I just got back from traveling and this was in my inbox this morning. Does that mean 6 more weeks of winter? Open thread.

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  1. 1
    cleek says:

    i didn’t know Anthony Bourdain was in Phish.

  2. 2
    Chyron HR says:

    I tried doing canadaigula on a girl once, but I sprained a muscle.

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    Jerzy Russian says:

    That guy with the guitar looks like Chuck Norris. It would not surprise me if Mr. Norris could sing and plan the guitar, given all of the other things he can
    do (http://chucknorrisjokes.linkpr.....hp?page=94)

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    Waynski says:

    @Jerzy Russian: Chuck can sing, play guitar all while administering a roundhouse kick in the head.

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    libarbarian says:

    Fuck the hatas!

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    dedc79 says:

    Not a Phish fan, but I am Down with Disease

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Waynski: Among other things, like integrating functions, performing cardiac surgery, and ending world hunger.

  8. 8
    jonas says:

    Make sure you have your medical marijuana prescriptions to show if necessary!

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    NotMax says:

    Dust off that bottle of antacids.

    Tonight, 10 p.m. Eastern, TCM: Big Night

    (Only ever saw it once, when first relased. Curious how it holds up almost 20 years later.)


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    Gin & Tonic says:

    T-shirt slogan I saw many years ago: Jerry’s dead. Phish sucks. Get a job.

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    Waynski says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: Touche. I’d try another one, but don’t want to hijack the thread.

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    Hunter Gathers says:

    You might want to look under your couch, coffee table and in your closets. I imagine there are chickens in your house you haven’t fucked yet, because this particular chicken is starting to smell a bit.

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    uila says:

    Here’s a song they wrote for that hillbilly ignoramus Cole:

    (said with love)

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    different-church-lady says:

    I swear this year the fucking groundhog saw his shadow, went back inside, came out again, saw his shadow again, turned around, did a double take, looked at his shadow another five times and then started making shadow puppets.

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    Karen in GA says:

    Phish in NY? No. Kate Bush in London. I’m going. I’m a happy commenter today.

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    MattF says:

    WaPo collects some fun facts about Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, aka “the Bishop of Bling”:

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    the Conster says:


    Yeah, it’s been BRUTAL. I want to burn my down coat, the three pairs of boots I’ve worn in rotation since December and every scarf, hat and glove I own. Today was the first day I didn’t wear a hat AND hood since Christmas.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Finishing up one of our biggest projects of the year at work and trying not to cut anyone. Don’t you love it when you think you and the project manager have agreed on how to solve a problem and then she completely changes direction at the last possible fucking moment? I sure do.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Karen in GA:

    Phish People?


    I saw that tickets sold out in about 15 minutes this morning. You were incredibly lucky!

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    Karen in GA says:


    Phish People?

    Reminds me of something I said about Waterworld: it’s the film that asks the question, “If a woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle, what’s a woman without a fish-man?”

    Not even sure it makes sense, but then I’m not sure if most of what I say makes sense, so it’s all good.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Karen in GA:

    You’re going to see Kate Bush? Wow.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Karen in GA:

    Isn’t that (Fish People) the name of her album?

    Now I have to go look it up again.

    Edit: Not album, website.

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    Mark S. says:

    I know that one guy wears a dress, but is it always the same dress?

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    ruemara says:

    Here’s a “DAFUQ” for the morning. N. Dakota’s gov signs a bill into law based on stereotypes of Asian Americans.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @ruemara: SOUTH Dakota. Makes you wonder how George McGovern ever won elective office in that state, now doesn’t it?

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    ruemara says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: apologies to North D.
    I don’t begin to understand what these keen minds are thinking.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:


    these keen minds are thinking.

    I think I’ve found the problem.

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    Who are these Phish? I like Canandaigua, it is a pretty town, do you live there mistermix?
    Friday Kitteh is sciency and has reviewed Cosmos.

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    Karen in GA says:

    @Elizabelle: Wow, indeed. Unbelievable. Yeah, I’m running with the song reference — sorry about that. Don’t mind me, I’m punchy — three hours’ sleep. Got up at 5:20 and hit refresh over and over, and had a slapstick moment running to the phone to call my credit card company and tell them the overseas charge I was trying to put through wasn’t fraudulent. Paid way too much for a dinner/good seat ripoff package, but what the hell — when will I get to do this again?

    @SiubhanDuinne: Haven’t heard of that one…?

    Edit: Ah, the website. Funny enough, I hadn’t visited the site before. I tend not to. Probably from being a fan from around 1980 — I’m still stuck in a pre-internet mindset. Way back then, you read about her in an import magazine, or you didn’t learn anything about her at all.

    (Adjusts onion on belt.)

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    Face says:

    I thought people were exaggerating the whole “CNN + Missing Plane” thing, but sure enough, it’s been their lead headline for at least 6 consecutive days (how long I’ve checked). The news has been “BREAKING” in gigantic font for that entire time, despite the fact that nothing really new has been discovered.

    At this point, can we assume they’re just trolling? Can they actually expect to be taken seriously when they’re treating a 3 week old nothingburger as if it’s the start of WW3 or an assissination of a political leader?

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    @ruemara: Don’t know about other Asians, but sex selective abortions and female infanticide are definitely prevalent in India, and a huge problem in some of the northern states which have skewed gender ratios. I don’t see how they are going to enforce the law though.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:

    Just got your review in my inbox. I really love the closeup cat’s eye photo!

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    muricafukyea says:

    Can anyone explain wtf the deal is with w0ng way Cole? He mentioned some guy he sort of knows from way back was stopping in for a visit and here we are what…one, two months later and the guy is still here.

