Spent the day in Pittsburgh at the animal hospital and Lily, as always, was a perfect angel on the ride up:
Dropper her off and went to Costco and had their 1.50 hot dog combo, which is the best bargain in the universe, hit Batteries and Bulbs and got a replacement bulb for my bedside lamp, and went back and picked up my girl. According to the docs she was “perfect” as always, she is now completely recovered from the anemia she had when this all first started, and all her number look great. We are now to the point where she only needs to go back every THREE weeks, which is amazing.
Lily is celebrating by taking a nap.
What is on everyone’s agenda tonight?
So glad she is doing better. Warms my heart to see her. Thx
Joy in FL
She looks so perfect on your new bedding. I’m so glad she is doing well.
Awwww…Lily is the best. Look at her pretty bow. Such a good girl. So glad she’s doing so well.
Tonight? I have to brave the horrible heat and go water the garden. Poor birds are desperate for me to keep the bird bath full so I do my best.
I’m glad for the sweet pea. It’s been three weeks since Lil Bit’s Larpar “tie-back” surgery and she seems to be doing fine. We’re hand feeding her and her water is elevated. She had been so noisy that I slept with a noise machine for the past 5 years, now I want to be able to hear if she has breathing problems so I leave it off but she barely makes any noise at all now.
Thanks for cute intrepid pup pix. Lily is also wise. Celebrating by taking a nap is a wise and relaxing option that is often forgotten.
We have no Bulb ‘n’ Battery type joints here in SF Bay. We are backward and I am ashamed.
Edit: $1.50 hot dog combo special at Costco: not wise IMHO.
@Yarrow: I’ve been reading quite a bit about Houston. Market Square looks interesting but I fear the heat will make it less than fun.
Yay Lily! Extra scritches tonight!
Aww, Lily girl.
It’s doo tamn hot. That is all.
Eh, dont know. Pelting rain tonight and into next week as far as the forcast says. ‘The Snowman’ is on HBO tonight. Anybody seen it?
(Lily’s bowtie has a rather Fred Astaire feel to it)
Got the third of four insurance payments for Gav today. This one was for his prescriptions. Almost went to look at a puppy today but backed out at the last minute. Someone else ended up adopting him so yay for him!
I did. I was not impressed.
Great news about Lily! Still recovering from Pachelbel’s Canon in C. (Crack up just thinking about it)
I ended up giving the nice man who wheeled me to the gate at the Denver airport a $10 tip because it was all I had and because my gate was aaaaalllllll the way at the end of the terminal. I couldn’t get a nonstop home, so I have a connection in Las Vegas. Ugh.
A Ghost To Most
When a Georgian says it, you know it’s bad.
@raven: That’s wonderful news! Thanks, Raven.
And JC, that is also wonderful news about Lily. Woo hoo!
@A Ghost To Most:
You wrote what I was thinking. 109 in Dallas is the forecast I just saw. Yikes!
Costco whole pizza pie is a bargain and a half.
Hint: Order a veggie pie. Darn tasty.
@raven: The heat is brutal. I think you said your tomato plants are still producing tomatoes where you are. If that’s the case, your heat isn’t Houston heat. Houston tomato season was done in early June.
Market Square is okay, but everything is just hot in the summer. Avoid the heat of the day, but you’ll probably be in the conference anyway. By evening it’s hot but downtown you should get some wind tunnel breezes from the tall buildings and shade as well. They show movies one night a week during the summer in Market Square.
I forgot to mention previously, if you’re looking for something a little different to do, you can go up Buffalo Bayou to the Waugh bridge and watch the bats fly out at sunset. It’s got a viewing platform and info about the bats there. Not as good as the bats on Congress St. bridge in Austin, but still pretty cool.
The city really worked on Buffalo Bayou as a park a few years ago and now and it has paved trails on both sides now plus nice pedestrian bridges so you can cross over occasionally. I don’t know how it looks since the July 4th floods, though. I know you said you don’t have a car, but you could Uber, walk if you’re up for it (I think it’s about 3 miles one way), or they also have those rental bicycles around in various places.
A Ghost To Most
@dexwood: Eek. Probably 105% humidity as well.
It’s been hot here, but <20% humidity makes all the difference. My sympathies to all.
I love Lily very hard!
