CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

Last week our first couple of overnight threads generated about 3000 comments in total so maybe we should start doing them on weekends too, say around 5PM? As for tonight’s, JMG reader David writes to suggest photos of your pets, adding that “the love that pours out is always palpable” in our pet threads. As always, please keep your images PG-13 rated as you never know where and when somebody in the world is reading JMG. Carry on.

  • safari
    • Treant

      I always wanted to learn, but horrible vision and no coordination and all that. I’m probably better off sticking with plants.

      I planted the Melampodium (butter daisy; it’s neither butter-colored nor a daisy) early this evening! Over time, mine’s gotten much taller and a titch more orange, but a stock photo of the stuff is below. It’s pretty close.

      I’m about to go rebuild one of those color-changing garden lights; the electronics died over time.

      http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1537/5553/products/23208_8592a536-9a62-4fd7-99e5-04f22f4f57ec_grande.jpg?v=1486449667

      • NZArtist

        I’m colour-blind (cant see red…) but in New Zealand butter is a deep yellow colour. So I assume those are the same colour as butter. 🙂

        • Treant

          There’s actually a note of orange there, but “deep yellow” or “deep gold” would accurately describe it. 🙂

          Butter up here is a pale and sad being that jumps onto your toast just to end its sorry life. It’s kind of a pale yellow.

    • JT

      Before “seeing more” I thought he might be petting his favorite pet.

  • PG-13 rated? That does not compute

    • ChrisInKansas

      I still act 13. I think that counts.

  • Michael R
    • gaycuckhubby

      Who’s a good boy?

      • Treant

        Michael, apparently. ZB is a good girl only if she comes back on command!

      • JCF

        ZB is a girrrrrrrllll!

    • Cuberly Deux

      A Currier and Ives come to life!

      ZB!

  • Karl Dubhe
    • safari

      I love that look.

    • skyweaver

      Awww hi baby!!! Beautiful!!!

    • perversatile
      • gaycuckhubby

        Welcome to my life!

      • kiprian

        Ah, the passion of the cut sleeve!

        • perversatile

          That would be the sexier non-cat version.

        • 🐾vorpal🐾

          I bet very few people understand this reference :-).

          • kiprian

            I specialize in obscure references. It does help me find the individuals that might have something interesting to say…

          • 🐾vorpal🐾

            I studied Mandarin for four years, so the reference was clear to me. I’m wondering how many of the other upvoters actually are familiar with the classical Chinese story instead of just acknowledging that cats do indeed rule the world.

          • Raising_Rlyeh

            For some reason I remember the emperor as being Japanese instead of Chinese.

          • 🐾vorpal🐾

            It was actually Emperor Ai of Han:

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Ai_of_Han

            (I know next-to-nothing about Japanese literature and history :D, but I adore Chinese culture and history.)

          • Raising_Rlyeh

            Oh, yeah I wikipediaed it and found out the Emperor was Chinese. I also realized that I was wrong when you mentioned studying Mandarin.

          • JCF

            Something to do w/ the “game of clouds and rain”?

      • zhera

        Wise woman.

  • Treant

    Here’s Casey just after his last grooming. He’s trying to crawl onto my robe, which he pulled down, so he can get my scent back on him. Also. he wants to be with me and that bed right there is completely unacceptably hard.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9d1f2c97807ac8fe4c009a86c88d1648429ed0f28f3ea0f0343a92eb2f0bc2dc.jpg

    This one’s Riley in his Serta doggie bed, hiding a toy in the towel he dragged onto it from the bathroom. He’s the most affectionate dog we’ve ever had.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e48e4f8476ef8aa97481df41c32b63f76cc59bc975b61903ead452b057fdffea.jpg

    • safari

      My ex’s cat used to sleep on our laundry we think in part because he liked our scents.

  • Lars Littlefield

    The world is a horrible place. Nobody loves me. I’m going to eat a worm and die as I watch this broken promise of my future. Fuck you Walt Disney. You lied!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwA7c_rNbJE

  • Sam_Handwich
    • safari

      How much are you expecting?

      • Sam_Handwich

        it’s just keeps getting worse. probably a foot and a half

        • Karl Dubhe

          It won’t be there long, it’ll melt quickly…

          Oh, damn. Move your shit to the high spots.

  • safari

    Huh. Charlie is going for a trip.
    https://twitter.com/AP/status/973348531527409664

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      Fucking. Adore. Him.

  • gaycuckhubby
  • SoCalGal20

    Thank you Joe! Billbear will be very happy.

  • ChrisInKansas

    Kitties and records…the perfect combination! Gary is 11 years old and the prettiest cat ever. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/465a90a76042d4280ded428c9bc70b8ef682732888b3ed79efb6d65390b234f1.jpg

    • Sam_Handwich

      so pretty! reminds me of my childhood cat, Pete

    • Karl Dubhe

      I seem to recall one of our cats had boots like his. I wanted to call him Boots, this was long before I knew there was a gay bar here that was called Boots & Saddle. 🙂

    • skyweaver

      Love those white paws.

    • Tom Furgas

      Please list some of your favorites in the record collection, and does Gary have particular favorites?

      • ChrisInKansas

        He loves Cat’s in the Cradle and Cat Scratch Fever. 😛

        We have over 20,000 45s and many more of other formats. 80s songs in general are great.

        • whollyfool

          How does he feel about Stray Cat Strut?

          • ChrisInKansas

            Strays make him sad. 😨

          • whollyfool

            Good point. How about Whats New Pussycat? 🙂

          • ChrisInKansas

            Whoa whoa whoooaaooo!

          • perversatile

            KD’s version gives me a slight case of the swoons-
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhojfORobHs

        • Tom Furgas

          20,000??? I thought I had a big record collection! (About 600 LP’s and 300 or so 45’s.) Your 45’s must date from the ’50’s if you have that many of them.

          • ChrisInKansas

            We have everything from 60s on up, but 80s make up the majority. We’re completists… 🙄

          • Tom Furgas

            The ’80’s was the golden era of self-produced 45’s. I used to get catalogs from Forced Exposure with page after page of 45’s, most for about $1 each. Wish I’d had money back then, I would have bought them all. Do you have a lot of independent-label 45’s?

          • ChrisInKansas

            I’ve never heard of Forced Exposure, but they sound awesome! We do have some, but they’re mostly low charting or non-charting country singles from the 80s.

          • Tom Furgas

            Forced Exposure was an independent distributor, mostly experimental and punk. They probably did it for the love of the music, as I doubt there was much money in it. I myself did a 7-inch EP in 1989, but I gave most of them away to record companies as demos. Not a nibble, but at least Warner Bros. was kind enough to send it back with a polite rejection note.

          • ChrisInKansas

            That’s awesome! Have you ever found a copy of your record for sale anywhere?

          • Tom Furgas

            Someone on eBay posted a copy many years ago. I think it sold for a few bucks. I only made 100 copies (the minimum that could be pressed to fill an order). Cost me $450, aside from the time and effort it took to make it in my home studio. It’s hardly a collectors item. But fans of independent-label records would buy it just because it was independently made.

          • ChrisInKansas

            I envy people with musical talent…I couldn’t carry a note in a bucket, and have no patience to learn an instrument. At least I can enjoy those who do. Really enjoying obscure yacht rock right now. Love that West Coast mellow sound.

          • Tom Furgas

            Talent is much like the way Thomas Edison described it; 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Any ability I have with music (or art…I am also a painter) came through hard work and the desire to create. Here’s a fairly recent painting of mine. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bf6215cd34ca88b36bd8dc5b3362ad766a89dd4f9b18d1ede837879bcc996736.jpg

          • CanuckDon

            Sounds like we have some similar tastes. Do you visit the site AOR Disco?

          • CanuckDon

            Some of those ’80s country singles were exceptional. Deborah Allen’s “Baby I Lied” comes to immediate mind and Michael Martin Murphey’s “What’s Forever For”.

          • ChrisInKansas

            I am unashamedly a big fan of 80s country. So many of those songs – even number ones – are basically forgotten today. Many of them aren’t even country; they’re just glamorized adult contemporary. Ronnie Milsap, Crystal Gayle, Sylvia…just catchy pop singles.

        • JCF

          The second, by racist, misogynist fuckweasel, should never be mentioned here. *

          * I suppose it’s been covered by others. But still. I should have spit on him, that one time I had the chance…

    • Ninja0980

      Here kitty kitty!

    • 🐾vorpal🐾

      He is indeed a pretty boy, but a black cat, he is not! (A very, very close second, I’ll grant!)
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/082e39406e59683b2b4c47b3128eff8ff6c1d690cbd85da304eca97db2debd55.jpg

      • Danieruw

        He deigned to wear the bell? You must have bribed him with fresh Chilean salmon!

        • 🐾vorpal🐾

          I can’t recall if it was raw salmon or Thai red chicken curry (he loves them both equally), but something had to subdue him into that level of complacency!

          • You dealt him some nip didn’t you.

      • JCF

        Vorpal, methinks you might be just a *tad* biased…

  • Lazycrockett
    • safari

      With the snake or the boy?

    • Treant

      Taking care of the snake and then “taking care of the snake?”

      Yeah, I would have too.

  • ‘Til Tuesday

    Hey Joe: A big YES to weekend “Chatter”!

    My local PBS station has started running a British crime drama called “Vera”. It’s really good! It’s about a middle aged lady who’s assigned to be Chief Inspector for a (fictional) British seaside town. She’s “OC” and dresses poorly, but she’s smart as a whip. If you get a chance, check it out.

    • Chicago joe

      Fix this now!

    • Todd20036

      He could be shot in the head and the worst damage would be to his toupee

    • whollyfool

      Those bastards….

      • No wonder the Borg were out to get them.

        • Skeptical_Inquirer

          The Borg is what the GOP aspire to.

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    So I recently decided to binge watch the shit out of True Blood. Yes, vampires are the hottest bi’s ever, Eric Northman is gorgeous and beautifully flawed, Pam may well be my spirit animal, and it is a bitter sweet laugh every time I see Lafayette speak.

    But the final scenes with Godric are incredibly moving. Great score, superb build, good lighting, a ton of mythic motifs, and now I want to visit Denmark.

    • safari

      I liked the first few seasons. Then I watched it for the nudity and violence.

      • Oscarlating Wildely

        Yea, it totally went to shit post three. Godric was in two. But Bill’s house had some *incredible* decors as the series concluded. Plus Ginger showed up more, which inherently makes me laugh.

      • Reality.Bites

        You know they have nudity online where you don’t have to suffer through dialogue. 😉

        But on the subject of Ball series, here’s Henry (Andy Bean) from here and now, where he plays a somewhat mysterious barista who’s seeing Ramon, one of the main family.

        And they have sex scenes that I think at least occasionally show Andy’s butt.

        The 20-35 hipster type is my kryptonite.

        https://static1.squarespace.com/static/51f18524e4b02252a1042d21/5a4595ff8165f559032e0564/5a45960a0852292beecd69fc/1514509880649/Bean.JPG

    • Stubenville

      “Would you like lies with that?”

    • Bluto

      When clowns compete.

    • Karl Dubhe

      I thought child brides were a thing in the Muslim nations…

  • Treant

    Here’s my old cat, Sage. He’s been gone about…wow, 12 years now. This is the one I inherited when my uncle died unexpectedly. This photo was only a few months after he moved in–as you can see, he adjusted to me perfectly well.

    He was allowed on every house surface except the dining room table. So naturally, when I got home from work, I always found hairs on the dining room table. And once, the cat who had fallen asleep there and just woken up. I gave up on restricting him after that.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/858251ac50a60708da873904e7be462c1ff1af5231f5da352528019cf2559ec9.jpg

    • whollyfool

      What a sweetheart. We don’t ever have them long enough, but we think of them forever.

      • Treant

        That is not “sweetheart.” That is “pretending to sleep while planning something dire.”

        • whollyfool

          Not mutually exclusive at my house, lol

        • Zeldacat

          I live with a tortie. She’s always planning something. I have yet to find out the details but I’m rather scared to.

          • Treant

            You never will. By the time you do, you’ll already be heading headfirst down the stairs.

  • Mrs. Councillor Nugent
  • Roger E Silva Jr
    • Gianni

      🙂 That’s good!

  • DaddyRay
    • whollyfool

      <3 !

  • Paula

    Today is Napping Day. Happy Napping Day, everyone. Take a nap with a friend.

  • boobert

    The overnight is helping me clean house. I’ve gone through 3 partial liquor bottles so far. I’m gaining much needed space in the fridge and pantry ! Tonight is an leftover red wine, lol.

    • whollyfool

      “leftover wine”…. unfamiliar with this concept…. 🙂

      • boobert

        This one is from Christmas. We’re just not big drinkers. But I’m learning, lol.

        • Karl Dubhe

          From xmas, and it’s not turned to vinegar?

          • boobert

            That’s what I thought, but It taste fine to me.

  • SoCalGal20
    • bzrd

      but those are just
      fake indictments

  • skyweaver

    Two glasses of wine and a couple of old Unsolved Mysteries episodes tonight. Old crime shows where everyone has big hair and acid washed jeans are still entertaining. Happy Monday night to my JMG friends!

    • Gianni

      I love watching a chain of Law And Order reruns. I record them continuously and watch them again and again. There are so many seasons of them that, though I recognize having seen them before, I never remember the actual outcome of any of them. Makes them remain enjoyable.

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    Pitch of the day: If you want to see some sick, sick shit see how greyhounds are treated post racing days– or for that matter during. Dog racing is a disgusting practice and the treatment of greyhounds, one of the oldest and most beautiful breed of dog on Earth, is nothing short of barbaric. If you can adopt an ex-racer, do so. They are usually young (they have to be; they kill pretty much any of them over five) and are trained– and extremely loving.

  • whollyfool

    Animal lovers….
    I got a notice from the ASPCA that we need to make our voices heard…. Please click the link and add your name if you can.

    http://links.aspca.mkt6276.com/ctt?kn=4&ms=MTMwODk4NTYS1&r=NjAwNjQ3NjYxMTgS1&b=0&j=MTM2MDg4MzA0MQS2&mt=1&rt=0

    “Caught up in the Administration’s rabid, non-strategic frenzy of deregulation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is considering something truly despicable: allowing for-profit businesses that exploit and exhibit animals, like puppy mills, research labs and zoos, to essentially police and “inspect” themselves.”

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      That, that would be a shout out to Pennslytucky, Puppy Mill capital of the world. It’s big business here with the mountain people– fuck them all.

      • SoCalGal20

        CA passed a law (it goes into effect 1/1/19) that requires all pet stores in the state to only sell rescue dogs and cats. No puppy mill animals.

        • Oscarlating Wildely

          And PA would sooner through out all of the cheese steaks, pretzels, and Liberty Bell– and eat a few Amish children– before ever considering the same.

          Having noted, the rest of the Commonwealth would be thrilled to throw the Philadelphia region into the Delaware. Such a law could pass in this region, maybe (at least inner ring suburbs) but the middle of PA: never.

          • Skeptical_Inquirer

            Is there any way to kill demand?

        • fuzzybits

          The city here just passed a new law banning dogs living on chains.

      • fuzzybits

        We’ve always had a bad problem with puppy mills. A lot of it was the Amish.

  • HoneyBoySmith

    I want to cuddle all the pets.

    ALL OF THEM!

    • Sam_Handwich

      good thing you have seven tentacles!

      • HoneyBoySmith

        Don’t make fun. We septopi will rule the earth!

    • Paula

      C’mon over, I’m sure our 12 small dogs will give you some attention.

  • Paula

    I feel good this year. I made it all the way to March 12th without hearing the word brackets.

  • JT
    • Stubenville

      Daschunds are cute but very stubborn.

      • JT

        Bred to hunt badgers? Not surprising they might have a quality like that.

    • ‘Til Tuesday

      I have a huge weakness for Dachshunds! One of my friends has one and he’s one real stinker who gets into trouble. But he’s so damn cute!

    • 🐾vorpal🐾

      Dogs are not my favourite creatures, but this one is so adorable that I want to nom nom nom that face while squeeeing with delight.

    • Joe in PA

      These two lovely grew up together and are inseparable (they belong to a friend)

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2769f1af70cd89394c0c9168c91720453ecb81612516b5356a2e7b64f92b7acd.png

    • Paula

      LOLOLOLOLOL!

