What a Good Day

Got registered at the VA, went to the DMV, and got Shawn’s license all fixed, and now chilling with the dogs. He’s now a WV resident, and I wish I could explain how hard it was to do that. You would have thought I was making Osama bin Laden my roommate.

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  1. 1
    raven says:

    But he still has to go to the CDL training right?

  2. 2
    Kurt Montandon says:

    Yeah, it is pretty hard to make a dead guy your room-mate.

    The paperwork is probably pretty fierce.

  3. 3
    raven says:

    @Kurt Montandon: Dead HEAD not Dead Guy.

  4. 4
    jl says:

    ” got Shawn’s license all fixed ”

    This Shawn needs a license? Did he not have all his shots, you had to get him chipped, or neutered first? What?

    Edit: And yeah, I think I do want to know how hard it is to establish residency in WV. I know it’s the South, so not exactly like one of the normal states, like, where, a person would, you know, MOVE there and live, and that would be that. But I thought there was some sort of mutual agreement on visas or something.

    Edit2: oh yeah. Thank you to Cole of pet pix last night. I had to go before they got posted.

  5. 5
    Bob In Portland says:

    If you had Osama as a roommate we still would have invaded Afghanistan.

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    jl says:

    @jl: OK never mind. Shawn has no job or utility or other official billing address in WV yet, right?

    But still, I thought that WV, being all southern hospitality, and old and sick to boot, would be all friendly and welcoming to new people, especially youngins’.

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    Helen says:

    Open thread? I have the hiccups. REALLY??? HELP. Holding my breath does not work.

  8. 8
    Peej says:

    @jl: especially one who could easily be the mascot for the WV Mountaineers

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    Tommy says:

    When I read things like this I am always amazed how efficient my county is. Maybe not all of IL but in my county anytime I interact with my local government I am stunned how well it works. I have GOOD experiences with the DMV. I can vote faster then I can order a Big Mac. I often joke I wish everybody had what I had. It is nice to be able to say my government works the way I am sure all of us would like.

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    trollhattan says:

    Next: “Got Shawn chipped; Shawn punched me in the neck. Figure we’re about even.”

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    beth says:

    @Helen: Eat a spoonful of sugar – always works for me. (And Mary Poppins.)

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    LesGS says:

    @Helen: Drink a glass of water upside down. It always works for me.

    Plus: John, Shawn has a beard, right? Obviously bin Laden. (I have a beard, too. I, also, am bin Laden.)

    ETA: You could put a spoonful of sugar in the water…

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @Helen: On one of the ER story shows there was a woman who had hiccups for two weeks or so. What the doctor found was a technique involving applying pressure to the forehead above the eyes (IIRC). Maybe you can find it on-line. Sorry I don’t remember it exactly.

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    efgoldman says:

    He’s now a WV resident, and I wish I could explain how hard it was to do that.

    Whatever happened to “full faith and credit.”

    Article IV, Section 1:
    Full faith and credit shall be given in each state to the public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of every other state. And the Congress may by general laws prescribe the manner in which such acts, records, and proceedings shall be proved, and the effect thereof.

    And also “Privileges and immunities?”

    The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States.

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    trollhattan says:

    The teaspoon of granulated sugar trick has worked for me (or it was a coincidence). Worth a try.

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    semperfi123 says:

    So almost as hard as getting you van down by the river car out of the field. By your definition of hard that must mean too hard for a 10yo.

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    Helen says:

    @beth: Tried it – NO did not work

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    Helen says:

    @LesGS: who is upside down? Me or the water?

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    Tommy says:

    @efgoldman: When I lived in DC it took me a full two days to get my license. I like to think I am pretty smart and I kid you not, I had to ask for help cause I couldn’t understand all the different windows and what order I was supposed to go to them.

    As I said in another comment when I got my license here it was actually kind of a “fun” experience. Or as fun as going to the DMV can be. I got it mid-day Saturday. I was in and out in under two hours and I had to take the written exam and a driving test.

