Friday Open Thread
March 30, 2012 7:30 AM - CGar
TGIF

399 comments
March 30, 2012 7:50 AM - dibs
Headache.
Edited at March 30, 2012 7:50 AM
#1
March 30, 2012 7:54 AM - jessibaby
Fever, and a chill?
Edited at March 30, 2012 7:54 AM
#2
March 30, 2012 7:57 AM - dibs
Who was "gazoo" from last night???????
#3
March 30, 2012 7:57 AM - dibs
Cough due to cold?
Edited at March 30, 2012 7:57 AM
#4
March 30, 2012 8:01 AM - jessibaby
I think gazoo is the woman from Cali who told Rob about partying in the aisles. The same person who's daughter drew that cute pic of him that he used as his avatar briefly.
#5
March 30, 2012 8:02 AM - dibs
I guess I missed all of that and not in the mood to go try and find it. What are you doing up? I thought most lawyers don't get in until 10:00
Edited at March 30, 2012 8:02 AM
#6
March 30, 2012 8:05 AM - jessibaby
I'm in my bed. Texting with Rob and getting ready to head to work. I'm such a creature of habit that I still get in early even though I gave notice and my last day is in a week from today.

Rob apparently was a victim of reverse racism and was escorted to the caboose. He's in a pissy mood.
Edited at March 30, 2012 8:05 AM
#7
March 30, 2012 8:09 AM - dibs
When is he not in a pissy mood???
Edited at March 30, 2012 8:09 AM
#8
March 30, 2012 8:12 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
0h SNAP ive never experienced racisim like i have on the train today lol. whatever. im chilling in the bar car with a bunch of hoodlums playing cars (im at another table they are playing cards) but whatever. ugh. i was told to give up my seat twice for gross screaming crotchfruit. are you fcuking KIDDING me?! i paid 114 dollars for this ride and you keep telling me to move to make room for "families!?" fuck off. they wouldnt even let me take my bag here! it's somwhere 4 cars away. i asked the chick sitting next to me to watch it and she's some white 15 year old who is nodding off on heroin or something. UGH! 10 more fucking hours!

and honestly? im writing a letter to amtrak cuz it seems like they segregate people by race or something. wtf?

someone share something nice with me, i dont wanna be mad. i called my grandmother when i was in trenton and she picked up the phone and fell off the bed :-/

*rob*

Edited at March 30, 2012 8:12 AM
#9
March 30, 2012 8:18 AM - dibs
They made you move your seat????? I don't think so.
Edited at March 30, 2012 8:18 AM
#10
March 30, 2012 8:21 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
oh WHY didnt i choose to fly!? oh yeah cuz they get all nosey and it's annoying. ugh. this is MORE annoying. im sitting at a cafateria table 1/2 a mile way from my belongings while some crackhead teenager is watching them. im evesdropping on the conversations here in the cafe car (i dont see a bar anywhere, or ANY food and im fucking STARVING) and they keep talking about beating bitches up. lovely.

*rob*

#11
March 30, 2012 8:21 AM - dibs
Did you spend your entire $15 yet???
Edited at March 30, 2012 8:21 AM
#12
March 30, 2012 8:23 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
uh, nevermind, i just turned my head and see a coffee snack stand

*rob*


omg GTFOH! a half glass of wine is 6 dollas and a cup of noodles is like 3 dollars :-/ um. shit. cocktails are 7 but it says "ask your amtrack ...." um, if it's the same racist bitch who keeps moving me to the whitey section of the train more and more i dont think ill even get a drink!

*rob*

Edited at March 30, 2012 8:23 AM
#13
March 30, 2012 8:23 AM - dibs
Why didn't you bring some white trash snacks with you?? Doritos and pork rinds?????
Edited at March 30, 2012 8:23 AM
#14
March 30, 2012 8:25 AM - Arkady
Two hours in & the tyro traveller is already jaded!
#15
March 30, 2012 8:26 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
i was loving the scenery from my window seat. over some river now, but in the cafe car and starving. (why didnt i bring snacks :( ) some areas look good (i love some areas of newark, but most look like shit) the windows aint even open and i can smell the fucking poverty


*rob*

Edited at March 30, 2012 8:26 AM
#16
March 30, 2012 8:28 AM - dibs
" the windows aint even open and i can smell the fucking poverty"

I'm trying to imagine what the other passengers around you are blogging!!!!!!!!
Edited at March 30, 2012 8:28 AM
#17
March 30, 2012 8:29 AM - dibs
Try and find out what their Facebook names are and I bet you'll find pics of yourself.
Edited at March 30, 2012 8:29 AM
#18
March 30, 2012 8:30 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
dibs, i cant cut and paste on this computer cuz i dont have a mouse with me but YES they didnt MAKE me i guess, but asked me 3 times to move my seat. whatever, im squatting in the cafe car and some c4razy woman is asking the gangbanger what the "pound button" mean :-/

i found extra cash lat night in drawers and pants. but i cannot be asked to pay these ridiculous prices. i am however literally starving cuz i ate dinner at 6pm last night, i usually eat at 11 :( *hongry*

i feel like half the the people on this train are visiting their lovers in jail for conjugal visits


*rob*

Edited at March 30, 2012 8:30 AM
#19
March 30, 2012 8:30 AM - Deleted
Make sure you're near a window around Baltimore. Makes Newark look like Brooklyn heights.
#20
March 30, 2012 8:31 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
oh whatever. DH. greenpoint makes newark look like brooklyn heights. shut up, you KNOW it's true. just cuz moonfaces live in fugly ass vynil siding and make a bunch of pretentious all white preschools doesnt make it a pretty neighborhood.

*rob*

#21
March 30, 2012 8:31 AM - Deleted
Delaware is pretty shitty too.
Edited at March 30, 2012 8:31 AM
#22
March 30, 2012 8:32 AM - Deleted
No seriously. The view of Baltimore from the train is terrifying.
#23
March 30, 2012 8:34 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
i cannot believe i forgot everything but snacks. UGH! omg im acros some giant ass river right now.

LMFAO! i just screamed :what river is that!!!!: and a whole bunch of ghetto freaks were i dont know yo!!!! and they started naming rivers that were SO not the right river LOL! this trip is kinda sorta awesome in some ways


*rob*

Edited at March 30, 2012 8:34 AM
#24
March 30, 2012 8:34 AM - Arkady
Pretty (lech-type) river views between Wilmington & Balto.
#25
March 30, 2012 8:35 AM - dibs
Baltimorons
#26
March 30, 2012 8:36 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
everyone im chilling with right NOW is totally from baltimore LOLZ!

*rob*

Edited at March 30, 2012 8:36 AM
#27
March 30, 2012 8:37 AM - dibs
Have you gone through Philly yet??? I assume you'll be stopping there. there's fast food in the station, a Mcdonalds and some others.

You probably just went over the Raritan or , if you are close to Philly, the Schuylkill
Edited at March 30, 2012 8:37 AM
#28
March 30, 2012 8:39 AM - Deleted
I think it's bad advice to tell rob to leave the train before he gets to sc. Hahaha
Edited at March 30, 2012 8:39 AM
#29
March 30, 2012 8:43 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
nah everyone told me the only place to smoke (we ALL waiting) is in DC. <3 i love everyone on this train. is my luggage safe? above the seats three or four train cars away? i took everything that i REALLY need. if they steal my fucking underewear whatevs. i like the cafe car a lot. the people in the regular seat look like they just woke up or something and are pissy about where they are going. not me. im EXCITED!




*rob*

Edited at March 30, 2012 8:43 AM
#30
March 30, 2012 8:45 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
omg just passed a dump! an actual dump! like mounds of dirt an rubble an now it's lumber yards and parking lots. very cool. the people who were in the car left :( so now i have to watch the scenery

*rob*

Edited at March 30, 2012 8:45 AM
#31
March 30, 2012 8:47 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
omg it's quarter to nine in the morning. how the fuck am i going to occupy my time for another 10 hours!?

holy shit, passing thru some area that is GORGEOUS, but very urban blightey. looks like the shitshow shitstains that are brownstones but are multicoored. now im in a tunnel. what tunnel!?!? gah ? (lol some little kids just asked)

*rob*

*rob*

Edited at March 30, 2012 8:47 AM
#32
March 30, 2012 8:48 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
just asked and some woman said we still in philly. i love urban blight.

*rob*

Edited at March 30, 2012 8:48 AM
#33
March 30, 2012 8:48 AM - dibs
It's another 10 hours?????? On that fucking train???? OMG. Hell.
Edited at March 30, 2012 8:48 AM
#34
March 30, 2012 8:49 AM - dibs
I could fly to Tokyo in less time than that trip!!!!!
#35
March 30, 2012 8:54 AM - jessibaby
Ha, great point DIBS, flight to BA is 11 1/2 and includes drinks and dinner!

Rob, greenpoint historic distric is quite nice.
Edited at March 30, 2012 8:54 AM
#36
March 30, 2012 8:55 AM - gazoo
Hi Rob
I woke up early, just to make sure you're ok! Glad you got out on time.You sound like you're on some third-world underground railroad train, maybe when you get to S. Carolina you'll be emancipated!
I have to admit, your experience is world's apart from the one we had, it sounds like a regional thing, but seriously if I didn't know better, I'd think you were on the some ghetto-ass Greyhound. Is there a doggie on the side of the train?
I'm not familiar with the east coast, but sounds like from what others are saying, you'll be going through some really poor areas, which would account for the difference. We traveled through more moon-facey towns/states (Cali, Nevada, Utah, Colorado)--not so many commuters (except from San Francisco to Sacramento) or the prison express.
Even though prices are high, go find something to eat. You'll go insane trying to keep it together for 10 hours without food, and it will make any mishaps/disappointments more amplified.
They may have segregated you by destination? I dunno, we sat wherever we wanted, but then again I was traveling with crotchfruit (mine).
I probably shouldn't post here so I don't annoy your NY friends, so text me, ok?
Edited at March 30, 2012 8:55 AM
#37
March 30, 2012 8:58 AM - jessibaby
gazoo STAY!! Seriously. You fit right in. Where in CA do u live?
Edited at March 30, 2012 8:58 AM
#38
March 30, 2012 8:59 AM - dibs
Gazoo, don't worry about annoying. You've already met rob.
Edited at March 30, 2012 8:59 AM
#39
March 30, 2012 8:59 AM - More4Less
rob, hope you have your charger for the phone and computer else you'll really be having a hard time passing the time
Edited at March 30, 2012 8:59 AM
#40
March 30, 2012 9:01 AM - More4Less
JB, think you owe Arkady $200 for the wager - which is just enough for her and I to go get some juicy steak and wine at some fancy joint.
Edited at March 30, 2012 9:01 AM
#41
March 30, 2012 9:01 AM - dibs
Greek government buying Mega Millions tickets.
#42
March 30, 2012 9:01 AM - gazoo
Last comment--I love how in the space of time that I read how miserable Rob is, and drafting my previous response, Rob loves everyone, hahahahhaha. I should have known not to worry about him--Rob's life is an adventure, from the most mundane....well, to the most mundane! If he had been on the Moonface Express (do moonfaces travel by Amtrak) he'd be absolutely bonkers by now. At least he's not trying to see the scenery through a stack of $800 strollers or forced to sit with lily white crotchfruit studying their French language flashcards.
Edited at March 30, 2012 9:01 AM
#43
March 30, 2012 9:02 AM - lechacal
Hey gazoo, what's up?
#44
March 30, 2012 9:02 AM - jessibaby
That's BS chinaman. I owe her like $10.
#45
March 30, 2012 9:05 AM - More4Less
JB, $200 is like $10 AFTER you hit the $500M pot tonight. Tip me well when I deliver your order of 2 lobsters (ginger scallion style) - sincerely your Chinese Delivery Dude
Edited at March 30, 2012 9:05 AM
#46
March 30, 2012 9:11 AM - gazoo
Just read over the comments, thank you to those who welcomed me and encouraged me to stay. Jessi, I'm on the central coast of Cali, one block from the ocean (I can hear it as I type!).
BTW, I love Brownstones! For real. I was in construction for many years, and have a deep and abiding love of old architecture. We have nothing like Brownstones here, but we do have Craftsman homes (LOVE), Eichlers, Victorians, and some Sears homes. My moonface sister in law in Virginia lives in a Sears home (seriously awesome...the home, not her, lol) We also have a once a year architectural open house thing, where you can tour some of the coolest homes in the area. Of course, I've been in many of the ones features by virtue of my previous job, but it is cool to hear about the homes from the owners. I've also done a bit of genealogy on some of our older homes. I go through our library's very well indexed local history section, and pull up data spanning the last 150 years on former owners, tenants, and events. We're in a relatively small town, so it seemed every time Great Aunt Myrtle sneezed it made the society column. Probably more than you wanted to know about me, but I dont want to come off as merely a Rob stalker hahahahaha
Edited at March 30, 2012 9:11 AM
#47
March 30, 2012 9:14 AM - MontroseMorris
Oh, dear God.