    • JT

      Reply: “You should be. You would be if you had a brain.”

        • Todd20036

          I actually like Brussel sprouts

          • greenmanTN

            Me too. I found out I like nearly all vegetables once I learned they didn’t taste like their canned counterparts. Still not a fan of Lima beans and beets. To me beets taste like a musty basement smells.

          • Todd20036

            Lol. I buy my vegetables frozen in bags. They taste great out of the microwave

            Canned vegetables have a days supply of salt in them. Not worth the convenience

          • Paula

            You and me both! I get queasy just thinking about lima beans or beets. The smell of beets can start me retching.

          • Oscarlating Wildely

            Odd person out: I love beets. The earthy smell. The scent of damp wood. Same reasons I love mushrooms. The woodsy quality of them draws me in.

          • Joe in PA

            Yes! Finally someone else that likes beets. They are easy to grow, very good for you. Have you had beet tops? They taste like spinach only better. Mmm mm mm.

          • Richard, another Canuck

            I love beet greens, along with collard greens an chard and kale..

          • Grumpy Old Man

            I love Costco’s sweet pickled beets!

          • Steve Smith

            Mushroom picking in the woods in Autumn is wonderful. Lots of lovely Porcini to eat fresh.

          • prixator

            With ya there. I’m of Eastern European heritage and ate tons of root vegetables and leafy greens growing up. You can’t make a good borscht without beets!

          • greenmanTN

            I love mushrooms. Beets? Not so much.

          • BobSF_94117

            Purple essence of dirt, combined with the second creepiest mouth-feel possible.

          • Joe in PA

            I wish I could do a 1/2 up vote…I was with you with the ‘they didn’t taste like their canned counterparts’ comment…but that is just rude what you said about beets! 🙂 (I love beets!) 🙂

          • greenmanTN

            I might just have emotional scars from when my grandmother used to make beet pickled eggs. *shudder*

          • Joe in PA

            Ok, I’ll give you that one…that’s a thing here in PA that I’d never heard of. Why ruin a perfectly good egg?

          • Stogiebear

            I still make those. (Mother’s from Bullskin Township, PA.)

          • Joe

            We called them red-beet eggs. My mom’s from Reading, PA

          • Paula

            I can only imagine.

          • David L. Caster

            There are several types of beets and many recipes for their preparation. I happen to like the red ones, but there are also Golden Beets, Striped Beets (Chioggia or Bassano Beets), and ‘Cylindra’ Beets.

          • Steve Smith

            Roasted red beets with broccoli spears, goats’ milk ricotta, red chilli and aceto balsamico di Modena.

          • greenmanTN

            So beet horror occasionally diguises itself?

            (Im just playing. I don’t like them but we all have different tastes,)

          • Chip Lenno

            You should try them roasted. Much beeter.

          • So do I now, microwaved steamed with a spray of olive oil.
            But as a kid just no.

          • Ginger Snap

            Me too, one of my favorite veggies.

        • Grumpy Old Man

          I discovered how much I liked certain vegetables after learning not to cook them into sodden messes. Every single member of the cabbage would be cooked until you needed a spoon to eat them; shall we say that mom was not a good cook – FTW!

        • ColdCountry

          I LOVE Brussels sprouts!

          Edited to add the final ‘s’ to Brussels, before someone notices and calls me on it! (And you know they would.)

    • Cuberly Deux

      Sorry Charlie.

      🙁

    • Paula
    • If there weren’t arms on my chair, I’d be like…ROTFLMAO!

    • perversatile

      Okay- an hour later and I finally got it.
      Kerning is a hell of a thing.

      • Amanda B. Rekendwith

        Your persistence is admirable.

    • Acronym Jim

      For those of you who STILL didn’t get it until Perversatile’s kerning comment (like me), it is supposed to be (cross) un-ashamed.

  • Stubenville

    Anyone here watching RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3?

    I have no insider knowledge, but I’m guessing that Shangela wins, Trixie is runner up and Ben is Miss Congeniality. Shangela’s lip sync last week was epic.

    [Shangela in a fat suit, twerking]
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a85b64ff571da9638bd1ce1a4b4e4cf81b583f496779818200a75d1ebf82260e.gif

    • Lindoro Almaviva

      I do and that Lip Sync was truly epic. I was on the floor laughing

    • Ross

      I am a HUGE Drag Race fan.

      And I am devastated that Ben left the show. He was SO the clear winner. Just fucking brilliant this season.

      I am so-so regarding Shangela. She can do great performances, yes, but she often strikes out fashion-wise. And I loathe loathe loathe her, ah, attitude.

      If Shangela wins I will be…unhappy.

      • Stubenville

        Completely agree on Ben; she seemed unstoppable. I’m still hoping for Trixie, but I think this lip sync may have cemented it for Shangela. We’ll know Thursday.

  • Lindoro Almaviva

    OK, Rosina on top and Lochland on bottom. They are both rescued. Rosina came to us after either escaping or being dumped on the streets and spending 4 months as a stray. She would shake at the drop of a hat, literally. We got Lochland to help her. I don’t talk too much about them because, even after 2 years, i turn into a teary mess

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e3a89413afbc557359f3a3be54ea8d29347507a96612db422c0761b1ae0cd4e8.jpg

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8161e9c39a9fb7694a405e64efa123e313245db1b4cfacf7088a581038ce01ed.jpg

    • DaddyRay

      So cute

      • Lindoro Almaviva

        don’t let cute full you….
        Rosina (double points for anyone who gets the reference) is all chill.
        Lochlan (bottom pic) is 10 pounds and OMG this dog is a handful!!!!

        • Estraven

          Si, Lindoro mio sara…(says Rosina)

  • Lakeview Bob

    I want to upload a picture of my new baby but I keep getting an error message saying I must be logged in. I am logged in. I am so disappointed.

    • safari

      It’s an extension/add on issue. I had that problem with Chrome and instead of trying to diagnose it, I just switched to Safari and Firefox.

      • Lakeview Bob

        Thanks honey. I use chrome. I tried I.E. and couldn’t even get discus to open. So annoying. I guess I will have to download Firefox.

  • fuzzybits
    • safari

      So distinguished.

  • Gianni

    Love seeing the pet pics. This is Baby He owns me and we both know it. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c624e23c8bf07cf5e5d0cafa6d70745814d6c71dc020490cffa2286c419c3468.jpg

    • Karl Dubhe

      I love longhair cats. We’ve had lots of cats in the family, but only two were longhair.

      • Gianni

        He’s part Main Coon and he has the size to prove it. Adopted him as a stray.

    • Cuberly Deux

      Baby has a mane…lol…

    • Zeldacat

      What magnificent floof!

    • Snarkaholic

      No one puts Baby on a counter (because she’ll jump up on her own – and when she’s damned good and ready, thank you very much)!

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  • SoCalGal20

    Here’s the one page preview of the House Intel majority’s “findings”. Be prepared for eyerolls.

    It says the report is going to be made available to the Dems tomorrow then it will go for a declassification review.

    https://twitter.com/joeperticone/status/973324692777000961?s=21

  • Mark

    This is one of my sweet boys – – how much longer he’s going to be with us remains to be seen…. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/24898289b8ec1aa38046d3e4138ea36c3dc634835896cc5f9cc0cee25a84f8f5.jpg

    • Todd20036

      Cherish him for as long as you can

      Remember him for as long as you are able

      • Mark

        He’s slowed down so much and has had two episodes of seizures. 12 1/2 years old – – he’s a special boy for sure and one to never forget – just as I’ve never forgotten any of my “kids.”

    • JCF

      Wubz! <3

  • safari

    I haven’t had a pet in a long time sans my ex’s cat… which I can’t find a good picture of. Instead, this is a squirrel that ate through my patio screen, dragged a jar of peanut butter off the counter, and, failing to carry the jar away, chewed through it.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e517c590c679aa65e6efcfadd2913a40eb7a7b12f7d6664b453a87ba3331b430.jpg

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  • mikeindc

    help! my bed has been taken over by a 70 pound black lab. HRH Youkilicous< Princess of !!th Street

  • whollyfool

    So glad the chat thread is back….

    Here’s Sterling. He loves to sit on the EasyGrow box and pretend he’s an outdoor kitty…. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2da40373e771ead06df56f47b6f2b1eaa55b58d7360c72cc5472e5d51d7e67f7.jpg

  • Marty Pavelka

    My partner’s Dad passed away last September. We took in his rescued Maltese, Sammy. This is him, wearing the Yoda hat I got him for Hallowe’en. 😉 https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/18354b3c1a401239542dd05bf6ddadc0bed15b915a61770be2a241e374d5bec0.jpg

    • Lakeview Bob

      Very cute.

    • SoCalGal20

      Awwwwww!!!!

  • SoCalGal20

    I don’t have a pet but this is one of my favorite dog videos. If I had a dog I would want one like that.

    https://youtu.be/uDcDNibS4aA

    • Jerry Kott

      The dog is an Aussie. Very smart dogs. 33 years ago we were given one and have been hooked since. Very special breed.

      • SoCalGal20

        Ah! Thank you. Definitely the sort of dog I would like.

        • Jerry Kott

          They are very spirited, intelligent and sweet dogs and SMART. They look like mutts which I like .If you are active, it is a good choice. A building contractor gave us one 33 years ago, never heard of the breed and we were hooked. We live on an old farm. We are on our 4th Aussie. This new one is a challenge because she doesn’t trust and was abused. It is taking time, but she is home.

  • Lakeview Bob

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f1d8ca86f9a8529b05e7dd54b6796598e4fdc07bd753a4cae2719d2f9ba0f758.jpg

    This is my new baby. Only had him three weeks. I love him like crazy. He is a pig like me. Oh, his name is Ollie.

    • SoCalGal20

      Cute!!!!

    • Cuberly Deux

      That face! Those ears!

      • Laverne Flanagan

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          Fake Name Job Scam

          Outrageous Lies McLaren F1 stopped being made in 1998 and they only ever made 106 of them

    • Gianni

      He’s a cute little guy.

    • skyweaver

      Lovely little snickerdoodle!!!

    • OMG so cute!

    • Snarkaholic

      Soooooo cuuuuuute!

  • OhPleeze

    Our boy Tyler, about a month before he left us in 2016. Sure do miss all the happiness he brought us! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8467dfa1ec7b7164d342e3565c1242e26994c3d16f64cc39853fb6185dbd9d41.jpg

    • Lakeview Bob

      That is such a hard thing to go through.

      • OhPleeze

        It sure is. But he was 14 1/2, and lived a long and very spoiled life!

        • I’ve been helping a neighbor with one around that age that has had hip dysplasia since sep. of last year in his right rear leg, surgery would probably kill him but he’s getting around now when we roll him out on a cart for his walk twice a day.
          The parent is a republican and I have to keep reminding myself he didn’t vote when he says stupid ignorant stuff.

        • prixator

          Is he a sheltie? I had a sheltie – the love of my life. She was the sweetest, smartest, most wonderful dog in the world. Still miss her immensely after 13 years (she only lived 6 years 8 months).

          • OhPleeze

            Yes, a Sheltie! He was a little devil until around 2, then mellowed out and became very sweet, and was one of the smartest (and craftiest) dogs I’ve ever known. We had another Sheltie before him and she was also smart but not like Tyler. I expect we’ll get another one before long when the timing is right!

  • Michael R
  • Gretchen
    • zhera

      How lucky you are, to have so much lovely in your life!

      • Gretchen

        They definitely bring me lots of joy. They have such distinct personalities, but they are all so loving.

  • jim
    • jim

      Sometimes in these weird times, I just pet my bully

      • Lakeview Bob

        I bet he makes you happy.

      • Stubenville

        How talkative is he?

    • zhera

      Bulldogs are awesome!

  • Harveyrabbit

    This is Mindy, a very pretty cat that I fostered for a while a few years ago. She went to a good home. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7c398f8054400cecccf83c872e4c7a7b9a418a024d836692df34d2a4ecb1591c.jpg

    • ChrisInKansas

      Beautiful!

    • SoCalGal20

      Pretty!

  • NZArtist
    • SoCalGal20

      So cute!

    • Lakeview Bob

      He is more than cute. He is completely edible!

    • JCF

      Awwwwww!!!! Hound? Even Mastiff?!

  • pansarkraft
    • safari

      What’s his name?

      • pansarkraft

        Gladys 😉

  • Hue-Man

    Metropolitan Opera fires James Levine after sexual abuse allegations

    Four men accused Levine of assault, including Ashok Pai, who told the
    Daily News that the conductor “basically sexually assaulted me hundreds
    of times.”

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/manhattan/metropolitan-opera-fires-james-levine-sexual-abuse-claims-article-1.3870640

    And related news about a member of the family.

    Along with the announcement of its new season,
    the Metropolitan Opera has revealed that music director designate
    Yannick Nézet-Séguin will assume the music directorship starting in
    2018-19, two years ahead of schedule.

    http://www.cbcmusic.ca/posts/19660/metropolitan-opera-2018-19-season-nezet-seguin

    • The MET (per the Times article) is still insisting that no one in the company knew about this (aside from rumors) and that no one in the company or on the board ever participated in any cover-up or pay-offs. That sounds unlikely, but we’ll see. Levine’s preference for underage black boys is the first rumor singers ever hear about the opera world. No, we didn’t all “know” but with that much gossip that widespread it’s impossible to believe that this wasn’t better investigated or dealt with decades ago.

  • ‘Til Tuesday

    I went to purchase Easter candy for our receptionist’s desk and I couldn’t help myself – I bought Peeps. It’s my worst weakness candy-wise. I have always loved Peeps. I know it’s pretty much all sugar, but damn I love those things!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/41a23979ecb19f0cc7a40068b8647f24da7c96bdbfb085cf9509382d93266bf4.jpg

  • lala
  • zhera

    This is my former foster cat Orlando. I had him for three months and I loved him dearly. He had lung worms, was very weak, and his paws were hard and scaly, not smooth and soft.

    He wasn’t a cuddler; he preferred to lie next to me on the couch, or the coffee table. But he lovedlovedLOVED to be brushed and showered with love. He would sit in the window and sing, well it sounded like singing to me. Maybe he longed for the outdoors, to go hunting and sniffing about like cats do. But he was grateful for being indoors, that I’m sure of.

    When I went to bed he would jump up and check on me. Then he’d go to the window and sing a bit, before he jumped up on the dresser where he had his spot. He slept there all night.

    I still miss him, even though it’s been 3 years. I developed allergies to cat poo when the next foster cat came along, so I haven’t had a cat since. *sad face*

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7117ad14da4fc26d0d33da24b327ec8f1ac74b7a6b49bc11856f6ee7c3b12319.jpg

  • safari

    This is my grandparent’s cat. He can now turn the furnace off, operate the bathroom sink (including the stop), and he’s working on figuring out light switches. Here he is as a kitten, laying on my dad’s head.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/62e99123332dcb2510024cd2ba6ca962e6daa1ff718517e85060a271a318d37f.jpg

    • Reality.Bites

      Most cats I’ve known love heat and would never turn off a furnace. Unless of course he does it for spite.

      • safari

        It was an easily reachable switch.

        • Reality.Bites

          I was picturing a trek to the basement and a comically large switch he’d have to hang from using his body weight.

  • SoCalGal20

    Buzzfeed has a big feature story up about Felix Sater for anybody interested. Might be a good companion read to that excellent Atlantic article about Paul Manafort.

    https://twitter.com/natashabertrand/status/973230824962260993?s=21

  • safari

    Less than 10 minutes to Rachel.

  • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson
    • BobSF_94117

      Probably extended commentary on the inanity of Daylight Savings Time.

  • djlee
    • Lars Littlefield

      Looks like she needs a blackberry milkshake, she’s too white. 🙂

  • coram nobis

    It seems that Putin is blaming Jews, among others, for the campaign hacking and the 13 Russians charged by Mueller.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/12/us/politics/democrats-trump-election-interference-russia-jews.html

    “Maybe they are not even Russians,” Mr. Putin mused, “but Ukrainians, Tatars or Jews, but with Russian citizenship, which should also be checked. Maybe they have dual citizenship or a Green Card. Maybe the U.S. paid them for this. How can you know that? I do not know either.”

    • greenmanTN

      Has he accused them of blood libel yet?

      • Lars Littlefield

        It doesn’t matter. The 1st rule of fascism and dictatorship and authorism is always “Blame the Jews!”

