Open Thread by John Cole| February 8, 200910:05 pm| 55 CommentsThis post is in: Dog Blogging, Open ThreadsFacebookTweetEmailHere is a clean thread since the last one got messy. Mom and dad passed along this picture of the pups watching the Super Bowl last week. Enjoy.
They look absolutely riveted. Were they really watching the Super Bowl, or was Père Cole just out of camera range with some Snausages?
I just discovered that my dachshund pissed on my bed. Lazy little fucker.
So young and yet, judging by their rapt attention, already die hard Steeler fans.
@Krista: They were watching according to mom.
The Jonas Brothers are on the teevee, playing with Stevie Wonder.
I assume this would be something like a sign of the apocalypse.
My gf is currently bonding with a cheese-eating surrender monkey called "Mack".
Well, I read somewhere that dogs can’t actually see TV, but know that to be absolutely false. Anytime my MIL’s Airedale sees a critter on TV, he starts spazzing out and squealing in joy. Remember that Heinz ketchup commercial with the crab in it? He’d lose his mind over that one.
So it is possible that they were watching, I’ll give your mom that. But ignoring the human right next to them with the camera? That’s harder to believe. :)
@Comrade Jake: I’m flipping between Thirteen and the Godfather on AMC.
@Andre: Your GF is smoking hot, FYI.
Andre: LOVE your gf’s pink hair.
They were definitely watching the puppy bowl half time show which featured some of the cutest kitty’s in the world.
Comrade Mary, Would-Be Minion Of Bad Horse
Whoa — Radiohead! Love the marching band, love Thom’s new shaggy hair (even if it isn’t pink).
@John Cole: I know, right? Two years on, and I’m still waiting for her to wake up and say "Wait a minute, what am I doing with this loser?"
Thankfully rohypnol is still relatively inexpensive.
@Krista: It’s faded a lot, it started out this eye-searing fluorescent purple. We’re working through the logistics of ordering a vegan specialist dye from the US called "Atomic Pink".
I’ve learned the hard way never to ask the question, "But why can’t you just buy one of those sachets at the supermarket like all the girls at the mall do?"
Andre, very pink. :-) The dog’s cute too.
Well, the people onscreen were chasing and throwing a ball.
And, perhaps, doing it wrong.
J. Michael Neal
My cats hate hockey. Too much yelling, swearing at the TV, and jumping up, causing my lap to disappear.
@Krista: Thanks about your explanation about the air rifle. Older son brought over a pellet gun (is that the same thing?) and we had the great safari hunt in the attic. Little did I know that safari hunts included guns, shovels and tree trimmers but oh well. We had enough equiqment that what ever was up there decided to leave.
Andre: Super cute puppy (I am not sufficiently qualified to offer judgment on other females’ hotness so I’ll pass on that one). I love French bulldogs- one of my favorite moments with one was passing by a store in Chelsea- in the doorway was a French bulldog, watching the street action, with three feet outside the store on the sidewalk and one hind leg stretched as far back as possible, just barely resting inside the store. Clearly he had been told to "stay inside" and had figured out how to push the limits as far as he could.
@Nicole: I’m not really a dog person, but French bulldogs do seem to have a wee bit more smarts than most dogs I’ve been around.
Mind you, "smarts" for a dog isn’t the same as cat-smarts. My mother’s miniature poodle is apparently smart because he faux-sneezes and affects a limp-even though he’ll forget which leg he was limping with and switch to the other one when he gets tired.
A cat would just demand attention and that would be that.
You’ll shoot your eye out.
@Andre: That’s very funny about the poodle. A lot of animals seem to develop a "I’m sick/injured" routine. I knew a goose at my job (long story) who would, when she saw me with my bottled water, waddle over to stand next to me and after a few minutes, affect the most heartrending "cough." I’d fill the cap, let her drink out of it and she’d be fine… for a few minutes and then she’d start "coughing" again. Mind you, she had her own dish of water ten feet away. I guess she just had a preference for Poland Spring. Yuppie goose.
@gnomedad: What do I not sound like a gun person? When I bought my house, friends suggested that maybe I get a gun. Yeah right..
But do they know it’s Super Bowl?
Happy Superbowl. Football is over.
J. Michael Neal
It sounds like some of the financial bailout money was used for stimulative purposes.
Is Obama impeached yet?
