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Live from Sky Harbor
Posted: Sat Dec 20 00:45:37 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Flying from Phoenix to Detroit is a shock in so many ways. My flight doesn't leave for 90 minutes and I'm already bracing myself for the cold (Sunday: high of 63 in Phoenix, high of 16 in Detroit), and how different the cities are. This airport is massive but full, and very clean. Metro airport in Detroit is massive but always empty, and dirty and gritty.

Apparently the big-3 got a loan today - I wonder how the general outlook of Detroiters will be in town. All of my friends who worked at Chrysler took the buy-out, and they're not really sure what to do with their lives. I'm not sure what to make of that.

It'll be nice to get home for the holidays, though. I hear 9 inches of snow fell today, so I look forward to trudging along and seeing my family and friends again.

What're you up to this Christmas?


 
ifihadahif Posted: Sat Dec 20 06:51:51 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Christmas at home with the family, then off to the Smoky Mountains for some fun in the hot tub, margaritas in hand, and general debauchery with the wife.


 
addi Posted: Sat Dec 20 07:13:11 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Staying here in atlanta this year. That's fine with me, but sometimes I do miss the days when we'd make the long trek up north to be with my family for christmas. A large, sometimes chaotic gathering, but always a very special time together. With kids going up, and people moving to other cities, and other factors that's just not feasible anymore.
Life never stays the same.

Hope everyone here has a great time....and a safe one too no matter where they are.


 
FN Posted: Sat Dec 20 11:58:35 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  I'm terribly excited about our government which just fell over not respecting the division of power in a state of law as a result of the credit crisis and the collapse of the former biggest bank in the country (Fortis).

Interesting times.



Everybody brace yourselves, it's tide for another dark age of socialism.


 
Kira Posted: Sat Dec 20 20:52:10 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  I'm working Christmas. :D


 
Cherry_Moon Posted: Sun Dec 21 03:22:46 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  going back to see the family in NC. i spent too much on presents i think... :/ I heard it's suppose to be very mild out there which is nice. it was 5 degrees today :( So i'm looking forward to feeling my fingers and toes. i hope to see friends they all seem really busy so hopefully they can take a break to visit ^_^. I hope to get some jelly babies from my friend Jo who has dual citizenships(england/america) who will be in town. i'm off from the 23-jan 1st whoooo fun times ahead.


 
libra Posted: Sun Dec 21 19:43:00 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Back home in California. So happy to be back and I am having a hard time convincing myself that it's a good idea to go back to Vancouver and school.

My friend who is in the peace corps in Mali is back for a visit, and we have been doing all the things she's been missing out on...movies, good food, etc.


 
Kira Posted: Sun Dec 21 21:34:35 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Happy Winter everyone!

*Throws sprigs of juniper*

Huzzah, longer days.


 
~Just Imagine~ Posted: Mon Dec 22 02:51:33 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Christophe said:
>I'm terribly excited about our government which just fell over not respecting the division of power in a state of law as a result of the credit crisis and the collapse of the former biggest bank in the country (Fortis).
>
>Interesting times.


hmmmm :) ain't Belgium great ;)

I'm going home for chistmas, spending somr time with my family.
Afterwards its learning, thesis and wii playing for me for the remaining 2 weeks.


 
FN Posted: Mon Dec 22 06:50:15 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  ~Just Imagine~ said:
>hmmmm :) ain't Belgium great ;)

It's peculiar in any case lol, absurdity seems to be hiding in every corner. Just the way I like it.

Anyway, I'm thinking they'll go for early elections now and the socialist scumbags will win a lot of votes, thereby increasing the problem exponentially and plunging the country and on a broader scale the entire western civilization into doom.


 
~Just Imagine~ Posted: Wed Dec 24 07:24:00 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  DOOM! EVIL! EPAAAAA

Yeah, would be exciting though..
But indeed, absurdity is everywhere these days in our little country...

Have a great chrismas eve everybody, may you open lots of presents ;)


 
ifihadahif Posted: Thu Dec 25 06:23:57 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Merry Christmas Everyone !
Happy Hanukkah Dan !


 
Cherry_Moon Posted: Fri Dec 26 13:22:19 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Merry Saturnalia er i mean Christmas everybody


 
FN Posted: Sat Dec 27 09:05:51 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  The world is crumbling and nobody seems to care. Just read an interview with a socialist here who's high up in the ranks and demanding more "far reaching" powers for the government to "correct the mistakes of the free market".

What free market? First they clog up the market with regulations from all sides and angles and when the thing goes boom they blame it on the "free" market? How does that work? And how does that translate in more regulations? Curing poisoning by drinking more poison.

Also, there's a new guy in town on the socialist side, a young economics doctor who has it all figured out. You see in the guy's expression that he's an asshole and knows it but "the people" like what he's saying so he can sell them anything at all, as long as they don't have to think.


Honestly, this and all the rest that's going on in the Western world is pure Atlas Shrugged stuff. The similarities are on the brink of scary.