      • coram nobis

        Not so far as I know, not yet. Still, it’s the sort of speculation that press spokesmen for Alexander III might have raised.

  • Blake J Butler
  • TrollopeReader

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/065d52ba7be63fb2c6da6f82df4c07144c194914530fa281deabe3b7aaf57406.jpg

    “Bandit” years ago …. when the beach turned into the Arctic.
    ‘Jackie’ may see the same tomorrow (or more likely, Wednesday) after Nor’Easter #3

  • greenmanTN

    As many here already know I have a pussy posse of 12 cats thanks to a feral mama cat that kept getting knocked up before I caught her and had her spayed. She actually had 13 kittens but two of them were killed by a neighbor’s dog.

    This is part of my night crew, the 4 To 6 cats who sleep in my room every night’ all the males except Puck, who seems to be the alpha of the pride and slaps the others around for shits and giggles.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b599e5a25cdede91cc98ed43c911842e69ce8ce5698a68dc8a2ce6e80d3aa9db.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fc4bd7624edf639c8be4a7a55fc0daacbdbe39783f691ee9d38a01b2b14f1947.jpg

    • fuzzybits

      Monkey laid on my legs nearly all night last night. Felt like a ton of bricks.

    • safari

      I’d like four to six cats to sleep with me at night. I think.

      • Bomer

        I have 4 cats that sleep with me at night and they are all bed hogs (one is a pillow thief). They also crank out way too much body heat (unless it’s freezing cold then they go sleep some where else >.<).

      • greenmanTN

        It’s fine until you try to straighten your legs and one of the gives you a look like “Who died and made you King?” Then as soon as the sun comes up Mr Tibbs hovers over me and makes noise until I let them out. He’s their ambassador apparently.

        Usually only one or two are actually on the bed but there have been as many as five.

        • fuzzybits

          Our old kitty Lulu and I had sleeping down to a dance. She would get behind my knees to sleep. I’d roll over in the middle of the night and she would sort of glide over my legs to get into position again.

    • zhera

      Are you trying to find homes for them or have you resigned to be the cat man of the neighborhood?

    • John30013

      WAAAAAY too much cuteness in those pictures!

    • MBear

      So…you are literally the crazy cat lady…?!?

      • greenmanTN

        I resemble that remark!

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      How do you deal with all the litter box stuff? It seems like it would have to be taken care of on an hourly basis.

      • greenmanTN

        I have 3 boxes so I can get away with scooping them once per day, sometimes twice. They’re indoor/outdoor and I only keep them in at night or if it’s really cold, so during the day the mostly go outside.

        • Skeptical_Inquirer

          OK that makes sense because I remember an article saying that each cat should have his/her own litter box if possible.

    • JCF

      Catpile!

  • Tawreos

    A different view of my lord and master, on the lookout for food and affection.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8d4dfffa16407b08932add6c0657425cc1dacb98071a966920501be6bffa8c1b.jpg

  • Ninja0980

    On the laptop so I can’t show pet photos until later but I enjoy the ones I’ve seen so far.

  • Tawreos

    Not sure what this makes me feel. Happy, that Jr. is being interviewed by an intellectual equal or pissed off that this is forced perspective and those aren’t 6 foot tall chocolate bunnies. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/07771e7f485d2a07e8d55bc897a654d0728998d4055f4870fce2056cb310c5ea.jpg

    • Lazycrockett

      Those are hollow. blech.

      • NZArtist

        The Trumps, you mean?

      • MBear

        So is Jr

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I wish they were actually golem bunnies and they awaken to hunt him like he hunts critters.

    • Reality.Bites

      Even without noticing the man’s arm holding the mic it’s clear that all the brain power is on the right side of the photo.

  • SoCalGal20

    So retiring GOP Rep and House Intel Committee member Tom Rooney went on CNN and basically refuted the House Intel majority “findings”.

    https://twitter.com/ahmedbaba_/status/973339476872310789?s=21

    • I’ve a feeling we will see some breaking Mueller news before the week is out, quite possibly major indictments.

      Just a feeling, but still.

      • SoCalGal20

        That would be awesome (and hilarious).

      • Fafnir the thurifer

        Beware the Ides of March?

  • Blake J Butler
    • Lazycrockett

      MSNBC needs to snatch Vaughn up and put him under contract. He’s personable and watchable.

  • jimbo65

    This is Jasmine .She’s 14 years old Wouldn’t trade her for the world. My only complaint is that she is stand off ish and a bit hissy around strangers. Sigh. My only explanation is , I’m the only person she has contact with daily. Otherwise she loves scritches and snuggles in bed with me at night. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e4176a49cc8aa904a4a423c9234b9db9b2e095c9abed0ee0c7cb0f90e4c26693.jpg

  • TrollopeReader

    “Jackie” under her bench … her “cool” spot with the stone wall and fresh dirt…. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4646fab7d139a9bd94c063a05d17703c88bbecf3c73706f5a6a52d520706e35f.jpg

    • TrollopeReader

      she has *the* softest hair, and loves belly rubs …
      …and has fun doing 360’s twirls outside.

    • Lakeview Bob

      Beautiful.

  • Rebecca Gardner
  • ohbear1957
    • Reality.Bites

      I guess they wanted to wait till their parents died. Some siblings are considerate that way.

  • Lazycrockett

    This David Corn book is gonna be gooooood.

    • safari

      Rachel just said “golden shower” and “Manchurian candidate”.

  • So, since everyone else was posting pet pics, here yall go.
    This is Aaby.
    Aaby is a bitch.
    We love Aaby.
    She’s our child. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b207375324aafaa5cf6f82bbf5f5822f4cf66bbbe18e3da845a3f54ae8f5940d.jpg

    • NZArtist

      Distracted by the cute guy behind the cat….

      • ohbear1957

        What cat?

    • John30013

      Hubba hubba!

      (The cat’s cute too 🙂

  • Lazycrockett
    • Narrator’s voice: It was treason.

  • Gretchen

    I have a bit of a quandary. The grouse spouse has an old friend running for county commissioner in our district. The guy asked to put a sign on our lawn. And the g.s. agreed without asking any questions. Turns out the guy is a Republican, and I now have a political sign with a freaking elephant on it in my yard. I’m pretty grumpy about it, but the g.s. doesn’t want to remove it since he told the guy he could put it there. We don’t have a Dem running, so I guess it doesn’t really matter, but it’s bugging me. Our road frontage is about 300 yards, and the sign is as far from the house as physically possible. Do I just suck it up or hope “someone” steals it?

    • fuzzybits

      I see you. Lol.

    • Accidentally run it over with your car one night on the way back home.
      Accidentally of course

      • Gretchen

        I told the g.s. I was pretty sure it would be stolen or vandalized if he didn’t return it.

    • gaycuckhubby

      Hmmm… how invested is your husband? Does he really want his friend to win?

      • Gretchen

        He didn’t even know the guy was a Republican. He has no idea where he stands on any issue. We won’t even get to vote one way or the other since it will be decided in the primary, and we of course vote Dem.

        • gaycuckhubby

          I’d probably let my husband keep it up because I don’t think signs do any good/harm. But I’d probably act pissy for a couple days 🙂

    • Think maybe YOU could run for county commissioner?

      • Gretchen

        It’s too late to file for this election. I’m not physically well enough, but the g.s. has talked about running in the past.

    • gaycuckhubby

      Lol at “grouse spouse”

    • BobSF_94117

      Just put up two Dem signs for other races. At worst, people will assume you and the grouse are in a “mixed marriage”.

      • gaycuckhubby

        Oooohhh… I like that idea

      • Gretchen

        Good plan.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I like Bob’s idea. Put a Dem sign next to it.

  • Refugay

    Why Stormy’s going to bring down Trump (help me flesh this straw man out):

    1. The affair-evangelicals support Trump and have overlooked allegations of his sexual improprieties because they a) were unproven rumors b)”locker room” talk c)has been saved by white jesus. This support will erode and turn to distancing as a) the Stormy affair is proven b) that narrative includes graphic details of actions beyond just “talk c) proves that Trump is still committing the sin of lying to cover up his affair.

    2. Trump will become increasingly toxic to Republicans as this story unfolds and this will accelerate and reach a tipping point after the 2018 midterm blue wave. Republicans, especially those seeking reelection, will begin to break rank with him and outwardly oppose him. This will tip the scales in Congress and lead to T’s impeachment for the campaign finance violations/crimes that have been committed in the cover up.

    3. The narrative of the Stormy affair and cover up is easy to control. It’s a moral story of infidelity. It’s black and white right vs. wrong. Evangelicals and social conservatives will have to shun him once there is proof as stated above. The point here is that it’s an easy narrative to get behind for the evangelicals and social conservatives and allows them an opportunity to distance themselves from Trump and save face. They’ll just say they were lied to by Trump-they trusted him and were deceived. The recognize now that he’s a liar and they’re going to turn their support to the next Republican challenger in the 2020 election.

    4. The stormy narrative also allows Republicans to quash the Muller investigation and the disastrous reputational risk and existential threat it poses to their party. For optics the Mueller investigation will follow a course and people associated with Trump will go down, but it will stop short of indicting Trump for the most serious, if any, of his crimes. For the sake of national security and the overall reputation of the USA the true scope of these crimes will never see the light of day in the public square. This is all too risky, messy, and complicated for the world stage-Stormy is the perfect opportunity to clean up this mess through a clean “plan b.”

    5. There is precedent for removing a POTUS who has lied about an affair and attempted to cover it up. Republicans will use this, when they come around to impeaching Trump, to show that they’re not partisan. Yes, they’re that sick. Remember, they’ve been lied to and deceived by Trump-just imagine the outrage they’ll express. They’re professional victims.

    6. This also installs Pence-and we know evangelicals will continue to support him. He’ll, of course, be innocent of anything in their eyes. He’ll be a lame duck POTUS until 2020. He may/may not run in 2020 potentially clearing the way for a single Republican candidate for the 2020 election.

    I think that captures all the main points I am building to conclude that it will be Stormy and not Mueller that brings down Trump. Please share your thoughts and opinions…

    • The Stormy Daniels story is already hurting Donald among moderate GOP women. The sheer shamelessness of Donald’s behavior—and complete lack of remorse—is FINALLY beginning to bug them.

      • That said though, I don’t think this’ll result in his impeachment. GOPers don’t seem to know how to quit him.

        • Refugay

          I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. I just see this as so clean and easy a way out for Republicans. This Stormy story is like a stalled hurricane I don’t see moving on any time soon. That kind of relentless, slow moving damage may well bring him down. I may also just be desperate to hold onto some optimistic view that there’s a path to impeachment as I am losing faith that Mueller’s going to bring Trump down.

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        Are you sure? The GOP women have proven themselves to be utterly indifferent to the suffering of their own and are willing to throw countless others under the bus to be told “You’re good girls. You’re not like THOSE girls.”

    • kiprian

      I don’t think that it will make a difference. The Republican congress-cretins don’t care who or what Trump is so long as they get what they want. Most of them are comfortable enough with their gerrymandered districts that they aren’t really worried what Mrs. Joe SixPack thinks.

  • gaycuckhubby
    • TrollopeReader

      Hopefully @CIA director and @ODNIgov and @NSAGov will let you know there is zero validity or credibility to the HouseIntelligence (sic) report.

    • Karl Dubhe

      The foxes denied that they ate teh chickens.

      And the shitgibbon agrees.

    • fuzzybits

      Must’ve hit the caps lock while eating a big mac.

    • Sam_Handwich

      SOMEONE SEEMS NERVOUS

      • TrollopeReader

        all ready for SnowMaGeddon Redux??

        • Sam_Handwich

          i got bread and milk and condiments

          also, a first-ever experience … a funeral i was supposed to play tomorrow has been cancelled and rescheduled for Wednesday (not sure that will be much better!)

          • TrollopeReader

            i read the third item too quickly ….
            I think most folks (and towns) will be shoveling and plowing through Wednesday and Thursday if the high end of 18 – 22+ inches is correct!

  • Lazycrockett

    OMG new thread!!! what do we do?!?!?!?!?!

    • gaycuckhubby

      Uncharted waters!

    • TrollopeReader

      tabs, honey, tabs ….

    • Karl Dubhe

      New thread? But, but, but… Kitties!

      • TrollopeReader

        Pups!!!

    • safari

      The original plan would be to bump this thread back up in the event of late-breaking news. But we’ve never had this issue.

  • Leo

    Scout. She’s an Aussie terrier mix.
    https://imgur.com/51euWCN

  • Hue-Man
    • ohbear1957

      Lovely and sad.

  • Lazycrockett
    • Leo

      The link is dead

      • lala

        Long live the Link!

        • Ninja0980

          Hubby loves the Zelda games, me not so much.

    • Treant
      • lala

        Moose Lambs.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      Ahahahahahaha.

    • UrsusArctos 🐻

      I did Nazi that one coming.

    • JCF

      “Mirahmadi told Cockburn, ‘well, he’s filing for a divorce, so I don’t
      think it’s technically an affair. I don’t really want to comment on the
      nature of our relationship.’”

      ROFL!

      Deplorables turning on him in 3…2…1…

  • safari

    We need more pleasantness.

    • NZArtist

      This thread is way more enjoyable than the TRUMP TWEET ABOUT THE SHAM INVESTIGATION in the other thread. Also, fewer caps.

  • Bomer
    • safari

      How are you woken up?

      • Bomer

        Depends. Sometimes is just silent staring, other times it’s getting slapped in the face, or intent staring with loud meowing. All stemming from the fact that he can see a small section of the bottom of his food dish and is therefor starving.

        • safari

          My ex’s cat would sneeze when entering the bedroom in the morning. If he really wanted to be fed, he’d start knocking things off my ex’s night stand or lick his eyes.

          • Bomer

            Pye usually waits until I get in bed for the night then gets up next to my face for an extended sneezing fit.

          • whollyfool

            When I started sleeping over my boyfriend’s house, I woke up one night to find him rhythmically rocking rather violently in the bed…. I was about to try to share in the fun when I realized it was his cat trying to shove him off the bed in an attempt to get some food. LOL

          • safari

            LOL

    • Moebym of the Returners

      Yay, kitties!

    • greenmanTN

      Cute kitties! I’m assuming Pye is for Pyewacket?

      • Bomer

        Yup ^_^ Named him after the cat from Bell, book, and candle.

  • JoeDE
  • ohbear1957
    • lala

      Jeez.. is it me or is he happy to see you?

      • Natty Enquirer

        Paging Kevin Swanson …

    • KCMC

      Pet my monkey.
      Sprockets

    • JCF

      Yoikes!

  • E.J.
    • safari

      Hot pockets

    • Sam_Handwich

      um

      • Reality.Bites

        Now you know how Picky Pecker feels all the time.

    • Karl Dubhe

      Wraps, or ravioli. 🙂

  • Reality.Bites

    I’m not sure what breed this little pup is, but he could use a good home.

    https://78.media.tumblr.com/fbcb3f5a5cd0b25ae901f3f5d9453402/tumblr_p56urmg6WU1sn5hx6o1_500.jpg

    Probably a blanket.

    • lala

      Naah he is too hot. He needs to get rid of the rest of it.

    • Ross

      OMG!

      A man who does not shave his GLORIOUS body hair!

      I thought such men were extinct!

  • boobert

    Hooray ! We’re back on top ! Thanks Joe.

  • Moebym of the Returners
    • safari

      What are their names?

      • Moebym of the Returners

        Tortie is Sibylla, seal-point is Soraya.

    • JCF

      Pics look OK to me…

    • jimbo65

      Aw nice! How’s the young one doing? Still a bit skittish?

      • Moebym of the Returners

        Yeah, but noticeably less so than before.

  • fuzzybits
  • RainbowPhoenix

    If you’ll all indulge me for a bit, I need to vent.

    Last November, my maternal uncle died.

    Then, during a business trip Dad discovered that he had a tumor in one of his kidneys. He ended up having to wait several weeks before it could be removed.

    While we were waiting, my first cousin died unexpectedly. This is the son of the uncle who died in November.

    Then, days before Dad’s surgery, Mom had to have a skin cancer taken off her neck.

    So Dad had his kidney removed, everything seemed to be going well, then Mom fell and hit her head while they were in the process of getting Dad discharged.

