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I've never heard of a "gender reveal" party until now. You guys actually celebrate that kind of thing?
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Postby Major-Tom » Sat Sep 12, 2020 2:16 pm

Glorious Hong Kong wrote:I've never heard of a "gender reveal" party until now. You guys actually celebrate that kind of thing?


Most Americans don't, usually it's younger, upper-middle class white folks in the suburbs who feel it'll add a certain "flare" to their life. And it does, if flare means a flare-up of brushes catching on fire.
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Postby Reploid Productions » Sat Sep 12, 2020 2:33 pm

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Glorious Hong Kong wrote:I've never heard of a "gender reveal" party until now. You guys actually celebrate that kind of thing?


Most Americans don't, usually it's younger, upper-middle class white folks in the suburbs who feel it'll add a certain "flare" to their life. And it does, if flare means a flare-up of brushes catching on fire.

Yeah, usually a "gender reveal" (... and really, it's not truly a gender reveal but a genital reveal) is just part of a baby shower rather than a dedicated event all by itself. But as always, some people have to take things one step (or in the case of the El Dorado fire in SoCal, several steps) too far.

Also, major OOF at the Inciweb map. Also a good central resource for fire information.
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Postby Greed and Death » Sat Sep 12, 2020 2:37 pm

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Glorious Hong Kong wrote:I've never heard of a "gender reveal" party until now. You guys actually celebrate that kind of thing?


Most Americans don't, usually it's younger, upper-middle class white folks in the suburbs who feel it'll add a certain "flare" to their life. And it does, if flare means a flare-up of brushes catching on fire.


It is just an excuse for another party for Pregnant mom.
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Postby Greed and Death » Sat Sep 12, 2020 2:40 pm

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Washington Resistance Army wrote:Hey one bright side to the pandemic is we all had masks already to deal with the smoke :lol:

Now that the pandemic has been mentioned I think it is worth bringing up how with all the people fleeing the area were going to likely to see a rise in covid cases.


Yes and because of smoke inhalation those who catch it are more likely to have serious and deadly cases.

This is a bad time for the states of California and Oregon to catch on fire.
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Postby Borderlands of Rojava » Sat Sep 12, 2020 3:32 pm

Major-Tom wrote:
Glorious Hong Kong wrote:I've never heard of a "gender reveal" party until now. You guys actually celebrate that kind of thing?


Most Americans don't, usually it's younger, upper-middle class white folks in the suburbs who feel it'll add a certain "flare" to their life. And it does, if flare means a flare-up of brushes catching on fire.


My parents kept it simple. They just told all their friends and family "it's gonna be a boy" without all the explosions and shit.
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Postby Neanderthaland » Sat Sep 12, 2020 3:59 pm


It's New Mexico, but good on them either way.
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Postby Neutraligon » Sat Sep 12, 2020 4:04 pm

Washington Resistance Army wrote:
Borderlands of Rojava wrote:
Yeah ain't portland a "green city?" So basically food for a fire.


It's not too different from other cities from the times I've visited imo but just all that stuff packed together would be awful. Fires move fast, it wouldn't take long for most of the city to be in flames if it did hit.

Portland is actually surprisingly small for a city. The downtown area is close to the river, and it takes not even 20 minutes to get to areas that are less crowded. That said, living here right now SUCKS!.
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Postby Borderlands of Rojava » Sat Sep 12, 2020 4:04 pm

Neanderthaland wrote:

It's New Mexico, but good on them either way.


Is there much of a difference? I went to Albuquerque and it was just like visiting Mexico.

Dry as a bone and there were hispanics everywhere. Also there's drug addicts everywhere and it's dangerous as shit.
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Postby Borderlands of Rojava » Sat Sep 12, 2020 4:05 pm

Neutraligon wrote:
Washington Resistance Army wrote:
It's not too different from other cities from the times I've visited imo but just all that stuff packed together would be awful. Fires move fast, it wouldn't take long for most of the city to be in flames if it did hit.

Portland is actually surprisingly small for a city. The downtown area is close to the river, and it takes not even 20 minutes to get to areas that are less crowded. That said, living here right now SUCKS!.


It's only got a few hundred thousand people. Not a small town but it ain't Chicago or New York. It's maybe comparable to three Warrens. A moderate sized municipality.
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Postby Neanderthaland » Sat Sep 12, 2020 4:48 pm

Borderlands of Rojava wrote:
Neanderthaland wrote:It's New Mexico, but good on them either way.


Is there much of a difference? I went to Albuquerque and it was just like visiting Mexico.

Dry as a bone and there were hispanics everywhere. Also there's drug addicts everywhere and it's dangerous as shit.

The main difference is that I couldn't make a joke about immigrants coming over and stealing American jobs.

Although, I have to say, I quite like Albuquerque, and didn't find it dangerous or druggy.
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Postby New haven america » Sat Sep 12, 2020 5:30 pm

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San Lumen wrote:https://www.newsweek.com/oregon-wildfires-mass-fatality-incident-andrew-phelps-portland-california-1531484

The fires are nearing Portland. A likely unprecedented event and unimaginable catastrophe could be imminent.

This is a myth. The wildfires have been mostly peaceful.

Well I actually live in one of the wildfire areas and can confirm that they're not peaceful.
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Postby Borderlands of Rojava » Sat Sep 12, 2020 5:40 pm

Aclion wrote:
San Lumen wrote:https://www.newsweek.com/oregon-wildfires-mass-fatality-incident-andrew-phelps-portland-california-1531484

The fires are nearing Portland. A likely unprecedented event and unimaginable catastrophe could be imminent.

This is a myth. The wildfires have been mostly peaceful.