It's like watching Titanic without the pretty people, the love story, and the soundtrack. But there's still the doomed vessel headed for an iceberg. You know it's coming, so you don't need to watch, but you can't help yourself.
Edited at March 30, 2012 9:14 AM
#48
March 30, 2012 9:17 AM - MontroseMorris
"have a deep and abiding love of old architecture. We have nothing like Brownstones here, but we do have Craftsman homes (LOVE), Eichlers, Victorians, and some Sears homes. My moonface sister in law in Virginia lives in a Sears home (seriously awesome...the home, not her, lol) We also have a once a year architectural open house thing, where you can tour some of the coolest homes in the area. Of course, I've been in many of the ones features by virtue of my previous job, but it is cool to hear about the homes from the owners."

Gazoo, you have NOTHING in common with rob, you know.

Welcome.
#49
March 30, 2012 9:17 AM - jessibaby
Central coast is lovely. I've been to wineries in Paso Robles. Friend lives in Atascadero. The rolling hills on the central coast can't be beat. there's a guy who posts here sometimes, bfarwell, from SLO.

Where did u meet Rob? Survivor sucks?
Edited at March 30, 2012 9:17 AM
#50
March 30, 2012 9:20 AM - dibs
Yes, Survivor sucks. Almost as bad a the great Race
Edited at March 30, 2012 9:20 AM
#51
March 30, 2012 9:25 AM - lechacal
"have a deep and abiding love of old architecture"

sorry, what? I just nodded off for a second there
#52
March 30, 2012 9:26 AM - lechacal
[ducking coffee cup thrown by MM]
Edited at March 30, 2012 9:26 AM
#53
March 30, 2012 9:33 AM - gazoo
Jessi I'm a bit north of there, but for many years I coveted Pismo Beach (it's in the same county as the one you're friends live in). Did you travel on the coastal side of Highway 1 at all? The absolutely most breath taking scenery you'll have imagine. The highway hugs soaring cliffs with the ocean spread out as far as the eye can see. Just before sunset is magical, but very distracting with that arduous drive

I've known Rob for about 8 years from another message board. Rob is a genius storyteller (don't laugh!) and I am absolutely charmed by his honestly and courage to be himself. Many of the things he comments/complains about are the exact same feelings/thoughts I've had but was afraid to own. He doesn't apologize for his often jaded view, and he shouldn't. I've had the pleasure of spending many a happy hour on the phone with him a few years ago, and his sweetness and sensitivity and downright hilarious personality won me over!

Do most of you live in brownstones, or is it just one something you all admire but can't attain because of cost? From what I've read here, they seem very expensive and exclusive?
Edited at March 30, 2012 9:33 AM
#54
March 30, 2012 9:36 AM - CGar
"how the fuck am i going to occupy my time for another 10 hours!?"

Apparently by posting in the OT every 30 seconds.
Edited at March 30, 2012 9:36 AM
#55
March 30, 2012 9:36 AM - lechacal
OK, so back to the whole buddhism convo from last night - yeah, I'm vaguely familiar with some of the basic buddhism stuff, but what makes it a gaywad religion is how people take an incredibly simple idea that's really just not that hard to understand and turn it into a structured thing. Oh they'll tell you it's not structured, but they go to structured retreats to learn how to not be structured, which is super dumb. If you want to just kind of not give a crap, well, just stop giving a crap, starting, I don't know, right now.
Edited at March 30, 2012 9:36 AM
#56
March 30, 2012 9:36 AM - MontroseMorris
Lech, in that get-up, you should be ducking. You've changed since the last time I saw you. Embraced your inner chakras?
Edited at March 30, 2012 9:36 AM
#57
March 30, 2012 9:37 AM - lechacal
gazoo, rob's a genius, I've said that like 1000 times here.
Edited at March 30, 2012 9:37 AM
#58
March 30, 2012 9:38 AM - CGar
*rob*, I urged you to pack snacks. I even posted pictures of the snacks you should pack. I knew dave should have accompanied you on this trip.
Edited at March 30, 2012 9:38 AM
#59
March 30, 2012 9:41 AM - Kensingtonian
So Gazoo, are you totally like the housewives of Orange County? Live in some sick mansion on the beach while hubby is making cheddah you're out stalking random folks on the internets?

I am just messing with you :o)
Edited at March 30, 2012 9:41 AM
#60
March 30, 2012 9:41 AM - gazoo
lechacal, you're right, he is a genius. I don't think he even realizes it, which makes it that much more awesome. Can you imagine how annoying he'd be if he knew it? He is a modern day Ring Lardner with his storytelling, the only difference is his stories are true.
Edited at March 30, 2012 9:41 AM
#61
March 30, 2012 9:42 AM - CGar
"Oh, dear God.

It's like watching Titanic without the pretty people, the love story, and the soundtrack. But there's still the doomed vessel headed for an iceberg. You know it's coming, so you don't need to watch, but you can't help yourself."

OMFG! MM literally had me ROFLMMFAO.
Edited at March 30, 2012 9:42 AM
#62
March 30, 2012 9:43 AM - jessibaby
The structure of the retreat is for purposes of meditation. It's quite difficult to sit still and think of nothing for an extended period of time. Peer pressure of a group setting helps with it. But yeah, basic notions of impermanence doesn't take an annoying setting to work on. But if I want to be better at meditating, a retreat could help.
#63
March 30, 2012 9:44 AM - CGar
MM, yes to your email - will email you back later about the details. Sorry, I didn't get back to you last night but I was kidnapped by mean girls, force-fed traif and then plied with copious amounts of alcohol against my will.
Edited at March 30, 2012 9:44 AM
#64
March 30, 2012 9:45 AM - CGar
"It's like watching Titanic without the pretty people, the love story, and the soundtrack."

MM, you'd best be talking about *rob* and not the rest of us.
Edited at March 30, 2012 9:45 AM
#65
March 30, 2012 9:45 AM - lechacal
Even meditating strikes me as trying way too hard. If you want a different attitude, just have one.
Edited at March 30, 2012 9:45 AM
#66
March 30, 2012 9:46 AM - dibs
Gazoo, I just sold mine.....

http://www.pbase.com/dentontay/brownstone

Edited at March 30, 2012 9:46 AM
#67
March 30, 2012 9:46 AM - More4Less
Rob knows he's a genius but he is big time lazy / unmotivated - as the dude is content with what he has, where he is, etc.
Edited at March 30, 2012 9:46 AM
#68
March 30, 2012 9:48 AM - CGar
"people take an incredibly simple idea that's really just not that hard to understand and turn it into a structured thing"

I'm into Buddhism, but, much as it pains me to admit it, I agree with jackal on this point.
#69
March 30, 2012 9:49 AM - dibs
" If you want a different attitude, just have one."

Couldn't agree more.
Edited at March 30, 2012 9:48 AM
#70
March 30, 2012 9:49 AM - lechacal
Why is that lazy and unmotivated? Doesn't seem that way to me at all. He has had a steady job for a long time and is a loyal and reliable employee who shows up to work, doesn't take excessive vacation or sick days, etc. He pays rent, he pays his student loans, he keeps a dog, doesn't rely on public welfare of any kind.
#71
March 30, 2012 9:50 AM - lechacal
What does "I'm into buddhism" even mean? That's what's so gaywad about it. People saying stuff like that.
Edited at March 30, 2012 9:50 AM
#72
March 30, 2012 9:50 AM - Donatella

I went to a Zendo in the village because I was told I needed to ...... um .... learn how to calm down. I sat for a half an hour according to the rules of how to sit, meaning no moving at all. I was the itchiest I have ever been in my life. I wanted to itch so bad I couldn't believe it.
#73
March 30, 2012 9:50 AM - gazoo
Hhahahahaha Kensingtonian, no I am so NOT a real housewife! I make my own $$$$ and pay dearly for living where I do. My 'mansion' is a 70+ year old converted chicken house (for reals) from the olden days when eggs were big business in this area. The house was moved from several blocks away, to it's present location in 1942, and remodeled in the 70's (got the god-awful swirly day-glo wallpaper under several coats of paint to prove it). The cost of homes here, is second only to San Francisco in this state, and probably third to New York in the country. We have 100 year old redwoods and mountains on the north/east, the ocean to the west and miles of agricultural land to the south. Our temps are moderate for the whole year, rarely getting over 80 in the summer, and generally in the 50's//60's throughout the winter, which makes this area very desirable (and expensive).
Rob invited me here a couple of years ago, but only recently have I been reading this board, so yeah, I guess that doesn't really make me a stalker, more a lurker.
#74
March 30, 2012 9:51 AM - CGar
Go fuck yourself, jackal. I drank too much last night to deal with your masturbatory mumbo jumbo today.
Edited at March 30, 2012 9:51 AM
#75
March 30, 2012 9:53 AM - dibs
Somebody on this floor is cooking bacon now.
Edited at March 30, 2012 9:52 AM
#76
March 30, 2012 9:53 AM - More4Less
Lech, I tell him all the time, he can do more, make more money, change more, etc if he wanted to cause he way smarter than he portrays himself on the blog. He agrees but admits he is content as-is and/or not motivated enough to change.
#77
March 30, 2012 9:53 AM - dibs
Yeah, it was you who kept ordering more bottles of wine.
Edited at March 30, 2012 9:53 AM
#78
March 30, 2012 9:54 AM - lechacal
"he can do more, make more money, change more"

Why on Earth would he want to? Those are your values, not his.
#79
March 30, 2012 9:55 AM - More4Less
DIBS, can you tell if it's the thick Canadian bacon or the thin crispy one?
#80
March 30, 2012 9:55 AM - Slopefarm
LOL, jackal, at your avatar and 9:36 post. I am not a Buddhist and have never gone on a Buddhist retreat. I have occassionally tried Buddhist meditation (but not zen, which is a whole other can of worms) but I have never stuck to it. It's a real PITA, not to mention the knees. I agree that lots of stuff that goes on in the US that calls itself Buddhist is BS. I don't even really think of it as a religion, though many do -- I think of it as a philosophy of mind and living and I find good writing on Buddhist thought to be interesting and useful. But there is a lot of bad writing on it that really wanders off into something else entirely while still presenting itself as Buddhist. I would add that nonattachment is not the same as not giving a crap.

I hope you'll keep that avatar for a day or two.
Edited at March 30, 2012 9:55 AM
#81
March 30, 2012 9:55 AM - Slopefarm
Oh, well, too late. I see you shed the yoga togs for your badass redneck self.
Edited at March 30, 2012 9:55 AM
#82
March 30, 2012 9:56 AM - lechacal
You will deal with my masturbatory jambalaya if I tell you to deal with it!!!!!!!!!
Edited at March 30, 2012 9:56 AM
#83
March 30, 2012 9:58 AM - CGar
"don't even really think of it as a religion, though many do -- I think of it as a philosophy of mind and living"

jackal, Slopey is my spokesman today. What he said. And don't be surprised if I don't speak to you today at the SSCJ&L partners' lunch.
Edited at March 30, 2012 9:58 AM
#84
March 30, 2012 9:58 AM - gazoo
Dibs your brownstone was beautiful! Love the parlour and cherry wood kitchen! I wish we had parlours here, it seems to...I dunno, British or something, 'please step into the parlour, ma'dame'.

