Happy Chinese New Year! OT
January 31, 2014 7:18 AM - rf
It's the Year of the Horse!

Gong Xi Fa Cai! [Mandarin]

Gong Hay Fat Choy! [Cantonese]

January 31, 2014 7:19 AM - rf
And alt. side parking is suspended for the festivities!
January 31, 2014 7:40 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Happy New Year, Everyone!

(I'm having deja vu all over again... ; ). )

January 31, 2014 7:53 AM - BirdnestHead
Gak. gm
January 31, 2014 7:56 AM - Deleted
Gm. I don't feel well.
January 31, 2014 8:01 AM - dibs
January 31, 2014 8:02 AM - Deleted
Dave I hope you are in a better mood today and are more respectful towards the OT community.
January 31, 2014 8:06 AM - dibs
Fuck off, randi.
Edited at January 31, 2014 8:07 AM
January 31, 2014 8:09 AM - Deleted
OK, I see.
January 31, 2014 8:10 AM - dibs
I bet we see 1,650 on the S&P 500…down another 8%…over the next month or so. And then over 1,900 by year end.

Edited at January 31, 2014 8:10 AM
January 31, 2014 8:16 AM - dibs
Where's dh?????
January 31, 2014 8:20 AM - BoerumHillScott
perhaps dh is still recovering from a hot date.
Edited at January 31, 2014 8:20 AM
January 31, 2014 8:22 AM - BirdnestHead
Morning Randi;

A clown walks into a doctors office, "Doc, I feel funny."
January 31, 2014 8:23 AM - BirdnestHead
Early GDP estimate yesterday. Looks like slow steady growth. Expect hand-wringing from the impatient.
January 31, 2014 8:30 AM - sixyearsandcounting


""Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw wonders what all the fuss is about.
"The doctor who walked six miles in the snow to perform emergency life-saving brain surgery said any good doctor would do it.
" 'It really wasn't that big of a deal,' Hrynkiw said, addressing reporters today at Trinity Medical Center where he is a neurosurgeon."
January 31, 2014 8:30 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
We need a full report on:

A) DH's hot date
B) DIBS' chili
January 31, 2014 8:30 AM - dibs
I think the GDP number is not high on the list of concerns here. This is a very "risk off" correction. People are scared that the emerging merkets cannot properly deal with the end of QE by the Fed and they are right to be concerned. The dollar has become very strong and their currencies are weakening. In addition, the US current account deficit is shrinking a lot because of the dollar strength and the US is far more competitive than it was years ago.

On the flip side, the declining price of gasoline, in and of itself, will add to GDP growth in the next few quarters. We could actually be seeing very strong GDP numbers in 3Q & 4Q but right now, the market is spooked by VERY short term volatility.

This is NOT a time to try and time anything. Stay invested. Options strategies are good to pursue here to limit losses but that's beyond the scope of an OT discussion. I typically never bother with them.
Edited at January 31, 2014 8:30 AM
January 31, 2014 8:33 AM - dibs
Chili was great. Very standard…ground beef, onions, crushed tomatoes, kidney beans, chili spice packs and extra salsa picante (We have the Goya brand here). Have enough leftovers for 3 more meals.

WF's artisan italian bread was OK, not spectacular. Their ciabatta is much better.
January 31, 2014 8:33 AM - BirdnestHead
And in another turn of events, old brains not dumb, just full...

January 31, 2014 8:34 AM - dibs
Headed to Bucks by myself after the market opens. Back tomorrow. Got to get mail, my tax docs and do a few other things, especially cut up the wood for the bird feeders and get some shingles to do the roofs for them. Also need to get the hydroponic tomatoes.
Edited at January 31, 2014 8:36 AM
January 31, 2014 8:36 AM - dibs
BnH, Arkady sent me the original NYT article about brains a week ago.

I forgot about it
Edited at January 31, 2014 8:39 AM
January 31, 2014 8:39 AM - dibs
Ben doing fine. Going up and down stairs. Leg seems to be almost 100% back, remarkably.
January 31, 2014 8:39 AM - BirdnestHead
Worries about QE... We're wingin' it. The markets respond badly to any uncertainty. Economics class polled, expect WTI to shadow low inflation, or possibly decline, since Cushing, OK holding facilities full to overflowing. God alone knows how retail gasoline will respond...
January 31, 2014 8:41 AM - dibs
Yes, we are winging it. Unprecedented. Uncertainty…the market's biggest buggaboo
January 31, 2014 8:42 AM - BirdnestHead
"BnH, Arkady sent me the original NYT article about brains a week ago."

