Black Saturday OT
March 30, 2013 7:45 AM - Partridge

454 comments
March 30, 2013 7:53 AM - Deleted
What is black saturday? Is that when we get to pretend to be our favorite black person? If so, today I am raven symone (or lil kim)! So Jamie Lee is like almost totally back to health!!!!!!!!! WOOT! Giving him one more day in the quarantine tank and then he's back in his normal habitat.

Oh, and im going to the beach today at noon :) I think dipping my footsies into the ocean will be therapeutic for me.


#1
March 30, 2013 7:53 AM - sixyearsandcounting
Upon scrolling through the rest of the 938 comments from yesterday, I saw that about 100 of them were people claiming #800, #900, and other comment count-related discussions. Such self-referentiality cannot be tolerated in the OT.

Therefore I'm adjusting yesterday's count down to 800 (or 328 if you don't include rob's fish diaries).
#2
March 30, 2013 7:54 AM - sixyearsandcounting
Isn't the comment record like 1250 from back in the days over there ----> ?
#3
March 30, 2013 8:16 AM - Partridge
Wackadoodles playing OT games last night! Fun read this morning. Glad to see such East-over rebirth!

Yes Rob, Black Saturday commemorates Jesus' body laid in the tomb after the crucifixion. It was wrapped in the cloth above. What more fitting way to mark the day but to pretend to be one's favorite black person? Go for Raven.
#4
March 30, 2013 8:22 AM - Slope4Eva
Nutballs you all are (well the crazy 5 posting last night). I bid my adieus yesterday, then saw the high post this AM and got worried that something had happened.
Edited at March 30, 2013 8:22 AM
#5
March 30, 2013 8:24 AM - Partridge
Eva and Dave's first reminder....
Meet up is this Wednesday the 3rd of April!
Edited at March 30, 2013 8:24 AM
#6
March 30, 2013 8:27 AM - Slope4Eva
haha, Part, thanks. I won't forget the meet up is Wednesday, I'll have trouble remembering what DAY is Wednesday, lol.
#7
March 30, 2013 8:29 AM - Deleted
Como estan bitches!!
Edited at March 30, 2013 8:29 AM
#8
March 30, 2013 8:31 AM - Partridge
Ha! I get it. Days often have no distinction for me too. Have a Happy Easter, dear!
#9
March 30, 2013 8:35 AM - Deleted
You losers were busy last night!
#10
March 30, 2013 8:35 AM - dibs
When you are retired it never really matters what day is what
Edited at March 30, 2013 8:35 AM
#11
March 30, 2013 8:36 AM - dibs
I was busy last night too. Want to hear about it????
Edited at March 30, 2013 8:36 AM
#12
March 30, 2013 8:36 AM - Slope4Eva
Thanks, you too. ;-)
Edited at March 30, 2013 8:36 AM
#13
March 30, 2013 8:38 AM - Deleted
I guess we were all busy. High five
#14
March 30, 2013 8:39 AM - dibs
Also, it's called Holy Saturday
#15
March 30, 2013 8:42 AM - dibs
Maybe rob's busy with himself now.
#16
March 30, 2013 8:44 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
GM

I have to go back and check this, and I was too tired to argue my point last night, but I think Snappy DID win last night because the challenge, posted by pepper, was to make it to 901 posts. So...I hit 900, but Snaps got 901.

So congratulations, Snaps!
Edited at March 30, 2013 8:50 AM
#17
March 30, 2013 8:45 AM - dibs
That sort of post counting is why randi thinks we're losers.
#18
March 30, 2013 8:46 AM - petebklyn
I went to friend's birthday party last night. Some ultra-libertarian tea-party couple were there. But the rest of us were nice to them.
#19
March 30, 2013 8:48 AM - Deleted
I'm at abraco in the east village right now drinking a proper cappuccino (without skim milk obviously) - people in manhattan seem to wake up way earlier than people in Brooklyn
#20
March 30, 2013 8:49 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
I wonder how that loser, randi, is feeling this morning.
Edited at March 30, 2013 9:04 AM
#21
March 30, 2013 8:49 AM - petebklyn
so does that mean dh stayed overnight in manhattan last night?
Edited at March 30, 2013 8:49 AM
#22
March 30, 2013 8:50 AM - Deleted
Randi got high as fuck and passed out I'm hoping (although oxys usually keep me up)
Edited at March 30, 2013 8:50 AM
#23
March 30, 2013 8:55 AM - dibs
"But the rest of us were nice to them."

Typical hypocritical liberal behavior.
Edited at March 30, 2013 8:55 AM
#24
March 30, 2013 8:58 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
This is the winning post...please pay special attention to the fact that she accurately notes that the 'win' is hers!
Edited at March 30, 2013 9:00 AM
#25
March 30, 2013 8:59 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
And this is Snappy's proper prize...A Swarovski Crystal tiara...
#26
March 30, 2013 9:01 AM - Donatella

Finally got Internet access back. The TW repairman came and said that the problem is the power cord to the modem. "It's common with this particular modem". So my immediate thought (and question to him) was "so why do you use these modems?" Alas, he had no answer for me, but I have internet again. Definitely getting FIOS.


#27
March 30, 2013 9:02 AM - Deleted
Needs mo glitter
#28
March 30, 2013 9:03 AM - Donatella

I was feeling happy that I was feeling better yesterday; I went to church and was so exhausted there I barely made it through the service, came home and slept for another 4 hours. So naturally, my sleeping was messed up. I read the post fest after 1am.
Edited at March 30, 2013 9:03 AM
#29
March 30, 2013 9:07 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
But, DH, they're chunky Swarovski Crystals!
Edited at March 30, 2013 9:07 AM
#30
March 30, 2013 9:07 AM - Donatella

I really think that randi's doctor is a moron, not sending him to the dentist. Probably the nose zit was related to
tooth abscess. Oh well, all's well that ends well.
Edited at March 30, 2013 9:07 AM
#31
March 30, 2013 9:11 AM - sixyearsandcounting
"Probably the nose zit was related to
tooth abscess."

Lots of great visuals on the OT this morning.
#32
March 30, 2013 9:11 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
It is a little difficult to fathom how the doc effed that up.
#33
March 30, 2013 9:12 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Six, how many books left on your reading list?
#34
March 30, 2013 9:20 AM - sixyearsandcounting
First exam Monday. About 100 books and articles on that list. I get the question at 9 am and have to finish the essay by 5 pm. Then on Thursday morning the profs ask me questions about what I wrote.
Edited at March 30, 2013 9:20 AM
#35
March 30, 2013 9:21 AM - sixyearsandcounting
Second and third exams have no oral component - another 80 books or so total on those lists. Those are in mid-May.
#36
March 30, 2013 9:27 AM - dibs
I can't imagine having to read all those books and learn something at my age. I can imagine how much worse it would be for Pete.
#37
March 30, 2013 9:35 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
I can't imagine being able to retain all that! Let alone being able to write or speak well about it all! (Hush, DIBS)
Edited at March 30, 2013 9:35 AM
#38
March 30, 2013 9:40 AM - Deleted
True dibs. You've definitely shown a lack of reading comp with small blog comments. Can't imagine you digesting a whole book!!!
#39
March 30, 2013 9:41 AM - dibs
I'm sure I've forgotten more than what most people here ever learned. :)
#40
March 30, 2013 9:43 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
How much reading do you have to do between now and then? Meaning Mon.
Edited at March 30, 2013 9:45 AM
#41
March 30, 2013 9:44 AM - dibs
How come she kicked you out so early, dh?????
#42
March 30, 2013 9:48 AM - Deleted
Oxy hangover is much nicer than a booze hangover.


#43
March 30, 2013 9:48 AM - Deleted
I like everyone here, and I trust that people can be honest.

I have a question, and I want BRUTAL honesty, not platitudes and pats on the back kind of a thing.

I really want to change careers (well jobs). I feel like my life is being wasted being a paper pusher. Well, it's not really wasted, but it's not as fun and enjoying as it could be and we really only do live once.

Am I too old, at 36, to completely switch what I want to do in life? I really want to do something different with my life, even if it means earning less money (which of course would mean moving out of NYC). You always hear these stories of people my age switching careers, going back to school, etc.. But you only hear the good stories, and never the failures. Also, I feel like people who switch careers my age have spouses and shit to fall back on so they can do it without worry, or they have money.

Is it possible to be a single person my age, with, well no money, to switch careers?

I am truly tired of office life. I guess what I have going for me is that I don't really have any ties to anywhere? It's not like I have uproot a family or anything... Just wondering if I am too old. Sorry for saying "too old" but you know what I mean.

I want a career where it's not tethered to a computer. Does that make any sense? Also, something where you constantly meet new people everyday. What kind of career would that be?


#44
March 30, 2013 9:48 AM - Deleted
Gotta go to Long Island for Easter. Getting picked up at 11
#45
March 30, 2013 9:49 AM - Deleted
Rob u should be a nurse
#46
March 30, 2013 9:50 AM - Donatella

Randi, fire your doctor. He is a dope. And please take oxy as prescribed and don't drink with it. And that's it for my Internet mommy thing.


Edited at March 30, 2013 9:50 AM
#47
March 30, 2013 9:53 AM - dibs
"Is it possible to be a single person my age, with, well no money, to switch careers?"

Not unless someone else is going to support you. Rent?? Food???

You might actually be good at sales but not sure what kind of venue.

First, even though it sounds traditional, you have to put together a resume. It's easy. You list your work xperience first and then your education at the bottom.

Start thinking about what types of jobs would make you happy.
Edited at March 30, 2013 9:53 AM
#48
March 30, 2013 9:53 AM - Deleted
Oh you're in agony?! Must be that nose zit! Gtfo
#49
March 30, 2013 9:53 AM - sixyearsandcounting
I have one book left, Cobble, but it's not an important one. I have a page or two of notes on each book and I'll spend the next two days reviewing and organizing the notes. In addition, I'll create outlines for each of the possible essays (there are really only like five possible questions) so I won't be caught flat-footed.

The genius of this exercise is that it's not really about retaining information, more about the different academic schools of thought and scholarly approaches. So I don't have to read everything since the relevant info is usually in the introduction and conclusion. Marx Foucault Wallerstein text capitalism nationalism modernity empire colonialism imperialism discourse power dependency the state.
#50
March 30, 2013 9:53 AM - Deleted
I am trying to come up with a list of things that are in my skillset, and all I am hearing is ::crickets:: which is worrying me. I am honestly looking for feedback. I could ask my grandmother and she would just tell me to become a doctor, or I could ask other people and they would just tell me to go sell drugs or something. :-/ I don't want to turn 40 and still be doing what I am doing.


#51
March 30, 2013 9:54 AM - dibs
I bet you would be good at sales in a pet shop. But you'd make less money than you do now.
Edited at March 30, 2013 9:54 AM
#52
March 30, 2013 9:54 AM - sixyearsandcounting
Rob, I thought you were going to San Diego to work in Sea World as an animal trainer.

Actually, you should look into careers with animals. Isn't there a market for moonface dog walkers?
Edited at March 30, 2013 9:54 AM
#53
March 30, 2013 9:55 AM - Deleted
Yeah sales is a good idea. No additional school needed and it can be lucrative.
#54
March 30, 2013 9:55 AM - Donatella
"Am I too old, at 36, to completely switch what I want to do in life? I really want to do something different with my life, even if it means earning less money (which of course would mean moving out of NYC)."

Absolutely not. You can change careers at any time, but now is a great time; you have the time to think through a plan which works for the next phase of your life and which works financially and fits more with the person you are. rob, I do believe this is internet mommying again, isn't it? Or just advice?

Edited at March 30, 2013 9:55 AM
#55
March 30, 2013 9:56 AM - Deleted
I went thru this questioning my career last summer for the same reasons.
#56
March 30, 2013 9:57 AM - Deleted
quote:
Rob u should be a nurse

One of my ex's moved to Texas and became a nurse. I nearly shat my pants at that news. He also got married to some dude we met at a gay bar. I dated his "husband's" roommate for a few months but then this british chick who lived in my building was like rob, you can do SO much better!!!! so I broke up with him. :-/ I haven't dated anyone since. Oh yeah, and that chick got evicted for not paying rent for like a year. See, my priorities are always in question... I rely too much on what people think, im super judgemental about other people, and I freak out and second guess the things I actually DO like. GRRRRRRRRRRRR

#57
March 30, 2013 9:58 AM - Deleted
".. I rely too much on what people think, im super judgemental about other people, and I freak out and second guess the things I actually DO like. GRRRRRRRRRRRR"

You need to stop doing that. Seriously.
Edited at March 30, 2013 9:58 AM
#58
March 30, 2013 10:01 AM - MontroseMorris
Rob, you can reinvent yourself until the day you die. It's never too late. I'm in my 50s (ancient to you) and I'm on my third or fourth career. If one's only goalpost is money, then I'm a miserable failure. If it's personal satisfaction, or the pride of doing what I love and enjoy, then three of the four career choices were the right ones at that time. Of course I wish I had done some things differently, and I sure wish any of them had proven to be more lucrative, but I'm still glad I made those choices.

I think you have to be practical, and meet certain financial needs, but if you want to make a change, start looking at what you want to do, where you want to live, and go for it.

