Early Weekend Open Thread

I found pictorial representation of how I feel several times a day, having started a new job, and moved to a new city, that feel far above my station.

I shouldn’t say too much about work, but everything you’ve seen on Silicon Valley is true. Folks seem to have collectively decided work was over around four. Now my remaining coworkers are drinking old-fashioneds, playing shuffleboard, doing puzzles… we apparently have a guitar in the office, as somebody is practicing it.

We are, literally, trying to finish off the week’s avocado delivery.

And so I’m accessing Balloon-Juice for I think the first time on the office network. Hi! I’m going upstate to see Samwise this weekend. There will be pictures.

Do any of y’all have anything fun planned?

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    Nice contemporary art museum up there too, if you can tear yourself away from the cat.

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    Baud says:

    We are, literally, trying to finish off the week’s avocado delivery.

    Have you tried putting it on toast?

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    tybee says:

    we have rained planned.

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    Aardvark Cheeselog says:

    You got a gig in a velvet sweatshop?

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    NotMax says:

    Do any of y’all have anything fun planned?

    Yes, but telling might jinx it.


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    @Aardvark Cheeselog: I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop (or the first shoe really) but it really does seem like folks have great work-life balance.

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    NotMax says:

    @Major Major Major Major

    Shoe? Or Birkenstock?

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    Jeffro says:

    Black cat tonight with my buddies for some hang time and five dollar PBR‘s

    Kayaking at some point on Sunday – temps our briefly supposed to pop up into the 50° maybe even 60° range

    And naps!!

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    I thought you moved FROM California TO New York. You are shattering my stereotypes.

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    @Dorothy A. Winsor: apparently they pride themselves on maintaining the SF culture in the NY office.

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    @Baud: Some vegans make cake with it .

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    I’m going upstate to see Samwise this weekend.

    A farm upstate? Hmmmm.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    Man, if doing puzzles is one of the qualifications, I should be a Silicon Valley giant!

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    That book I recommended is on sale!

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    @Baud: Why, oh why would you want to ruin toast?

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    Baud says:

    @schrodingers_cat: I don’t like avocado.

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    NotMax says:

    A little pricey but can recommend as a sweet tasty novelty the beet and ricotta doughnut here. Also have a location on 7th Avenue, near 59th. Hours.

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    Baud says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Toast knows what it did.

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    Hungry Joe says:

    A bleg for Juicer sympathy:

    Yesterday afternoon my dog Alice and I were attacked by a black lab — the same dog that attacked Alice a few months ago. Alice was leashed; the lab again escaped out an open door. The first time, Alice needed stitches. This time was much worse: two and half hours of surgery. I was severely bitten in the left hand and had to go the ER. The bite was deep, and there’s serious chance of infection. Alice is 11 and had to be put under for the surgery, so we were freaking-out worried.

    She was released around midnight, drugged, torn up belly and flank. Horrific-looking wounds. But she’ll be okay. Nearly sleepless night for all of us, but she’s sleeping fitfully now. Because the first attack was just dog-on-dog it didn’t count; this is the first report of that dog biting a person, so the owners will just get a warning. The vet bill was substantial and then some, as you can imagine. We’ll see if the owners pay up.

    But the story has a hero. I was bitten immediately, as I tried to fend the lab off. My left hand was thus all but immobilized — I can still barely move my thumb. So I was unable to pull the dogs apart. Sweet Alice (Aussie mix, 38 lbs.) wasn’t even fighting back, just howling and crying out, terrified, as the lab was tearing her to pieces and I was shrieking, trying desperately but ineffectually to separate them. Then, from what seemed to be out of nowhere, a young man appeared and pulled the black lab away. He had been driving by, and just stopped his car, leaped out, and ran to the rescue. He dived straight into a dog fight! Probably saved Alice’s life, and saved me from further injury.

    We’re all badly shaken up. But Alice is back with us, safe and — eventually, we hope — sound.

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    Mike in NC says:

    Heading out to dinner for wife’s birthday. Maybe a 50/50 chance the Christmas tree will still be standing when we get back. Cats just can’t leave it alone.

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    Yarrow says:

    @NotMax: Speaking of Birkenstocks, I was picking up some food last night and while I was waiting a young-ish (maybe early to mid 30’s) African American couple came in to order theirs. He was dressed professionally, she was in what I’d guess was workout gear (shorts, sports top) but she was wearing footie socks and Birkenstocks. I did a double take. Is this a new trend?

