Wednesday Open Thread
November 28, 2012 12:00 AM - CGar
Holiday Train Show at the New York Botannical Garden

259 comments
November 28, 2012 12:02 AM - CGar
CCOTD is my second all-time favorite Christmas song . . .

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree (with a great video montage from Home Alone, the story of my life) . . .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ny-o4zr4LY0
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#1
November 28, 2012 6:58 AM - More4Less
POTD is more impressive on TV than in person - still nice but not enough for the kid to remain interested as he couldn't play with the trains
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#2
November 28, 2012 7:21 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
GM

I always say I love the look of the NYBG train show, and I always don't go see it!
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#3
November 28, 2012 7:35 AM - Arkady
Chicken! Review of a vegetarian place in today's Times:
http://tinyurl.com/d8pdbh6
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#4
November 28, 2012 7:43 AM - dibs
There used to be a train show at Citicorp on 54th & Lex on the lower level.
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#5
November 28, 2012 7:57 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Whatever happened to Iceland, I haven't read a thing about them lately. I need to catch up...
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#6
November 28, 2012 8:05 AM - sixyearsandcounting
GM. It's probably pretty dark there this time of year, Cobble.
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#7
November 28, 2012 8:18 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
CGar. How are you feeling? I'm still a little wobbly, not quite 100%.

I was thinking more about their economy, Six, but thank you for that! : P
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#8
November 28, 2012 8:33 AM - Slope4Eva
M4L, so sorry about your job. I know the feeling. Stay positive, you've got youth on your side! Take a breather, and good luck.

Legion, so happy for you. So many people I know are still uprooted and are torn between rebuilding, or, relocating. Glad you were able to focus so quickly and do what you needed to do. Good for you!!
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#9
November 28, 2012 8:51 AM - Deleted
iceland is probably drunk as eff and beating each other up
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#10
November 28, 2012 8:51 AM - Deleted
(when i was there that seemed to be the great icelandic passtime)
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#11
November 28, 2012 9:07 AM - Deleted
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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#12
November 28, 2012 9:11 AM - Slopefarm
Hung over, dh?

GM, all. And how does everyone plan to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Albanian independence, today?
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#13
November 28, 2012 9:16 AM - dibs
I'll be in Albany sometime after Christmas to celebrate.
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#14
November 28, 2012 9:20 AM - Deleted
actually, yeah.
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#15
November 28, 2012 9:23 AM - Deleted
it's a pbr hangover. aaaaargh
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#16
November 28, 2012 9:34 AM - More4Less
this fiscal cliff stalemate and Greece bailout issues are at least giving me lower rates to re-fi.
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#17
November 28, 2012 9:36 AM - Deleted
m4l - you need to go on a spouse approved bender
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#18
November 28, 2012 9:37 AM - More4Less
how can you get hung over on pbr??? you getting old dude
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#19
November 28, 2012 9:37 AM - CGar
9:36am. Recording at the doctor's office says, "Please call back during regular office hours. Our regular office hours are 9am . . . ".
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#20
November 28, 2012 9:38 AM - CGar
dave, I used to go to holiday train show at Citicorp every year with my nieces and friends with their kids.
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#21
November 28, 2012 9:39 AM - CGar
DH IS old now.
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#22
November 28, 2012 9:40 AM - dibs
Yes, CGar, i remeber us talking about the Citicorp trains in years past.
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#23
November 28, 2012 9:40 AM - More4Less
DH, if I'm to cash in on my brownie pts with wifey, I would use it on ladies than on booze. Did I hear someone say they need a tour guide of the good joints in Montreal???
#24
November 28, 2012 9:40 AM - dibs
A beer hangover?????? Very lame.
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#25
November 28, 2012 9:41 AM - More4Less
CGar, worst than that. DH is still young (OLD is passed 33 when the body and face breaks down) but is starting to show pre-mature signs of being OLD
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#26
November 28, 2012 9:43 AM - Slopefarm
DH can't be old. Unless, of course, the rest of us are already dead.

My grandmother used to lie about her age and then about the age of her daughters. When invited to my mother's 50th, she said "you can't be 50, that would mean I'm 87" (which, of course, she was). We knew dementia was setting in in her 90s when she forgot she lied about her age.
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#27
November 28, 2012 9:46 AM - Deleted
cheap beer = hangover. am i missing something here?
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#28
November 28, 2012 9:48 AM - More4Less
Slopey, soon, we can't reference DH as the kid amongst the PLUSAs and we'll need to recruit a NEW kid into the mix.
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#29
November 28, 2012 9:53 AM - Slopefarm
Yes, cheap beer. Kind of a chemical hangover,,not merely alcohol. Same amount of quality craft brew won't cause a hangover.
#30
November 28, 2012 9:53 AM - Arkady
I'm nearing second childhood, does that work?
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#31
November 28, 2012 9:53 AM - Deleted
good luck, unless you want to intro your kids to the mix
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#32
November 28, 2012 9:56 AM - Slopefarm
Let's keep the farmhand away from the OT, mkay? (She hates puns and republicans, anyway, but takes many more cat pics than we've ever managed to post here.)
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#33
November 28, 2012 9:57 AM - Deleted
hah sounds like they'd fit right in. might be a great HS graduation present.
#34
November 28, 2012 10:02 AM - Slopefarm
Well, she'd certainly agree with those who think you are old.
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#35
November 28, 2012 10:03 AM - Slopefarm
But I'd sooner buy her a beer at Montero's than get her started on the OT.
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#36
November 28, 2012 10:09 AM - Slope4Eva
We let my daughter drink with us one night last summer while on vacation (she was 18). My husband and I were horrified at how many beers she could consume and still appear completely sober. By the end of the night (well 4 in the AM) it caught up to her. And she wonders why I worry when she goes out at night.
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#37
November 28, 2012 10:10 AM - rf
No worries, Slopefarm. If she is anything like my kid, she would run screaming from Montero's after a very short time. (Even if she isn't anything like my kid, but they are both teenagers!) The PLUSAs are senior citizens to her, definitely not her idea of fun.
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#38
November 28, 2012 10:12 AM - Arkady
I could drink like a fish until about 4 years ago - never a hangover. But I never drank beer - scotch, rum, vodka, wine, brandy.
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#39
November 28, 2012 10:12 AM - rf
We went to a fancy wedding in October and my kid had a few fancy drinks. I don't know how strong they were but she had a surprising number (she admitted to 3 but maybe it was 4) over the course of 3 hours or so, with no apparent effects. Not enough to get sick though.
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#40
November 28, 2012 10:15 AM - Slopefarm
Eva, my parents are light drinkers, limited entirely to enjoying wine with dinner (and with cheese before dinner). They allowed me a taste of wine with dinner if I wanted, really from the time I was 12 (I helped pick the wine for my bar mitzvah). The idea was for me not to think it was a taboo so I would see no need to go wild with it away from home. I've tried the same with the farmhand but she actually has no interest. I also find I am pretty far outside current parental norms on this -- surprised how many friends are zero tolerance and see a sip of white wine at home as a potential gateway. What do you think, eva, should ACS be called next time I offer farmhand a sip of wine? (But yes, call ACS if I invite the farmhand onto the OT.)
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#41
November 28, 2012 10:15 AM - CGar
"But I'd sooner buy her a beer at Montero's than get her started on the OT."

