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I used to work in a theme park in a line-order restaurant (serving guests and serving employees) some of my stories.

>An elderly British couple came in, the woman asked for tea. I inserted the tea bag, filled the cup with hot water over the bag, capped it, sleeved it, and handed it to her. She looked at me in abject fear and confusion before turning to her husband and asked “An American who knows how to make tea, WHAT IS THIS?”

>A different elderly British couple asked if the Fish and Chips we served was real fish and chips, I told them it was until the health department said we had to stop serving it in news paper. The wife thought this was hilarious.

>A man came through, looked at our menu and said that our food looked good but was way too fatty, I agreed and jokingly said that “you know what they say, a heart attack is just your body’s way of saying ‘I have eaten all the delicious food the world has to offer and now I am ready to die.’” The man thought I had a valid point and ordered a double cheeseburger, his wife was significantly less amused.

>A couple with a young child approached with the distinct repeated sound of air being blown through the souvenir cup straw. The father asks for a refil, after I fill the cup he sighs and with a deflated tone says that he regrets teaching his son how to make noise with the straw. The mother slowly nods her head with pursed lips and a look of “I told you so.”

>A kid asks how much longer the restaurant is open. I tell him that we close when the park does in 360 minutes. Kid freaks thinking everything is about to shut down, so does his dad until he does the math and realizes that that was six hours.

>A platoon of soldiers comes in during our breakfast hours, having a week’s leave after basic before getting sent to their assignment. The each order an English Breakfast (eggs, sausage, country potatoes, fired english muffin) with a Belgian waffle (we only have two waffle makers because we don’t normally get that kind of traffic in the morning) we stop taking breakfast orders at 11. We give the last soldier their breakfast at 1. We have to tell lunch customers we are no longer serving breakfast as we give breakfast to these people idling about.

>Guy from Philadelphia asks if our Philly Cheese Steaks are “real.” I tell him no, describe why. My coworkers are pissed, he thanks me for actually knowing what he asked and orders one. Tells me he can’t tell the difference. I use that in my response from then on.

>Guy from Delaware asks if our Philly CheeseSteaks are “real.” I say no, but people from Philly have said they can’t tell the difference. He orders one, stops me while I’m making it and asks where the Cheese-wiz is. The guy in front of him from Philly angrily asks if he’s from Delaware. The guest angrily replies that he is. A fight almost breaks out. My coworkers learn that I was not joking when I said people from Philly take their Cheese Steaks seriously.

>Man comes in asking for beer, tries to prove his age with an ID held together with scotch tape. Gets pissed when I deny him service and ask for alternate proof of identity.

>Woman tried to use void ID to purchase alcohol. Produces valid ID when asked for alternate ID (she had moved so she had to have her drivers license changed). Insisted that the ID with the word VOID punched into it was still good because it had not yet expired.

>Old woman angrily demanded to know where I was after my day off. Claimed I was the only person in the park who knew how to make fish right, and demanded that I tell my manager that they were no longer allowed to serve fish on days when I was not working.

>Guy in charge of all the restaurants in my area of the park is performing an inspection during set up and decides to QC the aforementioned fish. Declares it to be “nice and flaky, like a lot of the people who work here.”

>Tram driver angrily yells at me for serving hot food that will make him sleepy and crash a tram full of guests. I tell him that I don’t control the menu or food policies and that his meal voucher doesn’t cover the salad bar, which is written on the voucher. He asks how he could be expected to read that when he doesn’t have his glasses?


>See a coworker doing a half-assed job closing as I’m getting ready to clock out at doors. I tell him if he half-asses it he won’t have to answer to one of our supervisors, he’d have to answer to the coworker who has been at the park longer than many of the workers have been alive. He laughs. The next day the elderly coworker demands to know who closed last night, I tell her about my conversation with the closer. She takes closing shift from me so she can “teach” him how to close. He never doubted my cleaning advice again.

