Open Thread

Y’all are gonna be pretty much on your own this weekend, as it is alumni weekend and a bunch of my Alpha Sig brothers are in town raising hell. My house is going to look like a MASH unit in the morning, but instead of head and chest wounds, it’ll be liver damage. Big bbq tomorrow for about 30 people, and I got a pork shoulder the size of Rush Limbaugh’s thigh rubbed down and ready to smoke, some Piedmont sauce waiting in the fridge, as well as 10 lbs of ground beef, 48 hot dogs, and 30 chicken legs. It’s gonna be a good one.

Watch it rain.

Made some ceviche, orzo salad with artichoke and black olives and oil and vinegar, a corn/jalapeno salad, and crabcakes for the early folks, and they are all swilling old Granddad like they are 20. I’m sticking to wine.

At one point, we had a very depressing moment, as my one of my brothers was talking about his new transition trifocals. Two decades ago it would be all about beer bongs, now it is discussions about knee and shoulder surgery, trifocals, and where the kids are going to college. We all are uniformly distraught about the death of MCA.

Aging sucks.






150 replies
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    Xecky Gilchrist says:

    I got a pork shoulder the size of Rush Limbaugh’s thigh rubbed down and ready to smoke

    You’d better be a damn good cook if you expect anyone to eat that after hearing that description!

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    satanicpanic says:

    Damn sounds like you know how to throw a party

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    Redshift says:

    Aging sucks.

    Beats the alternative.

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    the Conster says:

    I’ve got the answer for the liver damage, but you won’t want to hear it. I’m just about halfway through a two week liver detox diet and as tough as it’s been, it’s remarkable what you feel like when you do it. I feel like I’m going to float away, and last night my whole body tingled right down to the fingertips. That’s for another time.

    Getting old does suck, but the alternative is worse. Life’s a blessing so have a blast.

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    liberal says:

    Two decades ago it would be all about beer bongs, now it is discussions about knee and shoulder surgery, trifocals, and where the kids are going to college.

    Try this on for size: instead of “wow, that chick is hot!”, it’s “hey, that mom’s pretty hot” [as kids are dropped off at daycare].

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    skippy says:

    damn if redshift didn’t beat me to the punchline, word for word.

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    YellowJournalism says:

    “Sabotage” is one of those songs that puts me in a better mood the instant I hear it. Plus, the video is probably one of the best of all time.

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    Raven says:

    @the Conster: 20 years of sobriety has done me pretty well at 62.

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    Alison says:

    My hope is that Tunch gets annoyed with the crowd and the noise and we get some more angry cat videos. I love yowly Tunch.

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    Fluke bucket says:

    The older I get the better grandmothers look.

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    schrodinger's cat says:

    To appease us, you should post some videos of the God of Balloon Juice aka Tunch in advance and don’t forget to offer him pork or chicken or whatever else he may desire.

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    Narcissus says:

    Geez Cole I’ll never eat pork again

    why not associate beef jerky with ann coulter while you’re at it

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    noodler says:

    Sounds like a good one john, enjoy the weekend, but could you recreate that frat picture you posted a few months ago, please?
    I was really taken aback, shocked, by the mca news. Made my sons listen to the beastie boys all the way up I95 from dc to nj today. They are abed now, but im going outside to listen to pauls boutique. damn im saddened by this.

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    jl says:

    ” Two decades ago it would be all about beer bongs, now it is discussions about knee and shoulder surgery, trifocals, and where the kids are going to college.

    Aging sucks. ”

    You can still bong beer, and other stuff come to think of it, while you talk about old person stuff, especially with the kids away at college.

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    The Dangerman says:

    …Rush Limbaugh’s thigh rubbed down…

    Now, there’s an image I didn’t need this evening.

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    the Conster says:

    @Raven:

    Congrats! My big test is tomorrow at the annual Derby party thrown by a Louisville native who makes the best. mint juleps. evah. I’m thinking if I even so much as smell one it will spin my world round. Sad to say, cuz it’s one of those wonderful once a year treats I’ve always highly anticipated.