    I thought it was considered terribly unfashionable to wear Birkenstocks at all, let alone with socks. I have seen POC making fun of white people for wearing socks and Birkenstocks, like that’s a dumb thing white people do. I did not know what to make of it.

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    @NotMax: interesting! I put it on my list.

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    divf says:

    @Hungry Joe: Wow! Glad a hero intervened, and everyone is going to recover.

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    JPL says:

    @Hungry Joe: That is horrifying and you need to follow up with the owners. It makes me sad just reading about that.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Hungry Joe: Oh my gosh, how terrible! I’m so sorry. Very glad Alice survived and is recovering and hope those people get a huge fine. I don’t know if there’s more you can do but that is a dangerous dog and others in your neighborhood should be warned.

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    @Yarrow: POC do white person nonsense all the time.

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    @Baud: I knew there was a good reason I was supporting Baud!2020!!

    (Kind of surprised spellcheck approves of Baud!2020!!)

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    @Hungry Joe: oh my god, I’m glad to hear everyone is mostly okay at least.

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    JPL says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Spellcheck might not be a good sign, since Obama became our president and it took a year before they recognized his name.

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    @JPL: mine still doesn’t try to capitalize trump.

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    trollhattan says:

    Sportsball notes:

    -Pac 8+2+2 handegg championship game is tonight–UW vs Utah in Santa Clara. No idea why there, but whatevs. Go Huskies!
    -The last of five Pac 8+2+2 squads who qualified for the NCAA tournament–Stanford–advances to the Women’s College Soccer Cup in North Carolina, where they face Florida State in their semi round. Go…uh…trees and flatten those gators. Fun fact: Stanford has not lost in the better part of two years. I don’t know nuffin ’bout no gators. 7:30 ET. At 5:00 ET North Carolina plays Georgetown in the other semi. Championship match is Sunday @ 1:00. A good number of players you watch will be on various WWC teams in 2023, and a few may play in France next summer. How the hell are they all cramming for finals?
    -Portland Timbers head to the MLS Cup after beating KC in KC last night. They meet Atlanta, there, December 8. KC is very surprised to be staying home.
    -For some reason the parents’ meeting for HS soccer is 6:00 tonight. I suspect it’s a ploy to have as few parents show as possible.

    That’s it for sportsball. Oh, why did Dallas pants NO last night? They that good all of a sudden or did the Saints get revealed as not-so-good?

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    hueyplong says:

    I suspect there is a Cracker who will feel trolled by any reference to Florida State as gators.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Major Major Major Major: I’m sure that’s true, but socks with Birkenstocks? I was shocked.

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    JPL says:

    @Major Major Major Major: He hasn’t earned it yet. lol

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    trollhattan says:

    @Hungry Joe:
    That’s horrible and yet, yay for the anonymous hero. Police report, stat. The neighbor and dog are a clear danger. If the cops don’t handle things, lawyer up and sue the shit out of them. Take the damn house if you have to.

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    trollhattan says:

    Here, enjoy a hamster’s tiny burrito fiesta.

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    trollhattan says:

    Irony lives everywhere, but I have also noticed a Birks remergance amongst the youngs and Millennials. Germans need jerbs too, right Mr. Trump?

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    eclare says:

    @Hungry Joe: OMG that is horrible! I can’t believe for a human bite the owners will just get a warning. In Georgia that dog would mostly likely be euthanized. I know you’re still in shock, I would at least consult with an attorney. Hugs.

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    Doug R says:

    @Major Major Major Major: I knew you weren’t on the west coast from the time. Not even 3 pm here.

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    jacy says:

    In shameless self-promotion, the cover I designed for Laura Durham’s EAT, PREY, LOVE had been nominated as best mystery cover of the year by Kobo Writing Life. You can visit here to cast a vote https://kobowritinglife.com/2018/11/30/the-kwl-cover-contest-2018-week-3-mystery-thriller if you are so inclined. I don’t win anything save for something I can wave at my children to prove to them that, yes, mom does have a real job……

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    @trollhattan: I’ve always liked Birkenstock’s (though of course I am white and from Colorado). I’m glad folks are coming around.

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    JCJ says:

    29th anniversary today, 57th birthday tomorrow!

