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Old 01-25-21, 11:25 AM
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What was?
Lawn equipment is louder than the trumpet. I usually have some ear protection, but haven't always.

One time I fired a #&$ without any ear protection. That was a mistake. It seems like it was ten minutes or so before things started sounding normally again.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
Lawn equipment is louder than the trumpet. I usually have some ear protection, but haven't always.

One time I fired a #&$ without any ear protection. That was a mistake. It seems like it was ten minutes or so before things started sounding normally again.
What is a #&$? A weapon?
Yeah, took me a minute.
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What is a #&$? A weapon?
There are certain topics that are no no here. #ShortLeash
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There are certain topics that are no no here. #ShortLeash
I remembered after I posted.
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i've been next to a lightning strike. I raced motocross on two strokes before mufflers were required. The loudest noise i've been subjected to was as InSync concert with my daughter. (not the band, the girls watching).
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It's similar but better. It uses the same engine, but there are some tweaks to gameplay and the storylines, and story telling in general, are better.

Character creation and the tutorial is the most tedious bit - is that what turned you off?
Generally, it's all of the A. B. C. dialogue. I'm not a fan of choosing the dialogue.
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!!!!

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Howdy all, thought I would stop in to say hello and to post a progress update. I've been doing pretty okay recently on my diet and exercise. I managed to ride a little over 5,300 miles last year and have a goal of 6,000 miles for 2021.

I'm currently down 85 pounds, from 295 to 210. I'm still just as ugly but that isn't nearly as easy to fix. My initial goal is to get to 195 then decide if I want to go lower.

Anyway, that's about it for me. Hope everyone is doing well.


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Nope. Even if I had the interest/money, I suspect my hearing is not up to the task of appreciating the sound nuance.
explains all the wut s...
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UPDATE: I found it! Strava put it in January of 2015! I contacted Strava Support about moving it to the right date. We'll see what happens.
Stop living in the past...
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!!!!
What is the University of Tennessee trying to hide?

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What is the University of Tennessee trying to hide?
It must be trackable on another site because people are tracking it.
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr View Post
Generally, it's all of the A. B. C. dialogue. I'm not a fan of choosing the dialogue.
Ah, yeah - that's going to be problematic for this type of game. One of the beautiful aspects is that you can choose your playthrough style, which is awesome in terms of replayability. but a lot depends on interaction with non-player characters, whether you sweet-talk, intimidate, perform tasks, etc.
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Stop living in the past...
Happy, and I'm smiling,
Walk a mile to drink your water...
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Originally Posted by big john View Post
What is a #&$? A weapon?
Yeah, took me a minute.
Reminds me of the scene from Woody Allen's "Take The Money And Run", where he passes a barely legible note to a bank teller:

"'I have a gub. Give me all your cash.' Gub? What's a gub?"
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
Lawn equipment is louder than the trumpet. I usually have some ear protection, but haven't always.

One time I fired a #&$ without any ear protection. That was a mistake. It seems like it was ten minutes or so before things started sounding normally again.
At a sailing buddy's wedding, they borrowed a yacht race starting cannon, which fires a blank shot#&$ shell, to fire at some point in the ceremony. The crowd was mainly military and because they me pegged as the only corps officer in the bunch and a big city, lib, academic, Jew and had nothing else for me to do, they naturally made me fire the cannon. I put a finger in the near ear and pulled the lanyard with the far hand and HOE-LEE ****! was that loud! I had actually fired a #&$s, including shot#&$s, in the past, without hearing protection because I was a punk-ass kid, and this was way louder. I had tinnitus for many minutes and I'm sure it took my auditory thresholds on the left down a permanent notch.

Dinner was in a tent, right next to the flagpole where the cannon was sitting and during dessert and dancing and toasts and whatnot, I remembered the extra shell in my pocket and it was obvious what needed to be done. This time I enlisted some help, a real retired line officer, former XO of the Kittyhawk, i.e., the real thing. I put fingers in both ears and made him do it. He was terrified.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31 View Post
I now wear hearing protection when using gas powered lawn equipment as well.
Same. Too many live bands in small clubs & bars.
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That is a mistake, and you're lucky it returned to normal. About 2 years ago, I was using electronic hearing protection that failed while at an indoor range. Ended up losing a fair bit of left ear hearing. Only do it outdoors now, with ear plugs and muffs.

I now wear hearing protection when using gas powered lawn equipment as well.
I have high frequency hearing loss in my right ear, which I blame on 4 years of sitting at a desk in the lab, with noisy microcentrifuges to the right of me. Generally not a problem, unless I'm listening to early stereo recordings through headphones, the ones where they would put the lead singer all on one side, e.g. "Eleanor Rigby".
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Same. Too many live bands in small clubs & bars.
Yes, there was that, wasn't there.
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I get addicted, and start wanting to play all the time. The worst part about it, I usually feel worse after than before I started. Now my time is so limited I dont have the time even if I wanted. I did just pass level 1439 on candy crush.
The one video game that I ever had success with is Portal. I do remember as I was playing through I did devote fairly large blocks of time to it.

Now, yeah, it's only occasionally that I have large blocks of time to myself, so I've got no real desire to start up something again.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
One time I fired a #&$ without any ear protection. That was a mistake. It seems like it was ten minutes or so before things started sounding normally again.
I've never done that, thankfully.

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Same. Too many live bands in small clubs & bars.
But I have done that. One band in particular I remember causing some damage. The worst part is that they weren't even good

My hearing isn't awful, but there is some tinnitus there.
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha View Post
At a sailing buddy's wedding, they borrowed a yacht race starting cannon, which fires a blank shot#&$ shell, to fire at some point in the ceremony. The crowd was mainly military and because they me pegged as the only corps officer in the bunch and a big city, lib, academic, Jew and had nothing else for me to do, they naturally made me fire the cannon. I put a finger in the near ear and pulled the lanyard with the far hand and HOE-LEE ****! was that loud! I had actually fired a #&$s, including shot#&$s, in the past, without hearing protection because I was a punk-ass kid, and this was way louder. I had tinnitus for many minutes and I'm sure it took my auditory thresholds on the left down a permanent notch.

Dinner was in a tent, right next to the flagpole where the cannon was sitting and during dessert and dancing and toasts and whatnot, I remembered the extra shell in my pocket and it was obvious what needed to be done. This time I enlisted some help, a real retired line officer, former XO of the Kittyhawk, i.e., the real thing. I put fingers in both ears and made him do it. He was terrified.
My future SIL has a collection of antique things like flintlocks and other muzzleloaders. He also has a couple of Civil War era cannons. All of it was handed down to him over several generations. He keeps the cannons on a family ranch, and every great once in a while will fire one for grins. I'm still waiting for the invite to check it out some day.

And, no, he's not a member of any militia.
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My dad has bad hearing, and I think my hearing is going as well. If you talk to my wife she would tell you im deaf, what she wouldnt tell you is that she always trys to have conversations with me when she is on the opposite side of the house. Or when we are in the car she talks to her window instead of looking at me.

But yes, I am deaf.
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My dad has bad hearing, and I think my hearing is going as well. If you talk to my wife she would tell you im deaf, what she wouldnt tell you is that she always trys to have conversations with me when she is on the opposite side of the house. Or when we are in the car she talks to her window instead of looking at me.

But yes, I am deaf.
I am definitely going to need hearing aids in a few years.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06 View Post
My dad has bad hearing, and I think my hearing is going as well. If you talk to my wife she would tell you im deaf, what she wouldnt tell you is that she always trys to have conversations with me when she is on the opposite side of the house. Or when we are in the car she talks to her window instead of looking at me.

But yes, I am deaf.
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