Sunday Night Open Thread

Well, I was going to share a photo of and recipe for a fabulous berry tart I made this evening, but I can’t get the damned photo to upload. So here’s something silly instead:


We have visitors who watch the PBS Sunday night line-up, so we watched that even though we’re unfamiliar with the shows. Now we’re catching the end of the Easter Rising documentary discussed in Adam’s thread below. You?

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    Jane2 says:

    I was in Billings, MT this week and the folks I talked to view GOP politics the same way. And they to a person added, “And the alternative is Hillary Clinton??” I made them promise they’d at least vote for their representatives and not stay home.

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    Mike J says:

    Snopes says fake pic.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    I need to go work on my novel rather than goofing off on here. I have about an hour before I have to give the cats their treat.

    Also, laundry sucks even when you have your own washer and dryer. That is all.

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    redshirt says:

    @Mnemosyne: It’s a lot worse without them. You know hard it is to wash silks in a stream?

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Mike J:

    We were supposed to think it was real? I assumed it was a metaphor assembled in Photoshop.

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    redshirt says:

    Also, Canada, I know you’re all cool again with your sexy time PM and MJ legalization, but have you so quickly forgotten Harper aka mini-Bush?

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    redshirt says:

    @Mike J: Check the kerning.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    I just need to get rich enough so I can hire someone to do my laundry for me. I seem to be off-schedule on that, though.

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    delk says:

    @Mnemosyne: Lin-Manuel was just on John Oliver’s show.

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    John Revolta says:

    @Mnemosyne: I assumed it was a mootaphor.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    I saw it on his Twitter feed. He’s become a big spokesperson for the Puerto Rico debt crisis.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @redshirt: Don’t the servants take care of that?

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    lamh36 says:

    Cousin from Houston stopped by my house to see Zoe (sis picked her up from her father who lives in my neighborhood).

    Just heard about Billy Paul. I’m too young, but I was raised by a musically inclined family, so I heard a lot of “old” school music.

    RIP… Billy Paul

    “Me and Mrs Jones…we got a thing going on…”

    Billy Paul – Me And Mrs. Jones (1972) via @YouTube

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    redshirt says:

    @efgoldman: Soap covered trout.

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    BR says:

    Out of curiosity I looked up how John Fetterman’s senate campaign was going, and I stumbled across this article:

    While observing the campaign this spring, there was a nagging thought: Sanders hadn’t done a lick to help a candidate who fits the mold of what I think he’d like to have in the Senate if he were to win the presidency.

    I couldn’t quite fathom why Sanders (for whom I will also be voting because he also represents the status-quo rejection this nation needs; and, fair warning, I won’t respond to story comments that reference “socialism”). Turns out I wasn’t alone in thinking that.

    It was illogical and spoke to a detachment on behalf of the man seeking to best Hillary. That detachment speaks to why Sanders’ “revolution” warrants quote marks around the word itself.

    Had Sanders – or at least his campaign – jumped aboard the Fetterman bandwagon, as the behemoth mayor so vocally did for him, maybe neither would be trailing in the polls in Pennsylvania. Since they do, it’s easy to slip into a mindset that says “my votes have been rendered irrelevant next Tuesday.” It’s as if Bernie propagated a self-fulfilling prophesy that holds outsider candidates (Donald Trump-excluded category) can’t win.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    This is my first time as an adult having a washer and dryer in an apartment, and I turn 47 in June. It makes it easier to do laundry, but I still don’t like having to do it.

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    redshirt says:

    @lamh36: I don’t know if you read this last night, but so much thanks for the heads up about SNL last night. I never would have watched it otherwise and enjoyed it so very much.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @lamh36: Brilliant song. RIP.

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    lamh36 says:

    Ooh…looks like I will be planning a trip to Minnesota when this happens!

    Prince’s Paisley Park home to become a museum

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Mike J: Next you’ll tell me the moose aren’t really Canadian citizens!

