Lilly the Dog

Good evening denizens of Balloon Juice! John has been harassing me to post a photo of my new dog Lilly, so much so that one would think that it was personal affront to him that I had not done so. So here she is! She’s a papillon/pomeranian mix and she’s five years old.


So far Nate Dogg seems to be putting up with her — probably because he’s old and deaf and really doesn’t give a crap, as long as I feed him a steady diet of jerky treats and cheap beer. (Kidding about the beer part.)


You’re welcome — JOHN.

(I hope everyone is doing well. Cheers!)


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    RobertDSC-Power Mac G5 Dual says:

    Welcome back! Lilly is a treat!

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    Sandia Blanca says:

    Yay! Beautiful dogs–and your Lilly has an extra “l” so as not to be confused with Lily Cole, right?

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    jl says:

    Thanks for handsome dog pix. That second one could be a supermodel, stunning it, in Vogue. Quite a good looking stylish doggy.

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    Randy P says:

    jerky treats and cheap beer. (Kidding about the beer part.)

    So it has to be expensive beer? Is he into Belgians or what?

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    jl says:

    @Sandia Blanca: I was confused for a second. Thought Cole went out and got more dogs and named them all Lily, and an intervention of some sort was needed.

    BTW, what happened to Cole’s junked car in the farmer’s ditch? No pics of that beauty for weeks. Has it become a WV landmark, beloved fixture, perhaps of historical significance, or what?

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Oh, I’ve been wishing for this! Welcome back (Lilly is plenty black, and obviously a lady, but NEEDS MOAR ANGRY.)

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    Aimai says:

    Adorable. Congrats.

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    kwAwk says:

    Angry Black Lady is still alive? Holy Crap! Welcome back.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    If you do give Nate Dog beer, let it go flat first. Cockers tend to like the taste, just not the fizz.

    And, hi, long time no see around here.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    Lovely canine companions, ABL! Although Nate would probably prefer “handsome” being old and all.

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    Violet says:

    Cute doggies! Good to see you, ABL.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    Hi! Hi! Hi! Hi!

    Glad to see you’re well and that you have expanded your collection of gorgeous dogs by 100%.

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    Jebediah, RBG says:

    Nice to see you, and congrats on the supercute pup!

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @efgoldman: There was a cocker spaniel. It is, therefore, awesome.*

    *I like cocker spaniels. Particularly English Cockers, but American Cockers are cool too.

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    Calming influence says:

    That first pic should be on a magazine cover. Is she as sweet as she looks?

    ETA: Oh yeah, good to see you as well, ABL :)

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    PIGL says:

    She looks like a very lovey girl. Thanks for sharing.

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    aangus says:

    Good to hear from you, missed you.
    : ))

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    Culture of Truth says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: I had an English cocker. Quite a personality. And a looker too.

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    Culture of Truth says:

    Helllooo beautiful!

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Who’s a pretty girl? That’s right, Lilly’s a pretty girl. Yes she is! Yes she is!

    Oh, hi, ABL, were you here the whole time? ;-)

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Culture of Truth: Color? Mine was a blond. He was an interesting guy. Fawned on family and friends. Was amazingly aggressive with other dogs (even German Shepherds and Dobermans) and strangers. Loved pancakes and watermelon.

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

    Nice to see ya again! Lilly is a doll, and I’m glad to read that Nate Dogg tolerates her.

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    Yatsuno says:


    I was wondering if you were gonna announce the new family member over here. You’re back! YAY!!!

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    kc says:

    Good to see you, ABL!

    What a cute pup …

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    max says:

    Whoa. Very similar in looks to DemonDog. Cute!

    [‘Nice to see you.’]

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    Alison says:

    @Sandia Blanca: Whoa, I never put it together that John’s dog’s full name would be Lily Cole, which is kind of cool because she one of my favorite models :)

    Also too, HI LILLY, you are a pretty girl.

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    Little Boots says:

    that is ridiculously cute.

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    Suzanne says:

    LILLY is LOVELEH. As are you, ABL! Please come ’round these parts more often.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Alison: Lily Cole, the model. I am not intrigued.

    ETA: Rosie Cole, the JRT. Now, she seems cool.

