Cat-Dog (Open Thread)

Does anyone else remember the weird “Cat-Dog” cartoon from the 90s? I have such a creature; Badger walks around on the furniture as if he were a cat.

Other than that, he’s pure dog. We’re chilling tonight — lots of family from up north descending tomorrow. What are y’all up to tonight?

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    Jerzy Russian says:

    Well, there is nothing wrong with being a cat.

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    It’s snowing here. I finished painting the hallway and now we are all snuggled down reading a book and watching a movie (yes at the same time) until it’s time to feed the crew.

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    debbie says:

    Your boxer has the right idea! Better to just walk away.

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    DonnaK says:

    I used to watch CatDog with my sons! It was one of my favorites. I especially enjoyed Rancid Rabbit’s constantly changing roles.

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    MomSense says:

    I just got Snapchat punk’d. Apparently they sent out a happy holidays message and told their users to text their moms and ask them how long they should microwave a 25 lb turkey. So of course I told him to Mohamed Bone Saw it first. Now everyone is sharing their responses.The social services interview should be fun.

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    Ben Cisco says:

    “One fine day with a woof and a purr…”

    Yeah, that was some straight up strange shit right there.

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    jl says:

    No, I’ll check back later to find out what the cat-dog cartoon was. I don’t remember watching many cartoons in the 90s.

    I say, let Badger do Badger. These dang critters have their own individual personalities.

    We used to have a cat that had many dog characteristics. When new people came to the house it would go up and check them out if we knew them and they were friends (edit: though it never humped anyone or butt-sniffed, so more dignified in that regard), which is doglike. It also loved to play fetch, and keep away. You get a little ball-like toy with a bell on it, or crinkle up some paper and throw it between two people, and the cat would jump up to try to grab the ball with its mouth. The cat would gladly play itself to exhaustion with fetch or keep-away, if you kept throwing. Sometimes it played us to exhaustion, then follow us around with the ball in its mouth interfering with stuff trying to get in more game time.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    Our English bulldog does that. Fifty pounds of dog in the shape of a meatloaf is far less elegant on the arms of furniture than Badger.

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    OMG. I googled CatDog and the theme song alone…I’ll never unsee it.

    CatDog Theme Song – Nickelodeon

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    trollhattan says:

    Keeping inside on accounta smoke. Not going to complain because we’re 1. not burned to ash and bone and 2. not homeless sleeping in a Walmart parking lot.

    Still, hate air you can shovel.

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    trollhattan says:

    @TaMara (HFG):
    I only learned it existed when somebody gave our kid a stuffed cat-dog toy. We were all puzzled.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    I’m waiting for G to get home from work so we can go out to dinner. This is the time of year when Charlotte suddenly gets all snuggly because she has the shortest coat of our three cats, so she wants us to be her warm-blooded furniture while she naps. I don’t mind, although her claws are a tad long right now.

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    Yarrow says:

    I’m roasting a chicken. I didn’t realize chicken had got so expensive. I was at Whole Foods for something and thought I’d get a chicken. It was $19. Nineteen dollars for a chicken? I mean I know it’s Whole Paycheck, but that’s ridiculous. I did not get the chicken.

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    debbie says:

    @TaMara (HFG):

    I watched an awful lot of CatDog babysitting nieces and nephew. It was an improvement over Teletubbies.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    Just watched the ridiculous Poldark duel again. They needed to ask me to be historical advisor.

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    Gelfling 545 says:

    The late Snarla was an extremely cattish dog. She had no desire to run, fetch or take long walks. She needed a solid 8 hours sleep during the day to get ready for a good night’s rest as all my cats have seemed to. She also had the rather cattish trait of having one human and ignoring all the rest. Slept in, on or under things including the laundry basket and climbed about the furniture with more ease that one would expect from such a rigidly framed dog. I always thought it was because we had 3 cats when we got her and they influenced her.
    I saw the cat/dog cartoon a few times with mu oldest granddaughter but it was to weird for her tastes which means quite weird indeed.

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    Yarrow says:

    Badger is adorable and Daisy is handling the situation properly.

