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  1. In the food delivery system the customers are represented by two separate yet equally important groups. The drivers who deliver the food and the dogs who attack the drivers. These are their stories.
    73 points
  2. Or the better option, act like a fucking grownup and don't get in barfights.
    64 points
  3. This might be the most accurate top 10 list ever created.
    46 points
  4. A rapist, a bible salesman, a shoe salesman, and a bankrupt businessman walk into a bar. Bartender says "What can I get for ya, Donnie?"
    45 points
  5. i've been on these boards for 25 years. this is not "the internet", and should never be dismissed as that, especially to excuse or allow what might be labeled "typical and unavoidable online bullying". this is not elon's twitter. this is not reddit. this is a community, and always has been. i know many of you in real life. some i knew before and separately from these sites, and others since. i've met a whole bunch more out in the world just once or twice. i've met some of you for lunch, a beer, scored coke for one of you, and connected another of you with a midget for a bachelor party in vegas. rip donny. i am friends with derka. not "friendly", friends. i knew he and bob had been meeting and working on things, and i thought that was great of bob to do, and i know derka appreciated it. i did not become friends with derka to help him through his mental issues, i became friends with him because i like him and we have a lot in common and i enjoy talking sports and tv shows with him. we text most every day. i've texted with his mom, and she is a wonderful and supportive human being. happy birthday, betsy. derka gets worked up here, like others do at home, a sporting event, a bar, or a grocery store. everyone has their outlets. that's who he is, and if you don't think he's worked hard and gotten a shit-ton better over the years, you haven't been paying attention. derka has an issue letting things go and settling back down from a worked-up state. he'd be the first to admit this. he has bitten his tongue, so to speak, dozens, if not hundreds of times, when people would antagonize him. it's bullshit it was happening to begin with, but he was doing his best not to exacerbate the issue. what you've seen from him on this site is not perfect, but it was the best he could do, and i consider it admirable. again, i'm his friend, so i am a biased commenter here. there's nothing about this situation that doesn't suck. i think most of us are on the same page on that. surly is not groupthink. it's not an echo chamber. even the cloak room isn't that way, though it's often characterized as such. anyone who says that hasn't been over there in several years. there are lots of opinions, lots of discussions, and lots of characters that fill out this community. but there's only one derka. immamac is trying to change that, and i disagree mightily with this decision. it also sucked that it was made in advance, which makes this even more inexcusable. flying off the handle and making a rash decision at least could be understood, if not justified. yes, it is his decision to make, no one is disputing whether he has that ability. yes, it sucks that derka and bob were on the road to recovery, and immamac stepped in and reversed that progress. ironically, this type of reversal is exactly the type of thing that drives derka over the edge. he jumped through the hoops, he did the work, he shared himself, he was honest and self-deprecating about it. and now he's told no, it's easier just to rid ourselves of you. someone upthread called derka a cancer. i know because i negged him. it's probably my 2nd or 3rd ever neg-rep and i stand by it. cancer needs to be removed to make the body stronger. that's not what's happening here. if derka is gone for good, it will make things worse. worse for him and worse for this community. from reading through this thread, it's pretty obvious that i'm not alone in this opinion. a few pages ago, immamac said that sometimes derka would get banned, and he would get pm's asking for him to be reinstated, because derka had asked people to do this. as someone who has sent one of those pm's, i can say i was not asked to do so. if you know derka at all, you would know he doesn't go around begging others to fight his battles. shit, how could anyone not know this? i saw what happened and sent those messages on my own accord, because while i don't always do what's right, i always know what's right. and this is not right. reinstate him. it's what's right.