 
Mesh Posted: Sat Dec 27 16:37:54 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  My father flew here. Haven't seen him in a very long time. He seemed like he is doing very well, far better than when I was growing up. Very nice to see him, was very happy :) Spent it with him and my sister and friends and my lady. Ate a lot of food and just had a really good time. It was very nice. Made me realize how much I love my father despite our very troubled history.


 
Posted: Sat Dec 27 19:35:03 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Christophe said:
> bahhhh humbug!


 
FN Posted: Sun Dec 28 08:04:48 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  CriminalSaint said:
>Christophe said:
>> bahhhh humbug!

I take it you don't agree? :)


 
Posted: Sun Dec 28 14:46:00 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Christophe said:
>CriminalSaint said:
>>Christophe said:
>>> bahhhh humbug!
>
>I take it you don't agree? :)

I just don't think it's in any way significant enough to let it trouble you. If somebody is a snide asshole and people that you've got no respect for anyway flock to him, what's it to you? In any event, it shouldn't be enough to get you riled up on a Saturday morning after Christmas.


 
FN Posted: Sun Dec 28 20:23:40 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  What it is to me is that in the long term those same people are forcing me and my eventual offspring into a system I don't want, instead of all backing the hell off and let me make my own life.

That and the utter bullshit those people spew about just about anything, with an air of legitimy of a magnitude proportional only to their ballooning ignorance.

I'm so tired of all the useless drivel, it's getting on my nerves more and more lately. I don't want to have anything to do with their system and I don't recognize their authority to vote over anything that relates to my personal life or my income; so where does that leave us.

That's why I get riled up over it, especially because right now, by something caused by their own meddling, they're pulling more and more people into it and sending Europe back to the proverbial dark ages in another decade or two, which is the prime time frame I have to make something out of life.

They bitch and moan about business going bankrupt and moving away, and no new ones getting started, but at the same time they're clamoring for "more protection for the workers" and increasing welfare checks (at times like this) and raising taxes just about everywhere and strangling the whole thing to death.

It's coming to a point that I myself am starting to honestly and seriously wonder whether it's objectively worth it to me to get my own business started, because honestly, what's the point? I'm not going to work for anybody to leech off of me; like the generations in my family before me have without they themselves getting anything out of it whatsoever.


I don't know why but I'm growing more and more aggressive about stuff like this.


 
ifihadahif Posted: Mon Dec 29 06:09:15 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  CriminalSaint said:
>Christophe said:
>>CriminalSaint said:
>>>Christophe said:
>>>> bahhhh humbug!
>>
>>I take it you don't agree? :)
>
>I just don't think it's in any way significant enough to let it trouble you. If somebody is a snide asshole and people that you've got no respect for anyway flock to him, what's it to you? In any event, it shouldn't be enough to get you riled up on a Saturday morning after Christmas.
>
Hey !
Who you callin' a snide asshole ?


 
Nikki Posted: Mon Dec 29 14:46:17 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  CUNTS ALL
cept christophe :-)


 
Nikki Posted: Mon Dec 29 14:47:53 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  ifihadahif said:
>Christmas at home with the family, then off to the Smoky Mountains for some fun in the hot tub, margaritas in hand, and general debauchery with the wife.

she likes the dirty ass of the dirty snide, lazy, liar, alcoholic asshole? ?


 
Mesh Posted: Mon Dec 29 20:58:21 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Funny, dirty cunt is how I'd describe you. :)

I say that in the most loving way.


 
Nikki Posted: Tue Dec 30 08:50:19 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Wisenheimer said:
>Funny, dirty cunt is how I'd describe you. :)
>
>I say that in the most loving way.

shut up cocksucker :-)


 
Mesh Posted: Tue Dec 30 22:17:55 2008 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Oh Nikki, everytime you say something mean to me, I get this warm feeling in my heart. You're such a mean, cantankerous, ill-mannered strumpet, and I love every second of it. :) Tell me what a deplorable cretin I am. It makes my appreciation for you grow ever stronger.


 
mat_j Posted: Wed Jan 7 07:43:20 2009 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Christophe said:
>The world is crumbling and nobody seems to care. Just read an interview with a socialist here who's high up in the ranks and demanding more "far reaching" powers for the government to "correct the mistakes of the free market".
>
>What free market? First they clog up the market with regulations from all sides and angles and when the thing goes boom they blame it on the "free" market? How does that work? And how does that translate in more regulations? Curing poisoning by drinking more poison.
>
>Also, there's a new guy in town on the socialist side, a young economics doctor who has it all figured out. You see in the guy's expression that he's an asshole and knows it but "the people" like what he's saying so he can sell them anything at all, as long as they don't have to think.
>
>
>Honestly, this and all the rest that's going on in the Western world is pure Atlas Shrugged stuff. The similarities are on the brink of scary.



Don't blame socialism for the collapse of your system little man, neoliberalist captialism caused it. Socialism in any forms has very little hold over these kind of markets, it's not as if the brokers all made the wrong decision because they listened to their union now is it?!?





 
mat_j Posted: Wed Jan 7 07:45:25 2009 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Damn you Tintin, you made me go Political on a Christmas thread, i'm so annoyed at myself!


 
mat_j Posted: Wed Jan 7 07:47:33 2009 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Anyway Christmas-

Spent it drunk of course!

