I came out of my office the other day to find this going on.
Either they are:
- Having a quarterly staff meeting, and it’s not looking good for me
- Gabe is explaining “he who has the remote controls the picture box” rules
- This is the monthly book club and they’re reading my novel
I’m completely done in. News is off, music is on. How about you?
Respite open thread
I turned off new too, I prefer old.
Something turned on the rain.
Balloon Juice is the place for you then.
Pets truly make the world go around. Your dogs and kitty are a great way to end the day.
It’s funny because in my other window I was reading I met the world’s smartest dog. It’s a border collie named Chaser who has a vocabulary of 1,200 words. But I don’t think he can use the clicker.
I think it’s a burger and fries and movie kinda night.
I discovered this gem by A. R. Rahman from Deepa Mehta’s Water about the life of Hindu widows in British India.
Aayo re Sakhi . I believe the movie was banned in India, since RWNJs are allergic to the truth.
Mike in NC
Watching Season (Series) 4 of “Shetland”, the excellent British police drama on DVD because Netflix dropped it. We liked this show so much we took a cruise last month in part because it visited the beautiful and remote Shetland Islands. Crazy?
About to start baking. It’s autumn, which means it’s time again for me to use my coworkers as guinea pigs as I trial cake recipes for Thanksgiving. I’m very popular at work this time of year…
Today, a chocolate chestnut cake from King Arthur Flour. Hope it works…
@patrick II: The dog probably has 500 words each for “food” and “potty”.
Their recipes are a lot better than their flour, in my experience.
Mai naem mobile
@schrodingers_cat: I don’t know if you’ve read this piece. Longish piece. A slightly different perspective from a non-Indian than what you usually see in the NYT etc.
So much shit went down today, that despite being a huge consumer of online media, I could barely keep up with the Jackaltariate,
I only posted one comment all day in a dead thread.
So some chardonnay and some twitteratii to catch up with.
@Mai naem mobile: I did and retweeted it too.
Gin & Tonic
@dmsilev: If you’re in New England, their baking school is first-rate.
Went to my orthopedic surgeon today for a check up. It’s been five weeks since I had my hip replaced. All is good. X-ray showed the bone healing around the replacement. He estimates 2-3 years before the other one needs replacing. Unlike Trump, I had a pretty good day.
@NotMax: I’ve had good luck with their bread flour.
Major Major Major Major
I just finished some writing, am playing Untitled Goose Game and then will probably read. This game is great.
Mai naem mobile
I am watching Rachel Maddow and she had some guy on and she is asking him almost in a trolling(don’t know if that’s the right term) fashion if indeed it might be serious if a POTUS would ask for dirt on an opponent. That faux serious kind of facial expressions right wing media whores put on when they ask “Well, would it be serious if Barack Obama was a muslin and was born in Kenya?” I’ll have Maddow on in the background but I am usually not playing close attention to what she is saying.
Basking in the glow of the installed-this-morning by ye olde handygeezer LED ceiling fixture. The downside? Yet another remote control to keep track of.
Even rallied enough energy in the oppressive heat/humidity to do a thorough vacuuming with the cordless stick vac which had charged up over the weekend.
@Mai naem mobile: RSS and their US affiliate are insidious and well organized.
Actually, have never tried their white flour(s). Found the whole wheat flour totally unsatisfactory and that was enough to put me off the brand.
@Mike in NC: not crazy at all, the scenery is stunning. I would love to go myself.
Been trying on and off to watch Hinterland on Netflix but just cannot get into it and probably will bail out.
They look so cute ??
Your animals are gorgeous ?
@Mai naem mobile
More and more Maddow’s show has become a tedious chore, irksome when she spends time bitching and moaning about it being a busy news day, her penchant for demanding “Did I do good?” after a logorrheic lead-up to speaking with a guest and when she goes out of the way to announce that they’ve had to jettison prepared segments. Please don’t waste time telling us about what you’re not going to cover.
@Major Major Major Major: Honk
@Jay: I looked because I was busy today. About 2000 comments since 6pm yesterday. All good ones of course.
I want to do a double feature of Downton Abbey and Judy this weekend.
@rikyrah: Oh, that sounds good.
Major Major Major Major
@MisterForkbeard: best button ever!
The publishing of identifying information by the NYT (or any paper) has hit me very hard tonight. The w.b.’s bravery and thoroughness, coming after years of open crimes and shameless denials, gave hope. So the NYT smashed it on the same day it was published.
Mike in NC
@NotMax: We’re going to try it out since we were in Wales last month just a short distance up the coast from where this show filmed..
Well David Brooks, mr. Both Sides have put out a column – “Yes Trump is Guilty, but Impeachment is a Mistake”
Go fuck yourself David.
@Major Major Major Major: I’ve been playing it on my Switch Lite. The game just makes me cackle with glee sometimes.
Also, The Honkening. :)
@Mike in NC:
Maybe a little crazy, but I thought highly of “Shetland” too. I am going to try an English VPN and see if I can’t get it on BBC.
Mike in NC
@patrick II: Britbox is a streaming service you can sign up for under Amazon. We have too many of them already.
@Mike in NC
Nothing wrong with it, it just failed to grab me.
If you’d like to see some Welsh countryside, might seek out Drovers’ Gold (either Netflix or Prime, can’t recall which off the top of the head).
Reminded by post at Democraticunderground that 1st ever TV presidential debate was 59 yrs ago on September 26, 1960, between Nixon and JFK. Person posting info linked to actual TV broadcast.
I remember watching in a dorm meeting room filled with fellow college students. I was a senior and so angry that I was not yet 21 so couldn’t vote!
