Wednesday Open Thread
November 30, 2011 6:22 AM - BoerumHillScott

430 comments
November 30, 2011 7:19 AM - Deleted
First and.....

I can identify the locale in today's photo! 9th Street between 4th and 5th Ave! That is the 5th Ave El in the background.
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#1
November 30, 2011 7:26 AM - BoerumHillScott
Benson, I haven not verified the location myself, but from the name of the file I uploaded, that's what I assumed.
What gave it away?
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#2
November 30, 2011 7:43 AM - rf
That's the Prospect Park YMCA in the background on the left, approaching 6th Ave.
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#3
November 30, 2011 7:50 AM - Deleted
Scott;

As Rf said, one can see the YMCA past the El. Also, the building on the right behind the El (mostly blocked by it except for the top) is a bank building that is still there (though it no longer houses a bank). On the left and behind the El (but before the YMCA) is the old Prospect theater, which is now a C-town.


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#4
November 30, 2011 8:05 AM - Donatella
I would never have called that and I go down 9th St. all the time. Good Morning.
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#5
November 30, 2011 8:09 AM - BoerumHillScott
Cool, I don't go to the 9th street area often, so I did not recognize the buildings.
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#6
November 30, 2011 8:14 AM - dibs
GM. I've never been on 9th Street
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#7
November 30, 2011 8:25 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
GM,

I didn't get today's photo, the Avon Theater and the El threw me.
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#8
November 30, 2011 8:25 AM - dibs
The rate cut by China, the ADP jobs number and the global central bank action might be setting us up for the Perfect Storm to rally the market for a more extended period of time.


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#9
November 30, 2011 8:26 AM - dibs
To El with you, Cobble
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#10
November 30, 2011 8:32 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Don't start, it's too early, DIBS. I'm still drinking my first cup of coffee and contemplating my 3 loads of laundry.
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#11
November 30, 2011 8:38 AM - sixyearsandcounting
Cobble's trying to put this punfest Underground before it even starts.
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#12
November 30, 2011 8:43 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Just a temporary derailment while I get a little more caffeinated, Six!
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#13
November 30, 2011 8:54 AM - Arkady
Can't you bridge your differences?
#14
November 30, 2011 8:55 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
FCPoTD (First Cat Photo of the Day): A friend posted this on FB, it cracked me up!

#15
November 30, 2011 8:58 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Sorry, I got side-tracked by FB, I'm back on track now.
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#16
November 30, 2011 8:58 AM - Slopefarm
The C Town is between 5th& 6th, which would be behind the el. The movie theater appears to be where the much-hated Ansonia branch of the USPS is located.
I am actually having trouble getting my bearings on that photo because a lot of the buildings on the left are not what is there now, but they look like the kind of buildings I would expect would still be standing today.
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#17
November 30, 2011 9:01 AM - Slopefarm
Not even a token of appreciation from you, 6, for a decent punfest before it goes off the rails?

"I'm still drinking my first cup of coffee and contemplating my 3 loads of laundry."

Better make it an expresso.
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#18
November 30, 2011 9:04 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
""I'm still drinking my first cup of coffee and contemplating my 3 loads of laundry."

Better make it an expresso."

If I can use all 3 washers, it will be the expresso, otherwise, It'll be more like the local... : P
#19
November 30, 2011 9:05 AM - Arkady
No she does lo-cal beverages...
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#20
November 30, 2011 9:06 AM - Arkady
Plus you'll be more IRTable, Chiller.
#21
November 30, 2011 9:11 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Too true, Arkady, I have to put the brakes on the caffeine before my nerves hit the 3rd rail.
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#22
November 30, 2011 9:13 AM - lechacal
Recap of last night:

1. Didn't talk to any celebrities.
2. Think of the children. Think of the children. Think of the children. Think of the children. Think of the children. Think of the children. Think of the children.
3. Rich people at auctions do really stupid things.
4. Ironically, they served us veal while telling us about starving kids in Africa.
5. Natasha Bettenfield [sp?] is a wicked good live singer.
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#23
November 30, 2011 9:23 AM - Slopefarm
Sounds about right, jackal. You know, the children are our future. Natasha's hit "Unwritten" was sort of the first mainstream popular hit that the farmhand got into. I heard it endlessly around the house a few years back. And, re: point 3: That's what open bars are for. Open bars open wallets. I learned that once the hard way years ago at an auction fundraiser for the farmhand's preschool. Ever since, no alcohol until the bidding closes.

P.S. I had nothing to do with the DOT's traffic safety haikus.



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#24
November 30, 2011 9:29 AM - dibs
Cobble, you need a good swift kick in the caboose
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#25
November 30, 2011 9:30 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
I worked at a few art auctions years ago. I was a sort of quasi-Vanna White. I had the hand gestures down in the trial runs only! that was a hoot. I had the auction house people in stitches, while at the same time they were begging me NOT to do that during the actual auctions!
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#26
November 30, 2011 9:35 AM - dibs
If you were doing it I think it'd be called Wheel of Misfortune
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#27
November 30, 2011 9:36 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
heads up ghettoheads!!!!!!!!

this morning i picked up an AM New York newspaper and inside they had a flyer coupon for Wendy's. "FREE BREAKFAST: Free small original or bold redhead roasters coffee, artisan (LOL) egg sandwich and seasons homestyle potatoes" good until dec 31st!!!

i took the flyer out of every paper in the entire stack. i now how free coffee and breakfast for the next MONTH!. score!!!!!!

*rob*

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#28
November 30, 2011 9:36 AM - Deleted
Slopey
Please read carefully. I said that the C-Town is located at the site if the former PROSPECT theater, behind the El in the photo, which corresponds to between 5th and 6th Ave.

The street shown in the foreground is 9th St between 4th and 5th Ave. The Avon theatre shown on the left is now a McDonalds.


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#29
November 30, 2011 9:37 AM - Arkady
You're off your trolley, dibs.
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#30
November 30, 2011 9:38 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
GM. I've never been on 9th Street

you dont want to. that's the trashy part of park slope

*rob*

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#31
November 30, 2011 9:39 AM - Slopefarm
Fair enough, benson.
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#32
November 30, 2011 9:41 AM - Slopefarm
It's actually amazing how many theaters there used to be. There was also a theater on 15th just up from 5th where new apartments were just completed.
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#33
November 30, 2011 9:43 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Good thing we're just online, DIBS, or I'd kick you in the caboose! : P
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#34
November 30, 2011 9:47 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
ugh this gonna be a pun day? it was quite nice yesterday without the usual suspects around

*rob*

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#35
November 30, 2011 9:47 AM - dibs
I'll engineer your doom, Cobble.
#36
November 30, 2011 9:49 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Snort! Nice try, DIBS, now get back to shoveling coal before this engine slows down or I'll send you back to the round house!
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#37
November 30, 2011 9:50 AM - dibs
L.A. and Philly evicted the OWS protesters
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#38
November 30, 2011 9:51 AM - dibs
You're on the wrong track, Cobble.
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#39
November 30, 2011 9:54 AM - Arkady
Don't get so steamed, rob.
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#40
November 30, 2011 9:54 AM - ij
The punfest will end, but the train conductor says, take a break, it's still a ways away.
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#41
November 30, 2011 9:54 AM - lechacal
One guy paid something like 35 grand for the owner of Aqua Vite to cook dinner for 24 people at his house. Aqua Vite is that nordic restaurant in New York owned by an Ethiopian (who was there with his hot Ethiopian wife).
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#42
November 30, 2011 9:55 AM - ij
The OWS movement is in cinders.
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#43
November 30, 2011 9:56 AM - dibs
Aquavit is across the street from my office. Marcus Samuelson is contending to be the next iron Chef. I saw an episode over the weekend and was dismayed by him wearing a pork pie hat.
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#44
November 30, 2011 9:57 AM - dibs
OWS is completely derailed
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#45
November 30, 2011 9:59 AM - lechacal
Yeah Marcus Samuelson. Actually at the end of the bidding the auctioneer (some guy from Christie's) asked the winner if he wanted two dinners for double the price and he said yes, so it was really 70 grand. I bet Marcus Samuelson is a faster runner than I am. He's Ethiopian, you know.
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#46
November 30, 2011 9:59 AM - rf
Lechacal, Marcus Samuelsson, the former chef at Aquavit, was adopted to Sweden from Ethiopia. He's no longer with Aquavit, now his big thing is Red Rooster in Harlem.
http://marcussamuelsson.com/about-marcus
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#47
November 30, 2011 10:00 AM - ij
They touched the third rail.
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#48
November 30, 2011 10:02 AM - lechacal
Oh that totally makes sense rf. He was up there saying he would do the dinner in your house, but then said he was happy to do it at Red Rooster if you don't have enough space in your house. I thought it was a joke and Red Rooster was some kind of greasy spoon type place. Isn't it? Isn't there a casual dining type place called Red Rooster? Or Red something?
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#49
November 30, 2011 10:02 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
stupid

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#50
November 30, 2011 10:03 AM - lechacal
Or crimson something? Some kind of red color. AHHH HOLY SHIT I'VE GOT IT.... RUBY TUESDAY. I thought he was saying he would do his dinner at Ruby Tuesday, and he said "I'm sure they won't mind" and everyone laughed except me.
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#51
November 30, 2011 10:03 AM - Slopefarm
jackal, you can be sure no amount of free alcohol could get me to drop $70k at an auction fundraiser. I would pass out first. And, of course, the check would bounce.
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#52
November 30, 2011 10:04 AM - lechacal
Oh yeah I guess Red Roof Inn is the Ruby Tuesday of motels and I just kind of got them confused.
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#53
November 30, 2011 10:04 AM - dibs
OWS never had a platform
#54
November 30, 2011 10:05 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
ah yes, obama is in town today right? scrubbing for monies? talk about trifling.


*rob*

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#55
November 30, 2011 10:05 AM - lechacal
They have all of these people off to the side who show up to your table IMMEDIATELY to take your credit card if you are the high bidder for an item. BAM there they are.
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#56
November 30, 2011 10:06 AM - lechacal
Parent teacher conference yesterday. Apparently my daughter is highly creative (said many times) but doesn't listen to anyone and only pays attention to what she wants to pay attention to. Duh, she's six, the hell do you expect?
#57
November 30, 2011 10:07 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
OWS never had a platform

yes they did. people are sick and tired of shit being so expensive. that's the message i get out of it, and i totally believe in it. just look at rents in nyc! wtf? wages don't event correlate for the most part and this city attracts the worst kind of people from the globe. specifically the whites...


*rob*

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#58
November 30, 2011 10:07 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
HA! I got all THREE washers! BWAH HA HA HA HA! I feel so evil doing this. Am I going to hell? ; )

G*d help me if I go downstairs to put the wash in the dryers and one of the Little Old Ladies is standing there waiting...: (
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#59
November 30, 2011 10:08 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
"Apparently my daughter is highly creative (said many times) but doesn't listen to anyone and only pays attention to what she wants to pay attention to."