Batfam headcanon: weekend at the Kent farm
  • Clark invites the batfam to spend a weekend at the Kent farm in rural Hamilton County.
  • Pulls up at the tiny airport in an old farm truck, smiling. The truck legit looks like it could break down any second. 
  • Bruce: “Clark. We can’t all fit in the truck…" "Sure you can! Tell the kids to hop in the back. Don’t worry, everyone does it here.“ "That doesn’t mean they should.”
  • Half the family wear jeans and flannel shirts to “fit in with the locals.” Bruce, Damian, Barbara and Tim abstain. 
  • Driving on a dusty back-road, passing cornfields dotted with red barns, wheat silos and windmills under a cloud-streaked sky. 
  • Everyone sleeps where there’s space: the girls are set up in Jon’s room; Bruce sleeps in the guest room; Dick, Jason and Tim sprawl out on couches and by the fireplace in the lounge. 
  • Damian and Jon are sent to sleep in a creaky old bed in the attic and spend the night arguing and starting at mysterious noises. It’s just the wind. 
  • Breakfast in the morning: Dick and Cass help the Kents cook breakfast while the others are still asleep. They cook eggs and bacon fresh from the farm, sausages, country fried potatoes, grits, warm flaky biscuits… the real deal. The smell of freshly brewed coffee quickly wakes Tim up. 
  • Clark has everyone help out with a few of the chores to give them a taste of farm life. “Hopefully this’ll teach you city slickers a thing or two." 
  • Jason cuts firewood, Steph shucks corn then gets bored and makes Jason switch with her, Damian helps Jon feed the chickens and milk the cows, Bruce gets to drive the tractor under Clark’s supervision ("I prefer the batmobile”), Tim shovels manure (“Why do I have to do the dirty work?”), Dick works on repairing and painting the fence with Babs, and Cass joins Lois in their small garden to help her pick tomatoes and other fresh vegetables for supper. 
  • Damian gets attacked by a possum after Jon convinces him they’re tame. Becomes paranoid that he might have rabies. 
  • Cass and Tim help make a beef stew with vegetables and cornbread while the others relax in the lounge, reading, watching tv or playing card games. Steph and Jason teach Damian and Jon how to play poker, much to Bruce’s disapproval. 
  • The girls talk with Lois about her career in journalism (they all have mad respect for her) and get into a conversation about sexism, the patriarchy and the struggles of being a female crime-fighter. 
  • Jason argues with Bruce and storms out of the house, ends up lost in a cornfield in the middle-of-nowhere. Clark drives up in his beat-up truck (“Need a lift?”). The two go to a local bar and complain about how difficult Bruce can be over a drink. 
  • When they get back, Bruce and Jason sit outside on the porch and talk it out beneath the stars.
  • Everyone goes outside as Clark starts a bonfire (using his heat-vision, obviously) and cook s'mores, wrapped up in blankets to fend off the end-of-summer chill. 
  • They talk and laugh for hours before heading off to bed, everyone in the batfam feeling refreshed and ready to face whatever Gotham has to throw at them tomorrow.

I scrambled myself some eggs, almost like my mother used to make them. (Had to leave out the milk because the jury’s still out on that. Also I can’t recall what seasonings she used. I figured you couldn’t go wrong with pepper, salt, and basil??) Then I tried to remember what we used to eat them with, like … just eggs is not a meal. But it’s all very foggy in my mind.

I think sometimes she’d add the scrambled eggs to spaghetti, in addition to our usual sauce??? But that was rare.

Spinach and potatoes, I guess. Is that a common thing to eat in my country, potatoes + eggs + spinach? I have no idea, but I think it was a low-effort, low-cost meal for us. From my current perspective it doesn’t seem low-effort at all, lol.

In the end I threw some corn into the pan with the eggs and left it at that. Now my stomach hurts. Great. Too many eggs at once, or are they out? I don’t know, I’ll have to try baking something with a single egg in it and see if that’s better. :/

… Not sure why I’m rambling about eggs tbh. I miss that stupid pasta sauce. Even if I can’t have eggs with it, I’m absolutely determined to find a way to recreate it out of ingredients I can eat.

tiredkravitz replied to your post: an over easy egg is an egg that’s been fried on…

To be fair about the potatoes, 98% of people (at least Americans, I can’t speak for Canadians) would not consider those hash browns, tho honestly probably would not be surprised if they ordered hash browns and got those. Those I’d call either country potatoes or fried potatoes; they’re called something different basically everywhere tbh

I don’t know if it is a Canadian thing or not either, I personally avoided ordering hash browns again so as not to be subjected to the horror of trying to eat dozens of the tiniest cubes of potato i’ve ever seen in my life.

