Wednesday Morning Open Thread

Many thanks to commentor THE for introducing me to a new and entrancing musical instrument!
Today is the last chance to send your pet photos to (or click on my name, near the top of the right-hand column) for the Balloon Juice 2012 Calendar, once again for the benefit of Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue.
What else is — or should be — on the agenda today?

34 replies
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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    On my agenda: a challenging drive. I’m on my way home to Atlanta after several weeks in Canada. Currently overnighting in Port Huron, Michigan, just looked out the window, and there’s heavy blowing snow going on. Will check forecasts and conditions carefully before I take off, but I’m not relishing the prospect of this part of the trek! (And yes, I’ll be careful and won’t do anything rash.)

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    Phylllis says:

    Up too damn early, aargh. Work, then errands and a manicure. Counting down to Christmas break in 10.5 workdays.

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    Raven says:

    Well, I’ll ask again. I sent a picture but received no confirmation?

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    JPL says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Have a safe trip home.
    Cain is not going to be pleased today with Luckovich link

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    Raven says:

    @Raven: @SiubhanDuinne: Make a statement while you are there! :)

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    JPL says:

    @Raven: I didn’t receive a confirmation. Maybe the program wasn’t set up that way.
    Last years calendar was great and I anxiously await the 2012 calendar ad to appear on the right so that I can order a few and pay for them.

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    Napoleon says:


    On my agenda: a challenging drive. I’m on my way home to Atlanta after several weeks in Canada. Currently overnighting in Port Huron, Michigan, just looked out the window, and there’s heavy blowing snow going on.

    Congratulations, your route, of any route anyone in the US could take by car today, covers more territory that will have snow today then any other.

    Be careful.

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    Raven says:

    @JPL: I had an issue last year which is why I asked. It’s cool.

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    Raven says:

    @Napoleon: Many, many years ago I drove my sister up to Sault Ste. Marie in August to be with her boyfriend who had split the draft. I hitchhiked back to Chicago and almost froze to death walking all night in the UP!

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    I truly think Luckovich is right up there at the top of the cartooning pantheon. That’s another fine example, thanks.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    That’s so reassuring :-(

    I will take care, many thanks.

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    JPL says:

    The guns are coming for Newt

    Newt Gingrich is adamant that he is not a lobbyist, but rather a visionary who traffics in ideas, not influence. But in the eight years since he started his health care consultancy, he has made millions of dollars while helping companies promote their services and gain access to state and federal officials.


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    Anne Laurie says:

    @Raven: Raven, sorry I missed your earlier message. Can’t do it now, but this evening I plan to go into the dedicated account & send a brief ‘received’ note to every contributor. I’ll put up an announcement in an open thread once I’ve done that, so anyone who hasn’t heard back will know to contact me. Fair?

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    Raven says:

    @Anne Laurie: I sent another one but I sent it through flickr and that worries me a bit.

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    Nethead Jay says:

    Very nice video. That’s a Well Hang he’s playing, also known as a Hang Drum or Handpan (don’t like that last one) and yeah, it’s amazing. Check out this guy, Dante Bucci. Lots of good vids on Youtube.

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    Scott P. says:

    My character had one of those instruments on Zelda.

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    Napoleon says:


    On the plus side I don’t think anywhere is getting a substantial amount on the ground, and I am sure the salt trucks will be out, so it isn’t going to be that bad.

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    G’morning, folks! So it’s back to the grind for me, we got back from New York yesterday and now it’s time to get back to work.


    Chik-fil-A, that Christian fast food restaurant, has done one of those dick corporate moves that always piss us ordinary people off. Maybe they need to do a little practicin’ what they’re preachin’.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    Dinner tonight at an Indian restaurant, but don’t know which one yet. It’s my birthday!. (I guess I’m now officially a geezer.)

    I’m not going to the tree lighting at Rockefeller Center — it’s too late and it’ll be way too crowded for the late comers to see anything.

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    BBA says:

    There’s a fracking hearing in NYC today. There aren’t any plans to frack in the city (yet) – this is about the upstate areas that supply the city’s drinking water.

    Bloomberg, the 1% incarnate, is against fracking while Cuomo, the progressive hero, is for it.

    This ought to break some people’s minds.

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    THE says:

    @Anne Laurie:
    You said, introducing you. Does that mean you are learning to play it?

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Southern Beale:
    There was a world-famous case two years ago, right here in Kuala Lumpur: this little curry house on Ipoh Road came out on top against Mickey D. So take heart. The big boys don’t always win.

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    victory says:

    Cool instrument? Sure. Unbelievable Instrument!!??? It’s an upside down steel drum. That’s unbelievable?

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Southern Beale: Is that fine looking lady lounging around at top of your blog page you?

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    Amir Khalid says:

    It looks to me like the guy is drumming on the underside of a Very Big Wok.

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    A bit of white stuff here in NE Ohio. Sticking to cars and grass, melting everywhere else. First of the year. So far we have about a half inch or so.

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    handsmile says:

    @PurpleGirl: (#19)

    Congratulations and happy celebrations!

    In my experience, few Indian restaurants serve frosted birthday cakes (will candles in rice pudding do?), but perhaps the wait staff could serenade you in Hindi, Bengali or Urdu. Cheers!

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    4jkb4ia says:

    There’s more…

    WaPo/ABC News is showing Romney with 56% favorability and Gingrich with 60% favorability. Romney’s favorability has actually gone up among independents and the very conservative since last month.

    And the NYT has a front-page story on Newt the (not formally registered) lobbyist that I didn’t read yet.

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    beth says:

    @raven. i got your photos, no worries! in fact, i just finished downloading the flickr image. i haven’t been replying to people unless they had specific questions and it’s entirely possible i missed your request for a “got the photos just fine, thanks” as i’ve been downloading a lot of photos between entertaining family in town for the long holiday weekend and then some. sorry i caused you any worry!

    thanks to everyone for such a great response to the call for photos.

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    THE says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    drumming on the underside of a Very Big Wok

    That would make it Wok music.
    When he turned the Hang drum upside down, that was Wok and Roll.

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    Ivan Ivanovich Renko says:

    @Linda Featheringill: You must be up in the snow belt– down here near the Akron-Canton airport, we got nothin’ stickin’ to nothin’.

    And here I just bought an all-wheel drive car.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    Fucking snow in fucking Toronto. I guess it’s time to dig up the last tomato plant and cover the air conditioner unit.

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    nastybrutishntall says:

    @THE: Congrats! Please see the attendant at the door etc.

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    Cliff in NH says:

    Here is his website with music to download too:
    got the name from this great vid:

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