Happy Birthday, Samwise!

This big galoot turned five today.

I had a terribly long day and just got back to the apartment. At least I’m working from home tomorrow, so I can spend some time playing Psychonauts, which I bought on sale for $2. I love Tim Schafer games but haven’t played this one before. Yay!

Let’s call this a respite thread; nothing that would upset the birthday boy too much, please.

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    Only a few days younger than Zooey and Ric! Happy birthday, Samwise!

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    tokyokie says:

    Wishing a happy International Cat Day to Samwise. Of course, most cats think every day is to be devoted to them.

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    Baud says:

    Good picture of the birthday boy.

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    HeleninEire says:

    Happy Birthday you gorgeous cat.

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    debit says:

    Happy Birthday, you handsome lad!

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    SRW1 says:

    Did you really deck out the poor guy with a bow tie or is that an optical illusion?

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    Mary G says:

    Happy Birthday, Samwise. My cats are already eight years old. Time goes faster the older I get.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    In a similar vein, we booked 5 nights in Ouray in early October, to celebrate our 40th anniversary. We are hoping the snow will hold off, but either way, it’s the San Juan Mtns, and an onsite, guests only hot springs.

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    cain says:

    Happy Birthday – samwise! :) Tim Schaefer is a hilarious person too. I love all the old Lucasarts games he was involved in. Good stuff.

    BTW, not sure if you saw this – “

    pic.twitter.com/XLT4DQJo5b— T❍mmy L33 (@MrTommyLand) August 7, 2019

    Tommy Jones from Motley Crue had a hilarious way to provoke Trumpers.

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    @SRW1: His collar has a bow tie on it. We got it in Japan.

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    Baud says:


    Heh. McPense.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @cain: I may need to rethink Motley Crue.*


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    Mary G says:

    @cain: I was just coming to post that!

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    Syphonblue says:

    Psychonauts is one of my favorite games. But beware; not all of it holds up today, design-wise. Meat Circus says hello.

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    MagdaInBlack says:

    He is SO handsome 💜
    Happy Birthday Samwise !

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    Mary G says:

    Ed Killgorew at NY Mag says AOC is disavowing her ex office manager/DSA guy who compared Democrats to Dixiecrats from the 40s and 50s.

    By insisting that Chakrabarti’s departure to run a pro-Green New Deal advocacy group was long-planned (it was certainly a more credible excuse than the usual “leaving to spend more time with my family” BS) and had nothing to do with his tweets, AOC avoided throwing him under the bus. But she did say he was taken to the woodshed for getting carried away with criticism of those House Democrats who helped Republicans pass an emergency border funding bill:

    “I think it was divisive,” she said, adding, “I believe in criticizing stances, but I don’t believe in specifically targeting members.”

    Smart woman.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @A Ghost To Most: Here you go. Late September, not October, but to give you a taste.

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    Madeleine says:

    Happy birthday, Samwise! You are beeauuttifull!

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    Nicole says:

    Annoyed that Tommy Lee, of all people, is getting credit on twitter for a tweet that was actually written by a woman, last year. Not just because it offends my sense of fair, but also, c’mon people! In what universe is Tommy Lee smart enough to have written that?

    Of all people to be the 21st century’s Mark Twain of misattributed quotes…

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Happy birthday, Samwise, and many happy returns of the day! He’s a whole decade younger than my Bianca.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Nicole: So who said it then?

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    SRW1 says:

    Would it be correct to guess that the reason why Samwise is so fully focused on the photographer is because, besides a camera, that person holds a treat in his hand?

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    FelonyGovt says:

    Happy birthday, Samwise! He always looks quite surprised, but in the most intelligent, cultured way.

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    @SRW1: such a skeptic of this picture! It was taken by an old friend of his who he hadn’t seen in a long time.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Major Major Major Major: Mr Sardine?

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    Ohio Mom says:

    Good news for the Ohio Family: Ohio Dad just got a job offer at a place where I think he’ll be happy. It’s a bit of a commute but still manageable.

    It’s been a long three and a half months since the layoff. I told myself I wouldn’t panic until after Labor Day and I am proud that I managed that.

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    SRW1 says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    Well, for some, ahem, beings seeing an old friend after a long, long time is a kind of treat.