Oh. Maybe it's just me getting slow. It just passed through on Slashdot...

January 31, 2014 8:44 AM - dibs
Real estate investment:

January 31, 2014 8:46 AM - dibs
AMZN off a lot. This is the big roll over in this tremendously over-valued stock.
January 31, 2014 8:51 AM - dibs
I'm worried about dh. What if his date slipped him a mickey????

Edited at January 31, 2014 8:51 AM
January 31, 2014 9:05 AM - Partridge

What caused all the recent certainty in the market?
January 31, 2014 9:06 AM - Deleted
January 31, 2014 9:08 AM - dibs
Part, rephrase your question. Did you mean what caused it to go up over the past few years????

That would be quantitative easing…the Fed injecting huge amounts of money, most of which went into the stock market and drove psychology that they wouldn't let rates rise nor allow the market to fall. That's ending.
Edited at January 31, 2014 9:09 AM
January 31, 2014 9:13 AM - Partridge
Yes, that's what I asking. Why were things rosy a couple of weeks ago (certainty) and now scary uncertainty)?
January 31, 2014 9:16 AM - dibs
The end of easing started. What you may have heard referred to as "the taper." That, and a few other exogenous events like Turkey, pushed the emerging market currencies and it sort of dominoed, as it always does. More uncertainty, more negative psychology, more volatility…the cocktail of the three worst things for the stock market.

Fear is a much more powerful driver than greed.
January 31, 2014 9:17 AM - petebklyn
Not scary at all now unless you are short-termer or speculator -- only scary was 2007-2008.
Edited at January 31, 2014 9:17 AM
January 31, 2014 9:19 AM - petebklyn
who of you signed this petition?

Any chance of deporting or does he prop too much money in our economy to banish him?
January 31, 2014 9:19 AM - dibs
I agree, Pete. People need to remain focused on the longer term. Trying to time the selloff, how long it lasts, how far it goes and, more importantly, when it turns back up is a fool's game. Very, very few ever get any of those things correct.

Stay invested. This will not be 2008/2009
January 31, 2014 9:21 AM - dibs
I didn't know he was Canadian and only had a green card
January 31, 2014 9:22 AM - Partridge
So, this is a correction of overconfidence?
January 31, 2014 9:24 AM - dibs
More or less. But just that. There's nothing systemically wrong like in 2008/2009. that's why it willbe very hard to judge the magnitude & longevity but that's true of ALL corrections.
January 31, 2014 9:24 AM - Partridge
DH appeared for his morning 'derp'.
January 31, 2014 9:30 AM - dibs
Uggghhhhhh…nasty open.
January 31, 2014 9:31 AM - dibs
My IRA getting killed but trading account flat due to PHOT & HEMP. Maybe I will take up toking afterall.
Edited at January 31, 2014 9:32 AM
January 31, 2014 9:40 AM - Deleted
I'm honored you took my lead and bought PHOT.
January 31, 2014 9:41 AM - dibs
I actually like PHOT as it's the equipment supplier to the growers, not just one individual, riskier, grower.
January 31, 2014 9:42 AM - Deleted
Dh, did you go to prospect?
January 31, 2014 9:46 AM - Deleted
nah - james ---> chuko ----> soda bar (which smelled like a toilet)

chuko was awesome.
January 31, 2014 9:51 AM - Deleted
I dig chuko as well, but my wife calls bullshit on its authenticity.

So what happened after soda????????? You can email me and then I'll post the details here second hand.
Edited at January 31, 2014 9:51 AM
January 31, 2014 9:52 AM - BoerumHillScott
We want pictures.
Edited at January 31, 2014 9:52 AM
January 31, 2014 9:57 AM - Deleted
Perhaps it went something like this?
Edited at January 31, 2014 9:57 AM
January 31, 2014 10:07 AM - petebklyn
no we don't
Edited at January 31, 2014 10:07 AM
January 31, 2014 10:09 AM - Deleted
went very well - have a feeling we'll be seeing a lot of each other

oh and dibs - we have to meet up soon so i can give you the books rob got for you. explaining why i have a book on my coffee table called "homo art" was pretty weird.
January 31, 2014 10:11 AM - Deleted
Hahaha haha!!! (high 5 dh)
January 31, 2014 10:12 AM - sixyearsandcounting
"explaining why i have a book on my coffee table called "homo art" was pretty weird."