That's my internet Oprah moment for the week.
#59
March 30, 2013 10:02 AM - Deleted
Lol mm
#60
March 30, 2013 10:03 AM - Deleted
(At the Oprah thing - not the advice )
#61
March 30, 2013 10:03 AM - Donatella

Rob, start with a list of jobs and activities that you have found to be really fun and that you are good at. That might give you some clues. My former tenant made 85 bucks an hour as a personal organizer. She worked with that woman Morgenstern, who writes about organizing for Oprah and my tenant was on Oprah. My old tenant told me that she loves working with people who have chronic problems with organization, i.e. people who are depressed or have some issues. I guess she is pretty patient. But she made very good money. You don't have a gun to your head so you have time to think about it.
#62
March 30, 2013 10:03 AM - dibs
I think he's more of a Jerry Springer guest than an Oprah guest
Edited at March 30, 2013 10:03 AM
#63
March 30, 2013 10:04 AM - Deleted
No way rob could he a nurse- changing bedpans??? Next!

Rob, last time i was home in Illinois my dad took me to the mall to buy me clothes (this was meant to be a nice gesture but it was depressing). Anyway, there was a store that sold only Paris Hilton style lap dogs and fancy accessories- carrying bags, faux diamond collars, fucking tiaras (no joke)....anyway, think you should use this as inspiration and open a beta store that caterers to moonface kids in park slope..."mommy, i want that fish!!!"..."ok, Ethan, anything for my miracle child."

Maybe Dave will help you get a loan.
#64
March 30, 2013 10:04 AM - Deleted
quote:
I bet you would be good at sales in a pet shop. But you'd make less money than you do now.

I dont want to be some middle aged man trying to sell people doggy blankets in a pet shop. I cannot, nor will do "sales" I LOATHE sales people. I deal with them all the time. Bane of my existence. And they are all borderline retarded, so you telling me that i'd be good at sales makes me think you put me on par with them. No thank you!

I really think the Universe has cornered me out of so many possible career choices at this point. Part of me wants to apply for SSDI for my sprained wrist and move to a trailer park. Chances are, these days, after two or three appeals I'd get it... but that's SO lame and pathetic. There's gotta be something I am good at and enjoy as well!


#65
March 30, 2013 10:06 AM - Deleted
But if you own the store its different rob.
Edited at March 30, 2013 10:05 AM
#66
March 30, 2013 10:06 AM - Deleted
Trailer parks attract tornadoes. Be careful.
Edited at March 30, 2013 10:06 AM
#67
March 30, 2013 10:07 AM - Deleted
And here's the thing, I would have ZERO problem with what I am doing now if I was supporting a family. But I am not supporting a family. Fish don't really count as they are extremely low cost (but sadly, dont qualify as dependents which is fucked up in so many ways). But since I am not supporting a family, and have no ties, I have to option to go whereever the hell I want, do whatever I want, etc. NYC is not the right place for me, at ALL. People come here for specific reasons... I came here because it was right across the river and I don't have a driver's license :-/


Edited at March 30, 2013 10:07 AM
#68
March 30, 2013 10:07 AM - Deleted
You should paint art geared towards children and sell it to the baby stores in the nabe
Edited at March 30, 2013 10:07 AM
#69
March 30, 2013 10:07 AM - Donatella
"I dont want to be some middle aged man trying to sell people doggy blankets in a pet shop."

ROTFLMAO!!!!!!! hahahahaaaa......

Have you ever considered comedy. I have a couple of relatives - related to the ones that are always yelling and pawning one another about politics -- who are successful comedy writers for TV.
#70
March 30, 2013 10:09 AM - Slope4Eva
Not quite on subject, more of an observation and shout-out. With all the time I've spent at hospitals lately, there is an unrecognized group... the Patient Care Assistants (PCA). Doctors are great, nurses are great, but the PCAs are the ones who do all the grunt work; wash/change, comfort/hold hands, feed, keep company, tuck in at night. I was lucky to have a wonderful team at the hospital, and, even luckier to have gone to HS with their manager, and, was able to single out many for the love and support they showed. I may consider this if life works out for me to make a committment like this.

Rob, there are certain aspects of this job that's not quite for you, but its such a feel good job, and so needed by the infirmed.
#71
March 30, 2013 10:10 AM - MontroseMorris
Rob, you have a bad habit of taking people's well meaning advice, and rejecting it out of hand. We can't choose your life's path for you. If you are going to poopoo everyone's suggestions, and turn it into a list of people/jobs that you loathe, this conversation is going be really short. You asked for advice, but in the end, you are going to have to come up with whatever it is yourself, and you are going to have to make the move to change. No one is going to say, "Rob, you can be a (fill in the blank) and it's going to happen.
Edited at March 30, 2013 10:10 AM
#72
March 30, 2013 10:11 AM - Deleted
quote:
If one's only goalpost is money, then I'm a miserable failure. If it's personal satisfaction, or the pride of doing what I love and enjoy, then three of the four career choices were the right ones at that time.

I have no desire in this life to be rich. Only to be able to put a roof over my head and food in my tummy. But I want to spend most of my wake hours doing something that I enjoy. The last 6 or 7 months have been AWFUL because all I can think about is crawling into bed (couch) and sleeping and watching tv, and when my alarm goes off in the morning it's the worst sound EVER. So I change the alarm sound all the time, but it still sucks. It used to be some shrill BZZZZZZZZZZZZZ BZZZZZZZZZZZ BZZZZZZZZZZZ and I changed it to some bird noise, but the bird noise is just as bad. I want to wake up in the morning WANTING to get up, not dreading the day. FYI, I am NOT depressed, just a little demoralized and worried and a tad bit chary of my future.


#73
March 30, 2013 10:16 AM - Deleted
This is what I enjoy. I am VERY serious. I love going on errands. LOVE it. It feels like freedom and dedication and being needed at the same time. It's the one part of my job I <3. NO ONE likes going on errands, but I LOVE it. Perhaps I like being anonymous in my interactions but known at the same time? This is very difficult for me. I have to figure this out really soon because come summer if I don't figure it out and rent shoots up I'm either living in Parkchester in the bronx or wandering around homeless in southern california. Which one is worse?


#74
March 30, 2013 10:18 AM - Deleted
I think rob would like it in LA or Oakland
#75
March 30, 2013 10:20 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
mornin' losers :-)

cobble, i did get the coveted 901, but for tradition's sake, 900 is the magic prize. i'll share my tiara with you :-)

rob, go see my easter egg dyeing method in my column.
#76
March 30, 2013 10:20 AM - Deleted
Rob you need to be a famous persons personal assistant, or there are jobs in film/TV called being a shopper where you go out and buy all the props and stuff.
#77
March 30, 2013 10:21 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Taskrabbit is a website / company where you can sign up and get connected to people who need stuff done. Google it, rob. Though the income might not be steady, I bet you could conceivably earn more.
#78
March 30, 2013 10:22 AM - Donatella
ok, my Angie's list computer guy is coming over anytime now with my repaired Sony Vaio computer. I bought this expensive less than 3 lbs computer about 6 years ago and I actually broke it within a month by picking it up pinching the side of the screen. Sony wanted 800 dollars to repair it and it wasn't covered by the warranty. So I just had it collecting dust. He bought a replacement screen for 130 dollars and I have to pay him for his labor, which under the Angie's list deal is 55 bucks an hour, so I have a new computer. He also installed some software on my computer which cleans up temp files, registry mistakes, program errors, fragmented disks. I regularly take 30MG off from internet temp files alone. He says McAfee anti-virus software is no good.
#79
March 30, 2013 10:22 AM - Slope4Eva
Rob, did you watch The Devil Wears Prada last night?

When my Dad retired at 55, he got a job as a gopher. Yes, he just wanted something to do to be out of the house. He worked for one of NYC filthy rich families and loved it. His jobs included going once a week to Sardi's with one of the family members, taking a limo to go pick up some ice cream for another. It sounds bizarre, but they were/are a great family that treated their employees wonderfully. You just never know what's out there until you look.
#80
March 30, 2013 10:23 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
No, no, no, the goal was 901! But I would love a Swarovski crystal tiara. : )
#81
March 30, 2013 10:23 AM - MontroseMorris
Another tidbit of philosophical advice: Everything has an expiration date; jobs, relationships, homes, everything. Sometimes, like the right relationship, it's a lifetime, and sometimes, like a job, it's when you feel like you said above. I think everyone here has felt like that. I know I have, and that's when I started to look around for something different. I've been "lucky" in a way, because, in terms of jobs, that feeling coincided with either getting laid off, or the company closing, so the choice to fly from the hated, but secure, nest was made for me.

But having a job in this economy is not to be given up lightly. You may hate getting up to go there, but if you can figure out something you love to do when you are not at work, start with that. You talked about writing your novel, or painting. Just do SOMETHING, do it as regularly as a job, and it will become your "real" job, while the 9-5 is just paying the bills. Who knows, whatever it is you are doing may replace the 9-5 someday. But you've got to figure out what you want to do, and DO IT.
Edited at March 30, 2013 10:23 AM
#82
March 30, 2013 10:23 AM - Deleted
Thing is - you have a stable job with health insurance and make a decent amount of $$$ for the stress - you need something to do you're passionate about after work that doesn't involve 3 hour masterbation fests or talking to fish
Edited at March 30, 2013 10:23 AM
#83
March 30, 2013 10:24 AM - Deleted
Im sorry but these nimby assholes in dumbo need to get over it. The streets are a mess there, its impossible to drive without potentially damaging your car, you can't bike and as the article says disabled people are screwed. I personally find the replacement blocks on Washington much nicer and cleaner looking.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/30/nyregion/time-is-past-for-many-of-citys-old-cobblestones.html

#84
March 30, 2013 10:25 AM - Deleted
quote:
If you are going to poopoo everyone's suggestions

I didn't poopoo anyone's suggestions. But at the same time I just saw a list of things people threw at me that I can be and saw them as a tad absurd. Even in 4th grade I was wise enough to know that when our teacher told us all that any one of us could become President or an astronaut, I had to make :-/ face at that one.

I was completely unrealistic with my career goals as a kid, teenager, and in college. "I want to become a pet psychologist!" yeah, pat on the head... So I majored in Psychology and Visual Arts and was like oooooh I want to become an art therapist! "pat on the head".. "I want to be a pet PSYCHIC" I say to one guidance counselor... again, PAT ON THE HEAD.

FUCK that. I should have become a mechanic or something. GRRR



Edited at March 30, 2013 10:25 AM
#85
March 30, 2013 10:26 AM - Deleted
3 hour masterbation fests or talking to fish

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLO!!!
#86
March 30, 2013 10:27 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
i was gonna suggest personal assistant for you rob, but first you need to work on your sense of direction/getting around. get a compass and a map.
Edited at March 30, 2013 10:27 AM
#87
March 30, 2013 10:27 AM - Donatella

That is interesting, Eva. I have a friend, who is wonderful in her 60s, she would like to work, but has suffered a number of medical setbacks. The thing about her is that she was an executive secretary and is amazingly organized. She has complicated medical bills and she has become an expert in figuring out the maze of billing. I really think she could be some kind of advocate. I think many people are overwhelmed when they get sick with the stacks of bills and the administrative work associated with that. I visited her and she had a file system set up in her kitchen; she powered through it. I think she could do this as a business.
#88
March 30, 2013 10:27 AM - Deleted
Or perhaps I should have become a guidance counselor.... Apparently all you have to do is pat people on the head and tell them they are special snowflakes who can become anything they want! Which we ALL know is NOT true.




#89
March 30, 2013 10:27 AM - petebklyn
close to what MM said. Have to work on your knee-jerk negativity to everything and almost everybody.
#90
March 30, 2013 10:28 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
rob, mm is right. don't be an askhole.
#91
March 30, 2013 10:28 AM - Deleted
Oh jeez, I am sorry for having a mid life crisis here. Fish Tank changes soon ::ZEN PEACEFULNESS::

Gotta go buy eggs to and dye them, more ::ZEN::


#92
March 30, 2013 10:29 AM - Donatella

Rob, all of those things you told people about are things that people make money at. Rather than going to career counselors and having someone pat you on the head, you are better off finding somebody doing the thing that you find interesting to find out more about it in the real world.
Edited at March 30, 2013 10:29 AM
#93
March 30, 2013 10:29 AM - Deleted
Aw, c'mon, I am NOT an askhole :(

I take like 80% of advice given on this site all the time. 10 percent of the time I pretend like I didn't (but I did) and the other 10% is just stupid advice.


Edited at March 30, 2013 10:29 AM
#94
March 30, 2013 10:32 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
EASTER EGG SHOPPING ALERT!!!

TARGET HAS ONE DOZEN GRADE A EGGS ON SALE FOR .99!!!!

(now go read in my shopping column about a fun way to dye them!)
#95
March 30, 2013 10:32 AM - dibs
"Thing is - you have a stable job with health insurance and make a decent amount of $$$ for the stress - you need something to do you're passionate about after work that doesn't involve 3 hour masterbation fests or talking to fish"

This is spot on. dh and I know how much you make and you're likely to make much less if you start something new. Give up the cigs and start saving towards the change and do something on the side.
#96
March 30, 2013 10:33 AM - Deleted
Ask hole. Lololol
#97
March 30, 2013 10:34 AM - Donatella

I was really sick. I thought I would just get over the nausea and I'd be fine, but I still feel weak. I slept half the day yesterday. I have been sick for almost 2 weeks. I had a couple of bottles of that Pedialyte over the past two days. I think that is pretty good stuff. I also drank a fair amount of water.
#98
March 30, 2013 10:34 AM - Deleted
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Rob, all of those things you told people about are things that people make money at. Rather than going to career counselors and having someone pat you on the head, you are better off finding somebody doing the thing that you find interesting to find out more about it in the real world.


