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About KingM

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  1. By the time I hit 25, I'd graduated college, bought a rental house, got married, bought a house, and had my first kid. When pushed into it, people that age are definitely ready to be adults. When society doesn't require it, however, childhood can stretch a looong time.
  2. Why wouldn't you want to drive? The rules work just like here, and the traffic isn't all that bad in Costa Rica. The main problem is the rough road conditions in rural areas, but I'm used to that coming from Vermont. ;)
  3. I pay whatever I can by credit card for the sake of convenience. I also have automatic payments on the cards so they're paid off every month on the same date. It's handy, but you have to make sure you keep your checking account balance high enough to avoid nasty overdraft surprises.
  4. Everybody is offended by something, and even the most libertine (non-broken) people have lines they won't cross. But I think if you're super squeamish about things that most people find normal, then that would be prudish. Some people find any discussion of sex to be super uncomfortable, for example, or cannot speak of bodily waste without using something that is either super clinical or a euphemism. I would call that prudishness.
  5. I had no warning. Within ten seconds or so I was writhing in pain. Nothing I've felt is close to it. The infected abscess I had in the bone above an infected tooth was a gentle tickle in comparison. Advice like drinking water, etc., is good for preventing stones, but once you have it, it's not going to dissolve it. There are other things people suggest, but really you just have to wait for it to pass.
  6. I doubt the phone can read his mind (yet :glare: ), but yes, they track your searches, pictures, and conversations all over the place.
  7. Check all your personal info, first of all, to make sure you didn't get hacked. Barring that, did you try to access your account when you were out of the country? There's some strange reason why it thinks you're living abroad.
  8. I've never used marijuana, but I'm in favor of legalization in part to get around this pain/opioid crisis. An option that could probably help a lot of people for very little cost and little risk of overdose.
  9. That is also not true. I have never once heard any band or heavy metal fan celebrate lack of good technique or expertise. Many well-known metal guitarists come from a classically trained background. Glenn Tipton of Judas Priest first learned to play classical music on the piano before he ever touched a guitar. Here is a well-known (and somewhat self-indulgent) guitar solo by Ritchie Blackmore of Rainbow. Watch this solo and ask yourself if this represents anti-expertise. How many hours do you think he spent just on this stretch of music? Gates of Babylon Solo. The claim that metal
  10. If you don't like it, you don't like it. That's what personal taste is all about. But the above statement has no basis in reality. Here is a blog post by a classically trained singer and vocal instructor analyzing various heavy metal singers for better or worse. This is what she says about Bruce Dickinson, the lead singer of Iron Maiden. I have nothing but admiration for this singer. Listen how he starts off with a soft growl, then moves seamlessly into a well-supported, sustained high full-voice sound that then evolves into an effortless long scream! His diction is easily intelligible
  11. I wouldn't get too upset about having a party where other kids showed up if they were well behaved. Uninvited overnights guests? That is unbelievably rude. (Not referring to the exchange student, which seems necessary.)
  12. It makes sense from an actuarial perspective. That's all it is, math. They've run the numbers and found out that kids with good grades get in fewer accidents than mediocre students, that young women are safer drivers than young men, and that people with bad credit ratings file more claims than people with good credit ratings. The good news is that this is in your hands. Clean up your credit rating and one of the many benefits is that you'll save money on car insurance.
  13. I sometimes get this, thanks to these *! bags I'm getting under my eyes. I didn't make the connection for several years.
  14. I do have it all. I just choose to define "all" as family, health, some financial security, and a job I love. As soon as I expand that to include a sports car, a sailboat, and a castle in Scotland, then I start feeling disgruntled.
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