Sounds just like her father! : P
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#60
November 30, 2011 10:08 AM - dibs
"Parent teacher conference yesterday. Apparently my daughter is highly creative (said many times) but doesn't listen to anyone and only pays attention to what she wants to pay attention to. Duh, she's six, the hell do you expect?"

Amazing the drivel that comes out of these meetings!!!!!!

Are you considering therapy?????
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#61
November 30, 2011 10:09 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
my daughter is highly creative (said many times) but doesn't listen to anyone and only pays attention to what she wants to pay attention to.

aka every other single child in this country :-/

*rob*

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#62
November 30, 2011 10:09 AM - lechacal
Yeah cobble except I'm not creative. Not in any useful way anyhow.
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#63
November 30, 2011 10:11 AM - rf
Do you believe the teacher that she is creative?
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#64
November 30, 2011 10:12 AM - lechacal
Oh yeah rf, she's totally creative.
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#65
November 30, 2011 10:13 AM - rf
Red Rooster is said to be a really hot restaurant in Harlem. I bet Marcus Samuelsson is an interesting guy. His story resonates for me because of my daughter and her duality as a Chinese-American adoptee.
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#66
November 30, 2011 10:14 AM - rf
Lechacal, I am sure she is creative! It's just that it's the kind of thing that first-grade teachers see in every student.
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#67
November 30, 2011 10:14 AM - lechacal
I'll take 100% of the credit though. I have outlawed TV in the house (for the kids), we do stuff like make claymation movies together, and when I do story time half the time I just make up a story instead of reading them a stupid kids' book. I intend to take all credit for good qualities my kids develop over the years, and externalize all blame for bad qualities.
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#68
November 30, 2011 10:15 AM - lechacal
Marcus Samuelsson is the dumbest guy ever. He chose Swedish food over Ethiopian food. That's like an Indian guy opening a restaurant that serves English food. Why would you do that??
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#69
November 30, 2011 10:16 AM - lechacal
rf, I actually think she is getting on the teacher's nerves and she just wanted to find a nice thing to say about her to balance things out a bit.
#70
November 30, 2011 10:17 AM - BoerumHillScott
There is also a "casual dining" chain called Red Robin.
Not sure where the closest one is to here, but they were in every mall in California.
Edited at November 30, 2011 10:17 AM
#71
November 30, 2011 10:19 AM - rf
Lechacal, the guy was adopted as a 3-year-old and grew up in Sweden! How much Lechacalese cooking did you know when you were 3?
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#72
November 30, 2011 10:22 AM - dibs
"Marcus Samuelsson is the dumbest guy ever. He chose Swedish food over Ethiopian food. That's like an Indian guy opening a restaurant that serves English food. Why would you do that??"

Aquavit was very, very successful and still is. It's been around maybe more than 20 years. Would Ethiopian have been such a good choice back then on East 55th Street???????????????
#73
November 30, 2011 10:23 AM - dibs
Maybe lech can open up a squirrel restaurant. Squirrel ragu with an organic maple syrup glaze.
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#74
November 30, 2011 10:25 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
another ghetto heads up... anyone looking for monies.


tomorrow tune into 106.7 (no clue what that stations is i dont listen to the radio, but just got a message about this) between 845 am and 9am and call 800-222-1067 and be the first caller to identify the christmas song Rocking around the tree by brenda lee. you will win 500 dollars and 500 dollars will also go to the salvation army.

*rob*

#75
November 30, 2011 10:27 AM - lechacal
OK rf and DIBS, if you guys are so smart how do you explain his Ethiopian wife??
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#76
November 30, 2011 10:28 AM - lechacal
Yes BHS!! Red Robin!!! That's where I thought he said he would cook.
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#77
November 30, 2011 10:29 AM - MontroseMorris
106.7 is Lite FM. They play non-stop holiday music from Thanksgiving until Christmas Day. It's amazing how much bad Christmas music there is out there, with every pop singer from Elvis to JayZ with a Christmas album.
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#78
November 30, 2011 10:30 AM - MontroseMorris
Lech, what are you talking about? The guy married an Ethiopian woman. And?
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#79
November 30, 2011 10:32 AM - dibs
Well, maybe he likes fish on his plate but he must like dark meat in bed!!!!!! DUH


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#80
November 30, 2011 10:34 AM - dibs
U.K. closed their iranian embassy
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#81
November 30, 2011 10:36 AM - Deleted
"5. Natasha Bettenfield [sp?] is a wicked good live singer."

GOTD
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#82
November 30, 2011 10:37 AM - dibs
Why is Natasha Bettenfield a candidate for GOTD??? Never heard of her.
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#83
November 30, 2011 10:39 AM - dibs
Bedingfield. Unwritten???? Is that a gay song??????
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#84
November 30, 2011 10:40 AM - DeadCatBounce
GOOD MORNING! How can I post a photo from my iPhone?
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#85
November 30, 2011 10:42 AM - Slopefarm
dh -- that doesn't make jackal gay, it makes him an 11-year-old girl. Perhaps we need a TOTD (tween of the day) award.

I remember when 106.7 FM was WRVR, a commercial jazz station (real jazz, not "smooth jazz" or any other semi jazz-ish confection).
Edited at November 30, 2011 10:42 AM
#86
November 30, 2011 10:44 AM - rf
If you are near your computer, email it to yourself and then it will be a file on your computer. I don't know enough about iphones to figure out how you can post it directly from the iphone.
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#87
November 30, 2011 10:45 AM - MontroseMorris
I remember that too, Slopey. Real jazz and classical music are about as rare as hen's teeth on radio nowadays. The only stations to carry either one are public radio stations, and thank goodness for them.
#88
November 30, 2011 10:47 AM - lechacal
"Lech, what are you talking about? The guy married an Ethiopian woman. And?"

Rf and DIBS were justifying his choice to cook sucky nordic food by saying he basically wasn't Ethiopian any more since he had been in Sweden like forever, but then he goes and marries an Ethiopian,** so he's basically wrong.

**based solely on the fact that there was an attractive East African looking woman at his table last night.
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#89
November 30, 2011 10:49 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Perhaps we need a TOTD (tween of the day) award.

bitch, please. as if there would be ANY competition for that award with me around

*rob*

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#90
November 30, 2011 10:50 AM - MontroseMorris
Lech, just Google the man. He's had a very interesting and internationally successful life. I think it's great that he had the opportunities he's had, and also has been able to blend his Ethiopian heritage and Swedish heritage together, taking in the best of both worlds. Marcus Samuelsson's an amazing and inspiring man.
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#91
November 30, 2011 10:51 AM - lechacal
The son of the actress who played the chick in Breakfast at Tiffany's was there last night giving out awards and stuff. Wow, talk about a momma's boy. He's like 50 years old and he's still doing stuff just because of who mommy was.
#92
November 30, 2011 10:51 AM - rf
According to Wikipedia, his wife is a model.
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#93
November 30, 2011 10:52 AM - lechacal
MM, none of that is true.
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#94
November 30, 2011 10:53 AM - Slopefarm
Well, rob, I seem to have won GOTD the day dibs posted some beefcake pics with a drooling comment, so don't assume you can just wave your Hello Kitty knapsack around and knock out the competition.
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#95
November 30, 2011 10:53 AM - MontroseMorris
I give up.

Going to do some work now.
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#96
November 30, 2011 10:54 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Mornin' loserinos!
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#97
November 30, 2011 10:56 AM - Donatella

May I interject with a comment about today's rally?

YES!!!!!!!
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#98
November 30, 2011 10:57 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Wow, talk about a momma's boy. He's like 50 years old and he's still doing stuff just because of who mommy was.

lol. sounds like that gay albino, anderson cooper

*rob*

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#99
November 30, 2011 10:57 AM - rf
Lechacal, you are being an asshole. Tell us all your knowledge of Marcus Samuelsson. Did you know the same year he opened Aquavit, he opened a second New York restaurant, Riingo, serving Japanese-influenced American food? Do you know anything about Red Rooster? It's more or less a soul-food restaurant.
November 30, 2011 10:57 AM - lechacal
Oh and btw Natashe Bedingfield is a very good live performer, I don't care how tween / gay / whatever that sounds. I've seen soooooo many live performances since I used to do lights and sound and my job and I can honestly say she's got it as a live performer. Just her, a guy with a guitar, and a guy with some kind of weird drum thing, no fancy lights, just a microphone in front of everyone, and she did great.
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November 30, 2011 10:58 AM - lechacal
"Lechacal, you are being an asshole. Tell us all your knowledge of Marcus Samuelsson."

Well, for starters I think we have pretty firmly established that the man is an asshole.
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November 30, 2011 10:59 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Natasha Bedingfield? Hmmmm. I had your back with Kate Bush (who doesn't love "Running Up That Hill"?) but I'm gonna have to leave you out in the cold on this one.
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November 30, 2011 11:03 AM - dibs
At least Samuelson never let himself go.
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November 30, 2011 11:05 AM - rf
Why do you think he's an asshole? Maybe you have established that, but I didn't see any agreement here.
November 30, 2011 11:05 AM - Donatella

I am creating an exploration committee to research my chances for Republican nomination for President. Who wants to be on my committee? I have working class roots, self-made gentry woman, a working knowledge of American History, (i.e. can discuss accurately Paul Revere's place in American History, know when the country was formed, good grasp of factors driving the Civil War, and solid grasp of Cold War history, i.e. who's got nuclear weapons and whatnot), good understanding of civics, i.e how old you have to be to vote, working knowledge of primary systems (i.e. who's got a caucus, who's got a primary). Somewhat culturally conservative bona fides might win me a few votes. Who's in?
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November 30, 2011 11:05 AM - Slopefarm
We've really run out of things to fight about if we are trading barbs about each others' opinions of Marcus Samuelson.
November 30, 2011 11:05 AM - lechacal
Rob, was anderson cooper's mom someone famous? He's kind of famous himself though, that's different.
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November 30, 2011 11:07 AM - lechacal
"Why do you think he's an asshole?"

Uh, it's just kind of obvious. You seriously don't think you're the only person on this blog who doens't think Marcus Samuels is an asshole?
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:07 AM
November 30, 2011 11:07 AM - BoerumHillScott
Donatella, what will be your official policy on cat pictures?
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November 30, 2011 11:07 AM - dibs
Cooper is Gloria Vanderbilt's son.
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November 30, 2011 11:08 AM - Slopefarm
Dona,
You're overqualified and you'll be competing with Huntsman for 1% of the primary vote.
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November 30, 2011 11:08 AM - lechacal
"Cooper is Gloria Vanderbilt's son"

Who??
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November 30, 2011 11:08 AM - Donatella
Anderson Cooper's mother is Gloria Vanderbilt, of THE Vanderbilts....of Vanderbilt Ave.
November 30, 2011 11:09 AM - rf
MM doesn't think so. Never mind. I think I'll go clean the cat box, much more productive than arguing with you!
November 30, 2011 11:10 AM - Donatella

Cat pictures, fine. I believe in both cats and dogs. Can't we all just get along?