And raven, I find myself thinking about Lil Bit nearly every day. Assume your awesome Princess Bride will handle Eye Drop Duty while you’re away. I remember what it was like to go on business trips and have to leave cats behind.
Wonderful to hear that Lily is doing so well!
Yay, Lily! I love that she comes with a garnish.
Sweet Lily! Such a sweetheart!
Just getting ready to make a beef stir fry with the tips I cut off a whole filet before I cut steaks, broccoli, carrots, celery, scallions and an orange pepper I had laying around. Sauce has garlic, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, corn starch and beef broth. A nice inexpensive red blend to go with it. Oh, and blueberry pie and vanilla ice cream for dessert. Planning to watch the HBO documentary (on HBO 2) about Robin Williams, which I am told is stellar.
Is your knee not healed yet?
J R in WV
Yay, Lily~~!!~~ What a good pupper…
Yay John Cole, what a guy…!
I love you, Lily.
Lily always looks like such a sweetie in her pictures. I’m glad she’s doing well.
Nothing interesting going on here. Feeling a little under the weather, so just television watching and waiting on the much needed rain for me.
A Ghost To Most
@geg6: Sounds good, and very close to my beef stir fry (I use flank or skirt, sliced thin). All I would add is five spice and white pepper.
We have a fajitas flank steak about to go directly on the coals, and roasted peppers and onions ready.
Looking up Ark Building For Dummies here in the deecee area.
If’n I didn’t know better, I’d think the good Lord was trying to drown something evil here.
Gin & Tonic
Enjoying a “Cactus” double IPA from the Tilted Barn Brewery here in rural RI. Very low-volume place – you can only buy the stuff at the brewery, which is open 12-8 on Fridays and 1-4 on Saturdays. Plus, only two four-packs per customer.
This is in the unfiltered style that’s come to be known as New England IPA, that’s gotten quite popular in the last year or two.
Pictures of Lily make our lives so wonderful.
Great news about Lily!
More or less on the way home. Taking a break from running around doing errands.
Folks have been talking about the movie Laura. I haven’t seen it in years and have it queued up to watch later tonight.
J R in WV
We’ve had thunderstorms here the past couple of days. Nothing like the mid-west, but still loud and rainy. Next door neighbors went to “Live on the Levee” downtown last night and I let their dogs out to pee around 6.
They offered that there was fresh corn in their garden, so we had 4 ears, the two smaller ears were perfecto, probably the best we will have this summer. Two of their dogs went out, did business while I picked corn, then went back in. The younger dog stayed out.
After the storm, she turned up down at our house.
Driving into town early yesterday afternoon, our VW little SUV gave up something bad squealing metallic noise in the front end! I went ahead on the errands, called wife to meet me at the VW dealer to leave it for them to get into Monday. I hated driving it on into town, but I left my cell phone at home, so did a couple of miles of errands on the way to the dealer. The wheel didn’t fall off, so all was good. The squeal did worsen. Maybe a brake caliper, maybe a CV joint or a bearing.
Got fresh caught sockeye I will be blackening in a cast iron skillet, some fingerling potatoes to roast, an avocado and a tomato for a green salad, sparkling wine, I forget either a Cava or an Italian Prosecco, so all looking good for a Saturday night at home.
Cars… what a pain. At least the low-slung sedan didn’t have trouble on their driveway up the hill !! It’s a little less civilized than our mostly level driveway, up a steep rise to a switchback, then around and up the hill to the top where their house stands…
A happy weekend to all, and to all a good night!
I am one week into being back on strict paleo and am actually doing pretty well with it. Tonight I had grilled fish and green beans seasoned with garam masala. Thank FSM for Penzey’s. My son tells me I am not drinking enough water (he always tells me that), so I am going to make that my project next week. I suspect it comes from too many years as a teacher/librarian.
I agree with Yarrow about the heat. In fact, don’t go outside after 9:00 a.m. or before 7:00 p.m.
ETA: John, thanks for the Lily pictures. Sweet, as always.
Mai Naem mobile
@raven: the soggy heat is brutal. If you’re still there Thursday, there’s a light rail line that runs down Main all the way to the Medical Center. Just before Rice U is the Museum Of Fine Arts, which is free on Thursdays. The pretty campus of Rice (my alma mater), has a James Turrel light installation (as does the MFAH).
@raven: Raven, what exactly did L’il Bit have? I know you’ve mentioned it before. Reason I ask is that Watson makes some peculiar throaty/snuffly noises that sometimes sound like he’s either horking or having trouble breathing.
