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After 10 years in this business I am finally saying goodbye to table humpers, arm fondlers, leg patters, and other assorted gross and creepy dudes.

I'm one month in my new lease at a chiro and going to very carefully run my 3rd Groupon and no more questions as to whether I offer "service to other areas". If this doesn't work, weed shops are aplenty in these parts and I have tons more sales/smoking experience than these hippies.

Good luck, man. You deserve a sainthood. After 9 years in the bodywork biz, I quit because I was sick of being broke. My second job morphed into my primary job and now I am trying to figure out what my next move is. Weed shop probably isnt my least not since I had my hair cut short. In my 20s my long hair was practically a sign that read "By all means, please approach me and ask for drugs".


...on the political spectrum.

(Mang - providing useful context since 2004.)

Anyway, I thought you declared your 'victory' over us in 2013. How's that working out for you?

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Spagbook
« on: July 29, 2016, 06:12:12 pm »
Boston Pride, Saturday. This was the joyous part of the weekend.

NOTE: Only I am WOMP-able. The two more handsome men are to be left alone, please and thank you.

[edit] I realize some of the noobs might not recognize me. I'm the Trophy Husband.

They have 'trophy husband shirts'? Damn. I offered to go to Mrs Mang's high school reunion in like 2006 or 2007 but only if I had a shirt with that caption. Bah...missed opportunities.

In other news, my current not-a-smartphone phone is dying.  As such, I've decided to move into the 2010s and get a smartphone.  Assuming, this time, the company in question doesn't decide my banking history is "too irregular" and refuses me service again, like they did in 2011 (all those drug dealers?  Yeah, that's cool.  Bank screws up your address?  FUCK NO, NO POCKET COMPUTER FOR YOU).

And then Cain joined the Pokémon Go horde.

[edit] Join us, we have cookies.

I told some students who went out to play Pokemon Go the other day to never come back here.

They thought I was joking.

At least they went outside to play. It's almost exercise.  :wink:

An entire back piece as your first tattoo?

That's gonna hurt like hell.

But if you really want to do it, research your local artists, see who's specializing in the style you want, and shop around.  Not shop around as "find the lowest price", shop around to find a person you feel comfortable around, and who "gets" your idea.  Then work with them for a while to formalize the design.  If at any point before the needle goes in you don't feel right about them, bail.

Also, be prepared for several multi-hour sessions.  And yeah, it's gonna be expensive.  It should be expensive.  You want the best, because it's permanent.

Was going to say all of the above but Alphapance nailed it. Can only add to watch episodes of 'TATTOO NIGHTMARES' in order to underscore the importance of the above advice.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Hip Hop Help
« on: October 13, 2015, 04:26:08 pm »
Dude, Pharcyde was awesome. I liked Labcabincalifornia too but Bizzarre Ride was definitely the best.

Agreed, Labcabincalifornia was ok but Bizarre Ride was way beyond that. Got to see them live in 1995..ahh...good times.

Have you seen this?    - What's Up Fatlip? documentary by Spike Jonze.

And while we are fueling the nostalgia, I just discovered this recently:

It's the ATCQ/Pharcyde mashup. I found the full album on youtube a few weeks back but angry lawyers at Sony have been..well...angry. Enjoy it while you can find it!

PS No love/hate for Slim Jesus? He's the Rebecca Black of Drill music.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Hip Hop Help
« on: October 12, 2015, 09:47:20 pm »
2nding A Tribe Called Quest for 90s vibe
Adding: The Pharcyde - Bizarre Ride to the Pharcyde album (2nd once not so much)
           Digable Planets - Reachin'     
           The Roots - looooonnnnnnnggggg before they were the Jimmy Fallon House Band (tm) I saw them in a tent in 1994.  Favorites are probably 'From The Ground Up' EP and 'Phrenology'.

Also this guy?

Thank me later

Hi Guys!  :wave:

Just passin' through. Saw that my last post before yesterday was exactly a year ago, so I thought I would celebrate it.

Wizard Joseph - sorry the link didn't work. It means you miss out on AKK's 'troll lessons'. Shame he doesn't have a student testimonial section so we could write back and explain how he was completely terrible at trolling and his time at PD was measured in minutes rather than days. Still, not actually the worst of the 'UNLIMITED thread' offenders IIRC.

