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    No. I thought I was "up" on at least the names of the big smooth jazz players (not my favorite genre, but there's some good players and good stuff in there for sure). I don't feel like listening to any music right now, but I'll bookmark the link for later. Anyone with the name "Groove" is automatically cool: Richard "Groove" Holmes (Hammond organist) for example.

    TNP never fails to find something new in some of Chick Corea's best albums: not only a great pianist, with chops, originality, all that, and composer, but also a great bandleader. In fact, an optional TNP would suggest his or her favorite musician who also had an uncanny knack for bringing together great groups of musicians and keeping them in line.

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    I'm not that musically sophisticated, but yeah, he sounds good to me.

    TNP has had salmon in the past week.

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    No, don't think so, fond as I am of it.

    TNP thinks more diners should offer tuna casserole.

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    Sure, I don't see why not. At the least it would invite more one-eyed cats peeping at the kitchen door where seafood deliveries are made.

    TNP thinks the expressions "Does a hobby-horse have a wooden dick?" or "Does the Pope shit in the woods?" are equivalent, or prefers one to the other, or prefers neither.

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    Pretty much the same, I suppose, but I like the second a little more.

    Without looking it up, TNP knows Pope Francis's country of origin.

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    Yeah. I think he's from the jungle or something. I believe he's Brazilian in origin, but I could be wrong.

    ETA dammit shit fucking Christ fuck ass, that mofo is an Argentine! Well, whatever. He's pretty spry for an inheritor of the Rock old man, though. And FU, I I attend mass most weeks and confess whatever foul deeds I've done, including not going to mass and receiving the eucharist when I am well-disposed. And, yes, I consider lusting after women, including those who observe the Latin rite in my view, to be not good, and so I do I indeed practice the reconciliation sacrament in those cases as well.

    TNP has never even come close to spitting distance of Vatican City.
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    True. The closest I've come was Paris in late 1985.

    TNP hopes they rebuild Notre Dame, and thinks that would be money well-spent.

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    Yeah. I don't particularly have any affection for the building itself, although it is pretty damned big, but the FR government would be crazy to not at least slap on some new paint or whatever, and then pat itself on the back, while remarking upon the superior generosity of the French people. I never went to an organ concert there, but it was supposed to have been a good one, so at least they can take care of that.

    And they probably will, and have one of the many excellent organists who live in the city give a nice recital of some crazy crowd-pleasing shit, and make a big deal about the "great renewal."

    Or something.

    TNP doesn't have much of a middle ground between, when dealing with "problematic" people IRL, "extremely polite, but somewhat diplomatic in offering explanations when necessary" and "raging asshole."

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    Hmm, yeah, I seldom unload on them, but I really can't just treat them like an ordinary part of life, like some people can.

    TNP has way more apps than they use on their phone, but can't get motivated to purge them.

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    Definitely true. On any kind of regular basis, I only use Google, GoogleMaps, CNN, ModernBricks (a game like Tetris), Libby (a local library's audiobook app) and the clock and camera. I have dozens of others.

    TNP likes listening to audiobooks.

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    No, I think they're creepy and don't reflect the way I like to read books. Mostly creepy, though.

    TNP reads more books (in their entirety or in part) in physical print than in an electronic format.

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    Nah, I've become a huge e-books guy.

    TNP owns more than one good quality pen.

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    No, I tend to just use cheapo discardables (except I do like the Pilot Varsity fountain pens).

    TNP knows an airline pilot personally.

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    Airline, as in works for a private passenger commercial airline company? No, I don't think ever even met a present or former commercial airline pilor, that I know of.

    TNP keeps a spare clean, dry shirt at the ready in his or vehicle or desk or whatever most days.

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    Nah, I pretty much wear what I started with until I get home.

    TNP has more than two "novelty" neckties.

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    Yes, I have a bunch of Christmas ties and one Easter tie (lots of colorful eggs on it).

    TNP has bought clothing for a significant other in the past year.

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    No. I was planning to sew a new patch on mother this weekend, though: some of the sawdust is starting to leak out when I move her too much. And, just as a joke, I was planning to give a friendly gift to a co-worker this week: those panties rolled up on a stick designed to look like a rose you can get at truck stops. It would be a nice gesture.

    TNP does not think that the word "punkie" is an insult, but is instead kind of a nickname, like "kiddo" or "sport" or "chief."

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    Having never said it myself, sure, why not?

    TNP knows (as I do) someone actually named Pinkey.

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    No. Isn't that the name of one of the characters from Grease? No, not IRL, I never had the pleasure. Probably women named Missy and Muffy are the closest I can think of.

    TNP is prone to getting super frustrated by having to deal with people at work (or elsewhere, for that matter) who don't seem to be pulling their weight, or anywhere close to it. Like the adult equivalent of having to do child-care. Bad. Very bad. Very stressful.

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    Not at the moment, but I have been there, and it is crazy making, especially when the useless one is actually in a position of responsibility.