As for Rob, I don't see him as lazy or unmotivated. I always hate when people say 'oh he has so much potential, if only...". Why do you need to do anything other than what you're doing if you're a genius? Rob seems reasonably happy to me, if he was to realize his 'potential' (whatever that means) he's likely be stuck in some moonfacey university department wearing a v-neck Mr. Rodgers sweater with suede elbow patches and sighing at all the unrealized 'potential' of enjoying life in ParkSlope with his dog and his crazy life.
#85
March 30, 2012 9:58 AM - More4Less
Lech, I don't need to debate with you what I talk with him about. if you don't believe it, etc, that's you - that's you placing your values onto a convo you never had with the dude or with me.
Edited at March 30, 2012 9:58 AM
#86
March 30, 2012 9:59 AM - CGar
dave, I'm grateful that you reversed my order for a 5th bottle of wine.
Edited at March 30, 2012 9:59 AM
#87
March 30, 2012 10:00 AM - lechacal
Exactly what gazoo said at 9:58.
#88
March 30, 2012 10:01 AM - CGar
"You will deal with my masturbatory jambalaya if I tell you to deal with it!!!!!!!!!"

Ummmm. NO. You no longer intimidate let alone scare the bejesus out of me, and when you try to serve me chum, I just send it back to the kitchen.
Edited at March 30, 2012 10:01 AM
#89
March 30, 2012 10:02 AM - Slopefarm
I would add these few thoughts:

1. If you are TRYING to have a different attitude by meditating, you are not meditating.

2. Neither Buddhism nor meditation is for relaxing. It is for cultivating presence of mind. And it is a practice -- nothing is supposed to happen while you do it and you are not supposed to have a sudeenly new attitude when you are done.

3. Zen is just off the wall bonkers in my view. Some people love it but . . . It is not where I would suggest starting.
Edited at March 30, 2012 10:02 AM
#90
March 30, 2012 10:03 AM - lechacal
"don't be surprised if I don't speak to you today at the SSCJ&L partners' lunch"

[nobody tell Cgar that we're serving jambalaya at the partners' lunch today - can't wait to see the look on his face]
Edited at March 30, 2012 10:03 AM
#91
March 30, 2012 10:03 AM - CGar
"wearing a v-neck Mr. Rodgers sweater with suede elbow patches"

Only if the v-neck is shocking pink and the elbow patches are lime green.
#92
March 30, 2012 10:04 AM - Slopefarm
(I hope #3 is ok with my client. I didn't vet that last point with him first. Speaking solely for myself on that one.)
#93
March 30, 2012 10:05 AM - CGar
Great Gazoo, we all love *rob* (even those who pretend to hate him). He's the child that many of us have never had. Have you read the group effort over the past, well it seems like years but I'm guessing it's only weeks, getting him packed and ready for this trip???
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#94
March 30, 2012 10:05 AM - MontroseMorris
I am so not going to discuss Rob's "genius" status.

Gazoo, he is fortunate to have such a good friend in you.
Edited at March 30, 2012 10:05 AM
#95
March 30, 2012 10:06 AM - Slopefarm
Serve whatever you want, jackal, but do NOT let m4l in the door with his damn "crap cakes." Call a different takeout joint.
Edited at March 30, 2012 10:06 AM
#96
March 30, 2012 10:06 AM - CGar
Slopey, you're all good (so far). I won't even go to Zen Palate.
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#97
March 30, 2012 10:08 AM - CGar
[Psst, Slopey, I'd be leery of what you eat at the partners' lunch today as I heard a rumour when I was in the pantry about jackal masturbating in the jambalaya]
Edited at March 30, 2012 10:08 AM
#98
March 30, 2012 10:08 AM - More4Less
For Gazoo-sake (not for Lech's), I'll explain. I often chat with Rob during gatherings. we would talk about the rents, work, some bs here & there. We laugh about his attempts to save some bucks so he aint in cash crush heading into a weekend (don't get paid till following Monday etc). that's when I tell him he's a smart dude and that one doesn't get straight A's at Rutgers if one aint smart and it's a choice he made not that NYC or any place forced him into the situation. I always tell him, if you're content as-is, that's fine - everyone finds and defines their happy medium his/her way but if you want to change things, you CAN as you aint no dummy. To which he agrees but that he's just not motivated enough to change as he's happy as-is. I've even told him I'm kind of lazy and unmotivated too as I think I can do more etc if I wanted too but I too am content with stuff as-is. lazy and unmotivated is a state of mind compared to ability vs that being a negative slap. We don't have to agree but that's how I've my many chats with Rob.
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#99
March 30, 2012 10:09 AM - Slopefarm
I said he could SERVE it. I didn't say I would EAT it.
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March 30, 2012 10:09 AM - CGar
MM, I will NOT be ignored.
March 30, 2012 10:10 AM - CGar
"I said he could SERVE it. I didn't say I would EAT it."

I dunno. Squirrel loincloth and spandex are really just rest stops on the road to eating jackal's masturbatory jambalaya.

[DUCKS FOR COVER UNDER CONFERENCE ROOM TABLE]
Edited at March 30, 2012 10:10 AM
March 30, 2012 10:11 AM - Arkady
lech - Talk about turning something simple into a major thing, how about running? Spandex, shoes, nip protection, GPS heart monitors. It's running, for heaven's sake.
Edited at March 30, 2012 10:11 AM
March 30, 2012 10:12 AM - CGar
"I've even told him I'm kind of lazy and unmotivated too"

Perhaps you should lay off the brownies.
Edited at March 30, 2012 10:12 AM
March 30, 2012 10:13 AM - CGar
I am so gonna hork if I have to endure another discussion about jackal's bloody nipples.
Edited at March 30, 2012 10:13 AM
March 30, 2012 10:13 AM - More4Less
Slopey, even if you don't allow me in thru the door, you still have to tip me.
Edited at March 30, 2012 10:13 AM
March 30, 2012 10:14 AM - Slopefarm
Oh, and Great Gazoo, what CGar said. I would add that I am among those who love and pretend to hate rob here, and I am really happy he didn't frek out enough to miss this trip, but he really does have a snarkic part of his brain where he pisses all over things that other people are happy about. Could you help him develop some judgment and manners to go along with all that genius? With that, we'll all happily keep tying balloons in front of bars so he can find our gatherings.
Edited at March 30, 2012 10:14 AM
March 30, 2012 10:15 AM - More4Less
CGar, was it "special" brownies you gave me?? feel very relaxed
Edited at March 30, 2012 10:15 AM
March 30, 2012 10:15 AM - Slopefarm
"[DUCKS FOR COVER UNDER CONFERENCE ROOM TABLE]"

Oh, was that your face? I meant to kick you in the shins.

Edited at March 30, 2012 10:15 AM
March 30, 2012 10:16 AM - Slopefarm
Sorry.
March 30, 2012 10:17 AM - Donatella
..It's running, for heaven's sake.....

Yeah. RUN, Forest, RUN!!!!!!!
March 30, 2012 10:18 AM - More4Less
CGar, SEE SEE. toldya to NOT DUCK as it risk a knee (this time a kick) into your face. circle circle
March 30, 2012 10:18 AM - CGar
No apology necessary, Sloppyjoe. I had it cumming.
March 30, 2012 10:19 AM - petebklyn
when as short as cgar no need to duck
Edited at March 30, 2012 10:19 AM
March 30, 2012 10:20 AM - CGar
"I meant to kick you in the shins."

I wear shin guards all the time now . . . ever since dave started kicking me in the shins under the table.
Edited at March 30, 2012 10:20 AM
March 30, 2012 10:20 AM - petebklyn
glad to see everyone up so early.
a bit of snow in forecast for tomorrow in the north country here. maybe I should have taken a train to carolinas.
March 30, 2012 10:20 AM - Slopefarm
LOL. Oh, and it's been more than 90 minutes since rob's last post. He's either napping, found some friends, or they threw him off the train without his stuff.
Edited at March 30, 2012 10:20 AM
March 30, 2012 10:20 AM - More4Less
let it to Pete to show up and deliver the low blow
Edited at March 30, 2012 10:20 AM
March 30, 2012 10:22 AM - lechacal
"lech - Talk about turning something simple into a major thing, how about running?"

Well, sure, running casually for fun I guess is simple enough, but 50 miles a week training for a marathon actually takes a bunch of planning and willpower.
March 30, 2012 10:23 AM - More4Less
or rob forgot to charge his ear and forgot to bring chargers - no juice and is drinking some juice box whining about it. or he could be giving out tarot card readings $2 a pop
Edited at March 30, 2012 10:23 AM
March 30, 2012 10:23 AM - petebklyn

if it is 'just running' - then why would someone fly hundreds of miles and spend lot of $$ for hotels, trips, plan whole days schedules around 'just running', etc to do it?
Edited at March 30, 2012 10:23 AM
March 30, 2012 10:30 AM - gazoo
I don't want to make this a Rob-fest (he's probably hunkered down in the dining car glowering over all my raving of his awesomeness), but I do want to say, I don't have a problem with anyone here talking to him about his potential. My rant was aimed more at people in general who don't have the facts of a particular person's life in front of them, and more specifically when it come to people who have 'potential' and where they think that potential is best served.
As for his shitting on what other people have or find enjoyable, or whatever, honestly, those are his posts that I love the most. I certainly don't take a lot of what he says seriously (I'm assuming he generally likes crotchfruit and families), but I also think a lot of people shit on what he finds enjoyable. He and I are alike in that many of the things/activities/people we like, others look down on. For Rob, it seems many people in his world think what he enjoys are gender-inappropriate, race-inappropriate, age-inappropriate, you get my drift. I think the fact he has a long term job working with people daily, and a long term living situation, points to the fact that he's probably a pretty easy person to get along with and whatever social retardation he appears to have, is confined to his thoughts here, and not the reality of his day to day life. Or, he just lives and works with super tolerent people.
If Rob's life was a sit-com, I would imagine many here would be checking out for an hour each week to watch it, and comment about it, even those who profess to be annoyed by him. Rob is a little like Otis the Town Drunk on Andy Griffith...he's always getting into scrapes, and blundering through life, but at the end of the day he's beloved and cherished for who he is, and few would try to change him.
March 30, 2012 10:32 AM - dibs
I think rob has found someone new who will do his taxes for him
Edited at March 30, 2012 10:31 AM
March 30, 2012 10:32 AM - gazoo
HAHAHAHAHHAHA Dibs! That would be a big fat NO!
March 30, 2012 10:36 AM - CGar
"I certainly don't take a lot of what he says seriously"

Neither do we, Gazoo.

"If Rob's life was a sit-com, I would imagine many here would be checking out for an hour each week to watch it"

1. *rob*'s life is a sitcom.

B. We all tune in to watch for 15 hours/day.

Third, did you see our discussion yesterday about launching *rob* in his very own reality series???
Edited at March 30, 2012 10:36 AM
March 30, 2012 10:48 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! some woman behin me heard me on the phone whining to my granmother i had no food and the train food is too expensive and it's another gazillion hours and she scored me a sandwich. now im back in the cafe car and there is a huge line of people on line for for microwaved overpriced food. but i cant sit in those cramped seats any longer and it's only fucking 1047. seriously. im going bonkers. i smoked a ciggie in DC with two hardcore lesbos, that rocked. they asked me what i was doing and told them and then they told me horror tales of their lives :(

*rob*

Edited at March 30, 2012 10:47 AM
March 30, 2012 10:48 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
GM

Someone please just kill me now or shoot me up with thorazine and point me to the basket-weaving group.

