horus
 member, 902 posts
 Wayfarer of the
 Western Wastes
Wed 2 Oct 2019
at 06:01
Re: More good stuff.
V_V:
Wow...look like a good comment might be overdue.

I'm really glad I FINALLY got our stuff moved out of our storage unit. I had a fire in late Feburary, and our stuff was there (apparently to save for OTHER people). So that's a couple hundred to save for the November to Feburary to save for the next
move.


I bet you are glad of that.  I have a storage unit to go through very soon, and I'm not looking forward to it, but gotta get that thing off the books!

quote:
In other good news, which is what prompted me to make this post, I discovered the colored text and strikethrough option. Wherein you can color the strike-line the surrounded color See here! or you can have the stricken out text be marked over by the same color. Like this!


A similar thing occurs with underlined text.  Let me see if I can demonstrate:

This goofy sample text is colored first, then underlined.

This goofy sample text is underlined first, then colored.

quote:
I know I'm middle-aged, and typically the type to be amazed, but I REALLY appreciate that level of care jase took. It's little gems like this that renew the delight when I find them. :D


I'm getting to be rather old, and it amazes me to see the level of care being taken, not only in the coding, but in listening to users and attempting to incorporate their feedback into the new site and the old.  Yep, I agree, jase has got this thing under power.
Yaztromo
 supporter, 298 posts
Wed 2 Oct 2019
at 06:16
Re: More good stuff.
Great news (for me): I understood the above post! :P
Mad Mick
 member, 972 posts
 GURPS beyond measure,
 outlander
Sat 5 Oct 2019
at 05:54
Re: More good stuff.
I just finished a game today that I started seven years ago for some folks from another site who wanted to play a play-by-post game. I'm really awful as a GM and have had a tendency to disappear for half a year at a time in the past (I've been better since this summer, but I'm not out of the woods yet), and all the original players have long since left. I had one player left, someone who joined six years ago and took over a PC from one of the other characters. I've played with this person in a number of other games, but this is the only time I've been a GM for this player.

I feels so great to actually finish an adventure! I've been privileged to have completed a few other adventures as a GM, but this one feels particularly good, especially since it should have died, but my player didn't give up on me. I'm really grateful for the excellent players we have here on RPOL.
V_V
 member, 888 posts
 Script like razors
 Absence like wire
Sat 11 Jan 2020
at 12:17
Re: More good stuff.
I had mildly positive day after months of agony and turmoil. I gamed, had enough to eat, didn't need to raise my voice (except in character) and just generally felt like the elephant went to another room.

Thank yous to the countless people that Rmailed me since almost a year ago. Back in late February. I'd name drop some, but I can just tell you personally and tailored to you. For those I do not count or remember; it did mean the world to me to have that positivity to latch onto. It's a mad, mad, mad, MAAAAD world. MY problems were so common, but so heavy, and the cheering up and company, the tolerance or my tactiturn disposition, the general tickling of updates; they finally brought me to...and pretty a good day. :)

I hope to have another soon. (c:

This message was last edited by the user at 12:18, Sat 11 Jan 2020.

V_V
 member, 889 posts
 Script like razors
 Absence like wire
Mon 13 Jan 2020
at 04:17
Re: More good stuff.
I know this is a super double post, but damn it! This made my day. Being such a stick in the mud for sports; football, American football, soccer, hockey, rugby, baseball, cricket, blah, blah blah...it does nothing for me. THIS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sxMqLjTv6k

did though. Having a friend who LOVES Dr. Mario, one would think I would gravitate toward that, but no, my Youtube feed knows I like Snooker (sp?) and Tetris. This was THE best Sports match I've ever seen...ever. Granted I wasn't THERE, and it wasn't live, but I still felt the hype. I got, in this moment, what my area must have felt with the KC Chiefs and Royals in the past decade turn around, and the KU Basketball that just...did nothing for me. I finally got fired up feeling that I know so many others get from others sports.

Some may call E-sports "not real" sports, but the feeling, the attitude the appreciation is I think what's important to me. Whether or not it is aerobic, it's still PHYSICAL. The Brain is an organ, and it needs exercise to stay sharp. The muscle retention, in this match if nowhere else, is just legendary. Sure, they're sitting, but to me it's still a sport, and I loved this match! It made my day. Just such an unexpected treasure in my Youtube feed. :)
V_V
 member, 900 posts
 Just like that...
 my journey..finds me home
Mon 3 Feb 2020
at 03:38
Re: More good stuff.
I started playing PlugY (a Diablo 2 "unofficial" content patch) and really getting into hell difficulty. I was doing countess runs, because I'm even too pitiful to do pits on players 1. Anyway, Last night Diablo clone spawns, and I'm curious. So I check it out. I end up planning for like 45 minutes what gear I have,m what runes I can afford to combine...all that that. I beat him! That was last night.

