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Let's git this show on the road. Some questions to get this of to a bad start:

R: I seem to remember you are an atheist? Please share some details about how you fell from faith (if you did) and fill us in on the juicy details of how religion has hurt you or benefitted you. Alternatively, define who constitutes a Christian, and who decides.

S: Is there anything about your sexlife that you did not already share with us? Any tips for us hopeless bunglers on how to achieve 'speaking in tongues' moments for the ladies? Any tips on toys apart from the massage table (and do you own stock in massage table factories as I have come to suspect?)

P: How tired are you of the ridiculously divise attitude in American politics? Describe how bad it is that the campaigns for presedential elections start now already and the ammount of money spent and the time it takes away from your elected officials to do the job they were elected to do? What would you improve?

Boardgames: What excuse do you have to rate such an atrociously boring pastel camelfucking sleeper of a through the desert a 10? Explain yourself!

Have at it folks...


Ps, sorry if my questions are somewhat passive agressive, lack of sleep does that, but this isnt about me, so go on, type some answers already why don't ya!
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first, second, third, fourth cousin or more?
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What's been striking you as an interesting philosophical issue recently?

Should I have a third child?
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Let's git this show on the road. Some questions to get this of to a bad start:

R: I seem to remember you are an atheist? Please share some details about how you fell from faith (if you did) and fill us in on the juicy details of how religion has hurt you or benefitted you. Alternatively, define who constitutes a Christian, and who decides.

S: Is there anything about your sexlife that you did not already share with us? Any tips for us hopeless bunglers on how to achieve 'speaking in tongues' moments for the ladies? Any tips on toys apart from the massage table (and do you own stock in massage table factories as I have come to suspect?)

P: How tired are you of the ridiculously divise attitude in American politics? Describe how bad it is that the campaigns for presedential elections start now already and the amount of money spent and the time it takes away from your elected officials to do the job they were elected to do? What would you improve?

Boardgames: What excuse do you have to rate such an atrociously boring pastel camelfucking sleeper of a through the desert a 10? Explain yourself!

Have at it folks...


Ps, sorry if my questions are somewhat passive agressive, lack of sleep does that, but this isnt about me, so go on, type some answers already why don't ya!


I like the "Softer World" strip that says something like,

"My boyfriend and I bought some sex adventure books so we won't be bored in the bedroom any more."

"Now we are bored in elevators and dark theaters."

In "Memento" order...
GAMES
Through the Desert plays fast, sets up fast, and even after well over 50 plays we are still occasionally learning new strategies. It truly has multiple ways to win. I'm still always ready to play at least one game when asked. When that stops, I'll lower it to a 9.

Politics
I don't mind them being divisive. We've always been divisive. What bothers me is the loss of our democracy to the abortion issue and allowing corporations to be people for good stuff but not people for bad stuff. If we could put a corporation in prison for 5 years, it would be different.

I think our representatives have stopped making small hard choices and act divisive while giving each other everything. It will force larger harder choices on us later.

I am a socialist libertarian. I think we need an enormously strong government which can prevent companies and individuals from building up too much wealth. Other than that tho, it should be weak. i'd go with high taxes on personal wealth over 10 million dollars and income from any source over a million a year. I'd also have an extremely high estate tax.

I'd create a measure called the national median income and base a lot of laws and policies off of that measure.


On sex... I recommend
* Constant praise of your partner's body. You love the look, smell, and taste of their body. It's the most fabulous body in the entire world. Comments must be sincere.
* Women want to feel special.
* The "G" Spot book by Donald Hicks. I've used it three times. It has a 100% success rate.
* Edging training allows men to extend their duration.
* Make sure to get your hormones checked at 43

* On the massage table. devil Just last night.. my girlfriend started praising the table again while we were having some fun. We have...ruined the following...
o the endtable in the corner, the cables on the table sawed off the edge before I noticed.
o so started bracing the table against the wall and now it has a lot of deep marks and the plaster over all the nails have come loose.
o Wore the pads off the feet and the screws damaged the finish on the floor. So watch out for this if you get one.
o and I broke a table with a prior girlfriend (which is why I brace it against the walls now. They can take a lot of horizontal stess but eventually will break. Much stronger for vertical stresses).

* Pyrex toys.
* Hitachi Wand Vibrator.
* American Pie had it right... the Tornado move.

