This photo is all over twitter and FB. It is so much win.
I’m sitting here waiting for my final paperwork for the house to arrive via email. Everything is done, closing is set, boxes are beginning to fill and pile up on any open floor space. I have a running list that seems to only get longer.
Bixby is very excited with the new house (we are watering because the seller has moved out of state, so the real estate agent and I are taking turns). As you can see, Bixby is helping water, too.
I will have recipes for you tomorrow – I’m actually going to a 4th of July cookout on Monday, between working and packing – so I had to go recipe hunting anyway.
Ok, how would you caption the photo at top of post? Consider this an open thread.
ETA: If you haven’t see Fiesta the Llama enjoying a good romp with a leaf blower, you should probably click here.
the Conster, la Citoyenne
One of the captions to that awesome picture is “The EU is a mess, but North America is fucking fly as hell.”
Congrats on the new house – moving sucks, but unpacking in a new place,and Bixby, is fly as hell too.
Here come the Generals!
I want to have all of their babbies.
Those are 3 handsome leaders.
Bixby!! Congrats on the new house. I’m loving the Obama Trudeau bromance.
Yep. Great photo. There was another good one I saw with Obama and the president of Mexico looking at one another as the three of them walked that corridor.
And congratulations on the new house.
Last night I watched the video of Obama’s address to the Canadian Parliament on my iPad and took about 85 screen grabs of him, close ups of Justin and Sophie, Members and Senators and people in the gallery and the packed chamber. Between that and the Three Amigos press conference, and his “rant” about populism — what a great day for him and for the country he represents so beautifully, not to mention our closest neighbour. I’m with Canada’s MPs — “four more years!!”
Good on Bixby for finding you a new home.
@SiubhanDuinne: During the four more years chant, there was a great shot of Sophie and her smile.
@SiubhanDuinne: I’m already getting depressed that he’ll be gone.
He saved the world, to almost no credit or acclaim. Scorn and derision, instead.
@Corner Stone: You beat me to it.
Fiesta the Llama is adorable, and I completely understand her love of the leaf blower. I really like those powerful hand dryers in some women’s rest rooms — not the weak-ass little ineffectual streams of air, but the newer kind where the air really blasts out and forces little rippling skin tsunamis across the back of the hand. Love those, and I’ll bet Fiesta would too.
(I think the brand name is X-Celerator or something like that. If I could afford it, I’d have one installed at home just because.)
Obama could run for President of Élan.
I’m sure the Trudeaus (Trudeaux?) would love to have Barack and Michelle stay on a bit longer. When the White House hosted the state dinner for them a few months ago, it seemed clear that there was a genuine mutual affection between the two couples as well as leader-to-leader respect.
“Who ya gonna call…”
I actually choked up when they chanted “four more years.” It’s a crime that such a reasonable human is the recipient of so much hate and vitriol
Cabaret on TCM at 8pm.
He is still a young man. I truly hope he gets the credit and acclaim he deserves during his lifetime. He took such a lot of criticism when he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize during (I think) his first year in office, as though he had gone out and lobbied for it or something, but I suspect it has always been in the back of his mind as something aspirational for his presidency as well as himself personally.
Anyhow, as I’ve noted before, I’ll miss him dreadfully when he’ stone, but I sure am looking forward to reading his White House memoirs — and to seeing what he does with the next phase of his life. Also, Michelle.
I console myself that he knows a hell of a lot of us love him.
Iowa Old Lady
We got lucky.
Major Major Major Major
What a drama llama.
Disappointed. Held back to see if it would crop up.
325 comments on the bathroom thread below and not once did anyone refer to the brouhaha being made over the topic as a game of thrones.
Tedious. Zero chemistry between York and Minelli. IMHO.
Joel Grey, on the other hand, is superb.
Well, they hit every other possible metaphor.
Gin & Tonic
Not everyone is as big a fan of Enrique Peña Nieto as of the other two. Just saying…
Is Hair worth watching (it’s on at 10:15)? I saw parts of it in Moscow once and it didn’t look too good, but it is Milos Forman, after all.
It’s the Mounties who really make the picture.
Congrats on the new house! I remember what an ordeal you had when you were searching. It must be a huge relief to be ready to close.