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    dopealope says:

    I always called my previous Siamese Cat a “Dog Cat”, because he had better recall than his German Shepherd sister. No matter where I was in the house, I could yell “Kaffir, come here” and he’d come flying. As stark contrast to yelling “Keiko, Come” for hours before she would even raise her head off her leather club chair to see what that noise was …

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    Mike in NC says:

    We got put on report by the HOA (AKA Yard Nazis) recently because the mailbox post was a bit dirty from dust and pollen. It’ll be 67 degrees tomorrow, so I can repaint it and avoid the yearlong shunning by our neighbors. :)

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    Lapassionara says:

    @Yarrow: That would be your free range cage free no hormones and just peck at corn like God intended chicken.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Lapassionara: Yes, it would be. A woman was standing next to me and also picking up a chicken. When I audibly gasped at the price she said, “These are pastured chickens. It’s the only kind I buy.” Must be nice to be rich.

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    Lapassionara says:

    @Yarrow: Yes. Must be nice.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Yarrow: It’s not just Whole Paycheck. Chicken has gone up across the board for the last 18+ months or more. I can most times get a nice ribeye steak for less than equivalent chicken.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Yarrow: “oh give me a home/where the chickens do roam…”

    Off to watch some TV and watch Watson beat the shit out of his new Lamb Chop stuffie. Oh, my exciting Saturday nights in the country!

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    MomSense says:

    @Yarrow:

    Go for lobster. It’s cheaper (!!!) and more historically accurate.

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    Schlemazel says:

    I had an afghan hound a hundred years ago. She was way more cat than dog. If she like you she let you know if she didn’t she was not going to beg for affection. When I would come home she would jump up, put her front paws around my shoulders & pull me in for a hug. A grand dog

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    rikyrah says:

    Badger is too cute 😍🤗

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    eemom says:

    The best of the 90s cartoons was Rugrats, IMO. Used to love binge watching with my daughter on VHS tapes.

    Thereafter SpongeBob, hands down. Watched him with my son.

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    Jim Parish says:

    My old terrier Ben (1993-2008) did the back-of-the-couch thing a lot. He also tended to play with things by batting at them like a cat.

    He was a great dog. His original owners must have mistreated him; it took five years or so before he’d let me hold him or pick him up without struggling and screaming, and he always seemed a bit bipolar, but, when he wasn’t inexplicably terrified, he was the happiest dog I’ve ever known.

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    eemom says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    You should check out the original 1970s version of Poldark if you haven’t already. It is vastly superior to the new one, from the little of that I’ve seen. Not sure if the duel scene is any better, though.

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    lamh36 says:

    Finally Finished working on a term paper I’ve working in since 8am!

    First term paper I’ve written in over 20 years! Crossing my fingers it’s good 🤞🏾🤞🏾🤞🏾

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @MomSense:
    I’m not too familiar with lobster. I have heard that it’s basically a very very big prawn.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Badger is a leggy little Boston. Badger Wallenda.

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    jl says:

    @TaMara (HFG): Huh. I’ll be damned. I want one.

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    MomSense says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    The cold ocean water makes lobster meat taste really sweet.

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    Bess says:

    @Amir Khalid: What is typically sold in SEA as lobster is a very large fresh water prawn. Had a lobster dinner at the Strand in Rangoon (when Myanmar was Burma) for $1 and the Strand was a well worn version of its glory days.

    Lobster is even larger and has a very different flavor. Richer. If you have the opportunity give it a try.

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    @eemom: SpongeBob was oddly reassuring.

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    Jay says:

    @Yarrow:

    Here, if we are buying Heritage Farms chicken, ( $9.90/2.4 kilos) or nothing.

    Summerlad Chickens, free range, organic. Best tasting chickens ever.

    The same breed we raise for meat, raised the same way. They are slower growing, don’t have the genetically engineered breasts, one feed for four and a gallon of soup.

    Worth it.

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    Yeah that cartoon was disconcerting.

