On a Personal Note

While the web site and mobile site is rolling out new features, I thought I would note that one of the reasons i have not been blogging as much lately is that there is a new feature in my life, and a pretty good one.

I met a woman (on twitter, which I guess is the online equivalent of “I met a woman at a bar fight”), and we spent several months talking online, talking on the phone a little, talking on the phone a lot and watching shows, and we met for several days over Valentine’s Day weekend, and she, despite being smart, attractive, funny, and kind, decided she liked me anyway, and she came back down for a visit. She lives a ways away so we have several visits scheduled over the next month, and we’ll see where it goes from there.

And don’t bother asking for more details, because I don’t think it is appropriate for me to be as open about her as I am about myself. At any rate, it’s been a really nice couple of months for me personally despite the fact that the world is blowing up. She’s really pretty cool, and I like her a good bit, so I am hoping things continue to go well. I have learned, however, that I have a very dysfunctional co-dependency with Lily, and that Thurston and Rosie are assholes, as I suspected.

Oh, bonus- she doesn’t put up with my bullshit and is willing to call me on it, which I like and actually kind of turns me on. I like strong women. She’s also two year younger than me so we have can actually hold conversations.

*** Update ***

I should probably also state that after you have lived on your own for so long, it’s kind of eye-opening to discover how many things you thought about yourself are just not what others see in you. I always thought I was sort of an open book, but apparently I am very difficult to get to open up and give details. We were in the car on speaker phone talking to my sister, Devon, and she mentioned this to my sister and Devon state that it is a running joke between mom and Devon that everyone in my life is on a “need to know” basis. I also apparently have conversations in my head and don’t actually say things out loud sometimes, leading to “you may have thought that, but you never said it” situations.

On The Road


We’re trying a new feature here, so let’s see how it goes for the next week or so before it’s fully automated.

This post is for Balloon Juicers who are on the road, travelling, etc. and wish to share notes, links, pictures, stories, etc. from their escapades. As the US mainland begins the end of the Earth day as we measure it, many of us rise to read about our friends and their transient locales.

So, please, speak up and share some of your adventures, observations, and sights as you explore, no matter where you are.

Have at ’em, and have a safe day of travels!

White House: The Movie

Some day, assuming civilization as we know it survives, there’s going to be a great movie made about the Trump White House. Who should be cast in it? You’re allowed to use actors both living and dead, because by then the CGI will be good enough…okay, I just want to be able to put Phillip Seymour Hoffman in it. Here’s mine:

Stephen Miller — Paul Reubens (or maybe Peter Lorre)
Steve Bannon — Phillip Seymour Hoffman
Reince Preibus — Paul Giamatti
Jared Kushner — Jesse Eisenberg
Jeff Sessions — Billy Bob Thornton

Tough to beat the SNL combo of Alec Baldwin, Kate McKinnon, and Melissa McCarthy as Trump, Kellyanne, and Spicey.

You love me, you really love me

Via Comments by Humboldt Blue:

I’m not sure what you motherfuckers are rambling about but I followed some advice from the front page health care guy who types out dense and incomprehensible phalanxes of text and double checked my policies today with covered California. Saved my stupid ass more than a hundred dollars per month with a far better and comprehensive option. Remember, you smug bastards, it aint easy going through life as a dumbfuck and some of us take longer to catch on.

Sure, that shit may be meaningless by summer, but at least Mr. Mind-numbing Actuarial tables got through to someone.

You love me, you really love me!!!

Really, I can’t tell you how much this means to me. Little wins are what I aim for. I needed this … so thank you.

The man in me will do nearly any task

In addition to trying to do Moral Monday posts every Monday, I’m going to try to do a Fun Friday post every Friday. This one may be a little disjointed.

First of all, is it worth watching the movie Gaslight since everyone talks about gaslighting constantly now? I can stream the British original for free. Do I need to watch the one with Jessica Fletcher in it instead?

Also too, I thought people would like this:

Wednesday Morning Open Thread: Smart Takes

Apart from planning for the Women’s March / Sister Marches, what’s on the agenda for the day?


I applaud Josh Marshall, on “The Case for Not Being Crybabies“:

Presidents don’t validate what is and isn’t news. If you’re expecting them to, you’re doing it wrong. Almost nothing that is truly important about the work of a free press is damaged by moving the press office across the street.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that these things are not important or that all these threats aren’t a very bad sign. It is vastly preferable to have a President who believes in or at least respects American and democratic values. But let’s get real: we don’t or won’t as of Friday. Trump is a would-be authoritarian and a bully. He’s surrounded by mediocrities who owe all to him and feel validated by enabling his endless transgressions. Of course, he’s doing these things. We know Trump’s MO. He will bully people until they’re cowed and humiliated and obedient. He’ll threaten to kick the reporters out of the White House and then either cut a ‘deal’ or make some big to-do about ‘allowing’ the reporters to stay. These are all threats and mind games meant not so much to cow the press as make them think Trump is continually taking things away from them and that they need to make him stop.

They don’t need to. That access isn’t necessary to do their jobs. And bargaining over baubles of access which are of little consequence is not compatible with doing their job. Access can provide insight and understanding. But it’s almost never where the good stuff comes from. Journalists unearth factual information and report it. If Trump wants to turn America into strong man state, journalists should cover that story rather than begging Trump not to be who he is. America isn’t Russia. And I don’t think he can change us into Russia. So unless and until we see publications shut down and journalists arrested or disappeared, let’s have a little more confidence in our values and our history and our country…

Trump wants to bully the press and profit off the presidency. He’s told us this clearly in his own words. We need to accept the reality of both. The press should cover him on that basis, as a coward and a crook. The big corporate media organizations may not be able to use those words, I understand, but they should employ that prism. The truth is that his threats against the press to date are ones it is best to laugh at. If Trump should take some un- or extra-constitutional actions, we will deal with that when it happens. I doubt he will or can. But I won’t obsess about it in advance. Journalists should be unbowed and aggressive and with a sense of humor until something happens to prevent them from doing so. Trump is a punk and a bully. People who don’t surrender up their dignity to him unhinge him…

Saturday Morning Open Thread: Good Thing Trump’s So Prolific!

(Mike Luckovich via GoComics.com)

With the aid of his trusted lieutenants, he’ll gin up new truckloads of bullshit in no time!

Apart from reminding everybody this is Not Normal, what’s on the agenda for the day?