Too drunk, but in a British way so it's okay and surviveable.


 
ifihadahif Posted: Wed Jan 7 08:58:17 2009 Post | Quote in Reply  
  mat_j said:
>Anyway Christmas-
>
>Spent it drunk of course!
>
>Too drunk, but in a British way so it's okay and surviveable.
>
At the risk of sounding stupid, I have to ask you, what is the difference between British, and English ?


 
mat_j Posted: Thu Jan 8 08:02:15 2009 Post | Quote in Reply  
  ifihadahif said:
>mat_j said:
>>Anyway Christmas-
>>
>>Spent it drunk of course!
>>
>>Too drunk, but in a British way so it's okay and surviveable.
>>
>At the risk of sounding stupid, I have to ask you, what is the difference between British, and English ?

Excellent question Hif, i will now answer in more detail than you could ever need. You may need a map for this.

The UK is subdivided into two other kingdoms, a principality and a piece of another kingdom.

The 'United' part is the union between Scottish and English crowns that gave birth to the modern nation, Scotland being the Northern third of the main island and England being most of the Southern two thirds.

Wales (my part) is the western bit of the country that looks a bit like a boars head. Back in the day before the country was unified England was divided into the Kingdoms of Wessex, Mercia and Northumberland (with numerous sub areas) which were similar in size to each other and modern Wales. When Alfred the great unified Wessex and defeated the Vikings he became like a super king which meant the King of Wales (an area he didn't conquer) became a sub king (prince) to him who paid tribute when the two nations weren't warring.

They later annexed Wales and over the course of the centuries conquered Ireland (another Kingdom). When finally Scotland become one with England the United Kingdom was born.

THe flag of the UK is made up of the George Cross (the red and white horizontal/vertical cross on the flag, and the Scots flag the diagonal white and blue saltire. the diagonal red cross represents the Irish territory. Wales didn't get onto the flag as it was a Principality and therefore didn't count as a Kingdom (but to be fair we did get a right groovy looking dragon flag of our own).

Ireland eventually won her independence apart from the primarily protestant north that remained part of the UK.

So England makes up the largest part, land, population and administrative control wise (The queen lives there), followed by Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (AKA Ulster).

A Briton- refers to the Romano-British (The celts, picts and Roman settlers) i.e. an original reisdent of the Islands before the Saxons, Vikings, Angles and Jutes arrived.

British refers to a resident of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Wales/Welsh- is the Anglo-Saxon word for Foreigner (see also Wallachia and other places in Europe begining with Wal) which eventually became the name for the country (In Welsh it's Cymry, a welsh person being a Cymro which means countryman)

Scots- were a bunch of Irish people who went to Scotland and made it their own from the native and Celtic Picts)

English- refers to the residents of of the nation of Saxon/Celtic/Roman people who live below the historic Antonine wall and East of Offas Dyke

The British Isles is a geographical term which refer to the islands of Britain, Ireland, The Isle of man, the Channel Isle and various others.

Great Britain is the name given to the larger of the two main islands, given the nomenclature Great by the French to distinguish it from Brittany in France (which is is occupied by people of a similar ethnic background to the Britons)

The Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (The UK) refers to the main island and the administrative area in Northern Ireland it still controls.

And that's a thick stroke history of the UK and why it's called what it is.


 
Kira Posted: Thu Jan 8 10:32:15 2009 Post | Quote in Reply  
  That was so cool.


 
Cherry_Moon Posted: Fri Jan 9 04:02:24 2009 Post | Quote in Reply  
  *feels properly educated*


 
ifihadahif Posted: Fri Jan 9 12:25:35 2009 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Cool, thank you kind sir.



 
mat_j Posted: Mon Jan 12 06:42:07 2009 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Why thankyou, I'm here all week!

I expected a lot more sarcasm than that :-).




 
addi Posted: Mon Jan 12 09:26:01 2009 Post | Quote in Reply  
  mat_j said:

>I expected a lot more sarcasm than that :-).

you must have missed the memo from JQ. Sarcasm is now banned from the forum.

It's still okay to respond to any post in a negative and mean way, but it has to be worded in a direct and blunt manner, leaving no room for ambiguity about your meaning. Apparently a few members here were being confused by the excessive use of sarcasm by some and complained about it.

Example:
This is no longer acceptable.
Nikki said:
>wow. you are SO smart. I bet your dick is 15 inches long!

This is fine to say.
Nikki said:
>shut the fuck up, you whiny pussy cunt face.


 
ifihadahif Posted: Mon Jan 12 11:53:42 2009 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Why would anyone expect sarcasm from ME ?


 
Kira Posted: Mon Jan 12 23:41:45 2009 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Hif your avatar looks sort of like Dorothy Gale suffered a stroke.

Just had to say it.


 
ifihadahif Posted: Tue Jan 13 11:51:04 2009 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Kira said:
>Hif your avatar looks sort of like Dorothy Gale suffered a stroke.
>
>Just had to say it.
>
It's just those pretty blue eyes.


 



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