    @eemom: Rugrats was great. Invader Zim was a couple years too late for the 90’s but it was also excellent.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @eemom:

    I just tried to find the dueling scene on YouTube to see if the 1970s version did a better job. They were holding two pistols at once, for God’s sake!

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    Platonailedit says:

    AP calls California-39: Democrat Gil Cisneros defeats Republican Young Kim in Southern California House district; flips seat for Democrats. NBC News has not called the race yet. https://t.co/aD3rKWC6Lr— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 18, 2018

    6th or 7th flip in CA?

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    Jay says:

    I am Weasel,….. anyone?

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    divf says:

    @trollhattan: We are in the eastbay, and have been struggling with colds along with the smoke. It may be that we are over the worst of it now – Madame said she could see a couple of stars in the night sky.

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    Redshift says:

    @Jay:

    I am Weasel,….. anyone?

    Yes! Michael Dorn FTW!

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    Chetan Murthy says:

    @Yarrow: IIUC a roast chicken is cheaper than a raw chicken from the same store. B/c expiration dates. I regularly (well, itinerantly, but more than 2-3 times) get a whole roast chicken from WF for $10, here in SF.

    Easier than roasting, though the last time, it was pretty damn dry, b/c had been sitting in the warming thingie for nearly 2hr. Previous times, the bird had -not- been dry at all. I presume that if I’d enquired as to when the next batch of birds was coming out, I could have had one fresh out of the oven rotisserie.

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    Redshift says:

    Earlier, I went to our local planetarium, where they were showing four full-dome art films that were commissioned by the Friends group and the local arts commission. I had seen some of them individually, but this was the first time they were seeing the whole set together. Quite cool to see what different artists did with that format.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @jeffreyw:
    Why do people feel the need to video their brain-in-neutral moments?

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    eemom says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    What DOES proper dueling protocol consist of?

    I like the sword fights better. Seems more civilized somehow.

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    eemom says:

    @BruceFromOhio:

    Fun fact: SpongeBob is President Obama’s favorite cartoon, he said back in 2008. His daughter Malia and my son are the same age.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @eemom:

    Don’t get me started. Check out Nabokov’s commentary to Eugene Onegin for a starter.

    But most egregious of the sixty or so mistakes on Poldark — dueling pistols were heavy and hard to aim. You could only really hold one at a time.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @BruceFromOhio: Ren & Stimpy, on the other hand….

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    trollhattan says:

    @Platonailedit:
    Oh damn, really? Take that, Donny.

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    jeffreyw says:

    @Amir Khalid:
    I sense an attempt to make a viral video. Worked on me!

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    @eemom: OK so it really WAS cool. That is also … reassuring.
    Thanks!

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    Jerzy Russian says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    Why do people feel the need to video their brain-in-neutral moments?

    Here, hold my beer. I gotta get this on video.

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    @Gin & Tonic: Oh Gaia, Beavis and Butthead.

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    jeffreyw says:

    @Gin & Tonic:
    Do not press that button! I mean it!

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    jl says:

    @Platonailedit: @Jay: I think that means that the CA GOP House delegation is now down to 7 out of 53. There are some decent GOPers at local level in CA, but they will stay there, since the state GOP is toxic and nuts, and any moderate GOPer will get creamed in statewide primary.

    The GOP Gub candidate, Cox, had to try a pivot for the general that knocked his neck bones about a mile away from his tail bone. He tried a populist economic platform (which as far as I could tell was just a string of mindless and incoherent, though perhaps sincere, slogans) , and forget the bigotry, racism, xenophobia, sexism, etc. Some of the media interviews I heard with him during the general, when he tried to spin away from the toxic Trumpism, were absolutely brutal, and left Cox a smoking bomb crater where a candidate used to be.

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    Jay says:

    Dexters Labratory,……..?

    Pinky and The Brain,……..?

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    waratah says:

    My daughters friend just found a Keurig that makes cocktails. Very high tech. Pods are four dollars. I told them NO.

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    Jay says:

    @jl:

    Digby cites long time California ReThug movers and shakers who believe the only fix is to burn the party down to the ashes and to start over, from scratch,

    and ReThugs who think they need to outTrump Trump.