    44 points
  6. Not sure where to put this. But had to write it down. Here seems as good a place as any. Work took me to S. Texas the last couple of days, and while I was down there (and especially on the drive), a whole lot of family history – both old, and ongoing – washed the hell over me. Hard, like "pounding me into the sand till I come up wet and sputtering." My family roots in S. Texas are deep as hell, from before Texas was just Texas. My daughter and I spent much of this past Sunday with my dad, recording stories and looking over family history, photos, and documents. Looking at a particular document my dad pulled out of an old box, I realized that I had family here when it was “Coahuila y Tejas” (also reminding me that my Texan family history and Mexican family history overlap like hell). GGGG uncle was big in the Mexican gov’t, had to work with Santa Anna to get shit done (and was one of the first Mexican officials to support deposing him). True to family form, he died penniless. My parents both grew up in S. Texas, and met and married there. We'd visit the area often when I was a kid. So being down there hit me hard with a “holy shit, this is where I’m from” reminder – sledgehammer hard. What got to me most was the drive. I stayed the night in Beeville. Beeville, where my mother, poor as hell having just fled an abusive family situation in NOLA with her mother, landed in 1950 or so. At one point, they bought a mangy old horse, which she rode to school, as other kids did back in those days. I remember as a child going to visit family in S. Texas, and seeing the landscape of brush and thorns out my car window, broken up by spring wildflowers, took me right back. My parents’ lives in S. Texas weren’t easy, and often weren’t happy. Life was fucking hard there. I'm sure it still is for plenty of folks. But it was where their lives were lived, nonetheless. It helped make them who they became. And it’s where they met and ended up together. So the place became part of my life. The scenery rolling by as I drove home had childhood memories unrolling in my mind, like a highlight reel. Mesquite thorns in my heel, fishing in the bays, sitting on a shaded patio while the adults smoked and drank and I eavesdropped, the smell of the summer dust, and the voices of people long-dead. I saw lots of oilpatch activity around Karnes City. My family was oilpatch. I know those people. Those people raised me. I don’t know what will come of the Texas oilpatch, long-term, but there’s no denying that it’s part of our identity. I remembered visions of dirty boots, rough hands, the smell of hot vinyl car seats and dust as I tagged along with my grandfather to read meters. Instead of plugging in my phone’s playlist in the car, I did something I like to do on long drives – hit “scan” on the radio, and see what’s up. Lots of Spanish language radio. Plenty of religious radio. A mix of pop, hip-hop, the usual. And plenty of country. Including a station playing classics. The very stuff we listened to in my dad’s old Lincoln as we drove down there during the heat of summer to see family. I let some of the music take me back, as it can do. I just rode the wave. I remembered my mother’s laugh in the front seat of the car as my dad cracked some sort of joke. My mom died almost three years ago. Fucking hell I miss her. Lost reception of that station. Scanned over to another station, playing a mix of country, old, new, Americana. Caught a song that sounded Robert Earl Keen-ish (but wasn’t). But it got me in an REK mood. So I popped that playlist on from my phone. Goddamn I love me some REK. Played some songs I love – songs most fans know well. But then I went down the rabbit hole, and played some deep cuts. Played a couple from the Live Album. Got to “If I Were King.” I started to sing along. But I choked up, and couldn’t go on. I just listened, as fat tears rolled down my face, I couldn’t stop ‘em from coming. It’s the song I sang over and over to my infant daughter as a lullaby. I’d hum the fiddle parts, and sing the words as she looked up at me and smiled, refusing to go to sleep as she was so wont to do (she was our lousy sleeper baby). I’d sing it again. And again. Till her eyes got heavy, and finally closed. Then I’d walk the floor with her a little more, just humming the tune softly till I knew she was out. Tomorrow, we put that girl on a plane to London, where she is moving to find work, and hopefully start to find her way in life. She graduated college in May, and since then, has been a bit lost. She’s been working here, making money, and trying to figure out what’s next. She wants to do something that utilizes her multi-language skills, and London has such jobs in spades. She was eligible for a two-year blanket visa, so she activated it as of last week, and will be there tomorrow. Maybe it’s where she’ll live and make her life. Maybe not. She’s not keen on Texas, and for her skillset, I doubt Texas is in her future; I probably don't want it to be, for her. It struck me that our family has been in Texas for over 200 years, and away she goes, away our family goes, maybe never to return. Until recently, that had never occurred to me – that our family’s run in Texas may be coming to a close. Such is the way of the world. I spent the drive with ghosts riding shotgun, listening to echoes, and pondering history. Texas has been so formative to me. I’m a child of its dirt, its people, its food, its flaws….all of it. But my girl's getting on a plane, and from now on, maybe Texas is just a place she comes back and visits. That hit me fucking hard. That Texas is going to be in the rearview mirror. It’s just a piece of dirt. But goddammit, it’s my heart. It’s so much of my heart. And it always fucking will be. And so will she.