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    Comrade Luke says:

    I feel stupid for saying this, but when I saw the headline “Lily the Dog”, I immediately thought “OH NO”.

    So…Congratulations :)

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    Little Boots says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    always a tough sell.

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    YellowJournalism says:

    If you love something, set it free. If it comes back to you, it will bring puppeh pics.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Little Boots: Which? The model or the dog?

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    Little Boots says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:


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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Alison: Of course. Real reds have never worked for me, nor round faces.

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    Little Boots says:

    this cannot be as asleep as eschaton. this is the awake place.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Little Boots: I am a tough sell? Pshaw. I am a pushover for cocker spaniels, esp. the English, And well done versions of A Christmas Carol. Plus Eva Green and Charlize Theron. And good Scotch. Or really good Bourdeaux.

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    Little Boots says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    ya know, well done versions of the christmas carol are really pretty rare.

    i don’t get the rest of it, including scotch.

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    Little Boots says:

    @Little Boots:

    and cocker spaniels are pretty much all awesome.

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    Alison says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Hahaha, those are the things I like the most about her :) WELL GOOD, at least we know we’ll never steal each other’s ladies.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Little Boots: As far as Eva and Charize go, think of dudes who are not just beautiful but also seem to be intelligent, sophisticated, and able to function at varied social events from white tie to beers at the cabin.

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    Little Boots says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    justin bieber.

    wait, that can’t be right.

    um, george clooney.

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    Soonergrunt says:

    Great pics of beautiful dogs there. Welcome back.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Alison: Cool, in the old days, I had a lesbian friend who I occasionally recruited as a wing person. She for me, me for her. It worked out reasonably well. Mostly because we were both being slutty.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Little Boots: Scary.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Soonergrunt: You better be polite; either of her dogs could kick the ass of your little fluffy thing.

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    Little Boots says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    george? don’t say it.

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    Little Boots says:

    @Little Boots:

    one of america’s best thespians, dammit.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Little Boots: No, you mentioned Bieber. It rather missed the point. I could say some 19 y/o starlet was hot. Physically, sure. But, my god, imagine the intellectual and emotional void that time with that person would entail.

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    YellowJournalism says:

    OT, but what kind of painkillers was Mary Matalin on? The only coherent thought she had was about her animal love.

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    Little Boots says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    I did. and I was being, well, you know me by now.

    but the important thing is, what is your most embarrassing musical act or song?


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    Little Boots says:

    @Little Boots:

    by which, I mean favorite embarrassing musical act or song.

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    Little Boots says:

    or, don’t. I just realized that’s kind of an obnoxious question. just post favorites, if you have them.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Little Boots: The first song I was recoded as having liked. My baby book says I liked the song “Ee Pee.” I was about 2 y/o.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Little Boots: Not a prob. It is actually an interesting question. I also had a good response.

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    Little Boots says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    you did.

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    Little Boots says:

    we need a palate cleanser, cause now I feel a little weird about that question. so, monkees:

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    Yatsuno says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    Real reds have never worked for me, nor round faces

    You just broke RedKitteh’s heart. Well probably not, as she is quite happily hitched.

    I really should sit up if I’m gonna type. It’s like being drunk without the other positives that go with it.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Yatsuno: Painkillers do that. OTOH chestnuts and auburn’s…. RK will be fine w/o me. Honestly, she will probably be better w/o me.

    ETA: Shirley Manson. Damn. I mean, damn. If you know what I mean.

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    Little Boots says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    nice. see, if I would only stop shooting myself in the foot sometimes…

    that is what I was looking for.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Little Boots: This leads inevitably to The Replacements. I need to get some sleep but the ‘Mats are calling.

    ETA: College radio in the 80s made us do this.

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    Steeplejack says:

    Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, “Little Latin Lupe Lu.” Not embarrassing at all. (Triggered by the Box Tops.)

    Yeah, and “C.C. Rider.”

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Steeplejack: Excellent.

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    Yatsuno says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Muscle relaxers. 3 of them right now. My bedside looks like a farmacia and I’m pretty much goo and exhaustion all the time. And no I’m not driving like this.