    I’m pulling for fatalities.

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    Jay says:

    @waratah:

    Cheaper than a hipster bar and certified mixologist.

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    SWMBO says:

    @Jim Parish: We got Peetie from my mom. My brother’s girlfriend or her son allegedly either kicked or threw him against the wall. My guess is it broke some ribs because after that he screamed and bit hard if you picked him up around his chest. You can pick him up by the harness if you scoop his butt and don’t put much pressure on the ribs. He tried to bite the vet every time until Peetie convinced him that, yes , asshole, it really does hurt. My brother dumped the girlfriend after that.

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳🌷 says:

    @Major Major Major Major:
    Personally, I thought Invader Zim was pretty disgusting.

    I did like the episode where Zim built robot parents for himself to go to Parent-Teacher Conference Night. The way the dad robot delivered the “diarrhea!” line was hilarious.

    Yup! Diarrhea!

    A 90ish cartoon I really enjoyed was Ed, Edd, n’ Eddy. It was one of the first cartoons I ever laughed at. The only way to describe EE&E is slapstick mixed with absurdist humor.

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    Luthe says:

    Here at Chez Luthe we’re dealing with a dog who just had knee surgery and likes to bark for attention at 2am (and 4am and 8am). Do any of you dog owning jackals have ideas for how to entertain a dog who isn’t supposed to walk very much (but does anyway) and refuses to sleep through the night?

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    ruemara says:

    I finished the last batch of cookie dough, got the ingredients for bacon jam and decided on cranberry caramel tartletts for Thanksgiving’s dessert.

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    dmsilev says:

    @Jay: The LA Times had a similar analysis today:

    For a party in free fall the last two decades, California Republicans learned that it’s possible to plunge even further.
    The GOP not only lost every statewide office in the midterm election — again, in blowout fashion — but Democrats reestablished their supermajority in Sacramento, allowing them to legislate however they see fit.
    […]
    When the vote-counting is finished, the GOP may not even have enough lawmakers in California’s 53-member House delegation to field a nine-person softball team.
    “It’s dead,” Mike Madrid, a former political director of the California Republican Party, said of the state GOP. “It exists in small regional pockets, where there are enough white, non-college-educated working-class communities for there to be a Republican Party. But that’s not much.”

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    HeleninEire says:

    That Badger. I’m in love.

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳🌷 says:

    @Jay:
    Remember watching those too.

    Also, fuck Ted Turner for canceling the SWAT Kats. That’s all.

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    jl says:

    @Jay: Yeah, I read that. I don’t know. The problem is that, when you put the whole state together, anyone sane can’t win. A sane moderate GOPer can survive at local level, but not statewide. The loons are the general mass of CA GOPers who are just as toxic and nuts as anywhere else in the country.

    Thing about Cox is that he was the moderate sane GOPer, comparatively, in the primary, but way way too conservative for the state. Besides that his policies were literally a string of slogans. I think the GOP statewide poohbahs forced a lot of abject clowns that seemed like they were out a sitcom out of the race. I don’t know how. Horse’s heads thrown onto beds I guess.

    Edit: Though if you look into his history, Cox is a little looney and has quite a bit of lawsuits and conservative media scam in him, though it looks like he actually did some work to get there. I think he sincerely believes he is a ‘progressive’ conservative who will help the little guy. But if sincere, thinking beyond a slogan is not one of his talents.

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    Jay says:

    @Luthe:

    Casey had both hind knees done, two years apart, ( TPLO).

    The first time, she would wake often in the night, fussing, so I would give her affection, then start her physio and massage threrapy, then give her more affection until she fell asleep.

    As she healed, she started sleeping through the night.

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    Jay says:

    @dmsilev: @jl:

    The California ReThugs might wind up splitting like the Alberta Progressive Party into three different factions,

    “conservative libertarians”, “ wingnut lite” and “full metal Trumpists”.

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    sdhays says:

    @dmsilev: I wonder if something crazy might happen in the next decade, like the Republican Party of California struggling to maintain it’s preferred status in the two party system, especially with the jungle primary possibly preventing them from getting to the general election in more and more races.

