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    The (babby) alcohol thread.

    Headaches aren't just a function of alcohol content - other chemicals in the beverage (that are generally fermentation by-products) are strong contributors. If you've ever heard of a red wine hangover, you'll know what I'm talking about. I don't know about cider's composition, but the purer...
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    Lets Talk About Our Lives

    Maryland, actually. But most states will have rental ranges, especially if they aren't touching ocean. Damn, dude. Nothing to say but sorry that your dad's family spent years pressuring him and trying to take advantage of him.
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    Lets Talk About Our Lives

    Well, guess it wouldn't have worked for you, then. I used to work at a gun store/pistol range that had maybe 40 handguns in the rental case. People only needed valid ID and firearms experience to rent them (and lacking the latter, we'd give them training). We'd definitely keep a closer eye on...
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    Lets Talk About Our Lives

    It's kind of a shame that you never mentioned the desire to go shooting when you were living in the US. Because then I could have told you about rental ranges, which you can go into, get safety training and then rent firearms to shoot on premises. It's not the cheapest way to go shooting, of...
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    Lets Talk About Our Lives

    I thought you lived for a time in the US?
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    Lets Talk About Our Lives

    More basic than that, I think, is just biology. The purpose of organisms is to successfully reproduce. Which means not only must they have offspring, but to be successful their offspring must themselves produce offspring in turn. Which means that, evolutionarily speaking, a person hasn't...
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    Lets Talk About Our Lives

    I know a guy whose mom was definitely the 'I want some grandkids!' type. Took some of the heat off of him when his sister got pregnant. Your parents have three, so they should be fine (although with the predilection for a large family, your parents may well prefer to have like, 15-20...
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    The Suicide Squad

    I'm not a huge superhero fan (haven't seen any of the ones made since...2018, maybe?) but the Guardians movies were fun enough that I'd definitely watch a new one. And this one seems like that, only with more violence and swearing, the James Gunn colorful weirdness set to the super hits of the...
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    Lets Talk About Our Lives

    Don't you have a pile of siblings, though? I seem to recall a family photo of yours with a bunch of people in it.
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    Lets Talk About Our Lives

    I'd start with the story you've already got written, since it's the closest to being ready for the harsh light of day. So whatever you need to do to that to polish it up or improve it is probably going to be faster than honing something you haven't even got sentences for yet. Get that to a...
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    Lets Talk About Our Lives

    Have you tailored your agent search to people who represent authors who write stuff like you write? I don't know how important nationality is these days, since so much of commerce is electronic you can basically send anyone anywhere anything. I wouldn't rule out trying for an agent in the US -...
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    Lets Talk About Our Lives

    You're not abandoning anything. Your manuscript is out there. It's a bird that's left the nest. In fact, if you can get a short story published in between now and publishers reading it, you're actually supporting it. If you get responses and they tell you what you might do to the manuscript...
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    Lets Talk About Our Lives

    Not every time, but maybe one out of three times that I see a woman with a baby or toddler, I just want to walk up and grunt out "HOW IS BABBY FORMED. HOW IS BABBY FORMED. HOW GIRL GET PRAGNANT." Shit takes a while. Novel-length works take a while to read. Publishers and agents have a lot...
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    Army of the Dead

    If you haven't seen Snyder's Dawn of the Dead it's well worth a watch. It's a briskly paced ride that trades the social commentary of the Romero original for pure visceral fun. That being said, if this movie is two and a half hours long (I don't know if it is, it doesn't have runtime on the...
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    Berlin authorities placed children with pedophiles for 30 years

    That's absolutely mind-boggling. Who the fuck signed off on that? Sitting in the USA in 2020 I just can't imagine the cultural milieu that would lead officials to agree that giving children to pederasts was not only worthwhile but should be state funded. I guess everyone has their day, and...
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