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    Narcissus says:

    “I’m gonna cook up some crispy brats that’ll look just like john boehner’s tumescent dick”

    “i hope you came hungry”

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    Cacti says:

    So, what wood(s) do you use for smoking pork?

    I usually go for hickory or red oak, with some apple wood chips mixed in.

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    celticdragonchick says:

    I graduate tomorrow.
    Finally.

    20 years late, but I walk with all the other seniors at Guilford College and get my geology degree. I just saw my end of term grades also…B- in Calculus II and an A- in French Revolution and Napoleon history.

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    Raven says:

    @the Conster: It doesn’t go anywhere so you get to decide. “Drink if you win, drink if you lose, drink if you get rained out”!

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    the Conster says:

    So, this thread is making me so off meat forever.

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    jl says:

    @Narcissus:

    ” got a pork shoulder the size of Rush Limbaugh’s thigh ”

    I make sure to check the provenance of items like that. I assume Cole does, but I think he is not very finicky when it comes to party eats.

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    jharp says:

    Yeah, aging sucks.

    And we had a teenage suicide in our neighborhood the other night. Worst thing I’ve ever been around.

    Be grateful that you are only growing old and it isn’t worse.

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    Every time you post one of these academic get togethers, I think of the scene in Wonder Boys, where Toby Maguire shoots the Dean’s dog at a campus cocktail party.

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    schrodinger's cat says:

    What is a trifocal?

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    gaz says:

    My house is going to look like a MASH unit in the morning, but instead of head and chest wounds, it’ll be liver damage.

    sissies

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    jharp says:

    For the I don’t know many years in a row The Daily Racing Form again fucking pisses me off.

    Does anyone know where to find the prior race results of tomorrows derby entrants?

    They sure as hell seem to be very closely guarded secrets. I have not been able to find them.

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    gaz says:

    @jl:

    I make sure to check the provenance of items like that

    I just replaced my keyboard yesterday man! Yesterday

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    Concerned Citizen says:

    @the Conster: I’d like a link or some details? What’s a liver detox?

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    Raven says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: The glasses I spent 500 fucking dollars on and don’t use. They are “progressive” lenses that are supposed to allow you to see near middle and far with the same pair. They suck.

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    schrodinger's cat says:

    @celticdragonchick: Congratulations!!

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @Redshift: Years ago there was an old lady who who rode the same bus I did. She was a little out of it and every time she got the bus, she’d tell someone “Don’t get old.” How I wished I could ask her “do you have a way to do that? Cause the only option I know of I don’t want to name”.

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    fasteddie9318 says:

    @Cacti: Maple or apricot are great with pork also too. Never tried peach but I imagine it would be nice too.

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    Raven says:

    @celticdragonchick: Hell yes! I got my doctorate when I was 50, it’s never too late!

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    Elizabelle says:

    @celticdragonchick:

    3 cheers.

    Or make it 4.

    An achievement.

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    Bnut says:

    I hope it’s one of those weekends were John actually stays away and return Sunday night to some BS that has gone unchecked, and we have someone get banned and all the commenters generally getting angry with each other, and we spend the first half of the week getting yelled at by John. Why do I hope this? Because he always goes softy in the end, and puts up Tunch pics to smooth it all over.

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    @the Conster:

    Getting old does suck, but the alternative is worse.

    The aches and pains do suck, but on the other hand, it is much easier for me to focus on things that matter. After spending a life worrying about everything under the sun, the serenity of that makes up for the loss of physical youth. at least for me.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Cole:

    Two decades ago it would be all about beer bongs, now it is discussions about knee and shoulder surgery, trifocals, and where the kids are going to college. We all are uniformly distraught about the death of MCA.

    Just wait until you start discussing each other’s deaths. Good times.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    My bruise from yesterday’s bike accident blossomed quite impressively, so I spent my day at work going around the office saying, “Wanna see something gross?”

