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    Your first Album collection/First concert attended

    My first concert was Weird Al. I've seen him live 3 times in total. My wife actually got to go to a meet and greet with him and got one of my CD covers signed by him. As far as first album collection, that's more difficult to define. I did't have any older brothers and sisters and my parents didn't really have much of a collection of any kind of music except a bunch of old 8-tracks. When I was really young, I had a bunch of records that I listened to that I got mostly from garage sales or Salvation Army stores. It was mostly kid's stuff like Mickey Mouse or Sesame Street or The Chipmunks. I also had a bunch of those read-along books that came with a record/cassette. When cassettes started becoming more popular I did what every other kid that grew up in that era did and recorded songs off the radio. Then one day I won some contest and ended up getting Metallica's black album on cassette. After that I think I ended up getting all their albums on cassette. I later re-bought them all on CD and sold the cassettes to a friend of mine. The first CD I ever owned was Megadeth's Countdown to Extinction. These days I mostly just listen to whatever is on the radio or sometimes while I'm working I'll listen to songs on Youtube.
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    Can Illinois Survive?

    This could have easily been posted in the "white privilege" thread as well. For those that don't think it exists...
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    9 year anniversary of MB's perfect game: where were you?

    I have no memory of this game except for the highlights. I was likely at work posting on here and WSI at the time so I didn't get to see any of it live. I was also just over a month away from being laid off from a job that I had held for 11 years. I don't remember if they had told me yet at that point or not.
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    2018 Films thread

    I completely forgot about the ending until you just mentioned that. I had to explain it to my wife as she didn't remember watching Unbreakable. She's the type that has re-watch the previous movie(s) to remember what's going before she watches the sequel(s).
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    2018 Films thread

    Unbreakable was the very first movie my wife and I ever watched on DVD. Prior to that everything was VHS. We watched Split last year on our DVR. I had heard rumor that he was making a sequel to Unbreakable but I didn't realize it was already done or that he was intertwining Split into it.
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    Automobile Thread

    We currently have a 2003 Suburban and the AC doesn't work. We've taken it to 4 or 5 different places and spent 100's of dollars on it but nobody seems to be able to fix it. We had a 1993 Suburban prior to this and the AC went out in that as well. My parents have a 2007 and their AC isn't working right either. So for some reason, Suburbans seem to have a lot of AC trouble. Replacing brake lines is a common occurrence as well. With all that being said, we still want the option of having an 8 passenger vehicle. So we started looking at the Traverse. A little smaller, not as much cargo space but can still seat 8 people. We've been doing most of our searching online so this weekend, we went to a dealership to see one in person. This is literally the first one we've driven and we still aren't 100% sure it's exactly what we want. Plus it had 97,000 miles on it which is a little higher than we wanted. The salesman so far has been extremely overbearing. He mentioned the price and what a great deal it was no less than 5 times on the test drive. We told him that we wanted to think about it and keep looking. After reluctantly giving him my cell number, he called us 5 minutes after we left saying he'd take $1000 off the price if we wanted to do a deal. Then he called and texted me later that day. After he called me again this morning I texted him saying we are going to pass because of the high mileage and that we are a little worried about the towing ability. (We need to be able to tow a golf cart back and forth to a seasonal camping site twice a year). Then he texted me back about 2 other vehicles, neither of which have 8 passenger seating. I had almost forgotten how much I hate dealing with car salesmen... 😠
  7. I know there have been a few players that have moved from being a catcher to some other position. Mauer, Schwarber and Harper come to mind. But are there any examples of a big league player moving from some other spot to being a full time catcher? I can't think of any.
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    Rec League softball

    In our league it's 2 strikes and you are out. 3 balls is a walk. If you hit a foul ball on your second strike, you are out. I think most of the rules are designed to make the game as fast as possible since we have a time limit of 1 hour to play.
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    Second Civil War

    Remember back when gasoline prices were skyrocketing and some places where over $4/gallon? Then everyone decided to stage this massive protest by not buying gas on one particular day to force the oil companies to lower their prices? It went viral all across the internet. Then everyone dutifully carried out the plan and it totally worked. That day was awesome.
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    Rec League softball

    We had a double-header last night. We were down late in both of them but managed to come back and win both. I also learned a new rule. The other team was batting and there was 1 out and runners on 2nd and 3rd. The batter had one strike and on the second pitch she popped the ball up to our firstbaseman. He caught the ball in foul territory but the runner on 3rd failed to tag up and ran home immediately. Firstbaseman threw to 3rd thinking it would be a double play but the umpire called dead ball. Apparently as soon as the ball landed in foul territory (even though it was caught) it's considered a strikeout and the runners cannot advance. Just another quirk of slow-pitch softball.
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    Gun Violence in America

    Because the employers can't get US citizens to even apply for the jobs they are offering much less work them.
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    2018 Travel Thread

    I'll be there with my family in August. Rehoboth Beach is on our itinerary. We just plan on checking out the shops and stores on the boardwalk, maybe swimming in the ocean and riding some rides at Funland. And of course quoting this scene numerous times...
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    2017 Bowling thread

    The girls successfully defended their title as the best HS bowling team in the nation. 2x Illinois State champs. 2x National Champs. And if I'm reading the page right, one of them will get to throw out the first pitch at the Cardinals game tonight. http://ushsbf.org/2018hsbnationalchampionship.html
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    2018 White Sox catch-all thread

    The best advise would be to eat before you go. You are allowed to bring some food in with you as well.