Peace, Love and STFU could be my campaign slogan.
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November 30, 2011 11:10 AM - dibs
Lech was going on and on and on yesterday about not caring about any celebrities and it's all he can talk about today after his evening with the B-glitterati!!!!!! LOL
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:10 AM
November 30, 2011 11:11 AM - lechacal
Rf, you and MM are the first people in WEEKS who have responded to my chumming the waters. I thought I had lost it, but clearly I haven't. I totally rule!!
November 30, 2011 11:11 AM - Donatella

I could do Karaoke to compete for the other 99% or release details of my activities from the 1970s to reach across the aisle.
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:11 AM
November 30, 2011 11:12 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
DonaT, depending on your stance on WMGDs (Weapons of Mass Glittering Destruction), you could have my vote!
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:12 AM
November 30, 2011 11:14 AM - Donatella

As long as the glitter is purple, Snappy, I'm AOK. I am the purple, third way, we are ONE NATION candidate.
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:14 AM
November 30, 2011 11:16 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Can we slip in some pink glitter? Please? Say yes and I'm voting for ya :-)
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:16 AM
November 30, 2011 11:16 AM - rf
Uh-oh, don't you know that purple is GAY? You are in big trouble with the Red party, missy!
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:16 AM
November 30, 2011 11:17 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Shhhh! Technically ALL glitter is gay, but don't tell!
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:17 AM
November 30, 2011 11:18 AM - BoerumHillScott
Sorry, I can't support any candidate who supports cat pictures.
November 30, 2011 11:18 AM - Donatella
Yesterday, I thought of all the celebraties who I have mostly accidently bumped into. A multiple person is Woody Allen who I saw many times around 70th and Madison near the Whitney. Once he held the elevator for me IN the Whitney. I think he might have been stalking me. I happen to always notice them since I look up and don't walk looking at my phone. But I am always very New York about it, like I know you are Woody Allen but I am a cosmopolitan New Yorker and so what. (I don't like Woody Allen BTW. Why don't I ever run into Robert DeNiro?)
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:18 AM
November 30, 2011 11:19 AM - dibs
"Shhhh! Technically ALL glitter is gay, but don't tell!"

jackass, you don't even know your own market.
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:19 AM
November 30, 2011 11:19 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
You mean like this one, BHS? : P
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:19 AM
November 30, 2011 11:20 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
"Sorry, I can't support any candidate who supports cat pictures."

Oh, Scott, we are gonna have problems, you and I!
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:20 AM
November 30, 2011 11:21 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Hey, jackass, go pillage some poor town and get richer and STFU! :-)
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:21 AM
November 30, 2011 11:21 AM - lechacal
haha best defacing of a campaign sign ever.

Edited at November 30, 2011 11:21 AM
November 30, 2011 11:22 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
And that pic by the way is CONFETTI not glitter, ya jackass!
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:22 AM
November 30, 2011 11:22 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
agree or disagree? reading some post about unions and how they invented the weekend.

"Things we have to thank unions for:

Weekends
Sick and Vacation Days
End of Child Labor
Safety Rules in the Workplace
40 Hour Work Week
Overtime Laws
Anal Sex
Maternity Leave
Worker Compensation Insurance
Minimum Wage Laws
Anti-Discrimination Laws in the Workplace
Laws the Protect Whistleblowers
Family Medical Leave Act
Employer Based Healthcare (maybe not the greatest thing now, but it was then)

oh, and the Middle Class"


*rob*




Edited at November 30, 2011 11:22 AM
November 30, 2011 11:23 AM - lechacal
cobble, that cat you posted at 11:19 actually looks pretty retarded. Look in its eyes.
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:23 AM
November 30, 2011 11:23 AM - Donatella

Pink glitter? See what happens to a candidate? It is hard to stick to the hard line on this. Ok, Pink. Fine.
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:23 AM
November 30, 2011 11:24 AM - rf
Any animal (including my incredibly stupid cat) whose brain fits inside a head smaller than my fist is not going to win any IQ contests. That's not why we love them!
November 30, 2011 11:25 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Huzzah! The pink glitter is in! Now we need to talk about making we rich....
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:25 AM
November 30, 2011 11:25 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
lech, The kitteh is just dismayed by your comments! : P
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:25 AM
November 30, 2011 11:25 AM - lechacal
"Any animal (including my incredibly stupid cat) whose brain fits inside a head smaller than my fist is not going to win any IQ contests. That's not why we love them!"

Meh. I actually don't like babies until they are at least a year old.
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:25 AM
November 30, 2011 11:26 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
DAMMIT! One of the dryers in my building just ate my 75 cents and the service says it may take 2-3 days for a technician to come fix the damn thing! Drying my laundry is going to take forever today!
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:26 AM
November 30, 2011 11:26 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
My youngest dimwit got the handle of a paper bag stuck on his head last night and damn near tore the house down zipping around trying to get it off. Whacked his head off the fridge and went face first into a case of water jugs. I'm pretty sure he's dumber than before that incident. Poor wee.
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:26 AM
November 30, 2011 11:27 AM - lechacal
No seriously though, that cat has the dumbest, most vacant stare of any animal I think I have ever seen. I challenge you all to find a picture of a dumber looking animal.
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:27 AM
November 30, 2011 11:27 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Cobble, fear not...when we get rich, we shall have washers and dryers in our homes!
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:27 AM
November 30, 2011 11:29 AM - Slopefarm
Rob, did you throw the 7th item in there or was that in the original post? Dibs may have to change his tune on unions if that's true.

Love the Ru Paul sign. Reminds me of when George Clinton was performing in NYC during 1996 presidential campaign and there were all these George Clinton for President signs advertising the gig. Now that guy's got some slogans! One nation under a groove, etc. (I forget, was it "Free your mind and your ass will follow" or the other way around?)
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:29 AM
November 30, 2011 11:29 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Dumb cats?
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:29 AM
November 30, 2011 11:29 AM - rf
Snappy, I am convinced that my cat's biggest talent is shedding. He can't even get his head stuck in a paper bag handle.
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:29 AM
November 30, 2011 11:29 AM - Donatella
A friend of mine works at the Sheraton and Obama is there doing fund raising there tonight. PIA. I was having a meeting of my exploration committee tonight and between the tree and Obama, traffic is a nightmare.
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:29 AM
November 30, 2011 11:30 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Ok...this one really looks...um...challenged?
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:30 AM
November 30, 2011 11:31 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
LOL, Rf!
November 30, 2011 11:31 AM - rf
Donatella, I thought you were running a Brooklyn-based campaign. It's a shame the Barclay Arena isn't finished, or you could rent it out for your fundraisers.
November 30, 2011 11:32 AM - lechacal
LOL snaps, yeah, I think you nailed it with that one.
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:32 AM
November 30, 2011 11:32 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
*****Ok, party people! Listen up!****

Snaps and I have decided, in our infinite wisdom, that the PLUSA Holiday party will be at Ocean's 8 on December 15th!

We NEED you to tell us that you are actually coming. And we NEED you to bring a gift for the Red Hook Community Center. Gift cards to Old Navy, toys for kids of all ages, blankets for the elderly, like last year! Help us make our donations even better than last year!

rf and a friend have generously offered to help, as they did last year, collect and deliver the gifties!

Snaps, anything else you would like to say?
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:32 AM
November 30, 2011 11:34 AM - dibs
Pandas are pretty dumb looking
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:34 AM
November 30, 2011 11:34 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
"Cobble, fear not...when we get rich, we shall have washers and dryers in our homes!"

OMG, a giant tub and a washer and dryer? I may die from the excitement of such a thought!
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:34 AM
November 30, 2011 11:35 AM - dibs
Where the fuck is Oceans 8???
November 30, 2011 11:35 AM - etson
I can't come to the party for obvious reasons, but if anyone can pick up a contribution from me somewhere near PS on the prior weekend I would love to give some gifts.
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:35 AM
November 30, 2011 11:36 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Yes, I'd like to add that if you can, please consider bringing 2 or 3 gifties for the kids at the RHCC. We know times are hard, but if you can spare it, Cobbly and I and the folks at the RHCC would be oh so appreciative!
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:36 AM
November 30, 2011 11:36 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Etson, yes! I'll gladly meet up with you and take your donations! Brunch?
November 30, 2011 11:36 AM - dibs
Oh, is thjat the place we went to when Cobble didn't show up for her birthday because she was having a hissy fit over something????
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:36 AM
November 30, 2011 11:37 AM - Slopefarm
OK, the OT GOP primary is officially in full swing. Dona's got an exploratory committee, cats are being vetted and here come dibs to panda for votes.
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:37 AM
November 30, 2011 11:38 AM - lechacal
Sorry, unlikely I will make it to the holiday party as I have to be in another state that day through the late afternoon.... but small chance I'll show up.
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:38 AM
November 30, 2011 11:39 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Lech, if you can't make it, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE consider still providing a toy donation to the kids at the RHCC.
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:39 AM
November 30, 2011 11:40 AM - etson
In other charitable news, props to the NYT (yes, hell did just freeze over) for providing this link in an article yesterday:
www.givewell.org
In depth quantitative research on charity effectiveness and a list of recommended charities (they appear to be based on 7th in PS, btw).
I just gave to their #1 recommendation.

Edited at November 30, 2011 11:40 AM
November 30, 2011 11:40 AM - BoerumHillScott
It is in my calendar.
I will be there, with gift(s).

Edited at November 30, 2011 11:40 AM
November 30, 2011 11:41 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Snaps and I have decided, in our infinite wisdom, that the PLUSA Holiday party will be at Ocean's 8 on December 15th!

awesome. my work holiday party is the same night!

*rob*

November 30, 2011 11:41 AM - etson
Brunch would be great Snappy. Just need enough time to run to the toy store beforehand!
I'll e-mail you. Does the 3434 email still work?
November 30, 2011 11:42 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
and begging for toys is in poor taste

*rob*

Edited at November 30, 2011 11:42 AM
November 30, 2011 11:42 AM - Deleted
Marcus Samuelsson is legit
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:42 AM
November 30, 2011 11:43 AM - Donatella

Ok, I'm coming to Oceans 8. Can't do any sports due to the cast but I can stand around and drink and laugh at you all. I will bring a gift to the party.

rf, I now understand what the racket was on my street at night. The construction was actually on my street a block away, laying new water pipes. It is all done now. This was indirectly related to AY. In January, the city will be laying water pipes on Atlantic from Washington to Carlton, which is should be pretty noisy too but not so bad for me. The worst of the racket for me is over I am told.

