Wee Hours Open Thread

Here’s what the moon looks like over my house tonight:

One of my dogs licked a poisonous toad or something. Nothing to worry about — it happens a couple of times a year. The downside is, she spends the rest of the night vomiting onto throw rugs. She refuses to puke on the comparatively large expanses of wipe-clean tile or easy-care wood flooring. Nope, she’s gotta find a throw rug upon which to expel the contents of her stomach, and the deeper the nap, the better.

It hasn’t been a good night, what with de-puking the rugs and thinking about the Nazi scumbags converging on Virginia and the larger implications of that. Oh, and being unable to sleep. And the months marred by an undercurrent of formless dread.

Turns out living through a time of heightened madness, painful uncertainty and senseless upheaval is not as easy as adjusting to a shitty job, an irritating roommate or comparable personal calamity. Now I know! Open thread.

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    One of my dogs licked a poisonous toad or something. Nothing to worry about — it happens a couple of times a year. The downside is, she spends the rest of the night vomiting onto throw rugs. She refuses to puke on the comparatively large expanses of wipe-clean tile or easy-care wood flooring. Nope, she’s gotta find a throw rug upon which to expel the contents of her stomach, and the deeper the nap, the better.

    Oh, Florida. Never change.

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    Alain the site fixer says:

    Betty, ever tried valerian root? I find it plus a vitamin c often put me into a vey restful deep sleep. Since I’m up so early, I clearly didn’t take one last night! Time to go capture a cat for forced snuggle!

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    Karen says:

    @Alain the site fixer: Valerian root doesn’t work the same for everyone; it makes me wired, I did find a tea that works from Rose Mountain herbs.
    But I have found that the most relaxing of teas or tinctures doesn’t work when overwhelmed by idiots.

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    Alain the site fixer says:

    @Karen: yeah, plus puking dog does not make for a good night!

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    NotMax says:

    Pictures or it didn’t happen.

    (I kid, I kid.)

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    Manyakitty says:

    @Alain the site fixer: Kitties are excellent for napping.

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    Sentient AI from the Future says:

    I seem to recall that when I was-into/had-ready-access-to psychedelics, I required a rug to puke on as well.

    Something like that. Memory a bit hazy.

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    satby says:

    I’ll say good morning here, because I have to chug the rsst of my coffee and leave for the farmers market. Hope everyone has a good day.

    Thinking of the Imm family….

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    Alain the site fixer says:

    @satby: me too. Imm et al., you are not alone!

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    rikyrah says:

    @satby:
    Morning satby

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    rikyrah says:

    Family Imm,
    .
    You Are in my prayers

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    Amir Khalid says:

    I changed The Girl’s strings for the first time! Alas, I broke one of the new strings — nervousness, I guess. So the string change wound up needing one set of 9-gauge D’Addario XL120s plus the high E string from a second set. (Luckily I’d had the prescience to buy two sets of strings at The Guitar Store in Subang Jaya. I’ll need to buy another couple of sets soon, though. I figure I did about as well as I could have expected.Soon I’ll tune her up; then we can practice chords again and maybe even start on scales tomorrow.

    That Moon is lovely.

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    raven says:

    Well shit:

    Amazon has not received confirmation from the supplier of your order that they sourced the item from a recommended manufacturer. We recommend that you DO NOT use this product to view the sun or the eclipse.

    Amazon is applying a balance for the purchase price to Your Account (please allow 7-10 days for this to appear on Your Account). There is no need for you to return the product. You can view your available balance and activity here:”

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    Baud says:

    @raven: Damn, that sucks.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @raven:
    My goodness, Amazon should have set a deadline for that supplier’s confirmation well enough ahead of time so its customers would have plenty of time to find replacements. Or even better, it shouldn’t have listed the product without the confirmation.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Manyakitty: Not mine.

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    Baud says:

    @Amir Khalid: I continue to be jealous.

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    raven says:

    @Amir Khalid: Yea, I’m a bit surprised. The worst thing is that I got a pack of 10 and gave 5 to a family down the street. I’ve got plenty of time to let them know but it’s not going to help them and their munchkins. I did read a piece that said if you cannot see ANYTHING but the sun through the glasses that they are safe. I took them outside and the sun was all I could see.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @raven: Yeah, I need to look into mine too.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @satby: @Alain the site fixer: @rikyrah: What’s up with Imm?