Keep digging your hole deeper. You're already banned at Montero's and dead to me.
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#42
November 28, 2012 10:16 AM - More4Less
rf, were you in position to judge her effect or no effect - ie were you buzzed yourself or were you in designated driver mode???
#43
November 28, 2012 10:17 AM - Slopefarm
Did she get the drinks from a bartender, rf? Bartender may have cut or eliminated the alcohol content.
#44
November 28, 2012 10:18 AM - More4Less
the kid has sipped my beer before - just so I can prove it's not tasty like chocolate milk.
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#45
November 28, 2012 10:22 AM - Slopefarm
"You're already banned at Montero's and dead to me."

Just trying to establish the next generation of customers. Besides, she sings karaoke (I Say A Little Prayer, Build Me Up, Buttercup, Don't Stop Believing, though she's still mad at me for blowing all the Pips' parts (NH) on Midnight Train to Georgia at the block party last summer).
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#46
November 28, 2012 10:23 AM - Arkady
I was allowed wine at dinner but not coffee - until I was 16.
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#47
November 28, 2012 10:23 AM - dibs
Farmhand sounds like more fun than her father. No surprise.
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#48
November 28, 2012 10:23 AM - Slopefarm
PS Mrs. Slopey likes REM and got me to sing Losing My Religion at the block party. That is one seriously depressing karaoke song.
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#49
November 28, 2012 10:24 AM - dibs
Arkady, what about "stickies" after dinner??????
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#50
November 28, 2012 10:24 AM - dibs
Losing My religion was the first song I ever sang at Karaoke, in Hong Kong. It was the ONLY english language song on the list.
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#51
November 28, 2012 10:25 AM - Slope4Eva
I find becoming a parent has sucked (nh) the "cool" out of me. My brother and I were always allowed to have a few under normal circumstances (like an 11th St block party, etc). I can't remember ever being in trouble for drinking. And we drank! We also learned to handle our liquor (really a BS statement if I ever heard one). I have such a fear of my daughter getting hurt or worse (yes, I have issues). I also hate the thought of legalizing pot. All for medical marajuana, just to be clear on that. I don't give my daughter grief when I know she's been drinking, but, I don't like it. I just worry about getting into cars, etc. I just tell her over and over, no matter what time it is, I will come get you and drive as many people home as possible. She did call me once to say the driver was drinking. She was the only one who would not get in the car.

To answer your simple question now that I've been babbling, no, I agree with your parenting on this.
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#52
November 28, 2012 10:27 AM - Arkady
What are 'stickies'?
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#53
November 28, 2012 10:29 AM - Donatella
I drank a lot in my 20s. When I was 30, I quit smoking. That seemed to change how my body handled alcohol. I had a kind of allergic reaction, i.e. if I drank anything at all it made me deathly sick to my stomach the whole next day. Talk about a lifestyle change. After a while, that ended but I only drink 1, max 2 drinks now.
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#54
November 28, 2012 10:29 AM - Deleted
"I also hate the thought of legalizing pot."

y?
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#55
November 28, 2012 10:30 AM - dibs
After dinner drinks. You fancy yourself a Brit-wannabe and you don't know what stickies are????? SHAME ON YOU!!!!!
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#56
November 28, 2012 10:30 AM - rf
I worry about parents who allow *other people's children* to drink in their house, especially a party situation.
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#57
November 28, 2012 10:31 AM - Slopefarm
Agreed, eva. Yes, I got, and will give farmhand, the same message about safety -- don't get in the car. Call. Any time. Anywhere.

Very tricky to convey the simultaneous Don't (but I know everyone does so be safe) messages. My niece and nephew are in a serious zero tolerance school district. My sister had to give my nephew a "Don't, but for god's sake, get off of school property before you do because otherwise I can't help you" talk .


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#58
November 28, 2012 10:31 AM - CGar
"That is one seriously depressing karaoke song."

Yeah? Well, Amethyst made me sing "Don't Fear the Reaper" on Saturday so I got you beat.
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#59
November 28, 2012 10:33 AM - Slopefarm
"I worry about parents who allow *other people's children* to drink in their house, especially a party situation."

Agreed.

#60
November 28, 2012 10:34 AM - RowerChick
Slopefarm,

I had a similar experience except it started a little younger for me. My Dad had a French restaurant & we lived upstairs. So, I had sips of red wine with dinner every now & again starting when I was eight or nine. I think they were pretty smart because I didn't get blotto until I was 16 and an exchange student in NZ.

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#61
November 28, 2012 10:34 AM - Slopefarm
"Reaper" doubly bad because you have to stand there awkwardly during that long instrumental break. But while it IS depressing, it doesn't SOUND as depressing as the REM.
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#62
November 28, 2012 10:36 AM - BoerumHillScott
Slopey, it looks like we have similar experiences with alcohol growing up (exept my parents were more beer drinkers, so that's what I tried), and similar attitudes and experiences with our offspring.
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#63
November 28, 2012 10:37 AM - dibs
Losing My Religion doesn't sound depressing when I sing it.
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#64
November 28, 2012 10:38 AM - Slope4Eva
DH, I've just become a nervous old broad. I smoked for years, but now, its scares me to think of all the kids out there drinking, smoking, and driving.

Also, my daughter had two very bad reactions to pot. Once it landed her in the ER. Luckily she was with one friend who was not afraid to call her mother for help. We got to the house and my kid was passed out on the couch with paramedics standing over her.

Yes, Slopey, we have to be realistic and make them smarter about doing stupid stuff.
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#65
November 28, 2012 10:38 AM - Partridge
About 15 years ago when my niece and nephew were 14 and 11 years old, I took them to Paris for a few days and then overnight trained to Barcelona. I had friends in Sitges (beach town just outside Barcelona) that we were going to visit. My friends were pretty 'famous' in Sitges and everywhere we went we were treated royally. At their favorite restaurant for dinner, the owners sent complimentary champagne to our table. They brought glasses for the kids. I served them. They enjoyed it. Had a couple glasses each. It was a special occasion and a rite of passage for them to be travelling without their parents and chilling out with their wacky aunt and her gay boyfriends. They still talk about it today.
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#66
November 28, 2012 10:38 AM - Slopefarm
It doesn't sound like music when you "sing" it, dave.
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#67
November 28, 2012 10:40 AM - Deleted
wow - that's scary s4e - sorry that happened.