Edited at November 30, 2011 11:43 AM
November 30, 2011 11:44 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Yes, etson, use that one at gmail
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:44 AM
November 30, 2011 11:45 AM - lechacal
Whatever DH. He's an asshole and you know it. He may be legit, but he's not too legit to quit.
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:45 AM
November 30, 2011 11:47 AM - lechacal
Snappy, instead of a toy can I donate a gift certificate to Aquavit? I'm thinking in a really awkward amount, like 15 bucks.
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:47 AM
November 30, 2011 11:48 AM - etson
"Marcus Samuelsson is legit"

Just looked him up on wikipedia. First line "Marcus Samuelsson is a Swedish chef"
So he must be a muppet.
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:48 AM
November 30, 2011 11:48 AM - dibs
At least you learned how to spell it. Do you know what aguavit actually is????
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:48 AM
November 30, 2011 11:49 AM - rf
Cobblesnaps, will there be a more formal announcement that we can copy and paste to publicize the party among friends who may be interested in coming and bringing gifts even if they don't have time for the bottomless pit of wasted time that is the lifeinbklyn OT?
November 30, 2011 11:49 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
I don't know what Aquavit is, but ok!
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:49 AM
November 30, 2011 11:50 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
RF, yes, working on the copy right now...
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:50 AM
November 30, 2011 11:50 AM - rf
Yeah, Lechacal, that will be a really good gift for the needy residents of Red Hook. Especially the kids and the old people.
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:50 AM
November 30, 2011 11:50 AM - Bedstuymaven
Hi, Got an email from rf about the party. Cobble/Snap. I will give my gift to rf.

See you are talking about Marcus Samulesson. Lovely man. I was on a TV show with him. It was filmed in my kitchen. Happy Holidays.
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:50 AM
November 30, 2011 11:50 AM - dibs
rf, do you socialize with them or just chat with them????
November 30, 2011 11:50 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
And LOL at "the bottomless pit of wasted time that is the lifeinbklyn OT"!!!!!!!!!
November 30, 2011 11:51 AM - Deleted
Catching up. Several things:

-Slopey: the reason that 5th Ave had so many movie theaters back in the day is that, according to my father, it was second only to Fulton Street as a shopping destination.

Red Robin: FANTASTIC hamburgers!!!! One of the hobbies we have in my office is to compare hamburgers of various chains as we travel around the country. The consensus here is that Red Robin is #1. Mmmm-mmmm good!! In the NY metro area, there are only two to my knowledge: one near Edison, NJ and one near Poughkeepsie. If you ever have a chance to try them, do so.

DonaT: sorry, I can't support politically disingenuous people, as in: "Why wouldn't Maureen Dowd appeal to folks outside of the Upper West Side"? Sorry ;-)
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:51 AM
November 30, 2011 11:51 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
BSM, please consider coming to the party, we miss you!
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:51 AM
November 30, 2011 11:52 AM - rf
DIBS, we've been inside each other's houses and given rides to each other's children.
November 30, 2011 11:55 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Oh, and for any of you who cannot attend the party, we are serious in asking that you consider still giving a gift to the RHCC. Give it to a fellow PLUSA or contact me or Cobbly and we can arrange to get it from you. PLEASE! I'll have recommendations for gift ideas shortly...gotta call my contact at the RHCC.
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:55 AM
November 30, 2011 11:57 AM - Deleted
ROFL @ too legit to quit
Edited at November 30, 2011 11:57 AM
November 30, 2011 12:02 PM - Deleted
In 24 hours, I went from hating New York City to feeling good about it.

I hated it last night. As my good deed of the day, I drove my mother-in-law's aide to her home. She is an immigrant from Haiti, divorced and raising an 11 year old son. She and her son sublet one room in an apartment above a storefront on Nostrand Ave near Beverly road. For this privilege, they pay $500/month. Un-friggin-believable. In most parts of the country, $500/month will get you a decent apartment. Here in this so-called liberal city, we stifle construction such that this woman and her son have to live in such a condition.

I felt better this morning when I drove along the Belt Parkway and then up the Van Wyck. The DOT is undertaking a huge project to replace the 7 bridges over which the Belt traverses as it goes through Jamaica Bay. They are also undertaking a big project to improve the interchance where the Van Wyck, Grand Central and Jackie Robinson Parkway meet - currently always a source of congestion. This is progress.
Edited at November 30, 2011 12:02 PM
November 30, 2011 12:06 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
DIBS, remind me to ***THWACK*** you when I see you next.
November 30, 2011 12:07 PM - etson
"the interchance where the Van Wyck, Grand Central and Jackie Robinson Parkway meet - currently always a source of congestion."

Good news. Always used to be fun to be stuck in a tailback there & wondering if I would miss my flight.
November 30, 2011 12:11 PM - dibs
"tailback" must be Brit speak, like "roundabout"
Edited at November 30, 2011 12:10 PM
November 30, 2011 12:12 PM - etson
Really? I am usually pretty good at translating but missed that one.
Edited at November 30, 2011 12:12 PM
November 30, 2011 12:12 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Holy cow! So I go down to pull the dry laundry and throw another load in the dryer...and BEHOLD! The other dryer is working again. The technician showed up while I was up here posting! Insane, I love it!
Edited at November 30, 2011 12:12 PM
November 30, 2011 12:13 PM - dibs
You mean just congestion or a backup???
November 30, 2011 12:14 PM - etson
A backup I guess.
Funny thing is I have driven much more in the US than I ever did in the UK.
Edited at November 30, 2011 12:14 PM
November 30, 2011 12:18 PM - Donatella
Listen, Benson, Maureen Dowd writes about things other than politics. For example, she writes about interesting things like women's shoes and she never, ever bought into the woman's liberation thing which said that you had to be a frump. So she is a babe and she is funny about a lot of things. Widen your world view Benson.
Edited at November 30, 2011 12:18 PM
November 30, 2011 12:19 PM - Slopefarm
I've driven a fair amount in Ireland, England and Scotland. I've never found the adjustment to left side driving to be all that difficult.
Edited at November 30, 2011 12:19 PM
November 30, 2011 12:20 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
this might sound horrible to say, but poor children in this country actually get quite their fair share of toys, they really dont NEED more toys. fuck half of them have nicer phones than i do! it would be nicer to donate gifts to an animal shelter. animals dont get welfare, free healthcare, free food, and nearly free housing that poor children in this city get.

*rob*

Edited at November 30, 2011 12:20 PM
November 30, 2011 12:21 PM - Deleted
Donatella;

Um, whatever you say!
Edited at November 30, 2011 12:21 PM
November 30, 2011 12:25 PM - More4Less
DIBS, FU. Panda's are NOT dump looking.
Edited at November 30, 2011 12:25 PM
November 30, 2011 12:26 PM - More4Less
DonaT, you can't be campaigning if your hand-shaking hand is unavailable due to injury
Edited at November 30, 2011 12:26 PM
November 30, 2011 12:27 PM - dibs
"DIBS, FU. Panda's are NOT dump looking.

Dumb looking and dumb sounding it would seem!!!!
Edited at November 30, 2011 12:27 PM
November 30, 2011 12:27 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
***********STOP THE PRESSES***************

I just learned that the RHCC is closed :-( Cobble and I are now scrambling to find another local charity. Please hold off on buying anything until we find out who we are buying for and what they need. Thank you.
Edited at November 30, 2011 12:27 PM
November 30, 2011 12:27 PM - More4Less
Xmas party not at a joint in greenpoint??? Then NO, I'm boycotting
Edited at November 30, 2011 12:27 PM
November 30, 2011 12:28 PM - dibs
m4l....Xing went with cabinet/appliance guys in Flushing....all cash, no tax. Decent cabs too.

I like his contractor. haven't met him but talked to him on the phone about 10 times and was working with him on the kitchen layout.
Edited at November 30, 2011 12:28 PM
November 30, 2011 12:29 PM - rf
Snappy, what about CAMBA?
camba.org
Among many other places, they are at the Armory on 8th Ave.
Edited at November 30, 2011 12:29 PM
November 30, 2011 12:30 PM - Slopefarm
Snaps, check into CHIPS on 4th Ave. They are running a soup kitchen and small shelter for mothers with children and expectant mothers. They recently had some water damage due to a fire next door ad Danken Auto Supply. Not sure if toys are what they need, but check out their website.
November 30, 2011 12:30 PM - More4Less
DIBS, is Xing's contractor licensed dude who speaks english?
Edited at November 30, 2011 12:30 PM
November 30, 2011 12:31 PM - rf
Or maybe Rob could find us a dog charity?
Edited at November 30, 2011 12:31 PM
November 30, 2011 12:31 PM - BoerumHillScott
Greenpoint? You might as well say Queens.
November 30, 2011 12:31 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
What does CHIPS stand for?
Edited at November 30, 2011 12:31 PM
November 30, 2011 12:31 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
NO CHILDREN! POOR CHILDREN ARE SERIOUSLY SPOILED IN THIS CITY!!!! AND THEY JUST BREED MORE POOR CHILDREN!!! donate money and gifts to DOGS! at least most shelter dogs are neutered and spayed! unfortunately not the case with "needy" children! dont your hard earned tax dollars pay for them enough!? jeez



*rob*

November 30, 2011 12:31 PM - Deleted
I was also going to suggest CHIPS, but Slopey beat me to it.
Edited at November 30, 2011 12:31 PM
November 30, 2011 12:32 PM - Deleted
Christian Help in Park Slope
Edited at November 30, 2011 12:32 PM
November 30, 2011 12:33 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Danke...looking it up now.
Edited at November 30, 2011 12:33 PM
November 30, 2011 12:33 PM - More4Less
My mechanic got a killer out of this world fancy high end renov done at his house but unfortunately that crew doesn't speak much english at all - makes it a pain for that crew to deal with coop mgt etc. else that would've been perfect fit as the renov they did was kicking - everything felt like 5-Star hotel quality
Edited at November 30, 2011 12:33 PM
November 30, 2011 12:34 PM - BoerumHillScott
M4L, ever figure out what to do about parking at the new place?
Edited at November 30, 2011 12:34 PM
November 30, 2011 12:35 PM - More4Less
Scott, greenpoint is new to us. park slope, BoCoCa, BK Heights are way passed "been there done that"
Edited at November 30, 2011 12:35 PM
November 30, 2011 12:36 PM - dibs
Yes, he's Canto and his English is fine. Yes licensed & insured and, importantly, has worked in Cadman a lot before so it's all smooth. Was recommended by another Chinese that Xing knows in Cadman
November 30, 2011 12:37 PM - More4Less
Scott, there's a self serve lot (ie no daily tipping expected) near the place with reasonable fee ($250) but it has a wait list.
Edited at November 30, 2011 12:37 PM
November 30, 2011 12:37 PM - dibs
I'm chary of gifts for park Slope children. Can't we find some that are more needy????????????????
Edited at November 30, 2011 12:37 PM
November 30, 2011 12:39 PM - BoerumHillScott
I like discovering new areas on weekend walks.
For parties I prefer to be able to stumble home.
Edited at November 30, 2011 12:39 PM
November 30, 2011 12:40 PM - More4Less
kidding aside, I can't make the party cause a buddy is inviting me to his party where I can kiss up to his bosses for a job and the joint (sons of essex) is suppose to be some new kicking joint
Edited at November 30, 2011 12:40 PM
November 30, 2011 12:41 PM - Donatella
j/k Benson.

On a separate note, I met with somebody yesterday who is a mathmetician, quant person yesterday vis a vis a job. I had a sense from what I heard about this guy that he was a somewhat dour personality. I prepped myself by trying to have a totally straight arrow mindset. It pretty much worked, except that I realize that I made two little jokes, neither of which he got. I had to explain what I meant. I know that I need to keep an open mind but I viewed this as a red flag.
November 30, 2011 12:42 PM - etson
Like the look of CHIPS
(even if the name does make me think of the TV show)
November 30, 2011 12:45 PM - Slopefarm
Wow, if benson and I agree on a charity, not much room for opposition!!