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Hungry Joe:

    Report the dog to Animal Control and get a lawyer. How terrifying for Alice; it might change her personality. That dog meant to kill her.

    Photograph everything. That dog needs to be euthanized. It will kill the next dog, and could have killed a smaller child or even adult.

    ETA: I would give some thought to carrying a taser on dog walks too.

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    @Doug R: which just makes it an extra early weekend thread for y’all!

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    TenguPhule says:

    We are, literally, trying to finish off the week’s avocado delivery.

    If you have canned peas you could always make guacamole. //

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    ruemara says:

    I get to take Amtrak from Sac-ish to Cow Hollow for the Dickens Fair. I’m already very tired. But I’m not very good on driving long distances in strange cities so, train, bus, bus(I think), it is. And then the reverse.

    @Hungry Joe: Oh no! This is awful. Healing thoughts for you & Alice and I have to second other comments. A dog that will escape to attack another dog not even in it’s official territory and that has bitten a human, is a dog that definitely should not be living with your neighbors and probably should be put down. That is some incredibly dangerous aggression.

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    There’s a woman on the subway who looks uncannily like Robert Mueller.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Hungry Joe: Get that violent lab put down. Then sue the owners.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Hungry Joe:

    I may sound really mean, but a dangerous dog is a dangerous dog. Some friends of mine had, of all things, a psycho Bernese Mountain dog. That breed is usually the soul of kindness, but something was very wrong in this dog’s head.

    It finally attacked the husband badly enough to send him to the ER. Thank dog it did not go after one of the children. They put it down. They let the breeder know how the dog had turned out. They decided not to let it go to a rescue situation because the dog was just too volatile. They did not want to worry that they were passing along a problem in the interest of “kindness.”

    The black lab that escaped to attack Alice does not deserve any further chance. Attacking a dog to kill it is what it is.

    ETA: and, clearly, the owners cannot control it. It successfully escaped the house and yard. They’re out of chances, too.

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    JPL says:

    @jacy: It is a great cover.

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    cain says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    @Aardvark Cheeselog: I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop (or the first shoe really) but it really does seem like folks have great work-life balance.

    You have to have it. Nobody can be ‘on’ all the time, and those breaks are important for mental stimulation.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Major Major Major Major:
    Is her bowtie really a camera?

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    @cain: I’ve worked in some very exploitative offices so it’s a bit unfamiliar, is all.

    ETA my husband jokes that it’s some sort of elaborate trap.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Hungry Joe: Oh, how terrifying. Please keep us posted. : (

    @eclare: If the dog has never bit a human before, it might get off with a ‘warning’. Sheriff’s visit. But with a history of aggression like that, I dunno. I second the “lawyer up and alert the authorities” fwiw.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Major Major Major Major: Birkenstocks saved me when I injured my foot when I was hit by a car. I couldn’t get a normal shoe on. I let out the buckles all the way on the Birkenstock for my injured foot and could wear them around. I wore socks too to protect my foot. I didn’t really care what people thought.

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    Luthe says:

    My weekend will be spent packing; I leave for Paris on Monday. The big question now is: to Tour Eiffel or not to Tour Eiffel?

    Anyone have an opinion on this?

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    @trollhattan: no bowtie, no gabardine suit neither.

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    geg6 says:

    @Hungry Joe:

    I can’t even imagine a Lab that would do such a horrible thing! We’ve had three that were all natural teddy bears. Definitely not a common characteristic for the breed to be an attack dog.

    I’m so sorry this happened to you and your sweet pup. And so glad a good Samaritin was there to rescue you both!

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @trollhattan: I don’t know if hamster videos will ever surpass cat videos as an Internet meme, but that was LOL hilarious.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Luthe: I enjoyed it a lot and the views are great.

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    Eric S. says:

    @tybee: I have a softball championship game scheduled for tomorrow morning after 4 weeks of weather and holiday delays. It is supposed to rain all day.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @jacy: Congrats, looks great!

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    TenguPhule says:


    Anyone have an opinion on this?

    How many hours of your vacation are you willing to waste standing in line in order to get inside?

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    zhena gogolia says:


    Anecdata from college campus, this fall I was on my way to lunch one day and every female student I saw was sporting birkenstocks and somehow made them look youthful and sexy. I have no idea how long this trend will last.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Major Major Major Major: Remember to tip your waiter.

