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    Even if I make a wish when I blow out the candle?...

    Even if I make a wish when I blow out the candle?
    (The red-gray thing would only be understood by a refugee from Epicski--Flexon Phil and a few others around here. It was the epicski equivalent of...
  2. Wikipedia says that marmots, prairie dogs, and...

    Wikipedia says that marmots, prairie dogs, and chipmunks are ground squirrels.
    "The ground squirrels are members of the squirrel family of rodents (Sciuridae), which generally live on or in the...
  3. Thread: RBG is dead

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    I say little because it wasn't a case that...

    I say little because it wasn't a case that involved one of the core principles of the right. Not because the issue isn't important.
    The majority of controversial cases are still predictable, if...
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    Better yet, covid sniffing attack dogs--GSD's,...

    Better yet, covid sniffing attack dogs--GSD's, Dobermans, Akitas

    My wife broke her arm nearly 2 years ago. It didn't heal straight which should have been caught when it would have been easy to fix...
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    The issue is not whether the lightning that...

    The issue is not whether the lightning that triggered some of the fires or the winds that spread them were due to climate change. The increasing average temperatures, which are due to anthropogenic...
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    Can we call one mask "red" and one mask "gray"?

    Can we call one mask "red" and one mask "gray"?
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    Why?

    Why?
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    You're right of course, Earl Warren being a...

    You're right of course, Earl Warren being a famous example. These days however, prospective justices of both parties tend to be ideologically farther from center (Merrick Garland being an exception)...
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    Lots of proposals but a system is only as good as...

    Lots of proposals but a system is only as good as the people in it. No matter how we tinker with the Constitution the results will be the same as long as we are locked in the hyperpartisan tribal...
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    Wait, you're eating and brushing your teeth and...

    Wait, you're eating and brushing your teeth and wiping your ass all with one hand? That's disgusting.
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    I have no intention of sharing my research or my...

    I have no intention of sharing my research or my tests or my results or my data with anyone. For starters there are so many different masks and neck gaiters and whatever that anything I discover...
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    Maybe we're just glad there's actually skiing on...

    Maybe we're just glad there's actually skiing on the ski page, other than masks, and passes, and smoke and fire.
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    Who knew you had to hire a CPA in order to go...

    Who knew you had to hire a CPA in order to go skiing or not.
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    We can all do some research ourselves. Do the...

    We can all do some research ourselves. Do the blow out the candle test with all your alternatives and with no face covering.
    Also, if your glasses or goggles are fogging it means your breath is...
  15. Thread: RIP Bob Gore

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    and 60-40 cloth. (see my avatar--all wool. Taken...

    and 60-40 cloth.
    (see my avatar--all wool. Taken at Mt Washington NH on an ice climbing trip.)
  16. Thread: RBG is dead

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    RBG's death has put me over the edge. I can't...

    RBG's death has put me over the edge. I can't watch the news any more. Frontline is one of my favorite TV shows--I can't watch. I glance at the pandemic headlines so I can make personal choices,...
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    Understand that that map shows the boundaries of...

    Understand that that map shows the boundaries of all the fires this season--both what has burned and what is actively burning. The color scheme gives the impression that all of that terrain is...
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    You can chug up gentle hills and along flats with...

    You can chug up gentle hills and along flats with locked-down heels, or skate, but I guarantee you it won't be fun for long. If you have a pair of downhill skis you don't use any more you can try...
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    "A $1 billion fund Congress gave the Pentagon in...

    "A $1 billion fund Congress gave the Pentagon in March to build up the country’s supplies of medical equipment has instead been mostly funneled to defense contractors and used for making things such...
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    Given the amount of contact during a game I don't...

    Given the amount of contact during a game I don't see how hugging and shaking hands makes it any worse. And you've seen the videos of the linemen's breath on the line of scrimmage on a sub-freezing...
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    I was trying to get some help--yelling for...

    I was trying to get some help--yelling for it--and the paralysis went away before I really had a chance to think about it. But my thumbs hurt for about a week. Very strange. (They weren't injured.)
  22. Gore vascular grafts are the gold standard for...

    Gore vascular grafts are the gold standard for artificial small vessel vascular grafts, as goretex is the gold standard for waterproof breathable fabric. But you better use goretex suture as well or...
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    Not everything a head hits on a ski slope is...

    Not everything a head hits on a ski slope is snow. Rocks and trees are popular, non yielding surfaces.
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    Yeah sonny, one day you're going to fall flat on...

    Yeah sonny, one day you're going to fall flat on your face and you'll wish you'd taken my advice.
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    For midwest XC skiing waxless touring skis with...

    For midwest XC skiing waxless touring skis with or without metal edges will work fine. Some have textured bottoms (fishscales and the like), some have integral partial skins. They're wider than xc...
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    I used a lot of Gore vascular grafts and sutures....