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    Baud says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Wife in hospice with cancer.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @satby:
    Have there been any new updates? I think the last one was a few days ago.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Baud: So the end is near. Thanx.

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    bemused says:

    I thought it was just cats would rather puke on any surface that wasn’t bare. We have two kitties that tend to puke, one more than the other. I’ve experimented with different dry cat food and used laxatone for hairballs. One kitty pukes more often because she inhales her food and then steals what is left of the other cat’s food. I’m now trying three rocks in their food dishes to make them slow down eating around the rocks.

    I just love how the kitties puke on throw rugs and bedspreads seemingly right after I have laundered them. They have also puked while sitting on chairs. It’s so much fun cleaning up chairs and chair rungs. If I’m lucky, I’ll hear that dreaded sound of a kitty starting to puke and grab it fast enough to get it to the bare floor to unload. After decades of owning cats, I couldn’t count how many times a cat pukes in the night while we were sleeping and we step right on the puke with bare feet when getting up in the dark.

    Yet we put up with the downsides. Right now I have a kitty sitting in my lap purring, nuzzling and pushing her face against mine. She’s reminding me it’s time for breakfast.

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    Alain the site fixer says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: his wife is entering hospice.

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    Alain the site fixer says:

    @Amir Khalid: yeah, he updated yesterday. Very not good news.

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    Quinerly says:

    @satby:
    Have a nice day. I keep missing Imm on the threads. Been wanting to say a word or two.

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    Quinerly says:

    @satby:
    Have a nice day. I keep missing Imm on the threads. Been wanting to say a word or two.

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    Quinerly says:

    @Amir Khalid:
    💜

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    Amir Khalid says:

    The new football season is starting in Europe. Here, courtesy of the Grauniad’s football section, is one of its early highlights.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Alain the site fixer: Thanx to you too.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Amir Khalid: Linky no workee for me, :-(

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Amir Khalid: Heh. thanx.

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    Our dogs always ran to the rugs to puke too. As far as I know, it was never because they licked a toad though.

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    Raven says:

    @Amir Khalid: must have been in the wrong time zone!

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    Peej01 says:

    @raven: I got one of those nice emails too. Fortunately I had already been a little suspicious about the glasses and ordered a backup, which I received this past week.

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    cope says:

    Great picture of the Moon, Betty. I am having buyer’s remorse about my new Sony Cybershot. I think I should have paid the extra $200-300 and gotten an entry-level DSLR. Even with 24 mpix, my moon pix are nowhere near as sharp as yours. Well played.

    One of our Catahoula’s features is that he has some kind of issue with tile floors. For a long time, he would only walk backward on the tile until he got to one of the few throw rugs we had scattered around the house. We finally broke down and spent good money getting several long, narrow runners so he can navigate almost the entire house without having to do the moonwalk…bed to couch, couch to food and water, food and water to dog door, repeat in reverse order.

    And, oh yeah, he has always pukes on rugs which can make walking around bare-footed an adventure.

    Keep looking up and I hope you snag some good pics of the eclipse, from where ever you experience it.

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    OldDave says:

    Bufo toads. Not one of our favorites.

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    donnah says:

    “formless dread”

    No kidding, I feel that wrapped around my insides every day. It’s an uneasy feeling, slightly malevolent and always circulating through me. Had a mild case of it during the Bush years, but it’s always with me now.

    I rely on Colbert to break it up every night, though. His monologues remind me to laugh, albeit nervous laughter.

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    kindness says:

    Yea Betty I know what you mean. Lately I have found myself on overload politically. The open Nazis running the show have made me purposefully shut down politically for short periods. I can’t do it 24/7 & this administration would easily drive someone over the edge. I kinda think that’s part of Bannon’s chaos theory. Eh, karma works just not soon enough for some people. But I come back. We have to. Vacations from it are OK though.

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    J R in WV says:

    Raven,

    #14 welder’s glass is the darkest and is suitable for viewing the eclipse, according to all the sites I have seen.

    I’m going to visit a welding shop and see if they have some, although we have what appears to be correct glasses and filters for both my camera and binoculars. And you won’t want to use any protection during totality if you’re located in the path.

    We’re going to W Kentucky to try to see, if the weather holds up.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @raven:

    For a vaguely similar but much more entertaining silent film, watch Buster Keaton’s Sherlock Jr. He has a sequence in there where the character jumps from location to location that’s still astounding today. They had to use surveying equipment to make sure he would be in exactly the right spot in the frame.

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