Friday Night Open Thread

Yep, this kind of evening:


No sports on atm, so I am feeding the True Blood addiction. You?

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    AliceBlue says:


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    How is the God of Balloon Juice, or the kitteh known as Tunch?

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    burnspbesq says:

    You’re not running around figuring out how to brief all the noobs that will be coming over from DeLong’s place on how to appropriately worship The God Tunch? There could be blood all over the place if one of them screws up.

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    bill d says:

    No matter how bad the day, you’re still having a better day than Paula Deen.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    I am suffering through an Internet outage. Does anyone remember what we used to do before the Internet? Hell, I can’t even masturbate because my fantasies aren’t as cool as the shit on the Internet.

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    The Dangerman says:

    Not counting the last of the NHL, yes, the Dog Days of summer sports now; only 71 days until College Football kicks off. If you want to share with other pets, can we have a video of Tunch walking through the room? Think of it as Proof Of Life Lift.

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    burnspbesq says:

    Sorry to say that I found the new Alison Moyet album to be pretty disappointing. The voice is still there,but the songs were pretty uninteresting. Oh we’ll.

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    bill d says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    Before the internet?

    Good God, how old are you?!?!

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    Baud says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    So I see you’ve tried the BJ-by-fax service. Seems to work well.

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    ruemara says:

    Running my guild mates through the raid finder cata raids. Just because I’m cool like that. Then some bed before I try to get out by 6 am for Livestrong.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Oh wow Burns, thanks for the heads up. Guess I’ll pass on that one. What the fuck are you talking about?

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    burnspbesq says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    Don’t tell me you’re one of those idiots who tossed all of Grandpa’s Playboys.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @bill d: No habla inglis

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    FlyingToaster says:

    I’m done packing and about to pack it in for the night; up in the morning and out to Logan to fly to Chicago to visit the dead in-laws.

    Yes, the dead ones. This will be the first time WarriorGirl will remember it (last time she was 9 months old). But we’re going to haul her off to the Field Museum for Sunday afternoon, which should be fun. If we get done early enough Sunday morning, we’ll take a stab at the Sears Tower (or whatever the fuck it’s named now).

    Have a good weekend at whatever celebrations ya got.

    Toaster +0 (too tired to find anything to drink).

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    Watching Buffy on Netflix. And serving as a pillow for a 60-pound dog. The other dog is using the mister for a pillow.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    What the fuck are you talking about?

    Ask anyone with decent taste in music who was around in the 80s. She was probably Cole’s first crush. Or maybe second, after Deborah Harry.

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    Yatsuno says:

    So I just slightly tortured myself by having a 30 minute conversation with the NYD. I hate it because he’s just so damn easy to talk to.

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    Baud says:

    @Yatsuno: That was dumb. I’m sorry.

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    Jewish Steel says:

    On my bicycle @12 noon. Where town ends and the country begins there was a coyote waiting for me to get down the road so he could be on his way. On my return, at the same intersection, there was an SUV pulled over and a child fully dressed in a little league baseball uniform vomiting profoundly in the ditch. The coyote, about 100 yards away and unobserved watched them with interest.

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    Pogonip says: reports the death of Parke Godwin, author of Sherwood (Robin Hood from the Sheriff’s point of view). Mr. Godwin was 84.

    Sherwood is long out of print, but if you find a secondhand copy, it’s well worth buying.

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    Violet says:

    Lily boo! What a sweetie. Love her!

    @burnspbesq: Alison Moyet has a great voice.

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    bill d says:

    So if Snowden does get to Iceland can we start calling him Snjórden?

    That’d be cool.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    I feel like I landed in that sweet spot pre-Internet and post-80s.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @bill d:

    Is he pinin’ for the fee-yords?

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    bill d says:

    @Jewish Steel:

    That coyote is going to be eating some good puke tasting dirt tonight. Score!

    I saw one the other day on the back roads. They get a bad rap, they should sue the bankster owned 1%ing LooneyTunes for character defamation.

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    cyntax says:

    So where are you in the whole True Blood saga? Has Jessica started to come into her own yet? Cause da-ammmnnn.

