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Something About Something About Friends

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From time to time we are faced with why

it’s our closest friends who always make us sigh

 

Passerby, classmate, coworker, new friend,

try and do, show up on time; setting a new trend

 

The reason is plain but not easy to see

It’s a problem with them but also with me

 

While new friends may show up and share a good song

Best friends are those to whom you can never say ‘so long’

 

New friends are gone if they don’t try

But best friends are forgiven without batting an eye.

 

You don’t want them to just be there in the end,

instead to be *with you* and take the hand you lend.

 

You want them to grow, to live, and be free

And when they do, it fills you with glee.

 

So don’t you forget, we all do some wrong

but best friends are there to make you feel like you belong.

 

Tell a friend you love them. It can’t hurt!

10 Roadtripping Tips

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Around every 2-3 years I make sure to take a road trip of at least 4000 miles. In the past I’ve done Miami-Charlottesville (MagFest 4), Miami-Pittsburgh (School – CMU), Miami-Chicago, and most recently Miami-DC-Chicago-Homestead, MT-Denver-Grand Canyon-OKC-Miami. Through these trips, and with advice from my father (a veteran road tripper) I’ve built up some good tips and tricks for (solo) roadtripping on a budget. So when our very own BoxyBrown told me he was looking for tips for his 2 month tumble around the states, I decided to gather up some of my best.

 

1) Windshield Wiper Fluid

A mostly forgotten car fluid, having this in good supply is essential on road trips. When driving familiar streets, as one does day-to-day, low visibility can be an annoyance but usually not dangerous. However, when going 80 in the dark down a highway looking for signs, those smudges on the windshield become a lot more than eyesores.

Spritzing wiper fluid when you first turn on the wipers for rain can also aid in the water sliding off the windshield and beading better. Of course also ensure your wipers are generally in good working order, they’re not too costly but make a lot of difference when you have a lot of road ahead of you and the rain is coming down.

2) Frozen Water Bottles

When keeping a cooler in your car for snacks, meals, and/or medical supplies frozen water bottles are the best way to maintain cold (significantly better than reusable chemical ice packs). 1-3 liter bottles are the best, but will take a day or so to completely freeze. Once frozen, they can last a week in a cooler (especially if you surround your cooler with insulating things like blankets, pillows, towels, or suitcases), and when in need will provide cold water. In any overnight stop you make where a freezer is handy, then can be refrozen and topped off.

3) Snacking

Not only a good way to cut down on stops for meals, having something that you might be reaching for and chewing helps stave off monotony on large stretches of road. Trail mix, or jerkies tend to be good not only because of the chewyness, but for being very concentrated nutrition sources. When on the road, I tend to only eat two light meals a day, then nibble on snacks the rest. Can’t afford to get the itis!

4) Voice Recorder

Being in the isolation of a car for long periods tends to cause the brain to try to stretch itself out, some people call it thinking (whatever). Instead of letting errant thoughts flit away like the milemarkers you pass, record them. This can be like an audio diary, or just notes for yourself. When you have downtime, go back to the recordings, and you can elaborate or take action on them. Regardless of how you do it, it’s much more pleasing (and productive) than talking to yourself, and much less dangerous than actually having a phone conversation.

5) Interstate Rest Stops

I’ve never paid for a hotel on a road trip. In almost all states, the interstate road stops allow for at the very least 16 hour parking, and in many have some sort of security. They tend to be away from town centers with the interstate being the only way to reach them, which makes them relatively crime free. Throw a mat or blankets in the back seat and you’re good for the night. During the day, many are also manned with someone who can provide information on the locale and any sights to see. At any time there are usually also maps, which may seem irrelevant in the era of GPS but are great for wandering, finding scenic routes, and as souvenirs. Last, but certainly not least, the restrooms tend to be much MUCH nicer than your run-of-the-mill gas station.

6) Pawn/Thrift shops

Other than being a good way to interact with local color, second-hand shops tend to be full of souvenir goods that have lost their appeal. Additionally, any item that you get now automatically has a much more exciting back story, e.g.: In a large indoor flea market in Cheyenne, WY I found an AD&D Player’s Handbook. Inside was a story of the former owner’s last play session with a good friend who had to move away.