I just spent over an hour on the phone with my cell carrier trying to get them to replace my phone which is half broken now, and is probably going to stop working at any moment.
Edited at March 30, 2012 10:48 AM
March 30, 2012 10:49 AM - jessibaby
Since today seems to be all about Rob, here was our last exchange by text:

Rob - Omg im falling in love
me - with a dude or just another strong black woman
Rob - On my person now

I wonder if that response was supposed to go to someone other than me...
Edited at March 30, 2012 10:49 AM
March 30, 2012 10:49 AM - Slopefarm
Yes, what CGar said and (iv) we own the rights. Anyone looking to license "rob" for any media content must contact SSCJ&L.
Edited at March 30, 2012 10:49 AM
March 30, 2012 10:50 AM - Arkady
rob is automatically recalcitrant - dump on something one minute & praise it the next just to be contradictory to someone else. But he has good values at base - mustn't forget how he rallied round at the crack of dawn in blizzard conditions when Snappy's father died.
Edited at March 30, 2012 10:50 AM
March 30, 2012 10:51 AM - Arkady
Who's your carrier, CHiller? I've found it best to go to bricks & mortar store when phone convo isn't satisfactory.
Edited at March 30, 2012 10:51 AM
March 30, 2012 10:51 AM - Slopefarm
jb, it's all about rob, except when it's about Buddhism or jackal's nips. Oh, and eat first before attending the partner lunch.
March 30, 2012 10:53 AM - Donatella
*rob* I can't believe you didn't bring food after 1 month of discussion about this!! Well, you got a sandwich, good. So were you thinking of going on a diet on this trip? At least you have a computer, you can read news and do some research on Charleston.
Edited at March 30, 2012 10:53 AM
March 30, 2012 10:54 AM - jessibaby
Haha - thanks for not telling me it was just okra.
Edited at March 30, 2012 10:54 AM
March 30, 2012 10:55 AM - dibs
When i called Verizon to replace Fulge's phone they offered me a better price and mailed it overnight, no problem
March 30, 2012 10:56 AM - gazoo
Rob, for the love of God, please bring food from Grammy's house on the way home!!! Even if it's candy bars and pudding, you might not find someone as charitable as the sandwich buyer again. I bet one of those Clif bars someone suggested a couple of days ago, but that you shot down, looks good about now, lol.
March 30, 2012 10:56 AM - lechacal
"Haha - thanks for not telling me it was just okra."

ewwwwwwww.... but LOL too. OK this masturbatory jambalaya talk has gone *way* too far.
Edited at March 30, 2012 10:56 AM
March 30, 2012 10:57 AM - Slope4Eva
I have Verizon, and, I've just walked into their local store, said what the problem was. I've gotten brand new phones this way. Not often, of course. I had one phone that was out of production, they didn't even look at it, they gave me a great upgrade at no charge. The phone sells for $499.
Edited at March 30, 2012 10:57 AM
March 30, 2012 10:57 AM - jessibaby
lolz, he totally broke his phone so he could get a new one before you left.
Edited at March 30, 2012 10:57 AM
March 30, 2012 10:58 AM - Slopefarm
"Rob, for the love of God, . . . " Yes, it's been like this for weeks, here. Welcome to our world (you fit right in).
March 30, 2012 10:59 AM - CGar
^^^ Except when it's all about dave, Slopey, which is most of the time.
Edited at March 30, 2012 10:59 AM
March 30, 2012 11:00 AM - Slopefarm
Right again, CGar, but we have to reel Gazoo in slowly.
March 30, 2012 11:01 AM - CGar
Thanks to jackal, I'll never be able to hear the song "Jambalaya" in the same way again.
March 30, 2012 11:04 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
gorgeous looking out. im seriously staying in the lounge car not going back to my seat. fredricksburg virginia. pretty. hoodlums back in the diner car i thought they left lol!!! i LOVE the train!

*rob*

Edited at March 30, 2012 11:04 AM
March 30, 2012 11:06 AM - jessibaby
Who are you in love with?
March 30, 2012 11:06 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
T mobile, the store told me that I had to call 'customer care'. I am so angry I'm still shaking.
Edited at March 30, 2012 11:06 AM
March 30, 2012 11:07 AM - Slopefarm
That's great rob. I used to take Amtrak to Albany regularly and to DC from time to time. I would always settle in the cafe car. I love having the table, all that extra light, and the big windows, plus the occasional socializing.
Edited at March 30, 2012 11:07 AM
March 30, 2012 11:07 AM - MontroseMorris
CGar, did not mean to ignore you, but had to take care of something. I'm back now. You may feel free to harass me.

(I originally wrote "had to take care of something important," but knew where that would lead.)
Edited at March 30, 2012 11:07 AM
March 30, 2012 11:08 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
That's nice, DIBS but that was not the case here.
Edited at March 30, 2012 11:08 AM
March 30, 2012 11:08 AM - More4Less
Rob, if the sandwich won't go bad fairly easily / fast, maybe you should ration the portions - half now, half later as there are many more miles / hrs to go b4 you're at SC
Edited at March 30, 2012 11:08 AM
March 30, 2012 11:11 AM - MontroseMorris
I just checked my email, and have received about 40 new emails, none of which were from friends, family, or business contacts. How did I end up on Viking Cruises' email list? Come to think of it, I know. I went on the Downton Abbey site, which is sponsored by Viking, and they snagged my email there. Insidious bastards!
Edited at March 30, 2012 11:11 AM
March 30, 2012 11:12 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
um a woman is HITTING on me :-/ guh ROSS!!!!!!

*rob*

Edited at March 30, 2012 11:12 AM
March 30, 2012 11:15 AM - jessibaby
"(I originally wrote "had to take care of something important," but knew where that would lead.)"

Haha, I can see it now, "What's more important than me?"
Edited at March 30, 2012 11:15 AM
March 30, 2012 11:15 AM - Donatella

I have gone to DC a lot for work on the train. It is wonderful hanging out in the cafe car. The food is horrible and expensive (told you *rob*!!!) but it is comfortable in there, peaceful. I remember being at some conference in DC and there was a big storm. The conference ended at 12 pm. I hopped on the train at 1 and was home by 4. Some people who took the shuttle got home at midnight. The train is the way to go. HOWEVER, I discovered the DC2NY bus recently, which is 30 bucks one way, very fast, very clean, very nice with Wifi. It drops you off right at Dupont Circle. Not as nice as the train but it works.
Edited at March 30, 2012 11:15 AM
March 30, 2012 11:16 AM - jessibaby
"How did I end up on Viking Cruises' email list?"

I think Benson had something to do with it.
Edited at March 30, 2012 11:15 AM
March 30, 2012 11:17 AM - More4Less
Rob, just like when a gay dude hit on me back in the day, take it as admiration. Nothing wrong with some girl thinking you're attractive, interesting, etc. Maybe you should ask her to buy you a drink and some snacks. hehe.
Edited at March 30, 2012 11:17 AM
March 30, 2012 11:18 AM - Slope4Eva
DP, I took the hit and cancelled my TMobile service several years ago. They are the worst!!!!!!! I found their distributors to be very shaddy as well. Once, I almost took them to small claims court, but decided to take the hit on that also. I did report them to TMobile, got no response.
March 30, 2012 11:19 AM - More4Less
will Amazon bail out loser RIMM and just buy them out already???? kind of said to see RIMM fall from grace so fast so hard.
Edited at March 30, 2012 11:19 AM
March 30, 2012 11:19 AM - gazoo
I have a feeling Rob's Amtrak adventure will be lovingly referred to by all, for years and years to come!! Lesbian smoke-breaks, women hitting on him (bonus points if she's a moonface), ghetto dining car companions, and we're only a few hours into it.

Rob, so happy you're having a good time. I've been as nervous about his as you, hoping you'd enjoy it despite your initial reservations. I will back out of here now that I know you're safe and happy. Best wishes on your adventure!

Thank you all who have made me feel welcome and put up with me during this trying time, lol.


Edited at March 30, 2012 11:19 AM
March 30, 2012 11:22 AM - CGar
Slope4Eva, please post an avatar. Thanks!
March 30, 2012 11:24 AM - dibs
The coffee on Amtrak is actually pretty good. I too always sit in the cafe car
Edited at March 30, 2012 11:24 AM
March 30, 2012 11:24 AM - Slopefarm
Gazoo, it is so obvious you've been hanging out with rob in an alternate cyberverse. You are so fluent with all the lingo, you speak it like a native.
March 30, 2012 11:26 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
oh yeah i switche seats and got assigne then lost my ticket AND foun it (all before i decided to just squat here in the dining car). the chick next to me was like some teenage annoyance who was fine cuz she was sleeping with her sunglasses on and then out of no where set up an entire water color painting station in our seats! she starte painting everything and i was like ugh i wante to paint and draw people too, but she was actually DOING it, but with actual watercolors. but she was just doing watercolors of the scenery. it basically sucked. i actually tried THREE times to start a convo with her and she literally just IGNORED me (maybe she's deaf, but i doubt it, more like a snob or thought i was a pervert or something).

*rob*

Edited at March 30, 2012 11:26 AM
March 30, 2012 11:29 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
waiting for richmon with a bunch of other fiending smokers!!!! (well just a few.) they are kinda hillbilly. im trying my hardest to put on a faux southern accent.

*rob*

March 30, 2012 11:29 AM - CGar
Gazoo, please come back and visit us. You're more than welcome here!
March 30, 2012 11:31 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
oh, step back from kazoo. she rocks. dont get all TSA on her ass please.

*rob*

Edited at March 30, 2012 11:31 AM
March 30, 2012 11:31 AM - MontroseMorris
Rob, I told you before, nobody likes a fake accent, especially when it's theirs. You sound like you are mocking them. They already know you're not from the South, you could sound like grits in your mouth all day, and no one would believe you were Southern. Just be yourself. (Invokes Diety)
Edited at March 30, 2012 11:31 AM
March 30, 2012 11:33 AM - Slopefarm
no worries, rob, we like gazoo, too.
March 30, 2012 11:34 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
ugh really really really annoying train that this train is waiting for to pass but that train is like 50000 miles long



Edited at March 30, 2012 11:34 AM
March 30, 2012 11:34 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
I'm beyond angry, Eva. I'm so angry I was almost speechless, when I called BH to ask him a question while I was on the phone with them.

I had AT&T and a Sony Ericsson phone for 6 years. I never had one single issue, not one.
Edited at March 30, 2012 11:34 AM
March 30, 2012 11:36 AM - Donatella

So *rob* do a powerpoint paint drawing and post it.
March 30, 2012 11:37 AM - Slope4Eva
ATT was OK, but didn't work at the new house. I personally feel if you want my money every month to use your service, you should keep me in working phones. I'm not talking about the fancy schmancy ones, just a vehicle to get to the service I am paying for.
Edited at March 30, 2012 11:37 AM
March 30, 2012 11:37 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
oh Montrose, stuff it. if you cant mimic funny accents what's the point of travelling!? not a single person has been offended yet. (tho i havent really heard many southern accents yet either). it's mostly people who have poor grammar skills in general so who the hell cares.


*rob*



Edited at March 30, 2012 11:37 AM
March 30, 2012 11:39 AM - Donatella

Cobble, can you ditch them? Or will you be penalized?
Edited at March 30, 2012 11:39 AM
March 30, 2012 11:41 AM - Donatella

bf had ATT service with an iphone back when before you could get one on Verizon. Calls were constantly being dropped. I would get a text from him two days after it was sent. I started really getting pissed. At ATT, but at him for putting up with it too. For chrissakes, if you can't even make a freaking phone call, WHAT IS THE POINT?????
Edited at March 30, 2012 11:41 AM
March 30, 2012 11:43 AM - MontroseMorris
OK rob, that's it. I'm officially leaving the "cuddle poor genius rob" club for the duration of this trip. Enjoy your panhandling journey to see your grandmother. I bet you didn't do anything you said you were going to do for her - no scrapbook, no pastries, not even a damn donut. But it's all about you, so that's all that's important. Carry on. And when some redneck says, "you making fun of how I talk, (gay expletive)?" and knocks you on your ass, don't say you didn't see it coming.
March 30, 2012 11:43 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
No, I don't think so, I think when we went on the Family Plan (to supposedly save money, not spend more) we signed a new two year contract. I wish we'd never done this. This just cost me more money and aggravation. And now I don't trust my phone, the plan, or the phone carrier. I feel tricked/deceived. And I'm anxious about the new phone breaking and having to go through this again.

My old phone lasted for 6 YEARS, not 6 months.
Edited at March 30, 2012 11:43 AM
March 30, 2012 11:45 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
this part of america is ugly. just passed a pretty nice big blue vinyl sided house. now a barn or something. yeah it's fucking ugly in the south. even the graffitti blows. also way too many trees.
WAY too many trees. Richmond stop is next in 30 minutes... designated smoke stop. woo woo! do you think i have enough time to explore in that 30 minutes?!



*rob*

Edited at March 30, 2012 11:45 AM
March 30, 2012 11:48 AM - lechacal
"do you think i have enough time to explore in that 30 minutes?!"