    Eating lamb pappardelle, some asparagus, and drinking a bottle of crozes-hermitage. Gonna get caught up on Colbert Report (his mom was 92 when she passed–this week?).

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    Redshirt says:

    @Betty Cracker: What episode? What’s happening?

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    Suffern ACE says:

    Went to see “This is the End”. I enjoyed it, although I’m not much of a fan of the main ensemble and their other movies. There is something funny about a bunch of grown men trying to deal with a decapitated head, although I probably need therapy for laughing at it.

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    Emma Peel says:

    Being straight, you can’t appreciate what makes True Blood truly great.

    Eric’s butt.
    Alcide’s butt.
    Jason’s butt.

    Waaaaay doggies!!

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    burnspbesq says:

    If Snowden wants to get to Iceland, he’s going to need a friend with a G650. That’s about the only private jet that could do HK-to-Rejkyavik non-stop.

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    Jewish Steel says:

    @bill d: It is a testament to my lack of species loyalty that my concern was mainly with the coyote. “Stay away from the sick kid vomit, dude.” I thought.

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    Cacti says:

    Early drafts of Paul Deen’s apology:

    “I just wanted to say I’m sorry to you people.”

    “It’s like Strom Thurmond told me once at the country club, before they let all the…”

    “Back when I was little girl, my Mammy told me that if you can’t say…”

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    Is Tunch watching True Blood with you? I would sleep with one eye open.

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    bill d says:

    @burnspbesq: He could stop and refuel in Tehran.

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    maven says:

    as lazy as this site.


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    MomSense says:

    Slumber party at my house! After pizza and 26 rounds of snacks they are finally in their sleeping bags. The cutest thing is that the old lab is sleeping right in the middle of the boys. They have been watching movies, petting him, and feeding snacks to him all night. He’s in puppy heaven right now.

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    chopper says:

    packing up for the great move out west.

    anybody who is contemplating moving from one coast to another with two small children, I don’t recommend it. but in this case it’s still worth it.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @MomSense: I won’t be able to make it.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @bill d:

    He could stop and refuel in Tehran


    Maybe not. The new preznit of Iran supposedly has permission from Khamanei to make nice with us, to see if we’ll turn down the economic sanctions a bit.

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    MomSense says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    Next time! We’ve got Star Wars Episode IV going and the dog is snoring and the boys are rubbing their eyes so hopefully everyone will get some sleep tonight!

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    Emma says:

    @Pogonip: Crap. Waiting for the Galactic Bus is one of my favorite books. Not to mention terrifyingly prescient.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @MomSense: I am a barrel of monkeys at a sleepover. Trust me, we won’t be sleeping.

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    koalaholik says:

    @raven: That is a beautiful puppeh.

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    TaMara (BHF) says:

    Lily looks very happy.

    Question: Did I hear about this group from you guys?

    Steamed Powered Giraffe, Diamonds

    Totally taken with them and it just seems like something someone here would have posted.

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    TaMara (BHF) says:

    @Yatsuno: Oh, honey, I know EXACTLY where you are at with that. Trust me. We could have long conversations on that kind of torture. Sigh.

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    Keith says:

    Watching “That’s My Boy” on Starz. Surprisingly funny movie, although Adam Sandler really did deserve that Worst Actor Razzie.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: I don’t know if she should trust you. How does she know you won’t overeat and get gassy.

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    Schlemizel says:

    Had a huge storm go through early this AM. Took a few small branches from our trees but a block away many tree were blown over. One hit a house (nobody hurt) and another tore up a fence and shut down the store behind it. Lots of people without power.

    So then a couple hours ago we got round two & it was worse than this morning. Got 3 inches of rain in under 2 hours & really nasty winds. We made it through OK. It ripped the arbor out of the garden – it was fastened to bricks with “U” clamps! and battered a lot of our flowers. Probably a lot more trees down but I am not going out looking for them.

    Oh, they are predicting another round in the early hours of tomorrow and then yet another possibly Sunday.

