Open Thread

It’s cool and light rains here in OKC.  I’m on call at work, so here’s to all those medical students who haven’t been in our facility in three months and can’t remember their passwords!  Meantime, I’m watching The Lord of the Rings movies with my daughter, and we’re experimenting with some home-made hot chocolate, and we’ve turned on the gas logs for the first time since we bought the house.

Have fun, and stay warm.






132 replies
  1. 1
    Baud says:

    Anyone else getting the “250m Americans Infected” ad right above the comment section.

    WTF is it with this blog and disease?

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    Its cold here in New England as well. I bought some fleece lined tights so that I could still wear skirts with boots, they is toasty!

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    Arm The Homeless says:

    Hanging out and working on statistics for the fiances job applications. We also supposedly have a game versus NCState this afternoon.

    I have been hooked on a new mobile game, Simpsons Tapped Out. As much as I loath EA’s Origin service, this game is addicting and fun. Anyone interested in adding me my handle is ajna8081.

    GO NOLES!

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    Caturday Kitteh has to work overtime because Wednesday Kitteh was making lolhumans.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    A cool 70 degrees and clear here in Central FL. I’m working today, which sucks. But I work at home, so I don’t have to go anywhere, which doesn’t suck. No football games I’m interested in are being televised prior to 7 PM (Go Cocks!), so it’s a football-less fall Saturday until nightfall.

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    gelfling545 says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: OOO. Where did you find them? My kids would love them.

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    @Betty Cracker: Low 50s here and cloudy. I don’t mind the cold weather but no sun is no fun.

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    Arm The Homeless says:

    @Betty Cracker: You mean you’re not going to be checking out your rivals in expectation of our game in November? I wouldn’t either with how bad the Gators have looked this season.

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    dp says:

    This post is useless without recipes and reviews thereof.

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    gelfling545 says:

    Making curried pumpkin soup & cutting out pumpernickel bats for sandwiches. Tomorrow being the Sun. nearest Halloween will be our Halloween dinner. Sundays (most of them) are our family dinner time with my kids, grands & a few stray family/friends. Guess who gets to cook but, as it’s only once a week, I enjoy it.

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    IowaOldLady says:

    @Baud: I saw that too. I’m afraid to click and find out what it is. The little cartoon is too disturbing.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    I’ve been growing a beard for the past month or so. (Very exciting, watching your beard grow…) Mostly white at the chin, but nary a hint of gray anywhere else. I don’t enjoy shaving, but then again I don’t really look like myself with a beard, either. Still, I might let it grow for another month or so before I consider shaving it off.

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    J. says:

    Hot chocolate sounds good. It was 32 degrees here in CT this a.m. Brrr.

    So, I’m curious: Is the whole pumpkin spice thing huge anywhere else besides here in the Northeast? I swear, if Charles Schulz were to make his classic Peanuts Halloween short today, it would be called It’s the Great Pumpkin Spice Latte [or Meme], Charlie Brown.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Arm The Homeless: The Gators suck out loud this year, it is true, and just looking at the two teams on paper, you’d expect the Noles to beat Florida by 50 points or so. That may happen. But on the other hand, rivalry games — you just never know. And since the Noles’ schedule features powerhouses such as Little Sisters of the Poor, Snotleigh Prep, etc., it’s tough to gauge their quality until they run into a school from the men’s division.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Amir Khalid: A man needs a hobby.

    @J.: It’s everywhere.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Baud: @IowaOldLady: I got one the other day telling me I almost certainly had an intestinal parasite that looked like pink offspring of the spice worms from Dune.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Amir Khalid: You’ve been needing something to replace the gravitas you had when you used to have an underscore in your commenting handle.
    Now I can start taking your in-depth posts on the X-Files seriously again.

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    Linda Featheringill says:

    Sooner: You lead a hard life, don’t you? :-)

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    nancy darling says:

    @Baud: I’ve got Lee jeans.

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    Steeplejack says:

    Gosh darn it, I missed the start of the Good Witch marathon on the Hallmark network. Don’t know if I’ll be able to jump in in the middle, much as I admire the dramatic stylings of Catherine Bell. I really wanted to experience director Craig Pryce’s multi-volume saga from start to finish.

