MMMmmmeetup chatter

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  1. It’s 3.30 in Arizona, time for a crap joke;

    A couple out walking came across a wishing well. The husband leaned over, made a wish and threw in a coin. The wife did likewise. But she leaned over too far and fell into the well.
    “I never imagined theses things really worked.” said the widower.

  2. We were going to go to the Grande Canyon today bit, apparently, there is heavy snow on the way there. We’re thinking of going to the airplane graveyard instead

  3. I just booked a turnaround flight to Dallas on June 3rd. I leave Denver at 6 a.m. And land again in Denver at 8:10 p.m. I’m tired already!

  4. The doors to my patio don’t seem to be sealed properly. There is a wet spot on the carpet right in front of them.

    (Yeah,my rah. Insert wet spot comment here)

  5. A lot of people tend to think of me as a Star Wars Geek. But I self identify more as an animation geek. Found this one today that really does hit a lot of good points for me. What’s going on in the animation itself is just as interesting as the story (and in this case the music).

  6. So I left the window open last night to listen to the rain and wake to the sounds of tropical rainforest.


    • This is a result of the Glendale politicians whining, i.e., acting like AZ politicians.
      Other sources from the Coyotes are saying that the Canadian press is just stirring up shit.
      We’ll see. Human pettiness and human greed are the true problems here, as is the case with most things.

  7. I made it to the airport, checked my bag, purchased a saguaro cactus to see if it will thrive in Florida with my Peruvian cactus, and I’m waiting for my first flight. Thanks to all for making me feel like part of the family. And extra special thank to Ed for going out of his way to make sure I got everywhere. I’m definitely going to try to make it out again next year.

  8. I’m coherent. I didn’t mean to drink those beers,d but I did. Whoops. Thank you all for sharing some time in my home last night. I’ve been hemming an hawing all morning about attending today’s festivities, however my sick little boy has locked in my decision to stay home. 🙁
    I feel so bad for him. He’s just not feeling his best.
    Will miss you all until morning!

    • Thanks for your hospitality this weekend CJ. I’m sure we will be doing a game day again so you and Ralph can attend.

  9. I and all my beer made it back just fine. Safe travels to all the other returning panites as they straggle away from the center of the universe.

  10. So that moment when you spend all day with friends and not one of them tell you that you’ve been wearing your T-Shirt inside out..that.

    • Maybe they assumed that coming to America had filled you with the spirit of Kriss Kross and you were doing it on purpose.

  11. -Thanks, Cj and Ralph, for hosting and feeding and shuttling and being fun with us.
    -All the absent Deadpanites were sorely missed and talked of often.
    -It’s been truly great being Deadpan with the crew this weekend.

  12. I’m not sure how it happened but, magically, there are two chairs around the table on my patio. I say this is magic because I still have the original two i took, in my room

  13. Sitting at the gate, relaxing. It’s been a fantastic weekend!

    Cj and Ralph, thank you for co-hosting the Saturday night festivities once again. Rhettro, thank you for a fantastic gaming day on Sunday and for being a wonderful GM! We must arrange Roll20/Google Hangouts sessions. Ed and Ditto, thank you for providing taxi service. And of course, Jack and Pixie, thank you for hosting the whole weekend and for being awesome. Deadpan is the way!

  14. Oh yeah. . . back to reality tomorrow. . . Well, that’s going to suck.

    This weekend did not suck, though. Thank you all for another MMMmmmeetup of great fun and bonding and memories.

    • I wish I felt the same about this last season.
      In the end … this season felt like a slow meandering slog that was apparently al just a set up to get to that very last punchline.

      To avoid being spoilerific, that’s all I’ll say about that at this point.

  15. My awesome fiance ordered me the new FNM, and the CD arrived yesterday! I can’t believe I drove in to work today with new Faith No More to listen to.

