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Oh my gosh, there is so much to catch up with! I really need to visit this site more often with Halloween approaching!
I have been pretty busy and unlike before, I'm absolutely enjoying this spooky season! I've made at least three trips to the Spirit store and even bought a few things. I will say that i learned my lesson about buying costume items from there. I bought a pair of gloves and found out that the elastic part needs to be reinforced. I am also watching the baking shows and am loving what The Halloween baking championship. This years theme is 'haunted hotel' and the kickoff episode 'killed it'.

Funny story for you guys. For context, Marcus is a licensed EMT and has seen some things. (His first year was spent working 911 emergencies) Anyway, he loves football and really wanted me to play fantasy football with him and the boys and I'm not a huge fan of sports, but because I love him, I agreed to it. This involves watching more football than I wanted to, so i made a deal with him that he couldn't complain about me watching baking shows no matter if it interrupted game night or not. He agreed to it and this past Monday, the aforementioned baking show came on and he held up his end of the deal. This ended up backfiring on me...epically. The first challenge was basic and didn't really bother me, but the second challenge involved blood splatters on sponge cakes. This also didn't bother me until one of the bakers decided that blood splatters weren't enough and he had to add guts and blood spilling out of the cake when it's cut. Suddenly, he went from reluctantly watching the show to really enjoying himself and he when I told him I was done, he laughed evilly and told me I had to stay and watch because this was the show I wanted to watch. He then tried to tell me some really gross stories of cases he'd taken on as an EMT. I ended the night thoroughly grossed out and he was just enjoying every minute! SMH

OK I need to know...what did you buy from the Spirit Store? Share!! :D🎃🎃🎃🎃
 

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When I came home from work on Friday, last night, I started watching "Sins of our Mother" on Netflix. I just want to warn all of you...don't watch it! I feel like my soul has been poisoned. I think I watched about 60 or 90 minutes and that was enough. Depressing as hell and I just don't understand why someone would hurt their beautiful children.
 

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Welcome and hello The Haddonfield Slasher! 🎃🎃🎃

I do get how weird it is to come across a TV series you love only to find out it's already cancelled. The same thing happened with me and Firefly. I didn't see it until it was gone and I had watched it all online; I was so mad. Also same thing I had to figure out the correct order, lol. I was excited for it to be maybe picked up because it had so many fans but then Wash and Shepherd Book were killed off and the talented Ron Glass passed away; so that's, that.

So many potential stories just gone. Sad.

Anyhow, how about you and Halloween? :)
Totally agree. They could've done so much with that show. It was good for at least 6+ seasons IMO. It had and still has a solid fan base. It probably would've jumped the shark when Mal and Inara hooked up, and had a kid or something. Most shows don't survive a baby, except maybe Friends.

Okay, I have to confess that I don't know what you mean about "how about you and Halloween". 😁 I'd love to answer the question, but not sure what you're asking. If you mean how did I discover Halloween, I heard about it as a kid... same as most of you I'm guessing. 😁 I didn't discover it accidentally on Comcast like I did with Serenity and then Firefly. 🤣 If that's not what you meant, I'm happy to answer any question once it's explained to me. I'm a little "slow", but I'm fantastic at long-winded posts.

I just don't understand why someone would hurt their beautiful children.
Okay... I can't resist but to play devil's advocate... do you feel the same way about baby Adolf Hilter? 😁 Just sayin'... if his parents would've done something about his bratty @$$, we'd have multi-millions more lovely people in the world. I just wish that of all the parents who have done something terrible to their children, why couldn't Alois and Klara Hitler been those terrible parents. I realize this is a ridiculous response. It's meant to be. You don't need to dignify my stupidity with a response. 😁
 

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Just got back from our trip to Ohio to see my mom, visit a friend in assisted living near Cleveland, and go to Cedar Point to see Midnight Syndicate’s newest live show during HalloWeekends (plus ride a few rides while we were there:)). We had a great time and now I’m recovering from being in a car for seven hours yesterday.
 

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Just got back from our trip to Ohio to see my mom, visit a friend in assisted living near Cleveland, and go to Cedar Point to see Midnight Syndicate’s newest live show during HalloWeekends (plus ride a few rides while we were there:)). We had a great time and now I’m recovering from being in a car for seven hours yesterday.
Ironic. I just got back 2 hours ago from my trip to Ohio myself... but for me it was Toledo on business. 😁 I'm jealous of your far cooler trip though. :cool:
 

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Warning: Vent post.

It drives me crazy when people don't wash their hands or wear gloves when they are touching someone with an infectious disease. This happens more often than you would think. But even with/after Covid people still aren't wearing PPE or washing their hands.