* I think it is best to avoid most "spontaneous" sex. Rejection (for whatever reason) costs you a lot. In as little as a few weeks you can give up trying. Better to agree on a time and then talk about it some before hand. Anticipate it. Look forward to it. Flirt about it.

* I've read a lot of complaints from women whose men tried the old "I'll give you a massage" sex switcheroo. Don't do it. OTH, the other direction works well.

* There are always exceptions. People get sick.

* What is your priority? "Lost", texting or sex? The DVR exists for a reason.

* Go slow. It takes six months to train up a girl usually. Lot of emotional damage. Plus it takes time for them to relearn how to have sex for an hour and to have several orgasms. They'll usually get scared about losing control. Different parts of their body and sacred garden will wake up at different rates. Nerve pathways will open (and perhaps even grow?)
* Should be fun.
* Booze is bad... sort of. Booze at the right level can enhance the male performance. Seems to help females. So it's like 6 oz wine for you and 12 oz wine for her.

* For me, slow is good, fast is desensitizing.
* One of the better moves is to place her so you will rub against the top inside. This is the classic towel under her lovely bottom.
* If you do it often enough, you don't have to do crunches. cool
* Especially when using a table, you can vary between using your abs, your gluts, your legs, and your back muscles.
* Consistent pace when you are "hitting the spot" but otherwise vary things when it just feels good.

There's more but enough on that for now.
I think they should teach the basics of how to please a sexual partner in some setting. It makes me feel bad that there is a lot of unhappiness in the world which could be avoided. I think most men really want to have an orgasm more than they want to have sex. But most do want to please their partners.
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On religion...
I was raised Methodist. Attended a tiny church with about 60 members in southwest houston. It was nice. I started reading science fiction around 12 (even stealing some books from a grocery store at 14- one of which is my favorite book and still reread occasionally). Sometime around Junior High school I still sort of believed.
I was becoming less religious as I headed out of high school. It seemed a little irrational but I felt good when I watched Cecil B Demille religious movies. This fed my basic concept of christians as valuing honesty, kindness, morality, and willing to die to save others or to uphold their beliefs.

During college, I wrote a paper on "Organized Religion" that lead me to take a serious look at the gods of the old and new testaments and i got into a lot of religious discussions on Usenet.

The more i thought about it, the less religious I became. So then I ran into the love of my life and she was extremely religious but viewed god as cold and distant so it didn't come up. From me, she came to view god as a warm, loving god and so she got a lot more religious and then started crying after sex because I wasn't going to heaven. The closer we got, the worse she felt. So things went downhill from there.

We are still very close and share somethings which I share with no one else (people who appreciate "I Spy", "Poirot", live plays and long discussions are rare. Things still turn painful occasionally because she loves me and doesn't want to share me, I can't imagine abandoning her as so many people do and I'm not going to be celibate, not go to concerts, not go to movies, not get drunk a few times a year, and not play most games for the next 20 years.

She pushed me really hard on religion and I just couldn't do it. Could have been stubborness. Or it could be I examined it closely and went, "This is just the writings of one of many tribes. The morals attached to it helped them survive. As my knowledge of science grows, the god of the gaps shrinks and I have a harder time believing in it."

Facebook kind of put the stake in it tho. That was where i made the transition from agnostic to atheist (tho technically a hard agnostic). I sought out atheist groups for the first time and gained more exposure there.

RSP has also made a huge difference. It was here (and in "Contact") that the "conflation of God" started to really stand out.

Since the 80's, over the area of intelligent design and prayer in school (and religion in government), I've seen behavior which counters my previous idea of christians. When I see them lie to try to advance their beliefs, it makes me feel like they have started trying to hold on so desperately that they are getting lost.

I never realized how big the catholics were and how small other branches of christianity were until I had discussions on it here.




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first, second, third, fourth cousin or more?


The only one I was ever interested in was a first cousin but we were both about 14. I see it as a genetics issue.

Now, I see it would create a lot of risk to split your family unit.
On the flip side, most families I know split once the cousins have children (they start having separate holidays). I probably wouldn't risk getting emotionally involved with a cousin. But can't see a problem with second cousins if there will be kids or first cousins if there won't be.

 
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Liberty or happiness?

What's been striking you as an interesting philosophical issue recently?

