Out of the Blue

As my birthday fades into the rearview we turn our attention to the onset of Thanksgiving. This is typical, as my birthday is the last day in November that can't be Thanksgiving day (besides the 29th and 30th). This was not ideal when I was little, but nothing like the pain of kids born too close to the winter holidays. We considered a turkey breast dish for the occasion, but we ended up picking up a small turkey over the weekend. There's talk of setting up some sort of video conference with family members, which should be interesting.

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Birthday scheduling...
Nov 30, 2020, 01:11
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Nov 30, 2020, 01:11
 Ant
 
I hated my birthday being close the holidays too as a callow. I wanted my birthday to be in the summer so I could get presents evenly in the year.
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Nov 24, 2020, 19:31
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WannaLogAlready wrote on Nov 24, 2020, 08:44:
I Agree, Beamer.
These are my nightly solace,
1 Stephen Colbert is brilliant and a true artist of emotional nuance, facial expressions, voice acting, you name it.
2 Trevor Noah is so fresh and funny, with great lines.
3 Jimmy Kimmel, so relatable and entertaining, my favorite is his trolling of his cousin Micki, a classic.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzZPNpL0FqQ
4 Seth Meyers, love his brisk tirades, never miss one.

On entirely another level, John Oliver, such incisive mind, an army of one.

And if nothing else to see, watch Jimmy Fallon for the videos but skipping his dreary dialogues and poor deliverance.


My favorite by far is Seth Meyers, followed by Trevor Noah, Stephen Colbert, and finally John Oliver. I can't take Oliver in large doses though, he is thorough to be sure but it can leave me overloaded. His delivery is quick and condensed. Meyers is definitely my favorite due his combination of his humor and getting to the point. Probably because these shows compliment the news rather than replace it.

This comment was edited on Nov 25, 2020, 09:18.
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Nov 24, 2020, 14:12
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Nov 24, 2020, 14:12
 
Beamer wrote on Nov 24, 2020, 11:37:
NKD wrote on Nov 24, 2020, 11:30:
John Oliver is amazing. The perfect combination of informative and funny. Shout out to his research guys too, they do an awesome job at digging into an issue and finding out what's true and what is a pile of horse shit.

Yeah, we used to watch him weekly, but during Quarantine and the election, life has been exhausting, haha.

So what you're saying is that being stuck at home has left *less* time for TV watching?
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Nov 24, 2020, 12:01
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Nov 24, 2020, 12:01
 
Eh, different strokes, but it's true their fries are unique and will also vary a lot even between shifts (whoever is cooking them) because they're one of the few places actually starting with raw potatoes, cut fresh at each location. They don't bring in pre-cooked frozen fries and then re-fry them like the major chains do.

Yeah, see I like their fries, just not really their burgers. 20 years ago when I moved to the west coast from the east coast, In-N-Out seemed unique amongst the McD's & BK's.
These days if I need a fast food burger I'd much rather go to a Culver's, which moved out west from the midwest.
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Nov 24, 2020, 11:37
Beamer
 
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Nov 24, 2020, 11:37
 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Nov 24, 2020, 11:30:
John Oliver is amazing. The perfect combination of informative and funny. Shout out to his research guys too, they do an awesome job at digging into an issue and finding out what's true and what is a pile of horse shit.

Yeah, we used to watch him weekly, but during Quarantine and the election, life has been exhausting, haha.
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Nov 24, 2020, 11:30
NKD
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Nov 24, 2020, 11:30
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John Oliver is amazing. The perfect combination of informative and funny. Shout out to his research guys too, they do an awesome job at digging into an issue and finding out what's true and what is a pile of horse shit.
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Nov 24, 2020, 10:38
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Beamer wrote on Nov 24, 2020, 09:41:
Funny, Meyers and Oliver are the only ones I enjoy.
I enjoy them all. Oliver's format simply allows him to actually talk about policy in a way the others don't have the time, or I suspect really care to(with an occasional exception for Noah). Bill Maher is something else all together. I like his show for the most part, but at times his rants make him look like the polar opposite of your unpopular uncle who thinks Trump walks on water and has never made a mistake.
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Nov 24, 2020, 09:41
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Nov 24, 2020, 09:41
 Beamer
 
Funny, Meyers and Oliver are the only ones I enjoy.
Maher I generally find an abomination, and the others I find a mix of ok to dull, often in the same guy from the same episode.

But Oliver is thoughtful, though Trump has given us 4 years of distraction that didn't require thought (his non-or-less political episodes are much better), and Meyers is, to me, hysterical.
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Nov 24, 2020, 09:25
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Mr. Tact wrote on Nov 24, 2020, 09:10:
Oliver annoys me periodically with some of his over the top silliness, but he generally goes deeper with his coverage. Colbert, Kimmel, and Meyers are mostly doing comedy centered around politics. Oliver is more of a political and social commentary with comedy (occasionally too much) thrown in. Noah will sometimes get a bit deeper.
I agree with this assessment.

My take on Oliver is each show is a one topic "60 Minutes" except he gets to say exactly what the rest of us are thinking, ie. stuff they could never say on a serious news show.

Bill Maher is another talk show host that delves a little deeper into current political topics. He's another comedian i find refreshing.
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Nov 24, 2020, 09:10
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Oliver annoys me periodically with some of his over the top silliness, but he generally goes deeper with his coverage. Colbert, Kimmel, and Meyers are mostly doing comedy centered around politics. Oliver is more of a political and social commentary with comedy (occasionally too much) thrown in. Noah will sometimes get a bit deeper.
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Nov 24, 2020, 08:44
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Nov 24, 2020, 08:44
 
I Agree, Beamer.
These are my nightly solace,
1 Stephen Colbert is brilliant and a true artist of emotional nuance, facial expressions, voice acting, you name it.
2 Trevor Noah is so fresh and funny, with great lines.
3 Jimmy Kimmel, so relatable and entertaining, my favorite is his trolling of his cousin Micki, a classic.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzZPNpL0FqQ
4 Seth Meyers, love his brisk tirades, never miss one.