Yeah, so I have these friends on the internet, and one gay guy (but he's autosexual) got these books - i did his taxes too btw - and wanted to give them to this other gay guy who's older and works in finance and used to do the first guy's taxes...so, um, yeah...
January 31, 2014 10:13 AM - MontroseMorris
GM. Gong Hay Fat Choy!

It's in the high 20s here, supposed to go up above freezing. Break out the shorts and tank tops! I love the people up here, even when it's 3 degrees, you see someone in the street in a tee shirt making a delivery or running to his/her car.
January 31, 2014 10:20 AM - Deleted
haha six - she lives sorta close to you - might be running into each other at sycamore.
Edited at January 31, 2014 10:20 AM
January 31, 2014 10:24 AM - Deleted
Is sycamore that bar flower shop?
January 31, 2014 10:27 AM - rf
Randi, are you feeling better? A cold, or something that may be related to what put you in the hospital recently?
January 31, 2014 10:29 AM - Deleted
Oh, just an annoying head cold Rf. The office is a petri dish and so is being around kids all the time. Feel like my head might explode. Maybe I should take some medicine but I don't like the way dayquil and other things like it make me feel.
Edited at January 31, 2014 10:29 AM
January 31, 2014 10:31 AM - rf
MM, my 90-year-old dad refuses to wear long pants. I considered insisting that I go for him and buy the stuff on his list, or that he wear the long pants I bought him at his request a couple of years ago, but I finally decided that it wouldn't kill him to go from the house to the car to the store to the car to the house in his shorts. But it was COLD last week when we went shopping. Relatively tropical today when we go again.
Edited at January 31, 2014 10:31 AM
January 31, 2014 10:35 AM - rf
I can vouch for Mucinex (or the generic versions in any chain drug store). It really helps get rid of the congestion that stuffs up your head. The last time I bought it, I saw a zillion different versions in all kinds of combinations but what makes it work is large doses of Guaifenesin. You do need to drink a lot of water with it.
January 31, 2014 10:38 AM - MontroseMorris
Last year, right before Christmas, I was volunteered to work with a bunch of kids in our nearby community center. We were making Christmas decorations to put on the center's Christmas tree. I had kids all over the place, some of whom had runny noses, sneezing and coughs. On me, of course. Two weeks later I came down with the plague. I had the worst sinus cold and infection I've ever had in my life. It lasted an entire month and was just awful. I haven't been that sick in years. Lesson learned. Stay away from children.
Edited at January 31, 2014 10:41 AM
January 31, 2014 10:38 AM - Deleted
yeah mucinex d is the ish
January 31, 2014 10:41 AM - More4Less
FB powered mkt up yesterday. AMZN gives it back plus more today.


Still gonna try to time when I shove in that chunk of cash in 401k
January 31, 2014 10:45 AM - Deleted
"my 90-year-old dad refuses to wear long pants"

I am the opposite. I generally refuse to wear shorts, as they make most people look ridiculous. I have exactly one pair of shorts, that I only wear when I'm at places like my brother's shore house. I do not wear them on the streets.
January 31, 2014 10:51 AM - Deleted
i'm so glad that female romper trend ended. do those things look good on anyone?
Edited at January 31, 2014 10:51 AM
January 31, 2014 10:54 AM - Deleted
Do you have extremely hairy legs Benson?
January 31, 2014 10:56 AM - More4Less
Knicks are playing well again. Love to beat the heat again while they're off their game.
January 31, 2014 11:00 AM - Partridge
Female rompers? Women's rompers, better.

