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  1. We now know that in some cases of depression, rTMS (repetitive transmagnetic cranial stimulation) is being utilized with success. So much so that many insurance benefit providers have approved this for treating depression ... and eating disorders. [I gave a horribad TEDx talk on rTMS about 4 years ago when I was still in a deep fog.] Doctors are also turning to a ketamine regiment to treat severe depression and ... eating disorders. It too has shown promise and like rTMS, has been approved by some insurance companies. Am embedding an article on rTMS. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/tms-depression#who-is-it-for
  2. Have been to Monarch three times now. Each time a great experience. When my SO and I go to any upscale place, one of the first things I tell the wait person is, "We are going to be eating very European. Which means, we are going to be here a good, long while." We have never received push back. Talk to the sommelier every time. Ask their advice/opinions on food/wine pairing (even if the intention is to order by the glass). Set expectations at the start.
  3. Surly... I am so disappointed in you. No pics of Judge Robinson? In her prime ...
  4. Get Off My Lawn Time. How many full or partial Nike logos can you spot on the uniform? (Do not include the football.) I spy, with my little eye ... FOURTEEN (14)! Compared to THREE (3) Longhorn logos. Ok... bitching time over. At least we don't look like a fucking NASCAR car any longer.
  5. Let's see ... taking a quick look at 15 USC 1692e, we may have violations of: A debt collector may not use any false, deceptive, or misleading representation or means in connection with the collection of any debt; (2)The false representation of— (A) the character, amount, or legal status of any debt; (4) The representation or implication that nonpayment of any debt will result in the arrest or imprisonment of any person or the seizure, garnishment, attachment, or sale of any property or wages of any person unless such action is lawful and the debt collector or creditor intends to take such action. (5) The threat to take any action that cannot legally be taken or that is not intended to be taken. (10) The use of any false representation or deceptive means to collect or attempt to collect any debt or to obtain information concerning a consumer. There are other possible state and federal statute violations as well. [I used to represent debt collection companies in federal courts throughout the United States.] I am embedding a summary judgment I got in federal court in Colorado on an FDCPA case: https://casetext.com/case/burns-v-anderson-crenshaw-associates-2
  6. And of course, there is the possible issue of "mitigation of damages." Any aggrieved party ordinarily has the duty to mitigate its own damages. (some exceptions exist). According to the Big 12 Conference’s bylaws, a withdrawing member must pay a buyout fee that is equal to the sum of the amount of distributions that otherwise would be paid to the member during the final two years of its membership. Therefore, regardless of a lawsuit, OU and UT ordinarily have to pay a buyout fee to the Big 12. According to the Big 12, in the event that we decide to leave early, UT and ou will be required to pay the amount of actual losses and damages. The effect of leaving early would be a violation of the Grant of Rights Agreement referenced in the bylaws, which gives the right to the conference’s television partners to televise the departing team’s games until the end of the contract. Ordinarily, UT and ou would have to negotiate a settlement amount or pay damages to the conference for causing the conference to be unable to fully realize the revenue from its television contract. Similar to the WAC and Big East cases, member schools or the conference itself could file suit against OU and UT. But, if the Big 12 were smart, it would be negotiating for a different for a buyout fee and an agreement to schedule Big 12 opponents for a specified amount of time. And this is where it gets interesting. Apparently, to further expedite this impending issue, the AAC stated that it is willing to negotiate a higher exit fee to allow the three departing teams to leave for the Big 12 earlier than expected. If the Big 12 does not pursue this, are they truly mitigating its damages? If the Big 12 does not reach out to viable future members for inclusion sooner rather than later, are they truly mitigating its damages? The Big 12 accepted a ridiculously low amount from aggy and Misery when they left. Precedent has been set. The Big 12 has a chance to renegotiate its television contracts with commitments from Pac 12 teams. NOW is the time to go to the Big 12 and say this is our last year!
  7. https://www.visitnewportbeach.com/vacations/balboa-peninsula/
  8. I've had this bad boy about 20 years. It has seen courtrooms from California to Rhode Island. I got it at the Coop. Just had new wheels and handle put on it. He refurbished the leather as much as he good. I've lost count on the number of compliments I have received on it.
  9. God forgive me. I'm curiously aroused.
  10. The SO and I were in Hawaii over New Years Eve. Great hotel and the toilet had a bidet seat. That made me remember how much I do like them. So, returning home, I found a Brondell Bidet for about $300 at Home Depot. The blue night light on it is handy. The quality is pretty sound. We liked it so much that I got another one and had it installed in the bathroom used mostly by guests (and me since it is just outside of my home office.) Am a confirmed Bidet Man. Bring on the naysayers. Haters gonna hate,
  11. The People of Walmart are professional Denver sports teams in general. See below: Colorado Avalanche (NHL): Owned by Ann Walton Kroenke Denver Broncos (NFL): Owned by Rob Walton Colorado Mammoth (NLL): Owned by Stan Kroenke Denver Nuggets (NBA): Owned by Ann Walton Kroenke Colorado Rapids (MLS): Owned by Stan Kroenke
  12. Lidig8r