Should I have a third child?


I tend to choose happiness. That must be because no important liberty has been threatened.

I'm very much a maslow's hierarchy of needs believer.

The last interesting issue was the lifeboat/trolley car quandary. I view a lot of philosophizing as building castles in the air. We can build some very elaborate structures and get very far from reality and redefine reality to some extent with words and framing stories. But reality is still there and if you get too far from it, everything falls apart.

I think it's a bit of a "beta" activity and philosophers need to keep brutes with clubs in mind.

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Having a third child (even if you have to stretch) is likely to make your life happier for many reasons. There is a risk that they may turn out badly but even then, they usually recover by their 30's, have grandkids and you get to have a happy time again with them instead of being lonely all the time.

It also preserves the values of a reasonable intelligent person in the world. We are currently being outbred by people who are not as reasonable. Some of them are not as intelligent (or at least very sloppy about birth control). Most of them are religious in extremist ways (not your friendly religious neighbor who doesn't mess with your life).

OTH, I think we are about 2 billion over the earth's carrying capacity and things are going to get really bad in about 50 years. I hear China is about to dust bowl a huge portion of their arable land so it could come sooner.
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Also, do you have children?
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Also, do you have children?


I grew up as a child of divorce in the south.
I'm detached from my emotions some and seem to access them with music and live theater.

This was probably because of strong physical abuse by my 1st stepfather. I can't remember it but had deduced it and then out of the blue my mom told me about it a couple years ago.

The larger formative factors in my life were the lack of a consistent male figure (two stepdads- 5 years of no stepdad), no real relationship with my birth father, reading- then reading SF, then getting into D&D which changed me to an alpha type, leading groups of up to close to 30 in games affecting their views and attitudes and beliefs.

I had 6 fistfights growing up. Never started them, finished all of them. Poor target selection by bullies. Slow stewing temper on my part so the blowups happened late and had a lot of unexpected intensity.

I got into computers at age 16. That had a huge effect too. I suffered a lot of wasted time and effort since my mother was a high school drop out and couldn't guide me in college. I guided my daughter more effectively- so another rung up the ladder for our line.

I was married once,to my high school sweetheart until I was 26.
Being married that young changed my life a lot. I never did the bar scene. We had one child- a daughter.

My current relationship with her is wistful. I see her more than monthly but there are too many competing interests for us to maintain a good relationship- especially grandparents over the grandchildren (like 5 sets of us vying for 2 grandkids time). I'm forgiving her for some lines she crossed right as she started high school and she's trying to be less selfish.

I'm biding my time and I think at least 3 of the grandparent sets are more interested in babies than in grandchildren. Have a disney trip planned for 7 years from now and a family ski trip planned for 4 years from now.

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What's your favorite band? Favorite genre of music? Least favorite for each? Why (for all)? What do you put on your pizza? How long can you hold your breath under water? Do you take hot showers, cold showers or somewhere in the middle? Have you ever broken any bones? What's you favorite dessert? What's your favorite desert?

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What is the most disappointing board game you've ever played?

Favorite beer and or spirit?

Is there a way I can easily forget everything you've shared about your sex life?
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What's your favorite band? Favorite genre of music? Least favorite for each? Why (for all)? What do you put on your pizza? How long can you hold your breath under water? Do you take hot showers, cold showers or somewhere in the middle? Have you ever broken any bones? What's you favorite dessert? What's your favorite desert?

Also, congratulations.


My favorite band... that's a toughy. I can't think of one for all time. But if I think of favorite songs, probably Peter Framton "I'm in You" and then Rolling Stones "Sympathy for the Devil" and then "Creep" by Radiohead and then "Hate Me Today" by Blue October.
I like a lot of annie lennox songs.

Least favorite is
* Hick Country (I sawoo yooeer haeert, I cah ryed thet dayeee)
* and acid rock ("Safabaa Scearr SREEEEEE scarac aracra! Dkssa")

Favorite dessert is a DQ Dipcone. Hands down. Nothin better.
I like the Sahara as it best fits my mental image of a desert and it's hot which is how I like my showers and my coffee. I usually avoid really hot women ("If you wanna be happy for the rest of your life, never make a pretty woman your wife...")

Can't hold it long any more. I could when I was a kid (over a minute). Now maybe 40 seconds. (P.S. I did a field test and looks like 1m 20 seconds and could probably push that a little more in an emergency.)
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Favorite beer and or spirit?