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    Little Boots says:


    that is sweet. and now I will cheat, because I know omnes loves it and everyone should:

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

    ZOMG, Imani! She looks just like my old roomie’s dog, Jack Kerouac (named thus because he was found on the road). Brings back a lot of good memories of a great dog.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Little Boots: Midnight starts at 14:26.

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    Steeplejack says:

    The Blues Magoos, “We Ain’t Got Nothin’ Yet.”

    And, change of pace, for Omnes, if he’s still up: Sandie Shaw, “Girl Don’t Come.”

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    Little Boots says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    it is true, and it is awesome.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Steeplejack: Unexpected, but I like it. However, don’t make go to Francoise Hardy.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    Jackie DeShannon, “When You Walk in the Room.” Gotta like a trivial pop song that can work nonchalant into the lyrics.

    And Sandie did it in French, too.

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    piratedan says:

    wtf moderation for a you tube link?

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    Little Boots says:



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



    I spent three or four years searching for Mitch’s version on YT, at least once a week. The only thing that would come up was the Righteous Brothers’ version of the song.

    Roy Head Treat Her Right

    [edited for a non-skipping version]

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    Hey, I’ll go Françoise Hardy: “Le temps de l’amour.”

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: @Little Boots: Y’all wanted a pallet cleanser?

    Nikki & Conni:

    WB ABL!!! Love the new addition to your family.

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    Little Boots says:

    and we can’t leave dusty out of this whole thing:

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Steeplejack: Fine, I’ll raise you a Sylvie Vartan. And so to bed.

    @BillinGlendaleCA: Just fucking awesome.

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    Little Boots says:


    that is sweet, on any site.

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    Steeplejack says:

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

    I feel you, bruh. Same thing with me. This is the first time I have seen “Lupe” on YouTube. I need to just go ahead and get the greatest hits CD. The mono mix version! That is killer.

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

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    France Gall 5 Minutes d’Amour

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    Little Boots says:


    tom waits. there are few things I love more than tom waits.

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    Steeplejack says:

    Too bad Omnes left. I know he likes Pauline Croze. “Tita.”

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Steeplejack: How’s the the new phone?

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    aangus says:

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

    I have been meaning to ask this for months, but are you the same AndyK that I once knew at another site?

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


    Francoise Hardy avec Air Jeanne

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


    I am. I’ve been meaning to ask if you’re the same aangus.

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    Steeplejack says:

    Jun Miyake, “All Names.” I have to find my music in goddamn car commercials now.

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

    April March Garçon Glaçon

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    Steeplejack says:


    Thanks for asking! I’m spewing a reply, should have it up in 10 minutes or so.

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    aangus says:

    I am. I’ve been meaning to ask if you’re the same aangus.

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    Steeplejack says:


    New phone: I did a lot of reading, window-shopping and dithering and ended up buying a Motorola Moto X, which just arrived Wednesday. I haven’t activated it yet, because I had an all-day road trip to Philadelphia yesterday and didn’t have time to transfer everything from the old Droid Incredible. I moved some stuff today—the killer is going through the mountain of accumulated text messages and saving/downloading photographs I want to keep—and will activate the Moto tomorrow.

    The semi-surprising thing that came out of my research/shopping was that I decided I just didn’t want or need one of the new “big” phones. For my uses, I have been fairly happy with the Droid (3.7″ screen, 800 by 480 pixels). I wanted 4G, newer version of Android, longer battery life, maybe some tail fins and chrome hubcaps (i.e., current bells and whistles). I looked hard at the Droid Maxx and eventually decided on the Moto X because almost all of the reviews said it had pretty much the same features as the Maxx but slightly shorter battery life. Even so, I’m sure it will run rings around the Droid Incredible.

    The clincher was that the Moto X is only half an inch taller and a quarter inch wider than the old Incredible, and it’s actually a bit thinner. (Moto X is 5″ by 2.6″ by 0.4″, 4.6 ounces.) It almost feels smaller in my hand than the Incredible, I think because the back is slightly curved and somehow that makes it feel like I’m getting a more touchy-feely (“ergonomic”) grip on it. Yet the screen is 4.7″ diagonally vs. 3.7″ on the Droid—56 percent bigger in area. (It’s 1280 by 720 pixels.) And it’s 316 pixels per inch vs. 252 ppi on the Droid. So it should look really nice.

