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BTW- my toes are fine. A little sore, but fine. I was being overly melodramatic, it appears, because let’s face it, when pouring yourself a refreshing beverage you just don’t expect 4lbs of frozen pork to the foot.

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    Steeplejack says:

    I recommend the comfy chair and the gout stool.

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    eldorado says:

    this just means tunch will try harder next time.

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    cathyx says:

    And you were a tad inebriated.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    Been there, John. I dropped a couple of books on my foot from a weight bench a year or so back, and I was limping so badly that I took myself to the ER — by CAB! — but it was just a bad bruise. So if you didn’t go to the ER, you’re ahead of me.

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    gnomedad says:

    Very glad to hear this. Your pets are sufficient entertainment for us.

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    Yutsano says:

    @cathyx: On Pellegrino? That’d be a neat trick.

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    dan says:

    No one expects 4lbs of frozen pork to the foot. Or the Spanish Inquisition.

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    Tokyokie says:

    [W]hen pouring yourself a refreshing beverage you just don’t expect 4lbs of frozen pork to the foot.

    What? You’ve never had Tunch rub against your shin then flop on your foot while getting something from the fridge? Although I guess that’d be more than four pounds. And probably not frozen, either.

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    gogol's wife says:

    I’m glad. Been worrying all day.

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    PeakVT says:

    @Tokyokie: Nor rock-hard and falling from 4 feet up.

    Thankfully, Cole hasn’t posted pictures to prove that it even happened.

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    Antonius says:

    “when pouring yourself a refreshing beverage you just don’t expect 4lbs of frozen pork to the foot.”

    Speak for yourself, John. I live in expectation of this very occurrence during any activity, including contemplation.

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    Heliopause says:

    when pouring yourself a refreshing beverage you just don’t expect 4lbs of frozen pork to the foot.

    Actually, I’ve had similar things happen to me a few times in my life. My attitude with freezers is to trust but verify.

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    Carnacki says:

    Safety, safety, safety. Honestly, John, at this stage you need to wear steel-toed boots, hard hat, shin guards, kevlar gloves, safety goggles, and attach your self to a safety harness and rope line even when walking because you are one accident-prone motherf…::shutyourmouth::I was just talking about Cole.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    Life is full of odd coincidences department: I bought 3.5 pounds of frozen pork eye of round yesterday afternoon and roasted it for supper. I did not drop it on my foot.

    The rub was my fresh rosemary and thyme from the backyard, plus some dried sage, sea salt and pepper, mixed with some olive oil and some leftover piri piri sauce. After slashing, rubbing, and searing, I slow-roasted the meat at 325F on a bed of sliced onions. It was pretty damn good, and would have been fucking awesome if I had cooked to 160F instead of 180F. The onions and the pork juices were allowed to reduce on top of the stove while the pork was resting, and the resulting mess of sweet umami helped ameliorate the dryness of the meat.

    I shall go back once again this week to buy more pork and this time I shall Do It Right.

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    Corner Stone says:

    I just don’t get it. I sometimes drop an ice cube when grabbing a couple from the top level freezer. But I actually move my feet so the damn things don’t land on my feet.
    I think this explains your fundamental clumsiness. You have the slowest synapses and response time in the history of upright hominids. Did you wonder for a few seconds why your foot hurt?

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    hilzoy says:

    Melodramatic? Vous?


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    cathyx says:

    @Yutsano: Oh, I thought it was Pellegrino mixed with something alcoholic. Sorry for the false accusation John.

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    JPL says:

    Last night while cooking on the bbq, my son walked on a hot coal. Actually it adhered to his foot for a second and he prayed to God. Well maybe the word was Jesus recited several times.

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    maya says:

    Already this open thread has been hijacked by vertically flying pork and JC. Why do we even bother?

    Today I discovered a cute little baby rattler hiding under some old tree bark that I was about to move. Hadn’t seen a rattler around here in about 28 years, though they are indigenous to the area. Thought it was a gopher snake at first – they do look very similar except for tell-tale triangular head.
    Also means there are other babies around. I feel like Romoney may feel in a few months: No more flip-flops, boots on the ground.

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    cathyx says:

    @Corner Stone: I’ve actually done this myself. Frozen meat is very slippery in the freezer and if the freezer is at all full, it slides right out and falls on what’s directly below. Ones feet.

