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Old 29 July 2014, 08:51 PM
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Anticipating that I would probably need to charge my phone sometime during the day, I remembered to bring my charger to work.

Of course, I forgot my phone.
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Old 29 July 2014, 09:01 PM
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The Maori Party. Can't vote for them. I am not a Maori, nor do I have any Maori ancestry.
Is that an ideological statement? Because nothing's stopping you from voting either Maori or ManaInternet, if you wanted to.

heres the current party list with links to charters, which makes interesting reading

I've always felt a Greens vote was essentially a Labour vote, under MMP coalition terms Same with the Maori Party, in previous years, this year, I'm not so certain.

The tv3 debates, moderated by John Campbell should be interesting, given his social justice sensitivities.
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Old 30 July 2014, 01:12 AM
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Is that an ideological statement? Because nothing's stopping you from voting either Maori or ManaInternet, if you wanted to.

heres the current party list with links to charters, which makes interesting reading

I've always felt a Greens vote was essentially a Labour vote, under MMP coalition terms Same with the Maori Party, in previous years, this year, I'm not so certain.

The tv3 debates, moderated by John Campbell should be interesting, given his social justice sensitivities.
Nothing ideological going on. The Maori culture is very much part of NZ culture, and it enriches us, I believe.

I wouldn't vote for anyone connected with Kim Dot.com. While I believe that he was to a certain extent railroaded by our so-called intelligence agencies, I don't like the guy.

Yikes! I'm starting to sound like a conspiracy theorist.

Anyway, I spent yesterday afternoon reading the various websites of the political parties. I think I am going to go with Green and Labour. They are the closest to my personal political beliefs.
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Old 30 July 2014, 10:50 AM
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Is that an ideological statement? Because nothing's stopping you from voting either Maori or ManaInternet, if you wanted to.

heres the current party list with links to charters, which makes interesting reading

I've always felt a Greens vote was essentially a Labour vote, under MMP coalition terms Same with the Maori Party, in previous years, this year, I'm not so certain.

The tv3 debates, moderated by John Campbell should be interesting, given his social justice sensitivities.
Nope, nothing ideological about it. I used to wish I had Maori ancestry - being a mixture of Irish-English with a splash of German always seemed so boring. I always hated the German bit, and used to worry that I would have relatives who might turn out to be Nazi war criminals. The silly things kids worry about.

As far as I know, the only Maori connection I have, is a great aunt of my mothers, who married a Maori fisherman from Bluff. This was in the 1920s, and nice middle class white girls didn't go marrying fishermen, let alone a Maori one. The family pretty much disowned her. I have always been curious about that story, and wanted to know more, but my mother has pretty much cut herself off from her family - with good reason.

Anyway, I spent much of yesterday afternoon reading NZ political party websites, and I think I am going with the Green party or Labour. I've got two votes - I now just need to figure who gets which vote.
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Old 31 July 2014, 02:27 PM
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Listening to my bus buddy K spew a bunch of Lost Cause nonsense about the US Civil War (it wasn't about slavery, the North spun it as being about slavery because abolitionism was widely popular in the North, etc.).

K was just repeating what she was taught in school (I was taught the same), and there's no point in correcting her because she's not correctable. She once argued with me about a detail of the neighborhood I live in and that she last visited 25 years ago.

The woman K was talking to had clearly never heard any of this before; that may be because she wasn't paying attention in history class, but I suspect it's because she's younger than K and I, and Ohio schools stopped teaching that crap years ago.

She did seem skeptical. Maybe I'll get a chance to talk to her without K around sometime -- she'd understand about the non-correctable thing. Or maybe she'll research it herself.
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Old 31 July 2014, 05:51 PM
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http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/britis...arly-1.2723424

Costco has their Christmas trees, wrapping paper and decorations out for sale.

It is 31 July, just under five months before Christmas.

Sheeesh.
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Costco has their Christmas trees, wrapping paper and decorations out for sale.

It is 31 July, just under five months before Christmas.

Sheeesh.
Those were actually for the Christmas in July festivities...
They are late!

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Old 03 August 2014, 04:46 AM
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For a while, I lived in an apartment with no internet access so I had a sprint card wifi hub. I used it for a couple of years while my living situation was quite fluid.

I don't need it anymore, and called to cancel the service, acknowledging I'd have to pay the early termination fee-- after 15 minutes of phone menus I spoke to I guy for less than a minute who, after I said, "I'm cancelling my service" put me on hold for 27 minutes then connected me to a line that rang 3 times then said "The number you have dialed is out of service. Please hang up and try again."

Rinse and repeat x2 before I gave myself a little weekend vacation.

I tried 2x more and I quit for the week. I think I might go to Best Buy where I bought the device if they keep cutting me off. Even ATT and TimeWarner were much easier to discontinue service with. Urgh.
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Old 03 August 2014, 12:23 PM
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People in my Facebook feed are still posting about how this August is a special "moneybags" month with 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays which only occurs every 823 years. I've debunked it so often that I'm starting to suspect that the only reason they're posting that crap now is to annoy me.
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Old 03 August 2014, 04:06 PM
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Slightly more than a little thing, but still annoying:

"Why on earth would a woman hire a male escort or a male prostitute? Women can get sex any time they want. A woman can just walk into a bar and find 15 guys to go home with her."

There is just so much fundamentally wrong with this myth, and such ignorance on display. Because every woman is a perfect 10, or at least considered NFBSK-able, and has never been turned down for sex by anyone, and has absolutely no standards whatsoever, right?