    I got the 32GB version and even splurged on the “Make Your Moto” thing. So now I am probably the only guy in NoVa with a bamboo-backed cell phone. I feel like a filthy one-percenter even writing that.

    I’ll let you know how it goes when I actually get it up and running. I sure have enjoyed fondling it already.

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


    Come to think of it, I might have given you the old, “aangus!” shout out once, but when I got no reply, I just figured you were gone.

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    Spaghetti Lee says:

    Man, I missed this place. Just fell out of the habit, I guess.

    I’m freaking out right now about my grad school MFA applications. I had two of them due last Thursday and two due around New Year’s and I thought I had gotten everything in, but today I get an e-mail from one of my rec letter writers saying he was missing some information to write a rec letter. What information? Who knows? He didn’t say specifically, which matches with how obtuse he’s been through this whole project. I kind of need his letter; he was my undergrad writing professor senior year, and he’s a pretty well-respected lit magazine editor. And I’m sure he’s a busy guy, but he’s just been so unhelpful.

    What’s worst, and what I’m sure he’s going to say, is that I responded to this last e-mail 4 days after he sent it. And that’s true: I thought everything was A-OK and stopped being anal about checking on things. And really, I first contacted him at the end of November, sent multiple reminder e-mails with the ‘please contact me if you have any questions’ bit at the end, every time, he was on winter break for a solid month in December-January, and on January 14, he sends me an e-mail saying “So, what’s with those rec letters that need to be submitted by the 15th?” And if I had a nickel for everytime not just him but every professor told me not to wait til the last minute…gah.

    I’m hoping this is just some misunderstanding/can be fixed. But given how much emphasis all these schools put on deadlines, I’m not optimistic. And I still have one school that’s not due until February 1, but it’s in the middle of nowheresville and the teaching part is described as unusually heavy, so it wouldn’t be my first choice. I was really, really banking on starting grad school this fall-I don’t have any other plans because I didn’t think things would go so spectacularly wrong. Kinda freaking out right now, not gonna lie. And I don’t know if I’m mostly blaming myself because I actually deserve it or because I’ve just internalized the notion that it’s always my fault and don’t really grasp that the people I see as authority figures can screw up terribly and it’s not in any way my fault. Eesh.

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    aangus says:

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

    I jump around between sites a lot. This is just one of… some.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @wasabi gasp:

    Nicola Conte, “Bossa per due.” From another car commercial a few years ago. VW? Audi?

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    Steeplejack says:

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

    All good stuff. Getting kind of Eurotrash up in here.

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

    Procol Harum Boredom

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    Steeplejack says:

    @wasabi gasp:

    Okay, I had to drop by and rehear “Cowboy Bebop.”

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Spaghetti Lee:

    That sucks. It has been years since I have dealt with stuff like this, but is there a mechanism to (subtly) let the school know that one of your recommenders ran late?

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    Spaghetti Lee says:


    I have no clue. I’m not even sure who I’d contact. Guess that’s a weekend project. Hopefully this guy actually responds over the weekend.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Funny you should mention cherry blossoms. Brain was veering to Lemongrass, “Sunrise on Fujiyama.”

    Which for some reason led to Sagat, “Funk Dat.”

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


    I like the stuff that Elinor did there with Bertrand Burgalat. The retro Yé-yé stuff was my gateway (via the soundtrack from “Election”), but it didn’t do all that much for me. I’m glad the two of them crossed paths.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Steeplejack: The main reason I got the note was my eyesight is just too poor to see anything much smaller with my contacts in without reading glasses. It comes standard with 32gb as well and my wife gave me a S-View cover which replaces the original back cover. I’m really liking the s-pen for handwriting. You’ll be getting android updates much quicker with a moto than pretty much anything else. Enjoy it once you get it. One thing you might look into to transfer stuff is mybackup, it’s easy to use and will back up to a sd-card so you can restore it on the new phone.

