Saturday Morning Open Thread: Follow Your Arrow

I wanted something cheerful & upbeat to start the weekend, but the graphics on the top version are teh suxxor and the sound quality on the lower one even worse. Why can’t YouTube be simple and perfect, as well as easy, for old pharts like me?

And when y’all are done pointing & mocking, what’s on the agenda today?

(We’re planning on going to a flower show, because it’s that time of year here in New England.)

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52 replies
  1. 1
    NotMax says:

    For those with insomnia, may as well have the company of a friendly, bouncy earworm.

    And one for all the cat people (you know who you are).

  2. 2
    R-Jud says:

    We’re waiting for our bricks and mortar to be delivered for the raised beds we’re building.

    Meanwhile, my daughter is (yet again) watching the Disney Fairies DVD someone bought her for her birthday. Jesus Christ, it’s dire.

  3. 3
    raven says:

    Gotta meet with the Tarzan Tree dude this morning to see how much removing the two big trees that are in the way of the new addition is going to cost. Going to be in the mid-to-upper 70’s today so, like very March, I’ll be watching the hoop.

  4. 4
    Keith G says:

    Saw the headline and my first thought was Harry Nilsson, who I miss very much. He was the originator of many fine earworms.

  5. 5
    PurpleGirl says:

    Follow Your Arrow could definitely be an earworm. It is bouncy.

  6. 6
    NotMax says:

    @ Keith G

    Amazing how many people have never/i> seen “The Point.”

    While speaking of things Nilsson, an entertaining video for of one of his tunes, utilizing scenes from the fringe film “Breakfast on Pluto.”

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    Gex says:

    So last night someone used a friend’s phone to prank call me. They called up and acted like some sex worker that is on their way to go to town on me and my girlfriend.

    Who the fuck does that to someone recently widowed?

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    Linda Featheringill says:


    Oh my. How unkind. Does your friend know about this? He/she might not be aware.

    Howya doin, sweetheart?

  10. 10
    NotMax says:


    Linky went poof. Try again.

    Amazing how many people have never seen “The Point.”

    While speaking of things Nilsson, an entertaining video for of one of his tunes, utilizing scenes from the fringe film “Breakfast on Pluto.”

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    Gex says:

    @Linda Featheringill: I’m pretty sure the owner of the phone wasn’t aware. She would have been on stage emceeing the show. I have to think the caller was someone who knows me. And pretty much the entire comedy community here knows that Kate died. I’m going to talk to the owner of the phone later on today.

    Things are harder these days. Some of the numbness and shock are wearing off and dealing with the estate in a nation that hates gays is a nightmare. It’s pretty rough right now.

    Left right left right.

    Thank you so much for asking.

  12. 12
    NotMax says:


    Obsession takes more forms than snowflakes.

    Cheese and crackers, it’s cold here tonight.

  13. 13
    raven says:

    @NotMax: What, it’s 68? Of course you are up-country.

  14. 14
    NotMax says:


    More like 48, with a steady breeze sneaking in through the closed jalousies.

  15. 15
    raven says:

    @NotMax: The Hawaiian Hawk blowing down the Hana Highway like a razor blade!

  16. 16
    raven says:

    @NotMax: Are you near the lavender farm?

  17. 17
    NotMax says:


    Don’t care what it might look like, enjoying the heck out of a present to myself from the Black Friday sales at Macy’s.

    It’s one of those body blanket thingies, with arm sleeves.

    But not the el cheapo kind hawked on TV. This one is quilted on the outside and has fake fur on the inside.

    Thought I’d only be using it during the usual fortnight in February when it gets chilly, but this winter has been that way from December on.

  18. 18
    Phylllis says:

    @Gex: @Gex: Idiots. Two weeks after my husband died, someone told me I’d find a new husband quickly, “what with all that insurance and Social Security and VA you’ll be getting.”

