Looks like we could use an open thread while we wait for photos roll in from the marches.
I bought a new smoker/grill and Bixby is very suspicious of it – he doesn’t generally like it when I introduce things bigger than him to the yard. He’s gone out and barked at it a couple of times. Having people over tonight to break it in. So busy prepping items at the moment.
What’s everyone up to?
That should win him over.
My bride went to a family reunion in Virginia but I’m staying close to Lil Bit and keeping her cool and calm. She’s doing great and, from what I can discern, there is little I can to to prevent aspiration pneumonia that I’m not already dong so it’s just do what we can and hope.
What’s on the menu?
I washed my hair and the humidity has made it super frizzy. I hate this weather.
helping my son move out and then baseball game attendance, if my knees would allow it, I’d be at a march today…
In this weather my hair requires a seat of its own. See: Rosanne Rosannadana
Re-reading a Max Gladstone novel. Number 2 in the Craft Sequence.
@schrodingers_cat: For me summer is ponytail weather…
Gearing up for today’s march. Being annoyed about the blog being borked.
Missed the Denver march (stupid sciatica). Going to run errands once the meds and stretching kick in. We are headed to Buena Vista tomorrow for a week (SCA event).
Looks like I caught Samwise halfway through his drag makeup routine. (His drag name is Glamwise Banshee if you were curious.)
Reading David Neiwart “The Eliminationists”
@M4: That look!
At our local march, there were no counter protesters. It could be it was just too hot. Or maybe it’s hard to make a good sign advocating putting babies in cages.
Nice! We were going to grill today, but it’s super hot out AND Mrs. Forkbeard and I are both sick.
So we ordered thai takeout. Yellow curry chicken will keep the kiddos busy.
Too bad we can’t recreate the paper-lantern groove of 1960s cookouts. It would require temperate climates and Spanky & Our Gang’s “Like to Get to Know You”. Plus I would need to be 50 years younger than I am.
@MobileForkbeard: Cthulhu likes Samwise’s style: http://imgur.com/gallery/b6q7xMd
That’s great news about Lil Bit!
Product! Lots of product!
@MobileForkbeard: of course you have a cat named Cthulhu.
Weird, my autocorrect doesn’t know Cthulhu yet.
We’ll do the BBQ on Sunday.
Somewhere I have a mix-tape (yes cassette) just for you ?
Man, the climate here kils BBQs so quickly. We get two years, maybe three from $500 grills before the humidity and salt air disintegrates any tiny parts like the auto starter. Your new one looks sturdy.
Bixby will like it once it smells of meats.
Once Bixby smells the food you bring out of that smoker he’ll know exactly what it is. Bet he doesn’t bark at it any more after tonight’s smoke.
Our march isn’t until 3 p.m. PDT, so we’ll be along later.
Yesterday was my birthday. Not happy. Spent it whining and complaining and hating on everyone/everything. Too fucking many visiting people (nurses, PT, health aide) in my house. Do not want.
Health aide came to help me shower/clean up. OK, I feel better, but her kindergarten teacher cheerfulness got her this close to being strangled or cut. I know that’s how they’re trained to deal with grumpy old people, but still….
OK enough whining for one day,
FIX THE FUCKING NYMS!!!!!!!
More Samwise: convincing me to open the window. Such a nice day! https://imgur.com/a/4fPl2G1
@efgoldman: Happy belated b-day, you coot.
We always assume the starter will fry very quickly. We use a butane match, works fine
You don’t scare me, Happy Birthday to you anyway!
DC is unbearably hot today. hope the marchers are ok. My wife had a girl’s day out so I stayed home with our 3 pups/
@efgoldman: and you kids get off the lawn!!!! :P
@efgoldman: Somehow this comment makes me feel sorry for Mrs. efg.
Grumpy Birthday to you, grumpy Birthday to you, you act like an asshole, (but thanks to your home aid, you don’t really) and you smell like one too!
Happy birthday, hope today is less intrusive.
Just finished a video call with family members on 3 continents to plan a massive group vacation to Spain, Morocco, and Israel. This is going to be an enormous clusterfuck, but a fun one.
@efgoldman: when I had a bad birthday this year I declared that the following Saturday was my real birthday. Recommend same.