    So I’m going to be spending the next week taking care of my parents while they recover from this whole sequence.

    • whollyfool

      🙁 I’m sorry. That’s too much to deal with at once.

    • lala

      Be there for them.

      • JCF

        …and we’re here for YOU, RP.

    • Sam_Handwich

      (((messy sammich hugs)))

      just breathe and know that you are needed and appreciated.

    • safari

      You have my sympathy. This is a very rough situation to be in. The only thing I can add is that this will pass.

    • Moebym of the Returners

      I’m sorry to hear that you’re having to go through this.

    • NZArtist

      Life can at times be a complete bitch. I hope you get through all this okay.

    • Reality.Bites

      That’s rough. I had a kidney removed last November. Everyone is different of course, and your dad is likely older than me, but I was pretty much free of pain 3 days later except during certain movements. But it will take quite a bit of time for his energy to return.

      Best of luck to you and your family.

      • RainbowPhoenix

        Dad turns 68 this year, and he has at least some part of a condition that slows healing and makes people more sensitive to pain.

        • Reality.Bites

          I’ll be turning 60, so I guess I’m closer to him than you.

          It’s definitely no treat, but if his incisions are like mine, he’ll look like he has a six-pack on one side.

          Also, if he’s like me, he should watch his diet during his recovery. Because I didn’t.

          • RainbowPhoenix

            Actually, the procedure they used will make the scar look more like an episiotomy going from the navel.

          • Reality.Bites

            I have four – from top to bottom about ¼ inch, ¾ inch, 1-inch and 2½ inches. They’re a good several inches right of the middle.

            I don’t know what an episiotomy scar looks like and I REALLY don’t want to see one.

          • RainbowPhoenix

            Basically just a clean, straight scar in the middle of the abdomen.

    • fuzzybits

      Life is unpredictable. It’ll be better.

    • jimbo65

      So sorry to hear about the turn of events. Big hugs to you. Don’t forget to take care of yourself. Check in with the community here. Even though the news isn’t always good., we have each other for support and venting.

    • SoCalGal20

      Yikes! I hope the worst has passed now and things will start improving for you and yours.

      • RainbowPhoenix

        That mainly depends on where Mom’s head injury goes. She seems to be recovering now, but we’re worried it might have triggered something that didn’t show up yet when they scanned her.

        • SoCalGal20

          I am sorry to hear that. Hopefully it will all be good news going forward.

    • djcoastermark

      It sounds as if your parents are very lucky to have someone like you around to help out. Wishing you the best for you and yours.

    • John30013

      Hugs, RP! I’m sorry for the loss of your uncle and cousin, and I hope things get better for you and your family soon.

    • TuuxKabin

      Your parents & family are fortunate to have you. Take care and time for yourself. Children become vulnerable when a parent is in crisis. Find respite care as best you can. Best wishes for all concerned. Keep us informed?

    • JCF

      May your caregiving be short and temporary (in the BEST way!).

      W/ my 97 yo dad, I’ve got the other kind. Le Sigh…

    • Amanda B. Rekendwith

      If I can suggest…get some good comedy videos for them (and you) to watch. Laughter really does wonders for everyone during recovery.
      And after.
      Good luck to you.

  • Whore_Ta_Culture

    In homage to Mueller……….. I present ………………. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d9add8fae0f35c317dfc0af0967687398188339cd0c7256139dfd27214400a38.jpg

    Boris and Natasha

    • lala

      I see collusion!!

      • JCF

        Conspiracy to Worm into Your Heart…

      • Whore_Ta_Culture

        you betcha!..they’re siblings….

  • Gretchen

    In other news…I was shunned at the gym swimming pool last week. I got into a conversation with the two “ladies” about the local high school having multiple bomb threats and gun searches last week. I told them that I just couldn’t imagine having guns in the house with children or teenagers. They physically took several steps away from me, and one informed me that guns are not the problem…people are. I retorted that people with guns are the problem. They completely stopped talking to me and moved even farther away. I just shrugged it off and moved on, but I couldn’t help thinking that these women were fools.

    • whollyfool

      That was an honor you received there….

    • Mikey

      you are far too polite in your evaluation of them.

    • JCF

      FWIW, I grew up in a house w/ a bunch of ’em.

      But my dad was just a hunter, not a gun nut. [They were locked away in a cabinet, and by the time my brother and I learned where the key was, dad had IMPRESSED upon us gun safety. Rule #1: Never EVER point a gun at a person. Never. Ever. Even if you “know” it’s unloaded or you “know” the safety’s on. Did I mention Never Ever???]

      • Gretchen

        Gun safety is absolutely very important, but it is pretty meaningless when a kid intentionally takes a gun to school to harm others. It’s all well and good to teach your kids gun safety, but having a gun accessible especially a weapon of war like the AR 15 is just asking for problems. My dad is a gun nut. I doubt very seriously that I would leave my kid unsupervised in his house at this point.

  • E.J.
    • Dramphooey

      He knew to fall in with the bad guys.

    • whollyfool

      Ok, literal LOL

    • Natty Enquirer

      Noooooooooo!

  • HomerTh
    • lala

      Both of you .. so f-ing cute!😘

    • jimbo65

      Aw what a cutie . And snowball is easy on the eyes too. 🙂

    • Cuberly Deux

      Two cuties!

    • La’Kietha

      Very nice

    • Snarkaholic

      I see that good looks run in the family!

    • prixator

      And, what’s that sweet cat’s name?

  • Dramphooey

    I volunteered at the phone bank for Conor Lamb down in Carnegie, PA. I got a few that said they were sick of being called. I’m not posting this as gloom and doom but I will say it wasn’t a fun activity. I really hate the thought of pestering people. On the bright side everyone there was positive and full of energy. Except me, apparently! I’d have probably been okay if I had a beer to sip.

    It was a nice mix of youth and those of us more mature and the youth were running everything probably because us oldies have full time jobs. I just wish the yewts would mark “don’t call this guy again” on the lists.

    • fuzzybits

      Good on you. 😊

    • SoCalGal20

      Awesome!!!!!! Good luck tomorrow!

      Phonebanking and canvassing are not my favorite activities lol.

      • JCF

        True dat. But necessary!

    • Gretchen

      I loathe phone banking. I made GOTV calls for Obama in 2012. I had what was supposed to be a list to tier 1 folks who might want to volunteer. We were using our own cellphones, and I called some man whose adult daughter answered. She was furious. She accused me of having an affair with her dad and all kinds of crazy nonsense. I hung up on her. She called me back. I tried again to tell her why I was calling and that I didn’t even know her dad. More ranting and raving ensued. For 5 days she called me on different phones, so it didn’t do any good to block her number. I don’t phone bank from my personal phone now. I will do pretty much anything the campaign needs EXCEPT make calls. Personally, I like being in charge of refreshments. I’m especially good at that.

      • TuuxKabin

        Thank you for your efforts!

  • Hue-Man

    China metal producers urge Beijing to retaliate on U.S. tariffs
    “China should target ags, coal and tech -metals associations”

    “In 2017, U.S. coal imports [to China] totalled 3.2 million tonnes, worth about $420
    million and nearly five times the 694 tonnes taken in the previous year.”

    https://www.reuters.com/article/china-trade-steel/update-3-china-metal-producers-urge-beijing-to-retaliate-on-u-s-tariffs-idUSL4N1QR0A2
    Anyone have popcorn?

    • Hahaha ha hahaha.
      Yep. This is gonna be good.

    • UrsusArctos 🐻

      Brazil is looking at similar moves.

  • TuuxKabin

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0450384bc48a59f46bcb988f22b2840d4777133d9324547f2aceb3859b851027.jpg
    Meet Barbarella, whose bed of choice is a tatty ol’ broken down shoe box. That nice wicker basket you see in the background? With the brass trim and plush terrycloth padding? She won’t even look at it.

  • Lazycrockett
  • JCF

    The GrubHub commercial which seems to have the start of a porno in it (geeky delivery guy has door opened by cougar, who regards him as spider re fly ;-/ )

  • Lazycrockett

    Lawrence should be fun.

    • John30013

      Looks like the downvote trolls are out in full force tonight.

      • Treant

        I installed that extension, realized I didn’t give a flying…fig (PG-13 and all), and removed it.

        Haterz Gonna Hate.

  • Mikey

    We just found out my mother-in-law has breast cancer.
    My husband is being stoic about it, but I know it’s tearing him up inside.
    I, on the other hand, have been a wreck all day today, anxiety attacks, bouts of crying, loads of dark thoughts.
    I’ve lost so many people I’ve loved over the lest 30 years, and I know that I’m getting to an age where the people I know are getting older and inevitably passing on… but I don’t know if I can handle this.

    So here’s a picture of my baby, to sort of match up with what most other people are posting. A pic of him when we first rescued him (and he rescued me) some 7 years ago. He always had that cute little bit of pink tongue sticking out, for the first year or so, and still now occasionally does it when he’s half-awake.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/793e01272650d4b5106c00f07aea6f24c32d2df208347d39b9adbd415b63ec44.jpg

    • safari

      Where’d you find him?

      • Mikey

        he was 5 weeks old, meowing up a storm for days on end. we thought it was someone’s newborn baby. he was behind our tool-shed.
        hubby went outside to try and coax him in for nearly 2 hours in the middle of the night.
        I went outside, saw him run to the front of the house, and did my best “mrrrnow” cat imitation, and he just came running right into my arms.
        Other than his week in hospital being rehydrated and nourished and having his anemia treated (he was so flea-bitten), we have been absolutely inseparable ever since.

    • Gretchen

      {{{{{Hugs}}}}} I’m so sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. Cancer is just…well…it’s just. Take care of yourself and your husband. He’s going to need your strength in the days ahead.

    • greenmanTN

      A friend of mine had breast cancer 2 years ago. Treatment has come a long way so your MIL has a good chance of beating it, so keep that in mind, but it’s going to be nerve wracking in the meantime. I was treated for melanoma over 20 years ago and have never had a recurrence.

      Best wishes to you, your husband, and your MIL.

    • whollyfool

      Hugs 🙁

    • John30013

      I am so sorry for what you and your family are going through, Mikey. I lost my father to lung/brain cancer almost 9 years ago, and our great friend (and officiant at our wedding) to breast cancer in 2016. It sucks, and I feel for you.

      What is your baby’s name?

      • Mikey

        Thank-you from the bottom of my heart, and that thanks extends to the entire JMG family.

        My baby’s name is Raoul.
        We had a Husky at the time, adn the first thing she did when she saw him was the typical “rah-ooo rah-oooo rah-ooool” Husky “talk”.
        And we both hear her calling him “Raoul” and the name just stuck.

    • Treant

      My friend just had breast cancer. As others have said, treatments have really come a long, long way very, very quickly!

      One movie to see–possibly without your husband–would be Sarah Chalke in Why I Wore Lipstick To My Mastectomy. It’s a pretty good guide to the emotions your MIL and your family are going to go through and has some sappy, but well-meant, lessons.

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0874333/?ref_=nv_sr_1

    • ColdCountry

      The type of cancer makes a big difference. Two of my best friends, sisters, have both had breast cancer. One had a lumpectomy and radiation seven years ago and is doing fine, the other had a double mastectomy, chemo, and radiation two years ago and is still clear. She has the greater odds of occurrence of the two, but so far, so good. It’s a battle they have to fight alone, but we can, and must, do whatever they need for support. Stay strong.

  • boobert

    Does that mean the moron will leave nato? Not siding with GB pretty much kills any chance of a royal wedding invite or a state visit..

    • Lazycrockett

      I firmly believe that you will see the remaining members of NATO not giving a fuck what Drumpf thinks and present a united front against Russia.

    • Karl Dubhe

      In theory, any nation can leave NATO at any time. But in practice it would be rather difficult, especially for the nation that founded the alliance. (which is the USA)

      I don’t know if Trump alone can decide to leave, but if he did the repercussions would not be pleasant. I’m sure a good number of nations would view it as a base act of treachery, and all citizens of the USA would be blamed for allowing it to happen.

      The State Visit, will likely be postponed until after Trump’s death. There never was a chance for him to be invited to the royal wedding. 🙂

    • thatotherjean

      He’s such an idiot that he might. I’m not sure he (or most of what’s left in the White House) knows how to respond to the poisonings in Great Britain. Ordinarily, there are people who can advise the President on what to say, but not this bunch. Maybe they’ll come up with something coherent by tomorrow.

  • John30013

    Here’s our latest, Cassie. We rescued her last September from the parking lot at our local grocery store, where she was darting in and out looking for her family. No collar, tags or microchip. We put up flyers and advertised her on the local “lost pets” web sites, but no one claimed her. So we kept her. She is #6, and that’s our limit.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/903367aebde3f181fc2fdcc391b248f3c53e5b9a986d0da1e5b5fdd63393b8a9.jpg

    • JCF

      Aw. Wot a Face!

    • safari

      My grandparents rescued a cat years ago. She was a kitten they found in their church parking lot. That cat became a love of their lives. When they’re interred, the cat’s ashes will accompany them. She was named BC for “Behind Church”.

      • Reality.Bites

        I’m glad she wasn’t found “Around Seventh Street”

      • John30013

        We didn’t know her name when we rescued her. She responded to “girl” pretty well, but we have two other girls already. We could tell she had recently given birth (we theorize that she might have been a breeding dog and had come to the end of her useful breeding life, so she was let go). I wanted to name her “Mama” but the hubby vetoed that. So I thought of Mama Cass and we settled on Cassie. We also call her Cassandra and Cassie Mae, and I sometimes call her Mama Cass. (All of our dogs have at least two different names.)

    • Lakeview Bob

      Sister Bertrille? She looks like a strong wind would lift her. She is very lucky to have found a home.

      • John30013

        Yes, her ears are quite something, and she can’t fly but she sure can jump. her right ear often flops down from the middle, and then she’s even cuter. (I need to get a picture of that.) She’s super lovable and sweet, but high energy (she’s a rat terrier). We have 4 dachshunds, and our roommate has a lhasa/shi-tzu mix, and the dachshunds are much more low key. So it’s been a bit of and adjustment for all of us. But we love her to death and wouldn’t give her up for anything.

        • Amanda B. Rekendwith

          She’s so lucky to have found you.
          Who could say no to that sweet face.

    • Paula

      That’s what I said too. My partner volunteers at a local animal rescue and we’re up to 12.

    • Snarkaholic

      I looooove her!!!

    • thatotherjean

      Look at those ears! She looks a lot like my bat-eared boy, who is a chihuahua. She’s one lucky dog.

  • Lazycrockett
    • boobert

      He better dam well reopen this investigation if the dems get the house !

    • BJORN RAGNVALDR

      I dont think Cadet Bone Spurs is the only one under russian influence….

  • I’d say, OT, but with this whole new thread thing…
    Here’s my very dear beloved Sam, a Siamese. Mom got him 4 months before I was born, and he died in May of 95. 17 yes old. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fc5deec87138c77284a79c4674194332bd1536e02004fd8bc221554395bce58e.jpg

    • whollyfool

      Aw!

    • John30013

      Is that you with Sam?

      • Yes sir. Not sure how old though. I’m wearing an ET shirt, so, 82ish?

    • Treant

      (Furiously doing math) You’re a child.

      • Dec 77. Just turned 40.

        • Treant

          A child. 🙂

          I have never slept with anybody born after February 1970. Or before June 1955.

          • David Walker

            Is that an observation or a rule?

    • JCF

      We never EVER forget our childhood pets.

      Sasha & Mitzi. We got Mitzi when I was not quite 6, and Sasha when I was 15. Summer 1980: Mitzi would only be around another 6 months. Passing (during FINALS week!) of my first semester away at college. That was so hard… [And then Sasha passed about 5 months after I’d moved away to Oregon. MUCH too young, at 9.]

      I’ll look for you two to be the FIRST to greet me at the Rainbow Bridge…

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/19804421c2c88628385c8d2a625fe14e888c2cdb9ced309e1d0345dae67d3b18.jpg

  • Michael R
    • safari

      Does ZB mind the snow?

      • Michael R

        She has little to no undercoat but will stay out for hours

    • Cuberly Deux

      Wonderful shots!

      • safari

        I agree. Michael R produces memorable animations.

    • Jefe5084

      I love older dogs with gray muzzles.

    • JCF

      ZB: “Put camera down and pick up/throw ball!!!!”

