Late Night Open Thread: Is Our NYTimes Learning?…


Today’s Haul

Spent a few hours and put up some more stuff from the garden (and the July apples I got at the farmer’s market):

Three quarts of applesauce, two quarts of beans, five pints of just regular beets, and three half pints of peas. Like I said, shit year for peas, but I also ate about probably six half pint containers worth the last week or so.

If you are wondering why I am doing all this, it’s several fold. First, I got sick and tired of wasting stuff that I grew in the garden and then buying inferior products at the store six months later. I spend all this time nurturing seeds, planting them, watering the plants, dealing with insects, picking them, and then I either give it away or it goes bad. Didn’t make sense. So I made an initial capital investment of about 60 bucks to get a bunch of mason jars to compliment the ones I had around the house and could find at flea markets and the like, and now I am just going to do this more often.

Second, I think it tastes better, I know exactly what is in it.

Third, it’s a useful skill, and one I had let get away from me. Dad used to can everything when we were kids, and I always remember doing it. I’m getting the crock back from my sister and going to make some sauerkraut this summer, too. Homemade sauerkraut is always superior to anything you can get from the store.

Fourth, I like it. It’s fun to me. I like the whole aspect of going from start to finish- when I get the seeds in the mail in January to growing the seedlings to planting them in the garden to peeling and preparing them to finishing them off. Also, company is much more appreciative when you make dinner- it’s like a big deal for people to eat something that was grown in your own back yard.

Several years ago when I quit drinking I was worried what I was going to do with all the new free time I had. What I have discovered is I don’t have a ton of free time because I am doing all sorts of new and fun things. Like canning!

I also have realized that I am really at my most relaxed when I am doing something as simply or mundane as peeling apples, or shelling peas, or cleaning and cooking down berries. I just zone out and really only think about the task at hand. It’s nice. I mean, my mind still wanders- like, for example, while shelling my nine bazillionth pea I thought “anyone who has ever had to prep their own food would definitely pay a quarter more a can so that farmers and migrant workers can get paid more.”

The final thing I like is that this is something I can do for the rest of my life. I sometimes worry what I am going to do when I get older and more infirm. Need a bunch of hobbies I can do forever. This is one of them.

So that is that.


YOU DO! I just know it.

I still don’t know when we are going to start testing, but I am getting antsy, so here are some screen shots.


The new header:

And because you people bitched up a storm and pitched such a god damned fit that frankly I just got sick and tired of listening to you complain, a feature I have NEVER used in 20 years of this shitty website is returning (You can thank Watergirl and the coders for that I’d have blasted your whiny requests into the sun with Trump and his kids), recent comments:

If you look carefully to the right of the above image, you can see the little wing thing you click to go to the next post (AGAIN SOMETHING I NEVER USE BUT JESUS YOU PEOPLE ARE HIGH MAINTENANCE).

Up next, a featuring section with all our experts (Dave on Insurance, Cheryl and Adam, etc.) which inexplicably includes me because I am not an expert on jack or shit, but I was informed I have to be there since I created this mess.

Finally, the comments editing has been dolled up a bit:

Again, just a taste, and as always, I expect even some of this will change because as I learned in the military, you can have a plan for everything and then shots are fired and everything goes to shit, so I imagine things will be maybe a little different. I hope you like it.

If you don’t, I don’t want to hear about it.

Also I knowingly stepped on Tamara but I don’t care because her post had no pictures of PEARL (not patty or pepperpot or penelope or whatever it she thinks she can call my duck).

Respite Open Thread: There Are Good People

Sometimes we just need a reminder. Adam asked me to post this as his day got away from him. I’m more than happy to do it.

If you need an uplifting read to end your day, the comments in this thread are renewing. (You don’t need have a twitter account to read them).

Open thread

Area 51 Respite Thread

The Truth is out there!

That’s what a million or so people hope to find out in September. Someone posted an event for September 20 on Facebook, “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us.” When I looked earlier today, 1.1 million people had signed up as “Going,” and almost as many signed up as “Interested.” Whether they actually do is, of course, another question.

It’s a joke, of course (of course?), but in a million people there will be some who take it seriously. So the folks at Area 51 are preparing.

Speaking with The Washington Post on Friday, Air Force spokeswoman Laura McAndrews said officials were aware of the event. When asked how authorities would respond to ardent explorers who might attempt to enter Area 51 in September, McAndrews said she could not elaborate on specific plans or security procedures at the base.

She did, however, issue a warning to those itching to try their luck.

“[Area 51] is an open training range for the U.S. Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces,” McAndrews said. “The U.S. Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets.”

Should be fun.

Open Thread!