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    jl says:

    @efgoldman: Yeah. what you said. I’m still wondering what the fuss would be about. Unless Cole is trying to get Shawn some special break for WV residents, like in-state tuition at a public university.

    And the guy’s got hisself a hillbilly beard… ? What the F, WV?

  21. 21
    Comrade Mary says:

    @Helen: This has a LOT more than 5 techniques, despite the page title. Some look intriguing! (Sorry, I’ve never had hiccups for long, so no personally tested techniques here.)

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    Ruckus says:

    I frequently get hiccups when I start to eat. What works for me is relaxing and taking a deepish breath, slowly and letting it out slowly. No one seems to know why this is happening over the last few months, I’ve never had the problem before.

    ETA Of course I’m eating dinner right now and sure enough, hiccups started.

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    beth says:

    @Helen: Sorry, it always works for me. I read something about it irritating the diaphragm or esophaghus or some part of the body. How about making yourself puke?

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @Helen: You have to hold your breath through one of the ‘diaphramatic spasms’ for it to work. The timing can be tricky.

    Other thing that might work is an ice cube (or really cold compress) on the back of your neck, just below the hairline.

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    kdaug says:

    Still waiting for the pics of Cole shaving Shawn’s ass.

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    jl says:

    Just saw this on Yahoo news: It’s a video, so no text.

    More Latino than white students admitted to UC

    I think this is good news, and will lay off my gripe just this once about news media always confusing race and ethnicity.
    Hispanic is an ethnicity, not a racial category.

  27. 27
    Culture of Truth says:

    Because 9/11

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    efgoldman says:


    Open thread? I have the hiccups. REALLY??? HELP. Holding my breath does not work.

    There is only one absolutely sure-fire technique, but it involves a guillotine. Call 1-800-LAFARGE.

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    Ruckus says:

    Really, really not waiting for that.
    Didn’t you see that I’m eating dinner? Come on now, play nicer will ya?

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    Cassidy says:

    @Helen: I get hiccups on a regular basis, sometimes very painful. You just gotta let them work themselves out.

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    FlyingToaster says:

    I’ve moved states twice; it was actually no big deal either time. MO->IN->MA.

    Went to City Hall, registered to vote. Nowadays I would have to get the license first (I think), and bring my passport so they believe I’m a citizen.

    Went to the DMV/RMV with my previous state’s license and a piece of mail addressed to me at my new address. They checked my eyes, took my picture, and gave me a receipt for my license (real one to be snail-mailed).

    Voila! Residency changed.

    What the hell hurdles are they putting Shawn through?

    I’m off to my birthplace in a few hours with WarriorGirl in tow.

    The one thing missing from Logan Airport is tetrapak milk. I mean, seriously, I can buy it on the shelves at Target or Stop&Shop, but they can’t be bothered to stock milk boxes inside of security???

    Let alone the airlines, who want no part of serving those members of the population who do not consume alcohol (that’s children, pets, and teetotalers). They gave us 2 drink coupons for a 7am flight. Jeebus, I have to rent a car and drive on the other end. What I want, guys, is a decent cup of black coffee and a chocolate milk box. I got the rest covered.

    This after a day of having helicopters overhead “checking for radiation”. I am NEVER staying in Boston for Marathon Monday ever again. Not that I have for the past three years. I’m sick of Watertown robocalling me to tell me about road closures for “security”, I’m sick of the entire security “Noh” (it ain’t kabuki, kabuki is entertaining and this is just disconcerting and depressing) theatre, I’m really sick of taking my adidas off at the airport, and I’d like the voting populace of Missouri and Nebraska to get a fucking clue.

    end rant.

    FlyingToaster+2, and I’ll probably be gone until Wednesday, visiting my niece and new great-niece. Or if the hotel wifi doesn’t suck, see you tomorrow.

