Weekend OT
December 14, 2013 12:02 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
If Santa had a 10th reindeer, what do you think his name should be?

December 14, 2013 12:02 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
damn cat dive bombing my feet. no snooze for snappy :-(
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December 14, 2013 12:17 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
while the end product is beautiful, i must say that i found this disturbing...

December 14, 2013 7:53 AM - Cobble B. Hiller

Where's the snow?

I saw a piece about those ant hill guys. I had no idea the ant 'hills' were so huge!
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December 14, 2013 7:56 AM - dibs

OUTING…..One of my friends from NH is down in Philly and he and M went out to one of the gay bars and they saw Jim Cantore from the Weather Channel
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December 14, 2013 7:59 AM - dibs
Dinner last night was excellent. Ken made an incredible bolognese over fresh tagliatelle. For dessert we had Black Raspberry and Chocolate Chip Talenti brand gelato that was incredible.
December 14, 2013 8:01 AM - dibs
SoHo is full of faux ballers with Audis. Not the rs Model, just ordinary Audis. Lame.
December 14, 2013 8:03 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Can M call him and ask him when the snow is starting?
December 14, 2013 8:04 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
there are some huge anthills out there. granny snaps (papa snaps' mom) had HUGE anthills of fire ants in her yard in mississippi. those damn things were fierce. many a bite in my younger years. when i cried from the bites, i asked papa snaps why he let me step on the thing in the first place. his reply? "best way to learn to leave them damn ants alone. now quit cryin'!"
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December 14, 2013 8:05 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Black raspberry - Yum! I got the Talenti chocolate and almond once.
December 14, 2013 8:07 AM - dibs
I had never heard of the brand before.
December 14, 2013 8:07 AM - dibs
I saw they have a caramel sea salt one.
December 14, 2013 8:07 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
I've never been bit by fire ants. I saw them in Texas, and was warned away.
December 14, 2013 8:07 AM - petebklyn
I always thought Jim C. was hot looking. Although certainly less of late. He has couple of kids with some genetic disorder or something. I can't remember what is called.
Maybe he had a date with Sam C?
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December 14, 2013 8:09 AM - dibs
He got divorced in 2007 even though his wife has Parkinson's and yes, something like "Fragile X Syndrome" which I never heard of. But he got the divorce because he was fooling around with some other weather channel woman.
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December 14, 2013 8:09 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Shop at Union Market a few times, you'll be all caught up on your (faux or not) luxury brands.
December 14, 2013 8:13 AM - dibs
50% off all cookware at world market.com

I'm beginning to smell desperation and massive discounting in many emails
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December 14, 2013 8:15 AM - dibs
Is your cold sore gone, Pete? Or are you still unkissable this morning?
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December 14, 2013 8:19 AM - petebklyn
I only wish gone. They take about a week to heal. Worst outbreak I had was when went to Greece several years ago.
Usually I am pretty good with protecting but I guess not good enough this week.

Those gelato containers are great for storing things too.
December 14, 2013 8:21 AM - petebklyn
Cute letter lesbi just showed me from a patient. Guy writing from florida (probably has gone done for the winter) to thank him for his diagnosis and new meds saying his B.P. is now great and that lesbi should be a cardiologist 'making the big bucks'....and a smiley face sticker attached to the letter.
December 14, 2013 8:21 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
I'm getting a ton of sale email. BR, GAP, etc.

December 14, 2013 8:22 AM - petebklyn
It is snowing lightly here but heaviest supposed to be tonight.
December 14, 2013 8:23 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Very sweet!
December 14, 2013 8:25 AM - petebklyn
city supposed to change to rain late tonight and rain thru early morning. tomorrow above freezing all day(and some sun) so should melt most of what falls.
December 14, 2013 8:29 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Rats, I was hoping the snow would stay.
December 14, 2013 8:29 AM - dibs
Snow just started
December 14, 2013 8:31 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
pete, get some abreva.
December 14, 2013 8:31 AM - BoerumHillScott
We are about to leave for Costco.
I am afraid we may never see you again.
December 14, 2013 8:31 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
so any names for santa's 10th reindeer? could name him pete and have him rip down signs as santa swings through each nabe :-)
December 14, 2013 8:32 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
good luck scott! i'm going to target shortly. hoping like hell to make it out alive. i think this weekend is supposed to be a big last minute shopping weekend.
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December 14, 2013 8:32 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Yep, little flakes here.
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December 14, 2013 8:33 AM - petebklyn
sounds masochistic, BHS.