YES! thank you. That sounds like it would be good to do. But I am 36 years old, not 21 and looking for an internship. Of course advice is different than that and need to get out of the whole college/university propaganda that is shoved down our throats in this country...

I would love to do set decoration. Obscure decoration in movies and tv, that real set decorators can't be asked to do. Smalls parts of a film or tv show that most people wouldn't really pick up on because it's not shoved down their throats like most set decoration is. I have good Western version of Feng Shui. (I am not talking about interior design here tho)
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March 30, 2013 10:35 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
donat, you need to really rest. no more doing this and that around the house or leaving the house. take to your bed and only get up to eat, drink, potty. nothing more!
March 30, 2013 10:35 AM - sixyearsandcounting
"If it's personal satisfaction, or the pride of doing what I love and enjoy, then three of the four career choices were the right ones at that time. "

MM, what was the fourth?
March 30, 2013 10:35 AM - dibs
I'd rather pay $2.00 and not go to Target
March 30, 2013 10:37 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
oh dave...
Edited at March 30, 2013 10:37 AM
March 30, 2013 10:37 AM - Deleted
Rob if you want to do that start by taking a class so at least you can learn the lingo etc. then feel free to make shit up on your résumé, say you did set dec for director dibs on some gay porn or whatever.
March 30, 2013 10:37 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
some of us are ballin' on a budget!
Edited at March 30, 2013 10:37 AM
March 30, 2013 10:38 AM - Slope4Eva
Dona, I have the filing system in my kitchen also.
March 30, 2013 10:38 AM - Deleted
I'd pay $20 to never set foot in the Atlantic center target again.
March 30, 2013 10:39 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
rob, find a class to take here
http://coursehorse.com/classes-nyc
some are free. you may find a new interest.
Edited at March 30, 2013 10:39 AM
March 30, 2013 10:39 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
great, dave gimme 2 bucks, randi gimme 20. now. you don't have to go to target/a.c. again.
March 30, 2013 10:41 AM - Deleted
yeah, im still lol'ing at "ask hole" too ahahahah
Hauling ass... Don't know which tank to start with.

FYI, I did raise the roof and added more FAR in my bedroom for the fishes. They are now on top of milk crates filled with books, and it looks GREAT! They also like being higher up, they get better views! Putting them up high like that also allows me to add more fish tanks below (if I choose, but I wont) but it makes property for us all cheaper... Books below, fish above. If it was just fish living on street level like they have been it would mean less fish can move in. Supply and Demand doesn't work that way when it comes to property though, i've been reading so much about the fallacies of that. Build more and things will become cheaper around it. DH - saw your comment on brownstoner about that. I find it funny people say build more high rises and rents will go down. Um no one talks about the elephant in the room... Build more luxury apartments and that does nothing but bring more rich moonfaces in. It actually INCREASES prices for even shitty apartments in walk ups and tenements!!!!

You know, I might just try to get into local politics. It doesnt seem like you have to be all THAT edumicated anyway!



March 30, 2013 10:41 AM - Donatella

You are right, Snappy. I was going to go to the Easter Vigil service tonight, but I think I am going to forget it. I;ll go tomorrow. R wants to cook over here. He wants to make soup. He is even bringing ingredients. Nice Easter cuisine. The only thing is that I need to go out to get my hair done.
Edited at March 30, 2013 10:41 AM
March 30, 2013 10:42 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
donat, wear a hat and stay in bed!
Edited at March 30, 2013 10:42 AM
March 30, 2013 10:44 AM - Partridge
In some ways Rob, I think you are very lucky to have the job that you have. You may be board and unsatisfied there, but I can't think of many employers who would tolerate all of your personal quirks. (You said honesty was OK, right?)

I can never quite decide if you exaggerate your personality here for our amusement or if you act as you do here at your job. You profess your need to be brutal honest. Unedited, wild, feral. Do you insult your clients' or bosses' children saying they are fugly crotchfruit? If yes, I imagine you would have been let go long ago. If no, then you certainly understand how to edit your thoughts and I am surprised you don't practice that here more often. I only raise this because it is important to know the level of your social and professional awkwardness in order to guide you properly. Although you may not be a good fit in many industries, some could really suit you!

Anyway, it is never too late to change your path. I would suggest that you pursue other options concurrently with your present employment. Volunteer, join clubs/blogs, take on an internship in your desired field and keep your day job until you have some experience and contacts in the new field.
March 30, 2013 10:44 AM - MontroseMorris
Just the early stuff, Six. When I got out of college, I was clueless, and was just trying to find a job. Thought I wanted to be a buyer for a while, so after I got a job at Saks as Christmas help, I stayed as a salesperson, with the idea of getting into their buying program. I was rejected, but because it was a job, I stayed there for two and a half years, and hated almost every minute. It was a big milestone for me when I actually quit.
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March 30, 2013 10:44 AM - Deleted
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I'd pay $20 to never set foot in the Atlantic center target again.


I am curious why you say that. Is it the ONLY target youve ever been in? Personally, I find that Target pretty good. Trust me on this, even in your most uptight upscale suburban targets, it is NO different. Hmmm today is the day before a holiday though, perhaps that why it's a mess? But I hate when the AC Targer gets shat on (and I dont really shop at target all that much) but that one gets picked on a LOT for some reason.

Perhaps, BOOO you want it become a Crate & Boring (er, I mean Barrel) or something?

March 30, 2013 10:46 AM - dibs
I've never been to that Target nor inside Atlantic Mall but I have a pretty good idea what sort of shitshow it is. Targets in the suburbs are far different animals. Even the one in Philly is pretty civilized.
March 30, 2013 10:47 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
a.c. target is all about timing. go early and there will be no problems. if you go on a sunday afternoon, you get what you deserve.
March 30, 2013 10:47 AM - Deleted
Suburban targets are x100000000 better than that Atlantic one
March 30, 2013 10:48 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
dave, you are really good at dissing places you've never been. and you made fun of rob for his internet travels. you are the same!!!!
March 30, 2013 10:48 AM - dibs
Do a lot of Latinos go there????
March 30, 2013 10:49 AM - Slope4Eva
Target is OK, I miss my local K-Mart, yes, K-Mart!! The next closest one is gross, gross, gross.
March 30, 2013 10:49 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
kmart used to be great. the ones in manhattan try to be all upscale. that's not what kmart was meant to be!!!
March 30, 2013 10:50 AM - Deleted
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I think rob would like it in LA or Oakland

Oakland has become the Brooklyn of San Francisco. No thanks! LA, YES!!!!!!!!! But I think I'd like the San Diego area better. Or maybe somewhere in the OC.

I would give both of my nuts and become a eunich to be able to move to California (and not be homeless).


March 30, 2013 10:50 AM - Deleted
Caldor
March 30, 2013 10:51 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
ooooh how i miss caldor! loved that store.
March 30, 2013 10:51 AM - dibs
You don't have to actually go to a lot of places to have a good idea what sort of experience you will have, generally speaking. Not having gone inside Atlantic Mall and knowing it'll be a shitshow is a lot different than commenting on Paris without ever having been there.
Edited at March 30, 2013 10:51 AM
March 30, 2013 10:52 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
mmmmhmmmm...keep telling yourself that.
March 30, 2013 10:52 AM - MontroseMorris
Snappy, thank you for giving me two more great lolcats to use when arguing with Dave.
March 30, 2013 10:52 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
what was the store that used to be on 14th st. at union square...began with a B. that was a great store, too.
March 30, 2013 10:53 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
you're welcome, mm. i have a nice little arsenal over here :-)
March 30, 2013 10:53 AM - dibs
MM, why don't you go visit the Albany Institute of History and Art.
March 30, 2013 10:54 AM - MontroseMorris
In NYC we see all those commercials for Kohl's, but they are all out in the burbs. Well, we've got one here, in a mall in Colonie, outside of Albany, but we haven't been yet. Bxgrl and I are going to do a field trip there soon.
March 30, 2013 10:55 AM - dibs
Mall sluts!!!!
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March 30, 2013 10:55 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
shit. i'm gonna drive myself nutso until i remember the name of that damned store. anyone have any idea what i'm talking about?
March 30, 2013 10:55 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
i've been to khols in nj. it was nice. there is one on staten island i think.
March 30, 2013 10:55 AM - Deleted
thank, MM your 10:23am advice was very much appreciated. :) saying that, I am off to work on the fish tanks... Something I LOVE doing


March 30, 2013 10:56 AM - dibs
Yeah...it was on the south side of 14th

Bradlee's????
March 30, 2013 10:56 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
bradlee!!!!
March 30, 2013 10:56 AM - MontroseMorris
Since Spring is here, we're going to get out a lot more, especially since I have wheels. We spent all winter holed up here, trying to work on DIY home projects, plus working. It's time to get outside, walk a lot, and start to get to know the Capital region.
March 30, 2013 10:57 AM - Slope4Eva
MM, I have Kohl's here on SI. Been there once, found exactly what Evita wanted in a pair of boots. I looked around briefly and prices seemed pretty good. My sister in MD shops there, Kohl's, all the time.
Edited at March 30, 2013 10:57 AM
March 30, 2013 10:57 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
i loved bradlee's. i remember the day they closed. oh, how sad was i. me and hordes of other shoppers were fighting for the last items in the store, all marked down 90% from already cheap prices. sigh. the good ole days.
March 30, 2013 10:57 AM - dibs
Supposedly the men's rooms at Bradlee's were VERY cruisy
March 30, 2013 10:58 AM - Deleted
OH and before I go work on my fish tanks, part of the problem I do have with picking out something I enjoy doing and working on it part time and devoting my time off to it is the lukewarm reactions I got from a lot of people. Shit you not, too many people in my real life think that my fish keeping is borderline retarded and treat me like im autistic or something. That's frustrating on so many levels.

I'm afraid of finding a passion in life that people will deem borderline retarded (in a literal way)


March 30, 2013 10:58 AM - dibs
Don't pay attention to them, rob.
March 30, 2013 10:59 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
the aisles themselves in bradlee's was cruisy. i'm pretty sure that even then (in my 20's) i was too young to see some of what i saw in there. yikes.
March 30, 2013 10:59 AM - CGar
Quote: "1000? I don't trust the silence, I know how this works..."

LMAO. *rob* your posts after we went to sleep are very funny.
March 30, 2013 10:59 AM - rf
Hi guys, thanks for entertaining me. My dad is not feeling well. I got him extra aides so he didn't have to worry about taking care of my stepmother (we were in CT yesterday) but I think I have to take him to an urgent-care place today. Ugh, ugh, ugh, not a great idea to get sick on Easter weekend. Wish me luck.
March 30, 2013 10:59 AM - MontroseMorris
You are very welcome, Rob. Enjoy your fishies. I have to get off the computer, too. Lots to do today in cleaning land.
Edited at March 30, 2013 10:59 AM
March 30, 2013 11:00 AM - MontroseMorris
Sorry to hear that, Rf. As per visiting, we can do another time, don't worry about it.
March 30, 2013 11:00 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
look, there's nothing wrong with keeping/enjoying your fish. it's a hobby like anything else. wanna know when it gets strange? when you start talking about them sending you psychic messages and shit. it's a little west of nutball and north of wtf.
March 30, 2013 11:01 AM - Deleted
okay, I really need to get to fish keeping now...

this, however, was mildly insulting :(

"In some ways Rob, I think you are very lucky to have the job that you have. You may be board and unsatisfied there, but I can't think of many employers who would tolerate all of your personal quirks. (You said honesty was OK, right?)

I can never quite decide if you exaggerate your personality here for our amusement or if you act as you do here at your job. You profess your need to be brutal honest. Unedited, wild, feral. Do you insult your clients' or bosses' children saying they are fugly crotchfruit? If yes, I imagine you would have been let go long ago. If no, then you certainly understand how to edit your thoughts and I am surprised you don't practice that here more often. I only raise this because it is important to know the level of your social and professional awkwardness in order to guide you properly. Although you may not be a good fit in many industries, some could really suit you!"




Edited at March 30, 2013 11:01 AM
March 30, 2013 11:01 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
sorry about your dad rf. thoughts and prayers for you all.
March 30, 2013 11:02 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
rob, you asked for the unadulterated truth and she gave it to you. be careful what you wish for
March 30, 2013 11:02 AM - CGar
Bradlees was okay, but, for me, nothing beat . . .

http://www.zeitgeistyreport.com/2010/01/16/saturday-afternoons-at-caldors/
Edited at March 30, 2013 11:02 AM
March 30, 2013 11:03 AM - MontroseMorris
I remember Bradlee's. Snaps, I can see you terrorizing shoppers. (Grabs item - "It's MINE!!!!!!!) LOL!
March 30, 2013 11:04 AM - Deleted
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I've never been to that Target nor inside Atlantic Mall but I have a pretty good idea what sort of shitshow it is. Targets in the suburbs are far different animals.

No, they are not. I have been to targets in the suburbs of north and south jersey and they are no different than the one in the atlantic mall. There might be a few more "ghetto" CUSTOMERS in the atlantic center mall target, but overall, the service and merchandise is exactly the same...

I've been to suburban walmarts back in the day, and even one in San Diego. lol. now THAT is trashy... which scares me that when Walmart does come to NYC fully what that will be like!

OKay, REALLY REALLY REALLY getting off my ass right now to tend to the fish
March 30, 2013 11:04 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
mm, i did exactly that!!!
March 30, 2013 11:05 AM - MontroseMorris
" it's a little west of nutball and north of wtf."

