Therpsday OT
November 21, 2013 7:13 AM - dibs
GM

278 comments
November 21, 2013 7:21 AM - dibs
DeLepp…couldn't find that recent NYT article but here's an older one…

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/25/dining/25pour.html?_r=0
#1
November 21, 2013 7:23 AM - Deleted
Derp. Sweet amaros bro
#2
November 21, 2013 7:26 AM - dibs
Plural of amaro is amari, if I'm not mistaken
#3
November 21, 2013 7:29 AM - Deleted
You're right. I almost edited.

U try nonino yet?
#4
November 21, 2013 7:30 AM - dibs
Dont'like Nonino. It's like a cognac.
#5
November 21, 2013 7:34 AM - Deleted
Did you have the right one? It's dark, sweet, syrupy - anise like


If you hung out in Bushwick and Williamsburg more you'd have access to proper amari
#6
November 21, 2013 7:34 AM - DeLepp
dibs, early onset dementia is not fun. I read about it this week and cannot remember where.
#7
November 21, 2013 7:35 AM - dibs
I don't like anything licorice (anise) flavored.
#8
November 21, 2013 7:37 AM - Deleted
I guess it is based off brandy
#9
November 21, 2013 7:38 AM - Deleted
Your taste in amaro is almost as unsophisticated as your taste in beer
#10
November 21, 2013 7:38 AM - dibs
I got something here you can taste
Edited at November 21, 2013 7:38 AM
#11
November 21, 2013 7:40 AM - Deleted
Lol
Edited at November 21, 2013 7:40 AM
#12
November 21, 2013 7:42 AM - Deleted
I went to a cocktail bar last week that specializes in weird amari. Tried this stuff called byrrh. Pretty weird
#13
November 21, 2013 7:43 AM - dibs
I'm going to make that pic the most viewed on the internet over this one
Edited at November 21, 2013 7:44 AM
#14
November 21, 2013 7:54 AM - Arkady
Byrrh was a hip, in thing years ago.
#15
November 21, 2013 7:59 AM - dibs
So were you and I
#16
November 21, 2013 8:03 AM - BoerumHillScott
uggg.
Stayed up too late last night and drank a bit too much.

#17
November 21, 2013 8:07 AM - dibs
I drank too much but didn't stay up too late.
#18
November 21, 2013 8:11 AM - Deleted
Byrrh is a good scrabble word.
#19
November 21, 2013 8:25 AM - sixyearsandcounting
I stayed up late and drank some. No hangover though.
#20
November 21, 2013 8:26 AM - dibs
LOL @ Kanye vs. Zappos shitstorm.
Edited at November 21, 2013 8:26 AM
#21
November 21, 2013 8:27 AM - BoerumHillScott
No hangover here, just tired.
#22
November 21, 2013 8:29 AM - dibs
You younger people need to exercise more so you won't all be so tired.
Edited at November 21, 2013 8:29 AM
#23
November 21, 2013 8:40 AM - Deleted
Gm. Banana bread with chocolate chips for breakfast. Nom.
#24
November 21, 2013 8:41 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
I did not drink too much, and went to bed early-ish.

GM
Edited at November 21, 2013 8:40 AM
#25
November 21, 2013 8:42 AM - Deleted
Exercise?
#26
November 21, 2013 8:47 AM - rf
Dave, are you actually saying that to Scott, who ran a marathon with very good time just a few weeks ago???
Edited at November 21, 2013 8:47 AM
#27
November 21, 2013 8:55 AM - petebklyn
20 degrees outside up here. Dug up the canna, dahlia and elephant ear. Hope they survive..i think they will.
Later I'll dig up the geraniums-- I think I'll hang them up this year...last year I kept them growing inside but too many this year.

I see Kenn Lowy responded over there to all the nastiness. As I told cobble other evening, I think he is very hot. Of course, I've seen him naked since he used to swim years ago at same pool I go to.


#28
November 21, 2013 9:00 AM - dibs
Supposed to get snow in P-Town on Sunday, which is when we arrive
#29
November 21, 2013 9:00 AM - petebklyn
freezing in NYC too sunday
#30
November 21, 2013 9:02 AM - dibs
The government is going to sell its last remaining GM shares.

Of $421 MM spent on TARP, they have gotten $431 MM back so far, so a profit.

THANKS TO BUSH
Edited at November 21, 2013 9:02 AM
#31
November 21, 2013 9:02 AM - BirdnestHead
I always loved snow on the Cape. Something about walking on the beach while it's snowing is very soothing for me.
#32
November 21, 2013 9:05 AM - rf
My friends from Israel are coming on Monday for a 100-day trip to the U.S. and Mexico (destinations so far besides NYC: NC, Tepotzlan, Mexico; Berkeley). So I have a question for those who entertain friends from abroad: I would like to give them a phone and service for the time they are here. Is Verizon service really better everywhere? Of course they want to buy a card for their phone but from what I hear, that doesn't work here like it does in Europe and elsewhere.
#33
November 21, 2013 9:06 AM - BirdnestHead
So what is that, a .25% return over 5 years? That seems low...
#34
November 21, 2013 9:09 AM - dibs
My Verizon worked fine in Mexico
#35
November 21, 2013 9:09 AM - petebklyn
GM rescue is obama. Who tried to prevent TARP and all and would have sunk us down an abyss is your teabaggers in congress. The republican majority voted against all of it. When will you see how dangerous they are?
#36
November 21, 2013 9:11 AM - BirdnestHead
Disappeared post... Cheap pre-paid phone could work.
#37
November 21, 2013 9:13 AM - BirdnestHead
Ooops, dropped a decimal point. Well, 2.5% isn't that great either...
#38
November 21, 2013 9:13 AM - dibs
TARP….

"The Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) is a program of the United States government to purchase assets and equity from financial institutions to strengthen its financial sector that was signed into law by U.S. President George W. Bush on October 3, 2008. "


Edited at November 21, 2013 9:13 AM
#39
November 21, 2013 9:15 AM - BirdnestHead
Certainly hasn't kept up with CPI over the same period. Might have to call it a loss...
#40
November 21, 2013 9:17 AM - dibs
In absolute terms, it's a gain. Which is more than they ever expected.
#41
November 21, 2013 9:25 AM - Deleted
derp
#42
November 21, 2013 9:30 AM - petebklyn
yeah, but you mentioned GM (and Chrysler) which came later I believe after Obama.
#43
November 21, 2013 9:35 AM - petebklyn
and for the 2008 TARP--
" Democrats voted 172 to 63 in favor of the legislation, while REPUBLICANS VOTED 108 to 91 AGAINST IT"
#44
November 21, 2013 9:41 AM - Deleted
Dave cherry picking facts? Never?!
#45
November 21, 2013 9:42 AM - Deleted
republicans hate america.

