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Captain Corcoran

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  1. I'm getting ready to head out to the blood bank to drive around blood product. Fun times! This is a great place. Friendly. I'm glad I stumbled on it. You're a wonderful bunch of folks.
  2. A long time ago, my dad fell and cracked his face open. We thought he was going to die then, which gladly wasn't in the card. I was already in town and flew my wife in because of the emergency. That was years and years ago... 15? 12? a while back. We drove home together, since I had my car. Because the world doesn't care about our personal problems, it happened that we drove back during what was one of the worst wild fires in our history. It was surreal. Like Dante's Inferno. Fires raging on both sides of the freeway, which was briefly open as we drove through and then closed again
  3. I might try Witcher 3. A good friend sings its praises. I played the... first? Second Witcher? Anyhow, I wasn't super impressed, but I'm assured that 3 is the way to go. However... Oh my Lord! Deadfire is better that the first Pillars. I stalled on the White March after a while, but the base Pillars game was great. Deadfire is better. I don't know how much of that is the free DLC or patching, but it's a great game! I regret the time I wasted on Divinity 2 because I'm getting back into crunch time and things like gaming and forums are going to have to be put aside. Well, whateve
  4. I've been thinking about how to respond to this all day. I say this with utmost respect and affection: Gromnir, you're just plain mean. :rueful grin:
  5. I've been procrastinating today and playing a bit of deadfire. So much better now that I'm off the ship. I don't know what it was about the very first part that was off-putting. It's a much better game than Divinity 2, although there were some fun parts in that also. Now, I've convinced Rinco not to be such a putz, but I've still got his coin purse. Ugh.
  6. I called the police to report the incident and he didn't see any dead donkey's around. Turns out, they're pretty sturdy and I wasn't going super fast. I'd like to think the burro lived. I felt terrible about it, but there's an area where the damned herds are getting thick. Geez, it's not like I live out in the boondocks. This is not a rural area, but it's a small canyon corridor between two counties.
  7. A lot of later cars don't have room for a real tire in the trunk. I don't have room in mine, and I don't feel like throwing down the money anyway since I've had need for a spare a handful of times over the past 30 years. Okay, let me detail this since I'm the doofus who started the whole tire thing. About a year ago, I was in the middle of some personal strife. There was a death in the family, my wife was injured in an accident, and I ran into a large herd animal with my car all while in the middle of an accelerated program. After I resolved all those issues, *then* my front driver's
  8. I tried the beyond meat 8 layer burrito from Del Taco yesterday. Wasn't bad. I don't go out of my way to eat meat substitutes, but I was curious. It wasn't bad and, hey, it's fast food anyway.
  9. That already needed to be done. I just hadn't gotten around to it. Recently went on a trip across the southwest, from California to Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada. It was a lot of fun, about 3000 miles, and a few dirt roads. I was going to get the alignment done this month anyway. The nail just gave me a reason to do it now. Today, I'm going to do something I really need to do, start *seriously* studying for various exams and whatnot. Geez, this place is like a bowl of chips. Can't do it a little.
  10. Yeah, the tires on my current car aren't cheap. I don't know why. I've priced them out at various places. I spend a tad more at the dealer, but I don't mind and it's not hugely different. It was a little over 500 for the tires and about 90 for the alignment. Danned dealers!
  11. Yeah, I changed the front tires recently. The rear two had some life in them, so I waited, but I'm having the rear two replaced together. I've always thought you had to replace tires in at least pairs if not quads. It's not too bad. A little less than 700 dollars for two tires and an alignment, which I needed already but hadn't gotten around to having done.
  12. Sorry about your grandparents, Calax. When you're a kid, you worry about what if something happens to your parents. Then, as you get older and your parents age, you realize it's not if but when. Enjoy the time you've got, brother! Also, welcome to the homeowners' club. It's good to hear something good going for you, even if we *are* strangers! As for myself, I was driving my car and the tire pressure light came on. It was handling a bit rougher, but clearly wasn't flat, so I finished the last little bit to my destination and went to my appointment. When I got back out, I grabbe
  13. I've just starting playing Deadfire again. I took up right where I left off, just onboard ship before the pirates attacked. For some reason, I'm having more fun. It's better than Divinity 2. Sometimes games are like that. I'll play a while and see if it keeps its charm. EDIT: hey, really quick, should I spread skills around or pack arcana or what for a wizard?
  14. The problem with talking to the Taliban is expecting them to negotiate in good faith. It's naïve to assume that they're doing anything other than getting into the best position to strike the first time there's any domestic discord that will tie our hands. You cannot negotiate in good faith with terrorists who are clearly, and sometimes openly, not keeping faith. My argument would be practical, although I personally sympathize with Hurlshot's post. EDIT: as for ShadySands, if we're going to quit the game, quit it. There's simply no good solution to this. I never thought we should inv
  15. I suspect that we come at the issue from wildly different directions, Zora, but fair enough as regards Trumps more dovish positions. However, the larger point is the capriciousness. It's not that it's a great crime to fire people by tweet. It's that it fits right into the perception that the guy is too small and petty for the presidency. Yeah, before today, I might have said that the real problem was having a national security adviser with whom you do not share a vision of foreign affairs. I might have said that having infighting in the administration looks like there's no real direction.
  16. It's the capriciousness of it that gets under my skin. Some of us are trying to make a well-reasoned (or at least as well-reasoned as possible) case for his administration. Mapgate was and remains silly crap, but it's not in isolation. So, when he fires Bolton and announces it by tweet, it makes it more difficult to muster up a defense. All the sudden, the ire over something silly gets hit with well deserved ire over utter chaos in terms of an incoherent foreign policy. Yes, his base will support him no matter what, but the people I talk to in real life actually buy into my arguments beca
  17. I'll buy it and consider it a forum tax. I play Obsidian about as much as any game and they do give me hours of enjoyment. I didn't get much into the last two titles, but I got tons of hours out of the first Pillars and New Vegas is a masterpiece.
  18. ShadySands, you are as a river unto your people. :big beaming grin:
  19. I didn't use to like straws, but the little lady has me using them. Of course, I'm the one who gets to wash them. Our straws are plastic, but they're reusable and we've had them for years. The foreign policy of this administration can be alarming. I don't always understand it. EDIT: The Bolton thing is bad. Could Trump throw us a bone? ! He f'n undercuts his supporters all the time. At least his less basish supporters.
  20. That's a good question. I assumed it would be available on Steam, but I haven't read much so I don't get spoiled.
  21. The problem with climate change arguments is that they require humanity not to act like humans. The wife and I ran into a friend while we out some time ago. She was eating alone in the restaurant and, even though we were there for our anniversary, we joined her. When the server delivered our water, she asked if we wanted straws. My wife wanted one but I never ask for a straw since it seems to be a big deal to people. Our friend mentioned that she hated having to ask for a straw because she felt guilty and that's why she always had straws in her purse. I said not to worry about it because
  22. FEAR 3 sucks. I'm thinking about pre-ordering Outer Worlds.
  23. Today allegedly will provide some idea as to how the 2020 elections are shaping up. Special election in North Carolina. https://ballotpedia.org/North_Carolina's_3rd_Congressional_District_special_election,_2019 Before I address the 'fear mongering' bashing by fellow 'fear mongers,' let me address Warren. She's probably got the best campaign game of any of the likely Democratic candidates. Her policies are terrible, but, hey, that's the Dem field this election.
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