Sunday Pre-Blizzard Open Thread

Saw this Birdshot Barbie on sale at the Tractor Supply store today:

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Brewing update: Today I transferred my fermented beer to a carboy for secondary fermentation. We will be bottling it next week and hope to enjoy a chilled glass of it in approximately a month.

I snuck a taste today while siphoning from the bucket to the carboy, and it tasted like a flat, warm, hoppy IPA, so I’m optimistic about the eventual result!

There is a wealth of brewing education to be had on YouTube. There are also many videos of incoherent drunks babbling about beer after clearly having way too much of it.

What are you up to? Are you in the path of the Northeast blizzard, and if so, are you prepared?

Feel free to discuss whatever.






116 replies
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    Belafon says:

    Took me a little bit to figure out those bottom parts fit together to make a tent. They looked like some rather awesome pink camouflage cult masks.

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    Corner Stone says:

    Teaching my son to use his butt to keep people off him in basketball.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Belafon: It’s some kind of purple camo hunting blind, isn’t it?

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    donnah says:

    We’ll get bypassed by this storm. I like snow, so it’s disappointing that we’ll get some sleet or freezing rain instead of snow. Our winter has been a mixed bag of early snow in October and one snowfall in November, then nothing since.

    I might as well be living in Florida.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @jeffreyw: That looks pretty good. I made a beef vegetable soup last night that I will be finishing off this week.
    Put together a special spice blend from some things I picked up from TheSpiceHouse.com
    I’m enjoying it, even though the freakin Houston area is back up to over 70 fucking degrees again.

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    CaseyL says:

    Open thread, right?

    Syriza (the socialist, anti-austerity candidate) won in Greece; his party is 1 short of an outright majority. Germany is freaking out.

    Gonna be interesting times again in the Eurozone.

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    andy says:

    I want to have a beer but i have to go to work instead.

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    Belafon says:

    @Corner Stone: I think you are correct. I don’t hunt, so it looked like a tent to me.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    So, where in the tractor does the farmer put his Hunting Barbie and her accessories?

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    ruemara says:

    I rather miss a good NYC blizzard. It makes everything pretty and silent for a while.

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    hilts says:

    Charles Blow tweets: My son, a 3rd year chem major at Yale was just accosted – at GUN POINT – by a Yale policeman bc he “fit the description” of a suspect.

    h/t http://www.mediaite.com/online.....t-gunpoint

    DNC Communications Director has a 2 word response to speech delivered by Shit for Brains Sarah Palin at the Iowa Freedom Summit:

    “Thank you!”

    h/t http://www.mediaite.com/online.....lin-speech

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    c u n d gulag says:

    I’m ready.

    We have enough home heating oil.

    But, more importantly, I stocked me and my Mom up on booze and wine.
    Oh, and food…

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Belafon: I’m not looking it up on the trons, but I guess it could be either, or even something else. Just with the dogs and the gun accoutrements, a blind makes as much sense as anything else.
    I guess she would probably also need a place to hang a lantern and read some pages from her Bible/ Ayn Rand novel before bedtime, so it may be a tent.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Corner Stone:
    I’m just wondering, who the hell has a purple hunting blind?

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    sharl says:

    Just heard on NPR – the chummy relations between Barack Obama and India’s Narendra Modi described as ‘looking like a bromance‘.

    I’m…I’m trying to decide how I feel about this newfangled hipster journalism.

    Damn kids…

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    srv says:

    @hilts: No worries, no Pat Lynch at Yale. Officer will be promptly thrown under the bus.

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    Corner Stone says:

    I pretty much stopped hunting years and years ago. I reduced it down to just dove hunting each Fall. Then I just got too busy to even bother any more, which is kind of a shame, IMO.
    Dove hunting is kind of therapeutic in its own way. You’re always out in beautiful crisp weather, usually in an amazing field or open area away from society. Sometimes with working dogs, which is a true joy to watch. At the end before I stopped I never even cared if I took any shots, or any game. It was just a kind of downtime to take a breath once in a while.
    Probably get back into it when my son goes away to college in several years. Or not. Who knows.

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    Iowa Old Lady says:

    Hope the beer comes out well. Did you know that in the first half of the middle ages, most brewing was done by women? That’s where the term “Brewster” comes from.

