Wednesday OT
July 17, 2013 5:45 AM - PandoraSnaps
It's gonna be another hot one. Treat yourself to some ice cream.

July 17, 2013 6:39 AM - dibs
July 17, 2013 6:44 AM - dibs
July 17, 2013 6:55 AM - dibs
Got an Amber Alert on my phone.
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July 17, 2013 6:58 AM - Slope4Eva
The mom (non-custodial parent), so hopefully the poor little thing will be safe.

July 17, 2013 7:27 AM - dibs
Dermatologist today at 10:15
July 17, 2013 7:29 AM - dibs
Someone here is doing Tai Chi
July 17, 2013 7:32 AM - Deleted
Amber is an odd name for a buff Asian man
July 17, 2013 7:33 AM - Deleted
July 17, 2013 7:49 AM - dibs
The award for bearacratic incompetence goes to JFK security who prevented first responders from getting through to a man who had a heart attack inside the terminal and died because of it.
July 17, 2013 7:51 AM - dibs
Al Sharpton has a 35 year old babe girlfriend
July 17, 2013 7:51 AM - Donatella
I have to see my dermatologist soon. He does the annual once over. I stay out of the blazing sun now, but didn't when I was a kid and teenager, when the skin damage starts.
July 17, 2013 7:53 AM - Donatella
Al Sharpton looks awful. It was good for him to take off the excess weight, but he is anorexic looking now. Shrunken looking and his face looks beat to hell. What happened?
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July 17, 2013 7:55 AM - dibs
yeah, I stay out of the sun as much as possible. All the "issues" that crop up are from sun exposure as a child...especially on my white underclass areas.
July 17, 2013 7:57 AM - dibs
Al's only 58!!!! Looks much older.
July 17, 2013 8:16 AM - dibs
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July 17, 2013 8:23 AM - dibs
Barclays Center hosting a Farmers Market every Wed for the next 4 months, 8:00 - 4:00. Open today. Operated by GrowNYC
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July 17, 2013 8:33 AM - dibs
Bernanke: Highly accomodative monetary policy remains appropriate
July 17, 2013 8:37 AM - Deleted
Gm. Thanks for the farmers market tip, I'll check that out.

Anyone else see this?
Health Plan Cost for New Yorkers Set to Fall 50%

THANKS OBAMA (no, seriously, thanks!)
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July 17, 2013 8:46 AM - Deleted
Dave, I got the amber alert as well. From the times...

Some of you might have been jolted awake around 4 a.m. by a blaring sound on your phone.

“Is such a disruptive alarm necessary in the middle of the night?” one woman wondered blearily on Twitter.

It turned out to be an Amber Alert on “Notify NYC” for a 7-month-old abducted by his mother from a child-welfare building on Tuesday afternoon.

People subscribe to Notify NYC alerts to be warned about events like evacuation orders.

City officials could not immediately be reached to explain why such a high-level warning was used for an Amber Alert, which is not typical.

But we are pressing for more details, so stay tuned.
July 17, 2013 8:48 AM - Arkady
Given that the amber alert was on radio at around 9:30 p.m., you'd think the timing at 4 a.m. was a little silly - both late & disruptive.
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July 17, 2013 8:49 AM - dibs
I assume that's what X got it on his iPhone and it woke us up. Not sure what time. My phone wasn't in the bedroom so I only saw it on the screen after I got up.
July 17, 2013 8:50 AM - dibs
Who listens to the radio???
July 17, 2013 8:52 AM - Deleted
I listen to npr on the radio all the time. And people in cars?
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July 17, 2013 8:54 AM - dibs
It was sarcasm, randi.
July 17, 2013 8:55 AM - dibs
Ughhhhhh. I may be in the office later until 4:00 or so for a meeting for my consulting agreement
July 17, 2013 9:10 AM - Deleted
cool story bro
July 17, 2013 9:13 AM - dibs
Haven't you realized that all my stories are cool??
July 17, 2013 9:13 AM - Deleted
i have -tht'as why i tell u
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July 17, 2013 9:14 AM - Deleted
i'm liking these high waisted mom jeans chicks seem to be wearing this summer
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July 17, 2013 9:17 AM - dibs
I always notice what kind of pants Asian and Latino guys are wearing as I check out their ass and basket. The jeans with the emroidered back pockets that the Latinos wear are the sexiest
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July 17, 2013 9:19 AM - dibs
Are they easier to get off?
July 17, 2013 9:21 AM - Deleted
how should i know?!
July 17, 2013 9:21 AM - Deleted
oh nm - derp - still don't know
July 17, 2013 9:30 AM - Deleted
i dig the high waisted thing for jeans or shorts, but now its gone to bikinis which is weird becuase it covers up the bellybutton and makes you look alien.