I got abreva but doesn't do much for me. Unfortunately I was out of acyclovir when I first felt something and the delay of getting more makes worse.
December 14, 2013 8:34 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
"Yep, little flakes here."

who you callin' a flake??? :-)
December 14, 2013 8:35 AM - petebklyn
weather maps showing nyc missing much of the activity this morning.
December 14, 2013 8:37 AM - Slope4Eva
GM. Been snowing here since about 8. We still have alot of snow/ice left from the other day. I went out last night to run the jeep since I have to drive Evita to work tonight. Solid ice on windshield. Defroster didn't do anything. I'll have to try again later. I don't like snow these days.
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December 14, 2013 8:37 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Don't take it personally, lots of flakes here, Snaps! ; )
December 14, 2013 8:39 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
eva, mama snaps has a blow dryer just for that reason. she never uses it on her hair, just the car windshield!
December 14, 2013 8:40 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
lol cobbly!

ok...off to target. pray for me folks...
December 14, 2013 8:41 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Damn, I was really hoping for a good snow! I love snow, makes Winter more bearable. (Sorry, eva!)
December 14, 2013 8:43 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Aw, Pete, hope the cold sores go away soon, so lesbi can smooch you under the mistletoe!
December 14, 2013 8:43 AM - Slope4Eva
lol, Snaps. May have to try that. Be safe.
December 14, 2013 8:48 AM - Slope4Eva
I always used to look forward to snow, but now I have to do too much driving these days. Can't just stay home and enjoy. I do think it looks beautiful though.
December 14, 2013 8:50 AM - dibs
I love driving in the snow. As long as I have 4WD
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December 14, 2013 8:54 AM - dibs
Yeah, weather in motion map shows that, for the most part, most of the snow might pass us to the north with rain following sooner rather than the originally forecast later tonight.
December 14, 2013 8:54 AM - Slope4Eva
I'll break out the chisel and hair dryer and I'll have my 4WD later today.
December 14, 2013 8:57 AM - Slope4Eva
Weather.com is looking that way, too.

December 14, 2013 8:58 AM - dibs
I'm on weather.com
December 14, 2013 9:05 AM - petebklyn
if only arkady were here with her weather guy to let us know what really is going to happen
December 14, 2013 9:07 AM - dibs
Pete, I think all he does is look out the window in Park Slope
December 14, 2013 9:11 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
I thought the Park Slope kid (is he still a kid?) had a whole roof top weather station set up. At least I think that's what I read about him sometime ago.
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December 14, 2013 9:29 AM - Deleted
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December 14, 2013 9:32 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
December 14, 2013 9:41 AM - rf
TUBACHRISTMAS on Sunday at 3:30 at the ice rink at Rockefeller Center
December 14, 2013 10:17 AM - dibs
Nice covering of snow in Cadman Park. Lots of dogs out.
December 14, 2013 10:21 AM - BirdnestHead
Incompetent thieves in London cause massive telephone outage by mistakenly stealing optical fiber instead of copper!
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December 14, 2013 10:23 AM - Partridge
"If Santa had a 10th reindeer, what do you think his name should be?"

Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, Snappy and Rudolph.

Ho, ho, ho. Merry Christmas shopping!
December 14, 2013 10:35 AM - dibs
If any of you really want to try some white truffles, Eataly Chicago (just opened) is offering them at cost, online, on Dec 18. About 5 grams over a nice tagliatelle with butter is all you need.


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December 14, 2013 10:38 AM - dibs
Eataly Chicago had to close this past Monday after it was overwhelmed it's first week and needs to restock…

During the first week there were:

- More than 120,000 people passed through the doors.