    44 points
  7. Got some pretty good ones. including totality with solar flares only visible. Incredible. Got completely dark out here west of Austin.
    43 points
  8. I’m sitting at the bar in a hotel in Boston last night, minding my business with a drink and waiting for my wife to come down. Drunk guy sidles up in the chair next to me and orders a Sam Adams. Turns to me and introduces himself, so I do the same. He eventually introduced himself 3 times in a brief 5 minute conversation. He starts asking me questions about where I’m from, etc. Random bar conversations are not my thing but okay. I eventually say that I live in Texas, both Houston and Austin at different points, and he immediately says “you didn’t go to that school did ya?” I ask what he means. “The one in Austin.” I say, yeah, I went to Texas. It’s at that point that he pulls his top coat back to reveal that he’s wearing an ATM pullover. Then proceeds to tell me he’s from a family of longhorns and he’s the black sheep. I simply say “well, hey, not everyone can get in” in a joking manner. Guy then says “all of you guys are assholes”, grabs his unoriginal beer and stalks off to a table. These guys are insecure and humorless anywhere on the planet, and they’re always tripping over themselves to show it. It’s really weird.
    43 points
  9. I answered a call from an unknown number yesterday because a colleague had just texted me that someone was going to call me with questions about one of our products. Turned out it was an old lady who addressed me as "James"and thanked me for being a supporter of conservative values, but now my help was needed to ensure election integrity. She rambled for a minute about the threat at hand but also listed recent wins they'd had in Michigan by "cleaning" voter registration lists. I said just enough to get her hopes up & when she thought she'd closed the deal with "James" and could I be counted on for the recommended $250 donation I asked how much did one need to donate to get a God Bless the USA Bible? "OH gee, we don't distribute those. That's separate from us." James: "What if I donate $500? Can you get me a Bible signed by Trump?" Her: "if you sign up to be a repeating donor we have several patriotic items including pictures, flags & t-shirts! [Excitedly] Would you like to do that, "James?" James: "how much for a picture signed by Stormy Daniels saying 'it's really, really tiny?'" "Click"
    43 points
  10. Let’s be very clear here. We all know what happens with Derka he often takes criticism of his opinions as an attack and overreacts. He has mental illness, that he freely acknowledges. Everyone here knows that. There are certain posters who go out of their way to bully Derka. We need to call this what it is. It is not trolling. It is bullying someone with mental health issues, and it is not acceptable behavior. There should be a zero tolerance for this kind of behavior. If a mod has had to address this bullying multiple times from a single poster, that poster should be gone from this website. I don’t care who they are, I don’t care if they’re the owner’s best friend, or contribute substantially to the ad revenue, or other aspects of this website. Bullying has a high correlation with self harm and suicide among the mentally ill. Fuck all of you who have participated in that. eta this post has nothing to do with whether I think Derka should be allowed to continue to participate in the website, but this behavior toward him has been going on across multiple websites now.