#trolling
#46
November 21, 2013 9:43 AM - BirdnestHead
So our Gov only took it half-way? Zat what you're crowing about?
#47
November 21, 2013 9:43 AM - Deleted
The initial aid to GM was during Bush's presidency.

#48
November 21, 2013 9:44 AM - BirdnestHead
And those aren't absolute terms, they're nominal...
#49
November 21, 2013 9:52 AM - Partridge
Dave, as our resident expert on all things Philadelphia, please explain how/why this is possible at that price. Thanks.
http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/416-418-Bainbridge-St-Philadelphia-PA-19147/90198057_zpid/
#50
November 21, 2013 9:53 AM - dibs
Different terminology

It's "absolute" or "relative"

It's "real" or "nominal"
Edited at November 21, 2013 9:53 AM
#51
November 21, 2013 9:55 AM - dibs
I LOVE that house. So much character and charm. It will go fast at that price. May be $100k underpriced given what I've seen in the market recently.

It's about the same size as ours but our 3rd floor has higher ceilings

Great location. Looks like it may be FSBO. A broker would have priced it higher.
Edited at November 21, 2013 9:58 AM
#52
November 21, 2013 9:55 AM - petebklyn
initial perhaps but not the substantial. Larger point is the republicans in congress have been irresponsible and destructive all the way back and continue to harm our country with all their debacles.
With that thought I have to leave to meet friend for breakfast.
#53
November 21, 2013 9:57 AM - rf
So Dave, is the JPMorgan Chase settlement more than just a rounding error?
#54
November 21, 2013 9:57 AM - dibs
Pete, did you miss my post on Monday. I'm joining the Modern Whig Party.
#55
November 21, 2013 9:57 AM - Slopefarm
I'm afraid to show Mrs. Slopey that listing, LP. Don't want to take the PA bar if I don't have to.
Edited at November 21, 2013 9:57 AM
#56
November 21, 2013 10:00 AM - dibs
PA bar is easier than NY bar from what I hear
#57
November 21, 2013 10:00 AM - BirdnestHead
real = nominal

I guess that explains a lot. Maybe some day financiers and economists will use the same words to mean the same things...
#58
November 21, 2013 10:02 AM - dibs
Real does not mean the same as nominal.

You misread.
Edited at November 21, 2013 10:02 AM
#59
November 21, 2013 10:04 AM - dibs
Deck off 2nd floor is nice. Shared yards not so much. I assume they could put up a fence but maybe not if it's a shared courtyard with houses behind as well.
#60
November 21, 2013 10:05 AM - BirdnestHead
Well, my actual point is that lending 421 million in 2008 dollars, and receiving 431 million in 2013 dollars is a poor deal for the lender.
#61
November 21, 2013 10:07 AM - dibs
They weren't acting as a "lender" in the traditional sense of a lender looking for a rate of return.

You are arguing apples and oranges. your point is moot

Go buy a suit
Edited at November 21, 2013 10:07 AM
#62
November 21, 2013 10:08 AM - Partridge
It makes me say, "What the f are we doing in Brooklyn?"

Show her, Slopey.
#63
November 21, 2013 10:10 AM - Deleted
dibs should invite you down to philly and show you around
#64
November 21, 2013 10:11 AM - dibs
Exactly, Part. Yet douchebags like dh and randi rank on my choice to be in Philly. Restaurants are on par with the best of NYC, without all the loud, obnoxious douchebaggery.
#65
November 21, 2013 10:12 AM - Slopefarm
"PA bar is easier than NY bar from what I hear"

Yeah, but you still have to study for it.

"It makes me say, "What the f are we doing in Brooklyn?""

We'd prolly end up giving some of our windfall back in the form of private school tuition. But still.




#66
November 21, 2013 10:12 AM - dibs
Parking in Philly is $175 - 200 per month
#67
November 21, 2013 10:12 AM - rf
Big problems in Phila. public schools:
http://www.npr.org/2013/11/21/246193561/kids-pay-the-price-in-fight-over-fixing-philadelphia-schools

I guess there could be a healthy city minus families with school-age kids not wealthy enough to send their kids to private school, but it hollows out a place when the schools suck.
#68
November 21, 2013 10:12 AM - dibs
State income taxes are 3.01% with another 2% in Philly
#69
November 21, 2013 10:13 AM - Deleted
"without all the loud, obnoxious douchebaggery."

cept u
Edited at November 21, 2013 10:13 AM
#70
November 21, 2013 10:13 AM - dibs
Don't care about schools. There are plenty of private ones and they are far, far cheaper than NYC
#71
November 21, 2013 10:15 AM - dibs
But there are hipsters and because they are Philly hipsters and not Brooklyn hipsters, they have to try harder; which makes them all the more obnoxious.
Edited at November 21, 2013 10:15 AM
#72
November 21, 2013 10:17 AM - rf
No, Dave, I didn't think you'd care about schools.
#73
November 21, 2013 10:17 AM - dibs
randi…

Organic, Free Range Turkeys from D'Artagnan…

$6.60 a pound!!!!!!!!!!!



Edited at November 21, 2013 10:17 AM
#74
November 21, 2013 10:19 AM - rf
I wouldn't want to live anywhere that had a public school system that was just for the underclass, but that's just me. I feel really badly for the high school kids interviewed in the NPR story who received zero guidance about applying for college.
#75
November 21, 2013 10:21 AM - Slopefarm
Well, SOMEONE's going to the Philly flea.

Seriously, Philly is hollowed out. People like it but move to burbs with kids then move back in when they are empty nesters. Plenty of nice neighborhoods with charming housing. Public schools are a real problem.
#76
November 21, 2013 10:22 AM - dibs
Philly flea was shut down, wasn't it?
Edited at November 21, 2013 10:22 AM
#77
November 21, 2013 10:24 AM - Slopefarm
Was it? Well that would suggest a dearth of hipsters.
#78
November 21, 2013 10:24 AM - BirdnestHead
Snarf! I *do* need a suit:-(

If it's moot, then stfu about what a great thing Shrub did.