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    Emma says:

    @Hungry Joe: Jesus Christ. I’ve never heard of a lab to be aggressive like that! And all the owners will get is a warning? This sounds awful but please document the injuries. Both yours and the pup. LOTS of pictures. Because this will happen again, to you or someone else.

    (added) as others have said, consult an attorney.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @geg6: Yeah, totally atypical for a lab. I wonder if it’s actually a mix that presents as lab.

    I don’t know why some dogs turn out that aggressive. It’s very sad. I am thinking of how awful it was for Alice, and how terrifying to think your dog might be killed before your eyes. Which would have happened, but for the driver who stopped.

    I note the lab’s people appear nowhere in this story.

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    TenguPhule says:

    North Carolina elections board delays certification of congressional election results again

    North Carolina’s election board voted again Friday to delay certification of the election results in the 9th Congressional District amid allegations of irregularities and possible criminal activity with absentee ballots, a move that could potentially lead to a call for a new election.

    The 7-2 vote from the bipartisan board gives its lawyers and investigators less than a month to further examine allegations of improper activities that have been filed with the board, at least one of which claims an unidentified woman filled out an absentee ballot for a voter.
    Should evidence be found of voter fraud, that could change the outcome of the 905-vote margin between Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready, the board could potentially call for a new election.

    Yes please.

    US judge rules against Trump administration in suit over policing grants to ‘sanctuary cities’

    A federal judge ruled against the Justice Department on Friday in a lawsuit over withholding federal money from so-called sanctuary cities, the latest blow to the Trump administration’s hardline immigration tactics.

    The lawsuit challenged the Justice Department’s efforts to punish sanctuary cities by withholding a key law enforcement grant the department said was available only to cities that complied with specific immigration enforcement measures.

    Oh yes, please.

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    zhena gogolia says:


    My doctor won’t let me wear any sandals other than Birkenstock. They’ve gone in and out of fashion about three times since I’ve been wearing them. But I’ve never seen so many young people wearing them as this year.

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    @Luthe: I’ve never been up it but I have enjoyed the midnight light show!

    @jacy: Yours is definitely the best one there–voted for you. Good luck!

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    Elizabelle says:

    @jacy: Your cover is the cleanest, graphically. Found that very appealing.

    I liked the cover with the cutout of the bear a lot too, although they ruined it with that author/series banner. Also a sucker for night photos, so I liked the trailer park cover.

    Did not like the Vermillion cover. That theme has been done to death (no pun intended). That’s got to be nine other novels’ cover.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Miss Bianca:
    Kills me when he stuffs the whole thing in at once. Somewhere, mama hamster is watching and either rolling her eyes wondering where he got such manners, or proudly declaring, “That’s my boy, the YouTube star!” (Who can know?)

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    MomSense says:

    @Hungry Joe:

    Oh my god! How terrifying. I don’t know what to say but I hope you and Alice will feel much better soonest. It’s probably just bias on my part but it surprised me that the attacking dog was a lab. Something must be very wrong in that household to turn a lab vicious.

    Please take care of yourself and let us know how you are both doing.

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    trollhattan says:

    Labs are almost universally loveable but because they’re so enormously popular plenty of unscrupulous puppy mills and unqualified backyard breeders crank them out. I’ll take my chances and trust most Labs I encounter, but have seen a few really aggressive ones.

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    MomSense says:


    Birks are too wide for my feet. I’m still searching for a foot friendly sandal that isn’t too wide.

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    MomSense says:


    How much time do you have? I thought I would skip it but my friend really wanted to go and I’m glad I did.

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    Elizabelle says:


    I read of a beagle (!) on a dangerous dog list once, and wondered what the story was there.

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    Yarrow says:

    @zhena gogolia: I’d better get out my Birkenstocks. I’ll be on trend!

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @trollhattan: that was the LOL point for me and my pal D – that, and the part where he is pulling apart his little burrito and just chowing down on each bit. Man, what people will get their pets to do to amuse us! : )

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    Kdaug says:

    Ever worked at a video game studio?

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    Eric S. says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    @Luthe: I’ve never been up it but I have enjoyed the midnight light show!

    Was there this September. I didn’t go up. The light show is fantastic. Another thing to do is go up the Arc de Triomphe.

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    @Kdaug: I’ve heard it’s terrible.

