Weekend OT
December 8, 2012 12:12 AM - CGar
Happy Hanukkah to Our JEWish Friends!

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December 8, 2012 12:16 AM - CGar
CCOTD . . .

Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel. (Oy.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKreDYVWark

(Never before did I realize that alternate stanzas are sung to the tune of "On Top of Old Smokey". (Oy. This is the best we have? Really???))
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December 8, 2012 12:30 AM - CGar
I guess I shouldn't be surprised that there are countless versions of "On Top of Spaghetti" . . .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpbxG9ASLZo
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#2
December 8, 2012 12:42 AM - kazootite
Happy Hanukkah, CGar and all-
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December 8, 2012 6:36 AM - Arkady
Chappy Chanukah!
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#4
December 8, 2012 7:33 AM - Partridge
Happy Chanukah from "The Chanukah House" in Mill Basin.
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December 8, 2012 7:36 AM - dibs
Happy Chanakuh. What did you get on Day 1????
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#6
December 8, 2012 7:56 AM - Deleted
MORONS
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#7
December 8, 2012 8:03 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
GM

For the Jewish and jew-ish amongst us...

Happy Hannukah!
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December 8, 2012 8:03 AM - dibs
So last night at dinner, as I mentioned, I ran into this young Bangladeshi guy who I had been fooling around with in NYC. What a small world. He was a server at the restaurant we went to. He kept textiing me all evening and the eye contacts were never ending!!!

What a small world
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#9
December 8, 2012 8:09 AM - dibs
Not everyone is happy on Chanukah
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#10
December 8, 2012 8:09 AM - Deleted
Bangladesh? That's basically Indian right? Didn't realize that was in your portfolio.
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#11
December 8, 2012 8:11 AM - dibs
Young, dark & smooth. What's not to like?????
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#12
December 8, 2012 8:12 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
I know we're talking about Hannukah, but this is pretty funny...
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December 8, 2012 8:17 AM - Deleted
Haha young dark and smooth. I like that.
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December 8, 2012 8:17 AM - dibs
Cobble, was the bathroom plumbing issue resolved????
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#15
December 8, 2012 8:32 AM - dibs
15 minutes and no response. She's probably on the toilet.
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December 8, 2012 8:41 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Oh hush, DIBS. I was writing an email to a friend.

The plumber and Super Super are coming over at 10am. I suspect they'll just be here for a few minutes, and then will go upstairs, to rip my neighbor's bathroom apart to get behind the vanity, and into the wall to get to the riser which seems to be the root of the problem.
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December 8, 2012 8:47 AM - Arkady
CHiller - I don't see anything funny about that tree.
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#18
December 8, 2012 8:47 AM - Deleted
Comme des Garçons is opening their first US store in Murray Hill. WTF?!?
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December 8, 2012 8:48 AM - lechacal
DH, should have texted you Thursday night. Was out with Namor and Namora causing mayhem.
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December 8, 2012 8:49 AM - lechacal
I don't know what that store is but I probably hate it.
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#21
December 8, 2012 8:50 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
"I don't see anything funny about that tree."

Of course you don't Arkady! Crazy Cat Ladies wouldn't!
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#22
December 8, 2012 8:53 AM - Deleted
Haha lech. Where were you guys at?
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#23
December 8, 2012 8:54 AM - Deleted
And how are namor(a) doing?
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December 8, 2012 9:08 AM - petebklyn
happy holiday everyone. did you see the holiday candelabra by boro hall?
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#25
December 8, 2012 9:31 AM - petebklyn
how come no mention of pearl harbor day yesterday?
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#26
December 8, 2012 9:37 AM - Slope4Eva
Happy Hanukkah!!

Pete, I did think yesterday I was forgetting someone's birthday or something. But Pearl Harbor Day didn't come to mind.
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December 8, 2012 9:40 AM - petebklyn
c'mon - the date will live in infamy
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#28
December 8, 2012 9:45 AM - Slope4Eva
Touche!!
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December 8, 2012 9:49 AM - Donatella

Happy Hanukkah! Looks pretty dreary out there today.

How is your husband today Eva?
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December 8, 2012 9:56 AM - Slope4Eva
I haven't gone to the hospital yet, Dona. In the beginning I was calling all the time while at home (as soon as I woke up, right before going to bed, etc.). I was making myself crazy. I now have to tell myself, if they need me, they will call. So I do what I need to do around the house and spend the afternoons and evenings with him. I assume he's good, thanks.
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#31
December 8, 2012 9:58 AM - petebklyn
hospital now is pretty nearby, right? that probably makes things bit easier to visit and monitor.
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#32
December 8, 2012 9:59 AM - Arkady
Yesterday was also my brother's bday.
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#33
December 8, 2012 10:01 AM - petebklyn
how long ago did he pass away, arkady? do you call your SIL on his b'day?
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December 8, 2012 10:03 AM - Arkady
I'm not sure how long ago, pete. No, we're both stoic. I send a big check to the Merleau-Ponty Circle which he founded & which sponsors a philosophy chair in his name.
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#35
December 8, 2012 10:03 AM - Slope4Eva
Yes, Pete, about a 20 minute drive. LI to SI some nights was taking me 2+ hours to get home. Much easier now.
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#36
December 8, 2012 10:03 AM - Donatella

That makes sense, Eva. You have to get some sort of a routine back.

Yesterday was my sister in law's birthday. Today is one of my best friend's birthday. I have to call him later.
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#37
December 8, 2012 10:07 AM - Donatella


That is a nice way to celebrate his birthday, Arkady.

Well, as dreary as it is out there, I have to get going to do some errands. Have a good day, everybody.
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#38
December 8, 2012 10:08 AM - petebklyn
time is all blur to me....I can only calculate when my father died because I was in college.....but mother or bf cannot remember
#39
December 8, 2012 10:09 AM - Arkady
Same here, pete. I know my father died when I was 6 mos. old because I was told that but the rest are in a fog.
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#40
December 8, 2012 10:18 AM - petebklyn
but phone numbers stick.....my grandmothers was RA44632 -- and she must be gone for almost 30 years.
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December 8, 2012 10:26 AM - Slope4Eva
Two grandparents died when I was 3, my sister when I was 6, other grandfather when I was 9. My dearest Nanny, who I was very close to, died when I was in my late twenties. Odd, you would think I'd remember exactly when she died, but no.
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December 8, 2012 10:28 AM - Partridge
Selective, protective memory.
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#43
December 8, 2012 10:29 AM - Partridge
Off to make the donuts! Have a fun-filled day, everyone.
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December 8, 2012 10:30 AM - Partridge
My father's birthday would be tomorrow. I too 'think' he died 4 years ago. Found a memorial card for my mother when clearing out my apartment this week. It said 2004. I wouldn't have know that either. I don't wish to remember the dates of their passing either. Time of year/month is plenty for me. Makes it more difficult for me to handle.
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#45
December 8, 2012 10:31 AM - Slope4Eva
You are probably right, Part. Have a prosperous day!!
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December 8, 2012 10:46 AM - rf
Bunch of goyim! Chanukah doesn't start until sunset. 4:28.

Partridge, are you making sufganiot? Chanukah jelly donuts.
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#47
December 8, 2012 10:47 AM - CGar
Charlie Brown was Jewish??? Okay, I guess "Brown" goes both ways (nh). My family has Jewish friends named "Brown".

"It nevertheless seems there's something about that poor schlump of a Charlie Brown and his inability to get into the spirit of Christmas (much less receive a single Christmas card) that speaks to the Jewish people. Indeed, if there is a more profoundly Jewish line than Linus' "How can you take a wonderful season like Christmas and turn it into a problem?" I have yet to hear it."
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#48
December 8, 2012 10:47 AM - rf
Eva, so glad to read that your husband is doing better. And yes, much better to have him closer to home, and much better to plan your days so you can keep your life (and your daughter's) together.
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#49
December 8, 2012 10:48 AM - CGar
Hi Eva. I posted to you reallllllly late last night. Just wanted to say I am really happy to hear that Juan is off the respirator.
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#50
December 8, 2012 10:49 AM - CGar
Yes, rf, but I HAD to post the Hanukkah OT before sundown.
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December 8, 2012 10:54 AM - sixyearsandcounting
Haha Cgar at 10:27 (9:27 here).
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#52
December 8, 2012 10:54 AM - CGar
Regarding "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" . . .

""Who is more of a Grinch than a grumpy old Jew?" And a Jew with a heart problem no less?""

"Perhaps Jewish kids like the Grinch because "Without the ending, the movie is the ultimate fantasy for a Jewish kid with a case of Santa/tree/carols envy—Christmas, canceled.""
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December 8, 2012 10:55 AM - More4Less
hope my Jewish peeps get what they want today, tomorrow, the day after,............
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December 8, 2012 10:58 AM - DeadCatBounce
Nice Linus quote, CG.
My oldest brother, who died 10 years ago, always reminded me of Schroeder.
I can't remember when exactly he died, but like Pete, I do remember phone numbers. Until I was 11, my phone number was Monument2-8052.
Edited at December 8, 2012 10:58 AM
#55
December 8, 2012 11:00 AM - CGar
^^^Due credit to Slopey, as I finally read the article he posted the other day about the quandary faced by Jewis parents in letting their kids watch Christmas cartoons.
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#56
December 8, 2012 11:02 AM - rf
CGar, I wasn't referring to you (do you think I consider you a goy???) but to those who want to know what the Jews got for Chanukah. It's not like the presents are arrayed under the Chanukah Bush and the sufganiot crumbs left on the plate by Santa this morning! No, we have to wait for sunset, light the candles, and sing the blessing first.
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#57
December 8, 2012 11:04 AM - rf
Of course those latkes look pretty good...
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#58
December 8, 2012 11:04 AM - CGar
"do you think I consider you a goy???"

This is the single nastiest thing that anyone has ever said to me. Ever. Since yesterday.
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December 8, 2012 11:10 AM - Slope4Eva
We do/did Mass first, Midnight Mass years ago, before opening gifts.