    It’s 49° and sunny here in NoVa. Yesterday I remade the bed for the winter—took off the light summer blanket and replaced it with the down comforter in the flannel cover. The housecat loves sinking into the down and sleeping in a nest of warmth.

    But currently she is hard at work by the computer, dozing on her microfleece throw with the heating pad set to 3 (low simmer).

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    Arm The Homeless says:

    @Betty Cracker: As much as I love to laugh at South Cackalack teams, Clemson want a push over team, at least not on paper. If the noles can beat UM and UF I don’t think there is a case to be made that they aren’t one of, if not the best team in the nation this year.

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    nancy darling says:

    @dp: I’m making Spicy Summer Squash Soup for freezing. Recipe is in Waters’ The Art of Simple Food. The summer squash in the stores won’t be there long. I’ve already used up all the garden squash.

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    Arm The Homeless says:

    want=wasn’t… Damn you Obama for our lack of an edit button

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    Origuy says:

    @Baud:

    WTF is it with this blog and disease?

    A lot of talk about health care? If you talk about Medicare often enough, the Google elves think you must be likely to have something wrong with you. I got one for a new medication for overactive bladder.

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    Baud says:

    @Origuy:

    In that case, I just want to say that I really enjoy the music of Bare Naked Ladies.

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    WereBear says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: Do they give you thighs like canteloupes? (Winger joke.)

    It’s snowing here. But it won’t stick; it’s not Halloween yet. Just making things generally miserable and causing me to contemplate a variety of beverages.

    Enjoy the new house, SoonerFam!

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    Roger Moore says:

    @dp:

    This post is useless without recipes and reviews thereof.

    I blame Obama.

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    Linnaeus says:

    Cloudy and 51 degrees here in the Emerald City. That’s been more or less the weather (with some heavy fog at times) for the past two weeks.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Baud: You’ll get ads for tour dates and pictures of vaguely chubby Canadians.

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    Roger Moore says:

    @Baud:

    WTF is it with this blog and disease?

    I don’t think it has anything to do with this blog, or at least not exclusively about this blog. For some reason, the ad providers seem to think this blog is inhabited by teabagger types, and ad people have apparently decided that fear is the correct way of marketing to them. There are tons of ads here that are built around fear of one thing or another. FWIW, I had the guts to click through, and it’s a company that sells snake oil nutritional supplements.

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    Arm The Homeless says:

    Miami is down by 7 in the second to Wake? WTF? Has anyone checked the forecast in Hell?

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    Baud says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    pictures of vaguely chubby Canadians.

    Close enough.

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    Arm The Homeless says:

    Miami is down by 7 in the second to Wake? WTF? Has anyone checked the forecast in Hades?

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    Keith G says:

    @Baud: I am seeing a “get bigger breasts” ad right now. As a 55-year-old gay male, the last thing I want are bigger breast…on anyone, but especially me.

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    @WereBear: How can thighs be like cantaloupes? I can think of another body part with the same geometry and no I am not that well endowed.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Keith G: Do you want Baud’s vaguely chubby Canadians? I bet he’d trade.

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    Baud says:

    @Keith G:

    Ha! I just got an ad for Katy Perry. I wonder if my Bare Naked Ladies comment did that.

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    ruemara says:

    Quite disappointed. Canceling my event. “My” in the sense that all the leads in the group but myself dropped out. Which is nuts. I may go weed my friend’s garden.

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    Arm The Homeless says:

    @Keith G: You mean to tell me that gay men don’t appreciate a nice set of jubblies? Unpossible!

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    Tissue Thin Pseudonym (JMN) says:

    It’s 38 and drizzling here in Bemidji as I get ready to watch the Gophers win their 57th game in a row a little later this afternoon. In the meantime I expect Nebraska to pound the sorry excuse for a football team we have.

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    WereBear says:

    @Amir Khalid: Mostly white at the chin, but nary a hint of gray anywhere else.

    Sounds distinguished! Go for it. Mr WereBear grows a full one every winter. I like having two different husbands :)

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    Arm The Homeless says:

    @Tissue Thin Pseudonym (JMN): their offense didn’t look bad on that last possession. Defense? Eh, not so much.

