December 27th, 2015

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I have not seen any of the old Star Wars movies. Would I still be able to enjoy the new film, or am I going to be missing important information that may make the movie hard to follow? My sister and brother-in-law are pressuring me to go see it with them, and there's not enough time prior to watch the old movies.

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I have fruit flies in my apartment and it is driving me absolutely bananas!

I don't get it. I keep my apartment clean - I don't let dishes pile up, I take out my trash regularly, I wipe my counters down and clean my floors. I don't even leave produce out in fruit bowls to begin with, since the humidity is so high where I live. I have no idea why I am suddenly having this problem.

I looked online and I created a fruit fly trap with a cup with some vinegar, a couple drops of dish soap, and an overripe fruit, with a piece of paper taped into a funnel. Yet it seems to be doing nothing. The fruit flies just fly around it and they don't go into the funnel. It's like they KNOW it's a damn trap!!!

What's the best way to get rid of fruit flies?

(edit: that wasn't a pun. The fruit flies really are driving me bananas)
r lee ermey

Cursing on the DL

Have you invented a nonsensical curse word to be used in the presence of children or the easily offended??


Do you use dirty words from your non native language hoping no one will be the wiser?



To destroy or not to destroy?

So I signed up for the Eight Sensible Gifts by Cards Against Humanity and one of them is a true conundrum in my household. This is the description of the gift:

"We used the money for the seventh night of Hanukkah to purchase Tête de Faune, an original 1962 Picasso. The 150,000 people who subscribed to our Eight Sensible Gifts for Hanukkah now have a chance to vote: should we donate this work to the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, or should we laser-cut it into 150,000 tiny squares and send everyone their own scrap of a real Picasso?
Voting opens on Saturday, December 26th and runs through the end of Thursday, December 31st. When voting’s over, we’ll post the results here."


My husband says cut it and get a piece but I feel like donating it would be the right thing to do. Though at the same time, I could own a Picasso (or at least a piece of it anyway). And maybe someone will go through great lengths to collect all the pieces again and put it back together and we could be rich! Who knows?

Anyway, I have no idea what to do.

What would you choose?

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Basically, I went out of state to go to college and lost contact (more or less - in some cases, I chose to stop getting involved for reasons (like S.O.'s that made me uncomfortable, they are doing or saying things that make me uncomfortable, etc) with my friends from high school and when I came back home - I ended up working two jobs for about a year before landing a full-time one in June at one place with set days and hours. I didn't have energy, money, or even time to try to think about this and I feel like if I could have been able to do that then, I might have been able to reconnect with someone.

Now that I'm a bit more settled in the FT, 5 days a week, 8 hours + commute - I've begun to feel pretty lonely and like I actually want to go out and have fun with people (at least some of the time). I'm not really a fan of clubs or bars and I'm not at all comfortable with going joining a church (not religious for starters but I also have always felt really unwelcome when I go to a service with my family) just to meet people. But, I'm also really introverted, so I know that's not helping me at all...

I keep hoping I'll come across a book club or something (fandom related or even a movie group or something) that meets in a public place that I can try, but no dice. (I figure if it's something I really enjoy - it'll take me less time to warm up to talking.)

So, basically, what's a good way to meet people that are in my area that isn't joining a church or going to a club/bar?

I'm alright with even meeting and talking to people online which I've been doing on occasion and do have a couple people from that, but it'd be nice to be able to do things in person.

(Most of the people I work with are much older than me (parents age or older), so I'm wondering if I should try to ask if anyone wants to eat lunch or leave it alone.)

DK/DC: What was your favorite movie from this year? Mine is "The Martian" but I really liked Inside Out and Star Wars.

Travel - NYC & Rome

I will be visiting Rome in April and I have a couple questions.

1. We have a 10 hour layover in NYC on a Saturday, 8:30am-6:30pm. What should we do while in NYC for the day?

2. Does anyone have a recommendation for a private/semi private tour of the Vatican and/or Rome sights? Thanks!