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A question occurs to me.

How easy is it to immigrate to Canada? Should I be starting the paperwork for that now, or can it wait for a confirmation of Trump winning the presidency?

There are too many jokes about preparing for Trump online, not enough actual advice.

Hard.  Canada is a great place to live and they don't want everyone taking advantage of that.
I'd like to go over with my girlfriend, four children, and my ailing mother ideally.

... I don't have a chance in hell of being able to plan this out properly.

As long as you're fabulously wealthy they'll welcome you and your brood with open arms.

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But WHICH 3rd party?

Just because they're funnier doesn't make them better.

That's a good question. I don't even know which ones will have a candidate in my state. Green party is the first one to come to mind, mostly in an "I would have voted Democrat, BUT..." kind of way.

Oh, the cunts who handed the country over to George w Bush?  That Green Party?

The Supreme Court is the Green Party? :lulz:

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61, but I thought this test was about as stupid as a test can be.

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Or Kill Me / Re: Soft, warm little animals
« on: April 04, 2016, 05:49:59 am »
I missed this before. This hit me right in the guts.

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Also also, it's finally my weekend after 8 brutal days in a row including the hardest day I've spent in a restaurant since the time I tore my rotator cuff on friday of July 4th weekend and had to work one-armed until sunday. And it's going to be 70 degrees and sunny today and tomorrow. Today, we buy a baby carrier and a stroller and test them out with a walk to the little secret beach down by the end of the Port of Everett property. Tomorrow, if all works well, we take Joey for her first real excursion, probably to Lake Goodwin where I might even get stupid enough to go in the water.

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This is great!

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Also, I randomly ran into an old buddy a few days ago. Not ordinarily noteworthy, but the last time I saw this particular friend was in the Bahamas at AUTEC where he worked when I was working on the ship so it was one of those small world coincidences that your mind tells you feels like fate.

And my mind was right, because he's offered to get me in with Dunlap in a few months when the GF and I have a routine down with the baby and she feels comfortable handling things on her own for a month at a time. It'd at least double my income and more importantly I would fucking love the job. Ocean tugs running between the west coast, Alaska, and Hawaii. Unlimited food budget. Great union with great benefits. Small crew. And and extra $20/hr on top of my day rate for any time I have to spend helping to load/unload cargo when we're in port. I'm trying not to be too over the moon about it until I actually have my TWIC card in hand and am headed to the union hall but I'm really fucking stoked.

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I just bought tickets to a Copa America match where I will make good on the once-in-a-lifetime chance to see Lionel Messi destroy the competition live and in person. Good seats, too. It was horribly irresponsible of me in a financial sense but you can't put a price on being able to tell your kid "yeah, you don't remember but you saw him play once" about someone like that.

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I have also long been of the opinion that we'd be better off if we were one of those countries that splits its foreign and domestic agendas between a president and a prime minister.

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It's sort of like proving a negative.  If Clinton wins, you can only speculate what horrible manner of shit the current crop of GOP candidates would have done. 

I ask myself, "is it more probable than not Trump or Cruz would do something spectacularly disastrous as president as opposed to Clinton?"

I find the answer to be yes.

And to belabor a point, boycotting the election means not casting votes for local and state races as well as the presidential.  Which maintains the current conservative status quo.

To combine both our viewpoints, I wonder if anyone has suggested not voting in the presidential race, but still voting local and state?  Because to me, that's a tad more ideologically acceptable.

That's what I've been doing since 1996. Only time I've cast a presidential vote since then was for Obama in '08 but that was just me going and turning in my dad's ballot because he was too sick to do it himself. But yeah, who's on the school board or the county council has WAY more effect on my daily life than which suit is currently taking all the money in DC.

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Parenthood is already hilarious.

I could FEEL all the testosterone drain from my body. All I want to do is lay on the couch with a baby on my bare belly and watch old disney animated movies or nature specials narrated by David Attenborough. I find myself suddenly enjoying classical music. I've been eating lots of salad.

I can't wait to see how my newfound mental state confuses my coworkers.

I also definitely need to work on getting out of the restaurant business for real this time. I know I'll probably have to suck it up for another 6 months to a year but it's definitely time to find something less stressful and less "this job will swallow your life whole". I find myself suddenly and starkly unwilling to devote that much of my time and energy to anything that isn't my family.

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Oh, and our beautiful healthy baby girl was born Friday morning. 6lbs 12oz, 19 inches long, fortunate to mostly look like her mother.

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I wanted to own a bar for such a long time. A bar where there are no TVs, old country music overhead, and maybe very small, a bar and a row of tables behind it. Very, very soft, cushy stools. The Soft Stool.

Then I realized I hate being around drunk people when I'm not and sometimes when I am.

Bars without TV are the best kind of bars, and sorely needed around here. The Beech, the Free House, and the Red Fox are all TV-less, but that's what, three bars out of the 150 or so that are local to us?


I know it's a bit of a jaunt from where you are but I'm pretty sure I don't remember the Slingshot Lounge having TVs. Almost positive, because that was my go-to watering hole UNLESS I was trying to watch a sports on TV, then I had to go to Tom's.

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So the baby is still stuck on the starting block a nd I've almost burned through the time I had allotted to be out of work. My employers are super cool about it, they've told me that I can have as much time as I need, not to stress about being gone from work, and it sounds like they might even give me a week PTO to cover some of it even though I technically wouldn't have any PTO to use until a year from my promotion to management, which was only about 6 weeks ago. Whatever isn't accounted for by that I can make up to them with a few weeks of creative scheduling, probably, but I still do have to go back to work sometime and I do still have to pay rent and bills and while I very much appreciate not having to worry about being out of a job or ending up on the street, I still feel like I shouldn't have to creatively mortgage my time just to be able to take care of my partner during a difficult last week of pregnancy and have a few days at home bonding with my new born baby and helping my partner recuperate.

So basically, fuck this entire pack of hind-tit-sucking halfwits of a country for not having a goddamned paid family leave plan like, oh, every other at-least-marginally-functioning nation-state on the ENTIRE PLANET except for PNG. That's it, us and PNG. Good fucking job.

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Wandering around in the tunnels this morning.







You ever run into Sams down there?

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