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ALL THE THINGS.

Seriously. I have eleven bags of crap in the car right now waiting to go to Goodwill, and another three cartons of crap I'm going to try to sell; I've filled three large trash bags with garbage, and set out two large recycling bins' worth of papers. AND I'M NOT DONE.

There are still five laptops, eleven desktops, two monitors, one large TV, and several cabinets full of old computer parts. Most of that will be going, but the computers need their drives backed up and wiped, so we're waiting on a piece of equipment for that. We should also be able to get a couple decent working computers out of that assortment.

Yeah, it's pretty terrifying. Whee!
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Die Hard, duh.
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Here's a kind of weird thing I would like: an owl triptych.

Durer's Little Owl

Picasso's Owl

O RLY?

I know, they wouldn't match all that well in aspect ratio, and for some reason I can't find a cheap print of the Picasso anywhere (though that one you could probably just print), but I think it'd be cute anyway.

Someday I might just try to find high-res versions of all three and make my own owl triptych.
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The obvious: Pay off debts. Invest and live off interest.

The less obvious, though still kind of a no-brainer if you know my husband: buy a train car, furnish it as an apartment in a Pullman-inspired style, and travel around the country. Amtrak will haul your private car. :D

He would love the train-riding part, I would love the decorating part. And I would learn to cook on a moving train. That would be cool.
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Can you specify a non-classic Beatles song? I mean, aren't they all classics?

Anyway: "Helter Skelter." Because fuck you.
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Longest novel, according to Wikipedia: Atlas Shrugged (and yes, I did eventually read John Galt's speech in its entirety). By the way, list, thanks for reminding me that I've been meaning to read Varney the Vampyre for about twenty years now.

Shortest novel: um, hell, I don't know where that line's drawn. I've read some fiction published as stand-alone books which probably doesn't even qualify as novels.

Longest nonfiction: If we're allowed to consider multi-volume works as one larger work -- which I think we should, since everybody's vote for "longest novel" (Proust's In Search of Lost Time) is still published in multiple volumes -- then it'd probably be Richard J. Evans's three-volume history of the Third Reich, which I highly recommend. If we're limiting ourselves to one volume, then, I dunno, something by Barbara Tuchman probably.

Shortest nonfiction: again, I really don't know.
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Rumored to be haunted? Sure.

Actually haunted? Well, even that depends. I think I could deal with ghostly figures, but an Amityville-style haunting with slime pouring down the walls and swarms of flies? Think of the bills.
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I would want her to be an extrovert. Everything else could stay the same, but I'd really be curious to see a me who likes being around people.
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We gave each other a second chance, and now he's out in the living room of the house we own, painting the window trim. So hey, it's not always a bad thing. He's a really good painter.

Important to recognize the difference between temporary and chronic immaturity.
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Because tobacco doesn't fuck you up, dumbass.
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I hope they're going to allow me a tad of leeway on this. I want to buy a bunch of busted-up old houses in the poorest neighborhoods of Kalamazoo, either renovate them or raze them and build new, and then give them away to families who've been living in those neighborhoods in crap housing for the longest time.

If I ever get a bunch of money that I don't have to give away, I'd want to do this and sell or rent the houses for just enough money to keep the business rolling.
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LOL so this has been going around on my friends list and everybody is like "um, what" because... really.

This question could easily have been asked as "You manage an amateur baseball team, and you want to bring in a ringer. Which currently active MLB player do you pick?"

But no, we have to make it about Twilight. Okay.

In the first place, I imagine vampires could be quite good at sports, given that they (usually) have superior speed, strength, and reflexes. However, that doesn't necessarily mean the average amateur vampire would be superior to a professional human sports player, given the gap in experience. My first impulse is to call Justin Verlander to the mound, un-vampired, and see how that works out.

Failing that, many are taking the opposite approach, and plumping for their own personal favorite vampires. What amuses me about this is all the people going "Twilight vampires are dumb and trendy, I'm gonna bring in vampires from *insert equally trendy sexed-up storyline* and they'll whip ass!" Yeah, so they might be tougher, but whether your vampire of choice drinks artificial blood, animal blood, or human blood but not enough to hurt anyone, there's not that much of a difference. (A while ago I wrote up a defense of Twilight in re: vampire "canon," I should find that and repost it here.)

Aaaanyway, I think I'm going to go the obvious route and field Team All The Draculas At Once:

Max Schreck (Nosferatu was Dracula with the names changed to avoid paying for rights)
Bela Lugosi
John Carradine
Lon Chaney, Jr.
Christopher Lee
Udo Kier
Jack Palance (hee! no, really)
Frank Langella
Klaus Kinski
Duncan Regehr (from The Monster Squad)
Gary Oldman
Gerard Butler

Now, I could work up a full 40-man roster just from people who have played Dracula once or twice in the past, but the starting lineup involves people who have done the role multiple times, people whose performances were iconic, famous actors who played the role once, and then the Monster Squad guy because he's cool. Oldman's Dracula was not cool, but that's not really his fault, I think. As for Palance, um, I have no idea, I just saw his name listed and it made me laugh. I CRAP BIGGER THAN EDWARD CULLEN.

Lee is the starting pitcher, obviously -- tall, lean, and intimidating -- and I think Butler is going to be the DH (yes, we're on AL rules) because he's really bulked up since Dracula 2000. Kinski's my batshit closer. That leaves eight positions and a middle reliever, which could probably be distributed any way you like.
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Nero Wolfe, assuming I could get him to take my case. I don't grow orchids, though, and I don't think I'm Archie Goodwin's type, so it might be difficult...
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