Is there a way I can easily forget everything you've shared about your sex life?


I'll have to get back on the disappointment. I hate some games but disappointment is rare.

I was ruined for beer by my parents when I was 5. The next beer I had was in a blinding snowstorm with 6 strangers in a rented expedition within 40' of a 1000' cliff... being passed by buses doing 35mph- no idea how.

I drink a lot of Everclear + things. I'm fond of Port. I'm fond of sauvignon blanc, blended wines, Estancia 2007 Cabernet sauvignon. I prefer Glenlivet whiskey. I prefer Absinth neat, with dark chocolate. I hate it louched.

Lately, I am drifting towards Rum and Diet Sodas.

For forgetting, I recommend that you drink large quantities of alcohol or watch massive quantities of porn, or browse 4chan. You will see things there which will blast all memory of me out of your head.

Other than that, only time will help.

I don't have a forgetting problem. I forget most of my life within 2 years. I suspect I remember it underneath but the surface forgets it.
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Through the Desert plays fast, sets up fast, and even after well over 50 plays we are still occasionally learning new strategies. It truly has multiple ways to win. I'm still always ready to play at least one game when asked. When that stops, I'll lower it to a 9.
Yes but except for it being fast and not super shallow, what is actually FUN about it?
 
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Okay... field test...

I can hold my breath 1 minute 20 seconds, slowly exhaling the last 15 seconds. Mild headache... could probably do 1 minute 30 seconds.

I and my friends have laughed out loud at the placement of a single camel while playing TTD. Still do off and on. It's the ability to see straight into their brain and vice versa and realize your deep plan has been caught and countered. Your misdirection failed. I see your plan peeking out from behind your mask.

We do the same thing with "Gravediggers".

This is part of my problem with Agricola. We can see the #1 and #2 winners loooong before the end of the game (often in about 30 minutes you can see who's going to be able to win and who is not). Then the game goes on for another 2 hours. Aaaaaaaaa. Slow torment.

This is totally different than Munchkin. That is more "30 minutes of fun crammed into an indeterminate amount of time with kingmaking and a random winner at least an hour after you were ready to be done".
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Good answers so far.

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I'd like to hear that song, actually.

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Rules 1 and 2.

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We do the same thing with "Gravediggers".


Would you recommend that one? I've been thinking about pulling the trigger since it's cheap and looks like a nice bidding game.

Do you celebrate Christmas? If so, why (And which one)? If not, why not? What's your fondest holiday memory (Of any holiday)?
 
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Good answers so far.

maxo-texas wrote:
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I'd like to hear that song, actually.

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Rules 1 and 2.

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We do the same thing with "Gravediggers".


Would you recommend that one? I've been thinking about pulling the trigger since it's cheap and looks like a nice bidding game.

Do you celebrate Christmas? If so, why (And which one)? If not, why not? What's your fondest holiday memory (Of any holiday)?


Gravediggers is backwards. It generates a lot of laughter but at first it generated irritation in each of the 3 plays with fresh people. It's been a couple months so I'm fuzzy what the particular issue is with it. I had a trick for teaching it at one point. The theme makes it more fun and makes the rules "make sense".

Yes, I celebrate Christmas. It's been fairly painful for years. There is one set of grandkids and about 5 sets of grandparents. So it is usually, "Why the hell am I staying in town for my 2.5 hours of time on christmas eve or christmas day?" I consider going on a vacation skiing or to mexico every year. So far I don't- I think because my mom is still alive.

The holidays are the one tricky time of the year with multiple girlfriends too. Normally, it's safe slices of life that don't overlap and everyone's happy. Thanksgiving isn't bad since leaves town to be with her mother. Christmas is a bit of a problem but not too bad and Valentine's day.... hoo boy.

My last happier christmas's are about 8 years ago when my daughter was 17 and younger. Those were nice.

I celebrate christmas because of duty to my mom and because I enjoy giving gifts. We usually game or see a movie christmas afternoon.

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I celebrate christmas because ... We usually game ... christmas afternoon.


Altered to what I absorbed.

Another resquest: tell us about an experience which taught you something surprising about yourself.
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I celebrate christmas because ... We usually game ... christmas afternoon.