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    Jay says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳🌷:

    It really was a “golden age” for kids cartoons. The artists realized that there were rugrats, pre-teens, teens and adults all sitting down together and watching the same show, so they crafted individual joke content, asides and pratfalls in the content to appeal to all ages.

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    NotMax says:

    @eemom

    Freakazoid
    Animaniacs
    ReBoot

    ’nuff said.

    ;)

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    sdhays says:

    OT:

    “I don’t think it’s going to be necessary because I think the Democrats will come to their senses. And if they don’t come to their senses, we will continue to win elections,” the president said, referring to the Republicans’ success in retaining their Senate majority this month.

    Please, Spankee. Please keep “winning elections” by losing a House of Congress and the governorships and legislatures of many keys states and barely hanging on to your majority despite one of the most favorable electoral maps in American history.

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    Jay says:

    @sdhays:
    The California Rethug’s fell to 3rd Party Status in California.

    “No Party Preference” garnered more votes than the ReThugs.

    When the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party imploded, a rump remained if the PC’s, the wingnuts became the Wild Rose Party, and the rabid anti-taxers became the Alberta Party.

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    jl says:

    @Jay: Also, Democrats have their supermajority back in both state senate and assembly. Two GOP senate seats flipped to Dem around Fresno and west side of San Joaquin Valley, more evidence that most of Central Valley is purple or blue now, most all of it except Kern Basin (Bakersfield) and east of Fresno. So the GOP can do exactly nothing in state government. Let’s see what happens if the state can make that stick for a while.

    One party rule is not good for long term, Dems will get complacent and corrupt. But we need some sane moderate GOPers if that happens. Or maybe the GOP will shrink to minor third party (kind of like SF Bay Area) and Dems can split into center-left and progressive factions.

    Democrats Gain Veto-Proof Majority in California Legislature
    https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/california/articles/2018-11-12/democrats-gain-veto-proof-majority-in-california-legislature

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    jl says:

    @jl: Veto proof is mostly irrelevant with Newsom as governor. What is important is that our short novel sized wonderful and magical good government book of indecipherable spells called the California Constitution essentially requires a two thirds majority vote in the CA legislature for the state to run a coherent tax and budgetary policy. I forget how it works. BillinGlendaleCA will gladly explain it anyone interest. I volunteer him. And he will thank me.

    Lack of that two-thirds majority and lack of strong governor and legislative leaders, to get over that hump, was one of big reasons CA was written off as ungovernable for a while Willie Brown kept things going for a while, he had magical persuasive powers, and I guess cush mosquito control and irrigation district jobs to hand out, that made a few legislative GOPers sacrifice their careers and make sane, but politically suicidal, votes as needed.

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    Jay says:

    @jl:

    “One party rule is not good for long term, Dems will get complacent and corrupt.”

    We are entering into a weird timeline. Challenges are going to hit hard and fast, it’s going to require politicians to be constantly evolving, if they don’t want to get primaried by somebody paying attention to the crisis du jour.

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳🌷 says:

    @Jay:

    The 90s and the early-to-mid 2000s (with a few late 2000s shows like Avatar:TLA) were a golden age, for the reasons you mention. It was a time of experimentation and the Cartoon Network shows from the early 2010s (Adventure Time, Regular Show, Amazing World of Gumball) were a second golden age. They were great because they dealt with mature themes in an entertaining way. They were funny and original because they were willing take risks.

    Now all CN America does now is spam Teens Titans Go all day on their main channel and never give a chance for anything new to grow. That’s a consequence of cable-cutting, unfortunately. Channels like CN are having trouble transitioning to a world without traditional television. TTG has proven to be successful with their target demographic, so they schedule it all day to keep as many eyes glued to the screen as possible to make up for less TVs and other distractions like video games. It’s really sad what CN has been reduced to, given what it was like at it’s height around 1998-2007, and it’s revival in 2010-2015

    As an aside, I’m super salty that action cartoons no longer sell well.