Seriously, my family and I have worked in the soup kitchen a few times. it is a good org. Question is what the gift should be, though they really need cash more than anything else to fix the place back up.
Edited at November 30, 2011 12:45 PM
November 30, 2011 12:46 PM - lechacal
Charity starts at home with those closest to us. One-way Greyhound ticket to Charleston?
November 30, 2011 12:46 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
the 15th is a really stupid date sine most people have work parties on that day!

*rob*

Edited at November 30, 2011 12:46 PM
November 30, 2011 12:47 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
One-way Greyhound ticket to Charleston?

oh lol. i decided im not going

*rob*

Edited at November 30, 2011 12:47 PM
November 30, 2011 12:48 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Ok...I'm looking at CHIPS, and I need everyone to be honest with me here...if Cobble and I chose that, are we gonna get shit due to the "Christian" part? I don't wanna choose anything that could become politicized and therefore have folks not give a donation. I don't have any issues with it, but would any of you? Please be honest and serious.
November 30, 2011 12:50 PM - DeLepp
It looks like chips can use cash and men's clothing, I'm in.
Edited at November 30, 2011 12:50 PM
November 30, 2011 12:50 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
I'm also looking at Camba's site and it doesn't appear that they do any type of holiday toy drive. There's a BK hospital that does one, but you have to buy toys from a selected list from Toys R Us. That may be asking a bit much from some folks (how many folks are really gonna go specifically to Toys R Us and get a specific toy from an approved list?). I dunno. Gotta chat with Cobbly.
Edited at November 30, 2011 12:50 PM
November 30, 2011 12:51 PM - Slopefarm
Not from me and I'm jewish. But, yeah, best to ask.
Edited at November 30, 2011 12:51 PM
November 30, 2011 12:53 PM - Deleted
Rob;

Why aren't you going to Charleston? Seriously - you should go. From what I've read, you mean the world to your grandmother and she basically raised you. Why not give her the thing she wants most in her last years here? It would be good for you to to spend some time outside of our precious Park Slope. See another part of the country, get a new perspective - it can't hurt.
November 30, 2011 12:55 PM - rf
CAMBA definitely takes donations of all kinds of stuff. I imagine that CHIPS might too, since they provide transitional housing for homeless families. Maybe you could call or email?
Edited at November 30, 2011 12:55 PM
November 30, 2011 12:58 PM - rf
I can probably get you a contact person at CAMBA.
November 30, 2011 12:59 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
true, you are right.i feel like im gonna be stuck there and bored out of my goard. she doesnt even have internet! but im sure i can make it at least one night, i dont want to stay too long. i still think it was SO stupid of her to give up a 2 bedroom apartment with a garage in a prime area of jersey right across from manhattan that she was paying only 35 dollars a month for. grrrrrr. one of those bedrooms was MINE!!!

*rob*

Edited at November 30, 2011 12:59 PM
November 30, 2011 1:02 PM - Deleted
Rob;

Re the apartment in Jersey. As my mother used to say: what's done is done. Let it go. We all have strokes of misfortune in this life.

If you visit your grandma, bring some books or video games. I guarantee you that even if you go for just a couple of days, it will be huge for her.
Edited at November 30, 2011 1:02 PM
November 30, 2011 1:07 PM - ij
I can definitely get you a contact at CAMBA. What were the gift cards to Old Navy for? A teen-targeted gift, being that they are often overlooked during toy drives?
Edited at November 30, 2011 1:07 PM
November 30, 2011 1:12 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Thanks, all. Contacts aren't really an issue...still chumming for ideas of charities to choose from. Trying to get something that can't be politicized/won't offend anyone. Any more kid/family charity ideas?
Edited at November 30, 2011 1:12 PM
November 30, 2011 1:13 PM - BoerumHillScott
I'm not a Christian, but I have no problems with Christian charities.
Edited at November 30, 2011 1:13 PM
November 30, 2011 1:14 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
How do folks feel about Good Shepherd?
Edited at November 30, 2011 1:14 PM
November 30, 2011 1:15 PM - lechacal
I don't give anything to charity. My wife gave a check to NPR this year and then I got pissed and told her it needed to come from her personal funds and we weren't paying for it. Charities allow people to make gestures that hide the fact that they really do squat to change things for the better.
Edited at November 30, 2011 1:15 PM
November 30, 2011 1:16 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Bah Humbug, Lech!
Edited at November 30, 2011 1:16 PM
November 30, 2011 1:17 PM - Deleted
Lech;

I think you will be receiving a visit from three ghosts soon.
November 30, 2011 1:17 PM - lechacal
Talk to a homeless guy for 10 minutes. Just talk to him. Better than any charity.
Edited at November 30, 2011 1:17 PM
November 30, 2011 1:18 PM - DeLepp
benson, better than cats or punsters.
Edited at November 30, 2011 1:18 PM
November 30, 2011 1:18 PM - dibs
How about XARF????

Xing's Apartment Renovation Fund

It's non-denominational, helps the minority immigrants and is keeping with our brownstoner roots of renovation
Edited at November 30, 2011 1:18 PM
November 30, 2011 1:18 PM - lechacal
Last year I talked to a homeless vet for a while on Smith St. Or was that the year before? DH was there I think. It's all kind of fuzzy.
Edited at November 30, 2011 1:18 PM
November 30, 2011 1:19 PM - rf
Why not offer to put coals in children's Christmas stockings?
Edited at November 30, 2011 1:19 PM
November 30, 2011 1:19 PM - dibs
"I got pissed and told her it needed to come from her personal funds and we weren't paying for it. "

And then what did you do for sex for the next 2 weeks???????
Edited at November 30, 2011 1:19 PM
November 30, 2011 1:20 PM - lechacal
"I think you will be receiving a visit from three ghosts soon."

Oh really? The ghost of meaningless gestures, the ghost of pretending to do good deeds when you really don't, and the ghost of being a New York charity event asshole?
Edited at November 30, 2011 1:20 PM
November 30, 2011 1:21 PM - rf
Oh yeah, the PLUSA Christmas party is a gigantic NY charity event!
Edited at November 30, 2011 1:21 PM
November 30, 2011 1:22 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
"And then what did you do for sex for the next 2 weeks?"

Snort!!

Cripes, lech. You really need to relax. If people want to do something nice at the holidays, why do you have to sh*t on it? Seriously. Zip it!
Edited at November 30, 2011 1:22 PM
November 30, 2011 1:23 PM - ij
If anyone wants to sleep over at a homeless shelter this January, I can hook you up. How about that annual coat drive? We all bring a new coat?
Edited at November 30, 2011 1:23 PM
November 30, 2011 1:23 PM - MontroseMorris
I have no problem giving to any legitimate organization that helps those in need, regardless of religious affiliation, if any. As much as I love animals, I prefer to give to children and seniors this time of year.

Lech, I figured you were chumming a long time ago, that's why I gave up.

Benson, rent payments in this city have nothing to do with being "liberal".

Rob, go visit your grandmother. Too many people make excuses not to see family, and then when that family is gone, live a lifetime of regrets for not going. She put up with you for years, you can put up with her, or being bored, for a day or two. Besides, getting out of NYC once in a while is a gift you give yourself.
Edited at November 30, 2011 1:23 PM
November 30, 2011 1:24 PM - dibs
I guess you snagged three of them today, lech!!!! Good work.
Edited at November 30, 2011 1:24 PM
November 30, 2011 1:24 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
lech, You have no way of knowing what other charities people here give to, or volunteer for.
Edited at November 30, 2011 1:24 PM
November 30, 2011 1:26 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
"Why not offer to put coals in children's Christmas stockings?"

Coal is too expensive, he prefers rocks. : P
Edited at November 30, 2011 1:26 PM
November 30, 2011 1:27 PM - dibs
I have a big piece of anthracite on my desk here.
Edited at November 30, 2011 1:27 PM
November 30, 2011 1:27 PM - ij
Let's give dried whale vomit, and then they can sell it. Teach them some capitalist initiative.
November 30, 2011 1:30 PM - Biff Champion
My wife said her Company is relocating some people to Salt Lake City and looking for volunteers.

Are there any Asians in Utah? If so, the combination of that and polygamy intrigues me.
November 30, 2011 1:30 PM - rf
Maybe he could collect some cat shit from Donatella's back yard for the Christmas stockings.
Edited at November 30, 2011 1:30 PM
November 30, 2011 1:30 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Hey, listen, if we ever give up on giving to kids, we will be buying a yak for a family. Didn't we establish that last year??? KEEP UP, LOSERS! Where's DonaT? She'll set you all straight!
November 30, 2011 1:31 PM - rf
I have met Chinese Mormons, and there are quite a few Korean Mormons. Not fun people!
Edited at November 30, 2011 1:31 PM
November 30, 2011 1:32 PM - Biff Champion
Ok, never mind. I only like fun Asians.
November 30, 2011 1:33 PM - etson
A yak would be totally appropriate given it's what we do.
November 30, 2011 1:34 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Salt Lake City. GAKKKK!!
Edited at November 30, 2011 1:34 PM
November 30, 2011 1:34 PM - Biff Champion
I saw a group of Chinese Jehovah's Witnesses handing out pamphlets at the East Broadway station on Sunday.
Edited at November 30, 2011 1:34 PM
November 30, 2011 1:34 PM - rf
Good one, Etson!
November 30, 2011 1:36 PM - ij
I went to a charity event for the elderly once; halfway through a busload of Asian LDSers arrived and completely took over the place. There were 3-4 Asians per person. Half the time they had nothng to do but watch.
Edited at November 30, 2011 1:36 PM
November 30, 2011 1:36 PM - Biff Champion
What is another word for "thesaurus"?
Edited at November 30, 2011 1:36 PM
November 30, 2011 1:37 PM - Biff Champion
"There were 3-4 Asians per person"

You say that like it's a bad thing. Just another fun night at Dave's home (and in my dreams)
Edited at November 30, 2011 1:37 PM
November 30, 2011 1:38 PM - ij
Crossword puzzle dictionary.
Edited at November 30, 2011 1:38 PM
November 30, 2011 1:38 PM - ij
Later people!
Edited at November 30, 2011 1:38 PM
November 30, 2011 1:41 PM - Deleted
Biff;

I think you missed my post last week about an e-mail solicitation I received from a Chinese vendor. The sales woman who sent the e-mail had a unique sales pitch: she sent a photo of her friends and herself. I thought you might appreciate it.
Edited at November 30, 2011 1:41 PM
November 30, 2011 1:42 PM - More4Less
Biff, you want to add more Chinese talent to the Champion staple???