  16. Well Pan, I’m packed and ready. In an hour I check out of my hotel and head to the airport

    I want to thank Jack and Desert Pixie for hosting another great year.
    Thank you to Cj and Ralph for an awesome Saturday night, and to Ralph for volunteering to drive me to the airport.
    Thanks to Rhettro and his lovely wife for hosting Sunday gaming.
    Cynful for helping to finance Cj’s awesome Saturday party
    Thanks to everybody who made it out here, in person, or in spirit.

    Generally, thank you.
    I love you all

  17. I appreciate everything that everyone brought to the weekend. Everyone really went above and beyond. This podcast and community has been such a huge, positive part of my life for over 9 years now. Deadpan has gotten me through an unbelievable amount of turmoil and upheaval. I deeply appreciate all of your support and encouragement of my dumb creative endeavors over the years – – and especially your friendship and your own creative contributions.
    Thank you, everyone. (group hug)

    I’m really looking forward to seeing you all at next year’s MMMmmmarriage-up!


  18. Mad Max review from a friend of mine (a mild spoiler)

    ” It is definitely not a remake.
    If I had to guess, I’d say it happens on a timeline BETWEEN Road Warrior and Thunderdome. I’m only saying that because one of the first things to happen is that Max crashes the Black-on-Black, which he had at the end of Road Warrior, but did not have at the beginning of THUNDERDOME. The director himself apparently controverts me on that, but what does he know?

    Bottom line: SEE IT!! 98% on the Tomatometer, and about 25% of the reviews are genuinely rapturous. “

  19. So, under, “there’s no way I’d be that trusting”, the woman seated next to me asked me to watch her luggage while she went to the washroom. There’s her purse, presumably would have money in it, and her iPad.
    I’d never be that trusting

    • Every time that occurs in the movies or on TV … you are almost immediately descended upon by a SWAT team who thinks the bags full of evil are yours … or there is an earth shattering KaBOOM!

  20. In other news… I checked in comparatively late. It was less than12 hours before my flight. In a happy coincidence, there were only four seats to choose from and one of them was one I would have wanted regardless. I was happy. :happy:

  21. I just synced up my Fitbit tracker and found out that on Monday, between the zoo, the airport, and everywhere else I went that day, I walked 15,806 steps – a new personal best! It only beats my old personal best by 24 steps, but still. :happy:

    • Only a little bit. I was forced to use it because of another app, but dropped both once Microsoft started supporting mobile.

  22. Thank you, employee, for having a meeting with me in my office and then telling me you puked twice today and need to go home.

  23. Well after watching the season finale of ‘The Flash’ , the season has been impressive enough to forgive it for leaving us with a cliffhanger.

  24. CW: The Late Show with David Letterman Series Finale via Chromecast.

    Thank you, Chromecast and to Jack Mangan for getting us Chromecast. FTW!

  25. Thank you, everyone!

    Jack, I prefer OneNote.

    School’s out… I am working a lot so still not on the pan board like always is the case except for when it’s not.

  26. Actually my comment was aimed at me. Some of my work colleagues decided I would be perfect for a job opening purely on the basis that I’ve been here a long time.

  27. Well Deadpan, I think it’s time.

    Today’s post mmmmeetup movie is Seance: the Summoning

    The PVR write up: Four college students break into a morgue to video themselves holding a seance. They summon a demon by mistake and try to find a way to destroy it before it can kill them all

  28. Seriously? An ouija board? What kind of spirits wait around hoping someone will pull an old board from the cupboard, before haunting them? No wonder they are all pissed. It’s got to be terribly boring just twiddling your thumbs, hoping someone near by has an ouija board and will use it soon.
    Seriously spirits, there’s got to be a better way.

  29. We are a third through this movie and nobody has gotten naked yet. If they count the candle of the naked girl as nudity, I’ll be a little upset. Especially since melted wax drops were covering the naughty bits

  30. Went to see the U2s in concert tonight. Took the kids, and a good time was had by all. That Bono is still a helluva frontman.
    There were a bunch of highlights, but “Bad”* was transcendent.

