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#1 2017-08-23 15:36:03

Marian
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From: RVA
Registered: 2001-06-05
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QM- Totality

You find a door marked: Natural Phenomenon (TBD).Curious, you open the door and step through. You find yourself in a wide field under an open sky. People are milling about, and you happily happen upon some Smarchers. You listen politely, not wanting to interrupt.

--

"What's all this talk of an eclipse?"
"I don't know, I don't get what the big deal is. Maybe it's a bit ... dim?" *glances up*
"Don't look at the sun!"
"I wasn't... I was just, um, seeing how bright the sky was."
"Right. So we should be getting totality pretty soon. Any minute now."
"Then what?"
"Then the sun is gone for a while. It could be days, or weeks."
"That seems long."
*shrugs* "It's the Mint, whatcha gonna do?"
*looks through glasses* "Oh, hey, look, there's only a sliver of sun left."
"Wow that is pretty cool. I feel so.. Small."
"Yeah."

---

The Smarcher hands you the glasses, and you look at the sun. There is indeed, a small sliver left, like an orange crescent moon.

Suddenly, as you remove the glasses, the sun is completely covered, and it grows dark. The stars are out and crickets are chirping. The horizon looks like it's dusk. The umbra shines in a must mesmerizing fashion.

Pull up a lawn chair, fair traveller. It's a total eclipse of the sun!

 

#2 2017-08-23 15:41:52

Marian
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From: RVA
Registered: 2001-06-05
Posts: 21655
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Re: QM- Totality

*kicks back in lawn chair and eats candy orange slices*

Oh, ALSO I didn't tell you guys I had my Meeting of Trustees last week, so debts are officially discharged. AND they included my tax debt AND student loans! It helps soooo much.

 

#3 2017-08-23 16:00:31

Peter
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From: Austria
Registered: 2001-08-23
Posts: 39622
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Re: QM- Totality

Watches the sky.

It's black!
Like, really dark!
Except for the stars.


"hitting the snooze button is totally an act of worship and not laziness"  -Magpie, slightly out of context

 

#4 2017-08-23 16:01:24

Peter
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From: Austria
Registered: 2001-08-23
Posts: 39622
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Re: QM- Totality

Marian wrote:

Oh, ALSO I didn't tell you guys I had my Meeting of Trustees last week, so debts are officially discharged. AND they included my tax debt AND student loans! It helps soooo much.

That sounds awesome, Marian!

I thought student loans were usually not included? Anyway, congratulations! Are there any rules and stipulations that will harm you in the future?


"hitting the snooze button is totally an act of worship and not laziness"  -Magpie, slightly out of context

 

#5 2017-08-23 16:29:02

Marian
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Re: QM- Totality

Federal student loans are rarely included, and if they are included, it's usually partial. I was shocked. But they were loans I took out in the late 90s, so maybe that's why. I was on the income contingent plan and they would have been forgiven in four or five years, anyway.

No consequences, and actually my credit score has gone up since I filed, by about 100 points, enough to get me in the upper end of the not bad range.

Only one negative possibility is that if I have a life insurance payout in the next 180 days, it would have to go to the trustees. But my mother seems fine for now...

 

#6 2017-08-23 16:30:47

Peter
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From: Austria
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Re: QM- Totality

I hope this takes away a lot of stress for the future, Marian!


"hitting the snooze button is totally an act of worship and not laziness"  -Magpie, slightly out of context

 

#7 2017-08-23 21:08:37

Ad1tu
Pilgrim
From: Buffysadharc
Registered: 2004-02-22
Posts: 6459

Re: QM- Totality

*puts on glasses*

Hey, where'd everybody go?

Oh yeah, it's nighttime... *stumbles around*


Congrats on 500 days, Marian! That's quite the accomplishment :) Also, hooray for less (no?) debt!

Oh hey, that just reminded me I should go pay my credit card bill... Thanks!


If you should do what makes you happy, and no one can tell you what makes you happy, then that means no one can tell you what to do!

Tamishu's Ramblings

 

#8 2017-08-23 21:20:53

Ad1tu
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From: Buffysadharc
Registered: 2004-02-22
Posts: 6459

Re: QM- Totality

Oh hey, my bank account is happier than I thought it would be. Yay, budget is working!