    TNP doesn't know why some people feel the need to be complete dickwads to others, whether at work or otherwise.

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    No, I don't really understand genuine dickwaddishness, particularly when there's no immediate "response needed, DefCon one, take immediate action!"). Being curt or generally intense in certain circumstances might seem to others like "Woah, dude, what a dick!" but I don't think that has the premeditation or mens rea or whatever needed for genuine assholishness. To be charitable, I'd guess a lot of genuine assneck behavior comes from stress (I don't know, maybe someone's shoes don't fit right or their teen or pre-teen child and them are having some kind of family troubles), but that doesn't seem like much of an excuse to me. No, I don't make any exceptions for myself: I go apeshit over tailgaters or noise pollution caused by peoples' hobbies, like pet training, and, no, I don't go full asshole, but I do go full psychopath, without anger, but with some definite intent to be a gold-plated asshole.

    TNP loses respect almost immediately for people who don't put a lid, even if it's not a tight-fitting, 100% of the time, seal on their own behavior. Verbal or otherwise. Like the classic Angry Dad kicking the family dog or beating his wife or something, or reactions far less severe.
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    Yes, it's hard to see people like that the same way ever again. I expect a reasonable level of self-control from just about everyone, but of course I am sometimes disappointed.

    TNP is hankering for Pop-Tarts.

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    Actually, that sounds good, maybe tomorrow morning straight out of the package on the way to work. I think they still have those chocalate kinds, but I'm not a real Pop-Tart connoisseur, much less never having had in one ... I can't remember, maybe as a kid. I haven't actually owned a toaster since...I can't remember when, over ten years ago.

    TNP can name his or her favorite kind of donut

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    Not really, depends on mood, although a Boston Cream is just about always fine.

    TNP thinks donut shop coffee is kind of over-rated.

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    I guess so. I tend to have the best coffee in nice restaurants after dinner. Donut shop coffee is not the best, I've found.

    TNP prefers Earl Grey tea to any other kind.

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    I'd say sure. It's really one of the few kinds of tea I recognize by name, and even though I only ever buy big boxes of Tetley or whatever of tagless "black tea" in bags, I remember the taste and like it. I'd have to do a taste test to see about whatever else there is, but if I were shopping for some kind of tea to serve to guests, I'd probably grab whatever Earl Grey comes in the fanciest package and be perfectly happy.

    TNP has observed that the person at the grocery store covering "self check-out" probably has about the most stressful job in the place, what with all the people asking questions, buying age-restricted products, and all that.

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    Yeah, that's probably true. Stocking the shelves, keeping the books and cleaning up spills would be relatively low-stress (although boring) by comparison.

    TNP knows a grocery store checkout person.

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    Hmm...no, I don't think so, not currently.

    TNP knows someone who's worked in a liquor store.

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    Don't think so, no.

    TNP has been in a liquor store in the past week.

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    Yeah, last week almost to the day. The lady behind the counter looked about like she was sixteen years old, which was odd, but she was very friendly.

    TNP cannot possibly keep in mind all of the various odd restrictions different states or countries have on (when/where/what time/what kind of) rules for buying alcohols.

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    Absolutely not - but then, I usually only have to buy it in only one state.

    TNP has been in at least three different US states in the past month.

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    No, I'm sure loads of you all get around more regularly, but in my region, it's mostly between Wash. St. and OR as far as regular commuters go. You can make a run to the CA border in a day for sure, or ID for that matter, but nobody would do that just for kicks. Not really much there.

    TNP sees the impending disappearance of the long-haul trucker profession as a bad thing, namely because in his or her experience, they tend to be about the most reliable people on the interstates or national highways or however you call it. Maybe not the best drivers, but at least they're not changing lanes all the time like Crazy Larry and Dirty Mary.

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    Haven't given it much thought, but if true, yes, that would be a change for the worse.

    TNP suspects the day of the self-driving big rig is not far away.

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    Well, I'm pretty sure that will be one of the very few successful applications of such technology in the near future. NB: I said "successful," not some toy projects so limited that only a real gadget freak would consider them promising.

    TNP has never seen an adult human male arm-wrestle another in person, but thinks it's a fine way to settle arguments or establish dominance.

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    No to both questions. I did some arm-wrestling as a kid but other than in the movies I don't know any adult who does it.

    TNP will gladly zone out to this Blade Runner ambient sound: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyitVNMFApc&t=4971s

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    No. I'm not sure exactly what that is, having listened to a mere portion of the link, but it (i) doesn't sound like something really spaced-out and (ii) I don't really zone out to anything unless some kind of stupor is involved (whether on-purpose or as an inadvertent result of fatigue or tedium).

    TNP is working (on or whatever) at pretty much 90% fuel consumption, but has a thought that there's a higher gear one could shift into to enable more productivity at less resource-consumption. And is not happy about such perceived inefficiencies.

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    Not sure, but I guess not.

    TNP likes anime.

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