    *Their own song, not a Michael Jackson cover.

    • I’ve played about 5 hours on Blood & Bones and really like it so far. I’m not sure what kind of difficulty level you like, but I’m not finding B&B too hard so far. You need to block, use alchemy, and pay attention, but at level 2 I’ve defeated a couple of level 5 wolves, so long as there aren’t too many. Strategic running is essential. 😀 I’ve heard people complain about the text size, which is a bit difficult to read. And your inventory may get cluttered, but I haven’t had a problem yet. All in all, the game looks beautiful, and it is very much fun to play.

  31. I’m planning to cross-post on FB, but we oughtta start talking about continuing our Star Wars thingy on Roll20. This would put demands on Rhett’s time, of course, and require some schedule-herding, but I think we can make it happen. Rhettro, you should probably take point on the timing of it.

    BTW, this is not exclusive to those who were present for the sessions in Colorado or last weekend in AZ. I’m perfectly willing to let other interested parties play or co-play my character as well. Just seems like a great opportunity to hang out together some more and roll funny-shaped dice – – real or virtual.

    Let’s discuss.

  32. Your crap joke for the witching hour:

    A woman brought a very limp duck into a veterinary surgeon. As
    she laid her pet on the table, the vet pulled out his
    stethoscope and listened to the bird’s chest.
    After a moment or two, the vet
    shook his head and sadly said, “I’m sorry, your duck, Cuddles,
    has passed away.”
    The distressed woman wailed,
    “Are you sure?”
    “Yes, I am sure. Your duck is dead,” replied
    the vet..
    “How can you be so sure?” she
    protested. “I mean you haven’t done any testing on him or anything. He might just be in a coma or
    The vet rolled his eyes, turned
    around and left the room. He returned a few minutes later
    with a black Labrador Retriever. As the duck’s owner looked on
    in amazement, the dog stood on his hind legs, put his
    front paws on the examination table and sniffed the duck from
    top to bottom. He then looked up at the vet with sad eyes and
    shook his head.
    The vet patted the dog on the
    head and took it out of the room. A few minutes later he
    returned with a cat. The cat jumped on the table and also
    delicately sniffed the bird from head to foot. The cat sat
    back on its haunches, shook its head, meowed softly and
    strolled out of the room.
    The vet looked at the
    woman and said, “I’m sorry, but as I said, this is most
    definitely, 100% certifiably, a dead duck.”
    The vet turned to his computer terminal, hit a few keys and
    produced a bill, which he handed to the woman..
    The duck’s owner, still in shock, took the bill. “$150!” she
    cried, “$150 just to tell me my duck is dead!”
    The vet shrugged, “I’m sorry. If you had just taken my word for it,
    the bill would have been $20, but with the Lab Report and the
    Cat Scan, it’s now $150.”

  33. TEB: I’m not sure what difficulty level you are playing, but if you are playing B&B, keep plenty of dried fruit in your inventory. Pretty useful for healing during combat.

  34. So an article called ’10 facts you didn’t know about Hitler’ begins with the line:

    Adolf Hitler is certainly one of the most controversial people in the history.

    Poor Adolf, he was obviously misunderstood…..


  35. Friends from NY flew down on Friday. We drank Friday night, hit a free downtown Pat Benatar concert on Saturday and Drove 2 hours each way to watch Rush last night. Got home from Rush at 1am then we got up at 5am to drive them to the airport. Good thing it’s a holiday today. I really need a rest right now.

  36. Ok this could all be a crap joke, but these are claimed to be genuine complaints to a UK holiday company:

    1. “They should not allow topless sunbathing on the beach. It was very distracting for my husband who just wanted to relax.”

    2. “On my holiday to Goa in India, I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don’t like spicy food.”

    3. “We went on holiday to Spain and had a problem with the taxi drivers as they were all Spanish.”

    4. “We booked an excursion to a water park but no-one told us we had to bring our own swimsuits and towels. We assumed it would be included in the price.”

