Late Night Open Thread

I dunno where everyone else went, but I decided I should check on you heathens before I go to bed and was surprised to see you all were prattling along in that stale old birthday thread. I am tired and am ready to hit the hay in my new quilt which I love and I don’t care what you all think:

Also, someone in the other thread mentioned that all the pictures I show have fresh flowers. THIS IS TRUE. I have to have them in the winter because if I do not use my SAD lamp and have flowers IT GETS DARK AND UGLY UP IN HERE and I’m not talking about the lighting. Plus, my local Kroger always has fresh flowers that they mark down to damned near nothing if they don’t sell quickly, so I pick them up on the cheap. Like 5 bucks for a bouquet that if you water and use the plant food will last two weeks.

At any rate, dad brought some of his gladiolas over from the garden:

Maybe I am an odd bird, but flowers really make a difference, particularly with my mental health. I’m going to sleep like a baby tonight.

58 replies
  1. 1
    Doug R says:

    Xfiles universe is very important.

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    Major Major Major Major says:

    Looks like a comfy bed.

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    Corner Stone says:

    Why did you rip off my dead meemaws bedding quilt?

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    Ninedragonspot says:

    Perhaps only in San Francisco is it possible to catch a cold during the summer. Bah!

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    Corner Stone says:

    Plus, my local Kroger always has fresh flowers that they mark down to damned near nothing if they don’t sell quickly, so I pick them up on the cheap. Like 5 bucks for a bouquet

    Mine used to do that 18 or so months ago. Now it’s $10 for some dead ass tulips if you’re lucky.

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    Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Still time for a cold beer in the western hemisphere!

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    tulip says:

    That quilt is… something. The flowers are so pretty though.

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    Steeplejack says:

    How the hell did I miss a whole season (or more) of The Venture Brothers? I saw where Adult Swim on Cartoon Network has been running episodes at 12:30 a.m. EDT weeknights. Started recording them because I thought it would be fun to rewatch some episodes.

    Went through five episodes, none of which I had seen before. Finally got on IMDB and saw this huge gap in my viewing. What the hell was I doing in 2010? The only thing I can figure is that I got screwed by that phenomenon where a series has a short season and then takes 18 months off to rest up. (Looking at you, everything on Masterpiece Mystery.) I remember always being surprised when The Venture Brothers would show up again. Plus there were always rumors that it was dead.

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    Eljai says:

    I buy flowers every week for my mental health too. Sometimes, if I get them just before the farmer’s market closes, they give me a discount.

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    John Cole says:

    @Eljai: In the Strip District in Pittsburgh you can get huge beautiful bouquets for like 3-4 bucks if you are there after like 1pm on a Saturday. They’ve made their money and are just trying to unload the odds and ends so they can GTFO.

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    Boring hospital stays are boring. Six days to go. At least Iin four days, I should be able to get out of bed for a bit.

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    That quilt looks fine to me.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Sister Golden Bear:

    You’re alive! That’s something. Hope the procedure went well and your recovery is smooth.

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    @Ninedragonspot: In San Francisco it’s possible to freeze to death in the summer. Just saying…,

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    Yutsano says:

    @Sister Golden Bear: Oh ye gods is that right. Had to spend six weeks in hospital in 2005 and I almost thought I would never get out. Stay positive, safe and speedy recovery, and make sure you have a physiotherapist to walk with you!

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    James E Powell says:

    @Sister Golden Bear:

    That’s a hard thing. The first thing I think about when I’m in a hospital is that I want to get out. Hope you are mending well & quickly.

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    Mart says:

    Another beautiful day.

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    jl says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: ” That quilt looks fine to me. ”
    But you’re looking at it in infrared. Think about the rest of us.

    And, thanks to Cole for beautiful flower pix.

    Edit: and Rosie aimless wandering through the room, probably in full grouch mode, pix

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    But you’re looking at it in infrared. Think about the rest of us.

    No, I don’t see in infrared. The NX300 does, but it’s in my camera bag and wouldn’t see anything over the intertubes anyway.

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    Yutsano says:

    Am modererated. Halp…

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    NotMax says:


    Here’s a link to The Venture Brothers page on a handy site to have bookmarked in order to check from time to time if there are new episodes (either new to you or upcoming ones). They usually post info when production is underway, well in advance of when things air. Notice that the first episode of the new season 7 is already scheduled for August 5.

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    Ninedragonspot says:

    @Sister Golden Bear: Hospitals are indeed boring af. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

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    NotMax says:


    And neglected to give the link to that site’s home page so you can get an idea of the literally thousands of shows they provide airdate info about.

