Open Thread

Off to a baby shower, of all things (I know- living the vida loca, aren’t I?). Here’s a picture of Tunch doing what he does best to hold you over:

He’s found his way into the spare bedroom again.

56 replies
  1. 1
    Svensker says:

    Pedicure AND baby shower? For “Lurch” you’re really doing quite the metro, ain’t ya?

    Tunch looks very cozy and cuddly. Nice.

  2. 2
    Corner Stone says:

    I think there can be little doubt anymore.

  3. 3
    Yutsano says:

    He’s found his way into the spare his bedroom again.

    Fixeth. And hopefully before the other clever folks beat me to it.

  4. 4
    PurpleGirl says:

    All hail his glorious being… Tunch.

  5. 5
    Yutsano says:

    He’s found his way into the spare his bedroom again.


    EDIT: FYWP!!

  6. 6
    Mark S. says:

    And then off to a fictional Muslim country with Carrie and the girls for some fun and romance!

  7. 7
    TheOtherWa says:

    Tunch is doing what all cats do. Taking over any area he wants to.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Mark S.: Ooooo…ouch. That’s going to leave a mark.

    I’m saddened that somehow I know exactly what you are referring to.

  9. 9
    Corner Stone says:

    I’m just happy all the sidebar ads are gone.
    Yayyy! Two snaps in a circle!

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    Off to a baby shower, of all things

    Jeebus, just pathetic. Gender rules of engagement clearly state that to attend a (cough) baby shower, teh male victim needs to be dragged kicking and screaming by a woman from unspoken but understood pain of being denied nookie from said woman. Marriage is the usual scenario for this rule, but doesn’t have to be.

    The only excuse for breaking this rule is acquired intelligence that unnattached females will be present in a loose state.

    It’s all right there in the brochure.

  11. 11
    Yutsano says:

    @Corner Stone: Is it just me or did all the sidebar stuff go poof?

  12. 12
    Corner Stone says:

    For anyone who needs to re-masculate themselves, Road House is on at 7:00pm CT on KTBU channel 55.

  13. 13
    Corner Stone says:

    @Yutsano: Oh, the sidebar is poof alright. It’s so much poof it almost equals the poof of the pedicure thread + this one combined.
    But not quite.

  14. 14
    Cat Lady says:

    What does John Cole Famous Blogger bring as a gift to a baby shower?

    And be prepared to say “ooooooohhhhhh, cute!” and “aaaahhhhhh, sooooooo cute!” and “mmmmmhhhhhooooo, so cute!” a hundred freakin’ times. Also.

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    Bella Q says:

    In case you missed it from an earlier Open Thread:

    It’s a harmless frippery, you sad grumpy fuck.

    As Svensker noted, that’s a delightful sentence. TattooSydney tells tim off, succinctly!

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    Texas Dem says:

    I saw the movie Agora this afternoon, which is a thoroughly depressing tale about a late fourth century female Roman mathematician and philosopher, Hypatia, who was brutally murdered by a mob of Christian fanatics. Oh yes, they also looted and destroyed the surviving remnants of the Library of Alexandria (the original was accidentally destroyed by Caesar). Amazing how little progress we’ve made in two thousand years.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Bella Q: That’s my FH #1. Never been prouder of anything he’s written. And I am so using frippery the next time I play Scrabble.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    Tunch is just displaying his unerring aesthetic sense: partly orange cat against soft blue-green = WIN.

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    Keith G says:

    @Corner Stone:

    I am beginning to think Cole’s shoulder injury was actually due to a fall caused by a dangerous combination of appletinis and Manolo Stilettos.

    Oh the humanity!

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    The next to last samurai says:

    I wish I were there. It has been a long time since I had the fun of watching a man squirm his way through a baby shower.

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    You Don't Say says:

    I think you should give up calling it a spare bedroom — it’s Tunch’s bedroom.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Keith G: Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
    I have never been to a baby shower, not even for my own child. Not because I’m some testosterone hump but because it’s custom to have all the guys gather at the local brew pub, have pub-grub or pizza, micro-brews and watch whatever was on the big screen while others do whatever it is they do.
    Honestly, and with no malice, I can not envision a scenario where a single, childless male goes to a baby shower. Even for his sister, or favorite cousin, or best friend in college.
    My ex has 32 cousins that are within a similar range of her age. Neither her brother, nor any of the male cousins were invited to the baby shower.
    Just sayin’.

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    RedKitten says:

    Poor John — why do you even tell us this stuff? You know you’re going to get tormented. Hell, I even squirm through baby showers, and I’m a woman…with a baby!

    The worst one I went to was for my husband’s cousin. Not that it was BAD, just that it was really, really long. Her husband’s mother is one of thirteen kids. It wasn’t even a co-ed shower, but with all of the womenfolk invited, there were still over 80 people there.

    I managed to get out of having one of those…H1N1 was going around at the time, and so we decided to limit gatherings. Then once SamKitten was born, people just dropped off gifts individually, basically eliminating the need for a shower.

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    debit says:

    I have made pickles. Now if only the water in the hot water bath would actually boil. Cripes, it’s humid in here.