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    aimai says:

    I jsut managed to clear out my refrigerator of old bit of things and now I find out there’s a blizzard coming? I guess I’ll go out with the same hordes of people tomorrow and try to get some supplies for a couple of days. Its really vegetables and fruit that we will run out of. Supplies are supplies. But I’m just not feeling like it. Also not feeling like shoveling.

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    maeve says:

    @Amir Khalid: @Amir Khalid:

    It would be interesting to know how it appears to other species vision – I bought my dog a red/green christmas colored toy once (after christmas when it was on sale). Then I realized to him red and green were exactly the same colors – he would have been better off with a white-blue hannukah toy!

    I have mixed feelings – I have relatives who hunt and one of the best parts for them is the partnership with their dogs – plus they eat what they kill and wouldn’t dream of wasting anything. Somehow I can’t get behind a pink-purple ATV though and if you grow up where hunting is a part of your life you don’t need a pink/purple colored play set.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Amir Khalid: Actually, from my understanding, most animals are color blind. So the pattern color is irrelevant, just that it disrupts the usual scenery so it’s harder to detect.
    I spent a young lifetime hunting and from my unofficial take, animals didn’t ever care if I had on blue jeans and a tan vest or some intricate digi-camo shit.
    So I guess my answer is that a purple hunting blind is just as awesome as any other choice, as far as I am concerned. I kind of want one, now that I think about it.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @sharl:

    Just heard on NPR – the chummy relations between Barack Obama and India’s Narendra Modi described as ‘looking like a bromance‘.

    Isn’t that what they all said about GWB and Putin after GWB looked into his soul?
    No? Hmmmm….

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @jeffreyw: That looks SO good!

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    currants says:

    @jeffreyw: Dude. Recipe. We have a snowstorm coming! Quick!

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    sharl says:

    @Corner Stone: It was the use of ‘bromance’ that got my attention. I think your recollection is correct, as least as applied to more lefty media sites, and was even more applicable to GWB’s favorite hand-holding pal from KSA (I forget which member of the Saud family that was at the time).

    Was the word ‘bromance’ around at that time? This is a real downside to not having kids or listening to the hippity-hop hep music all them younguns seem to favor.

    ETA: Oh, I think you were maybe being snarkish(?). Just great, now I’m going senile too…

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    Brendan in Charlotte says:

    @Amir Khalid: she can sit on whatever hunter boy straps to the rack on the back.

    I wonder why Birdshot Barbie’s a blonde. I expected her to be a brunette with glasses and a wink

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    WereBear says:

    There’s a blizzard coming? Oh, 3-5 inches. Looks like it will miss us.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Corner Stone: It’s hard to say that when one has GWB’s cock in one’s mouth.

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    currants says:

    @jeffreyw: Will check it and bookmark it. Here’s the only gumbo recipe I’ve ever made (chicken and good, but didn’t look like yours):
    Chicken Gumbo

    1 chicken 1 c oil
    2 c onions 1 c flour
    2 c celery 1 pkg frozen okra
    2 or more cloves garlic 1 can stewed tomatoes

    Boil chicken in a pot of water.
    Chop and set aside:
    2 c celery 2 or more cloves garlic
    2 c onions

    Make a roux using 1 c oil and 1 c flour. Stir over medium heat until a dark luggage color (use a wooden spoon-a hardwood one; it’ll make it last forever). Then add the chopped veggies, stirring until tender. (This will be like a thick gravy.)
    Cut up the chicken; make sure all the skin and bones are out of the water. Add the roux mixture and cook util chicken is tender. Add 1 pkg okra and 1 can stewed tomatoes.
    Add salt and pepper to taste.
    Can be served with cooked rice; you can add oysters and shrimp to make it tastier.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @jeffreyw:

    Son of a gun
    We’ll have big fun
    On the bayou!

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    Bobby B. says:

    Girly camoflage toys! We must be living in a fierce warrior culture where even the girl-children are trained to fight battles! Either that or a culture of Walmart lardasses who reeeely like “Duck Dynasty”.

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    Mike E says:

    @Corner Stone: And being only a choking hazard for toddlers, this little hunting set is a godsend for the kiddies.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    I’m just wondering, who the hell has a purple hunting blind?

    You need to ask PurpleGirl. Or Violet.

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    @CaseyL:

    Germany is freaking out.