I'd be happy to get half a billion at .5% annually for 5 years. I'd start a lending company, charge 18% per year, and clear 17.5 minus overhead. No fucking "sub-prime" loans that I'd have to bribe Standard's and Poor's to give a triple-A rating to for resale.

GM still doing auto-loan financing?
#79
November 21, 2013 10:26 AM - Slopefarm
I remember when Phillystoner shut down a few years ago. Too bad. It had great local content. Except there was this one moronic troll, dan or something in wash west.
Edited at November 21, 2013 10:26 AM
#80
November 21, 2013 10:26 AM - dibs
Here's the story

http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/philadelphia/61404-did-phillys-anti-new-york-attitude-kill-brooklyn-flea-market-here
#81
November 21, 2013 10:26 AM - Arkady
Plenty of hipsters but they aren't remittance cases so can't support the same economy - hence living in Phila., not Wmsbrg.
#82
November 21, 2013 10:28 AM - dibs
OK…headed to Penn Station
#83
November 21, 2013 10:37 AM - Deleted
Sorry but philly < NYC
#84
November 21, 2013 10:38 AM - Slopefarm
One thing we don;t realize about NYC. We are so used to its density. We think Brooklyn, even the brownstone belt, is pretty relaxed, density-wise, compared with Manhattan, but it is still quite densely populated compared with the residential areas of must US cities. Also, we have better mass transit, in that the subway brings you closer to more areas faster than is possible in cities where the main transport is by bus. So it is harder elsewhere to generate the kind of foot raffic that the flea, smorgasburg etc can generate. The market for a philly flea is more spread out and less likely to make a habit of going. Add to that Mr. B's insistence on shoving the "Brooklyn" part of his brand down Philly's throat and it was a long shot to succeed.
Edited at November 21, 2013 10:38 AM
#85
November 21, 2013 10:50 AM - Deleted
nice TK
#86
November 21, 2013 10:51 AM - Slopefarm
So, what do you want to talk about?
#87
November 21, 2013 10:52 AM - Deleted
kanye
#88
November 21, 2013 10:52 AM - Deleted
(not really)
Edited at November 21, 2013 10:52 AM
#89
November 21, 2013 10:57 AM - dibs
Only place i ever take the subway to in philly is the ball park. The stop is about 3 blocks from us. Still uses tokens
Edited at November 21, 2013 10:57 AM
#90
November 21, 2013 11:04 AM - Deleted
coolstorybro
Edited at November 21, 2013 11:04 AM
#91
November 21, 2013 11:05 AM - dibs
All my stories are cool
Edited at November 21, 2013 11:05 AM
#92
November 21, 2013 11:13 AM - Arkady
I thought you preferred them to be hot.
Edited at November 21, 2013 11:13 AM
#93
November 21, 2013 11:17 AM - DeadCatBounce
Las Vegas. The Double M. Moron and Misery.
#94
November 21, 2013 11:17 AM - dibs
Train delayed. Mechanical problem. Morons
#95
November 21, 2013 11:20 AM - Arkady
Go look at the Bellagio fountains - I found them anodyne.
#96
November 21, 2013 11:23 AM - Deleted
Da fuq is anodyne? Sounds like an ointment.
#97
November 21, 2013 11:39 AM - Slopefarm
OK, so who's the TK NOW???
#98
November 21, 2013 11:40 AM - Deleted
you - it's a residual TK from yours before.
Edited at November 21, 2013 11:40 AM
#99
November 21, 2013 11:46 AM - BoerumHillScott
All TKs lead to Slopey
Edited at November 21, 2013 11:46 AM
November 21, 2013 11:47 AM - sixyearsandcounting
I thought 20 minutes was the minimum time to call a TK, lunch hour excepted.
Edited at November 21, 2013 11:47 AM
November 21, 2013 11:48 AM - Deleted
you thought wrong!!
November 21, 2013 11:49 AM - DeadCatBounce
Waste of a perfectly good desert
Edited at November 21, 2013 11:49 AM
November 21, 2013 11:59 AM - dibs
Did you partake of ALL of the legalized vices? Oh wait, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
Edited at November 21, 2013 12:01 PM
November 21, 2013 12:01 PM - dibs
Just got the final invoice for my landscaping at P-Town. It came in slightly UNDER budget. That could never happen in NYC.

Alas, no pic yet
Edited at November 21, 2013 12:02 PM
November 21, 2013 12:01 PM - Deleted
are u asking dcb if he boned hookers in vegas?
November 21, 2013 12:03 PM - Slopefarm
"All TKs lead to Slopey"

What is this, 6 degrees of Slopey's TKs?

November 21, 2013 12:08 PM - sixyearsandcounting
more like 2 degrees...the PLUSA world is small.
November 21, 2013 12:16 PM - DeadCatBounce
No hookers. Just conferences and meetings.
But tonight I am going to "O" at the Bellagio.
Will see if Arkadys taste in theatre is equal to her impressive vocabulary.
November 21, 2013 12:17 PM - DeadCatBounce
Randi, did you find the slot machine in Vegas any easier than the Pachenko machines?
November 21, 2013 12:20 PM - dibs
Pachinko parlours are maddeningly loud
November 21, 2013 12:23 PM - Deleted
Pachinko parlors are a sensory overload. Not only the incredible noise, but the super-bright, garish lighting and the heavy smell of cigarette smoke (I'm not sure if they still allow the latter).
November 21, 2013 12:28 PM - Deleted
"No hookers. Just conferences and meetings."

Remember...the PLUSA-Cam is watching you.
Edited at November 21, 2013 12:28 PM
November 21, 2013 12:30 PM - Deleted
"Larger point is the republicans in congress have been irresponsible and destructive all the way back and continue to harm our country with all their debacles."