Hi, CGar. "Juan", took me a second to get it, thanks.
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December 8, 2012 11:11 AM - CGar
;-)
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December 8, 2012 11:11 AM - DeadCatBounce
The President has repeatedly said that raising taxes for the top 2% of wage earners is a matter of simple math. He is being disingenuous (if not outright lying).
First, there are two sides of the ledger, revenue vs expenditures. We clearly have a spending problem, especially for a country with 103% spending to GDP ratio.
Secondly, there are endless possible ways to raise taxes, including spreading the extra tax burden across a larger population, introducing new taxes, and of course, closing loopholes.
So no, President Obama, there is not only your way or the highway and it is not "simple math".
#62
December 8, 2012 11:24 AM - Deleted
The American people spoke and prefer a balanced approach with increasing revenues and cutting spending. Democracy is a beautiful thing.
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December 8, 2012 11:28 AM - petebklyn
yeah, lets introduce more voodoo economics that republicans are famous for.
if you want to measure spending to GDP -- why don't you want to tell us how revenue to GDP is low compared to historical
averages and unless increase back to at least average never going to decrease borrowing. Many studies show that could increase revenue to GDP to above 20% with no problem.
But why is the top tax rate going up a couple of measly points such a big deal? You suggest spreading the extra tax burden across larger population.....but tax decreases fell far most for the top.
Edited at December 8, 2012 11:28 AM
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December 8, 2012 11:31 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
"Bunch of goyim! Chanukah doesn't start until sunset. 4:28."

I know you're not talking about me! ; )
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December 8, 2012 11:33 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
<3 DH & Pete. TELL IT! (skoooches over closer to them on the sofa)
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December 8, 2012 11:36 AM - petebklyn
I only wished happy holiday. I said nothing about anything doing with religious. When I was 10 our family bought house from the Brown's. They left their little doorway decorations.
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December 8, 2012 11:38 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
"(skoooches over closer to them on the sofa)"

hussy!!! trollop!!!!

;-) j/k

mornin'!
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December 8, 2012 11:39 AM - petebklyn
mornin? barely.
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December 8, 2012 11:42 AM - petebklyn
so chris christie became a democrat. now that is a goyishe name if there ever was one.

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December 8, 2012 11:42 AM - DeadCatBounce
Full article can be found here: http://policyinterns.com/2012/05/08/tax-revenue-as-a-percentage-of-gdp-a-flawed-metric/

"One potential concern with using the revenue to GDP ratio as a legislative target is that it leads to policy decisions that violate common sense. For example, a policy that would actually reduce GDP while holding revenue constant would increase the revenue to GDP ratio, but would also be unambiguously bad for the country as a whole. Conversely, a policy that would increase GDP by 5% and tax revenue by 3% might be criticized as harmful to the tax situation, despite the obvious benefits of high economic growth and increased revenue.

Historical revenue to GDP ratios mean little in the absence of proper context. Without also looking at a number of other factors such as growth rates and government spending, attempts to tie high ratios to economic prosperity are disingenuous, and it is a non sequitur to claim that, since federal tax revenue was 20% of GDP in the Clinton years, a similar ratio today would yield positive results."
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December 8, 2012 11:45 AM - petebklyn
I can agree that any measure to GDP has limited value -- but you used the measure first. Great sound bites but that is what your people keep using for their propaganda.
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December 8, 2012 11:45 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
pipe down old man! the time still says 'am' after it so it's mornin' :-)
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#73
December 8, 2012 11:48 AM - Deleted
We can all find studies and articles to affirm our stances on issues. Stats are cheap
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#74
December 8, 2012 11:48 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
"hussy!!! trollop!!!!"

Fine, just don't call me late to dinner! : P

Good AFTERNOON, Snaps! : P
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December 8, 2012 11:54 AM - DeadCatBounce
No dh. Stats are facts.
Obama proposes $1.6 trillion in new taxes, in exchange for some $400 billion in cuts to entitlement programs to be negotiated next year.
How is that a balanced proposal?
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#76
December 8, 2012 11:54 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
ITS STILL MORNIN DAMMITZ!!!!!!
#77
December 8, 2012 11:54 AM - rf
Pete, are you talking about Charlie Crist? I'm pretty sure Chris Christy is still a Republican. In fact he just vetoed the bill to set up healthcare exchanges in NJ. Rather have the Feds do it their way I guess.
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#78
December 8, 2012 11:56 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
dcb, when will you and your party stop using the catchy word 'entitlements' for what regular people with a heart call 'taking care of the poorest/needy among us?' you know that whole statement about judging a society by how they treat their less fortunate and all...

but i digress. good MORNING!
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#79
December 8, 2012 12:00 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
now, good AFTERNOON (note the 'pm' on the time people!)
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#80
December 8, 2012 12:01 PM - Deleted
"No dh. Stats are facts."

really? we're talking ECONOMICS here - which is a philosophy, not science.

you don't think i can go and google right now "why republicans tax plan is retarded" and find tons of shit to refute your "facts"

please.
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December 8, 2012 12:04 PM - RowerChick
I am making latkes for the Christmas/Holiday pot luck at my folks place tonight. Using the recipe from Molly O'Neil's New York Cookbook. Alas, I don't have the grater part on to Cuisinart so I will have to use the Mandolin-still faster than a grater.
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#82
December 8, 2012 12:04 PM - Deleted
i have a few republican friends my age (i'm from long island, so this is sorta normal) - and all the stuff they like and repost on facebook about "entitlement abuse" is thinly veiled racist crap. right now someone just posted this story about a black person who visited a hospital with fancy sneakers, a gold tooth, tons of tattoos who is on medicaid - like this is typical for all of our 'entitlements'


face it - you guys lost. what happened to this big rejection of obama's policies that you and your buddies were predicting? oh yeah, obama bought off minorities and other "not real" americans.
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#83
December 8, 2012 12:06 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
howdy rower. how's the cleanup going?

i'm making a cornish hen today. and roasted potatoes and green beans. nom!
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December 8, 2012 12:09 PM - DeadCatBounce
Actually Snaps, I am not a Republican. Consider myself an independent.

Yes Dh, you certainly can find tons of material refuting any subject known to man by Googling. That doesn't mean that all reasoning is worthless. Statistics taken individually provide limited insight. In order to get a clear picture, you have to look at things from a number of perspectives and try and see the big picture. That is the reasoning process.

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#85
December 8, 2012 12:11 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
republican/independent/heartless, whatevs. :-)

no, really, why did you latch on to that word? you do see the condescending/nasty tone therein, right?
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#86
December 8, 2012 12:12 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
gotta dash to the grocery store, but i'll be eager to see your reply upon my return...get to typing young man! lol
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#87
December 8, 2012 12:14 PM - DeadCatBounce
Snaps, don't want to beat a dead horse, but I don't get your comment regarding latching on to "that" word.
What word?
Hope I wasn't condescending or nasty.
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#88
December 8, 2012 12:15 PM - Deleted
Wow DCB - thanks for the pointers! I don't know how I've manage to exist without knowing how to properly 'reason'. You've shown me the light.
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#89
December 8, 2012 12:15 PM - DeadCatBounce
Am I the "young man" ?
That would be really cool.
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#90
December 8, 2012 12:21 PM - Deleted
i need breakfast - or lunch. i feel grumpy. ta ta!
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#91
December 8, 2012 12:24 PM - DeadCatBounce
Here is an example of flawed reasoning:

"someone just posted this story about a black person who visited a hospital with fancy sneakers, a gold tooth, tons of tattoos who is on medicaid"

Therefore fiscal conservatives are racist.

Nothing wrong with studying philosophy, but in my opinion economics is best understood as a science.
(although admittedly a very young Science)
Edited at December 8, 2012 12:24 PM
#92
December 8, 2012 12:24 PM - petebklyn
ur right. the florida charlie crist -- the closet guy. all this chrissy names get me confused. and perhaps benson would say NJ chris should be democrat now anyway
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#93
December 8, 2012 12:31 PM - petebklyn
and the stats facts show that revenue to GDP is very low by historical standards, marginal tax rates of income tax are very low, and tax rates on dividends and capital gains are also extremely low. compared to our history and the leading countries of the world.
and stats also show that we have far biggest # of whiners per capita about taxes.
#94
December 8, 2012 12:42 PM - DeadCatBounce
Debt to GDP is a simple picture of a countries indebtedness. If you can poke a hole in this idea, Pete, go ahead.
The articles point was that revenue to GDP, by itself, doesn't tell us that much.
And if it is true " that we have far biggest # of whiners per capita about taxes." that is a pretty good argument that a lot of people don't feel they are being well served by their tax dollars or their government.
I do agree that Obama won the election, and will probably get most of what he wants legislatively.
I hope it all works out for the best. If not, I expect an endless parade of excuses and blaming of the dissenting minority.
Edited at December 8, 2012 12:42 PM
#95
December 8, 2012 12:47 PM - CGar
Just finished assembling the Metro shelves inside the pantry. Perfect fit. Great for 4 new strong shelves of accessible storage - at last, a place for DH's scones and booze. (Though some will no doubt be bitchy about the "Metro" labels on both sides of each shelf.) At times like this, my vertical impairment is an advantage; some have said that they are too tall ever to use a pantry such as mine.
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#96
December 8, 2012 12:47 PM - CGar
^^^ Speaking of, cobble, I think we should dress up like Sonny & Cher for Halloween.
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#97
December 8, 2012 12:49 PM - DeadCatBounce
LOL at Sonny & Cher.
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#98
December 8, 2012 12:49 PM - sixyearsandcounting
"There are lies, damn lies, and statistics."