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    geg6 says:


    “The Point”, OMG, I loved that! Oblio, dude! When it ran the first time on teevee, I made my little sister sit and watch (she was too young to know or care who Harry Nilsson was). All these years later, we still talk about watching it and how we loved it and how we still think Nilsson was an unappreciated musical genius.

  20. 20
    NotMax says:


    Not all that far as the crow flies, but they’re at 4000 foot elevation. I’m at something over 1500 feet, with nothing blocking weather moving from the shore to the west or the shore to the north and an unobstructed view of the central isthmus.

  21. 21
    Pinkamena Panic says:

    Today’s agenda:
    Friends Too.
    Big Lots.
    Then spend the day alone while my roommate goes to work.
    Maybe clean.
    Maybe get a little closer to clearing out my play-through-these-games-already list.
    Maybe fill out some job applications so I can get a job that doesn’t eat dogshit tacos for breakfast.
    Or maybe just sit on here, with some SomaFM or Digitally Imported cranked up to ear-bleed levels, and vegetate after one shitty work week and before another one.

    @Gex: People who deserve to be minced. Minced and served in a bolognese sauce.

  22. 22
    OzarkHillbilly says:

    If I was in DC I could go to CPAC and watch a bunch of fat rednecks scream at a lone black women for disenfranchising white men and then go to a forum on “Why Black People don’t Love us More” and then attend another forum on “How to talk to your Gardener”, and then top it off by going to the “How Rape is the Ultimate in Birth Control” seminar. But I’m not in DC, so I guess I will have to content myself with the ongoing clearing of the back forty. It is something to do anyway.

  23. 23
    OzarkHillbilly says:


    For those with insomnia,

    Been listening to Beethoven, Mussorgsky, et al since 1AM. just that kind of a night for me.

  24. 24
    Linda Featheringill says:

    Working today. I need the money and they need the help.

    The Chanel-like jacket project is moving along at its own chosen speed [slow]. I finally finished 3 yards of trim. No wonder handmade braid and trim is so expensive! It does look rather nice, though. Or I think so.

  25. 25
    geg6 says:

    As for plans for today, not much. John is going to our cabin in Titusville to finish the drywall and get a start on putting in the flooring. Three years after the flood took it off its pilings, we may actually be able to spend some time there this summer.

    For myself, the big thing is going to the local Amway to stock up on the food that Koda likes and then to Petsmart for some toys and a leash. She is set to arrive at 10:30 pm next Friday. Very excited.

  26. 26
    mai naem says:

    Somebody installed the Grinder app and tried it out at CPAC and got 25 pings at. I find that hilarious. Also, too, Ted Cruz is a major league douchebag and totally makes my gaydar go off big time. I am betting he’s going to be doing the wide stance in a Texas airport a la Larry Craig.
    I am totally impressed by Scott Prouty. I am not sure if I had been in that position that I would have thought to plan it out the way he did. I would hope that I would have been brave enough to release it but to be honest I am not sure I would have if I thought it was going to affect my living. I am so glad this country didn’t vote in Romney.

  27. 27
    Linda Featheringill says:


    Pictures of her arrival!

  28. 28
    jeffreyw says:

    Thawing a leg o’ lamb for the crockpot. Still looking over recipes but I may just go with the fuckton of garlic that works so well in a pork shoulder. Rosemary and lemon? Sides?

  29. 29
    JPL says:

    @geg6: That is so exciting. We’ll all be here waiting for updates.

    I’ll be taking advantage of the sunshine and do some work outside. I need a new washer and dryer so plan to go by home depot this morning as soon as I get dressed. I’m not going to buy the new designer series in washers because of the cost, so hopefully I find something.

  30. 30
    Baud says:


    I’m sorry for you loss, but that made me LOL. I can’t fathom people who are more socially oblivious than I am, no matter how many times I see or hear about them.

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    raven says:

    @NotMax: Wowzer!

  32. 32
    geg6 says:

    @Linda Featheringill:

    Will definitely update with photos. I’m really curious as to how she and Otis will interact. Glad she’s coming on a Friday night so we have the whole weekend to get to know each other.