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    Keith P. says:

    @J.: Drinking chocolate is even better than hot chocolate. It’s little pieces of chocolate you melt into milk rather than the powder (maybe the same as homemade HC?)

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    Yatsuno says:

    @Linnaeus:

    That’s been more or less the weather (with some heavy fog at times) for the past two weeks the rest of the winter.

    Adjusted that fer ya good sir. The snow line was creeping down over Snoqualmie when I went over it a couple weeks ago.

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    sparrow says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: I’m bad about remembering details of regular commenters, but I always thought you were a dude for some reason! Perceived gender is a strange thing in writing.

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    WereBear says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: Stupid Steve King. And it was “calves” so it still makes no sense.

    I was teasing, anyway. I hate tights! My mother would put me in them on frosty mornings, and I would hide in the bushes and peel them off. Hate pantyhose, too.

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    Comrade Jake says:

    I don’t know what he’s got, but the cat in the 250M Americans infected! Ad looks fucking miserable.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: How does somebody get to be “vaguely” chubby? Is that a set of eigenstates triggered by even thinking about poutine?

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    Corner Stone says:

    @WereBear: You’re into polyandry and also public nudity? We’re learning so much about you today!

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Comrade Mary: It worked better rhythmically.

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    @Amir Khalid: I’m preparing to embrace my grey, which is quite nearly as interesting. Wednesday is the shorter cut, with no chemical touch up. Clearly I need a full time job. (Sadly not entirely a joke as it is quite possible that my little nonprofit will be folded into another chapter.)

    I’m not sure what the over and under is on how long I’ll go without running back to the color, as no one seems interested in telling me.

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    I'mNotSureWhoIWantToBeYet says:

    Because OpenThread and There’sNeverEnoughGnashingOfTeethAboutHealthcare.gov – I blame Java and Internet Exploder:

    HNeilM
    11:45 AM AST

    I HAD same problem & fought it for a week. After many useless heathcare.gov online chat sessions (Boy, are THEY rude!), and about twenty LONG & equally useless phone conversations, I simply DISABLED Java on my laptop, and then cleared my IE cache (F12, CtrlR, F12), rebooted, and BAM!. IT WORKED. I still found bugs, but I got through entire process & bought a policy in about an hour. A great policy at a fantastic price!

    :-/

    FWIW.

    Cheers,
    Scott.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Amir Khalid:
    Once you experience the joy of not having to shave everyday…. And have that for a few months….
    Beard owner for 40 yrs minus 3 days. Yes I once had an entirely stupid thought and shaved off my beard. By the third day I had gotten over that momentary lapse in judgement.

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    SarahT says:

    Doggie Halloween Parade in Tompkins Sq. Park, WOOHOO !

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Arm The Homeless: Much as it pains me to say it, if FSU beats UF this year as universally expected, it won’t prove anything except that the Noles can beat a poorly coached team with a crappy offense and mediocre defense. And Miami, who knows since they’re also in a basketball conference. But if the Noles run the table, I wouldn’t mind watching ‘Bama crush them like a rotten walnut in a bowl.

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    Tissue Thin Pseudonym (JMN) says:

    Wow. Nebraska must really suck.

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    Steeplejack says:

    Wake Forest seems to be taking care of Miami. It’s 14-3 with 3:50 left in the first half, and it doesn’t look fluky.

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    Arm The Homeless says:

    @Betty Cracker: Bama is not as good as their rankings state. But we shall see. My only fear is that Winston leaves next year for the pros. I sure hope he doesn’t but if he gets a Heisman its pretty much a foregone conclusion.

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    bemused says:

    @Comrade Jake:

    The guy sitting on the toilet doesn’t help.

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    aimai says:

    Soonergrunt’s day sounds like heaven, to me. My daughters are getting to be a little old for cuddling down although I’m hoping that my youngest and I will have time to crawl into bed and watch Fringe together sometime this weekend.