Glad to see that Pete checked in with his daily reminder that there really is no need to consider another POV.
November 21, 2013 12:32 PM - Deleted
........there really is no need to consider a wrong POV

FTFY
November 21, 2013 12:32 PM - Deleted
I play poker or blackjack not slots. Slots are for old ladies.
November 21, 2013 12:33 PM - dibs
"all the way back"

Remember, it was the Republicans who won the Civil War
November 21, 2013 12:33 PM - Deleted
Just left the bk children's museum. That place is hell on earth. Too many kids.
November 21, 2013 12:34 PM - Deleted
Crown Heights north is very beautiful.
November 21, 2013 12:35 PM - dibs
Why were you there? Your daughter is too young to appreciate it or enjoy it, right?
November 21, 2013 12:36 PM - Deleted
dibs parenting advice always cracks me up.
November 21, 2013 12:37 PM - Slopefarm
In this case, I agree. BK Children's museum is great, but there's no point in going until the kid is a toddler. Great for ages 1 through about 8.
November 21, 2013 12:37 PM - dibs
I got something here for your crack, dude
Edited at November 21, 2013 12:37 PM
November 21, 2013 12:40 PM - Deleted
Went with my cousin and her kid, just for something to do and to check it out. Baby likes being out and around other kids, then she slept.
November 21, 2013 12:40 PM - Deleted
don't call me dude, dude
November 21, 2013 12:42 PM - dibs
Don't any of you 99%ers know what today is???????
November 21, 2013 12:45 PM - Slopefarm
I've never seen the basis for the Beaujolais hype. Tastes kind of blah to me.
November 21, 2013 12:56 PM - dibs
Can you kill a bottle of wine like you can kill a thread???
November 21, 2013 1:05 PM - Deleted
"Crown Heights north is very beautiful."

Sucking up to Montrose will get you nowhere!
November 21, 2013 1:31 PM - sixyearsandcounting
http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2013/11/sex-in-the-senate-bobby-baker-99530.html

This is pretty awesome, and everyone should read it.
November 21, 2013 1:58 PM - dibs
WHEW……

Latest ebay purchase arrived via the building postman….from China


Edited at November 21, 2013 1:58 PM
November 21, 2013 2:02 PM - Arkady
Limits on filibusters passed!!
November 21, 2013 2:14 PM - Slopefarm
Just saw that, arkaday. Applies to excutive branch nominations and judicial appointments, but not Supreme Court. I do not think it applies to legislation or S.Ct. nominations.

If kept to those confines, I think that is livable, even under GOP prez and senate.

"Latest ebay purchase arrived via the building postman….from China"

If only you had some museum putty so you could safely display it.


Edited at November 21, 2013 2:14 PM
November 21, 2013 2:15 PM - Slopefarm
Pretty awesome link, 6. And TMI on Jacob Javitz.
November 21, 2013 2:28 PM - BoerumHillScott
New filibuster rules make sense to me.
They let the executive branch do it's job while meeting the constitutional guidelines of Senate approval.
It also means that Senators will have to actually go on record supporting or opposing nominations.
November 21, 2013 2:31 PM - Slopefarm
Yes, scott, while leaving the filibuster rules intact for high stakes stuff (legislation, S.Ct.).
November 21, 2013 2:39 PM - MontroseMorris
How is that sucking up to me? I don't live there anymore.

That said, he is right, of course.
Edited at November 21, 2013 2:39 PM
November 21, 2013 2:43 PM - petebklyn
"And TMI on Jacob Javitz." -- uh- JavitS ----not jewish enough spelling for you? A republican who probably would be branded a socialist by today's mob.
November 21, 2013 2:51 PM - Slopefarm
Just because some clerk at Ellis Island made an error, doesn't mean I have to compound it.
November 21, 2013 2:53 PM - More4Less
I still have ppty in crown heights north so randi is kissing up to me
Edited at November 21, 2013 2:53 PM
November 21, 2013 2:56 PM - More4Less
A buddy just told me prices at his parent and aunt's houses in Bensonhurst and gravesend. Those houses were 750k or so a little over a year ago and now it's $1m+; guess growth has now shown up in south BK cause that's 30%+ in a year
November 21, 2013 3:00 PM - petebklyn
I'm picking up a turkey monday from Fleischer's on 5th. Can't wait to see how much that cost.
(not for us, as a favor for other half's boss)
November 21, 2013 3:01 PM - More4Less
Randi, you can host a home game for poker at your loft. I can bring Chinese takeout
Edited at November 21, 2013 3:01 PM
November 21, 2013 3:05 PM - Deleted
that would be fun m4L, i never get to play anymore.

I am not a huge fan of turkey. i always want all the sides much more than the turkey itself.
Edited at November 21, 2013 3:05 PM
November 21, 2013 3:08 PM - More4Less
Besides benson, anyone else be interested in playing poker?
November 21, 2013 3:10 PM - Deleted
me
November 21, 2013 3:10 PM - Slopefarm
Not me. I can't bluff.
November 21, 2013 3:13 PM - Deleted
If we have a poker game, no pot smoking, especially in the car ride there.
November 21, 2013 3:14 PM - Arkady
May as well just flush your money down the drain.
Edited at November 21, 2013 3:14 PM
November 21, 2013 3:15 PM - Deleted
This weekend my wife and I are going to discuss what to do with my mother-in-law's house. My wife is torn about what to do. She grew up there, and she is used to a single family house. I am also tempted, but I'm not a spring chicken any more and the thought of taking care of a house is not appealing.
November 21, 2013 3:16 PM - Deleted
not if you win!
November 21, 2013 3:16 PM - DeLepp
Had my worst poker outing last Friday, down $10. Though the wine and cake were tasty.
November 21, 2013 3:17 PM - Deleted
"May as well just flush your money down the drain."

I play poker almost every Monday night. On a bad night I may lost $20-$30. I consider it money well spent for the camaraderie and the stimulation of the game itself.
November 21, 2013 3:23 PM - More4Less
10-30 is micro stakes- cheaper than eating out. Pot smoking makes players more likely to play loose - that's what you want benson. Tight ass players are no fun to play with
Edited at November 21, 2013 3:23 PM
November 21, 2013 3:23 PM - Slopefarm
Your worst poker outing was a $10 loss? I think the word for that is humblebrag. (Yiou paying attention for 2014, OED?)
November 21, 2013 3:24 PM - More4Less
Benson, if the house is in handyman condition and you decide to not move in, sell it to me - itching for another handyman special renov
November 21, 2013 3:25 PM - Slopefarm
I suspect, m4l, that benson's thc resistance is quite low, so he may be more addled by the contact high within the confines of a car than his opponents will be from direct blazing.
November 21, 2013 3:28 PM - DeLepp
Our pots are small. It was a struggle for me to get them to raise the stakes.
November 21, 2013 3:28 PM - Deleted
i don't consume any substances while playing poker. i love winning
Edited at November 21, 2013 3:28 PM
November 21, 2013 3:28 PM - Slopefarm
Now I'm picturing the recurring garage scenes from That 70s Show, only with benson, m4l, dh and randi around the table and the camera keeping the j just out of sight.
November 21, 2013 3:28 PM - More4Less
I've lost $10 on a hand and not even see the flop
November 21, 2013 3:30 PM - Deleted
My MIL's house is in "OK' shape, thanks to me, who brought it up from the run-down condition it was in. My thinking is that if I sell my Park Slope condo, I would use some part of it to completely renovate the house, and I'd still have plenty of cash. Basically, I'm thinking of cashing out like Partridge is talking about, but instead of moving to some moldy town in the Hudson Valley, I would return to my roots in Gravesend! The idea of a backyard and garage is also nice.
November 21, 2013 3:32 PM - More4Less
No limit. 50c $1? Or 25c 50c?