    The funny part is, I don’t think a single person said no.

    (Short version for those who missed it: a kid on a BMX bike collided with me as I was pedaling home from work yesterday. Cocoa is fine, but I have a nasty bruise and sore ribs where the handlebars hit me.)

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    Steeplejack says:

    @PurpleGirl:

    Speaking of bus wisdom, this from a driver on the 28A in Fairfax County, VA: “You ain’t old till you’re cold.” Words to live by.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @the Conster:

    Is this the Gittleman liver detox plan, or something else? I’ve been thinking about doing that.

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    the Conster says:

    @Concerned Citizen:

    It’s a very strict diet. 6 days of only fruits and vegetables – no salt, sugar, grain, nuts, caffeine, alcohol. You can cook with monounsaturated oil, and use spices and herbs but no salt. Olive oil and lemon or vinegar only for salad dressing.
    Then 5 days of adding a little grain like brown rice, millet, oats, quinoa, buckwheat. Unsalted rice cakes is the big deal. Then 3 days of adding in nuts, legumes and a little protein in the form of salmon and tofu. In a million years I never thought I could do it but I have religiously because it’s supervised by the local alternative medicine clinic who provide a shopping list and menus, and group meetings during the time, and it’s been everything as advertised.

    ETA: Start every morning with a liver flush also too. Interesting process – primes the pump so to speak. You can use the Master Cleanse (google it) or tbsp of olive oil, lemon juice and water to make 1/2 cup of mixture to glug down.

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    schrodinger's cat says:

    @Mnemosyne: I hope you were not too badly hurt. My left foot that I had fractured over 15 years ago is acting up. It does that sometimes when the weather is muggy and humid.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Raven:

    One of my friends at work is in recovery and doing well (she has her 5-year chip and is well on her way towards 10) and it seems to amuse and reassure her somehow when I talk about things like the margarita I threw away without finishing because it was too sweet. It’s like getting a dispatch from another planet for her.

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    JPL says:

    Earlier this evening I had happy hour for a few neighbors and it was really nice. My side neighbors’ parents are from Puerto Rico and the neighbors across the street are both from Columbia. It was an interesting mix. Another set are long time GA residents who fear the illegals but politics didn’t come into play fortunately. Instead of pork, I made chicken bbq on rolls which is much faster and just as tasty. I also had vegie rolls and roast beef sandwiches along with a fruit, vegie and cheese tray. In honor of cuatro de mayo I had guacamole and chips. Of course, happy hour wouldn’t be complete without desert so I had brownies.

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    schrodinger's cat says:

    Aging sucks.

    Having seen a loved one deal with cancer at a young age (33) that is not what I would say.

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    satanicpanic says:

    This thread is depressing

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:

    I seem to be pretty much okay, thanks — I’m sore and achy, but nothing some Advil can’t take care of. I’ve been fighting migraines all week, so it’s annoying to have an injury on top of that.

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    RossInDetroit says:

    . Two decades ago it would be all about beer bongs, now it is discussions about knee and shoulder surgery, trifocals, and where the kids are going to college.

    You kids are adorable. Complain to me when you have to psych yourself up every time you need to take a leak and the pressing question at the beginning of your day is what limb or organ is going to hurt worst.
    Seriously, It sounds like you have a great weekend planned and I hope you have a ball.

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    celticdragonchick says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:

    Thank you :)

    @Raven:

    I start next week on getting my act together to put in for my post grad work at either UNC Chapel Hill or NC State for Fall 2013, depending on who can accomodate my physical disability (geology demands a lot of field work..period…and I can generally get around but I am not going to be able to do 20 mile hikes in Iceland)

    Thanks for the encouragment!

    @Elizabelle:

    I actually had a sense of disbelief when I found out I had passed Calculus II (and thereby graduated) and even passed with a B-. I certainly felt like cheering…but I think I just stared at the computer screen in shock :D

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    schrodinger's cat says:

    @Mnemosyne: Ginger tea used to help a friend of mine with migraines, she found it soothing.