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    Helen says:

    @efgoldman: STFU DARLING. Also? ROFL. You and others here are why I love coming back. The hicupps are not gone – but WOW thanks for all your input.

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    efgoldman says:


    You and others here are why I love coming back.

    After all the help and advice we’ve given to Cole over the years, I think it’s right that we shoul help each other out, right?

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    CaseyL says:

    The spoonful of sugar works on the theory that what’s causing the hiccups is a diaphragm in spasm, and the sugar boosts one’s blood sugar fast enough to… something something the diaphragm. Relax it or reset it or something.

    If the problem is your diaphragm won’t stop spasming, you might try that LaMaze breathing technique they teach pregnant people: short, fast breaths with oomph on the exhale. The breathing is supposed to ease labor contractions, so it might work on other contractions as well.

    Startling someone with hiccups works on the theory that a boost in adrenaline also stops the spasms. Not sure how else you would get a sudden burst of adrenaline – maybe try taking an allergy med with ephedrine (artificial adrenaline) in it?

    ETA: Glad to hear they stopped!

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    Tommy says:

    I was doing some research the other day on my local government. I was kind of stunned. I knew I was in a Democratic district, but I didn’t really know how Democratic it was. Blue dog, but Democratic beyond words. In fact about the only Republicans elected in the entire county are my mayor and some of the city council. They are Republican in name only, since they all supported tax INCREASES for more/better services. It is amazing to go to a town hall meeting and hear we are going to vote to raise our taxes to build more parks, schools, to match TARP funds to wire all government buildings with fiber.

    As I said in another comment I wish everybody had this. When your local government works, well that is a nice thing. I note I am from Southern IL and a rural area. That is true. But I don’t live in some backwaters. I live in the largest county in IL that isn’t in Chicago or a burb. It is an economic powerhouse (and I know that helps).

    When I read the local business journal it isn’t all doom and gloom. Often it is good things that are happening. Again I wish others had this. It is nice!

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    Tommy says:

    @FlyingToaster: I used to travel a ton for work and I have to admit Logan is the worse airport I’ve ever been in and I’ve been in a lot of them. Those were the longest lines I’ve ever been in. What stuns me is the difference in security between airports. Flying out of St. Louis is night and day different then many other places. Sure they have the same procedures, but they seem to be enacted in a different manner.

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    max says:

    @kdaug: Still waiting for the pics of Cole shaving Shawn’s ass.

    Will there be a model airplane involved?

    [‘People would get upset.’]

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    Helen says:

    @efgoldman: Yes but I don’t think I have given Cole or anyone advice about this. You either get it or you don’t. I did not know Cole in his stupid days.

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    beth says:

    @Tommy: I wish people here thought like folks in your town. Here in our deep red state, we’ve hired a consulting firm that told us we’ve got to spend about $14 million more per year to keep pace with repairs that need to made. Our property taxes are so low that the town actually loses money on homes valued at less than $800,000. Yet our town council absolutely will not raise taxes. Their new cry is that we spend $4 million a year on our recreation department and until it starts paying for itself (hint, hint, a private firm could run it efficiently they say) they’re not voting to raise anyone’s taxes. They ignore the fact that one of the reasons people with children move here is because of our great recreation facilities. I don’t get it – no one asks if the police or fire department pay for themselves – why should other amenities have to profitable? It drives me crazy that they’re going to take a growing, lovely city and ruin it.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    If you’re still hiccuping, what usually works for me is to take a big sip of water, hold my nose, and swallow the water in several swallows. Sometimes leaning forward works better.

    And, frankly, sometimes a nice big belch does the trick.

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    kdaug says:

    @Ruckus: @max:

    Friday night. All bets are off.

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    Tommy says:

    @beth: From 2000 until 2010 my town went from 5,700 citizens to almost 9,000. We can’t build houses fast enough. We’ve annexed some land around us to build more houses. 270 more were approved just a few weeks ago. ALL the signs outside of the housing developments all say “[Insert my town’s name] School District.” We have some of the best schools in the state, if not the nation. 98.3% graduation rate. The only private school by me, 98.5% and it costs $15,000/year.

