Because I Will Always Love You #TBT

My #TBT contribution:



That’s me and my running mates circa 1998-2000 in grad school on a Halloween weekend. From left to right, Adam (now a dentist), Chad (a trained nurse but now a coal mine inspector), Ryan (an accountant, I think), and Matt ( a regional sales manager). Still remember the day, as it was an Indian summer day in late October with 70 degree temps but the leaves had changed, and the position of the sun gave everything an orange hue. Adam had just bought a brand new Honda Accord (I still remember thinking how cool it was there was a sunglasses container), and I remember riding down the road to WalMart along the Mon with my four buddies listening to this:

Went to Walmart, bought all the stuff, went home and sewed up and made the costumes, and then partied. I was not one of the teletubbies, but I did dress up as John Daly’s caddy. I had a caddy uniform, and on the back put a sign that said:


.28 BAC

I also carried a golf bag around all night with nothing but a couple drivers and empty tequila and corona bottles to complete the look.

Good times.

65 replies
  1. 1
    Helen says:

    The purple one is gay, right?

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    “Went to Walmart”?

    This was back then, right…not now, that you know the Walton heirs are assholes who want all the money in the world, like the Koch Brothers?

  3. 3
    beltane says:

    @Helen: Remember that? Pat Robertson said that the Teletubbies were going to turn children gay because Tinkie-Winkie carried a purse.

  4. 4
    Helen says:

    @beltane: No – Jerry Falwell, cuzza the purse. And the purple?????

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @beltane: And the triangle.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @efgoldman: It was Falwell, although people can be forgiven for saying it was Robertson because both of them were/are Jeebofascist assholes who deserve no quarter.

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    Helen says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name): OMG I forgot about the triangle.

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    ruemara says:

    I think when BHO leaves office, he should take his nice wife, lovely girls and get the hell out of this foul country. It would be the right thing to do. It just struck me as I read some of the factuals on the Bergdahl thing, his accuser and just the whole amazing reaction. Saving a serviceman’s life should be subject to political calculus? It’s not able to seen as right because it is the right thing to do? Fuck this.

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    gogol's wife says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name):

    I was reading about Go-Go Mania/Pop Gear on IMDB, and a couple of the reviews had the heading “Spoiler Alert! This review may contain spoilers!” How the hell could there be spoilers on Go-Go Mania? Giving away how many times Matt Monro is going to appear?

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    Baud says:

    You all make fun of Falwell, but how many states allowed gay marriage before teletubbies.

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    geg6 says:

    I hate Halloween and the whole costume thing. Worst holiday ever.

    I can’t watch the news. This whole Bergdahl thing is too weird and sick and I can’t deal with it. I hate these people. I really truly HATE them.

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    beltane says:

    @efgoldman: I’ve always had a hard time telling those two apart.

  13. 13
    Ash Can says:

    That’s…fucked up.

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    beltane says:

    @Baud: Bert and Ernie paved the way for Tinkie-Winkie’s corrupting influence.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @efgoldman: Well, to be fair, it is Thursday. And the hashtag is for throwback thursdays, so I have to say this was intentional.

    Edit: Yes, I am so uncool that I had to google #TBT. So sad.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @ruemara: What they are doing is disgusting.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    He could go live in one of those exotic foreign countries like Hawaii.

  18. 18
    ruemara says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Or the Virgin Islands

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    scav says:

    @WaterGirl: Only reason I didn’t have to is because you explained it. And now you really should be concerned.

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @ruemara: How many people do you really think are buying into this bullshit? How many are disgusted by it? I would guess it is about a 27% – 73% split.

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    Helen says:

    OH WAIT – Cole broke what I thought was the number one rule of TBT. You should be in this pic. Which Tellituby is Cole?

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:


    Which Tellituby is Cole?

    All of them, Katie.

  23. 23
    Baud says:


    I’m so uncool, I had to look up Google on Altavista.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    The year of the Falwell eruption about the Teletubbies, some gay friends of mine went to the West Hollywood Halloween Carnavale as the Telechubbies.

    The pictures were NSFW, but I laughed and laughed when they showed them to me.

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    AliceBlue says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name):
    I hope you’re right but I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re not.

  26. 26
    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Oh yeah? Well, I’m so uncool, I had to look up Northern Light in the Encyclopædia Britannica.

    Uphill, both ways, in the snow.

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @AliceBlue: I just don’t think that many people are that shitty. If they were were would never have progress. I think they are so loud, crazy, and public because they are losing and they know it.

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    Baud says:


    The first tag on this post is so appropriate.

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    Joel says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: When I lived in Colorado — not even that far backwoods — there were no other shops in town *but* Walmart. I guess there’s Amazon now, but they’re no bargain either.

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    Cassidy says:

    @ruemara: He should take a long vacation to Kenya just to fuck with them.

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    Helen says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name): Followed you back Alice. Do you really want to leave (I mean really leave) America? Or am I reading that wrong?

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    Kay says:

    The Democratic National Committee is staffing up in Ohio and Texas as part of its “Voter Expansion Project” aimed at pushing back on laws the party sees as restricting voting access.
    Democrats rolled out the expansion project in February with a video featuring former President Bill Clinton, who said there is “no greater assault on our values than the rampant efforts to restrict the right to vote.”
    The DNC effort looks to register more people, simplify the process and make sure all voters are counted.

    So they started this work at the county level today in Ohio, where there will be a lead and org in each county, etc. It’s from the DNC but it’s thru the state Party. I don’t know about Texas.