HAHAHAHAHAHA! That one's a keeper!!!! Brilliant.
March 30, 2013 11:05 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
we used to have caldor in a.c. it was where the marshall's is now. hate marshalls. want my caldor back!
March 30, 2013 11:05 AM - CGar
"Grabs item - "It's MINE!!!!!!!)"

Or, as Dustin Hoffman said to Bill Murray in "Tootsie": "The woman who bought that handbag I KNOW did time."
March 30, 2013 11:06 AM - CGar
I used to go to that Caldor, Snappy. That's where I got my Weber grill after I bought the house - best price, cheap delivery.
March 30, 2013 11:07 AM - Partridge
No insult intended, Rob. Just a factor in what type of job you pursue. Be who you are! Just be aware that some fields will be more open to it than others.
March 30, 2013 11:07 AM - Slope4Eva
Best store ever in my opinion was A&S on Fulton (what is it now, Macys?). 8 floors, plus basement of anything you could possibly need. Go down escalator to basement, make a sharp left and have a custard while you shop. OMG!!!!!!
March 30, 2013 11:09 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
got my pyrex dishes at caldor. i thought that chain did well. i was shocked when they went out of business.
Edited at March 30, 2013 11:09 AM
March 30, 2013 11:10 AM - MontroseMorris
Marshalls and TJ Maxx buy end of season and overbought goods, so the stuff is often picked over before it even hits their racks. No fun. They've both started commissioning their own goods in the last few years, so the selections are a bit better now, but I still liked Caldor's and Bradlee's better.
March 30, 2013 11:11 AM - CGar
*rob*, I'm just catching up on this discussion, but I will say there's nothing wrong with reinventing yourself, and you're never too old. If fish are your passion, you could build your own business doing what you were looking for someone to do to your fish tanks today. (Though Snappy is right about the nutball aspects of your fish sending you psychic messages.) And it doesn't matter what other people may think of what you may want to try. You should do what you want to do, what makes you happy.

But, as Pepe said to me during our latest discussions about buying the bar, I should have a day job, too, as should you IMHO, at least until any new venture takes off. I'm a bit freaked out because my manager, who is only 60, retired a month ago. I am in no position financially to retire in 12 years. But, I can't fathom doing what I'm doing in 12 years either. So, I've been giving a lot of thought to businesses that I can start or ventures in which I can invest with a few friends. Nothing I'm ready to go public with yet. But, I've put the wheels in motion. So, I know we're you're coming from.
Edited at March 30, 2013 11:12 AM
March 30, 2013 11:11 AM - petebklyn
A&S was really nice. and so convenient.
March 30, 2013 11:12 AM - Slope4Eva
I agree MM. I don't care at all for that kind of shopping. I do not enjoy shopping to begin with, so to have to pick through rack after rack (NL?) is not for me.
March 30, 2013 11:12 AM - petebklyn
Kohl's will be a disappointment. kinda like a JC penney.
March 30, 2013 11:13 AM - MontroseMorris
Macy's has always treated the Fulton St. store like a poor stepchild. In spite of that, it makes them a ton of money. But Eva, you are right, A&S was the best. Remember the dining room on the 4th floor? It was a treat to go eat there. I remember the room like it was yesterday. Funny how some things stick in the brain.
March 30, 2013 11:13 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
marshall's at a.c. is like a swap meet. shit all over the floor, nothing is organized. i get a mild panic attack from that store. can't go back in there anymore.
March 30, 2013 11:13 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
same with macy's on fulton st.
March 30, 2013 11:13 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
jinx mm!
March 30, 2013 11:13 AM - petebklyn
become a hedgehog. If Dibs could do it anyone can.
March 30, 2013 11:14 AM - Deleted
Still haven't started.

I remember Bradlee's too, but it's same kind of dollar value store as DII, no? <3 those stores, but they are all the same.

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wanna know when it gets strange? when you start talking about them sending you psychic messages and shit. it's a little west of nutball and north of wtf.

Okay, I get ya on that. But if my fish didn't do that for me, why would I bother having them? that would be really boring. Do you not think animal friends communicate with their human partners? I don't think it's left of nutball at ALL. I mean yeah, it is a LITTLE bit when I go off about Heidi Fleiss running away (duh, obviously she jumped out of the bowl she was in while I was cleaning her tank or the dog ate her), but to claim that one can't have intrapsychic connections with their animals such as fish (hello we do with cats and dogs, right?) is a little absurd. Dinky II is looking at me right now telling me to get off my fucking ass cuz she wants her tank cleaned. (she's the most high maintenance fish I have, also the only female left in this sausage fest of an apartment that has 3 human males, a male dog, and three male fish!)

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March 30, 2013 11:14 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
"rack after rack (NL?)"
hahahahaha!!!!
March 30, 2013 11:14 AM - Deleted
That Macy's on Fulton is atrocious
March 30, 2013 11:14 AM - CGar
"Marshalls and TJ Maxx buy end of season and overbought goods, so the stuff is often picked over before it even hits their racks."

Channeling Slopey . . . Courtesy of Allan Sherman . . .

Grab those bargains off those racks,
Who needs Bergdorfs, Who needs Saks.
March 30, 2013 11:15 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
i didn't say you coulnd't communicate with your fishie...i'm just saying that if people treat you like rainman wrt your fish, it may be because you tell 'em that stuff.
March 30, 2013 11:16 AM - Slope4Eva
I don't think I ever ate in the dining room, MM. I'll have to ask my Mom today. The custard was the only thing we wanted. I used to cut class in HS just to run over their for one.

Remember the big golden doors to the train station? They may still be there, I don't know, I haven't been there in years.
March 30, 2013 11:17 AM - sixyearsandcounting
" can see you terrorizing shoppers. (Grabs item - "It's MINE!!!!!!!) LOL!"

Haha MM, one Thanksgiving I was going to family friends in Texas. They really liked Fairway's cranberry sauce which they had had here on previous turkey days, so they tasked me with bringing two containers to TX.

I went to Fairway and there were only two containers left with a really old guy (even older than Pete!) with a cane standing in front of them. His arm was moving slowly toward the cranberry sauce and I grabbed both of them. His jaw dropped, the shelf was empty, and I was off in a flash. Mission accomplished!
March 30, 2013 11:17 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
macy's on fulton...you half expect that instead of jewelry being in cases, they have some dude who looks like shaft opening his trench coat to show you gold chains hanging from the inside. "i got gold, yo. gold, platinum, sterling silver. fitty percent off w/ yo macy's card, yo."
Edited at March 30, 2013 11:17 AM
March 30, 2013 11:18 AM - MontroseMorris
I really don't like shopping all that much, either. I like to go into a store, look for what I went in there for, buy it, and leave. I don't need to go up and down every aisle. Surgical strike. I'm like that at flea markets and trade shows too, if I have a choice. I know I often miss things that way, but I really don't like stopping and looking at each and every booth or table.
March 30, 2013 11:18 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
SHAME ON YOU, SIX! well played, but shame on you nonetheless!
March 30, 2013 11:19 AM - Donatella
Marshalls in AC is definitely a disaster. I love TJ Maxx and Marshalls and Home Store (all the same co). But the one in downtown Brooklyn is awful, night and day in comparison to stores elsewhere. It is the attitude of the shoppers. No respect. There is no need to throw stuff around.
Edited at March 30, 2013 11:19 AM
March 30, 2013 11:21 AM - Donatella

rf, I am sorry about your father. I hope you get the attention for him that he needs. Is it his sciatica hurting him still?
March 30, 2013 11:21 AM - Deleted
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if people treat you like rainman

Jeez, thanks a lot :( Actually, you are probably right.
March 30, 2013 11:22 AM - Donatella
Six, you are evil.
March 30, 2013 11:23 AM - MontroseMorris
Six, I can just picture that. Poor old guy. Ninja shopping!

Eva, I bet those doors are still there, behind sheet rock. I haven't been in there in years, especially downstairs.
March 30, 2013 11:23 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
rob, i'm going on what you said. you said people treat you like you are 'special' when you talk to them about your fishie. i'm not calling you rainman.
March 30, 2013 11:23 AM - CGar
"The genius of this exercise is that it's not really about retaining information"

That makes sense, Six. It shouldn't be about retaining or regurgitating information, certainly not at this stage. When I had 15-20 books to read before an exam, I'd also read the introduction, conclusion, TOC and beginning and end of each chapter. Never failed me.
March 30, 2013 11:23 AM - sixyearsandcounting
Yes, Dona, but so are all of us.
Edited at March 30, 2013 11:23 AM
March 30, 2013 11:24 AM - CGar
I talk to Salmonella. They just don't talk back to me is all.
March 30, 2013 11:26 AM - Donatella

No excuse, Six. Well, the deed is done; I hope your hosts enjoy it and that you emerge from all of this reading and testing successful.
March 30, 2013 11:27 AM - MontroseMorris
OK, almost noon. Gotta do stuff. Catch you all later!
March 30, 2013 11:28 AM - sixyearsandcounting
Thanks Dona! This was several years back, and yes, they were thankful for their cranberry sauce.
March 30, 2013 11:29 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
yeah...time to get off the floor and do something. sigh. later losers!
March 30, 2013 11:37 AM - CGar
"This is what I enjoy. I am VERY serious. I love going on errands. LOVE it. It feels like freedom and dedication and being needed at the same time. It's the one part of my job I <3. NO ONE likes going on errands, but I LOVE it."

Still catching up. *rob*, dave, DH, MM, Randi have all given you sound advice from what I've read so far. And MM is right that there's no point if you're going to reject everyone's suggestions out of hand. If you like running errands, you should start your own business as a personal assistant.
March 30, 2013 11:45 AM - CGar
"MM, what was the fourth?"

Hooker.

[Ducks for cover]

March 30, 2013 11:45 AM - More4Less
allergies spanking my ass since yesterday. need to see doc to get me some nasal spray to stop the post nasal drip that is making me cough.
March 30, 2013 11:46 AM - More4Less
hello supplier. long time now post/chat/email/etc
March 30, 2013 11:48 AM - More4Less
folks, AC = Atlantic City; don't confuse it. that Atlantic Target, shortly after opening, was the #2 highest grossing location across all their stores; no idea where it ranks now
March 30, 2013 11:48 AM - Slope4Eva
Rob, check out Indeed.Com I've seen many personal assistant job openings.
March 30, 2013 11:49 AM - More4Less
it's nice and quiet (albeit a little of cleaning up to do) that the kid and his friends staying over is out playing now
March 30, 2013 11:50 AM - Slope4Eva
Sleepovers already at that age. You're brave.
March 30, 2013 11:55 AM - CGar
Caught up. I love Crate & Barrel. And I see DH, Snappy and I jinxed on Caldor. I like the Target in AC personally.

*rob*, it is a rare day that I can say that I agree with the advice that EVERYONE here gave you today. You should go back to your original question and re-read everything that everyone had to say. Very sound advice. And plenty of tangible things you can act on, from your resume to taskrabbit to coursehorse to painting to starting your own business setting up/cleaning fish tanks/selling fish to personal assistant, while keeping your day job until you see what pans out (as I and many others are also doing). And, since you always say you hate Brooklyn, there's nothing that says you can't pick up and reinvent yourself in San Diego, for example.

And now that I've finished my coffee and breakfast, I must join the exodus and get things done. I blame pepper for oversleeping and my late start today.
March 30, 2013 11:57 AM - MontroseMorris
Penguin Boy, you are in big trouble.
March 30, 2013 12:06 PM - More4Less
4Eva, when the kid's friends demanded that they stay over vs me driving them home, what can I do but to accommodate.
March 30, 2013 12:08 PM - Slope4Eva
I was thinking more of the "I miss my Mommy" cries at 3AM.
March 30, 2013 12:08 PM - pepper
I blame myself for my late start today. Just caught up too. Busy morning here!
Edited at March 30, 2013 12:08 PM
March 30, 2013 12:10 PM - Slope4Eva
I blame you too, pepper, lol. It was the surge of posts last night that got me on here today. Its always good therapy for me though, so I thank you.
March 30, 2013 12:11 PM - pepper
Then the sacrifice was worth it, Eva.
March 30, 2013 12:27 PM - Deleted
Ugh, yes Cgar... VERY good advice. Except that I am always in the mindset of this is not possible, and that is not possible, and most things are not possible... well because, in reality, most stuff really ISN'T possible for most people. It's like telling every 1st grader they can be an astronaut when they grow up. I mean, seriously... Perhaps I had too many lofty goals for myself as a child (or retarded ones really) and everyone said YES you can do whatever you want to do! Then when I started telling people what I wanted to do I got the collective stink eye from nearly everyone. So I decided to become an office monkey.

Fuck that shit.


Edited at March 30, 2013 12:27 PM
March 30, 2013 12:30 PM - Donatella

"I'm gonna cook, ok? Bye.:"

That is how R just hung up with me. He knows I am death warmed over. But sometimes he isn't interested in cooking lab, he just wants to do it. Ok, fine. Thank you.