Altered to what I absorbed.

Another resquest: tell us about an experience which taught you something surprising about yourself.


hehe,

I've had three that come to mind immediately.

I'll go in reverse order.

When I had cancer, I was supposed to give myself interferon shots. I was able to do it the first time. But after that, I could not move my arm to put the shot in. It didn't hurt the first time and I've done things that had strong pain (esp sports). I have a psychological issue with needles. So my girlfriend put it in my leg for me and then I could plunge it and take it out. She was squemish about doing those things.

When I went to college, I realized within the 1st semester that I was surrounded by people who were smarter than me. It wouldn't matter how much I studied, they were just smarter. It was a surprising realization I had never had to face previously. I was smarter than everyone- and not engaged. I worked hard enough for a B+ average and that was about it.

Also in college, I signed up for the wrong physics lab. Physics for business students. Where I had been struggling previously, this was easy. Before I caught my mistake, it was too late to drop the class. There was one problem. I was too smart. Things that were easy and obvious to me were not to my lab partners. I discovered I was being an asshole. It was surprising. I hadn't seen my own condescension. I think this class made a huge positive difference to my life. It taught me to work with others of different ability and intelligence effectively and pleasantly. I use that in my career itself.


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It also preserves the values of a reasonable intelligent person in the world. We are currently being outbred by people who are not as reasonable.


TOTALLY TRUE! I knew a gal at work who was like this and wanted to have 6 kids. I wanted to have a few kids just to compete.
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Well time for some Monday Bloviation

One "life changing" book for me was "How to be People Smart" by les giblin.

It really as very basic lessons.
1) Make it a point to learn people's names. It's the most important word in the world to them.
2) Make it a habit of smiling when you first see someone (unless it's inappropriate)
3) Imagine that you only have one "no" per nine "yes's". When you want to say "no", think "I'll have to say yes the next times, is this important enough that I want to use my "no"?

Another life changing event for me was cancer in 1992ish which
a) gave me a big chance to consider religion (I had a form which was aggressive, had metastasized and spent a lot of time in the hospital feeling alone and emotionally beat up-- plus I'm afraid of needles and I got stuck about 150 times in 5 months). It didn't happen . So I guess it's not likely to when I get old and face death again.

b) killed my brain. I have recovered part of what I lost through brain exercise. It worsened my recall which was already wierd. I remember pointers to information but not the information so the growth of google and the web has really been helpful to fill in for the broken parts of my brain.

c) gave me a 5 month sabbatical. The only time since 16 which I didn't have to work. I discovered, I only work for money. I don't like working. I don't view work as a productive activity. It keeps the gears turning, but life won't be any better or different in 50 years because of what I did at work.

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My memory, brain and intellect has always been different that others. I feel like I have an average intelligences personality laid over some deeper smarter personality. I just "know" things correctly with insufficient data which I then have to find out how to prove. I decide things emotionally less often than normal people. I weight facts with less emotion that most people. This has been very beneficial to my career. I am also good at seeing how other people are miscommunicating and can ask "naive" questions which allow them resolve the miscommunication.

My body likes rough and tumble. Mosh pits, sports, tapotement (a "beating" form of massage. I have poor physical memory. I do not learn to dance (or any other physical skill) easily.

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I play D&D. I've run D&D since I was 16. My current campaign has 12 people in it and has been running for almost 20 years with a gap for "Evercrack". I love the ensemble theatre, impromptu jokes, and have an extensive home brew rule set based on the 3 book set via the Cyclopedia.
I don't play 4e.

I am drifting toward war games right now- which is at odds with most friends who are headed towards Eurogames.

I like games where you get to be wily, bluff, lie. I usually enjoy table talk tho I have some games where I engage in no table talk. A friend of mine has said I am the most dangerous gamer in the group. He can predict how the others will behave, even in new games. I am unpredictable.

When we are first exploring new rules sets, I usually discover the new tricks but then the calculons master them. So I do equally in the first few games, then put on a little burst for a while, and then fall behind. I can't do the formal calculations. However, as we play some of the games long enough, my intuitive feel comes back and I come back up again.

As an example of my style. In a recent game of powergrid. I considered buying in an expensive and inappropriate city because it would have brought chaos to three of the other player's plans. I did suddenly choke two players out on fuel. And then I rushed the end of the game by not bidding on power plants. I lost by 36 lecs in a tie down to money.