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    Spaghetti Lee says:

    I’ve really got to learn to get myself off these bad emotional cycles. I blithely just put off worrying about things for weeks on end, then I realize everything’s gone to shit and I just feel like I’m staring into the abyss. Right now I’m not sure how I’ll sleep tonight. It’s the not knowing that drives me nuts. What letters weren’t finished, what info does he need: he was so unspecific that it made me panic. I was applying to five schools and asked him for a letter to all five (again: a month and a half ago). I already know he liked my work when I was in his class, and he was going to be my big-ticket recommender: I won’t name him, obviously, but he’s well known in the field. And I’m mad because I think he fucked up, but I can’t get too mad because I probably fucked up too, somehow, or at least this whole process is designed to make you feel like you fucked up. And of course I can’t be directly angry to the guy’s face because I’ll almost certainly need him in the future.

    Is this what having a career feels like? A constant stream of fuckups that you can’t directly blame on someone who’s at fault because they outrank you and it would destroy the peace, so you end up blaming yourself even though it mostly wasn’t your fault? What a fun life I have ahead of me.

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    Spaghetti Lee says:

    And my Wacom tablet is at the repair shop for at least 2 more weeks, so I don’t even have that to take my mind off things.

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

    Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66 Goin’ Out Of My Head

    Herb Alpert This Guy’s In Love With You

    (that second one is for Imani….just keeeding…or maybe not)

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    🎂 Martin says:

    @Steeplejack: Write to Moto and ask for a $75 rebate since the just lowered the price of the wood backs to $25.

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    Steeplejack says:


    I was thinking more like this.

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    🎂 Martin says:

    @Spaghetti Lee:

    Is this what having a career feels like? A constant stream of fuckups that you can’t directly blame on someone who’s at fault because they outrank you and it would destroy the peace, so you end up blaming yourself even though it mostly wasn’t your fault?

    That’s what ‘caring about your results’ feels like. I have plenty of coworkers that don’t carry that baggage because they don’t give a shit about the results – just about how they’re perceived. I’m like you – I’m not getting the results I’m aiming for, often due to things out of my control, but I carry that failure with me even though nobody else puts that on me, as I’m sure nobody is blaming you for coming up short.

    I’ve tried putting my head in the other place, and it just doesn’t work for me. I come home and work on the trim in the house and it’s perfect. It’s exactly what I aspire to. I’m incredibly proud of it. Ms Martin is secretly irritated. She loves it, and she shows it off, but her standards are lower, and would settle for a lesser result in exchange for me working faster and getting that next thing done that she wants. But I need the sense of accomplishment to keep me going. If I walk into a room and look at something I did and think ‘I could have worked harder at that’ then it just kills my drive.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Thanks for the tip on Mybackup. I was wondering if there was something that would help. Seems like there should be.

    When I got the Incredible (almost four years ago!) I used some app from either Verizon or Gmail to transfer my contacts, and it did an awful job. Lots of dupes, mainly. I ended up with two records for almost everybody, each slightly different from the other.

    Since I got a tablet (Nexus 7) about a year ago I don’t use my phone as much for what was previously one of its big functions—casual Internet reading in bed or when I don’t want to get on the regular computer. So the Moto’s big jobs, other than the usual e-mail and phone stuff, will be GPS, music and reading (Nook app and Internet stuff) when I’m out and about. It is so convenient to be able to fill time when a sudden gap opens up, e.g. waiting at the dentist’s office, picking up a friend at the airport and discovering the flight is 30 minutes late. The Incredible did okay with that, but the Moto should be much better.

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    Spaghetti Lee says:

    @🎂 Martin:

    Part of the problem is that I’m never confident I actually gave it all I had. There’s always that nagging voice. What’s worse here is that it (might be) entirely the other guy’s fault-my work, good or bad, had nothing to do with it-but I’m blaming myself because that’s how I think.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @wasabi gasp:

    Cool. I like almost all bossa nova. Milton Nascimento, “Dancing.”

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    Steeplejack says:

    @🎂 Martin:

    Thanks for reminding me. I just got an e-mail from Motorola today basically congratulating me for actually being the only guy in the tri-state area with a bamboo phone and offering something like a $75-off coupon for any order of accessories or what-not over $75. I guess I’ll look and see if they have anything I want, but if they don’t (which is probably the case) I’ll call and see if I can get a little relief.

