Open thread

Tell me something good.

55 replies
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    Botsplainer says:


    Tell me that you love me….

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    Amir Khalid says:

    How about a nice cheerful song from Herman’s Hermits?

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    MikeJ says:

    I was once in a dance club in an abandoned u-bahn station in Frankfurt and it was apparently 70s funk night. The first bit of German I ever got to speak to someone beside at the airport was asking the DJ, “Haben Sie Rufus?”

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    shelly says:

    It’s not Friday the 13th. (yet)

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    shawn says:

    I’ve still got about a quarter of a box of Good & Plenty’s left, and my licorice breath is annoying my coworkers.

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    MikeJ says:

    And I swear to god I was going to complain about my current earworm, before Rufus drove it out.

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    PaulW says:

    Something good? I taught a nice librarian patron how to use her Kindle ereader.

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    fuckwit says:

    That song is fucking awesome.

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    Elie says:

    I made the best salmon pasta last night from left over salmon, cream, white wine, a little romano (didn’t have parmesan so used just a litte), capers and butter… Its was damned good and Alan and I cleaned our plates. It feels so good to make something good and then to enjoy it without reservation. One of the nice things of life, I think…

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    Kay says:

    A Lake County judge has determined Indiana’s right-to-work law violates a provision in the state constitution barring the delivery of services “without just compensation.”
    Lake Superior Court Judge John Sedia found that the law wrongly requires unions to represent workers who do not pay dues. Indiana became the 23rd state in the nation to ban the collection of mandatory fees for representation from unions.
    Since then, union lawyers have gone to the courts to try and overturn the law. Sedia issued an order last Thursday declaring the ban on collections and associated criminal penalties unconstitutional.

    But it doesn’t matter, because it will go to the state supreme court.

    that was the best I could do today :)

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    Lavocat says:

    Killer song, dude. Fucker exudes sex.

    Thanks for the damned earworm!

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    the Conster says:

    I don’t know why but I peeked at Sully’s place today. OMG, you’d think that guy would have learned something about knee jerk Obama wanking since the debate last year, but, you’d think wrong. He’s back to meep meeping. I can’t really say that’s good, but it’s kind of funny.

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    JCJ says:


    I cannot ever imagine hearing “Haben Sie Rufus?” For some reason that question has never occurred to me before. I might have try that out next time I travel to Deutschland oder Österreich. Aber ich hab’ Rammstein lieber.

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    hildebrand says:

    I received a glowing peer review of my teaching today. That is always nice to put in the merit file that is due in two weeks.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    This is the quietest National Wallow Day since the incident itself, 12 years ago.

    I’m enjoying it.

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    scav says:

    Melding themes Smile! You are in :Düsseldorf!. And the Shady Characters root of something that makes me happy in anticipation.

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    PaulW says:

    Kinda surprised the 9/11 remembrances seem to be a little low key today.


    Maybe because the topic is more on Syria and the future than the past?

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    IowaOldLady says:

    A friend of mine just sold a book to a small press. I mean like 5 minutes ago. I’m really happy for her.

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    James E. Powell says:

    I haven’t smoked in 51 days.

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    April says:

    A longstanding problem was solved with a leash, wirecutters and a whole lot of fried chicken. Happy ending.

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    Hal says:

    According to some people on Facebook, Nobel Peace Prize winner Barry Obama has been stymied by former KGB tyrant Putin. Facepalm!!! Reminds me of the Dick Cheney more liberal than Obama on gay marriage, or Rand Paul to the left of Obama on drones.

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    AxelFoley says:

    DougJ has to be a brotha.

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    Rosalita says:

    I’ll be spending time on Cape Cod next week with family. It will be awesomely good to be outside and away from the office.

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    MomSense says:

    @James E. Powell:

    Wooooo Hoooooo!! That is great news!

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    The Very Reverend Fire of Compassion says:

    I heard some really cool front-pager recently got engaged.

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    Betsy says:

    Thanks, Mill Doughous J, Jill Dughous May, Doug Millhous J, Dill Mughous J, Mill Jughous Day …

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    Betsy says:

    @the Conster: No, NO!! I want GOOD! !! !

    not funny snarkical!!! GOODDD!!!!!

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    Betsy says:

    @Hal: inadequate response!! want GOOD !!!

    *good* news! GOOD! ! ! !! !

    (sorry .. just need GOOD NEWS bad)

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    Betsy says:

    @James E. Powell: oh, now, that’s really, *really* good.

    that rocks.

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    Betsy says:

    @Kay: Kay, that’s pretty good!! thx

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    burnspbesq says:

    The US has qualified for the 2014 World Cup, and Mexico is in real danger of not qualifying.

    How real is the danger for Mexico? They are currently in fifth place in the six-team final round of qualifying, ahead of only Jamaica. The top three qualify automatically, while the fourth-place team plays a home-and-home playoff series with New Zealand. The US and Costa Rica have clinched. Honduras is currently in third place.