Lily ia so photogenic. Imagine looking good on the way to the cancer doctors. I wouldn’t in her position. First corn on the cob and tomatoes of Cape Cod summer and grilled striped bass to boot. Life ain’t bad, although we’re in for a rainy week.
PS: Is there anything more annoying than local TV weatherpeople telling you that :we need the rain” in the summer? Here in Boston they actually have the nerve to day :we need the snow” in winter!
So glad to see good news about not one but two good doggies.
@eemom: Oh, now *there’s* a Christian eschatological novel I could get behind!
“God raises a flood while Congress is in session. The Russian President is on his way. Unfortunately, so are thousands and thousands of protestors. God hesitates. Get ’em all now? Or try to save as many innocent as he can?
“Noah Carpenter has been getting irritated. Just plain irritated. And scared. He keeps hearing this weird voice telling him to build some fucking ARK, whatever the hell that is, can you believe it? He must be going nuts…”
Sweet Lily girl. I’m so glad she is doing well.
We are st intermission at my kid’s concert. It’s so much fun. Weird to see women admiring him. Guess that comes with the whole rock n roll thing.
Costco $ 1.50 dog and drink, while it is a good deal, I wish they had not gone away from the Hebrew National and replaced them with the Kirkland.
@Omnes Omnibus: The book was fairly pedestrian, too.
@Omnes Omnibus: What’s it about? When I hear “The Snowman” I immediately think about the $80 show jumper, but that’s just where my brain goes…
@delk: you must miss Gav so much still! You may want to look at slightly older dogs too; puppies get adopted pretty quickly while wonderful dogs only a year or so old languish because everyone thinks they want a puppy. You get a young, still playful almost puppy, but one that’s usually housebroken and no longer in the massive destruction stage. And a doubly devoted companion, because they know they’ve been rescued.
I know it’s like Xerox in the early days of copiers but JFCOAC. I deleted my Uber account and use only Lyft because … reasons.
Yeah, drivers tell me they drive for both. Makes no nevermind to me.
ETA: Lily pix are the make-my-day event. Thanks, Cole!
@Miss Bianca: Laryngeal paralysis is a disorder in which the nerves that control the muscles and cartilage that open and close the larynx (voicebox) do not function properly, causing voice changes and difficulty with eating or breathing. … Air moves from the mouth or nose through the larynx, and into the trachea (windpipe).
@Amir Khalid: Very nice Who reference.
@Raven: Ah, thanks for that. I remembered laryngeal something, as well as her needing eyedrops. How did you all figure out that that was what she had?
@Ocotillo: There’s not one damn thing wrong with a Hebrew National dog.
@HinTN: I just use it for shorthand, like Kleenex.
Just watered half the stuff that needs watering. Came in to get some water for myself since it’s too damn hot and now I’m heading back out to water the rest of it.
@Raven: better info
@Miss Bianca: her breathing had been difficult and noisey for some time so we had her tested
I bet you literary types have trouble with the gay kid they’ve put in Anne with an E!
It’s also open until 9:00 p.m. on Thursdays. The light rail stop is right there by it.
@Miss Bianca: Scandinavian murder stuff.
Is this the movie with Michael Fassbender? The director claims that 15 percent of the movie remained unfilmed because of logistical and financial problems. They tried to save it in editing, but I remember even sympathetic critics said the film was a mess, confusing and not very involving.
@MomSense: Lol. Don’t you know? That’s why they pick up the guitar in the first place.
@Yarrow: For some reason I thought you were in NYC area?
Well, the Sox have opened the second part of the season in one of their typical, late season can’t hit marginal pitching phases. One run in two nights.
@Amir Khalid: Excellent! (I saw what you did, there.)
Got to love wikipedia–there is an entry for Hebrew National. Encyclopedia Brittanica never had that. I found out the plant in Indianapolis closed in 2004, and now they are made in Pure Michigan.
I too enjoyed the Who reference Amir!
I went to get a pizza at my local Blaze pizza since my wife is working late today (she won’t go to this place due to previous frustrations with how it is ran). Took way too long, even with 3 people in line ahead of me. 23 minutes or so to get a pizza–sitting there getting cold while the millenial is sending out pizzas for people after me in line. Frustrating enough that I took to Yelp for a review. I discovered that after my last review last January they offered me a free pizza–provided I put it on their App. No thank you, even if I’d known about the offer in Jan. Apps are the bane of the mobile phone and invade one’s privacy, and use data.