    40 points
  11. Let me preface this by saying that COVID was dangerous and we did the best we could with hard choices. That said: - It absolutely wrecked young people’s shit to all go home for like a year and half. We forget that a year is a damn long time to a kid and that people 15-25 are the ones who most need to be around peers. We are still unwinding what that means and of course in the U.S. we did it the hard way. - Youth social media is WACK. I really believe TikTok’s algorithm is tweaked to show young people videos of people who are unhappy and unstable and want you to feel that way, too. I am a huge believer in mental health and therapy when needed but there’s a whole, very popular genre, of influencers insisting that normal life challenges like going on a bad date or having a shitty job for a while are in fact brutal trauma.
    39 points
  12. So basically, it's all of the documents that Trump violates and ignores in one convenient package
    37 points
  13. Since when is a giant hunting lodge in the middle of nowhere a bad thing?
    36 points
  14. Apparently aggy landing Rink means we're screwed.
    36 points
  15. Moskowitz out here talking Larry-Bird-level shit
    36 points
  16. I'm all for piling on aggy, but that's fucking ridiculous.
    35 points
  17. Speaking from personal experience, it can sometimes be hard to know when trying to defuse a situation with humor is a helpful and appropriate approach, and when it's just throwing gasoline on the fire. To me, this falls squarely into the second category. I would like to think that if given the benefit of hindsight and an opportunity to go back in time ~36 hours, Derka and Immamac would each choose to do things differently both in terms of what led to this situation, but especially in terms of what's happened and how they've conducted themselves as it's unfolded. I don't think it's right for there to be such a gulf between what a moderator (and former site owner) promises and what the current site owner does instead, but I also don't think it's reasonable to expect Immamac, Blacklab, and all other mods to always be constantly up in each others' shit. We can't expect a hive mind to exist between them. They all have lives outside of Surly. Running a message board is thankless work. Immamac takes a lot of crap (mostly good natured, I think) when the tech side of things fuck up, but I don't think he ever gets the equivalent amount of appreciation when things are running smoothly. And that's wholly separate from the babysitting of personalities and all the human drama bullshit that he presumably has to endure. So thanks for doing all the tech shit and dealing with the drama too, @immamac. Your time and efforts are appreciated more than we collectively acknowledge. But I think you've misplayed your hand here pretty significantly. And Derka - you take a lot of shit. Far more than anyone should have to. It's bullshit that the onus is mostly on you to change, but your coping, maturity, and self-awareness has improved dramatically over the years. I hope this doesn't come off as condescending, but you've made tremendous progress - don't throw it all away in a tantrum here. And it stinks that you feel betrayed by the "bait and switch" that you perceive between Blacklab's approach to the situation and Immamac's. But to borrow a phrase from The Wire, the price of the brick has changed. Derka - just accept the imperfect solution of blocking your tormentors. Immamac - Derka certainly earned himself a timeout, but please rethink the permanence of it. Both of you can do better with each other. I think there's still a lot of room for sensible resolution and more mature behavior by both sides here, and I hope you both can see how you could have handled things differently and better, and how you each owe each other an apology. You can swallow a little pride, give each other the benefit of the doubt, and build a bridge and get the fuck over it, or else you can stick to your guns and needlessly fuck things up all over the place and shit on the rest of the community in the process.
    34 points
  18. Just donated $ to Biden. First political donation of any kind. Fuck Trump.
    34 points
  19. It's with the heaviest of hearts that I have to announce that our precious Pippa girl has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. She has been a brave warrior for these past 2 years after a sudden cancer diagnosis. Her chemotherapy treatments gave her additional time with us that we treasured, but eventually she let us know "it was time".
