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Comment reply on Forum Topic "Anyone else got music tastes that are all over the place?"

  • 3 months ago
  • 4 points

I'll go from Trivium to Ariana Grande faster than you can say "Didn't we just listen to London Symphony Orchestra?"

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Dogs"

  • 4 months ago
  • 3 points

I have one lab/dachshund mix and one corgi/dachshund as well. They're pretty cool. The lab mix looks like you just plopped a lab head onto a dachshund body Lol. They both came from shelters, about 9 and 7 years old.

I also have white boxer I found on the side of the road when he was about 3-4 weeks old (assume someone dropped him off cause they didn't want him; being blind, he kept following the noise of the cars...was about 11 p.m.). About a year old now. Completely blind, and recently had one eye removed due to some issues, but he is an absolute joy to have. So much so, that blind/deaf boxers will probably be the only dogs I adopt now. He is the friendliest and happiest dog I've ever had, and ironically the only one who thoroughly enjoys playing fetch.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "1917"

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Def. agree. A buddy and I saw it the other day. Probably best war film I've seen in a LONG time (ever, maybe). I saw a trailer talking about the one shot film and I was like "Wait a second..." but it turned out fantastic.

Very immersive film. Very raw. If you wanted to know what it was like to be in a trench, I think they did an excellent job.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Worst Insult to Have Been Directed at You?"

  • 4 months ago
  • 4 points

One time while driving a dude was tailgating me pretty hard and when he finally went around me, I stuck my arm out and made brief eye contact, all while just giving him a thumbs down. I'd like to think that was more insulting than another finger or other obscenities Lol

Idk why I brought this up, your story just reminded me of that Lol

Comment reply on Forum Topic "*SPOILERS* Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker *SPOILERS*"

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought the kiss at the end was super unnecessary too and extremely forced for whatever reason.

In regards to Palpatine, I will say that there was a comic release after episode 6 (probably not canon anymore but still) that showed Palpatine being reincarnated. It was the same one where Luke turned to the dark side temporarily. I can't remember which one but I have it somewhere. Anyways, that made the appearance of Palpatine somewhat easier for me to accept, although I feel like a lot of people will have a similar reaction as you. Using the force to straight up heal wounds was more iffy to me (Mandalorian opened that can of worms).

I was also wondering about Palpatine and his...procreation... I mean, he was a pretty high up figure and had a sweet view from his office...

Comment reply on Forum Topic "*SPOILERS* Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker *SPOILERS*"

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

I heard somewhere that there were plans to have him appear on it, but something went down with contracts. Could just be nonsense though.

I'm in the ship that didn't like episode 8 at all. To me, it added too many unnecessary things to the series and closed down a lot of the things that Abrams opened up in TFA (I actually liked that one). I agree that it probably could've been better either way had the directors been consistent throughout.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Impeachment results"

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree with this. That being said, the dichotomy of politics is so pronounced now that they won't look at what is presented through facts and testimonies. For the vast majority, it will be through party lines alone. It's just sad to me.

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Comment reply on Forum Topic "Black Friday!"

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Personal preference. I hate their triggers and sights (a lot of people do). I know that stuff can be replaced with the vast aftermarket for Glock, but 1.) there's a reason that aftermarket exists and 2.) I don't want to have to add a couple hundred more dollars to a brand new gun just to make it usable. I also think they're ugly, but that's subjective as well Lol

Anyways, it would definitely be good to go into a store and try some out. The 43 I have is a subcompact, but actually pretty easy to shoot (the trigger is one of the better ones, and I also have aftermarket trijicon sights). I'm fixing to pick up a VP9Sk for carry. Just kinda depends on you and what feels good.

If you have any other questions or just wanna chat guns one day, just hmu!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Black Friday!"

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I still can't grasp Glock's naming system to save my life Lol. I know what a few of them are buy don't know the commonality between them.

I'm not a huge fan of them personally (although ironically they're my current daily carry) and am looking at an H&K, but that's neither here nor there.

Not to add more to your pile, but determining the size of the gun you want is another step. Full size, compact, sub-compact are all options. There's a couple other sub categories, but I wouldn't worry about them. If you want to CC one day, then compact or smaller is usually the standard.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Black Friday!"