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July 17, 2013 9:31 AM - Deleted
das weird
July 17, 2013 9:38 AM - Deleted
ass and basket???? barf.
July 17, 2013 9:39 AM - BoerumHillScott
Chicks should have bellybuttons.
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July 17, 2013 9:40 AM - Deleted
das wut we sayin scott!
July 17, 2013 9:41 AM - Deleted
lol - i read scott's post in a god-like voice speaking down from the heavens.
July 17, 2013 9:41 AM - DeLepp
Some chick carried a surf board onto the G train last night. It was in a large bag, people had to climb over it to get on/off the train at rush hour. Of cource she had lame rose tats on her feet.
July 17, 2013 9:41 AM - Deleted
"let there be belly buttons, biatch!!"
July 17, 2013 9:43 AM - Slopefarm
and on the 28 billionth day, scott rested.
July 17, 2013 9:43 AM - Deleted
oh hey scott - i assume this BBQ is kid/family friendly?
July 17, 2013 9:46 AM - DeLepp
That swimsuit is awful for her body. Might as well wear a one piece. When did granny panties become fashionable?
July 17, 2013 9:47 AM - kazootite
Scott, Happy Birthday!
In case I don't get to tell you on your day.
July 17, 2013 9:48 AM - kazootite
In that photo of Al, he looks as if he is trying to get away from the girl and she is leaning toward him.
July 17, 2013 9:49 AM - Deleted
"Some chick carried a surf board onto the G train last night. It was in a large bag, people had to climb over it to get on/off the train at rush hour. Of cource she had lame rose tats on her feet."

who cares? she went surfing during the day and was travelling home. deal with it! its not like you got mugged or something.
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July 17, 2013 9:52 AM - DeLepp
rand, the board was longer than a mini cooper. I was quite content sitting but it wasn't fun seeing people climb over a surfboard, some of them were older than Pete.
July 17, 2013 9:56 AM - DeLepp
Very pregnant woman next to me was like "really", at 7PM?
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July 17, 2013 9:58 AM - BoerumHillScott
"oh hey scott - i assume this BBQ is kid/family friendly?"

I don't plan on having strippers, if that's what you mean.

Yeah, there will probably be a couple families with kids, at least earlier.
My son is away in Louisiana for the month.
July 17, 2013 9:58 AM - Slopefarm
I hear there's a big contingent of surfers on the A at 5am going out to Rockaway, some of whom return on the A during rush hour and head to work, though I've never seen a surf board on the A at rush hour.
July 17, 2013 9:58 AM - dibs
I'm at the dermatologist now, completely disrobed
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July 17, 2013 9:59 AM - pepper
That bikini looks more like spanx than a bathing suit.
July 17, 2013 9:59 AM - dibs
Undortunately I wont be able to make it. Some of X's friends are coming for dinner, which was planned a long time ago, and I'm the cook
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July 17, 2013 9:59 AM - Deleted
ok cool - i'll act appropriately!
July 17, 2013 10:01 AM - BoerumHillScott
Not that I am opposed to strippers...
July 17, 2013 10:02 AM - pepper
Surfboard on the subway at rush hour. Sounds worse even than a bike on the subway at rush hour...
July 17, 2013 10:12 AM - dibs
Done at the Dermatologist in 10 mins. Only two "spots" frozen off.

Off to the office to do god's work
July 17, 2013 10:19 AM - Slopefarm
I remember when you could really "surf" on the subway. Back in the early 80s, sometimes the express trains would really barrel down the tracks at top speeds, particularly in midday. The cars were old, the shocks were loose, and the windows open. So you'd stand in the middle of the car and it felt kind of like surfing.
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July 17, 2013 10:21 AM - Slopefarm
"Treat yourself to some ice cream."

I think the proper expression is "treat yo'self." And that POTD looks like an all cat remake of a Little Rascals episode.

July 17, 2013 10:25 AM - bxgrl
I hate bikes on the train during rush hour. or he guys who insist on standing right in front of the door with their bikes so no one can get on or off.
July 17, 2013 10:29 AM - pepper
Or the guys sitting with a wide stance taking up 2 seats...
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July 17, 2013 10:33 AM - Slope4Eva
Eating take-out food and trying not to spill their drinks!
July 17, 2013 10:35 AM - Arkady
Backpackers who don't remember they're twice their usual size & bang into everyone.
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July 17, 2013 10:35 AM - Slopefarm
For those interested in learning more about the legal issues that informed how the Zimmerman trial was conducted and why the jury found him not guilty, I think this is an informative article:

In essence, prosecution had the burden of proving beyond reasonable doubt that Zimmerman did not act in self defense. Somewhat counterintuitive that prosecution would have the burden of disproving a defense. Article does a nic, non-inflammatory job of explaining why that burden was so difficult to meet here.
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July 17, 2013 10:37 AM - Slopefarm
Oh, so after years of deriding CGar for his commuter rants, you've all suddenly decided to complain about asshole commuters in his absence? As CGar's law partner, I will remember this and call you on it next time you complain about one of CGar's commuting rants.
July 17, 2013 10:41 AM - Arkady
Nature & the OT, unnatural as it is, abhor a vacuum: we're filling in for him.
July 17, 2013 10:44 AM - Slope4Eva

I'm glad to see surfing become popular in the city. I remember way, way back when, I brought my PS friends to meet my Hamptons friends (was dating a co-worker). It was really funny to see the "city kids" watch the rich kids in their wetsuits and surfboards.
July 17, 2013 10:53 AM - MontroseMorris
Al Sharpton does look awful. He looks like he's dehydrating right in front of us. He really did lose too much weight, and looks sickly. I can't believe he's the same age as I am. (and Dave, too)
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July 17, 2013 11:16 AM - kazootite
quote by Slopey: "Oh, so after years of deriding CGar for his commuter rants, you've all suddenly decided to complain about asshole commuters in his absence?"

