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  1. I'm going to attempt a French Tian, because it looks and sounds incredible. I'm carmelizing the onions ahead of time, but will start the veg prep later.
  2. Had a somewhat similar situation. My Dad was physically abusive, to my Brothers, myself and also to my Mother. Hearing and seeing my Mother getting beaten was much worse for me than my own beatings. Their divorce after 20 years of marriage was a good thing, but still difficult. I'm an open book about my life, and talking about those times is therapeutic for me. However, it can be difficult. When you tell other people about the physical abuse, they can only see a monster. If it were that simple, just leaving would be a simple solution. But it's never that simple. My Father could also be a very fun, loving person. I'm in no way making excuses for the overboard abuse, but nothing is Black and White. I think my Dad did the best he could with the tools he had. His childhood was bad as well, in different ways, but pretty bad. I think the best we can do is try to mimic the good traits and learn to avoid the bad ones. I've had self esteem issues most of my life, because of my Father. I over compensate for sure, but the older I get, I think the better handle I have on that. I learned a lot of good things from my Father, and we had many, many good times. I choose to focus more on those. In the end, we can only try to improve ourselves, as we're all flawed. I know that my Father was proud of the man I became. And I also know that he was very happy that I did not inherit his violent streak. At the end he was hardest on himself. I do need to say though that the main reason that I did not have children was for fear of copying his abusive ways. I used to wait for that guy to show up in me. Today I know that he just doesn't exist in me. Whether it's true or not, I've convinced myself that my homosexuality had a lot to do with my empathy for others.
  3. I too had two older brothers, and wanted something more adult, but my Father thought that I was still a little kid. I did listen to the Elvis album a lot though. And I think my next album was Three Dog Night: Golden Biscuits. Easy there Brent! Which my oldest Brother bought for me.
  4. Your first record was much less embarrassing than mine. I got the RCA record player/speakers combo (mod 70's blue plastic/with stand), for Christmas. I was 10, and the two records I got with it were Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii and The Chipmunks.
  5. What was that? Sorry, I didn't hear you.
  6. Me too. I didn't get my own vinyl system until 1971. 😝
  7. What does the Judge in the D.C. election fraud have to do with it?
  8. The two went to Black's B-B-Q in Luling, TX, on one trip. I thought they were going to orgasm in their nickers! I've been to Black's many times. It's pretty damned tasty!
  9. G-man always has them on the side. He's not a heathen. 😛 Which reminds me: There's a youtube channel (jolly something?) where two youngish British mates try American foods. They also go to high schools and have British students try it. Those reactions are hilarious!
  10. swt61

    Speaker Porn

    Doc, you must have set the DeLorean for the early seventies!
  11. Wire it to both right and left channels. Don't leave out any musics. That absolutely hurts my audiophile brain! I think the AT table will be a fine choice though.
  12. I suspected you had your wow and flutter in check.
  13. I bought one for Al's Niece and was pretty impressed with it, especially for the price. I did opt for the preamp. But had no obvious wow and flutter issues. May have been a bad unit? The one I bought Dorothy was Lavender, so thought that might be nice for a young lady.
  14. The big question is bananas or no bananas on the side?
  15. U-turn Audio Orbit Basic is also $249 There are a variety of colors to choose from. https://uturnaudio.com/products/orbit-basic-turntable
  16. Another great version was on the Don Was produced album : Rhythm, Country and Blues, with Marty Stewart and The Staple Singers.
  17. Love it by The Band and also love it by The Staple Singers.
  18. I bought Al's niece, Dorothy a pair of those Edifiers. For the price, I find them pretty amazing. Along with a U-turn Audio turntable (with built in phono amp) and a cheap Blu-ray player for CD and video playback, and she has a system that's easy to use and with built in Bluetooth, her phone is her usual source.
  19. Here's a picture of Sleeping Lady mountain for you to peruse while eating your Sleeping Lady pizza. Directly across Cook Inlet from Anchoage.
  20. Said me to a twink NEVER! 😘
  21. I understand a lot of what you're saying, and agree with some of it. What I'll never understand is electing a man that we know will immediately set out to obliterate our democracy, and assign himself dictator? Even if he would abdicate power after 4 years (which he'd never do in a million years), he was a shitty President who did nothing but further line the pockets of himself and his cronies. Drain the swamp? The swamp engulfed everything. His stance on Covid was absolutely abysmal, and borderline criminal. This fucktard tried and tried and kept on trying to steal our right to a fair election and he belongs in prison! That's my fucking rant!
  22. Whoa! When was the ban on Canadians (well, one Canadian) lifted? ðŸĪŠ
  23. Of course we all have our own agendas and our own priorities. But let's face the fact that at this point in time, no one President is going to be able to accomplish everything we or even he/she may want. Accomplishing anything in a bipartisan manor today is almost miraculous. As a gay man, I'm just constantly amazed that there would be a person in the oval office that would be attentive to my needs and wants in any way whatsoever. I just never expected it in my lifetime, and now there have been two Presidents to show me that I matter. Nevermind being a woman that would like to be able to make her own decisions concerning her own body. The idea that any Republican would believe a majority of women would like to hand that authority back to a group of men with their own interest at heart is ludicrous! And if I were an addict, I myself would find a bit of comfort in a President that did everything he could to help his own Son's struggles with addiction. If I were concerned about the homeless, I would vote as completely opposite of the Republican party as possible. I think most of us would like to see much less war, but war isn't going away anytime in the near future. The best that I can hope for is to have a responsible person in charge of those decisions and the big Silver briefcase. Again, I'm not discrediting anyone for their political leanings. I'm just stating my reasons for my own.
  24. I myself am pretty happy with what Biden has accomplished. And I'm absolutely ecstatic to have a human being with a moral code and empathy for others back in the Whitehouse. I'm looking forward to 4 more years of Biden.
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