  • FloBear
  • Art
    • safari

      Who are these handsome puppies?

      • Art

        Luigi (aka Louie) and Wednesday (aka Puppycat)! Dressed for the snow, which Louie hates, but Wednesday loves.

    • Art

      That’s Luigi on the left and Wednesday on the right, wearing their winter jackets. Luigi isn’t very happy living in Alaska, I’m afraid.

  • BobSF_94117

    Most of the crew, minus Frank (who several don’t get along with) and Emma, the new momma and her three pups.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/26e85c7b6e90b9df6b63af024bf6751b11e97e8b4c6e43c6f7a57bb50882dd79.jpg

  • HozillaSmallpox
    • TuuxKabin

      Adoorbell. Ding, ding.

  • PeterC

    Do NOT take the Evangelical Quiz unless you are a Baptist. the quiz is a Baptist front.

    • safari

      ???

    • fuzzybits

      Sounds ominous.

  • bkmn

    Our first really nice day of the year (72 and sunny) and I couldn’t even open a window because the neighbors had a fire in their fire pit. Even the cat smells like smoke after being outside. Pisses me off. If this becomes a regular thing we might have to take up playing some loud classical music outside.

    • John30013

      My husband can’t stand the smell of wood smoke either. I grew up with a wood burning stove for warmth in the winter, so it doesn’t really bother me (I actually find it soothing), but I can understand the other viewpoint.

      • Natty Enquirer

        Wood smoke ruins winter for me. I hate it. And it is bad to breathe.

      • bkmn

        I don’t mind the aroma but I was really hoping to open windows and get a lot of fresh air in the house and that could not happen because of the smoke.

      • thatotherjean

        I guess I’m the odd one out–I love the smell of a campfire. The smell of wood smoke is the scent of nostalgia.

    • Natty Enquirer
  • Joe in PA
  • fuzzybits

    Big Black,one of the kitty’s we take care of outside. This was last summer. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/94bfb879652ea09b9ad176915b56485c3c7b22e3fd933f1d4f755c5f4e0e5fb6.jpg

    • safari

      Kitties are wonderful.

      • safari

        Did you ever just lay on the ground and make cooing sounds?

  • ozbrad
  • Lazycrockett
    • edrex

      the gop has vlad’s back.

    • jimbo65

      Honestly, Vladimir could shoot a missile at us and 45 and the feckless GOP would be like whut?

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    OT: So, who do you like better, Edison or Tesla? (I ask because there seems to be a large contingent of pro-Tesla, anti-Edison people out there.)

    • safari

      Both?
      Tesla was innovative but insane. When x-rays from high energy electron collisions were discovered scientists in Europe protected the area around the device with lead. Tesla stuck his head in the beam and wrote papers about how it felt, blisters and all.

      Edison was an ass. He’s the Steve Jobs of his era. He made many things common place, but, really, he was a jerk.

    • Sam_Handwich

      i prefer Charles Strite who invented the electric, pop-up toaster

      • safari

        Thanks George Hamilton

    • greenmanTN

      Tesla was fascinating, if odd. I love the speculation that Tesla caused the Russian Tunguska event/explosion. Unlikely, but an interesting story. Edison is said to have stolen many of his “inventions,” was better able to market them than their lesser known inventors.

      http://www.teslasociety.com/tunguska.htm

      • Treant

        One wonders where Tesla supposedly got the terawatts to cause Tunguska. 🙂 I’ll write that off as a fun conspiracy theory.

      • thatotherjean

        He also took credit for the work of his employees, of whom there were many, who came up with some great stuff.

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      Which do you like better, Kipling or Browning?

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        Sadly, not that familiar with Browning. I should probably try reading him.

        • 2guysnamedjoe

          It’s an old Tallulah Bankhead joke. Let’s see if anyone knows the answer.

          • safari

            Like the gun?

          • 2guysnamedjoe

            Gun? No, no. We’re all culture vultures here.

          • safari

            I just did a search of my mind for the name. It’s the only one I can recall.

          • Jefe5084

            there’s a Frederic Remington. A painter. Remington arms co has filed for bankruptcy. Falling sales (if you can believe that) and lawsuits from Sandy Hook massacre.

          • David Walker

            I don’t think I heard it with two, or maybe the punchline is different. Old ragtimers’ joke:
            Do you like Joplin?
            Don’t know. I’ve never Jopled.

      • NZArtist

        I cant keep up with all these gay sex terms.
        But I’m willing to try Kipling if I can find a willing partner. Not sure I like the sound of Browning though.

    • Natty Enquirer
      • AmeriCanadian

        Agreed. He was very good looking and smart to boot!

    • Treant

      For the sex, Tesla.

      For the useful stuff…actually Edison, by a nose. And for the business acumen, definitely Edison. Tesla couldn’t negotiate his way out of a paper bag.

  • BobSF_94117

    So, did anyone else giggle at Joe’s suggestion we post pet pics and then, one sentence later, admonish everyone to keep pics PG-13?

  • TuuxKabin
  • Joe in PA

    Ok, I’m off to bed (and taking my stick). Night night.

    (PS this is Lucy)

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/19ad2f986763d3e26d4ea823e0c29efaf37631c1b6f81b647e1d9e7cbb15507d.png

    • Ninja0980

      Night!

  • safari
  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    OT: This is one of my favorite SNL sketches partly because it makes fun of one of my guilty pleasures:

    https://youtu.be/K5Lv6t0moFY

    • greenmanTN

      Another Forensic Files addict?

      • safari

        This is how I feel about the most popular podcasts.

        …which I listen to.

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        I’ve seen some episodes of that as well as having seen some episodes of Dateline and 20/20.

  • Treant

    Done! I rebuilt one of those color-changing solar garden lights. They do not leave much space in those for future humans to work on them!

    I have three others that don’t work but that I kept around because they still looked nice in the gardens. I’ll pull those and work on them over the next month or so.

  • Rich McFeaters

    My two bundles of joy that bring some sanity to this stressful world.

  • Lazycrockett
  • Sam_Handwich
  • JCF

    [Lawrence O’Donnell’s show] Gah, watching the ABUSED ex-wife of Rob Porter is *excruciating* (talking about “Why She Stayed” w/ her abuser, TOO LONG)

    Remember, Trump: “I’ll get the Best People.”

    DIAF!!!!!!!

    • JCF

      Say Her Name: Jennie Willoughby.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I think a lot of women are screwed in that if they don’t leave, they’re considered idiots for staying. But if they do leave, they’re often considered by conservative community (if that’s their community) to be quitters and failures for not magically making their man a better person. That’s if their community doesn’t brand them liars.

  • E.J.
  • Gretchen

    Today marked the end of week 2 of Weight Watchers. I have officially lost 7.4 pounds. The grouse spouse has lost 17 in the same time frame. He eats twice as much as I do. Sometimes life feels very unfair.

    If anyone is interested, I tried the two ingredient WW bread dough tonight. It’s actually very good. It’s 1 cup of self rising flour mixed with 1 cup of plain, fat free Greek yogurt. I added garlic flavored Mrs.Dash to mine. Divide into whatever shapes you prefer. I chose simple rounds. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes depending on the size and shape of your pieces. The entire recipe is just 11 Freestyle Smart Points. Mine made 8 biscuit sized pieces.

    • Treant

      Men have faster metabolisms, on average. Barring medications, of course; one that I’m on made me gain sixty pounds. But that just brought me up to normal. 🙂

    • fuzzybits

      Congrats to you both. I’ve been strictly watching the carbs since my physical in Jan. when my glucose and Ac1 tests were high. Hard for someone who loves pasta and bread. Weighed myself yesterday and have lost 29 lbs.

      • Gretchen

        That’s wonderful! My blood sugar has been so much better these past two weeks. Even eating a pretty significant amount of fruit hasn’t caused any spikes. I have felt much better too. I’ve been going to the pool and walking the dogs for exercise.

        Keep up the good work! Best wishes for a healthy A1C next time.

        • fuzzybits

          Thanks. I made pancakes yesterday with almond flour. First time ever using it and they turned out pretty good.

          • Gretchen

            I haven’t tried them, so I don’t know how they taste, but WW has a recipe for banana pancakes that is just 4 mashed bananas mixed with 2 beaten eggs. I may try it this weekend.

      • Jim E.

        Mine was an alarming 13.2 in December. Today in March it was 5.9. Healthy eating, weight loss (down 2 pant sizes so far), nowhere near enough exercise, and going to bed at 10 instead of staying up half the night have paid dividends. That and Metformin, Gliburide, 2 anti-hypertensives, baby aspirin and Lipitor. I am 55. Old enough to know better. I can no longer cheat like I was doing. I still eat bread, but bake my own (flour, water, salt and yeast) but cut thinly for sandwiches. Sugar-free apple oatmeal for breakfast. For a midnight snack I’ll spread peanut butter over one thin slice of bread, fold it over, and that’s all I need. Everyone’s journey is different. I’m trying to forestall insulin as long as possible.

      • TuuxKabin

        You GO fuzzybits.

        • fuzzybits

          Thanks you. 😊

    • Ninja0980

      Congrats!

    • AmeriCanadian

      I LOVE broccoli and Weight Watchers has a terrific cream of broccoli soup recipe. It is very good if you like this sort of thing. I’ve made it many times. Great for lunch on a winter day.

      Weight Watchers Cream of Broccoli Soup

      1 tsp butter
      1 small onion, chopped finely
      20 oz chopped broccoli
      3 cans condensed cream of potato soup
      4 cups skim milk
      ¾ cup shredded, extra-sharp, low-fat cheddar cheese
      1 tbsp Dijon mustard
      pinch cayenne pepper (to taste)

      Melt butter in large nonstick saucepan over low heat. Add onion and increase heat to medium-low; cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 7 minutes.

      Stir in broccoli and potato soup; gradually stir in milk until blended. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until broccoli is tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in cheese, mustard, and cayenne until cheese melts. Season to taste with pepper, if desired.

      Yields about 1.25 cups per serving.
      Serves 8. 4 Points Plus per serving.

      For two servings, cut by one third (Points Plus goes to 5).

      • Gretchen

        That sounds yummy. Thanks!

    • AmeriCanadian

      Congratulations by the way!!!

    • TuuxKabin

      Good work Gretchen, stay on it, and yeah, it’s not fair, I’ve heard men lose the pounds more readily than women, but you’re doing well from what you write. Thanks for the recipe, been making baby steps to baking, starting with biscuits. Scones next. Then bread.

  • sandollar_man
    • Lumpy Gaga

      Sorry, but if no one else will say it, I will: That is one UGLY dog.

      • bzrd

        which one?
        they both look fugly to me

  • LOVE THESE OVERNIGHT THREADS, JOE!!!!

    Thank you.

    • safari

      I do, too. It gives me, at least, space to decompress. Yes, more news can and will filter in — which is okay and needed. But it gives permission to just delight one another.

    • bkmn

      I enjoy the salon-like nature of it. The rambing conversations. The shoulders to cry on.

    • SoCalGal20

      YES!

    • Dayglo

      More animal pics! I’m petless but I love to window shop.

  • Jalapeño Business
    • safari

      Her passing is tragic, but I’m glad to hear she was held and loved as she passed.

    • fuzzybits

      Aww,sorry to hear. She was beautiful. Kasey is too.

      • thatotherjean

        What beautiful dogs you have!

    • Jalapeño Business

      Mr. Man’s lifelong friend passed away last spring and we stepped up to take her two dogs. Her family and friends tried to keep them, but they couldn’t do it. We also have her two dogs Madison and Bo along with our Kasey. This is Madison. She’s being treated for chronic kidney disease. She’s 13.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9899487e21ecaff6057884f48e5aed278ee4b2e924d5c25156a17e61c7fe0ce9.jpg

    • Snarkaholic

      Those eyes!
      I’m so very sorry for your loss.

    • prixator

      Your Kasey looks so much like my KD (RIP). The colourings are so similar, including the white paws and breast. Shelties are so smart.

      • Jalapeño Business

        Kasey is a tricolor. She’s on the small end of the breed size for a Sheltie. Maddie was a blue merle with one blue eye and one brown eye. She was on the large end of the breed size. She was big for a sheltie, however both of her parents were average size.

        • prixator

          KD was also a quite small tricolour. She was born on a Friday the 13th and I picked her up during a heavy rainstorm on a April Fool’s Day. She had health problems. Just after she turned one, she started having seizures and was eventually diagnosed with juvenile epilepsy. She also had some allergies. The seizures would reoccur from time to time, so her medication had to be adjusted.

          I think the main reason that I have never wanted another dog in my life – besides the fact that she was just the best – was because I have never felt so awful and helpless as when she was in the midst of a seizure cluster. By the end of one, she had lost control of her bladder and bowels and was drooling and exhausted. And, all I could do was watch and make sure she didn’t fall and hurt herself.

          I know that it’s unlikely to happen with another dog, but I just couldn’t go through that again. And, I love dogs so much, but I just can’t.

          My sincere condolences for your loss of dear Maddie and I’m sure you are hugging Kasey extra tight these days. I love the smell of dog!

          Have a good night.

  • ‘Til Tuesday

    So this was Joe Biden talking to a homeless guy this past weekend. What I love about Joe is that he’s a kindhearted man, which is a major plus in my book. This has nothing to do with him running for President, but in him being a decent human being toward others.

    This also shows the difference between liberals and conservatives. We liberals generally have a heart for those less fortunate. Conservatives generally look down on people in less fortunate circumstances.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6817fa3c80114987ebaf18d6ad19b041079810b138c9a25cf76da7ccd33de902.jpg

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    PA Special: May the honorable Lamb prevail over the stinkin’ GOP Rat.

  • Leo
    • safari

      Moar

      • David Walker

        Certainly moar Munyan, please.

    • boobert

      I’d call him dad too ! Is he gay? If 4 people were named in the agreement, did they sign it too? The best part is knowing others would sit there and laugh when he called.

      • JCF

        Yup.

        “Munyan is like family to Daniels, whom she calls “Dad.” “She’s got two gay dads now,” Munyan quipped, referring to his husband J.D. Barrale, who spoke to The Daily Beast in support of Daniels last week.”

        ETA: Ooops, taken! “Munyan and his hubby”

        • JCF

          But…AHEM!

          “She’s very intelligent. She’s not your typical girl. She’s very smart and very articulate,” Munyan swooned over his friend.”

          >:-(

  • Ninja0980
    • thatotherjean

      Indeed she is!

  • Ninja0980
  • safari
    • safari

      When I entered Florida on my first 1500 mile trip down, I stopped at a rest area inside the state. I did my business, and came out to see a security vehicle and a guard. Now, what caught my attention was the guard was followed by three cats and was holding a bag of cat food. He opened the hatch to his SUV, the cats jumped in, and moments later another cat was mewing at his door. I’m hoping for a happy ending.

  • Ninja0980

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4f8e137e83d545db58cf271f5b04c96ac2559efb7d51f138cc8a1854001f720d.jpg
    A winter photo of my parent’s dog (they’ve settled on calling her Hanna) in my back yard.
    Submitted this photo to the dog calendar folks so for the folks who have buy the 365 a day ones, she very well may be in next year’s edition.

    • coram nobis

      Chesapeake?

      • Ninja0980

        Lab/Pointer mix or so we’ve been told.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Wow! Gorgeous face – beautiful, soulful eyes.

    • Treant

      Chocolate lab or meth lab?

  • Jim E.

    Ended up in the ER today in anaphylaxis (in & out lickety-split… Epi-pen, followed by IV Benadryl, Solu-Medrol, and Pepcid)… Still unsure of the allergen, but currently we’re ruling out Lisinipril (a common anti-hypertensive) as the culprit. If I don’t go into anaphylaxis again tomorrow after not taking Lisinipril, that could be it. We will see.

    Here is a pic of Zinnia, a 3 year old rescue kitty from the Blue Earth County no-kill shelter. Lately she’s been favoring this box, and I found her in it after getting home from the ER.

    Oh no. The pic didn’t work. Help please? The iPad pic is too big. I don’t know how to resize it. Sorry.

    • Gretchen

      Anaphylaxis is terrifying. I’m glad to hear you are feeling better.

      • Jim E.