...

Until I go get my new tires on Saturday. Then it will be not so happy. But car needs tires. Car will not pass inspection in Feb without new tires. Also, I may not survive winter without new tires, lol.


Re: sleep. My husband is very good at the two-part sleeping thing. I got a text at 4:30 saying it was nap time. Came home, had dinner, went for a nice long walk, came back, he's still sleeping... Finally woke up around 8 or 8:30. Up for a few hours, and now it's back to bed, only to wake up at 4:30 to go to the gym tomorrow. *shakes head* I can't do it. I have a hard time justifying naps when it's light and nice out. Actually, I just have a hard time sleeping when it's light out. Not that I wake up at dawn or anything, but if I wake up on the weekend and see it's sunny out, it's really hard to go back to sleep. Though occasionally I have cat-napped on the patio in the sun. Those are nice...


If you should do what makes you happy, and no one can tell you what makes you happy, then that means no one can tell you what to do!

Tamishu's Ramblings

 

#9 2017-08-23 22:21:38

Magpie
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From: miraculously thistle-free town
Registered: 2006-03-27
Posts: 32890
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Re: QM- Totality

*grumbles*

If I go to bed earlier, I just wake up stupidly early too, and can't fall asleep again for more than a few minutes at a time. (Yesterday it was at 3, today at 4.)

But oh well. I do still feel more well-rested than usual.


Basically, I'm Prince Josua in jeans and sneakers, or a different flavor of Renie Sulaweyo.
- Tad

Master of Gardening, Mistress of Kingdom Plantae, Defender of the Seedlings, Guardian of Root and Bough
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#10 2017-08-23 22:24:42

Firsfron of Ronchester
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Posts: 23413
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Re: QM- Totality

Is it bad that I say the name of this Mint in a "Mortal Kombat" voice?


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#11 2017-08-24 00:00:58

_Sahi_
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Registered: 2016-06-10
Posts: 99

Re: QM- Totality

Maen Mint! I shockingly woke up just before 8 am. (6 is usual)

 

#12 2017-08-24 00:58:28

Merenwen
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From: Germany
Registered: 2014-05-12
Posts: 2387

Re: QM- Totality

Firsfron of Ronchester wrote:

Is it bad that I say the name of this Mint in a "Mortal Kombat" voice?

Haha, I was thinking of "FATALITY" as well. ;)

...

Gmaen Mint.

 

#13 2017-08-24 01:00:02

Merenwen
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From: Germany
Registered: 2014-05-12
Posts: 2387

Re: QM- Totality

Also, congrats on 500 days, Marian. That really is an awesome accomplishment.

 

#14 2017-08-24 03:14:37

Peter
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From: Austria
Registered: 2001-08-23
Posts: 39622
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Re: QM- Totality

*waves good morning*


"hitting the snooze button is totally an act of worship and not laziness"  -Magpie, slightly out of context

 

#15 2017-08-24 03:47:31

Merenwen
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From: Germany
Registered: 2014-05-12
Posts: 2387

Re: QM- Totality

*waves at Peter*

Up early today? :D

 

#16 2017-08-24 04:25:12

Magpie
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From: miraculously thistle-free town
Registered: 2006-03-27
Posts: 32890
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Re: QM- Totality

Decently busy day today.


Basically, I'm Prince Josua in jeans and sneakers, or a different flavor of Renie Sulaweyo.
- Tad

Master of Gardening, Mistress of Kingdom Plantae, Defender of the Seedlings, Guardian of Root and Bough
Scrollbearer and offerer of some very useful opinions

 

#17 2017-08-24 04:39:04

Peter
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From: Austria
Registered: 2001-08-23
Posts: 39622
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Re: QM- Totality

Merenwen wrote:

*waves at Peter*

Up early today? :D

Yes :p

In fact I woke up at 6 and didn't manage to go back to sleep. I met with a friend for breakfast at 9 and have been at work since 10:30. Crazy early by my standards!


"hitting the snooze button is totally an act of worship and not laziness"  -Magpie, slightly out of context

 

#18 2017-08-24 04:46:14

Kia
Pilgrim
From: Germany
Registered: 2014-06-08
Posts: 1124
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Re: QM- Totality

Gmaen mint! *waves to everybody*

*admires the new shiny mint*

Congrats Marian! 500 days is a big deal.