That's 4 players - DH, randi, benson, panda; anyone else?
November 21, 2013 3:33 PM - Deleted
Lech always talked about playing. Maybe we can get him to take a break from his suburban dad routine.
November 21, 2013 3:35 PM - More4Less
Love to have backyard but really love to have a garage
November 21, 2013 3:37 PM - Slopefarm
I suspect it is the 14 hour workday and not the suburban dad routine that will keep jackal out of the poker game. THough let me know if he shows up so I can honor his presence with an appropriate haiku.
November 21, 2013 3:38 PM - DeLepp
25c is the ante. Managed to lose all of it in a game of heinz 57.
November 21, 2013 3:40 PM - Slopefarm
What happened, delepp? Once you were down a dollar or two it was impossible to ketchup?
Edited at November 21, 2013 3:40 PM
November 21, 2013 3:41 PM - Arkady
That's a real pickle.
November 21, 2013 3:42 PM - Slopefarm
I thought you'd relish the punning opportunity, arkady.
November 21, 2013 3:49 PM - dibs
YAAAAAAAAAAY…Amis still has white truffles. I must have been an extra good boy this year
November 21, 2013 3:50 PM - Deleted
"I must have been an extra good boy this year"

Doubtful.
Edited at November 21, 2013 3:50 PM
November 21, 2013 3:51 PM - More4Less
I only play hold 'em. Omaha is too crazy especially when it's series stakes - ie $600+ buy in
November 21, 2013 3:52 PM - Deleted
hah m4l is giddy talking about gambling
November 21, 2013 3:52 PM - More4Less
Think dibs meant to say "I had an extra good boy this year"
November 21, 2013 3:53 PM - dibs
"That's 4 players - DH, randi, benson, panda; anyone else?"

A Full House of morons.
Edited at November 21, 2013 3:53 PM
November 21, 2013 3:54 PM - Deleted
dibs - forever the joker
November 21, 2013 3:55 PM - Slopefarm
"joker"

Well, I doubt he's holding a straight.
Edited at November 21, 2013 3:56 PM
November 21, 2013 3:55 PM - More4Less
Gambling is ethnic vice for chinaman. As sex is for the whiteman
November 21, 2013 3:56 PM - dibs
I was expecting a Queen joke
Edited at November 21, 2013 3:56 PM
November 21, 2013 3:57 PM - dibs
Xing never gambles, only the stock market
Edited at November 21, 2013 3:57 PM
November 21, 2013 3:58 PM - dibs
Slopey…watch out or I'll Flush you
Edited at November 21, 2013 3:59 PM
November 21, 2013 3:58 PM - Slopefarm
"I was expecting a Queen joke"

Suit yourself

Edited at November 21, 2013 3:58 PM
November 21, 2013 3:59 PM - Slopefarm
"Slopey…watch out or I'll Flush you"

Don't be a royal PITA.

November 21, 2013 3:59 PM - DeLepp
Omaha is a fun game. I also like texas tech and anaconda.
November 21, 2013 4:01 PM - dibs
Was good I posted that today cuz we'll probably be at the Squeeling Pig on Sunday and I know you're never here on weekends
Edited at November 21, 2013 4:01 PM
November 21, 2013 4:01 PM - Arkady
Doesn't cut the mustard, Slopey. I anted up earlier but no one tried to ace it.
November 21, 2013 4:02 PM - dibs
I've never heard of any of thopse games, DeLepp.
November 21, 2013 4:02 PM - More4Less
Lots of games are fun to play but not so when it involves serious stakes.
November 21, 2013 4:04 PM - More4Less
It's all giggles till someone shoves their stack and another calls with their stack
November 21, 2013 4:04 PM - More4Less
Stock mkt is biggest casino in the world
November 21, 2013 4:14 PM - More4Less
Arkady is not gonna like my boss here - he said he doesn't care for sparks and love to try out keens
November 21, 2013 4:17 PM - BirdnestHead
Real men play 5-card stud, not wierd-ass 7-card multi-hole split-pot hi-lo every-other-card-wild-on-Wednesday games. Hold'em? Anaconda? Next you'll be suggesting "Night Baseball".

Hold'em is the Disneyland of poker! Punks.
Edited at November 21, 2013 4:17 PM
November 21, 2013 4:18 PM - dibs
m4l, where do your coworkers like to go for sushi and for yakitori?
November 21, 2013 4:20 PM - DeLepp
Poker group is half women.
November 21, 2013 4:23 PM - More4Less
Sounds like me cobble is IN.
November 21, 2013 4:25 PM - dibs
BnH, I was going to say something similar. All I know is 5 card stud
November 21, 2013 4:28 PM - Deleted
as opposed to 5 green card studs?
November 21, 2013 4:28 PM - More4Less
Most of the small fry co-workers rarely eat sushi. The big dogs don't include me in their lunch plans - I must not be garnering their respect with the proper bow
November 21, 2013 4:34 PM - Arkady
dibs - You going out to Bucks to check on water pipes? Deep freeze on its way.
November 21, 2013 4:38 PM - dibs
I'll be there on Saturday, Arkady…just in time. Then the boiler will stay on for the rest of the Winter.