CNN kept calling them The Three Amigos.
Saw Mary Matalin on MSNBC. Dear God, she’s gotten even crazier. Supports Trump and thinks Cruz would be a great VP pick.
@Major Major Major Major: !!!!???
@gogol’s wife: This.
@Gin & Tonic: I think it’s more of a contrast this with the train wreck that is Trump and to some degree brexit that caught everyone’s interest. And the Mounties, definitely the Mounties.
I love Bixby. Big galumphing dogs are so cute. In a big galumphy sort of way. I guess it makes up for the clean-up. Jack Hanna has said, “You really love the animal when you don’t mind the poop.”. [Paraphrased.]
@SiubhanDuinne: what are those tan things?
Ottawa breaks up a 1-1 game. With a rouge, and then a touchdown.
Oh, how I missed the CFL.
@aimai: The linked video at the bottom of the post.
@debit: Buying in a seller’s market is not something I would recommend to anyone.
Thanks to everyone for the house congrats – I’ll have pix once I’m the official owner.
@TaMara (HFG): It’s co-incidental but yeah, the fact that North America is so stable (Mexico somewhat excepted) in contrast to Brexit is a key aspect to the awesomeness of this photo.
I have a close friend who I believe votes D more often than R. Her parents were staunch Republicans and so is her husband. We don’t talk about politics all that much because we have other interests and ties that bind us. The other day she said she didn’t think could stand to watch the inauguration in January. I assured her that Hillary wouldn’t be as bad as she might think. she looked puzzled for a moment then said she had no concern about Hillary, she just knew that the inauguration would force her to face the fact that Barack Obama wouldn’t be the President anymore.
@Shell: I thought she came out a few weeks ago against Trump..
Now I have to use the google, to refresh my memory.
I am with Oliver Willis, that Ottawa trip felt like POTUS was cheating on us with a sexier, more easy going country. I am going to miss him something fierce. The shallow side of me would have loved to see more opportunities of the Obamas and the Trudeaus interacting. Alas, my president will be gone soon. But I will be damned, if he’s replaced by a racist short fingered vulgarian.
@Pogonip: What about the slobber?
Bixby looks great in his new yard. Congrats on the house!
Emojis of hands clapping.
@gogol’s wife: Agree the smile on the Mountie on our right warms my heart and reflects exactly how I feel.
Neutral on that. Not my cup of flowers, even back when. Film (to me) lacks the manic electricity of the stage production and suffers from a surfeit of, to use an oxymoron, studied spontaneity – over choreographed to the nth degree (a constant pitfall of many wide screen Hollywood versions of stage musicals during the later 50s and especially the 60s).
Mary left the Republican Party, not Trump
@Pogonip: This whole move has made him batshit crazy. Over excited whenever we go to the new house and stressed every time I leave this house. So funny you’d mention big cleanup – they have very sensitive tummies. UGH. :-)
@TaMara (HFG): Tell me about it. I’m a renter: my current home didn’t pass inspection, my landlord decided not to renew his rental license and gave me until the end of July to find a new place. This was at the end of May. Luckily I found a house, a kick ass agent and mortgage broker. My loan in in underwriting now and I should be able to close by July 22. I’m trying to remain upbeat and positive, but not gonna lie: I’m also self medicating with my (now) nearly empty wine cellar. I’ve heard too many underwriting/closing horror stories to rest easy until the keys are in my hand.
Old Broad In California
Yeah, Peña Nieto is definitely the weak link in terms of leadership in that photo. Still a great photo, though, and they’re all quite dashing.
@debit: I’m refi’ing my rental and the morons at the lender are only outstripped by the underwriters. Yesterday they told me I needed a letter since my house is on a private road. Yea, that’s why the city spent $300,000 running a new fucking sewer down the street, because it’s private.
Oakland PD sex traffic story just got worse…if that’s possible:
Cops That Worked at Richmond Schools Now Under Investigation for Alleged Sexual Misconduct with Former Student
@TaMara (HFG): When I was moving boxes, my much smaller mutt had climbed into the trunk of the car. Fortunately, I saw eyes staring at me. When I finally moved, she was so happy, that all visitors had to follow her, while she showed them, her new yard. Good luck to you and Bixby.