Well, what makes this post isn't that. It's that I'm just sitting in town, today, waiting for my roommate and friend to join the game after she's done eating dinner (after work). Well, sure enough, Diablo clone comes back, and I'm like O_o "really?" and OF COURSE Anne wants to see it. We totally forget she can join, as right then she was in spectator mode. Again, I use the same plan, I end up feeling like I just went to a sleazy payday loan place in act 1 trying to pawn off anything I can to get my merc rezzed. I must remind you all, I'm level 82. I have SOME good gear, but not much. It's SUPPOSED to be done like level 90...but anyway, we can't resist.

I run down to the dregs and tell Anne "I gotta throw in the towel. I just can't afford to pawn off the rest of my stuff." I mean, I sold gems and shhhh to Akara I was so on point to SHOW Anne I could do it. Then I'm like, off handed "I wish there was some way I could do this. I wish you could join the game" then I looked up, and remembered. I'm in a LAN! I STARTED the game to item gift her stuff.

Anyway, we beat him. Through grit and MUCH crushing blow and DEATH...and a playlist of fight songs. But we beat it,m andf right then! The Chiefs win the superbowl (at least I <>think</i> they did) and fireworks go off. I couldn't care less, but I don't...oh! another firework! Anyway....I don't begrudge people who are sports fans, as stated before, I loved that with Tetris. I live in Johnson County Kansas, so yeah, Chiefs winning the super bowl (???) is going to turn Anne's school and work into a PTO. Which is sweet! I just thought it epic that the fireworks went off, RIGHT, after I beat Diablo (again) lmao. For those who aren't familiar, I mean the Realms event Diablo; not typical Chaos Sanctuary. xD Okay? Just in case you haven't played since it was in patch....oh god...like ywhat 17 years ago?! This is suped up version of Diablo. It's how you get a unique charm. Just saying, it wasn't just hell Diablo. Anyway...
facemaker329
 member, 7239 posts
 Gaming for over 30
 years, and counting!
Thu 30 Jul 2020
at 06:03
Re: More good stuff.
So...it's been a while.  About time someone posted something here again, even if it's a stupid-simple thing...

A friend of mine does event entertainment production.  That is, event planners contact her to book entertainment of various sorts.  She's been having, understandably, a pretty lean year.  I usually help out with some of the events...in some cases, I'm even part of the entertainment...but with no events happening, I haven't gotten to play a whole lot this summer.

Tonight was the first event I've worked in ages.  And it was...kinda weird, actually.  A charity group set up in a Parade-of-Homes house and...just invited people, I guess.  There was no real coherent theme to anything.  It was a HUGE house...three stories, any one of which was probably four times larger than my entire apartment PLUS the storage space there PLUS the storage space I'm renting.  There was one room up on the second floor that was a Cinderella bedroom.  The Rec Room (adjacent to the in-home theater) had a Star Wars themed mural painted on one wall.  They had Cinderella upstairs with her fairy godmother.  There was also an area company that brought animals to events for photo ops (didn't see what they brought...probably puppies or something...)  I was dressed as an X-Wing pilot, together with Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper, in the rec room.  All we did was stand there and take pictures with people.  We had someone dressed as Moana that was roaming the ground floor (upstairs from us) and outside, with another company that brought snakes and lizards and other creepy-crawlies for photo ops (that guy, I actually know...he's done booth at local cons, and I have some pretty cool pictures of me in various costumes with five or six huge snakes draped around my neck...)  And at the end of the night, they had a Polynesian fire-dancer and a fire-breather.  Like I said, no real theme...just a chance for people to wander around an insanely large house with all kinds of cool stuff in it, and take pictures.

But it felt so refreshingly normal, for just a few hours...
Serai1@aol.com
 member, 147 posts
Sun 11 Oct 2020
at 20:15
Re: More good stuff.
I love a good epistolary, and I just read a nice one.
Fyrerain
 member, 103 posts
Thu 1 Jul 2021
at 03:54
Re: More good stuff.
Dang, people need to find more joy in their lives... October of last year?!