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm in Texas too Lol I just assumed you'd want to purchase a new one. Check out Armslist for used ones. Be careful there, but good deals pop up every now and then.

Definitely be careful with cheaper firearms. There's a reason they're cheap. I've seen countless people complain that their Andersons or PSAs don't work after a couple hundred rounds, and, well, there's a reason. Those are mainly AR companies, but it holds true for handguns as well. Throwing a Hi-Point at the ground and having the slide physically break doesn't bode well for the company, so stay away Lol (Despite how bad I want a Yeet Cannon-9.....)

Anyways, S&W MP series or used Glocks would be a good starting place. Definitely look into getting a carry gun. The Glock 43 is one of the best you can get. If you want something a little more, a Glock 19 would do the trick. Plenty of fun to shoot on the range and still work well for self-defense. I wouldn't go any lower then S&W Shield quality personally.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Black Friday!"

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

It depends on what you want to use it for (CC, range day only, truck gun, etc.). Can give you reqs based off of that.

Also, I think you have to be 21 to purchase a handgun in most places. It's a stupid law, but it is what it is. Depending on where you are, you could always ask for one as a gift. Another option is that you can purchase an 80% Glock, and finish it yourself. Those are pretty fun, and you learn a lot about your gun. Personally, I'm not a fan of Glocks and think they're overhyped, but they work, and afaik they're the only brand that does that.

That being said, you could always purchase a rifle with no problems. Getting either an AR or an AK is a lot of fun. ARs are fun and work well for home defense, despite what people say about "over-penetration". Anybody who says that immediately loses cred with me and I just stop listening Lol

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Self reflection on nutrition poll"

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

You can definitely do it (I know a guy who lost a lot of weight and when asked how, he'd let out this big "WWWWwwwwweeeellllll instead of the triple whataburger, I switched over to the double". I'm sure he did others, but I've done that myself as well.

I will say though, that being healthy is definitely more than just dropping weight. Reducing inflammation in the body is a big part of it too.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Self reflection on nutrition poll"

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

So, I answered according to my eating habits. I switched over to keto a while ago, so a lot of this stuff I consume almost zero of because it doesn't fall into what I'm "allowed" to eat, but our bodies don't need it really, and some (like dairy) are borderline unhealthy to consume.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Black Friday!"

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, I know a few people on this site who are into guns, but it's definitely on the low side. Lol

And they're not too bad if you know where to look. You can build a pretty gucci'ed out rifle for about a grand, maybe 1200. They're like pc's, building them yourself is a lot cheaper, and more fun :-)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Black Friday!"

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Gun stuff mainly. Picked up a few lower receivers, bcg, and some more mags that were on sale. If I can find ammo cheap enough, I may pick up a few thousand rounds, if not, no biggie. I have a few gun builds in the works, so really if anything hops out at me as a good deal, pretty good chance I'll grab it Lol

Wanted to try to catch an AK or something on sale, but doesn't look like that's gonna happen. Oh well, another day :-)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "The Mandalorian discussion(spoilers)"

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

I thoroughly enjoyed the first episode and watched the second one before I even got a notification for it. I was looking forward to this ever since I heard about it. I've been a huge fan of the Mandalorians and bounty hunters in general and loved that they were doing something like this. I'm also looking forward to them getting into more backstory for Yoda's species. There's like, zero information on them, so it'll be interesting if Disney decides to dive into that, and what all they'll put forward.

I have very similar opinions on all the Disney SW releases so far (after the bad taste of TLJ, I didn't watch the Solo movie, and still haven't seen it, so there's that exception), but if they put stuff out like this, I'd be pretty okay with that.

Also, I'm in hype mode for the next season of The Clone Wars. From my understanding it'll be the ending that the original director planned for the series, so I'm BEYOND excited to see that. I always loved the storyline it offered on Anakin and Ahsoka and the insight that it lent into some of the things that went on in Revenge of the Sith, so having that transition might offer something similar to Rogue One into a New Hope.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I will be getting my first tattoo within the next two weeks :)"

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Sounds awesome man. Just things to think about. Sorry it was so long, I got excited lol

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I will be getting my first tattoo within the next two weeks :)"

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

This is pretty important. Several times some of my youth kids I've talked to have wanted to get tattoos of things that are fads or that they more than likely won't be into in a year, so I try to get them to really think about this Lol

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I will be getting my first tattoo within the next two weeks :)"

  • 7 months ago
  • 3 points

Where are you going to get it at? I have three myself. One on my left forearm right below my elbow (first one), one on the inside of my right bicep, and one across my shoulder blades.