    They need to get over their fear of mild inflation. Hell, even their fear of hyperinflation is overblown. Somebody needs to remind them that Weimar Germany recovered from the hyperinflation and continued as a constitutional republic for nearly a decade. What actually did them in was the way the Great Depression drove people out of traditional parties and into parties of the extreme right and left. That’s the lesson they should be paying attention to right now.

    And here on the Left Coast we’re far from your blizzard track. I just got back from a hot and dry but otherwise rather nice 9 mile walk. Now some clouds are starting to blow in, and the weather people are suggesting we might get some precipitation tomorrow. One can only hope.

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    Schlemazel says:

    Went over to St. Paul & played around the Winter Carnival activities. Then hopped the trolley back to Big Daddys BBQ (it can be hard to find good bbq here – this is where inFamous Daves started so you can imagine if that is popular what gets passed off at some places).

    I made a big pot of beef barley soup with a ton of vegetables for later tonight.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Iowa Old Lady:

    I’m fascinated by surnames that derive from occupations. You can pretty much take a mental tour of a medieval castle/village and come up with dozens and dozens of names that at one time were merely descriptions of what a person did.

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    mdblanche says:

    @CaseyL: Call me selfish, but I just hope whatever happens next in Europe doesn’t cause Financial Meltdown 2 Eurozone Boogaloo.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @SiubhanDuinne:
    Ouch. You got me good, that time.

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    Schlemazel says:

    BTW – when I first saw that picture I assumed it was the Caribou Barbie collection. She really should try to get on this image.

    The horrific trend I noticed this fall was PINK camo for women. Accidentally stumbled into a Shopko in rural MN & there was not a single item of clothing, from lingerie to parkas, or accessories, from purse to scarf to sunglasses, I could not have bought there. YIKES!

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    Schlemazel says:

    @SiubhanDuinne:
    I was thinking Prince Roger Nelson, you know this guy:
    http://i.imgur.com/uczNFyh.png

    The local paper had a writer that called him “Symbolena” because he refused to answer her when she call him anything other than “The artist formally known as Prince”

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    @Corner Stone:

    Actually, from my understanding, most animals are color blind.

    Most mammals are red-green color blind; primates are one of the few groups that can distinguish the two colors. Most birds, OTOH, are tetrachromats and have far better color vision than we do, including an ability to see further into the UV than we can. I’ve heard people suggest that some birds that can easily distinguish each others’ gender but that we have a hard time with- parrots are a good example- may have gender-specific markings that our color vision can’t distinguish.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Schlemazel:

    I made a big pot of beef barley soup with a ton of vegetables for later tonight.

    Somewhat to the South of you, but I made a me sized pot of ground beef and vegetable soup yesterday. After a couple eatings I plan to boil some elbow macaroni noodles, add a small can of diced tomatoes and extend the life of this dish by a few days.

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    Randy P says:

    Looks like it’s gonna hit us. I’m seeing predictions (via noaa.gov) of a couple of inches overnight tonight, but a total of 12-20″ or so over Monday/Tuesday.

    More to the point for me is whether it hits my worksite hard enough to close it. Work is 60 miles away from home, far enough that there’s often a significant difference in precipitation. Looks like they may get enough overnight to mess up the morning commute though, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Schlemazel:

    I am too old. I was thinking more this: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_Purple_(song)

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    Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason says:

    The blizzard going up the cost will miss us here in South PA. Oh, we’ll get snow — it’s supposed to snow all day tomorrow. So I went into work and stocked up on enough files to keep me busy (probably for a week), stopped at the liquor store, and moved a day’s worth of firewood into the house. As soon as I get all the cars off the street so the plow doesn’t bury them, we’re set.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Roger Moore:

    Most birds, OTOH, are tetrachromats and have far better color vision than we do, including an ability to see further into the UV than we can.

    Hmmm, that’s interesting. My own anecdotal history seems to lead to a conclusion that birds either don’t distinguish colors, in large part, or don’t seem to care what colors are in what patterns in their environment.
    Just in my opinion, I guess a large category of birds must make use of their brilliant plumage, in some way. But, again in my own personal thought, I can wear a tan vest, an orange vest, or camo and get the same results in duck and dove hunting environments.
    Not a scientific study, so not sure what to conclude. But it hasn’t seemed to matter much so far.

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    Josie says:

    @Corner Stone: You’re right. My husband was a life long hunter – mostly doves, ducks and geese. He never wore all that fancy camouflage gear. He just said to not wear white or light or bright colors. It worked for him, as he always came home with a full limit and even helped others fill out their limits.