People are so lax about basic hygiene or wearing gloves. I have watched so many CNAs, nurses, PAs, Doctors just never wear gloves, never wash their hands...it shocks me. Just so crazy. I used to always say something but at some point I gave up. I sometimes do, especially if I really like the person and they seem half way reasonable. Honestly, I think most people just don't think it's important. I was training a young man once and he was handling stuff without gloves, no hand washing ever. I kept reminding him over and over. I finally snapped and asked: "do you want to catch HIV or Hepatitis B?" I actually pretty much yelled it at him and he froze but now he wears gloves and washes his hands. One of my only successes in this area. Also we are friends now, so I guess I'm not a total bitch. I hope.

Anyway, I just don't get it. Washing your hands is one of the most important. basic (especially for health care workers) things a person can do to prevent catching something. Just totally nuts not to do it.
 

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Random thought - Time flies when (a) you’re having fun, (b) you’re getting older, or (c) you’re already late to an important appointment.

In order?

1 You're getting older (so unfair)

2 Late to an important appointment (always happens)

3 Having fun. I actually experience a slowing of time here. I'm less stressed and in the moment.
 

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Oh, work tonight was the most relaxed afternoon/ night in months. I actually took my break and ran to Walmart Food for milk. First thing I saw was jack-o-lanterns (tried not to be distracted, told myself I would come back for them later). Grabbed the milk and some kitty treats for Lucy and then I saw them on the way to the register...Halloween popcorn balls!!!! Anyone else buy these things? For the last three years (since I discovered them) I have purchased them. Not for TOTs but for me! I love them! lol. So delicious! Almost gone [I grabbed the second to last bag]...so POPular (although it's September so I'm sure more will come in). Kathy Kaye's World's Best Popcorn Balls. So good! 🎃🎃🎃
 

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Sweetie's sister makes him homemade popcorn balls he swears are th best on the planet. She will bring him 6 or 8 of them and they are gone in 2 days, Diabetes much!
 

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Well leave Sunday for my Halloween camping trip. The past few weeks have been hell, between work and home 13 plus hour days then add 2 plus hours for driving time, hot water heater went out, and to buy one of the most expensive ones because of venting. Old one is still in basement needing to be drained more. Severe pain is coming back had a little relief for a little bit seeing the pain specialist but to do more its $6k out of pocket, INS does not cover it. I can take my bone on bone knee, my back they can't figure out but my shoulder that gets excruciating especially overhead work then after.

On a positive note at least I get to go that was up in the air at a point, as had a Billion dollar project rolling out but postponed, so don't lose my 25+ year streak of this camp-out. Bad part nothing is ready and my shelter I've used in the past I can not use it, the new one was going to paint it as to light but have to suffer as is. Just going to do what I can, can't win anyway but not the reason why I do it but can only win about every 3 years. Think it will be a smaller setup this year as keep reminding myself about the take down as I usually do so much the first week then add a little more for the second but takes me a whole day to tear everything down and usually have to take 1 more trip home the day we leave as can't get it all the main tear down day. Keep being told to do less so I can enjoy free time but its hard, when you like doing it and your ADHD. I've tried doing less but then feel bad on Saturday for TOT so bust but to get more done.
 

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Glad you’re able to go on your Halloween camping trip, x. I know it means a lot to you. Just don’t overdo and hurt yourself setting up and taking down - such a buzzkill when that happens:)
 

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Warning: Vent post.

It drives me crazy when people don't wash their hands or wear gloves when they are touching someone with an infectious disease. This happens more often than you would think. But even with/after Covid people still aren't wearing PPE or washing their hands.

People are so lax about basic hygiene or wearing gloves. I have watched so many CNAs, nurses, PAs, Doctors just never wear gloves, never wash their hands...it shocks me. Just so crazy. I used to always say something but at some point I gave up. I sometimes do, especially if I really like the person and they seem half way reasonable. Honestly, I think most people just don't think it's important. I was training a young man once and he was handling stuff without gloves, no hand washing ever. I kept reminding him over and over. I finally snapped and asked: "do you want to catch HIV or Hepatitis B?" I actually pretty much yelled it at him and he froze but now he wears gloves and washes his hands. One of my only successes in this area. Also we are friends now, so I guess I'm not a total bitch. I hope.

Anyway, I just don't get it. Washing your hands is one of the most important. basic (especially for health care workers) things a person can do to prevent catching something. Just totally nuts not to do it.
Had to comment on this. People in general seem to be a bit better about washing their hands since Covid, but if you think people are gross now, imagine how bad they were before an infectious disease threatened their lives. I'm not a doctor or in the medical field and I'm not a germophobe, but I do take notice at how gross dudes are, and some women. I find that when I used to work in a corporate office, I'd guess about 75% of guys washed their hands before leaving the bathroom. In any other public venue (i.e. restaurants, stores, sporting events, etc) I'd say 25% washed their hands... as a high guess. It makes me cringe to shake another dude's hand. I won't shy away from a handshake, but it does scuz me out a little. I wash my hands... what makes you think I want to touch whatever you've been touching. My ex-"work wife" 😁 and I used to let each other know who the non-washers were in the office, partly as gossip, but also as an FYI. 🤣
 

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Okay, since @PrettyGhoul decided to share a vent post, I feel free to post my own. 😁 I know, I'm still the new guy, but heck, I participated on the other forum for so many years so maybe my resume gives me some street-cred to vent publically. 😁

Has anyone noticed the state of driving these days? I often drive to other cities, and have noticed this everywhere, but maybe it's a perception problem. Driving capability seems to be as polarized as politics these days. I don't want to discuss politics, but when driving I notice that almost every car has a driver who's either really aggressive and in a mad rush to get somewhere, or they're driving 10 under the speed limit and looking for rainbows or something. I don't get it. We've always had a fair amount of each of these types of drivers, but now it seems that every stretch of road I'm on, there are a plethora of each of these types.