Chinaman ponders if that moves Biff to higher priority than Cusack on the talent repatriotation list.
Edited at November 30, 2011 1:42 PM
November 30, 2011 1:43 PM - More4Less
Benson, which one is the sales lady?
November 30, 2011 1:43 PM - Biff Champion
Benson, I'll take 4 of whatever they're selling.
Edited at November 30, 2011 1:43 PM
November 30, 2011 1:44 PM - Deleted
"Last year I talked to a homeless vet for a while on Smith St. Or was that the year before? DH was there I think. It's all kind of fuzzy."

yeah - i remember that. you quizzed him about where he served and you deemed him legit.
Edited at November 30, 2011 1:44 PM
November 30, 2011 1:44 PM - Deleted
apparently legit is my WOTD
Edited at November 30, 2011 1:44 PM
November 30, 2011 1:45 PM - Deleted
M4L;

Not sure, but I'm assuming she's the one in the front holding the umbrella.
Edited at November 30, 2011 1:45 PM
November 30, 2011 1:48 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Gah! WHERE IS SCOTT? I need to upload a pdf page to this site. Help!
Edited at November 30, 2011 1:48 PM
November 30, 2011 1:48 PM - More4Less
Benson, I would buy some stuff from her and that one in the back right. the middle two, not so sure. package deal - yeah, I can be persuaded
Edited at November 30, 2011 1:48 PM
November 30, 2011 1:50 PM - rf
Snappy, when I wanted to upload a PDF, he directed me to a site that converts them to JPGs. There are a ton if you google pdf to jpg.
Edited at November 30, 2011 1:50 PM
November 30, 2011 1:52 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Thanks, RF!
Edited at November 30, 2011 1:52 PM
November 30, 2011 1:56 PM - Biff Champion
DH, I missed it the other day but congrats on the new gig. I'm very happy for you and I'm sure you're thrilled.
Edited at November 30, 2011 1:56 PM
November 30, 2011 1:58 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Shit, the resize made the text illegible :-(
Edited at November 30, 2011 1:58 PM
November 30, 2011 2:05 PM - BoerumHillScott
We don't support pdfs directly here.
The best is to post a link to it.

If it's not on a web site somewhere already, e-mail it to me and I will upload to a spot here, where you can then link to it.
Edited at November 30, 2011 2:05 PM
November 30, 2011 2:09 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Thanks, Scott. Will email you the page now...
Edited at November 30, 2011 2:09 PM
November 30, 2011 2:09 PM - rf
Snappy, is it the party announcement?
Edited at November 30, 2011 2:09 PM
November 30, 2011 2:10 PM - Donatella
I had a conversation with a homeless person on the train yesterday. It was this young white guy, he had cuts all over his face and neck. He was saying that his stuff, his suitcase was stolen. He had either been in a fight or an accident. He was sick looking. He was filthy. He was the absolute acute image of misery. And there was something familiar about his face, like he might have been a young guy I could have grown up with. People were actually scared of him and avoiding his begging like the plague but for some reason I wanted to talk to him. I quietly asked him if he had been in a hospital. He didn't seem like a druggie. He then actually showed me a band on his wrist and told me that he was, he was released, he was an epileptic and had had a seizure and fell. He was pretty obviously homeless. He I gave him money and told him he should try to get back to the hospital to get his epilepsy drugs and see a social worker. I felt a little funny talking to such a human wreck but it just hurt somehow to see a human being that injured and walking around in that kind of shape. Who knows where he is today.
Edited at November 30, 2011 2:10 PM
November 30, 2011 2:12 PM - Donatella

I just had a long conversation with a friend who advised me on how to deal with the "autistic genius" I met yesterday. haha.
Edited at November 30, 2011 2:12 PM
November 30, 2011 2:15 PM - Donatella
The "autistic genius" being the guy I had the interview with, rather than the guy on the subway. :(
November 30, 2011 2:18 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
RF, no, it's the suggested gift list from GS.
Edited at November 30, 2011 2:18 PM
November 30, 2011 2:23 PM - Donatella
No more cat shit in my backyard. That young man cleaned up everything. I think he wanted to shake the tree to get the last remaining leaves off the tree to finish the job. Today he came back and scrubbed the tree/leave crud off the paver bricks and took all of the 50 pound bags of rocks I used to build my Hurricane Irene levy and brought them to the curb. He also cleaned up the street outside my house and threw away all my dead plants.
Edited at November 30, 2011 2:23 PM
November 30, 2011 2:23 PM - Biff Champion
"it's the suggested gift list from GS."

We're supposed to be buying gifts for Goldman Sachs?
Edited at November 30, 2011 2:23 PM
November 30, 2011 2:24 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Gift list is up. Posted the party notice on Brownstoner, with Mr. B's approval. List there as well.

Now we need you losers to tell us you are coming to the party! Post people!
Edited at November 30, 2011 2:24 PM
November 30, 2011 2:24 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Yes, you know the Goldman Sachs people are hurting this time of year! Ha!

Scott, nevermind about posting the pdf. Cobble typed out the list and posted it as a comment. But thanks, dude!
Edited at November 30, 2011 2:24 PM
November 30, 2011 2:26 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I just copied and pasted it, Snaps! All that typing would have had 4 million typos, if I'd tried to type it! ; )
Edited at November 30, 2011 2:26 PM
November 30, 2011 2:26 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
I had tried the cut and paste, but it didn't work for me :-( Bah!
Edited at November 30, 2011 2:26 PM
November 30, 2011 2:27 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
"We're supposed to be buying gifts for Goldman Sachs?"

ROFL!! I think 1% of one MD's bonus would buy all the gifts we'll likely collect!
Edited at November 30, 2011 2:27 PM
November 30, 2011 2:27 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Oh, and if you could rsvp on 'stoner, that'd be great. We wanna get those posters to show up with charity gifts as well. Danke!
Edited at November 30, 2011 2:27 PM
November 30, 2011 2:27 PM - Biff Champion
"Now we need you losers to tell us you are coming to the party! Post people!"

Some of we PLUSAs cannot post...which is the reason we're over here, MmmKay?!
Edited at November 30, 2011 2:27 PM
November 30, 2011 2:28 PM - Biff Champion
"Oh, and if you could rsvp on 'stoner, that'd be great."

Please refer to my previous post.
November 30, 2011 2:28 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
::making raspberry noise at biff::

So RSVP over here!
Edited at November 30, 2011 2:28 PM
November 30, 2011 2:32 PM - Biff Champion
When and where is the party?
Edited at November 30, 2011 2:32 PM
November 30, 2011 2:33 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Next year in Bora Bora. Use Rob's gps and you'll get there quickly. :-)
Edited at November 30, 2011 2:33 PM
November 30, 2011 2:35 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
For those of you who can post over there>>>>get crackin'!!

http://forum.brownstoner.com/question/4L4qM3qNBDs=/holiday-party--gift-giving-december-15th
Edited at November 30, 2011 2:35 PM
November 30, 2011 2:36 PM - Legion
...so did you ever find out who owns that freeloader cat in your backyard donatella?

Ha,
I just noticed that kid on a go-cart in the foreground of today's photo.
I used to make go-carts with wheels off discarded shopping wagons, fruit crates and wood that was scrounged from anywhere we could find it.
I never see kids making go-carts these days.
These days they all drive around in those battery powered barbie-on-steroid plastic vehicles that they sell at Toys-R-Us.
Edited at November 30, 2011 2:36 PM
November 30, 2011 2:38 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
LOL @ freeloader cat. Dude, ALL CATS ARE FREELOADERS!
November 30, 2011 2:39 PM - Donatella

Yeah, Legion, it is a person named Sharon. At first, I thought it was the name of the cat. But it is the owner's name and there is a telephone # on the name on the collar. I was thinking of calling that person because visitor cat has a mean eye infection. It's looking a little rough.
Edited at November 30, 2011 2:39 PM
November 30, 2011 2:40 PM - Donatella
true, Snappy, but they don't think so. They allow you to be around them and open cans for them.

Edited at November 30, 2011 2:40 PM
November 30, 2011 2:41 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Yikes! If kitty has an eye infection, definitely let the owner know. Poor wee could lose her eye if it's not taken care of.
Edited at November 30, 2011 2:41 PM
November 30, 2011 2:41 PM - Deleted
Are we inviting Mr. B???
Edited at November 30, 2011 2:41 PM
November 30, 2011 2:41 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Yes, DonaT, mine tell me that they provide warming services by laying on my head, but I still say they need to contribute to the rent!
Edited at November 30, 2011 2:41 PM
November 30, 2011 2:42 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Benson, everyone is invited!
Edited at November 30, 2011 2:42 PM
November 30, 2011 2:45 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Well, Mr. B knows we're having the party because we (Ok, "we" is not quite right...Snaps did because I was a COWARD! : P) asked him and he gave us permission to post a note in the Forum. I dunno if he'll come.
Edited at November 30, 2011 2:45 PM
November 30, 2011 2:47 PM - Deleted
If he comes, can we have a half-hour "sound off"? Then we can drink afterwards!
Edited at November 30, 2011 2:47 PM
November 30, 2011 2:47 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
What was the name of that guy that runs the Brooklyn Heights Blog? Should we invite him? tee hee hee!
November 30, 2011 2:47 PM - rf
Hey, as long as he brings a gift for Good Shepherd!
November 30, 2011 2:48 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Just don't get us run out of the bar!
November 30, 2011 2:48 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
And don't forget the $1 store goofy gifts! That's always fun to see what crap ya get :-)
Edited at November 30, 2011 2:48 PM
November 30, 2011 2:48 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Homer Fink, and yes, we should invite him!
Edited at November 30, 2011 2:48 PM
November 30, 2011 2:48 PM - BoerumHillScott
I somehow don't see Mr. B showing up, although it would be kind of cool of him.
November 30, 2011 2:50 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Ah, yes, good ole Homer! LOL
Edited at November 30, 2011 2:50 PM
November 30, 2011 2:50 PM - DeLepp
Are we inviting Mr. B???
I don't recall a dunk tank, should it be requested.
November 30, 2011 2:51 PM - Deleted
thanks mr. champion
Edited at November 30, 2011 2:51 PM
November 30, 2011 2:55 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Congrats, DH! When do you make the switch?
Edited at November 30, 2011 2:55 PM
November 30, 2011 3:13 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Am I the freakin' thread killer???? Auuugh!
Edited at November 30, 2011 3:13 PM
November 30, 2011 3:14 PM - Donatella
Better than a "sound-off" Benson, I suggest a duel. You can represent us. Wear a cape.
Edited at November 30, 2011 3:14 PM
November 30, 2011 3:16 PM - Slopefarm
Wasn't me, snaps. yesterday was weird.
Edited at November 30, 2011 3:16 PM
November 30, 2011 3:21 PM - Donatella
On guard!
Edited at November 30, 2011 3:21 PM
November 30, 2011 3:24 PM - BoerumHillScott
I think Benson should challenge Mr. B to a Brooklyn trivia contest.
I'll put my money on Benson.
November 30, 2011 3:24 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Capes! ROFL!!