On entirely another level, John Oliver, such incisive mind, an army of one.

And if nothing else to see, watch Jimmy Fallon for the videos but skipping his dreary dialogues and poor deliverance.

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Nov 24, 2020, 06:38
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Nov 24, 2020, 06:38
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jdreyer wrote on Nov 24, 2020, 01:27:
It's Monday, and I'm going through serious withdrawal from Last Week Tonight, which ended its season last week.

I find Seth Meyers way more entertaining. He's not trying to educate, just mock. And while Oliver does both, and his education is often quite good when diving into things like payday loans, the Trump administration has made him a bit of a slog, especially as it falls apart. Plus, some of Oliver's repeating gags, like "business daddy," felt like they weren't as funny as I'd hope.

Meyers is less about telling you why Trump is wrong, which is usually obvious, but taking joy in just how stupid the entire administration is.

Speaking of being wrong about COVID:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEz7VgtiK48
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Nov 24, 2020, 03:03
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Nov 24, 2020, 03:03
 
@Cutter

I dig the cell growth meats as well. My vegan step mom is quiet on the issue. She's been vegan refusing to hurt animals that she probably doesn't know how to feel about it.

Also really love a great 'traditional' Thanksgiving turkey. We're still sheltering indoors so we actually are catering this year. Turkey, potatoes, stuffing, all the good stuff. Pick it up already cooked, ready to serve to the family.

As far as the covid response, if you can work remotely then by all means do it! However, jobs where that can't be done should be at work but with gloves and mandatory masks. Mandatory masks would drastically cut down disease spreading and allow people to do their jobs. It just boggles my mind that people see masks as some kind of limitation on their freedom.

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Looney Tunes characters are now real and live among us.
Mostly dumb as ever, sadly they are not that funny.
And when they carelessly get hurt, they don't get up and walk away anymore.

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Nov 24, 2020, 01:35
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jdreyer wrote on Nov 24, 2020, 01:27:
It's Monday, and I'm going through serious withdrawal from Last Week Tonight, which ended its season last week.
That is a bummer and the snl season is also done.
The showtime Belushi movie is another downer. I'd never knew John had hired one of Nixon's main secret service agents to keep the scum away, allowing him to have a semblance of sobriety for over a year. What a tormented and talented soul.
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It's Monday, and I'm going through serious withdrawal from Last Week Tonight, which ended its season last week.
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Nov 23, 2020, 23:58
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Krapalicious wrote on Nov 23, 2020, 19:34:
jacobvandy wrote on Nov 23, 2020, 14:45:
Krapalicious wrote on Nov 23, 2020, 14:24:
In-N-Out's burgers are pretty good, but their fries are trash. They taste almost completely raw. I don't like my fries medium-rare.

Eh, different strokes, but it's true their fries are unique and will also vary a lot even between shifts (whoever is cooking them) because they're one of the few places actually starting with raw potatoes, cut fresh at each location. They don't bring in pre-cooked frozen fries and then re-fry them like the major chains do.

If you're going to cook fries from fresh cut potatoes, you need to cook them twice. Once to fully cook them and the second time, at a higher temperature, to crisp them. If you're going to do the fresh fries route and expect customers to pay for it, do it right.

in-n-out secret menu from a double double pro: order your fries lightly well done. they cook a little longer and end up crispier. you can also order them well done but they end up crunchy. make sure you say 'light-well.' there's also the option for 'light' fries, which are barely cooked at all. i made that mistake once. for my burger i also always get whole grilled onion, which is a whole round slice of onion grilled in your burger. there's also animal style but everybody knows that one.
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Krapalicious wrote on Nov 23, 2020, 19:34:
jacobvandy wrote on Nov 23, 2020, 14:45:
Krapalicious wrote on Nov 23, 2020, 14:24:
In-N-Out's burgers are pretty good, but their fries are trash. They taste almost completely raw. I don't like my fries medium-rare.

Eh, different strokes, but it's true their fries are unique and will also vary a lot even between shifts (whoever is cooking them) because they're one of the few places actually starting with raw potatoes, cut fresh at each location. They don't bring in pre-cooked frozen fries and then re-fry them like the major chains do.

If you're going to cook fries from fresh cut potatoes, you need to cook them twice. Once to fully cook them and the second time, at a higher temperature, to crisp them. If you're going to do the fresh fries route and expect customers to pay for it, do it right.

Now I'm all hungry for real fries... Stunned
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Mr. Tact wrote on Nov 23, 2020, 21:17:
Cutter wrote on Nov 23, 2020, 21:04:
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Right back at you, buddy.
Utterly mind boggling.
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Nov 23, 2020, 21:29
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Cutter wrote on Nov 23, 2020, 21:04:
The myopia from some of you is fucking mind-boggling

You previously suggested people should be allowed to decide for themselves to be out for a meal during a literal pandemic, seemingly in contravention of what health authorities and the government are allowing. If that isn't myopic I'm not sure what is. This virus needs to be controlled and sometimes that means life is inconvenient for all of us. Locked down is locked down. If that's what is implemented in your region then deal with it, your burger and beer can wait for better days. When your region opens up more then you can manage your personal risk and make a decision. Though frankly to me it isn't a decision I would struggle with.

It's been a tough ride for everyone and we've got another year until vaccination starts to be widely available. I suggest you take the long view and settle in.
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