Nicole looks great in one here. Others, not so much. You are right.
January 31, 2014 11:04 AM - Deleted
Who dat?
January 31, 2014 11:05 AM - Deleted
oh yea my bad - i was recently educated about how MRA assholes use the word female in a deragatory fashoin.
January 31, 2014 11:05 AM - Deleted
nicole richie?
January 31, 2014 11:05 AM - Partridge
A B list celeb.
Edited at January 31, 2014 11:05 AM
January 31, 2014 11:12 AM - Deleted
Haha oh. I'm really not well versed in celebs.
January 31, 2014 11:16 AM - Partridge
That's OK. Nicole ain't no Christie.
Edited at January 31, 2014 11:16 AM
January 31, 2014 11:18 AM - Deleted
she ain't no action bronson
January 31, 2014 11:18 AM - pepper
January 31, 2014 11:18 AM - Deleted
i've had a dull headache for the whole damn week. i need a humidifier at my desk
January 31, 2014 11:19 AM - Deleted
I broke down and took dayquil, no musinex at the deli here and I'm not walking 4 blocks to get some. Working on w side Highway is a drag sometimes.
January 31, 2014 11:20 AM - Deleted
imagine living over there! arent you near those zillion dollar condos?
January 31, 2014 11:20 AM - More4Less
Nicole looks good - better than during her show with Paris. Paris on the other hand is trending the other way albeit she's still cute
January 31, 2014 11:20 AM - Deleted
Yeah, and Chelsea piers. 26th Street.
January 31, 2014 11:22 AM - Deleted
Paris is a skank but I have to give her credit for becoming famous by doing nothing but a sex tape.
Edited at January 31, 2014 11:22 AM
January 31, 2014 11:23 AM - More4Less
West end in upper west is nice. West side highway where randi is - that's meh
Edited at January 31, 2014 11:23 AM
January 31, 2014 11:24 AM - Partridge
How has the traffic been along the west side highway the past couple of days? I need to drive to the javitz center for the next 5 days. Worried about Stupid Bole trafffic.
January 31, 2014 11:24 AM - More4Less
Why is she a skank?
January 31, 2014 11:26 AM - rf
My dad absolutely doesn't give a shit what he looks like. He is very careful about what he cooks and eats and what he feeds my stepmother (he cooks every day although the live-in aide who cares for her would be happy to do so) but appearance? No, no, no! I no longer shudder when I walk into his favorite stores with him, and they are used to him by now.
January 31, 2014 11:27 AM - More4Less
Drive?? Peeps might be tempted to call you the S word. It's gonna be crazy with the Super Bowl.
January 31, 2014 11:30 AM - Deleted
My legs are not that hairy.

Yes, folks with burlap legs should especially not wear shorts.

Edited at January 31, 2014 11:30 AM
January 31, 2014 11:31 AM - Partridge
Yes, drive and park in a lot/garage. There is no reasonable mass transit to Javitz. I'll happily take car service if parking will be impossible. Tough to hail a cab after the show lets out. Driving usually best.
January 31, 2014 11:31 AM - rf
Partridge, I think today and Saturday will be terrible. Not sure about game day. I drove to W 32 St. between 6th and 7th Aves. twice on Wednesday and it took a full hour from my house in the middle of the day, and another hour from JFK at 3:30. Part of the problem was that since W32 St. goes east and starts on 7th Ave. (interrupted by Penn Station), I have to enter 7th Ave. from north of 34th St. Awful, awful, awful with Broadway closed to traffic.
January 31, 2014 11:33 AM - Partridge
I read that the Broadway shit starts at noon. I'll be heading out around 9 am.
January 31, 2014 11:34 AM - Partridge
I'm planning Battery Tunnel up the west side. No crosstown action.
January 31, 2014 11:37 AM - rf
But all those cars have to go somewhere else. During the week it was enhanced by the fact that lots of side streets in midtown had all kinds of set-up trucks and trailers and many trucks were circling, trying to make pickups and delivery in their normal course of business. I don't have time to review the whole thing, but this is from the city, re street closures and parking changes:

Good luck!
January 31, 2014 11:41 AM - dibs
I hardly ever wear shorts. I have skinny, ugly legs.
January 31, 2014 11:43 AM - Partridge
If Randi would just look out his f'ing window and report back to me...
January 31, 2014 11:45 AM - bxgrl
I have a friend who is a firefighter in the Bronx. NEVER wears pants. I expect his legs will snap like a popsicle stick one of these days.