    Past few elections we voted to raise our property taxes to build a new $60M high school and again for an elementary school.

    In another election we voted to raise our taxes on businesses to buy runned down buildings on Main Street, tear them down and build parks. Oh a food pantry. Paid local artist to create art for the parks. Oh and run an ad campaign on local TV to shop local, in my town.

    Every public building in my town is wired directly with fiber. We are looking at wiring the entire town and offering free Internet access. This is going to run into a court case with Verizon I fear.

    I kid you not, in a six month period we redid our entire power infrastructure. I mean driving poles into the ground and running power lines. We did this, cause well we had a surplus in our budget and we needed to spend the money somewhere, and this seemed like a good idea.

    This is all sold two ways. One, as our city manger said “people like nice things, nice things cost money.” The second is what you hit on. People want to live here because of our schools and parks. We have nice things. When those people move here they pay property taxes and go to your local business. That means money for the city, which we can reinvest.


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    jl says:

    I thought one of Krugman’s NYT blog posts today was a little over the top in contrasting conservative and liberal attitudes towards facts. But then I see this article at TPM. Admittedly the examples are Daily Caller and Malkin website, but, honestly, will people like DeMint, or Inhoffe or Cruz do any better?

    Conservatives Make A Mockery Of Pollution Study: ‘Air Is Racist’

    A study released this week by the University of Minnesota hit two areas of conservative ridicule: air pollution and racial disparities.

    The study found that nonwhites are exposed to 38 percent more outdoor nitrogen dioxide from vehicle exhaust and power plants than whites.

    “Study claims that air is racist,” read the headline over at The Daily Caller.

    Michelle Malkin’s acolytes at Twitchy pounced.

    “ThinkProgress: Air is totes racist, you guys,” read the headline.

    [The study’s author} Marshall said the body of the The Daily Caller article actually presented the study’s findings accurately. But he made clear, if it wasn’t obvious, that his research doesn’t really suggest that air pollution is “racist.”

    “I didn’t use that word. That’s by design. That’s not the point,” he said. “We found on average blacks are more exposed to air pollution than whites. I think to say, ‘Well, you’re claiming air pollution is racist’ is using inflammatory language. Look, I’m an engineer. I’m trying to just say, ‘This is the way it is.'”


    I guess this kind of thing is good news, since it shows the complete intellectual and moral bankruptcy of the depraved and degraded reactionary movement that calls itself conservative in the contemporary U.S.

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    jl says:

    @Tommy: I’m looking up your town. Sounds good.

    Edit: I guess Rockford or Springfield. Aurora, Joliet and Napierville seem too Chicago burby.

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    Soonergrunt says:

    If you’re registered at VA, don’t forget to get registered with MyHealtheVet if you haven’t already done so. You can order prescription refills, and secure email direct to your assigned primary care physician, as well as take advantage of a huge database of healthy living information.
    If Shawn has any disability at all, make certain he’s registered with VA for his diabetes. Those supplies can be very expensive, and VA can help with that.

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    Helen says:

    @Mnemosyne: YUP. I agree,

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    kdaug says:


    I did not know Cole in his stupid days.

    I’ve… seen things you people wouldn’t believe…

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    Tommy says:

    @jl: We do have one thing many towns don’t have. A huge military base five miles away. Annually it gives $16B directly to the economy. Clearly that is helpful. But I like to think other things are at work. At the top of the list for me is I have both bus and rail service.

    I lived for almost 15 years in DC. Friends will come visit me and they are stunned at the things I have. Like I don’t even have to pay to park when I take the metro. Free. They are like how is that possible? I openly tell them I don’t understand how we do it all, but we do. It is possible.

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    Helen says:

    @kdaug: Please elaborate.

