By Neptune’s Beard…

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…here’s an open thread. I’m trying to decide what to throw on the grill for today’s NFL viewing, which features the 2-8 Bucs of Tampa Bay vs the 6-4 Lions of Detroit at 1 PM.

I was thinking brisket sounds good, but I thought of it way too late. Not looking forward to fighting the panicking hordes of Thanksgiving food shoppers at the supermarket. I’m waiting for the absurd ban on beer purchases to expire (no beer until 11 AM on Sunday because Jesus), then I’ll duck in and out as quickly as humanly possible.

What are y’all up to today?






72 replies
  1. 1
    tybee says:

    Georgia Southern beat Florida.

  2. 2
    Aji says:

    Grill? Did you say grill?

    We have ten inches of snow on the ground, and more coming out of the sky.

  3. 3
    Baud says:

    Bucs have been playing well lately.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    Probably not grilling. 22 degrees with 25 mph winds just doesn’t seem very much like grilling weather. Probably making boiled cider instead.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @tybee: Thanks! Now why don’t you give me a nice paper cut and squeeze some lemon juice on it?

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Aji: It’s overcast here but in the upper 60s.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    It is a pretty fucking cold day here in NYC – high’s around 30, with a nice wind chill. Planning on staying inside, working out, and watching the J-E-T-S and only venturing outside because I am roped into a double date with one of my fiancee’s work colleagues.

    Otherwise, a quiet end to the weekend before what should be a very quiet workweek.

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    NotMax says:

    Butterflied leg of lamb.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    Looks like weather.com puts the wind chill at 13 degrees. Good thing I went for a run yesterday.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    You know, I think I’ll drink a beer this morning just to annoy the Jeebus worshipers.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    Try being a fan of the formerly #2 ranked Fighting Fashion Nightmares who have successfully blown their opportunity not just for the BCS title, but for the Pac-12 championship, all because they’re so fucking busy reading their press clippings.

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    danielx says:

    Count your blessings, Betty – in my benighted state there are no carryout liquor sales at all. (Although some might argue that an imposed day of drying out is no bad thing; depends on who you ask.) This is definitely a boon for bar owners. Fortunately, I am a foresighted person in this area and the Anchor Steam is in the refrigerator.

    Putting on my turban and peering in the crystal ball, however, I predict that today will be a day for getting-warm drinks (Tullamore Dew and hot chocolate, yum) since I have to finish doing leaves and it’s seventeen degrees outside.

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    Aji says:

    @Betty Cracker: [Bronx cheer].

    Actually, I should quit whining. I love winter, and it’s absolutely beautiful. But damn, it’s inconvenient right now.

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    Napoleon says:

    23 and snowing. Pretty good weather to order a home delivery pizza to eat while watching the game.

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    Ash Can says:

    I’m trying to decide what to throw on the grill for today’s NFL viewing

    Considering the fact that there are numerous options for meats that are good on the grill, I think you should just go to the grocery store and see what looks good.

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    NotMax says:

    Then again, Ms Cracker, grilling up some chicken will provide any of yours who are recalcitrant an object lesson.

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    scav says:

    Just got e-mail from ma mere reporting snow in the montagne noire and a high of about 5.5 C (must be a day for weather reports). Rather better quality alcohol sales though, and suitable for mulling on days like these.

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    BD of MN says:

    it’s 14 deg here with a windchill of 0. I will be grilling pork chops later on because charcoal still catches fire when it’s cold. I’m also putting new tie rods in my wife’s van, because I am descendant from hearty Scandinavian and Bohemian stock. Also I am cheap when it comes to auto repairs and I want my car back, my old POS pickup gets really poor gas mileage…

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    Stillers @ Browns, GO BROWNS. Fucking cold here, too.

    Then Cowboys @ Giants, love to see the G-Men hand Romo his jock and send Jerry The Smug back to TX with a loss.

    After a breather and some rehydrating, its Broncos @ Pats. Yowza!

    There’s some chores in there somewhere, otherwise its beers, eating all leftovers in anticipation of Thursday, and hand-egg. Lots of hand-egg.

    @Villago Delenda Est: That’s what I did- a leftover half-bottle of IPA that I couldn’t finish and didn’t want to throw away last night.

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    tybee says:

    @danielx:

    Tullamore Dew is good stuff. verrrrrrry smooth.

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    c u n d gulag says:

    How about grilling up some sweet and hot Italian sausages, and sauté up different colored peppers with some sweet onion, then put them on a bun.

    Some salad, and – BINGO!!!

  22. 22
    Baud says:

    Elon is on Melissa right now.

