Open Thread: Book Chat Reminder

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This week in Book Chat, WHEN EVERYTHING CHANGED, Chapter 6, “Civil Rights”. Imagine the mayhem if I’m not properly monitored. Wednesday evening, 8pm EDT.

What’s everybody got on their schedule on this first evening of astronomical Summer (in the northern hemisphere)?

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    Phyllis says:

    Fixing to have dinner (bbq pork butt, brussel sprouts, collards), then flipping between the Braves and the Carolina baseball game.

    ETA: Oooh, fuzzy wuzzy kittie cat. I get paid Thursday, I’ll see what I can do.

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    Violet says:

    Wishing the promise of rain would come true. Today I drove through an area that had had some rain. Puddles on the road! Magic stuff. But, alas, nothing at my house. Tomorrow they promise more. We’ll see.

    Other than that, trying to clean the house. So much to do.

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    MikeJ says:

    Bleh. Too damned hot. It hit 80°F here.

    One day of summer is enough.

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    Amanda in the South Bay says:

    The SF Bay Area is going through day 2 of a heat wave, I’m inside at a coffee shop going through MSDN’s C# tutorials.
    Tonight I’m having dinner with a friend I had a falling out with a while ago and want to mend things with.

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    AliceBlue says:

    The highs here have been in the mid to upper nineties since late May. It already feels like summer has been here forever.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    A science fiction club I hang out with in a chat room has its weekly meeting tonight, so I’ll be spending some time there.

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    Hot and muggy in NE Ohio. We are just melting.

    I have baby tomatoes and baby peppers and lots of blooms. We’ll see what happens.

    We are under a storm watch [or warning?]. Anyway, they’re expecting something to roll in in a couple of hours.

    Other than that, we’re expecting a quiet evening.

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    alwhite says:

    raining like hell here – has been all spring.
    remember that from here on the days get shorter, winter is on the way.

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    Violet says:


    remember that from here on the days get shorter, winter is on the way.

    Can’t come soon enough.

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    trollhattan says:

    First hunnert-degree day of the year, right on schedule it would appear. Nice and ripe for some local Mittmentum cash trawling.

    Ugh to all of the above.

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    jnfr says:

    My squash are finally sprouting, so I am a happy puppy.

    Oh @Violet, Winter is Coming. Though apparently not before next April.

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    Uncle Clarence Thomas says:

    True to his word – and was there really any doubt? – President Obama is about to announce that “after 18 months, our troops will begin to come home.” Just think, 100,000 of our dear soldiers, and presumably an equal number of fun-loving mercenaries, coming home to the good old U.S. of A. to enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. One war down, only four to go! You firebagging nay-sayers are always wrong.

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    Bmaccnm says:

    Working- 7pm to 7:30 am. And, Unca Clarence- could you please list the four remaining wars? Thanks ever so. I work a lot, and I have trouble keeping up.

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    Violet says:

    I’m more worried about getting through hurricane season. The Gulf is very warm. That doesn’t bode well.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @UCT #13:

    I’m asking this as politely as I can. Please would you just shut up for a while? It’s too fuckin hot and muggy to cope with your brand of trollery.


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    Less Popular Tim says:

    I had to send my brother that comic about the tuna smoothie. Supposedly in college he and his friends made a concoction of all the alcohol they had on hand. Not surprisingly, it was pretty gross, with powerful Creme de Menthe overtones. At that point they just decided to gross themselves out, so they added tuna packed in oil and put it all in a blender and dared each other to drink it. They called it a “tuna colada.” My brother tried some, he reported that it “smelled like tuna but tasted like Scope(R)”

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    jnfr says:

    @Violet Very sorry to hear that. I’ll keep an eye out and fingers crossed.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    My brother tried some, he reported that it “smelled like tuna but tasted like Scope®”

    My first thought was “I used to date a woman like that”, but I don’t want to infringe on Sarah Proud & Tall’s territory…

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    Constance says:

    Glass of wine, big salad, old movie (Sweet Smell of Success), and an early bedtime.

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    cckids says:

    Jeffrey, threw a bit of cash into the pot, not much, I’m afraid, but hopefully it will add up.

    It is summer here, too. Way, way, way too hot. I’m melting.

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    Muggy with intermittent sprinkles here on O’ahu.

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    4jkb4ia says:

    Once, there was a gorgeous pitchers’ duel, with Roy Halladay and Kyle McClellan.

    Then, there was this eighth inning, with four pitchers, and nine runs, for the wrong team.

    Of course the season is over. I forgot to mention that to Gen. Stuck last night.

    (Mercifully, finally there are 3 outs.)

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    4jkb4ia says:

    The fans booed!! (These are St. Louis fans, the most adoring in major league baseball.) My husband has taken over the TV. There was something on Lincoln on American Experience earlier.

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    4jkb4ia says:

    Sports excepted, that TV essentially is for him. The first few years we were married it was for him to watch Star Trek.

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