I am convinced that my horrific day of wretching has something to do with wine. I had some (a really small amount) of white wine the day before. I was still sick but there was a little in the frig and I drank it. I thought I was going to die on Thursday. I was reading up on sulfites and think that I am unusually sensitive to them and with being sick with a cold or flu, it was even more so. My sister is convinced that that is what it is. I guess I have no business drinking. I don't really drink much anyway, but that was completely ridiculous. Totally not worth it.
March 30, 2013 12:30 PM - pepper
Rob, how's Jamie Lee today?
March 30, 2013 12:31 PM - Donatella

oh, by the way, R is an expert cook.
March 30, 2013 12:33 PM - Donatella

ok, I am going to get my hair colored by Marina at Irene Dinov. Pepper wish me luck.
Edited at March 30, 2013 12:33 PM
March 30, 2013 12:35 PM - pepper
Oh, good luck Dona!
March 30, 2013 12:36 PM - More4Less
donna, maybe it's time to sport a silver short do like carly Friona did back in her HP days
March 30, 2013 12:38 PM - pepper
Hey M4L. You coming to drinks on Wed.? I bought brownie ingredients already...
Edited at March 30, 2013 12:38 PM
March 30, 2013 12:42 PM - Donatella
donna, maybe it's time to sport a silver short do like carly Friona did back in her HP days

Sometimes it is tempting, M4L. Did you know that Denton is on a kind of crusade about this? Photographing women who allow their hair to go grey. He has a very free way of thinking about women. I wish everyone was like him. But they are not. And I guess I am not ready for that.
March 30, 2013 12:43 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
What's this? Is pepper horning (nh) in on the brownie supplier trade?! ; )

M4L, Try Astilin sinus spray for allergies, it helps me. Avoid Flonase, it can cause cataracts!
Edited at March 30, 2013 12:45 PM
March 30, 2013 12:43 PM - Donatella
Jamie Lee may have eaten too much. Or he may be in rough shape, trying to live.

ok I'm outta here. Hope all is going well with you M4L.
March 30, 2013 12:45 PM - pepper
I had to, Cobble. He was mad at me for taunting him with cookie pics from the last meet up. To make it up to him, I said I would bring him brownies if he came to the next meet up.
March 30, 2013 12:56 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
The Brownie Supplier Trade Union will be contacting you shortly, pepper! ; )
March 30, 2013 12:59 PM - Deleted
omg finally, DONE! and no fish lost!!!!


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March 30, 2013 12:59 PM - Deleted
better pics..
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March 30, 2013 1:00 PM - Deleted
Moonlite!


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March 30, 2013 1:03 PM - Slope4Eva
Looks nice, Rob.

OK, gotta go. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
March 30, 2013 1:09 PM - Arkady
I miss B. Altman & also Klein's on the Square.
rob - Why don't you look into volunteer work at the Aquarium? Get a foot in the door & learn about credentials. It would also begin a networking - I'm sure people at the Aquarium here have ties to the ones in California.
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March 30, 2013 1:17 PM - dibs
Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge to Chinatown, you really run into some of the stupidest people on the earth.
Edited at March 30, 2013 1:17 PM
March 30, 2013 1:18 PM - dibs
Today would be a great day to go to the beer garden at the Mexican taqueria on Hoyt!!!!!!!!!
Edited at March 30, 2013 1:18 PM
March 30, 2013 1:20 PM - dibs
But the restaurant we went to made me some Guk Sow which is a combination of Guk Fa (chrysanthemum tea) and sow mei (black tea). It was very nice

[Enter rf, the Chinese Pinyin language spelling nazi]
Edited at March 30, 2013 1:24 PM
March 30, 2013 1:23 PM - More4Less
cobble, sprayed with nasonex. seem to be helping but have not stopped it completely yet.
March 30, 2013 1:24 PM - More4Less
Dave, the walk over Man bridge is a completely different crow - can't comment which is better crowd; just different
March 30, 2013 1:24 PM - Partridge
Ack!!!! I'm trapped at work but want to try the Hoyt taqueria sometime.

Nice out. I've got the front door open at least.
March 30, 2013 1:25 PM - dibs
Door to the terrace open here too
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March 30, 2013 1:27 PM - More4Less
pepper, I would come out if I can get wife to pick up the kid that day. where's the get together?
March 30, 2013 1:29 PM - pepper
Hollow Nickel. Atlantic btw 3rd and Nevins.
March 30, 2013 1:30 PM - dibs
m4l...you could just stay overnight at Xing's place!!!!!!
March 30, 2013 1:31 PM - MontroseMorris
Just checking back in to see what's up.

Rob, I think you are wrong about raising children's expectations. What's wrong with telling them all they can be astronauts, or whatever? 98% of them will choose something else, or their interests will develop in other things, but that 2% might go on to become astronauts, or work for NASA, or become astronomers. And they may grow up to say it was because someone, a teacher, a parent, someone told them it was possible for them to do so, and they believed in themselves and did it.

I was quite fortunate that I had a teacher mother who never told any of her kids, her own or students, that they couldn't be whatever they wanted to be. Too many kids are beaten down early, or steered towards things they are not interested in, because of what other people think they should be doing. It rarely works out well. Will little Jane find out that she'll never be a supermodel? Yeah, she'll figure it out, but maybe that will lead to a career in the fashion industry, or film, or publishing. And that will turn out to be better than modeling, and she'll be glad she never killed herself to try modelling. You never know, and therefore no one's dreams should be dashed before they have a chance to find out for themselves if it's right for them.
Edited at March 30, 2013 1:31 PM
March 30, 2013 1:31 PM - Deleted
Arkady, that is a great idea and I have thought about it. Sadly Aquariums only hire interns and I am not "management material". I really wish they did away with the whole intern thing, it seriously drives wages down to basically shit for people who want to get into careers that they would enjoy.

Im in a good mood though right now, look how GREAT Jamie Lee Curtis is doing back in his tank after my medical care for him last night!?!?

He's more active and doing better than when I first got him!

I'm actually really happy about this outcome, I totally thought I was going to have a dead fish this morning.

Edited at March 30, 2013 1:31 PM
March 30, 2013 1:33 PM - More4Less
Dave, does Xing's place have a room or couch known as M4L's room or couch?
Edited at March 30, 2013 1:33 PM
March 30, 2013 1:34 PM - dibs
Couch.
Edited at March 30, 2013 1:34 PM
March 30, 2013 1:34 PM - Arkady
"I totally thought I was going to have a dead fish this morning." So did I, rob. Really happy for you!
I still think you could get your foot in the door at the Aquarium - they're always looking for docents who are volunteer status. You could wangle your way from there.
Edited at March 30, 2013 1:34 PM
March 30, 2013 1:36 PM - More4Less
arkady, rob would be hanging out on the beach and swimming if he got gig at aquarium
March 30, 2013 1:36 PM - Deleted
quote:
I was quite fortunate that I had a teacher mother who never told any of her kids, her own or students, that they couldn't be whatever they wanted to be. Too many kids are beaten down early, or steered towards things they are not interested in, because of what other people think they should be doing. It rarely works out well.

Yeah it's called going to college and wasting thousands of dollars in loans to amount to nothing. I think you missed my point though. Nothing wrong with encouraging kids to be all that they can be, but when you tell kids that they can be ANYTHING they want to be, that's just flat out lying to them. It leads to lots of problems later on.

I didn't have any AP classes in high school and I went from 1991-1995, urban school, but there should have been a few? We just had honors classes and you had to be invited into them. Now, ANYONE is allowed to take an AP class even if they are not qualified. We have a very VERY watered down education system in this country and a lot of stems, truly, from telling kids they can be anything they want to be in life. That is just, sorry, but not the case. And yeah, a lot of it comes down to economics though sadly.

March 30, 2013 1:38 PM - MontroseMorris
And furthermore, for someone who is pretty eccentric and quite individual, you seem to care far too much about what other people think about what you are, say, or do. Who cares if they give you the stink eye, or laugh at you, or respond negatively??? Other people have no say in who you are, only if you let them. You use other people as a far too easy excuse for not doing things, which really means you haven't convinced yourself you really want to do whatever it is. Nobody is going to believe in you if you don't believe in yourself.

Ok, I'm going back to work. Glorious day out, too, must go for walk.
March 30, 2013 1:38 PM - Deleted
quote:
Dave, does Xing's place have a room or couch known as M4L's room or couch?

I'm picturing chains attached to an old school radiator with WiFi.


Edited at March 30, 2013 1:38 PM
March 30, 2013 1:40 PM - Deleted
Thanks, Arkady!

I wasn't going to let Jamie Lee die like I let Duke. If there's a will there's a way, that's what I learned (unfortunately too late) after Duke died.


March 30, 2013 1:40 PM - Donatella
So far so good. I like Marina already. She saw me, she figured out immediately what to do, mixed up a potion, and instructed someone else to put this stuff on my head. I am drinking a nice cup of coffee in a nice place and no body is unloading their political opinions on me, grilling me about my life. Now if the hair comes out ok I'll do a jig.
Edited at March 30, 2013 1:40 PM
March 30, 2013 1:41 PM - Deleted
Cleaning the fish tanks today, I noticed that one of the four heaters was not working. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR. The one that was in Dudley's tank of all places. He's a hearty fish... He's between the other tanks, and will have to replace the heater on monday. Also, his heater was a different brand than the others! I remember it being more expensive too!
March 30, 2013 1:43 PM - MontroseMorris
Nope, rob, not buying it. Those are all just excuses. You are a smart guy, bettering yourself really has nothing to do with economics, as long as there are libraries, books and the internet. You can learn whatever you need to get to the next step.

Arkady suggests the Aquarium, you say you aren't "management material." You've defeated your goal without even going out there to look, or trying to get in the door. If you want to change, YOU have to be willing to work at it, it's not going to float down on a golden pillow.
March 30, 2013 1:44 PM - pepper
fingers crossed dona. i'll feel responsible if it doesn't work out...
March 30, 2013 1:47 PM - MontroseMorris
I was thinking of getting my hair bleached almost completely silvery grey, since it's well on its way there anyway. I've seen women my age like that, and they look absolutely great, and not old. Plus a good haircut to flatter the face.
Edited at March 30, 2013 1:48 PM
March 30, 2013 1:48 PM - Deleted
This is my favorite painting... I found it in the trash up in Harlem.

(the frame was originally brown but I spray painted it silver). It called to me! Much like chicken eggs and dye are calling me right now. Oh shit, Snappy I have to read your article!!!
Edited at March 30, 2013 1:48 PM
March 30, 2013 1:50 PM - dibs
MM...I remember what I think was the only time I ever complimented a woman on her hair. it was about 25 years ago in Chicago and hers was a beautiful grey white, pulled back tightly. She was older than you though.
March 30, 2013 1:53 PM - Donatella
No don't pepper. She is nice and I feel that she is very confident and knowledgeable. I hope it works out. I have been going through this hair nonsense for over a year now that I discontinued with the arm chair revolutionary expert in everything, obnoxious, non stop talker. Then the Carroll Gardens person with neon hair who gave me magic marker head.
Edited at March 30, 2013 1:53 PM
March 30, 2013 1:56 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I love the idea of being all silver. My hair is still a messy mish-mosh inbetween yucky stage. I always look at the women with pure white or silver hair and think it looks great.

Apparently, I have new neighbor with a drum kit. Urgh.
March 30, 2013 1:56 PM - Deleted
quote:
YOU have to be willing to work at it, it's not going to float down on a golden pillow.

Troofuses x 1000. I am terrified of getting out of my comfort zone, I mean I did it FINALLY this last year with travelling, but when it comes to careers and stuff. gack. frozen solid. I am totally terrified of the person that I can be, because I hate the person I am and bury the person I was yesterday everyday.

Okay, that's like way too stupid and prozac nation and shit... I am light hearted as long as other people are. Anyway, I am going out shopping for chicken eggs.

Thank you for all the career advice, but truth be told nothing is ringing true for me. I really do see myself as a homeless eccentric weirdo in 5-10 years living on the beach. Perhaps I'll give faux tarot readings or something to keep my mouth fed. LIke I said earlier, there is nothing here for me. THAT other side of life is very tempting (not being homeless, duh) but just something... just not this, but the whole grass is greener thing and having grown up in this area keeps me here for very weird reasons.

I almost wish I was born a moonface! At least they go out and try shit.
March 30, 2013 1:57 PM - Deleted
quote:
I was thinking of getting my hair bleached almost completely silvery grey, since it's well on its way there anyway. I've seen women my age like that, and they look absolutely great, and not old. Plus a good haircut to flatter the face.

Did you see the picture I posted right after you!?!? DO IT! That would look great!
March 30, 2013 1:59 PM - Deleted
MM, talk about syncrhonisty (sp!?) !!! I posted that painting of the cat painting I found in Harlem and painted it silver... Right as you posted about turning your hair silver. Seriously, DO IT!!!!!!!!!


March 30, 2013 2:01 PM - Donatella
You hair looks very pretty at the shorter length framing your face Cobble. And it is barely grey.
Edited at March 30, 2013 2:01 PM
March 30, 2013 2:04 PM - Deleted
As a kid I was always embarrassed of my grandmother's hair and used to be like ugh you are grey!!!! no one elses' mother has grey hair and she would be like it's salt n pepa! she had really bad hair phases but sometimes they looked good. I thought it was awful when she looked like Dorothy from the golden girls and me and my grandfather used to make fun of her and call her dorothy lol. My grandmother almost slapped my grandfather once when he asked me do I like dorothy's cooking better than his and I said his and my grandmother bugged out. Her cooking was really REALLY bad. At least my grandfather TRIED. Oh wow, now im lol'ing inside cuz I think he is laughing that I called her dorothy again on the internet.
March 30, 2013 2:07 PM - Deleted
I'm 1/2 grey. It's so funny when people say it to your face, WOW you have grey hair. It's like wow, DUH! How do men deal with graying?! DH, DIBS? I'm always like well I don't really care I guess, the last thing I worry about... But that could come up, if you have gray hair in interviews you might get passed off.. so lame. I actually have a crush on someone with gray hair! (that's bananas!)


