Not-Political Open Thread

Ric and Zooey always like laundry day.






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    zhena gogolia says:

    Aaaah, thank you.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    Any news about the Portland meetup last night?

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    germy says:

    Those cats look like they were poured onto the bed.

    I wish I could relax like a cat.

    My wife says I look like our cat (and I agree; I see the resemblance) but I need to take relaxation lessons from our feline.

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    NotMax says:

    FYI. How times have changed, chapter the next.

    Kroger to sell CBD products nationwide

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    This excellent twitter account combines black metal lyrics with cat pictures, if you needed another cat account to follow.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    I see those on Asha Rangappa’s twitter feed every once in a while. I had no idea what it was.

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    @NotMax: Amazing how quickly we legalized industrial hemp once it became astonishingly profitable for Republicans.

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    Ceci n est pas mon nym says:

    Welp, the final round in Humans vs Beagle played out today and it went decisively to the Beagle. It’s his house now, we’re just living in it.

    Due to various unfortunate incidents when we first got Sammy at 18 months, he’s been confined to the kitchen when we’re not home. But he turned out to be an escape artist and kept defeating the gate and the extra things on the gate.

    For a couple of months we’ve been successful with the gate padlocked, wired, a couple of cable ties and a double-knotted nylon rope to hold things securely together.

    Today I came home after my wife had secured him and found him on the wrong side of the gate. Rope still on.

    I figured there was something wrong with her knot and tied it myself this evening as we left for the airport (I’m on my way to Europe). She texted me to say he was on the other side of the gate again. And the gate still closed.

    I think he’s not actually teleporting or quantum tunneling but it has sobethibg to do with how the bottom of the gate is suspiciously misaligned now. But either way, he wins. He has just been officially awarded Run Of The House.

    Well, 1st floor anyway. The thing on the steps still defeats him. For now.

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    ruemara says:

    Kittens love the fresh laundry, especially if it’s dryer warm.

    Also, can anyone tell me why I’m always in moderation now? I posted 3 comments last night that got eaten.

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    NotMax says:

    @Ceci n est pas mon nym

    Obvious mistake was not relocating the sofa to the kitchen.

    :)

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    debbie says:

    @Ceci n est pas mon nym:

    I will believe it’s teleporting until a photograph proving otherwise is produced. Until then don’t turn your back on him.

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    Gravenstone says:

    What is it about cats that the act of changing sheets will rouse them from even a dead sleep to come “help”? Two of mine weren’t even in the bedroom at the time, yet ended up interposing themselves in the task.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Ceci n est pas mon nym:

    Can you put the beagle on a Hannibal Lecter gurney when you go out?

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    chris says:

    Today's political reset button is this snow leopard playing with a pumpkin and proving all cats — no matter how big — are exactly the same. 😻 pic.twitter.com/oNGyp7SuCK— shauna (@goldengateblond) 15 June 2019

    Also, thank you to whoever linked the osprey cam this morning. Very relaxing.

    Doh. https://explore.org/livecams/ospreys/osprey-nest

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    NotMax says:

    @debbie

    Just practicing before the big jump?

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    It was fun! I sent a photo to Adam but apparently he doesn’t post meetup photos? I was pretty tired last night, so I may have missed some nuance or sarcasm. 🤔

    Also, I GOT TO FEED THE SEA OTTERS AT THE ZOO! It was awesome. 15/11, would do every birthday.

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    @Mnemosyne: ooh, cool!! Happy belated(?) birthday, too!

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    debbie says:

    @chris:

    There are some great videos in that thread. Especially the mother tiger.

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    @Mnemosyne: I got taken out to a nice pre-Father’s Day dinner at the Tam and a nice card with some cash* in it.

    *Which I converted to Galaxy Buds at the Samsung store.

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    Jay says:

    @Gravenstone:

    The know us huuman’s can’t properly fold fitted sheets,

    They know how, but lack thumbs, and we won’t take their advice.

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    NotMax says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA
    Think I may have tried smoking those around 1968.

    :)

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    @NotMax: it… really does sound like that, now that you point it out

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    Great!

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    Today is the actual day, so you’re not late at all. 🥳

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:

    We’re going to a fancy-schmancy steakhouse called El Gaucho. Flamenco guitar and red meat.

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    Josie says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    Thanks for this. Great pictures and quotes.

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    @NotMax: I just put them in my ears, works much better.

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    Another Scott says:

    @Jay: Folding fitted sheets is easy. DoghouseDiaries.

    HTH!!

    Cheers,
    Scott.

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    Another Scott says:

    @Mnemosyne: I’m glad the meetup was fun.

    Happy Birthday Capt. Mnemo!

    Cheers,
    Scott.

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    @Mnemosyne: Happy b-day. I enjoyed the Tam, but my cut of prime rib had the big bone. The cocker spaniel will be happy about this.

    For those outside LA, the Tam(Tam O’Shanter) is one of the oldest restaurants in LA(founded in 1922).

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    Josie says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    Happy Birthday. Enjoy your steak and music.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Mnemosyne: HBM.