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#68
November 28, 2012 10:40 AM - Donatella

I grew up in the Irish American culture of alcohol. Which is every human life experience has some alcohol related thing. If you did something good "Let's have a drink to celebrate." If you did something bad, "Don't worry, let's go out for a drink to forget about it." Needed to make a decision, go out with a friend. Want to have fun, go to a bar. Weddings, lots of booze. Wakes, lots of booze. Talking politics with your uncles in Nannie's kitchen: Lots of booze. And in my parents day, people really drank a LOT. But after my 20s, I was totally turned off to it. It occurred to me that to avoid getting into trouble with this mindset, it would take effort. And I basically quit. Except for my little cocktail or glass of wine here and there.
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#69
November 28, 2012 10:45 AM - Slope4Eva
I'm sorry it happened too, DH. I THINK it has cured her of wanting to do any drugs. She's a beer drinker from what I can tell, and what she tells me. So, if that's what it took, maybe a good lesson learned, albeit the hard way.

Dona, so nice to see someone other than my family have "nannies". lol. I never had a Grandma, only Nannie!!
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#70
November 28, 2012 10:46 AM - DeLepp
As long as I dodn't drink and drive my parents didn't care. Probably the only soul in area, danceteria or peppermint lounge not drunk, high or doing coke.
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#71
November 28, 2012 10:48 AM - Donatella

Was your grandfather, Pop, Eva?

Yeah, we are Irish lol. Did you discuss politics with your uncles in your Nannie's kitchen?
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#72
November 28, 2012 10:48 AM - Deleted
don't want to get into a debate - but legalization and regulation would prevent other elicit substances from getting into ganj. Moonshine during prohibition could make you blind!!
#73
November 28, 2012 10:48 AM - Slope4Eva
Growing up in Park Slope, there was no need to drive anywhere. We'd hop on the "RR" train to Bay Ridge and take car service home.
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#74
November 28, 2012 10:48 AM - CGar
"you have to stand there awkwardly"

Don't project. Just because YOU stand awkwardly doesn't mean the rest of us do.
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#75
November 28, 2012 10:50 AM - Donatella

When I got to drinking age, my parents used to say that about drinking and driving. But I used to drink and drive home. I thought that if you thought you could drive, you could drive.
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#76
November 28, 2012 10:51 AM - CGar
"If you did something good "Let's have a drink to celebrate." If you did something bad, "Don't worry, let's go out for a drink to forget about it." Needed to make a decision, go out with a friend. Want to have fun, go to a bar."

And this differs from me and the Jews I hang out with, how???? (Putting aside my family of mostly teetotalers.)
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#77
November 28, 2012 10:53 AM - Donatella

bf told me about some "certification" of pot. It is called NORM. I was telling him that smoking an illegal substance is dangerous because you don't know what it in it. There is no FDA and then he told me about some organization called NORM which certifies pot. I guess on the DL since it is illegal. (lol HELLO?)
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#78
November 28, 2012 10:53 AM - Slope4Eva
I think my German Grandfather was called Pop, he died when I was 3. The other one was Gramps. Politics were never discussed at our gatherings, still aren't.

Dh, it is the parent in me against it, nothing more. I smoked enough that I wouldn't be hypocritcal about it. I'd probably even partake under the right circumstances with the right people.
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#79
November 28, 2012 10:54 AM - Donatella

lol, CGar, didn't mean to appropriate that.
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#80
November 28, 2012 10:54 AM - CGar
And Eva, you're NOT old. DH is old now. But not you.
#81
November 28, 2012 10:54 AM - BoerumHillScott
I am proud to say that I have pretty much never driven drunk, with the one big exception being a pretty scary incident when we had to ecacuate a campground via a cliff-hugging narrow dirt road at night in a huge storm.

There was one time in Los Angles when I walked home 4 miles from a party at 1 in the morning instead of driving.

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#82
November 28, 2012 10:54 AM - Deleted
oh man we need to smoke you up s4e! ;)
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#83
November 28, 2012 10:54 AM - Slopefarm
If pot legalized in NY, will we see rabbinical certifications for the benefit of orthodox tokers?
#84
November 28, 2012 10:55 AM - Donatella

I was very much an anti-Vietnam hippie and I used to get into discussions with my uncles about Vietnam. oh boy. You needed alcohol for that.
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#85
November 28, 2012 10:56 AM - dibs
I can't begin to count the number of times I drove drunk or near drunk in college and after that. never totally wasted though.
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#86
November 28, 2012 10:56 AM - Slopefarm
The difference is food, cgar.

Steam table corned beef with the whiskey vs. "appetizing' to go with the white wine.
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#87
November 28, 2012 10:59 AM - Donatella
Me too, dibs.
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#88
November 28, 2012 11:00 AM - Donatella
dh, what is this thing called NORM? Do they "bless" pot? Assure you that it isn't laced with cyanide?
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#89
November 28, 2012 11:02 AM - Slope4Eva
Yes, DH, I'm a little uptight, to say the least, lol.

CGar, in my mind, I know I'm not old. But after spending so much time at my parents' house lately, OMG, I am my mother reincarnate. Heaven help us all. haha, she's amazing, but a PITA.
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#90
November 28, 2012 11:04 AM - the chicken
GM all.

Thanks for the link to the review Arkady - sounds like my kind of place!

Been a busy bee today - set up my new phone, installed new browser for office pc, bought 40th birthday present for friend, ordered office secret santa presents. And around all that managed to do a bit of work - program trade for some new client money.
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#91
November 28, 2012 11:04 AM - Slope4Eva
Dona, I think its NORML. I haven't read up on it.
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#92
November 28, 2012 11:10 AM - Slope4Eva
Wow, they're not being very successful. Started in 1999???

NORML's mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to achieve the repeal of marijuana prohibition so that the responsible use of cannabis by adults is no longer subject to penalty.
Adopted by the NORML Board of Directors, February 27, 1999

OK, gotta go, have a good day, all.
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#93
November 28, 2012 11:14 AM - Slopefarm
NORML's been around a lot longer than 1999.