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    Tommy says:

    @jl: Yes. But Springfield is way south of Chicago :). IL is a big/long state. St. Clair county, just over the river from St. Louis. I noted first my county, and honestly it has some problems. East St. Louis at the top of the list. No matter what we try we can’t seem to improve things there. It is black eye on the county to say the least and I hate to admit this. We’ve kind of just given up. Sad, but true. About as bad as any city can get.

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    max says:

    @kdaug: Friday night. All bets are off.

    “Wait! How did my mustard get in here?”

    [‘You weren’t even in this country!!’]

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    efgoldman says:


    I guess this kind of thing is good news, since it shows the complete intellectual and moral bankruptcy of the depraved and degraded reactionary movement that calls itself conservative in the contemporary U.S.

    Just remember the manta:


    Then you’ll be all set.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:


    Still waiting for the pics of Cole shaving Shawn’s ass.

    I’m not.

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    Ruckus says:

    OK but when it all goes seriously wrong(and it will) and you are the one holding the razor when the police come I’m going with “I told you so”. Either that or “Mom told you not to play with sharp objects”.

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    Tommy says:

    @efgoldman: I am a white dude. I used to live in a place where I was the only white guy around. Lower income. It was eye opening. I don’t think most people have that experience. When you hear about studies like this my response is “no shit.” It is like the phrase food deserts. I lived in one where literally there was’t a SINGLE healthy food option. Not even a grocery store. The experience made me MORE liberal.

    I was raised in an upper middle class family. I could not imagine being raised in that neighborhood. I don’t think I would have ever made it out of there.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    In news that will cause a RWNJ freakout:

    I registered for “Obamacare” here in CA, called CoveredCA. Today I received a letter from them with an enclosed voter registration application. The letter said it’s required by state law. I’m sure our Republican friends will see it as a public service as opposed to Democrats trying to increase their share of voters. I’m sure they’ll see it that way.

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    Tommy says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: Wow that is cool. I’d never heard that was the case. Good for CA. Didn’t happen to me here in IL when I got my insurance package, although I went through the Federal site cause the IL site didn’t come online day one. In fact I think IL is the only state that went with the part Fed and part local exchange.

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    Tommy says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: Never ceases to amaze me the things I don’t know. I had to Google it cause I wasn’t even sure you could register to vote in IL by the mail. Well you can. Right wing freak out, you can download a voter registration form in IL in Spanish.


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    NotMax says:


    If regular hiccups rather than gastric distress induced, try the following:

    It’s not the easiest thing to do (at first) – stick out you tongue, hold the tip of the tongue firmly in place between the thumb and forefinger and while doing that, swallow. Repeat a couple of times if needed.

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    efgoldman says:


    ….stick out you tongue, hold the tip of the tongue firmly in place between the thumb and forefinger and while doing that, swallow. Repeat a couple of times if needed.

    Works better if you do it on a crowded bus.

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    NotMax says:

    @John & Shawn

    So where’s the happy couple registered?

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    sempronia says:


    Huh, I am frankly amazed to hear about that trick here. It’s an acupressure technique that I have used with great success on myself and others. Usually works best if you quash the hiccups before they really set in, but it still works later. At the ends of each eyebrow (the end above your nose), there’s a small depression in the bone. This is the UB2 acupoint. Push both points with the pads of your 2nd and 3rd fingers until you feel a kind of numbing sensation. At the same time, lean forward a little, tilt your head forward, chin to chest, and breathe slowly, deeply, and easily, all the way to your diaphragm, and you’ll feel your breaths lengthen. About 10 breaths like this will do the trick.

    That numbing sensation is supposed to be the qi coming to those acupoints – means you’re hitting them right.

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    Yatsuno says:

    @Tommy: Washington & Oregon have been doing this for years. We have higher participation rates & fraud is virtually non-existent. Could be why we’re also heavily Democratic states. I’m just looking forward to humiliating Clint Didier again since our own little Baby Doc is finally retiring.

