Open Thread

Alumni weekend here, so the house is full of brothers from other decades. Steve and I spent the afternoon cooking down a marinara from roma tomatoes and making home made pasta, fed about a dozen peeps, and are now heading to the bar.

He also is a mountain man who hikes every day, so he brought with him about a lb of fresh morels and we are going to have rocking omelets with morels and eggs raised a 1/2 mile away with that creamy yolk goodness, some bacon from my buddy down the way, and I will make some waffles with flour and Honey from the Amish.

Little Feat is cranking, my boys are back, and all is good. Homecoming and Alumni weekend are my favorite weekends of the year.

103 replies
  1. 1
    Little Boots says:

    john cole, I know you don’t like me, but you are awesome. just want to say it. really. I do like you.

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    Captain Goto says:

    Good shit is all around. Despite the Pens shitting the bed, I have a very fine porter in front of me, and a SLAMMIN’ jazz band closing out the night with “Work Song” by Cannonball Adderley.
    Have a ball, John.

  3. 3
    Little Boots says:

    really, just you and me, buddy. well, I do actually like you. You are brave, always have been. I truly admire you.

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    JCJ says:

    My wife was reading a Thai newspaper on line and found this article about a building quite literally being “erected” in China. It is the new headquarters for a newspaper. My guess is that the newspaper is “The Long Dong Daily News.”

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    dewzke says:

    Cole is gonna get lit and still take care of food. Awesome.

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    w3ski says:

    Morels! That does it, I am coming from California to join you for Breakfast. I love those little critters.
    I’d saute them before the omlet but they produce tons of water when sauteed, have a before egg drain time for best use!

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    p.a. says:

    Homecoming, alumni weekend. The 3am alcohol-fueled blog post this weekend will be a happy one. No rants in the forecast.

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    Little Boots says:

    john cole is … well, I don’t koow. but something.

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    dewzke says:

    @p.a.: I think Cole is occupied for then next dozen or so hours.

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    dance around in your bones says:

    …so the house is full of brothers from other decades.

    For some reason, that made me think of brother from another planet. Just the phrasing.

    I have no idea what that means, but your effort on behalf of your old frat is impressive. And I want morels, too, gawdammit!

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    Little Boots says:

    so what is with john cole? why are you so shy john?

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    SatanicPanic says:

    Drunk thread!

    only +3

  13. 13
    Hill Dweller says:

    Any NBA fans here? Joey Crawford is tossing players out of the game like his life depends on it in the Grizzlies-Clippers game.

  14. 14
    Little Boots says:


    yeah, well, maybe. but it’s kind of fun.

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    dewzke says:

    @Little Boots: um, I do believe John is busy. wait til noon or so.

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    JCJ says:

    @Hill Dweller:

    Yeah, this is a strange end to this game. I am not clear on what Chris Paul did to get tossed.

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    Little Boots says:

    and seriously, who doesn’t love john?

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    SatanicPanic says:

    @Little Boots: I’ve always wondered- how come you only show up on weekends?

    And where is Stuck? I hope he’s OK.

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    Fluke bucket says:

    Well has Israel bombed Syria or are the news channels spewing bullshit again?

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    Little Boots says:


    oh, you know, cause it’s the drinking time.

    don’t play dumb.

  21. 21
    SatanicPanic says:

    @Little Boots: Oh OK, just curious

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @dance around in your bones: Brother from Another Planet is — like Slap Shot — one of those infinitely watchable / quotable films. And a great social filter, as far as I’m concerned; people who whine or nitpick about either of them, IMO, just aren’t worth the bother of knowing better.

    (Also too, I loved Joe Morton’s role as a conspiracy theorist/mad scientist in the first seasons of Smallville, and as the — spinoff? — ‘asylum keeper’ in Eureka… )

  23. 23
    Little Boots says:

    but everything I say is true.

    I really do like john.

    where the hell is he?

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    SatanicPanic says:

    @Little Boots:

    and are now heading to the bar

  25. 25
    Little Boots says:

    oh, satanic, don’t be a bitch.

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    Hill Dweller says:

    @JCJ: During the free throw, Paul came down and gave Gasol a shot to the ribs, which led to the technical. But I suspect Paul had been doing stuff throughout the game.

    Crawford has a quick trigger, but I can’t see him throwing people out of a playoff game unless they crossed the line repeatedly.

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    Little Boots says:

    the important thing is,

    john, where the hell are you???

  29. 29
    Little Boots says:

    and omnes, where the hell is my dear sweet omnes?

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    Little Boots says:

    that’s how you do it, sweetheart.

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    dance around in your bones says:

    @Anne Laurie:

    Card Trickster: I have another magic trick for you. Wanna see me make all the white people disappear?

    Subway Public Address Announcer: Fifty-Ninth Street, Columbus Circle; 125th Street next. This an Uptown A Express going to 207. Change for the AA local across the platform, the D, or the upper level, change for the number 1 Broadway trains.

    Card Trickster: See, what’d I tell ya?

    Subway Public Address Announcer: Uptown A, 125th street, next.


    eta: Little Boots, do you know you are sometimes creepy?

