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Classic Max. I feel the same way when the barber or a doctor’s office forces me to watch cable news.

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    Viva La Max!!

    King of the Mist

    Prince of Pittsburgh

    and all around good doggie.

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    Anya says:

    You’re a handsome boy, Max!

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    lamh35 says:

    that really is a lovely dog.

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    Raven says:

    And I see you have double loop ornamental fencing on your gate.

    Oh yea, Lil Bit likes cookies and the Bohdi wants his ball!

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    Is anyone here familiar with Alabama Shakes? Why wasn’t I informed previously?

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    lamh35 says:

    Evening BJ’ers.

    So it looks like I’m going to be off all next week. I’m seriously thinking about driving home to NOLA. I’m feenin’ for a visit.

    So my friend was telling me that I should call the place where I applied for a job and see if I could possibly set up an in person interview since I will be in town. She said it will show them that I am serious about the job, plus they would either say yes and then I’d wow ’em in person (I’m even better in person and one on one than I am online :) or they could say no/tell me that the position has been filled.

    Initially, I was wondering when is a good length of time to call about a position after the interview, but now since I might be in town, I think I should go ahead and call.

    I’m gonna call the recruiter and just tell her “HI,…I’m lamh35, I interviewed for the …position… I am calling to find out if I was still being considered for the position, or if the position has already been filled. If I am still being considered, I just wanted to let you know that I will be in the city the middle of next week to visit family and I would be available for an in-person interview if they would like to schedule one.”

    Tweak that anyway ya’ll like, I’m taking suggestions for better phrasing…

    Background: I talked to the recruiter during a phone interview on April 11th. She asked basic questions about why I wanted the job, my experiences working, scenarios about what I would do it…stuff like that. I asked her what comes next and she said she forwards my answers in the phone interview to the Lab Management and from there they will decide if they would take my submission any further. The job posting is no longer on the website, and they stopped taking submissions for the position on April 16th I think.

    The recruiter did NOT say that they would notify me if I am no longer being considered. They only other notification would come if the Lab management wanted to take it further.

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    Raven says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: They are hot in Athens.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Raven: Slowly heading north then. Cool.

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    Raven says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: They are in Europe now.

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    jl says:

    thnx for Max pic. Max has a ruh roh look, rather than the usual patented Intrepid Super Max Dog look. Was there a Mayan apocalypse going on, or what?

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Raven: I heard them on the radio for the first time last week. I was impressed.

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    Punchy says:

    The Chiefs drafted a guy at #11 who couldn’t even dominate the Conference USA league. Methinks he’s going to be a major bust.

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    JFitz says:

    Althouse and that Meade guy need a whole lot more mocking around here.

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    sfinny says:

    @Raven: That is one serious “Give it to me” look from Bohdi.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @JFitz: I could drive by her house and taunt her. Would that help?

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    Steeplejack says:


    I think your plan is fine, and you don’t need to overthink “phrasing” or etiquette. Most people will recognize that in the circumstances you’re being proactive and helpful.

    ETA: And, yeah, Elias did blow up his father and his half-brother on Person of Interest last time.

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    Linnaeus says:

    A sawbuck says Max is totally thinking “Hey, that guy better get my good side.”

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    This is a link to Sully which I know freaks some people out, but it’s Spencer Ackerman explaining what he hates about DC and it’s culture. IF anyone takes the time to watch, I’d be curious if anyone thought of particular people during his rant. More than a little surprising that Sullivan would not just post it, but repost a link encouraging people to watch.

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    opium4themasses says:

    So, I don’t know if someone posted this in an earlier thread, but this is a very touching quote comparing Teddy and Obama from Biden.

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    arguingwithsignposts says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: What I hate most about DC culture is that people like Ackerman have anything to do with people like Sullivan.

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    Ekim says:

    Take a book and ignore the tv. Nobody can force you to watch it.

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    lamh35 says:

    @Steeplejack: I’m really loving Person of Interest all of a sudden. The main 4 actors really have great chemistry. I especially love the Taraji, Cavaziel and Emerson.

    I really looking forward to what they are gonna do with the whole HQ group and I can’t wait to see if the relationship between “Carter and John” can last with the CIA/FBI/NSA/Whatever breathing down her neck to find him. Although, I think since he saved her son, Carter will have John’s back from now on unless he does something REALLY crazy

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    gaz says:

    Fucking hell. If there’s one thing I miss about living in the city, it’s NOT OWNING A CAR.

    Good god, my toyota died, and my wife decided to tow it to the most expensive fucking shop in town (midas, as always) rather than have one of our friends look at it.

