Drinky time thread

Happy hour with Max. Enjoy.

Running with the ball

Chat about whatever.

75 replies
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    Patricia Kayden says:

    Playing ball and looking cute.

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    BGinCHI says:

    Weather. It is not nice.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Even after all these years, the wars and impeachment and everything else, the right wing obsession with Obama’s golfing is weird.

    GOP Rep Offers Amendment Prohibiting Obama From Playing Golf Until White House Tours Resume

    It’s Louie Goehmert.

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    Violet says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: So glad they’re putting the American people first.

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    Hill Dweller says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Goehmert is a stupid man.

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    raven says:

    Wow, Old Yeller is on. I didn’t know a cow could have horns!

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    JPL says:

    @BGinCHI: How much snow did you get? The Atlanta weathermen said there might be some flurries over night.

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    raven says:

    @JPL: It’s gone, cold and wind.

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    hildebrand says:

    Waiting for a call from a search committee sucks.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @hildebrand: I spent much of the day doing something similar. I got a call a little while ago saying I am through to the next round in my ordeal. Hopefully the same thing happens for you.

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    geg6 says:

    Jeebus, they’re screaming on my teevee about SNOW! OMG, SNOW!

    WTF? I mean, seriously folks? We’re supposed to get 2-4 inches. We’ve gotten feet of snow in March. Many times in my lifetime. Chill the fuck out.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:


    WTF? I mean, seriously folks? We’ve gotten feet of snow in March. Many times in my lifetime. Chill the fuck out.

    And they scream about it every time.

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    mainmati says:

    @BGinCHI: Yeah, I have a friend in Chicago and the snow looked heavy and wet and probably heading toward icy niceness (not). MD gets it tomorrow. They say 5 inches. I say maybe 1/2 inch and the rest cold rain. This being the DC area, they’re calling the possible snowstorm “snowquestration” (groan).

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    JPL says:

    @raven: My temp already dropped thirteen degrees. Moxie is outside barking at the howling wind.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @BGinCHI: Sucks here too.

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    Arm The Homeless says:

    So the fiance is freaking out that she didn’t get campus interviews from the two schools she had initially been called back from. By extension this means my life is a mess as well. I guess it’s tough out there when you love a woman who is just trying to start her career in academia.

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    geg6 says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    What’s even more ridiculous this time is that it will be gone by tomorrow afternoon when the temps go up to the upper 30s. I hate these panics. I swear that the teevee weather critters are in cahoots with the grocery stores so they can sell tons of bread, milk, and eggs in the ensuing panic buying.

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    raven says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: I’ve lived in Georgia for 27 years. I used to really laugh about how they freak out at the mere possibility of snow until I saw
    1. They have no ability or equipment to deal with it.
    2. The dumb fuckers can’t drive in it.
    3. The trees can’t handle big wet snow so power goes out forever.

    Four years ago this week we got hammered in this weird storm that only hit in a 40 mile radius around Athens, people in Atlanta couldn’t believe what happened. I had friends without power for a week. Huge oaks all over our neighborhood fell. It’s not the same as it is where ya’ll know what you are doing.

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    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    It’s Louie Goehmert.

    Trying to keep his lead in the “dumbest fuck in Congress” challenge, I see. There’s some tough competition, so he’s going to have his work cut out for him.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @raven: I know. the difference between how Chicagoland and north handle snow and the why Columbus, Ohio, did was stunning. I am happy to be back where people can deal with it and where, when they tell you not to be out on the roads, you really shouldn’t be out on the roads.

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    Keith says:

    Waiting on the new SimCity to finish downloading updates. I haven’t played a Sim game since SimAnt, when I was a teenager, so I am real excited to start recreating some of my old city designs. Now if they’d just do an update to Populous, I’d be 100% content.
    EDIT: This could lead to a whole rant on Origin and how long it takes to start playing an EA game (Battlefield 3 was event worse)

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    geg6 says:

    @Arm The Homeless:

    Your fiance has bad timing, poor thing. In good times, it’s a hard row to hoe. And these aren’t good times in academia.

    Though it’s nice that, as bad as things are in colleges and universities, it’s even worse among the for-profits. They are fighting for their lives because of the new rules regarding federal student aid, which they will never be able to fulfill because their whole business model is to make money from Title IV funding without actually delivering the product diploma to a majority of their customers students. Another thing Obama never gets credit for, by the way.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @JPL: Looks like 4 or 5 inches, but still snowing. Nasty day.