- 80,000 people dined there.

- More than 30,000 purchased food to go.
December 14, 2013 10:40 AM - Deleted
Cheaper than weed
December 14, 2013 10:44 AM - Deleted
Is the profit margin on weed higher than opium poppies???
December 14, 2013 10:46 AM - Deleted
Ginseng? Tobacco? Tea? Salad greens?
December 14, 2013 10:47 AM - dibs
Probably not as high of a margin as artisinal sea salts
December 14, 2013 10:47 AM - dibs
At any restaurant, the highest margin is the alcohol.
December 14, 2013 10:47 AM - Deleted
Good one. What about flowers?
December 14, 2013 10:52 AM - dibs
How to wrap a cat for Christmas:

December 14, 2013 10:52 AM - MontroseMorris
GM, no snow here yet, but supposed to start this afternoon and get heavy this evening. They said 4 -8 inches. We've got a dusting on the ground now, it's pretty. I like snow this time of year, if we just get dustings, that's fine. I don't have snow tires.

Speaking of Santa's reindeer....one of my friends here in Troy is sponsoring a mock trial to determine who actually wrote "A visit from St. Nicholas." Of course Clement Clark Moore is credited, but there have long been allegations that it was actually written by someone else, an upstater named Henry Livingston, Jr. No one disputes that the first publication of the poem, which singlehandedly created the modern Santa Claus, was in the Troy Sentinel, in 1823.

Here's the link for the press release. It's going to be fun. I recently met one of the lawyers, Jack Casey. He's a character. Dave would love his house. He recently had a mural painted in his office, see below. It's of the Hudson Valley and Troy.

December 14, 2013 10:52 AM - dibs
No idea about margin on flowers.
December 14, 2013 10:54 AM - dibs
randi could never appreciate that wall mural
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December 14, 2013 10:55 AM - MontroseMorris
Oh, here's a Holiday LOLcat for this morning.
December 14, 2013 10:56 AM - MontroseMorris
Here's another wall, Dave. They moved the furniture out for the photo.
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December 14, 2013 10:57 AM - dibs
No that's my idea of an office!!!!!!
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December 14, 2013 10:58 AM - dibs
As I have mentioned before, Rufus Porter was the originator of wall murals in the 1820s - 40s.
December 14, 2013 11:08 AM - dibs
So is there any possibility of getting 6" today?????
December 14, 2013 11:09 AM - MontroseMorris
The house is a couple of doors down from the Rensselaer Historical Society. A five story row house from around 1845.
December 14, 2013 11:13 AM - dibs
Blizzard-like out now!!! And, temp dropped to 24.
December 14, 2013 11:17 AM - More4Less
Snow messing up my errand plans this Morning and afternoon.
December 14, 2013 11:23 AM - rf
M4L, what do you think about Christie's reaction to the George Washington Bridge lane closures apparently engineered by his friends and appointees as retribution?
December 14, 2013 11:30 AM - dibs
Democrats trying to make much adoo about nothing, rf.
December 14, 2013 11:31 AM - dibs
I'm thinking a nice pizza and bottle of wine for lunch at Bevacco, sitting at the bar in the window, watching the snow
December 14, 2013 11:34 AM - Deleted
Those wall murals suck.
December 14, 2013 11:40 AM - rf
I didn't ask you, Dave. I knew what you'd say. And you did.
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December 14, 2013 11:56 AM - More4Less
Rf, didn't read/hear about that one. Speaking if bridge crossing, am glad I live in Manhattan now given all these talks of east river bridge crossing tolls
December 14, 2013 12:33 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Weddings: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/03/fashion/weddings/a-romance-with-a-long-interruption.html

“She was listening to Bjork before anyone else was,” Mr. Sibson said.

"She’s very social and attends every society event in New York,” said her sister, Elisabeth van Lawick van Pabst-Koch. “She loves to travel and will hop on a plane to Bahrain or wherever just to visit somebody.”