But I would say that there has been a sea change on marijuana legality in many parts of the country in the last few years, mostly medical, but it sets up the apparatus and the comfiort level to extend legality further.
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#94
November 28, 2012 11:15 AM - Deleted
i htikn they've been pretty successful - states are passing legalization for rec use.....not even in the discussion in 1999.
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#95
November 28, 2012 11:25 AM - Slopefarm
"I was very much an anti-Vietnam hippie"

AHA!!! Proof, dona, as if we needed it, of how disingenuous you've been with us all fall about the election. ;-)
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#96
November 28, 2012 11:32 AM - rf
Ok, a question here: how does one buy a used car? My dad decided to keep his and buy one for me to replace the dying van. I am so confused! Craigslist doesn't help much.
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#97
November 28, 2012 11:36 AM - dibs
ebay. Don't go near craigslist.
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#98
November 28, 2012 11:42 AM - CGar
Wow. Did you see that they're re-naming "Indiana" as "Native Americana"???
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#99
November 28, 2012 11:45 AM - dibs
Does it have a panhandle???
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November 28, 2012 11:47 AM - CGar
Yes, of course, lower left. (Doubles as the toe of the boot.)
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November 28, 2012 11:49 AM - dibs
I'll be back in about an hour or two.
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November 28, 2012 11:54 AM - Arkady
rf - If you have a preferred mechanic/garage, go to them for ideas - people often talk to their mechanics: "If you hear of anyone looking for..."
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November 28, 2012 12:01 PM - Slopefarm
Agree with arkady. Check with Lorenzutti even if he is not your mechanic.
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November 28, 2012 12:14 PM - Arkady
Yes, Slops, he's my preferred too.
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November 28, 2012 12:29 PM - More4Less
rf, if you don't have solid leads via mechanic, friends you can trust, etc, ebay is the way to go. I find dealers use ebay to sell the good solid cars and used on-site sales people to sell the harder to sell ones.
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November 28, 2012 12:33 PM - More4Less
rf, email me your preferences (budget, xxx miles on car, age of car, car vs suv vs minivan, etc) on the car and I can be on a lookout for something suitable.
November 28, 2012 12:40 PM - Donatella

Yes, Slopey. I was pretty outspoken about a lot of issues, full of absolute surety, the way people in their teens and early 20s are. It really got under the skin of some relatives who fought in wars, though I was a pretty respectful kid. I remember one uncle who basically told me to STFU until I learned something about life. Not in those words but definitely that spirit --my father was always pretty indulgent of me and I wasn't used to being told off like that. That was my first real lesson in how some people are borderline nuts about some issues. This uncle fought in the Korean War. I brought this up to my father recently and he said my Uncle E. was probably loaded at the time.
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November 28, 2012 1:44 PM - Partridge
I'm covered in glitter. Snappy would be proud.
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November 28, 2012 1:46 PM - More4Less
Part, Xmas decoration glitter strands???
November 28, 2012 1:49 PM - Biff Champion
Nice try, Dona, but you have to do better than an hour of silence to get my Thread Killer of the Day Award!
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November 28, 2012 1:59 PM - Partridge
Glitter speckled ornaments! Glass and glittered owls, hedgehogs, fortune cookies, infants of prague, robots, sperm whales, octopuses!

Go for it perverts! Have I given you some material?
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November 28, 2012 2:02 PM - Partridge
How it going, Biffy?
November 28, 2012 2:06 PM - Slopefarm
Yeah, no TKOTDs awarded between noon-2 due to lunch hour. Especially when Dave's on a nooner.
Edited at November 28, 2012 2:06 PM
November 28, 2012 2:16 PM - Biff Champion
"Glitter speckled ornaments! Glass and glittered owls, hedgehogs, fortune cookies, infants of prague, robots, sperm whales, octopuses!"

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things
Edited at November 28, 2012 2:16 PM
November 28, 2012 2:16 PM - Biff Champion
Hi Partridge. It was all going so well until I suddenly have show tunes from A Sound of Music going through my head (no homo)
Edited at November 28, 2012 2:16 PM
November 28, 2012 2:17 PM - CGar
Fuck you, Slopey.

GOTD, Biff. But you knew that going in (nh/sts/pi).
Edited at November 28, 2012 2:17 PM
November 28, 2012 2:24 PM - Slopefarm
Haiku and punfests and glitter on kittens
Bright orange I-beams, lolcats with opinions
Nights of karaoke where anyone sings
These are a few of our favorite things
Edited at November 28, 2012 2:24 PM
November 28, 2012 2:25 PM - Slopefarm
"Fuck you, Slopey."

Still?


Edited at November 28, 2012 2:25 PM
November 28, 2012 2:27 PM - Slopefarm
Sound of Music is only GOTD if you don't have kids. It's not GOTD when a 5 year old wants to see Lonely Goatherd (and i don't mean Kens) for the seventh time in an hour.
November 28, 2012 2:28 PM - CGar
You started in on me again (nh) at 10:03am.
November 28, 2012 2:45 PM - Biff Champion
If John Boehner's daughter married Lonely's son, would it be Boehner-Goatherd?
Edited at November 28, 2012 2:45 PM
November 28, 2012 2:55 PM - CGar
So nice to see you in the OT, Biff. Though I'd thought this would be your busy season at the Salvation Army?
November 28, 2012 2:56 PM - RowerChick
I took a long walk in my 'hood after lunch today. And I started to wax nostalgic about the Red Hook of old. I miss Greg O'Connell balancing his ledger in his truck parked on the Beard St. pier at 7:00am on a Saturday morning. I miss the Sugar refinery and rowing around the old sunken lightship. I miss Sunny's open only on Friday nights as a social club where the drinks were $3 by "donation". I miss the pre-IKEA pre-Fairway days when outsiders only drove around Red Hook when they were lost. Yeah, I miss the pre-gentrified Red Hook.
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November 28, 2012 3:00 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Will catch up later. A priest friend posted this on Facebook - for the practicing Catholics especially:
http://lifeteen.com/my-side-of-the-confessional-what-is-it-like-for-a-priest/
Edited at November 28, 2012 3:00 PM
November 28, 2012 3:12 PM - Slopefarm
"You started in on me again (nh) at 10:03am."

Fine, I'll buy the farmhand a beer someplace else.

Edited at November 28, 2012 3:12 PM
November 28, 2012 3:23 PM - dibs
I see I didn't miss much.

Nice to see Biff here for a change
Edited at November 28, 2012 3:23 PM
November 28, 2012 3:24 PM - MontroseMorris
Slopey, your new rendition of "Favorite Things" was great.