Good for Lily! :D She’s such a good girl. I’m so happy she’s doing better.
Well, I start a new, permanent job next Monday. It’s been practically 7 years to the day when I came to WA, and in those 7 years, 99% of the jobs I’ve had were temp gigs (the other 1% were permanent jobs that ended due to layoffs). I’m looking forward to it, and not only because I’ll have health insurance again (which, as a type 2 diabetic with hypothyroidism, I need badly). I feel like my time in WA, professionally speaking, has mirrored “The Black Bull of Norroway”: Seven long years I worked for thee/The glassy hill I clamb for thee/The bluidy shirt I wrang for thee/And wilt thou not waken and turn to me? Yeah, something like that.
This week has been muggy up until yesterday. Yesterday I walked down to Chambers Bay (nicknamed by my SO as “Medical Waste Beach” because there used to be a hospital waste processing facility there) and took a stab at the trail. My knees have reminded me all day long of how long it’s been since I did that. Chambers Bay is beautiful, but a stretch of it is a steep grade uphill (on foot anyway), so today I drove over to Blueberry Park (a nice little pick-u-self orchard in Tacoma) and had a nice stroll on flat ground. Then it was back home for salmon piccata and cherry pie, and I discovered something . . . I really fucked up the salmon piccata. Oh, it’s lemony and all, but it has no *kick.* I followed the recipe, but forgot to add garlic as it didn’t call for any. So I tossed on some Creole seasoning, which didn’t help much.
::sigh:: Oh, well. There’s next time, when I’ll toss the piccata recipe and make the one that calls for honey, lime, and jalapenos instead.
Insane storm just blew through and there is hail all over! Film st 11!
@Raven: Erk? Is that some modern-day re-make of “Anne of Green Gables”?
@Miss Bianca: yea, we have enjoyed it , big feminist emphasis
@Raven: It’s stormy but nothing unusual. The morning storms were heavier.
Yaaaaaay, Lily! She is such a cutie.
Tonight involves me and Spawn the Younger and Mr. Suzanne going to grab some ramen, then coming home and hiding indoors, as it is hot as balls outside.
A bittersweet goodbye to the old LA Times. Here’s hoping they find a successful second act in El Segundo.
I had some fun there back in the day. Met a lot of good, dedicated people.
A Ghost To Most
@Raven: The hail here is unlike anything I have ever seen. You might get 6″ of pea-sized hail, or ice the size of peaches. A hail storm last year closed the local mall for months. I hope it was just interesting for you, and not damaging.
@JPL: lots is trees down and no power
I’ve made chicken piccata a few times this year–mostly Chef D boxes–and really like it. Also really like to eat salmon, but have never made the connection–will have to try that–thanks Gemina13! And all the best on your new gig.
Salmon question: A Costco employee told my wife they repackage the Alaskan Sockeye Salmon with new “buy by” dates. Anyone else heard this? Also wondering why it’s $20/pound one week and $10 / pound the next week. I always thought it was supply and demand (upwards of 30 million salmon swim back into Alaska each summer), but is it because costco’s salmon is getting old? Wondering because I grilled some this week and it smelled fishy, which is never a good sign. Tastes fine, though.
@Raven: When I looked at the map, there is a cell as big as yours just north of me. I hope that you don’t have damage.
@Raven: Promises, promises.
Lily looks lovely, so glad for her and you.
Somebody above said first corn on the cob and tomatoes of the Cape Cod season, with grilled striper. That is heaven on earth, that is.
Storm coming through Alexandria, flood watch for all the area until well after midnight, watching this James Corden thing called The Wrong Mans while recording TCM’s feast of Leonard Bernstein Young People’s Concerts AND Omnibuses, including the one about jazz and the one about Bach. As long as the power stays lit.
(Fireyfox, Win7, vpn, Flint, Puerto Rico, where are the girls, nym details saved)
Costco’s great for lots of things, but I wouldn’t buy fresh seafood there, or any other large market chain.
We have a small local chain (eight stores, I think) which always has the freshest fish and seafood. Since a pound easily feeds both of us, it’s not really expensive.