Remember when Burr tried to make his own country?

For those of you who never knew, let me tell you that Burr’s story sure as hell didn’t end with the Hamilton-Burr duel.

Let’s not forget that Burr was actually vice president when he killed one of the founding fathers. But when his vice presidency ended in 1805, Burr fled West into the Louisiana Purchase. When he got there, he started leasing land from Spain in the Texas Territory until he had 40,000 fucking acres of land.

What was Burr going to possibly due with all this land you might ask? Make a new fucking country of course! He started drumming up support and got help from Wilkinson and even got Britain and Spain to promise some ships (did the ships show up? fuck nah!)

He had a plan all laid out to just carve up part of the U.S. and declare himself the ruler of it, but obviously this didn’t quite work out.

You see, Wilkinson wasn’t completely down with this whole treason gig so he ratted Burr’s plans out to Jefferson. Before you know it Burr’s name is plastered with the word “treason” on every newspaper and he finds himself fleeing…again…

But Burr kind of sucked at the whole “running from the government” thing, so it wasn’t long before he was caught, covered in mud and wearing a beaver hat, and dragged him to trial.

In the end though, the constitution provided a loop hole for Burr and he technically couldn’t be found guilty for treason. Fearing for his life because everyone basically hated his guts now, he fled AGAIN but this time to Europe where he was passed around by the countries like a hot potato while he STILL tried to continue his plan for his own country, failing yet again.

When he returned to America 4 years later, he changed his name a lived in obscurity as a lawyer for the rest of his days. Never tell me that history is dull.

Story of Seasons Crop List

Seeds are available only in season.
>>Click here to see a list for crop growth times<<

Most seasonal crops (minus fruit that grows on trees and flowers) also have a gold version. To unlock the gold version, you must ship a minimum of 500 of the normal crop.

Shipping requirements sometimes mean “total amount shipped, period” and sometimes mean “total amount shipped to that merchant.” I didn’t distinguish between the two because meeting their requirements are usually fairly easy; if the season is right, you’re in year 2, and the seed doesn’t appear in the merchant’s inventory, then you probably need to ship more goods to that merchant. 

I’ve added this list to my “Table of Contents” post for ease of access!

SPRING CROPS

  • Turnip (General Store or Silk Country, from start)
  • Potato (General Store or Wheat Country, from start) 
  • Cabbage (Rose Country, Y2)
  • Cucumber (Sakura Country, Y2)
  • Strawberry (Rose Country, Y2)
  • Cherry Tree (Rose Country, from the start)
  • Marguerite Daisy (Rose Country, Y2)
  • Tulip (Rose Country, Y2)
  • Carnation (Rose Country, Y2 and after shipping 100,000G worth of goods)
  • Pink Rose (Rose Country, Y2 and after shipping 50,000G worth of goods)


SUMMER CROPS

  • Onion (General Store, Rose Country, Y2)
  • Pumpkin (Wheat Country, Y2)
  • Tomato (Silk Country, from the start)
  • Sweet Pepper (Wheat Country, Y2)
  • Corn (Wheat Country, Y2)
  • Pineapple (Tropical Country, Y2)
  • Watermelon (Tropical Country, Y2)
  • Melon (Wheat Country, Y2)
  • Peach Tree (General Store or Sakura Country, from the start)
  • Mango Tree (Tropical Country, after shipping 100,000G worth of goods; you can also receive one by giving Dessie enough offerings)
  • Banana Tree (Tropical Country, from the start)
  • Almond Tree (Wheat Country, after shipping 50,000G worth of goods)
  • Red Rose (Rose Country, Y2 and after shipping 150,000G worth of goods)
  • Hydrangea (Sakura Country, Y2)
  • Sunflower (General Store, after getting the flower area in a conquest; Tropical Country, Y2)
  • Lily (Tropical Country, Y2 and after shipping 50,000G worth of goods)
  • Hibiscus (Tropical Country, Y2 and after shipping 100,000G worth of goods)