Yes! Downtown Richmond is supposed to be lovely. The way it works is if you tell one of the other passengers not to let the train leave without you, they'll hold it for you until you come back.
Edited at March 30, 2012 11:48 AM
March 30, 2012 11:48 AM - Slopefarm
OK, subplot to the rob reality show. Whenever Gazoo is here, rob's on best behavior and Gazoo appeals to our better angels to love rob and ignore his shortcomings. We're even convinced. Then, whenever Gazoo leaves, evil rob returns, pissing all over the people who try to help. Come back, Gazoo!!! (Come to think of it, this is kind of like a Flinstones episode.)
Edited at March 30, 2012 11:48 AM
March 30, 2012 11:51 AM - Slope4Eva
Tricked/Deceived, yup, that's a TMobile customer. I'm assuming your phone is not still under warrenty? Call the sales office, ask them what the penalty would be to cancel service, etc, etc. Maybe (huh, I'm so naive) they will assist you in getting a replacement phone in a timely manner. Like I said, when I've gone to Verizon store, I'd ask them to try to fix it. They look at me like I'm nuts, but I politely hold my ground and say can I speak with your tech guy? I don't even think they have tech guys anymore, they are all salespeople. But its worked for me a few times.
Edited at March 30, 2012 11:51 AM
March 30, 2012 11:52 AM - Slope4Eva
Oh, forgot to add.... it helps if the store has other customers to hear your issues with them, lol.
Edited at March 30, 2012 11:52 AM
March 30, 2012 11:54 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
eh, slopey, i really REALLY hope you arent insinutating that im gazoo. go check the logs or something. ips, whatever, tho not like i care, but i do hate that kinda shit. gazoo is a long a long time internet friend who has lurked for a long time here i guess and i guess decided to jump in and help me in my time of most need (i.e. this trip) ugh. it's all trees right now. fugly landscape.

ad no offense but large and in charge women on this train love shoveling in the junk food. i just saw some woman eat like 6 pieces of pizza? and gave her fat ass kid like 4. jeez.

*rob*

Edited at March 30, 2012 11:54 AM
March 30, 2012 11:55 AM - dibs
Mega is $640 Million
March 30, 2012 11:56 AM - CGar
*rob*, you nitwit, Slopey was NOT insinuating that you're Gazoo, only that your behaviour changes when Gazoo is around. Which it did. D'oh.

Gazoo left, and you told Montrose to stuff it. Why, of course, MM would choose THIS occasion to wash her hands of you, I can't be asked to figure out.
March 30, 2012 11:58 AM - Slopefarm
No, I'm not, rob. And I'm just teasing, of course. It just reminds me of a common sitcom device, the way you told MM to stuff it after Gazoo stuck up for you and then left. See my note above -- we're glad gazoo stopped by the OT and glad gazoo is helping you. I also think you are having a great adventure here. Just enjoy your trip and don't worry so much about the usual banter here.
March 30, 2012 11:58 AM - Slopefarm
jinx, CGar, for real.
Edited at March 30, 2012 11:58 AM
March 30, 2012 11:59 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
people have got to be kidding when they get all weepy about losing trees. gross there are like 50 gazillion of them in the last 20 minutes of riding this train. and they are ugly and boring. oh now a big bulldozer dump lol. another bulldozer. another 700 pound woman waddling up the aisle. an her three 200 pound kids. bizarro-ville! all the fun people left many stops ago, now everyone is a fucking gross disgusting looking freak!


*rob*

Edited at March 30, 2012 11:59 AM
March 30, 2012 11:59 AM - jessibaby
Hey Benson - did you blogicide because we couldn't take your "joke"?
Edited at March 30, 2012 11:59 AM
March 30, 2012 12:00 PM - CGar
This is how I'm visualizing *rob* on the train . . .
March 30, 2012 12:02 PM - CGar
jb, I'll email you this weekend with the deets of "Juana M" and a couple of other BA suggestions for you . . . and please email back and let me know where your new gig is and what you'll be doing.
Edited at March 30, 2012 12:02 PM
March 30, 2012 12:03 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
i tell monstrose to stuff it all the time. as does she say to me. anyway, whatever, get over it shorty, im below the mason dixon line right now and not taking any baloneys!

*rob*

Edited at March 30, 2012 12:03 PM
March 30, 2012 12:04 PM - Slopefarm
LOL, CGar, more like John Candy in Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
Edited at March 30, 2012 12:04 PM
March 30, 2012 12:04 PM - jessibaby
Aye, aye CGar. And I want deets of your job, too. If it is where I think it is, I have a weird crush on it because I think it's so cool.
Edited at March 30, 2012 12:04 PM
March 30, 2012 12:04 PM - MontroseMorris
"MM would choose THIS occasion to wash her hands of you, I can't be asked to figure out."

You making fun of the way I talk, &*^%@#$ penguin? Huh????
March 30, 2012 12:05 PM - gazoo
Rob I don't think she's insinuating that, only that it appears I have some affect upon your manners, which is exactly why I have to sign off, so you can be you, lol. Is there any way you can take pix and post them?

Speaking of ugly landscape, the ugliest stretch of country I ever saw was the a long expense of the Nevada desert--gray and rocky and just plain blah.
Edited at March 30, 2012 12:05 PM
March 30, 2012 12:06 PM - CGar
"get over it shorty"

No problem, nitwit . . . just don't call me next time you're jailed for spray painting your building or making terrorist threats.
March 30, 2012 12:06 PM - Donatella

Can we go back to making fun of *rob* again? *rob* are you out of the woods yet? Can I start busting on you, which is the only normal thing to do? If you didn't lose the Tarot cards I gave you, you could be telling fortunes and having the train buy you dinner.
Edited at March 30, 2012 12:06 PM
March 30, 2012 12:07 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
not exactly sure where i am right now, but crazy ass houses. very pretty.. i wanna say giant federal style? large plots, but still on the main street kinda thing. actually nevermind, this place looks just like long island kinda

*rob*

March 30, 2012 12:09 PM - More4Less
Haven't seen that Taiwanese dude on the basketball court in a while already. wonder if he'll show up in Hotlanta tonight.
Edited at March 30, 2012 12:09 PM
March 30, 2012 12:11 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
It was still under warranty. That only helped so much.

I rue the day I changed over to BH's plan to 'save money'.
Edited at March 30, 2012 12:14 PM
March 30, 2012 12:12 PM - CGar
MM, you moron, I'm mocking *rob*, not you. "I can't be asked" is a *rob*ism. D'oh.

I just don't understand why you would choose this occasion of *rob* telling you to stuff it to wash your hands of him is all.
Edited at March 30, 2012 12:12 PM
March 30, 2012 12:14 PM - gazoo
This is a piece of our railroad tracks. It ambles along the coast through groves of enormous eucalyptus trees. I'd walk about 3 miles of it daily, it was so pretty
Edited at March 30, 2012 12:13 PM
March 30, 2012 12:15 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Gazoo, Are you in Marin?
Edited at March 30, 2012 12:15 PM
March 30, 2012 12:17 PM - Slopefarm
I'm a guy, gazoo.
Edited at March 30, 2012 12:17 PM
March 30, 2012 12:20 PM - gazoo
I'm about 75 miles south of Marin, in Santa Cruz.
Edited at March 30, 2012 12:20 PM
March 30, 2012 12:20 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Glad you're enjoying the trip, Rob! Welcome, Gazoo - CA native here too, from San Diego.

Dave, can you pay my neighbor's wireless bill so I can get free internetz again?

Ok, off to get free lunch at the department.
March 30, 2012 12:21 PM - gazoo
I'm about 75 miles south of Marin, in Santa Cruz.

Don't let me get sucked into posting on here, hahhahaha, it's too addicting.
March 30, 2012 12:22 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Ah, that was my other guess, Gazoo. Got it. And you are no relation to rob?
Edited at March 30, 2012 12:23 PM
March 30, 2012 12:22 PM - jessibaby
Santa Cruz? No wonder you're so laid back! My friend Paul is a PhD candidate there - Math Dept.
Edited at March 30, 2012 12:22 PM
March 30, 2012 12:23 PM - Slopefarm
Don't let me get sucked into posting on here, hahhahaha, it's too addicting."

Tell us about it.
Edited at March 30, 2012 12:23 PM
March 30, 2012 12:24 PM - gazoo
I'll be flying to Santa Diego next week for a conference...aren't you glad I didn't start posting a month ago about all my angst flying 400 miles?
Edited at March 30, 2012 12:24 PM
March 30, 2012 12:25 PM - gazoo
San Diego...ugh
Edited at March 30, 2012 12:25 PM
March 30, 2012 12:29 PM - MontroseMorris
I know CGar, you dolt. I'm just messing with you.
March 30, 2012 12:30 PM - Slopefarm
"I'll be flying to Santa Diego next week for a conference...aren't you glad I didn't start posting a month ago about all my angst flying 400 miles?"

"San Diego...ugh"

Oh, no . . .

Edited at March 30, 2012 12:30 PM
March 30, 2012 12:30 PM - gazoo
Other than being my star twin, lol, we have no familial relationship...

I've tried to convince Rob for many years to visit us out here...I have a feeling he'd love/hate it. We don't have the energy of a big city and I'm sure he'd miss that.
Edited at March 30, 2012 12:30 PM
March 30, 2012 12:32 PM - gazoo
I only meant 'ugh' because I mis-spelled it!
March 30, 2012 12:32 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Hola losers. I'm happily settled in Pittsburgh and whaddya know, I didn't need any help getting here :-) I've sent Big Brother Snappy #2 to the store for me and I'm waiting for my momma to come home and hug me. Enjoy the weekend everyone :-)
Edited at March 30, 2012 12:32 PM
March 30, 2012 12:34 PM - More4Less
Snaps, cooking yourself some crispy bacon while you wait?
Edited at March 30, 2012 12:34 PM
March 30, 2012 12:35 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
"I'm happily settled in Pittsburgh and whaddya know, I didn't need any help getting here :-) "

Hey Snaps, have a great weekend with the fam! Enjoy and send my best regards to Momma Snaps!
Edited at March 30, 2012 12:35 PM
March 30, 2012 12:36 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Cobbly, Momma Snaps will be calling you later :-)

M4L, my bacon will come soon!
Edited at March 30, 2012 12:36 PM
March 30, 2012 12:38 PM - Donatella

I am getting the train to Fulton street at 2:30. I need a hug. Should I eat before or after I get there?

MM, you are pretty funny today. When are we going to the opera?
March 30, 2012 12:38 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
"Cobbly, Momma Snaps will be calling you later :-)"

Oh? Didn't you hear...my phone is broken! LOL! Such perfect timing! ; )
March 30, 2012 12:39 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
That's ok, I've got your home number as well!
Edited at March 30, 2012 12:39 PM
March 30, 2012 12:39 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I'm going to Cobble Hill later today. Should I take the bus to the subway or take the subway and walk? What jacket should I wear? Will there be food there?
March 30, 2012 12:40 PM - Slopefarm
"I only meant 'ugh' because I mis-spelled it!"

You'll learn soon enough when we are teasing you, Gazoo. (Or you can just assume it and try to figure out when we are not.)
Edited at March 30, 2012 12:40 PM
March 30, 2012 12:40 PM - dibs
I have a 5:45 train to Rhinebeck. Should I leave now for Penn Station???
Edited at March 30, 2012 12:40 PM
March 30, 2012 12:41 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Fly. It's much simpler. Stop by my house and you can borrow my broom :-)
March 30, 2012 12:42 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Maybe I should pack a suitcase, what should I bring? I might be in CH for 4 or 5 hours! Do you think I'll need cash or should I panhandle?
Edited at March 30, 2012 12:42 PM
March 30, 2012 12:42 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Ok...this time I'm really out. Have fun everyone!
Edited at March 30, 2012 12:42 PM
March 30, 2012 12:44 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
You, too, Snaps, enjoy!
Edited at March 30, 2012 12:44 PM
March 30, 2012 12:46 PM - More4Less
I'm lost on the internet!!!!!!!!!!! Help me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! well, I'm be darned, this is a "nice" site here. Ugh, come get me after 30 minutes - want to see a few of these videos
March 30, 2012 1:01 PM - lechacal
San Diego's a nice enough place. I was stationed there for a while in the Navy. Every night I would go to the gaslamp district and play chess with crazy people at a cafe. The best chess player there was a big samoan guy named "G". All he ever talked about was how the moon landing was faked and everything was a big CIA conspiracy. Did I ever tell you all about the intelligence photography class I took with a bunch of Navy Seals?
Edited at March 30, 2012 1:01 PM
March 30, 2012 1:02 PM - Donatella


I think I will pack snacks. I still have enough money on my Metrocard. What if weird people talk to me in the subway?
March 30, 2012 1:03 PM - lechacal
And of course I went to Tijuana a few times. Wow, really did some brain damage there. The worst time I ended up getting in trouble and was sent to Chiefs' Mast for disciplinary action.
Edited at March 30, 2012 1:03 PM
March 30, 2012 1:04 PM - Donatella

My nephew lived in San Diego for a while. He is about 6'3" and at least 275 lbs. I found out he lived in the Vietnamese district. He must have fit right in.
Edited at March 30, 2012 1:04 PM
March 30, 2012 1:05 PM - lechacal
"I have a 5:45 train to Rhinebeck."