Quote by Scott, yesterday: "This personal attack shit is really stupid, especially when we all get along in person. That includes (but is not limited to) the attacks against Cobble, Legion, RF, and Randi. Peace, love, and STFU

Now back to our regularly scheduled bitching about commutes…"
Slopey, perhaps a directive has come from Scott to stop (or a least ease up on, haha) the personal attacks and complain about other things instead, such as commutes. :)

July 17, 2013 11:16 AM - dibs
dh, I'm still plugging away (nh) over there on the GSCO thread
July 17, 2013 11:17 AM - Deleted
scott: likes belly buttons, hates personal attacks
July 17, 2013 11:17 AM - Deleted
yeah i saw dibs - hahaha.
July 17, 2013 11:17 AM - dibs
I'm still only 57, at least for a few more months
July 17, 2013 11:17 AM - Deleted
i told my peeps not to engage
July 17, 2013 11:18 AM - Deleted
damn - ur older than my parents
July 17, 2013 11:21 AM - Arkady
Let's all stay cool today.
July 17, 2013 11:23 AM - Arkady
Link, dibs.
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July 17, 2013 11:26 AM - dibs
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July 17, 2013 11:33 AM - bxgrl
Snow looks great about now.
July 17, 2013 11:45 AM - Deleted
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July 17, 2013 11:46 AM - Legion
I'm growing tomatoes in my yard!
I noticed this tomato plant growing a month ago, didn't even plant it but it's growing nicely.

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July 17, 2013 11:56 AM - MontroseMorris
Pete, if you are around, the Utica house you posted last night was really interesting. They did some amazing restoration, although it's too formal and fussy for my taste. Recessed lighting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But the copy on the website, especially the history of the house, reads like it was written by a failing high school student. It's some of the worst writing ever. They need to step it up, if they want to sell the house. They've got a huge website with nothing on it, really. Have you ever been there?
July 17, 2013 12:04 PM - Legion
The New York Times article is misleading.
It says so in the article itself, that there are currently only 17 thousand New Yorkers paying for healthcare themselves.

The President actually had to stall the employer mandate, a key part of the insurance overhaul, because it would cost too much and would cause a huge spike in unemployment which is still at a real rate above 13%.

Meanwhile this "affordable" healthcare act is set to cost us (those who actually pay taxes) 1.8 Trillion dollars over the next 10 years. That price doubled from the original estimate in only two years!

So basically what this NY Times article is saying is that for 1.8 Trillion dollars,
17 thousand New Yorkers get a discount on paying insurance premiums.
A discount that will be eaten up quickly with rising gas and food prices anyway since the policy of devaluing the dollar is just another way of taxing the masses without them knowing it.
...and a regressive tax at that!
July 17, 2013 12:07 PM - MontroseMorris
Well Legion, all I can say about heath care is this, and I'm not going to get into another pointless argument about it: This country should have a national health care program, administered by the government.

What Obamacare tried to do was make everyone happy by kinda sorta having universal care, but cobbling it onto the various private and public plans out there.

It was doomed to fail, even if it got passed. You can't keep the insurance companies happy and have affordable universal care. You can't keep tort lawyers happy and have affordable care, and you can't keep the medical establishment happy and have universal care. For that matter, you can't keep that segment of the population that has excellent coverage and wants to keep it happy, either.

By the time Congress got through with the Affordable Health Care bill, it was Swiss cheese, or rather skimmed milk, with all of the fatty goodness leeched out of it, leaving just enough to say you've got a plan, but so messed up, two years after it was passed, people like me still don't have insurance. All that, because no one wants to buck the insurance and other industries.

I wish they had had the political balls to not care who you offended, and did what was necessary for the American people. We are the only industrialized nation to not have universal care. We may have the best hospitals, best doctors, most advanced medicine in the world, but most of us can't afford any of it, and millions of us can't even afford to set foot in a gp's office.

Rant over.
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July 17, 2013 12:13 PM - Deleted
oh no mm vs legion - TLDR time!! ;)
July 17, 2013 12:19 PM - MontroseMorris
Nope, not arguing with anyone today. Too busy, and besides, it's futile.
July 17, 2013 12:20 PM - Partridge
I read it, MM! I'll read yours too, Legion. I'm actually getting excited for 2014 and what the changes will mean to many of my currently uninsured friends.
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July 17, 2013 12:20 PM - MontroseMorris
We've got tomatoes growing too. We ate a couple the other day. Yum!
July 17, 2013 12:23 PM - Legion
"With no medicare supplement - would medicaid cover copays for medicare office visits/ hospitilizations. and what if had to go to nursing home? and what about prescription copays?"