Partridge, I remember when you bought those ornaments! I bet they look great in the store.
November 28, 2012 3:25 PM - MontroseMorris
Biffy! Miss ya, you rapscallion, you!
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November 28, 2012 3:27 PM - Slopefarm
Hey, Rowerchick, Mrs. Slopey and I spent an afternoon wandering around the RH waterfront the day before Fairway opened. The first time we spent any real time in RH other than at the pool and one open house (oh, and a neighbor used to play bluegrass occasionally at Sunny's). RH was already in transition, but as we watched the trucks loading produce into Fairway we talked about how it seemed, at least symbolically, like the last day of old RH.
Edited at November 28, 2012 3:27 PM
November 28, 2012 3:33 PM - RowerChick
Slopey,

Yeah, RH's been in transition for the longest time (just ask Sunny or his brother Ralph). I just really loved RH when I first moved in-I didn't want it to change. I love that I have good food options on Van Brunt St now. But I was happy when my neighborhood dining options were ghetto Pizza & ghetto Chinese.
Edited at November 28, 2012 3:33 PM
November 28, 2012 3:36 PM - Arkady
Jesus, 6! I didn't like the elevator jokes but that was a better link than the confessional one.
Edited at November 28, 2012 3:36 PM
November 28, 2012 3:48 PM - Partridge
YES, MM!!! My partner in schmaltz.
Edited at November 28, 2012 3:48 PM
November 28, 2012 3:49 PM - Partridge
For the gnomaphobes
November 28, 2012 3:51 PM - Partridge
Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Edited at November 28, 2012 3:51 PM
November 28, 2012 3:55 PM - Slopefarm
Got any Judah Maccabee ornaments?
Edited at November 28, 2012 3:55 PM
November 28, 2012 4:01 PM - Partridge
Always trying to nose in on our holiday! Santa is Christian! His name means saint. Ain't that clear?
Edited at November 28, 2012 4:01 PM
November 28, 2012 4:02 PM - Arkady
Yeah, but the whole xmas magillah is about Jesus & he was a Jew!
Edited at November 28, 2012 4:02 PM
November 28, 2012 4:05 PM - Slopefarm
Magillah is what we read on Purim, has nothing to do with Chanukah or Xmas.
Edited at November 28, 2012 4:05 PM
November 28, 2012 4:06 PM - More4Less
is IKEA back to normal now? I might swing by there tomorrow to look at some stuff.
Edited at November 28, 2012 4:06 PM
November 28, 2012 4:15 PM - Arkady
Ecumenical spirit of the season, Slopes.
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November 28, 2012 4:17 PM - Biff Champion
What a great song to perk up a long Wednesday afternoon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_sY2rjxq6M

November 28, 2012 4:18 PM - Biff Champion
"Biffy! Miss ya, you rapscallion, you!"

What's a rapscallion; a hip hop onion?
Edited at November 28, 2012 4:18 PM
November 28, 2012 4:19 PM - Biff Champion
"Ecumenical spirit of the season, Slopes."

Who's more ecumenical than the Jews? We're great with money.
Edited at November 28, 2012 4:19 PM
November 28, 2012 4:20 PM - Slopefarm
Hey, saw the Trammps this summer at one of the Markowitz Coney Island concerts. Farmhand was in a camp chorus that sang National Anthem to start the concert. Trammps sang to canned music and one of the old timers with a really deep voice could not hold a note, but they finished with Disco Inferno and the crowd loved it. Opening act was Rose Royce (Car Wash).
Edited at November 28, 2012 4:20 PM
November 28, 2012 4:42 PM - RowerChick
Last summer I got to see both Aretha & Cheap Trick at Marty's free concerts. Pretty cool. I love free stuff in the summer in NYC.
Edited at November 28, 2012 4:42 PM
November 28, 2012 4:52 PM - Deleted
what a coincidence, dave saw cheap trick today at lunch
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November 28, 2012 4:55 PM - petebklyn
Take our advice,
At any price,
A gorilla like Magilla is mighty nice.
Gorilla, Magilla Gorilla for sale.

Edited at November 28, 2012 4:55 PM
November 28, 2012 4:57 PM - dibs
He was more of a trammp than a cheap trick.
Edited at November 28, 2012 4:57 PM
November 28, 2012 4:57 PM - petebklyn
that one orneryment looks like our lady of prague (rhymes with fag).
November 28, 2012 4:59 PM - petebklyn
or was it infant of prague....who can remember....just that seemed a fixture on top of tv of every household of certain ethnic background.
Edited at November 28, 2012 4:59 PM
November 28, 2012 5:05 PM - dibs
How many different ethnic homes have you been in, Pete????
November 28, 2012 5:12 PM - petebklyn
gee, I dunno. but I meant as a kid - all those catlick kids.
Edited at November 28, 2012 5:12 PM
November 28, 2012 5:15 PM - More4Less
guess Part's store is not good place to have young child with busy hands go thru there - ie too many fragile items that can be touched, shifted, banged into, etc. on 2nd thought, guess it would be good for Part (ie you break it, you bought it)
Edited at November 28, 2012 5:15 PM
November 28, 2012 5:17 PM - petebklyn
i don't think so much fragile stuff ...as don't want sticky snotnosed kids getting all the nice touchy things all dirty and smudged.
Edited at November 28, 2012 5:17 PM
November 28, 2012 5:22 PM - More4Less
pete, same deal. you snot it, you buy it - still cha ching for Part
Edited at November 28, 2012 5:22 PM
November 28, 2012 5:28 PM - Donatella
oh well, sorry for the thread kill before.

Yeah, that is definitely an Infant of Prague Christmas ornament. The infant scares Protestants. I bought 3 fried chicken breasts at Yafa bodega on the way home. 4 dollars. And they are so delicious. I took off the greasy crunchy stuff coating, bad for the diet (bf would be horrified) and it was amazing.


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November 28, 2012 5:30 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Ironic that only Arkady responded to my confessional link.

Re alcohol: red wine used to give me horrible headaches and several trips to the bathroom the next morning. I always drank white (nh). Around age 30 or so something switched (again nh) and now I only drink red.
Edited at November 28, 2012 5:30 PM
November 28, 2012 5:35 PM - Donatella

I have no nostalgia whatsoever for the pre-gentrified Fort Greene. I don't want to be disingenuous about this. Bring it on!!! If ever I start feeling nostalgic, I just go outside and pick up the junk food wrappers off the sidewalk. They are still there. I know all the people on my block. We are the same people. We still smile at one another on the street. But now I can buy parsley at Mr. Melon, there will be bagels here soon, there is Beny's Delice. For nostalgia, I strain to listen on a Saturday night for gun shots. You can still hear them. Yep, that is what I do when I am feeling nostalgic.
Edited at November 28, 2012 5:35 PM
November 28, 2012 5:39 PM - dibs
How many more times are we going to have to hear about the sainted Mr Melon????
November 28, 2012 5:51 PM - Partridge
M4L, you coming to Ikea Bklyn with a car tomorrow? I need something and feel very comfortable asking you to do me a favor. Was it with YOUR little one you were thinking about visiting my store? Very kid friendly here! Best in straight jackets.
Edited at November 28, 2012 5:51 PM
November 28, 2012 5:51 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Partridge, do you sell bookends in your store?
Edited at November 28, 2012 5:51 PM
November 28, 2012 6:06 PM - dibs
MTA to raise the price of Monthly cards next March but not the basic fare. Isn't this regressive? People like me just pay by the ride, not a monthly card. I won't see any fare increase.
Edited at November 28, 2012 6:05 PM
November 28, 2012 6:10 PM - Partridge
No bookends at this time, Six. Sorry.
Edited at November 28, 2012 6:10 PM
November 28, 2012 6:11 PM - dibs
Six...that shop on the north side of Atlantic just east of Hoyt probably has some.
Edited at November 28, 2012 6:11 PM
November 28, 2012 6:17 PM - petebklyn
he just wants the ends? no beginnings?