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    FlyingToaster says:

    I’m in the fucking center of the blizzard track.

    We’re doomed; Jim Cantore is en route.

    And our local weather guy Matt Noyes tells us this and this.

    I do NOT need 48″ of snow.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Randy P:

    More to the point for me is whether it hits my worksite hard enough to close it. Work is 60 miles away from home

    Good Lord. Mine is a little over 15 miles and most weekdays that takes 45 to 1:15 for a one way trip.
    How the hell long are you on the road?

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    Bill Arnold says:

    @Roger Moore:

    Most birds, OTOH, are tetrachromats and have far better color vision than we do,…

    Scary long wikipedia article; see the “Light perception” section. There are three citations supporting a statement that pigeons might be pentachromatic!
    Which isn’t to say that a purple blind wouldn’t work.

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    Jay C says:

    @CaseyL:

    Just to be precise, Syriza in Greece isn’t a “candidate”, but rather a party – actually, an umbrella front for various parties and individuals – whose basic uniting principle is “anti-austerity”*. They must be hitting some sort of sympathetic chord with the electorate, because IIRC, even getting as close as 1 seat to an “absolute majority” is pretty much a landslide victory by Greek-Parliament standards.

    *and whatever Greek for “Fuck the Germans” is.

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    geg6 says:

    Supposed to get 3-5 but all the above freezing weather up until now has also brought rain and sleet. So it’s going to ice up pretty good. May skip work if PennDOT is at their usual efficiency. /snark

    Cooked up a storm this weekend. Stuffed peppers yesterday and pierogi lasagna with bacon and chives for tonight. Got lots of salad and some yellow tomatoes, so we’re good for food. And for yummy leftovers.

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    Randy P says:

    @Corner Stone: Normally about 1:15. Most of it is highway.

    I actually take the train most days, and that takes about… 1:15. Early schedule though. I catch the first train at 5:45 am and get off the 2nd train at just before 7:00 am.

    The payoff is at the end of the day when I’m home by 5:30 pm.

    When something happens to upset the commute it can easily take over 2 hours. By either car or train. But if I’m in a train, hey just draw me another cup of coffee and I’ve got a little more time for my crossword puzzle.

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    Schlemazel says:

    @hilts:
    I am familiar with his writing but I did not know he was black until now. At least that is my guess because I have never known a white guy that looked like a suspect.

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    Howard Beale IV says:

    @CaseyL: That can not be repaid, won’t be repaid.

    Methinks barbers will be in serious demand in the Eurozone in the next several months-a GrExit makes no sense.

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    JPL says:

    @FlyingToaster: So the good news is that you might only get twenty inches… Bad news up to 48 inches. I just hope the power stays on for you. Post often during the store and remember to a non electric can opener.

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    Schlemazel says:

    @currants:
    Probably too late now but the cookbooks you want are from Justin Wilson. The authentic thing from a real Kay-shjaun.

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    ThresherK says:

    I was going to post in the last thread about seeing the latest Hunger Games movie at a second run theater, but we didn’t get to do that.

    The theater is so second-run that it was shut down on Friday for no sprinklers. Now I love a good diaster book more than the next guy, but I had no interest of being part of one.

    If we lived in a Freedom! state instead of Connecticut, I would have gotten to see that movie.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Seriously to everyone in the blizzard’s path: Please stay safe and warm, and report in if you can once it is underway.

    I guess it would be kind of churlish of me to note that we were in the low 60s today, with gorgeous clear blue skies and sunshine. But I’m not gloating, not at all: we in Atlanta are quite capable of getting socked with major snowstorms, ice storms, and worse. And of course, the South is pretty much completely unprepared to handle driving under extreme winter conditions.

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    trollhattan says:

    @donnah:
    We’ve been bypassed by every gd storm since mid-December, ensuring California drought year four.

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    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    Ms. Cadbury my cat crossed over to the Bridge today. She was 18. I got up this morning to make my tea and she was lying on the stove top obviously taking her last breaths. I stood there with her stroking her head while she purred and breathed, until the last breath came. I stood there crying like an idiot but I have to admit to myself that it was time for her to go, to be reunited with her mom Alpha who she missed dreadfully. Me and DH went out and buried her in the backyard with all of the other animals we have lost over the years.