7) Sammiches

Ingredients tend to keep without spoiling in a cooler, and with a relatively small set of condiments you can get a good rotation of flavours to not grow tired of the food. Saves vs fast food financially, health-wise, and time-wise.

8) Reenter highway on the next exit

Oftentimes when stopping for gas, instead of going right back onto the highway, I’ll make my way through the city and reenter one or two exits down. This is a very time-economical way to get a little bit of sightseeing in. Main streets are particularly fun, or you might ask a clerk at the gas station about anything worth seeing nearby.

9) Cruise Control

This is a real take-it-or-leave-it thing. I’ve had people tell me that focusing on keeping a constant speed allows them to focus more on driving and alerts to when they’re too tired. To me, it just creates a distraction. Keeping cruise control can ensure that you are at peak gas efficiency, not accidentally speeding, and more precisely aware of how long it will take to get to your next destination. It can also just give you one less thing to have to worry about and free your mind up for taking in the view or talking to yourself.

10) Respect Your Limits

Simple right? It’s harder than you’d think sometimes. Try your best to plan a trip flexibly, making room for going slower than you know you will or driving fewer hours than you know you’ll be able to. It becomes very easy to lose a lot of time, and you don’t want to be thinking about driving another 100 miles at 2am. Relax and remember this is supposed to be fun, and you can always set your alarm earlier in the morning. If you find yourself having to guzzle the caffeine, or are constantly wanting to stop to just stretch and wake up, you should probably already have stopped.

 

Hope these help and would-be traveler. Throw down a comment if you have any you’d like to share!

Planeswaka flocka flame

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PLANESWAKA

I go hard in the motherfucking draft nigga,

taking rares nigga, what the fuck you thinking nigga

Imma take what I want cause im here to play

mythic rares and them foils yeah imma get paid

see Yawgmoth thats my motherfucking nigga

bury all yo creatures call me the gravedigga

I win every game with this old school killa

raising all my zombies like its Michael Jackson thrilla

 

 

Got my main deck, got my side board (what else)

came here to represent for the dark lord

keep my hand stacked, graveyard filled up

troops immortal, resurrecting nonstop

ay what I stand for? Domination

I wont stop till you’re begging for dark salvation

I’ll attack with some demons and my planeswalker

where you at?you all tapped? you aint planes walking

Keep this deck all black or go multicolor

Orzhov fucking with me, Dimir and Rakdos

Hustlas and gangtas, scheemin for control

Phyrexia, yawgmoth the fucking boss

 

 

i go hard in the motherfucking draft nigga

taking rares nigga, what the fuck you thinking nigga

imma take what i want cause im here to play

mythic rares and them foils imma get paid

see yawgmoth thats my motherfucking nigga

I win every game with his old school killas

keeping all these cards you can call me the deala’

im raising all my zombies like its michael jackson thrilla

 

what you tapping nigga, who’s attacking nigga

doesnt matter, wipe the board, my lead is getting bigger

hope you brought your sideboard with ya, hope you got some counters with ya

hope you got some kleenex with ya, you gon be crying after nigga

Doesnt matter if constructed or we drafting Cube

By then end, you’ll be yellin’ “fuck you”

Got killer 3 card combo and plenty of mana

Beat you so bad you’ll be begging fo yo mama

Got my whole decked wrapped in up in new custom sleeves

How I win every time is hard to believe

If you ready for a challenge then sit down and play

Got the skills to ensure that I win all day

 

I go hard in the motherfucking draft nigga,

taking rares nigga, what the fuck you thinking nigga

Imma take what I want cause im here to play

mythic rares and them foils yeah imma get paid

see Yawgmoth thats my motherfucking nigga

bury all yo creatures call me the gravedigga

I win every game with this old school killa

raising all my zombies like its michael jackson thrilla

 

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This page is hereby deemed alive. Below are some posts that BoxyBrown (Jorge) and I (Donald) have been working up in the past while to fill this thing up.

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