Edited at November 28, 2012 6:17 PM
November 28, 2012 6:19 PM - Partridge
Horseman Antiques? Maybe. Also try the store Sterling Place if on Atlantic ave.
Edited at November 28, 2012 6:18 PM
November 28, 2012 6:20 PM - Donatella


Mr. Melon is pretty exciting, still, dibs. It's been 2 months or so since it opened, but after waiting 8 years, what can I say?
Edited at November 28, 2012 6:20 PM
November 28, 2012 6:23 PM - rf
Donatella, I bet that plenty of the candy wrappers on your block are from Bishop Loughlin students, on their way to/from school from the Fulton St. buses and the C train. I feel sorry for the homeowners on South Elliott and Ft. Greene Place for the same reason, because of the same behavior from Brooklyn Tech students. Unfortunately a segment of the high school population are chronic litterbugs. (Not my kid!) Gentrification is not a cure, alas.
Edited at November 28, 2012 6:23 PM
November 28, 2012 6:26 PM - dibs
No, not Horseman but next door to them. You should check them out, Partridge. They are competition in some ways. Always know your competition.
Edited at November 28, 2012 6:26 PM
November 28, 2012 6:26 PM - More4Less
Part, yes, I was thinking of going to ikea in RH - if not tomorrow, Fri (depends on my errands & appointmts tomorrow). One of these weekends, I'll bring the mini-me and wife to your shop.
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November 28, 2012 6:27 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Thanks, DIBS and Part.
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November 28, 2012 6:31 PM - Deleted
Speaking of mr melon..... Just went there. Love it
Edited at November 28, 2012 6:31 PM
November 28, 2012 6:31 PM - Donatella

I think you are right, rf. It's mostly aluminum foil type bags for potato chips, cheeze doodles, and whatever else, gum and candy wrappers. It's endless, plus sugary drinks with straws, discarded straight to the sidewalk.
Edited at November 28, 2012 6:31 PM
November 28, 2012 6:32 PM - Deleted
Woman's kid puked all over F train on te way home. Smelled like cheese doodles.
November 28, 2012 6:32 PM - dibs
Dona, I had to put up with that as well with the bodega next door. Dumbass stupid ass pieces of shit walkk out and just drop the wrappers as they finish stuffing their, usually, bloated fat faces with the junk food.
Edited at November 28, 2012 6:32 PM
November 28, 2012 6:33 PM - More4Less
I knew DH would like Melons
Edited at November 28, 2012 6:33 PM
November 28, 2012 6:34 PM - Donatella
I went into the Clinton Hill food coop the other day. It was extremely unexciting. I am sure it was wonderful produce onto which nary a drop of pesticide has fallen, but you have to put up 175 dollars and work 2 hours a month. Never mind. I'll spend 3 cents a month extra and buy at Mr. Melon. The woman said that they don't have political fights and standoffs there, but the sheer thought of something like the Park Slope Food Coop gives me the heebie jeebies.
Edited at November 28, 2012 6:34 PM
November 28, 2012 6:35 PM - More4Less
a friend of a friend was asking which should he pick (similar size & cost studios) - Yorkville or BK Heights. guess which I suggested
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November 28, 2012 6:35 PM - dibs
More misinformation on NBC News. Telling people who are 55 that they may not get Medicare at 65 which is just ridiculous.
Edited at November 28, 2012 6:35 PM
November 28, 2012 6:39 PM - sixyearsandcounting
This is in Greenpoint:
Edited at November 28, 2012 6:39 PM
November 28, 2012 6:39 PM - Donatella
Yeah that about covers it dibs. lol I never got this concept of throwing stuff on the ground. (In the subway too. What's up with that?) I am constantly picking this garbage up. I never associated it with the high school, but I bet rf is right. The people on the block here have a sense of pride about the area and can't see them littering up the sidewalks. Plus we have to pay sanitation tickets for crap on the sidewalk.
Edited at November 28, 2012 6:39 PM
November 28, 2012 6:40 PM - More4Less
I'm surprised that I'm staring at a job posting in bethpage NY and I don't have the old GTFOH reaction I had years ago when this company yapped with me
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November 28, 2012 6:41 PM - petebklyn
not as ridiculous as calling obama a socialist. or foxnews pundits predicting romney could win election
Edited at November 28, 2012 6:41 PM
November 28, 2012 6:43 PM - dibs
Obama is a socialist. The sooner you understand this, the better.
Edited at November 28, 2012 6:43 PM
November 28, 2012 6:45 PM - CGar
dave means Sterling Place, Six.
Edited at November 28, 2012 6:45 PM
November 28, 2012 6:45 PM - More4Less
what Pete says is correct as he supported the party that won - winner gets to write history as he/she sees it.
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November 28, 2012 6:47 PM - Donatella
Yorkville, cheaper....
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November 28, 2012 6:52 PM - Donatella
Today I met a woman who is a Director for NYC for international business. I met her a while ago at some event and I thought I would network with her - seemed interesting to work for the city trying to attract international business here. I have to say I wasn't too impressed; the city doesn't spend much on this effort (unlike its efforts to turn the city into a bicycle paradise) it is mostly window dressing but I was sort of interested in what they are doing to help entrepreneurs get started in new businesses here. Not too much in the way of financing but they do have these "incubators" which include new business services and cheap office space.
Edited at November 28, 2012 6:52 PM
November 28, 2012 6:54 PM - Deleted
Damn skippy I like melons, m4l - but what does that have to do with groceries?
Edited at November 28, 2012 6:54 PM
November 28, 2012 6:56 PM - More4Less
Donatella, nope, I told him to pick BK Heights. the studios were same size and same cost. Yorkville to me is a has been area and aesthetically not as nice as BK Heights. Diff story if he asked me Heights vs LES
Edited at November 28, 2012 6:56 PM
November 28, 2012 6:58 PM - Deleted
Got my powerball tkts too at the bodega on Fulton/Cambridge. I'm feelin lucky.
November 28, 2012 7:01 PM - Partridge
"dave means Sterling Place, Six."