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    Phylllis says:

    @Baud: And that’s not the worst thing that was said to me. I did regret the late hubby, who had something of an Edwardian sense of propriety, coupled with a wicked sense of humor, was not available to discuss the metric fuckton of cluelessness directed my way.

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    bemused says:

    The Point is awesome.

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    NotMax says:


    Garlic, of course. Also too, honey-mustard and rosemary coating, with a little chopped mint, if available. Try it, you’ll like it. I use it when barbecuing a butterflied leg o’ lamb; no reason it shouldn’t work for other preparations.

    And, if you can find it, (don’t know if they still make it) a couple of dashes of Lea & Perrins White Worcestershire sauce. Definitely don’t use the regular Worcestershire stuff.

  37. 37
    NotMax says:


    Next time you come, you can stop by the front lawn and take photos of the spectacular view (all the way to the West Maui mountains). If lucky, can catch a rainbow stretching from Kihei to Spreckelsville, arcing across the entire isthmus.

  38. 38
    NotMax says:


    One more thing.

    If can’t get the white Woerestershire, use Angostura bitters. No more than two drops per pound of lamb.

  39. 39
    Suffern ACE says:

    @Phylllis: was he, ummm, proposing?

  40. 40
    Roger Moore says:


    Next time you come, you can stop by the front lawn and take photos of the spectacular view (all the way to the West Maui mountains)

    Wait just a second! Aren’t Balloon-Juicers supposed to be telling people to get off their lawns?

  41. 41
    jeffreyw says:

    @NotMax: Honey mustard and rosemary I can do. Thanx. No bitters in the house, I’ve never heard of L&P white.

  42. 42
    Rex Everything says:

    Oy. I agree with the sentiment, but the execution is weak … that song sucks, dude.

  43. 43
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Gex: Some people are idiots. Some people are assholes. Some manage to combine the two. Sorry you ran into one of those.

  44. 44
    Yutsano says:

    @jeffreyw: Garlic, rosemary, and mint while cooking, but save the lemon for after it’s done. Or make gremolata.

  45. 45
    Phylllis says:

    @Suffern ACE: There’s a thought that had never crossed my mind until now. May very well have been. And, ewww.

  46. 46
    Maude says:

    #28. don’t light a match near your mouth after you eat that.
    Rosemary, no lemon.
    Mashed potatoes and string beans. A fruit salad.
    Cheesecake for desert.

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    dance around in your bones says:


    Gex, I am so sorry. People often say stupid shit to you after a spouse dies. I had a neighbor telling me about a friend of hers who died that she had set up a shrine to? And that person was shooting blue fireballs at her throat out of his picture on her shrine. I SO did not want to hear crap like that.

    This was literally hours after my husband died, in bed, next to me.

    Never underestimate the stupidity of a certain segment of humanity.

    Anyway, {{{hugs}}} You WILL get through it. It takes time, though.

  48. 48
    Maude says:

    @dance around in your bones:
    Some people are plain cruel.

  49. 49
    dance around in your bones says:


    That’s so true. And some people are just utterly clueless. They may not mean to harm, but they do.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @MattF: I am sorry… I wish I could answer every reply here, but I am a neanderthal. Ergo, I troll here. From time to time I post…. By the time somebody replies, I have lost track of the thread here. Really, you guys move way too fast for me. Still I love the interplay, the conversation… Keep it up. And allow me to, from time to time, point out something I think others are missing.

  51. 51
    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @dance around in your bones: You are a “Geyer Street Sheiks” fan, aren’t you? If you aren’t, have I got a track for you.

  52. 52
    dance around in your bones says:


    Late reply, but thank you for turning me on to the The Geyer Street Sheiks – am now off to get lost in a YouTube hole :)

    (I’d never heard of them).

    P.S. What in my comment made you think of them? and what song have you got for me?

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