Medicaid generally pays for all co-payments (20% not paid by Medicare), except for the yearly deductible of $120 (might have risen slightly).
Medicaid also covers nursing homes for those that will accept it as payment and will also cover prescription co-payments for those medications on the NYState prescription formulary.
July 17, 2013 12:28 PM - Legion
Insurance overhaul went about it the wrong way.
The proper way was to use the existing healthcare delivery structure and tweak existing laws and regulations to maximize insurance coverage.

-increase interstate insurance competition
-tort law reform
-malpractice insurance reform
-reduce waste fraud and abuse within Medicare and Medicaid
-automatic enrollment of those already eligible for existing medicaid and SHIP programs
-expanding HSA/Major Medical combo plans with a national network
etc, etc.

As it is, what came out of the sausage making process in congress was a huge entitlement thrown into the existing free market medical structure.
Then they just told the insurers, hospitals and doctors to eat it whole.
Now they're choking on the pieces.
July 17, 2013 12:32 PM - dibs
Yes, it could have been more well thought out, streamlined and simple but, no, afterall this is a classic example of when the government gets involved.

They should have done a straight voucher system...hospitals submit invoices and get paid according to what the government decides. No ability to turn anyone away. Simple.
July 17, 2013 12:33 PM - RowerChick
The party is child friendly, but the kids need to play nice-that means you Rob & Randi.
July 17, 2013 12:57 PM - bfar
They should have single-payer national healthcare ala the other british colonies, otherwise the vultures just make out like bandits.

And anyone who thinks the current system is streamlined and simple... is, well, simple.

buuuuut, whatever. I'm with mm. Too hot to argue, and I should be folding laundry anyway. Just had to drop by to say hello, and (just back in town after two weeks) marvel that they finally ditched disqus, which I believe I recall a large list of dedicated users describing as 'licking the taint of user-interactivity' lo these many moons ago.

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July 17, 2013 1:01 PM - Deleted
Didn't that article also say that over half a million more nyers will join the 17k between now and next year?

Waiting for plumber. Lame.
July 17, 2013 1:03 PM - dibs
I didn't say it was, bfar. i said it should have been.
July 17, 2013 1:03 PM - Partridge
I'm going for a mani pedi. I'm sure you are envious.
July 17, 2013 1:04 PM - Deleted
Lol @ trustifarian telling dibs to 'ballance deez nutz'
July 17, 2013 1:05 PM - dibs
So how was the condo meeting last night?
July 17, 2013 1:11 PM - dibs
trustifarian's a troll. Better over there than here though!!!!
July 17, 2013 1:14 PM - Deleted
You're a troll over there too.
July 17, 2013 1:15 PM - wasder
Hey Guys: Dropping by to say that I will be gigging with my band The Sonic Power Pops (wasder on lead vocals) at Freddy's in the south slope this saturday night the 20th. the gig is at 10 PM if anyone is in the area and feels like watching me kind of endearingly make an ass out of myself!
July 17, 2013 1:16 PM - dibs
You haven't heard me at Karaoke at Monteros!!!!
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July 17, 2013 1:20 PM - wasder
I think I have....

July 17, 2013 1:22 PM - Deleted
yeah it was the night your ears started bleeding
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July 17, 2013 1:24 PM - Deleted
Does Dave only sing creep?
July 17, 2013 1:26 PM - dibs
I actually sang that for you, randi.
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July 17, 2013 1:29 PM - ilovestoops
we should head over to hear wasder after Scott's party.
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July 17, 2013 1:30 PM - dibs
How to set you Emergency Alerts so as not to receive them at 4AM
July 17, 2013 1:31 PM - MontroseMorris
Hey, Wasder, nice to see you. Break a leg at your gig. Sorry I'm not in town to make it over there.
July 17, 2013 1:38 PM - wasder
hey Mm--good to see you too. How's things up state?

Rest of you should come by after Scott's. No cover!
July 17, 2013 1:42 PM - bxgrl
Sorry to miss that, wasder! :(
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July 17, 2013 1:58 PM - MontroseMorris
Excellent editorial by Charles Blow on the Zimmerman case.
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July 17, 2013 2:02 PM - dibs
Good editorial.
July 17, 2013 2:03 PM - MontroseMorris
Legion, all excellent arguments for a complete overhaul, and universal, single provider health care. Instead of going from A (the patient) to Z (the health care provider) you now have to go through every other letter of the alphabet to do so. It's absurd. And everyone in between wants to get paid.
July 17, 2013 2:05 PM - Deleted
but death panels, socialism, MURICA!
July 17, 2013 2:08 PM - Deleted
$190 to snake a drain?! Hlad is a criminal.
July 17, 2013 2:09 PM - Deleted
dry aged beef explained
July 17, 2013 2:10 PM - Legion
From the NY Times article:

"State officials estimate as many as 615,000 individuals will buy health insurance on their own in the first few years the health law is in effect"

I know this is boring stuff for a July afternoon at 96 degrees but it's a slow day so here goes.