    Dallas | Italian

    Well, THAT was inevitable! The old Carbone's filed suit in fed court today agains the hipster Carbone. The allegations are pretty damning. Should be interesting. I don't know what this could do in terms of the longevity of the hipster Carbone, but if you boys intend on going there, perhaps sooner would be better than later. https://www.docketalarm.com/cases/Texas_Northern_District_Court/3--22-cv-01184/CARBONES_FINE_FOODS_AND_WINES_LLC/1/
  13. Lidig8r

    Dallas | Italian

    Ok, first consider I am a very young (read ... immature?) 63 year old. I like very good food and have not screamed "Get off my lawn" at the neighborhood kids for quite some time. (Although I have asked a few of them to bring their divorced mom over from time to time). Anyway, I digress ... Friday night, we had 10:45 reservations for 4 at Carbone. The mindset was very much, "cool, we get to dine very European." So, we drive up. You see a number of upscale cars parked, valet is right in front of restaurant. A tall, thin late 20 year old African American gentleman in a tuxedo and tennis shoes greets you at the door. Ok, they're going for more of an edgy look. That's cool. Inside, we had a brief (less than 5 minute wait) and are escorted to our table. The crowd is mostly late 20s to late 40s. Fairly racially diverse. The decor is a throw back to mid 80s Dallas with funkiness mixed in. Cushy chairs, loveseats, plush furnishings. For some reason, I get a feeling that perhaps they are trying awfully hard to "be something." In any event, let it go, just enjoy the food. That's when you notice the music being played in the background/foreground. It is 70s era disco music... BeeGees, Donna Summer, Abba. Loud enough that you have to speak somewhat loudly to carry on a conversation at the table. The wait person comes over, takes our drink order, is knowledgeable about the menu. And the free amuse bouche arrive .. three different types of bread, pickled cauliflower, soppressata and then much like Il Mulino, another waitstaff brings over a wheel of parmesan cheese and slices some for you. Very tasty. Ok.. .we are on track here. The appetizer course consisted of ... oysters and beets siciliana. The beets were excellent! We then order 3 entrees for the table. Spaghetti Puttanesca, Pork Chop and peppers, and our "go to" at any new Italian restaurant, veal parmesan. The Spaghetti was a bit ... flat. The pasta, although obviously cooked fresh, was bland and the sauce did not bring out the flavor. The Pork Chop was passable. The flavors were good especially as you got closer to the bone. But, quite frankly, Pork Chop Friday at Perry's Steakhouse was far better. Then, the veal parmesan. My understanding is that the veal cutlet is pounded for essentially two reasons, (1). it provides a quicker cooking time because it is uniformly even, and (2). the pounding breaks down connective tissue making the veal more tender. The veal that was brought to us was ... thick. The wait staff person sliced it and then served it like it was pizza. The flavors were not bad. But ... We finished with espresso martinis or French 75s. So, on a scale of 1 - 5 ... I give this place a 2.5. The food quality wise is on a level with Speranza in North Dallas but far more expensive. The music and atmosphere was too over the top. The Sommelier was in his late 40s, knew their wine menu well, but started dancing a bit to the music. So, in terms of upscale Italian, I will be returning to Monarch 10 times out of 10. As for Carbone, I may return if they have a "coupon" evening, otherwise...
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