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    Redshift says:

    @Jay:

    Pinky and The Brain

    I went to a party last weekend and one of the other cars had a “Put a Brain in the White House” bumper sticker. Even more apropos than when the cartoon was on…

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    Aleta says:

    @SWMBO: Same happened to one of my two cats. She was still young when rescued. For many years she would make a chattering noise when anxious, got anxious if picked up, would not stay close for more than a few minutes, sometimes lashed out by mistake. Bit by bit those dropped away, and in the last year she’s reached a whole new level of relaxation. A good experience.

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    @jl: I’ve had a couple of cats who’ve liked playing fetch. At least one, however, never really got the concept of bringing it all the way back to the tosser.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Yarrow: There is a brand new Whole Foods in the next town over, right next door to Trader Joe’s. That proximity has affected the cost of WF’s food in a very good way, at least for now. We’re going to hit them for some fresh produce on Tuesday, since we’re hosting Turkey Day this year.

    O.T. I had my appendix out the day before Thanksgiving two years ago and I associate the day with that event. I was home by 10am on Thanksgiving, but the kids came and cooked most of it. I got up and made two pies. What I’m thankful for is that I only have one appendix, and I know that’s silly but it comes from deep inside me.
    Somewhere on the right side.

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    I’m packing for tomorrow’s Clermont Comic Con. Gonna work on selling one of my books this time.

    P.S. I just got word back that I have another short story accepted for anthology publishing.

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    jl says:

    @M. Bouffant: Our cat would start bringing it all the way back. But after it got really tired it would come back half way, drop it, and give you a ‘hey, asshole, you do some work to get the damn thing this time’ look, and go back into position for another throw. So, we knew from that it had some serious cat genes inside.

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    Jay says:

    @Aleta:

    Yup, Jelly, who was a shed roof kitty hated being touched, picked up or snuggled. Now he demands it. I can’t even go to the toilet alone.

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    ruemara says:

    I don’t know how people aren’t showing love to the best cartoon, Exosquad

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    Larryb says:

    @trollhattan: The first couple days I was saying “It’s like a bad day in LA”. Then it was, like, “It’s like a bad day in Beijing”. Yesterday, my analogies went sci-fi. Blecch.

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    @dmsilev: ‘white, non-college-educated working-class communities” The common clay of the New West.

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    Aleta says:

    @Jay: When they stick their paws under the bathroom door, trying to rustle up some excitement ….
    Safey (named by the Hum. Society ) was thrown against the wall a lot when she was a kitten, but removed from there at 6 mo. She’s always been social but anxious; now 12 years on she’s going for her degree in lap cat.

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    @jl:

    …the California Constitution essentially requires a two thirds majority vote in the CA legislature for the state to run a coherent tax and budgetary policy. I forget how it works. BillinGlendaleCA will gladly explain it anyone interest. I volunteer him.

    I used to be able to explain the California Constitution, but I quit drinking.

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    J R in WV says:

    In NYC this week, Empire State Building first, sushi dinner later, then Wicked on Broadway, lastly a rickshaw ride down Broadway, through Times Square downtown to our hotel. Amazing day. Wicked was wicked good, won’t tell the story although it is strongly political!! The rickshaw peddlers (took two to fit the three of us) were Persian and Kazakistani and somewhat deranged.

    Times Square is more like I remember from years ago than it was our last couple of visits. More buildings draped with high-def video, more guys playing semi-fixed games of chance with small crowds of tourists watching, almost hallucinogenic. esp with the “drivers” zigging and zagging and laughing.

    Exhausted after days of hard-core sightseeing. Day before yesterday was spent at the Am Museum of Natural History, followed by 2 hr cab ride to the hotel in blizzard, with trees falling on cars on residential streets. Seriously, in NYC!! Yesterday spent in the Met Museum of Art, long walk past all the art in the world…

    And not done yet. One more music venue tomorrow, something probably to do Monday, tho we’ll need to be down early to make flights home.

    Seriously amazed at how topical and current the underlying political message of Wicked was!

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    Jay says:

    @Aleta:

    Jelly has hawk attack scars and a broken tail from being swung around and then into a wall.

