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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mar 17, 2024, 10:37 AM
 
Anyone read the Xeelee sequence? I think my dad would like it, but it sounds very unpleasant.
     
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Mar 21, 2024, 01:13 PM
 
Has anyone even heard of this? I discovered it only a few weeks ago.

It kinda sounds like the Douglas Adams postulate that gaining an accurate perspective of the scale of the universe is a mind obliterating experience.

This author apparently knows all the relevant theoretical physics and what naturally emerges to him is existential cosmic horror. The war was fought during the double-digit negative exponent fractions of a second after the Big Bang, and oh boy did we lose.
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Apr 25, 2024, 02:47 AM
 
Anyone like kombucha?

We have an actress who put it down as her drink preference, and I have close to zero experience. Anyone want to pimp a brand? I’d ask her, but then I’ve painted myself into a corner if I can’t find what she asks for.
     
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Apr 25, 2024, 04:25 AM
 
I’m hooked on GT’s Synergy Gingerade raw kombucha. Been drinking it for years.

Since there are lots of different brands/flavors, asking her preference makes sense, to make sure you get her fave.
     
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That’s what I was worried about. Thanks!

I’ll report back.
     
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Originally Posted by subego View Post
Is it legal to drink alcohol on public property where you live?
Where I live, only liquor stores can sell cold beer. Grocery stores can and do sell beer, a cooler, and ice to the same person at the same time. Oh, and they can and do sell cold cider and wine. Only beer is affected.

Rules concerning selling alcohol at events outside on public property always seem complicated. You have to drink in a beergarden and then leave it to enjoy the actual event.

We used to have pretty strict limita on microbrewery production and until just a few years ago we did not have Sunday alcohol sales.
     
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Originally Posted by Tuoder View Post
Where I live, only liquor stores can sell cold beer. Grocery stores can and do sell beer, a cooler, and ice to the same person at the same time. Oh, and they can and do sell cold cider and wine. Only beer is affected.

Rules concerning selling alcohol at events outside on public property always seem complicated. You have to drink in a beergarden and then leave it to enjoy the actual event.

We used to have pretty strict limita on microbrewery production and until just a few years ago we did not have Sunday alcohol sales.
~ Sounds really familiar...
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Yo, Tuoder! Where in Indy are you?
     
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Here in Texas, you can’t buy anything alcoholic between 1:00 am and 10:00 am on Sunday. You can’t buy packaged liquor at all on Sunday. And stores with a particular license (the most common alcohol license in Texas, used by grocery and convenience stores) can’t sell wine with an alcohol content above 17% on Sundays.

There seems to be a plethora of different types of Texas alcohol sales licenses, and there are different rules for each different type.

There are other types of “blue laws” that are even more challenging to understand. For example, car dealerships MUST close on one weekend day. The law doesn’t say it has to be Sunday, but that’s essentially the effect. Because maybe buying a car on Sunday might lead to dancing? I dunno…

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May 27, 2024, 09:17 AM
 
Can’t sell cars on Sunday in Illinois. This was passed in the 80s.

The consensus seems to be dealerships petition General Assemblies for this when they want a day off, but don’t want competitors pulling 7 day weeks.

The “choose a weekend day” in Texas might have been Jews going “wrong day”.
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We did some car shopping on sundays. We had to go back on a weekday when the DMV was open to complete, but Sat/Sun browsing seems important for people who work m-f.
     
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I agree that the Sunday choice seems to exclude a bunch of people. And with the pretty large “inherently non-Christian” populations in both Houston and Dallas*, you’d think someone would have said something. I also agree that there is a strong possibility that “choose a day on the weekend” levels the playing field, though that’s almost certainly an accidental side effect.

*Houston used to be essentially “mostly Christian” with a pretty substantial Jewish community. Today, both Houston and Dallas have large enough Subcontinental populations that you can find curry just about everywhere. Sadly, it’s “curry tailored to Texans: “these guys think jalapeños are spicy…let’s show them”. I really do like a lot of Indian cuisine. When it’s done so you can taste it. You seem to need to know where the “real” restaurants are if you want to find the real stuff. Sigh.

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Can’t sell cars on Sunday in Illinois. This was passed in the 80s.
You’ve never been able to buy a car on Sunday in Indiana. Ever.
     
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Clearview Highway (left) or Highway Gothic (right)?
     
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Leave it to TxDOT to make signage EVEN WORSE.

My wife and I actually took several of the Houston-area tollways in April, going from San Antonio to Galveston. While the signage was “less than optimum”, it wasn’t as bad as it often is, in Houston or elsewhere. Like yesterday, I was on Loop 1604 in San Antonio, trying (not quite desperately) to exit on Babcock Rd, so as to avoid the Even Worse (note just capitalized, not all caps) construction at the 1604/I10 interchange. I’ve used that exit zillions of times. But not yesterday because it just isn’t there (due to construction, of course). What’s also not there? ANY signage that points out the exit is closed. None ANYWHERE.

I don’t know if it’s this way everywhere, but freeway work in Texas exemplifies the ‘50s Sci Fi trope of “it was necessary to destroy the world in order to save it”. Just substitute “freeway” for “world”, and “make it better” for “save it”.

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Clearview Highway (left) or Highway Gothic (right)?
Is Clearview the new font? It's not bad.
     
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Highway Gothic is the standard, while Clearview was introduced to help with readability of reflective signs. It is not always good at that, so there are a lot of places where the fonts are mixed. And not necessarily because the powers that be decided to use Clearview where it was better and Highway Gothic where Clearview didn’t do as well. Mostly it’s a money issue: those signs are not inexpensive.

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