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    Schlemazel says:

    @Corner Stone:
    Sounds good. I got a couple of marrow bones that simmered away so now the broth has that nice ’round’ mouth feel and is just think enough without the addition of any starch agents.

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    shelley says:

    @c u n d gulag: It’s like you read my mind. Pantry pretty well stocked and a nice assortment of pinot grigio and chardonnay. Now, just pray that the power stays on.

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    @Corner Stone:
    Is stealth that important when hunting doves? I thought the idea was to flush them and shoot them on the wing, not to sneak up and get as close as possible. That style of hunting seems like it would make camouflage less important.

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    Dexter's New Approach says:

    Most IPAs are really simple beers. Hops do all the work, with a neutral ale yeast and basic grain bill. With a robust yeast strain and moderate ABV (~6%) recipe, you can go from boil to mouth in less than three weeks: 7-10 days in primary, 7-10 in bottle.

    No need for secondary (unless you’re a stickler for clarity or sediment), no need for aging (they’re not yeast oriented beers and are best very early when the hop aroma and flavor character is freshest)

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    Schlemazel says:

    @SiubhanDuinne:
    WOW! You are old! ;)

    I remember that too but it is third on my list of memories after His Purpleness (he was a big thing around here) then the group “Deep Purple” then this song. Thanks for the link

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    Jay C says:

    PS: here in the Big Apple, I just saw Hizzoner Bill de B – clad in the traditional mayoral ugly, ill-fitting windbreaker – giveing a press conference to warn us all about the Dire Blizzard which he says (probably correctly) may/will screw up things in the City, probably for days. Not feeling so hot today, so I’m going to have to do most of our blizzard shopping tomorrow ( going to be fun, I’m sure!) , cancel/postpone various appointments, visit the local liquor store, etc

    Just heard the weather report on NY1: the snow forecasts for Tuesday’s blizzard are being quoted in feet, rather than inches: good times.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Amir Khalid:
    For hunting in the Barbie Purple Forest, duh!

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    gogol's wife says:

    I’m hoping it’s “only” 2 feet. Snowplows can deal with two feet, but not three, as we learned a few years ago when we were stuck for several days.

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    @Schlemazel:

    I have never known a white guy that looked like a suspect.

    It does happen. A friend and I were once stopped because a couple of white dudes had been breaking into cars in the area and we fit the description. We were saved from arrest by a combination of college IDs and another cop who had seen us walking down the street elsewhere while the break ins had been happening.

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    Rosalita says:

    @FlyingToaster

    I’m in CT….they are saying 3ft …. fuckity-fuck!!

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    Schlemazel says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt:
    oh that is horrible, I am so sorry for you. She was lucky to have you there to comfort her departure but it had to be hell for you. My Ripper started having spells a little over a year ago, she would fall over & be glassy-eyed for a few minutes. I asked & some people here suggested increasing the amount of fat in her diet. She was really good for almost a year after we started that but I had to sit with her as she moved on. I wish that on nobody but it was good for her that you could be be there.

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    Jay C says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt:

    SO sorry for your loss: hopefully Ms. Cadbury’s departure was easy and non-lingering: 18 is a long life for a cat: still doesn’t make it any easier to see them pass.

    And don’t apologize for “crying like an idiot” we lost one of ours at age 20-1/2; four years later, my vision still blurs thinking about having to let her go. Condolences.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Roger Moore:

    Is stealth that important when hunting doves? I thought the idea was to flush them and shoot them on the wing

    There are a couple ways to do it, depending on the environment. One way is to use working dogs to flush, and retrieve the birds. The way I have done it more often is to set up in a field or other area with a visible range and wait for the doves to either take off (in the morning) or come in to roost in the evening. For those two scenarios, some choose to put on a lot of camo, depending on state regulations. Some states mandate a certain amount of orange while in certain areas.
    I have hunted in a variety of outfits, depending on what I could afford, and to this point have not noticed much difference between stealth outfits and jeans with a vest.
    I think you may be thinking more of pheasants or possibly quail, when considering stalking them and/or flushing them.
    Dove, IMO, are largely in flight when I have hunted them.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt:

    Aw, I am sorry. Eighteen years is a very fine run, but it’s always too soon, isn’t it?

    BTW, Ms. Cadbury is a great name! Since she was buried next to her mum, I take it that you had her since she was a kitten?