@Punchy: OMG, What a failure. He promised to close Gitmo, overturned Bush’s executive orders, signed the SCHIP law and is waiting the stimulus package to be passed on Tuesday. Hopefully he will do more his next 3 weeks.
What I read (or heard on TV, actually) is that cats can’t see TV pictures, because their eyes are evolved to absorb extremely fast movement and the little pixels in which TV light is emitted are too slow for cats to perceive it as a picture. The nature show I saw that explained that was before the invention of HD, so I don’t know if that makes a difference. And in any case, it doesn’t apply to dogs. They don’t depend on perceiving those tiny, superfast motion as hunters, so they don’t have those sorts of perceptions.
And I’ll add those are mighty cute pups who seems to be watching that TV pretty intelligently. Or maybe they’ve just spotted a rat.
I moved Purl the Parakeet to where he’s facing the TV, and he’s about whigged out with joy. Was watching one of the 24 episodes and something blew up and the little feller was beside himself. Bobbing the head up and down, squawking and running up and down his perch.
He’s not thrilled with CNN though.
What a country!
Wile E. Quixote
I’m watching The Big Lebowski again. I think I’ve seen this a dozen times and I still laugh like a total fool every time I see it.
That’s how it starts. You’ll be bailing him out of jail before you know it if you’re not vigilant.
I think Pelosi has put it back on the table. Kucinich is preparing the articles as we speak.
There’s a nice little blog with no moderatation that needs some love. It’s a wingnut radio host’s blog.
I found it after Obama became president. One of the main commenters calls him "King oBongo"
When it comes to Pelosi I will believe it when I see it. Her and Reid are two of the worst ‘leaders’ the Democrats have had in years. If she keeps sitting on that dry powder I hope someone gets pissed off enough to light it.
I hope Obama takes up smoking again solely to be able to throw his still lit butt on the keg Pelosi is sitting on.
@Delia: My cat watches the TV, sometimes. It is kinda funny when he’s sitting on his cat perch, and suddenly he’s staring at the TV when he hears some sort of bird or rodent. It’s like he thinks he’s looking through a window.
It is an HDTV, mind you.
Which would only improve my already high regard for Obama. :)
I was really happy Allison Krauss and Robert Plant (along with TBone Burnett) won the best album Grammy for Raising Sand. They rocked it at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival at Golden Gate Park in October, playing much longer than their required hour set. It is a truly awesome album.
But, I’m getting old … most of the Grammy’s didn’t seem like it was from this planet to me. I just don’t get hip hop. Cuz I’m old. Sigh.
But, you know re last thread … tax cuts for big business are only helpful if you make a PROFIT. If we’re all holding onto our houses and a cars and our jobs by the skin of our teeth, tax cuts aren’t going to help a lot of big businesses that rely on our discretionary spending. Must be odd for the GOP to realize that they do depend on mom and pop, in a round about way, to spend every free penny on bread and circuses. Even troglodytes probably can figure out that you can’t squeeze blood from a turnip … although it looks as though the thugs in the GOP somehow think that could work.
Dyed hair stories..
I’m 6’3 and about 300 lbs. I used to have long hair…like to my ass long hair. I dyed it purple when I lived in Chicago ( took a full jar of manic panic!). I was waiting for a bus one day and this old lady walked by, stopped, looked at me and said "I LOVE your hair". Se had to have been about 80.
fast forward 10 or so years.
I have my friend cut me a mohawk. Not a way up in the air mohawk, I’m talking a DeNiro inch high by inch wide mohawk. In fact he taped my hair with duct tape from my forhead to my nape as a guide. I then dyed it purple (this time I bleached it so the purple was HOLY SHIT THAT’S FUCKING PURPLE) a la smoking hot pink girl friend’s hair. I did this a couple of weeks before we were to have my grandma (R.I.P.) at my parents house for a BBQ. I showed up the weekend before to help prep. My mom said…."You’re going to give your Grandmother a heart attack with that hair cut". I EL OH ELed.
BBQ day comes and my Grandma (R.I.P.) thought my hair was the best thing since sliced bread.
Moral of the story: Old ladies like radical hair-dos. Mom’s don’t.
Oh and Ginny and Guesly are disgustingly cute.
Hey, these two are highly experienced*professional* puppies! They’re so used to be followed by the papa-(and-mama)-razzi that they don’t even bother posing any longer!
