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By atreides (Thu Dec 09, 2021 at 12:46:43 PM EST) (all tags)
I have some very good friends who often have little dinner parties and I never miss a chance to go see them because I adore them. They relatively recently introduced me to a friend of theirs and I get on quite well with her and her husband. About a month ago, my new, now mutual friends invited me to their yearly Christmas party, this year Lisa Frank themed.

Oh, one little thing... I should also mention that the aforementioned she is a judge.

Fitting in with the theme, I acquired slap bracelets and metallic scrunchies to give out to attendees. I looked at the confirmed guest list and realized I recognized a good handful of the names, both in the attending and declining lists. I had read some of the names in the news. Some of them I had voted for before. I figured that it was going to be a little bit political.

Last weekend it happened. It almost didn't because my alternator went out, but I was able to replace it with a friend's help. I arrived and, once I had seen the house Lego collection, started giving out favors. It's amazing how many people had never received a slap bracelet in school (apparently, as I would come to learn, because they were eventually banned in most schools because the outer cover would wear away, leaving a metal strip of bloodletting). I met four judges I didn't know (apparently I missed three others in attendance) and many Rotarians. I had a beer with Pflugerville City Council Member. I put a slap bracelet on a Texas State Representative. And then there was the nice older man who introduced himself by putting out his hand and saying "Hi. I'm Lloyd." He really needed no introduction because a) I went to high school with his daughter and had met him before and b) I've been voting for him for over two decades. Wine and beer flowed (moderately, mind you). Conversation swirled, ranging from the Athenian wrestling match that is politics to the mundanities of personal life (many of these folk have run in the same circles for decades). Some guests were actively avoided (some politicians do pleasant worse than others).

Once the party was officially over and the political class was gone, we who remained, family and non-political friends (among which I had been numbered) watched a Star Wars movie and disassembled a whiskey/scotch/bourbon advent calendar. I'm not into brown liquors, but once I got past the taste of burning, the ones I tried weren't bad.

All in all, I give the weekend a solid 7/10 (it lost points for the alternator thing). What (as they say in the vulgar argot) is up with you guys?

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My Political Party | 6 comments (6 topical, 0 hidden)
What’s up. by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #1 Fri Dec 10, 2021 at 06:49:28 AM EST
Oh, you know, the usual. Hard dicks and airplanes.

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It tastes like burning by hulver (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Dec 13, 2021 at 05:26:17 AM EST
A small drop of water helps with that, and lets the flavour shine through a bit more.
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That sounds like a very fun party by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #3 Wed Dec 15, 2021 at 11:14:59 AM EST
I don't recall ever changing an alternator, I suppose the difficulty depends on where it is and how cluttered the engine bay is.

I've done lots of starters. It's a half hour job on a 1998 4 cylinder Camry, a three hour job on a 2007 Impreza. It sits on top of the bay in the Camry, it's tucked down low in the cramped bay of the Impreza.

Replacing alternators was easy by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #4 Wed Dec 15, 2021 at 11:35:56 AM EST
On old GMs and Fords. Loosen a bolt, remove the belt, pull the electrical connector, pull the bolts. Install is the reverse.

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(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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But on a Smart ForTwo by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #5 Thu Dec 16, 2021 at 10:20:18 AM EST
You need to drop the engine.

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On booze by Merekat (2.00 / 0) #6 Thu Dec 16, 2021 at 04:56:41 PM EST
Brown liquor rewards persistence. Clear liquor, first impressions count.

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