    He youwl’s most pitifully until I get up, open the door, pick him up and cradle him like a newborn, with head scrubs and nose bonks.

    He decides when I am finished, and I get my hands back.

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    NotMax says:

    @J R in WV

    If you’re up for a 2nd show –

    Not everyone’s cup of tea, but if you ‘get it,’ there’s a bunch o’ laffs in The Play That Goes Wrong. Not at all serious theater, more a spoof of putting on a play. It takes more than a modicum of talent for good actors to successfully act as amateur actors, indeed.

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    J R in WV says:

    @NotMax:

    No time left for that, but thanks for the suggestion. We will be back next spring, we being wife and I, wife decided to stay home when close friend who was going to house sit for the week called to tell us she was ill and didn’t think she could be away from her home for the week.

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    jl says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: You could roll up joints from the pages as you read it. Then you’d understand it again.

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    Ruckus says:

    @debbie:

    It was an improvement over Teletubbies.

    What in the every loving hell isn’t better?

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    Kayla Rudbek says:

    The last dog my parents owned picked up habits from the cat such as licking his paws/legs and chasing the red dot from the laser pointer. Although that dog was very strange to begin with, as he hated going for walks. You would ask that dog if he wanted to go for a walk and he would go and hide under the table in the breakfast nook.

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    Jay says:

    @Ruckus:

    The Teletubbies will always have a place in history and our hearts for making the winger’s go bat shit in public long before rumours of Bert and Ernie.

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    Ruckus says:

    @jl:
    Cox is your garden variety, current rethuglican. I somehow wound up on his mailing list, which I’m sure he intended and I responded impolitely. He send another email. I responded obnoxiously, pretty much every other word was swearing and I used the phrase “fucking republican” several times. He never wrote again. But his wife did calling it horrible how this wonderful person was here to save us. I upped my game for the third and final round, spared nothing. Ended up by hoping that he lost by better than 95% and that he took their asses back to NJ.
    I’ve never gotten another peep out of either of them.
    Never be polite with them, they think that’s a weakness.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Jay:
    Just because it made conservatives go ape shit didn’t make it a good show.

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    Jay says:

    @Ruckus:

    Never said it was a good show, just that it had a place in my heart for showing how batshit insane the ReThugs are, 1999.

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    Jay says:

    @Ruckus:

    👍👍👍👍👍

    No quarter.

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    Jerzy Russian says:

    @Jay: I thought the Teletubbies was a lot easier to take than Barney the Purple Dinosaur.

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    @jl: I’ve not used the herb in over 30 years, it makes me more introverted.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Mike in NC: We vowed in 2003 to never, ever deal with an HOA again if at all possible.

    I am considering condos for our next phase of retirement, so I’ve not been honest about that.

    What changed my mind was visiting one at a brunch for our state senator; I would love to live in one like that. Alas, Zillow tells us that it’s a bit out of our price range, at $3million and none of the new ones in our price range are even close to being as nice as that one. .

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    Just One More Canuck says:

    @Yarrow: $19?! How big was the chicken?

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    Matt McIrvin says:

    @sdhays: One thing I’ve consistently noticed over the years is that Republicans continue to assert that “Democrats always lose elections” even in times when Democrats are winning most elections. And Democrats often agree with them. It’s a successful morale-eroding campaign.

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    Matt McIrvin says:

    @Jay: Noooo, those rumors and jokes about Bert and Ernie go all the way back to the beginning of Sesame Street, decades before the Teletubbies.

    Bert and Ernie were probably inspired by “The Odd Couple” to some degree, and the fact that these guys were acting sort of like a gay couple though they canonically weren’t was part of the whole joke of “The Odd Couple”.

    Also, conservatives always flipped their shit over Sesame Street from day one, mostly because it tried really hard to depict a racially integrated world.

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    The Pale Scot says:

    @Luthe:

    Do any of you dog owning jackals have ideas for how to entertain a dog who isn’t supposed to walk very much (but does anyway) and refuses to sleep through the night?

    Benadryl + creme de menthe over ice cream

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