@Brachiator: They’ve been in that building since 1935, they were across 1st Street since 1881.
Deep State twitter alert!
In order to avoid yet another blogger ethics scandal, Cole should report now many accounts he’s lost.
Including those two old vodafones running out of Whipple up the road.
Lol. dear jack, I’m sad that 1/3 of my followers were fake.Josh Marshall added,
” Students For Trump
Hey, @jack why have we lost 50,000 followers in the past week? We see this trend happening to other Pro-Trump accounts as well. Are you silencing conservatives? If so, stop. From, the silent majority.
6:11 PM – 21 Jul 2018 ”
They have a hostage standoff here at a local Trader Joe’s(across from the old Disney Hyperion studio site), but it’s OK; Trump is on it via Tweet.
Having gone through that shit myself I can tell you that dog is an angel. It hurts in ways I don’t think you can understand if you have not experienced it. That she takes it so calmly is a blessing. I can see why you love her
Raining like a beeyotch in Johns Creek.
Somebody holding the Jerk Chicken Thigh Skewers with Mango Chutney and Organic Mediterranean Style Salad Kit hostage?
Speaking of the LA Times. Sad breaking news.
L.A. Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold is dead at 57.
A wonderful writer.
A recent profile
I hate driving in this weather after dark. Don’t mind driving in rain when there’s natural light; don’t mind driving after dark as long as there’s no precipitation. But rain + dark = white knuckles on the steering wheel.
@Raven: Well, I always thought I could see that sort of vibe between Anne and her bestie, whose name I don’t remember, so I’d probably like it fine.
@efgoldman: Closed the free samples counter early? It riles me up when they do that here.
I guess I have nobody to blame but myself since I gave him his first guitar!
@Miss Bianca: it’s a guy
Not just Costco. “Sell by” dates are often fungible and fudgeable. Old roasts become hamburger. Old pork becomes porketta. Generally it is not unhealthy but it is a bit unethical.
Note: I have no idea for sure any particular store do these things but I worked in restaurants and know similar things can happen. “Chef special” can often be something they need to get out of the kitchen in the next couple of days
So apparently the “25 cent” slot machines at the Las Vegas airport only take dollar bills now. Lame!
Update on Trader Joe’s LA standoff from 10 minutes ago. Sounds serious, a guy involved in neighborhood shooting, shoots at cops as he runs into the TS’s. Apparently hiding inside now. Hope it doesn’t get any worse.
Tense standoff at Silver Lake Trader Joe’s after gunman opens fire; he and bystanders inside store
@Miss Bianca: and I was just thinking of purists who want things just like they were written
I’m not having my surgery until 8/31. Yes, it’s taken for fucking EVER for my HMO to get their shit together, and I’m pretty annoyed. It’s been 10 months!
@Mnemosyne: My NV family connections tell me they can ‘recoin’ the slots very quickly, depending on what the market will bear. Looks like you hit NV at the wrong time for penny ante gambling.
Lily looks beautiful ? ?
Love her bow.
Great news, Cole.
Hollering ? ?
The look on this White Man’s face??
Vegas has gone to hell since MBAs took control away from the mob. Paid more for a Starbucks at the place where wagers take place than at the airport. Never going back.
Any article I’ve ever read which talks about the slots in Vegas mentions that the ones at the airport are also the ones tweaked to have the lowest odds of giving a payout.
A contemporary romance novel partially based on “Anne of Green Gables” just won a RITA award, which is the big Romance Writers of America award.
That is OBSCENE!
Once they landed:??
By “lowest,” mean “worst.”
@Raven: Oh. Too bad.//
@NotMax: One of my NV kin tried to get me into one of the consulting firms that plan out the gambling stakes and payouts. It’s quite a big consulting industry, and a lot big frims operate out of NV. He never brought it up again after he saw the horror in my face at the very idea.
Your link says he’s in custody.
@Mnemosyne: well, being an uncultured dope I never read the book. I love the young lady who plays Anne and it’s interesting so I’ll go with that
@debbie: Thanks, Maybe it was updated. When I read it, it said the police determined the suspect was isolated in one part of the store, away from everyone else. I didn’t see anything about a resolution.
OT, but did anyone see that the Carter Page FISA application was released today? I just saw an overview on Splinter.
Basically – it’s all aboveboard, and CP is already claiming it vindicates him for some reason.