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    Quaker in a Basement says:

    Revenge of the piggies!

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    JPL says:

    @Comrade Mary: That sound good.

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    Spatula says:

    I’m not buying that it was Pelegrino. More likely straight vodka.


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    Eric says:

    Now u understand the oft expressed. “once you go kosher, ….”

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    Corner Stone says:

    @cathyx: Maybe it’s just me. I drop shit, I catch shit. I can’t catch shit, I got nothing betwixt shit and the floor.

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    dr. bloor says:

    you just don’t expect 4lbs of frozen pork to the foot.

    Given your injury history, Cole, you probably should.

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    rikyrah says:

    glad that they’re not broken, Cole.

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    p.a. says:

    i’ve survived some freezer attacks myself. JC seems to be a target for anything hard, heavy, with an edge or moving parts. John, when you were in the service did they clear the range so you would be out there alone? I understand officers hate those friendly fire accident reports.

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    ABL says:

    @dan: Dammit! I was going to say that.

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    quannlace says:

    Coulda been worse. Could have been the frozen Thanksgiving turkey. You’d have been on crutches for a week.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    @JPL: Did I mention garlic? There was also garlic. Just whirred everything the fuck up in my mini-blender and rubbed it all over the pork.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    I’m in Amsterdam after spending the day in Bruges. My hotel location is bad. I arrived at 1030 and the only things still open in the area outside if hotel restaurants were the hard rock cafe and Murphy Mary O’Generic’s expat Irish pub.

    I’ve had enough now to say something that shouldn’t be said and isn’t fair. But I’ll do it anyway. I hate Irish food, fake pub food and Guiness.

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    rikyrah says:

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    JPL says:

    @Suffern ACE: My son was in a small town near Bruges for months. Once he adjusted to the six o’clock closing times he loved it. For me it was fortunate that it was during the tulip season. He took the most amazing pictures.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @quannlace: “As god as my witness, I swear I thought Turkeys could fly.”

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    Bex says:

    @JPL: Experiencing that will probably keep your son from attending Tony Robbins events.

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    JPL says:

    @Bex: I sent him the story on that last night being the good mother I am.

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    Nellcote says:

    Coburn Supports Manchin’s Re-Election

    Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) crossed party lines and gave a $250 contribution to Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) re-election campaign “because he believes Manchin is not beholden to short-sighted political interests,” The Hill reports.

    Said Coburn: “I think he votes thinking about the long-term interests of the country. We don’t agree on everything but he’s a good guy.”

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    muddy says:

    My mother used to stuff little twisted balls of this and that, un-labeled into the freezer. None of these were ever used again, but were not allowed to be chucked. Every time she’d open the freezer there’d be a minor avalanche of these little twists and balls of cling wrap. My dad would always say, “*What* are you trying to do?” At which point she’d get really mad that he would say it.

    A decades long game played to the hilt, and beloved apparently by all but the bystanders.

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    Thor Heyerdahl says:

    @Suffern ACE: Google Maps shows that there appear to be a few good rijsttafel restaurants within a 10 minute walk. Amsterdam’s so tightly packed together, you don’t have to go far to escape for better cuisine.

    That being said, better cuisine is relative. I have no idea of what the mystery meat in krokets that are served from the FEBO automats around the city, but they sure are tasty after a night of drinking or cafe visiting.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Tokyokie: Tunch is floofy. The floofyness makes up for this.

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    daize says:

    @Comrade Mary: Oooooh, yum! I shall bookmark your recipe and subsequent suggestions for my husband, aka “he who cooks with more patience than I”. We love a good roast pork. Thanks!

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    maven says:


    The gout stool…….I hadn’t taken time to name it yet but since the Favorite Chair is already named why not move on to other furniture……..

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    daize says:

    @Comrade Mary: Double yum on the garlic. We like Three Guys from Miami for garlic pork deliciousness and various Cuban food goodness. :-)

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    daize says:

    @muddy: During my kidhood, my Dad used to say (regarding our freezer), “It looks like a g*d*mn silver mine in here!” As a result, my freezer today is full of foil-wrapped goodies tucked in size-appropriate plastic bags labeled with Sharpies.

