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    DParker replied to a thread And so it begins in Podunk Corner
    Yer pullin' me feckin' leg!
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    DParker replied to a thread And so it begins in Podunk Corner
    I actually had that line warmed up and ready to go, but was saved from myself when I noted that there was nary a single porter on tap. Instead I told the barkeep that I was keen to try something I couldn't get back home. He poured me a locally-produced craft pale ale that he felt the duty to inform me, "has a strong taste to it"...even though it was the sort of uber-light bodied sex-in-a-canoe brew that even my wife finds boring. I was about to be offended by his assumption that I was some stereotypical American beer dullard...until I overheard one of my fellow countrymen nearby telling his companion, "When I look at the tap handles and see a bunch of name that I don't recognize I just order a Sam Adams as a safe bet." OK...totally not the barkeep's fault. I know, right? I should have gotten the loaded nachos. It was, on both counts. I've actually had some decent simulation of shepherd's pies state-side, but they're always made with beef. The real deal is much better. For lunch today I switched it up and had the fish-n-chips at the aptly-named http://thechurch.ie, the 200 year-old St. Mary's in Dublin that has been converted into an enormous eatery and bar. It was some tasty, tasty heresy. We sat outside while contemplating our menu options and eternal damnation. That followed our earlier tour of the old Jameson's Distillery, where I paid extra for the small group barrel-tasting option after the main tour. So small in fact that it included only my wife, myself and some young guy who was from the suburb just up the street from my office. Man, you just can't get away from these damned Texans. The whole thing was actually a lot of fun, and far more worth it than the Guiness Storehouse self-guided "tour" that we did after lunch. Here's my normally wine-sipping wife swilling 124-proof Irish whiskey straight from the cask at noon on a Sunday. Just imagine how pissed I'll be about it after all this is costing my kids' inheritance and the amount of time I've spent at 35,000 feet.
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    DParker replied to a thread And so it begins in Podunk Corner
    He was the male stripper that was hired by a group of rowdy Irish women who were throwing a bachelorette party inside. I'll bet his g-string would have held together better if Ireland still used 1 notes instead of those heavy €2 coins.
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    DParker replied to a thread And so it begins in Podunk Corner
    It was a full Irish breakfast at 8am followed by a long drive to the Cliffs of Moher to play with my phone camera's panorama feature... ...a not quite as long jaunt to Galway for some wandering about their market streets... ...and some helpings of shepherd's pie and fish-n-chips. ...and then on to Cong for a pint and some Marquess of Queensberry rules.
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    DParker replied to a thread And so it begins in Podunk Corner
    Oh, and...I don't think the Irish can handle their alcohol.
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    DParker replied to a thread And so it begins in Podunk Corner
    I'll tell Swampy the same thing I told my son. We witnessed the same sad spectacle all night long. Attractive young women with adorable accents and dressed to impress, utterly starved for male attention all night long. Set some pennies aside and come to Ireland. A straight virile...and single...American boy with an actual pair of.huevos could clean up here.
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    DParker replied to a thread And so it begins in Podunk Corner
    We're glad we spent thousands of $$ and traveled > 5,000 miles to immerse ourselves in the traditional culture offered at a street festival in this 500+ year-old Irish town: Pulled BBQ pork and a live band performing a selection of crappy American pop singles.
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    DParker replied to a thread And so it begins in Podunk Corner
    Not a male within reach. I think the Coors is causing gayness...or the other way around.
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    DParker replied to a thread And so it begins in Podunk Corner
    You don't want that...trust me. But the downtown street is loaded with drunk girls dressed for attention. The wife is even cutting me slack on staring. On a semi-related note... Me: "I'll have a pint of your best/strongest brew." Barkeep: "That'd be Guiness then." Local next to me: "Give us 2 pints o' Coors." Me: "WTF?"
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    DParker replied to a thread And so it begins in Podunk Corner
    That's the next country...and haggis will definitely be on the menu.