    Also did he ever get his car out of the field. Again, that whole thing was just wierd. Is Cole some cartoon character and not a real person? You would be hard pressed to make this shit up. The guy could have his own Seinfeld esque sitcom. A show about nothing….with pets and random people that just show up and don’t leave. Where things happen and instead of him dealing with it he just says, eh…instead of getting my car out of the field I’ll just get another one.

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    Butch says:

    @different-church-lady: We got a foot of snow yesterday here in America’s snow globe (the Upper Peninsula). Coldest winter since 1904….people here are usually pretty stoic about the weather but the wear is really starting to show.

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    danielx says:


    Yep. Snow two days ago. Again. Sixteen degrees that evening. Again. Of course, if I remember correctly it hit eighty degrees in March a year or two ago and I didn’t care for that either. I’d like to have something a little bit more towards the middle of the curve, please.


    Yeah, almost as much as I used to love my boss coming to me with a ten page report at 4 pm saying “just these few little changes”…with a whole lot of changes that amounted to him peeing in the soup until he liked the flavor. Oh yeah, and needing it back before 7 next morning.

  36. 36

    You gotta embrace the silliness with Phish. They don’t take themselves too seriously. Haven’t been to a phish show since the 90s, but they were fun and irreverent. Fishman playing a vacuum and such. Was fortunate enough to see the 98 Halloween show in Vegas where the 2nd set was them playing VU’s Loaded.
    When phish comes up on the random shuffle these days, I’ll usually keep on shuffling. But have some good memories.

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    @SiubhanDuinne: That is a beautiful photo, I wish I knew who took it, I would credit the photographer.
    Kittehz has the most beautiful eyes, don’t they? BTW, What did you think of the review?

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    Ruckus says:

    What have you been doing that you get a phish junk email? I mean I don’t really want to know but maybe you should rethink your internet habits if this is what happens.

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    kindness says:

    I suggest we all buy tickets and send them to John. After that post the other day you know how overjoyed he’d be.

    @Gin & Tonic:

    Jerry’s dead

    Jerry lives. In my heart he does. And every time the Dead come on my ipod shuffle he does as well.

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    ruemara says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: Yes, but in India. Not in Asian Americans in S. D. Acculturated, you see?

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    @ruemara: I do see your point and hope you are right, some of these cultural traits, like preference for boys is hard to change. I remember reading a study that the south Asian communities in Britain have similar skewed gender ratios.
    I also agree that laws like the one SD do little if anything to address the issue.

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    Paul in KY says:

    Any time I hit ‘reply’ on a muricafukyea post, the comment never shows up & I end up at top of post.

    Anyone else have that happen or am I the only dip that replies to his comments?

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    kc says:

    Forward that to Cole, eleventy times.

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    MattR says:

    @ranchandsyrup: Was at that show as well. Still convinced they were going to break into Dark Side in set 3 until Trey got hit by a glowstick during the jam in Wolfman’s Brother.

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    Juju says:

    @Paul in KY: I’ve never replied, nor will I ever reply to Muricaf guy, so I didn’t know until I tried reply, and no, that didn’t happen to me. I got the correct reply thing. It could be some sort if cosmic sign that you should just ignore the guy.

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    Commenting at Balloon Juice since 1937 says:

    I hope JC gets his new (to him) Subaru in time for the road trip.

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    Juju says:

    Are you in or near Canandaigua Mistermix? I used to go to the Roseland amusement park when I was a child. I can’t imagine that Roseland is still there. I loved that whole lake area.

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    geg6 says:

    Thankfully, I have never heard a single Phish song or had to endure one of their concerts. I figure I’d been tortured enough by all my Deadhead friends incessantly insisting if I’d just listen to American Beauty enough times I’d finally get it and being stupid enough to think I had to attend a Dead concert just once to experience it. I lasted about 30 minutes before the BO stink and incessant “jamming” made me want to go all Charles Whitman on everyone in Three Rivers Stadium. Since Phish never even had a song that was played on the radio, I figure they have to suck even more than that. Hard to believe, but I’m sticking with that assessment.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Juju: Juju, I meant my reply to him does not show up in thread, once I hit ‘submit comment’.

    You should have a test comment or something directed at that dude which would show you did do that. Everything looks fine till I hit ‘submit comment’ and then the comment never appears where I or anyone (or him) can see it.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Juju: See how mine above appears. It doesn’t do that for him. Maybe that is a good thing, but you may know that I can write comments you probably wouldn’t want to see directed at you.

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    Juju says:

    @geg6: I’ve heard of Phish, but never heard anything by them. I think I can live with that. I’ve only heard the American Beauty album and that was a long time ago. I don’t go to concerts like that any longer. I’ve been to five concerts of different singers and groups and have been vomited on at four of those concerts. I think this is one of nature’s ways to tell me to stay the hell away from concerts, so I do, unless I can get some sort of no vomit clause.

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    Juju says:

    @Paul in KY: Have you pied him and didn’t know you pied him?

  53. 53
    Paul in KY says:

    @Juju: Never pied anybody. No problem here. Have a great weekend!

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Paul in KY: It’s WP’s way of telling you not to feed the energy creature.

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    muricafukyea says:

    @Paul in KY: I work for the NSA. If you don’t believe me just ask one of the regular mensa candidate commenters here who is convinced of it. Anways, we can do anything because we have magical internet powers. We have back doors into Word Press so we can control your mind (cue spooky music and grab your tin foil hat). The fact you cannot click on my posts and reply is all part of our absolute control through our back door into wordpress.

    One of my duties is to go to obscure backwater swamp shithole blog sites such as this one in order to spread my propaganda seed and influence the ‘masses’. So for Ball Juice that must be what? A few dozen regular visitors/cat calendar buyers at least!

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