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    schrodinger's cat says:

    @celticdragonchick: Calculus is not that hard. You must not have had a good teacher.

    Geologists rock!

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    Jamey says:

    Aging has its benefits. I live at the foot of a mile-long hill that ascends the Palisades at a 10-percent grade. Every day when I reach the top during my bike commute to NYC, I marvel… sorta … that I can still do this in my forties. I’ve even stopped “counting” the days till I no longer can do it–my low gear is a 34×25; I can go lower, and probably will.

    Stay active. In all things moderation. Listen to what your body tells you. And, yes, be lucky.

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    MikeJ says:

    Web site just for DougJ: Reinhold Beiber.

    Example image.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @General Stuck:

    Wonder Boys is an entirely great movie.

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    the Conster says:

    @General Stuck:

    Co-sign. I’ve found equanimity in my middle age, and don’t understand why so many people are wasting their precious time on this plane with stupid fucking nonsense like fear, hate and lies.

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    xian says:

    Mitt now says he was for keeping Grenell. So… he’s ineffectual? He can’t even command his own campaign staff? He was against hanging Grenell out to dry before he was for it? Can anybody over there play this game?

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    Skerry says:

    On a happy note, Mitt Romney has 18 grandchildren now. Son Tagg and wife had twin sons born today via surrogate. I’m not sure how IVF and surrogacy meshes with “personhood” beginning at conception.

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    celticdragonchick says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:

    The two calc teachers I had were awesome. I just have a hard time with math and I get a bit intimidated by it. The first half of calc II was fine, because I don’t have that much difficulty with integration methods (trig substitution, integration by parts etc)

    The second half had Taylor series, power series and the like and that just lost me in the fog. Trying to figure out the nth derivitive of something with three factorals in it just made me want to scream…

    Geologists rock!

    I saw something about field geologists aboyt 20 years ago that made me laugh where a pilot was talking about how…:

    He always carries a little book with them and write stuff down about all those rocks like they was important, and if he loses the book he looks like nobody had fed him for a week! He gets rained on and sunburned and the critters are always biting him…I don’t know why anybody would want to be a geologist!

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    JPL says:

    @Skerry: don’t worry Mitt was for it before he was against it. I think we can assume the mom or dad didn’t work for a Catholic school or hospital so the bishops won’t care. Ain’t hypocrisy great.

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    @Steeplejack:

    Wonder Boys is an entirely great movie.

    Yes it was

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    Hill Dweller says:

    @Steeplejack:

    Wonder Boys is an entirely great movie.

    It also has a great soundtrack.

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    beltane says:

    @Skerry: See, the Romney family even pays commoners to reproduce for them.

    Aren’t the RC Church and the fundies dead set against this sort of thing?

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    freelancer says:

    @YellowJournalism:

    That’s the way I feel about Intergalactic and The Grasshopper Unit from Hello Nasty. Also, Nonstop Disco Powerpack from the last album is dope beyond words as long as you have the bass turned up.

    RIP MCA.

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    mainmati says:

    Obviously, that huge menu is going to require a staggering of the dishes most of the day with various divertissements for the guests and regular replenishings of the ales and wines. A regular English style fete, in fact.

    It’s all a matter of balancing planning and spontaneity. Good luck.

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    eemom says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    Have you ever tried Imitrex for the migraines? It has worked wonders for me ever since it came out in the early ’90s.

    And its patent ran out so it is now available in generic (sumatriptan).

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    At one point, we had a very depressing moment, as my one of my brothers was talking about his new transition trifocals. Two decades ago it would be all about beer bongs, now it is discussions about knee and shoulder surgery, trifocals, and where the kids are going to college. We all are uniformly distraught about the death of MCA.

    Tonight at my daughter’s 17th birthday party, I told them about my workday: Hired a couple people today. One of them was born a month after I graduated high school. She’s 27.