Maybe Mr. B should come so that people can vent for once and for all and be DONE WITH IT! Besides, it's harder to vent in person when you have a cocktail in yer hand! Holiday cheer and all that!
Edited at November 30, 2011 3:24 PM
November 30, 2011 3:25 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Ooh, good one, BHS! Yes, my money would be on benson, as well.
Edited at November 30, 2011 3:25 PM
November 30, 2011 3:36 PM - Arkady
I heard back from Vivian S. Toy & she may do a follow-up on the 'Stoner massacre.
Edited at November 30, 2011 3:36 PM
November 30, 2011 3:37 PM - dibs
So Arkady, who will you be rooting for in the duel??? Benson or Mr. B???
Edited at November 30, 2011 3:37 PM
November 30, 2011 3:39 PM - Deleted
Here would be my first four trivia questions for Mr. B:

a) what is a lime rickey?
b) what does "skully alley #_" mean?
c) what "petition" statement did every movie marquee in Brooklyn display in the 60'sand 70's?
d) where in the greater Brownstone Brooklyn area did drag racing take place on weekends?
Edited at November 30, 2011 3:39 PM
November 30, 2011 3:43 PM - BoerumHillScott
Mr. B could come back with questions about upscale Ice Cream places that have opened in the last 2 years.
Edited at November 30, 2011 3:43 PM
November 30, 2011 3:45 PM - Deleted
Yeah Scott, I think you're right. I think it would sort of be an apple and oranges type of contest.
Edited at November 30, 2011 3:45 PM
November 30, 2011 3:46 PM - lechacal
If I go to the holiday party I'm happy to drop a toy on the floor, or put twenty bucks on the bar, or whatever, and if someone picks it up and puts it in a bag for some charity that's fine, but I'm not donating anything to any charity.
November 30, 2011 3:47 PM - lechacal
There are certain things I will not do. Go to Disney World and donate to charity are at the top of that list.
Edited at November 30, 2011 3:47 PM
November 30, 2011 3:51 PM - Deleted
snappy - start middle of dec. i'll have a nice leisurely 2 weeks off before then!
November 30, 2011 3:52 PM - Legion
Good to know that the cat has an owner donatella.
Maybe you can attach a little note to the cat's collar, indicating the eye infection?

Here's a photo of a classic home made go-cart.
That's what we were after when building them. When finished, you would drag them up the hill and then
take turns riding the thing.
Edited at November 30, 2011 3:52 PM
November 30, 2011 3:52 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Do those beat out being the recipient of buttsecks? :-)
November 30, 2011 3:53 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Oh, sorry, that was aimed at Lech.

Nice vaca, dh!

Legion, put pink swarovski crystals on that thing and I'll take it!
November 30, 2011 3:55 PM - BoerumHillScott
I was wondering about the relationship between go-carts and buttsecks
Edited at November 30, 2011 3:55 PM
November 30, 2011 3:56 PM - DeLepp
dh, congrats and last two weeks are lazy days most everywhere.
Edited at November 30, 2011 3:56 PM
November 30, 2011 3:56 PM - Legion

"Do those beat out being the recipient of buttsecks? :-)"

Not if dibs is manning the go-cart!
Edited at November 30, 2011 3:56 PM
November 30, 2011 3:58 PM - Legion
..alright enough with the congratulations for DH already!

Go to work.
Edited at November 30, 2011 3:58 PM
November 30, 2011 4:03 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Two weeks off before new job! Sweet, DH!

"If I go to the holiday party I'm happy to drop a toy on the floor, or put twenty bucks on the bar, or whatever, and if someone picks it up and puts it in a bag for some charity that's fine, but I'm not donating anything to any charity."

Me thinks thou dost protest too much.
November 30, 2011 4:03 PM - Slopefarm
More questions that Mr. B is more likely to get right than benson:

Recessed lighting is period-appropriate in Brooklyn townhouses built after what date?

[Multiple choice] Which of the following four Brooklyn neighborhoods was NOT ruined by a highway built by Robert Moses [pick only one]?

;)



Edited at November 30, 2011 4:03 PM
November 30, 2011 4:04 PM - Legion
Great Britain, France and Norway pull their embassy employees out of Iran.

hummm,
sounds like NATO is up to something.
Edited at November 30, 2011 4:04 PM
November 30, 2011 4:07 PM - dibs
Legion, not only that but the U.K. threw the iranian diplomats out of the U.K., ordering the embassy closed!!!!!!
Edited at November 30, 2011 4:07 PM
November 30, 2011 4:08 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
::sniff sniff::

I smell a war.
November 30, 2011 4:10 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
"I smell a war."

I'm with you, Snaps. Not good.
Edited at November 30, 2011 4:10 PM
November 30, 2011 4:10 PM - Legion
Part of the psychological profile questions for Benson Vs. Mr. B:

Which architect has had a greater impact on Brownstone Brooklyn,
Montrose Morris or Scarano Associates?
November 30, 2011 4:10 PM - Arkady
Our go-carts always started w/ an orange crate.
Edited at November 30, 2011 4:10 PM
November 30, 2011 4:11 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
The only question you all need to concern yourselves with is "How much glitter will Snappy throw on us?" Just sayin.

:-)
Edited at November 30, 2011 4:11 PM
November 30, 2011 4:11 PM - Legion
yeah dibs,
I was also reading about a mysterious explosion at a nuclear facility in Iran two days ago.
Edited at November 30, 2011 4:11 PM
November 30, 2011 4:17 PM - BoerumHillScott
Iran has already come pretty close to declaring war on Britain with sate-supported attacks on the embassy and homes of diplomats.
Edited at November 30, 2011 4:17 PM
November 30, 2011 4:20 PM - Slopefarm
One for benson: One point each for the correct original name of each elevated train line in Brooklyn as of 1898 you can name within 10 seconds.
November 30, 2011 4:26 PM - Deleted
Slopey;

I'm not an expert in that field, but I'll give it a cracK: Culver, 5th Ave, Myrtle Ave, Fulton Street eles.
Edited at November 30, 2011 4:26 PM
November 30, 2011 4:28 PM - dibs
We could name the show "Are You Smarter than a Brownstoner?"


Edited at November 30, 2011 4:28 PM
November 30, 2011 4:29 PM - BoerumHillScott
To Benson's list, I'll add Lafayette (the oldest) and Broadway.

I don't think Culver was an El then
Edited at November 30, 2011 4:29 PM
November 30, 2011 4:30 PM - BoerumHillScott
oops, I meant Lexington instead of Lafayette
Edited at November 30, 2011 4:30 PM
November 30, 2011 4:35 PM - Slopefarm
I don't profess to know the answers, though I had Culver in mind, which is still elevated south of Church. Is there a comparable name for the elevated portion of the B/Q?

I read a paper recently that said that before consolidation of mass transit, there might be a ground train line operating directly under an elevated line. Lots of independent operators, some funded in part by Coney Island amusement operators and hoteliers to ease transport of lots of people to that destination, which is why so many lines end there today.
Edited at November 30, 2011 4:35 PM
November 30, 2011 4:44 PM - BoerumHillScott
I think that full grade separation of the Brighton (B/Q), Culver (F), West End (D), and Sea Beach (N) lines was all part of the Duel Contacts (around 1910 - 1920).
Before that, they all ran on the surface for all or part of their routes.


Edited at November 30, 2011 4:44 PM
November 30, 2011 4:48 PM - MontroseMorris
"Lots of independent operators, some funded in part by Coney Island amusement operators and hoteliers to ease transport of lots of people to that destination, which is why so many lines end there today."

This is true. The line "if you build it, they will come" was very true in this situation. Pretty smart on their part, really, and goes to show what money and power could do much easier back then. Several of the CI park owners had politicians in their pockets, most glaringly, William Reynolds at Dreamland.

This aught to be a thread killer. Move over, Slopey!
Edited at November 30, 2011 4:48 PM
November 30, 2011 4:52 PM - BoerumHillScott
Thinking of tracks under Els, when the IRT subway line was built in Brooklyn around 1905, the parts under Fulton and Flatbush were constructed by cut and cover methods one level below the street with the El Lines still running overhead.
Edited at November 30, 2011 4:52 PM
November 30, 2011 4:52 PM - Arkady
Maybe we should have the gathering at the Transit Museum.
Edited at November 30, 2011 4:52 PM
November 30, 2011 4:53 PM - dibs
That'd be a train wreck, Arkady.
Edited at November 30, 2011 4:53 PM
November 30, 2011 5:01 PM - Slopefarm
"Several of the CI park owners had politicians in their pockets, most glaringly, William Reynolds at Dreamland."

I'm shocked, shocked to read that, MM!!

Edited at November 30, 2011 5:01 PM
November 30, 2011 5:09 PM - Arkady
O.K. How about in the station at Coney Island?
Edited at November 30, 2011 5:09 PM
November 30, 2011 5:10 PM - etson
I think most people would only put in a token appearance.
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November 30, 2011 5:11 PM - Deleted
Scott and Slopey. The Culver line most definitely was an elevated line from the beginning. It started at 5th and 38th, and then went along 38th Street to Ditmas Ave, ran along Ditmas Ave to McDonald Ave and then down McDonald Ave to Coney Island.

When the city built the present day "F" line, it dug the tunnel to McDonald and Church Ave where it connected to portion of the Culver line that ran along McDonald Ave. The remainder of the Culver line was turned into a shuttle service between the present day "F" line and "D" lines. I remember that shuttle service when I was a kid, and it was discontinued sometime around 1975, and the elevated tracks were torn down. At the Ditmas Ave station of the "F" line, however, you can still see the "rump" end of the discontinued portion of the old Culver line.
November 30, 2011 5:14 PM - Arkady
We'd all have to be carded.
November 30, 2011 5:18 PM - Slopefarm
No fare, we did subway puns this morning. No need to rush hour selves into an evening punfest, too. In fact, I expressly forbid it.
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November 30, 2011 5:18 PM - BoerumHillScott
(After looking stuff up online)

Benson, the route you describe was built on top of the older route of the Prospect Park and Coney Island Railroad, which went from 9th Ave. between 19th and 20th streets to Coney Island that opened in the 1870s.

The connection to the 5th ave El happened in 1895, but the Culver section was still at grade.

The Culver section was converted to a 3 track El as part of the Duel Contracts, opening in 1919.


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November 30, 2011 5:22 PM - Deleted
Scott;

Maybe I'm splitting hairs, but my point is that when it was a railroad, it was not called the Culver line. Or am I wrong about that?
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November 30, 2011 5:25 PM - BoerumHillScott
One other minor correction - the El part of the Culver line started east of the 9th Ave station and ran along a private ROW along the south side of 37th St. Looking at Google Maps, you can see the line of newer buildings and parking lots where the el used to be between Fort Hamilton and McDonald.

Between the 9th Ave station and 4th Avenue there were several ramps that let the Culver or West End lines access the 4th Ave Subway or the 5th Ave El. Some remains can still be seen from the D.
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November 30, 2011 5:27 PM - Deleted
I just looked it up. It was called the Culver line even when it was a surface line. My error!
November 30, 2011 5:27 PM - etson
Lol @ Scott and benson outnerding each other!
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November 30, 2011 5:30 PM - BoerumHillScott
Andrew Culver built the original The Prospect Park and Coney Island Railroad in 1875, and I believe his name was used as a nickname for the line from the start.

