Morning Free Association 3/18/16

Zdeno Chara skates at the Black & Gold game

Zdeno Chara skates at the Black & Gold game 2014

 

We did it! We made it to Friday!

We did it!

Today is many things: Friday, Game Day against Los Patos de Anaheim (10PM on NESN, SN1), as well as new father of twins, soon-to-be much older brother of twins, Zdeno “Oh Captain, My Captain” Chara’s birthday. Unfortunately, that means that he’s a big age, one that occurs before you shrivel up and die. (That’s what happens at 40, right?)

Anyway, let’s not focus on his age, let’s take a look at his admirable attributes like:

breaking in the youngsters:

Zdeno and Other Smith

having high-level discussions with fellow Captains

Bonding
(stick tap to Intentionally Widenberg for the assist on this one)

taking out the trash

taking out the trash

Happy 39th, Zdeno! GET A WIN TONIGHT!

For the rest of you, enjoy all that this day has in store for you!

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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Hey All! So Sis and I were like two ships passing in the night – or maybe early morning. I’m here in Miami to assess whatever damage Sis left in her wake… and incur some damage if she didn’t cause enough. Jo’s son in law already made me welcome with some bourbon!! He’s a keeper! We’ll be watching tonight (GCL finally comes in handy!)

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

So, how much havoc did hurricane (hericane?) Sis wreak on poor Miami?

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

We’re still assessing the damage, but we’re already too fucked up to do much assessing tonight. Tomorrow we’ll try to figure out what was caused by Sis – the rest of the damage will be ours.

Rallye
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Rallye

Good morning (me, in California but NOT traveling with the Bs) and good afternoon you all!
I’ll bring my wide-awake West Coast self to the game thread tonight, I hope a bunch of you will put on the coffeepots.
Hmmm… Chara’s children will have aunts younger than themselves, and Chara’s children will be older than his half-sisters… None of my biz, of course.
See you all tonight.

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

What? How can that be possible? Chara’s kids were just born, so unless Z’s 60+ year-old parents are expecting again, the twins will be younger than any aunts/uncles they might have. Or unless Z’s half-sisters are off travelling at the speed of light somewhere.

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Since when are we quiet?

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UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

I’m just out of it today.

Miss Muse
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Miss Muse

Happy birthday Chara! It’s weird I’m older than you!

Morning peeps. Thank god it’s Friday. I hope I get to sleep in a little tomorrow. I have a happy fun-fun vet visit scheduled and I thought there was something happening at the LACMA this week but I guess not. Anyway today, I’m having lunch with a friend of MCB’s who also works here and looking forward to the Ducks game tonight.

I *finally* started watching Vikings last night. My co-worker said it was a pretty brutal show but at least the first episode was really fascinating. I’ll give it a few more watches before I decide.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

It really is a fantastic show.

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

It is. But I may be biased – Ragnar’s my 40-something-times-great grandfather.

The BOB
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The BOB

In that case, I highly recommend checking out Last Kingdom on BBC and the source material, the Saxon Chronicles by Bernard Cornwell. Historical fiction following the career of Alfred the Great… the first book or two have Ubba and Ivar Lothbrokson as the main antagonists

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_Kingdom

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

Unfortunately, I don’t get BBC. I’ll have to check it out when/if it gets to Netflix
Vikings is also only semi-historical. It’s loosely based on the 13th century Saga of Ragnar Loðbrók & Saxo Garmmaticus’s 12th century Gesta Danorum (“Deeds of the Danes”), as well various accounts of Robert of Normandy (originally known as Hrolf/Rollo). The historical Rollo wasn’t Ragnar’s brother (they were about a generation apart), but they both sacked Paris.

Ivar was my 40-something-times-great uncle. I’m descended from Ragnar through Sigurð Sanke-in-the-Eye. Of course, Viking genealogies need to be taken with a grain or two of salt. Tracing back from Sigurð through his mother (Aslaug), my 50-something-times-great grandfather is Oðin, king of the Norse gods.

Miss Muse
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Miss Muse

Isn’t saying you’re descended from Odin kind of like saying you’re descended from Zeus, though? I mean, for sure, he got around, but I never expected…Odin, Freya, and Thor (among others) to be real people.

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

As I said, grains of salt. My Viking ancestors had something of a habit of padding their family trees. Made it easier to justify why you should be king/jarl/etc of someplace.

DrHandgrenaid
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DrHandgrenaid

Last Kingdom is already on Netflix

The BOB
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The BOB

It is? I don’t see it on streaming

Miss Muse
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Miss Muse

That’s got to be something you keep in your back pocket for cocktail parties. smile

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

My grandfather spent 30+ years researching the family tree.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I’m going to have to check it out now.

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Good Morning!

Yay Friday! Yay home inspections that turned out OK other than the failed water heater, but even that’s a win because they have to replace it now, not us (based on what we’ve figured out, it failed less than 24 hours before the inspection. What timing!). Yay for game nights! Yay!

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Wow! This is already going much better than house #1.