Okay, here's something more current. :)

I've been healing up after a surgery early this month. I'm back up to lifting - as of tonight! - 50 pounds. (I unloaded a 50 pound bag of grain, yay!) I also had to get more regular feed for my horses today. Those are 80 pound bags. I still can't lift that much, but I can drag it. So I got 10 bags at the mill, figuring I'd have to leave half in my truck and keep it tarped... but it turns out my tailgate is 4 bags high, so it wasn't that much harder to drag that 5th bag up onto the 4th. Two stacks of five, and I've unloaded all my feed myself! Yay!

I find it uncomfortable to ask for help in providing basic care for my animals on any kind of a long-term basis, so being able to do the work myself is important. :)
GreenTongue
 member, 980 posts
 Game Archaeologist
Thu 1 Jul 2021
at 17:14
Re: More good stuff.
When Good is normal, it is sometimes easy not to appreciate it, till is isn't.
Winter51
 member, 173 posts
Thu 1 Jul 2021
at 17:43
Re: More good stuff.
In reply to Fyrerain (msg # 854):

I feel your pain. Going in for shoulder surgery next week. Fortunately, our mill only does 50 pound bags of feed (that's horses, dogs, chickens, etc) so I've been handling that when I must but I'm not supposed to lift over 20 pounds. Now, 2 to 4 weeks in a sling and 4 to 8 weeks recovery... gotta ask for help even though we don't want to.
Fyrerain
 member, 104 posts
Fri 2 Jul 2021
at 00:25
Re: More good stuff.
Ouch. One of my best friends is having surgery on her shoulder in the next month or so. She just found out this week the severe pain in her shoulder is because a muscle is torn 70% through. Her husband already does all the livestock care,  though - probably why this happened "spontaneously." Lifting her purse has been the extent of her exercising for years now. :/

Good luck on your surgery and recovery. Hope it goes as smoothly as possible!
facemaker329
 member, 7350 posts
 Gaming for over 40
 years, and counting!
Fri 2 Jul 2021
at 01:23
Re: More good stuff.
8 feel much better about the tendonitis I've been recovering from for a month, now...at least it didn't require surgery and it wasn't disabling...just highly inconvenient.  Shoving around scenery that weighs twice as much as you do in 95-plus degree weather is bad enough when you aren't limping...

I also "inherited" two pets...one of the illusions in the show was going to involve a bird...as they started coming to terms with the logistics of it all, they decided to change illusions...which meant they no longer needed the two parakeets they bought. And since I was the only one on the crew who had experience taking care of birds, they went home with me.  Not only two free parakeets, but a $100+ cage, another $100 in toys and cleaning supplies, and several weeks worth of food.  For free.

It's nice having someone/some thing in my apartment when I get home at night.  They haven't yet warmed to me the way my other bird did...but he had almost ten years and they've been with me less than a month.  There's time...
MelJill
 member, 72 posts
Fri 2 Jul 2021
at 13:19
More good stuff.
I'll go ahead and share more good stuff.

In May, the testing that I was having done finally came back with a definitive diagnosis: endometrial adenocarcinoma.  On June 17, I had surgery.  I've had my post op visit and the pathology shows no sign of spread, with a staging of 1b, so that means that all of the cancer was removed.  Recovery is going well.

In addition, the diet that I've been on since January has resulted in a substantial weight loss (still more to lose, but slow and steady is the way) and my fasting glucose levels have been dropping from just short of getting that type II diabetes diagnosis and now 33 points below that high point.  I'm in good standing to beat the family history (my dad is generation 7) and break the chain.  My oncologist also thought that the weight loss may have caused the hormonal shifts that triggered the symptom that led me to testing that got the cancer diagnosed before it progressed to a later stage.
GreenTongue
 member, 981 posts
 Game Archaeologist
Fri 2 Jul 2021
at 15:47
More good stuff.
Two parakeets are much better than one as they are flocking birds and need the company.
A "feathered friend" is still a friend and we all can use friends.
engine
 member, 839 posts
 There's a brain alright
 but it's made out of meat
Fri 2 Jul 2021
at 16:01
More good stuff.
I joined a company soccer team and we played our first game last night. We won, and I even feel like I contributed.
GreenTongue
 member, 982 posts
 Game Archaeologist
Fri 2 Jul 2021
at 16:53
More good stuff.
I guess it is only right I add my own "Good Stuff".
We remodeled our master bathroom and when we were done, it was all paid for.