Happy real birthday!
There’s a change in the wind, and a split in the road
You can do what’s right or you can do what you are told
And the prize of the victory will belong to the bold
Yes, these are the days of decision
Phil Ochs, Days of Decision.
@raven: Have you tried golf balls in her bowl to slow her eating, we do that with Nikki(we also did that with our previous cocker, Wendy).
@efgoldman: Happy belated birthday….even if it wasn’t
@efgoldman: Belated happy grumpy birthday! A good grump can be very satisfying.
My rabbit is grumpy with me about something. I let him out of his exercise pen and he peed on the sleeping bag I sit on to pet him and then ran into his cage, flicking his feet at me (a rabbit insult). So you aren’t alone.
@schrodingers_cat: kebabs – tofu & veggies, chicken & veggies, rice and homemade gelato.
Bestest wishes anyway.
Quick whiparound on the ‘net didn’t turn up any stories about a sudden scarcity of birthday cake candles in RI.
@?BillinGlendaleCA: That sounds effective, as long as he doesn’t eat the golf balls.
@?BillinGlendaleCA: That’s an option but right now I’m feeding her by hand. I started with canned but now I’m soaking the kibble and feeding her that way. Bohdi no likey.
@?BillinGlendaleCA: You can also buy a specially designed slow eater bowl…I have one for my dog, just to keep her occupied a little longer
Happy bday, and many grouchy returns.
@efgoldman: Have a happy belated birthday today, you curmudgeon.
Too freakin hot here. So I cranked on the AC, and restaged the LVR furniture. (No, it makes no sense.) Murphy (the magical wonder dog) had to come in and make sure I hadn’t made any serious changes. She sniffed it all, and decided that it was (as I told her) the same, but different. And like the sensible dog she is, went back down into the cellar to nap.
I’m with all the marchers in spirit, but can’t walk very far, and I don’t do well in blazing heat. Such a wuss.
Hmmm, so a day ending in ‘y’? //
Happy belated b-day.
Just returning from the Fremont, CA protest. Decent crowd, good speakers.
Today is the last day for second quarter fundraising for campaigns. Pundits and prognosticators will be looking at everyone’s haul for the past three months, dropping hot takes, and making all kinds of ridiculous statements–for the most part.
I just went through my donations for the year-to-date and discovered I have now given about $400 to 14 different candidates/organizations. I’ll be making a couple more today in light of the deadline. If you would like to join me–and I hope you do–please send $25 to a candidate you are already supporting or pick one from the lovely Red to Blue list that the Democratic Party has already put together. There are 50+ candidates to choose from! Apparently, despite not trying, 5 of the folks I’ve already donated to are on the list so go me.
And if trying to choose just one or two candidates from the list is too difficult and you want to just make a single donation that gets spread out amongst all of these fine folks you can do that here.
Finally, I hope everyone who went to a march today had a blast.
Mike in NC
Bought a new ~$300 Weber grill when we moved here. Neighbors liked it so much they bought one just like it. Propane starter died a couple of years ago, so it’s simple to get it going with a butane lighter.
In the past we’ve gone to the community pool party on July 4, but wife says they’re expecting 240+ people this time so we’ll pass.
@efgoldman: Happy Birthday EFG.
@M4: In my defense, I didn’t name her. And in deference to my parents who can’t pronounce the name of The Fuzziest Elder God, we usually just call her Tula.
Samwise seems like he’s having a ball. In a thoroughly catlike and aloof manner.
Okay, I am on my way.
@Mike in NC: The starter on mine died after a few years, went to the big orange place and got a new one. It was only two screws that were mounting it in there and it works like new.
we, too, are grilling this afternoon.
the infamous 3-2-1 ribs:
rub the ribs with your favorite pork rub and let them sit about an hour.
then grill them 3 hours, very low and slow, indirect heat, with some apple wood smoke the first hour or so.
after the 3 hours, pull out a piece of aluminum foil large enough to go around the ribs in one direction.
thinly slice a large onion, putting a layer of onions on the foil, then a rack of ribs (or half a rack), then a layer of onions, then the other ribs followed by a final layer of onions.
wrap in the foil which generally entails another piece of foil at a 90 degrees angle from the other.
be sure the foil covers the ribs/onions fairly tightly.
back on the grill, low and slow again for about 2 hours.
then, supposedly, one pulls the ribs out of the foil and places them on a higher heat grill and slathers with Q sauce for up to an hour.
generally, once we get them out of the foil, the pilfering begins and soon there are no ribs…very moist and tender.