    The otters send their thanks and birthday 🎂 greetings too.

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    NotMax says:

    @aq href=”https://www.balloon-juice.com/2019/06/15/not-political-open-thread/#comment-7313988″>Mnemosyne

    Have a sweet one.

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    NotMax says:

    Oopsie. Fix.

    @Mnemosyne

    Have a sweet one.

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    Steeplejack says:

    I had a cat once that on bed-changing day would appear out of nowhere and demand that my girlfriend and I sproing her (the cat) up in the air a few times with one of the sheets, Beach Blanket Bingo style. Or Big Lebowski Jackie Treehorn party scene, if that’s how you roll. Then she would splay herself wild-eyed on the bed and attack any rippling motion that occurred during the changeover.

    The key was to get the fitted sheet down first, because then, worst-case scenario, we could leave her as a little lump under the top sheet until she calmed down and left.

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    NotMax says:

    @Mnemosyne

    Was there a sign near the exit reading “So long, and thanks for all the shellfish?”

    :)

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    JaySinWA says:

    @Major Major Major Major: I thought he was trying out a new Anheuser Busch product. Which might be similar to what @NotMax: suggested, given the cannabis market these days.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @JaySinWA:

    I got some donuts from Blue Star this morning and one of the choices featured CBD oil. It’s the new quinoa.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Another Scott:

    Thanks! Helpful.

    I just received some new sheets yesterday from L.L. Bean. I was long overdue for a change. I use one set of sheets, wash them and put them back on the bed the same day. “Change” occurs biannually: cotton > flannel in the fall, flannel > cotton in the spring.

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    debbie says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    Happiest of birthdays!

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    JaySinWA says:

    @Mnemosyne: Hmm, quinoa donuts?

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    Sab says:

    @Ceci n est pas mon nym: I once saw my escape artist labrador retriever squeeze under the backyard fence in a spot that counldn’t have been more than four inches. The fit was so tight he looked like he was being born. After romping around the neighborhood, he returned and stood by the gate looking sort of vacuous amd innocent.

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    Sab says:

    @Mnemosyne: A lot easier to pronounce.

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    JaySinWA says:

    @Sab: Okay how do you pronounce CBD?

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    Mary G says:

    @Mnemosyne: Happy
    Birthday! And congrats on the otter visit. 💞💫🎆🎈🎍🎉🐉🐿

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    JaySinWA says:

    @Jay: Yet another instance of Sealioning. Will this harassment never end?

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    Sab says:

    @JaySinWA: SeeBeeDee is easier than keenwha or kwin-noah.

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    Keith P. says:

    My little manx is very dialed into laundry time. When I carry the basket into my office, she tries to get in the basket as soon as possible to take it over. Ditto for piles of jeans coming out of the dryer. But a newly-made bed is what all the cats love. As soon as one of them discovers the bed is made, they’ll all be sleeping on it within 15 minutes.

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    @Sab:

    SeeBeeDee

    Sounds nautical.

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    geg6 says:

    Sweet kitties. ♥️

    Made crab legs on the grill with asparagus. Wild rice on the side. Early Father’s Day dinner for my John. Going to the boss’s daughter’s graduation party tomorrow, so it wasn’t going to happen tomorrow. So sick of rain!

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @Major Major Major Major: I didn’t know those quotes were song lyrics which makes sense since I don’t listen to Metal. Always loved the kitties though.

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    Sab says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Wouldn’t that be SeaBeeDee?

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    @Sab: Good enough for government work.

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    Sab says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: I thought you’d invite me show myself out.

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    @Sab: Nah, but I wouldn’t suggest giving up the day gig.

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    JaySinWA says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: I thought See bee Dee was a line from a children’s book. On the other hand cbd sounds more Polish to me.

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    chopper says:

    @JaySinWA:

    i’ve been nothing but polite!

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    KrackenJack says:

    @Keith P.: As a kid, we had a black Manx – quickly named Maximillian Sebastian Cabot – who came to our house as a stray with a nasty burn on his right flank. Muscular beast. Came to a bad end with a car.

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    satby says:

    Happy Birthday @Mnemosyne!
    Sounds like it’s been a great one so far!

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    MoxieM says:

    @Ceci n est pas mon nym: Sorry to mention this, but I knew somebody whose beagle hung itself that way. It was really tragic. He used them as actual hunting dogs (coupla beagles and a brittany). One of the beagles was just unstoppable. He buried the wire fence at least 18 inches down. Raised the fence 6 feet high, etc. You get the picture.

    He finally tied the unruly one to a tree in the middle of the back yard before work. Sadly, when he got home he discovered that the rope was long enough for the dog to get over the fence, but not touch the ground on the other side.

    This story was so sad and upsetting that it haunts me still, nearly 40 years later. So that’s my warning to you and your sweet doggy. Sorry.

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    Juju says:

    A couple of tranquil kitties. How nice.

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    something fabulous says:

    @Mnemosyne: Happy Birthday!! To you!!!

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