  33. 33
    lamh36 says:

    Someone alert DougJ. Everyone please stay calm and seek shelter, the Earth may actually fall off it’s axis and earthquakes may ensue…

    President Obama Was Right

    …Soldiers in combat not only protect their buddies, they show amazing devotion to anyone in the uniform, without asking about state or ethnicity. This is the cohesion that makes armies effective.

    These commitments, so crucial, are based on deep fraternal sentiments that have to be nurtured with action. They are based on the notion that we are members of one national community. We will not abandon each other; we will protect one another; heroic measures will be taken to leave no one behind. Even if it is just a lifeless body that we are retrieving, it is important to repatriate all Americans.

    The president and vice president, the only government officials elected directly by the entire nation, have a special responsibility to nurture this national solidarity. So, of course, President Obama had to take all measures necessary to secure the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Of course, he had to do all he could do to not forsake an American citizen.

    It doesn’t matter if Bergdahl had deserted his post or not. It doesn’t matter if he is a confused young man who said insulting and shameful things about his country and his Army. The debt we owe to fellow Americans is not based on individual merit. It is based on citizenship, and loyalty to the national community we all share…

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @Helen: No, my question was how many people believe the current Bergdahl shitshow that the GOP is trying put across.

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    Punchy says:

    Teletubbies implicitly endorse childhood obesity, the yellow one is clearly pro-jaundice, and they’re all a trademark violation-worthy knockoff of Grimace.

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    Baud says:



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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @Kay: Excellent news.

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    scav says:

    @lamh36: I saw that. Scary indeed. Even the comments were sane when I was there.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Apparently Charles Krauthammer was on teevee today saying that bringing Bergdahl home was the right thing to do.

    My guess is that Frank Luntz saw the polling numbers on how these attacks are going over with ordinary people and screamed, Oh, shit! Retreat! Retreat!

  40. 40
    Kay says:


    I was glad they got to us because that must mean they’re hitting every county :)

    There’s only 5000-6000 D votes here in a non-presidential year. In the whole county.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    It usually is.

  42. 42
    Baud says:


    I might send them some cash. I like seeing action.

  43. 43
    Kay says:


    I think Luntz said they shouldn’t attack , early.

    I don’t know if he stuck to it, what with the angry mob forming and all. The peer pressure at that table in the middle school lunchroom must be incredible :)

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    Helen says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name): So. Has America jumped the shark? If one can leave, should one?

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @Helen: See my comment above.

  46. 46
    Kay says:


    We had a National Lawyers Guild lawyer lead one year. They’re Lefty lawyers. I’m not a member but they’re fun to work with because they’re so, I don’t know, fierce. She was actually a very good election lawyer, besides being a Lefty.

    They used to send me solicitations to join after that and I would worry about them because it came with an individual first class stamp. You expect a metered letter that looks like a large-list solicitation. You’re like “are there about 37 of you, or what?”

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    Helen says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name): I can move to socialist Europe. Gonna go. So ironic. Mom moved here from a country where the residents took up arm against the government.

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @Kay: I’ve never joined either. I am not really a militant person and they are very militant. I’ve just never been sure of the fit. I might pull the trigger someday when I become a truly radicalized Old.

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @Helen: My family has been here for many, many generations. I am not leaving.

  50. 50
    Baud says:


    I like the name Lefty Lawyers. That should be their URL.

  51. 51
    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @Helen: My family has been here for many, many generations. I am not leaving. Further, I think they are losing and they know it. That’s why they are so nuts. Death throes. Ugly and violent.

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @Helen: I am in Wisconsin. We have derp here, but we also have good things.

  54. 54
    Mnemosyne says:


    Verrrry interesting. This has all of the hallmarks of a coordinated attack, so if not Luntz, then who? Have the Kochs slipped the leash again?

  55. 55
    Kay says:


    I think it was coordinated too. My sense is it would be grounded in a lesser military presence in various places, the reliance on special forces and “in and out”, etc.

    That has to worry a lot of people because it means that giant, wildly expensive contracting machine isn’t going to just keep rolling like it has for the last decade and keep getting bigger. It’s a lot of money. They could ALSO have genuine national security hawkish leanings or whatever, but the money’s gotta be part of the screeching.

  56. 56
    Helen says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name): Me too. At what point do you say”Kay bye”

  57. 57
    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @Kay: It seems to be that since 2012, the Luntzs who are careful and smart have lost their influence of the GOP. It’s becoming all id all the time.

  58. 58
    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @Helen: As I said, I don’t. Fuck them; it’s my country and they can’t have it. YMMV.

  59. 59
    Kay says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name):

    Didn’t he dramatically quit politics? Is he back? Maybe I imagined it, made it up, but what a boring fantasy if I did. I hope it actually happened. I think he said he was quitting.

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @Kay: I believe you are correct, but I also think that it was because they stopped listening to him. In my view, he basically did a “noisy withdrawal.”

  61. 61
    Matt McIrvin says:

    Europe is turning more and more wingnut, I think. It’s no longer as relatively sane as American liberals imagine. Going there now might be getting out of the frying pan, into the fire.

  62. 62
    mtmofo says:

    Is this you letting Rosie drive? See #6

  63. 63
    Paul in KY says:

    @ruemara: I would like him on the Supreme Court. That would cause all kinds of teeth gnashing wailing from the RW scum.

  64. 64
    bryan says:

    @Paul in KY: Yes, please. How about HRC nominating him the day after Clarence strokes out at her inauguration. Young and healthy enough, we could see him on the court for three decades easy. Dictator-for-life, indeed.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @bryan: That’s a great idea! Especially like the Thomas stroking out part.

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