@Llelldorin: In Fremont? That’s great news.
PS: Fuck Nunes.
@MobileForkbeard: Isn’t Nunes from Fresno?
Bought a friend a Carl Cthulhu for Xmas once.
He later told me that if he set it on the floor and turned it on so the eyes flashed red, the nine (!) cats in his domicile would form a semicircle around it and lie down facing it as if in worship
@Dorothy Winsor: The counter protest here was a pro-life guy who drives a “message” truck around town all the time. He kept yelling through a loud speaker that separating babies from their mothers was always wrong and alternated between thanking us for showing up to support the pro-life movement and calling us hypocrites. The distinguishing factor of separation from one’s children being coerced by third parties seems not to have occurred to him.
I probably should have waited to go. I wilted after 90 minutes. People kept arriving throughout.
@Mike in NC: Our neighborhood Fourth of July party has been canceled because not enough people volunteered. It only got started about five years ago so I don’t much care.
Steve in the ATL
@Barbara: he may be anti-abortion, but I seriously doubt he’s pro-life. Don’t get suckered into using their dishonest terminology.
@M4: Samwise looks like “of course you’re taking my picture. I am handsome, dammit.”
@efgoldman: Sending you restrained, dignified and totally non – cheerful ( in order to avoid strangulation, etc. ) birthday wishes.
@efgoldman: Sounds like you need a visit from, or at least a video chat with, the granddaughter. Happy birthday!
@?BillinGlendaleCA: Yeah, this is the 50.6% Asian city in the South Bay that’s split between Swalwell’s and Khanna’s districts. The turnout was gratifying, but not surprising. I doubt Nunes would get the time of day out here.
@efgoldman: Since Ohio Son has autism, we have had social workers from various agencies visit us at home periodically over the years. Sometimes there’s a big project and they are here every week for a spell.
I’ve liked most of them as people but I really don’t want them in my actual space (not to mention the ones I’ve merely tolerated). I prefer my home to be a refuge from the outside world, and I have an introverted streak that’s rubbed the wrong way when they cross the threshold. But I do have to say, we all get to stay fully dressed, and everyone works hard not be patronizing. You have my sympathy.
Birthday wishes, and also wishes that you get better enough very soon so that your visitors leave you alone and go pester someone else instead.
Who are we sending photos to?
@efgoldman: In the meantime, Happy the Fock Birthday.
Again, glad I made the resolution, long ago, to never give you a shower.
@HumboldtBlue: Try TaMara.
Fellow humboldter can’t wait to see what you’ve got.
Just you wait!
That’s beautiful, thank you.
I hate that and it should be trained out of them if it’s something they adopt because a patient is older or has a disability. A professional should speak to everyone the same way.
Alain the site fixer
@hedgehog mobile: I would kill to be around Buena Vista tomorrow. Spend some time at the hot springs, catch a few trout, shake my hand at the sky because of lack of rain. ENJOY!
Am I sending photos and videos to you and if so, what email address?
Its the same with coots of any age. I dont know why their constant mantra is “Good job!” I want to tell them that s what you say “when youre housebreaking a puppy.”
@hedgehog mobile: yay, BV! Is this the same event as last year’s?
Right now i am up in the mountains at the hunt camp. Tried to mske it to one of the local marches, but timed things wrong. Have to console myself by texting congresscritters and going riding this evening once it cools off.
@efgoldman: Happy birthday efg! And many fuck’em returns!
@efgoldman: one of Niven’s laws (#20): getting old isn’t for sissies. Hang in there , we’re all pulling for you!
If you need puppy love, go here to read about Toffee, a Huntsville pup who fell down a 50 ft crevice and was safely rescued
You have the most beautiful dogs. Always glad to see photos of them. They appear to be at ease, comfortable. That is a tribute to you.