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    Yes, that's generally true. That, and the chance to do some good and to help some people choose a better path in life.

    TNP has been in Columbus, Ohio in the past year.

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    Yeah, probably true.

    TNP agrees that the various totally worthless characters one works with professionally are the worst part of "the job."

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    100% Some of these people are as useful as a dug up body, and some of them actively inhibit any kind of effort, like dangerous lumps in the road.

    TNP has ever been chastised for using "unprofessional" language directed at the incompetent and unwilling on the job.

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    No, have managed to avoid that, even with the guy who kept calling himself the “office iconoclast”. Really wanted to tell him that the Greek for “moron”is not “iconoclast”, but “moron.”

    TNP likes banana peppers on pizzas, sandwiches and so forth.

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    Nah, don't really care for them.

    TNP will usually add hot peppers to pizza when the opportunity presents itself.

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    Sure! Hell, I add hot peppers to hot pepper, when the time is right. And, FTR, I love banana peppers. Good stuff.

    TNP is pretty damned good at not responding to direct verbal insults with any kind of vitriol, although he or she can be very upset indeed.

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    Yes, I'm a lover, not a fighter, and don't typically fight fire with fire, but I've been known to grit my teeth as I walk away from those situations.

    TNP is reading a very good book these days.

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    Yeah. 99 Critical Shots in Pool and Banking With the Beard. It's been a long time since I've really studied books, but these are worth the effort to me.

    TNP: Theory, practice, or both. And why! </James Lipton>

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    Both! Life is too diverse and interesting to be reduced to just one or the other.

    TNP: Kirk, Picard, Sisko, Janeway or someone else?

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    Oh, I'd go Picard, I guess. If only because Kirk already had the wrath, inspired the ire, and is, to me, much more a spoken word artist than an O6 or O10 (I guess) might be. TBH I don't know who Sisko is, and I only know about Janeway from scuttlebutt in the year two thousand, or whatever.

    TNP has ever been reprimanded at work (or, hell, even in social life) for passing vocal, but direct and reasonably polite criticisms of members of his or her profession. Or, "profession," if one prefers.

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    No, I've been reprimanded for other things, but not that.

    TNP wants to learn more about Benjamin Sisko, commanding officer of Deep Space Nine: https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Benjamin_Sisko

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    Well, I looked at the wiki page, so I guess "true." I think my curiosity is sated at this moment, though. The actor looks like somebody I vaguely recognize (either another actor or the self-same actor...can't be sure)!

    TNP is completely done with any kind of comic book/superhero movies. At least the ones from this milennium. TNP can have no more of it!

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    Definitely not. I usually enjoy them, and there are several recent one I'd like to see that I haven't had the chance to yet (especially the newest Spiderman and Batman films).

    TNP will be asleep in the next half-hour.

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    Definitely not then, nor today, since my place of commerce is closed tomorrow. Anyway, I strive to be asleep by 1900 anyways. Except for special cirumstances. I'm caught up in watching The Love Witch and finishing this bottle of Paddy's, so must not go asleep.

    TNP has very second (or third, or fifth) thoughts about committing to wearing a beard, and trimming it and all that. BUT He or she finds it very reinvigorating after ending a relationship to do it again.

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    I've had a beard for awhile now and occasionally think of shaving it off, but then I think better of it, and keep it. Shaving my whole face again every morning holds little allure for me.

    TNP went for a long walk today.

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    Not yet, maybe at lunchtime or tonight.

    TNP likes olives on pizza, possibly green more than black.

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    No, never did. My typical combos are pepperoni and pineapple, or pepperoni and red (or green) peppers, or sausage and mushrooms.

    TNP could go for some pizza right about now, come to think of it....

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    Sort of. I've been liking putting pieces of Naan bread in an oven with some olive oil, granulated garlic, some pulverized "parmesan" cheese, black pepper, red chile flakes lately. It's sort of like a pizza, but a very low-effort one to prepare.

    TNP: Delivery, or DiGiorno's?

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    Neither. We like a local pizza place, Dewey's, that doesn't deliver, but you can either dine in or take out. I've had DiGiorno's before and, while it isn't the worst pizza I've ever had, I can't say I'm in much of a hurry to have it again.

    TNP has a pair of scissors within easy reach.

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    <Looks around>.....Sort of. In the bathroom, thirty feet away or so. Right next to the beard trimmer!

    TNP has recently been incensed by the poor bookbinding of a new paperback, despite having taken great care to avoid cracking the spine, as one must.

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    Yeah, now and then I notice some pretty shoddy book construction. I once had a beloved paperback, long out of print, that I bound together with rubber bands, it was in such bad shape - but back then I couldn't get a new or even a used replacement copy, and I hated to throw it away.

    TNP has thought about a tiger today.

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    Yeah, maybe. A paper tiger, perhaps.