Basically, congratulations. I believe you are so far, the only person who climbed out of the 'unlimited' category and made it to regular poster. Think we need to study how that happened and leave a sticky for new members. 'The redemption of Wizard Joseph - how to turn the lemons of butthurt into the lemonade of acceptance'. (working title)

Ahh, the sweet citrus smell of group dynamics.


TWJ, I just realized that you might be the only person on PD to get your own Unlimited thread and still come back to become a regular and well-liked contributor. Kudos!

No regrets, no going back. If I hadn't met real people here that I came to admire first I'd have disappeared. As it stands I'm VERY happy to have found a peer group of decent folks. I kinda want a shirt that says

"PD .com taught me the true meaning of butthurt" or something.


I think this is unprecedented. Good thing you didn't take lessons from this guy:!__troll-kamp/articles

as for the cats thing i was trying to work out what a hashtag translation of #catscatscats would be in as many languages as possible.

I got french and italian so far.

trí cait  (3 cats)

FWIW the German plastinated people tour, Body Worlds, is less shady than the other (plastinates only volunteer donor bodies who sign up while they are still alive, no Chinese prisoners). It's one of the most surreally beautiful things I've ever seen. The competitor one, Bodies, is all Chinese prisoners who did not give consent.

Thanks Nigel - this is good to know. I wasn't against the concept in principle. It was the sourcing of exhibits that bothered me. Mind you, how many museums out there are not full of plunder & bloodshed?

I think Body Worlds swings through CT every now and then, so maybe I'll get to see it and have less ick in my conscience!   :)

Literate Chaotic / Re: The Death of the Vampire Trope
« on: August 22, 2014, 06:55:53 pm »
I predict vampires are making a comeback.

Vampires have to make a comeback...or else they're just corpses.

The "Bodies" exhibit by the crazy German anatomist dude (or the rival offshoot exhibition).

I was encouraged to go see this in New York when I was at massage school. I did not for the following reasons:

a) I aced all my anatomy exams at school from good old fashion books & flash cards. Seeing cadavers is not as useful as you think, especially when you consider that the clients you work on are alive. Turns out working on living people and dessicated husks reeking of formaldehyde is not the same.

b) More importantly, the vast number of subjects in the exhibit are Chinese. Given how easy it is to get onto death row in China (and how very very hard it is to get off when you are innocent), I'm having a hard time believing that there's a torrent of adult Chinese men (and some women) whose burning ambition in life is to be turned into plastic medical mannequins. It's ok though, apparently executed 'criminals' want to help Westerners learn Science! The thought that maybe even one single person in there might've been someone on death row for a crime they didn't commit and ended up with all their flesh removed and posing naked holding a fucking golf club was a chance I wasn't going to take.

Thus, I didn't go, took the day off and went on a road trip with Mrs Mang instead. In boycotting this event I also forfeited my chance of meeting David Blaine who, apparently, hung around my classmates to remain in earshot of my anatomy teacher.


Facebook/Twitter - have never done either. No inclination to.

Walmart - Avoid as much as possible.

Dunkin' Donuts - Even if run by enlightened super-beings of the most elevated consciousness, the coffee is beyond terrible.
Amazon - Only buy from them after all other reasonable options are exhausted. I used to love being Mr "One Click" and getting all this stuff. That was until I started to talk to people who ran real bookstores, worked in publishing or are authors. The Amazon business model has made the publishing industry bland and overly conservative. The variety of what gets published has shrunk because, unless you drop a multi million unit-shifter in their lap, they have no interest. It's the literary equivalent of the music industry. Book deals are highly tied into Amazon sales rankings. One author I spoke to over 4th July weekend told me that his book was being sold through 'Amazon' affiliates as being 'used' on the day of release!


Suu and the Alphaman beat me to it. Basically, too many parameters and none of them seem prioritized.

As for Hartford, the only thing biological there is the scum and miasma that infests it. The city is mostly financial jobs - insurance, financial planners etc. Don't know what opportunities there are in biology in other CT towns/cities. Would have to look into that...

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