppings, especially the cheese; while it's not unusual for our kids not to eat the crust, there was a large zone next to the crust that only had sauce, which our kids also wouldn't eat. It seemed quite overpriced for what we got. What drives the rating down, though, was the ordering experience. We tried it because the coupon bundle we'd received in the mail the day before had coupons for Bella Roma, and we decided to go for the "2 large, 2-topping pizzas for $29.99", and planned to do half-and-half on them (half with cheese only, and 2 different toppings on each of the other halves). When I called, I was told that there was no such deal. When I said I was looking right at the coupon sheet that just came in the mail, he said that they must have misprinted it, and they wouldn't honor it. He then told me (not asked, told) that I should use the better deal -- one cheese pizza, and one supreme (or up to 4 toppings) for $28.99. Well, that's not really the same, is it? I want at most two toppings on each half, not 4 toppings anywhere. But I went along with it, and had him add two toppings to half of the cheese (for more, of course). Then when I told him what I wanted on the halves of the other pizza, he told me (with attitude) that their computer wouldn't let him do halves. Seriously? Yeah, try it on their website -- they can do half-and-half pizzas, but not as part of the special. Fine, give me the same two toppings on the whole thing. If I'd known how skimpy they'd be on the cheese, I would have added extra cheese -- oh, wait, they don't offer it. We went ahead with it because the kids were hungry and crazy, and because we were expecting great pizza. I wish I'd listened to my gut, which was telling me to be put off by the attitude I was getting on the phone. After being told brusquely that I couldn't get what I wanted (which didn't seem unreasonable), I ended up with mediocre pizza. Not bad enough to drop it to one star, but we won't be going back.
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I tried La Original for the first time last week -- and have been back twice since then for delicious ice cream. The first thing I noticed was the array of flavors you won't find at Baskin Robbins -- flavors like guava, corn, avocado, pecan, tamarind, guanabana (soursop), zapote, prickly pear, "Mexican snack", and others that I've never heard of and can't remember. They also have more "mainstream" fruit flavors like mango, pineapple, coconut, and strawberry, plus a few "traditional" flavors like chocolate, vanilla, pistachio, and cookies and cream. On my first visit, I got a scoop each of mango (which could be dairy-based or water-based) and guava, and was really impressed with the flavor. My wife commented on their texture, saying that they were fibrous -- so you know they're made from real fruit! We've loved almost everything we've had there -- the lone exception being the cookies & cream, which was okay, but couldn't compare to the great fruit-based options. The prices are excellent for the quality (real fruit, remember) and size of what you get -- a single (huge) scoop in a waffle cone is around $2.50 if I recall correctly. They also have other things on their menu, including aguas frescas, paletas (popsicles) and some snacks (a bag of chips with various toppings?). The staff is friendly and helpful.
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I'd give 2.5 stars if I could. Since I can't, unfortunately, I think I need to round down. My family ate here during the long drive between Utah and California. We were looking for something fairly quick (still a long drive ahead of us!), something that wasn't burgers or other typical fast food, and preferably something locally-owned. On the plus side, the service was very fast, and we got a lot of food for our money. We got three family meals, and I expected a little bowl of soup with each -- instead, we got a larger container, probably a pint with each. A lot of food for the money. Quantity-wise, we probably could have fed everybody (2 adults and three kids, ages 7, 5, and 2) with just two meals. The hot and sour soup was very good. I don't usually care for sweet & sour chicken, but my daughter insisted, and the chicken itself was very good, but had WAY too much sauce. We received another plateful (!) of the sauce to dip our eggrolls and crab rangoons in. On the negative side, the service was fast -- but unfortunately, not great. The lady helping us was friendly, but had a really hard time understanding that we were going to feed our family of 5 with 3 family meals -- meaning that we needed extra bowls and plates. And we had to ask repeatedly for more things before we eventually got what we needed. Furthermore, the other food wasn't so good. The beef with broccoli tasted pretty fishy, and my kids wouldn't eat it -- even the ones who love broccoli. We also got the spicy "shredded pork in Szechuan sauce" -- which was more like "sliced pork" and seemed like half of the dish was celery, with a lot of green pepper and a little pork. I really wanted to rate this place a little higher, figuring that my experience was probably ruined a bit by cranky kids (the 7yo in particular), and thought about rounding my 2.5 stars up to 3. However, given that food is supposed to taste even better when you're really hungry (which we were), and we still found it to be mediocre, makes me round it down. If we lived in Sparks then we might give it another try, but since we only stop in a time or two per year on our way through, I'm pretty sure we'll find other places to try. Sorry, Egg Roll King.
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