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    Well, I was going to share a photo of and recipe for a fabulous berry tart I made this evening, but I can’t get the damned photo to upload

    If you want to send it to me, I can put it in the library for you to use at a later date. Mmm, tarts.

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    satby says:

    I’m impressed you all can stay up so late, I’m about to pass out. Good night all.

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    redshirt says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: I wish. I know quite a few people who have outsourced their laundry. Skeeves me out.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @redshirt: Ever take things to a dry cleaner? Same difference.

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    trollhattan says:

    Vague recollection of Paul Simon on SNL doing a mashup of Billy Jack and Billy Paul, back in the day. Ah, time, so much yet so little.

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    redshirt says:

    @efgoldman: Probably a city thing primarily.

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    lamh36 says:

    @redshirt: I’d heard about it on Friday. I don’t usually stay up for SNL on Saturdays, but I did last night. Was tired as hell at work, but didn’t matter, I just HAD to watch it.

    I love that none of the performances were for familiar hit songs, and yet still showcased all that Prince fans loved about him…..

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    LauraPDX says:

    Since it’s an open thread, a question for Boston-area BJers: Can you recommend a good (hopefully affordable) transport service between the airport and Natick/Framingham? I have NO desire to drive in Boston. DD2 will be attending Wellesley in the fall and we’ll have a ton of luggage along, so train and bus won’t work. I’m just trying to get get some ideas about transportation now. Thanks!

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    I’m impressed you all can stay up so late, I’m about to pass out. Good night all.

    It’s still a reasonable hour here on the left coast.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Roger Moore:
    Still beer o’clock and such. GOT not even recorded yet, and the munchkin better get her teen butt to bed so it can be watched. Hrrmph.

    Perfect day. Will miss this weather once the heat arrives, and stays, and stays, and stays….

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    CaseyL says:

    I live in a townhouse, with the washer/dryer in the utility room around the corner from my unit. It might as well be mine, as the other two units in my building had their own W/D’s installed – which meant having the plumbing installed as well as the machines. Which strikes me as silly, because it’s, like, a 15-yard walk to get to the utility room. Max.

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    lamh36 says:

    Eric Clapton opens up about the “very real way” Prince brought him out of depression … via @HuffPostEnt

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @LauraPDX: Last time I went to Boston, I hired a car service that turned out to be really creepy. Around Saugus, my ex was convinced that we were going to be raped and killed by the driver and his assistant. We both lived. So no, I can offer no help – except to dig up that service’s name and say stay away.

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    @lamh36: Well, I’m up for a road trip! We can discuss the disaster that was Sleepy Hollow finale along the way.

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    redshirt says:

    @LauraPDX: Maybe Logan Express? Check it out.

    You say no bus but I’ve never been on a bus to the airport that can’t handle luggage.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @TaMara (HFG): Meet-up at the bar of First Avenue?

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    ruemara says:

    I’m unrealistically pleased that this scene I’m writing combines my love of roman poetry with my love of really good diaphragmatic control. I’m having an actor belch a line in Latin.

    I don’t know if anyone else will laugh, but I’m tickled.

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    I’m gonna finish Kimmy Schmidt, I guess.

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    burnspbesq says:


    have you so quickly forgotten Harper aka mini-Bush?

    They surely want to forget.

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    The Lodger says:

    @lamh36: So Billy and Les are gone, but Ron and Rand are still with us. Life sucks sometimes.

    Good thing we still have Ru, I guess.

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    burnspbesq says:


    Sad to hear. That was a great song.

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    lamh36 says:

    @TaMara (HFG): Ugh…I’m STILL mad about that…

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    LauraPDX says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Yes, please send the name. Yikes! It will be just me and my daughter, and we definitely don’t need creepy.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @LauraPDX: They were based in Beverly/Salem. I doubt that they head west, I will look though my records. OTOH, they took us where we wanted to go and were perfectly polite. Just skeevy.