    I just got back from going to an intro session for Simmons school of social work, the MSW program and now I’m going to take my mother out to look at whatever is left in some garden stores for planting. I guess I’d better change out of my good clothes into something that can get dirty when she starts waving her hadn around and demanding I buy her some plants.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: Some people have to at work.

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    eemom says:

    Hey y’all — I think today would have been General Stuck’s (61st?) birthday.

    Aside from being a stalker, I know because it’s Hillary Clinton’s…..and also my 22nd marriage anniversary.

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    eemom says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    Hope you are feeling better today.

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    Cassidy says:

    @eemom: Congrats. Hit 14 this month.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @eemom: Congratuations. I think it is my brother’s 17th anniversary as well. Three years in a row in the mid-late 90s, I was in a wedding on the last weekend in October. Apparently, it’s a popular one.

    ETA: I am feeling quite a bit better. Not back to my old self yet, but progressing. Thank you.

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    jayboat says:

    84 here in Naples today . In my usual shorts no shirt no shoes mode with windows open.
    Working photos from a 5 day wedding shoot in Cabo.

    supermodel bridesmaids

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    I'mNotSureWhoIWantToBeYet says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: Lots of people who use Winders and are afraid to download anything from the Internet, I think.

    Interesting.

    For kicks I decided to create an account on Healthcare.gov and see how it worked now. Everything worked fine in Chrome as far as creating an account, answering the 3 security questions. On answering the confirmation e-mail and logging-in I get a blank page at w.h.gov/marketplace/auth/userprofile/ Refreshing didn’t help. But creating a new Incognito window (ctrl-shift-n) and logging in from there worked fine.

    After that, everything seems fine, up to a point. It asks for home address, birthdate (SS# is optional). Then asks for verification of address, verification of previous addresses, etc. No, I haven’t bought pet insurance. :-/ Then it says my identity has been verified and says I can Continue. Clicking the Continue button seems to do nothing, but maybe it’s busy or something…

    Up until the hang at the Continue button, I spent at most 10 minutes.

    It does look like at least some of the problems are on the client side and not on the server side, but more is going on.

    FWIW.

    Cheers,
    Scott.

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    srv says:

    Oh, this is so excellent on many levels:

    No Woman, No Drive

    Saudi artist takes Bob Marley, satire and protest very seriously. When you notice his ‘instruments’, know that conservative Saudi’s don’t believe in mechanical instruments.

    h/t reddit

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    gelfling545 says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: Thanks. I’m going to look in line now!

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    WereBear says:

    @Corner Stone: Yes, I live to thrill.

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    gelfling545 says:

    @I’mNotSureWhoIWantToBeYet: Some people have been saying it works better with IE. I don’t know as I have no need to register & don’t want to clog up the sight with tourists but sadly, sites are often made with IE in mind.

    ETA: The Balloon Juice site is not working very well with Firefox lately. Takes quite a while to load pages.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @jayboat: I…I…want to hate you, but I just can’t.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @eemom: @Omnes Omnibus: Thanks to you I just got to be the caring and conscientious older brother/brother-in-law who remembers things like anniversaries. It actually matters to my s-i-l.

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    I'mNotSureWhoIWantToBeYet says:

    @I’mNotSureWhoIWantToBeYet: Oh, BTW, the hang at the Continue button is seemingly related to it needing to access a cookie. Logging in via a normal Chrome tab (a non-Incognito tab) lets me start the application process (entering names and other information, etc.). It seems to be working fine.

    Dunno what information it will give me about policies (I can’t use the exchange anyway).

    IOW, at least at the moment, there are client-side issues with Healthcare.gov, but they can be worked around.

    FWIW.

    Cheers,
    Scott.

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    @gelfling545:

    I found some at Target. They also had fleece-lined leggings at Burlington Coat Factory, and I’ve seen them at other discount stores as well.

    @WereBear:

    I hate pantyhose, but I don’t mind tights. If I have to wear pantyhose, I get the thigh-highs.

    If I want to wear a skirt to my office, I pretty much have to wear tights, because they keep it freezing cold year-round. Plus it seems like every time I wear a skirt, I end up either having to climb a ladder or crawl under a desk, so I’d rather have something opaque underneath.

