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First of all, you'd have to duplicate Dër Ratskeller Pizza Shoppe's crust and sauce (can't help you).

Of course, this is a repeat question. The "Rat" is probably what I lived on for close to 3 years, but when I had a chance to make a small pizza for my own lunch, I would usually choose

  • Canadian Bacon
  • Mushrooms
  • Fresh tomatoes
  • smoked oysters
  • Portuguese linguiça


Heavenly combination, that.
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I have many treasures from the past and present, they give me continuity and comfort. Old things... things I inherited from the grandparents and parents. A pair of prism glasses that let you watch TV while lying flat on your back; a wallet that turns into a shopping bag; old slide rules, abaci, and other calculating devices; The first TI digital watch; a portable sundial (museum replica); many, many others.

If I could have one thing back that I had gotten rid of, it would have been my Petal camera - they're worth a small fortune now, and mine was new in the box. But there are many other things I'd love to have back as well... old toys I played with, not to mention my comic collection that could have put my kids through college if I had kept them, or my baseball cards (think "Blast from the Past.")

Easy come, easy go.
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As a child, I had several favorites that I would play with my cousins.

Monopoly
Careers
Sorry
Teeko
Tactics II
Stratego
Stocks and Bonds
Blue Chip (Can't find a picture of this - it was an intriguing game with three sliding bars representing market sectors)
Go to the Head of the Class
Chutes and Ladders

Later, the family added Life and Risk, and a few others came and went over time. I have some of the originals, and have gathered others from thrift stores over time, preferring the original versions rather than the re-worked modern boards.

Monopoly with my cousins was cutthroat, and we played big and hard. We would combine sets, increase the money supply, and used the Stock Exchange add-on which increased the potential for amassing wealth exponentially. Games would last for days.
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Is maith liom Éire na áit ar bith eile. If I had a choice, I'd vacation and live in Ireland. It's a rugged land with a rugged people and a rugged history, and a terrible beauty. All I need now is riches beyond the dreams of avarice.
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Casu marzu. God bless the Sardinians for their rock-solid balls, but this is one local treat I will pass on. Forever.
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I own a Prius (never mind the discussion about up-front carbon footprint, my state's lower energy costs largely offsets that, and I essentially crossed the break-even point 3 years ago.)

We keep backyard chickens and feed them our kitchen scraps rather than sending them to the landfill or down the drain.

We recycle everything we can (although my town has no recycling program so it's harder.)

And we do our best to reuse and refuse wherever possible.

It's not everything, but it's something.
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Unquestionably. The lie is found in the intent to deceive. How it is accomplished is irrelevant.

The Large Print Giveth!


The small print taketh away.

Such is the nature of almost all advertising, all sales pitches, all contracts, all insurance policies... I could go on. You get the idea.

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Why, that would be Duke Nukem. He'd be my bodyguard, to keep all my screaming fans under control. I'd send him to punish chuckleheaded politicians, crooked attorneys, and Nigerian bankers. And on the weekends, we'd get together with Chuck Norris and Jackie Chan for a rousing game of pinochle!


Hail to the king, baby!
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Colin Powell. The man has already demonstrated that he has too much integrity to run.
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The overwhelming human addiction to being right.
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Miracle on 34th Street, being a native New Yorker...
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Motto: In Hoc Ferplenti!
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There have been some phenomenal ones over the years. Lion King and Beauty & The Beast are both superb in story and execution. I have to go back to basics for my very favorite, though - Pinocchio wins hands down. Not so much for the story, which was Disnified almost beyond recognition from Collodi's original tale - but for the technical excellence, the beauty of the artwork, and the music. I could watch that show for hours on end and marvel at something different each time,
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Never had a beard in my life, didn't think I could grow one because it's pretty sparse. My wife begged me to give it a go, and I gave it first a month, then another, and finally a third. Not bad. Went with the Brigham Young look because I don't like my curly mustache going up my nose all the time...

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With your favorite pizza dough, roll out a crust the way a samurai sword is made: fold over and re-roll several times. Trim off the edges under a large plate and prick well to prevent bubbling in the oven. Paint the crust (yes, use a brush) with your favorite thick pizza sauce, clear out to the edge. Add a mixture of 70% crumbled mozzarella and 30% crumbled cheddar cheeses, leaving about 3/4" of the edge uncovered.