"Ms. Koch’s dog, Sir William Sugarplum, helped walk her down the aisle. Ms. Koch’s sister, who is a milliner in Beijing, had prepared hats and headpieces for many of the women in attendance."

"The word “starling” holds multiple meanings for the couple, who believe they are creatures from the stars."
December 14, 2013 12:41 PM - MontroseMorris
I think the Weddings editor has a sense of the absurd. You can't make these people up.

I mean "Elisabeth van Lawick van Pabst-Koch?"
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December 14, 2013 1:03 PM - dibs
LOL... "No Santas". sign at Henry street ale house
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December 14, 2013 1:27 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
target was picked CLEAN! barely anything left on the shelves. but i wasn't too annoyed. especially after this:

scene: target toy section - the doll aisle

husband and wife selecting toys for their daughter(s)

H: what about this doll? she's only $8.99
W: no, that's not barbie
H: oh hey, this one's cute. and she comes with this stuff for her hair and jewelry and...
W: put that down! it's not barbie!
H: you know, every year we bust our asses workin' all year savin' money for christmas. we come out here and spend all this money on "BAR-BIE" for what? she gon' be nekkid by march and ain't none of us gon' know who the hell she is.
December 14, 2013 1:37 PM - Deleted
Just ran into Slopey on 5th Ave. Shook hands, said hello, and then he was on his way. I got the sense that he didn't want to chat.
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December 14, 2013 1:45 PM - rf
My kid's best friend got into MIT early decision. Yay!
December 14, 2013 1:46 PM - rf
Oops, that's early action, not early decision. But she's a happy girl either way!
December 14, 2013 1:53 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Early action = much better than early decision...she knows she's going somewhere and she doesn't have to decide right now.
December 14, 2013 2:04 PM - rf
I know, Six. But this girl's first choice is MIT for sure.

My kid had a tough year last year and this year her grades are tippy-top (not so last year) with a very rigorous schedule. She decided to forego EA/ED because she wanted to make sure schools see her mid-year report.

She has many friends at Tech and elsewhere who are finding out Friday/this weekend/Monday about EA/ED. Some of her schools have rolling decisions but I think she'll have to wait until the end of March to find out about her favorites.

It's still not as bad as the NYC high school admissions process!
December 14, 2013 2:08 PM - Deleted
Is mit $$$?
December 14, 2013 2:08 PM - Deleted
A friend just found out her bro got into Stanford. Party on little man
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December 14, 2013 2:10 PM - Deleted
My high schools valedictorian went to MIT. Majored in chemical engineering. Working at Goldman now (after HBS). Sell out.
December 14, 2013 2:15 PM - rf
I don't think it's any more expensive than Harvard, Randi!

I think her parents can afford it. Her older brother goes to SUNY Stony Brook and comes home every other weekend to do his laundry.
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December 14, 2013 2:15 PM - Deleted
Many bright engineering students go the route of finance these days, unfortunately. Especially in NYC areac where the opportunities for engineers has declined.
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December 14, 2013 2:16 PM - rf
The MIT girl is president of the National Honor Society at Tech and has very good grades but I don't think she'll be valedectorian. Probably top 10, out of their class of 1300. Graduation at Barclay.
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December 14, 2013 2:30 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Other photos from Obama's South Africa trip:

December 14, 2013 2:47 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
BnH got our Charlie Brown Christmas tree. It's the cutest ever!
December 14, 2013 2:49 PM - Deleted
You'd think with 1300 kids there would be a handful that get all A's, is there really a true valedictorian?
December 14, 2013 2:51 PM - BirdnestHead
True dat, Benson. Cooper eng grads like the money available in finance. Overheard conversation in elevator other day, two eng students discussing their intentions to go into finance. After they got off, I said to the third student, "We need more engineers, and instead we're getting more finance guys." The student said they were a chem eng hoping to go into oil refining.
December 14, 2013 3:02 PM - rf
Their grades are in percentages, to 100 percent. APs and honors are weighted 110 percent.
December 14, 2013 3:07 PM - Deleted
Ha yeah. Honors weight. My school weighted honors 1.05 and ap 1.1.