As for gaming, I created a mod for Tabletop Simulator and over 400 people have subscribed to it. It makes me happy that people find it useful.
Isida KepTukari
 member, 387 posts
 Elegant! Arrogant! Smart!
Tue 6 Jul 2021
at 08:50
More good stuff.
The new kitties are settling in a month or so after their adoptions, and we have finally wrangled and medicated some bugs one picked up in the shelter.  They're cute as buttons, and are providing us with a lot of fun and affection (and chaos).
ranna
 member, 87 posts
Tue 6 Jul 2021
at 20:58
More good stuff.
My 11-month-old gave me a smooch on the cheek for the first time ever yesterday.

Needless to say, my chest is ten times too small to contain all the feels about it.
Life is good. <3 :)
Fyrerain
 member, 105 posts
Tue 27 Jul 2021
at 07:01
More good stuff.
So my home was burglarized in spring of 2020. One of the many things stolen that day was my trusty Necchi sewing machine (a birthday gift from my mother). It was bought used, and nothing fancy, mostly just basic stitches, but it was a solidly reliable machine. I've missed it.

Today, I got a smoking deal on its replacements. Some lady was dealing with her late father's effects, which included over 40 sewing machines (she has no idea why he was collecting sewing machines). Nothing new, but all working, and cheaply priced. So I bought a nice little Kenmore, with a small selection of computerized stitches. And a slightly less computerized Euro Pro, with manuals, for $25 each. :)
Fyrerain
 member, 109 posts
Mon 16 Aug 2021
at 22:25
More good stuff.
Good weekend. I rescued a lost dog, and made some folks' weekend a great deal better than it started out. :)

Found the dog Friday night a few miles from home. I thought it was a vulture or raven standing at the edge of the road, heading into the sunset. Only as I passed did I realize it was a little Chihuahua-mix dog. He look very lost and unsure. So I turned around and went back. It's all farmland there, more than a mile to the nearest home, too far to be safe for a small dog (we have coyotes, foxes, hawks, and owls, never mind the cars). Surprisingly, he didn't immediately run away (like the last little dog I stopped for in almost the same spot). So I sweet-talked him and coaxed him to me. He was shy and uncertain, but not really fearful.

I took him on to my friend's house, so we could post him on the community pages on FB and Next Door, in case he had a family who wanted him back. We get a lot of dumped pets, sadly. He was small enough to take home for the night (I live in an RV; size matters). My dogs weren't sure what he was doing there, but he didn't have a Napoleon complex, so they were tolerant. My cats, OTOH, were variously offended, mortally offended, and fascinated by a dog no bigger than they are. :D

There were no bites on the ad in the morning, so my friend posted in a few more community pages -- and just before noon, the dog's people called. Turns out they live about three miles east of us, and he'd disappeared three days prior! He'd traveled nearly 5 miles across the desert, and only had one minor wound. No wonder he looked lost when I found him!

Happy ending all around. :) (My Aussie was seriously clingy that night; evidently he felt the need to remind me I already belong to someone. Heh.)
GreenTongue
 member, 1002 posts
 Game Archaeologist
Tue 17 Aug 2021
at 10:50
More good stuff.
Dogs are wonderful. That is all.
SunRuanEr
 subscriber, 404 posts
Tue 17 Aug 2021
at 13:52
Re: More good stuff.
My 3 year-old crawled up into bed to read her 3 month-old baby brother a story this morning, of her own accord.

...and held still long enough for me to get pictures.

However crappy the rest of this day may or may not be, it'll be a good day. =)
Yaztromo
 supporter, 447 posts
Tue 17 Aug 2021
at 21:10
Re: More good stuff.
In reply to SunRuanEr (msg # 868):

Sounds awesome!
Zag24
 supporter, 708 posts
Sat 21 Aug 2021
at 05:11
Re: More good stuff.
In reply to SunRuanEr (msg # 868):

That's terrific!  My son, who is just shy of two years older than my daughter, used to read to her all the time -- from when they were 3 and 1 up through when they were 7 and 5 and she could read for herself.  Today they are 36 and 34, and are still very good friends.  They live about 15 minutes from each other and they have 'sibling dinner' once a week (in addition to them coming to my wife's and my home for dinner once a week).  I couldn't be prouder of them.