Why on earth is it such a foreign concept for a woman to be willing to pay money for a man of her choice, who's been pre-screened for diseases, and who will spend a few hours doing whatever she requests for pleasure, and then won't stick around to bother her afterwards? Don't tell me I can go to a bar or Craigslist and get a guarantee of that from some random unattractive and/or possibly dangerous person. I couldn't even if I wanted to (and don't insult me by implying that I should have no standards about the men I have sex with, and that I should be satisfied by bar patrons or whomever. I don't want that.)

Also, news flash, not every woman is considered attractive, and not every man she finds attractive wants to have sex with her. The number of men who've turned me down for sex vs. the number of consensual sex partners I've had in my life is at least 25 to 1. And I don't want some random dude, I want someone clean and handsome and well-groomed, whom I've chosen. I know what I want and I can't get it for free, so I'm willing to pay for it. Why is that not even on anyone's radar?

Sorry for the rant, it's just something that's been annoying me for half my life.
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Old 03 August 2014, 07:28 PM
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There's an old saying that you don't pay a prostitute for sex; you pay her to go away afterward. I think it works just as well if you swap out "her" for "him." Back in my slutty college days, I had no trouble finding men to sleep with, but some of them I didn't want to see again, and they weren't very accepting of that.
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Old 04 August 2014, 07:01 PM
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Somebody spilled something on one of our ivory patterned seat cushions. Somebody, that is, that wasn't one of us. Probably a neighbor child, but could be a muddy cat or dog.
I guess I'm not very bright. I put it out again, in the same position, and it got stained again. So I've tried to clean it again and this time I won't leave it outside. Not happy.
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Old 04 August 2014, 09:21 PM
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There's an old saying that you don't pay a prostitute for sex; you pay her to go away afterward. I think it works just as well if you swap out "her" for "him." Back in my slutty college days, I had no trouble finding men to sleep with, but some of them I didn't want to see again, and they weren't very accepting of that.
I say something very similar about restaraunts I don't really pay them for food, I pay them to make it for me and clean up afterwards.
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Old 05 August 2014, 12:37 AM
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The roaches from my old apartment followed me here. I've seen two of them already; one was inside one of my moving boxes. Great.
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This is more than I little thing really, but I wasn't sure I wanted to start a new thread.

I really hate the way customs/immigration and airport security works here in the US. Going through immigration in Stockholm and other European airports I've been to was a breeze. Arriving passengers divide themselves into one of many short lines in front of the booths, wait for at most a few minutes, answer the standard questions, and you're on your way. It's all fairly calm and relatively stress free. By contrast, when I returned to the US via Washington-Dulles, the scene was extremely chaotic. When you get to the immigration hall you're first greeted by an agent yelling at people that one line is for citizens and the other is for foreign visitors. Then you stand in a long, snaking line. When you finally get to the head of the line someone tells you which booth to go to. Answer the same standard questions. They you have to collect your luggage and follow the big, disorganized crowd through customs. Re-check your baggage. Then you have to go through security again if you have a connecting flight. Stand in another long, snaking line. Remove belt and shows. Empty your pockets. Go through the body scanning machine. Put your belt and shoes back on and reorganize all your stuff. I had to go through security before my connecting flight from Stockholm as well, but that was quick and easy by comparison. Throughout the entire US immigration/customs/security process I was stressing out over whether I was going to make my connecting flight even though I had a 2 hour connection and my inbound flight landed 20 minutes early. Hopefully with enough time to hit the currency exchange first.* In the end I exchanged my currency and got to my gate just barely in time.

*Because I took way more than it turned out I actually needed out of the ATM and still had 1500 Norwegian Kroners in my pocket.
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Old 05 August 2014, 05:18 PM
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Yeah, it can suck big time. It took us 4-5 hours to get to our connecting flight out of LAX when we flew back from Tahiti. Luckily I'd booked on Southwest, where you can change planes with no change fee (I foolishly thought that the 3 hour difference might be too long and thought we could catch an earlier flight out of LAX).
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Re Dulles immigrations, we've come into the US through Dulles a number of times, via the United flight from Kuwait, and I agree, it is a rather lengthy process. Now thinking about it, we had probably an equal wait at London Heathrow terminal 5 a few weeks ago. Same issue, one long line for the feeder to the agents.

I suspect the problem for the long lines has simply got to be directly associated with the number of open/operating agent positions. The only way to speed up immigrations is to have more agents.

The reason for the security screening after customs is to prevent passengers from removing items from their checked baggage which cannot be brought into the cabin of the aircraft and bringing them into the secure area for the connection flights.

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Old 05 August 2014, 06:49 PM
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One of the advantages to flying to Europe via Canada (Vancouver, anyway) is that you go through U.S. Customs when you get back to Canada if you have a connecting flight (the line tends to be a lot shorter there than in the U.S.). So when you get to the U.S. you just walk off the plane.

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The reason for the security screening after customs is to prevent passengers from removing items from their checked baggage which cannot be brought into the cabin of the aircraft and bringing them into the secure area for the connection flights.
Or from carrying the duty-free they have just purchased onto their next flight.
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Someone came into my yard and drove over the area where my apple trees were planted. I'm just furious and ready to cry. I had planted these at the beginning of May and they were doing so well. I had 6 trees. Two are untouched, three are completely gone, and one looks like it might make it though it was beat up a bit.
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