I said that. I know all the stores on Atlantic, Dave. Remember I opened 11 yeas ago, long before they were there. Was just antique guys at the time. Rent was cheaper there at the time and still is.
Edited at November 28, 2012 7:01 PM
November 28, 2012 7:09 PM - More4Less
DH, I hope you don't win. I believe in a person has set amount of good luck and you would use up too much of that good luck winning that huge pot - ie you might be on bad luck trend/track after winning. best to win just 35M or below. at least, that's my belief. I don't buy when pot is that huge. life's been good and some money would be nice but big trade-off for a ton of money is not something I'm interested in
Edited at November 28, 2012 7:09 PM
November 28, 2012 7:18 PM - Deleted
Oh yeah. If I won a quarter of a billion dollars ill be dead in 10 yrs.
Edited at November 28, 2012 7:18 PM
November 28, 2012 7:19 PM - Partridge
Fun, M4L! Do come. I'll get to Ikea another time.
Edited at November 28, 2012 7:19 PM
November 28, 2012 7:19 PM - dibs
I think I'd give it all away except about $5-10 MM
Edited at November 28, 2012 7:19 PM
November 28, 2012 7:23 PM - petebklyn
renting callboys is not considered giving it away
Edited at November 28, 2012 7:23 PM
November 28, 2012 7:25 PM - More4Less
Part, I'll keep you posted if & when I go to Ikea and you can decide then if you want me to drop off or pick up something for you.
Edited at November 28, 2012 7:25 PM
November 28, 2012 7:26 PM - More4Less
Dave, in that case, I hope you win. just give me $5M-10M too, am perfect content with that amount too.
Edited at November 28, 2012 7:26 PM
November 28, 2012 7:28 PM - dibs
Just saw the first seasonal chia pet ad.
Edited at November 28, 2012 7:28 PM
November 28, 2012 7:36 PM - Donatella

Brooklyn Heights is much better than Yorkville, but I thought Yorkville would be cheaper. The quality of life in Brooklyn Heights is way better, starting with transportation. When I lived up there, I spent a small fortune on cabs. I was 90th and 1st. The nearest subway 86th and Lex. That was a nice hike. Brooklyn Heights in contrast has the AC2345R. Plus, it just isn't that nice up there.
Edited at November 28, 2012 7:36 PM
November 28, 2012 7:37 PM - Donatella
I spent 6 bucks on Powerball tickets for tonight.
Edited at November 28, 2012 7:37 PM
November 28, 2012 7:41 PM - Donatella

I've thought about this. I would need a lawyer and some finance people to set up a Family Foundation to handle educational grants to my family. That is all anyone gets. Money for education. Winning the lottery could kill you if you focus on stuff. And for me, capital to set up a new business and also for education. Also, I would set up a public foundation for scholarships and help with charter schools. Nobody needs any stuff.
Edited at November 28, 2012 7:41 PM
November 28, 2012 7:49 PM - dibs
You gotta give family & friends cash, Dona
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November 28, 2012 7:58 PM - rf
Charter schools??? Don't believe the hype! Maybe you could support parish Catholic schools that are closing left and right and have traditionally educated poor kids from their neighborhoods regardless of religion.
Edited at November 28, 2012 7:58 PM
November 28, 2012 8:01 PM - Deleted
I agree. Unless your friend is a frat boy tool they'll enjoy bh way better than yorkville.
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November 28, 2012 8:07 PM - sixyearsandcounting
"they'll enjoy bh way better..."

Don't tell Cobble.
Edited at November 28, 2012 8:07 PM
November 28, 2012 8:30 PM - More4Less
DH, if he frat boy, I would point him to Murray Hill instead - similar pricing but better retail & vibe than Yorkville.
Edited at November 28, 2012 8:30 PM
November 28, 2012 8:45 PM - petebklyn
murray hill has a vibe? what -- entrance to queens-midtown tunnel?
Edited at November 28, 2012 8:45 PM
November 28, 2012 8:48 PM - More4Less
Pete, yorkville is snoozeville. Sutton place is snooze too. Murray hill >>>> those areas
Edited at November 28, 2012 8:48 PM
November 28, 2012 8:53 PM - More4Less
Pete, tenants reacted to rent hikes yet? Remember, you can rent to me if they both move out
Edited at November 28, 2012 8:53 PM
November 28, 2012 9:29 PM - petebklyn
not a peep yet. where could they move for that rent? PA?
Edited at November 28, 2012 9:29 PM
November 28, 2012 9:30 PM - petebklyn
am making more cookies...but need to soften butter and is too cold here for that too happen. (upstate not bklyn)
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November 28, 2012 9:32 PM - lechacal
Fuck all the fucking fuckers
Edited at November 28, 2012 9:32 PM
November 28, 2012 9:34 PM - lechacal
Gigglesnicker snigdiddlie
Edited at November 28, 2012 9:34 PM
November 28, 2012 9:39 PM - Deleted
??????
Edited at November 28, 2012 9:39 PM
November 28, 2012 9:41 PM - petebklyn
I was going to suggest Lech meet up with my nephew when he gets to Minne. He is almost as cocky and arrogant.
Edited at November 28, 2012 9:41 PM
November 28, 2012 9:41 PM - Arkady
Is that the sound a Honey Badger makes?
Edited at November 28, 2012 9:41 PM
November 28, 2012 9:41 PM - lechacal
It's impossible for a nihilist to be wrong.
November 28, 2012 9:42 PM - petebklyn
wrong about what?
Edited at November 28, 2012 9:42 PM
November 28, 2012 9:47 PM - lechacal
Wrong about go fuck yourself.

(Leans back, sips drink, waits for first swing)
Edited at November 28, 2012 9:47 PM
November 28, 2012 9:48 PM - More4Less
Pete, the low rent is why I would gladly move in if those tenants move out
Edited at November 28, 2012 9:48 PM
November 28, 2012 9:48 PM - petebklyn
what are you drinking (besides the koolaid)?
Edited at November 28, 2012 9:48 PM
November 28, 2012 9:50 PM - Deleted
Is the drink a can of domestic beer in a paper bag on a commuter railroad?
Edited at November 28, 2012 9:50 PM
November 28, 2012 9:55 PM - sixyearsandcounting
I agree with lech's 9:32. Not sure where I stand on his 9:34.
Edited at November 28, 2012 9:55 PM
November 28, 2012 9:58 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Btw one of the friends of the friends we spent Thanksgiving with in Texas had a new assistant from the NYC area. She was sure this assistant had a rough life growing up, broken family, blackboard jungle-style education, all that. Assistant's parents were indeed divorced but she attended Irvington HS.
Edited at November 28, 2012 9:58 PM
November 28, 2012 9:58 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Hello.

Six, No one enjoys BH more than I do. ; )
Edited at November 28, 2012 9:58 PM
November 28, 2012 9:59 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
"I agree with lech's 9:32. Not sure where I stand on his 9:34."