I'm not sure how old this ticket is, but it certainly predates the Duel Contracts El
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November 30, 2011 5:31 PM - BoerumHillScott
Hey, I'll take any excuse to geek out over subways and their predecessors.
November 30, 2011 5:38 PM - More4Less
these debates are better with drinks in our hands - ie no matter who is wrong or right, all have a good time
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November 30, 2011 5:39 PM - BoerumHillScott
OK, tomorrow I will go back to debating politics with Benson.
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November 30, 2011 5:40 PM - Deleted
Here is web site that pretty much summarizes what we just discussed. It's hard to follow, but it does mention the shuttle I discussed above. I hit it right on the nail: it was shut down in 1975.

http://www.columbia.edu/~brennan/abandoned/9ave.html
Edited at November 30, 2011 5:40 PM
November 30, 2011 5:43 PM - BoerumHillScott
I love Joseph Brennan's site.

More info:
http://www.lirrhistory.com/culver.html
http://www.nycsubway.org/lines/culver.html
Edited at November 30, 2011 5:43 PM
November 30, 2011 5:44 PM - Slopefarm
Well, you both Brightoned our day. Looking forward to continued elevated discussion, as opposed to just railing at politicians and their platforms.
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November 30, 2011 5:49 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I LOVE the idea of conducting a PLUSA event at the Transit museum, but I think the ticket for that fare zone is too steep for this crowd.
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November 30, 2011 5:54 PM - etson
Subway punfest has reached the end of the line.

(I almost wrote ' has hit the buffers' but fear that may be another inadvertent Britishism)
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November 30, 2011 5:56 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
It's better than the third rail political discussions here, etson!
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November 30, 2011 6:12 PM - ij
Best to just block those out and pretend you hear nothing.
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November 30, 2011 6:49 PM - MontroseMorris
To add to the discussion, on the Coney Island end of the Culver Line:

"The third and final big-time developer was Andrew R. Culver who ran a steam line to West Brighton shortly before Corbin and Engeman got their railroads started. His Prospect Park & Coney Island Railroad, called the Culver Line, terminated in 1875 at a spacious terminal on the ornamental Culver Plaza along Surf Avenue. It offered regular and speedy service to Coney Island for a 35 cent fare. However, it irked Gravesend's 2000 residents because Culver commandeered Gravesend Avenue, their original village road and its new $80,000 extension towards Brooklyn, to lay his tracks."

http://www.westland.net/coneyisland/articles/transportation.htm

A fascinating website on Coney Island History, well researched.

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November 30, 2011 6:56 PM - petebklyn
anyone ask for my token thoughts?
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November 30, 2011 7:03 PM - petebklyn
Gravy train is over. No more jury duty. 3 days = $120. Nice that courts are very local for me...hoping they express my check.
Edited at November 30, 2011 7:03 PM
November 30, 2011 7:06 PM - ij
Everyone's getting off except me it seems.
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November 30, 2011 7:07 PM - petebklyn
if you need assistance please call a police officer.
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November 30, 2011 7:10 PM - petebklyn
(civil)court house has whole section for 'mental hygiene' cases. guy did not want to have his court ordered mandatory treatment renewed. ruled against him. take your drugs and stfu.
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November 30, 2011 7:15 PM - petebklyn
not sure if folks talked about todays photo...but looked it up and seems that theater became a porno palace b4 mcD's bought and tore down.
Edited at November 30, 2011 7:15 PM
November 30, 2011 7:15 PM - ij
Also for self-represented clients, I noticed.
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November 30, 2011 7:17 PM - petebklyn
effing waste main for kitchen sinks seems to have leakage...damn. most likely will have to tear open some walls to find where....hope don't have to replace whole thing or rents will have to go up up up.
Edited at November 30, 2011 7:17 PM
November 30, 2011 7:19 PM - petebklyn
anyone who thinks brooklyn has been filled with gentrifiers, moonfaces and hipsters probably has not gone to jury duty.....
they are all quite scarce and small minority there.
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November 30, 2011 7:20 PM - petebklyn
self-reps probably don't cost as much as this one....I'm guessing court or gov't or someone paid for his reps.....since he is on SSI.
Edited at November 30, 2011 7:20 PM
November 30, 2011 7:28 PM - Donatella
Pete, sorry about the leak. That's a drag. I did Jury Duty last year. It was 2 days. I never sat on a case, Just sat, waited and ultimately was dismisssed.
Edited at November 30, 2011 7:28 PM
November 30, 2011 7:31 PM - petebklyn
thanks, I just hope can find easily and not have to make too many holes that need patching and painting.
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November 30, 2011 8:12 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
kinda bummed i most likely will not be able to make it to the holiday party :( posted in the party thread..

*rob*

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November 30, 2011 8:13 PM - Donatella
*rob* can you do both? Go to the work one, leave a little early and then come to the PLUSA one? We will be there till late, as usual...
Edited at November 30, 2011 8:13 PM
November 30, 2011 8:15 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Mr. B could come back with questions about upscale Ice Cream places that have opened in the last 2 years.

lol

*rob*

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November 30, 2011 8:18 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
"I smell a war."

I'm with you, Snaps. Not good.

.
a lot of people speculate that a good world war would help the economy in the US. im not pro-war at all tho. also i feel like we been IN a world war for the last 10 years without it being called so.

i am so tired of this planet these days it's not even funny.

*rob*

Edited at November 30, 2011 8:18 PM
November 30, 2011 8:25 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
yeah i dont think it's possible for me to do both, unfortunately. if it is id be getting there extremely late like well passed midnight.


*rob*

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November 30, 2011 8:52 PM - etson
Avatar change test
Edited at November 30, 2011 8:52 PM
November 30, 2011 8:53 PM - etson
Hmmm..a little small but not bad.
I am getting the hang of this computer thing.

Decided to change avatar because DIBS found the Manchester coat-of-arms too snobby and British (50% right)/
Edited at November 30, 2011 8:53 PM
November 30, 2011 8:54 PM - Arkady
Icky, Etson!
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November 30, 2011 8:57 PM - etson
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoff_Peterson

Explanation (maybe I'll go with the image on this page).
Funniest character on best TV show ever (that I never get to watch live and so have to catch up on the computer).
Edited at November 30, 2011 8:57 PM
November 30, 2011 9:00 PM - etson
That's better, although Geoff does look a bit Nazi-ish in this one
(cue people saying that's appropriate for my politics)
Edited at November 30, 2011 9:00 PM
November 30, 2011 9:03 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
tee hee hee

A hillbilly went hunting one day in Oklahoma and bagged three ducks. He put them in the bed of his pickup truck and was about to drive home when he was confronted by an ornery game warden who didn't like hillbillies. The game warden ordered the hillbilly to show his hunting license, and the hillbilly pulled out a valid Oklahoma hunting license.

The game warden looked at the license, then reached over and picked up one of the ducks, sniffed its butt, and said "This duck ain't from Oklahoma. This is a Kansas duck. You got a Kansas huntin' license, boy?"

The hillbilly reached into his wallet and produced a Kansas hunting license.

The game warden looked at it, then reached over and grabbed the second duck, sniffed its butt, and said "This ain't no Kansas duck. This duck's from Arkansas. You got a Arkansas license?"

The hillbilly reached into his wallet and produced an Arkansas hunting license.

The warden then reached over and picked up the third duck, sniffed its butt, and said This ain't no Arkansas duck. This here duck's from South Carolina. You got a South Carolina huntin' license?"

Again the hillbilly reached into his wallet and brought out a South Carolina hunting license.

The game warden was extremely frustrated at this point, and he yelled at the hillbilly "Just where the hell are you from?"

The hillbilly turned around, bent over, dropped his pants, and said "You tell me, expert."

Edited at November 30, 2011 9:03 PM
November 30, 2011 9:24 PM - Arkady
What show is it, Etson? I think Big Bang Theory is great - I'd watch it if I had t.v.
Edited at November 30, 2011 9:24 PM
November 30, 2011 9:34 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
big bang theory... that show... a very different kind of moonface, but moonface nonetheless. not AS bad as typical the typical moonfaces you find in brooklyn, but there is something about that show that is just awful. it's basically like the show Friends on Adderall. plus im not a fan of the whole guy nerds and female bimbos archetypes. that shit's about as real as sarah jessican parker's stable.


*rob*
Edited at November 30, 2011 9:33 PM
November 30, 2011 9:36 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
plus im not a fan of the whole guy nerds and female bimbos archetypes.

add asian between the words female and bimbos and you get half the demographic of my block tho.

*rob*

Edited at November 30, 2011 9:36 PM
November 30, 2011 9:39 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
tho i gotta say a lovely nerd/asian couple on my block did give me all their video games once.

*rob*

Edited at November 30, 2011 9:38 PM
November 30, 2011 9:39 PM - etson
Craig Ferguson (technically "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson". On after Letterman - hence too late & I can never watch live)

Some Craig Ferguson and Big Bang Theory clips for you:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RZjGmickTA&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9Zo_n5oXuY
Edited at November 30, 2011 9:39 PM
November 30, 2011 9:40 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
my Whatevia avatar is SO apropos at the moment...

*robevia*

Edited at November 30, 2011 9:40 PM
November 30, 2011 9:42 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
ETSON!! YES hahahahaha i was like wtf is that skeleton' from!?!?!?!? it's on craig ferguson's late night show. i occassionally see it late at night (isnt it on at like 2am?!) and laugh. it's his side kick right? craig is funny. and i dont find late night hosts on those types of shows funny at all usually. i think he used to be on that horrible drew carey show?

*rob*

Edited at November 30, 2011 9:42 PM
November 30, 2011 9:57 PM - etson
Yeah I didn't used to watch Drew Carey but he was on it. Just got into watching the show (second hand) a couple of years ago.
Here's a nice interview from last week with an old actor called Wilford Brimley:
http://www.youtube.com/user/DrPinch2190#p/u/11/6gh6S9HT85M

And here's one of his more famous (serious and funny) monologues from a few years ago where he defends Britney Spears (was the week after she got her head shaved that time) & talks about his own former addiction problem:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGLzpt3caHw
Edited at November 30, 2011 9:57 PM
November 30, 2011 10:04 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
And here's one of his more famous (serious and funny) monologues from a few years ago where he defends Britney Spears (was the week after she got her head shaved that time)

a clipper went nuts on my head once too! i was mortified. the attachment fell the fuck off and im standing in front of the mirror clipping away until i realized that the attachment was on the bathroom floor and that i had a straight blade on my scalp. it was that moment that i felt a certain kinship with Cher. thank god my hair grows back so fast i guess.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOSZwEwl_1Q
*rob*

Edited at November 30, 2011 10:03 PM
November 30, 2011 10:05 PM - etson
I think I remember the aftermath of that. Was that when you wore the smurf hat at DIBS' house?
Edited at November 30, 2011 10:05 PM
November 30, 2011 10:07 PM - Donatella
That was memorable *rob*. It was around this time last year. It looked like a little landing strip on the top of your head. (haha sorry I know it was traumatic but it was a little comic). *rob* if you want me to pick up your presents the day before, I can.
Edited at November 30, 2011 10:07 PM
November 30, 2011 11:30 PM - lechacal
I am watching eternal sunshine on the train
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