Anyone getting messages when trying to look at videos that yo have to be a subscriber to Time warner or Comcast? This was on a public news site. THANKS Big greedy corporations for ending net neutrality.
January 31, 2014 11:46 AM - Deleted
I'm told that I have nice legs. Even so, I don't wear shorts on the street.
Edited at January 31, 2014 11:46 AM
January 31, 2014 11:47 AM - Deleted
"I'm told that I have nice legs."

by who?
January 31, 2014 11:47 AM - bxgrl
RF- my dad was a real GQ kind of guy. Always dresed well. Until he moved to FLA and then he discovered shorts :( He looked great in them but - oh well, at least it was never madras shorts with black dress socks.
January 31, 2014 11:48 AM - More4Less
Shiti-bike with bag attachments to carry all your purchased stuff. It'll be great exercise powering it back home
January 31, 2014 11:48 AM - petebklyn
don't they run shuttle buses from midtown hotels to javits for the show?
January 31, 2014 11:52 AM - Deleted
""I'm told that I have nice legs."

by who?"

Various people.
January 31, 2014 11:53 AM - Deleted
"A sobering new study published by the Journal of Wine Economics — yes, there is a Journal of Wine Economics — finds that alcohol consumption in American states rises as the population’s politics becomes more liberal.

The study by Pavel Yakovlev and Walter P. Guessford of Duquesne University in Pennsylvania shows a direct correlation between political beliefs and the demand for alcohol. The study compares sales of alcoholic beverages against the political leanings of a state's members of Congress, as ranked by liberal organizations Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) and the AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education (COPE).

The research reveals that states with more liberal representatives like Nevada tend to consume up to three times more alcohol per head than more politically conservative states like Arkansas and Utah.

The study concludes:

In this study, we show that liberal ideology has a statistically significant positive association with the consumption of alcohol in the United States even after controlling for economic, demographic, and geographic differences across states."
Edited at January 31, 2014 11:52 AM
January 31, 2014 11:53 AM - Deleted
part, traffic starts to back up around 28th st. i would think you are fine to take w side hwy to 10th ave and then take that N to javits (except then you might hit tunnel traffic). might be best to just take bk bridge to church st to 6th ave then cross town somewhere in the 20s???

January 31, 2014 11:56 AM - Deleted
i wanna be a wine economist.

dibs and benson are whine economists.
Edited at January 31, 2014 11:56 AM
January 31, 2014 11:59 AM - bxgrl
LOL, dh! We libs will never apologize for liking a good glass of wine.
January 31, 2014 12:01 PM - dibs
"The research reveals that states with more liberal representatives like Nevada tend to consume up to three times more alcohol per head than more politically conservative states like Arkansas and Utah."

The higher alcohol consumption enables them to justify their beliefs.
January 31, 2014 12:02 PM - More4Less
I look weird in shorts but I don't care as being comfortable is more important than looking good
January 31, 2014 12:02 PM - petebklyn
also helps us deal with conservatives.
January 31, 2014 12:04 PM - Deleted

Go text your girlfriend.
January 31, 2014 12:05 PM - Deleted
Ugh, this dayquil made me feel worse. I'm jittery and cracked out. Think I'm going home after lunch.
January 31, 2014 12:06 PM - Deleted
Go text your girlfriend.

I think we should be supportive and not using dhs good fortune as pwn material.
Edited at January 31, 2014 12:06 PM
January 31, 2014 12:07 PM - dibs
You should take the Alka Seltzer cold/flu tablets…the plop-plop, fizz-fizz ones. Just make sure you get the ines wirth aspirin and NOT acetaminophen. Much better than Dayquil. But Nyquil is great for knocking you out.
Edited at January 31, 2014 12:07 PM
January 31, 2014 12:08 PM - Deleted
I was being supportive. He should be spending his time thinking of his new beau instead of trying to PWN the Trio of Moron.
January 31, 2014 12:09 PM - Deleted
i'm able to multitask.
Edited at January 31, 2014 12:09 PM
January 31, 2014 12:12 PM - Deleted
Explaining why you try to PWN the TOM may be more difficult than the Homo Art situation.
January 31, 2014 12:18 PM - Deleted
i just can't control myself around your sexy legs
January 31, 2014 12:23 PM - Deleted
January 31, 2014 12:27 PM - Partridge
Thanks Randi!!!!! Yes, my normal route is West Side Hwy to 10th ave by Chelsea Market, scoot up to 37th st and park by Javitz. I'm glad to hear that the back up is starting all the way up on 28th. This won't be killer in the morning on a weekend day.
January 31, 2014 12:30 PM - bxgrl
Hey Part! :)