Bixby the Big Galoot is a water dog! Who knew?
@redshirt: I can tell you that a lot of my Mexican friends are beyond incensed by what’s happened with the teacher’s strike in the south of Mexico. The Federales ended up live firing into a demonstration and killed eight of them, IIRC.
@raven: Jesus wept. And then once they start down the rabbit hole, suddenly they need more. Every explanation or letter needs another explanation or letter until you may as well say, “Fuck it!” throw your hands in the air and try somewhere else. If you have the luxury of time, that is.
Obama: Well look at this. Appears we got here just in the nick of time. What does that make us?
Trudeau: Big damn heroes, sir.
Obama: Ain’t we just.
Berniehaters (which includes me), tune to MSNBC right now (8:14p ET).
Chris Hayes is about to interview Bernie live, and will ask him about Biden’s report that Bernie said he will endorse Hillary.
I predict such tapdancing that Ann Miller will rise from her grave in envy.
There aren’t a whole lot of countries where the national cops are considered friendly icons. But when the RCMP put on their scarlet tunics, they are one of the most recognizable and positive images in the world. We used to bring down uniformed Mounties occasionally for big-deal events (a high-level visit, say, or some huge trade show) — simply built the cost of however many “Rent-a-Mounties” we needed into our budget requests (not cheap, by the way). Everybody at the reception or dinner or whatever it was always wanted to have their picture taken next to the Mountie. Everyone. Governors, US Senators and Representatives, state legislators, business leaders, everyone.
@TaMara (HFG): Is this just you and Bixby, or are other family members moving in?
@debit: I try not to think about the year and half of looking, the houses that I lost out on because I was outbid and the price I’m actually paying. I think FSM loves me because in contrast to all that, my loan process was a breeze.
@SiubhanDuinne: what is the sound of one emoji clapping?
@debit: Yea, a refi on a rental ain’t easy and that’s with a killer credit rating and tons of equity. We’re in no hurry since the reverse mortgage we closed on was the most important thing.
@Trentrunner: fuck em.. He wants his policies and doesn’t care about anything else. I must say I want to see his tax returns, and the idea that he hasn’t filed yet with the Federal Election Committee, tells me he is a fraud.
Since it’s looking like Trump will pick Christie as his slow walking mate, any picture of them together will prompt Laurel &Hardy imagery – some of their greatest films:
Another Fine Mess
Sons of The Dessert
Saps At Sea
Apologies to L & H, they actually worked to be funny
Please Chris ask him about his tax returns and lack of filing with the FEC.
@Trentrunner: He doesn’t get it. He still thinks he has some kind of leverage.
@aimai: Did you type that in your Cary Grant voice?
@Corner Stone: fuck em.. I still wish Hayes would ask about his lack of transparency.
“Yep, knew it, Obama is even left of Trudeau!!1!”
Probably a commie if not worse…
Best caption for this pic is from this FB post I saw earlier today. Made me LMBAO!
R. Eric Thomas
Also, too, TaMara, congrats to you! Bixby is adorbs.
Iowa Old Lady
@Teddy’s Person: OMG, Firefly.
@TaMara (HFG): That’s one reason I love him. I can cheerfully coo about how cute he is, secure in the knowledge of someone else being stuck with the cleanup.
A theological question I don’t think anyone’s ever tackled: why does poop stink? God could have made it smell good if he’d wanted to, and generations of mothers, nurses, and animal owners would have been grateful if he had. There are biological explanations of why poop stinks, but as far as I know, no religion has tackled the issue of why God designed biology that way in the first place.
@JPL: I knew he was a fraud when he presented himself as the only honest man in Washington, while the only candidate who had released fewer tax returns was Trump.
@Kathleen: Ain’t he sweet/See him pooping on the street/While TaMara follows, scooper in hand/Ain’t he sweet.
Really disgusing, that large swaths of TV media, either blatantly ignores, or just under reports Trumps bigotry just to feed their narrative
@Pogonip: The bigger question is why can’t it be used for fertilizer?
Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism
Your wish, etc.
To be fair, York is playing a closeted gay man, so it would be a little weird for him to have great chemistry with Minnelli.
@Pogonip: Along those lines, why doesn’t the Bible tell us to wash our hands before we touch food etc? That would have been a greater benefit to mankind over the last 2000 years than the rest of the book put together.