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#99
December 8, 2012 12:50 PM - RowerChick
Ah, Snaps,

My roommate's good drywall has been up for a couple of weeks, but he's still working on the "floating" (which I think means spackling & sanding that you do before painting). The majority of his clothing is now downstairs now, but he is still sleeping in my livingroom & everything still feels like it's in limbo. But he doesn't need my computer anymore so that's a plus.
I'm out now. Later.
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December 8, 2012 12:57 PM - More4Less
wait, Pete is Jewish (ie recall him mentioning his jewish nephew & niece)?? and now Rower is saying she is Jewish or simply like some Jewish eats??
December 8, 2012 1:13 PM - DeadCatBounce
M4L, Better be careful or you might become Jewish by association.
I might point out that you are already:
1. Parsimonious (Cheap)
2. A big eater
3. Submissive to your wife (Much nicer than the other way to put it)
Edited at December 8, 2012 1:13 PM
December 8, 2012 1:15 PM - More4Less
DCB, there's one thing that prevents me from being Jewish. I have an on-going battle keeping those Jewish brothers from raiding our top talent.
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December 8, 2012 1:20 PM - DeadCatBounce
Jewish guys do the same thing re: Asian hotties
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December 8, 2012 1:25 PM - More4Less
DCB, I've only encountered maybe 2-3 cases of Asian brother raiding top shelf Jewish hotties vs more than I can keep count of Jewish brothers raiding Asian hotties
Edited at December 8, 2012 1:25 PM
December 8, 2012 1:27 PM - DeadCatBounce
Yes M4l, everybody knows that Asians are very intelligent!
Edited at December 8, 2012 1:27 PM
December 8, 2012 1:30 PM - More4Less
pretty soon, this blog will need to be renamed JewishPeepsInBkln
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December 8, 2012 1:36 PM - rf
M4L, you don't have to be Jewish to like Jewish food. Works all ways--after all, brownies are hardly traditional Chinese treats.
Edited at December 8, 2012 1:36 PM
December 8, 2012 1:37 PM - rf
And just because Pete has family members who are Jewish doesn't mean that he is Jewish!
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December 8, 2012 1:44 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
dcb, the word i am speaking of is 'entitlements.' gotta run again, but i want my answer! and yes, you are the young man i was speaking of. pete is the only oldster 'round these parts :-)
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December 8, 2012 1:56 PM - petebklyn
not jewish here by religion nor ethnicity. and hardly a cuisine I would rave over altho there are some edible foods.
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December 8, 2012 2:06 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
"I think we should dress up like Sonny & Cher for Halloween."

Snort! Young or older?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzW_7ANnHZI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUtofZzEnbA
Edited at December 8, 2012 2:22 PM
December 8, 2012 2:07 PM - DeadCatBounce
I didn't use the word "entitlements" but will address the idea anyway.
First, taking care of people desperately in need, especially the very young, the very old, and impoverished disabled, is something we should do. The debate is how far the government should go, where should individual and private initiatives be responsible, and sadly given our current outrageous out of control budget deficit, how much can we afford.
As a matter of personal conviction, as much as possible I think that people should be self starters, and not expect government to take care of them. This country was built on a foundation of personal initiative and if we lose that, we will no longer lead the world.
Also, charity should begin with individual giving. The government should not replace individual responsibility to give and help out. That idea will bankrupt our culture and open the door to autocracy.
One loophole that I don't think should be closed is the charitable contribution. Without that, the responsibility does fall more to government.
The alternative to government control of taking care of people is not heartlessness, racism and greed. The portrayal of people who believe as I do this way is insulting and wrong.
Edited at December 8, 2012 2:07 PM
December 8, 2012 2:11 PM - DeadCatBounce
That last post of mine was too long.
I'm giving myself a demerit.
Edited at December 8, 2012 2:11 PM
December 8, 2012 2:11 PM - DeadCatBounce
Fun clips of Sonny and Cher.
Takes me back to when I really was a young man.
Edited at December 8, 2012 2:11 PM
December 8, 2012 2:14 PM - rf
Yes, you did use the word "entitlements."

quote:
No dh. Stats are facts.
Obama proposes $1.6 trillion in new taxes, in exchange for some $400 billion in cuts to entitlement programs to be negotiated next year.
How is that a balanced proposal?


Edited at December 8, 2012 2:14 PM
December 8, 2012 2:21 PM - DeadCatBounce
Obama used the word "entitlement".
Beat on him!
Edited at December 8, 2012 2:21 PM
December 8, 2012 2:34 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
**Bathroom Update!**

Leak is fixed, it was the hot water riser. Super Plumber and Super Super took care of it. They had to rip apart the upstairs neighbor's bathroom to get at it, and replace a section of the pipe.

Now we wait for the innards to dry out, and Super Super comes back to repair the ceiling either Monday or Tuesday.
Edited at December 8, 2012 2:34 PM
December 8, 2012 2:40 PM - More4Less
Cobble, this linkedIn setup is more work than I expected plus it turns out I should've completed my resume update first as I could've transferred that info over vs filling it out on the fly. you know you're OLD when you struggle to recall what you did, work-wise, in the early years out of college.
Edited at December 8, 2012 2:40 PM
December 8, 2012 2:42 PM - DeadCatBounce
DP, amazed that your Super Super responded so quickly. When I rented apts in Manhattan, there was no question that the landlord would never fix anything.
Edited at December 8, 2012 2:42 PM
December 8, 2012 2:45 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
hmmmm...you didn't really answer my question, but i'm gonna let it slide for right now. i'm too pooped/icky feeling to scrap!

but i'm not too down and out to announce and promote this week's edition of shopping with snappy! just posted on the main page! go read it people! lemme know what you think! (if i'm talking to myself in there/boring the shit outta ya'll, please tell me so i can stop doing write-ups - i could be napping instead!!! lol)
Edited at December 8, 2012 2:44 PM
December 8, 2012 2:46 PM - rf
DCB, you used the word entitlement. You didn't use it within a quote of what Obama said.

I'd like to know how we are supposed to evaluate Boehner's proposal without specifics of what kind of deductions he plans to eliminate. Same bullshit that Romney proposing during the campaign, where are the details?

Edited at December 8, 2012 2:46 PM
December 8, 2012 2:51 PM - Donatella
Wait a minute, D-Cat. Just checking your syntax. Do you mean that in Manhattan, there was the expectation that the landlord wouldn't fix things?

If I understand you to mean that...... not fixing plumbing right away seems to be dumb on the landlord's part since plumbing issues only metastasize. I want to know immediately if there are any leaks anywhere. It is in my interest in maintaining the property as well as providing basic services for the tenant.

Speaking of tenants, one of my tenants said she is going to live in her brother's and sister in law's new house in Ditmas Park. Her lease is till May. I never wanted to raise her rent since she is a great tenant, but I will for a new tenant. The apartment is below market.


Edited at December 8, 2012 2:51 PM
December 8, 2012 2:53 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
"this linkedIn setup is more work than I expected plus it turns out I should've completed my resume update first "

Do you mean to say that you haven't had a resume handy through all these layoffs? Wow. Very bold.

Ok, well, keep at it! Brownies still in the offing IF & WHEN you get it done! (Who says bribery doesn't work? ; P )
Edited at December 8, 2012 2:53 PM
December 8, 2012 2:58 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
"amazed that your Super Super responded so quickly. "

This is the LL's first building (of several he owns). He built it, or had it built, and he still owns it. He actually cares about the building. That's not to say that he couldn't spiff it up in a few places, but he's definitely not a slumlord.

Of course my super responded so quickly! He's the Super Super! ; )
December 8, 2012 2:58 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
all this baking...are there any noms for me coming outta that oven, missy??? :-)
Edited at December 8, 2012 2:58 PM
December 8, 2012 3:01 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
DCB, and are you forgetting the fact that when we moved into this apt, it had just been freshly reno'd with all new kitchen, with fancy granite counters, and all new bathroom, and all new appliances?
Edited at December 8, 2012 3:01 PM
December 8, 2012 3:02 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I did make some sugar cookies today, Snaps.
Edited at December 8, 2012 3:02 PM
December 8, 2012 3:02 PM - rf
Cobble, you really hit the jackpot with that building. So many landlords in rent-stabilized buildings don't care how much the apartments turn over since they can raise the rent every time. (Of course I know that you'd love it if the building just transported itself to your preferred neighborhood!)
Edited at December 8, 2012 3:02 PM
December 8, 2012 3:03 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
"you really hit the jackpost with that building. "

Believe me, I know it!
Edited at December 8, 2012 3:03 PM
December 8, 2012 3:04 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
hmmmm....sugar cookies you say? nom! just save me one! pweeeease!
December 8, 2012 3:05 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
cobbly, new dessert recipe for you to try in my latest shopping column.

::blatant attempt to up my readership...insert sly grin here::

"-)
Edited at December 8, 2012 3:05 PM
December 8, 2012 3:05 PM - More4Less
Cobble, no, had a resume that was slightly out of date - haven't update it for close to 2 yrs already. it was also a resume where I wrote it up to gun for a bigger gig with more money (ie that's what you do when you have a solid gig and would only leave for bigger / better gig). now that I'm in beggars can't be chooser mode, have to dumb it down a bit to have broader appeal across gigs that are a demotion and/or lower pay. oh well, I'm moving it along and will finish it all (resume, linkedin, etc) by this weekend
Edited at December 8, 2012 3:05 PM
December 8, 2012 3:07 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Ok, LinkedIn Resume 101, for M4L.