I started by saying I only wanted one, but then the opportunity came up to get more, and I took it. It's funny, while I was getting the second and third one, my only thought was "I'm not doing this EVER again." The one on my back especially. That being said, a few minutes after it was over I was making plans on going back to start a sleeve on my left arm (the theme will go with what's already there. Currently it says "So will I", which is a worship song from Hillsong. I plan to have the basic story of creation starting at the top and working its way down in the form of a solar system at top, then mountains, oceans, etc. working down to follow the song). One of my buddies said the same thing about coming back. While you're getting it, it kind of sucks, and you don't want to go back. The second it's over, the "eh, it wasn't so bad, I'm ready again" begins to kick in.

Make sure you take care of it after. That's probably one of the most important things. For a few days after, wash it with warm water and Dial gold soap several times a day. Pat and air dry, don't rub. Also, have a basic healing ointment and a moisturizer. You can get specialty products for like 30 or 40 bucks but going to walmart and looking through the baby aisle will get you the exact same results for a lot cheaper. They should go over this pretty thoroughly with you, but just in case Lol.

Also find a good shop. Idk if you have a place, but look at what they've done and see if you like their style. Also, don't be afraid to ask for them to lay it down again if you don't like where or how it is (since it's a logo, he'll probably trace it out then "paste" it on your arm.) Gloves, fresh needles, wraps, all that stuff should be standard. If they don't, just leave Lol.

Enjoy it! Bring some friends with you, maybe they'll get stuff too. It's a lot easier when you have people with you. Also, it's addicting, so maybe plan for some future ones as well! :-)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Hong Kong Protests/Free Speech"

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I mean like, what's the easiest way to run guns to the HK peeps? Big govt sucks.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "The World Series"

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

I don't really follow baseball too much, but I have been watching the Astros recently. Being in Houston, it's kind of an obligation I suppose. Be pretty cool to have them win 2 pretty close together.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Considering what to do with my life"

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Still have plenty of time. Figure out what you like. Maybe take a year or so off from school just to figure out what you like to do. Don't be pressured into society's accepted path of growth and adulthood as the only one (graduate HS, college for eight/four/two years, straight into work, etc.). It's a trap. People develop different. Parts of the brain take more than others to fully develop, and some of those parts help with decision making. The biggest thing is don't be afraid to make mistakes. Try things. Go places. Getting praise for good grades in school and doing all sorts of sports and extracurricular activities is all well and good, but it creates in youths a desire to always be successful and never fail, which isn't necessarily bad, but it results in a fear of taking risks.

Don't fall into that. Don't be afraid to just screw up, because it's never too late to try again. That has been and continues to be one of the hardest things for me to learn, but it's by far one of the most beneficial.

I'm almost 24 now, and just figured out what I wanted to major in recently. I already have a job that I love so I'm content with just seeing where things go.

Idk if that helped or not, but that's just my two cents.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "having a puppy in an apartment"

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Before him I had 0 experience with a dog doing this, but I swear it's his favorite. I don't know what it is in particular he likes (maybe the feel, maybe something actually taste-wise in it), but it's mildly annoying lol

Comment reply on Forum Topic "No piracy"

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

No. no-one does at all on this site. we're all little angels, and manirelli comes down like a hammer on any pirates. think of him as the old british navy in pirates of the Caribbean, but with fewer cannons.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "having a puppy in an apartment"

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh I know, and he has plenty of toys and snack things, but something about a wall just gets him going.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "having a puppy in an apartment"

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd recommend a pretty dope fish tank instead. I got a buddy with a monster tank and like a foot long koi or something in it, with about a dozen glowy fish, and one that resembles a catfish that's about 8 inches. Definitely easier to care for, and still is something cool to add.

Snake would be dank if you're into that kind of thing. And you can play with those too.