My mother the high roller plays the nickel slots at her local casino. (Yes, in Las Vegas your “local” is a casino. Also a good place for restaurants, people-watching and exercise walking out of the merciless heat.)
I don’t gamble in Las Vegas. But it’s a great eating town. I’m going out in mid-September for three weeks to house-, dog- and mom-sit while my RWNJ brother takes another extended motorcycle expedition.
From NBC on Trader Joe’s
You’re thinking of Diana.
As long as they don’t make Gilbert gay, I think people will be okay. For those like raven who’ve never read the books, that would make as much sense as doing a modern update of Gone With the Wind and making Rhett Butler gay.
@MobileForkbeard: URL for anyone who wants it. Inbnguess this happened a few hours ago, so maybe it’s been covered in a other thread: https://splinternews.com/here-are-the-secret-documents-about-the-surveillance-of-1827768635
I was just like, “Meh, may as well drop a quarter in as long as I’m here waiting for the plane to board,” but I was thwarted.
I am also sad because I didn’t get to see any of the airport’s therapy dogs in Denver. Other than that, I had a great trip.
Didn’t see you posted and I can’t edit on mobile
@Mnemosyne: Gilbert just came home from the sea with a Trinidadian and they are invited to the Cuthberts for Xmas. The gay kid is a sensitive artist
Should mom hit the jackpot, maybe you can convince her to treat you to a burger.
Glad Lily and Lil Bit are recovering so well.
RIP Jonathan Gold, beloved food writer at the LA Times and earlier, LA Weekly:
He was the first and only food critic to win a Pulitzer Prize. I will miss him.
I keep meaning to ask you: how are you liking your Asus Flip? Did you take it on the trip?
I recently bought a cheap lap desk so I could use mine more conveniently while sitting in the cushy chair. Also thinking about pimping it out with a mouse. That would be more for trips, though. I’m thinking about taking it instead of my Windows notebook when I go to Las Vegas.
Lilly the Dog is looking good and that’s good.
Baby Back ribs on the grill for me tonight, small filet for Mrs. J (ribs are too messy for her?) I use JK Western Pride Jalapeno BBQ sauce. Garlic mashed on the side with sweet corn. We’re going to open an old vine Zinfandel and enjoy our last last cool evening for awhile, next week we’re back in the 100 degree range again.
The original book was published in 1908, and there are two particular groups that dumb characters in the books are mocked for hating: the “French” (really Québécois) and “Yankees.”
I did have some good exotic mini-burgers at Bachi Burger (I think) when I was out there last time.
I’m still pretty happy with it, and I did take it on this trip, although I take notes by hand. It’s a very handy size for traveling and it has great battery life. If I’m going to ramp up my word count, though, I’ll probably need to switch back to my MacBook Air since I have an ergonomic keyboard for it.
The money quote in fynyt piece.
The traitorous thug will go to any length of bar lowering to deny the fact that he is a russian stooge and lie about it 24×7.
Major Major Major Major
Lily is the best! You go girl!
Also, I bought this lap desk from Targus that also works to take notes in my lap at conferences:
“You made me”
James E Powell
Many years ago I saw John Lennon being interviewed on TV. I want to say it was Tom Snyder, but it could have been someone else. He was talking about how he and Paul McCartney would compete for women. He said something like, of course getting girls was the whole reason we started this. The interviewer laughed and said, yeah right, c’mon. And Lennon looked at him like he was crazy and said, well of course that was the reason, what did you think it was?
Major Major Major Major
@James E Powell: There are other reasons to do things?
@James E Powell: Come on. Why do you think guys try to do anything?
And the 3rd rate media continues to give the criminal punk a platform even today.
I was just reading an article, or maybe it was some Amazon comments, about using an external keyboard with the Flip (or any Chromebook, I guess). Might be something to explore down the road. I was just glad to know it can be done.
My like my little Lenovo notebook, but it feels like a huge brick compared to the Flip. I really would like to make the Flip my go-to travel device. I need to spend more time at home using it as my main device and see what problems arise.
I would consider buying a keyboard in Las Vegas and leaving it at my brother’s house for when I’m out there.
I told my 14-year-old nephew that about electric guitar (he’s learning guitar too, but at his school they teach classical) and he was like, um …
I just got told calling a car a rice burner was racist! I’ll check in the morning a see if it starts a fight here.