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    ruemara says:

    @Kdaug: I have. It’s kind of a trip. and yes, it is terrible.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    No plans for the weekend except finishing up getting the Hanukkah preparations together. And that’s mainly planning a few menus and wrapping a few last presents. I’m looking forward to quiet.

    In regard to Mx4’s new office’s culture: I remember reading once that bees only work a few hours a day, the rest of the time, they are hanging out in the hive. It turns out that bees are not “busy as a bee.” So no reason for any of us to overdo it, either.

    I have to add however that putting bagels and avocado together is beyond sacrilege.

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    Yarrow says:

    @MomSense: Birkenstock sells a narrow width. I don’t know if you’ve already tried those.

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    eemom says:

    @Hungry Joe:

    So glad you and the doggie are ok.

    Dogfights are utterly horrifying. But there are many possible causes and fixes for dog aggression, and the folks talking about putting the black lab down need to STFU. Animal control needs to find out what’s going on at its home.

    Case in point. We have two beautiful, friendly doggies, one a female pit bull and the other a male mix. They love each other and have never been aggressive to any dog or human. The pure pittie especially is all about love. Also, she always backs down when her brother does shit like steal her bones.

    So last spring my daughter adopted a doggie, a female mix who is smaller than our two. We had to keep her with us for a while over the summer while my daughter was settling into a new apartment. The little doggie was a nervous wreck at first but finally settled down, and our two were very patient with her. For several weeks everybody got along fine. There’s a big open place near our house where eedad and I have always taken our doggies, late at night, to run free of leash. We did that a bunch of times with all three and everything was fine then too.

    Then, one night, we were out there just as usual, with the dogs sniffing around in various places…..and all of a sudden, out of NOWHERE, our sweet pittie ran to my daughter’s dog and attacked her. She fought back but was outweighed. Our male dog stood by for a moment, and then he got into it too. My husband was bitten trying to stop it. I tried to help but pulled a muscle in my butt and kept falling.

    When it finally stopped, my daughter’s dog was severely injured, similar to how you describe yours was, but we took her to the emergency vet and they operated and she fully recovered, thank God. Our pittie was bitten in the face, and when I took her to the vet the next day and explained what had happened and how she had never shown even the remotest trace of aggression before, the vet said, “There was just something about that little dog that set her off.”

    My husband also had to go the ER and they were assholes there and kept us waiting two hours even though, being 4 am, there was almost nobody else there…..but that’s another story and he’s fine too. Took three weeks for my injured butt muscle to recover.

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    Dan B says:

    @Major Major Major Major: Not to worry, although the employee manual is actually a cookbook.

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    debbie says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    Godhelpthem if they don’t rush up and down subway stairs as fast as NYCers demand.

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    debbie says:


    I made chocolate pudding with it. I didn’t see why people would do that.

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    debbie says:


    Have you not seen golf socks paired with swim sandals? Oy.

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    Yarrow says:

    @debbie: I’ve seen lots of things. I was commenting on the otherwise fashionable attire of this couple and her wearing footie socks and Birkenstocks. I never would have guessed that would happen.

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    debbie says:


    Festooned with a gold medal or award-winning banner, it’ll look great in your portfolio!

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    TenguPhule says:


    and the folks talking about putting the black lab down need to STFU.

    Two attacks against the same dog with intent to kill. One seriously injured BJ commenter.

    Fuck the lab and its owners. Put it down.

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    trollhattan says:

    Sportsball update: NC and Georgetown soccer women tied up 0-0 at the end of regulation. Tiebreakers consist of two 10-minute golden goal OTs and if still tied, a penalty shootout. I hate those but that’s how NC got here playing UCLA in the quarters.

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    debbie says:


    I wasn’t implying you hadn’t seen a lot of things. I just think socked swim sandals are horrific and should be banned. I blame the old men with their black socks and sandals for starting all this.

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    ruemara says:

    @debbie: Look, we have places to get to.

    I’m going to put my time working with vets & behaviourists on the table. This dog wasn’t spooked, you weren’t in it’s territory and this is the second assault. While I’m not saying immediately put down the dog, I am saying that it’s way too dangerous for the owners to have this dog, especially next door to a dog it has focused on for aggressive attacks. It needs proper evaluation to determine if it can be retrained to at least not be dangerous to other dogs like this. This is classic escalation and could be much worse if it happens again to someone else.