    Mexico is tied with Panama on points and goal difference, but Panama leads by three on the next tie-breaker, goals scored.

    Mexico and Panama play in Mexico City on October 11. Mexico is 0-1-3 at home. The teams drew in Panama City in June. If that match is drawn, then on the last night of qualifying, Mexico is at Costa Rica, who will surely want to win, while Panama is at home to the United States, which will surely want to give fringe players and newbies experience playing in away qualifiers.

    Mexico is in a heap o’ trouble.

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    My little blog got over 10,000 views so far, thanks BJers! and I correctly predicted the results of yesterday’s So You Think You Can Dance!

    I appreciate all your comments/views/suggestions. Any feedback is welcome.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    On the other hand, I will not live long enough to see Malaysia qualify for Asia’s one spot at the World Cup.

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    cat says:

    What I dont understand is why wordpress hasn’t implemented a spoilers tag… I had planned on watching the Mexico-US game tonight. :(

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    My wife is beautiful, my kids are healthy and doing well in school, and my job keeps me entertained long enough to cash the paychecks that let us all live indoors.

    Oh, and World Cup in Brazil, 2014. Man if that doesn’t put a smile on your face, you’re missing the whole point.

    @Betsy: Arkon DougJ !

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    Glidwrith says:

    Hubby has landed a full time job for the first time in 18 years. All the previous ones have been multiple two or three part-timers (at the same time, of course) with no bennies. We haven’t suffered because I managed to stay employed when he wasn’t (and vise versa), but it’s so wonderful for him.

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    Jebediah says:

    Saw this at boingboing about the Milgram experiments (where subjects supposedly obedient enough to “deliver” shocks up to a fatal level.) Apparently the experiments were not nearly as rigorous as claimed. I am calling this good news because a bit of evidence of how willing people are to hurt each other might be crap.
    Because this is a thread of good news, please save the mountain of people-suck evidence for another thread…

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    Jebediah says:


    Woo hoo!

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    Glidwrith says:

    @Jebediah: Even better, is that at last it is in a field he loves.

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    StringOnAStick says:

    I just went from being a temp RDH who had to drive all over the frickin’ city to work an odd, hard to predict schedule, to an RDH who now has a regular (but part time) job at a local high-level engineering college. I ride my bike to work, and the students give me hope for the future. It may be less money, but it is much, much less stress and the work is easier, plus I love working with college kids!

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    burnspbesq says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    I will not live long enough to see Malaysia qualify for Asia’s one spot at the World Cup.

    If Jordan can get within a two-game playoff of qualifying, why not Malaysia?

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    Betsy says:

    @Jebediah: Man, I always wondered about that.

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    Jebediah says:

    Me, too. I had such a hard time believing that so many people would kill on the say-so of a dude in a lab-coat.

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    Betsy says:

    Thank you all so much and congrats on each of your welcome news.

    Let me suggest let’s do this again next week, front-pagers? …. Maybe on Thursday, since that is usually the day of maximal suck for those (few) still in a M-F job?

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    Older says:

    @Glidwrith: First time in 18 years!! Congrats to the both of you.

    My sweetie has a regular job (as opposed to the occasional kind) for the first time in about seven years. It’s a lousy job and getting worse (they just switched to 12 hour shifts, three a week), but it is regular. And it’s employment. My job is kind of fading away.

    You might have noticed that I claim to be a federal retiree. And so I am, but I had to retire early, and we were already in financial trouble, so I had to get another job. But they have less and less work for me.

    So it’s a life saver.

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    I just got a huge check in the mail today. Huge. I deposited it, went to the Ikea near the airport and bought more scented candles and a clip-on reading light. On the way home I picked up a pair of pants at the cleaners, bought a lotto ticket and a big package of beef jerky.

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    John Biles says:

    My students for US History II blew my mind by getting a 90 average for the first quiz!

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    Central Planning says:

    My oldest was the only one who passed the citizenship test his class took. He could name all the rights in the First Amendment, who the CiC was, etc.

    Disappointing that of 19 questions, everyone else in the class got less than 13 right.

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    Betsy says:

    @Central Planning: congrats and bravo to your son!


    erz terr perrerrgrerph terr, nerr berrd nerrz erz erllerd ern therss threrrd!

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    ET says:

    I got a new boy-kitty the other day. Very Siamese though I think there is something else in there. He is 2 and I think I have settled on Bean for a name.

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    Original Lee says:

    Original Spouse found a really awesome farm that raises grass-fed pork and beef and free-range chickens, and also makes its own cheese. We had what Julia Child would have called a “toothsome little chicken” last night and are trying to decide how to cook the pork tenderloin tomorrow.
    The cheese is excellent and goes well with Honeycrisp apples.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Glidwrith: Yay!

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