Darling, you do not need to put every job you've ever had on LinkedIn, if I did, mine would be 4 miles long. Just put the most recent 3 or the 3 most pertinent to what you want to be doing, and focus more on the language that you use to describe what you've done. Almost no one I know puts their entire resume on LinkedIn, it's too much.
Edited at December 8, 2012 3:07 PM
December 8, 2012 3:14 PM - Donatella

I wish I had a super.
Edited at December 8, 2012 3:14 PM
December 8, 2012 3:16 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
cobbly, that apple corer...it'll make a hole as big as shown in the pic of the dessert? never used one before. or do you keep poking (get yer minds outta the gutter folks) until the hole is big enough?
December 8, 2012 3:21 PM - Deleted
Lol. Big holes
Edited at December 8, 2012 3:21 PM
December 8, 2012 3:23 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
dirty bird!
Edited at December 8, 2012 3:23 PM
December 8, 2012 3:24 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
ok...nap time. feeling like fried shit on a stick :-(
Edited at December 8, 2012 3:24 PM
December 8, 2012 3:25 PM - rf
Snappy, sorry you're feeling crummy again. Hope it gets better soon.
Edited at December 8, 2012 3:25 PM
December 8, 2012 3:26 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
No, Snaps, it wouldn't make that big a hole, but it would allow you to get a paring knife in there to open up the hole or just bake it with a smaller hole?
Edited at December 8, 2012 3:26 PM
December 8, 2012 3:36 PM - DeadCatBounce
Dona, the landlords were required to fix things, but as a practical matter they turned the management over to companies with the instructions to spend no money on anything. If a pipe leaked, what they would do is
1. blame tenant
2. maybe have lawyers call and harass tenants
3. Send written notice that problem was due to tenant misbehavior
4. Tell you if they did the repair, it would be an upgrade and be added to your rent
5. Do everything possible to drive you out so they could do 5 cent renovation and jack up the rent $1000

SOP

True Story
I had a studio apartment in Soho. Bldg was filled with rent stabilized tenants, many paying low rents. \Landlord replaced old crappy windows with energy efficient ones. (Of course jacked up the rent). Then during the summer, had the Super go in to the apts, close the windows and turn up the heat!!!

Edited at December 8, 2012 3:35 PM
December 8, 2012 3:36 PM - More4Less
prioritizing my to-do's this weekend, I'll going to bag them brownies, before I go finish updating my resume, via connecting to cobble on linkedin now (will go look over & edit linkedin stuff later as getting them brownies is 1st priority at this moment)
Edited at December 8, 2012 3:36 PM
December 8, 2012 4:04 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Confirmed! M4L is getting a pan of brownies this weekend!!!

Well done, Panda. Well done!
Edited at December 8, 2012 4:04 PM
December 8, 2012 4:11 PM - dibs
Sorry, been busy all day, lately with liquid lunch.

Cobble, what was the outcome with the bathroom leak???
Edited at December 8, 2012 4:11 PM
December 8, 2012 4:13 PM - dibs
"Comme des Garçons "

i've partaken of that many times
Edited at December 8, 2012 4:13 PM
December 8, 2012 4:13 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Fixed! See my 2:34, DIBS.
Edited at December 8, 2012 4:13 PM
December 8, 2012 4:14 PM - dibs
Espressos and chocolate candies now
Edited at December 8, 2012 4:14 PM
December 8, 2012 4:20 PM - Deleted
Have a merry DMX-Mas

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXca4WcCzlo&sns=em
Edited at December 8, 2012 4:20 PM
December 8, 2012 4:22 PM - Deleted
Liking boys? Yes I'm sure you have.
Edited at December 8, 2012 4:22 PM
December 8, 2012 4:36 PM - DeadCatBounce
That was good, dh. Will show it to my kids.
Edited at December 8, 2012 4:36 PM
December 8, 2012 4:37 PM - Partridge
Busy day! One PLUSA. I think she stole another PLUSA's book. Hmm. ; )
Edited at December 8, 2012 4:37 PM
December 8, 2012 4:42 PM - Donatella

That's evil, D-Cat. It is hard to imagine landlords being that predatory, but I know it exists. I saw signs of it in a different way ("fires") when I used to live in the E 90s when it was an old blue collar enclave of Yorkville.
Edited at December 8, 2012 4:42 PM
December 8, 2012 4:54 PM - Deleted
Omg the cured meat guy at choice greene is so pretentious.
December 8, 2012 4:55 PM - Deleted
LOL DCB - I forget how old your kiddies are - will they know DMX?
Edited at December 8, 2012 4:55 PM
December 8, 2012 4:55 PM - petebklyn
liquid lunch = Ensure
Edited at December 8, 2012 4:55 PM
December 8, 2012 5:00 PM - Deleted
Lol Pete
Edited at December 8, 2012 5:00 PM
December 8, 2012 5:01 PM - petebklyn
may decorate holiday tree tonight. and if feeling ecumenical or romantic light a candle
Edited at December 8, 2012 5:01 PM
December 8, 2012 5:03 PM - DeadCatBounce
Most likely they will, dh. Actually, ive heard of him too.
Edited at December 8, 2012 5:03 PM
December 8, 2012 5:05 PM - petebklyn
sounds like a stock pick of Dibs
Edited at December 8, 2012 5:05 PM
December 8, 2012 5:15 PM - Deleted
Anyone wanna buy an apple airport?
December 8, 2012 5:59 PM - ilovestoops
THAT BOOK WAS PAID FOR!!!!!! CASH!!!
Edited at December 8, 2012 5:59 PM
December 8, 2012 6:04 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
What book, stoops? I'm lost. (not unusual, but ok.)
December 8, 2012 6:05 PM - Deleted
Lol. Cobble lost.
Edited at December 8, 2012 6:05 PM
December 8, 2012 6:07 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Oh hush, DH! ; )
Edited at December 8, 2012 6:07 PM
December 8, 2012 6:07 PM - ilovestoops
Partridge @ 4:37
Edited at December 8, 2012 6:07 PM
December 8, 2012 6:13 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
LOL! Ok, ok, I see, stoops 'lifted' a book at LP's. Huh. I never would have suspected! ; )
Edited at December 8, 2012 6:13 PM
December 8, 2012 6:14 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
My bathroom ceiling hole is smelly. My apt. smells musty and moldy. Yuck!
Edited at December 8, 2012 6:14 PM
December 8, 2012 6:15 PM - ilovestoops
Wrong, Cobble, I paid for it. but it wasn't enough for shopgirl, who called out to me as I was leaving: No buys?
Edited at December 8, 2012 6:15 PM
December 8, 2012 6:15 PM - Deleted
smelly hole is def a problem
Edited at December 8, 2012 6:15 PM
December 8, 2012 6:22 PM - More4Less
DH, why? there's a hot (off the truck) apple airport for sale?
Edited at December 8, 2012 6:22 PM
December 8, 2012 6:24 PM - ilovestoops
so I held up the book and said I did buy something. She clarified that she had said "no (good)byes?" lol - not a pushy sales person after all!
Edited at December 8, 2012 6:24 PM
December 8, 2012 6:24 PM - More4Less
DH, not all holes smell like maple syrup or fudge brownies and they don't have to
Edited at December 8, 2012 6:24 PM
December 8, 2012 6:26 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
She was just hoping you'd forgotten, and would buy something else! ; ) Forgive her, she's over-worked and prolly forgot to eat lunch, stoops.
Edited at December 8, 2012 6:26 PM
December 8, 2012 6:26 PM - Deleted
i had it back when i had TWC, but now that i have FIOS i have to use their equipment, so figured i'd try to unload it.
Edited at December 8, 2012 6:26 PM
December 8, 2012 6:33 PM - Deleted
it's the "extreme" one.
Edited at December 8, 2012 6:33 PM
December 8, 2012 6:35 PM - More4Less
DH, my neighbors use airport with their FIOS svc.
Edited at December 8, 2012 6:35 PM
December 8, 2012 6:39 PM - ilovestoops
Cobble: I just thought I was funny that I had mis-interpreted what she said!
Edited at December 8, 2012 6:39 PM
December 8, 2012 6:40 PM - Deleted
Yeah - it's possible but requires lots of manual tinkering with settings and the new fios routers are pretty hardcore.

Btw did you hear Verizon is trying to come out with a cable box that has a camera that can tell what you're doing and tailor ads specifically to your habits? Shit getting scary.
Edited at December 8, 2012 6:40 PM
December 8, 2012 6:47 PM - More4Less
DH, easy fix for that - cover camera with piece of paper.
December 8, 2012 6:49 PM - dibs
"My bathroom ceiling hole is smelly. "

This is probably the worst visual I've ever gotten off the OT.
Edited at December 8, 2012 6:49 PM
December 8, 2012 6:50 PM - Deleted
Ya - cuz you've previously provided the top 100 worst visuals of the ot
Edited at December 8, 2012 6:50 PM
December 8, 2012 6:52 PM - dibs
Just finished wrapping presents. I don't need a book to teach me how to do it just like I don't need one to teach me how to trim a tree.
Edited at December 8, 2012 6:52 PM
December 8, 2012 6:53 PM - Deleted
Jack(ass) of all trades!!
Edited at December 8, 2012 6:53 PM
December 8, 2012 6:54 PM - dibs
Shouldn't you be putting on some cologne now and getting ready to go out and cruise lounges for whatever the night may render?????
December 8, 2012 6:57 PM - Deleted
haha! it's 7pm - if i was going to be cruising anything i'd be taking a nap right now
Edited at December 8, 2012 6:57 PM
December 8, 2012 6:58 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Worse than the time you had the 'runs', and gave us the play by play, DIBS?
Edited at December 8, 2012 6:58 PM
December 8, 2012 6:58 PM - More4Less
Dave, DH is doing well nowadays so he rubs crisp C-notes onto himself prior to exiting aptmt - for the fresh scent of 1% money
Edited at December 8, 2012 6:58 PM
December 8, 2012 7:00 PM - DeadCatBounce
"As Democrats demand tax concessions from Republicans to avert a collision over the federal budget, Senate Democratic leaders are signaling that they may be willing to trade an entitlement spending overhaul to secure a deficit- reduction deal. "
Haha - Democrats are using the forbidden "e" word.
There, I avoided saying it!
Edited at December 8, 2012 7:00 PM
December 8, 2012 7:01 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Have a glass of wine and relax, DCB, it's Saturday night, for cryin' out loud!
Edited at December 8, 2012 7:01 PM
December 8, 2012 7:02 PM - Deleted
oh yeah - friday my boss the cfo dude told me he wants to retire in 2 yrs and wants me to take over. BOSS.
Edited at December 8, 2012 7:02 PM
December 8, 2012 7:05 PM - rf
Didn't you have a very bad experience last time, taking over for a boss?
Edited at December 8, 2012 7:05 PM
December 8, 2012 7:08 PM - DeadCatBounce
"Have a glass of wine and relax, DCB, it's Saturday night, for cryin' out loud!"