    {{{Hugs}}}

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    Josie says:

    @Roger Moore: When my husband hunted dove, he would remain stationary in the field, either seated or standing. The doves flew over in groups and were shot on the wing. It was important not to move too much or to wear colors that stood out (like white) since they had really sharp eyesight and would veer off and fly away if they spotted something strange.

    ETA: Oops – Cornerstone got there before me with a much better explanation.

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    mdblanche says:

    @Howard Beale IV: The problem with the Germans is that they have no word for barber.

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    Schlemazel says:

    @Howard Beale IV:
    I have not watched the video yet but this is the single best comment header I have ever read!

    Please use the comments to demonstrate your own ignorance, unfamiliarity with empirical data and lack of respect for scientific knowledge. Be sure to create straw men and argue against things I have neither said nor implied. If you could repeat previously discredited memes or steer the conversation into irrelevant, off topic discussions, it would be appreciated. Lastly, kindly forgo all civility in your discourse . . . you are, after all, anonymous.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @mdblanche:

    The problem with the Germans is that they have no word for barber.

    They have 18 words for “poop”, or “shit” but no words for taking a haircut?

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    JR in WV says:

    Here in SW West Virginia, we are well south-west of any NorthEastern Blizzard. Although we are supposed to have rain turning into snow tomorrow afternoon, with about .5 inchs of potential accumulation.

    Then Thursday we are forecast to have sleet changing to snow, which may be a monster F-U for travel, regardless of how much actual snow there is. Sheet ice is hard to drive on. Back before we retired I often bought a set of studded snow tires, which is one of the two ways to drive on freezing rain ice sheets. The other being chains, which are handy but terrible on a hard surface.

    No blizzard warning down here. But in the steep hills and valleys it doesn’t take much to mess up traffic.

    Best of luck to all you yankees, hope that 48″ prediction is sheer invention, trying to get everyone to watch TV to keep track of the storm.

    Stay Warm, Ya’ll

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    ruemara says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt: I’m so sorry. My deepest condolences. How wonderful that you’ve had her and her mom and that you were able to sit with her as she passed. It’s never easy but being able to say goodbye is a blessing.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    NYC has a blizzard alert on. I, and my house guest, will do stuff preparing for the weather tomorrow morning. I called in my prescription refills yesterday morning and have to get them on Thursday. Other than that and my group session on Thursday, I don’t have much to do. Mostly just watching TV and talking with guest.

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    FlyingToaster says:

    @JPL: I don’t own an electric can opener. Heh. Lots of manual equipment in these parts.

    The power usually stays on for blizzards in Watertown (yes, that Watertown); I’m more worried about cars crashing into our retaining wall, frankly. Our big problem is keeping our porch stairs (x2) patio/walkway and driveway clear, and hoping the plows don’t plow in our sidewalks and driveway like they did during Nemo two years ago. Living on the corner means twice the sidewalk :)

    @Rosalita: The map Matt Noyes was showing runs from ~ New Haven up to Seabrook, and includes the state of Rhode Island (and Providence Plantations). He’s guessing 30″, but 20-48 are in the models. And Cantore’s coming, so we’re pretty much fucked.

    ***
    I’m assuming no school Tuesday/Wednesday; HerrDoktor is supposed to be in Boston on Wednesday, but I have the feeling those meetings will be cancelled unless the other participants live upstairs from the offices.

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    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: @ruemara:

    I have never seen a cat so attached to her Mother in my life. Since the moment Cadbury was born she was a mommies girl. They were inseparable. She kneaded her and snuggled right up until Alpha died. She really has never been the same since, she took off outside and lived out there for two years, refusing to come into the house. Two years ago I brought her back into the house and she stayed ever since. Recently she lost her teeth and I had to spend alot of time making sure she had liquid and soft food to eat. I knew I was holding on to her long past I should of but this morning she decided it was time for her to go. I had no say in it. But I scritched her head until the end and I knew that she knew that I loved her. That is really all you can ask.

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    FlyingToaster says:

    @mdblanche: Der Friseur.

    Learned that in HS.

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    mdblanche says:

    @Corner Stone: They also have no word for fluffy and their operas last three or four days. And Cole is descended from them. It all says a lot about them, doesn’t it?

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    @Litlebritdifrnt:

    I knew I was holding on to her long past I should of

    I don’t know that. If she still had a decent quality of life, you had no reason not to hold on to her.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt:

    I had no say in it. But I scritched her head until the end and I knew that she knew that I loved her. That is really all you can ask.

