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I drove across town earlier this week, to a Goodwill store that often boasts books-bargains. The trip proved fruitless, and the browsers I encountered seemed less aware that COVID-19 has not vanished than it seems should be the case. I soon departed, removed my empties from the trunk, and walked to the nearby beer store. An employee asked us if we were buying, returning and buying, or just returning. The short, distressed woman ahead of me said she was buying. They let her in, and told me that I should enter and join the empties line once someone left.

The woman's purse barked. Repeatedly.

If she conveyed a sense of distress, it is clear that her dog had grown quite agitated, as one might when trapped in an anxious woman's purse on a hot day.

I entered, only to be forced to wait in a twilight zone of linespace. The dog-woman had returns stuffed in another bag, and had shifted lines. Of course, she had not put her cans in the pandemic-required returns box. While people tried…

Pickled onions are a delicious and easy condiment that can add flavor to almost any dish. This recipe makes a sweet and salty brine, so to hit the trifecta of flavors, pair the onions with rich foods like cheeses and red meats. They're excellent on nachos, pork chops, sandwiches, and hummus. On salads the brine doubles as a pungent vinaigrette. Or you can just eat them straight from the jar by the forkful as I do (…

I can't remember when I saw my first example of sexy Velma cosplay. It was probably over 15 years ago, before we had Instagram and before cosplay was a common thing. At the time, it was probably quite surprising, that a minor character from an old cartoon was not only being cosplayed, but being cosplayed in a sexy fashion. At the time, the idea was probably to be surprising and subversive: Daphne was the designated cute girl, while Velma was the nerd in dowdy clothing. But for some reason, the…

News for Noders

July 1: Brevity Quest 2020 begins!

July 1: Canada Day.

July 4: America Day.

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June 1: SciFiQuest 3020: Foresight is 3020 ends. Rewards will be announced shortly.

June 4: Aesop's Birthday.

June 11: TerribleAspect's birthday!

June 13: Serjeant's Muse's birthday!

June 16: Bloomsday.

June 19: Juneteenth.

June 20: Summer solstice (northern hemisphere) and winter solstice (southern hemisphere).

June 23: AdamTheDewott's birthday!

June 28: Tau Day.

June 30: Get ready for Brevity Quest 2020!

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SciFiQuest 3020 is ongoing.

May 1: May day.

May 4: May the Fourth be with you!

May 10: Happy birthday BIII!

May 10: Mother's day in the USA.

May 25: Memorial Day in the USA.

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April 1: Due to the Global Pandemic, Everything2 will be delivering nodes only through mail-order for the foreseeable future.

April 6: Happy birthday, borgo!

April 7: Happy birthday, Tem42!

April 12: Yuri's Night

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April 22: Happy Earth Day, fellow earthlings!

April 23: Saint George's Day.

April 24: Happy birthday, Rancid_Pickle!

April 30: SciFiQuest 3020 starts today.

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March 1st: The Prosenoder's Cup 2020 starts today! (Late starts may still report to the line by visiting Keppni Hrossa: An E2 Proseproduction and reserving a title.)

March 6th: Happy birthday Wifey!

March 14th: Pi day.

March 15th: Midnight today is the last chance to post in, and vote on, the Prosenoder's Cup 2020.

March 19th: The first equinox of the year.

March 23rd: Today was grundoon's birthday.

March 28th: Happy birthday lizardinlaw!

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