March 30, 2013 2:08 PM - Deleted
^er, it's not DIBS. it's someone else not here.

Okay, going out to buy chicken eggs.


March 30, 2013 2:11 PM - CGar
"Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge to Chinatown, you really run into some of the stupidest people on the earth."

Just imagine what they think when they run into you.

March 30, 2013 2:12 PM - MontroseMorris
Ok, I might just do that. Gotta find someone who knows what they are doing, especially on black women's hair.

OK, really gone now. Later!
March 30, 2013 2:18 PM - dibs
Well, my gray hair is the key to my success on Silverdaddies!!!!!
March 30, 2013 2:23 PM - Deleted
No gray hair here
March 30, 2013 2:29 PM - Partridge
Braggart.
Edited at March 30, 2013 2:29 PM
March 30, 2013 2:31 PM - Arkady
I think of my grey hair as looking as if it's blonde highlights.
March 30, 2013 2:41 PM - Deleted
Literally crying with relief right now. Just got off the the phone with my grandmother. She enjoyed my sister and her bofo's stay, but luckily my grandmother's son's baby momma took them everwhere. I have to go down there and I have to prepare again like mad...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOgpT5rEKIU
Edited at March 30, 2013 2:41 PM
March 30, 2013 2:47 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
You hush, DH!
March 30, 2013 2:48 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
That's very nice, thanks, dona, but you only ever see my hair in dark bars!! Lol.
Edited at March 30, 2013 2:48 PM
March 30, 2013 3:07 PM - Deleted
quote:
Gotta find someone who knows what they are doing, especially on black women's hair.

Just how special IS your hair?! I have frizzy white boy fro hair. I can't let it grow more than 2 inches or else it looks like a rat's nest. I am curious what make's black womens' hair so special? (fyi I love black women's hair, especially when it's natural). but I am curious about this.

Can I ask a question without sounding culturally insentive? I really don't know the answer, but when did natural hair on black women become frowned upon? The 80s? the 90s? in the 70s it looked amazing. But I was only like a baby in the 70s.
Edited at March 30, 2013 3:07 PM
March 30, 2013 3:13 PM - Partridge
Rob, I think your next career (don't laugh) should be with plants. You'd be great! Working with the earth is cathartic and metaphorical.

You could do all different kinds of work outside from rebuilding the dunes of the Rockaways to saving trees of Redwood, starting community gardens to city scaping and landscape architecture. Way more venues for work. You can be self taught or take classes without having to get a new degree (except for the architect part). You could start your education immediately on the internet!!! The psychic side of my brain sees you raising seedlings in your apartment with UV lights just across from your fishes. I see you creating hybrid plant varieties and naming them after your Granny or Manda.
March 30, 2013 3:25 PM - CGar
My brother and sister were gray in college. Fortunately, I don't have a lot of gray. Won't ever dye it though. But makes me feel even older than I am (quiet, DH).
March 30, 2013 3:26 PM - CGar
Perhaps I shouldn't have had 2 really strong drinks in the middle of the afternoon.
March 30, 2013 3:28 PM - Donatella
I have a new hairdresser. Yes! Thank you pepper. Marina is my kind of woman - intelligent, nice, no nonsense and really knows what she is doing. Thank you!! What a relief.
March 30, 2013 3:29 PM - Partridge
Yay, pretty Dona!
March 30, 2013 3:29 PM - sixyearsandcounting
"Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge to Chinatown, you really run into some of the stupidest people on the earth."

Do tell us a story, Uncle Dave.
March 30, 2013 3:31 PM - pepper
Happy to help, Dona. Glad it turned out so well!
Edited at March 30, 2013 3:31 PM
March 30, 2013 3:36 PM - CGar
pepper, still holding you responsible for my being overtired and less than productive today. Also, they were really skimpy on my chive cream cheese today (though I don't blame you for that).
March 30, 2013 3:38 PM - CGar
Arkady, my Hoarders bins are empty. So far, I have 7 for you with the flip tops, plus 2 smaller Rubbermaids. Still a few more in CT, too.
March 30, 2013 3:46 PM - Arkady
Thanks, CG. I still plan to give them to N even though she just laughed at my Easter eggs.
Edited at March 30, 2013 3:46 PM
March 30, 2013 3:46 PM - pepper
Yes, CGar, I am still holding myself responsible for the same. The strong drinks can't be helping matters; for those the fault is your own (or at least someone other than me).

I always get too much scallion cream cheese, and end up squeezing it out into the garbage. But I'm always afraid to ask for them to go light on the cream cheese, lest I end up with the low-fat stuff. Blech.
March 30, 2013 3:48 PM - kazootite
"mid life crisis"

Rob-
I think those are key words (your words). So many people I know have been through it. We examine and re-examine every possible new thought, opportunity, passion, location, person, etc. Time is getting shorter. I have heard this over and over from friends, then after the internal process is done, people often stay where they are, or make one very small change. But the process is necessary all the same. It is a rite of passage and evidently a psychological /spiritual/ physical thing we go through at different stages of our lives. It will take as long as it takes and there probably aren't short-cuts. There are many books about mid-life crises and reading one could cut down on some of the angst. It is all normal. A crisis is a crisis however, and crises aren't fun. (A cliche by now - but a crisis has been called a dangerous opportunity.)

It would be nice if someone gifted with wisdom could come along with the right thing that resonates. Those people are rare. My grandmother had wisdom. When she gave her view, it was usually right. Our family is much dumber now that she has passed on.

GASP! I just put "midlife crisis" into google. I recommend that. Takes place in mid thirties age range.


March 30, 2013 3:49 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
arkady, i wanna see these easter egg rejects. i'm sure they aren't as bad as you think.
March 30, 2013 3:50 PM - kazootite
CGar, I am so sorry for the losses in your family.
March 30, 2013 3:51 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
pepper, i'm a fan of scallion cream cheese, too. i always have them put it on the side in a small cup with lid. then i use what i need (which is about 1 tenth of what they give me) then store the rest in my fridge and then the next day get another bagel plain and go home and use the leftover c.c.
Edited at March 30, 2013 3:51 PM
March 30, 2013 3:52 PM - rf
In north shore hospital e.r. with dad. He has anarrhythmia and it looks like they will keep him overnight. Also looks like I will have to do benson duty and stay overnight with stepmother and leave kid home alone. Ugh. Aide leaves at 10 pm, new aide at 10 am.
March 30, 2013 3:53 PM - CGar
Usually, they give too much cream cheese. But, if you ask for a smear, they barely run the knife in the vicinity of the bagel. Today, for $3.50, I don't know WHAT they were thinking.
March 30, 2013 3:54 PM - CGar
"The strong drinks can't be helping matters; for those the fault is your own (or at least someone other than me)."

Biff.

March 30, 2013 3:54 PM - CGar
Thanks for the condolences, kazoo.

Sorry to hear about your dad, rf.
March 30, 2013 3:55 PM - CGar
"even though she just laughed at my Easter eggs"

[Note to Self: Spend more time with N.]
March 30, 2013 3:55 PM - pepper
That's the clever way to do it, Snappy. But I like to eat half of my bagel right after I get it, sitting on a bench in front of Starbucks, before I go in and get my coffee...
March 30, 2013 3:56 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
use my dip method...i take the bagel, break off a piece and dip it in the c.c. i never spread it on. then take the rest home in the cup.
March 30, 2013 3:57 PM - kazootite
That's rough, rf.
March 30, 2013 3:57 PM - pepper
rf, hope everything works out ok with your Dad!
March 30, 2013 3:58 PM - kazootite
Randolph! How are you feeling today?
March 30, 2013 3:58 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
sorry things are going south, r.f. lemme know if you or j. need anything while she's home alone.
March 30, 2013 3:58 PM - pepper
You have an answer for everything, don't you? ;)
March 30, 2013 3:59 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
i do :=) hazards of being a smart ass! lol
Edited at March 30, 2013 3:59 PM
March 30, 2013 3:59 PM - CGar
"sitting on a bench in front of Starbucks"

Stalking innocent vertically challenged people walking their dogs . . .
Edited at March 30, 2013 3:59 PM
March 30, 2013 4:01 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
ok...back to my floor. later folks!
Edited at March 30, 2013 4:01 PM
March 30, 2013 4:01 PM - CGar
Found my golf shoes. Unpacked 2 wonderful PLUSA birthday cards . . . won't say who made them, but will say that my apartment is now covered with glitter, which shows up particularly well on black dogs.
March 30, 2013 4:03 PM - pepper
"Stalking innocent vertically challenged people walking their dogs"

Innocent?
Edited at March 30, 2013 4:03 PM
March 30, 2013 4:05 PM - CGar
[^^^ Ignoring pippin]

partridge, I have these great cast iron lanterns that I use in warm weather on cobble's deck, but I don't have candles for them. They're 6 x 6 x 8 high. What size candles should I get for them??? Mostly concerned with the appropriate height. (Don't worry, they'll be your favorite shade of beige.)
Edited at March 30, 2013 4:06 PM
March 30, 2013 4:07 PM - CGar
Wow, when did we turn to page 2???
March 30, 2013 4:08 PM - pepper
at 3:58 PM
March 30, 2013 4:10 PM - CGar
^^^ Smartass.
Edited at March 30, 2013 4:10 PM
March 30, 2013 4:12 PM - pepper
;o)
Edited at March 30, 2013 4:12 PM
March 30, 2013 4:12 PM - CGar
Bimbo #1, I heard a rumour that Bimbo #2 is coming to the City? If so, do you know when? If so, will you be accompanying her? Trying to pick a date for the housewarming, once the bathrooms are done, and it would be nice if you two were here.
March 30, 2013 4:12 PM - Partridge
I have 6" pillar candles for your lanterns in BEIGE, palest green and deep seaglass blue. Stop by I can hook you up.
March 30, 2013 4:13 PM - CGar
pepper, I'll have you know that I still have my original copy of that book from when I was a kid.
Edited at March 30, 2013 4:13 PM
March 30, 2013 4:15 PM - sixyearsandcounting
In my experience nearly every bagel place that ever existed puts way too much cream cheese on bagels.
Edited at March 30, 2013 4:15 PM
March 30, 2013 4:15 PM - pepper
I never had that book as a kid.

You don't get rid of much, do you?
March 30, 2013 4:21 PM - CGar
Thanks, partridge. Wasn't sure if you sold them or not. 6" it is. Was thinking BEIGE, but will look at palest green and deepest seaglass blue.
March 30, 2013 4:23 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Rf, wishing you and your Dad all the best through this.
March 30, 2013 4:23 PM - CGar
"You don't get rid of much, do you?"

Historically, no, pepper. Having been stripped of all our possessions by the Nazis, my family has tended to save things since VE Day. I've given a ton of furniture and other housewares away, though, and now I've started to pare down the stuff I've kept, by making donations to Housing Works and selling the really good stuff at Fork & Pencil on Bergen and Court.

March 30, 2013 4:24 PM - CGar
^^^ To that end, literally just found my late Mom's silver baby spoon and baby cup. What I will do with them . . .
March 30, 2013 4:32 PM - dibs
I just had wine. No heavy stuff yet.

And the other thing about the bridge.....why the fuck do these idiots ride over the bridge on bikes on the weekend when they know it's going to be a shitshow of stupid tourists.
March 30, 2013 4:33 PM - Arkady
Wait until one of your nieces has kids & give them to the baby.
March 30, 2013 4:34 PM - Deleted
Riding bike over bk bridge on weekend is douchebaggery
March 30, 2013 4:34 PM - BirdnestHead
Hi All;

Off-topic....

As it turns out, I've apparently won *first* prize, since I'm only getting sent to Philadelphia for 5 days. Anyone know of any fun stuff to do there, or fun places to go? Live music venues, good places to eat? I prefer activities that won't involve my genitals, dibs ;-)

I think I'm staying in the "downtown" area, as such. Philly Ritz-Carlton. Do they have public transport? Subways? Trolleys? Buses, I'm sure...

Need help, will be at software conference during the days. Next Saturday through Wednesday...
March 30, 2013 4:35 PM - CGar
There's only one for whom that's an option, Puma, which is what I figured I'd do with the sterling spoon and cup. But all the rest???
March 30, 2013 4:36 PM - CGar
dave, I do have some really nice things for you, which I think you'll like, but, of course, I can't give them to you until we visit in BUCKS BUCKS BUCKS. (Sorry, just getting the unmentionables out of my system.)
March 30, 2013 4:36 PM - Deleted
I just spent like 900 dolllars across the street at housing works on new furniture (OMFG vibrating neon blue couch and glass console!) but I cant get it home! :(

March 30, 2013 4:37 PM - CGar
"Off-topic...."

I'm sorry, but I'm afraid you're in the wrong place for that.
March 30, 2013 4:38 PM - Partridge
Any PLUSA visiting my store TODAY ONLY receives a complimentary feathery chick!!! Bring coffee please. Milk, no sugar.
March 30, 2013 4:38 PM - Deleted
going back across the street to pay someone on the street to help me carry them in!

pictures in a bit!


March 30, 2013 4:39 PM - BirdnestHead
Hi Cgar!