Yes, they are mandating that those uninsured are to sign up and show proof of a health plan on some sort of IRS tax form.
Perhaps there will be another line on the tax forms to file your "official healthcare insurer ID number" or something like that. Anyway, those folks will now be signed up and presumably this will save us all from paying out of control healtcare bills to support their previous use of the emergency rooms as their private medical office.

In reality, what's happening is that many of those individuals who could have just gotten by with a major medical coverage plan mandated by the government are forced to choose from an array of new healthcare exchange offerings which have been set up at huge expense by each state.

These are paid for by federal tax dollars out of new taxes, squeezing existing healthcare reimburements to hospitals and doctors and out of existing Medicare recipients.

Costs will continue to increase as most federal agencies do, in fact they increase as a matter of course, it's called baseline budgeting where each successive year's budget increases upon the last.

Underlying problem is that this increased coverage of the uninsured is not seriously considering cost containment aside from cutting reimbursements to already overburdened hospitals, doctors and health delivery systems. Papering over the problems by printing more money is only adding to our trillion dollar budget deficits, causing private businesses to sit on the sidelines with hiring and pushing healthcare workers into an early retirement.

How does one keep a doctor if they're leaving for a permanent vacation?
They never said healthcare would improve after all only increase in numbers covered.
Edited at July 17, 2013 2:10 PM
July 17, 2013 2:13 PM - rf
Here's another good essay:

The Charles Blow piece also has a little video of him talking about talking to his teenage sons.

I remember, when we lived in Clinton Hill and my daughter was in Kindergarten or first grade and learning about police officers, fire fighters, etc. at school, she came home from talking with kids on our block. She told me that some of the kids told her that the policeman is not always their friend. A very difficult thing for a parent to tell a child.
July 17, 2013 2:13 PM - Slopefarm
Wasder in the house!!!!

Hi, wasder. I might be able to make it to the Freddy's gig!
July 17, 2013 2:16 PM - dibs
dh, if you watched more Food Network and less Nickelodeon you would know all about dry aged beef by now.
July 17, 2013 2:17 PM - Deleted
that joke woulda been way funnier if you said MSNBC

July 17, 2013 2:28 PM - dibs
t's hard for me, at my age, to keep up with your cutting edge humor.
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July 17, 2013 2:29 PM - Deleted
That old dude has really long fingers.
July 17, 2013 2:30 PM - dibs
In my experience, foot size and finger length mean nothing.
July 17, 2013 2:30 PM - Deleted
you know what that means...
July 17, 2013 2:35 PM - Deleted
i dont wanna know.
July 17, 2013 2:35 PM - Deleted
July 17, 2013 2:36 PM - dibs
Looks like he can give a scratch-free BJ
July 17, 2013 2:38 PM - dibs
Goerge H. W. Bush seems to have great style when it comes to all his colorful socks
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July 17, 2013 2:38 PM - Deleted
oh god
July 17, 2013 2:39 PM - dibs
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July 17, 2013 2:39 PM - Deleted
July 17, 2013 2:40 PM - dibs
I'm going here
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July 17, 2013 2:41 PM - dibs
For this
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July 17, 2013 2:41 PM - dibs
The end
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July 17, 2013 2:41 PM - Deleted
you're going to manhattan to drink piss out of a wine glass?
July 17, 2013 2:42 PM - Deleted
is that lever house?
July 17, 2013 2:42 PM - Deleted
HAHAHA - do they charge extra for that?
July 17, 2013 2:43 PM - dibs
Yes, Lever House...halfway between the office and the subway entrance.
July 17, 2013 2:43 PM - Deleted
do you drink everyday?
July 17, 2013 2:44 PM - Deleted
i like when the OT devolves into me, DH and DIBS saying stoopid shit to each other. i assume others dont like it so much.

btw, did rob blogicide for real? i feel like he's been absent a few days.
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July 17, 2013 2:44 PM - bxgrl
Very powerful editorial. Heartbreaking too.
July 17, 2013 2:44 PM - dibs
No. If you were paying attention earlier I said I had a meeting that would keep me in Manhattan later, revolving around my consulting agreement.
July 17, 2013 2:45 PM - dibs
I never say stoopid (sic) shit, randi.
July 17, 2013 2:46 PM - Deleted
who is your consulting agreement with? i hope you didnt advise them to buy FNMA
July 17, 2013 2:46 PM - bxgrl
So it's ok for a marine to push the ex-president in his wheelchair but not ok for the President to have a marine hold an umbrella over him and a diplomat as they stand in the rain?
July 17, 2013 2:46 PM - Deleted
"I never say stoopid (sic) shit, randi."