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    J R in WV says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    I was last clean-shaven in 1970 in boot camp for the US Navy. Once I graduated from boot camp, the USN adopted a historically valid policy of allowing well trimmed beards on sailors, so I’ve never seen my face bare ever since.

    When I shave(d) I broke out with little infections everywhere, so I could have even gotten a medical waiver to not shave. It’s all white and grey now, tho. And bald on top…

    I think a beard with some grey/white in it can give one an appearance of intellect and wisdom… if the rest of you doesn’t contradict that image too much.

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    @gelfling545: I suspect many sites are made with IE in mind because so.many.people (who don’t know better, obviously) use that browser. Mr. Q bitches on occasion at how things have to be done so that they’ll work in Exploder, which often complicates how they work in better browsers. He assures me that I forget how many people aren’t connoisseur level internet users.

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    Gozer says:

    Just got back from afternoon yoga with Dr. Mrs. Gozer.

    She can do a back bend from standing and go right back to standing…I…did a back bend that killed my back…from a supine position. Gonna load up on motrin and take a hot shower and get ready for a b-day party later.

    We’re in our 30s, but I think my orthopedic age is at least 50 due to sports and military service.

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    normal liberal says:

    @J.:
    Pumpkin spice, whatever the hell it means, is omnipresent here in Illinois, and mostly horrible. I had to supply a meeting with doughnuts yesterday, and Dunkin Donuts was awash in the stuff, which seemed to involve various spices and orange food coloring. (This is what I get for not going to the local bakery.). And Starbucks has a full range of unspeakable drinks on the theme.

    I shudder to think what they’ll all come up with for Christmas, but at least it won’t involve massive squash.

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    Kay says:

    @I’mNotSureWhoIWantToBeYet:

    Oh, BTW, the hang at the Continue button is seemingly related to it needing to access a cookie. Logging in via a normal Chrome tab (a non-Incognito tab) lets me start the application process (entering names and other information, etc.).

    Would you mind elaborating for me? What is a “normal Chrome non-incognito tab”?

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    Steeplejack says:

    @eemom:

    Congratulations!

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    I'mNotSureWhoIWantToBeYet says:

    @Kay: In Chrome on Winders, hitting “ctrl-t” opens a new (normal) tab. That’s the type of tab that let me get past the Continue hang that I was getting in the “incognito” tab. (Incognito tabs are the same as “private browsing” tabs in Firefox – the browser limits what can be done with cookies, etc., to “help protect your privacy”.)

    It looks like one succesfully logs in to healthcare.gov one shouldn’t use an “incognito” tab after that. IOW, once you get past the “Continue” button you should log in with a normal tab in your browser.

    I hope this is clear. Let me know if it isn’t.

    Good luck.

    Cheers,
    Scott.

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    WereBear says:

    Sitting here waiting for the new Mac OS, Maverick, to finish all its stuff. Love my Mac, but it does make me appreciate the Chromebook, which has 20 second updates.

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    Kay says:

    @I’mNotSureWhoIWantToBeYet:

    I have seen the continue hang!

    I understand what you’re saying now. Thank you.

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    efgoldman says:

    @Baud:

    Anyone else getting the “250m Americans Infected” ad right above the comment section.

    Just got here, but its been several places that i have today, including the Boston Globe and Washington Monthly, which means its probably not driven by a cookie algorithm.

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    Cassidy says:

    @normal liberal: I live comments like this.

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    Cassidy says:

    @Cassidy: and that’s what happens when you get distracted mid comment. Can’t remember if I was trying to say love or live for. Oh well.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Cassidy: Squirrel!

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    Linnaeus says:

    @Yatsuno:

    Ah yes. Silly of me to understate it.

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    efgoldman says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:

    Who uses Internet explorer?

    Better question: Who uses IE that also knows enough to disable Java?

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    Linnaeus says:

    @WereBear:

    Sitting here waiting for the new Mac OS, Maverick, to finish all its stuff. Love my Mac, but it does make me appreciate the Chromebook, which has 20 second updates.

    I’m going to wait until I can fully back up my computer, then when I do install Mavericks, I’ll set up my computer for dual boot because there’s still software (coughStarCraftcough) that I need Snow Leopard to run.