It’s my travel notebook and, so far, the only issue I’ve run into is that if I’m someplace that has spotty wi-fi, it gets a little obsessed with trying to connect and it slows everything else down. If I turn off the wi-fi in those situations, it goes back to being normal.
I am still keeping it stripped down, though — no Balloon-Juice or other random web surfing allowed! Author stuff only.
James E Powell
That’s what I’m saying. It was most definitely the reason I started playing.
@Schlemazel: It’s cool. Great minds think alike, etc.
Major Major Major Major
@Raven: Wikipedia agrees with the person who told you.
Oh, hell, I’ll be Balloon Juicing and random Web surfing all over the place!
@Raven: It probably is. It’s a clear “rice = Japanese thing. In high school, there was a derogatory term of “ricing out your car”, which generally meant adding a lot of stupid shit to it.
When’s the last time you heard “kraut wagon”?
Yup, but prettty low compared to the average RWNJ.
Also used to refer to Japanese motorcycles.
Major Major Major Major
@MobileForkbeard: heard the same idiom here in high school, and I realized later like, huh, that is definitely kind of racist.
This blog goes to bed a lot earlier than it used to. I’m old; what’s your excuse?
I couldn’t sleep so I edited to say “automobile manufactured in the “Land of the Morning Calm” .
Just don’t say “I had to put up the convertible top because there was a nip in the air.”
Didn’t someone in sports media once get in trouble for speaking of a chink in Jeremy Lin’s armour?
Hi gang. Standing at a bus stop in bklyn after a nice evening of singing. Been on my feet all day. Heading home to clean sheets and no alarm clock in the morning.
Sports not my bag. Magic 8-ball sez: Probability High.
Sometimes these days I’m surprised we can say “frogmarched” without causing an uproar.
Have a safe trip home, and have a good Sunday.
@jl: Hot Dogs are never about wisdom, just perfect, indulgent, deliciously trashy food. Onliest way to do them really wrong is with ketchup.
For me, you get them at your favorite hardware/home improvement center, and it’s spicy mustard and sauerkraut. But my genes are mostly from Germany, so…
@Steeplejack: TY for the gift of birthday song – you are so thoughtful. Did you get my reply? As in so many technical things you have walked me through, I don’t know how it was even possible, or whether you received my reply.
Anyway, birthdays not my best times – kind a personal new year reassessment, and last year was a real bear. Lots of grief fallout from the robbery/assault right now.
Decided to make this coming year an exercise in discovering what it might mean to love and care for myself – like I might actually deserve as much – and to learn what that might feel like.
Anyway, thank you friend, for your kind and unexpected gesture.
Yes, I got your reply.
No big mystery. I saw that it was your birthday and found that I had your e-mail address in my list of Balloon Juicers.
That song might be synchronistic for your “mission” this year.
Today (Sunday 22nd) is mrs efg’s 64th birthday. We’ll hear a lot of Beatles in the house.
Can’t take her out (can’t go out). I owe her about 9000 prime rib dinners for the last year or so.
ETA: She doesn’t read this blog.
Give my birthday good wishes to the missus. A charming woman!
And best wishes for your continuing recovery.
ETA: You know, with the increase in meal-delivery services—GrubHub, whatever the Amazon thing is called, etc.—you might be able to cater a nice dinner for your wife without having to go out.
Or just surprise her with takeout from her favorite place.
Where you and my kid live, GrubHub delivers 80++ restaurants. Here, not so much. A half-dozen pizza/sub shops that deliver anyway, an awful Thai place, and that’s pretty much it. The best places around here don’t deliver at all.
Why not, we’ve had our shots. Well, most of us.
@mad citizen: Thanks! Try salmon piccata sometime – it’s not bad. Definitely don’t forget the garlic, though. :)
My SO works for a seafood company up on the Aleutian Peninsula. His yearly bonus is 50 pounds of salmon, so we eat a lot of it. (Most of it gets smoked.) He can probably tell me what’s going with the pricing, since (as you can probably imagine) the fishermen aren’t getting anything close to that. And Costco’s using sell-by dates? I wonder what’s up. Is it Coho or sockeye?
John – Lily’s shaved spots (for treatment) seem both so vulnerable – sans fur – and also a badge of strength and perseverance in her fight for excellent health once more. Sweetest little badass there ever was.
what a sweetie.
Is there enough money in the pot to pay for her treatments still??