July 17, 2013 2:47 PM - dibs
I think he's just taking a break after he was trying to be helpful to Snappy and a few of the others (the usual suspects) jumped all over him
July 17, 2013 2:48 PM - Deleted
oh yeah. his last post was this at 9:47 am yesterday

Clearly my corner is going to be confused for malice. Oh well, im outta here. It's worse than AA here sometimes.
July 17, 2013 2:56 PM - Deleted
July 17, 2013 2:56 PM - dibs
Lots of weird infused alcohols here
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July 17, 2013 2:57 PM - Deleted
like what?
July 17, 2013 3:09 PM - Deleted
July 17, 2013 3:10 PM - Deleted

Since you are somewhat up (nh) on things Mexican, I have a question for you.

I help to manage a small catering hall in my home nabe of Gravesend. It fits about 120 people, and about half of our rentals are to Mexicans. They like us, and I guess through word of mouth we've built up a good business with them. This past weekend we rented to a guy who was hosting a family reunion and I'm assuming (for reasons soon to obvious) that they were originally from some rural part of the country.

We never saw an affair like it. The guy brought a dead turkey (claws still intact, but de-feathered) to give to each of the families as a gift. He also brought a side of veal for each family. The oddest thing, though, was that he brought a LIVE TURKEY to the event. He tied up its legs so that it couldn't run, and then throughout the night each of the families would take a turn DANCING WITH A LIVE TURKEY!!!!!! They would lift up its wings and dance with it. It was one of the strangest sights we've ever seen.

Do you ( or anyone else) know what this is about???

We have revised our boilerplate contract so as to eliminate live animals, going forth.
July 17, 2013 3:12 PM - Deleted
now THATS what i call a party
July 17, 2013 3:16 PM - Deleted
It was a BYOB party. Thank goodness. If we charged them our price for open bar (wine and beer, $13 pp), we would have lost a LOT of money. Hard-drinking crowd.
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July 17, 2013 3:17 PM - Deleted
damn - what kinda wine and beer? maybe i'll have my 30th there!!
July 17, 2013 3:17 PM - Slopefarm
"It was a BYOB party"

Bring your own bird???
July 17, 2013 3:17 PM - Deleted
+1 slopey
July 17, 2013 3:20 PM - Deleted

Jug wine and domestic beer.
July 17, 2013 3:22 PM - Deleted
damn - yeah sounds like those guys woulda screwed you over!!
July 17, 2013 3:24 PM - bxgrl
Sounds like a turkey trot. :)

Edited at July 17, 2013 3:24 PM
July 17, 2013 3:28 PM - Slopefarm
Yes, and apparently the guests gobbled up a lot of food.
July 17, 2013 3:37 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Small world story: researchers are assigned desks to work at in the British National Archives. There are about 400 desks. Who was at the desk next to me today? The Brooklyn College prof who subletted my apartment when I was living in the UAE.
July 17, 2013 3:41 PM - petebklyn
I cry fowl on adding no live animal rule.
July 17, 2013 3:43 PM - petebklyn
hey MM...your BOTD starts off with typo in date/year.
July 17, 2013 3:49 PM - MontroseMorris
Thanks Pete, I fixed it. Good catch. Did you see my post here about the house you posted yesterday? The Utica house?
Edited at July 17, 2013 3:49 PM
July 17, 2013 3:55 PM - Deleted
Another time we arranged to schedule a Zumba class at the hall. We had hoped that if the first rental went well, we could rent it to them on a bi-weekly schedule.

The class consisted of young women in leotards. The help consisted of middle-aged men, who spent too much time leering. After the trial run, they never returned.
July 17, 2013 4:01 PM - petebklyn
just read.....We drove by there on sunday...I was killing some time and took lesbi on driving tour of the fancier
areas around town. So much that he sees is the less than prime areas (and I'm being kind).
Never been to the house and 1st time I had noticed it .....really not an area of town I ever frequented.
July 17, 2013 4:18 PM - petebklyn
thanks for other suggestions last night. Part....spend down refers to medicaid where if your monthly income in excess of medicaid limit , you can qualify for some medicaid assistance if your out-of-pocket health care expenses (co-pays, supplies, etc, etc) are greater than your 'excess' income. In this case not referring to assets because she doesn't have any, never did and was always dirt poor. We have been assisting financially some for quite a few years after his father died because went from 2 soc. sec. checks to one.
July 17, 2013 4:21 PM - petebklyn
Had a nice dip in the lake and I admit a nice way to enjoy a summer afternoon.
July 17, 2013 4:25 PM - Deleted
must be nice pete. still swamp ass weather here
July 17, 2013 4:30 PM - Partridge
After nail salon visit, went to mechanic to change another headlight bulb. I have no AC in my car. Too expensive to repair, so I suffer with the windows open. On the Gowanus expressway coming home, temp read 102. Needed to stop back home to re-hydrate, change my shirt and drop my body temperature. I was over heating!

Back to work in a few minutes.

Got it, Pete. Was hard to imagine that one SS check could get her over the allowable income level. I see.