I'm home at least - thanks the heavens! I'm still dizzy and still don't have a diagnosis. What I do have are several bruises from the daily injections and the information that there is nothing which requires immediate action. It translates as: "no stroke, no heart attack and no big tumor. Go, find another doctor who has time to check for the less obvious. Meanwhile ask you doctor to subscribe you some meds and deal with the rest". Unfortunately my doctor is doing the job of 3 doctors at the moment (because the other two are on vacation) - she is so busy that she doesn't have time to check for the "less obvious things". Oh, and the pharmacy needs to order the meds I was supposed to take this morning. Bottom line: I'm seriously annoyed with our health system *rants*

 

#19 2017-08-24 05:53:00

Peter
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From: Austria
Registered: 2001-08-23
Posts: 39622
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Re: QM- Totality

*waves at Kia*

Glad you are home at least, though it seriously sucks that little progress has been made. At least you can cross some things off the list, but that's a lot of time wasted for what could have been done in one day.


"hitting the snooze button is totally an act of worship and not laziness"  -Magpie, slightly out of context

 

#20 2017-08-24 05:57:52

Peter
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From: Austria
Registered: 2001-08-23
Posts: 39622
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Re: QM- Totality

I'm now home after some work and even more socialising. I met friends for at least a little bit of time on 6 out of the last 7 days and met my father on the one day I did not. So much peopleing.


"hitting the snooze button is totally an act of worship and not laziness"  -Magpie, slightly out of context

 

#21 2017-08-24 05:58:21

Ad1tu
Pilgrim
From: Buffysadharc
Registered: 2004-02-22
Posts: 6459

Re: QM- Totality

Man, that's so messed up :( *gentle hugs for Kia* "You're not dying, so go home and take 2 aspirin and we'll figure it out when we get to it" is not what I'd call particularly helpful or comforting.

They could at least tell you to go roll around in a tub of gold jellybeans. I know that and I'm not a doctor! ;)


If you should do what makes you happy, and no one can tell you what makes you happy, then that means no one can tell you what to do!

Tamishu's Ramblings

 

#22 2017-08-24 06:13:39

Merenwen
Pilgrim
From: Germany
Registered: 2014-05-12
Posts: 2387

Re: QM- Totality

*hugs Kia*

Sorry for the wasted time. This is exactly the same situation we have experienced with doctors and hospitals so far. :(

*throws golden jellybeans*

 

#23 2017-08-24 06:16:26

Merenwen
Pilgrim
From: Germany
Registered: 2014-05-12
Posts: 2387

Re: QM- Totality

Peter wrote:

I'm now home after some work and even more socialising. I met friends for at least a little bit of time on 6 out of the last 7 days and met my father on the one day I did not. So much peopleing.

*hands Peter a medal*

I am not joking, this is impressive - at least for me.

 

#24 2017-08-24 06:31:47

Peter
Pilgrim
From: Austria
Registered: 2001-08-23
Posts: 39622
Website

Re: QM- Totality

Heh. I guess it is, for someone who usually spends like an hour or two a week with people.

*wears medal backwards*


"hitting the snooze button is totally an act of worship and not laziness"  -Magpie, slightly out of context

 

#25 2017-08-24 06:42:59

_Sahi_
Pilgrim
Registered: 2016-06-10
Posts: 99

Re: QM- Totality

Today has been weird. Our first plan was to take the train to a nearby town. Only to find out that the train isn't going once per hour as we thought, but once every two hours... Which isn't very practical, so we skip that plan. Then we drove to Bruchhausen to have a look at these giant rocks at the top of a hill, but when we get to the parking place we find out that parking costs money and visiting the stones costs even more. So we drove off again from there as well (14 euro just to look at some rocks...) So we take the car first to the town we planned to go to by train and have lunch there. There is a tiny bookstore in the town that has a Markus Heitz omnibus that I don't have. (3 books for 20 euro) Then Ivo wants to have a look at an outdoor store and I find a Lego-patterned shawl/bandana thingy. I would have bought it full price, but it's discounted heavily and then when I push it I get another 25% discount! So all's well as ends well.

 

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