    It’s like Buffalo, but with employment.

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    JPL says:

    @raven: My old neighborhood was hilly and you couldn’t leave the neighborhood cuz some idiot would just stop on the hill and leave their car. ugh

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    👽 Martin says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    It’s Louie Goehmert.

    Yeah, we knew…@Keith: Let us know how it is. Not thrilled with the registration crap, but I do love me some SimCity. The boy wants it too. Curious if it’s worth the money.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: But you have New Glarus.

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    BD of MN says:

    We got maybe 8″ or so, have fun as this moves east… Here’s our snow babies waiting patiently for breakfast this morning…

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    Baud says:

    @BD of MN:

    LOL. They look like the king and queen of their own snow kingdom.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    Max puppeh!

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @BGinCHI: Not in my apartment.

  32. 32
    BGinCHI says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: I thought it was a state law.

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    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    I am sat here in a house with no running water cause my local water company is staffed with fucking morons. I called yesterday and told them that I thought my meter was leaking because the hole where the meter lives was constantly full of water even after a week with no rain. They sent someone out today who promptly found the leak TWO INCHES from the meter on MY side and turned off my water, helpfully leaving a note on my door knob which I didn’t find until I got home at 5:30pm saying the water could not be turned back on until an employee of the company or a licensed plumber had fixed the leak. What are my chances of finding a plumber to come out and fix a leaking pipe at 6pm in the evening when it is dark outside? They couldn’t call me at 9:30 am when they turned off the water? At least giving me time to get a plumber out there in daylight hours? WTF?

    I called the company’s after hours line and the lady there was very helpful and told me that the water was turned off but *cough* *cough* “it isn’t locked, so perhaps you could have *cough* “someone” look at it and turn it back on until you can have it repaired”. So DH is coming home from work early so he can “look at it” and turn the water back on cause I sure as hell couldn’t when I tried (damn that lack of upper arm strength).

    What is wrong with these people? I mean it is not like it is costing them any money, if the leak is on my side of the meter then I am paying for the damn water regardless.

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    Randy P says:

    @geg6: And TP. And steak. This always puzzled me when I lived in the DC area.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @BGinCHI: Brandy is considered a viable substitute.

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    Keith says:

    @👽 Martin: Will do. I splurged and dropped $85 on the deluxe version, with the Euro cities et al. This is hopefully what will occupy me now that GTAV got delayed.

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    Arm The Homeless says:

    @geg6: I appreciate the empathy. Luckily if everything goes to pot, she has one more year of funding here, but she is so damn dedicated to her students and her research that it pains me to watch her question her choices. On the bright side, if nothing comes open by next year he folks love me so I guess they won’t mind if we move in with them.

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    MikeJ says:


    Waiting for a call from a search committee sucks.

    Better than waiting for a call from a search party.

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    Randy P says:

    On another topic, I was on the weather channel website today trying to get up to date snow info & for some reason they had linked articles to the worst states & cities in the US to live. Depressing number of those cities were in Michigan. But their criteria must be really weird, because along with Camden, NJ (a true 3rd world hellhole) they listed Cleveland, Chicago and New York. I’m not aware of the majority of residents of those places complaining.

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    Violet says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt: Do you have one of those water meter keys that allows you to turn it on and off? We bought one for cheap at Home Depot.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Plus it’s a good fire starter.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @Randy P: It’s from Forbes. Nuff said (high taxes are the worst thing ever, apparently, so they probably think Scottsdale is better than Chi and NYC: assholes).

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    raven says:

    Go Illini!

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    👽 Martin says:

    @Keith: $85. x2 so the boy can play. Ouch.

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    the Conster says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    Terror babies is his invention too. It really makes me wonder how the people who keep voting for him manage to put their shoes on in the morning. I blame Velcro for Louie Gohmert.

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    Yutsano says:


    (other than that I got nothin’. volunteer 9 hour days are killing me)

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    geg6 says:

    @Randy P:

    Well, at least the TP can be justified because they’re all shitting their pants because the teevee news makes it sound like the end of the world is coming.

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    MikeJ says:

    @Keith: The euro cities is what made me decide against it. Looks like it’s going to be another game that they charge you $69 for and then every two weeks they want another $10 for something that should have been included in the first place.

    And of course it will be impossible to write or use mods like NAM from SC4.