    None of it even seems mathematically possible. I’m still passing for my 20s.

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    Mickey says:

    As much as you piss me off a lot of the time with your politics and I have no problem calling you all sorts of nasty names, I find it almost impossible to dislike you when you post everyday just living life stuff like this. I think you would be an interesting person to have a beer with someday even though that will never happen.
    http://ll-media.tmz.com/2009/0.....3493-1.jpg

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    JPL says:

    Since I’m still up and talking about my neighbors coming over, see comment @ 45, the gal from Columbia asked about my kitchen table because she recognized it as being really old. It was an old refractory table we found in the basement of a house we purchase 35 years ago and dates from 1885. She was the first person who recognized that. It was kinda cool.

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    Skerry says:

    @beltane:
    Don’t look for this “happy event” to get much press.

    BTW, “Romneycare” mandated coverage for IVF and other infertility treatments in MA.

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    Hill Dweller says:

    WaPo’s ‘fact’ checker:

    So, with the presidential election looming in exactly six months, I would like to issue a challenge to you both: Give at least one campaign speech, on a substantive policy issue, lasting at least 15 minutes, that does not contain a single factual error or misstatement.

    Both sides!

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    Brachiator says:

    @celticdragonchick:

    20 years late, but I walk with all the other seniors at Guilford College and get my geology degree. I just saw my end of term grades also…B- in Calculus II and an A- in French Revolution and Napoleon history.

    Congratulations. Hope you celebrate this achievement appropriately. And be sure to top it off geology style with a Scotch.

    On the rocks.

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    JPL says:

    @Mickey: That was stupid. If Gates ever took time to watch Law and Order he would have known never, ever step outside. Unfortunately, he was one of the others who didn’t watch Law and Order but good news he educated us.

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    jl says:

    @Hill Dweller:

    I heard on Colbert Report that the WaPo fact checker rated a Romney claim on the job market as ‘true but false’.

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    lacp says:

    Let me guess…you used a secret pork rub that contained Oxycontin and Viagra.

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    Jebediah says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:
    I want to see video of Lily and Rosie trying to finagle their fair share of all that meat.

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    Jebediah says:

    @celticdragonchick:
    Congratulations!

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    NotMax says:

    The day one switches from riding on the young local to the old express is the one when you see a male in a police uniform and think “When did they start hiring policeboys?”

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    Jibeaux says:

    Congrats, celticdragonchick. Voted yet? My accomplishment for the evening was tracking down early voting info for an amendment one opponent whose county had for some reason put that information behind a password protected site. I’m not kidding about that! I found it elsewhere and now I’ve helped a first time voter. There are several anti signs in my neighborhood in the yards of neighbors I don’t know & I’ve decided if this fails I’m inviting them all for cocktails & socializing next weekend. There are a couple of for signs too, but it tends to be older folks in my ’60s neighborhood, so no surprise.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @eemom:

    I haven’t, but that’s because plain ol’ Excedrin usually does the trick now that my nasal allergies are under control with Nasonex. It’s been a really weird week, weather-wise, so that’s where the migraine issues are coming from — it turns out that sharp changes in the weather are a very common migraine trigger. Who knew?

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @celticdragonchick: Congrats.

    On another note, Cole is leaving us unsupervised? Does anyone have any tequila? How about matches? And a sledgehammer? No reason.

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    Hill Dweller says:

    @jl: Kessler has been pathetic for a long time. That said, it will take a monumental effort to convince the public Romney doesn’t lie any more than the President.

    I think the excerpt in my previous post is Kessler laying the ground work for said effort.

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    Jebediah says:

    @xian:

    Mitt now says he was for keeping Grenell.

    So he is telling us that he is NOT in charge of his own campaign? And that would make me want to vote for him why?

    Yeesh. Maybe I should go for the long shot and put all my money on Mitt getting fewer than 100 electoral votes.

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    schrodinger's cat says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: What would happen if we give Tunch some Tequila spiked catnip?