AUTUMN CROPS

  • Spinach (Silk Country, from the start)
  • Burdock Root (Silk Country, from the start)
  • Carrot (General Store, Cabin Country, from the start)
  • Sweet Potato (General Store, Cabin Country, from the start)
  • Eggplant (Silk Country, from the start)
  • Green Pepper (Wheat Country, from the start)
  • Andes Potato (Wheat Country, after shipping 500 potatoes)
  • Apple Tree (Sakura Country, after shipping 300,000G worth of goods)
  • Lemon (Silk Country, after shipping 100,000G worth of goods)
  • Kiwi Tree (Silk Country, autumn of Y1)
  • Grape Tree (Rose Country, after shipping 100,000G worth of goods)
  • Muscat Tree (Rose Country, after shipping 100,000G worth of goods)
  • Cacao Tree (Tropical Country, from the start; you can also receive one by giving Dessie enough offerings)
  • Olive (Rose Country, after shipping 30,000G worth of goods)
  • White Rose (Rose Country, from the start)
  • Pink Carnation (Sakura Country, after shipping 50,000G worth of goods)
  • Hilton Daisy (Silk Country, from the start)


WINTER CROPS

  • Radish (General Store, Sakura Country, from the start)
  • Napa Cabbage (Sakura Country, from the start–note that this is called “bok choy” in the seed maker)
  • Broccoli (Rose Country, from the start)
  • Snowdrop (Cabin Country, after shipping 50,000G worth of goods)
  • Blue Rose (Cabin Country, after shipping 100,000G worth of goods)
  • Gentian (Sakura Country, after shipping 100,000G worth of goods)
  • Orange Tree (Wheat Country, after shipping 100,000G worth of goods)


YEAR-ROUND CROPS

  • Flax (Silk Country, after shipping 150,000G worth of goods)
  • Cotton (Rose Country, from the start)
  • Wheat (Wheat Country, from the start)
  • Soybean (Silk Country, after shipping 50,000G worth of goods OR after getting the grain area in a conquest)
  • Rice Seedling(Sakura Country, from the start)
  • Lotus Root Seedling (Silk Country, after shipping 100,000G worth of goods)
  • Wasabi Seedling (Sakura Country, after harvesting at least 100 items from the rice paddies)
  • Cactus (Wheat Country, after shipping 300,000G worth of goods)
  • Chili Pepper (Silk Country, Y2 Spring)
  • Sugar Cane (Tropical Country, from the start)
  • Grass (General Store, from the start)
  • Tea (excluding winter–General Store in autumn Y1; Silk Country autumn Y1; Sakura Country from the start)
  • Bamboo Seedling (Sakura Country, after shipping 500,000G worth of goods)
  • Hardwood Tree (Wheat Country, from the start)
  • Softwood Tree (Rose Country, from the start)


MUSHROOM
These can be foraged rather than bought, and can be grown only in the beekeeping/mushroom area. 

  • Shiitake (Silk Country in autumn Y1)
  • Shimeji (Silk Country, after shipping 100 shiitake)
  • Trumpet Mushroom (Rose Country, after harvesting at least 300 mushrooms from the beekeeping/mushroom area)
  • Coral Mushroom (Silk Country, after shipping 100 shimeji)
  • Common Mushroom (Rose Country, after shipping 100 Trumpet)
  • Poison Mushroom (can’t be bought; must be made through seed maker)

anonymous asked:

I'm watching hxh and my sister just doesn't get why Gon is such a big deal, or why hxh is such a big deal. I try to explain, but I fail with words and she just doesn't get it. Could you perhaps help me show her the light? Lol. Or, rather, just explain why it's SUCH. A good series with SUCH a good cast?

Ah, but does your sister watch a lot of anime? Remember the post going around tumblr that said “no one hates anime more than people who watch anime”? That has a lot to do with why I appreciate hxh so much, and I can completely see why someone who doesn’t watch much anime might be less discerning. I watch SO MUCH ANIME, shitty ones included.