  32. 32
    Little Boots says:

    sometimes, but seriously, could some of you got game, someimes? I actually like John, I’m not sure about most of you.

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    SatanicPanic says:

    @Little Boots: Is that a requirement now?

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    Irish Steel says:

    @dance around in your bones: Sometimes?

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    GxB says:

    Oh Christ, contrary to the crap weather in the Midwest, it must be spring and someone’s been licking the early toads.

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    Little Boots says:


    requirement for what?

    I actually like John. I do. that is all. what are you talking about?

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    dewzke says:

    @GxB: dood must be plus 10

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    dance around in your bones says:

    @Irish Steel: I was trying to be polite ;)

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    specialed5000 says:

    I’m gonna have to listen to some Little Feat. Don’t know much about them except the radio songs, but it seems like JC and I share a taste in Zappa and the Dead and a few other bands he’s mentioned.

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    trollhattan says:


    93 today and at least ten CA counties have fires at the moment, our snowpack is 17 percent of normal, so yeah, it’s spring somewhere.

    We’ll take any spare snow/rain/sleet/thick haze you have to spare, thanks. God, I dread July.

  41. 41
    Little Boots says:

    fine, let adele sort it out:

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    trollhattan says:

    Pretty much anything while Lowell George was alive will make you life a bit better. The live “Waiting for Columbus” album is a mighty fine place to start.

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    Little Boots says:

    okay, when I think about it, it’s probably omnes’ fault. dammit.

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    lojasmo says:

    Sounds like fun, John, (except for all the people)

    Little Boots is ALWAYS creepy.

    Lojasmo +2 (bottles of red wine…shared with the Mrs.)

  45. 45
    Little Boots says:

    how am I creepy?

    is it that I love everyone?

    how is that creepy?

  46. 46
    Alison says:

    @Little Boots: 17 out of 45 comments being yours is part of it.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Little Boots:

    Depends. If “love” as a transitive verb, then creepy, yes. If “love” in the agape sense, than perhaps not.

  48. 48
    Little Boots says:

    17? wow. I am surprised.

    and agape, is such a cool word. I love that.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Little Boots: One should relax, be calm, let the conversation flow. This shall bring you honour and glory.

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    NotMax says:

    @Anne Laurie

    Oooh, quotable movies.

    Gotta mention Putney Swope. $100 absurdism on a $15 budget.

    “Are you for surreal?”

    (Also a movie which uses one of the most hideous American production cars ever: a 1959 Chrysler Imperial limousine.)

  51. 51
    Little Boots says:

    I do seriously love all of you. always have.

  52. 52
    Hal says:

    Damn Oprah works fast. Jason Collins is doing an interview this Sunday.

  53. 53
    Little Boots says:

    you’e right, yutsano. I do push it sometimes. I can’t help myself.

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    Hill Dweller says:

    @Hal: Collins is also scheduled to do a fundraiser with the First Lady in NYC.

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    Redshift says:

    @NotMax: Speaking of which, I got sucked into watching the last half-hour or so of Galaxy Quest, which happens pretty much any time it’s on and I pause long enough watch any of it.

    “Whoever wrote this episode should die!” :-)

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    dance around in your bones says:

    @Little Boots: You repeat yourself, repeat yourself, ad infinitum.

    And always on the same two guys.

    @Redshift: One of my most favorite movies – I will always watch it, no matter where or when it comes on. Plus, Alan Rickman!

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    trollhattan says:

    Oh hey, uck fay.

    WASHINGTON — Israel aircraft bombed a target in Syria, an Obama administration official said late Friday, as U.S. officials said they were considering military options, including carrying out their own airstrikes.

    The strike occurred overnight Thursday into Friday, the official said. It did not appear that a chemical-weapons site was targeted; an official said the strike appeared to have hit a warehouse.

    U.S. officials did not provide details on the target of the Israeli strike. But in late January, Israel carried out airstrikes against SA-17 anti-aircraft missiles, which the Israelis feared were about to be moved to the Hezbollah Shiite militia in Lebanon.

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    Little Boots says:

    which two guys, two guys, two guys?

  59. 59
    Little Boots says:

    yutsano, seriously, am I not attacked here? be honest.

  60. 60
    Little Boots says:

    so what is the deal here?

  61. 61
    Yutsano says:

    @Little Boots: The last three posts are yours. You’re very enthusiastic but that can be disconcerting.

  62. 62
    Little Boots says:

    once again, can we all join together around adele:

  63. 63
    Little Boots says:

    yutsano, I like you. do you like adele?

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    SatanicPanic says:

    @Little Boots: Whenever I hear Adele I am reminded of how much I miss Amy Winehouse

  65. 65
    Little Boots says:


    yeah, but I think adele has staying power. amy, well …

  66. 66
    SatanicPanic says:

    @Little Boots: this is true. Poor Amy

  67. 67
    Little Boots says:

    yutsano, it’s okay to actually like me. I’m pretty likable. john does, although he gets pissed about it.