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    Mary G says:

    Gladioli are some of my favorite flowers.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Sister Golden Bear:

    I’m pretty sure that you want your hospital stay to be boring at this point. Post-surgical excitement is never fun for the patient. Hope your recovery continues to go smoothly!

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    Doug R says:

    @Steeplejack: Missed Dr Venture’s move to New York, did you?

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    @Mnemosyne: Were you driving a tractor around downtown Denver tonight?

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Not that I remember. Why?

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    @Mnemosyne: Somebody was, just saw it on the news.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    That’s probably why I was hearing a bunch of police cars earlier.

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    @Mnemosyne: Yup, they were chasing the tractor.

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    Major Major Major Major says:

    @NotMax: holy 1996, Batman!

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    smike says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: @Mnemosyne:”Were you driving a tractor around downtown Denver tonight?”

    “Not that I remember. Why?”

    Okay, then.

    Not often you hear that conversation.

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    NotMax says:

    @Major Major Major Major

    Yeah, kind of like peering into a wormhole.

    Functional, all the same.

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    SectionH says:

    @Sister Golden Bear: Hello, you’re alive and well enough to be bored – Yay! Bestest wishes for speedy recovery and coping with boredom.

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    Noah Brand says:

    I asked in a couple previous open threads about good resources for voter registration volunteering in an out-of-state context. Someone (I forget who, sorry) pointed me toward, and now I’m all signed up. Tomorrow I get training in voter registration, and I’m planning to spend late August in Cedar Rapids, working to get folks in IA-01 registered to vote. Thanks a lot for the help. :)

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    NotMax says:

    @Major Major Major Major

    I could be ornery and say it works better than B-J has of late.

    But I won’t.


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    eclare says:

    The glads are beautiful.

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    R-Jud says:

    I always buy fresh flowers on payday. I put them near the kitchen sink so I can look at them while I do the washing-up, my least favorite chore.

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    Pyre Light says:

    That’s not your bed. Your bed always has at least one 4 legged critter in it.

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    mark says:

    Our glads are just starting to bloom.

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    otmar says:

    I’m on the road again: train to Salzburg and then join the kids and grandma in the Alps.

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    JPL says:

    @otmar: Have a great time, and please share your pictures with us.

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    @otmar: I was in Salzburg for 2 weeks in 1979, pretty city.

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    satby says:

    I’m printing product labels while drinking coffee before getting ready to leave for the farmer’s market. Before 6am on a Saturday. Retirement, I’m doing it wrong 😆

    Good morning /afternoon / evening (as applicable) to everyone!

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    JPL says:

    Storms are just to the north of me, and should move through shortly.

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    otmar says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: I spent the first 27 years of my life there.

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    rikyrah says:

    The spread is busy, but in a nice way.😄
    Love the flowers
    Nite, Cole.
    You are good people.

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    rikyrah says:

    Have a safe trip 😄

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    otmar says:

    @rikyrah: the train is the easy part (I just passed through Linz), the drive on A10 into the mountains might be tricky. This is the route that sh*tloads of Germans and Dutch use to reach their vacation spots in Italy.

    Summer Saturdays are very prone to congestion. Let’s see if I’ll have to avoid the interstate. That might be good for the jackals here: better picture opportunities.

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    debbie says:


    I’d bet it disguises a fair amount of pet hair too.

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    debbie says:


    No, you’re not. You’re not in an office working for someone else!

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    H.E.Wolf says:

    @Noah Brand: Hooray, and thank you for doing this, and please keep us posted in August!

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    MomSense says:


    Replace Denver with any town or city in Maine and that’s an everyday conversation!

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    Nancy says:

    Quilt looks nice. Flowers do, too. Real men can own their liking for florals; real women can like tools. I’m remembering the lunacy of the “Real men don’t eat quiche” era when personal ads contained remarks like “no quiche eaters,” wondering if some of us (me, maybe others) were impacted more than we wish by certain social BS.
    And good Saturday morning.

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    J R in WV says:

    @Sister Golden Bear:

    Not only alive and well, she can wriggle her fingers well enough to type to us! Yay!! So glad to hear from you!

    Congratulations on the initial positive outcome of surgery – survival, consciousness, boredom, and the ability to communicate!

    Boredom is the best option this early, believe me…

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    Matt Smith says:

    John – with you on the SAD and finding ways to keep it at bay. Love those gladiolas!

    @satby: Where do you live, and where’s the farmer’s market?

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    satby says:

    @Matt Smith: and now it’s evening here! South Bend Farmer’s Market. It’s indoors, so the pouring rain for half of the day didn’t matter, and everyone wanted the rain because we’ve been having a drought. All in all, a good day.

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