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    Brother Machine Gun of Desirable Mindfulness (fka AWS) says:

    @Alison: New York Dawg

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Suffern ACE: I don’t eat when I’m getting my drunk on. Arm rassling, beer pong and quelf leave little time for culinary pleasures.

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    lojasmo says:

    We had planned to fly back to Minnesota from Portland today, but both freaked out about the boy and his friend flying alone Sunday, so we moved our tickets, and got rooms up on Mt. Hood tonight and tomorrow. Drove down to Hood river for drinks, then drove across to White Salmon for lunch. Now back at the hotel watching the first Batman reboot.

    Heath Ledger was awesome.

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    dance around in your bones says:

    I have tried to watch True Blood a few times, and I just don’t connect with it. I grew up with Bram Stoker and his Dracula; then Anne Rice and her vampire series; also Love at First Bite which is funny and romantic ( I cracked up at the scene where Susan St James offers George Hamilton a half a Quaalude and a martini with a twist but he declines because he doesn’t need drugs to suck her blood forever) – I just find all these recent vampire thingamajooos kinda juvenile.

    Ok, so you kids get offa my lawn!

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    Liquid says:

    True Blood ends in the same club as Blade 1.

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    scav says:

    @FlyingToaster: my researching of dead relatives tonight revealed it’s the Fieldovo museum v Jackonovu parku and it gets wierder from there.

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    Liquid says:

    @dance around in your bones: Who am I? – – “I say…is the caw-sell faw?”

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    Cassidy says:

    Warm Bodies was funny.

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    Liquid says:

    Has there actually been an honest Vampires Vs. Zombies flick? Like a real drag-down knockout battle. There must have been at least one, right? If not, well you can thank me later.

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    Ruckus says:

    Helped my sister move with her small child coast to coast, with one it wasn’t that bad. Actually the kid was better behaved and almost better company. Was 3 yrs old. The kid actually 3, the sister only slightly more mature.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Redshirt: Buffy has lost her slayer powers in this one. Third season.

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    dance around in your bones says:


    “Who am I? – – “I say…is the caw-sell faw?”

    Please translate into English or some close approximation :)

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    eemom says:


    I liked it.

    zomg but John Malkovitch has gotten old, though.

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    scav says:

    Náměstí Haymarket!

    (the Merlot might help, but huzzah for 1915 bohunk attractions.)

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    scav says:

    eta slipped one past fywp.

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    dance around in your bones says:

    @Alison: I believe the New York Dawg is a Marine with whom Yutsy is enamored or at least in lust with.

    Based upon past reading of comments :)

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    Alison says:

    @dance around in your bones: Ahhhhh now it is clear. Thanks :P

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    Liquid says:

    @dance around in your bones: A joke from Rescue Me about Keanu’s “acting” in BS:Dracula. “Bloody wolves chasing me through a bloo inf-her-know!”

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    Narcissus says:

    Wouldn’t zombies be lower on the totem pole than vampires? I bet they’d have to take orders from vampires. Talk about a socioeconomic interpretation of horror.

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    dance around in your bones says:

    @Liquid: Ok, I still had to Google that, since I had washed all Keanu + Dracula from my mind long ago.

    But here it is. Bwahahahahahaaaa!

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    Liquid says:

    Well wasn’t there that whole Dems/Repubs|Zombies/Vamps thing? Or was it the other way round?

    @dance around in your bones — You bastard! I’ve only ever had to endure that scene once per viewing! But the outtakes are punishment from beyond.

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    JD Rhoades says:


    Just pulled my copy off the shelf where it’s been gathering dust. Definitely worth a re-read in Mr Godwin’s honor. RIP sir.

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    David Koch says:

    @Alison: Knowing you’re a USWNT fan, here’s something you’ll enjoy.

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    Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again) says:


    …although Adam Sandler really did deserve that Worst Actor Razzie.

    So…Was that a Lifetime Achievement Razzie?

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    dance around in your bones says:

    @Liquid: Ever so sorry. But you brought it up!

    What’s a blue inferno anyway?