Ditmas Park contingent is in complete agreement! : P
Edited at November 28, 2012 9:59 PM
November 28, 2012 10:08 PM - Donatella
Catholic Schools? Ok that too. I like the idea of giving everybody free education because that is an asset that cannot be destroyed. I guess I could give all my siblings cash to pay off their mortgages.

M4L I don't think Murray Hill has much of a neighborhood vibe but you are so close to everything. And you can get reasonable doorman apts.
Edited at November 28, 2012 10:08 PM
November 28, 2012 10:18 PM - Donatella
A pony and a zebra were seen running along a street on Staten Island street. They were tearing along galloping. People were wondering if they were seeing things.

Turns out they escaped from a petting Zoo.
Edited at November 28, 2012 10:18 PM
November 28, 2012 10:19 PM - Partridge
Nuevo Mexico fajita madness!
Edited at November 28, 2012 10:19 PM
November 28, 2012 10:20 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I'm in a Powerball pool at work. We were all talking about what we would do with the money all day.

Edited at November 28, 2012 10:20 PM
November 28, 2012 10:37 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
"Nuevo Mexico fajita madness!"

Qu'est-ce que cela est, LP?
Edited at November 28, 2012 10:37 PM
November 28, 2012 10:40 PM - Deleted
M4L;

Sorry to hear the news. Chin up. Maybe it will be an opportunity to get out of the telecom sector, which, as we both know, has been a miserable place for 10 years and going.

Coincidentally, I will start a new job on Monday. I have been very fortunate in that I will be moving into a completely new field: environmental control systems for complex structures such as office buildings, sewage treatment plants, etc. I say fortunate because the two principals want to groom me to become the manager of the engineering team, even though I have no experience in this field. Another bonus: after 30 years, I will finally be working in NYC. Their facility is in Long Island City.

After my first interview with them, I almost welled up in tears on the train ride home. The reason? They said that it was their intention to invest in, and upgrade, their engineering team. I have not heard a firm speak about making an investment in their engineers for a long, long time. I hope that it is the start of a trend.

Edited at November 28, 2012 10:40 PM
November 28, 2012 10:52 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Congrats, Benson! Long Island City - is the G train in your future?
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November 28, 2012 10:54 PM - Deleted
Very cool benson - G train time!!
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November 28, 2012 10:57 PM - Deleted
Yup. G train! I was amazed to find out how many people now use the G train. "Back in my day" the G was almost an abandoned line.
Edited at November 28, 2012 10:57 PM
November 28, 2012 10:59 PM - RowerChick
My friend George just found me a place that will cut my hair for free. Yea! Now I know why my childhood friend Lizzie married him. Everyone else was recommending places that would charge me $60 when I said I wanted to pay under $50. Feh. Locks of love on the lower east side.
Edited at November 28, 2012 10:59 PM
November 28, 2012 10:59 PM - Deleted
Actually, I am so old that I remember when the name of the line was actually the "GG".
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November 28, 2012 10:59 PM - petebklyn
hey benson --- if have any sense they would hire new grads---environmental engineering was my nephew's major at rpi. He's still looking for a position.
Edited at November 28, 2012 10:59 PM
November 28, 2012 11:00 PM - lechacal
Atlanta is very ordinary, like we are.
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November 28, 2012 11:02 PM - Partridge
Nuevo Mexico. 5th ave @ 12at Street. Very simple place. Solid typical Amermexican food. Live music on weekends. Sombreros for honored birthday guests. Silly but affordable joint.

Good luck, Benson.
November 28, 2012 11:03 PM - Deleted
Pete;

They don't do environmental engineering. They do environmental control systems, which is a combination of electrical and mechanical engineering. Think of the thermostat in your house as a simple example.

I
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November 28, 2012 11:06 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Neil Young is on The Daily Show this evening.

good night, PLUSAs. good night, lech. good night, jupiter. good night, moon.


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November 28, 2012 11:07 PM - petebklyn
are u suggesting we all should be in Atlanta?
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November 28, 2012 11:07 PM - More4Less
Benson, congrats man. I'm a little indifferent to what sector I work in. A job is a job. Unless the people are shitty, I'm happy to be working. I am planning to look at jobs in a ton of fields. That bethpage NY gig I mentioned earlier is with cablevision. The gig is what I've been doing so confident I can do it. Am just not loving that commute. Like you, would love to work in NYC vs in NJ all this time
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November 28, 2012 11:10 PM - lechacal
You wouldn't notice the difference Pete. You would be in a place thinking your ordinary thoughts. It doesn't really matter where I am. You're probably the same.
November 28, 2012 11:10 PM - petebklyn
friend from h.s. went into electrical engineering. she (that is right -she) did complain how companies had no respect.
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November 28, 2012 11:11 PM - Partridge
No brain surgeon pole dancers in Atlanta? Just ordinary people.
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November 28, 2012 11:11 PM - Deleted
M4L;

You probably know this already, but I can't emphasize enough the importance of using your network to find a position. According to a seminar which I attended, only 5% of positions today are found via the internet sites. Indeed, I found this position through my Cooper network.
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November 28, 2012 11:14 PM - petebklyn
now she is big person in 'agile' design. something about software and project development procedures.
she is big name in this 'agile'. I'm proud of her. She had certifiable nutso mother, ended up on welfare,
one sister commited suicide, other is in and outa jail, and 3rd straightened herself out and is sober for many years.
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November 28, 2012 11:16 PM - petebklyn
it wouldn't work lech. my ordinary thoughts center on being happy i don't live in atlanta
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November 28, 2012 11:18 PM - petebklyn
benson, I am seriously considering a cruise. which is a foreign a concept as living in atlanta.
15 days - royal something line -- ft laud to sandiego thru panama canal. not my idea buy kinda as favor to friend.
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November 28, 2012 11:20 PM - petebklyn
Winning Lottery Numbers: 5, 23, 16, 22, 29 - Powerball 6

Did anyone here win?
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November 28, 2012 11:27 PM - Deleted
Pete;

Probably Royal Carribean, which is a good line. Even if a cruise is not your cup of tea, I think you will like a cruise through the Panama Canal. We did it last year, and going through the canal is fantastic (and, may I add, a tribute to American engineering prowess). Also, because of the canal's size, only smaller ships can go through it (I don't like the mega ships).
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November 28, 2012 11:46 PM - Donatella

Yes, I won.



$4.00
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November 28, 2012 11:49 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Dona, are you donating that $4 to your friends, charter schools, Catholic schools, brownies for M4L, Mr. Melon, or something else?
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November 28, 2012 11:54 PM - Donatella
No, Six, I'm keeping it ALL TO MYSELF.

BUUWAAHahahahaaaa.......... Mine all mine.
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