    TNP has ever been mistaken for a lawyer by multiple people while entering a courthouse for an arraignment (or similar), merely, one presumes, by wearing a coat and tie and adult shoes. Additional TNP, while outside the "Justice Center," one is tempted to say to people asking to bum change or cigarettes by saying, "yeah, I can't right now....I'm not a lawyer, but I just got out of a courtroom as a defendant, so, no."

    And that is my first and only story of appearing before a magistrate at a simple arraignment. I'm glad I was booked at time of arrest and released from jail after only....six, ten hours or whatever. Nice to wear adult clothes and shave my raggedy-ass face, at least.

    No, it was a well-trimmed beard, but it is no longer. Like Robert Lowell wrote once, "Make the girls love, not war." Conservative red tie, four-in-hand knot, white shirt, blue wool blazer, dark khaki pants, black shoes, belt. I figured not necessary to be "try-hard" for an arraignment when I've already been booked, just not wear a Led Zep T-shirt with cigarette burns on the front. Respect for the office of the court, but not overboard.
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    No, I have never been mistaken for a lawyer, because I am one. But I have had total strangers ask me to represent them when there's no way I could do so.

    Hope your case went well!

    TNP has big plans for Saturday.

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    Nope. Continue to research my upcoming hearing (at which time I'll be appointed a public defender, and receive a full copy of the county sheriff's report) and trial for DUII and Reckless Driving, and keep trying to request a DMV Administrative Hearing for an Implied Consent Suspension (the DMV website is not that good...might have to FAX request instead).

    TNP knew that Warren G. Harding was somewhat responsible for popularizing the term "bloviation."

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    Well, H.L. Mencken coined the term and applied it to him, as I recall, so yes. Harding's speeches were notoriously content-free drivel.

    TNP has used the word "drivel" in a sentence in the past week.

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    You know, I don't think so. Closest has probably been "blathering" and some other synonyms.

    (My bad about Harding....funny, I actually like Mencken's writings...but I got that one wrong!)

    TNP thinks the future is so bright, he or she has to wear shades.

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    Sure, just like they sang so long ago!:

    TNP has studied nuclear science.

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    Yeah, I guess. Whatever nuclear science is, from first year physics (just differentiating polynomials, and working with partial derivatives), and a b**ch of a two semester sequence in *Modern Physics*, of which about half the class flunked, by design. Hard knee.

    So, not really. Ask WE?. He's not a nuke, but pretty sharp fellow.

    TNP will never give up standing on the corner, watching all the girls go by.

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    Nah, never my scene. I knew plenty of cute girls in school and at camp, and had no need to stand on any corner.

    TNP heard a live band play tonight.

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    No, I don't suppose so.

    TNP would prefer to appear before a hearing, during which a magistrate, a PD, and an ADA will decide to accept a (very) conditional offer of entering a diversion program wearing a proper suit, or just a coat and tie, which latter is detailed down to the socks and has a better, more tailored fit. And TNP must explain why.

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    I don't suppose it makes any difference. If you're clean, sober, presentable and respectful to the court (without being obsequious), you should be fine either way. For myself, I'd be more likely to be in a "proper suit."

    TNP went shopping for clothes today.

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    No, not today, nor even that recently. I should buy another set of work gloves, and some more socks, and maybe another black dress shirt for work. Everything else in my wardrobe is pretty fully stocked, even surabundantly: just need to launder them.

    TNP always forgets the mandate at his or her pharmacy to wear a mask, which policy makes perfect sense, given the increased likelihood of contact with elderly or people of unknown immune systems' functioning. If true, for shame!

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    Not at the pharmacy, since I'm rarely there, but in other places, yeah, now and then. COVID still isn't completely behind us yet, dammit!

    TNP yearns for the day that the President or Dr. Fauci steps up to the podium and says everything's great, we don't have to wear masks anymore, and to hell with social distancing. Or words to that effect.

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    Well, that would be nice, but I don't think that will ever happen. It seems unprecedented, as a statement, especially about public health. Have we heard similar assurances about AIDS, or regular "flu," or other maladies that, while responsible for many illnesses and deaths, have strong treatments available that can assure the life and quality of life for the great majority of the population?

    I don't think a medical professional could ethically make that statement, except if it concerns his or her individual patient.

    TNP has a funny story about how confusing car insurance (or other kinds of insurance, perhaps) can be, even to a canny, experienced user of these services.

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    I wish I did, but I think there's probably a good reason I can't think of any standup comic who talks about insurance.

    TNP a favorite standup comic or three who are now regularly performing, and will tell us who.

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    Oh, I don't know. I think Steven Wright is still out there doing it OG-style, as is Zach Galifiniakis, and I'll toss in Lisa Lampanelli for good measure.

    TNP has in recent memory used the old pre-school shoelace-tying stand-by of making a "double knot" on one shoe or more. To prevent slippage, dontcha know!

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    Yeah, just about every time, actually. Never had Velcro on my sneakers.

    TNP got caught in the rain at least once this weekend.

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