        Thanks everybody for the nice replies. I was so scared being in the ER for the first time as an adult, and by what was happening to me (my lips were all puffy, I couldn’t speak very well, my lungs were full, and I was covered in itchy hives scalp to ankle — including even the palm of first one hand and then the other) that I got a little emotional with the nurse as she was doing my intake interview. Blub! Sniff-sniff! Thank goodness she didn’t ask if I was a Democrat. Not my finest hour representing the tribe.

        Tonight I’m grateful for a good job, good insurance, the nice ladies in the ER (No males in sight… Darn), and especially my JMG friends.

    • fuzzybits

      Glad you’re ok. Hubby takes Lisinipril and luckily never had any problems.

      • Jim E.

        Thanks fuzzybits. My mom and dad both take lisinipril, as do my uncles. The ER doc said one of the first things they check is Lisinipril use, and that it is often found to be the culprit even after many years — as was the case with me. Who knew? I get to discuss alternatives tomorrow.

    • Treant

      Ugh. BTDT with cephalosporin antibiotics (I can’t remember which one, we just wrote off the whole group since you can live a perfectly happy life without taking them). Fortunately, mine was just hives, constricted throat, and some trouble breathing. It never got worse than that.

      • Jim E.

        I admitted to the ER doc I’d had symptoms for 3 days but that they got progressively worse… That I was concerned with the cost of an ER visit. She got really sad and said she wished we didn’t live in a country where people used cost as a calculus for emergency care, and said never do that again. Consider me chastised.

        • Treant

          I went back to the doctor who prescribed that and demanded help. 🙂 But yeah, it sucks that we have to think about pricing when trying to deal with health care!

    • JCF

      {{{Jim E}}}

      I’m fighting an asthma flare-up myself. I’ve never been hospitalized for it—that would terrify me. But it’s disconcerting and hella annoying. I NEVER HAD THIS FOR MY FIRST 52 YEARS—why dafuq now??? >:-/

    • JCF

      I suppose one of these would work?

      https://www.techradar.com/news/the-best-free-photo-editor

      [I’ve been using a pseudo Photoshop for over a decade now (came free w/ a several-previous-to-this-one computer!). It’s completely basic, but it does what I need it to (mainly w/ resizing, and adding text. I can splice some pics together, but that’s a hard one for me!)]

  • LarryChemEngr
    • JCF

      Lab and?

      • LarryChemEngr

        Funny story. My husband and I went to Lab Rescue in San Diego because we wanted a great dog that would play with us in the pool. So, we adopted a sweet little puppy, a lab mix…… As he was growing, we noticed that he hated the water, and wouldn’t even look at the pool. So, we had his genes analyzed at the vet. He is zero percent lab. zero. so disappointing. He is 25% German Shorthaired Pointer (Extremely obvious, as he points at everyone and everything), 25% Australian Cattle dog (Also obvious; he herds me around the house all of the time!). 25% boxer (yes, he is very sweet, like a boxer) and 25% bull terrier (yes, if another dog tries to get his tennis ball, he attacks!! ruthless!!).

        Well, we love him. even if he Is NOT a lab, and hates, hates, hates the water.

        A friend told me that a when you mix up all the genes of modern domestic dogs, you get a pariah dog. And they all look like our Duggie.

        • netxtown

          I know some folks would hold their noses and call them mutts….but I tend to see them as mutations. And, we all know that mutations hold super powers…they are the X-dogs!

        • JCF

          Whatever they are…they’re 100% dog! [And are therefore, w/ all their foibles, irresistable. <3]

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    For people who like reading older works but can’t get to a library for whatever reason, there is a website I sometimes go to:

    http://www.gutenberg.org/

    I prefer reading things in book form but it’s handy.

    • TuuxKabin

      Thank you.

  • greenmanTN

    Girlene, ready for his closeup. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/21288f2e42d399800907ca92ca947560f10d7f56f277c868b4a7de27f4d3aa94.jpg

    The 2nd litter, Mr Tibbs, Elvis, Petey, and Loretta, playing when they were kittens. They were born inside so have been used to human contact from day one so the most tame. Mama actually waddled inside to have them. She was wide as a house!

    https://youtu.be/Tzt0NlXqAEE https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/39443e9fd792e7eb6f7212aa7680b46a61dd41fb64e9f8de6d17570d2793fc1c.jpg

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      I love Girlene’s eye makeup — just like a cheetah!
      Does he sit still while you apply it?

      • greenmanTN

        It’s the mascara that’s a bitch to put on! 😁

      • greenmanTN

        That picture was taken at my drawing desk. He just wanted to let me know he was there just in case I wanted to pet him, or preferably give him some canned cat food. Just in case.

    • Bomer
      • David Walker

        Ooooh. OK, then. Nice kitty. Pretty kitty. I’m just leaving.

  • billbear1961
  • FAEN
    • billbear1961

      She was very lucky to have a loving home with you, FAEN.

      • FAEN

        Thank you Mr Bear. The ex and I loved her more than anything in the Universe 😢😢😢. I have never wept so hard nor felt such intense pain as when she left us.

        • billbear1961

          I’m very sorry!

          🙁

          XO

        • hdtex
          • FAEN

            That sums it up perfectly. 😢

          • ColdCountry

            But then another sweet and gentle soul will find you, and your heart will grow even larger. There is, thank goodness, always room in your heart for more love, though we still miss our friends dearly.

        • prixator

          I think I can understand. After my sweet girl died, I was a mess, waking up at night weeping. I am not religious or superstitious in the least, but I was convinced that she would come back to me. After a while, I thought it would be in another form, but it never happened (she died over 13 years ago).

          • FAEN

            I’m sorry mate. I really understand the grief-I would wake up and forget and it was like losing her all over again. It was like a knife to my body and as you did I would just weep for a while. I still hope she comes back to me but if not I know I’ll eventually rescue a couple of dogs. I love them too much to not have them in my life.

            Hugs

      • FAEN

        We were the lucky ones to have been graced by her unconditional love.

        • TuuxKabin

          Works both ways, but yes.

  • CanuckDon

    Here’s Dolly….turning 15 this spring. She was maybe 7 or 8 weeks old when I discovered her under my front porch.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/57e3122f4d9ec9d7f74936d59a3da21b5c86454f5b38790f23cd25d8d8cf1245.jpg

    • safari

      I’m waiting for a cat to adopt me.

      • David Walker

        That’s what Patches did…adopted us. Well, adopted Jack. We went into the cat room of the shelter. Patches was still very much a kitten. Jack asked if he could pet her. The shelter person opened the door and before she could grab hold, Patches was clinging to Jack’s arm and would not let go. “GET ME OUT OF HERE!!!!” I think she was screaming, although I’m not good at kitty yells. We had to pry her off Jack so we could put her in the cat carrier, but something put it in her head that our pet carrier was not going to be the cage she had been in. I let her out of the carrier when we got in the car and she loved riding, bouncing from window to window, onto Jack’s lap, on his shoulder to look out the window, jump back to stand on top of the carrier to look out some more. I’m very pleased that she chose Jack. She had good taste in men.

    • SoCalGal20

      Pretty!

    • thatotherjean

      Beautiful cat! She looks secure in her ownership of all she surveys.

    • TuuxKabin

      Extraordinary beauty.

  • SoCalGal20

    We’ve been getting rain here in SoCal (finally!) and we had a nice rain on Saturday. Now the hills are turning green. Today when I got home I was greeted by the chorus of frogs in the creek behind our place. 🙂

    • fuzzybits

      I love hearing the frogs croak.

      • thatotherjean

        I grew up on a lake, and all these years later, I still miss the frogs.

    • bkmn

      I miss the sound of frogs. There were so many in MN. Not so many out here.

    • TuuxKabin

      Peepers! Wonderful sound.

  • E.J.
    • safari

      Is it a good state? I’m trying to figure out what to do next.

      • fuzzybits

        All that HB2 bullshit soured me on the state somewhat. But I did fall in love with western NC and Ashville.

      • greenmanTN

        I lived in Asheville for a while and it’s a really great place, but it’s a liberal island in a red state, with great food and a very laid back vibe. Consequently, I’ve read that house prices there are the highest in the state. But as with all states the biggest cities are more liberal than the rural areas.

      • greenmanTN

        I lived in Asheville for a while and it’s a really great place, but it’s a liberal island in a red state, with great food and a very laid back vibe. Consequently, I’ve read that house prices there are the highest in the state. But as with all states the biggest cities are more liberal than the rural areas.

  • SoCalGal20

    If only the House Intel committee had interviewed George Papadopoulos.

    https://twitter.com/colincampbell/status/973368016028258305?s=21

    • bkmn

      You wouldn’t want them to talk to someone who was actually involved.

      • billbear1961

        They’re a DISGRACE and complicit in TREASON.

        Their authority is FORFEIT.

  • BeaverTales

    Chinle (5 yo) tore the ACL in her knee,and it will cost us thousands to repair

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e413194edfd621e13253fd25372db037000b1dbf7cadaf1ac58507e16869b474.jpg

    • safari

      The cost is outrageous. How did it happen?

      • BeaverTales

        Rough housing with her bffs in the dog park, i think…the vet said it can happen spontaneously on bigger dogs. She weighs 100lbs

    • billbear1961

      I’m sorry to hear this, and about the cost. 🙁

      Had you considered a go-fund-me drive?

      • BeaverTales

        I can afford it, and I like my privacy….But it’s a good suggestion if either of those facts change…..thanks sweetie 🙂

    • thatotherjean

      Ouch! Poor pup. I’m glad that you’re willing/able to pay for the repair, and I hope she heals quickly, with no complications.

      • BeaverTales

        i especially hope no complications because we’re moving to Canada this summer, and that needs to go smoothly

  • Bomer
    • safari

      Wax?

      • Bomer

        I believe so. I find it oddly soothing to watch.

      • Jalapeño Business

        Water / ink.

    • billbear1961

      beautiful

    • jimbo65

      What sorcery is this!! (But seriously, very nice )

  • safari

    Disqus is interrupting us. Because Disqus.

    • fuzzybits

      Said something about the API undergoing maintenance.

    • billbear1961

      Yes, I found out when I tried to reply to you a few minutes ago.

  • bkmn
    • ‘Til Tuesday

      Sounds like a Tosh video if it was filmed.

      • ‘Til Tuesday

        Sorry for the double-post. Disquis totally flipped out for a short time.

    • ‘Til Tuesday

      Sounds like a Tosh video if it was filmed.

    • Treant

      “Minnesota man” doesn’t have the same weight as “Florida man.” Alas.

      Still. 40. Homemade. Rocket. Bike. Roof. Jump. Heet. At some point, “Hold my beer and watch this!” must have been uttered.

    • safari

      Old men in my region just drive either via hoverround or riding mower.

    • Dayglo

      Toss in some meth and you’ll have a Florida story.

      • JCF

        The place I was thinking of!

  • Gigi
  • SoCalGal20

    This pretty much sums up the GOP side of the House Intel Committee.

    https://twitter.com/olivia_gazis/status/971456825672503296?s=21

    • billbear1961

      They’re a DISGRACE and their authority is FORFEIT.

  • BlindBill

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/af1723c7177df8c66bf24f8be1e58aef7f328a1fcfa853d35eebf0158d446128.jpg
    Newest member of the crew. … Mr T. ( a.k.a. Teenie) Has a big personality …. he hated everyone in his two previous homes …. but he is very happy with us.

    • safari

      Can you pet him?

    • Dayglo

      I’ll bet you let him rule the roost.

    • Cuberly Deux

      I love birds. Have had a few over the years. So underrated as pets.

      Kittens with wings, and they can be so affectionate.

  • billbear1961
  • DaddyRay

    Hard to discuss when disqus is down

    • bkmn

      Disqusting is what it is

      • billbear1961

        Jesus, is it EVER!

  • billbear1961
  • Garth
  • DaddyRay
  • SoCalGal20

    LOL GOP already covering their asses about PA-18.

    https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/973292753802219520?s=21

    • bkmn

      So it is true locally as it is nationally – all they have is lies.

      • billbear1961

        But, because Americans will NOT stand up to lies, but will bow down and recognize the authority of liars–the authority of TRAITORS who are subverting the rule of law–traitors who REFUSE to protect the nation’s elections from a hostile foreign power (a foreign ally who is helping them to cling to power so they can continue their COUP to transform this democracy into a banana republic)–they continue in power, utterly ILLEGITIMATE power.

    • billbear1961

      They act like they KNOW they’ve lost!

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      (rolls eyes) God, they can’t just accept that a lot of people find their policies and behavior the suck.

  • jimbo65

    Ugh Tom Brady to be on Colbert. Wonder if Stephen will rake that Trumper over the coals.

  • Megrim Twist
  • Hue-Man
    • Jim E.

      Printing and bring to my doc tomorrow for my post-ER follow-up. Fascinating stuff. I’m type 2 ostensibly.

      • Hue-Man

        What struck me was the lack of basic scientific understanding of such a common disease. The Medical Industrial Complex can spend billions on developing the 75th ED medication but not on basic research on diabetes!

        It could take years for this to be turned into treatment guidelines for doctors on the front line.

    • TuuxKabin

      Last week there was a lot of press re: diabetes, PSA’s and radio segments. But 5 types? Thanks for the education.

  • Ninja0980

    http://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/376808-ann-marie-buerkles-nomination-hurts-the-consumer-product-safety
    The thing that angers me about this headline is in my area, there were people who KNEW how horrible Ann was from when she was our Congresswoman and still did the Bernie or Bust crap knowing that if Trump won, she was going to end up in charge of the agency that ensures all our products are safe.
    So much for caring about regular Americans eh?

  • Jon Doh

    Our new used dog from the shelter. He’s had a rough life, returned to the shelter more than once, but now he has his forever home.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/96d7b3c92af3f6c18297e78e41f4267379dee7f978beeb68d3759a9d5e55d15b.jpg

    • thatotherjean

      Congratulations! I hope he settles in happily. Why was he returned? Is it something you need to work on with him, or just not being compatible with another living situation? He certainly looks content to be where he is now.

      • Jon Doh

        We found he had a major problem with anal gland leakage. It was so bad he would need them expressed every other day and he was stinking up the place bad. We decided to get him the surgery he needed and the problem is gone. He is a great dog, quite the snuggler, but I guess others didn’t want to spend the money on him and just returned him to the shelter. He ended up at a dog sanctuary not far away, which is where we found him.

        • thatotherjean

          He was really lucky to find you! I hope you have a lot of happy years together.

        • Barry William Teske

          Thank you.

    • Dayglo

      Used animals. Second hand people. Loving care heals us all, doesn’t it?

      • Paula

        Ramen!

    • Ninja0980

      Awwww….

    • hdtex

      Rescue dog https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7ad4fb6745160b8a30b5a9962e65b7e01955516194caac91a785b06a40117ae3.jpg s are the BEST! I am Foster’s 5th (and final) home. He comes with a mountain of baggage but I love him to death….

      • Jon Doh

        He looks like he is planning something big in that photo.

        • hdtex

          He is ALWAYS up to something.

  • Sam_Handwich
    • bkmn

      He must have sold his house

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I skimmed through the article. They’re afraid the judge might disapprove.

      • Lazycrockett

        well duh.

        • Lazycrockett

          Seriously how does this lobbyist not understand how that would look??

          • Skeptical_Inquirer

            I sometimes wonder if evil causes brain damage or at least obliviousness.

          • Barry William Teske

            Profits.

  • the mutt
  • bkmn

    Time to get ready for bed. Good night all. Rest up, we need to be ready to fight another day, and probably the day after.

    • billbear1961

      Goodnight, bkmn!

  • Paula
    • Cuberly Deux

      I’m so jealous. Cuteness gang.

      • Paula

        They are a lot of fun.

    • JCF

      Wow, that’s a bunch!

      • Paula

        5 are not in the picture.
        Pippa, Ruffles, Toby, Barbie, and Gracie Mae aren’t there.
        In the picture: Coco, Princess, Milly, Tilly, Billy, Lucy, Shelby, and Rosita.

        • Oscarlating Wildely

          Wait– 13 total? As in 13 dogs?

          • Paula

            Its only 12 now. I THINK I have convinced my partner not to bring any more dogs home from the shelter. Fingers crossed.

          • Oscarlating Wildely

            Nine cats is one thing– they just, well, own the place. We’re just in their world. But twelve dogs? Wow! That takes real effort.