Yes, but Mrs DCB is out of town, and I am home alone.
Got invited to what is probably a very wild holiday party tonight, but would rather stay home and mope tonight.
Might just do some work.
Edited at December 8, 2012 7:08 PM
December 8, 2012 7:08 PM - Deleted
well yeah, but that was because she up and walked out one day with no notice and transition period.....i'll be slowly taking stuff off his plate over the next 2 years which is doable.
Edited at December 8, 2012 7:08 PM
December 8, 2012 7:09 PM - Deleted
"Got invited to what is probably a very wild holiday party tonight, but would rather stay home and mope tonight."

GOTD
Edited at December 8, 2012 7:09 PM
December 8, 2012 7:09 PM - More4Less
DH, don't forget the little & littler people from the days before you became BALLER. I'll be buying you drinks then mooching for a job
Edited at December 8, 2012 7:09 PM
December 8, 2012 7:10 PM - DeadCatBounce
Will you be cutting all the bldg maintenance people's salaries?
Edited at December 8, 2012 7:10 PM
December 8, 2012 7:12 PM - Deleted
arg - are we gonna have to provide health insurance to all our temp peeps? BUCK OFAMA!!!
December 8, 2012 7:14 PM - More4Less
later peeps. gotta give the kid a bath and I take a shower
Edited at December 8, 2012 7:14 PM
December 8, 2012 7:18 PM - Partridge
Stoop!!!!!

Just teasing ya 'bout the thievery!!!! Yes, I said, "No goodbye?"
Edited at December 8, 2012 7:18 PM
December 8, 2012 7:36 PM - Deleted
*******************************
Why are some people so friggin stupid?
*******************************

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I ask this question for the following reasons:

-my wife has lupus, and should I drop dead tomorrow, would have no way to support herself, given the care she needs, unless I save enough.

-ditto even more for my daughter, who has MS and, despite her young age, can only work about 30 hours a week, lest she become overwhelmed with fatigue.

-Despite this need to build up assets, I am doing the right thing by my mother-in-law (who, lest we forget, is my wife's step-mother and who rejected my wife in her old age, leaving her care in my hand). How am I doing the right thing? She is living out her last days in her home (which, incidentally, was my wife's fathers home, paid for before she arrived on the scene), per her wishes. Because of her dementia, I am spending FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS A MONTH on home health aides, drawing down on her assets. Lest you think I am drawing down the Vanderbilt estate, I remind the jury that my wife's father was a tool and die maker.

-I have also spent thousands of dollars getting her house back in shape, as it was neglected by my wife's father.

Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, here is the key point of Benson's contention: today he was told by one of his mother-in-law's nieces (on her side) that "I am not doing enough for her".

And so I ask: WHY ARE SOME PEOPLE SO FRIGGIN STUPID?!?!?!?!!?!?!!?!
Edited at December 8, 2012 7:36 PM
December 8, 2012 7:41 PM - DeadCatBounce
Because they are immature and never had to shoulder any real responsibility themselves.
But that isn't what you need right now. What you need is a pat on the shoulder from a friend who can tell you that you are a hero. Keep it up Benson. True compassion begins with those close to you.
Edited at December 8, 2012 7:41 PM
December 8, 2012 7:42 PM - Deleted
bummer benson. sounds like you're doing a great job. fuck the niece.
December 8, 2012 7:43 PM - DeadCatBounce
Tool and die maker is an honorable and highly skilled profession.
Edited at December 8, 2012 7:43 PM
December 8, 2012 7:49 PM - Deleted
Thanks guys. After listening to that niece tear into me on the phone, I thought I was in a "Twilight Zone" episode.
Edited at December 8, 2012 7:49 PM
December 8, 2012 7:53 PM - Deleted
sounds like you deserve a manhattan this evening (or 3)
Edited at December 8, 2012 7:53 PM
December 8, 2012 8:38 PM - ilovestoops
benson: it just tears me up to hear about family disputes like that. do your wife's siblings/step-siblings understand how much you're helping?
agree with dcb - you deserve a pat on the back, not a tongue lashing!
Edited at December 8, 2012 8:38 PM
December 8, 2012 8:46 PM - ilovestoops
Partridge: hope most of your other customers bought more than I did!

by the way, you're to be commended for the excellent lighting design that actually enables prospective purchasers to see the merchandise! I had just come from a small flea ("artisan") market at bignyc/gowanus, where it was impossible to see what they were selling. I told one guy that maybe hipsters could see the stuff, but old people can't, and some old people might actually want to buy something if they could see it! Aesthetically pleasing "mood" lighting has it's place, but not for displaying stuff to sell (unless he's selling "lighting design services")! Same issues as with web sites that display how clever the designer is rather than the product/service of the site.
Edited at December 8, 2012 8:46 PM
December 8, 2012 8:49 PM - petebklyn
in our age group - I hear so many stories of friends dealing with relatives in such states. It is draining exhausting and thankless. And is never enough. Including dealing with the MIL in our case. You'd think to hear her talk she lives in frigid apt -- even though I think I'm in a sauna when I go in there.
Edited at December 8, 2012 8:49 PM
December 8, 2012 8:55 PM - rf
As Pete said, it's a thankless task. But what else can you do? Benson, my sympathy and empathy.
Edited at December 8, 2012 8:55 PM
December 8, 2012 9:40 PM - Slope4Eva
Benson, so sorry you have to deal with the likes of that niece. In her mind, she probably justifies this as her way of helping. She's so wrong. Maybe sending her the bill from the caretakers will shut her up.
Edited at December 8, 2012 9:40 PM
December 8, 2012 10:23 PM - rf
Eva, did your husband have a good day?
Edited at December 8, 2012 10:23 PM
December 9, 2012 7:32 AM - DeadCatBounce
Snappy, I really wanted to answer your question, but couldn't quite get a handle on what you were asking. I think this is the question you wanted answered:

"dcb, when will you and your party stop using the catchy word 'entitlements' for what regular people with a heart call 'taking care of the poorest/needy among us?"

I can only answer for myself obviously -
I will stop using the word "entitlement" when the world at large generally agrees with your understanding. The word "entitlement" is used everyday by Senators and House members of both parties, by the Press and by the President himself.

Entitlement programs in the US are not, in fact, synonymous with taking care of the needy and poor. This explanation is from "A Glossary of Political Economy Terms":
"The most important examples of entitlement programs at the federal level in the United States would include Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, most Veterans' Administration programs, federal employee and military retirement plans, unemployment compensation, food stamps, and agricultural price support programs. "
Many of those programs are not needs tested, so you are factually incorrect.

Finally, it is narrow minded and insulting for you to refer to me as "heartless"just because I understand things differently than you . In fact I do a great deal to support my society, including serving on the board of a philanthropic foundation, and donating to charity.

Peace.


December 9, 2012 8:24 AM - dibs
GM
December 9, 2012 8:26 AM - Deleted
Argh
December 9, 2012 8:32 AM - Partridge
and...
December 9, 2012 8:34 AM - Partridge
Perhaps our priority should be defense reimbursement from our allies?
Edited at December 9, 2012 8:34 AM
December 9, 2012 8:36 AM - dibs
Notre Dame's Manti Te'o was a contrender for the Heissman trophy.....

Samoan....HOT


Edited at December 9, 2012 8:37 AM
December 9, 2012 8:36 AM - Partridge
Agreed the term "Entitlements" is used by all. But its negative connotation and frequent use, make the republican party, not you, DCB, appear heartless. Would be better if re-named "Necessities" but could never get everyone to agree that the spending is actually needed. Found a couple of pie charts that might be germane to further discussion on the topic.
December 9, 2012 8:38 AM - dibs
And cutting back aid to many countries.
Edited at December 9, 2012 8:38 AM
December 9, 2012 8:39 AM - dibs
More scrutinization of those on social security disability.
December 9, 2012 8:41 AM - dibs
Here's another photo of him....
Edited at December 9, 2012 8:41 AM
December 9, 2012 8:51 AM - DeadCatBounce
I'd rather look at pie charts.
Edited at December 9, 2012 8:51 AM
December 9, 2012 8:55 AM - Donatella

aaarrrggghhhhh.

The morning people. Able to post about entitlements, complete with graphics before 9 on a Sunday morning.
D-Cat, if your wife is still away today, go to a museum!

I'm getting a cold but have a lot of things to do today.
December 9, 2012 8:56 AM - dibs
Raining up there????
December 9, 2012 9:00 AM - Deleted
kate upton on the cover of vogue this month. high five!!
December 9, 2012 9:03 AM - Donatella

Looks like more of what we had yesterday, drizzly and grey.
Edited at December 9, 2012 9:03 AM
December 9, 2012 9:06 AM - Deleted
Whether she realizes it or not, Partridge's pie chart of the federal government spending makes the point about the problem with entitlements, for it shows that only 19& of federal spending is devoted to defense, and that only 37 percent of the budget is spent on discretionary expenses (Defense and other discretionary). This is in contrast to 30 years ago, when defense consumed half of the federal budget. We have gone from a 600 ship navy to a 300 ship navy in the past 30 years. We have gone from a 2 million man army to a one million man army.

At the same time, the big three entitlement programs: Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid consume an ever-growing share. If something is not done about these programs, they will consume the entire federal budget in 15 years.

Moreover, entitlement is exactly the right word, in all senses. Let's just take one example: Social Security. When this program was enacted, the average life span was 65 years, and that is why the benefit date was set to this age. The program was originally designed to only fund the very last days of life (Hence that is why it is called "old age insurance") and it was specifically designed that only about half the people would actually use the program. Fast forward to our time, and Social Security has morphed into a retirement program for the middle class, with many folks living to 85, drawing on it for 2o-25 years. Yet any suggestion that this program be reformed brings out howls of anger because people believe they are entitled to it. All studies show that the benefits they receive far outweigh what they paid into it, but folks don't want to hear it.