Puppies chew up everything. I have a boxer that's about 8 months old and I regularly find him gnawing on random things (walls, doors, his tail, etc.). They chew on everything.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I wish..."

  • 8 months ago
  • 5 points

American Revolution Pt. 2, Electric Boogaloo.

The memes flow pretty easy too, so that's always a bonus.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Music"

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I listen to a lot. Some of favorites right now are the new Aaron Lewis album. Also diving back into old school Linkin Park. Trivium and Alter Bridge/Tremonti are always there (judging by your tastes, you'd probably like both of them. Check 'em out). NF as well. And I can always get down to T-Swift.

Lots more, but those are the highlights atm.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "in your opinion, which jobs make the happiest people?"

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Passion. Whether that passion is sports, computers, clothes, or garbage. If you're passionate about what you do, then you'll be the happiest. I get that bills have to paid and all that, but the happiest people are those who are working their passions.

For me, I love working with kids. I'm currently a youth pastor, am heavily involved with teenage recovery groups, and may soon start working with a local soccer league as a paid coach on the side. I've worked jobs where I've made more money, more "opportunity" for advancement, and whatever else. I've haven't been happier doing what I'm doing right now though.

I know it may not last forever, but I'm enjoying it while I can. No sense in worrying about when it will end. :-)

Comment reply on Forum Topic ""Getting into" cars"

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely get in the shop and just help out. If someone offers to show you something, jump on it.

Watching videos is always helpful. Browsing car forums is another great way to pick up info.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Please help!"

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh I agree, but depending on the dudes situation he may not be able to, IDk

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Hard drugs and legality."

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

20 bucks? Oof. Can I ask where you are? Lol

Anyways, you may be right. I was basing it off of how it is around where I am and what I've heard from other people where it's legal, so my information is not first hand.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Please help!"

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

If you have one around, Fry's may be able to help you out. I know they build PC's there, but I'm not sure of terms and what not (such as whether or not you must buy the parts from them...I don't think this is the case, but still).

iirc, they build, test, and install any basic programs you want on there. Think it's less than 100.

Can I ask why you can't build it yourself?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Hard drugs and legality."

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I think what I was trying to say is that it will just take time. I'm in Texas, so there's no real legal avenues for the average person, so most people who are going to partake already have alternate ways to do so, and have for quite some time. If it became legal tomorrow, it would more than likely be more expensive than what they pay now, so why switch? I guess that's the point I was trying to make.

Overall my thoughts are that it should be completely legal and decriminalized, so that people aren't fined for growing it as well, if they so desire. Also that using other/all drugs that are illegal now should be allowed as well, but that's a conversation for another day Lol

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Hard drugs and legality."

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

I don't think it's valid to base legality of things off of hypotheticals. Sure, those things can and do happen, but it it becomes an issue of where to stop it, like you said. It's not always the job of government to step in and pass laws to try and prevent every possible thing out there, because that will just result in abuse of those laws and overreaching possibilities that they bring.

I also don't necessarily think that profiting via taxes would be as effective with drugs like marijuana because it's super easy to grow yourself. Yeah you can get alcohol and tobacco without leaving your home, but most people are accustomed to buying it in a store these days. I think if it were legalized, it would take a considerable amount of time for that switch to happen. I could be wrong, but iirc, some states that have legalized it aren't seeing the projected income numbers from taxes simply because most people still aren't buying it from the now legal brick and mortar stores because it costs more.

Your sentiments at the end regarding treating vs. punishing hit it on the head I feel like. And for what it's worth, I work and volunteer in multiple recovery groups every week, so I see the horrible effects drugs and addiction can have on individuals and families. From my years of doing it, more government intervention and legal/illegal conversations aren't going to change it, like you said. The way I see it, the only effects that come out of drugs being illegal seems to be more money needed to continue funding prisons and the road to recovery for these addicts to be more difficult, which just seems like a lose-lose for everyone.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Gilroy Garlic Festival Shooting"

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh same dude, I think it's wild how some parts of what was has just been kind of looked over completely and then randomly comes back up.... Probably some interesting psychology behind it Lol

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Gilroy Garlic Festival Shooting"

  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

"God gave us the inalienable right to buy whatever guns we want, and you COMMUNISTS won't take that away from us!"