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    The two most amazing things so far: 1) I drove the 140 km from Shannon Int'l Airport to our B&B in Portloise without causing a traffic mishap. 2) The cows we saw from the highway outnumbered the sheep we saw by something like 20:1. This country is basically Wisconsin with a cooler accent and better beer.
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    DParker replied to a thread And so it begins in Podunk Corner
    Ireland!
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    DParker replied to a thread And so it begins in Podunk Corner
    Which raises the age-old question: Betty....or Veronica?
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    I'm glad that Delta advised us to arrive at least 3 hours prior to our departure time because of the "longer than usual" TSA lines for international flights...which took us a whole 5 minutes to get through. So now we can stare at this for the next several hours.
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    LOL!
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    It looks like that chicken on the left was caught mid-dance step. It all does look delicious though. I've been slacking, and am going to have to go on a smoking tear when we get back from the other side of the pond.
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    DParker replied to a thread Friday music vids in Podunk Corner
    Well, I already have one request for a vial of water from Loch Ness, so....why not?
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    DParker replied to a thread Friday music vids in Podunk Corner
    There's no deadline. You can request anything you want whenever you want. Of course, that doesn't meany anybody's getting anything besides stories...some of which might even be true. Coincidentally, today was my last day at the office until after my 3-week vacation. And even after taking that I'll still have 110 days of accrued paid vacation left. Ignoring holidays could take 5 full calendar months off in a row...and when I came back I would have nearly 2 weeks of new vacation time that accrued while I was out for the 5 months. I work too damned much.
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    I knew it!
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    That's what SHE said.......never.
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    Billy IS unlimited Tex.
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    I take it that you're currently using your phone as a hot-spot for a laptop/notebook computer? That's an average of about 270MB/day, 7 days/week, which is a lot of data. It's the equivalent of something like streaming 4.5 hours of hi-bit rate music (MP3 audio) every day, or ~45 minutes of video every day. Is this something work-related? Or do you possibly have something going on in the background on your phone or laptop that you're not aware of that's chewing up cellular data? That's pretty common. Anything requiring security should be going across an encrypted SSL connection anyway. Think the "https" (note that extra "s", which stands for "secure", compared with the usual "http") protocol designator you see in your browser's URL bar when you access secure sites like your bank, Amazon, etc. This means that all of the data being exchanged between your computing device (PC, tablet, phone, etc) and the website is encrypted, including your login info, so that even if someone were "sniffing" the airwaves to intercept Wi-Fi traffic, any data they're able to see will be meaningless gobbledygook to them. If you're not using encrypted connections then you have a problem already. Remember that your cellular connection is even more "public" and spread over a larger area than that with a nearby Wi-Fi hot-spot. Yeah, but using those that are available whenever possible will still cut down on your total cellular data usage to at least some degree. According to Verizon's current plan info, that $35/mo is for the whole package, not just the data. As a result, you can get an 8GB version of the same plan for $70/mo. So 4x the data allowance, but only 2x the total cost (not counting taxes, fees and all of the other stuff they tack onto your bill). Or, for another $5/mo ($75 total, which appears to require that you enroll in AutoPay, which I prefer anyway) you can get their unlimited data plan, which would be the way to go if you're routinely exceeding 8GB of usage/mo. Of course, there are a lot of other providers and options, but I don't have the time to look at all of them now. Maybe later tonight.
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    DParker replied to a thread Mobile Data in Podunk Corner
    Remember, pics of farmer's daughter or it didn't happen.
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    DParker replied to a thread Mobile Data in Podunk Corner
    First, which mobile carrier are you currently with? Second, let's define exactly what "little bit of mobile data is no longer sufficient" means, as in...how little is the amount of data that's included per month with your current mobile plan, and by how much are you thinking that isn't sufficient compared with what you now need? Third, I'm assuming that when you need to use data you're generally not in the vicinity of a free Wi-Fi hot-spot you could be connecting to. Or is that something you haven't tried yet?
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    One out of three ain't bad. It ain't good either....but it ain't bad.
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    I like big frontal lobes, and I cannot lie.
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