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    YellowJournalism says:

    Little Boots got into the Ghostbusters 2 happy slime, I see. Now BJ is one entire love-in, and he’s hosting.

  69. 69
    Little Boots says:

    little boots likes the booze, but seriously, yellowJ tell me one time I have ever said anything mean about anyone here.

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    Little Boots says:

    omnes, seriously, this is the time to be honorable. buddy.

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    Little Boots says:

    omnes, I know you are honorable, speak up.

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    Little Boots says:

    yutsano, you disappoint me.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    We’re getting our carpets professionally cleaned tomorrow, so the morning will be spent trying to trap cats who do NOT like to get in their carriers thankyewverymuch and then trying to pick up as much crap off the floor as possible before the guy gets here.

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    Little Boots says:

    oh damn, I hate when I’m too smart for the room.

    what about the band.

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    Little Boots says:

    and again for omnes, cause he’s obnoxious sometimes:

  77. 77
    Little Boots says:

    seriously, it’s just me.

    john will not be happy. and you know things go bad when john is not happy.

    he could flip again.

    but he won’t. probably.

    let’s make fun of john. okay.

    I’m john. I can go any way. politicially, that is. I think.

  78. 78
    Little Boots says:

    let’s do this thing:

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    Yutsano says:

    @Irish Steel: I’m waiting for certain parties to drop the mic.

    EDIT: okay that just got weird…

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    Irish Steel says:


    Zombie reply!

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    Little Boots says:

    oh, we’re an hour past weird.

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    The prophet Nostradumbass says:

    @Little Boots: almost half the comments in this thread are from you.

  83. 83
    Little Boots says:

    @The prophet Nostradumbass:

    I knew it seemed unusually clever around here.

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    Little Boots says:

    once again, for omnes:

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    NeoOstrakon says:

    Dude, you make me miss Morgantown. 91 grad.5 year plan. Delt. Saw the pics of Sunnyside being razed and it nearly broke my heart. Have some college buddies out here in Portland, Workmeister, O’keefe, Foster, Jerome, might just have to call them up now for a beer. Next time you’re at the fishbowl please toast on for me. I wonder if my friend Jack’s record of most cigs smoked at one time still stands? Cheers.

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    Little Boots says:


    does mellencamp help?

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    Little Boots says:

    neo, you do sound interesting. I think I was a dick before.

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    Little Boots says:

    everyone should wake up and be fun.

    that’s all I ask.

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    Narcissus says:

    Are there a lot of Amish in upper WV?

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Little Boots:
    40 of 88 posts. Wow. 45.45454545…% of the comment thread is you, Caligula. Even I never get that bored.

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    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    OCD is a bitch.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Amir Khalid: When I first saw the nym ‘little boots’ I thought Caligula. To further prove my geekdom, I’m having great fun looking at Google Earth in 3d with 3d glasses. Ah, what I do for thrills these days.

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    Death Panel Truck says:

    It’s no wonder you’re such a fat fuck. You eat all the goddamn time. Try going on a goddamn diet. You’ll feel better, and the ladies will flock to you.

    That is, um, if you want them to. But it’s okay if you don’t. ;)

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    hamletta says:

    There are a handful of software thingies that one can use to manage a church. The one I’m stuck with is horrible, and I want to die.

    It’s a racket: The documentation is non-existent, because they want to sell you webinars and conventions that cost $$$.

    I hate these pious dweebs with the heat of a thousand suns.

    All I want to do is record who showed up and took communion because I am required by the constitution and by-laws of my parish to do so, and it’s a fucking nightmare.

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    hamletta says:

    @YellowJournalism: Oh, I pied Little Boots earlier, because, ew.

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    Steeplejack (tablet) says:

    Went to bed unusually early–before 11:00–and am now wide awake. I have read the New York Times and am thinking of getting up to watch old Perry Mason episodes. That is all.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @The prophet Nostradumbass: Google Maps in 3d? First, you need 3d glasses(red/blue). Second, you need a video card that will display 3d. One of machines has a nvida(sp?) and it does 3d natively, my other machine(this one) has a amd video card and requires a program to do 3d(tridef is the program). Finally you have to start google earth in directx mode, not openGL. From there I think it’s just tools/options and there’s a 3d tab.

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    raven says:

    Time for Anne.

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    Baud says:


    Time for Anne.

    You should have been a drill sergeant.

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    raven says:

    @Baud: Now that is funny.
    “Off your ass
    and on your feet
    out of the shade
    and into the heat”!

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    raven says:

    @Baud: This was my Drill Sergeant, SFC Dallas A. Pinkney. He was one bad motherfucker and, amazingly, he really gave a shit about us.

    eta That is a picture of him with the ESAEUR Drill team, not some dumb ass boots at Ft Campbell.

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    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    I heard a bunch of racket about a half hour ago and looked out the window to see our cat Stewie and his buddy Marley the neighbor cat chasing two raccoons down the street. One of the raccoons was making a chirping/grunting noise, which was what got my attention. I got them to leave the raccoons alone and Stewie finally came inside.

    It’s about 70 out now here on the south Oregon coast and the pets were out partying.

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