Squeeee! Open Thread

If you’re on Twitter, you’ve probably seen this, but it’s worth watching again:

We had a very short fall when Hurricane Michael sucked up all the moisture in the air and deposited it northward. It’s back up in the 90s and humid again today.

But at least we have electricity, a roof over our heads and fully stocked stores. Not so much in the Panhandle.

We thought about trucking some supplies up but figured we might just get in the way. So we donated to a relief fund instead. Charity Navigator is a good place to start if you want to help.

Open thread.

37 replies
  1. 1
    WaterGirl says:

    “Be careful, Dad!” So sweet.

  2. 2
    rikyrah says:

    I love this video.
    Badger pictures are always welcome 😄

  3. 3
    Martin says:

    I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub.

    Well, doesn’t stand a chance against a storm surge, then, doesn’t it?

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    Joyce H says:

    We thought about trucking some supplies up but figured we might just get in the way.

    I don’t know about that, I’ve been seeing news reports that the residents in the hard-hit areas haven’t seen ANYONE. No FEMA, nobody. Looks like the Trump administration is repurposing the old anti-war slogan. Now it’s – ‘what if they gave a hurricane and nobody came?’

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    Felanius Kootea says:

    I love that video!

  7. 7
    WaterGirl says:

    @Joyce H: Could that be Trump trying to influence the election? Or just everyday neglect and indifference?

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    NotMax says:

    The really hard part is getting the light to say “cheese.”

    Scientists have developed what may be the world’s fastest camera, which can capture 10 trillion frames per second — making it possible to ‘freeze time’ to see light in extremely slow motion. Source

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    Thoughtful David says:

    Cute as hell.

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    Yutsano says:

    Aww damn. I wanted too see what he did when it stops!

    My middle nephew turns two today, so I have a family party to attend. This means no afternoon nap but my nephew adores me. And for a 9 week preemie is pretty much a tank.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Joyce H:
    Had the same thought.
    Read the Daily Beast article and notice that FEMA is waiting for people to ask for help. People with no power, no landlines, and when they do call FEMA, getting told to call the Red Cross, by FEMA which is about as useless, they are telling people to call someone else. I’d guess they want everyone to pass the buck, until they can figure out how to make some money at this recovery stuff.

    Republicans – Douchebags from hell.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Yutsano: Wow, 9 weeks, that’s early; sounds like he has caught up already!

    How awesome that he adores you. Definitely worth missing the nap.

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    Raoul says:

    @Joyce H: He doesn’t even care about voters in Trump-land. FTR I think everyone no matter their political leanings deserves emergency care and relief. But if the MAGA can’t sort out that the orange menace and his reptilian local agent Rick Scott can’t handle hurricane relief, then after Nov 6th, I’ll want a Melania “I don’t care” jacket.

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    jharp says:

    That video made me feel nauseous.

    It was adorable no doubt.

    But something about my vision and trying to focus on stationary objects from above while I’m moving makes me feel woozy.

    Happens when I go over bridges every time.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @jharp: I don’t get nauseous, but my vicarious ride with the litter girl is surely the only rollercoaster I will ever be on. Do not like rollercoasters, but that was totally adorable.

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    westyny says:

    Best thing ever. For a moment at least, best Dad ever.

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    RedDirtGirl says:

    I just did my first volunteer stint for a local dog rescue group. Scanned adoption contracts for Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue. Their motto is, “Rescuing badass dogs from idiot people”. Then swung by another rescue group in the same neighborhood and took one of their hounds out for a walk.

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    cope says:

    I’m not so I didn’t so thanks for sharing with this old Luddite.

    I really, REALLY wanted to go see “Free Solo” this afternoon (speaking of vertigo) but I shot my wad doing multiple tiny jobs today and am now working on tonight’s spaghetti and meatball, salad and garlic knots dinner.

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    @Yutsano: Here’s the full video. I searched it out back when I first saw it on twitter because I had to see the whole thing. :-) The mom posted it and she’s overwhelmed by the response.

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    Brachiator says:

    Great video. The daughter’s reaction and squeals of delight are just wonderful. What a great dad!

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    MazeDancer says:

    Have a primo bunch of names for whom you can write outstanding PostCards.

