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I didn’t eat dinner earlier, other than a honeycrisp with a scoop of peanut butter, and I just now ate two toasted english muffins with peanut butter and orange marmalade and I washed it down with 1% milk (not Skim or Silk, which just shows you how fucking crazy I do get every now and then), and I may be the happiest I have ever been in years.

Re-reading Idiot America and going to bed.

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  1. 1
    Jerzy Russian says:

    I just now ate two toasted english muffins with peanut butter and orange marmalade

    Don’t overdo it.

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    Warren Terra says:

    I won’t repeat my comment about it in the previous thread here, but Bobo’s column today is hilarious, in a couple of ways. Unintentionally, of course. I eagerly await Charles Pierce’s evisceration of it.

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    barath says:

    Just watched this awesome and inspiring short documentary on several pioneers who are restoring ecosystems (deserts and places degraded by overgrazing and overfarming):

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    MoeLarryAndJesus says:

    It’s English muffins. Don’t type like a wingnut.

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    Spaghetti Lee says:

    Hedonist! I ate a single celery stalk*, one string at a time**.

    *-Beef stew
    **-Horked down all at once.

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    cbear says:

    …and I may be the happiest I have ever been in years.

    Dude, Dude, I really hope your Ladyfriend was there to share in the muffins—cause if she just left and happens to read the above—-it might be another 10 years before you get laid.


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    guachi says:

    I took a nap and am eating Ginger Snaps now. AND I GET TO SEE CLINTON AND OBAMA IN VIRGINIA ON SATURDAY!!!!!

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    trollhattan says:

    @Spaghetti Lee:
    Hedonist! We had to share a moist rock, all thirteen of us, and we loved it.

    Those were good times.

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    Valdivia says:

    jetlagged and can’t get over it. I get sleepy at noon, collapse at 3 wake up at 7 and stay up all night. I think I am going to have to take a sleeping pill see if I finally beat this.

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    Yutsano says:

    @cbear: Think about how long it’s been already. I still have that theory JC is a monk who’s just trolling us.

    @Warren Terra: Sorry, I’m sure your mangoes are deliciously ripe and all, but I. Am. Not. Getting. Out. Of. This. Damn. Boat.

    And fuck Bobo very much.

    @Valdivia: You’re probably also detoxing from Shanghai. It does take some adjusting to get back to clean air.

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    Warren Terra says:

    No mangoes at all? Just a tiny little thin one? It’s only wafer thin. Just one …

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    Dee Loralei says:

    Love and sex JGCole, you wear it well. Happiness suits our favorite curmudgeon.

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    Valdivia says:


    and the lack of spit on the street and the smells :)

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    Idiot America is a fun book.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Warren Terra: To paraphrase Edna Mode: “NO MANGOES!!”

    @Valdivia: You know, I get that it’s not a free society and all, but on occasion I think Singapore has a point with the no spitting law. The no gum chewing, though, that I just cannot abide.

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    cbear says:

    @Warren Terra:

    Mr Creosote!!!

    Well played, sir, well played.

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    Valdivia says:


    Not to sound harsh but after spending a month there I am totally into the lashing punishment for the spitting offense. It’s just…gross. And so ubiquitous.

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    Spiffy McBang says:

    Oh god, more winning:

    Wingnuts spam Gingrich’s listserv throwing in the towel on 2012 and talking about how it’s important to make sure Obama doesn’t get a third term in 2016.

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    gwangung says:

    @Valdivia: Have you tried melatonin first? A little easier than sleeping pills and a lot safer in my book…

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    Valdivia says:


    I haven’t tried anything yet since this is the first time I have this kind of issue with travel and time differences. When I arrived in China it was just super easy, now it feels like I am never going to have a normal night of sleep!

    Any dosage suggestions?

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    Cornish Steel says:

    @Spiffy McBang: Four! More! Years!

    If I had more talent for trollery I’d play the, “Well, come to mention it, we could do worse than repealing the 22nd amendment…”

    I’ll leave that to someone like DougJ.

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    @Warren Terra:

    I read it, but I can’t bring myself to post about it. That much dumb in the one place might take over my brain or make it dribble out my ears.

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    gwangung says:

    @Valdivia: Either the 1 mg or timed release 3 mg capsules….anything more and it gets wasted….Take it an hour before you want to go to sleep and it kind of eases you into it.

    I’ve used it to get myself gradually back on schedule, though it’s not a long term solution….

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    Valdivia says:

    thanks so much. I will definitely try it tomorrow. I am going to try and sleep now see if it works all by itself.

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    cbear says:



    Can’t help with the jetlag problem, I just drink myself into a stupor before and after the flight—but as someone who’s flown over there at least 50 times—I can give you a great tip on traveling to Asia.