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    Alison says:

    @David Koch: Oh yes! I tweeted that earlier :) I really like that (whoever runs his Twitter feed) noticed it and thought to tweet it. Soccer has made it! LOL

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    YellowJournalism says:

    @Cassidy: I was surprised how much I liked it. Thought it would be “Twilight-Lite,” but I found myself cracking up at the Zombie internal monologue and the Rob Cordry “friendship.”

    I can’t believe the lead is the boy from “About a Boy,” either.

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    David Koch says:

    @Alison: According to Carli Lloyd he’s a genuine fan.

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    Cassidy says:

    @Narcissus: They did an episode of vampires vs. zombies on The Deadliest Warrior.

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    Gwangung says:

    Taking a break from working on my world premiere STEAMPUNK play (yes, our poster is Phil Foglio, yes, I’m a fanboy, no, my writer hasn’t drunk the kool aid…..yet). Going to a couple plays, including the latest iteraratiln of 14/48 (14 plays written, rehearsed and performed within 24 hours)

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    TG Chicago says:


    Well wasn’t there that whole Dems/Repubs|Zombies/Vamps thing? Or was it the other way round?

    I would think the other way around. The liberal stereotype would be that liberals want to suck the blood of all the producing class while the conservatives are mindless automatons who have no use for brains other than as food.

    Granted, you could go either way with zombies (using stereotypes the other side likes), but I don’t see how you call conservatives vampires. They love crosses, generally. Plus vampires come from Yurp, which is socialist or something. Zombies are pure Americana!

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    Liquid says:

    @Cassidy: If you really think about it that COULD make for an interesting dynamic. A small group of vampires, caught unawares, in the midst of a zombie outbreak. ‘Scuse me while I option the screenplay.

    Then there’s this —

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    fuckwit says:

    @Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again): He’s have to beat Pauley Shore and Rob Schneider. Tough conference.

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    YellowJournalism says:

    Almost forgot: Happy Birthday, John!!!

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    Liquid says:

    Ah yes, Happy Birthday John!

    This made me think of you —

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    Yatsuno says:

    @dance around in your bones:

    I believe the New York Dawg is a Marine with whom Yutsy is enamored or at least in lust with.

    Yes. :) He thinks I only like him for his guns though.

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    piratedan says:

    @lojasmo: Hood River/White Salmon is a great little place, if you get a chance, do the “fruit loop” if you’re into fresh produce and some small wineries. If you’re looking to imbibe, there’s also the Full Sail Brewery in “downtown” Hood River. Depending on time, a trip to Multinomah Falls is worth the effort

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    dance around in your bones says:

    Happy Birfday John G Cole!

    You’re gonna have a good time. I guarantee it.

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    dance around in your bones says:

    @Yatsuno: I hope I didn’t give away any big secrets :)

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    Yatsuno says:

    @piratedan: I have a couple old friends from college who grew up in White Salmon. They of course all knew each other, so the one coming out as a lesbyterian produced a ton of yawns. It’s a cute little town actually. I hid out in a cabin there for Y2K.

    @dance around in your bones: Nothing I haven’t disclosed before, except he just resigned his commission. I told him it’s a formality anyway. He wants to grow his hair long. I give that two weeks max. :)

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    Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again) says:


    Yeah, but on the sheer size of the body of horrible work, it’s Sandler all the way.

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    2liberal says:


    RE: NYD
    NYD stands for New York Dawg who is a male and is Yatsuno’s former love interest who just left. I am not sure if Yatsuno is male or female.

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    MomSense says:

    @Suffern ACE:

    You haven’t seen gassy until you have tried to sleep with a 13 year old lab who has been snacking on pizza and doritos all night! No one seems to be complaining this morning. Now they are eating bacon and eggs and then we are going to a beach that has an old fort. Boys are bringing toy swords so seagulls beware!

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    FlyingToaster says:

    @scav: The inlaws are buried at Graceland, and assiduously anglo-saxon. Unlike me.

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    lojasmo says:


    Not our first time. We’ve done those things. If anybody’s in the area, Solstice in Bingen is an EXCELLENT restaurant. Also, Everybody’s Brewing in White Salmon has very good ale, and food.

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