What is the taste of an ice cream koan?
@debit: Then they start asking for the stuff you already gave them that they lost.
As I often do, I disagree with NotMax about “Cabaret.” It’s a cold and off-putting film, but it’s supposed to be.
I may have my sole remaining BernieOrBuster on my Facebook on the verge of enlightenment — I was able to point out that the meme claiming that Dick Cheney has endorsed Hillary is wrong, and neither of the Bushes has endorsed her, either. We’ll see if that starts to break the spell.
@Omnes Omnibus:I want something I can do.
@Trentrunner: Welp, you called it.
The Thin Black Duke
@Mnemosyne: And Cabaret is a horror movie that is still damned relevant, unfortunately.
@lamh36: Dammit. I hyperventilated from laughing!
@Pogonip: Because it’s dangerous. It can make you sick and even kill you, it’s to be avoided.
@raven: Come to Milwaukee and crap.
Camp NaNo me, people, one more time!
So did you see this hebbie jobbies moment from Drumps town hall today, and his statesman like answer.
Smilin’ Joe Biden visited the 5000-year-old Newgrange tomb in Ireland a few days ago.
That Mountie on the right looks like he’s trying to suppress a grin, doesn’t he? After an absolute shithole of a day, it’s really nice to see this picture.
Try Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being.
We just watched 10 minutes of it and had to turn it off. I just don’t find any of it convincing. And she got the Oscar for that?
Congrats on the house, Tamara!
OK, I am all in for HRC, as all y’all know…and most all y’all are as well, but seriously…is there any one of us here who *wouldn’t* be chanting “four more years!” for PBO if we could? Anyone?
@gogol’s wife: I thought that one was about why Czech doctors pee in the sink.
@gogol’s wife: The book is better.
It’s supposed to be surreal and Brechtian, not convincing. As the Thin Black Duke said above, it’s a horror movie, and Joel Grey plays the Devil.
Minnelli is good in it, but I suspect at least some of the Oscar votes came from people who were thrilled that Judy’s little girl was in a musical, even a dark and disturbing one.
@PaulWartenberg2016: to quote Aimai: ??!??
You need a sponsor for Camp NaNoWriMo? (it actually does sound like a summer camp!)
@redshirt: @debbie: That’s a smile if you’re a Mountie!
I watched the speech last night on C-SPAN – those Canadians sure do love Obama! They couldn’t wait to give him repeated standing ovations, they were on the edge of their seats throughout, they would high five each other if he mentioned their town (Burlington), they laughed at all his jokes, they ooooed when he took a jab at their hockey prowess, they yelled, they chanted – it was like 2008 was in America. They were determined to make it a historic speech; they were fanboys and fangirls. The Speakers of their House and Senate just gushed in their wrap-up speeches. It easily outshown the Reagan and the JFK addresses just because the Canadians wanted it to – the only comparable event I can think of was Churchill’s “some chicken, some neck” address during WWII. They loved EVERYTHING he said; even when he pointedly challenged them to up their NATO spending. And it was the entire audience, not just the Liberals. Which made it far more loving than the SOTU’s in our House. It almost rivaled the trip to Kenya in its enthusiasm – it was just amazing!
@Origuy: I loved the tour guide’s line (that I’m sure she is tired of delivering): heaven to the Irish is someplace dry; out of the rain.
@patroclus: Yeah, Barry is so awesome. I’m glad that I got to appreciate him in person. I doubt I’ll see anyone like him again.
@Calouste: It does.
@TaMara (HFG): @debit: I feel you both. First I was moving to Florida for my mom, then I was staying in Michigan, then a tree broke my house and now I need to move again. All in the span of less than 3 months.
I have conservative friends who have said how much they’re going to miss Obama.
I’m going to bawl on Election Night. My memories of 2008 are so clear that it’s going to feel like seeing a beloved friend depart for another country. It’s ridiculous and sentimental, and I’m stocking up on Kleenex in case anyone needs any.
::waves hand excitedly::
I think if we get started, we can repeal the 22nd Amendment before October. C’mon, who’s got some free weekends?
I love that in the photo you can see that Trudeau is letting the other two precede him. So polite! I love that guy.