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Fern Kali
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Roleplayer, Blood Bowl player, aerialist, heathen, feminist (attempting intersectionality) & geek.
Roleplayer, Blood Bowl player, aerialist, heathen, feminist (attempting intersectionality) & geek.

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I'm not sold on any of these yet, but we'll see how it goes. Feel free to add a comment with where else you are.
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Fuck Carphone Warehouse and their shite customer service. Fuck them.
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Setting up to have a go at the new Arkham Horror...
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"Lest we forget"

We need to remember the humanity on all sides of the war, the horrors suffered and inflicted. We need to remember humans made those decisions, and humans suffered the consequences. Normally, I also think about how we need to stop glorifying and glamourising war, but this year with the rise in overt racism I think we need to remember more that we are all human and all equal and we need to remember and act on that promise of "never again".
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Bees and wasps is today's #joinindailyspecifics theme from +Optical Drifter . A couple of mine are a little stretched...
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I know there's a lot going on in the world that needs to be talked about but it can end up feeling like you're drowning in negativity, so I like this idea, a bit of encouragement to share some positivity.

(I've been meaning to share the collection this post is from anyway: even if you don't drink tea, something in the way +Keith Jacobson writes about it is nearly as therapeutic as a good cuppa)
November 10, 2018
Ya Shi Dancong Oolong Tea from Huang Rui Guang * Spring 2017
7 g in 110 ml Yixing clay teapot; First steeping 205 F (95 C), subsequent steepings at 210 F (99 C); 0:10, 0:20, 0:30, 0:45, 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 5:00

What am I musing about this morning?

Well, one thing I'm musing about, is how I pretty much stopped maturing at about 14. Today's tea, "Ya Shi" Dancong is a very good tea. It's the tea that turned me on to Dancong oolongs, but that's not the reason I pulled it out of my cupboard this morning. The 14 year old in me took control and chose it so that I could get a puerile thrill. "Ya Shi" Dancong mean "Duck Shit" Dancong. Duck Shit. Hehe.

Juvenile amusement aside, what else am I musing about this morning? Well, my friend, +Adam Dickstein has a blog wherein he posts about things that interest him, usually, but not always gaming related. In his most recent post (which you can find here: http://barkingalien.blogspot.com/2018/11/what-i-like-about-you.html), he opined that he was feeling a lot of negativity on the internet in general, and on social media, even gaming social media specifically, and he was dedicating this month to fighting said negativity. So this month, he will talking about the things that he likes in his blog.

What a capital idea! So capital, in fact, that I'm going to copy him, and do the same thing here. For the rest of the month, whenever I post here, I will also post at least one thing that I like. Being one who never let any cliche go un-cliched, one thing I like, is my cat Saber (or, as I sometimes call him: "His Nibs"). Saber is one of two cats that are responsible for turning me into a cat person. The other one, Sheba, I will talk about another time.

In 2010, I had been with my new job as a bus driver for the city of Everett for a couple of years. Finally, I was making enough money that my wife and I could move off of Casino Road in Everett. Casino Road is a high crime area of Everett, and the only reason that we lived there was because that was the only place I could afford with my job selling cameras retail. While I was at work driving, my wife Miriam went apartment hunting.

She found a place in Mukilteo, across the street from the high school. It was perfect. Miriam was always good at bargaining, and she got them to wave the pet deposit for any pets we had at move in. So, that very day, when Miriam picked me up from work, she told me, "We're getting a cat." I had been married to her about 20 years at that point, and there were times that I could tell from her voice that it didn't matter what my opinion was. I could either pick a fight that I would eventually lose anyway, or just go along. I wasn't sure if getting a pet just to take advantage of a discount was a good idea, but this was one of those times I just had to go along. I'm glad I did.

She drove us to a pet store (if I had it to do all over again, I would have gone to the animal shelter), and bought a little bundle of furry energy that my son Matt named "Saber."

That first night, he slept in the bed with us, but after that he had too much energy to go to bed whenever we were going to bed, but often in the morning we would find him sleeping at our feet.

I had never had a kitten before, and while I knew intellectually that they were a high energy comedians, I was wonderfully unprepared for what that actually meant. Feet were stalked. No laser dot was left unchallenged. In fact, we would get him to start at one end of the apartment, and chase that dot all the way to the other end, and half way up a wall to boot!

Just after taking possession of the new apartment in Mukilteo, but before getting any furniture moved in, I shot some video of my son Paul playing with Saber, and later set it to the tune of "Dueling Banjos." If you're interested, the video can be found here: https://youtu.be/NWGWZfSm1xc.

Shortly after my wife passed away in 2014, Saber did something that he had never done before. I woke up in the early morning to him kneading on my chest. In my half awaken stupor, I thought, "Awww, that's what kittens do to stimulate milk in their mothers." I got up and fed him. Later that day, when I was fully awake, I realized that was probably a mistake. Sure enough, early the next morning I woke to find His Nibs sitting on my chest kneading.

Since then, it has become a morning ritual. He will wake me about 4 or 5 in the morning, often with gentle pokes to my face with his paws, I will get up, feed him, and go back to bed. I bitch about it sometimes, but not very seriously. Besides, it's a monster of my own creation.

In 2018, Saber is 8 years old now, and while he is more like a demanding tyrant than an energetic and entitled prince, I still love the little bastar.....bundle of furry love.

So, my cat is one of the things I like this November. I can't promise every one of my "Things I Like" posts will be this long, but every time I post this month, I will at least mention a thing that I like. How about you?

Have a good tea day, everyone.
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Stacked or piled on top of each other is today's #joinindaily theme from +Johnny Wills
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Really nice to see a positive news story about breastfeeding for once. Also glad there's no criticism of the mother who formula feeds: as Lerato says, it's a personal choice but for some people ends up being a choice taken from them (thinking of my friend's prem baby and the way, despite her best efforts, her milk dried up before the baby's suck reflex had developed), and you can end up feeling both judged and like a failure (which you're not)
Flight attendant breastfeeds a passenger's baby
Seriously this woman is awesome. Obviously breastfeeding is a personal thing, and sharing feeding isn't a choice everyone would make, but there should be more of this. There should be less stigma.
As a mother living in tribal communities, I breastfed many babies while Teenlet was still a nursling, and many other mamas took turns feeding Teenlet. Actually saved her life at one point when she was 9 months old and not really on solids yet, but I got very, very sick with a fever so high my milk soured and I couldn't feed her - we were so blessed to be living in a community where there were a few other nursing mamas who took turns feeding Teenlet while I couldn't.
#breastfeeding #parenting

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"Patterned flooring" is today's #joinindailyspecifics theme from +Optical Drifter
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1001 Knights by Lois van Baarle
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