I seriously doubt that. A 5:45 train to Rhinecliff, that I would believe.
Edited at March 30, 2012 1:05 PM
March 30, 2012 1:07 PM - dibs
Whatever. Rhinecliff, Rhinebeck.
Edited at March 30, 2012 1:07 PM
March 30, 2012 1:11 PM - More4Less
DIBS, I authorize you to use my "close enough" policy on that.
March 30, 2012 1:12 PM - More4Less
Donatella, watch out for the big back pack wearers and if you have to retaliate (after getting whacked by pack), use kick to shin vs rehabbing hand
Edited at March 30, 2012 1:12 PM
March 30, 2012 1:15 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Anyone passing through San Diego ought to eat at El Cuervo Taco Shop. 5 rolled tacos + guac + guac and chips + tax = an awesome lunch (and maybe dinner too) for $7.22.
Edited at March 30, 2012 1:15 PM
March 30, 2012 1:17 PM - More4Less
what???? 7.22???? is that run by some Chinese dude??? that is mad cheap for good stuff
Edited at March 30, 2012 1:17 PM
March 30, 2012 1:18 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Lech: interview w/ first woman to run the Boston Marathon, who the marathon organizers tried to forcibly remove from the race.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/exercise_fitness/marathon-switzer.html
Edited at March 30, 2012 1:18 PM
March 30, 2012 1:23 PM - Donatella
Thanks, M4L. I know. those backback people are evil.

This hand is still an issue. Last weekend, I had my hand on the clutch in the car and ...ahem....hit the curb when parking and it did something - minor jamming of wrist -- so I can't do some exercises. Fingers are still messed up, but getting better. Wrist is supposed to be healed but I did something the other day. Probably nothing. I think 6 more weeks and fingers should be pretty much ok.
Edited at March 30, 2012 1:23 PM
March 30, 2012 1:27 PM - CGar
MM, you might have made more of an effort to enlarge the right hand picture (over there >>> ) so that people can see the Montero's sign. Sheesh.
Edited at March 30, 2012 1:27 PM
March 30, 2012 1:32 PM - Legion
Hey everyone,
got out of work early today and was hanging out at the beach.
Guess what I found in some seaweed?
Edited at March 30, 2012 1:32 PM
March 30, 2012 1:33 PM - Slopefarm
You found a giant clock in some seaweed?
Edited at March 30, 2012 1:33 PM
March 30, 2012 1:34 PM - lechacal
Cthulhu?
Edited at March 30, 2012 1:34 PM
March 30, 2012 1:36 PM - Legion
No,
not a giant clock
or
Cthulhu
nor even
Pazuzu!

...Shark Eggs!!
Edited at March 30, 2012 1:36 PM
March 30, 2012 1:37 PM - Legion
...and the one on the right is totally sealed.
I'll be opening that one later today.
Edited at March 30, 2012 1:37 PM
March 30, 2012 1:39 PM - lechacal
Cthulhu would have been cooler.

Here's wishing you all a very Lovecraftian weekend.
Edited at March 30, 2012 1:39 PM
March 30, 2012 1:41 PM - MontroseMorris
"Cthulhu?"

Now, Lech, that one was funny. Who knew you read Lovecraft?

CGar, it's not about them. I will do one on their building one of these days. Besides, my digital equipment is not up to enlarging a 1954 photo to find Montero's signage. I'm not CSI:NY. I was just in the show, once.
Edited at March 30, 2012 1:41 PM
March 30, 2012 1:41 PM - Legion
...and may the spirit of Harlan Ellison be with you too lechacal. ;O)
Edited at March 30, 2012 1:41 PM
March 30, 2012 1:42 PM - lechacal
Legion, the one on the right, the one that is sealed, is Cthulhu's baby.

Don't open it.
Edited at March 30, 2012 1:42 PM
March 30, 2012 1:43 PM - MontroseMorris
Really, Legion? Those are shark eggs? I guess I've never thought about where they come from, and always assumed they looked like giant caviar.
Edited at March 30, 2012 1:43 PM
March 30, 2012 1:43 PM - lechacal
"Who knew you read Lovecraft?"

I don't. I've never actually read a single book by H.P. Lovecraft.
Edited at March 30, 2012 1:43 PM
March 30, 2012 1:45 PM - Donatella
that's what they are? Hmm.... I have seen those on the beach around here and never knew what they were. When I was a kid, there seemed to be hundreds of horseshoe crabs littered all over the beach. They are an ancient species and millions of years old, close to the mite on the phylogenetic scale. We used to pick them up by the tail and throw them at one another.
Edited at March 30, 2012 1:45 PM
March 30, 2012 1:45 PM - Legion
Yes indeed MM,
some sharks are vivaparous others are oviparous and this is what their eggs look like.
Edited at March 30, 2012 1:45 PM
March 30, 2012 1:49 PM - lechacal
Wanna know what some people call a coin purse?
March 30, 2012 1:50 PM - Legion
...some people call the shark's egg a Mermaid's Purse.
Edited at March 30, 2012 1:50 PM
March 30, 2012 1:50 PM - Slopefarm
The great Brooklyn tornado of September 2010 deposited some horeshoe crabs on Underhill Ave near Eastern Parkway, as I recall.
Edited at March 30, 2012 1:50 PM
March 30, 2012 1:50 PM - Legion
haha,
yes.
March 30, 2012 1:52 PM - Slopefarm
I take it as a good sign that rob hasn't posted sicne 12:07, unless of course, it means he left the train to tour Richmond and the train left with his stuff but without him. If the latter, jackal is responsible for responding to all rob's queries about how to get back, since getting off the train and asking fellow passengers to make it wait for him was entirely jackals's idea.
Edited at March 30, 2012 1:52 PM
March 30, 2012 1:53 PM - dibs
I've seen them on beaches. Never knew they were shark eggs.

Sharks are the only creatures that don't get cancer!!!!!
Edited at March 30, 2012 1:53 PM
March 30, 2012 1:54 PM - dibs
I'm betting he got left in Richmond.
Edited at March 30, 2012 1:54 PM
March 30, 2012 1:54 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Shh, Slopey, hush or you'll summon him up. I was enjoying the peace & quiet.
Edited at March 30, 2012 1:54 PM
March 30, 2012 1:55 PM - lechacal
If he's in Richmond I am NOT responsible. That was basically an idiot test. I won't feel at all bad if he failed it.
Edited at March 30, 2012 1:55 PM
March 30, 2012 1:56 PM - Legion
...yeah dibs, sharks and skates make eggs like these.

"I was enjoying the peace & quiet."

...what did you guys do with benson?!
He hasn't been back since you all pounced on him.
Edited at March 30, 2012 1:56 PM
March 30, 2012 1:58 PM - Slopefarm
re: horseshoe crabs

http://www.brownstoner.com/blog/2010/09/holy-crap-it-ra/

and m4l, it's "holy crap" but "horseshoe crab" -- with a B.


Edited at March 30, 2012 1:58 PM
March 30, 2012 1:59 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Hush, legion! Go back to talking about shark eggs will you?!!
Edited at March 30, 2012 1:59 PM
March 30, 2012 2:02 PM - Slopefarm
OK, there's so many ways to write this one, not sure which is best:

1. Only an _________ would give rob a idiot test.
2. You gave rob an IDIOT test? What are you, a fucking _________????
3. That was an idiot test? For rob? Well, guess what, you passed!!
Edited at March 30, 2012 2:02 PM
March 30, 2012 2:06 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Oh lord, I'm going to read. I can't be asked to talk or think about rob for one second longer.
March 30, 2012 2:08 PM - lechacal
"Oh lord, I'm going to read. I can't be asked to talk or think about rob for one second longer."

cluck cluck

cluck

cluck cluck cluck

[scratches ground, pecks at a grub]

cluck cluck
Edited at March 30, 2012 2:08 PM
March 30, 2012 2:21 PM - jessibaby
Back from lunch. Very pleasant (though not in a DIBS pleasant lunch sort of way)
Edited at March 30, 2012 2:20 PM
March 30, 2012 2:32 PM - jessibaby
my secretary has picked up a new laugh...I like it, just find it strange that it sort of emerged out of nowhere.
Edited at March 30, 2012 2:32 PM
March 30, 2012 2:43 PM - lechacal
"my secretary has picked up a new laugh...I like it, just find it strange that it sort of emerged out of nowhere."

Probably having an affair and she picked it up from her side piece.
Edited at March 30, 2012 2:43 PM
March 30, 2012 2:45 PM - Legion
...if it's a higher pitched laugh than usual, it would suggest that it is not genuine.
Edited at March 30, 2012 2:45 PM
March 30, 2012 2:45 PM - jessibaby
I thought it probably came from some reality tv star but your story is far more interesting. After that episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm where Susie started going "aaaahh" after having a refreshing drink of water, she started doing that too. Not that you watch tv.
Edited at March 30, 2012 2:45 PM
March 30, 2012 2:46 PM - jessibaby
It's not the pitch so much as the source: it's hearty and from the belly.
Edited at March 30, 2012 2:46 PM
March 30, 2012 2:46 PM - Legion
...one might even say....disingenuous.
March 30, 2012 2:47 PM - jessibaby
lol. and who might that be?
March 30, 2012 2:47 PM - jessibaby
It's like she consciously adopted a laugh that's more fun to do.
Edited at March 30, 2012 2:47 PM
March 30, 2012 2:51 PM - jessibaby
Legion, are you still friends with anyone from your old neighborhood? Were you the only one to "get out"?
Edited at March 30, 2012 2:51 PM
March 30, 2012 2:52 PM - Arkady
I hate when people laugh & actually say, "Ha, ha, ha."
Edited at March 30, 2012 2:52 PM
March 30, 2012 2:53 PM - Legion
...I'm picturing sort of a "hoooohhooooohoooo"
like a female Santa.
Edited at March 30, 2012 2:53 PM
March 30, 2012 3:03 PM - Legion
I still hear about people from the 'hood.
Mainly through my sisters who are on Facebook.
Some went into city jobs and became firemen and such,
others ended up with kids way early and then grandkids and
are still there.
Many, went the totally wrong route.
There was one family, a white family, who never got out
when the getting was good. There were two brothers and a sister and we knew
them well because my father worked with their father who had a big drinking problem.
Anyway, one of the boys ended up at Rikers young and that didn't go well, the older one
became a roofer and the sister had two kids by age 17. I believe she's still there.
There are so many stories, including those that got killed getting involved with drugs.
Edited at March 30, 2012 3:03 PM
March 30, 2012 3:06 PM - More4Less
if Rob is strolling around in Richmond, you might be unpleasantly shocked to face some moonface folks in downtown Richmond.
Edited at March 30, 2012 3:06 PM
March 30, 2012 3:58 PM - Deleted
imagine rob made random friends on the train and just decided to stay in richmond forever and open an ice cream shop sellign $5 scoops of icecream.
Edited at March 30, 2012 3:58 PM
March 30, 2012 4:28 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Maybe Rob joined a Civil War reenactment in Richmond. The Slopefederacy will rise again!
Edited at March 30, 2012 4:28 PM
March 30, 2012 4:40 PM - petebklyn
ask your sister to check facebook for the gallo wine guy.
Edited at March 30, 2012 4:40 PM
March 30, 2012 4:42 PM - petebklyn
sometimes it takes awhile to break out of the old neighborhood. Look how long it took cobble to become ditmas.
Edited at March 30, 2012 4:42 PM
March 30, 2012 4:44 PM - More4Less
Legion, that's a great story
Edited at March 30, 2012 4:44 PM
March 30, 2012 4:47 PM - More4Less
DH, which hood would you be buying in where you'll gut a fancy heavy detail house and transform it into Modern loft look - ie AFTER you hit the $540M pot tonight?
Edited at March 30, 2012 4:47 PM
March 30, 2012 4:54 PM - petebklyn
I think it is over $600M now.
seems like it dies here as 5pm approaches
Edited at March 30, 2012 4:54 PM
March 30, 2012 4:58 PM - Legion
Thanks M4L and pete.
If I ever open a facebook account,
I'll look under Naked Gallo Guy. ;o)

...I think everyone's waiting on the MegaMillions ticket line.
March 30, 2012 5:01 PM - Deleted
i actually kinda like that bushwick mixed use bldg that was HOTD last week - 1 knickerbocker avenue.
March 30, 2012 5:01 PM - Legion
Talk to you all later,

Going to a Ranger's game at the Garden tonight.