  23. 23
    MattF says:

    Staying warm. The DC area is getting a dose of frigid + windy, so I dug out scarf + gloves + hat in order to go farmer’s market shopping this morning. And needed all of them just to keep from solidifying completely.

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    NotMax says:

    @Baud

    Wouldn’t touch a straight line like that with a fork.

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    jharp says:

    Jesus’s ban on beer sales lasts all day in Indiana.

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    Baud says:

    @NotMax:

    And that’s why we use italics for show titles.

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    Felonius Monk says:

    @c u n d gulag:

    Some salad, and – BINGO!!!

    No! No! No! —— Some salad and BEER — and then BINGO!

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    Thlayli says:

    @tybee:

    Georgia Southern beat Florida without completing a pass.

    FTFY, and ROFL.

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    c u n d gulag says:

    @Felonius Monk:
    Skip the salad!

    Beer has all of the nutrition anyone ever ne… HIC… eds.

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    rikyrah says:

    Chicago Sun-Times: Affordable Care Act Counselor Tries Health Insurance Marketplace For First-Hand Knowledge

    As one of those people who is supposed to help Illinoisans find new options for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, Joann Boblick figured she should check out healthcare.gov and see how it works. Glitches with the website have kept many Americans from viewing insurance plans available. But Boblick was able to get through to Illinois’ marketplace on healthcare.gov. She also found an insurance plan that will be cheaper than the one she has.

    “The first time, I got nowhere. The site just said come back later. The second time, I decided to come back later because I was waiting too long,” said Boblick, 36, of Western Springs. “The third time was the charm.” Boblick currently pays a premium of $340 a month with a deductible of $6,000. The Blue Choice Bronze PPO 006 that she enrolled in on Oct. 7 costs $185 a month with the same deductible and offers the same doctors, dentists and hospitals she has now. That’s even though Boblick made too much money — about $65,000 — to qualify for a subsidy to pay for a new insurance plan.

    For those still waiting to log on at HealthCare.gov, Boblick suggested people think of getting insurance as they would think of getting a new iPhone the first day. “People wait days for an iPhone. Care about it that much,” she said. “Realize it’s more important than the iPhone.”

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/2.....ledge.html

  31. 31
    FourTen says:

    By Neptune’s Beard…

    by cracky!

  32. 32
    Bruuuuce says:

    Running to BJ’s for various staples.

    Giants beating the snot out of Big-Game-Choker Romo.

    Reruns of Doctor Who.

    Playing with Photoshop.

    You know, an average Sunday.

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    Frankensteinbeck says:

    Long shopping trip while I stew in the glorious season premiere of My Little Pony. Sorry, FSM, but now I know that Celestia raises the sun in the morning.

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    Felonius Monk says:

    @Betty Cracker: Regarding that Neptune photo above, I hope that isn’t on your front lawn —- but if it is, I guess it’s better than a lawn jockey or a pink flamingo.

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    James E. Powell says:

    By Grabthar’s Hammer

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    shelly says:

    gloves + hat in order to go farmer’s market shopping this morning.

    Yikes, I pity the poor sellers. Hope some of it is an inside market.

    Concuring with the rest here in the NE. Almost noon and itls still 27 degrees and blowing like a bitch.

    Ummm, hot chocolate.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @tybee & @Thlayli: I think Gainesville Sun columnist Pat Dooley summed it up nicely:

    All you Gator fans who I’ve been talking off the ledge? You have my permission to jump.

    They need to clean house from the AD down. But it’s unlikely. Le sigh.

    @Felonius Monk: Not my yard, though I can appreciate the kitsch factor as a passerby. Ditto pink flamingos, but lawn jockeys? Nope.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    And if you want to see what football is like when you play it on a real field, you can always try the Grey Cup later on today in the comfort of your own home. (-30C converts to -22F. You’re welcome!)

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @rikyrah:

    For those still waiting to log on at HealthCare.gov, Boblick suggested people think of getting insurance as they would think of getting a new iPhone the first day. “People wait days for an iPhone. Care about it that much,” she said. “Realize it’s more important than the iPhone.”

    In other words, stop being whining babies like everyone in the GOP. Oh, and that traitorous little shit, Carville, consort of Bellatrix Lestrange.

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    Ramalama says:

    What’s with Neptune’s fig leaf?

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    JPL says:

    @Betty Cracker: Not to rub it in, but has a team won before with zero passing yards? That’s what shocked me.