There are two problems with our entitlement programs, and that is why they need reform:

The debt we are building up. Using my story above, I would never think of taking out a loan to support my mother-in-law and passing it on to my daughter. That is exactly what we are doing with these programs.

-on a higher level, what the federal government is doing is taxing production to subsidize consumption. Liberals lament the decline of manufacturing and the rampant consumerism of our country, yet these programs support these trends.


December 9, 2012 9:06 AM - DeadCatBounce
high five
Edited at December 9, 2012 9:06 AM
December 9, 2012 9:09 AM - Partridge
I would have told that ungrateful step-niece-in-law, "Yes, there is so much more I'd love to do for her, but am unable. So glad you are on board! I'll schedule you for cleaning the house on Mondays, hair and nail appointments for Tuesdays, Wednesdays afternoon tea with her lady friends. She still likes to do some of her own shopping too. Be a doll and take her to Pathmark on Fridays. Bring the circular from the Marketeer, you gals will have a ball!"
December 9, 2012 9:10 AM - Deleted
Even though I agree with raising the SS retirement age, I've heard compelling arguments against it:

life expectancy has gone up, but not that much among lower income people who are more likely to actually depend on SS to retire. there were pie charts and stats and stuff - too lazy to look up
December 9, 2012 9:11 AM - Deleted
and one more for the hetero men:

kate upton / terry richardson baywatch parody

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/fash-track/kate-upton-terry-richardson-baywatch-342533

December 9, 2012 9:15 AM - Deleted
DH;

Do your homework, young man! Low-income people are covered by a separate program: SSI. Most of the talk has been about raising the retirement age for the main program: social security

Oh, and thanks for the photos!
December 9, 2012 9:15 AM - DeadCatBounce
dh, I like this one. Very funny....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLWP-QBrZzE
December 9, 2012 9:18 AM - Deleted
ok i misspoke - not "LOW" income - more like "not rich" people.

ie - raising age for someone like dave not a big deal - but someone who is 65 working a job making like 50 - 60k and has modest retirement savings.


December 9, 2012 9:18 AM - kazootite
"I'd rather look at pie charts."
You are entitled to a pie chart today, dcb! GM
Edited at December 9, 2012 9:18 AM
December 9, 2012 9:19 AM - Deleted
lol that rules DCB. fly honeys - the great uniter.
December 9, 2012 9:19 AM - Deleted
LOL kazoo
December 9, 2012 9:23 AM - DeadCatBounce
Very thoughtful kazoo. Thx.
December 9, 2012 9:28 AM - petebklyn
SSI is for low income disabled people who do not qualify for SSDI - because do not have enough qualifying work credits and won't qualify for soc. sec. when they become of age.
It is approx. $750 a month for a single depending on where you live.
If you or I became disable before SS retirement age -- we would collect SSDI.
December 9, 2012 9:30 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
::cough, sputter, hack::

mornin'. ugh. feel like shit.

dcb, didn't really mean to call you heartless. was joking with that line - totally didn't mean to offend. my sincere apologies, young man. to pooped to go into the entitlement issue in full right now, but maybe later. thanks for the response.
December 9, 2012 9:33 AM - DeadCatBounce
Thx Snappy. Have a great day.
December 9, 2012 9:48 AM - kazootite
Ur welcome, dcb. Will you be going to the museum today?
December 9, 2012 9:55 AM - Deleted
Fun day of hanging window treatments today
Edited at December 9, 2012 9:55 AM
December 9, 2012 10:03 AM - Partridge
With my sincere wishes for your successful GOTD bid, DH, would you tell us about those window treatments? What did you get?
December 9, 2012 10:06 AM - More4Less
my boxing fav Manny Pac got knocked out last night and might retire - if he retires, there's no reason for me to ever watch boxing anymore (ie only eyes for MMA/UFC fights)
December 9, 2012 10:08 AM - petebklyn
was he able to pick them out all by himself and not go on endlessly about his choices, colors, fabrics, and how exactly to hang?
Edited at December 9, 2012 10:07 AM
December 9, 2012 10:11 AM - Deleted
Took your suggestion and got some white-ish curtains. And bbb had a cheap rod (nh) that fits my window so ended up being pretty cost effective.
December 9, 2012 10:12 AM - Deleted
Yes I bought them all by myself!! (Fuck u cgag)
Edited at December 9, 2012 10:12 AM
December 9, 2012 10:13 AM - CGar
"was he able to pick them out all by himself and not go on endlessly about his choices, colors, fabrics, and how exactly to hang?"

Speaking of burdensome old people with dementia.
Edited at December 9, 2012 10:13 AM
December 9, 2012 10:14 AM - CGar
I'm not rising to your bait and chaneling lechacal, DH, but no thank you to your offer, and who's "cgag"????
December 9, 2012 10:15 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
m4l, saw your note about the computer. i'll give it a shot, but i am a mac person so i know little about windows deets and hunting. i'll post my findings for you next week.
Edited at December 9, 2012 10:15 AM
December 9, 2012 10:16 AM - CGar
I will call bullshit on NBC, however. Some foods are not meant to be healthy. And there's nothing wrong with that at all. So please spare me the healthy alternatives to latkes. They're potatoes and onions fried in oil. I don't WANT a healthy alternative. Sheesh.
December 9, 2012 10:17 AM - Deleted
Pete;

You are incorrect. SSI is also for low-income elderly people who have not made enough during their working years to qualify for regular Social Security (in addition to the disability benefits you discuss above). See here:

http://ezinearticles.com/?A-Simple-Explanation-of-Supplemental-Security-Income&id=7158252
December 9, 2012 10:18 AM - kazootite
DH, those girlz in your building will be impressed with your window treatment skillz.
December 9, 2012 10:21 AM - CGar
HOLY SHIT!!!!! Plastic surgery gone bad. Mary Matalin on This Week on ABC now. She can't blink her eyes or open her mouth (a good thing for a Republican).
December 9, 2012 10:24 AM - Deleted
Me and those girls didn't end up being friends. They just used me for my toolz :(
December 9, 2012 10:27 AM - dibs
Maybe they were grammar nazis and didn't like yours.
December 9, 2012 10:29 AM - More4Less
DH, next time they ask for help or tools to fill a hole, you know what to say/do
Edited at December 9, 2012 10:29 AM
December 9, 2012 10:30 AM - Deleted
My new fav word? GRAVITAS!!
December 9, 2012 10:30 AM - Deleted
Yeah exactly m4l.
December 9, 2012 10:32 AM - dibs
Did you learn that from the pretentious guy at Green Choice or wherever it was????
December 9, 2012 10:33 AM - More4Less
fill a hole huh?? I got your tool right hereeeeeeee
December 9, 2012 10:33 AM - Deleted
Hahahaha. "This iberco ham has gravitas bitch!!!!"
Edited at December 9, 2012 10:33 AM
December 9, 2012 10:34 AM - More4Less
Dave, you might also like Ben Henderson who defended his title last night. he's half korean, half black so looks samoan
December 9, 2012 10:37 AM - Deleted
Thanks m4l - I'm sure well see another pic of a shiny shirtless dude shortly
Edited at December 9, 2012 10:37 AM
December 9, 2012 10:38 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
m4l, i put up a few options for you in the other thread.
December 9, 2012 10:45 AM - petebklyn
also - SSI is not funded by social security payroll tax but by general fund even though administered by soc. sec. administration.
December 9, 2012 10:51 AM - dibs
If the US government were a corporation, there'd be all sorts of red flags raised due to "unfunded pension liabilities"
Edited at December 9, 2012 10:51 AM
December 9, 2012 10:52 AM - DeLepp
ugh cory booker on tv shilling...
December 9, 2012 11:05 AM - sixyearsandcounting
Back in nyc.
Edited at December 9, 2012 11:05 AM
December 9, 2012 11:09 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
welcome to the jungle...we got fun and games :-)
December 9, 2012 11:19 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
GM

The baking continues...I'm trying some new things this year. I'm making chocolate 'bark', with white and dark chocolate. It's working out well, and it's very pretty to look at with dried (sulphered) apricots, dried cherries, toasted walnuts and pecans.

Edited at December 9, 2012 11:19 AM
December 9, 2012 11:25 AM - petebklyn
next wkend is biscotti baking time
December 9, 2012 11:28 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
i gotta go out and get more kleenex. may get some apples and ice cream and make that sundae thing. if i bake the apples first with cinnamon, sugar and butter, how long to bake the apples? at what temp? any adjustments for using a convection toaster oven instead of full size oven? help!
December 9, 2012 11:28 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
I did some biscotti this past Monday. I'll do a bit more today, but next weekend is the really big baking weekend. I'm getting everything prepped for it. I should be able to bake about 750-1000 cookies next weekend, easily.
December 9, 2012 11:30 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
350 conventional oven, have no idea for convection toaster oven, Snaps.

If you have chest congestion, I'd avoid dairy products.
December 9, 2012 11:32 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
: (

no ice cream? ::pouting intensely::
December 9, 2012 11:37 AM - CGar
Coconut.
December 9, 2012 11:46 AM - rf
Convection oven conversion calculator:
http://www.convection-calculator.com/
December 9, 2012 11:53 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
thanks, rf! now how long do you bake an apple? cobbly only said 350 degrees...time?
December 9, 2012 11:54 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
and should i cut some time off the conversion time since i'm using a small countertop convection oven and not a full size convection oven (i'm assuming the smaller one i have will cause the apple to bake faster since there's less space to heat and foods tend to cook faster in there)?
December 9, 2012 11:57 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
What? What's that I hear? Why does the word "coconut" keep popping into my head (nh)?

I'd say 30-45 minutes for baking, Snaps.