    5. “The beach was too sandy. We had to clean everything when we returned to our room.”

    6. “We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as white but it was more yellow.”

    7. “It’s lazy of the local shopkeepers in Puerto Vallartato close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during ‘siesta’ time — this should be banned.”

    8. “No-one told us there would be fish in the water. The children were scared.”

    9. “Although the brochure said that there was a fully equipped kitchen, there was no egg-slicer in the drawers.”

    10. “I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local convenience store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts.”

    11. “The roads were uneven and bumpy, so we could not read the local guide book during the bus ride to the resort. Because of this, we were unaware of many things that would have made our holiday more fun.”

    12. “It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England. It took the Americans only three hours to get home. This seems unfair.”

    13. “I compared the size of our one-bedroom suite to our friends’ three-bedroom and ours was significantly smaller.”

    14. “The brochure stated: ‘No hairdressers at the resort.’ We’re trainee hairdressers and we think they knew and made us wait longer for service.”

    15. “When we were in Spain, there were too many Spanish people there. The receptionist spoke Spanish, the food was Spanish. No one told us that there would be so many foreigners.”

    16. “We had to line up outside to catch the boat and there was no air-conditioning.”

    17. “It is your duty as a tour operator to advise us of noisy or unruly guests before we travel.”

    18. “I was bitten by a mosquito. The brochure did not mention mosquitoes.”

    19. “My fiancée and I requested twin-beds when we booked, but instead we were placed in a room with a king bed. We now hold you responsible and want to be re-reimbursed for the fact that I became pregnant. This would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked.”

  37. So May 25, 2015 is a British bank holiday, US Memorial Day, International Towel Day, and the 3844th Anniversary of the release of Star Wars in 1977.

  38. Well, that was fun. Don’t know if it’s made the national news, but large chunks of the Houston area got flooded, with more than 10″ of rain falling in places since last night. We did ok with only 4.5″ in my area. I was supposed to chaperone my daughter’s band trip today, but it was canceled. But, I can’t yet get into work as the roads I need to get there are still under water.


  39. Thanks for the birthday wishes all. Much appreciated. Quite an interesting day so far as my boss (or at least the story of my boss) seems to be lost somewhere between “fired” and “quit”. Funny thing is it really has minimal impact on my team. We’re pretty self sufficient.

    • Yes indeed. We’ve managed to stay high and dry since Tuesday. Though the bayou that runs behind our house is running at probably the highest level I’ve seen as all the water that fell north of us is now draining. Still, it would have to rise several more feet and cover a large amount of lower land before it threatened our house personally.

      Sadly, there are quite a few homes in the greater area that have never flooded before and were considered in the flood plain that did get water. That rain pattern that formed Monday night was unlike anything we’ve seen before.

  40. Crap joke for the day:

    A drunken man walked into a bar and, after staring for some time at the only woman seated at the bar, walked over to her and kissed her. She jumped up and slapped him silly.He immediately apologized and explained, “I’m sorry. I thought you were my wife. You look exactly like her.”…“Why you worthless, insufferable, wretched, no good drunk!” she screamed.“Funny,” he muttered, “you even sound exactly like her.”

  41. JW: Mr Robot

    An impressive start and pisses on Scorpion from a great height.

    Although at some points it did almost make me understand what depression feels like.

  42. On the Witcher, ditto, I’m hot on the trail of a griffin. I found it’s dead mate. I’ve also given “swallow” to the girl in the herbalists hut but enough time hasn’t gone by so I don’t know if it helped her or killed her.

    • As a general rule of thumb, the only way I’ll pay for a hot dog is if it’s smothered in so much shit that I can’t really taste the hot dog any more. Looks like they’ve taken that idea to the extreme.

      And what an utter waste of a wonderful sounding cognac.

  43. So, the season finale of “Person of Interest” was pretty intense. I was surprised they used “Welcome to the Machine” from Pink Floyd. 🙂

  44. Wisdom from Twitter:

    @OKBJGM: there is no “indiana jones and the raiders of the lost ark,” but maybe there should be “indiana jones and the idiocies of brand marketing.”