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    handsmile says:

    @James E. Powell:

    Actually surprised it took 35 comments for that! h/t

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    Dead Ernest says:

    11 degrees F, early this morning when the cat (Misha) and I went out for our morning stroll here in Kansas City KS. Supposed to get up to 31 for the high – warmer than yesterday.
    Today… choices, choices. Even though the move was completed in August, nearly 4 months later and I’m still unpacking. Be nice to get that done but, also need to spend time writing the Adjudicating Law Judge explains why a 31 year old man is so debilitated by pain that, no, he isn’t able to work at any job. Also, CMS is demanding I explain, in great detail, why a very problematic patient required a lot of time – otherwise they will reclaim what I billed/was paid the ‘treasure’ of what comes to less than $70/hr …and that’s the gross the clinic is paid, not my net payment for providing the dearly sought ‘unicorn’ – spending enough time to take care of the person.
    [Le goddamn Sigh. Maybe I’ll get unpacked before I move again]

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    Rosalita says:

    I’m in the 25 degrees and howling wind club today so I’m going to try my hand at butternut squash soup.

    I just returned from the grocery store, it was a crowded screw, but at least it’s behind me now. Crowds will only get worse the closer we get to Thursday.

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    Baud says:

    @JPL:

    When you can run for 429 yards, you don’t need to pass.

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    Dead Ernest says:

    @Dead Ernest:
    [attempted to edit, fix typo and punctuation but, apparently that did not work]

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    Comrade Mary says:

    More seriously, I can’t think of the Grey Cup without thinking of the totally fucking awesome Tony Proudfoot. He played for the Alouettes in the infamous Ice Bowl. From the CFL site I linked in my last comment:

    The 1977 Grey Cup was Canada’s version of the Ice Bowl, as the playing surface was more ideal for hockey than football. A blizzard hit Montreal two days prior to the game, and stadium crews put salt on the field to melt the snow. But as the temperature dropped the next day the melted snow turned into a sheet of ice. To combat the conditions, many of the Montreal Alouette players put staples on the bottom of their shoes in order to get good traction. The move was spearheaded by star defender Tony Proudfoot.

    Moar detail for those of you wondering “Why not use cleats?”:

    ” … It was icy cold and there had been a big snowstorm with a transit strike and fans walking all the way from downtown to Olympic Stadium.

    “The field was a skating rink. Guys were trying different kinds of footwear — broomball shoes and things like that. All week long we’d been thinking of what footwear to use. We knew it was going to be slippery and nothing, really, was any good. On a frozen field a lot of players like to wear broomball shoes. But they didn’t work very well.

    “Another alternative, because the field was so hard, was screw-on cleats. Nobody really used those anymore, but they were available. We tried grass cleats, Astroturf cleats, nothing worked.

    “I experimented during the week. I even thought about putting nails through my shoes.

    “By game day, a bunch of guys settled on using steel cleats. Before the warm-up, I noticed a guy from Bell Canada walking by with a staples gun. A light bulb went on. ‘I’ve tried everything, but not that.’ So I tried putting staples in my shoes. I stapled an ‘X’ on about six bumps. Gordon Judges and Chuck Zapiec put some in, too. We looked at each other and said ‘That’s it.’

    Proudfoot worked at Dawson College after he retired. In the 2006 mass shooting, he was watching from his office window when he saw a shot student collapse. He went down to the student — while the shooter was still loose — and gave first aid that may have saved that student’s life.

    Sadly, he was diagnosed with ALS in 2007, but before he died in 2008, he had done a lot to campaign for ALS research.

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    James E. Powell says:

    A tribute to Gator fans everywhere.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @James E. Powell: Which team do you favor?

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    If the buccos and the chiefs win, I win the survivor pool I’m in.

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    Rex Everything says:

    Was that photo taken on Key Largo?

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    Jane2 says:

    @Comrade Mary: Football Jesus has shown his everlasting mercy to Rider Nation and made the temp 0 Celsius here today.

    Go Riders!!

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    Comrade Mary says:

    @Jane2: Oh, good! So we won’t have wee frozen players to deal with. Winds won’t be as strong as projected, either. But it’s going to be a less-balmy -10C to -15C in the high stands, so those fans should be ready to DANCE, or at least bundle up real good.

  54. 54

    I’m flying up to the SF Bay area for a big family Thanksgiving. Hanging out in the terminal right now waiting for my flight to board. Thank FSM for free WiFi.

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    ruemara says:

    I’m rather cold, with a cuppa nuclear warmed, waiting for customers. Having petted the adorable baby goats, assisted fellow elderly peddlers & set up my own booth in way less than the time allotted. Surrounded by Star Wars & Batman toys. I had no idea that my Penguin figure from B:TAS is worth about $70 large. I hope I make some sales.