    33 points
  20. Some things to think about for this cycle: -The ranking of this class will only be limited by how many high school players Sarkisian wishes to take. If they take 27+, I think they'll be ranked in the top 3. Less than that, top 5. -They're getting outreach from players and their camps at multiple positions. NIL rep helps, but so does putting guys into the league and running a style of play that guys find attractive. In a stacked in-state class at WR, they're getting national interest and could take basically whoever they want. OL looks similar. -Notice how they're working OVs for more players than they have scholarships available at numerous positions. You're seeing it at OL, Edge, DT, TE and DB. I would not be surprised to see some more Nate Kibbling happening this cycle at some of these spots. You want in? We need your commitment now or we can't take it. We have a bunch of guys coming in next week for the same position if we don't have your commitment. Obviously that isn't going to happen to the truest 5 stars, but it could happen at a very, very high level of talent in various spots. -Notice how they're not working on back-ups at a few spots. That indicates, to me, that they know who they're getting and the NIL element is already sorted. There isn't a backup plan for RB1, MLB1, OLB1. -Some of what Texas does at the HS level is going to be informed by this next transfer cycle. They're expecting to lose some guys at the 3rd string level even they don't want to do so. They have to no matter what. If they lose 4 OL instead of 1-2, that means 5-6 OL instead of 4-5. Similarly at LB or DT. Positions that they'd generally do better developing than grabbing from the portal will play a bigger role in the class. -The QB thing is kind of weird and might get weirder. -If there is more than another 1-2 commits ahead of June, I'd be kind of stunned.
    33 points
  21. Texas RPM from Nahlin to flip Dakorien!!..👀
    32 points
  22. And today is the day I found out that cops are also Instacart delivery guys.
    32 points
  23. Spirit needs to pick up some Popeyes employees out of the portal.
    32 points
  24. Moore staying overnight and will meet with Sark in the morning per 247.
    31 points
  25. https://www.on3.com/db/elijah-barnes-154846/ https://www.hudl.com/profile/16948643/Elijah-Barnes/highlights
    29 points
  26. Was linked to this thread today. Derka shouldn't be permabaned. I realize who he is as a poster, and as a person, and I understand the viewpoint that someone who apparently has a mental illness to the point that he can't even put a poster on ignore shouldn't be on a webstie like this one...it's not a post without merit. And if I'm Immamac, who deals with so much thankless bullshit for this site becuase he also loves it, I can totally understand where he's coming from, and this decision. Does/Has Derka get special treatment? Maybe. And maybe he should get special treatment, becuase as other posters have said this board means a lot more to him than it probably does, or even CAN for the rest of us. The guy has been with us for 20 years, and he does create content instead of drive by bullshit, and there is 100% a contingent of motherfuckers on this site who bullies him. And honestly maybe we can give him special treatment because we know Derka has problems, we know how little he has and that so much of it is this community, and because that's who we can be as a community. Sometimes online, even when you CAN defend yourself online and the wannabe bullies and cowards can't handle it, then the just try new and other ways to be bullies and pieces of shit and fuck with your life. And that's what a lot of bullies do, they don't like you or what you say so they find some other way to attack you, usually becuase their own lives are such worthless pieces of shit. I know a little but about that personally. They can't handle you with their own posts, so they'll try another way to fuck with your life. Unfortunately for Derka, a chunk of this community is his life, and it's pretty easy for people online to fuck with his life as a result. I'm sad to see him go. And for everyone who said he's a cancer, who whined about him not just hitting ignore and learning to grow up, that's a fucking two way street. Any of you could have put him on ignore at any point and been the non-mentally ill adult in the room. Or could you? Thanks for your patience, @immamac. You do a ton for this community because you also love it, and many just don't recognize it.
    29 points
  27. I have probably posted this before, but… about 20 years ago, I was in a cross-functional meeting to plan a major new project. This one guy starts, “Let’s go around the room, say our name, and where we went to college. I’m Mike, and I went to Texas A&M”. The next guy, a respected company leader- “My name is John, and I got my GED in prison”. And that was the end of that foolishness.
    29 points
  28. fuck them when Harvey decided to roll in around victoria and then back out, the whole are was devastated. Heb was in there way before any state or federal help. 3 free meals a day, free ice, free water. Mobile pharmacy, mobile atm, and a mini army to get one of their stores up and running asap. the coordination and man power was unreal
    29 points
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