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Jan 8, 2024, 07:56 PM
 
Is it legal to drink alcohol on public property where you live?
     
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Jan 8, 2024, 08:15 PM
 
That's between you and your <ahem> soda coozie:


Now, being publicly intoxicated... there's definitely rules about that.
     
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Jan 8, 2024, 08:38 PM
 
Bonus question… will bars give you a to-go cup?
     
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Jan 8, 2024, 09:22 PM
 
Originally Posted by andi*pandi View Post
That's between you and your <ahem> soda coozie:

Here’s a 2016 vintage classic from the archives of “Adventures in Chicago Public Transit”.



If you zoom into the can between his legs, you’ll see it’s actually a slipcover, which one has to presume is concealing a beer… perhaps even from the case of Old Style on the floor to his right.

The thing in his left hand? A cellular signal jammer.

Night in jail and counseling.
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Jan 8, 2024, 09:58 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
Bonus question… will bars give you a to-go cup?
Is it St. Patricks Day? Yes.
If not? No?
     
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Jan 8, 2024, 10:40 PM
 
What’s the weather usually like around you for SPD? It’s usually kind of miserable here.
     
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Jan 8, 2024, 10:56 PM
 
IIRC, drunken idiots do not get cold, especially in Boston where non-drunken idiots wear shorts to shovel the driveway in a blizzard.

I stay home on SPD.
     
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Jan 9, 2024, 07:04 AM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
Bonus question… will bars give you a to-go cup?
Nope.

Also, it used to be restaurants and whatnot couldn’t give/sell you a cup of ice. It’s considered a “set-up” for mixed drinks. Dunno if that’s still a thing, though.
     
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Originally Posted by subego View Post
What’s the weather usually like around you for SPD? It’s usually kind of miserable here.
Here in Indy, it can be just as awful as it is up in Chi. Or, it can be nice and warm. Or in-between. Spring in central Indiana is a crapshoot, weatherwise.
     
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Jan 9, 2024, 12:07 PM
 
I had to look it up.

City parks don't allow liquor but do allow beer and wine for the most part.

No open containers on streets, highways, or sidewalks.

During the pandemic, businesses started doing cocktails to go when the governor signed an emergency bill allowing that in June of 2020, but they had to be sealed and intended for consumption at home, not in the car.

I guess my Yeti of tequila at the park wasn't legal, nor was my Yeti of Coors Banquet while taking the kids trick or treating.
     
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Jan 9, 2024, 12:18 PM
 
Are Yetis overpriced?
     
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Jan 9, 2024, 12:31 PM
 
Yes, but when they're free from a vendor I accept. I did not put the sticker on my truck.
     
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Jan 9, 2024, 12:32 PM
 
Are they too heavy?

Have you gotten the “pre-chill” them pro-tip?

Have you tried Cooler Shock ice packs?
     
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Jan 9, 2024, 12:33 PM
 
Originally Posted by Thorzdad View Post
Spring
Has SPD ever happened in spring?
     
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Jan 9, 2024, 01:42 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
Has SPD ever happened in spring?
We like to think of March as spring down here. It's what passes for optimism in these parts.
     
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Jan 9, 2024, 02:22 PM
 
I’ve had that crushed out of me. Out like a lamb my ass.
     
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Jan 9, 2024, 03:08 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
Are they too heavy?

Have you gotten the “pre-chill” them pro-tip?

Have you tried Cooler Shock ice packs?
I'm just talking about the 20oz tumbler.



Although now that I think about it, the magnetic lid latch thingy is far and away superior to every other tumbler latch I've touched. I think if I lost this one I would shell out for another.
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Jan 9, 2024, 03:18 PM
 
Oh, good!

I was trying to figure out needing a full-size cooler of beer for Trick or Treating..
     
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Jan 15, 2024, 08:38 PM
 
There’s a restaurant my wife and I visit from time to time. There you CAN get margaritas to go, but we have never found out whether an unfinished ‘rita can be taken home.