          • Paula

            Cats don’t run to the door barking spastically when the doorbell rings.I don’t feed them. I am the pooper scooper. 🙁

          • Oscarlating Wildely

            Our cats don’t always know that we’re here. It’s gauche to establish eye contact with the servants.

          • Skeptical_Inquirer

            It sounds like Downton Abbey.

          • Oscarlating Wildely

            Far too middle class for most felines.

          • Paula

            Not here. They know when it is time for us to come home. If you want a real introduction. Lay down on the floor and get mobbed.

          • Barry William Teske

            Actually, they are laughing with the door, Not at it…
            The pooper scooper effect: Well somebody has to do it.

          • William

            We’re down to eleven dogs. As far as cats, I can’t ever get the same count twice.

          • Skeptical_Inquirer

            That must be hundreds of dollars a month in food alone.

          • Paula

            They are all about the size of cats. They don’t eat much.

    • Max_1

      A whole lotta poopin’ goin’ on…

      • Paula

        Fortunately, we have a good sized back yard.

        • Max_1

          Then you got a whole lotta scoopin’ that poopin’…

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      Confession time: We have nine cats and one dog, among other things. All indoor. We have a large house but still: It takes a village for maintenance alone.

      • stuckinthewoods

        Understood. I had a friend who said he could use a vacuum cleaner bag once.

    • William

      You’ll never notice if I drop a couple more over your fence.

      • Paula

        Probably not.

  • Paula

    We lost this little one about 2 months ago. We are still sad about it. Coco was a sweetheart. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3d0d879c0b895e314bb7bc09649338fb399b465551bd5ff8d16a4205db8eeb93.jpg

    • greenmanTN

      Beautiful! I’m sorry you lost Coco, but believe me, even if you think you’re not ready another one will sneak up on you.

      Me 2014: beloved cat of 17 years had to be put to sleep.
      Me 2015: I miss him but I’m just not ready for another cat
      Me 2016: A cat just gave birth in a planter outside my window and they’re so cute!
      Me 2017: how the fuck did I end up with 12 cats?!
      Me 2018: I still don’t know how I ended up with 12 cats!

      • Paula

        I feel your pain, Brother.

    • Jon Doh

      I hope your other dogs are more heat tolerant. Sorry for your loss.

    • billbear1961

      Sorry about your loss, Paula.

      🙁

    • Barry William Teske

      Caption:
      What.
      You expect me to share this pot with, with…motatoes?

      PS:My condolences, but for what it is worth, that happy lil face only needs the same on you!

  • safari

    *sigh* Prepare for a shitshow.

  • greenmanTN

    Vis a vis nothing, the TV show Schitt’s Creek recently had an episode where Patrick (Noah Reid) serenaded David (Dan Levy) at an open mic night. David is at first appalled, thinking it’s going to be awful, but it turns out to be beautiful. The song is apparently selling well on iTunes.

    https://youtu.be/YzCKi7NGg4U

    I know LGBT people don’t get the recognition in movies and TV that we should, but seeing a depiction of gay people like this when I was teen would have blown my mind. Writers/show runners like Greg Berlanti (TVs Arrow universe), Dan Levy, and Ryan Murphy have done a yoeman’s job of putting LGBT characters on TV. In this instance it’s the movies that are behind.

    • Mikey

      imagine the One Messed up Mom if an American company had made a show with a title like that?

  • ‘Til Tuesday

    Unfortunately because I’m on the road for 3 weeks out of every month for my job, I don’t have any pets right now. I felt horrible leaving my cat “Sassy” alone for so long, so she went to a dear friend’s home to live with three other cats. Sassy loved to sit in my lap and bat at my dental floss while I tried to floss every evening. But I love all the pet pics!

  • lenvus
  • hdtex
  • hdtex

    I am his 5th and final home. My former puppy mill rescue boy Foster…. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/874cb3b3f1bfc2524260073e98c6ef6d14810191802a713c9acc6032d8cde5d8.jpg

    • JCF

      What a handsome lad! Cav?

      • hdtex

        Indeed.

  • Treant

    My husband used up one of his candles tonight after using another previously, so I ended up making two candles instead of messing around on WoW after I rebuilt the LED garden light. These are peppermint scented, with an undertone of lilac, and will end up being a midrange lavender when solid (molten wax always looks dark).

    Yes, they’re filled a little fuller than they should be. I winged it when I measured and was off about an ounce.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/47f0e7b7acea2d37ade736d115462228917df2bb0219ff370071f78b785a9962.jpg

    • Mikey

      hey, what server you on?
      The Scryers North America, here. Small LGBT guild, Horde side.

      • Treant

        Alternate server locked at Wrath of the Lich King. I found modern WoW kind of…not to my liking, although the graphics are better.

        My husband is on retail, though I don’t know which server.

    • Jon Doh

      As my father used to say to me, you’d make somebody a good wife.

      • Treant

        I don’t cook (I can if you’d like to risk food poisoning), I do clean but my vision is terrible. I do laundry (with soap that I made).

        So as long as the guy can cook and doesn’t white-glove things, we’d be fine…

  • Brody Levesque

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/30596a98b5b97ba1c759cadf63b8d14724bf27c3e427536c1c3f270099c70912.jpg His favorite position. How he doesn’t end up with a crick in the neck still amazes me.

  • musiclover703
  • Cuberly Deux

    This entire thread has been so heartening and wonderful.

  • marachne

    Sorry for the long ramble – the thread got me going.

    Emma, my doppelganger. She was a princess, or more the fashion model of the cat world – she was beautiful and she knew it…until dental worth left her with a sneer and the Wife (who is southern – they rename everything!) started calling her Little Elvis” or “Little E”

    She was also smart, and bit of a bully to the other cats, despite being tiny – she was sneaky.

    She was the ultimate dairy queen – don’t turn your back between the half & half and coffee – you’ll find her with her paw in your mug. I have a picture somewhere of her doing chin-ups trying to get to cheese on a pull-out cutting board.

    She was an up kitty – crown molding, tops of doors, figured out how to get to the second story window and demand to be let in…and she was a cave kitty – she would regularly walk over to a rather shallow, round basket, flip it over, and climb under looking like a turtle until she was all tucked in.

    She also was the bestest ever snuggle when you’re feeling low, or sick. She made it to 19.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/84796cf587ce38db2605e9c1a4d2dda18e5e84051ab66dbbcf4fb18035fd76c6.jpg

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      Gorgeous!

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    I adore our lovely beautiful friends, but lest we forget that not all are born with good looks. Still, they are oddly heartwarming in their one unique and individual way (plus that blue background is riveting..

    http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.3274542.1498319069!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/gallery_320/2017-world-ugliest-dog-competition.jpg

  • Mana Bugallo

    Abortion is ilegal in Argentina, so Rubén came with me to a very big rally to change that. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/41fd9406f78c69545124804bec2c39e35a47935642d1f271165aa8a9da712d9f.jpg

    • JCF

      Ergo, Rubén has more sense than your average archbishop…

      • Paula

        Well, so does any tree in my yard.

  • boobert

    Will it hurt to wash down my lipitor with the rest of this red wine?

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      Not sure. Me, I like Scotch and my lisinopril. Gives it that certain sense of, I don’t know, “working on that blood pressure but only with a nice smokey aftertaste.”

    • Treant

      Live dangerously. Go for it. 🙂

      Since the Lipitor and the wine will both be hitting your liver, I’m not sure if that’s a good idea or if it doesn’t matter…

  • DaddyRay
    • DaddyRay

      I have been there

      • David Walker

        Haven’t we all? Oh, you mean the friend zone.

      • Lazycrockett

        We have all been there. Im totally okay with the guys reaction.

    • JCF

      What a bitch! ;-p~~~

      • DaddyRay

        Really – I am jellies of the guy in the friends zone, would love to be there watching them make out

    • Lazycrockett

      I was going to post that earlier, but my twitter feed froze.

    • Ninja0980

      If they don’t upload the after video of this….

      • DaddyRay

        I am available to film the “during”

    • greenmanTN

      I like Adam Rippon for his fierceness and humor, but goddamn Gus is gorgeous! (and very funny.)

      Edit: not the video I meant to post, so changing it.

      https://youtu.be/LQ8NgQVCdyk

      • Dayglo

        Sorry, I’ve always found Steve-O to be consistently unwashed and grotesque.

        • greenmanTN

          He is, but I posted the wrong video. I updated the post with a new video.

          I think Johnny Knoxville is kinda hot, but the the rest of the Jackass crew? No.

  • TK

    Buster, a 7-1/2 year old Bengal whom I have the occasional pleasure of cat-sitting. He is actually quite a shy kitty and only shares the trust of a good long belly-rub with very few humans, other than his owners https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/924abff255b435b026231d5e99fddf56e2d0e191735ae813f63742f0c0c5fbb8.jpg . We bonded from day one and always have a great visit together. He’s quite the talker too, very playful and curious. But he’s like a ghost around people he doesn’t know or trust. It feels really good to know he likes me.

  • OCW
  • Barry William Teske
  • blackstar
  • ‘Til Tuesday

    Unfortunately I have no pet pics to share – the pics of Sassy were lost to my phone in the Atlantic Ocean. But I do have a pic of the wreath I did for Mardi Gras 2018, which I was commissioned to do for someone in Louisiana. This was taken just after I finished it. I wish I had taken a better pic before letting it go. (All of my wreaths are one-of-a-kind original).

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c5d518e40532b7f552f82db81a36342889b8ab72a87b0e29128fe775485b8734.jpg

    • greenmanTN

      I don’t do wreaths often. Actually I never did one before or after this, but I pulled a bunch of wild grape vines out of a tree and rolled it up into a coil and thought “that looks like wreath!” and slapped a bow on it. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/63bf98cacbeb85ba34de8e6c9219fa8a14b20548a83925dead371a670d146701.jpg

      I guess I could be more gay but it would take an act of god.

      • ‘Til Tuesday

        Vine wreaths are great for Spring and Summer. I will be doing a Spring one for someone in the next week or so. I do all my work by word of mouth (no advertising). Mostly Christmas wreaths and also trees.

      • stuckinthewoods

        My first partner could do that. We were at the river and needed a basket to carry something. He pulled down some wild grape vines and in a few minutes he produced a very sturdy basket complete with handle. I guess he out-gay’d you.

        • greenmanTN

          Never! 😁

      • TuuxKabin

        she’s been known to act.

        • greenmanTN

          Miss God or did something slip right past me?

          • TuuxKabin

            The act of god you mention? Hello? Is this thing working?

            So I mention, “she (la gawdess) has been known to act. ”

            Maybe we both need a cuppa?

            oxo

  • blackstar
    • billbear1961

      Inadvertent contacts/meetings, my ASS–the fucking, goddamned TRAITORS!

      • Max_1

        Don Jr’s response was just him aimlessly putting words together?
        “I love it.” – sure Jan. Any monkey can string them into a sentence.
        So, the follow-up meeting was merely a simple run-in at the mall?

        • billbear1961

          They’re so goddamned full of it–and so is this COUNTRY if they LET them get away with it! And I’m not convinced they won’t!

          • Max_1

            It’ll be interesting when Mueller turns his investigation toward Nunes’ trips to the White House…

          • billbear1961

            if he does

    • Max_1

      Just how does Nunes fit with the 13 Russians being charged?
      Let me guess… Nunes, “What Russians?”

  • Treant

    And that’s the second pour on the wax (soy wax tends to shrink a lot and you get a cave under the wick–which is not so great when it melts through and flares up…)

    A third pour won’t be necessary. 🙂 They were a bit darker than planned, but they still look nice.

  • Max_1
    • Richard, another Canuck

      I like your pet there Max..you need to keep his mouth busy to calm him down though…

      • Max_1

        I have no pussy to pet or dog to give my bone…
        … er, did that sound O.K.? But I come, ready to touch.

        • Richard, another Canuck

          a friendly invite!

  • teeveedub
    • greenmanTN

      In a way I envy dog owners being able to put kerchiefs or costumes on them. I would try that on my cats but I don’t want to be an amputee.

      • teeveedub

        Actually, the groomer put that on her. But she seemed to be very proud of it, so I left it on her for a few days.

    • TuuxKabin

      Will send more if needed.

  • boobert

    One last question. How the heck can they walk on those bricks with those heels ? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a0ca1454cff029a93d35c6218222f29787fbc77aacf75cf059f8f39e3e31b79e.png

    • boobert

      The ho’s at Borgata on a sat night can’t even walk on carpet with them ! lol

    • JCF

      I was going to say “only w/ 2 X chromosomes”…but I’m sure there are drag queens who could do it (while towering over Wills & Harry!). This dyke? Fuhgeddaboutit!

    • JCF

      Kate’s doin’ it be-bumped as well…

    • Arrowhead74

      I’d be walking on air next to Harry, with his 2 finger “hello”

    • Women can make little infant people. Knowing that, I’ve always assumed there isn’t much they can’t do.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/eb7da944ca8b390a17942e81a1ec08fc7e01d725598454083ae528e5ff9dd75f.jpg

    • Practice, practice, practice.

    • TuuxKabin

      Royalty, and about to be royalty. Their feet don’t touch the ground.

  • William

    This is Angel (dog) and Zebra (cat).Zebra has since passed on.

    Angel belonged to my partner’s brother’s girlfriend. We inherited her and two other dogs when the girlfriend died. Shortly after we got Angel, she went into heat. It was a surprise since she was almost eight years old at the time. She has never had puppies. After we got through that without any hookups, she developed pyometra, a disease of the uterus. It is more common in older dogs who have not been spayed. After a course of antibiotics and a hysterectomy, Angel made it through with flying colors.

    Now a couple years later, she developed a swollen mammary gland. It grew quickly. A visit to the local vet started with a starting price of $2000, it would go up as they looked at her . Partner contacted one of his friends with the spay-neuter group. She got him in at one of their low cost medical clinics. Angel has to be on antibiotics for two weeks, then they can do surgery. There is a slightly higher chance that this type of tumor is benign. A couple others are forming around other nipples. The vet is very hopeful that the tumors can be removed.

    If you have a female dog and do not have any plans on breeding her, get her spayed!

    • William
      • JCF

        Aw, what sweeties! [RIP Zebra] Angel looks like her name (Springer, right?) Prayers ascending for her health…

        • William

          Angel and her sister are Jerry Springer Spaniels. They are hillbilly girls. Both howl like hounds. Spaniels aren’t supposed to do that.

      • Rocco

        Adorable.

    • billbear1961

      Good luck with her, William!

      • William

        Thank you!

    • Rocco

      God bless you for your kindness and compassion…had that problem with my mom’s dog, Suzy. My mom was going to put her down, but I was able to step in. Suzy and I gave each other years of joy before she got more (& fatal) health problems I still miss my little girl…gets me misty eyed…Best of luck with Angel, she is lucky you are her angel.

  • Charlotte Spak
    • TuuxKabin

      Great composition to that shot. Stealing it for collage workshop, s.v.p.

  • Max_1
    • Barry William Teske

      Wow.
      Thats really Lowe’s…

    • Reality.Bites

      Since Rob Lowe CAN rob Lowe’s but chooses not to, the actual question is how many could he rob if he would, not how many he would if he could

      • JT

        He still could, whether he wanted to or not.

        • BobSF_94117

          Either way, I think they should start arming Lowe’s staff, just in case…

    • greenmanTN

      How much wood could a woodchuck wood if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

      My ex worked with a guy named Skip Lipschitz, technically his boss.

      Try to say “Kissing up to Skip Lipschitz” five times fast!

  • MassageBear

    Besides giving the NRA money, Putin also gave them copies of the pee tapes. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/01ef7fd3da8a537428a4c4e0cb6bf720d2990d86ea242ec3fca3f4ca021f8759.jpg

  • billbear1961
    • Mikey

      this is where I am right now
      (I could never play it without breaking into tears, so it got left off my repertoire list)
      https://youtu.be/p-u6BGAvmFY

      • billbear1961

        thank you

    • M Jackson

      Thanks billbear. Truly is my late night treat.

      • billbear1961

        Good to see you, MJ!

    • billbear1961

      No FREE society, worthy of the NAME, bows down to the authority of officials they KNOW to be liars and thieves out to obstruct justice and subvert the rule of LAW, the very rule of law which is the foundation upon which ANY legitimate right to govern is BUILT in the FIRST place! No, nor will it allow such a criminal regime to leave its elections WIDE OPEN to the attacks of a hostile foreign power, one conniving with the coupists so that they may maintain their grip on power in order to continue transforming what WAS a democracy into a BANANA REPUBLIC!