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    mai naem says:

    I swear I don’t mean this snarkily but we have a high of 62 in Phoenix. Its fucking cold. And it’s been raining. I love love love the rain. Half of our backyard looks like a pool. We got a record amount of rain on Friday. It rained a lot yesterday too. I made some Tom Kha soup yesterday. It was my first attempt at it. It turned out pretty good(just like at the restaurant we frequent) if I may say so myself.

  57. 57
    Gene108 says:

    Heard a new Republican talking point on Iran. The suspension of uranium enrichment does not matter because Iran will just get the “good stuff” from North Korea.

    Utilizing their magic memory erasing powers, no one mentions the incompetent foreign policy of Bush & Co pushed North Korea to restart their uranium enrichment program and detonate a nuclear device, thus enabling this talking point.

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    tybee says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    and next week Florida gets to play Free Shoes University…

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    Gene108 says:

    @ruemara:

    B:TAS? Which Batman is it from?

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    burnspbesq says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:

    Try being a fan of the formerly #2 ranked Fighting Fashion Nightmares who have successfully blown their opportunity not just for the BCS title, but for the Pac-12 championship, all because they’re so fucking busy reading their press clippings.

    Well, they did say they were bored with the Rose Bowl, so now they can try the Sun Bowl instead.

    Oregon and Duke have identical records after 11 games. If you had put $100 down in Vegas on thap proposition, you’d be asking your bank for a payoff figure on your mortgage.

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    Yatsuno says:

    @Comrade Mary: Heh. I just saw a picture of Justin Trudeau making a fool of himself in front of the Grey Cup. Are really hawt PMs legal? Just wondering.

    @Comrade Mary:

    But it’s going to be a less-balmy -10C to -15C in the high stands

    Meh, Been there. Done that. With a tuba.

  62. 62
    WereBear says:

    @Yatsuno: Meh, Been there. Done that. With a tuba.

    Stealing that. Just FYI.

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    catclub says:

    @WereBear: For Ginger Rogers it was: “Backwards, in High Heels”
    But also with a Tuba would be VERY impressive.

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    Jane2 says:

    @Comrade Mary: I saw a Pilsner bunny rabbit in Rider green….I think the fans will be well-lubricated.

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    Jane2 says:

    @Yatsuno: He’s an attractive empty suit with a good surname.

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    ruemara says:

    @Gene108: b tas is short for the goddam best Batman cartoon, Batman: the Animated Series. Not that I’m biased.

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    Yatsuno says:

    @Jane2:

    He’s an attractive empty suit with a good surname.

    You do realise that already makes him better than Harper right? My ex and I used to argue about this. I’m American, but I lean strong to the NDP, and he’s a Con. Of course his best friend is a Communist so…

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    Jane2 says:

    @Yatsuno: There’s a great Tommy Douglas speech about the difference between white cats and black cats (none…they’re still cats)….look up “Mouseland”. Trudeau is the product of a corrupt party that still hasn’t learned their lesson, and will be no different in his negative impact than Harper because he’s weak, policy-bereft, and a product of the core Liberal establishment that still thinks it’s business as usual.

    The media here is ga-ga about him, and has forgotten that the actual Leader of the Opposition is Mulcair (can’t trust those Frenchies, you know).

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    Comrade Mary says:

    @Yatsuno: “Meh, Been there. Done that. With a tuba. ” God willing, your need for an epitaph is many, many years in your future, but I think you just chose one to popular acclaim.

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    Yatsuno says:

    @Jane2:

    There’s a great Tommy Douglas speech

    Isn’t that pretty much all of them? He was a master wordsmith, an orator of ecclesiastic origins. Still the greatest Canadian ever.

    Trudeau is the product of a corrupt party that still hasn’t learned their lesson, and will be no different in his negative impact than Harper because he’s weak, policy-bereft, and a product of the core Liberal establishment that still thinks it’s business as usual.

    I admit that I have seen very little of substance from Trudeau and very little meat from the Liberals beyond, “We’re not Cons!!” so forcing a coalition on less than nothing could wind up very badly in the end. It would be better if the NDP could regroup and force Harper back into at least a coalition government since the argument for giving the Cons a majority has proven horrific. The Cons are showing themselves to be the corrupt bastards we knew they were, so hopefully a few by-elections will weaken them in Ottawa. And yes I like my unicorns purple TYVM.

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    @Gin & Tonic:

    22 degrees with 25 mph winds just doesn’t seem very much like grilling weather.

    Pfft.  My uncle used to grill the turkeys for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Outdoors.  In Chicago.  (Technically, Chicagoland, since we were in the northern suburbs.)

    Kids these days, I swear …

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