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Jebediah:

    And that would make me want to vote for him why?

    Because you had a traumatic head injury? No, that is insulting to people with traumatic head injuries.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Hill Dweller:

    Hell, yeah. I was shocked when I first saw it in the theater and Buffalo Springfield came on. And not the usual “For What It’s Worth.”

    “A Child’s Claim to Fame” is on the soundtrack CD, but I think “Nowadays Clancy Can’t Even Sing” is in the movie too. That’s one of my favorites.

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    Mickey says:

    @JPL: I have no idea wtf you are trying to say. Put down the bottle (pipe?) and step away from the computer.

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    RossInDetroit says:

    @Jebediah:

    So he is telling us that he is NOT in charge of his own campaign? And that would make me want to vote for him why?

    Mitt might get away with using my brother’s all-purpose excuse: “It was on fire when I got here.”

    OTOH, maybe not.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: No matches or booze, but I’ve got a lighter.

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    hhex65 says:

    have a great time

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Raven:

    I don’t understand this…I’ve got “unlined” trifocals, with one area for reading, another for computer work, and of course distance. They work just fine and didn’t set me back 500 bucks.

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    gaz says:

    Apparently the best way to transport a live panda is to dress like a furry. I guess pandas are into that shit.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: A lighter would work – possibly for drinking and lighting. Just saying.

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    Ruckus says:

    Aging sucks.

    You think it’s bad now. Wait about 20-25 years. Still young enough to remember that you didn’t always feel like you are rapidly disintegrating into ashes but just old enough not to remember exactly what that felt like.

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    Jebediah says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    Well, I almost had one… or would have without my helmet. Several years ago I fractured my neck mountain biking, and my helmet had a deep, pointy crushed-in spot right over my forehead. Probably would have been a right good lobotomizing!
    But even if I had not had my helmet on that day, I can’t imagine voting for this guy. Maybe if I were a rich man…

    ETA: I would like to think that if I were a rich man, I would still give enough of a shit about everybody else to not vote Mitt…

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Ruckus: I lost my first high school friend when we were both 19. He was a marine embassy guard killed by a bomb in El Salvador. Many more since then. I’ll take aging.

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    PeakVT says:

    Would someone please tell the media that “Fight for Your Right To Party” is not The Beastie Boys’ best song? Kthx.

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    Jebediah says:

    @RossInDetroit:

    “It was on fire when I got here.”

    I may need to remember that…

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    Ruckus says:

    @Mnemosyne:
    I use Zomig inhaler when the migraines are up around 11. I find for me it works better than Imetrex.

    I used to fly for work and the pressure change/dry air to normal or back was a killer. Pressure changes are my number one cause of the bastards.

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    Jebediah says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:
    Two friends to separate gun accidents before I was out of grade school. I really need to keep them in mind when I am failing to make best use of my time on Earth, to spur me to stop fucking dicking around.

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    Jebediah says:

    @PeakVT:
    Seconded. May be the only one of theirs (that I can think of at least) that I really don’t particularly care for.

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    Steve in DC says:

    Sounds like the sort of party my Navy/Marine friends toss when they come back in town. I wish they’d be home permanently but that’s nto going to happen.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:
    Oh I wasn’t trying to say not aging is better, just that aging is a bed of roses, but with the thorns still on.
    And yes I’ve lost a lot of people that I grew up with. People in Vietnam, only my sister is left in my immediate family, mom was the last one of her generation and she went 3-4 weeks ago(94, she had a good run).
    Just went to a gathering of people I used to race with nearly 40 years ago, nobody talked about those who are gone. And there are a few.

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    PeakVT says:

    @Jebediah: I think it’s an okay song, but it’s not the best on Licensed to Ill, and I’ve heard it way too many times. Sure Shot and Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun (gawd I love that drum sample) and Jimmy James are my favorites.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Ruckus: The was some maudlin shit going on in this thread, so I used your comment to try to move things in a happier direction. Fuck whining. I was born when I was born and if I had not been I would not be who I am now.