Gabe looks like he’s been working on his conversion into great dane…needs to activate his head to match the size of his butt.
Very sweet tableaux.
It’s 4:25 am here. Just got back from the hospital. Mum passed peacefully at about 3:15. It hasn’t really hit me yet. More worried about her partner, he is 85 and this is technically the second wife he has lost. He is going home to an empty house.
Mai naem mobile
@schrodingers_cat: I had no idea who the RSS were. I have extended family.members who are Modi supporters but the feeling i get is they credit him with the Indian economy and the modernizing of India not so much the religious stuff. Modi is also good at marketing and branding unlike previous Indian leaders. I think he just happened to be at the right place at the right time to get the credit. I am quite embarrassed looking at those names and seeing that they’re Gujarati. One of my maternal side uncles did some genealogy stuff and said we’re 5th removed cousins or whatever of Modi(definite yuck factor here.) I feel sorry for Trumpov far removed relatives stuck with the name. There’s apparently another wealthy unrelated Trump property developer family who have properties in CA and FL.
I have too may too. However, I may try Britbox seven day free trial and have a Shetland marathon some weekend. Thanks for the tip.
Mai naem mobile
@Litlebritdifrnt: Condolences. I am glad you moved back to the UK and had time with your mom before she passed away. Hopefully you’ll be around to help her partner with his grief. When my dad died people kept on saying those left behind are kept busy initially because of everything that has to be taken care of after a death and people visit to offer condolences but its later they need support when they get lonely.
Oh Litlebrit, I am so very sorry for your loss. Yes, it will hit you, at the most unexpected (and sometimes inconvenient) moments. I hope — no, I know — that a lifetime of wonderful memories of your mum will help ease that sense of emptiness. Hugs to you, and her partner (is it Norman?), and everyone who loved her. And I’m glad her passing was peaceful; that will be a comfort.
@Litlebritdifrnt: So sorry for your loss, and her partner’s too. A peaceful end though in its way is such a blessing. I wish you strength and comfort in the coming days.
My deepest condolences to you and your family and especially your mum’s partner. It’s never easy to lose your mother or father. I hope that you’ll be able the weather your grief in the following weeks, months or even years.
Mike in NC
@Litlebritdifrnt: Condolences to your family.
We are here for you.
@Litlebritdifrnt: Oh, my condolences. It’s so hard, even when it’s their time, and men usually don’t do well, although my uncle’s fourth marriage at nearly that age was his happiest. May her memory be a blessing to you all.
@Litlebritdifrnt: I am so sorry for you and your family. May you find peace in your memories.
@Litlebritdifrnt: My sympathy to you and your family.
Mike in NC
Impeachment vote is now 225.
@Litlebritdifrnt: So sorry to hear this. Take care of yourself.
Thanks all Me and my sister now have a three story four bedroom house to clear out of stuff that my Mum a dedicated hoarder accumulated over four decades. It is going to be a mammoth task. My stepfather left my Mum a life estate in the house so his heirs are going to descend like vultures as soon as they know that she has died. Luckily we have an excellent lawyer who is going to fight for us to give us time to clear the house and dispose of all of the valuables
@Litlebritdifrnt: What a sad time for you, that’s a terrible loss. Thank you for letting us know, and be sure to take care of yourself. Grief is very tiring and can sneak up on you. Thankful that it was peaceful. I hope your heart is filled with warm and loving memories to console you and your family.
@Litlebritdifrnt: Sorry to hear your mum passed, and you are a very generous person to worry about her partner at a time like that.
@Litlebritdifrnt: So very sorry to hear of your mum’s passing. No matter how old you are or how much you are expecting it, it’s never easy. Very glad your husband was finally able to be in the UK with you so he can be with you now. Please take good care of yourself.
J R in WV
Oh, honey, so sorry for your loss. You’ve had a hard row to hoe the past couple of years. Take care of yourself, and try to help your mom’s partner if you can.
At least your other half is there to be with you…
What a beautiful story.
I’m so sorry. It’s so hard to lose a parent even when you know they’re ready to go. My dad started calling people the morning of the day he died to let them know that he was ready. He called me and said, “Well, I’m checking out today.” Luckily, he was within an hour flight so I was able to be there with the rest of the family.
So srry for your loss, Is there someone to keep an eye on your stepfather? This has to be a really dislocating experience for him.
@Litlebritdifrnt: My condolences on your loss. Reach out for strength and comfort when you need to.
@Litlebritdifrnt: My thoughts are with you. Having to deal with my parents’ accumulated stuff, I know how much trouble – physical and emotional – it can be. Take care of yourselves.
How fun would it be to sign up and cancel your NYT subscription in the same call!
Me: Hi I’d like a 10yr subscription.
NYT operator: Great let me get your details.
Me: details details details.
NYT Op: OK we’re all set.
Me: OK now I want to cancel that subscription.
NYT Op: Why? You only signed up!
Me: Cause Vogel is a disingenuous hack and a fool who has further tarnished your papers reputation. Have a good day! *click*
@Mike in NC: Not crazy at all, but I must admit that the dialogue in “Shetland” was completely incomprehensible to us and we had to turn the subtitles on to be able to follow it (same with “Derry Girls”).
TaMara, those animals don’t look like they’re judging you at all, they’re just contemplating life.
@Litlebritdifrnt: My deepest condolences to you and her partner.
@Litlebritdifrnt: Sympathies yo you and her partner. Good to hear she passed peacefully.
I recommend treats…
@Litlebritdifrnt: very late to this thread but just wanted to offer my condolences.