    No more to be said.

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    mdblanche says:

    @FlyingToaster: Next thing you’ll be telling me the French have a word for entrepreneur.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @FlyingToaster: Yeah, but that smacks of loan word (I learned it in HS too).

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    FlyingToaster says:

    @mdblanche: D’oh :)

    The Germans have a word for everything; however, it may have 17 syllables and sound like steel boots marching.

    Example: Vizekönig-Schmetterling (viceroy butterfly)

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    FlyingToaster says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: Stolen from the Napoleonic invaders, fair-n-square.

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    FlyingToaster says:

    @mdblanche: Technically, fusselig. But I don’t remember anyone ever using the word.

    And only Wagner’s operas are several days long. The other composers didn’t have Crazy Ludwig backing them.

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    Randy P says:

    @FlyingToaster: Time for this German pronunciation lession

    (Pretty sure that’s the original but there are a bunch of re-edits and copy cats out there)

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    gogol's wife says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt:

    So sorry for your loss. It hurts so much.

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    catclub says:

    @Corner Stone:

    most animals are color blind.

    But wouldn’t birds, which most often use bright colors for identification, plus have big eyes, be less likely to be color blind?
    Are the peahens that look at a peacock’s tail color blind? What a waste.

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    catclub says:

    @Randy P: What about pronunciations of ‘default’, ‘haircut’, and ‘inflation’?

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    BubbaDave says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt:

    and I knew that she knew that I loved her. That is really all you can ask.

    I have nothing to add to this except that my eyes seem to be leaking for some odd reason. Deepest sympathy to you and yours.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Who has a purple duck blind… Barbie does or a pink one. Barbie usually has equipment in her favorite pink or purple.

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    mdblanche says:

    @catclub: ‘Nein’, ‘nein’, ‘nein’.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @catclub: I can only assume that some do. But as I’m not Michael Keaton I’m not really sure.
    Just saying that in my own personal experience I didn’t ever need any fancy mufti to get done what I needed to do.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @mdblanche:

    And Cole is descended from them. It all says a lot about them, doesn’t it?

    Does it?

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt: Sorry to hear about Ms. Cadbury. Good that she went naturally instead of being sick as so many of BJ readers’ companions have been. I’m sure that remembering the good times and her quirks will comfort you and that you had in your life.

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    Renie says:

    I[m right in the path of the blizzard on Long Island, which is east of NYC. Went to food store, gas station and ATM today. Anticipate work tomorrow and then probably home Tuesday and Wednesday. Biggest concern is losing electric. Unlike NYC our power lines here are all above ground and with the winds they are predicting, losing power is a good possibilty.

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    catclub says:

    @mdblanche: I larfed.

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

    @Litlebritdifrnt: My condolences. They leave such big paw prints on our hearts.

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    Bill Arnold says:

    @catclub:
    Roger Moore mentioned above that most birds are tetracromats.
    See bird visual pigment sensitivity
    That is, not only can they see plumage colors, they can see markings that we can’t (in the ultraviolet) and they are probably wicked good at distinguishing between various beiges.
    Also, bird-pollinated flowers are red.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @FlyingToaster: The best German words are the ones that capture an idea or emotion that English simply can’t keep up with.

    Like Gemütlichkeit, Dolchstoßlegende, and, above all, Schadenfreude.

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    JR in WV says:

    Sorry to hear about your elderly kitty.

    We have a not-to-old cat who hasn’t really eaten much since Friday or so. I tried whipped chicken baby food, no good. Dainty kitty treats, she ate 6 or 8. So tomorrow we are to the vet’s with Spike.

    A torty short hair, outdoors a lot, catching little rodents mostly. Likes to climb up onto my shoulder and embed her claws, which are exceptionally sharp – hence: Spike!

    Here’s hoping it’s just a spell, maybe ate a rabbit and is stuffed.

    Mrs Cadbury must have been happy to have lasted as long. Don’t worry too much, she’s better off now than being frail and weak. As hard as that is on us people.

    Take care! Winter is coming!

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    Steeplejack (phone) says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt:

    My condolences to you. So sad to lose them. The housecat is 14 and in good health, but I know the time grows short.

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    SWMBO says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt: She loved you and you loved her. What more could anyone (human or pet) ask for? Peace and comfort to you all.

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