When I Get Back This Room Better Be Picked Up

I was running some Easter morning errands and this song was playing. Seems appropriate for all the Easter dysfunctional family car rides that will happen today. I could tell a lie but my heart would know, so here’s an open thread for you to tell some stories nobody knows.

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    Keith P says:

    My fridge is empty, and I didn’t go to the store yesterday, forgetting that today is Easter. I may be microwaving frozen veggies for Easter dinner this year.

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    Xjmueller says:

    One of my all time faves. Of course, we had family members who thought it was cartwheels, but there’s a history of mangling lyrics around here.

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    Baud says:

    Since this is probably the last post until Anne Laurie’s open thread tomorrow morning, I’ll take this opportunity to wish everyone who cares a Happy Easter.

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    MattF says:

    Oh, Lucinda. I used to be more of a fan than I am now, but there’s still a lot of her stuff that rings that bell.

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    gbear says:

    Wrong holiday, but another song about driving to the dysfuctional family get-together: Memorial Day by James McMurtry

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    brettvk says:

    Not a holy day for me. My coworkers who count on Sunday shifts to fill out their hours have an unpaid day off, courtesy of the pious retail corporation we work for. Many would rather have the money, as our pious customers would flock to the store if it were open — same as any other day, but they’d wish the peons Happy Easter as they did so, in the smug knowledge that they live in a world where everyone is Xstn, of course they are!

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    Higgs Boson's Mate says:


    Mary G and I saw Lucinda at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano a few weeks ago. Her music has definitely changed.

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    PaulW says:

    I’m gonna be tweeting tomorrow as I work in order to promote libraries and librarianship! My tweet is @PaulWartenberg and the hashtag/event is #LibJobShadowFL so please follow along and promote if you can!

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    gogol's wife says:


    Happy Easter! I just got back from a beautiful service with fantastic music and cute little kids. Now it’s time to get ready for beloved friends coming over to eat delicious (I hope) food.

    I do feel guilty because we were too exhausted Friday evening to go to the Good Friday service. I don’t enjoy Easter as much when I miss Good Friday.

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    raven says:

    And is there anything better than “Little Angel, Little Brother”?

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    raven says:

    @PaulW: I see you are from Albany. I work with a lot of the Galileo folks.

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    exurbanmom says:

    Keith, if you’re desperate, I’d be shocked if some retail operation wasn’t open today in your neck o the woods. the local choclatier is actually open today! On another topic entirely, ABL completely kicked ass on Twitter last night…dust up with a lame Republican press flunky. was going to apologize to ABL on behalf of all lame white folks, but don’t even want to associate their kind with myself.

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    Baud says:

    @gogol’s wife:

    The War on Easter, you’re doing it wrong.

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    SatanicPanic says:

    I’m not eating peeps, that’s for sure

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    PaulW says:


    was born in Albany, but never really lived there. Barely remember any of it…

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    eric says:

    Just got to the office on the most beautiful day of the chicago year thus far. yea, practice of law!!

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    Ultraviolet Thunder says:

    Headed out in a few minutes to drive to Mom’s for Easter dinner.
    One nice feature is that my older sister will be there. She had been estranged from Mom since 1980. They reconciled in Feb after my stepfather died. People can change. Even stubborn, willful, rigid, single minded people.
    We will have a nice time.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    I wasn’t planning to do anything special for dinner today, but I woke up and realized I wanted scalloped potatoes. So I guess I’m going to the grocery store after all.

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    raven says:

    @PaulW: Ah, Marine brat huh? Are you familiar with Galileo?

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    opiejeanne says:

    @gogol’s wife: happy Easter to you and Baud.

    Did not get to attend church but am heading down* to Upland in an hour for dinner at my sister’s. There will be ham. Her ex and one of her daughters will be there. Should be interesting.

    I have diabetes 2, was diagnosed a year ago, and my sister can’t wrap head around the concept of green salads and green vegetables, nor that while I can eat a limited amount of dessert that does not mean it’s a challenge to see how many carbs she can pack into a little serving. I made dessert: pound cake peeps with fresh raspberries, and a raspberry sauce for those who would like something fancy-looking. One peep will be a nice bite for me.
    I also made a green salad because when I say”salad” she says “potato”. When I tell her that that won’t do it, she says “macaroni”. I do hope potato salad makes an appearance, but I can only have a little. I also hope there are deviled eggs.

    *i am up in the San Bernardino mountains.

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    gogol's wife says:


    Happy Easter! I hope there are some veggies available other than potatoes . . . . We’re having mounds of asparagus.

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    Keith G says:

    I am going to see Lucinda here in Houston next month. Her song Lake Charles is one of the best songs written. I do not know how many artists can tell a story about their own life and make it into a tale of universal truths, but Lucinda can.

    How did this get put into moderation?

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    Phoning It In says:

    Wishing all a peaceful and joyous day, Christians and otherwise (and blessed are they that take no offense at me). I grew up when “Blue Laws” kept a lot of places closed Sundays, and then had to get used to unexpected schedule shenanigans when those laws were repealed. I remember thinking that with a really diverse workforce, surely it’s possible to accommodate believers of all stripes in good faith….but that’s exactly the problem, isn’t it? Good faith. I struggle sometimes with the difference between the sacred, which rewards intention, and the mundane, which rewards outcome. Given the choice, I’d so much prefer to be rewarded for my intentions, but the gap between intention and performance can be…abysmal. And it’s performance that measures how careful I am about intention. It’s a simple problem, but not an easy problem, I find.

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