    Check EVA Air before you travel and look up their Evergreen Deluxe Class prices. The seats are $200-400 more than Economy, but are the same as Biz Class and well worth the cost.

    China Airlines also has a similar upgrade that IIRC is called D-Class.

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    Interesting, my mom got a robo-call from Bill Clinton today, urging her to vote No on Proposition 32 in California.

    Also, today, I got a campaign mailer called “California Public Safety Newsletter and Voter Guide”, which has some interesting endorsements on it. Interesting, in that they go 100% against what the police and firefighter unions actually support:

    No on 30, Yes 0n 31, Yes on 32, for starters.

    In very small letters, on the mailer, there is this: “California Public Safety Voter Guide is a Special Project of the Policy Issues Institute”. Funny thing about the “Policy Issues Institute”. It is run by some guy named Floyd Brown, who is, surprise, surprise, one of the co-founders of Citizens United, and the creator of the “Willy Horton” TV ad.

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    Yutsano says:

    @cbear: EVA Air has a direct flight from Seattle to Taipei. Might have to see if it’s worthwhile to go from there to Sydney. Or even Auckland. I have friends down thereabouts.

    @Sarah, Proud and Tall: We need your brain intact. Please to be ignoring the ripe mangoes. I’ll make gimlets instead.

    Hi dear. A wee bit on the insomniac side but it should fade quickly.

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    Rosie Outlook says:

    Awwww. John’s in love (with someone besides Lily). When is the wedding?

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    cbear says:

    @Yutsano: You really should, Yuts. EVA was first recommended to me by one of my best friends who’s a 747 pilot and I have nothing but good things to say about them.
    Their website is a little clunky and you’ll have to spend a little time to find the best Evergreen Deluxe (or Elite) fares—sometimes they’re pricey—but you can find them just above Economy pricing.

    Also, if you do fly with them, make sure and apply for the Frequent Flyer program as you earn 25% more miles with the Deluxe seats.

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    @trollhattan: Luxury. The best we could manage was to swallow a handful of dry gravel, washed down with a cup of talcum powder. But you try and tell the young people today that, and they won’t believe you!

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    Warren Terra says:

    @Sarah, Proud and Tall:
    Not even the bit where he rebukes Obama for not passing an “unorthodox agenda” by means of assembling a “governing center-left majority” that somehow overcomes the problem of a majority of the House voting against anything he supports? I mean, that is just the most obvious slow hanging pitch I’ve ever heard of. He literally says it’s Obama’s fault not to have assembled a “governing majority” that somehow ignores an entire branch of government.

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    cbear says:

    @Betty Cracker:
    Wow. Didn’t know some of my fellow Floridians had it so rough. Over here in Daytona we got 26 miles of free beach sand to eat, and if you look hard enough you can can usually find some seaweed for roughage.

    Plus the Nascar folks let us graze the Speedway Infield grass during Speed Weeks and the drunken gooper racefans only run over a 10 or 20 of us each year.

    C’mon over and I’ll hook you up.

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    Joseph Nobles says:

    @Warren Terra: Well, he coulda. Because reasons.

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    Nicole says:

    It’s nice to see I’m not the only one awake.

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    NotMax says:

    Human treats.

    Cole version of Milk Bones.

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    Valdivia says:


    great tip, thanks!

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    Kristine says:

    Cole’s in love.

    Good on ya, mate.

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    lojasmo says:

    I don’t ever eat breakfast (bar the occasional Saturday, maybe three times a year) and yesterday was so busy and stressful at work, I forgot lunch. Yay 24 hour fast!

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    Baud says:

    I may be the happiest I have ever been in years.

    Become a Democrat – find love within six years.

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    Ash Can says:

    Awwwww. :)

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    Ash Can says:

    PS: Don’t get 《i》too《/i》 happy. If you were to stop bitching at us this dump just wouldn’t be the same.

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    jp says:

    Don’t know if your mom has heard, John, but the Assateague ponies are all ok.|head

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    different-church-lady says:

    You got laid, didn’t you?

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    RedKitten says:

    TWO English muffins with peanut butter AND marmalade? Lucky. I had to make do with a tiny slice of diet bread and PB with no marmalade or jam to be found. And I couldn’t even wash it down with milk.

    It was just like being at a midtown Starbucks.

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    donnah says:

    FYI, Thomas’ English muffins and bagels are out now for a limited time with pumpkin-flavor. OMG, they are so very good! I had the bagel with a bit of honey nut cream cheese and the English muffin with some butter and cinnamon sugar.

    I wish they offered these more often!

    So, there you have it.

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    JustRuss says:

    Dear god, peanut butter on toasted English muffins. Nirvana. The sacrifices I make for my gluten-intolerant wife. Thanks for rubbing that in, Cole.

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