Edited at March 30, 2012 5:01 PM
March 30, 2012 5:01 PM - More4Less
I cap my lotto buying to pots 35M or lower. I view pots bigger than that means I will likely have used up all my luck and that having all that money and no more luck is not what/where I want to be. Rather hit a $35M or less pot and still have some luck in my pocket.
March 30, 2012 5:02 PM - Slope4Eva
I think they are resting up for Rob's updates tonight!!! I thought you were going to totally freak him out last night when you mentioned the flip flops for the shower, lol. Legion, interesting, but very sad story. Poor old guy. If you are saying.... what nabe and years were you there?
March 30, 2012 5:02 PM - Legion
Night Of One Hundred Gallos

Story edited for length.
March 30, 2012 5:04 PM - More4Less
Let's Go RANGERS!!!!!!!
Let's Go RANGERS!!!!!!!
Let's Go RANGERS!!!!!!!
Edited at March 30, 2012 5:04 PM
March 30, 2012 5:11 PM - Legion
That was East New York ('76-94')
Next installment is:

The Old Lady Running Numbers Out Of The Santeria Shop

...check you all later,
I hear the ice and the large draft beer calling.
Edited at March 30, 2012 5:11 PM
March 30, 2012 5:12 PM - Deleted
i don't think i'd gut details. there's plenty of crappy greenpoint houses that i could make a faux loft with a clean conscience
March 30, 2012 5:12 PM - petebklyn
I think jessi would have gotten text message if he got thrown off train. or pushed.
Edited at March 30, 2012 5:12 PM
March 30, 2012 5:14 PM - Deleted
not if he was arrested!
Edited at March 30, 2012 5:14 PM
March 30, 2012 5:16 PM - petebklyn
good point. that would make more interesting story than going to waffle house with grandmother.
Edited at March 30, 2012 5:16 PM
March 30, 2012 5:20 PM - More4Less
DH, sounds like you've been "influenced" / "talked to" with regards to removing details. Old DH didn't give a shit about that.
Edited at March 30, 2012 5:20 PM
March 30, 2012 5:41 PM - Arkady
What time was his train due in Charleston?
Edited at March 30, 2012 5:41 PM
March 30, 2012 5:47 PM - petebklyn
7:15pm
Edited at March 30, 2012 5:47 PM
March 30, 2012 5:49 PM - rf
7:16 I think.
March 30, 2012 5:57 PM - rf
Maybe the wifi on the train is out.
Edited at March 30, 2012 5:57 PM
March 30, 2012 5:57 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
lol the person who i made fun of earlier for being a moonface drawing and painting and watercoloring is now like my new BFF, she rocks. she came from new york and is taking "spring break" on her own and randomly coming down to charleston. totally weird. but very funny. me made friends in the bar car with some toofless lady. i bought the toofless lady a drink (ugh i shouldnt have) but i liked her. i escaped back here to the bar car. im not looking forward to getting off the train sadly :( this was VERY fun. a very fun day. now the sucky part of my trip starts. yeah yeah i am an asshole. ugh. not looking foward to to seeing people now. i talked to my grandmother a few times today on the phone, she's a fucking freak and im not looking forward to this shit. if i had the money i would be just turning right back around right now for another 14 hour trip. crazy fun people on the train = fun. annoying family members -= SUCK. i dont care how bad that makes me sound it's the truth.



*rob


*rob*

March 30, 2012 6:00 PM - petebklyn
well, that answers that.

March 30, 2012 6:00 PM - petebklyn
well, that answers that.

March 30, 2012 6:00 PM - rf
Rob, she's probably just as apprehensive as you are. She hasn't seen you as long as you haven't seen her.

If you read through your posts today, you'll see that you hated part of the trip, wished you had flown, and didn't know how you'd endure all those hours. And now that it's coming up, you're thinking about it and it seemed like fun.

Glad you made friends. Try to keep an open mind. It will be fine.
Edited at March 30, 2012 6:00 PM
March 30, 2012 6:03 PM - dibs
I'm on the train to Rhinecliff. Just passed the GW Bridge. I never knew how daunting a train ride could be!!!!!


When we pass Irvington, I'm gonna fart
Edited at March 30, 2012 6:03 PM
March 30, 2012 6:04 PM - dibs
Headed to Rhinecliff
Hudson River on the right
Irvington must suck
Edited at March 30, 2012 6:04 PM
March 30, 2012 6:06 PM - dibs
Inget into Rhinecliff at 7:25. Mean Pete is picking us up and we're having dinner at the Beekman Arms
Edited at March 30, 2012 6:06 PM
March 30, 2012 6:08 PM - petebklyn
what is this ---post from Amtrak Day on the OT?

what time did you get to penn station - noon - so you wouldn't miss the train?
Edited at March 30, 2012 6:08 PM
March 30, 2012 6:10 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
omg south carolina is FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGLY beyong belief. oh HELLS no. it makes greenpoint and williamsburg look like the riviera. ew! im kinda pissy and im just gonna be a bitch tonight, why not and who cares.. it's a gazillion fucking degrees too. it's disgusting. i want to go back home :( i hate it here. i feel like im in juvie

*rob*

Edited at March 30, 2012 6:09 PM
March 30, 2012 6:11 PM - dibs
I spent the afternoon "shopping" on Eight Ave at all the glory holes.
March 30, 2012 6:12 PM - dibs
I'm sure there are nice parts of SC just like there are in NJ
Edited at March 30, 2012 6:12 PM
March 30, 2012 6:14 PM - CGar
dave, have a great weekend upstate. If you find yourself in Hudson, txt me and I'll put you in touch with one of my best friends who lives there.
Edited at March 30, 2012 6:14 PM
March 30, 2012 6:14 PM - dibs
Usually they are not near the train station though
Edited at March 30, 2012 6:14 PM
March 30, 2012 6:15 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
i think im just going to get off the train and jump off into the forest there is nothing but fucking ugly trees in this state. im tempted to just go into the forest, slit my wrists, and die. this is how i feel about this trip now. it was SO fun for the last 12 hours, now im terrified and wanna barf.

*rob*

Edited at March 30, 2012 6:14 PM
March 30, 2012 6:15 PM - CGar
*rob*, I'm sure it will be fine and you'll have a good time. Bring us all back really good gifts!!!!! :-/
Edited at March 30, 2012 6:15 PM
March 30, 2012 6:15 PM - petebklyn
in NJ you really have to search hard for nice.
Edited at March 30, 2012 6:15 PM
March 30, 2012 6:16 PM - CGar
*rob*, you're just nervous and apprehensive about seeing your grandmother - it will be fine as soon as you see her.
Edited at March 30, 2012 6:16 PM
March 30, 2012 6:16 PM - dibs
I won't be in a Hudson this weekend.
Edited at March 30, 2012 6:16 PM
March 30, 2012 6:16 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
okay i officially fucking hate it here :( it's hot as balls, everyone is ghetto as fuck, there is nothing but GIANT trees and roads, and ugh one away from seeing the bitch



*rob*

March 30, 2012 6:17 PM - dibs
Somebody's medicine wore off
Edited at March 30, 2012 6:17 PM
March 30, 2012 6:18 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
i dont think so cgar, it's going to be akward and annoying and 48 hours of misery. trust me. she sucks

*rob*

Edited at March 30, 2012 6:17 PM
March 30, 2012 6:18 PM - dibs
Do we pass the "castle" before Rhinecliff???? Bannerman or something like that???
Edited at March 30, 2012 6:18 PM
March 30, 2012 6:19 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
if anyone sends me money via western union to get a trip BACK TOMRORROW morning to nyc i will pay you back x 5. im serious. make money stat x 5, in a week. PLEASE? i really dont want to see this woman.

*rob*

Edited at March 30, 2012 6:19 PM
March 30, 2012 6:19 PM - dibs
yup, Bannerman
Edited at March 30, 2012 6:19 PM
March 30, 2012 6:20 PM - dibs
WOW, schizo.
Edited at March 30, 2012 6:20 PM
March 30, 2012 6:20 PM - CGar
Yes, dave.
Edited at March 30, 2012 6:20 PM
March 30, 2012 6:21 PM - CGar
dave, avert your eyes so you don't see all the fugly trees along the Hudson, not to mention the urban blight in Irvington.
Edited at March 30, 2012 6:21 PM
March 30, 2012 6:22 PM - dibs
I guess ALL of Irvington is pretty much on the wrong side of the tracks
Edited at March 30, 2012 6:22 PM
March 30, 2012 6:24 PM - dibs
Have you people seen the ad for THe Hopper?????

It's a riot

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fq_hOx8E2uo
Edited at March 30, 2012 6:24 PM
March 30, 2012 6:24 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
ha. just had a revelation. im gonna be a megagaybitch from nyc the second i get off the train. this is going to be fun. i already hate south carolina and i havent stepped off the train.

*rob*

Edited at March 30, 2012 6:24 PM
March 30, 2012 6:25 PM - dibs
The trees are pretty fugly here. Nothing blossoming yet.

Cherry trees on Cadman just started to blossom today
Edited at March 30, 2012 6:25 PM
March 30, 2012 6:30 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
i hate this fugly ass state and i havent even gotten off the train yet. honestly ive NEVER in my life seen anything so ugly and boring. i feel like someone sent me to camp. but im not having any of it. alll i want to do is come back to nyc. faking caring about people is so lame. that is what im doing with this stupid trip. i dont want to see ANY of these people. i sorta wanna see my grandma before she croaks i guess, but no one else i dont care about any of these people.!!!! HATE myself for putting myself thru this shit. this summer im taking this same train down to miami and back and not have to see people i dont want to see. i know that makes me sound selfish, but i feel like family is so fake for the most part. and it's hot and gross out here :(

Edited at March 30, 2012 6:30 PM
March 30, 2012 6:32 PM - lechacal
"Headed to Rhinecliff
Hudson River on the right
Irvington must suck"

Interesting, so you're going north and the river is on the right? Two possibilities:

1. That's what's actually happening
2. You're a dumbass

Which one?
Edited at March 30, 2012 6:32 PM
March 30, 2012 6:33 PM - lechacal
Shut the fuck up, rob.
Edited at March 30, 2012 6:33 PM
March 30, 2012 6:33 PM - petebklyn
imagine the poor old woman having to put up with this all wkend.
Edited at March 30, 2012 6:33 PM
March 30, 2012 6:34 PM - gazoo
Rob you're only scared, which makes everything else 1000x worse. Remember the scary carnival rides when you were a kid (hell, you're probably still afraid of them!), two minutes on the ride, and the next thing you know you're having the time of your life? Or take this train ride...you envisioned hell on wheels in the hours leading up to the trip, got on the train proclaimed you'd hate the next 10 hours, and now look at you, you have new BFFs and something new in your life to be excited about. The same thing will happen when you see your grandma and meet her family and friends. You will be BFFs with everyone by the time you leave and wonder why you weren't back sooner.

Now here's the real friend coming out...your grandmother is an old woman. This may be the last time you ever see her. You can't take this away from her. You will regret this for the rest of your life, and she will die with a piece of her heart broken because she didn't get this last chance to be with her Rob. She raised you. As a parent myself, it would be really hard for me to have to raise grandchildren, most parents don't draft that into the story of our middle age and it was with far more sacrifice and love that she raised you, than with her own kids. Rob, she raised you to be the strong, sassy, black women you are today, and for that alone you need to be there.