Looking forward to seeing how long the zone hooked into the new forced air AC system takes to heat the house up
November 21, 2013 4:40 PM - dibs
Oh, and thanks for polishing the salt spoons. They look great. As long as I remember to keep them out of the salt when not in use they should stay clean.
Edited at November 21, 2013 4:40 PM
November 21, 2013 4:42 PM - Deleted
salt spoons? is that a real thing?
Edited at November 21, 2013 4:42 PM
November 21, 2013 4:44 PM - Arkady
You should invest in some Twinkle:
http://www.amazon.com/Twinkle-525005-Silver-Polish-Kit/dp/B000QRARKU
November 21, 2013 4:45 PM - Arkady
C'mon, Slopes!! Twinkle. Silver. Plenty of grist for the mill.
Edited at November 21, 2013 4:45 PM
November 21, 2013 4:45 PM - dibs
Yes, dh. You use them with salt cellars.
November 21, 2013 4:46 PM - dibs
I better not buy it online or rf will be telling me I can get it at Target or HD for $1.00 cheaper.
Edited at November 21, 2013 4:46 PM
November 21, 2013 4:47 PM - Deleted
that looks like what really rich people would do blow out of.
November 21, 2013 4:47 PM - Deleted
"Poker group is half women."

Strip poker?
Edited at November 21, 2013 4:47 PM
November 21, 2013 4:48 PM - dibs
I'm also using my antique opewter porringers for the cranberry sauce and jelly.

I'll take a pic of the set table and dh can ask what different things are
Edited at November 21, 2013 4:48 PM
November 21, 2013 4:51 PM - dibs
I'm sure I could find some sort of sterling silver accessory that you could use instead of a credit card to form a "line"

Or you could use a marrow scoop and lay it out on that and just sniff it off. I have a sterling one. Of course.
Edited at November 21, 2013 4:51 PM
November 21, 2013 4:53 PM - Deleted
"I'll take a pic of the set table and dh can ask what different things are"

lol, pwnd
November 21, 2013 4:54 PM - Deleted
actually, a marrow scoop on a chain around the neck would be a great accessory for the fashion conscious drug addict
November 21, 2013 4:58 PM - dibs
The pie server would work fine for forming lines
November 21, 2013 5:00 PM - dibs
BnH…M bought a very nice charcoal gray pinstripe suit at Jos Banks $320
November 21, 2013 5:00 PM - Deleted
nice - i think you just figured out how to up the ante on your next dinner party
Edited at November 21, 2013 5:00 PM
November 21, 2013 5:14 PM - More4Less
Guess Dave will insist on cavity search post dinner - in case guests trying to walk off with fancy dinner ware
November 21, 2013 5:15 PM - dibs
I guess I've never seen a picture of the Boeing Dreamlifter. This is the plane that just landed at the wrong airport yesterday.
Edited at November 21, 2013 5:17 PM
November 21, 2013 5:23 PM - dibs
WOW…it comes apart in the rear to load (nh)
Edited at November 21, 2013 5:24 PM
November 21, 2013 5:35 PM - dibs
How much longer do we really have to stay in Afghanistan to train their forces???? Enough is enough. Karzai is so corrupt it's ridiculous
November 21, 2013 5:53 PM - Arkady
Several military transport planes do that.
Edited at November 21, 2013 6:06 PM
November 21, 2013 6:12 PM - dibs
Off to Amis…white truffles…almost better than sex.
November 21, 2013 6:17 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Uh-oh...

http://www.buzzfeed.com/regajha/dangerous-symptoms-of-being-addicted-to-puns
November 21, 2013 6:31 PM - sixyearsandcounting
^^^^^^ that's "dangerous symptoms of being addicted to puns"
November 21, 2013 6:38 PM - dibs
Yummmmm
Edited at November 21, 2013 6:38 PM
November 21, 2013 6:42 PM - More4Less
Light scrambled eggs over rice??
Edited at November 21, 2013 6:42 PM
November 21, 2013 6:43 PM - Deleted
Looks like barf. Enjoy
November 21, 2013 6:45 PM - BirdnestHead
Thx, dibs. Man, I'm coming down with something, flu, cold... Yuk, I'm beat...
November 21, 2013 6:51 PM - sixyearsandcounting
lol "Holocaust jokes are really out of mein kampfort zone"
November 21, 2013 6:55 PM - Deleted
They should present those truffles better.
Edited at November 21, 2013 6:55 PM
November 21, 2013 6:59 PM - Deleted
No doubt randi

It's Philly tho. I guess it's amazing they aren't serving them on some low rent food like a cheese steak or pretzel.
Edited at November 21, 2013 6:59 PM
November 21, 2013 7:02 PM - Deleted
A psychiatrist is finally going to call me back (any minute). He told me he will call me tonight when I get home from work. It was really hard getting anyone to call back lol. And this one starts out with "I don't really have a lot of time, but we can speak tonight so I can get some more information about you" The problem is... I don't have the same desire to see a shrink that I did a few weeks ago. I thought I would need to see one in order to get my prescription for wellbutrin refilled, but my PCP wound up doing that for me. Since it's been working I don't have any desire to go on any other meds (nor do I think I actually need any). I really just don't know what to tell him when he calls. I quit being a drunk back in June and was fine for three months until I realize my life was a little pathetic but then I went on Wellbutrin and I'm kinda sorta liking and enjoying my life and I have the power to make it non pathetic if I want.? All the issues that AA was trying to drag out of me to be able to kiss off to God don't really feel like issues and problems anymore, in fact my "issues" and problems almost all seem to be blessings in disguise, totally manageable, and no different than many other people.

I really don't think I'm a headcase at all and definitely don't want to be on anti-depressants forever, but the last 8 weeks on them has been truly.. really fucking insanely eye opening and great. I guess i'm just curious if I go off them am I going to feel like I used to!? I don't even know how to describe how I used to feel. Only that I wasn't enjoying the things that I like. Now I like all those things again and really optimistic about the future and don't feel like a sketchball. I think I used to feel like a sketchy person, dirty (as in like dirt, not perverted), umkept is a good word!? All the good shrinks don't want to deal with insurance, it's pay up front and in full then deal with your insurance company if you think you deserve money back. I just don't really think it's worth it. I'm also a little worried about my medical records. I wish there was a service where you can view your medical history and records like you can with your credit history and stuff.

He also sounded really gay on the phone. If that's the case should I tell him that I really suck at being gay? I don't even care that I suck at being gay. So what. The only thing gay about me is that I watch gay porn sometimes. Is that an issue? Probably more for a psychoanalyst really, not a psychiatrist. I am not going to go to a psychoanalyst either. There won't be any good news on that front at all, so why bother?