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    debbie says:


    When I first moved to NYC, I fell down a flight of subway stairs during morning rush hour (bumping each steo with my butt). No one stopped to help me up, but a couple pointed out that there would always be another train.

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    Mike S (Now with a Democratic Congressperson!) says:

    @trollhattan: LOL, but hard working rodents are good too!

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    J R in WV says:

    @Hungry Joe:

    So sorry for your dog attack !! We have two lab mixes, each has been attacked one by a dog at the western neighbor’s farm, the other at the eastern meighbor’s farm. Both needed vet attention, the western dog was eventually put down, the eastern dog is still around, but is walked by owners exclusively. She is never allowed out on her own, and hasn’t attacked while on leash.

    She is also a rescue dog, and only attacked other female dogs, we all wonder why. She was rescued by neighbor’s niece, who died of an OD, she had an odd neurological problem that wasn’t diagnosed properly, and her aunt took in one of her rescue dogs, western neighbors also took one in.

    Lawyer is the best thing you can do to get that dog put down. Offer them a lower settlement that includes the dog going down, slightly lower. Those kind of people operate on a cash balance basis, no other way to attract their attention, unfortunately.

    Best of luck with your hand, and puppy’s healing!!


    I recommend going up – I spent a week in NYC not long ago and one of us really really wanted to go up the Empire State Bldg. It was really great, so I think in Paris would be even better!!

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    Ceci n est pas mon nym says:

    Do any of y’all have anything fun planned?

    Singing in, let’s see… German, Latin, French, Spanish, Swahili, Somali… oh and English.

    I sing in a choral group. Big concert on Sunday and a big rehearsal tomorrow. One of the things I love about this group, aside from the high quality of music they do in general, is how the director loves using works in different languages.

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    @J R in WV:

    I spent a week in NYC not long ago and one of us really really wanted to go up the Empire State Bldg. It was really great, so I think in Paris would be even better!!

    But… it’s not in Paris.

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    Ceci n est pas mon nym says:

    @Hungry Joe: So sorry about this. There’s a dog on our block like that, an Akita who hates other dogs and has to be kept away from them. But the owners are very responsible, dog only got out once that I know of when she attacked my lab and took a couple bites of her back. The owners paid the vet bill promptly, the dog was perfectly sweet and well-behaved toward me, and neighborhood relations are still fine.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @trollhattan: Just finished exiting the mall via the Nordstrom shoe department. Brightly-colored Birkenstocks were prominently displayed. So yes, they must be back in.

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    Ceci n est pas mon nym says:

    @Luthe: Been there, done that, got the T-shirt. Literally. I’ve been up to the top of the Tour Eiffel and bought the souvenir T-shirt, one of my favorites. There was a line of course but not a bad one. I would definitely do it.

    Another fun very touristy thing to do is take the Bateau Mouche, the tour boat on the river Seine. Sometimes you WANT to do the popular touristy things. There’s a reason they’re popular.

    My fond food memories of Paris are of coffee and street food (Croque Monsieur sandwiches, crepes) more than fine French dining.

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    @Ohio Mom: oh, even the gays are wearing the super brightly colored ones yeah.

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    frosty says:

    @Luthe: Yes, Tour Eiffel. It’s the must-do on the Paris bucket list.

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    Hungry Joe says:

    Thanks so much, everyone. I suspected that kind words from the BJ rabble would be comforting, and (for once) I was right. Alice thanks you, too. Such a good girl.

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    lurker dean says:

    @Hungry Joe: holy moly, scary. hope you and alice heal up and the lab owner pays up.

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    TomatoQueen says:

    @Luthe: Having only done the video Ferrari tour, and bits and pieces otherwise, I say if you don’t do Tour Eiffel, you’ll kick yourself later on, and the same if you do it, so do it. There’s a restaurant in there somewhere that’s spozed to be good (what am I saying, it’s a restaurant in Paris), and on your deathbed your memory of the view could be the last thing before you go to heaven.

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    Robert Sneddon says:

    @Major Major Major Major: There’s a Japanese manga being published at the moment where someone working in a “black company” (an exploitative sweatshop operation basically, lots of compulsory unpaid overtime, stressful relations with manipulative managers etc.) ends up working for a “white company” where everybody is nice to them, they get time off, the work isn’t hard… and it drives them crazy.

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