January 31, 2014 12:31 PM - Partridge
January 31, 2014 12:37 PM - Deleted

I enjoyed the Rex Cole story today. As one of the poster mentions, his signs were ubiquitous when I was a kid. It seemed that almost all of the apartment buildings in my area had his sign hanging on a wall.
January 31, 2014 1:04 PM - Deleted
Nice tk.
January 31, 2014 1:05 PM - Deleted
That's what I get for trying to say something positive.
January 31, 2014 1:07 PM - Deleted
Lol, so true. As someone said last night, there is no place for class on the OT.
January 31, 2014 1:11 PM - Deleted
Moving on to our normal (not classy) programming, I heard on the radio this morning that strippers from all over the country are pouring into NYC to work the Super Bowl events.
January 31, 2014 1:18 PM - petebklyn
not just strippers.....check this quote out. What does it say about football fans?
“Any sports venue and especially the Super Bowl acts as a sex trafficking magnet,” said Representative Chris Smith, a New Jersey Republican, at a Jan. 27 House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on trafficking and sports events. “Along with welcoming enthusiastic fans, the state also is preparing for the likely influx of both domestic and international traffickers.”
January 31, 2014 1:35 PM - Deleted
They use the Superbowl hubbub as a decoy to traffic people?
Edited at January 31, 2014 1:35 PM
January 31, 2014 1:44 PM - MontroseMorris
Thanks, Benson. Sorry, haven't been on the OT since morning. I'm glad you liked it. Discovering the photograph and the story was great, I had never heard of him or his stores before.
January 31, 2014 1:50 PM - bxgrl
A mother was arrested for planning to pimp her daughter at the Super Bowl. Kid is 15. Disgusting.
January 31, 2014 2:39 PM - Deleted
nice TK slopey
January 31, 2014 2:47 PM - Deleted
You've not been much help today dh, nor has Dibs.
January 31, 2014 2:50 PM - Partridge
Dibs is doing something at least. Driving to Bucks, I guess.
January 31, 2014 2:50 PM - More4Less
Any time is suitable stripper time. It's just that Super Bowl time is when peeps are in a big spending mode
January 31, 2014 2:54 PM - Deleted
Great, can't wait for the obligatory mpg update once Dave gets there.
January 31, 2014 2:59 PM - Deleted
I'm exhausted. Savjng my energy for benson pwning
January 31, 2014 3:00 PM - pepper
I think dibs is making his bird feeders (NOT bird houses, mind you, bird feeders)
January 31, 2014 3:04 PM - Deleted

but yeah Dibs, he didn't mention it during SOTU so it must not be on the agenda. Haha haha PWND.
January 31, 2014 3:06 PM - Deleted
I've got your pipeline right here

January 31, 2014 3:11 PM - Deleted
Why u exhausted dh, you get some exercise late last night..... Amiright?!?!
January 31, 2014 3:21 PM - Deleted
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January 31, 2014 3:45 PM - Deleted

Not surprising. Hope there is proof of this, fat man fall down go boom.
January 31, 2014 3:50 PM - pepper
No randi, dave said he didn't know. Case closed.
January 31, 2014 3:54 PM - Deleted
Pepper pwns dibs!!
January 31, 2014 3:57 PM - Deleted
Dave got a lot of butthurt to wade through once he shows up again.
Edited at January 31, 2014 3:57 PM
January 31, 2014 4:02 PM - Deleted
Excedrin is really some magic shit. Cleared headache up in like 15 minutes
Edited at January 31, 2014 4:02 PM
January 31, 2014 4:06 PM - Deleted
It's the caffeine
January 31, 2014 4:15 PM - pepper
Yeah, they say caffeine is good for a headache.
January 31, 2014 4:17 PM - Deleted
Yeah. I figured Advil and coffee would do the trick earlier.
January 31, 2014 4:39 PM - Deleted
January 31, 2014 4:42 PM - Deleted
I miss dibs. Nh
January 31, 2014 4:44 PM - Partridge
Classic example of can't live with him, can't live without him.
January 31, 2014 4:45 PM - pepper
So true.
Edited at January 31, 2014 4:45 PM
January 31, 2014 4:52 PM - dibs
Been very busy. Picked up some lumber. Got the B out and drove around. Went to a few antique shops and started on the bird feeders. Bought a 39 star American flag. The flag had 39 stars for a very brief period of time, less than a year, after Idaho was added and before Montana.