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Jan 16, 2024, 02:59 PM
 
Quick Google gave me the impression SA’s a “no open consumption” municipality, except on the riverwalk.
     
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Jan 16, 2024, 03:13 PM
 
If they only ban open consumption, presumably that means concealed consumption is OK. So slip-covers give actual legal protection, provided they're convincing? The wording of the ordinance is important.
     
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Jan 16, 2024, 03:47 PM
 
“Open containers” is included.

No statewide ban on either, though.
     
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Jan 16, 2024, 03:51 PM
 
It’s one of those “if you don’t act like an a$$ you probably won’t get hassled” things. Not an obvious alcoholic beverage container, not acting impaired, etc., and most of the time you’ll be fine. In most of San Antonio. Some areas are “less tolerant” because of what I’ll call “histories of poor behavior,” but that’s another matter.

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Originally Posted by Thorzdad View Post
Also, it used to be restaurants and whatnot couldn’t give/sell you a cup of ice. It’s considered a “set-up” for mixed drinks. Dunno if that’s still a thing, though.
1) Order a cup of ice water
2) Dump the water
3) Add margarita
4) Fuck da police
     
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Jan 19, 2024, 03:21 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
1) Order a cup of ice water
2) Dump the water
3) Add margarita
4) Fuck da police
Yup. Or add <your favorite hard or soft drink here> and motor on.

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Feb 10, 2024, 07:54 PM
 
Does anyone use the colloquialism “GPStimate”?
     
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Feb 10, 2024, 09:32 PM
 
Never heard that one before.

subego, on your Chicago Public Transit post - did they ever find out why he had a cell jammer? Besides being illegal to use, I suspect they're expensive. Assuming light rail is loud already, hushing cell phones shouldn't produce much benefit to his hangover.
     
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Feb 11, 2024, 06:20 AM
 
He told the court it was so he could ride in peace.

I actually find train noise soothing, and much prefer it to people talking on their phone. My assumption though was he enjoyed watching people’s reactions.

No explanation for how he got his hands on one. IIRC, he was an insurance salesman or something, so doubtful he scammed it from work.


As an aside, the CTA uses very short segments of rail, so our trains have more noise per minute than the average.
     
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Originally Posted by subego View Post
Does anyone use the colloquialism “GPStimate”?
I certainly will now. I believe it should mean “GPS says it’ll take 20 minutes to get there”, with some non-zero probability of accuracy. But current devices like to show you a “you are here” icon on a map before they have enough signal to really decide what planet you’re on, so that “start-up estimate” is often humorously inaccurate.

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Feb 12, 2024, 09:18 AM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
He told the court it was so he could ride in peace.
I bet he has some really nuanced views on how much better things used to be in the old days.

There was a guy with a jammer in his car, he got caught because they compared daily traffic against when the signals dropped out and narrowed it down to him.

https://www.cnet.com/tech/computing/...alls-fcc-says/

If I was going to look for a cell phone jammer, I'd start on eBay and then go to AliBaba. Probably not that hard to find and probably not that expensive.
     
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Feb 12, 2024, 12:07 PM
 
I think any portable jammer would have either very limited range, or only impact some bands. For example, 5G operates in two bands: 450MHz to 6GHz, or 24.25 to 52.6 GHz. Jamming Band 1 could also impact other cell bands, but Band 2 would be really hard to jam without much more complex hardware.

And active sound cancelling headphones/earbuds are both legal and fairly inexpensive…

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Feb 12, 2024, 12:48 PM
 
Looks like his jammer had 5 antennas, so presumably 5 bands.
     
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Feb 14, 2024, 02:29 PM
 
The link in Laminar’s post doesn’t work for me, so I didn’t see the device. Gee that’s a lot of trouble to go to - and get. INTO.

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Oh! I meant CTA drunk.

     
   
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