Seriously, call me if you need to get through the next hour.
March 30, 2012 6:34 PM - petebklyn
you do remember that some seats on trains face backward, right?
Edited at March 30, 2012 6:34 PM
March 30, 2012 6:35 PM - dibs
On the left.
Edited at March 30, 2012 6:35 PM
March 30, 2012 6:36 PM - petebklyn
I think his grandmother might need help from gazoo to get thru the next couple days, never mind rob.
Edited at March 30, 2012 6:36 PM
March 30, 2012 6:36 PM - dibs
Just went through Peekskill
March 30, 2012 6:37 PM - petebklyn
I don't think rob knows meaning of regret.
Edited at March 30, 2012 6:37 PM
March 30, 2012 6:37 PM - dibs
Good point, Pete. But not the one I'm in. I was more concerned with the haiku than the logistics
Edited at March 30, 2012 6:37 PM
March 30, 2012 6:37 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
NO. I OFFICIALLY HATE IT HERE. ugly architecture, ugly roads, ugly giant trees, ugly everything. whatever, i HATE that i have no money for a hotel i HATE that have no money to take the train back home tomorrow. this is AWFUL and im not even being a drama queen. cant wait to get this shit over with. and lol that i only have 3 dollars.

*rob*

Edited at March 30, 2012 6:37 PM
March 30, 2012 6:38 PM - petebklyn
best park is coming now then.....bear mtn, west point, then after that is bannerman.
Edited at March 30, 2012 6:38 PM
March 30, 2012 6:41 PM - lechacal
Man up, rob. You're being a bitch.
Edited at March 30, 2012 6:41 PM
March 30, 2012 6:41 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
ew. at the Kingstree, SC stop. everyone looks disgusting. ive never seen so many retarded looking people in my llife! every stop on this train it gets worse!!!

i think my stop is the next. im seriously going to barf.

kazoo, trust me, i raised myself. my gradmother wanted me aborted. my grandfather told her to go fuck herself and he was going to raise me. trust me, my gradmother SUCKS.


*rob*

Edited at March 30, 2012 6:41 PM
March 30, 2012 6:48 PM - petebklyn
dibs has to see me after getting off train. you don't see him freaking out. am sure the grandma is nicer than I am.
Edited at March 30, 2012 6:48 PM
March 30, 2012 6:51 PM - dibs
I might freak out, Pete. I've never seen you in your country outfit. All Orvis and everything, I'm sure
Edited at March 30, 2012 6:51 PM
March 30, 2012 6:56 PM - petebklyn
could be some 1%-ers getting off in rhinecliff.
Edited at March 30, 2012 6:56 PM
March 30, 2012 6:57 PM - lechacal
Funny, I just looked at the map of North Charleston - the train station is about half a mile away from where I was running in January.
Edited at March 30, 2012 6:56 PM
March 30, 2012 6:57 PM - dibs
Maybe like this. A girl can dream...
Edited at March 30, 2012 6:57 PM
March 30, 2012 6:59 PM - dibs
Boy this train is sloooooow. I"M GETTING BITCHY
Edited at March 30, 2012 6:59 PM
March 30, 2012 7:02 PM - lechacal
OK, fess up, who is on the phone with rob right now telling him to get off the train in charleston?
Edited at March 30, 2012 7:01 PM
March 30, 2012 7:03 PM - dibs
WOW...what a fugly development... OverlookOnTheHudson.com
Edited at March 30, 2012 7:03 PM
March 30, 2012 7:04 PM - Deleted
Rob is acting like a typical NYC moonface who thinks everywhere else sucks.
Edited at March 30, 2012 7:04 PM
March 30, 2012 7:05 PM - Deleted
Glad you enjoyed the train ride tho!!
Edited at March 30, 2012 7:05 PM
March 30, 2012 7:08 PM - Deleted
Wtf? Are we all live blogging our commutes now?
Edited at March 30, 2012 7:08 PM
March 30, 2012 7:10 PM - lechacal
"Wtf? Are we all live blogging our commutes now?"

Yeah, everyone wanted to be cool like me.
March 30, 2012 7:11 PM - Deleted
Oh yeah. U used to get all zen and Buddhist-like and talk about the river.
Edited at March 30, 2012 7:11 PM
March 30, 2012 7:12 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
um what does that even mean DH? nyc sucks too. but this place sucks more cuz of the people i have to interact with. there's a 40 minute delay (im not even going to bother calling them that there is a delay). this truly sucks on all kinds of levels. perhaps some of you like you families. well newsflash, not every does. and it's VERY hard to fake it. especially for an entire weekend. im just gonna be like sorry i cant do anything i have like 4 dollars and a train ticket back home and i cant be asked to be social. i dont like force social shit like that. go away! actually im two seconds away from throwing myself in front of this traint sorry for being a drama queen but this really is awful.


*rob*

March 30, 2012 7:15 PM - Deleted
Hey rob - I believe I said travel usually gives one more of an appreciation of living in NYC. I bet you'll start to miss yoga fart pants and man-boy mothers around 5pm tomorrow.
Edited at March 30, 2012 7:15 PM
March 30, 2012 7:16 PM - Deleted
Anyone doing cool activities tonight?
Edited at March 30, 2012 7:16 PM
March 30, 2012 7:18 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
im already missing it. i literally feeling fucking SICK in my stomach and in my brain having to see my grandmother. i dont like her and she's going to be a fucking huge drama queen all weekend. ugh. she's 75. wtf? die already, bitch

*rob* (yeah im going to hell i dont give a shit anymore.)


Edited at March 30, 2012 7:18 PM
March 30, 2012 7:19 PM - Deleted
Isn't jackal having some sort of suburban dinner party? Have the neighbors invited you To join their spouse swap club yet?
Edited at March 30, 2012 7:19 PM
March 30, 2012 7:20 PM - CGar
*rob*, SAM and MAX are from South Carolina. Jussayin. :-/
Edited at March 30, 2012 7:20 PM
March 30, 2012 7:26 PM - CGar
*rob*, you're having an anxiety attack.

Re-read Gazoo's 6:34 post, especially paragraph 2.

Virtually my entire family is dead, so I'd give anything to be able to spend the weekend right now with one of my parents or grandparents. (And, yes, I know what you'll say in reply, so spare me.)
Edited at March 30, 2012 7:26 PM
March 30, 2012 7:32 PM - jessibaby
Rob, THIS is why it suck to be broke
Edited at March 30, 2012 7:32 PM
March 30, 2012 7:53 PM - CGar
It's too quiet. Has anyone heard any breaking news about a man-boy throwing himself in front of an Amtrak train hurtling toward Charleston???
Edited at March 30, 2012 7:53 PM
March 30, 2012 7:54 PM - CGar
And I wonder how dave is enjoying dinner with Pete and lesbiman at Olive Garden???
Edited at March 30, 2012 7:54 PM
March 30, 2012 7:57 PM - Deleted
olive garden rules.
March 30, 2012 7:57 PM - Deleted
two words. motherfuckin breadsticks
Edited at March 30, 2012 7:57 PM
March 30, 2012 7:59 PM - rf
If the train was 40 minutes late, it's time for the grandmother and child reunion.
Edited at March 30, 2012 7:59 PM
March 30, 2012 8:09 PM - sixyearsandcounting
OMG my neighbor paid his internet bill, and I'm back in the modern world.

Of course this happens after I sign up for my own internet, and the Verizon modem arrives in the mail. Maybe I should have an extended debate with myself about whether I should pay or not.

*Rob*, what CGar and Gazoo said, x5000.
Edited at March 30, 2012 8:09 PM
March 30, 2012 8:22 PM - MontroseMorris
"Now here's the real friend coming out...your grandmother is an old woman. This may be the last time you ever see her. You can't take this away from her. You will regret this for the rest of your life, and she will die with a piece of her heart broken because she didn't get this last chance to be with her Rob. She raised you. As a parent myself, it would be really hard for me to have to raise grandchildren, most parents don't draft that into the story of our middle age and it was with far more sacrifice and love that she raised you, than with her own kids. Rob, she raised you to be the strong, sassy, black women you are today, and for that alone you need to be there."

Gazoo is a real friend, rob, and you should listen to her. She's right....

Except for the strong black woman status. No strong black woman would be the whiny, self-absorbed, ungrateful, snot-nosed child you've been in your last hour of posts. You did not raise yourself, you selfish little twit, this woman did, for good or ill. How do you think it's been on her, having to raise her own children, see them fail miserably as people, and then take on a grandchild that she did not ask for, want, or need? She did it anyway, because that's what family does, and she loves you. It wasn't easy for your grandparents, and even though they might not have been all you wanted them to be, they did not send you to foster care, or turn their back on you, or beat the everliving crap out of you and abuse you; they raised your complaining ass.

I don't care how they are living now, how crotchety, how difficult, or how socially inept you think she is now, she's your grandmother, and a strong black woman, which you most definitely are NOT, would suck it up, and make the most of the situation, and do whatever you can with whatever you have, to see that SHE enjoys your trip. Not you. HER. This is for her, not you.

You didn't do any of the nice things you were going to do for her, you're not bringing her any of the things she asked for, and there is no excuse for it. You could have saved for it, either from your tax return, or your salary. Whatever you did with your money, you blew it, not only punishing her, but yourself, with no money for food on a long trip down.

So make the best of the next two days, stop whining, and spend quality time with a woman who gave up a lot of years in HER life, along with your grandfather, to raise their daughter's child. And don't you ever repeat that crap about how she sucks, or any of the other nonsense you wrote above. It's 2 days of your life, you'll live, no matter what happens. This is for her.

And that's all I'm going to say about the whole thing. I don't care if it comes off as cruel, someone needs to say it.
Edited at March 30, 2012 8:22 PM
March 30, 2012 8:26 PM - CGar
[I don't know about *rob*, but I'm sure a'scared of MM.]
Edited at March 30, 2012 8:26 PM
March 30, 2012 8:34 PM - sixyearsandcounting
As lech says: Man up!
As MM says: Woman up!
Edited at March 30, 2012 8:34 PM
March 30, 2012 8:36 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
::HUGE VIRTUAL HUGS FOR MM::

About time somebody stopped indulging this bullshit and called it what it is. Danke.

And now I'm off to get toasty with my bros and my soon to be sister in law. Later losers :-)
March 30, 2012 8:38 PM - lechacal
Dinner party is tomorrow night dh. Tomorrow goes like this: wake up early, run 22 miles, buy a table, clean the house, take daughter to some birthday party, help wife cook dinner for 8, put kids to bed, get drunk with neighbors OH SHIT I forgot to buy goddamn cigars. The one goddamn thing I had to do today for the party, buy cigars. Fuck. Anyways, rob has stopped whining so I'm sure he's with his grandmother now.
Edited at March 30, 2012 8:38 PM
March 30, 2012 8:53 PM - lechacal
Fri, 03/30/2012 - 8:34pm return of sixye...
As lech says: Man up!
As MM says: Woman up!

reply

Uh, no, I said man up. MM said like 500 words.
Edited at March 30, 2012 8:53 PM
March 30, 2012 8:55 PM - rf
Gazoo, I don't know if you know this, but MM IS A STRONG BLACK WOMAN (as is Snappy). So she knows what she is talking about!
Edited at March 30, 2012 8:55 PM
March 30, 2012 9:40 PM - lechacal
I think it'd be much funnier if rob called himself a strong Jewish woman.
Edited at March 30, 2012 9:40 PM
March 30, 2012 10:07 PM - jessibaby
He does have at least one thing in common with Jewish women: an aversion to giving blow jobs.
March 30, 2012 10:21 PM - lechacal
Do Jewish women also have an aversion to taking it up the butt like he does?
March 30, 2012 10:24 PM - jessibaby
Make that two things! Only Jewish girl I ever knew who got it up the butt only did so because she thought that's what doggie style was (and everyone had been saying they liked that)
Edited at March 30, 2012 10:24 PM
March 31, 2012 12:07 AM - Legion
Rangers 4
Canadiens 1

...GO RANGERS!


Edited at March 31, 2012 12:07 AM
March 31, 2012 12:11 AM - Legion
Hang in there *rob*

"Life begins on the far side of despair"
Jean-Paul Sartre
Edited at March 31, 2012 12:11 AM
March 31, 2012 12:43 AM - gazoo
MM, knowing Rob, the one thing that you wrote that will sting the most, is you denied him being a black woman...I can't help laughing out loud, reading that thinking how devastated Rob will be with that information.


Edited at March 31, 2012 12:43 AM
March 31, 2012 8:28 AM - Arkady
Is there a pool on when we'll hear from Peck's Bad Boy & whether he's having a good time?
Edited at March 31, 2012 8:28 AM