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    redshirt says:

    @LauraPDX: There’s plenty of car services. You don’t need to rely on Omnes possible murderers.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @redshirt: We are trying to eliminate them. What I can say is that, if they show up in a 15 y/o Ford and the two guys in the car are wearing Celtics and Red Sox wife beaters, one may want to think. Or I may be being classist.

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    rikyrah says:

    @TaMara (HFG):
    I am still bitter about Sleepy Hollow.
    I feel as if I wasted 2 years of viewing 😠😢😠
    I love you Grace Abigail Mills

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    redshirt says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Your anti-Boston bias is showing. Celtics and Red Sox fans are some of the best people on Earth. In fact if you see a guy in a Celtics wife beater, you know you can trust him with your life. Sully don’t lie.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: A 15 y/o car is what I call new!

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @efgoldman: They were actually very nice. They were working class Boston area, and that was all. I was never scared. Except when they got lost getting of Logan. It is NOT that complicated.

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    Me, too. And I’m not buying the “Nicole wanted to leave” bs. She may have been unhappy, but most actors sign a 5 or 7 yr deal when they sign onto a pilot. Not easy to get out of and everyone is conscious of the stigma of pulling out early when it’s your breakout role. David Caruso anyone?

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    eclare says:

    @Mnemosyne: Hope you caught LMM on Oliver!

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @redshirt: Anti-Boston bias? It is true that my family came to Salem, not Boston, in the 1630s. Is that what you mean?

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @redshirt: I thought so.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @TaMara (HFG):

    They sometimes will let actors out of their contracts if they’re unhappy enough. And sometimes they do have another project in the works. I remember people being PISSED when Taraji P. Henson left “Person Of Interest,” and later it turned out that she was working on developing “Empire” but wasn’t free to discuss it yet.

    But this “Sleepy Hollow” thing sounds like they just made the actress so miserable that she asked them to write her off. There could be some infighting on the show that we don’t know about — IIRC, “Welcome Back, Kotter” got wrecked because of infighting between the producer and Gabe Kaplan.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    We didn’t watch it live, but it’s on the DVR for later. I heard a rumor that he wrote a special musical number for the occasion?

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    eclare says:

    @Mnemosyne: Yes! You will like, glad you have it saved. It is at the end.

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    Mike in NC says:

    @Mnemosyne: This last season of Sleepy Hollow was so bad that we shouldn’t blame any of the actors of bailing out. Show has become unwatchable.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Damn, Billy Paul is dead?! They’re dropping like flies.

    He’s older than I thought (81). I would have put him at late 60s, early 70s.

    I’m putting Clarence Carter on health monitoring alert. He’s 80!

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    Steeplejack says:

    @TaMara (HFG):

    Mmm, tarts.

    Mmm, how many times have I found myself saying that . . .

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    Gravenstone says:


    I’m putting Clarence Carter on health monitoring alert. He’s 80!

    Heard “Patches” for the first time in ages a couple of weeks ago. I’d forgotten how treacly and wretched that song was (although Carter has a hell of a voice).

    The evening’s activities find me at work pulling third shift for the first time in a year or so. Ended up sleeping through the days most of the weekend to try and reset my body clock. I’m getting too old for this shit.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Eh, I like “Patches.” “That was Daddy’s strictest rule.”

    Palate-cleanser: “Slip Away.”

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Gravenstone, @Steeplejack:

    Down the YouTube hole! The Four Tops, “Ask the Lonely.”

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @TaMara (HFG): Awww, thanks for the offer, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to load it from my laptop — just couldn’t manage from my iPhone or iPad, which happens with some pictures. Stay tuned for eventual tart!

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    polyorchnid octopunch says:

    @burnspbesq: Unlike Bush, we got to kick him out.

    They were very revealing years. I can tell you from personal experience that people have ended friendships over the Harper years.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Mnemosyne: keep writing, get rich, servant to do laundry. Problem solved, and it’s very Regency-era into the bargain to have a servant to attend to your linens!

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