July 17, 2013 4:32 PM - rf
The allowable income is pretty pathetic.
July 17, 2013 5:02 PM - Deleted
July 17, 2013 5:11 PM - Partridge
July 17, 2013 5:19 PM - Deleted
Derp da Derp Derp.
Edited at July 17, 2013 5:19 PM
July 17, 2013 5:20 PM - dibs
benson....I have never heard of a ritual like that but I will ask around to see if it's some regional thing
July 17, 2013 5:20 PM - MontroseMorris
I guess it's too hot to post. I'm not a big fan of summer. Give me spring and fall, jacket weather.
July 17, 2013 5:23 PM - MontroseMorris
Are those people with cat heads and cat mittens on? Early photoshopping? I love most things Victorian, but the cutesy ephemera could be scary at times, and the cat paw mittens are a bit disturbing.

No, upon looking further, I think they just stuffed poor kittens in clothing.

I'm seeing things. Must be the heat.
Edited at July 17, 2013 5:25 PM
July 17, 2013 5:30 PM - Arkady
MM - I think it's probably from the Walter Potter Museum in Sussex, UK. Closed now I think but pix are still around.
Edited at July 17, 2013 5:30 PM
July 17, 2013 5:50 PM - Partridge
Seems to be a wedding ritual.
July 17, 2013 5:59 PM - bxgrl
Hate to break it to you but those kittens are dead. They would be posed to look alive- I won't go into the gory details but suffice it to say when you do costume restoration for a major museum collection you find out stuff you wish you never knew. The victorians loved dead animals- putting not only birds, but kittens and puppies on their hats.
Edited at July 17, 2013 5:59 PM
July 17, 2013 6:09 PM - Partridge
It's animal abuse day on the OT. Swinging turkeys, dead kittens. Nice! Add PETA to the list of agencies red-flagging us.
Edited at July 17, 2013 6:09 PM
July 17, 2013 6:22 PM - bxgrl
LOL, Part!
Edited at July 17, 2013 6:22 PM
July 17, 2013 6:23 PM - Deleted
Think dollar store has pipe cleaners?
July 17, 2013 6:23 PM - Partridge
hehe! He is comfortable.
July 17, 2013 6:24 PM - Partridge
maybe, dh or any candy/cig shop should.
July 17, 2013 6:24 PM - Deleted
Ephemera is a cool word. I'm gonna use that on a stranger at Scott's BBQ
July 17, 2013 6:26 PM - Deleted
Cool. I'll just go Tomo. Ass too swampy
July 17, 2013 6:27 PM - Deleted
ephemera plural of e·phem·er·a (Noun)
Things that exist or are used or enjoyed for only a short time.

Haha. Love it
July 17, 2013 6:33 PM - Deleted
Cool story bro
Edited at July 17, 2013 6:33 PM
July 17, 2013 6:56 PM - Arkady
I know Pathmark has them, dh.
July 17, 2013 7:01 PM - Deleted
Oh awesome thanks Arkady. I'll swing in on the way home Tomo. Vape needs cleaning :(
July 17, 2013 7:12 PM - Deleted
Vag needs cleaning, dh?
July 17, 2013 7:18 PM - Deleted
Hahaha. How rude
July 17, 2013 7:25 PM - Deleted
Sandi > Randi
Edited at July 17, 2013 7:25 PM
July 17, 2013 7:32 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
GE from the express bus, which is apparently goes local in lower Manhattan at this hour.
Edited at July 17, 2013 7:32 PM
July 17, 2013 7:41 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
The bus feels like it's a frosty 72 degrees.

Does LP have a hot date this evening?
July 17, 2013 7:46 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
La di da, just talkin' to ma self...
Edited at July 17, 2013 7:46 PM
July 17, 2013 7:53 PM - Partridge
Hot date with my AC and dinner prep.

I am NOT a podiatrist. But I can unequivocally report that it takes exactly 1 year and 12 days to regrow a big toe nail to a length that is no longer gross.

July 17, 2013 7:59 PM - Partridge
Seems PartridgeDog likes raw zucchini as well as cooked. Good to know.
July 17, 2013 8:00 PM - lechacal
What's the opposite of Christopher Reeve?
Edited at July 17, 2013 8:00 PM
July 17, 2013 8:02 PM - lechacal
Christopher Walken.
July 17, 2013 8:02 PM - More4Less
Part, when the toe nail fell off my big toe, it only took a few months for it to grow back to normal
July 17, 2013 8:06 PM - lechacal
Told that one to DH earlier.

Ok later.
July 17, 2013 8:07 PM - Partridge
I find that VERY hard to believe, M4L, UNLESS it had already been regrowing underneath the injured nail for months.