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    efgoldman says:

    @Ruckus:

    Beard owner for 40 yrs minus 3 days.

    Got a year or so on me. I grew mine after I was discharged from the reserves in ’74. mrs efgoldman has never seen me without it.
    I had areas go red, that were then the first to go grey. Now all grey to white, of course.

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    @eemom: Happy Anniversary. And it’s great that you helped Omnes make his SIL’s day.

    I still plan to go visit the General in repose, but not for a couple of weeks due to scheduling.

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    realbtl says:

    @efgoldman:
    Nice thing about a beard is that I can honestly say I have as much hair as when I was in high school, it has just, um, moved around a bit.

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    I'mNotSureWhoIWantToBeYet says:

    @Kay: You’re more than welcome. Glad to help.

    Cheers,
    Scott.

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    handsmile says:

    @eemom:

    You got married at 78?! ‘Coz you once said on this very blog this very year that you were 100 years old. (and you know I believe everything I read on the intertubes.)

    Hearty congratulations to you and eedad; hope the eekids behave appropriately today.

    (me and the missus celebrated our 13th in August.)

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    WereBear says:

    @Linnaeus: Good thinking!

    Got all signed up with iCloud & such. I do appreciate the whole Cloud concept. This whole day, between indulging in a restaurant breakfast and updating the Mac and working on blog posts, I’ve moved between all Chromebook, Mac & iPod touch pretty seamlessly, with the only constant being the Internet.

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    Suzanne says:

    Spawn the Elder joined a xylophone band called Marimba Masters this year and they have their first performance this afternoon.

    Car is still not done and I am freaking out.

    House is a mess.

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    The Sailor says:

    @srv:

    Oh, this is so excellent on many levels:

    Agreed. And stolen.

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    eemom says:

    Thanks to all for the good wishes!

    And for y’all talking about beards who are on FB, here’s a post I just saw that you might like.

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    Tissue Thin Pseudonym (JMN) says:

    The Goophers may just cough this one up yet.

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    Steeplejack says:

    Wake Forest scores to take the lead! Awesome, awesome block by No. 2 to clear the way.

    Wake now up 21-17 with 4:02 to go. This turned out to be a really good game.

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    Tissue Thin Pseudonym (JMN) says:

    Don’t punt from there!

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    Ruckus says:

    @efgoldman:
    My ex had never seen me without a full, and I do mean full beard. Used to not trim it from about November till March. Then I surprised her with the shave. She screamed because at first she thought I was an intruder. She got mad when I laughed at that. I think she got over it. About 2 yrs later. It really was funny though.

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    Tissue Thin Pseudonym (JMN) says:

    Well, it worked but I’m still unimpressed with the call. With most coaches I’d joke that they had a brain seizure.

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    Ruckus says:

    @efgoldman:
    I had tried a beard while in the navy because Adm. Zumwalt said we all could. It went OK but I shaved it off anyway. On the day I got out in 73 I stopped shaving and cutting my hair. Let both get good and long. Wasn’t having anyone think of me as anything other than a hippie. No mistaken identities for me.

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    Ruckus says:

    @realbtl:
    Gravity affects men as well. Also not necessarily in a good way.

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    Ruckus says:

    @eemom:
    Congrats.

    Alas I have to say that none of that is true.

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    Tissue Thin Pseudonym (JMN) says:

    Well, heck. We’re going to be bowl eligible now and we still have Indiana on the schedule.

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    MomSense says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    Are you planning to celebrate “No Shave November”? My kids are counting down the days until they put their razors away.

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    handsmile says:

    Today’s victory for cosmic justice:

    Barcelona beat Real Madrid 2-1, in the first El Clasico of the 2013-14 La Liga season.

    http://www.theguardian.com/foo.....d-live-mbm

    (In truth, I despise Franco’s favorite team a little less now that the Eye-P*ker has decamped to Chelsea, but Barca represents all that is true and beautiful. And employs Andres Iniesta.)

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    Arm The Homeless says:

    @Tissue Thin Pseudonym (JMN): that was just an oustanding effort by the prairie rats. Lets hope that NCState doesn’t feel so confident today.