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    Litlebritdifrnt says:


    No unfortunately.

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    geg6 says:


    You can’t get booze at a grocery store here. It’s Pennsylvania, Jake.

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    danielx says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    Supposed to be 58 here on Saturday…but we’re supposedly getting 8-9″ tonight. On the whole I’d rather be on the beach at Bahia Honda.

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    It’s Louie Gohmert. (sp. corrected)

    Of course it is. It had to be either him or Steve Stockman. (Q. What’s the matter with Texas? A. A lot of assholes live there.)

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    Yutsano says:

    @geg6: You can here. And the price got jacked way high. There’s a shit ton of HOOCODANODE?? going around about that.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @efgoldman: My “here” is Wisconsin and you can get booze at grocery stores here.

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    srv says:

    I’ve got a stream of Austin APD frequencies going and so far nothing!

    This could be the worst blog meetup since the Donner Party.

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    Keith says:

    The verdict on SimCity is: it doesn’t even run. There’s apparently a TON of people having the same problem. You basically run the Origin client, click SimCity, and after a few seconds, you get the process crash window. On the plus side, EA’s facebook page is getting lit up with pissed off customers, so I can spare myself the stress, but on the negative side, EA is as silent as ever on it.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @srv: Has it even started yet?

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    Rosie Outlook says:

    @BD of MN: Those are some pretty good-sized babies!

    Columbus expecting 2-4″. Panic ensues.

    To those who tried to help me identify the mystery bug: haven’t seen or caught any more. I wonder if I can stop worrying about roaches? Don’t you normally see MORE see roaches as time goes on?

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    I realized the other day that I have never lived in a state with state liquor stores. Illinois, Wisconsin and California all let you buy booze wherever you want (grocery store, liquor store, chain pharmacy, it’s all good).

    I can’t even wrap my head around the concept of having to go to a special store every time you want to buy a frickin’ 6-pack.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Argh! Can I please be released from FYWP for the crime of mentioning CVS-type stores? kthxbai.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: If you’re still on this thread, you should check out this thing my buddy Josh Calhoun is doing:


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    Rosie Outlook says:

    @Randy P: The Chicago residents will complain in the spring. Right now their jaws are frozen shut.

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    red dog says:

    I think you can by booze 24/7 here in CA. Never being up in the wee hours, I’m not sure.

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    Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason says:


    It’s Pennsylvania, Jake.

    And that’s why I stopped at Maryland Line on my way home, just before I hit the Mason-Dixon line.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Rosie Outlook: You’re in Columbus? Go to the federal courthouse in the first thing in the morning morning, there will be dead roaches in main floor hallway. The basement is full of them; when I used pulled files from down there, I had to shake them out to make sure I didn’t bring roaches into my office. I don’t know why I felt compelled to tell you that.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @red dog:

    It used to be that you couldn’t buy between 2:00 am and 6:00 am in California or something weird like that. I am no longer at grocery stores at that hour, so I couldn’t say for sure. I do remember that places would have to fence off the liquor area between those hours.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @BGinCHI: That looks cool. Unfortunately, I will be out of town for a funeral that day.

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    Rosie Outlook says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Well, though I will probably fall victi
    to the sequester, I sure won’t turn to a life of crime. At least not in Columbus. Yuck.

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    raven says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: I used to have to do the same thing with my double album covers. Always getting roaches, stems and seeds caught in them!

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    hildebrand says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: I am waiting on the last leg of this journey – I had the campus interview last week, and am now (not so) patiently waiting to hear if I actually landed the job or not. Of course, if I am not the one, I actually won’t hear for some time. So I wait. And try not to second guess everything I said during the on-campus interview.

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    Josie says:

    Max is so damned happy to be running with his ball, it makes me feel better just to look at him. Please continue to post his pictures, Tim, as a public service.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @hildebrand: What’s your field?

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    hildebrand says:

    @BGinCHI: Medieval History/Papal History

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    BGinCHI says:

    @hildebrand: Cool. Renaissance lit here.

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    hildebrand says:

    @BGinCHI: What are your favorites in your field?

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    Yutsano says:

    @Mnemosyne: In WA you could get beer and wine in the stores, just nothing harder than that. I’m not happy about it honestly. The space they’re using for the booze is taking up the more interesting wine selections they used to have. How many fucking kinds of chardonnay do you need anyway?

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