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Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Humpy Hap Day, Wheelizens!

Pretty sure that my spirit animal is Vlad Țepeș.

As he always said, “Good neighbors make good fences.”

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dv8 - totally not curvycom
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dv8 - totally not curvycom
1 month ago

Good neighbors make good fences. HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!11

Paddy O'Furnijur, Village Souse
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Paddy O'Furnijur, Village Souse
1 month ago

Happy Wednesday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Fatwa!

Excellent thread pic, Mac! I lol’d!

Day one of the year 2 leadership conference was excellent and today’s program also looks promising. Yes, I am surprised. Off to San Diego. C y’all laterz!

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
1 month ago

Hi, Fatwa -- good morning, GN!

Very cool, Paddy. It’s not often that conferences live up to expectations -- glad this one is.

The “what is your spirit animal” question slipped into job interviews years ago, but I don’t know if it’s still a thing. I wonder if mythical animals would count as an answer? They would be just as real as “spirit animals.”

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
1 month ago

Thinking back to January 6 and our elected officials cowering in fear and hiding in their bathrooms -- all thinking they were about to die -- and then the tears and emotions spilling over in yesterday’s very important hearing (so important that they won’t meet again for weeks) says there’s no profiles in courage in DC.

ThePlagueFairy
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ThePlagueFairy
1 month ago
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Pitiful. Throw them all on the midden heap.

ThePlagueFairy
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ThePlagueFairy
1 month ago

Hah! Spirit animals…grumble-grumble.

Good day, Fatwa-Chesterton-Tepes, Rambling Paddy’O and astute Sven.

I actually had an interviewer ask me who my spirit animal was when I got a job with Stream back in the early 2000’s. I’d never heard of such a thing but I was in a rather intolerant frame of mind about the whole trend taking hold and gave my standard answer which was always something like,

“I have no idea what a spirit animal is but I’m quite certain I don’t have one. I also don’t make collages or go on scavenger hunts but I did raise children to be responsible and well adjusted adult citizens and I assume that allows me a pass on the Silly Season.”

When TheChild graduated 8th grade she wanted to skip high school to go to university while her da went back for his piano performance degree and she talked me into going back, too, just for fun. One of the things she did for me was write a note to my teachers excusing me from scavenger hunts, collage construction and other silliness citing my history of raising children to be responsible adults already. It was so much fun going to school with the three of us!

Good memories. Thanks for leading me down that path, friends. TheChild and dv8 were always a bundle of monkeys together. They play off each other and it’s a riot! Some of the profs in the music department couldn’t figure out how we fit together because they didn’t realise dv8 and I were about 15 years older than we looked and TheChild was actually only 13.

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Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
1 month ago
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Heh. That’s funny -- thanks for sharing that story, Miss Harper. And quite a good answer on the spirit animal question.

ThePlagueFairy
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ThePlagueFairy
1 month ago
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Hi, Sven. I always felt like one would have to be an idiot to answer one of those questions in a job interview so I always mocked them.

Along with the question, “what is your biggest fault”. Answer: Clearly, I’m too sexy for my shirt.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
1 month ago
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I shouldn’t love this movie, but I do because of Vince Vaughn. I can imagine this being a real interview question in this day and age:

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
1 month ago

Something clear and good: From Carl Sagan’s The Demon-Haunted World: “I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when….our critical faculties decline, unable to distinguish what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness. The dumbing down of America is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30-second sound bites, lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance.”

https://californiaglobe.com/section-2/of-prophets-patriots-demons-and-the-three-cs/

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
1 month ago

My first real rock concert was Aerosmith opening for ZZ Top at The Forum June 19, 1975. RIP Dusty Hill.