Cover the pizza with Hormel dry Italian salami, edges touching. Cover the edges with Hormel pepperoni so that no cheese is visible. Mix ground beef with burgundy wine, onions, salt & pepper, and dot the pizza with chunks of meat. Mix ground sausage with sauterne wine and caraway seeds and distribute liberally among the beef chunks.

Add abundant halved black olives, all facing cut-side down. Add many mushrooms. If desired, add freshly-diced green pepper and onions.

Bake in an oven as hot as you can make it, directly on a pre-heated pizza stone. 800 degrees is optimal, if you have a pizza oven. :P

Without their proprietary sauce recipe, this as close as you can come to the legendary "Ratskeller Special," signature pizza of the now-vanished "dër Ratskeller Pizza Shoppe".

One large Rat, please!
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Aside from the usual gamut of cretins I had to deal with in junior high and high school, the biggest bully I ever had to deal with was a boss who must have been Satan incarnate. I have never worked for a more consummately evil person.

He treated people like dirt, used his position to increase his wealth and status at the expense of customers and employees alike, and openly mocked and humiliated people who had belief systems which did not match his own. If you didn't kiss this man's ass, you immediately became a target, and your family was not spared his tender ministrations. The hell lasted five months, and I finally told him I wasn't going to put up with his bullshit any longer. He fired me, and it was the biggest favor anyone had ever done... I moved to a wonderful, fulfilling career that lasted for 22 years.

Oh, and the Boss from Hell? He was fired shortly thereafter for malfeasance. Small consolation, but what goes around comes around.
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My public entries are just that - public. Some entries are marked "friends only", and others are "eyes only." The system works well for me.
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Arr, matey! It be the day I be waitin' fer all year. Shiver me timbers 'n scupper me bilge, 'tis almost as fun as me favorite holiday, Hallowe'en. Arr! (Notice me use of the antiquated apostrophe there, mateys, 'tis the only way to be spellin' it correctly. A pirate may be lower'n bilge-water on the social scale, but we don't need to be ignorant, arr!)

So heave to, ye barnacle-crusted land-lubbers and hoist the skull and crossbones - it be Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Arr!




Th' efficiency expert concluded his lecture wit' a note 'o caution: "ye do not want to give a go' these techniques at home!" "Why not?" asked a scurvy dog from th' audience. "After years 'o not payin' attention, I suddenly noticed me captin's routine at breakfast," th' expert explained. "She made lots 'o trips to th' refrigerator, stove, table, 'n cabinets, often carryin' just a sin'le item at a the hour. 'Hon,' I suggested, 'Why don't ye give a go' carryin' several thin's at once? It'd be much more efficient.'" "Well, did ye suggestions save much the hour?" th' attendeed asked. th' expert replied, "Actually, yarr. It used to take her 20 minutes to get breakfast ready. Now I do it in seven."
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Native: English
Fluent: French, Italian, German.
Acceptable: Spanish
Survival: Norwegian, Japanese, Serbian/Croatian, Hebrew
Can get thrown in jail for speaking: Irish, Mandarin, Arabic, Romanian, Dutch, Greek
Can read without much difficulty: Portuguese, Danish, Swedish
Have studied: Latin, Arabic, Korean, Bulgarian, Albanian, Welsh, Lingala, Turkish

Charles Berlitz listed the 14 languages with the largest number of speakers as:

Chinese, English, Hindi/Urdu, Russian, Spanish, Japanese, German, Indonesian, Portuguese, French, Arabic, Bengali, Malay, and Italian.

He stated, "Since most of the world's population either speaks or is familiar with one of the fourteen langauges listed above, or with one of three other widely-spoken langauge - Dutch, Greek, Swahili - or with a language in either the Scandinavian, the Turkik or the Slavic group, it is possible for an individual with the time and inclination to be able to communicate with the great majority of the inhabitants of the planet by learning to speak these 20 languages."

Don't know if I'll ever hit the full 20, but I've made a good dent in it, any road.

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