No, Snaps, I'd go by the convection oven time conversion. You'll know when it's done, just test it with a fork or a knife tip.
Edited at December 9, 2012 11:58 AM
December 9, 2012 11:58 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
danke! but i will hold off on making them though. you are right about the dairy. sigh.
Edited at December 9, 2012 11:58 AM
December 9, 2012 11:59 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
ok...i've never baked an apple before (gah!). what should it feel like when touched with the fork?
December 9, 2012 12:04 PM - rf
Like a baked potato. Soft but not falling apart.
Edited at December 9, 2012 12:04 PM
December 9, 2012 12:07 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Well, do you want to slice your baked apple with a knife, or spoon it (nh)? Poke it (nh) a little, if it's starting to collapse, it's definitely done. I like mine a tad firm (nh), so that it's got some bite and isn't too (apple)saucy.

(And with that, my contribution to raunch hour is submitted 4 hours early! : P )


Edited at December 9, 2012 12:07 PM
December 9, 2012 12:08 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
danke, rf! maybe i'll bake myself an apple today sans ice cream just to test the timing on my convection oven.
December 9, 2012 12:10 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
lol, cobbly! i think i'd like to be able to have it hold up to hold the ice cream, but not so hard that when the icecream is gone that you have to attack it with a knife to get it in small pieces.

just saw this recipe...they say 15 min...what gives?

http://tinyurl.com/abchaxy
December 9, 2012 12:18 PM - Arkady
Maybe 15 minutes is for convection oven? I'd guess more what CHiller said - 45 mins to hour.
December 9, 2012 12:18 PM - Deleted
I'm hongry now
December 9, 2012 12:19 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
No clue. Test it after 15, but I doubt it will be done.
December 9, 2012 12:22 PM - rf
Since it's just the shell of an apple, I don't think it will take nearly an hour.
December 9, 2012 12:23 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
yeah, even though my conv. ov. goes fast, i don't think it could make an apple tender in 15 min. but, maybe if you hollow it out to the point where there's pretty much nothing but skin left it would work. but that seems like it would defeat half the purpose of the dessert. i'll have to perfect this and have you all over for dessert one evening.
December 9, 2012 12:23 PM - rf
Snappy, I think it may take a few tries to hollow out the apple. They can be pretty brittle.
December 9, 2012 12:24 PM - Arkady
Snaps - You don't want to hollow out the apple further than that 'rind' surrounding the seeds. Use the corer first & then a teaspoon to dig out the center but not the bottom.
December 9, 2012 12:25 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
yeah...i'm worried about my ability to do it with my unstable hands. gotta figure out a method that i can handle. well, short of conning one of you to come over and do it for me :-)
Edited at December 9, 2012 12:25 PM
December 9, 2012 12:26 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
i don't think my hands are strong enough to dig with a teaspoon. apples are too firm.
Edited at December 9, 2012 12:26 PM
December 9, 2012 12:27 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
bah...how many plusas does it take to core and bake an apple?!
December 9, 2012 12:27 PM - DeadCatBounce
Snaps, can you make my baked apple without the kleenex? Ice cream is OK though.
Edited at December 9, 2012 12:27 PM
December 9, 2012 12:28 PM - Arkady
I'd help but I'm stuck here waiting for someone to bring me brunch in bed.
December 9, 2012 12:30 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
lol, dcb!

arkady...how'd you get that service??? i want!

but i'm not baking them today i don't think. i've got waning energy and the #1 thing to get is kleenex. apples will have to wait i guess.
December 9, 2012 12:36 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I got bagel and coffee delivery this morning. : )
Edited at December 9, 2012 12:36 PM
December 9, 2012 12:38 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
::jealous::

but you have a bird's nest head! i don't! boooooo!

::grumble grumble...gotta get me a bird's nest head of my own...piss moan grumble::
Edited at December 9, 2012 12:38 PM
December 9, 2012 12:39 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
waste of $$$$ or no?

http://tinyurl.com/a7l8fxw
December 9, 2012 12:44 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I actually called him birdnesthead this morning, he had mussed 'morning hair', it's kind of endearing to me.
Edited at December 9, 2012 12:48 PM
December 9, 2012 12:44 PM - More4Less
almost football time - too bad there are errands and that resume thing to deal with. arghhhhhhhhhhhhhh
December 9, 2012 1:28 PM - Arkady
Yes. Definite waste of $$$.
December 9, 2012 1:51 PM - CGar
***UNMENTIONABLE WARNING***

I just ran into Kevin the Mexican Busboy (nh) on Atlantic Avenue.

(He was wearing a "Bucks or Bust" t-shirt.)
Edited at December 9, 2012 1:52 PM
December 9, 2012 1:54 PM - CGar
Snapple, I've seen apple bakers like this in stores like Williams-Sonoma and Cook's Companion. Not sure how they work.
Edited at December 9, 2012 1:54 PM
December 9, 2012 1:55 PM - Donatella

Snappy, sometimes I cut an apple in half, core it, put it on a plate, sprinkle on cinnamon and then nuke it. It's not baking it, but depending on how long you nuke it, you get semi-baked apple or apple saucey consistency. Either way, it is good without the production. Probably not as good as baked, but not bad and just a couple of minutes.
December 9, 2012 1:57 PM - rf
I think it's true that unless you are looking for a 360-degree work of art, cutting the apple in half makes it 1000000 times easier to core the apple, especially if you want the pocket to be big enough for a nice amount of ice cream!
Edited at December 9, 2012 1:57 PM
December 9, 2012 1:57 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
thx for the warning, arkady.

donat, i love the idea of first cutting the apple in half. that would probably allow me to hollow it out much easier. but i'm still stuck on baking because i like the idea of the smell filling the house. you don't get that with nuking : (
December 9, 2012 1:58 PM - CGar
"I'd help but I'm stuck here waiting for someone to bring me brunch in bed."

If you want it, here it is, come and get it, you better hurry cuz it's going fast . . .
Edited at December 9, 2012 1:58 PM
December 9, 2012 1:58 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
cargar, that looks like it would cost more than i'm willing/able to spend on an apple corer. found a few coring options for cheap at bb&b, but the stupid website is effed up and keeps telling me there are no stores in nyc when i try to check the in-store inventory. sigh.
Edited at December 9, 2012 1:58 PM
December 9, 2012 2:00 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
get rid of the seeds on that roll, don't toast it, be sure the eggs are organic, the cheese is a nice sharp vermont cheddar and the bacon super crisp and i'll take it. kaythx!
Edited at December 9, 2012 2:01 PM
December 9, 2012 2:04 PM - CGar
I have a BBB coupon for you if ever you get the site working . . . 20% off any online item through 12/17 . . .

. . . Just sent it to you. I don't think you need any of my deets that you don't already have (it's my regular CarGar email), but if you do, let me know. And if they want to know your relationship to me, just say you're my wife or girlfriend. :-)
December 9, 2012 2:05 PM - CGar
I like Poppyseed, but I can live without them, and I prefer my BE&C sammich roll not toasted, but that's the closest pic I could find to what I really like.
December 9, 2012 2:07 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
oh, and the eggs can't be runny like that. firmly scrambled. just a pinch of kosher salt and course ground pepper. danke!
December 9, 2012 2:08 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
thx for the coupon...will have to see about that...
December 9, 2012 2:10 PM - dibs
There is a god......Amis posted on their facebook page that they had white truffles again yesterday. Just stopped by, they have 2 orders left and they will save me an order for dinner tonight.
Edited at December 9, 2012 2:10 PM
December 9, 2012 2:13 PM - Arkady
That's a baker CG posted, Snaps, not a corer. The center post in the lid conducts heat to hasten the baking.
December 9, 2012 2:15 PM - Donatella


This reminds me of the Honeymooner's episode with Ralph and Norton doing a TV Commercial.

"But can it core a apple?"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22oCaiccz3w
December 9, 2012 2:17 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
whoooops...totally misspoke...yes, baker. don't wanna spend that much. i guess i don't need anything to make the baking process faster since i'd be doing it in a small convection toaster oven. that sucker really does cook fast. plus, i don't think the baker he posted would fit in my cto : (
December 9, 2012 2:17 PM - dibs
Doesn't she need the special tool for peeling apples too?????
December 9, 2012 2:21 PM - Arkady
She has a peeler but you don't need one for baked apples!
December 9, 2012 2:28 PM - Deleted
Manzanas!!
December 9, 2012 2:33 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
had to google that, dh!
December 9, 2012 2:35 PM - dibs
Signing a lot of Christmas cards is rather annoying.
December 9, 2012 2:44 PM - CGar
Snappy, I find it completely and utterly SHOCKING that, after all these years, you and I finally agree 100% on a food item: Bacon, Egg & Cheese Sammiches.
Edited at December 9, 2012 2:44 PM
December 9, 2012 2:44 PM - dibs
Maybe not annoying, but tedious.
December 9, 2012 2:44 PM - CGar
We would think that you would have people for that, dave. No illegal immigrants to sign them for you???
Edited at December 9, 2012 2:44 PM
December 9, 2012 2:45 PM - dibs
Not a fan. I prefer egg and ham but no cheese. Roll or bread must be toasted.
December 9, 2012 2:46 PM - CGar
So, even though I swore off alcohol today, I pre-gamed at Floyd with Biff and some relatives and gave them a private tour of Montero's (after waking L&P this morning to let them know we'd be in the bar!). And then I get to start drinking again at my friends' annual tree-trimming at 4pm. Wrapping ornaments in Hanukkah paper as we speak.
December 9, 2012 2:48 PM - dibs
What's Hanukkah paper?????
Edited at December 9, 2012 2:51 PM
December 9, 2012 3:14 PM - CGar
It's nicer than this, but this is the idea . . .
December 9, 2012 3:15 PM - CGar
Swastika wrapping paper came up in my Google Images search for Hanukkah paper . . .
Edited at December 9, 2012 3:15 PM
December 9, 2012 3:33 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
This is cracking me up...Downton Abbey is making t-shirts...check out the yellow/green one! I think we need these with our PLUSA names on the backs, no? ; )
December 9, 2012 3:39 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Sir Patrick Moore, RIP.