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    Tommy says:

    @Yatsuno: I am not sure how long we’ve been doing it. I registered to vote when I moved back to IL and I got my drivers license. Looking at how you do it in IL it is so darn simple I might have to print up a few dozen forms and just start handing them out. This is all you have to do:

    You must send with this application either (i) a copy of a current and valid photo identification, or (ii) a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address.

    That is IMHO about as simple as you get.

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    p.a. says:

    @Helen: large glass of water. Drink it normally, no upside down or far side of rim bullshit. 10 sips, relaxing full breath between each sip. Or try snorting some black pepper to make yourself sneeze. But if you sneeze and hiccup at same time you could turn yourself inside out.

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    kdaug says:

    @efgoldman: FHALB. Roger.

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    Tommy says:

    @Yatsuno: What pisses me off to no end is that other states don’t look to other states for “best practices” about voting and voter registration. I’ve said this over and over here, where I live I can vote faster then I can order a Big Mac. It is so efficient. We’ve got the process, and it is a process, down to an art form.

    I realize I am preaching to the choir here, but to be able to vote. For it to be simple. Easy even. Well that is kind of cool. I know those on the right hate this. Want it to be the opposite, but those people need to be beaten down. If close to 100% of people voted and those that I supported lost I wouldn’t be happy. But I could deal with it.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Tommy: Mine is in English, but it’s also available in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Tagalog, Japanese and Armenian. There are also two other languages that I have no what they are. Maybe Farsi and Hindi.

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    NotMax says:

    In case anyone might have been following my anxiety over what might be available at the market for tomorrow night’s fishfest –

    Still planning on doing one main dish which have always liked that normally calls for sole filets wrapped around salmon. Last time the anti-seafood people were away, the host made salmon so didn’t want to repeat that.

    Found some very, very nice skin-on red snapper filets (on special!) which am going to roll around generous chunks of thick sea bass filet found in a different fish store (also on sale, last package in the shop).

    Also found a 5 lb. strip of mahi mahi which is going to be cooked an entirely different way than the snapper.

    Only thing every store (shopped at 5 of them) was sold out of was Japanese eggplant, so going to use a mix of standard eggplant and yellow crookneck squash in its place for the curried veggie fritters and cross fingers it works. (Could have gone with zucchini, except that is the one food I will not grant entrance into my mouth under any circumstances. Loathe the stuff.)

    Should only be about 12 people for dinner, so am pretty much set.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @NotMax: I’m sure finding fish there is really difficult. [/snark]

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    Tommy says:

    @NotMax: Can I come over. That sounds wonderful. I am usually the cook in my family. Sunday at the family event I won’t be and can’t wait. Sometimes it is nice not to be the cook. I know we will have a crown roast. Not sure what else. I am just along for the ride.

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    NotMax says:


    You’d be surprised. Varieties such as sole and cod, next to impossible. Halibut, only occasionally. But we make do, we make do.

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    Tommy says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: Wow way more progressive then my state.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @NotMax: I’m not sure about sole, but cod and halibut are cold water fish. So that’s not too surprising.

    @Tommy: We have alot of immigrants here, I even married one.

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    Tommy says:

    @NotMax: The #1 thing I miss about living in DC, next to my friends, was access to fresh fish. Oh the Southeast waterfront, you could buy it off the boat it was caught on that day. I’d say about 70 of the protein I eat, fish. Most times frozen. Not the same thing.

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    NotMax says:


    Gotta have rice (this is Hawaii, after all), so also gonna be a big pan of saffron rice pilaf with sliced green olives and bits of red pepper mixed in.

    Also broiled creamy clam appetizer tidbits.

    Too dang lazy to bother with a dessert.

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    cbear says:

    @Helen: I did not know Cole in his stupid days.