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I tend to repeat things in converstion because I forget that I said them already.

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I did extremely well in the stock market until this recent crisis with several 35% years. The market doesn't "make sense" to my brain right now and I suspect that is because POMO is keeping it from crashing (to the tune of 2 to 8 billion per day) or even correcting really.

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I'm in the 3rd year of remodeling on my house. And soon (about 12 months), I'll be at the point where I have to decide to stay (likely) or move to a new house. Location is great but the house is 55 years old where not remodeled. If I stay, I bring the electrical system up to code and install a switchback circuit breaker. Should cost about $5k. Then $10k for a 1kw solar system (basically negating my daytime electrical usage) and $25k for a master bath/bedroom complex on the back of the house. Then basically have fun until I die.

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My outlook on the future is dark tho I am personally happy. I think things get realy dark next war. Too much just in time inventory for food. While food is difficult to store, I am going to partially "harden" my life by developing independent power generation. You don't pay income tax, and you don't lose social security benefits over money you don't spend and it effectively raises your income.

I consider overpopulation an unsolvable problem. I view modern lifestyle as an antibiotic and that some parts of the human culture have adapted and started to reproduce at high rates despite it. I believe that we are close to 4 billion over the Earth's carrying capacity already. However, as the Architect said in the Matrix... "here are levels of survival we are prepared to accept."

I'm not republican or democratic. I'm strongly against the excessive accretion of wealth as it is always destructive to society so I am for dramatic estate taxes and high taxes on incomes once it passes a certain point (roughly 50x the average annual income).

I'm for a national medical plan- but fixed at a maximum of 10% of the average annual income (about $5k currently). It would cover broken bones and so on and if you don't use it, it could be carried over. But no help by the government if you pass that amount, no requirement that hospitals pay for your care. People who want higher funding could donate to charity hospitals to cover the gap voluntarily. Or they could get insurance to cover catastrophic care (but if they don't and then they get cancer, it's too bad).

I think we should withdraw from most of our military entanglements.

I think abortion is the hardest challenge as it definitely becomes murder at some point. I can't fault people who oppose it. I support it however for several months.

I've heroically saved people three times in my life. Nothing like jumping in a river- just putting myself in harm's way instinctively to save/protect them. But I'm pretty sure I'd jump into the river if it came up. In situations where there are a lot of people so no one steps forward to act, I step forward to act. I do not rely on or hope that someone else will step up.

I've lead a couple sports teams and I always felt playing as a team was more important than winning. I saw the winning teams typically had 3 or 4 people who got to play a lot and the rest were shut out. At least everyone on my teams got to have fun and improve their skills. I run my business teams the same way. I do not over rely on star players. I want depth in the bench.
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A few things. What brought you to Houston in the first place and what makes you stay?

How has Houston recovered from the influx of refugees from Hurricane Katrina?

I've been on a bit of a buying binge looking to expand my gaming horizons lately. You appear to have quite different tastes than I do in games. If you could add one game to my collection, what would it be and why?


I was born in Houston. I stay because I'm an introvert. I am very outgoing once i know people but I do not meet new people easily. And I find at my age (50) that most people really do not make new friends often. They are focused on family and their "friend" slots are full. At best they have some slots for acquaintances.

Houston has a slightly higher crime rate in some parts of the city. In some areas the police cars travel in pairs now. I would say out of the 100,000+ refugees we took in, about 500 of those who stayed actively cause problems and maybe 5000 don't really "fit" well. The rest disappeared into the city seamlessly.

Looking at your collection Bjillo,

We actually share several games in similar positions. I just hate Agricola.

Based on your general enjoyment of euro/pure logic games, you would probably "http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/826/cartagena" as a pure logic puzzle, reasonably fast filler game.

If you like "Pitchcar", you might like "Catacombs". We enjoyed this a lot. Depends on if you like dungeon themes. One "GM" vs 2 to 4 players.

Based on your taste in family games, I think you would enjoy "The Adventurers"


I was surprised to not see Puerto Rico, but I assume you are tired of it or play it with friends.
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I've sent out a secret missive by rice and glitter filled carrier pigeons to the next RSPer of the week. If I timed it correctly, it will explode (from the rice) and toss glitter on them as it delivers the message.
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