Ugh, he told me he would call at 630 or shortly after. It's already 7pm. I didn't want to talk to him at work.




November 21, 2013 7:03 PM - Deleted
He's gonna say into the phone, tldt and hang up on me isn't he lol. I'm actually not a chatterbox live though.


November 21, 2013 7:04 PM - dibs
No Randi, they should NOT. It should be all about the truffles on a base of pasta. But you probably know better having had them so many times

And dh... fuck off
November 21, 2013 7:06 PM - RowerChick
And now, for something highbrow. I give you http://laughingsquid.com/the-avengers-movie-trailer-recut-with-footage-from-the-blooper-reel/
How's that for derp?
Edited at November 21, 2013 7:06 PM
November 21, 2013 7:06 PM - Arkady
Tell him the same things you discussed above - about how you're ambivalent about treatment, etc. See where it goes.
November 21, 2013 7:11 PM - More4Less
I'll take DH and Randi's allotment of that pasta
November 21, 2013 7:13 PM - Partridge
Not nice to mess with Philly, DH. You could be Baller-in-PA.
http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/314-320-Catharine-St-303B-Philadelphia-PA-19147/2111449896_zpid/
November 21, 2013 7:15 PM - Deleted
I know. JUst trolling old man dibs.
November 21, 2013 7:18 PM - dibs
I had two orders of them. A ridiculous extravagance, especially on a fixed income
Edited at November 21, 2013 7:18 PM
November 21, 2013 7:18 PM - Deleted
Won't he ask me what my maladies are? Are things like being angry that corny families are taking over NYC a legitimate gripe? If I had dark thoughts about these families, then sure, that's an issue to discuss. But I don't. I just find them gross and corny and cause rents to sky rocket and bring in shitty suburban-type amenities. I think it's okay to think that. I can give myself permission for that and not feel bad about it. Seriously, I am not sure what my problem is supposedly supposed to be these days.

Should I tell him about my fish!? Family history? Yeah I have trashy genetics, but I was a fresh egg so it really all evens out in the end. I really don't want to be the stereotypical neurotic new Yorker with a therapist. A lot of things that are very prevalent and in your face just don't jive with my worldview. That's not going to change, nor would I want that. AA was too much about changing your worldview and honestly I was actually getting kinda miffed to learn that I was supposed to come to believe that a power greater than myself restored me to sanity and made me stop drinking. No. That was me. I was tired of drinking. AA was really fun at first and I enjoyed it, but I was not a fan of the 4th step so I refused to do the 5th so there was no point in being in AA anymore. I was sorta shell shocked when I stopped going (like borderline PTSD) for a few weeks after leaving AA, but I have some sort of groove back that was either missing for a very long time or was never there to begin with.

I don't know how much longer I should sit here waiting for him to call back.




Edited at November 21, 2013 7:18 PM
November 21, 2013 7:20 PM - Deleted
I think I post on this message board because every single person who posts here is SO self-absorbed it's almost INSANE. The reason you people all gelled was because all you do is yap yap yap all the time and really never listen to anyone else. It's normal I guess.


Edited at November 21, 2013 7:20 PM
November 21, 2013 7:25 PM - rf
Rob, why not just tell him the truth? If he has more questions, he'll ask them, and then you can answer them honestly as well. That way you don't have to remember what kind of misleading bullshit you told him.
Edited at November 21, 2013 7:25 PM
November 21, 2013 7:28 PM - Deleted
I fell asleep watching jeopardy. Man I'm old.
November 21, 2013 7:30 PM - dibs
Lol
Edited at November 21, 2013 7:30 PM
November 21, 2013 7:31 PM - rf
http://qz.com/149342/the-uncomfortable-racial-preferences-revealed-by-online-dating/
November 21, 2013 7:31 PM - Deleted
There is no misleading bullshit. I just don't feel like paying someone to be a drama queen about my brain is worth it now. He still hasn't called. Rude. Well I turn my phone off after 8 and I don't allow voicemail so he has like half an hour left.



November 21, 2013 7:32 PM - rf
Maybe Jeopardy is boring.

Derp.
November 21, 2013 7:33 PM - Deleted
Tell him everything you post here - and all the stuff you keep bottled up

You've essentially been using us as proxy shrinks for half a decade. Let the professional do his job.