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    Joseph Nobles says:

    @xian: I’m thinking if ENDA were law, Grennell could have sued the Romney campaign. Yes, I know he quit, but that was because his working conditions were intolerable, and that only because he was gay.

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    Jebediah says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:
    Yeah! that’s what I was thinking as soon as I typed it, and it tickled me so I left it. I love that the first comment is “If I was a flintstone…” I have a weakness for silly jokes.

    ETA just because I can.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Jebediah:
    18 Years ago I got hit by a truck head on. I wasn’t in a car. I was laying in the street after getting knocked down by a coyote while riding my motorcycle. So two accidents for the price of one. As I was flying through the air I thought, “Shit this is going to hurt”. When the truck hit my head with the bumper I went under the truck and it became pitch black. I wasn’t sure if that meant I was dead or just that it was dark out. Dark won.
    Moral is that I walked away with no new discernible brain damage. However I have other injuries which remind me every day about it.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:
    Maudlin shit is OK, in fact it’s another good reason to drink.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @celticdragonchick: Congratulations!

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    I’ve been wondering about something for a while. Why did I start reading this blog AFTER I stopped drinking?

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    Jebediah says:

    @Ruckus:
    I’m sorry you had the accident, and I’m sorry you still feel it, but gott-damn that is a great story! It starts with such an implausibility and just gets better. The kind of thing that sometimes peeves me in movies because of the unrealism. And you get to have that as one of your own stories!
    sorry for my ridiculosity but I am kind of jealous of that story…

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    Jebediah says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA:
    because it’s a substitute for it?

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Ruckus: Okay, fine. One of the two assistants I hired three weeks ago, told me this week that I was old. In the context of a music discussion… She said that Dashboard Confessional was similar to Oasis. I objected. Today, she mentioned that I was older than her dad. I had never mentioned my age; she guessed. She guessed high and wrong. The thing is that she was right; I am older than her dad. Weird thought.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Jebediah: And less liver damage too.
    @Omnes Omnibus: Would you like to barrow my walker?

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    My bruise from yesterday’s bike accident blossomed quite impressively, so I spent my day at work going around the office saying, “Wanna see something gross?”

    Yesterday, our twenty-pound Hellbitch started a fight with the fifteen-pound Underdog, who promptly tried to climb in my lap for the height advantage. Today I have two huge matching purple-brown bruises on my thigh, and I don’t even get to show them off to unsuspecting strangers!

    (Okay, the Spousal Unit was pretty impressed. And the “good” news is — bruises from inhibited bites is better than puncture wounds, which is why I spent last May Day in the hospital, so: progress. FWIW… )

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: I am okay. She is maybe 22 and will be graduating from college next week. She is enthusiastic about her job and willing to work long hours for public service wages. I was just shocked by the statement. Most people don’t think I am older than my mid-30s(humble brag by a 47 year old).

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    trollhattan says:

    How in fuck do you feed frat boys ceviche? Just axin’.

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    eemom says:

    My thoughts on aging are thusforth:

    1. I have the right to bitch about it WITHOUT being reminded that it’s better than being dead.

    2. I ESPECIALLY have the right to bitch about it because I’m going to be 50 soon.

    3. Anyway I’m gonna bitch about it because I like bitching about things.

    Any questions?

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    danielx says:

    You’re goddamn right getting old sucks majorly…My spouse failed a cardiac stress test on Wednesday and was scheduled to go in for cardiac cath next Wednesday. However, this evening when she got home from work she was having chest discomfort. We tend to take this seriously since she had a stent put in six years ago. So boogie on down to the hospital where her cardiologist practices…walk in the ER door, go to the desk, describe her symptoms and the stress test she failed on Wednesday, and whoa, sonofabitch, these people are swooping in like vampires on virgins. Amazing, two minutes from walking in the door til they had her in a critical care bed and are doing all the stuff.