Although I think Ginny’s expression of intelligent puzzlement does require a caption like "When *I* scramble around and wrestle Guisley like that, I get yelled at. Inscrutable creatures, these humans… "
The reason that last thread got so out of hand is because you all did something I warned you not to do. You actually replied to, and continued to argue with, North Dallas Thirty.
He doesn’t give up. Never. If you ask him what 1 + 1 is, not only will he say 4, but he’ll write an essay on why Republicans know that to be true.
The Thinking Man's Mel Torme
Live from the line for Obama event tickets in Ft Myers FL.
I got here at 5 and there were alreay 500+ people in line. Max 2 tickets per person out of 1400 total so I might have a shot. Rampant line cutting and the usual disorganization of anything in this town pushed me back probably 100 spots and nearly gave me a stroke.
As I was typing the cops made all the sleepers and sprawlers pack up and now the line has really tightened up. Now it looks like I’m maybe 1000 in line but I can’t tell. There’s probably another 400 people behind me so I don’t know what they.re thinking.
@The Thinking Man’s Mel Torme: Good luck!
The last time I was in a line like that was when I traveled out of back-of-beyond (where I live) to get a shot at Jeopardy!
Good luck! My SO is anticipating another home run speech, like President Obama’s Philadelphia one, that will effectively end the whining.
"Don’t make me stop this country! If I have to pull this country over to deal with you again you will be sorry!"
The Thinking Man's Mel Torme
I didn’t have to wait in line for Jeopardy because I took the online test and got a call-back (I’m hoping to get another shot this year). The line continues to grow but at least no more cutting. Also, 50 degrees in Florida is damned cold.
The local teevee is out in force. God help us if this is the bench for the next generation of reporters.
I took the online test and got a slot; which coincided, to the day, with my brother’s wedding.
So waited two years until the Brain Bus came by, got all the way to the audition tape, and that season they were just getting into the NE when the season ended…
and I’m back at the beginning again.
Yes, 50 in Florida is cold. Here in the Adirondack Mountains, it can be 0. The sun is shining, the wind is calm, and we walk around with our coats open.
The human body’s capacity for adaptation is really a wonderful thing.
I lost the photos when I got rid of my backup webserver alas, but one of my cats used to attack animals when they appeared on Sunrise Earth (yes in HD).
The cats and I’ll be visiting friends with JR terriers for a few days. Ought to be….interesting.
I used to have a Great Dane who would sit in the rocking chair, rocking, and watch television. Part of the reason I’d introduce him as a Mediocre Dane.
Ginny looks like she’s in it for the commercials but
Guesly seems to be on the edge of his seat!
Sully is a remarkable guy.
I was really impressed with Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger on 60 Minutes last night. Katie Couric, interviewing him on the bird strike and Hudson River landing of Flight 1549, led him through the entire event and brought out his professionalism and skill as a leader and pilot. And as hard as she tried to get him to do a standard God acknowledgment ("Did you pray?") he held his own,
Nowhere in the interview did he mention "God", or being saved by something from above, or anything like what we usually expect during such a feature story. We learned that he followed his professional training, that his crew was spectacular, and that he was able to keep his focus where others might have given up.
And for that, I hope all America realizes the capabilities of what a man is capable of.
Under The LobsterScope
I agree that dogs usually don’t seem much interested in tv, but my German Shepherd was fascinated by the movie "Never Cry Wolf" which had lots of great face shots of real wolves, and also lots of real wolves howling. That she could relate to.
I think she mostly didn’t like tv because it was just people being people. She did like "Cops" because it had real sirens, which made her howl.
@sab: I caught the tail end (Ha!) of a documentary on wolves this weekend and our pup’s attention shifted from gnawing on my hand to the tv.
He’s a huskita and when he heard the howling, well that was it…
i should rent that movie next weekend just to piss off my neighbors.
Those pups are riveted. That photo must’ve been taken while the teevee talking heads were going on about the imminent return of Tom Terrific. Was it just in my head, or were they playing the ‘Mighty Mouse’ theme in the background during that bit of discussion?
Lord knows we need to save the NFL from towel waving hicks. Who better than Tom to restore the glamour?
Enjoy it while you can, you sniveling Steeler fans. Even when you win you whine, no wonder everyone hates you. And I know hate.
I’d never thought about it, but you’re right. In university I had a platinum pixie cut with bright pink streaks, and Mom hated it. My grandmother loved it, though. In retrospect, I wish I’d taken the opportunity to experiment even more with my hair during those years when I didn’t have to worry about what employers might think.