You wouldn't let some random untrained person on the Internet be your dentist, would you?
Edited at November 21, 2013 7:33 PM
November 21, 2013 7:36 PM - Deleted
Ha.
November 21, 2013 7:37 PM - Deleted
And on that note. Off to Williamsburg
November 21, 2013 7:42 PM - dibs
People who say jeopardy is boring usually know very few of the answers. Jussayin
November 21, 2013 7:43 PM - Deleted
Sorry to hear it. Hope you make it back OK.
November 21, 2013 7:44 PM - More4Less
Part, too small. it would at least have to be 1400 sq ft and 2 or 2.5 baths for it to be move-worthy
November 21, 2013 7:47 PM - Deleted
I'm not going to plather on to a shrink everything I've been plathering on about for the last 5 years. That's absurd. More than 5 years, it's just I guess I've been doing it here for the last 5? Is that how long this board has been around? I don't even think I make the top 5 list of people here who need therapy. Everything I've been doing for the last 6 months has been some form of therapy for me. Am I really SUPPOSED to be something else?! I'm middle-aged and middle-income. I like fish, video games, writing, reading, dogs, the beach, and smoking the occasional blunt. I had a sufficient education and no one did bad things to me as far as I know. I don't drink alcohol. I eat too much frozen yogurt sometimes. I'm stamping my own sanity papers here. Okay, I am turning my phone off.
November 21, 2013 7:50 PM - rf
Psychiatrists very rarely do therapy now. They are the experts in prescribing drugs.
November 21, 2013 7:51 PM - petebklyn
heterosexist study.
November 21, 2013 7:52 PM - petebklyn
"You could be Baller-in-PA." -- oxymoron, Moron.
November 21, 2013 7:55 PM - Deleted
Yeah, the only reason I was calling around psychiatrists was because I wanted someone who would extend my wellbutrin prescription. I thought my regular doctor would be chary of that. He wasn't. If I was going to see anyone it would just be a regular therapist, not a psychiatrist. Really all they are about is medication management which would be awful. Wellbutrin is enough and I hope to get off of it in a few months.
Edited at November 21, 2013 7:55 PM
November 21, 2013 8:26 PM - Arkady
Therapy doesn't turn lions into rabbits - it just makes lions (or rabbits) happier people.
November 21, 2013 8:28 PM - dibs
Therapy is a very nice gay bar in the 50s west of 8th ave
November 21, 2013 8:30 PM - Deleted
Therapy doesn't do shit if you're not honest.
November 21, 2013 8:35 PM - Deleted
OMG. Just got off the phone with him. Had about a 15 minute conversation. Two minutes into the conversation he starts saying that since I haven't been able to quit smoking due to my depression (his words) that an SSRI should be added to the wellbutrin, like Lexapro. Um. NO. He then told me he thinks I should see a certain doctor and gave me her name and number. He also suggested that I check myself into an out patient alcohol rehab program (at St. Luke's? But he also mentioned Harlem. And NYU) because that along with an SSRI might be the best option for me. He also told me I don't talk loud enough and that I talk too fast and that my words all blend together. He said that the woman he referred also is great at getting to the point and fixing things and knowing what meds her patients need (!). I honestly think all the advice he gave me was terrible. He also really kept harping on the fact that I can't quit smoking because i'm depressed. :-/ I haven't really tried to quit smoking. That was just awful. If I am going to have someone poke at my brain it's not going to be a psychiatrist or alcohol rehab (wtf? I told him three times I quit drinking like 6 months ago).
November 21, 2013 8:40 PM - Deleted
Dude sounds like a moron.
Edited at November 21, 2013 8:40 PM
November 21, 2013 8:41 PM - Deleted
It feels more therapeutic plathering on here anyway. I think it's simple. I had a really heavy drinking problem, I'm kind of a dick (but totally harmless), I'm chary of a lot of shit, I collect jejune things and have puerile hobbies, I'm no longer fatalistic (nihilistic?), and I actually think I have what it takes to succeed in a number of things I want to do with my life, and if I fail, so what?

I cured myself and im sticking to that.

November 21, 2013 8:50 PM - rf
Hmm, all these docs seem to think you're still drinking...
November 21, 2013 8:50 PM - BirdnestHead
Solepsist
November 21, 2013 8:53 PM - rf
sounds pretty autosexual.
November 21, 2013 8:55 PM - Deleted
quote:
Hmm, all these docs seem to think you're still drinking...

Uh. ? I don't think he thought that, but his suggestion to go to out patient rehab didn't make any sense to me. What other doctor are you talking about that thinks I'm still drinking!? You can come test my Crystal Light right now if youd like!
Edited at November 21, 2013 8:55 PM
November 21, 2013 8:56 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Wouldn't it be difficult for therapists to do their job over the phone? I think it would be hard to "read" people without seeing facial expressions, gestures, etc. Although I guess some patients may open up more over the phone than in person.
November 21, 2013 8:59 PM - Deleted
No therapists do that. He was just screening me to see if I could fit into his "very busy schedule". Obviously I was not a good fit so he referred me to another doctor who he thinks is a better fit. A female with a bread knot name at NYU. No thanks!


November 21, 2013 9:02 PM - rf
Many therapists use Skype now.
Edited at November 21, 2013 9:02 PM
November 21, 2013 9:05 PM - Deleted
Actually does anyone ever see bread knots and moonfaces who are trying to become doctors!? I don't think I ever have. Like what are the chances of going to that awful flea market and running into a stranger who is becoming a doctor? I bet zero. So maybe she isn't a technical bread knot. But I am an organ donor (lol) who wants to not be caught up in the insanely cluttered medical monarchy, why add myself to the already cluttered medical industry? My two PCP's have given me great great great psychological advice, I think adding another to the mix is just being doctor greedy.


November 21, 2013 9:12 PM - Deleted
LOL myhouseisadump.com commercial I am seeing right now. It's a company that buys houses.
November 21, 2013 9:14 PM - rf
How would you even know if they were trying to become doctors?
November 21, 2013 9:25 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Attn Scott, Benson, transit geeks:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/0823253694/ref=pe_512840_67380950_pd_re_dt_dt1

The Routes Not Taken: A Trip Through New York City's Unbuilt Subway System
by Joseph B. Raskin

Robert A. Van Wyck, mayor of the greater city of New York, broke ground for the first subway line by City Hall on March 24, 1900. It took four years, six months, and twenty-three days to build the line from City Hall to West 145th Street in Harlem. Things rarely went that quickly ever again. The Routes Not Taken explores the often dramatic stories behind the unbuilt or unfinished subway lines, shedding light on a significant part of New York City's history that has been almost completely ignored until now.

Home to one of the world's largest subway systems, New York City made constant efforts to expand its underground labyrinth, efforts that were often met with unexpected obstacles: financial shortfalls, clashing agendas of mayors and borough presidents, battles with local community groups, and much more. After discovering a copy of the 1929 subway expansion map, author Joseph Raskin began his own investigation into the city's underbelly. Using research from libraries, historical societies, and transit agencies throughout the New York metropolitan area, Raskin provides a fascinating history of the Big Apple's unfinished business that until now has been only tantalizing stories retold by public-transit experts.

The Routes Not Taken sheds light on the tunnels and stations that were completed for lines that were never fulfilled: the efforts to expand the Hudson tubes into a fullfledged subway; the Flushing line, and why it never made it past Flushing; a platform underneath Brooklyn's Nevins Street station that has remained unused for more than a century; and the 2nd Avenue line long the symbol of dashed dreams deferred countless times since the original plans were presented in 1929. Raskin also reveals the figures and personalities involved, including why Fiorello LaGuardia could not grasp the importance of subway lines and why Robert Moses found them to be old and boring. By focusing on the unbuilt lines, Raskin illustrates how the existing subway system is actually a Herculean feat of countless political compromises.

Filled with illustrations of the extravagant expansion plans, The Routes Not Taken provides an enduring contribution to the transportation history of New York City.


November 21, 2013 10:52 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
GE

Any update on A, Six?

Long frustrating day. Dressed down a paper-pusher, and lectured 2-3 others who needed to be reminded to use their brains! Gah!
Edited at November 21, 2013 11:06 PM
November 21, 2013 11:39 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
G'nite, PLUSAs.