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  1. It's from chapter 3 of 'The Lord of the Rings'. I don't remember hearing it in the Hobbit movies (not that it wasn't there), but Bilbo never said it in the books. It's Frodo's quote. There's no indication that Frodo heard it from Bilbo (though one can reasonably assume as much, because who else, besides perhaps Gandalf?), nor any indication as to where Bilbo may have heard it. Peter Jackson likes to say things. In any case! The most interesting part of the quote to me is the last bit: "Advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill." As a kid reading the books for the first time this had a surprising impact on me. In my circles I've always been the go-to advisor, even from a young age, and this one quote made me rethink my approach to 'counseling'.
  2. Are there any upcoming movies that anyone is actually excited to see? I want to go see a movie but I looked through the lineup and... ugh. There's just nothing. If you guys have some suggestions for promising potentials, I'd love to hear them!
  3. I don't know what you're talking about, but I sort of understand what you mean. Manipulative people who only think they're clever are almost more intolerable than manipulative people who are actually clever. I don't usually confront manipulative people on their manipulations. There's no advantage there for me; letting them know I'm onto them only gives them the upper hand. Down the line they may realize they've made fools of themselves, or they may not. Either way I've decided I don't care. Such people are already convinced of their superiority, there's no talking them out of it. You could serve them the biggest slice of humble pie, and somehow they'll rationalize it into French silk.
  4. Me with my dog's medicine bottle.
  5. It wasn't too bad. I tried food from two new restaurants I've never eaten at before, and now I'm relaxing at home with my dog, eating homemade cake. If anything I wish I had more time to be a couch potato before going back to work, lol.
  6. Doc Morris Kettlebell Christmas commercial.
  7. I saw this one last week and really liked it. Couldn't pinpoint why exactly. Even though it's about the holidays coming to a close, something about it felt more Christmasy than any of the other Christmas things I saw this year.
  8. Yeah, that's actually the main reason Independence Day is celebrated with fireworks. It's not just 'cause they're pretty, it's supposed to serve as a more serious reminder of the reality of war.
  9. That was me as a kid. I'd get a terrible flu or strep throat or something on either Thanksgiving or Christmas, every year without fail. It didn't stop until I reached young adulthood. It still does happen once in a while, but not every year anymore. I'm sorry you were sick for Christmas, FL! I hope you are feeling better now.
  10. Yeah, as a pet owner I do understand. This last summer my dog was having serious health problems around the 4th of July, and the fireworks were exacerbating his issue. I turned the TV volume up loud and that seemed to help somewhat. Everyone just needs to be more considerate of each other. Here, I think a concession can be made for fireworks on the 4th of July, in the evening hours at the very least. What I don't like is when people treat Independence Day like Independence Month, or Independence Season. It's not uncommon for me to hear fireworks every night starting in mid-June, and continuing well past July 4th, even into August sometimes. And not only that, but in the middle of the night. That's not fair to your neighbors and that's where people need to stop being selfish. Have your fun on the 4th, and if you want to continue with quiet fireworks like sparklers, by all means do so; but don't make families with animals, sleeping babies, and war veterans, suffer every night for months.
  11. That's true, lol. I suppose that's what I meant, but more specifically, states far south enough that they're normally well above freezing and without snow on NYE. Why is that? Just curious. Personally I enjoy fireworks and encourage jubilation. I feel like people need more reasons to celebrate life, not less.
  12. I wish we could do fireworks here for New Year's, but it's far too cold and often snowing. I wonder if it's more common in any of the southern U.S. states.
  13. Thankfully it was confined to the garage. But the entire building stinks of it. It is a very old building. But I certainly hope we won’t have any more problems like that.
  14. I thought that’d be a great song for a funeral when I heard it too.
  15. Thanks FL! That’s an interesting question, and the answer is there aren’t any! I can honestly say I’ve never heard the same song played twice, with the exception of a few hymns (namely ‘Nearer My God To Thee’). Church funerals might see more repetition, but at the funeral home, song choices tend to be highly personalized by the family of the deceased. The most memorable for me was the funeral of a man who was known for his love of rock and roll. Throughout the funeral we played a list of his favorite rock songs, chosen by the family, and it was a very fun and upbeat atmosphere. You could really feel the spirit of the man. At the end of the funeral, the very last song played was this one: The acoustics in our buildling are very good, and the song resonated so beautifully. It was so pretty, and the tonal change was so drastic, it just stopped everyone in their tracks. No one talked or ate or moved, especially during the last minute or so. We all just listened. It’s one of my favorite moments from working there. My second favorite song choice was this one: So pretty, and it got a lot of people emotional.
  16. To top off a crappy year, one of the three locations belonging to the funeral home I work at had an electrical fire last week. While we're waiting for repairs, the funerals that would normally take place at that building have been shuffled over to the one I work at, indefinitely. Which means my workload has just doubled.
  17. Ready to hear something weird? Last Wednesday night, about 3 1/2 years after I posted my first dream post on this thread, I dreamt a continuation of that dream. Brains are weird.
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