    @kdaug: I’ve… seen things you people wouldn’t believe…

    Lets put it this way, Helen–if back in the old days Cole had decided that shaving his cat’s ass was a good idea…it would not have even made the top 20 bad ideas he had–that week.

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    Tommy says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: My last name is Young with a “Y.” I live in a town founded by Germans well over 200 years ago. Only place I’ve ever lived (lived in a lot of places) I have to explain my last name, when I say it and they are writing it down, Young with a “Y” and not Jung with a “J.” Generally speaking I live in a pretty liberal place, but immigration can be a touchy subject. This always confuses me, you know considering. Heck I will note that when I went to high school here in the 80s German was a required class. How much more of a slap in the face do you need to understand this nation was founded and populated by immigrants?

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    Tommy says:

    @NotMax: Sounds wonderful. I am a midwest guy. Grew up on meat and potatoes. I mean literally cow/pig and potatoes three meals a day. First job out of college, roommate’s girlfriend was from Korea. It was at this point I realized/learned rice didn’t in fact come grown in a bag. It wasn’t always white. I might have ten kinds of rice in my kitchen now. Trying so hard to introduce my parents to it. Not working :).

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Tommy: I’m familiar with different kinds of rice, my wife is Korean.

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    Tommy says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: Well there you go :). She was an amazing women. So happy she ended up living with us. Best man at their wedding which happened outside the justice of peace in Alexandria, VA (we were dirt poor). First person to take me to an Asian market, where almost nothing was in English. It was like an entire world of food opened up to me. Lost touch with them but something I will never forget.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Tommy: I once told my step-daughter that I’d never known any Koreans until I got to college. She didn’t believe me. Then she saw my high school yearbook. She said, “Wow, everybody’s white”. I grew up just west of LA.

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    Tommy says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: I grew up a military brat and we have so many Americans in Japan and Korea I did. Seems soldiers can fall in love and marry while they are overseas. At least from a color of skin POV I grew up pretty multi-culturally. But from a food side of things, not so much.

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    Funkula says:

    The only way that I can cure my own hiccups is to trip my gag reflex. Usually I have to do it three or four times before I get a spasm strong enough to reset the diaphragm. I always use the old finger down the throat, but various newspaper columnists or cable news personalities may work for y’all.

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    KG says:

    Just got home from the a Ducks game. They looked good, even got a short handed goal

    ETA: also, rather surprised that the ground and pound approach to fighting isn’t worth a game misconduct in the playoffs

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    kdaug says:

    Heads up, for those following: Orphan Black season premier is tomorrow night.

    ETA: Marathon on now, BBC America

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    Tommy says:

    @kdaug: I freaking can’t wait. Read an interview with the producers and they made me want it to start even more. They said something like, “we’re going balls to the wall. Nobody will ever accuse us of not pushing the limits.”

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    Tommy says:

    @kdaug: BBC America rocks. In case people don’t know the show, the concept is such I never thought it could work. It worked.

    A grafter is on a subway platform. Sees a women put down her purse and jump in front of a train. She picks up the purse and notices from her ID they are twins. We’d later find clones. She takes over her identify and then finds there are a lot more of her running around. I think five at this point, although a few have died.

    There are so many things we don’t know from the first season, but we know one thing. Somebody/something is trying to kill them all.

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    MikeJ says:


    BBC America rocks.

    Old people driving fast cars, swearing chefs and Star Trek Next Generation 22 hours per day.

    It’s frustrating because they do have some good shows but 90% of their schedule is devoted to three shows, and they aren’t even three shows I particularly like. I’d be happier if they showed some of the crap shows they broadcast in the UK rather than the same decade old shows over and over and over and over again.

    Right now on BBC 2 they have Great British Menu. “Top chefs compete to cook at a banquet marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day. The three north-west chefs go head to head with their fish course.” Ok, maybe the world doesn’t really need another cooking competition, but at least it’s not Gordon Ramsey AGAIN.