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    Steeplejack says:

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

    My favorite Brasil ’66 song is “Chove Chuva.”

    Jorge Ben Jor (who wrote it) does a good take too.

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    Steeplejack says:

    BiD and Seu Jorge, “E Depois.”

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    wasabi gasp says:

    Kirika – Rüyamdaki Şehirde

    The song ends around the four minute mark and another starts up.

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    Steeplejack says:

    Guess I’m out too. Seu Jorge’s voice reminds me of Gil Scott-Heron. “Winter in America.”

    Heh. I thought for a minute that “Lady Day and John Coltrane” might be on that Putumayo Brazilian Lounge album. Naw, it must be a mix CD I did.

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    SarahT says:

    Yeah, yeah – WAY too late & everyone (including you, ABL) has moved on. Just had to add (ok, I’m drunk – BFD) that your dawgs are purty & welcome back ! That is all.

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    Tee Hee says:

    And in the end Imani and everyone else realized the mountain of discrimination she faces is entirely theoreticial. Her silver spoon and her daddy’s connections, so similar to those of John Cole Sr of whom this blog was improperly attributed for almost a decade, are the sum and measure of her achievement. For on her own she, like Cole jr were abyssmal failures in symetrical chiaroscurro. Their daddys though trained them well at communication, if only either of them ever had shit to say.

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    raven says:

    Such a late post! Good to see you ABL. Oh, and eat shit and die Tee Hee.

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    Lurker says:

    I love Balloon Juice. First, I like the look of it. Many of the other liberal blogs have such a blah look about them. Second, the pics of kittehs and puppehs as well as a rundown of their antics always warm up my heart. Third, I love the irreverence of the contributors.

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    WereBear says:

    What an adorable face! I bet with the Pap/Pom mix you get plenty of ‘tude to go along with it; those are two of my favorite small breeds, together!

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    @raven: Heh. Plus ca change, etc.

    Thanks all. I’ve kind of missed you fuckers. (Some of you, anyway.) :-)

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    Rex Everything says:

    Wow ABL you haven’t posted here in ages.

    Your dog looks like a real sweetheart!

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    gogol's wife says:

    @Imani Gandy (ABL):

    Great dogs. I love Nate Dogg so much. We miss you.

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    🎂 Martin says:


    I just got an e-mail from Motorola today basically congratulating me for actually being the only guy in the tri-state area with a bamboo phone

    Yeah, that’s only reinforcing the bad news about Motorola. People just aren’t buying their phones, which is unfortunate, because the X is a pretty nice phone and the ability to customize it as they have set up is a really unique feature. But everyone is just buying SGIVs, which I personally think is a bit of a shit phone.

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    Ruckus says:

    @🎂 Martin:
    I used to be like that. I worked on very tight tolerance work that had to go together properly to even function. Then I started working on extremely tight tolerance work. At some point I realized that you can find a point that is “perfect enough” and move on. If you don’t two things will happen. First, you will scrap the work because you are overworking it, trying too hard. Second, as much pleasure that you get out of it being perfect, you will notice that it really isn’t and you could do better/more. And you are back to the first point.
    Perfect enough.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @🎂 Martin:

    I looked at both the Galaxy S 4 and the Note 3, and, aside from some technical quibbles, I just didn’t like their form factors. A lot of my “handheld” activity has migrated to the Nexus 7 tablet, so I don’t need my phone to be a “perfect” one-stop solution for everything—Web browsing, Nook/Kindle reading, e-mail, texting, etc.—hence I don’t need the phone to be large enough to be “perfect” for all of that. I need my phone for phone stuff (voice, text, e-mail), GPS, a good camera (something I forgot to mention last night) and then Web browsing, Nook/Kindle reading and music listening, usually in temporary situations when I’m out and about and find myself without tablet, Nook or laptop handy.

    I was okay with the size of the Droid Incredible I had, and so far I like the looks of the Moto X even more. I’m getting a lot more power, speed and functionality in roughly the same size, along with a much bigger screen.

    As for how Motorola fares in the marketplace, we’ll see. It’s early days yet. The Moto X has only been out, what, four or five months? And, hey, I’ve done my part!

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