That aside, this is my completely biased assessment of why hxh deserves all the awards ever. Disclaimer: I have not yet read the manga and I’m only about halfway through the 2011 anime so these are my thoughts so far.

As you may know, there is a cut and dry list of tropes for shoujo protagonists and storylines (yes, shoujo), and most authors almost seem to create their mc’s and plot by closing their eyes and picking five. Just a few typical characteristics include: pretty but no one thinks she is, clumsy in an endearing way, cannot cook, not very popular, shy, honest, naive, “quirky”….essentially, Zooey Deschanel’s character in New Girl. For this reason, many people spurn shoujo in favour of shounen, but shounen has the exact same problem (although less obvious). A hero with amazing powers goes on an adventure in search of something, makes friends along the way, and has many battles, winning all of them if not the majority.

Togashi-sensei nimbly dances around and entirely revolutionises this concept. Rather than trying to create a big “fuckyou” to the orthodox shounen, Togashi-sensei creates a series that’s a playful nod to the very best aspects of shounen, without compromising the uniqueness of the characters or story. Let’s consider a few of today’s typical shounen animes, starting with Fairy Tail. Now, I love this show, but it is extremely shallow, at best. Of course, FT’s strengths lie more in comedy and light entertainment than in story, but sometimes you’re watching the bouncy boob close-ups and all-too-convenient-endings and think, well that’s just a little excessive. NO fanservice, filler, or other ridiculous/unreasonable/inconsistent occurrences in hxh. You will not see a single instance of the story or characters of hxh being compromised for the sake of jokes, filler, or an especially exciting battle.

And while we’re on the subject of battles, the ones in hxh are extremely well executed. FT battles, for example, pit one person’s raw battle power against another’s, and the power of emotions and friends is emphasised as being able to overcome almost anything. As flowery as this is, the truth is that strong emotions for something often do not result automatically in success, which hxh knows fully well. Musicians can understand this, because feeling strongly about a performance does not make you suddenly better at music when you’re on that stage. Hxh battles are highly layered, taking into account not only raw power but also strategy, ability to learn and adapt mid-battle, cunning, speed, emotional state (calm, volatile, desperate…), experience, reason for fighting, analytical capabilities. And after all these factors are added up, the protagonist is not always favoured. In fact, Gon loses very often, because he has the raw talent but is often pitted against more experienced opponents. In the middle of a one-sided battle, no one gains a sudden power-up that grants guaranteed victory. Basically, there are no unjustified upsets, no deus ex machina, and when characters die, they don’t come back miraculously.

But that’s just comparing to FT. Alright, how about Sword Art Online, another popular shounen anime? Battles are always extremely one-sided and thus boring, with Kirito overpowering almost anybody with his outstanding main-character-only power. Same with Valvrave. Main character bias is nonexistent in hxh.

So what DOES hxh have that makes it so special? Isn’t it just about two tragic 12-year-olds?

Two of hxh’s best qualities are clear characterisation and story build-up. Now, I’m going to bring up the dreaded Shingeki No Kyojin comparison to discuss characters, because I feel safe in the knowledge that my followers are respectful enough never to lash back at me for my opinions on anything - really, thank you. (Obviously, I have been picking popular but flawed shounen animes for the sake of discussion, avoiding shows like FMA with few flaws to speak of.) Snk works under the common misconception that characters are defined solely by their past. If I asked you to characterise your favourite character from a book, would you recount to me the character’s backstory, or would you describe how that character reacts to different situations? If your answer is the former, you’re falling into the same trap snk did. Eren is “revenge on titans”. Mikasa is “devotion to eren for saving her”. Sasha is “weird potato country girl”. Reiner is “bipolar”. Then the characters without any significant backstory just lack characterisation altogether: Jean, Connie, etc. The few characters (Annie, Armin, and Jean to some extent) in whom I saw potential for development beyond the overly simplistic tropes/motives the other characters are built on are completely shafted in favour of focusing on Eren’s thirst for revenge to drive the plot instead. I’m not going to argue my point further on this series, because that’s a whole other story, but basically snk characters are not well developed, and the story is ridiculous as a result (especially latest chapters, wtf).

