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Forum Games / Re: The Add-One-Word Story Returns
« on: April 11, 2014, 10:29:25 PM »

Video Game Chat / Re: Super Smash Bros. 4 Wii U and 3DS
« on: April 08, 2014, 05:48:11 PM »
Not Ridley supporters!

But yeah, when I saw that, my very first thought was "BP just got a new main."

edit: I'm surprised they still haven't said anything about a female Animal Crossing villager.

Forum Games / Re: The Add-One-Word Story Returns
« on: March 27, 2014, 05:29:24 PM »

Forum Games / Re: What's on your Paste?
« on: March 25, 2014, 08:51:51 PM »
what a bunch of cowards they attack a woman who reads the Bible but if they say that about a Jewish woman they would be sued

Forum Games / Re: What's on your Paste?
« on: March 25, 2014, 08:18:59 PM »

Evolution claims that an ice age separated the Continents but the Bible is clear that a global flood was responsible.

General Chat / Re: Speed Test
« on: March 24, 2014, 05:43:54 PM »

Hey, we're up to an F+ now!

Forum Games / Re: What's on your Paste?
« on: March 23, 2014, 08:59:01 PM »

Forum Games / Re: The Add-One-Word Story Returns
« on: March 19, 2014, 09:20:35 PM »

Forum Games / Re: The Add-One-Word Story Returns
« on: March 19, 2014, 08:16:31 PM »

Not at the Dinner Table / Re: Your F Score?
« on: March 16, 2014, 09:49:54 PM »
Now that I'm officially a liberal, I should probably get around to changing my voter registration one of these days. I'm still registered as a Republican from when I registered in 2008.

Forum Games / Re: The Pointless Topic!
« on: March 12, 2014, 09:03:57 PM »
I get the argument that "LGBT+" can feel like being Mary Ann or the Professor in the first season of Gilligan's Island if you're part of the +, and I can't argue too much with that. What I do think is kind of silly is when they add multiples of the same letter (I've seen LGBTQQIIA in writing more than once.).

Personally, I like QUILTBAG, but I pretty much always just use LGBT in speaking and writing. I think it strikes the best balance of being understandable, inclusive, and concise. When I'm talking to someone on the other side, if I'm throwing out the same nine-syllable initialism every sentence, they're going to get annoyed and be less inclined to listen while not even knowing what 70% of those letters stand for anyway.

Not at the Dinner Table / Re: Your F Score?
« on: March 10, 2014, 05:08:17 PM »
I'm somewhere around 2.1 now.

Not at the Dinner Table / Re: Killing/Murder
« on: March 10, 2014, 04:44:57 PM »
Depends on the translation. Most modern translations use "murder" instead of "kill". Murder, which is the English word for "wrongful/unjustified killing", is a better translation of the Hebrew, considering how many places there are later in the same book where God orders the Israelites to kill people (Canaanites, idol-worshippers, people who work on Saturday, and murderers, among many others). We still make distinctions like that today. Killing in war, in self-defense, as official legal punishment, as euthanasia -- most people believe that at least some of those categories are at least sometimes not murder, even though the tragedy of death is still just as present.

Forum Games / Re: TKBFSTLAYDG
« on: March 10, 2014, 04:22:58 PM »

Gateway laptop from 2006

Fan Creations / CE7 Writes!
« on: March 02, 2014, 11:17:12 PM »
So I'm going through the hard drive of my broken laptop, and I found this thing that I wrote in 2011, and I thought it was actually kinda good and wanted to put it somewhere. And maybe I'll post some more old stuff I've written and maybe this could get me to get off my butt and write some new stuff (that's figurative getting off my butt, as I would actually literally be sitting on my butt for most of the writing; it's a literary device). So anyway here's a thing:

October 3

For the second time I can remember, a customer, a woman, around 40 years old, came in to return pants that her husband would no longer be needing, because he had died. This one's name was Bette.

The pants were bought back in February. Her husband passed in July (she used “deceased,” the most formal, clinical, detached word she could come up with), and the pants were being returned on the third day of October. All the tags still on.

After asking for a driver's license (the official 90 day return limit had long been surpassed), the register was going to put the $44 back onto the card that was used.

“Which card was that on?”

I look back at the original receipt. A Visa, ending 0729.

“...Oh. That's my mother-in-law's Visa.”

Is that all right, or...

“I'd rather have a gift card, to tell you the truth.” We can do that.


“She'd just give it back to me anyway. Save her the trouble.” I nod.


Here you go. This gift card is good at Sears, Kmart, and Lands' End, in-store and online, no fees, no expiration dates, unless we go bankrupt again.

“Do I need to keep these receipts?”

Legally, we have to give them back to you, just for your records. But you can throw them out if you want.

She laughs. It sounds like a cry, but she is smiling, and... really, don't all laughs sound like crying anyway.

I want to say something. I want to help. I want to heal. I want to resurrect. I want to hug. But maybe this is just a time when I shouldn't be starting so many sentences with I.

She leaves, and I'm left with my thoughts. I look back at the loosely-folded pants. The tag has a picture of a young girl with flowers in her hair, with the caption “For The Future.” It's about Repreve™, the 100% recycled yarn used to make them.

A few minutes after she's left, the register tardily prints out coupons, meant for her. $15 off men's apparel, 10% off fine jewelry. I've always known these registers were sentient, but I didn't know they could be that cruel.

After a ten-minute-long hour, another customer comes to the counter. Her hair is white. She is returning a pair of her husband's pants because he wants a smaller size.

Life is short. But it's supposed to be longer.

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