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Technically it’s #3, but #1 was an outright rejection of our offer because they were underwater and we weren’t paying them to go underwater ourselves.

But yeah. Much better. We put the offer on Sunday and even yesterday some of the furniture was already gone. Unlike the previous sellers, these two guys want out – largely because they split up almost a year or two ago.

DrHandgrenaid
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DrHandgrenaid

Selling a house with an underwater mortgage has got to be the worst housing Kobayashi-Maru you could come up with

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Yeah, I can’t even imagine. Fortunately this market shouldn’t result in that. It’s hot, but not super inflated (yet). But man, I think other than that we hit home buying bingo on this house hunt.

Also, recch for the reference.

The BOB
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The BOB

What are rates looking like?
I hit bingo with timing of my re-fi… got it under 4%, a rate I will likely never see again!

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Ha, I meant home buying PROBLEMS bingo. Underwater seller. Uncooperative sellers. Bidding wars. Low Inventory. Etc.

Still under 4%, though not by much.

The BOB
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The BOB

Ah, I gotcha. I seemed to hit it pretty well from that perspective… got one bid on the condo for full asking and was the only bid on the house so got it a bit below asking.

Buyers were a bit flaky (kept missing deadlines) but got their act together at the end.

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

Been there, done that. It sucks. It took over a year before finally selling the place for 40 grand less than we owed on it. Luckily the bank said “Fuck it, close enough” & called our debt paid. A very surprising bit of generosity from Wells Fargo.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Huge Recch for Kobayashi-Maru!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

At least you know you’ll have a new water heater! Good luck with the rest of the process!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Yeah, that’s actually awesome timing. The damn things wet their pants after a few years – now you’ll get the most time out of this one before it happens again. (Just enough time that you’ll forget that it’s a possibility, then WHAM! Your house is incontinent once again.)

The BOB
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The BOB

The nice part is that they are typically warrantied. Our heater started leaking out the top (still worked) about 1.5 years after we bought the house. Turned out it was still under its 7 year warranty (I think that was the duration) so we got the parts for free, still had to pay for labor.

From what the plumbers told me, the warranty on the new heater starts over (I’m rather dubious on that claim) so the failure isn’t the worst option…

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Yeah, apparently this one was 10 years old based on the serial number (they lied on the disclosure, though I think it was more ignorance than malicious). With electric heaters, usually you get max 10-15 years anyways.

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Guys!
Is it Friday? I think it’s Friday.
Even if it’s not Friday, today is the new Friday!
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carvinbass18
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carvinbass18

it’s totally Friday!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Just need to make it through another exciting episode of my day job.
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I’m sure I’ll find a way
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phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

I always Recch Don Draper.

DrHandgrenaid
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DrHandgrenaid

Ugh. I feel the need to pull a Timmy a punch livestock (with the names of management taped to the side of the aforementioned livestock)

carvinbass18
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carvinbass18

would it be better to just be able to punch management?

DrHandgrenaid
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DrHandgrenaid

I feel like this would not be a sustainable employment model

carvinbass18
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carvinbass18

fair point.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Hey, you could start a movement! The punch management movement. I’m ready to join. Jo (management) isn’t so sure.

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

I feel you. That’s me most days.

DrHandgrenaid
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DrHandgrenaid

Its a complete lack of respect and a disinterest of listening to my ideas despite regularly saying that I was hired to bring in new ideas among many other things that have me feeling so very punchy right now

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Sucks. Again I feel ya. It’s Friday, at least. Grab a drink when you get home.

Miss Muse
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DrHandgrenaid
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DrHandgrenaid

I’m sorry cows, but I gotta punch something, and preferably something that wouldn’t get me fired

IntentionallyWidenberg
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DrHandgrenaid
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DrHandgrenaid

I prefer when he punches the camels for no particular reason

carvinbass18
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carvinbass18
Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

http://i.imgur.com/2poXVNg.jpg

Shhhh….people are still recovering….

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

This made me excessively uncomfortable.

DrHandgrenaid
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DrHandgrenaid

If by uncomfortable, you mean awesome, because Goldblum, then yes.

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

It was awesome but uncomfortable. I feel like I have no clothes on when he looks back at me like that.

The BOB
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The BOB

You say that as if it’s a bad thing…

DrHandgrenaid
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DrHandgrenaid

Yeah, I only hear positives

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

#B2Bafterdark

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Morning, folks.
The exhaustion is strong with me this morning.
Happy birthday, Z
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DrHandgrenaid
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DrHandgrenaid

Friday? Can it be?

yayyyy.

Also: Only a 2 day week next week and the week after. I have stat holidays on Good Friday and Easter Monday, and am taking Wed-Thurs off next week and Tues-Wed the week after. Need to torch some vacation before the end of the fiscal year (I don’t need to use 30 hours, only 16 to not lose any, but eh, I’m banking 41 extra hours out of my usual 105 for the year, so its not like saving that just short of 2 vacation days would be a big deal (as I am quite certain I will end up banking at least 35 next year too, without having touched the 35 I have in ‘accumulated’ (as opposed to ‘carryover)