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    Laura Clawson says:

    I like inflicting this picture on people. Stubbed my toe in 2008 and after a day of generic swelling, these are the bruises I got.

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    Yutsano says:

    @daize: Do they deliver to Seattle by chance? :)

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    j says:

    I feel for ya. A sore tootsie makes everything worse. You’ll eventually favor that foot up to the point of screwing with your back muscles and then your back will hurt.

    Mr. “Doom & Gloom”? NO. Just speaking from personal experience.

    I got up at the usual 5:00 am and went into the kitchen to make a pot of coffee to brew while I took a shower. I opened the cabinet door and picked up the can by the top using my right hand (like palming a basketball). The full can separated from the plastic cap and landed square on the top of my right foot. YEOUCH!!

    So I bent down to pick up the can and try to scoop up the spilled grounds (while chasing the cats away) and I stood up with the can in my right hand.

    What I didn’t know was that the cabinet door was drifting back to its closed position, so when I stood up I smacked my head into the botton corner of the door and knocked myself out.

    When I woke up in a pool of blood and coffee grounds and a bleeding foot I decided to call the ambulance. I told them to meet me at the Arby’s on the corner, where I went to GET A CUP OF COFFEE! They caught me at my front door and took me to the emergency room. (bastards!)

    At the hospital they stuck everything that could find into me, but would NOT let me have any coffee (because they claim it is a blood thinner, as if I cared.).

    The billing line was 2 stitches on my head, 2 broken bones in my foot, 2 pounds of coffee grounds and blood mixture on the kitchen floor, 2 cats who have tasted human blood and 2 hours late for work.

    And when I got to work..the EFFIN coffee machine was broken!

    (And I got docked 2 hours of pay, even with the doctor’s bills as proof.)

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    Corner Stone says:


    Every time she’d open the freezer there’d be a minor avalanche of these little twists and balls of cling wrap. My dad would always say, “*What* are you trying to do?” At which point she’d get really mad that he would say it.

    I simply refuse to believe there wasn’t some kind of tried and true Muddy family saying that describes this entendre du parentis.

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    WereBear says:

    Glad to hear it wasn’t as bad as you thought!

    Damn freezers are treacherous; if something’s going to fall, I just back up and let it.

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    Atticus Dogsbody says:

    when pouring yourself a refreshing beverage you just don’t expect 4lbs of frozen pork to the foot.

    I guess you’ve never spent time in New Zealand.

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    daize says:

    @Yutsano: I wish they delivered here in Philly!!! But it’s just for those do-it-yourselfers, I fear.

    Take care.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    @daize: Oh, that looks great! We don’t have much of a Cuban presence in Toronto, so I basically prowl blogs and other sources for ideas. Must seek out some Cuban ideas …

    Back to the roast: that’s a bastard Italian-Portuguese approach that I whipped together on short notice. And in general, I would go for a slightly fattier cut, as it’s more forgiving of accidental overcooking.

    A more purist Portuguese pork approach would be something like this. This is one of the classic Italian approaches, which includes fennel, which really makes this distinctive. You just need to gently pound the fennel a bit with a mortar and pestle. I usually add sage and rosemary, too.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @muddy: Great story, well told. Made me laugh out loud.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    @j: I am torn between pity and laughter, but this …

    2 cats who have tasted human blood

    … worries me. How big are your cats?

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    Comrade Mary says:

    @j: I am torn between pity and laughter, but this …

    2 cats who have tasted human blood

    … worries me. How big are your cats?

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    Comrade Mary says:

    @j: I am torn between pity and laughter, but this …

    2 cats who have tasted human blood

    … worries me. How big are your cats?

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    Comrade Mary says:

    I’m really not nagging about your cats, but FYWP.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Comrade Mary: Clearly.

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    muddy says:

    @Corner Stone: This is very late and you probably won’t see it, oh well..

    “What are you trying to do?” *was* the saying. We all still say it whenever someone drops something. I know it’s not up to my usual level of oddity, but then it was the old P’s saying, not mine. Mine are the deeply strange ones.`;-)

    These were people who could get a good argument going about whether you stir the tea after the sugar and again after the milk, or do you just stir it once.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Comrade Mary: Since s/he’s still alive to tell the tale, I’m guessing not of Tunchian proportions.

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