  45. CP: Big Pig – I can’t breakaway, thank’s to ditto’s youtube link.

    Man, there’s a song I haven’t heard in a long long time. I think I only ever had a copy of this song from taping it off the radio.

    Yes, yes…now get off my lawn.

    • And, I just ordered a copy of the Bill and Ted soundtrack from Amazon. I think I may have actually had this on an actual cassette. $5 for a copy of the CD is too hard to pass up.

    • Crap joke for day:

      John and Jessica were on their way home from the bar one night and John got pulled over by the police. The officer told John that he was stopped because his tail light was burned out. John said, “I’m very sorry officer, I didn’t realize it was out, I’ll get it fixed right away.”Just then Jessica said, “I knew this would happen when I told you two days ago to get that light fixed.”So the officer asked for John’s license and after looking at it said, “Sir your license has expired.”And again John apologized and mentioned that he didn’t realize that it had expired and would take care of it first thing in the morning.Jessica said, “I told you a week ago that the state sent you a letter telling you that your license had expired.”Well by this time, John is a bit upset with his wife contradicting him in front of the officer, and he said in a rather loud voice, “Jessica, shut your mouth!” The officer then leaned over toward Jessica and asked. “Does your husband always talk to you like that?”Jessica replied, “only when he’s drunk.

  46. I’m wondering if it’s a glitch, but Hulu has all the episodes of Aquarius up right now. It just started this week and is supposed to run through August.

    • “At press time, a team of nautical engineers at Stanford University have announced their intention to design and build a Holy Diver, as soon as they figure out what the hell that is”


    • It’s worth reading. I’ve read it several times. 🙂

      But, personally, I wouldn’t bother with the rest of the series. It’s all downhill from the first book, imo.

  47. Hilarious phone autofill suggestion of the day:

    Following up “problem with” with “Barry.”

    I know one Barry who’s supercool, who I haven’t seen in 14 years.

    • Were you happy with season 3? Cause Im not sure I am. The show is called ‘Vikings’, not “Boring English and French Court”. Im also not happy with the ‘twist’ at the end that everyone saw coming a mile away. Its possible I just love the first two seasons so much that any kind of drop off in quality leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I hope season 4 gets back to its roots

    • Okay, I’ll add my two cents. I did enjoy the majority of the finale episode. Without as many spoilers as I can, the beginning to the church scene were excellent bits of cinematography and writing. I could see the final scene’s importance to the development of next season, but I could do without seeing it now. As for the whole season, I agree somewhat with Lo in that it was slower and more a political dance than previous seasons. My problem is that I spoiled the season for myself halfway through by looking up the actual historical events. I saw where History channel took dramatic liberties and found some of them disappointing. That and they killed one of my favorite characters. Now I kind of know where they’re going in the next season and I will watch and probably enjoy. The photos they are sharing while filming have been entertaining at the least.

  48. Morning Pan!

    Another beautiful sunny day. Although, it was much too hot last night. Had a fan on in our room and hubby and I were still both sweating (yeah, yeah, insert your gutter thoughts here 😉 )

    • This is from the soundtrack to a short I posted on FB. You can think of it as the soundtrack to the Rosetta mission. It’s pretty good.

  49. Last year, my grandmother moved to BC to die. However, BC seemed to agree with her and she’s now flourishing and talking about plans for her 100 birthday.

    I called her yesterday to wish her happy birthday (96). She told me a story of a time, when I was five, I visited her and got so nervous about the visit, I wet my pants.

    I asked her why she felt the need to tell me this. She said, she figured if she repeated a story enough, she would never forget them (sort of an exercise for her mind)

    This is one story I’m quite ok with her forgetting :ermm:

  50. Got the windows 10 upgrade notification on my desktop computer and it came with warning my new Bluetooth adapter won’t work in Windows 10.