Minor victory thread

The game is over.

Back in October, because of the usual influx of out-of-state drivers in Arizona, my wife and I decided to play The License Plate Game. Basically, the goal was to see license plates from all 50 states, and see how many of them we could find in our daily travels - without even leaving the state.

The game ended as of today.

Let the record show that yesterday, as I was heading back to the yard after my last run in the evening, I saw a Kentucky license plate on the back of a pickup. That was plate #49.

And, what to my complete surprise this morning, but there, parked in the apartment complex of one of the kids I take in to school in the morning, was a Rhode Island plate. I did a double take, but it was, indeed, a Rhode Island plate - which made it #50.
Congratulations!

My progress so far this year:
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Plus Ontario and Quebec.

I have 2 more states that are pending.
 
I see more Alberta and Manitoba plates than I do Ontario plates.

Alaska plates are also very common around here. I can actually understand that, because most AK plates I see are on huge pickups, and they're probably bought here, tagged up there, and kept down here.
 
I'm still waiting for my one, final form to be issued on the 15th, being held prisoner until then.
With the house and all the other shenanigans last year, I'm really not looking forward to doing the tax thing this time.
Owning a house didn't add that much to my tax process, at least not in MI. Dunno 'bout TX.

--Patrick
 

GasBandit

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I'm still waiting for my one, final form to be issued on the 15th, being held prisoner until then.

Owning a house didn't add that much to my tax process, at least not in MI. Dunno 'bout TX.

--Patrick
Owning, no.. *buying*, a little bit.
 
So today I made a splurge purchase for myself (and a lot for my niece as well) and bought a Switch along with Odyssey, Smash Bros., Mario Maker 2, and Breath of the Wild.
 
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I'm just surprised, is all. I see plenty of continental European and British plates, of course, and the occasional Irish one though that's rare...I've only ever seen one Maltese and one Cypriotic plate, ever, outside of their respective islands. Why would someone shlep a car all the way from Hawaii to the rest of the USA? Unless it's an old timer or something.
My guess would be they only live in Hawaii part of the year.
 
The other thing is that HI, AK and some other states allow you to register the car for longer than a single year, so you can keep the tags on until they expire - and even then you can re-register to a P.O. Box or even set up an LLC that "owns" the car in those states. This is why you see a ton of Montana plates here in AZ - and why that Murcielago that just passed you on the left has Montana plates.
 
I just got back from seeing We Will Rock You, the Queen musical. It's the epitome of a juke-box musical, the plot a barely-there excuse to rock out to the band's songs.

I am a big Queen fan, they're my favourite band, all-time. I was rocking out like there was no tomorrow.

Why is this only a minor victory? Because I was supposed to share this with my girlfriend, this was her Christmas present. But with her leg broken, there was no way she was gonna make it there. I tried to get a refund (all sales final) and we tried to unload the tickets on Facebook (no takers), as I didn't WANT to go without her. But we weren't gonna let 'em go to waste either, so I went with a friend.

I still had a blast, mind. We also saw the BRILLIANT Knives Out beforehand, it was playing RIGHT across the street, so this was a super fun evening. But no girlfriend = Minor victory only.

But Queen! Wooooooo!!!!!
 
Better, thank you! Almost no pain anymore (the occasional flare, but easily manageable, even without painkillers) and the swelling's pretty much gone! Morale is also good.

Got a long road ahead, but it's headed the right way! Follow-up appointment on the 13th!
 
I got conjunctivitis. Minor victory because it's a very mild case and I got to work from home today.
 
I’m working from home today mostly because I’m sick, but the facts that something else has died in the office and they can’t find the corpse so the smell is vile and there is a dude at large from the lockup down the street are contributing factors.
 

Dave

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Squidleybits said:
I’m working from home today mostly because I’m sick, but the facts that something else has died in the office and they can’t find the corpse so the smell is vile and there is a dude at large from the lockup down the street are contributing factors.
...

Wut?
 
After putting it off way longer than I should have, I took the time to get my car smogged and it passed with no issue. Keeping the paperwork handy just in case I get pulled over for my January tag, but the sticker through to 2021 should be coming in the mail and I've got one more thing off my to-do for the next year
 
Today was my day off work.
Buuut I still had to go in for 4 hours anyway, which means technically only one day off for me this week.
But I won an award (the "Duct Tape" award) so I have that going for me, which is nice.

--Patrick
 
Today was my day off work.
Buuut I still had to go in for 4 hours anyway, which means technically only one day off for me this week.
But I won an award (the "Duct Tape" award) so I have that going for me, which is nice.

--Patrick
"Award for the only person keeping this company together"?
 
"Award for the only person keeping this company together"?
You know how @GasBandit used to describe his old job? Yes, there are days when it definitely feels like that.
But technically the award was for “The person most likely to find a solution to a problem, whatever it might be.”

—Patrick
 
Found out I passed the pediatrics practical. First time I've ever done more than 2 procedures for a practical---we did 7. Stainless Steel Crown prep, Strip crown restoration, Strip crown prep, Amalgam restoration, Composite restoration, Amalgam Prep, Composite prep. I expected to have to reassess at least one or two, but managed to not only get away unscathed, but I did rather well. Consider me surprised.
 
Found out I passed the pediatrics practical. First time I've ever done more than 2 procedures for a practical---we did 7. Stainless Steel Crown prep, Strip crown restoration, Strip crown prep, Amalgam restoration, Composite restoration, Amalgam Prep, Composite prep. I expected to have to reassess at least one or two, but managed to not only get away unscathed, but I did rather well. Consider me surprised.
as somebody that needed a pretty intense root canal that took two appointments, I have nothing but respect for dental surgeons, endodontists, etc. My endodontist was a fucking mad man that completed a canal and final restoration on a tooth my dentist just refused to even talk to me about, she just sent me to him.
 
This is weird, but I had started taking daily magnesium supplements recently to help with leg cramps and knee stiffness I've been suffering from due to work. But I've also been experiencing an unexpected side effect that has caught me off guard: my depression symptoms aren't as severe as they had been. It's still there and I still struggle with my mood and sadness, but I feel somehow more "in control" of some things that I wasn't before. I'm not quite sure how else to explain it. I'm hoping that continuing with the current course may lead to more positive results on this front.
 
This is weird, but I had started taking daily magnesium supplements recently to help with leg cramps and knee stiffness I've been suffering from due to work. But I've also been experiencing an unexpected side effect that has caught me off guard: my depression symptoms aren't as severe as they had been. It's still there and I still struggle with my mood and sadness, but I feel somehow more "in control" of some things that I wasn't before. I'm not quite sure how else to explain it. I'm hoping that continuing with the current course may lead to more positive results on this front.
In googling, it looks like there have been some clinical trials that suggest magnesium supplements could have a positive effect in depression treatment in some patients, though the why this happens is still unknown.
 

Dave

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Looks like Dave has a new part time job. I took the math test today and it was fucking HARD. Brains that ain't seen the light of day for 20 years. But I passed and got offered the job. Now I have to finish the paperwork and find out when my training will be. It's only $14.50 an hour for up to 20 hours a week, but that should be enough to keep my car payments and get the tutoring on my resume, which is why I wanted to do this.
 
If you're not seeing Montana plates, you need to go to a Cars and Coffee where they have high price exotic cars. I'd bet you'd see a few.
 
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