    Well, engine quit. We’re getting another dropped in it, but not by midas because that would be stupid.

    So now we have to get it towed from Midas, to our place – lots of extra time and expense.


    Why in the hemorrhaging fuck would anyone think to tow a dead car to a lot they do not own, without knowing why the car quit?

    I love my wife, but christ I wish I still drank. I need a fucking beer.

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    gaz's wife says:

    So my Toyota dies on the freeway. Yep. Just like that. So sitting on the side of the freeway I call my dad to see if he can come and rescue me, my friend, and her kids. Yep. Had a car full of kids. My dad came and got us and took us home.

    I tell my husband about our ordeal, about the car, etc. He’s sitting in his room smoking weed and staring at his blogs. He probably mumbled something but nothing of consequence. Offers no help. Offers no suggestions.

    So I called my dad who gave me the number for a tow company and said I should have it towed to Midas where he and my mom would pay to have it looked at. Now my husband is mad at me. Of course, had I left it on the side of the freeway and asked *him* to do something about it, it would’ve sat there until the state patrol impounded it. And then he would’ve been mad at me.

    Moral of the story: Oh shit. There isn’t one.

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    John Cole says:

    I love small dogs who really want nothing more than to sit on my lap and love me, but every time I see Max and that fucking MAGNIFICENT nose and those adorable floppy ears I think I might get a doberman.

    And anyone who crops their ears should be shot. Max is perfect as is.

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    Steeplejack says:


    What you said. I also have liked how they have brought Fusco’s character along a bit, making him more than just a “dirty cop.”

    I am looking forward to the story they have hinted at surrounding the genesis of the machine: how Finch got his limp, his former boss got killed, etc. I just hope they don’t make it too weird and go down some Lost-type rabbit hole.

    The other new show that has been growing on me is Grimm. It’s not out of the woods yet, but it keeps getting better.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Raven: That’s some look from Bohdi – very serious! Love the photo of Lil Bit. My eyes hurt from crying. Had to say goodbye to a beloved dog today, though not one of my own she did live with me for awhile. Spent the evening with 4 of us crying on and off.

    My friend and her two dogs lived with me for awhile 3 years ago when they moved back to town, before they found their house. We had a full house, 2 adults, 4 pets. My kitty Quiver, my dog Bailey and Carol’s 2 dogs. We called them “the pack” because all 4 of them hung around together, even the cat. It really felt like family and all pets thought they had 2 moms, and vice versa.

    Now, 3 years later, they are all gone. First I lost Quiver 2 years ago, then we lost Bear last June, then Bailey last September, and now, finally, Annie. Heartbreaking. Bailey was 13, Bear was 14, and Annie was 15, so the dogs all lived long lives, but it’s still heartbreaking.

    At least I have Tucker and the two kitties to come home to, but it’s a whole new furry family from 2 years ago.

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    meadrus says:

    No offense, and Max is obviously living the good life, but what’s with the choke chain? Is it a safety issue?

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    danielx says:

    Because I was out getting lit with friends of thirty odd years and I’m feeling sentimental….49 bye byes.

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    sfinny says:

    @WaterGirl: What you wrote really resonated with me. Having pets for most of my life means that I’ve also had many pets die. And hard as the loss is I have found that circumstance (new stray shows up) or a visit to local pound has provided a new family member fairly soon.

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    Tim F. says:

    @meadrus: It is a training issue. We used collars that offered proper control until he internalized the idea that the person chooses when to stop and go. With some dobermans it can take a few weeks, but Max is a stubborn dog so it took longer. We have used a regular collar for almost a year now.

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    Yutsano says:


    Why can I not have a normal life? Two weeks away from a major surgical procedure and I found out last week another division of the IRS is interested in me. I’ve finally got most of the pieces together to take the time off. Oh and when I came home I found out my landlady has been letting workers into my house without telling me. Oi.

    The good news is I saw a Dawg’s stomach today. That was nice. :)

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    Raven says:

    @WaterGirl: Oh, I’m so sorry to hear this.

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    muddy says:

    When I am in a waiting room that is showing Fox, I ask them to change it. If they don’t, then I sit there giving commentary at full volume, just trying to be “fair and balanced”, you know. No profanity, but saying You are a liar, and giving the truthful version of what they are trying to push, and how they should be ashamed etc. It’s funny because sometimes they say they “don’t know how” to change it, or “lost the remote”. But then after a few minutes of my commentary they suddenly remember how to do it.

    It’s more fun than yelling at the tv at home, altho at home there is profanity and a much louder voice.

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