      • BeaverTales

        The fact that Democrats aren’t focusing more strongly on things that harm voter turnout makes me think we’ll continue to lose winnable races.

        I look forward to getting educated about issues and voting someday in Canada for candidates I care about and I feel care about me…as EVERYONE should. Glad I won’t be in Ontario…Doug Ford? Really?

        If you look at the Doug Jones race in Alabama, you see that if you have a good candidate who gives a damn about local issues (and isn’t seen as simply catering to Wall Street), you can even win blue seats in deep red states.

  • gary7bnet
  • Halou

    This is how a real and functioning Democratic system reacts to someone hiring their friends as favours, it does not go well for that person or their friends:
    https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/angry-meps-attack-juncker-over-elevation-of-his-monster-selmayr/ar-BBK8pwZ

  • greenmanTN

    Have I mentioned recently how much I love Janelle Monaé?

    https://youtu.be/tGRzz0oqgUE

    I never said I don’t dance, just that I look like a spazz when I’m doing it. 😁

    • JCF

      Awesome. As YT commenters said, it’s like a tribute to Prince (I was reminded of the first scenes of Purple Rain, w/ the First Avenue crowd posin’!)

      No bout a doubt it, I *lust* after Ms Janelle (“By the time I’m through w/ her, the neighbors will need to smoke a cigarette!”) And so, so queer!

      http://www.thetaskforce.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/bi_pride_graphic.jpg

    • BeaverTales

      RE: Dancing

      Practice, practice, practice, honey….and
      (1)you gotta have friends (or a BF) whom you are comfortable taking criticism from,
      (2)a healthy dose of “I don’t give a fuck, imma get it”
      (3)some dayum good music
      (4) gotta make time
      (5) a floor length mirror

      That’s how I learned, and I’m just a nerd.

      Luckily growing up in African American community where dancing is an important social skill, nearly everyone in my family was a good to amazing dancer, including my parents. They gave me lots of feedback on how to “shake that thang”.

      We almost always had a Motown album playing

      I had good music, and lots of free sunday mornings when i refused to go to church. I either read books or danced to my fav albums copying dance steps from VH1 and MTV videos.
      Good Memories!

      • greenmanTN

        I’m a white boy from East TN and the soundtrack of my life was country music and 1001 Strings. I had slightly different tastes. I play up the “bad dancing” thing, but I actually pulled it off a few times. I think. I just need something sinuous to latch onto. The THUMP THUMP THUMP of dance music is boring, there has to be something underneath.

        I hate that staccato Nazi beat.

        https://youtu.be/wsgA0s2T8Js

        • BeaverTales

          I dunno, I grew up listening to percussion instruments and drums and it’s the only kind of music i enjoy dancing to. I didn’t learn to appreciate country music until I started liking rock and then country rock (Eagles, Doobies, Loggins& Messina, Linda Rondstadt, Skynrd) in my 20s…

          That was my gateway drug to country music (Dixie Chicks, Lady Antebellum, Trace Adkins and Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney were big favs of mine) when I ventured into C&W bars and discovered I could have fun and get laid there too… I love all kinds of music now, except techno, elevator Muzak and” screaming at the top of your lungs” acid rock.

          It’s all good, and it’s all fun…and it’s all about the memories

          • greenmanTN

            I’m really not being a drama queen about this, but high pitches really hurt my ears so I prefer music with bass and percussion. I can stand high notes as part of a song but long term high notes and that pitch really hurts my ears.

            Bass and percussion are my niche.

            https://youtu.be/J_kRDcfTKrg

          • greenmanTN

            It’s all good. I look at it this way. Hating cilantro is a genetic thing, some people can’t stand it. I like it. If you eat asparagus your piss will stink later, but only some people can smell it. The ability to smell that odor is genetic.

            We all share the same reality but our experience of it is different. We don’t all see color the same way, we don’t taste things the same way, we don’t smell the same things. So even the most basic of responses have to be tempered with “to me.” I hate high pitches, they hurt, literally. If you ever want to see me flip out, play a sustained high pitch. I’m talking seriously pissed off throw things in anger because it hurts.

            Why do you love food other people hate? It’s not all cultural or their bad taste.

            That doesn’t mean other people are wrong, they just experience it differently than you do. I’ve learned to control my responses. I don’t throw things anymore, I just want to. Certain pitches hurt my ears.

            Reality is reality, but we don’t experience it exactly the same way. I like music you might not, but some of that preference is physical.

            https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5IzV3noOdK4

          • BeaverTales

            I had a discussion with a friend recently who likes her scrambled eggs rubbery, and I like mine soft scrambled. She can’t stand raw oysters because of texture, whereas I think it’s the slimy nectar of the gods. I like beer, but can’t eat malted milk balls, I actually have to spit them out…but most people love them. My mom thinks cilantro tastes like soap, but I love it on almost everything.

            It’s not cultural, and the genes are just random. But you can change your preferences sometimes. I became a vegetarian and lost my taste for steak and hamburger over the years, so even when I started to eat meat again, I had to stick to fish and poultry. I dated women in my early 20s, even women I liked and found pretty….but am still hopelessly and totally queer as a football bat.

            You’re 100% correct of course. I think people should educate and occasionally challenge themselves, but eventually, you are who you were born to be. Being true to myself is worth all the lost friendships and social isolation for being different. I’ve never been happier with who I am than I am today.

          • greenmanTN

            Being gay is a good example. I figured out I was gay at 13 but didn’t have a huge problem with it. Like some comedian said, you ask your dick what it likes and it tells you.

            But in a nod to the dominant culture I came up with a plan to turn myself straight.

            1. I wouldn’t fantasize about me having sex with men any more.
            2. I would instead think of other men having sex with each other.
            3. Later, I would fantasize about men having sex with women.
            4. Then I would fantasize about myself having sex with women.
            5. Voila! I’m straight!

            I made it to step 2.

            It is what it is.

            Foodwise I’ll try anything but balls, brains, and eyes and like most of it. No kidding, an assistant coach from the high school football team dropped by to encourage my parents to get me involved in team sports because he thought it would be good for me. They were talking in the yard. That’s when I came out with a pan of my new invention, Teriyaki Turnips (which are better than you’d think), to offer them a sample.

            The subject of me joining the football team never came up again. 😁

            I think being gay can be a gift. To own it you have to buck the system, think for yourself. After that you start to question all the assumptions, “So Wait a minute, if that isn’t true, what about….?” For me it put what was supposed to be mutually agreed upon reality in question, and as it turns out a lot of it is bullshit. There are facts and there is opinion. Knowing the difference between the two is important.

          • BeaverTales

            I think being gay is indeed a gift, though if I had a choice in the matter, I’d prefer to be bi.

            I turn 50 this year, and that is a gift too.

            I’m on the asexuality spectrum, but my real romantic attachments are exclusively to men, as well as “the direction my dick points”,..It’s liberating but also limiting.

            Reality needs a context, so that our tiny monkey brains can give everything else a perspective. Everything we are and everything we know represents a unique point in spacetime, and it’s important that we use our knowledge to explore our limits. Sometimes, facts and reality depend on context and perspective, just like opinion does.

          • greenmanTN

            How can you say you’re asexual but at the same time say “Everything we are and everything we know represents a unique point in spacetime, and it’s important that we use our knowledge to explore our limits“ ? Isn’t one of those limits sex?

            Believe me, I’m casting no stones. I’ve decided not to pursue any relationships or even casual hookups, but I don’t think of myself as asexual, just wary of complications. Been there, done that, and I don’t care to repeat it.

          • BeaverTales

            I’ve decided not to pursue any relationships or even casual hookups, but I don’t think of myself as asexual, just wary of complications. Been there, done that, and I don’t care to repeat it.

            There are a lot of misconceptions about asexuality. It’s nothing like what you probably think it is. I’m what is described in the asexual community as a “homoromantic grey demisexual”…my entire life I’ve learned that I don’t experience my sexuality the way most gay men do.

            It’s a brain wiring thing, just like you pointed out on your musical and food tastes. I don’t feel I need to be pitied. I am what I am.

            https://www.asexuality.org/
            https://www.asexuality.org/?q=general.html

            Asexuality, like homosexuality or heterosexuality or transsexuality, is a sexual orientation, not simply (or necessarily) a choice to be celibate. Asexuals can have sex and can enjoy sex. My experience with sex is such that I enjoy masturbation, intercourse and romance, but it’s always been complicated…

          • greenmanTN

            I really don’t know much about it so probably have misconceptions out the yin/yang. If I may say so a “homoromantic grey demisexual” sounds like splitting a lot of hairs. What does that mean in common parlance?

            I get the homoromantic part, but what’s the rest?

          • BeaverTales

            Demisexual: Someone who can only experience sexual attraction after an emotional bond has been formed. This bond does not have to be romantic in nature.

            Gray-asexual (gray-a) or gray-sexual: Someone who identifies with the area between asexuality and sexuality, for example because they experience sexual attraction very rarely, only under specific circumstances, or of an intensity so low that it’s ignorable.

            https://www.asexuality.org/?q=general.html

            For me, casual sex in general just feels like masturbation with another person, unless I’m in love or in some sort of infatuation with someone.
            When I have sex I’m very much in my own head, even as I am trying to play the other guy like a musical instrument. Since I discovered cannabliss, I love sex/masturbation even more.

            I’m the same way about alcohol. It’s my second obsession that people find more socially acceptable than math. I can enjoy it socially, but my primary enjoyment is alone and in my own head.

            It’s like dancing. I’m completely there but, my real enjoyment is solo. I hope I haven’t confused you too much…this is usually the part where I get the side eye and the pitying laugh.

          • greenmanTN

            I’m not a big country music fan, perhaps only because I’m a contrarian and I grew up in a place where it’s really big, but I like bluegrass, so go figure. If consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds, I’m hobgoblin free because I’m rarely consistent. 😁

          • BeaverTales

            To be fair, Emerson stated that “a *foolish* consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds”. A person who can’t appreciate that life itself doesn’t allow the luxury of one consistent view on virtually everything, has missed the point.

            I really cant make a blanket statement about music…If I said I like a particular genre, I can immediately think of many counterexamples….and if I said I dislike it, then vice versa for at least one example. Context matters… The only things I feel it’s important to be truly consistent about are one’s own logic and sense of justice.

            I never knew you were a contrarian…you hide it well.

          • greenmanTN

            I don’t believe in a astrology but look up any definition of a Taurus and it pretty much describes me. I’m not really a contrarian because that would mean I enjoy conflict for the sake of it, and I don’t. I really hate people who play “the Devil’s Advocate,” I believe you should say what you mean.

            I guess what I meant was that I tend to say what I mean, and though I can have a significant lag-time, I will say my piece even if it causes me me trouble. Due to the place I live that can seem contrary, but really I’m just be stubborn and tenacious. They are different things.

            But c’mon, how many times do you get to use the word hobgoblin? Not often.

            It’s inconsistent to say you hate country music but like bluegrass. I like to think my sense of humor is playful but your mileage may differ.

            https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SXg8SQ0e2XM

          • BeaverTales

            You are a jewel in the rough… very sweet and obviously a bright guy…but perhaps a man stuck in a place that hasn’t been able to fulfill (I mean both metaphorically and literally). Have you always lived in Tennessee and what is your educational background? I currently live in Alaska and am moving to British Columbia, but will probably ultimately live in both.

            I work in the medical field, but aspire to be a mathematician…If I live long enough, I want to pursue a PhD because I love it so much. I don’t study math to impress anyone…it’s just like how some people love cooking, online gaming, hunting or gardening…or sudoku or chess or tennis…it’s a quiet obsession that I can enjoy with friends or even alone. I don’t need anyone’s validation to love it…I feel very lucky to have something like that in my life, even though I can rarely share that enjoyment with anyone else.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2A0wGO3c2T8

          • greenmanTN

            I have a BA in Fine Art with a minor in English. In other words I think math is what calculators are for.

            I lived in Houston for over a decade, which I will remind you is the 4th largest city in the US, or as Molly Ivins called it, L.A. with the climate of Calcutta. I read a LOT.

          • BeaverTales

            Very cool…I’ve always been drawn to artsy types. My father was artsy, and I respect the creative urge in all of its manifestations. I learn a lot from people who are different from me (which is essentially everyone), though I’ve long ago learned not to seek their approval to enjoy my own thang…

            Houston is one city I’ve never visited. My dad was southern, but I grew up as a military brat, before my parents settled down in the orangey suburban hellscape between L.A. and San Diego, so I claim both cities as my place of origin. I love the country and the city…never sure where to settle, but now I intend to live in both, in two countries no less, haha.

            The only city I’ve lived in since leaving Califrnia (that I loved) was Montreal, probably because I loved Canada, even if I’m still American at heart. I’m glad I discovered Vancouver, because my French was only passable enough to get by, but never great…I’m a West Coast man, through and through. I’ll die here.

          • greenmanTN

            Between Texas and Tennessee I’ve always lived in the American South, but I’ve been to northern cities many times, and trips to Europe. I grew up around Monster Trucks and NASCAR, but I’ve always been a bit of an oddity for this area. I’m an introvert, not much of a joiner, so I didn’t really absorb the local influences. So according to the prevailing attitudes I’m pretty much Satan, a liberal atheist.

          • BeaverTales

            I’m pretty much Satan, a liberal atheist

            Likewise.

            The difference is that you actually READ. Most people I know are too lazy to read anything longer than 120 characters, unless it’s about Jesus. Sometimes I can barely hide my contempt for people who know very little and form opinions based on thin air…but still try to tell me (or others) what to do or how to think. I don’t get along with liars either.

            I’ve only been to Europe once (does Istanbul count as Europe?), but I’ve been to Asia and Australia on multiple occasions. My mother is half Asian.

        • TuuxKabin

          Ja, to JahWobble, was the soundtrack here back when. Speakers hooked into each apartment. Seamless sound. Thanks.Will find more to listen to.

      • BJORN RAGNVALDR

        I always go with number 2. I dont give a fuck, imma get it.

      • TuuxKabin

        favorite memory, HS lunch break, a juke box was in the student union. Population of HS, about 1/3 African American, majority WASP, small smattering of So. Pacific Islanders and us Chicanos. Divisadaryll LeRoy,taller than me, and I’m tall, Black student, built like an ant, good size young woman, with tiny waist. Came up to me, took my hand and told me, ‘come on Davie, I’m gonna teach you to dance.” We were in sox, it was always a sock hop. She had me stand on her feet, it was a slow number, Shirelles most likely, and she led me around. Told me after a few goes of it, “you just do like I did with the girl, and you gonna be a good slow dancer. And I was. Am.

    • BJORN RAGNVALDR

      I love Janelle. I saw her television debut on Letterman and i was hooked.

    • JT
    • Mike

      If there is going to be a fairy god mother I want mine to be her.

  • ChrisMorley

    REPORTED and FLAGGED

    Fake Name Job Scam

    Outrageous Lies “new” Citroën DS, but the last one was made in 1975

  • Mark

    job as fake as those tits

  • Rocco

    April Clark had to go, sorry.

  • JT

    Both of these cuties deserve a good home.
    https://i.giphy.com/media/aDa0MGofRZxRu/giphy.gif

    • TuuxKabin

      And arms to hold them. Throw in a few kisses as well.

  • Reality.Bites

    As far as I can tell this model Citroën was last manufactured in 1975

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Sounds like she bought a real lemon. Sad!

    • William

      A friend in high schools mother had that car. It was way cool.

  • On March 13th, 1781, astronomer William Herschel spotted an unusual object which he and other astronomers would realize was the first planet identified in modern times. It’s a day to celebrate Uranus.
    Here’s a nice picture of Uranus.
    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0e/Uranus_clouds.jpg

  • madknits

    Lily and Luna. We adopted them from their foster mother who was holding them for our local SPCA last July. Lily completely ignores me, she is my partner’s cat and only pays attention to him. Luna likes to sit on my chest while I am knitting thus interrupting my creative process. However, she willingly lets me skritch her belly. Why they like to sit on the laundry pile is anyone’s guess.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/43b1f29ae77c4036c617e51e4bfaee0fe2a1a838d1bd3acf8f420599aea04274.jpg