Now, don't get me wrong. I fit more into the speed demon category, but I'm normally 5 to 10 over the speed limit and keeping pace, passing several cars on my way. Sure, occasionally I'll be the driving pretty fast guy, but that's usually when I'm the first car at the light listening to some [email protected]$$ song, or the roads are pretty open. But I just don't understand why even at 10 miles over the limit, and nowhere to go because of traffic do I have someone literally 2 ft from my back bumper? And, why do I so frequently get stuck behind two people pacing each other side-by-side driving 10 miles under the limit? It happens so much more frequently these days.

Could it be that the really slow drivers are all staring at their phones thus need to drive slower to be "safe", and the slower driving and drifting in their lanes are really irritating all other drivers who just want to get to point B? Maybe. It's probably a good percentage of it I'd suppose. (Btw, I hope everyone caught the driving slower to be safe while staring at your phone oxymoron.)
 

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Please read before deciding there's no reason for you to post a reply.

I really don't post as much at message boards as I used to. And there's a reason for that. I get distracted, very easily. I'm just the kind of person with thoughts that often aren't structured. They just happen. For instance, if I'm worried about something, I usually don't want to discuss it but I'd like to just state it. Black and white, clear as crystal, once and have done with it. Unless of course someone else could or has been able to relate to that thought and wants to add to it. I don't want to start a dozen short posts about abstract thoughts just because when I have them I want to discuss them very much. It would be more sensible to, in a sense, have a graveyard for them where I could bury them as they arise.

This simply would eliminate worthless topics which no one would reply to and there's no worry about this topic getting off-topic because that's how it starts. It's not about establishing a pattern of off-topic topics. But for instance... I'm getting a headache right now, so I'd like to elaborate more on this post later on. But I wanted to try and create a post for random thoughts anyone were to have. In case the person having them really felt like sharing them.

I don't have one right now, but I could spill my guts about a lot of little things to other people that mean something to me.
The inside of my mind is kinda like going to Best Buy and looking at the wall of televisions. They're all on. All the time. All different channels.
 

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Okay, since @PrettyGhoul decided to share a vent post, I feel free to post my own. 😁 I know, I'm still the new guy, but heck, I participated on the other forum for so many years so maybe my resume gives me some street-cred to vent publically. 😁

Has anyone noticed the state of driving these days? I often drive to other cities, and have noticed this everywhere, but maybe it's a perception problem. Driving capability seems to be as polarized as politics these days. I don't want to discuss politics, but when driving I notice that almost every car has a driver who's either really aggressive and in a mad rush to get somewhere, or they're driving 10 under the speed limit and looking for rainbows or something. I don't get it. We've always had a fair amount of each of these types of drivers, but now it seems that every stretch of road I'm on, there are a plethora of each of these types.

Now, don't get me wrong. I fit more into the speed demon category, but I'm normally 5 to 10 over the speed limit and keeping pace, passing several cars on my way. Sure, occasionally I'll be the driving pretty fast guy, but that's usually when I'm the first car at the light listening to some [email protected]$$ song, or the roads are pretty open. But I just don't understand why even at 10 miles over the limit, and nowhere to go because of traffic do I have someone literally 2 ft from my back bumper? And, why do I so frequently get stuck behind two people pacing each other side-by-side driving 10 miles under the limit? It happens so much more frequently these days.

Could it be that the really slow drivers are all staring at their phones thus need to drive slower to be "safe", and the slower driving and drifting in their lanes are really irritating all other drivers who just want to get to point B? Maybe. It's probably a good percentage of it I'd suppose. (Btw, I hope everyone caught the driving slower to be safe while staring at your phone oxymoron.)
Indeed! I've learned to wait for a second or three after my light turns green before moving. There seems to be an increase in people just blowing through red lights lately.

Do they have the "all red" intersections everywhere now? It's averaging once a week lately where someone has blown through a clearly red light as the green side is starting to move.

I'm not sure if the drivers have their faces locked to their phones, or they just feel like that red light doesn't count for them.

And I have noticed that when you flash your headlights to signal to the semi truck going to change lanes in front of you, they don't flash back with their tail lights anymore.

To me, It's a small sign that a number of people have lost some regard for other people.
 
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