    To make a long story shorter, they decided they didn’t need to do the catheterization this evening and she can come home tomorrow, but she kicked me out. I can’t understand why, all I did was to tell her that if she has a heart attack I’m divorcing her because next weekend is senior prom and I am not equipped to deal with getting my daughter ready for the prom…finish, end, period, so she had just better get well.

    Consequently I have resorted to serious measures to calm my shattered nerves and am playing the BoDeans really loud, since the daughter is at my sister-in-law’s and my spouse is in a major metro hospital…dammit.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @trollhattan: DTD here; and give me some goddamned ceviche right fucking now.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Geez, graduating from college, this year will be my 30 year aniversary. I’ve also looked much, much younger than my age, though partly now because my wifey makes me dye my hair.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Jebediah:
    I am kind of jealous of that story…
    Would you like to take the results? I’d be glad to hand them off. Actually I’d be ecstatic. I’d like just one day without the reminder of that story that took much longer to tell than to experience.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @eemom: Yes, would you care for some cheese with your whine?

    /snark

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    Ruckus says:

    @eemom:
    I got one.
    Is 50 the new 60?

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @eemom:

    I ESPECIALLY have the right to bitch about it because I’m going to be 50 soon.

    My response.

    I am a couple of years behind you, but the zero years have never meant shit to me.

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    Ruckus says:

    @trollhattan:
    Spoons
    Forks
    Fingers
    Chips

    Oh and beer.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:
    I’m a number of years older than both of you. As in a bunch of numbers. Zero years don’t mean anything either except that the more of them you have the less you need to be reminded about them.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: It will be my high school 30th. I’ve just started to find gray in the last couple of years. I almost wish for more so people don’t assume I dye it. My younger brother who was turning gray by 30 tells me I am an asshole for say things like that. It makes me smile.

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    eemom says:

    My mom just turned 80.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Well I also dye it several shades darker(dark brown as opposed to my natural color light brown) to match the wife’s dark brown. She haz teh asian hair.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: I do think sometimes that my brother hates me for my hair. On the other hand, he has always been the better athlete, cool, right?

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Fair trade-off.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: In our 40s, yep.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Or even later if you do what Saint Ronald of Reagan did; dye it and lie.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: Always despised that shit. Won’t imitate him.

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    RadioOne says:

    I say this as an alumni of a fraternity, and a member that was educated and influenced by a fraternity for most of my college education. In fact, it helped a lot, in studying and preparing for my career. Fraternities are part of the boiler-plate for conservatism with college students.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Remember I had to live through him as Governor as well as President. Damn, my cable box just rebooted right b4 the 11pm news.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: Sorry?

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    Steve in DC says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA

    I meet Reagan and you are no Zombie Ronald the clown!

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    Maude says:

    @danielx:
    Take care of yourself. Your spouse is being taken care of. Please post to let us know how she gets on.

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    Origuy says:

    A friend in my orienteering club had a massive heart attack the weekend before Thanksgiving. He is in his early 60s, was skinny as a rail,and a strong runner; ranked 11th in the M60+ class in the USA. He had a transplant two months ago. Last weekend he was out on the trails again for the first time, walking, but five months ago we weren’t sure he’d ever be out of the hospital.

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    kdaug says:

    @Jebediah:

    Several years ago I fractured my neck mountain biking, and my helmet had a deep, pointy crushed-in spot right over my forehead. Probably would have been a right good lobotomizing!

    Did the same thing. Over the handlebars, landed on my head, broke my shoulder. Damned helmet saved my life. And it had the crushed-in marks to prove it.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:
    I make it a point never to argue with 22 yr old people. They know everything and as I’m old I’ve forgotten everything. When I was young I was told to respect my elders because they had experience and working memories. I got older and found out why they used to tell me that. And I still get no respect. But look at Mittens, he’s old and he gets no respect either. He’s got plenty of money, maybe it’s because he has the sense of roadkill.

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