    I used a lot of Gore vascular grafts and sutures. Good stuff. At one point the Gore rep for my hospital was particularly aggressively friendly, trying to talk to me a lot. One day I climbed Donner...
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    My wife and I took our kids to some artisanal...

    My wife and I took our kids to some artisanal pizza place in Midtown sac. $110 for the 4 of us, and I don't think we had any alcohol. We never went back. They went out of business.
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    Bush banned federal funds for stem cell research....

    Bush banned federal funds for stem cell research. Reagan refused to deal with AIDS, I think it was Birx who got the corner turned on that. I don't recall the details. Regan treated her father very...
  29. Thread: Ikon Pass

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    I hope they don't expect the lift ops to police...

    I hope they don't expect the lift ops to police the masks. Not fair to them. Patrol yes. But I think the best approach is to emphasize to the clientele that keeping the lifts running depends on...
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    What makes you think it was a typo. This is...

    What makes you think it was a typo. This is California after all. Lots of weird people here.





    “A draft version of proposed changes to these recommendations was posted in error to the...
  31. Broken windshield is no joke if you've got...

    Broken windshield is no joke if you've got cameras that have to be recalibrated. Not a driveway job anymore. Fortunately my insurance covered it but of course it's built into the premium.
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    I googled. Sounds like a real peach. It will be...

    I googled. Sounds like a real peach. It will be a pleasure to vote for anyone running against him, although not as much a pleasure as voting against Tom McClintock. (I content myself with small...
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    Power went out in the middle of the night last...

    Power went out in the middle of the night last night. I think the generator kicking in at the sewage pump station woke me. What annoys me is not an outage in the middle of the night when I should be...
  34. Thread: "The Turn"

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    Just as I thought--back to calm and warm again. ...

    Just as I thought--back to calm and warm again. It's definitely dust season on the trails. 4 seasons--Winter, mud season, summer, dust season.
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    She might be in hell--with a pitchfork in charge...

    She might be in hell--with a pitchfork in charge of tormenting the assholes, because I don't think she plans to rest in the afterlife--"God, give me something to do besides playing the harp." (Not...
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    And if things are really crowded, eat a bean...

    And if things are really crowded, eat a bean breakfast burrito, skip the bathroom and shit your pants. Works every time.
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    I think it might be good for folks to practice a...

    I think it might be good for folks to practice a little ahead of time with helmet, mask, goggles. (That doesn't apply to you young whippersnappers that wear neck gaiters even on beautiful warm...
  38. Anyone around here who doesn't have a dent in...

    Anyone around here who doesn't have a dent in their hood can't call themselves a local.
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    I didn;t know that. That's a heart wrenching...

    I didn;t know that. That's a heart wrenching tradition. A thought for all the firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11 and the ones who've lost their lives on every other day. Hope there won't be...
  40. "some locals [who] worry Tahoe could become...

    "some locals [who] worry Tahoe could become another crowded, unaffordable playground for the rich." Could become? Maybe we're not at Vail level so I suppose it could get worse. How could the...
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    GSA is a firefighter? Who woulda thunk? I think...

    GSA is a firefighter? Who woulda thunk? I think we all had him pegged for finance.
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    At least it's not the Unreformed Satanic Church.

    At least it's not the Unreformed Satanic Church.
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    I did a couple of long loaves on the cast iron...

    I did a couple of long loaves on the cast iron griddle. The first on the lowest level, the second on the next lowest. Pan of water with both, removed at 15 minutes. Both came out much darker on the...
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    One of my professors did mouth to mouth...

    One of my professors did mouth to mouth resuscitation on a baboon that he gave too much valium to. Fortunately for the professor the CPR was unsuccessful.
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    That is very hurtful. I have no grandchildren...

    That is very hurtful. I have no grandchildren and likely never will.
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    I know one thing--when you start taking stuff...

    I know one thing--when you start taking stuff away from people--the right to get an abortion, health care--people tend to get very pissed off.
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    With Ginsburg gone you won't have to worry about...

    With Ginsburg gone you won't have to worry about the ACA much longer. The legal issues are over my head, but I think I understand that the district court found the ACA to be unconstitutional in its...
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    Nice, balanced article. I spent all my career...

    Nice, balanced article. I spent all my career fighting some of the problems that Covid 19 causes--lungs filling up with fluid, blood clotting in the blood vessels, inflammatory response with no...
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    Nearly totally unrelated but I was raking pine...

    Nearly totally unrelated but I was raking pine needles behind the house this afternoon and all of a sudden the air smelled so good. Then I realized it was the bathroom vent fan which daylights...
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    Cut down on gatherings for sure, too. Why are...

    Cut down on gatherings for sure, too.

    Why are we so divided, so selfish, so little interested in the good of the community beyond the people we know personally? That's the million dollar...
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