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mk  ·  230 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 1, 2017

Super early Pubski.

I did some spring (fall) cleaning around the site tonight. veen that draft bug is resolved. Devac that prev thing, much too belated. There are a couple of other small things I'd like to do.

Halloween was a success, but cold. My daughter had a great time with her cousins. I'm actually not slated to travel for almost three weeks, but that could change tomorrow.

I am reading Jane Eyre; it is good. lil this month's poem is Emerson's Rhodora.

cgod  ·  230 days ago  ·  link  ·  

The weirdest thing my daughter got in her Halloween loot was a pack of soy sauce but otherwise she had a good time and got a lot of candy.

steve  ·  230 days ago  ·  link  ·  

your soy sauce trumps my "Who is Jesus?" pamphlet.... but still... who is disseminating religious tracts on Halloween?

bfv  ·  230 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I got far more trick-or-treaters than expected and ran out of candy, so I gave out comic books towards the end of the night.

rd95  ·  230 days ago  ·  link  ·  


Dala  ·  230 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'm down.

cgod  ·  230 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I've been "tipped" in Jesus pamphlets more times than I could count.

steve  ·  230 days ago  ·  link  ·  

WWJD? He sure as hell wouldn't leave a pamphlet as a tip...

cgod  ·  229 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It's one of the shitty things about working brunch. Church folk come in with largish parties, same group every week. They leave pamphlets and no or a meager tip. They end up getting a reputation and bad service. Not all of them leave bad tips but lots of wait staff are biggoted assholes who play the average.

A new party shows up in their Church best on a Sunday and get written off as bad tippers, receive bad service and leave a bad tip and a pamphlet because their eternal soul is in peril and they were terrible waiters. Both sides end up thinking less if the other.

Parents with young kids and black or brown people often get the same treatment.

I've heard some horrible shit, "I don't want to wait on those nigs." Tell my shitty coworker to give me the table and no I'm not giving them my next table in return. Treat people decent and usually pull at at least a 15% top in return, often more when they receive shockingly decent service.

keifermiller  ·  228 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I know a lady who was giving out coffee mugs. She'd just moved and discovered she didn't have enough counter space.... I'm not sure if they were an optional extra or mandatory in lou of candy.

kleinbl00  ·  230 days ago  ·  link  ·  

a tooth brush.

"Yeah, thanks. because my kid doesn't brush her teeth most of the time and what she really needs is one so cheap you can hand them out dozens at a time."

lil  ·  228 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Rhodora: nice choice. That would be lovely to recite should one come across a flower in the woods. I'm still working on becoming more acquainted with the night (Robert Frost), but this Rhodora seems also memorizable.

  In May, when sea-winds pierced our solitudes,

I found the fresh Rhodora in the woods,

Spreading its leafless blooms in a damp nook,

To please the desert and the sluggish brook.

The purple petals, fallen in the pool,

Made the black water with their beauty gay;

Here might the red-bird come his plumes to cool,

And court the flower that cheapens his array.

Rhodora! if the sages ask thee why

This charm is wasted on the earth and sky,

Tell them, dear, that if eyes were made for seeing,

Then Beauty is its own excuse for being:

Why thou wert there, O rival of the rose!

I never thought to ask, I never knew:

But, in my simple ignorance, suppose

The self-same Power that brought me there brought you.

_refugee_  ·  228 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I love Jane Eyre fwiw

mk  ·  228 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Thus far, I feel the same.

wasoxygen  ·  228 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    "I am laying down good intentions, which I believe durable as flint. Certainly, my associates and pursuits shall be other than they have been."

    "And better?"

    "And better - so much better as pure ore is than foul dross. You seem to doubt me; I don't doubt myself: I know what my aim is, what my motives are; and at this moment I pass a law, unalterable as that of the Medes and Persians, that both are right."

    "They cannot be, sir, if they require a new statute to legalise them."

    "They are, Miss Eyre, though they absolutely require a new statute: unheard-of combinations of circumstances demand unheard-of rules."

    "That sounds a dangerous maxim, sir; because one can see at once that it is liable to abuse."

    "Sententious sage! so it is: but I swear by my household gods not to abuse it."

    "You are human and fallible."

    "I am: so are you - what then?"

    "The human and fallible should not arrogate a power with which the divine and perfect alone can be safely intrusted."

    "What power?"

    "That of saying of any strange, unsanctioned line of action, - 'Let it be right.'"

    "'Let it be right' - the very words: you have pronounced them."

lil  ·  230 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Question: have the memorized pieces been useful or suddenly recitable?

mk  ·  230 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I don't want to be that guy. :) I subjected one friend to a couple. mike and I had a "poem off" where I was able to hold my own.

I like to run through them on long drives.

steve  ·  229 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    mike and I had a "poem off"

people were gathering around... bets were being placed... it was epic.

mike  ·  229 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yep, I always knew memorizing poems would come in useful one day!