Hxh has strong characters who help advance the story in logical yet surprising ways. Gon is, in many ways, an orthodox shounen protagonist: hero on a quest, innate power, endearing, quirky, adventurous. However, he is so incredibly human, and that’s what makes him great. HIS AMAZING BATTLE PROWESS IS NOT WHAT DISTINGUISHES HIM. I personally find Gon fascinating because he’s so different from me, so honest and optimistic and free-spirited. At the same time, he differs immensely from the overhashed shounen protagonist of this decade: the dark, brooding, powerful, Lelouch-type that I’ve grown so wary of. Despite seeming so simple, Gon is incredibly complex. Friends are more important to him than anything, he’s fearless at times and terrified other times, and he has determination and willpower like no other. Killua is, obviously, Gon’s direct counter. A trained and skilled assassin, level-headed, analytical, cautious, as baffled as I am sometimes by Gon’s behaviour. Killua has much more of an involved backstory, but he mostly overcomes his past after the Hunter Exam. The synergy between Gon and Killua works so well. I can think of few shounen shows with such a well-developed relationship. Killua is the shadow to Gon’s light. Gon taught Killua the meaning of friendship, and together, they push and pull each other along in their epic quest to find Gon’s father and themselves.

Good characterisation is clearly defining a character and his/her motives, without simplifying them to the point of dull predictability. “How would Eren Jaeger react to _____?” is too easy of a question. Because humans are contradictory and inconsistent, however, knowing exactly how they react to any given situation makes them seem unrealistic. It’s finding the perfect balance between revealing characters and maintaining a hint of unpredictability that Togashi-sensei excels at. Hxh characters are just not simple, and they manage to surprise me time and time again.

Even the antagonists are skilfully crafted. Most shounen antagonists fall into one of a few archetypes: doing evil with no other motive/evil for the sake of being evil (most FT antagonists with notable exceptions like Ultear); a vague, mysterious, powerful entity whose unclear motives are the main attraction point (titans in snk, the government system in psycho pass, game master in first half of sao); a darkness/chaos slowly taking over the world (magi); etc. Hxh falls into the “other” category: a series of extremely unique antagonists with interesting motives. However, the antagonists are just as human as any other character. This is something that snk actually did EXTREMELY WELL with Annie before going “lolno let’s just freeze her eternally in a crystal without resolving anything”. In hxh, Hisoka is the bored genius, because when no one can match your skills, you find yourself constantly searching for the thrill of a challenge. Chrollo is a strategist, who prioritises the thriving spider over any individual, because that spider is their entire lives. These members of the Phantom Troupe are the unneeded entrails of society, Meteor City residents, so they have nowhere else to go back to, no other way to continue to exist. Pakunoda, especially, was shown to care for her comrades above anything else. Lastly, the antagonists and side characters are not sprinkled in to move the story along, but rather, weave in and out of the arcs as naturally as real people weave in and out of our own lives.

Onto the story. There’s no rush to plunge the characters into conflict and darkness just to capture audience attention. Togashi-sensei really takes the time to flesh out his characters and let them steer the story in the most natural way possible. Even if it meant 40+ episodes of a lighthearted introduction before slowly uncovering the truly dark nature of the story. Those intro episodes are still solid, though, don’t get me wrong. They aren’t childish or unimportant, so as long as you persist through the first few episodes, you’ll be hooked.

When it comes to dark stories, though, I’m personally sick of the modern trend of “teenagers with powers fighting in a ruined world” because it’s almost never done correctly (and hasn’t been since Shin Sekai Yori). Anime industry needs to stop with the whole “fight to survive/suffering is deep/overcome this vague darkness/last hope for humanity/you’re the chosen one” thing because 99% of the time, they screw it up with an overdose of stereotypes (snk, black bullet, coppelion, danganronpa, sao, guilty crown, mirai nikki… I could go on but you get it). Hxh manages to be an unorthodox, mainstream battle anime with none of these cliche story elements! Exactly what I was looking for in an anime! I think that hxh, while it is a pinnacle of shounen anime, manages at the same time to push the limits and stereotypes of the genre. That’s what I love and appreciate about it.