All topics are one, the rest is commentary (modified Hillel)
March 30, 2013 4:41 PM - CGar
donaTELLA (and Sloppy), Joey from John Hlad was here the other day, with his son . . . I told him we were all friends. (And, to pippin's point, I sent him home with a tchotchke for his wife.)
March 30, 2013 4:42 PM - BirdnestHead
Holy sh*t, I would love a vibrating neon-blue couch! Sounds like a good catch, Rob. Can't wait for the pix...

March 30, 2013 4:42 PM - MontroseMorris
Ok, checking in again.

Rob, up until the late 60s, early 70s, it was unacceptable for black women to have natural kinky hair, so they went through awful hot comb treatments to fry the hair straight, or lye straighteners for same. Needless to say, lye burns too, and hair falls out. In the 60s, 70's, when the whole Black is Beautiful movement arrived, that's when people started wearing their hair natural. But it took a good 20 years for that to be accepted not only in the black community, but in the white. It was a big political statement to wear your hair like Angela Davis. It meant you were radical, and maybe even dangerous.

In the business world, even today, most women get farther and supposedly look more "professional" with straightened hair. When braids and dreads came into fashion, you didn't see them on business women for a long time, for the same reasons. End of sociology class.

There is a difference, too, between kinky and curly hair, and straight hair. The hair follicles are different. I think the molecules are bigger or something in curly hair, I don't remember offhand, which makes the hair curl. They absorb liquid differently, too, and are more porous. That's part of the reason why one should go to someone who knows how different textures of hair work.

Yes, Penguin Boy, we, as in both of us, are coming down this coming week. She has a memorial service, and we are going to visit my "uncle", after his wife's death last week. We missed the funeral because he told me the wrong day. I don't blame him, he had a lot on his mind, and it's better to see him, now that it's all over and there aren't a lot of people around. He needs company, as I think he's all alone, unless his son is still staying with him.
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March 30, 2013 4:43 PM - CGar
"modified Hillel"

You're JEWish, too??? Still having Hillel sandwiches for Passover, are you???

http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Holidays/Spring_Holidays/Pesach/Seder/Korech/korech.html
March 30, 2013 4:44 PM - Donatella
OK my latest adventure with Fort Greene wildlife.......

I come back from my wonderful new hairdresser and food shopping and who is in the hallway repeatedly banging into the skylight??

A starling. A starling trapped in my hallway. How he got there is anyones guess. Thank God, it didn't take much to get him to WALK down the corridor then fly down the stairs. I got him in the vestibule, then closed the vestibule doors and left the front doors open. After flying into the half moon glass panel above the door a few times, he figured out with his bird brain how to fly out the door.

Now, how on earth did he get IN?

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March 30, 2013 4:46 PM - MontroseMorris
Rf, wishing you all the best with your dad. Hang in there!
March 30, 2013 4:46 PM - BirdnestHead
Well, I'm only Jewish by past association, was married to Jewish woman for 19 years. I do miss the Seders, but don't miss the "bread of affliction". I don't really celebrate anything this season, other than an amorphous gladness for rebirth in genberal...
March 30, 2013 4:47 PM - CGar
Yes, eSIL, I know about missing the funeral. We emailed about it, remember??? We discussed ALL of this, about how it's nicer to see people after the funeral, after everyone else has left. Do you not CHECK your email??? But, I thought you were coming down last week to see your uncle??? I need you to come down in May or June.
March 30, 2013 4:48 PM - Donatella
Re natural hairstyles, the "Afro" I understand was NOT low maintenance. I had expressed my envy at what I thought was no maintenance hair, and I was disabused of that notion quickly by coworkers. I went through a similar liberation then too. I was told that my curly hair should be short. My mother knew everything. And of course, it couldn't be frizzy or kinky. So I did the curler thing until 1968. Then it was long and wild. Very stylish and I was HAPPY.
March 30, 2013 4:48 PM - dibs
BH...Ritz Carlton is on Broad St...literally center of town. I don't know the music venues since I really don't go to any of them. Lots of great restaurants and bars within walking distance. fergie's Pub for starters and I think they have music.
March 30, 2013 4:49 PM - BirdnestHead
Cool link, yes I remember the little sandwiches with the bitter herbs and so forth. Hard to get the matzoh broken evenly....
March 30, 2013 4:50 PM - pepper
I once had a pigeon fly into my apartment through and open window. Getting him to fly out again was traumatic for both of us, and involved a lot of banging into things...
March 30, 2013 4:52 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Well, and he's with me, but I'm only JEW-ish.
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March 30, 2013 4:53 PM - BirdnestHead
Thanks, dibs!

I have a feeling the whole Ritz-Carlton downtown thing may be a little too highbrow for me to feel comfortable. I kind of like a dive. One of my favorite fictional characters described the Boston Ritz-Carlton thusly: "makes me feel like taking a whiz in the corner."
March 30, 2013 4:57 PM - CGar
^^^ Correction.
March 30, 2013 4:58 PM - dibs
That Ritz Carlton is VERY high brow. Lots of great places along Sansome Street as well starting from Broad and walking west
March 30, 2013 4:58 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
We had a bird fly in off the deck in our old place once. I was sitting in bed, drinking my coffee....when it swooped into the bedroom. Vistor cat was on the bed with me. We had to grab the cat, get her out into the hall, while the bird flew all around the room knocking into everything! I think BNH got it in a towel while it was stunned at one point and put it out on the deck, and it finally rallied and flew away.
March 30, 2013 5:00 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I'm barely jew-ish, how can I be uppercased like that?! (Hush, DIBS)
March 30, 2013 5:01 PM - Partridge
HellOOOooooooooooooo?!?

How's my coffee coming??????
March 30, 2013 5:03 PM - BirdnestHead
Thanks again, dibs!

Clearly a diguise and a tie will be required...
March 30, 2013 5:04 PM - Donatella

Once a sparrow was stuck between window panes in my partially opened bedroom window. I tried to open the window a little more to let him out and his little claw got stuck. He went crazy, squawking and I was sort of screaming and running around and R scooped him with his hands out of there and let him loose in the backyard. Nice!
March 30, 2013 5:11 PM - dibs
We had a sparrow fly into the house in Philly. Howard caught it and ran around the house with it in his mouth but didn't hurt it. Got it away from him and let it go.
March 30, 2013 5:13 PM - CGar
I used to have pet birds. Digby, Cecile, Miles, and J. Pierpont Finch.
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March 30, 2013 5:14 PM - dibs
J. Pierpont Finch????? Trying a bit to hard to be WASPY weren't we???
March 30, 2013 5:15 PM - Deleted
Those are def ct wasp names
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March 30, 2013 5:15 PM - CGar
Does anyone (e.g., dave, Arkady) know how I remove long-dried cement from a wall-mounted tool holder? (Don't ask why the contractor didn't take it down before re-doing my Brownstone wall.)
March 30, 2013 5:15 PM - BirdnestHead
Hey man, that should've been pierrepont...
March 30, 2013 5:15 PM - Deleted
Lol jinx dibs.
March 30, 2013 5:16 PM - BirdnestHead
cement? chisel!
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March 30, 2013 5:17 PM - dibs
Wire brush???
March 30, 2013 5:18 PM - Partridge
Coffee?
March 30, 2013 5:19 PM - MontroseMorris
I know you know all about it, Penguin Boy, I was just reiterating for others amongst us. I do read my email. I'll be back in Bklyn around the 14th, I'm leading a MAS tour with Amzi, in Bed Stuy, probably go back Monday. The 14th is my birthday, but my brother has already made plans for me.
Edited at March 30, 2013 5:25 PM
March 30, 2013 5:27 PM - CGar
Though I am a WASPy JEW from Connecticut, and I did prep at a WASP boarding school . . .

Digby was for E. Digby Baltzell, my UPenn Soc 101 professor, who happens to be the guy who coined the acronym WASP in his book "The Protestant Establishment".

Cecile was for Nancy Frangione, a hot actress on a soap my sister used to watch when I got home from school and was waiting for her to drive me (i.e., force me to go) to Hebrew School.

Miles was for Miles Silverberg, the producer on Murphy Brown. Grant Shaud, I think his name was. They both had the same beady little black eyes.

J. Pierpont Finch was for the lead character in "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying". Played most famously by Robert Morse (now on Mad Men) and Matthew Broderick. I thought the name was funny because he was a Zebra Finch.

The other 3 birds were Budgies (the smallest member of the Parrot family).
March 30, 2013 5:28 PM - CGar
"The 14th is my birthday, but my brother has already made plans for me."

I like your brother. We should all go to Montero's.
March 30, 2013 5:29 PM - MontroseMorris
When I was a kid, upstate, the day after I first saw the movie "The Birds," which scared me to death, a starling got into the house and was flying around in a panic for hours, until my parents were able to chase it out of a window or the door. That did nothing to reassure me that the movie wasn't true and could happen there.
Edited at March 30, 2013 5:29 PM
March 30, 2013 5:31 PM - CGar
Yes, you're right. It was J. Pierrepont Finch. But, it was J. Pierpont Morgan.
Edited at March 30, 2013 5:30 PM
March 30, 2013 5:44 PM - BirdnestHead
Loved Robert Morse in that movie! "Unless, you're vp of marketting" Maybe the only musical I've ever really enjoyed... did not know he was in Mad Men...

Am I addicted to the ellipsis? Am I even spelling it right?

There seem to be a few blues clubs in Philly, not too far from the hotel. And a subway/trolley system!
March 30, 2013 5:50 PM - Deleted
I just bought myself this vibrating lounge chair and glass little thingie on the left as an easter gift to myself from housing works.

Bad, BAD BAD BAD BAD BAD me.

But the chair feels SO SO SO SO SO SO SO good


Edited at March 30, 2013 5:50 PM
March 30, 2013 5:52 PM - pepper
Since I started posting here, I've noticed that I have an ellipsis problem too, BnH...
Edited at March 30, 2013 5:52 PM
March 30, 2013 5:52 PM - BirdnestHead
NICE chair! Enjoy it! Really vibrates?
March 30, 2013 5:54 PM - BirdnestHead
"I feel pretty, oh so pretty..."

Hi Pepper! Like that alternating acronym case!
Edited at March 30, 2013 5:54 PM
March 30, 2013 5:57 PM - pepper
Hey there! I try to abide by people's stated preferences, when I can.
Edited at March 30, 2013 5:57 PM
March 30, 2013 6:01 PM - gazoo
The inspiration for the Birds came from a real life event that happened in my town in the summer of 61 I believe, when thousands of birds crashed into homes for some mysterious reason. At the time Alfred Hitchcock owned a home here and subscribed to the paper even while working in Hollywood. He read the story, and contacted the local paper and they gave him all the details. I used to be freaked out by that movie for years, especially when walking to school in the spring because the birds would try to grab at my long blonde hair.

Rob my 2 cents about your career crisis: I changed careers at age 36/37, from cabinet maker to working in marketing. Part of my incentive was having a new baby and then becoming allergic to the different trees' saw dust. Financially, it was a huge stepping up, I made about 3 times more working in marketing. Now I've gone from marketing to social media consultant and blogger. That's more of an offshoot from my hobby playing on message boards. Social media consultant and blogger pay more than marketing assistant and I pick and choose my projects.
You may want to find something that you're currently doing, and then expand that into a job/career. Take the funnest parts, and focus on them. You say you love running errands, well I'm sure NY is chock full of people who would pay good money for those services. You also love reality tv, so you might want to pursue working as an assistant on a reality tv show. The money may not be great to start, but if you do it long enough, and get more experience you can parlay it into something you enjoy. And if you're working on a reality show, you may get some camera time, many assistants have gotten recognition that way.

Your other love seems to be traveling. Why don't you just keep the job as a means of making enough to go on a fabulous train trip each year? I know several people who work their lackluster jobs, because they look forward to those 2 weeks a year they can save up for to travel. One friend goes on these wild vacations each year—one year she went on a backpacking trip I think to Argentina, where they used llamas to carry the load, another year she walked part of a section of the Pacific Coast Trail. She is able to wake up every day to a job she's mildly enthusiastic about because she knows every day she works means every day she can put a few more bucks towards her big adventure in the summer.

March 30, 2013 6:01 PM - Deleted
yep! i made sure they plugged it in and made sure it worked. The whole chair vibrates from toe to heads. it's literally AMAZING. I dont know what to do tho cuz it takes up all the room my room :-/ hahahah.


March 30, 2013 6:04 PM - Deleted
thanks gazoo... I can't start over cuz I have no way to support myself. I need a BoFo or something. :-/ Perhaps my new vibrating chair will get me one lol


March 30, 2013 6:06 PM - Deleted
Okay, I have never in my LIFE spent so much on one single object. EVER. I am having guilt, but I really liked it and fell in love with it. And tomorrow is Easter and shit.


Edited at March 30, 2013 6:06 PM
March 30, 2013 6:07 PM - Deleted
$900 bucks for a used chair? See that's the kinda moonfacey shit that makes normal chairs more expensive for non-lame white people out there.

You can get a metal folding chair FOR FREE!!! 900 bux ? Oh hells to the no Meghan
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March 30, 2013 6:07 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Tell me it wasn't really $900.
March 30, 2013 6:10 PM - Deleted
dave is gonna like this part of the story. I couldn't carry the chair home... So I kept asking people on 5th avenue if they would help me carry it around the corner (literally) for 20 bux. everyone kept saying NO. Mexican dude comes along was like yes ill help you and and then he was like no worries! (i.e. he wouldnt take the money, i had to make him take the 20 bux!!!!!!!!!!!!) I gave him my giant TV he was so excited (honestly i needed to get that out of here anyway and weighs the ton of an elephant). I put up a tiny TV now. it's really crowded in my room :-/ so I threw out all my records and many books and random shit for the taking and got the stink eye from the super's girlfriend!