And there were only one AP class in a handful of subjects - and only the top 10 kids in the honors pre-req courses could apply.

I think our valedictorian had like a 103.5 average. Lol.

December 14, 2013 3:08 PM - Deleted
I was something like 35th out of 300 in my class. I have no idea what my gpa was.
December 14, 2013 3:43 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
35th, Huh, guess you aren't really a moron after all! ; )

Stopped by LP's earlier, she was rockin'. Snowy Smith Street wasn't as busy as I thought it might be, but it was early yet.
December 14, 2013 3:45 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Pretty on my block, a few neighbors are shoveling, trying to stay ahead of the snow.

I'm baking. BnH is napping. It's very peaceful here.
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December 14, 2013 3:51 PM - Deleted
I'm going to get acupuncture.
December 14, 2013 3:57 PM - rf
For your heart?
December 14, 2013 4:16 PM - Deleted
For my general well being
December 14, 2013 4:29 PM - Deleted
Heads up. Santa bros were just ordered to bk heights. /dumbo

December 14, 2013 4:30 PM - petebklyn
really not enough to shovel so far....just a sweeping.
Made it back without incident although we did see someone skid off the palisades pkwy.
December 14, 2013 5:15 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Ugh, the SantaCon menace. Yuck. Stay in Manhattan!

I baked a cake, but it fell. Perhaps I under baked it? I don't have a thermometer in my new oven. Tester came out clean. Hmmmm...

It's tasty even so.
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December 14, 2013 7:02 PM - rf
Just back from driving my kid to babysitting job in Park Slope. Not too much snow on the car. I looked out the window in the afternoon and it looked like more. It must have blown away. Very cold and dry. Kind of nasty driving but not the worst.
December 14, 2013 7:19 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Drunk Santas everywhere near NYU. Ugh.

I was #2 in my HS class.

Regarding the wedding column I posted above:
December 14, 2013 7:41 PM - rf
Text from babysitting kid:
Never again.

December 14, 2013 7:43 PM - Deleted
Were there 6 people total in your class?
December 14, 2013 7:48 PM - sixyearsandcounting
No Randi, there were two (self-pwn).

Actually there were 300-some, but whatever.
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December 14, 2013 7:51 PM - rf
My graduating class was almost as big as my kid's will be. Early baby boom. Hicksville High School has many fewer students now. I think I was in the top 7 percent.
December 14, 2013 7:57 PM - Deleted
December 14, 2013 8:27 PM - Deleted
Question: when the OT rift is healed, is there going to be a "Make-up sex" thread?
December 14, 2013 8:28 PM - Deleted
"I think I was in the top 7 percent."

What happened after that?
December 14, 2013 8:29 PM - rf
I went to college.
December 14, 2013 8:37 PM - pepper
Lots of snow here in Buffalo! Love it. Wasn't able to meet up with Kens though....
December 14, 2013 8:37 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Benson, the OT is always about sex, but I'm not sure any of it's "make-up."
December 14, 2013 8:50 PM - Kensingtonian
No worries Pep. I mostly stayed in and did a but of holiday shopping.
December 14, 2013 9:06 PM - Deleted
Hey Kens;

I was thinking of you today, when I went past your friend's place in my old neighborhood (Nikki's).
December 14, 2013 9:26 PM - Kensingtonian
Heya Benson,

Should have stopped by for an espresso or a panini :-).

He is not too happy lately. Says location became terrible. No food places around him are doing well except maybe Italia Pizza and Chinese food places.

Wants to sell maybe next year and do same thing but in a different hood.
December 14, 2013 9:39 PM - pepper
Cool, Kens. I love that it's been snowing all day... Saw this quote in the airport yesterday "When it starts snowing, Buffalo keeps going."
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December 14, 2013 9:43 PM - Kensingtonian
Yeah I don't mind it either as long as you have a good car and good pair of shoes.
December 14, 2013 9:51 PM - pepper
Yes. A good pair of boots and a good car window scraper are absolute essentials...
December 14, 2013 10:40 PM - rf
Picked kid up. Nasty freezing rain now.