    If you insist on having a bigot like Jeremy Clarkson on TV, why not show us Have I Got News For You?

    It’s nice that they’re showing a marathon of something different for once, and I do like Doctor Who.

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    Death Panel Truck says:

    A friend of a friend on Facebook says that Romney lost the election because of a death threat he received from the Muslim Brotherhood (an organization of which Barack Obama apparently is a longstanding member.) But, of course, being the the gentleman he is, Mitt kept quiet about it, and that’s why he lost. Or something like that.

    One of this person’s defenders waded in to tell me that the objects behind Obama at every photo op and press conference aren’t American flags, but “Muslim call to prayer rugs.” I’d like to think these people were trolling me, but they posted links from Joseph Farah’s Western Journalism web site, so I think they’re earnestly insane. They really want to believe paranoid bullshit.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @NotMax: Wow, that sounds wonderful! We’re having our Easter feast with the mister’s parents, so it’ll be borscht, ham, etc., plus my quiches.

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    raven says:

    Damn, the late night has gotten slack.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @raven: Everyone must have gone to church.

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    raven says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: Or the moon.

    Streets full of people, all alone
    Roads full of houses never home
    Church full of singing out of tune
    Everyone’s gone to the moon

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    Betty Cracker says:

    Looks like another windy, rainy day ahead. My chickens are going to develop webbed feet!

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    Hobbes says:

    Sometimes a fright can cure hiccups:
    The longest known case of hiccups lasted 68 years.

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    NotMax says:


    How times have changed.

    There were three episodes of the original Star Trek which the BBC would not allow to be aired until the 1990s.

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    Keith G says:

    @MikeJ: Use Hola, an app/extension that removes region locks and allows you to watch BBC iPlayer

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    AxelFoley says:

    What a Good Day

    Got registered at the VA, went to the DMV, and got Shawn’s license all fixed, and now chilling with the dogs. He’s now a WV resident, and I wish I could explain how hard it was to do that. You would have thought I was making Osama bin Laden my roommate.

    Heh, after reading the thread title and post, I had this image of Cole as Ice Cube.

    Just wakin up in the mornin gotta thank God
    I don’t know but today seems kinda odd
    No barkin from the dog, no smog
    And momma cooked a breakfast with no hog
    I got my grub on, but didn’t pig out
    Finally got a call from a girl I wanna dig out
    Hooked it up for later as I hit the do’
    Thinkin will I live, another twenty-fo’
    I gotta go cause I got me a drop top
    And if I hit the switch, I can make the ass drop
    Had to stop, at a red light
    Lookin in my mirror and not a jacker in sight
    And everything is alright
    I got a beep from Kim, and she can fuck all night
    Called up the homies and I’m askin y’all
    Which park, are y’all playin basketball?
    Get me on the court and I’m trouble
    Last week fucked around and got a triple double
    Freakin niggaz everyway like M.J.
    I can’t believe, today was a good day

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Ruckus: are you slouching more? That’s when I get the hiccups. Stand up straight, take a few good breaths, and hiccups gone.

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    MomSense says:


    Sadly, looking for best practices means you want to do something well. That is not the problem in some states. They don’t want certain people to vote.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    They’re doing a huge amount of publicity for Season Two because the show won a Peabody Award and they’re probably hoping for some Emmy and/or Golden Globe awards. The camera they use is freakin’ amazing technology — IIRC, one of the first movies to use an early version of it was David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers, with Jeremy Irons playing identical twins.

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    Ruckus says:

    That would be a good catch except that I have a bad back that is made far worse if I don’t stand or sit up straight. Although after all these years slouching does sound like something I’d like to try.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Ruckus: that gave me a chuckle!

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    ET says:

    DC is just beginning to send out notices for the new DSH approved licenses/ID. The paperwork one has to brins is a bit annoying but the really annoying thing is that if your license still has many years to go, you still have to get a new one if you are travelling by plane. At least you don’t have to pay for it.

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