March 30, 2013 6:11 PM - BirdnestHead
Very considerate, pepper!

And Hey Hey Hey! No dumping on the man's vibro-lounger! Lifechanging sh*t, lifechanging! Money only a temporary concern...
March 30, 2013 6:11 PM - Deleted
the chair was like 450. When did i say 900!?! The glass console was like 45
March 30, 2013 6:12 PM - Deleted
But 900 bucks? I buy chairs for FIVE dollars. Moonfacey inflation right there. I really hate Brooklyn
Edited at March 30, 2013 6:12 PM
March 30, 2013 6:13 PM - Deleted
U said 900 up there.

450 still cray.
March 30, 2013 6:13 PM - Deleted
quote:
Oh hells to the no Meghan

Megan wishes she could feel how sitting on this thing feels. this is OLD school vibration. Im telling you, I would NEVER have bought it otherwise. Im thinking about throwing out my leather couch and just sleeping on this new chair.


March 30, 2013 6:15 PM - Deleted
I'm saving these quotes next time you go off on 6 dollar pints of beer
March 30, 2013 6:16 PM - Deleted
Really where did I say 900?!!! Seriously, I went back and looked and didnt see that. It was 450. I would never pay 900 dollars for a chair. The people that work at that housing works across from me btw? total assholes.


Edited at March 30, 2013 6:16 PM
March 30, 2013 6:17 PM - Deleted
@4:36
Edited at March 30, 2013 6:17 PM
March 30, 2013 6:18 PM - Deleted
So I splurged on something. Something that's gonna eat my ass for years and years. It's totally different than buying moonface beers.

Plus, it VIBRATES!

I am a little worried that it's so old tho that im gonna DIAF. :-/

March 30, 2013 6:20 PM - Deleted
oh shit, wait, i bought this at housing works! can't I get a tax credit on that next!? SEE! It's like I got my new vibrating chair for free!
March 30, 2013 6:22 PM - Deleted
You get deductions when you donate
March 30, 2013 6:25 PM - Deleted
donate this, bitch!

<3

Edited at March 30, 2013 6:25 PM
March 30, 2013 6:26 PM - Deleted
donate this, bitch!

<3

Edited at March 30, 2013 6:26 PM
March 30, 2013 6:27 PM - Deleted
Haha is that chair like your mid life crisis Porsche?
March 30, 2013 6:28 PM - Deleted
sorry, didn't mean to call you a bitch. Ugh. What if this shit has bedbugs?


March 30, 2013 6:29 PM - Deleted
OMFG i just dug thru the crivets of the cushions and found a pen that says "Accompanied Literary Society!" lol
March 30, 2013 6:31 PM - Deleted
EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW it is filthy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am sticking my fingers in between the cushions and feeling GROSS shit, but the pen is lolzy

No coins tho :(
Edited at March 30, 2013 6:31 PM
March 30, 2013 6:33 PM - Deleted
quote:
Haha is that chair like your mid life crisis Porsche?

LOL. probably. Why you gotta be nasty? You aint that younger than I am btw. Just cuz everyone on this site is like 90 and shit.

OoO no i din't!


March 30, 2013 6:35 PM - Deleted
You're always so concerned with what other people spend their money on - don't think u can buy a 450 dollar chair and not get some back!

(Glad you like it tho)
Edited at March 30, 2013 6:35 PM
March 30, 2013 6:36 PM - Deleted
The chair = like one month of Newports. things that make you go hmmmm


Edited at March 30, 2013 6:36 PM
March 30, 2013 6:39 PM - Deleted
I am glad I bought this 450 dollar chair. It makes me feel just as filthy as everyone else and that I am just like everyone else. This is the most bizarro feeling I have EVER had. I am SO gonna watch porn on that chair later. It looks PERFECT for it!

March 30, 2013 6:40 PM - Deleted
Haha we are all just hue-mons
March 30, 2013 6:41 PM - Deleted
Lol I'm 7 years younger than you - almost a decade - don't lump me in with your gray haired ass
March 30, 2013 6:41 PM - Deleted
FYI my wrist is totally healed :) No pain at all right now. yay! I was all ready to be mad at you if I had some kinda wrist disorder where I couldn't type and fax and sign for packages lol.


Edited at March 30, 2013 6:41 PM
March 30, 2013 6:45 PM - Deleted
quote:
Lol I'm 7 years younger than you - almost a decade - don't lump me in with your gray haired ass

1. seven years aint a decade
2. i dont have grey ass hairs (ew!)
3. ten years from now you are going eh.... i dont know where I am going with this. why do you hang out with old people anyway!??

4.) i am SHOCKED randi is younger than I am!!!!
March 30, 2013 6:48 PM - Deleted
UGH! i just caught Dudley and Charlize Theron fighting their fins off against each other in their tanks... I forgot to put the piece of plastic between their tanks. they were SERISOUSLY going at it.

Dudley fish was winning. Put in the piece of plastic and now they retreated. ooof....
March 30, 2013 6:54 PM - sixyearsandcounting
$450 for a chair???
Rob can never again legitimately claim he is:
a) poor
b) degentrifying Park Slope
c) not a moonface
d) merely genetically gay
e) all of the above
March 30, 2013 6:55 PM - sixyearsandcounting
DH, based on what I paid for the chairs in my living room, and what I paid my CPA (until this year - can't afford him anymore), I think you should charge Rob at least $1500 for doing your taxes.
Edited at March 30, 2013 6:56 PM
March 30, 2013 6:56 PM - Partridge
Ark, just spotted a few of these! White-crowned Sparrows. Great whistling call too!

Old people bird watch.
March 30, 2013 7:00 PM - Deleted
Haha six - I like your fee calculation method!
March 30, 2013 7:00 PM - Deleted
I have never paid anything for furniture except for the leather sofa I sleep on. Now I feel bad about buying this chair :( BUt I like it, and it seriously vibrates. It vibrates everywhere! Ugh I totally forgot I was going to dye easter eggs tonight. I asked my roommates if they wanted to dye eggs with me and they were like "no thanks" lol. I shall do it on my own. Pics of my eggs later!


March 30, 2013 7:08 PM - kazootite
"I just spent like 900 dolllars across the street at housing works on new furniture (OMFG vibrating neon blue couch and glass console!) but I cant get it home! :( "

Is the new couch neon blue?
March 30, 2013 7:09 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
The Wizard of Oz is on! The Wicked Witch just told Dorothy 'I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!'
March 30, 2013 7:09 PM - Deleted
holy crap. now my office looks like a creepy 1960's dentist's office :-/


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March 30, 2013 7:10 PM - petebklyn
are you going to hide the eggs then hunt for them tomorrow?
March 30, 2013 7:10 PM - Deleted
er, i mean my room, not my "office"

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March 30, 2013 7:14 PM - Deleted
I'm totally autosexul and all, but i can TOTALLY see myself getting laid (or doing the laying really cuz I dont take it up the butt) on this new chair!

March 30, 2013 7:15 PM - Deleted
Sorry if I just made you all barf up your dinner lol.


March 30, 2013 7:21 PM - Deleted
Hahahahahaha.
March 30, 2013 7:21 PM - petebklyn
so how come rabbit is associated with easter?
March 30, 2013 7:27 PM - Deleted
I feel like I might need to get my own apartment come July. So I now I have a sweeeeeeet ass vibrating chair. I got myself a rug at DII a few weeks ago. I dont know. I dont want to get an apartment and look all ghetto. I am terrified the rents are going to be raised where i live to be unavoidable moveouts. that SUCKS.
March 30, 2013 7:34 PM - Donatella
Your chair looks like a launching pad.
March 30, 2013 7:42 PM - Donatella
I like it. The blue ties in to the blue of the water (and the blue on your cabinet doors). It looks comfortable.
March 30, 2013 7:57 PM - kazootite
Dona, on my computer the chair looks like a dark greyish tan. That's why I asked. I can't see the blue at all - just the curtains look bluish. Can't see blue on the cabinet doors either. It looks nice though.
Edited at March 30, 2013 7:57 PM
March 30, 2013 7:58 PM - kazootite
Dona, I hope you are feeling better.
March 30, 2013 8:34 PM - rf
Home at last. No college trip. Oh well. Kid is upset mostly because she can't drive--not allowed within city limits. But I'll take her for a spin in Nassau County on Mon or Tues.
March 30, 2013 8:53 PM - Deleted
I didn't bother buying eggs. I made some more chicken viola! im sorry but my chair is the best.purchase.EVER. it massages eveywhere and goes into all kinds of crazy positions!


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March 30, 2013 8:54 PM - Deleted
im even being all gangsta on it!


Edited at March 30, 2013 8:54 PM
March 30, 2013 8:55 PM - Partridge
What happened with Dad and your stepmother?
March 30, 2013 9:01 PM - rf
The agency cobbled together aides to cover until they can get a live-in on Monday. 10 hours with their favorite regular aide. I will stop by tomorrow to make sure there's enough food in the house.

Very glad that I will be sleeping in my own bed tonight!
Edited at March 30, 2013 9:01 PM
March 30, 2013 9:04 PM - Partridge
Oh, that's great news. Hope your dad is released soon and healthy again. Get some rest!
March 30, 2013 9:05 PM - Deleted
I am sleeping on vibrations tonight. It feels SOOOOOOOOOOOOO good!
March 30, 2013 9:07 PM - Deleted
and oddly I am so glad I got rid of that 300 pound giant tv. A little tv is just as good.


Edited at March 30, 2013 9:07 PM
March 30, 2013 9:55 PM - Donatella
Kazoo, thanks! I am feeling much better!!
Edited at March 30, 2013 9:55 PM
March 30, 2013 10:03 PM - sixyearsandcounting
"Please! Give me my fucking money!!" - my neighbor downstairs. Could someone give him his fucking money already? Jeez.
Edited at March 30, 2013 10:03 PM
March 30, 2013 10:25 PM - gazoo
Hey Rob, is that one of those Art Linkletter Craftmatic Adjustable Contour Chairs?

Hahahaaha Don't hate me, I couldn't resist, especially with all your talk about getting old.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YZFMWZ2HZM
March 30, 2013 10:28 PM - Deleted
Lmaooo @ that commercial
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March 30, 2013 10:37 PM - kazootite
"Black Saturday OT"

Also called Holy Saturday and Easter Eve.

"Significance - Marks the day Jesus Christ's body lay in the tomb"


March 30, 2013 10:59 PM - Arkady
AKA - Egg dyeing day.
Hares are a symbol of Virgin Mary - they are fertile (see unicorn tapestry depictions). Eggs are also fertile. Spring is a fertile time. Hence E. Bunny & eggs.
Chocolate is a more recent tradition but nonetheless welcome for that - & fertile in the adding on of avoirdupois. Peeps, ditto.
March 30, 2013 11:03 PM - Deleted
Eeeesh. Fertile. Scary.
March 30, 2013 11:07 PM - Arkady
You think it's scary now; you should've been alive before the pill!!!
March 30, 2013 11:07 PM - ilovestoops
Rob - Amtrak career opportunities:
http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?c=Page&pagename=am%2FLayout&cid=1241245669136

Some of the folks working on the long haul trains work several days & nights in a row, and thien have several days off.
March 30, 2013 11:08 PM - Arkady
Great suggestion, Stoops!
And trains vibrate non-stop, rob.
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March 30, 2013 11:17 PM - ilovestoops
bnh's avatar's hairdo is like what I had in high school
March 30, 2013 11:19 PM - ilovestoops
cobble's taskrabbit idea was good too, I thought. I'm just surprised rob wants a job where he meets people since he hates those from so many demographics.
March 31, 2013 1:02 AM - gazoo
When I took Amtrak, I talked to the porters about their jobs. I was when they retire, they retire with a Railroad Workers Pension, so that's cool you get a little scratch in your old age. Rob you'd make an awesome porter!
March 31, 2013 1:48 AM - Deleted
I carved myself a note in the wood the other day and totally forgot about it til now


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOgpT5rEKIU
March 31, 2013 2:37 AM - Deleted
I want a dog. I dont want want to have to do all the shit that they make you go through to get a dog though. I want someone to just bring me a dog like with Duke. I dont want to have to pay to get a dog. I dont want to have to go through an "adoption process". I Don't want anyone to have to ask for references. I Just want a dog again. If I don't get a dog soon I am either going to kill myself or keep buying stupid shit.


Edited at March 31, 2013 2:37 AM
March 31, 2013 2:38 AM - Deleted
^ er when I said "kill myself" I was being a drama queen, I am not serious. But I DO want a dog!!!!! GRRRR


March 31, 2013 2:39 AM - Deleted
I'll even take an ugly dog, with three legs and shit!

As long as I don't have to go through the "adoption process" which I find absurd.

Universe: Bring me a dog.


Edited at March 31, 2013 2:39 AM
March 31, 2013 3:24 AM - gazoo
Rob plenty of free and low cost pups on craigslist NY. Many come from private homes, so other than making a good impression on them, there is nothing more you need to do.

http://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/pet/3712115732.html
Edited at March 31, 2013 3:24 AM
March 31, 2013 3:27 AM - gazoo
But then look what you miss out on if you're not wanting to go through rescues or shelters

http://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/pet/3701134429.html