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    harlana peppper says:

    The thing about baby showers is, if you’ve never had a kid, you will see all kinds of gadgets you have no idea what they’re for. Crib pads that glow and levitate, strollers that fly, etc.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @debit: I’m sorry but your bath water had cats in it.
    I think we’re done here.

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    debit says:

    @Corner Stone: I actually wish I had been able to get to my camera in time. It was hysterically funny and also entirely predicable. Put something on the floor large enough to contain a cat and a cat will get in.

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    tesslibrarian says:

    Tunch looks so wonderfully plush. You can tell he’s a man who enjoys his air conditioning.

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    Yutsano says:

    @debit: Screw the bath, I’m just gonna eat those luscious lovelies just as they are!

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    D-Chance. says:

    Shopping? Pedicure? Baby shower???

    So, when IS your scheduled orchiectomy, anyway?

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    debit says:

    @Yutsano: They were exceptional cucumbers. My daughter kept kept stealing them and eating ’em raw.

    I can’t say much about the market on Lyndale, but the one by Mill City is really wonderful. Better parking, nicer vendors, cooler crowd.

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    Yutsano says:

    @debit: I plan on doing some scrounging for farmer’s markets when I’m moved over to the new digs. Of course I’ll always have Pike Place handy should I decide to venture up that way.

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    QuaintIrene says:

    The title for this Tunch pic.

    “Drink Me In, Folks”

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    farmette says:

    Tunch definitely looks good in/on pastel colors. They soften his profile and attitude.

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    Svensker says:

    @Corner Stone:

    For anyone who needs to re-masculate themselves, Road House is on at 7:00pm CT on KTBU channel 55.

    God, I love that movie. Pain don’t hurt. And the whole concept of the best damn bouncer in the world…. Ay yai yai.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Don’t forget to put the RiffTrax on the stereo, too. It’s like having Mike Nelson in your living room!

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Svensker: I just love the idea that random bar drunks would know him by name.
    Like when it’s announced, “The name is Dalton” the hot boobed blonde focuses on him like he’s her dream lay.
    The whole thing is so full of awesomesauce.
    Patrick Swayze – Red Dawn, North and South, Youngblood, Dirty Dancing, Road House, Ghost, Point Break, To Wong Foo.
    There’s an argument here for America’s greatest modern actor.

  38. 38
    Carnacki says:

    I’ve never noticed before that Tunch had a tail belonging to a different cat surgically attached to him.

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    tom p says:

    A baby shower????

    John I hope you have a tight hold of your “man card”… somebody may try to revoke it. Your only hope is to get truly sloppy drunk on tequila, talk about nothing but football and lear at every woman there.

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    Keith G says:

    @Corner Stone:

    There’s an argument here for America’s greatest modern actor.

    Not one that will be successful.

    Have another screwdriver.

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    eemom says:

    oh, look……the kitty’s little underfooties are orange too…!

  42. 42
    Corner Stone says:

    @Keith G: You have another modern nominee?

    ETA – and it’s “pitchers” of screwdrivers. Who would waste their time having one?

  43. 43
    Keith G says:

    @Corner Stone: Opinions vary.

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    @Bella Q:

    As Svensker noted, that’s a delightful sentence.

    Thanks. I suspect Tim didn’t get enough stories in his youth.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Tattoosydney: I suspect Timmeh didn’t get a lot of things in his youth. Call it a feeling but I’m getting a vibe about his background, and it ain’t a pretty one.

  46. 46

    Tunch is so heavy he’s squashed the sidebars off the page.

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    The next to last samurai says:

    Eureka! I have it! The fat man only looks fat. He is actually pregnant. This is the real reason he attended the baby shower on his own, without a woman having to drag him in by force.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @General Stuck:

    You just need to know how to throw the right kind of baby shower. I once hosted a baby shower that ended at 3:00 a.m. and was talked about for months afterwards. There is no party situation that cannot be handled by throwing alcohol, music and good food at it.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Corner Stone:

    There’s an argument here for America’s greatest modern actor.

    Yeah, that he can be safely excused from consideration.

  50. 50
    Steeplejack says:


    After-market add-on.

    ETA: Damn it, WP is eating my comments again, just like it did last Saturday night.

    ETFA: Okay, not this one. All right, then. Carry on.

  51. 51
    Lesley says:

    I sense his tail twitching angrily. Something is wrong. Something is always wrong!

  52. 52
    Corner Stone says:

    Damn. What’s with all the Swayze hatin’?

  53. 53

    I knew Cole would post a Tunchie pic in my absence #stomps angrily around the blog#. Why do you hate me so, Cole?

    Oh, and baby showers? Sucky. Except for the one I threw for my best friend. That one was the awesome because there were no stupid shower games, and I got to design the invitation.

  54. 54
    HyperIon says:

    aren’t I?

    I will never understand how that can be accepted as grammatically correct (but it is according to editor friends).

    I guess if you said “am I not?”, EVERYBODY would accuse you of being gay. ;=)

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    Corner Stone says:

    @The next to last samurai:

    he attended the baby shower on his own, without a woman having to drag him in by force.

    Honestly. Some more context about how/why this happened is in order I think.
    I’m right, am I not?

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    Kristine says:

    @Corner Stone:

    I’m right, am I not?

    FSM, I love this place.

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