Aside from his astronomy gig, he was also the subject of this early flash animation:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oO_Ckg5ott8
December 9, 2012 4:04 PM - CGar
Coconut.
December 9, 2012 4:10 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
It's the oddest thing...I dreamt last night that someone told me they like coconut cookies. And now I'm hearing things, I thought I heard someone say coconut earlier, and now I'm hearing it again! Maybe I'll make some coconut macaroons next weekend.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4HQyqc-aVU
Edited at December 9, 2012 4:13 PM
December 9, 2012 4:13 PM - dibs
And, you can use the shells elsewhere....
Edited at December 9, 2012 4:13 PM
December 9, 2012 4:17 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I may do that when we go on our winter vacation! : P

(if we ever manage to book it, urgh.)
December 9, 2012 4:18 PM - DeadCatBounce
Excellent multi-cultural/educational post Dave.
December 9, 2012 4:27 PM - dibs
Asian studies are my specialty, DCB.
December 9, 2012 4:52 PM - rf
Had a really nice brunch at Alice's Arbor with my friendf Suzan.

Dave, are you still looking for a teaching experience? The ex-boyfriend of one of her daughters, a Tech grad doing an accounting internship at Deloitte, is looking to start a finance club at Tech. Interested? Not exactly teaching but it could be fun, and you could be doing good work.
December 9, 2012 4:54 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
"you could be doing good work."

...for a change! : P
December 9, 2012 5:21 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Not only am I dreaming about coconut, and hearing the word coconut, now...I'm getting text messages with subliminal messages about coconut!!! ; )
December 9, 2012 5:25 PM - Deleted
Rf - love Alice's arbor!

Deloitte - heh. Big 4 memories
December 9, 2012 5:35 PM - Deleted
Curtains are hung. Lookin good.
December 9, 2012 5:39 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Good work, DH! Did you ever show us what kind you ended up getting?
Edited at December 9, 2012 5:39 PM
December 9, 2012 5:44 PM - Deleted
Nah - nothing exciting. Just some ivory basic ones.
December 9, 2012 5:47 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I'm sure they look great, and you certainly need them with those giant windows!

I went by that GAP Meier building while I was out last night, all the lights were on, and nearly everyone's curtains were open. I'm not sure I would like being 'on display' like that.
December 9, 2012 5:48 PM - kazootite
"just say you're my wife or girlfriend. :-)"

No comments on this?
December 9, 2012 5:48 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Ok, tra la la, off to dinner...I'm going out two nights in a row! What the...!! Crazy! ; )
December 9, 2012 5:48 PM - Deleted
Yeah. Feels weird. You always need to be wearing pants sorta.
December 9, 2012 5:49 PM - DeadCatBounce
I hesitate to tell everybody this, but I will most likely be decorating and renovating an enormous lake house starting in January
And since my budget is blown on the purchase this line of conversation is likely to drag on, and on, and on.....
Edited at December 9, 2012 5:49 PM
December 9, 2012 5:51 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Sweet geezus, DCB, that's a helluva place! The porch is to die for!

Remind me, which part of the house is the PLUSA Suite in? ; )
December 9, 2012 5:52 PM - Deleted
Dcb - celadon
Edited at December 9, 2012 5:52 PM
December 9, 2012 5:53 PM - rf
Wow, quite a house! I agree that you must point out the PLUSA suite!

I am going out twice in one day! It will take me a whole week to recover!
December 9, 2012 6:01 PM - Partridge
I've gotta run, but I must say:

WOWEE KAZOWEE to that house, DCB. Good luck!
December 9, 2012 6:04 PM - DeadCatBounce
PlusA suite is on the first floor.
Will trade room and board for labor!
Just over 2 hrs from the city.
December 9, 2012 6:11 PM - Donatella

Whoa, nice digs, D-Cat. Congratulations.
Edited at December 9, 2012 6:11 PM
December 9, 2012 6:16 PM - DeadCatBounce
This is a foreclosure. There is a lot of renovation needed. And a lot of it has to happen quickly, too.
December 9, 2012 6:18 PM - dibs
At Amis. Not sure whats better, the white truffles or the new Mexican busboy. Fantasizing about eating them off his bubble butt
Edited at December 9, 2012 6:18 PM
December 9, 2012 6:19 PM - dibs
WOW. It looks like a country club
December 9, 2012 6:24 PM - Deleted
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December 9, 2012 6:39 PM - dibs
Pictures of the hot mexican but on request
Edited at December 9, 2012 6:37 PM
December 9, 2012 6:46 PM - Deleted
Looks like scrambled eggs. Fancy
December 9, 2012 7:05 PM - kazootite
About the GAP Meier building- I have already decided that if I were to move into it (ahem), I would have moveable shoji screens. The folding kind.

Wows to house, dcb.
Edited at December 9, 2012 7:05 PM
December 9, 2012 7:11 PM - RowerChick
Ahh, concert is over. As much as I love singing, I am happy to have a break from rehearsals.
December 9, 2012 7:26 PM - More4Less
Wow, that is some fancy lake house. Drool worthy
Edited at December 9, 2012 7:26 PM
December 9, 2012 7:27 PM - More4Less
Yeah that looks like the eggs & shrimp over rice dish sold in Chinese restaurant
December 9, 2012 7:30 PM - DeadCatBounce
I'll just be happy if it's food.
December 9, 2012 7:36 PM - Deleted
DCB;

Congrats on the new lake house. Enjoy.

Belated Happy Chanukah to those celebrating.
December 9, 2012 7:39 PM - DeadCatBounce
Thanks to all re: the house. I promise to tell you all about the renovation and furnishing.
Edited at December 9, 2012 7:39 PM
December 9, 2012 7:39 PM - dibs
16 oz PBRs at dirty franks. Carrying my new NRA membership card
December 9, 2012 7:50 PM - dibs
Playing Take Five on the jukebox in memory of Brubeck. Most of what i play was recorded before dh was born
Edited at December 9, 2012 7:51 PM
December 9, 2012 8:07 PM - petebklyn
if dcb starts asking about paint colors, window treatment, light fixtures and other choices for the renovation...I might be getting an NRA card myself.
Edited at December 9, 2012 8:07 PM
December 9, 2012 8:10 PM - dibs
"Live Free or Die" Pete
Edited at December 9, 2012 8:10 PM
December 9, 2012 8:14 PM - petebklyn
has winterwonderland been CCOTD yet?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teyilecxiC8
Edited at December 9, 2012 8:14 PM
December 9, 2012 8:15 PM - petebklyn
Live Free or Die sounds like slogan of people wanting guvment to provide everything.
December 9, 2012 8:15 PM - dibs
Ughhhhhhh.. Dirty Franks is too mixxed. There's a Lumberjack subset of gay bears here
Edited at December 9, 2012 8:15 PM
December 9, 2012 8:17 PM - petebklyn
Dirty Franks? contaminated hotdogs?
December 9, 2012 8:28 PM - dibs
U2's With or without You reminds me of driving Jose the Potawanamee indian home many years ago in chicago
December 9, 2012 8:30 PM - dibs
Ive come to arealizzation that someone is cramping my style.
December 9, 2012 8:37 PM - petebklyn
dirty franks could cause cramps
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December 9, 2012 8:44 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
uh, dcb, i think you'll be needing some glitter in that house. i'm available to visit anytime!
December 9, 2012 9:26 PM - Partridge
Cookies!
December 9, 2012 9:37 PM - rf
Someone cramping your style? Just one someone???
December 9, 2012 9:49 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I think Mr & Mrs DCB surely will need some baking done in that humungous kitchen. I wonder who could do that?! ; )
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December 9, 2012 9:51 PM - Partridge
I call I get to chose the shade of white!
December 9, 2012 9:51 PM - petebklyn
we could all just show up when they aren't there.
Edited at December 9, 2012 9:51 PM
December 9, 2012 9:53 PM - Partridge
Oooh, fun! Shhh, they'll never know.
Edited at December 9, 2012 9:53 PM
December 9, 2012 9:54 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
stealth plusa b&e mission? i'm in!
December 9, 2012 9:58 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
"stealth plusa b&e mission? i'm in!"

Ditto! Raid on the DCB compound Mid-May! BBQ, swimming, fresh bread, pies, and booze! ; )
Edited at December 9, 2012 9:58 PM
December 9, 2012 10:02 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I've come to the realization that DIBS is drunk more often than not recently.
Edited at December 9, 2012 10:01 PM
December 9, 2012 10:11 PM - CGar
For those being nasty and mocking me, you'll be pleased to know that I saw your posts.
December 9, 2012 10:15 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
cobbly, add glitter to that list. you know i don't go anywhere without my glitter stash! i think it'll look lovely in the pool. but shouldn't we do this in july when it'll be warm enough to get in the pool and not just look at it? or are we gonna force dcb to heat it up for us? if there's heat, i'm flexible :-D
December 9, 2012 10:16 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Snaps, darling, the glitter is a given, anywhere you are!

Yes, perhaps you're right, July it is! Look out, DCB! Btw, do you think there is a reason he hasn't posted the address for us? ; )
Edited at December 9, 2012 10:21 PM
December 9, 2012 10:18 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
:-) indeed it is. indeed it is!
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December 9, 2012 10:19 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
CGar, How did the latkes come out? Will you come make some with me?

Did you see the DoBH pix on FB, with Grandma?
December 9, 2012 10:23 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
nyquil time. good nite, sweet plusas. may you all have lovely dreams and fluffy pillows :-) and i'm sorry that tomorrow is monday, but alas, we must deal with it. get your remaining kicks of the weekend, then off to bed with you all. last one out please turn off the lights. our electric bill has been ridiculous. and cargar, don't think i haven't noticed you turning on the a.c. instead of the heat. CUT IT OUT, LITTLE MAN!

nites!
December 9, 2012 11:03 PM - Donatella

Wow. I am a native New Yorker, but I admit to really not knowing Queens. Today I went into a medieval-like enclave in Middle Village, Queens. I was doing an favor for someone and had to go to this Tudor complex of apartments and houses there. It was beautiful! Full of houses on circles and apartments as well, all Tudor in design. I googled it and apparently the area was originally settled in the early 19th Century. I always think of Queens as built in the 1930s - 1960s. I was so surprised. It is very pretty.