Damn. I was not expecting the sentence to end that way.
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Postby Borderlands of Rojava » Sat Sep 12, 2020 5:41 pm

Neanderthaland wrote:
Borderlands of Rojava wrote:
Is there much of a difference? I went to Albuquerque and it was just like visiting Mexico.

Dry as a bone and there were hispanics everywhere. Also there's drug addicts everywhere and it's dangerous as shit.

The main difference is that I couldn't make a joke about immigrants coming over and stealing American jobs.

Although, I have to say, I quite like Albuquerque, and didn't find it dangerous or druggy.


To be fair we went to cremate my drug addicted uncle, who was living in the shittiest side of town, just like he did in Chicago and Macon and Phoenix and Cleveland and everywhere else he lived. That would explain alot.
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Postby 95X » Sat Sep 12, 2020 7:23 pm

The fires have affected me personally more than the Coronavirus. I've been inside since Thursday and hoping things change by Monday (more on that later).

Wahlid wrote:Portland proper won't burn. Most of the bigger Clackamas county suburbs that are closer to Portland probably won't burn either. It was supposed to be 85 F today, but the smoke was so thick idk if it even got to 70 F.

The weather forecast says it'll rain next Tuesday, and go back to normal September weather after that.
"This." The cities and towns under "go now" Level 3 evacuations are more or less on the fringe of the Portland Metropolitan Area.

As for the forecast, they're now predicting changing more favorable conditions between Sunday night and Monday night, depending on the exact area. Hopefully, we'll get some cleaner air. Fingers crossed!

Major-Tom wrote:Any chance you can get tf out of there? I have friends outside Portland who weren't forced to evacuate, but high-tailed it up to Tacoma regardless. Dunno about your situation, but I wouldn't risk it.
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Neutraligon wrote:Portland is actually surprisingly small for a city. The downtown area is close to the river, and it takes not even 20 minutes to get to areas that are less crowded. That said, living here right now SUCKS!.
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Postby Kowani » Sat Sep 12, 2020 7:59 pm

Neanderthaland wrote:

It's New Mexico, but good on them either way.

Damn slippery fingers.


And in a bizarre twist of irony, Mexico is actually sending firefighters.
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Postby Neutraligon » Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:18 pm

95X wrote:The fires have affected me personally more than the Coronavirus. I've been inside since Thursday and hoping things change by Monday (more on that later).

Wahlid wrote:Portland proper won't burn. Most of the bigger Clackamas county suburbs that are closer to Portland probably won't burn either. It was supposed to be 85 F today, but the smoke was so thick idk if it even got to 70 F.

The weather forecast says it'll rain next Tuesday, and go back to normal September weather after that.
"This." The cities and towns under "go now" Level 3 evacuations are more or less on the fringe of the Portland Metropolitan Area.

As for the forecast, they're now predicting changing more favorable conditions between Sunday night and Monday night, depending on the exact area. Hopefully, we'll get some cleaner air. Fingers crossed!

Major-Tom wrote:Any chance you can get tf out of there? I have friends outside Portland who weren't forced to evacuate, but high-tailed it up to Tacoma regardless. Dunno about your situation, but I wouldn't risk it.
It's been mostly the same across most of the Pacific Northwest. Also, "getting out of here" entails having both somewhere else to go and the means to do it.

Neutraligon wrote:Portland is actually surprisingly small for a city. The downtown area is close to the river, and it takes not even 20 minutes to get to areas that are less crowded. That said, living here right now SUCKS!.
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Postby Geneviev » Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:21 pm

Kowani wrote:
Neanderthaland wrote:It's New Mexico, but good on them either way.

Damn slippery fingers.


And in a bizarre twist of irony, Mexico is actually sending firefighters.

Thank you, Mexico.
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Postby Stellar Colonies » Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:31 pm

I remember that our fires, such as the ones in 2017, happened more in October than September.

Hopefully we don't have another round of fires, or continually have to struggle with them, later in autumn...
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Postby Reploid Productions » Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:55 pm

New haven america wrote:
Aclion wrote:This is a myth. The wildfires have been mostly peaceful.

Well I actually live in one of the wildfire areas and can confirm that they're not peaceful.

Not currently directly affected, but can also confirm. The sight of towering flames on the hills right above your house and bearing down on you is an image that stays with you. It literally took me the better part of 30 years to find a way to confront that sight without turning into a puddle of complete panic after my first taste of it as a little kid.

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Postby Katganistan » Sat Sep 12, 2020 9:47 pm

Borderlands of Rojava wrote:
Neanderthaland wrote:It's New Mexico, but good on them either way.


Is there much of a difference? I went to Albuquerque and it was just like visiting Mexico.

Dry as a bone and there were hispanics everywhere. Also there's drug addicts everywhere and it's dangerous as shit.

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Postby USS Monitor » Sat Sep 12, 2020 9:57 pm

So I talked to my parents, who live near Seattle, and they tell me they are going to visit Portland. I don't know what they are thinking.

A family friend who lives near Portland was like, "You know what's going on here, right?"

But they're still going...
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Postby Neutraligon » Sat Sep 12, 2020 9:59 pm

USS Monitor wrote:So I talked to my parents, who live near Seattle, and they tell me they are going to visit Portland. I don't know what they are thinking.

A family friend who lives near Portland was like, "You know what's going on here, right?"

But they're still going...

...When, because that is really silly. I live in Portland and now is not the time to visit. I mean, protests are still going on (though probably reduced in size from hat I can tell) and the air here is really unhealthy.
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Postby Northwest Slobovia » Sat Sep 12, 2020 9:59 pm

Reploid Productions wrote:(Protip: Hiding behind a camera lens helps! Focusing on capturing the shot crowds out the panic, at least for me.)

Oh, yes! I do many things behind the camera that I wouldn't do without it. Mostly stupid ones, in my case, but I can confirm the general feeling.
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