I always find it ironic that people go to the "them commies gon' take our guns" arguments. Like, iirc, Marx was actually pro-gun. I could be wrong, but it's what my jacked up memory can produce. Like, I'm all for guns, but I mean c'mon guys, use your brain more and make a semi-decent argument Lol

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Hard drugs and legality."

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think it matters if it's legal or not, as far as usage goes. Imo, the government shouldn't have a say in people's lives, especially when it doesn't affect anyone else. This is a prime example of that. If my neighbor wants to do drugs, I don't think anyone should be able to stop him, and I don't see it as a problem unless he begins harming others or damaging things around him that don't belong to him.

Unfortunately for the govt. they can't make money off of that though, so it doesn't surprise me that it's not legal at a federal level. "But they could make money via taxes...". No. 1.) Taxation is theft and 2.) taxes would be high on this and that simply wouldn't work because there's already such a large and profound black market for the stuff that would be cheaper and arguably higher quality than what legal avenues provide. Why pay more for an inferior product?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Playing multi-player games in single-player"

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh lol I mean I guess it's just personal preference. I played both and granted I had a lot more time in Wot, I still preferred it to WT. Game just felt better to me. Course I haven't played either for a couple years, so I have no idea what they're like these days Lol

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Playing multi-player games in single-player"

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it weird to prefer WoT? When I played those that's what I preferred....Lol

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Heavy/Prog Metal Bands?"

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Trivium has been in my rotation hard lately. Their OG drummer was nuts, along with multiple in between ( Shogun is a fantastic album), but the new guy Alex Bent is an absolute machine. Matt is an incredible songwriter as well. Crazy thought provoking stuff in his lyrics.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Childhood scars"

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

The cereal shoved to the back has the most. Forever destined to watch others fulfill a purpose that I myself will never be able to.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Childhood scars"

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

I thought this was going to be about emotional scars and was like dang this is gonna be deep but here we are.

I have a scar on my forehead from running into a pole when I was like 4 Lol

I have a lot more. I still get them regularly to this day Lmao

Comment reply on Forum Topic "So, about the area 51 raid..."

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

On a serious note, if troops were willing to actually kill or seriously injure that number of people, I don't think they're fighting for your freedoms. Course the argument is there that they haven't for a while.

On the meme-ier side of things: They have nothing to fear if they have nothing to hide!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Trying to get a New PC and I need Help ASAP"

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

What are "graphical abnormalities"? Like, I'm assuming what that is but have never heard it put that way before lol

Also, building a PC is pretty easy and fun. Watch a quick tutorial/basic walk through and you'll get a pretty good idea. When I built my first one I just opened boxes and started plugging things in with 0 experience (looking back, I'm amazed I didn't have any issues lol).

Lastly, you'll need to put in a budget if you want people to adequetly help you out. A reasonably low price could be $300 for some and $1500 for others. We don't know what that is to you, so specifying is a neccessity.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "CATPCHA to sign in"

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't even know they did that tbh.

I haven't actually logged in for a couple years I think. There's def. ways around it.

Although I feel the pain for the picture ones. Like, is that small corner of the car supposed to be included or nah? Lol

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Storms (way way way way way OT)"

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Was a storm here yesterday I think that had some heckin' lightning in it.

I enjoy storms, especially if there's a lot of lightning. I like watching it rain and seeing wind blow and stuff like that. Lot of power in those things.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Snitching"

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Typical narc question Lol

Just kidding (maybe), but honestly though, I guess for me, as long as you're not hurting me or someone else, what's the point? Obviously there's rules/laws out there that make sense and you should notify someone if you witness them (theft, rape, etc.), but for the most part, that's simply not the case.

Who's to say what authority is right and wrong? There's plenty of examples throughout history of it being ambiguous at the time. Authority figures like to feel in control, and regularly rules get put into place that seem to be completely arbitrary that people follow blindly.

If we're talking about grade-school snitching, who really cares if a kid is hanging in the bathroom when he's supposed to be in class? What does that matter to me? I feel like people who tell someone are just trying to feel better about themselves and give themselves some sort of moral high ground, but does that even exist?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "PC flexes"

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Until I get one of those pancake drives, I don't deserve to even say I own a PC.

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