Mine was expertly removed by a board certified, NYState licensed, podiatrist all the way down to nothing.
Edited at July 17, 2013 8:07 PM
July 17, 2013 8:22 PM - Deleted
Ewww wtf?
July 17, 2013 8:28 PM - Partridge
Sorry! I'm just so joyful!
Edited at July 17, 2013 8:28 PM
July 17, 2013 8:47 PM - petebklyn
too me a minute but finally got the joke.
July 17, 2013 8:50 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Ack! Sorry, LP! My sib lost a toe nail once. Decided that I needed to look at it before, during healing, and after. Not fun.
Edited at July 17, 2013 8:50 PM
July 17, 2013 8:59 PM - petebklyn
somebody text snappy to text rob. I don't think he has appeared since yesterday morning.
as abominable as he can be - doesnt mean I don't worry about him.
July 17, 2013 9:03 PM - Partridge
I made mention of the same to her a little while ago, Pete.
July 17, 2013 9:06 PM - More4Less
Part, mine fell off after the big toe got stepped on big time by a big ass dude and it was black & blue underneath the toe nail and after a while the whole nail just fell off. it grew back in a few months
July 17, 2013 9:07 PM - petebklyn
well, isn't dh just loving his new word of the day. Perhaps someone could build our vocabs and introduce an interesting one each morning.
July 17, 2013 9:11 PM - petebklyn
i love the air in summer evenings up here. felt so nice biking home from Y this evening. smells so nice.
could be more of a breeze though.
Edited at July 17, 2013 9:11 PM
July 17, 2013 9:18 PM - RowerChick
Here's something to make you feel better.

Now get better soon dammit! I want to see you get your drink on Saturday.
July 17, 2013 9:28 PM - More4Less
rower, great pic
July 17, 2013 9:29 PM - PandoraSnaps
evening all. had to come home and immediately hit the showers. felt super gross.

great pic rower!

i'm pooped. need to get horizontal sooner than later.
Edited at July 17, 2013 9:29 PM
July 17, 2013 9:35 PM - Partridge
I'm sleeping. Shhh! Good night.
July 17, 2013 9:36 PM - PandoraSnaps
wake up ridgie!
July 17, 2013 9:39 PM - PandoraSnaps
July 17, 2013 9:41 PM - petebklyn
I wouldn't mind some ice cream or something right now.
July 17, 2013 9:42 PM - petebklyn
so snaps, are you texting rob?
July 17, 2013 9:42 PM - PandoraSnaps
ice cream and benadryl. that's my current wish list. unfortunately, i've got no ice cream. i do have pedialyte freezer pops though.

::runs to freezer::
Edited at July 17, 2013 9:42 PM
July 17, 2013 9:43 PM - PandoraSnaps
why? what's wrong?
July 17, 2013 9:44 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
That map is hilarious! Makes me glad to have a job...someone else is paying for the a/c I sit in all day! : P

I'm having a glass of wine on ice.
July 17, 2013 9:51 PM - PandoraSnaps
can somebody tell me what happened? way too tired to go back and read all of today's postings.
July 17, 2013 9:52 PM - petebklyn
nothing happened. he just hasnt appeared since yesterday morning that i know of...and we worry.
July 17, 2013 9:53 PM - PandoraSnaps
oh. did he blogacide again?
July 17, 2013 9:58 PM - petebklyn
not that he announced. just hasn't shown up
July 17, 2013 10:08 PM - PandoraSnaps
he's probably just taking another break. i wouldn't be too worried.
July 17, 2013 10:48 PM - Donatella

It's weird to read the OT all at once; you sort of want to respond to something, but the moment is gone. Part was saying that she went for a manicure. I can't go to those people because I have a fear of them. Seriously. I am afraid of fungus from poorly cleaned instruments since so many people have gotten that and then I had a sort of traumatic experience. I went to one and sat next to a woman who was having a pedicure. The person was using some sharp tool/knife to cut away callouses and she gouged the woman's foot and she was bleeding like crazy. I wanted to get sick. I haven't been to one of those places since. You probably go to a lovely place, Part, but that experience ruined it for me.

Randi, HLAD???????? Hello????? Have you been reading here??? Hlad charges criminal prices. So do a few others. There are drain cleaning places that do that only. I am sorry I didn't see your request till later.

Edited at July 17, 2013 10:48 PM
July 17, 2013 10:52 PM - Donatella
Well, it was very rough here for a few days. I was considering blogaciding myself. Really a nasty fest. Who needs that shit? Isn't life rough enough without adding to it by S&M on a f@#king blog?????
Edited at July 17, 2013 10:52 PM
July 17, 2013 10:56 PM - petebklyn
just the weather, dona. I think they will cool down by sunday. Pay it no mind.
Hope you are keeping cool. Off to bed for me now.
Edited at July 17, 2013 10:56 PM
July 17, 2013 11:02 PM - Deleted
July 17, 2013 11:05 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Did you miss me and DIBS kissing and making up? Was there more drama? Oh, right, benson. Oy. I did read some of that earlier on my bus ride. I know that feeling of wanting to comment in response to so many posts when reading the OT all at once. Too much to say, too little time...was it ever thus...
Edited at July 17, 2013 11:05 PM
July 17, 2013 11:06 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Nice one, DH. I loved Freddie. He was a true Superstar.

Charles Blow owes me a box of Kleenex.

Goodnight, PLUSAs. Goodnight, Eva. Goodnight, lurkers.
Edited at July 17, 2013 11:48 PM
July 18, 2013 12:11 AM - pepper
Austin proper tonight. 74 degrees, and truly delightful. Dreading the heat wave that awaits when I get home tomorrow....