    People who vote in upstate New York, but whose mailing addresses are in NYC. (Absolutely legal. If you have two dwellings, you get to choose where you will vote.)

    These are full-fledged, Bluer than Blue, Big-Time Liberals, so you can go all out to help elect Antonio Delgado.

    Also have an endless supply of regular Upstater addresses, too.

    This is a close race. Turnout is everything. John Faso is a Trump puppet, who lies – I know, I repeat myself – and is running the most horrific commercials against Delgado.

    Black, blackity, blacker than black pictures of Delgado. Who is a Rhodes Scholar and a Harvard Law School grad. who, yes, does happen to be Black. But Faso shows Delgado in – wait for it – a hoodie. Plus there are some youthful forays into rap in another ad. “Delgado. The Wrong Voice for Us” or something like that about “Wrong Voice”. Basically: Blackness is Wrong

    So, please, consider at least 10 or 20 PostCards for Delgado. Faso gotta go.

    Get addresses: PostCardPatriots.com

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    Yutsano says:

    @WaterGirl: My third nephew was at 6 weeks. Nature is very much telling my sister in law no more kids! Actually she’s going to get a tubal ligation soon.

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    RedDirtGirl says:

    @MazeDancer: I already sent some postcards for two Virginia candidates. Just contacted them and asked for people in Delgado’s district. Thanks for the tip.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Yutsano: You are right about that! In the long run, a tubal ligation is preferable to yelling “get away from me” all the time. That’s very wearing on the vocal chords, not to mention the relationship. :-)

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    H.E.Wolf says:



    Thank you for these reminders, and for all that you are doing!

    Public Service Announcement: This is a good time to check with local/state-level campaign offices for Tasks For Introverts.

    Example: our local campaign HQ needs people to come in this week and put peel-and-stick postcard stamps on a few thousand “I Will Vote” cards, to be mailed out the following week.

    I’ll be sending them a large number of introverts who have been hoping for that kind of project.

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    zhena gogolia says:


    I “adopted” Delgado’s district via Swing Left and have been on a monthly donation to him for quite a while now.

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    NotMax says:

    (First world problem.)

    Dear Amazon Prime,

    Why does stuff I’ve previously watched and deleted from my queue, months and years ago, now repeatedly keep showing up again the the ‘Watch Next’ list?

    For the record, gremlins is not an acceptable response.

  28. 28
    Baud says:


    On tomorrow’s Watch Next list: Gremlins.

  29. 29
    NotMax says:


    on the, not the the

    Definitely time for more java.

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    debbie says:

    Oh, that is too funny! Thanks for posting!

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    MazeDancer says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    and have been on a monthly donation to him for quite a while now.

    As a card-carrying Dem in CD-19, I thank you.

    (More begging: Please people, write some PostCards for Delgado. There are too many GOP out there. Dem turnout is everything.,)


    “Tasks for Introverts” is a website waiting to happen. We’ll talk in 2020.

    But I have been trying to track down how people can text-bank from a fake number online. Because in two weeks and two days, PostCarding will be over, and will need to spam the threads with something.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    I’ve seen this adorable video before but did not notice the family portrait above the screen until now. It adds so much to the video — puts this lovely father-daughter moment in a larger context. A lucky little girl.

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    Another Scott says:

    @MazeDancer: Now you’ve done it!! You’ve shamed this horrible introvert into signing up. ;-) Check your e-mail at PostcardPatriots.com

    Thanks for all you’re going. It’s important, and it’s appreciated.


  34. 34
    WaterGirl says:

    @Another Scott: You are falling down on the job… How am I to know how many days we are out from the election if you don’t put that on your comments?? It’s 20-some-number-toward-the-middle, that’s all I know.

  35. 35
    Another Scott says:

    The editor seems stuck, even though it hasn’t timed out yet.

    @Another Scott: Er, all you’re doing.


  36. 36
    Another Scott says:

    @WaterGirl: https://days.to/until/election-day-in-us

    22 days to go!!



  37. 37
    WaterGirl says:

    @Another Scott: I know I could look it up, but I feel better when I see it on your comments.

    Speaking of which, I hadn’t seen a good Tick. Tock, Motherfucks in a long time. Where is Yarrow?

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