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    Nicole says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: From what I googled, and what someone else on Twitter also said, a woman named Rene Torres, in July 2018, who, according to this other person, was driven off Twitter over it. I remember seeing it last year (it was so freaking funny it was hard to forget).

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    I had a very New York moment today. I got stuck in a nasty sudden thunderstorm and hid out in a bodega with a very random cross-section of the neighborhood. It was over in like ten minutes. I bought a protein bar.

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    Barbara says:

    @Ohio Mom: Great news. What a relief.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    Happy B’Day, Samwise!! Hope you got lots of catnip and toys!!

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    Psychonauts is a fantastic game! Hope you’re having fun! There’s a second Psychonauts coming soon!

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @Major Major Major Major: It was good manners to buy something. The image of you and everyone else huddled together, waiting out the storm, made me homesick for New York.

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    rikyrah says:

    Happy Birthday 🎂🎉🎈🐢😻💐
    To the gorgeous 😍 ❤️💙 Samwise🤗

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    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    That’s funny that you call him big galoot, we do the same thing with our Stewie. He’s 16 pounds and muscular as hell, so it fits. Happy birthday, Samwise!

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    rikyrah says:

    @Ohio Mom:
    Congratulations 🎉👏 👏

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    How did you get him to look so alert?

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    TomatoQueen says:

    Happy Birthday Samwise! (Billy Crystal voice: You look Mahvelous!)

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    TomatoQueen says:

    @Ohio Mom: This is wonderful news, I’m so glad for you.

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    Mary G says:

    @Ohio Mom: Huzzah!!! Well before the deadline.

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    Yutsano says:

    Did Ruemara post an update here yet?

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Samwise looks like someone who picks out his own bow ties.

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    debbie says:

    He looks stunned that he’s turned 5! It hits us all, kid.

    O/T, I listened to part of this BBC documentary overnight. Very worthwhile.

    (Don’t be afraid to click. It’s Bob Marley’s Redemption Song.)

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    @zhena gogolia: he was excited to see the cameraman.

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    Ceci n est pas mon nym says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:
    Unclear, but in that Twitter thread is a link to this Democratic Underground discussion from 2018 with more of the quote.

    However, there it appears to be from an older tweet. Which is in turn pulling it from “somebody’s Facebook”.

    It may not actually have an origin (cue Twilight Zone theme)

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    chris says:

    Happy birthday, Samwise, you handsome devil.

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    SectionH says:

    Happy Birthday Samwise! 5? Awwwwwa, he’s almost still a baby. Many many happy returns.

    @Ohio Mom: That’s wonderful news. I’m so happy for you guys.

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    laura says:

    Luxe, foggy-pelted handsome moggie, Happy Birthday Samwise, many happy returns.

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    HinTN says:

    @A Ghost To Most: We’ve driven through Ouray as part of the big loop from Durango. The plan, sketchy as you’ve described it, sounds delightful. Mrs H and I have been on a tour of British Columbia for our 25th anniversary. Folks here are generally very nice and the scenery has been amazing.

    Happy 40th!

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    divF says:

    As was pointed out in an earlier thread, today was the 45th anniversary of Nixon announcing his resignation. Since I was late to the earlier thread, here is what I was doing that day.
    – Watched Nixon’s announcement on TV with my 86 year-old landlady.
    – Met my date to go to see the Michael McClure play, “Gorf”, in which the protagonist was a male reproductive organ, and had a Greek chorus of two TVs (all done in soft-sculpture costumes).
    – Stepped out of the playhouse to find that Telegraph Ave. next to the Berkeley campus had been blocked off, and there was a street celebration of Nixon’s departure.

    I am hoping for a similar burst of surreal rejoicing no later than November 11, 2020, in honor of ridding ourselves of the pestilential orange bubo.

    Also: Happy Birthday, Samwise!

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    J R in WV says:

    @Ohio Mom:

    Ohio Dad just got a job offer at a place where I think he’ll be happy. It’s a bit of a commute but still manageable.

    It’s been a long three and a half months since the layoff. I told myself I wouldn’t panic until after Labor Day and I am proud that I managed that.

    So glad for him and for you.

    Has anyone heard how Ruemara’s interview went?

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    Ohio Mom says:

    Many thanks for the well wishes.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    How’d I miss this post? Happy birthday Samwise!

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    Manyakitty says:

    Happy birthday, Samwise, and wishes for many more!

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

    Happy birthday, Samwise!

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