    GO NOLES!

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    Tissue Thin Pseudonym (JMN) says:

    @Arm The Homeless: We prefer the term thirteen striped ground squirrels.

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    MomSense says:

    @eemom:

    Congratulations on your anniversary! Hope you enjoy your happy day or what the heck are you doing here with us crazies??

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    Arm The Homeless says:

    Whatever they like to call themselves they just bought themselves some major props. I hope they make some waves in the Big10

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    handsmile says:

    @MomSense:

    Now that I see you here (and that I seem to have returned to commenting on this blog), I want to offer an apology to you for failing to follow through on our proposed “Mid-Coast meet-up” this past summer.

    As this is a public forum, let me simply say that in late July, several unfortunate circumstances demanded my immediate attention and action. It resulted in curtailing my vacation and what time we did have was devoted to rescheduled activities with family and friends. A certain personal reassessment of time and energy followed; one feature of which was limiting online commitments. Returning here, I would like to clear up any misunderstanding or ill feeling between us.

    As we visit Maine a couple of times each year other than vacation, I hope you’d be amenable to a future meeting when mutually convenient. Dirigo!

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    MomSense says:

    @handsmile:

    No worries. Hope that everything is ok with you and your family. Next time you are in Maine, we can try a meet-up again.

    You really should have been here last night, however because a friend brought a bucket full of lobsters right off his boat. Wow, but they were tasty.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @MomSense:
    Is that a real holiday? Never heard of it here. Bt I’ll see if I have the willpower to keep the beard all the way to December, at least.

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    handsmile says:

    @MomSense:

    Now that’s how to twist a knife! :) Cheers!

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    The Sailor says:

    @Tissue Thin Pseudonym (JMN):

    Well, heck. We’re going to be bowl eligible now and we still have Indiana on the schedule.

    No danger there.

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    GHayduke (formerly Lojasmo) says:

    Working 12 hour nights. Slept for about three fitful hours this morning after last night’s shift.

    Night shifts suck. Luckily, I only have to do a handful a year.

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    GHayduke (formerly Lojasmo) says:

    Working 12 hour nights. Slept for about three fitful hours this morning after last night’s shift.

    Night shifts suck. Luckily, I only have to do a handful a year.

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    FlyingToaster says:

    @The Sailor: I’d tell you to fuck yourself, but Indiana hasn’t been a danger in decades.
    –sad Hoosier alum

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    MomSense says:

    @handsmile:

    Or incentive to visit. I have a friend whose husband lobsters so if we have a B-J meet up we will do it right!

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    tybee says:

    @srv:

    pretty cool

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @eemom:

    Hey y’all — I think today would have been General Stuck’s (61st?) birthday.

    Aside from being a stalker, I know because it’s Hillary Clinton’s…..and also my 22nd marriage anniversary.

    Happy anniversary to you, and happy birthday to Secretary Clinton. Your mention of General Stuck’s birthday rings a faint little bell, because it’s also the (38th) anniversary of my mother’s death, and I kinda feel that there was a discussion, or exchange of comments, about it a few years ago.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @J R in WV:

    I think a beard with some grey/white in it can give one an appearance of intellect and wisdom…

    I think it’s sexy as hell.

    Intellect and wisdom, that is.

    And greyish beards.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Kay:

    I have seen the continue hang!

    Sounds like something New-Agey, or perhaps from The Pogo.

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    Birthmarker says:

    Here is how my Mom (who would be 95 now if alive) made homemade hot chocolate. No amounts because she would never measure.

    Put cocoa, a bit of water (to make a paste) and a dash of salt in a saucepan, and stir and cook for a minute or two. (Like making a white sauce.) Then add sugar and milk til you get the taste right. You can add a bit more cocoa as needed. Heat til sugar is dissolved and the mixture is hot enough.

    If I had to guess, you add about a teaspoon or two each of sugar and cocoa per cup.

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    eemom says:

    @SiubhanDuinne:

    RIP to your Mom, and the General. And thank you for sharing that little memory of him, however fuzzy.

    I still miss him…..and as I’ve said before, I’m sure he would be pleased to know that we honor his memory here.

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