Edited at January 31, 2014 4:53 PM
January 31, 2014 4:53 PM - dibs
Bird feeder in progress and the egg carrier i bought
Edited at January 31, 2014 4:53 PM
January 31, 2014 4:54 PM - dibs
Those pics are upright in the gallery of my iPad
January 31, 2014 4:55 PM - pepper
Your flag is upside down...

At least it's not a Union Jack that's upside down...
Edited at January 31, 2014 4:55 PM
January 31, 2014 4:57 PM - Deleted
Wuts the point of an incorrect flag? Do you also collect Confederate flags?
January 31, 2014 4:58 PM - dibs
Any flag flown upside down is the international signal for "distress"
Edited at January 31, 2014 5:02 PM
January 31, 2014 4:59 PM - pepper
Are you in distress?
January 31, 2014 4:59 PM - dibs
Unfortunately that flag is framed "portrait" style as if hanging from a horizontal rod. I want to display it the normal way or "landscape" style. Got to take it out of frame and see if the backside (nh) is just as nice. It needs to be reframed and more importantly have acid free backing and matting.
January 31, 2014 5:00 PM - Deleted
Rod. Lol.
Edited at January 31, 2014 5:00 PM
January 31, 2014 5:02 PM - dibs
"Are you in distress?"

I said "flag", not fag
January 31, 2014 5:03 PM - Deleted
January 31, 2014 5:05 PM - dibs
"Wuts the point of an incorrect flag? "

Wuts the point of having antique cars.

I kinda missed the past 6 hours and not hearing such stupid comments
Edited at January 31, 2014 5:05 PM
January 31, 2014 5:10 PM - Deleted
January 31, 2014 5:19 PM - Partridge
Welcome back.
January 31, 2014 5:38 PM - dibs
Thanks. I am actually closer to you here in Bucks than I was in Philly.
January 31, 2014 5:44 PM - Partridge
Warmer now that you are near.
January 31, 2014 5:46 PM - More4Less
As I said many times before, DIBS got legit woodworking skills. Do miss that he's not in bed stuy anymore as I could've play with his woodworking tools in the basement and get some lessons.

nh of course
January 31, 2014 5:46 PM - pepper
You are here and warm...
January 31, 2014 5:52 PM - dibs
But I could look away and you'd be gone.
January 31, 2014 5:53 PM - Partridge
We live in a time...
January 31, 2014 5:55 PM - dibs
When paintings have no color, words don't rhyme
And that's why I've travelled far
January 31, 2014 5:56 PM - petebklyn
sorry -- but I am enjoying the Christie fiasco.
January 31, 2014 6:00 PM - pepper
And all of the things that I said that I wanted
Come rushing by in my head when I'm with you
Edited at January 31, 2014 6:00 PM
January 31, 2014 6:03 PM - Deleted
Me too pete, political theater at its best
January 31, 2014 6:03 PM - pepper
Sweetie pie!
January 31, 2014 6:04 PM - petebklyn
"Brandi fell asleep in my arms" -- you must be very boring
January 31, 2014 6:05 PM - BirdnestHead
Keystone pipeline good idea. I'm guessing a lot of the people who object on environmental grounds don't realize the recent explosive growth of train traffic carrying our newly domestically produced nat gas and crude oil surpluses from shale. Statistically, the train accidents are doing much more ecological damage than a decent pipeline would.
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January 31, 2014 6:07 PM - Deleted
Brandi fell asleep in my arms :)
January 31, 2014 6:08 PM - dibs
PBS covring the pipeline now
January 31, 2014 6:12 PM - petebklyn
I am sure they can address the environmental concerns...but if they just went ahead and said 'okay sure anything you want'
they wouldn't bother. You gotta have strict monitoring or they'll take every shortcut and skimp all in the name of few cents more profit.
January 31, 2014 6:14 PM - BirdnestHead
Huh. Our PBS just reshashing christy bridge jackassery...
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January 31, 2014 6:14 PM - dibs
Please be more specific about who "they" are and provide us with some evidence that " they'll take every shortcut and skimp all in the name of few cents more profit."

January 31, 2014 6:16 PM - dibs
LOL at interviewing economists on Bernanke….they chose one from "the left" and one from "the right"

How about a nonpartisan economist. There are many of them.
January 31, 2014 6:16 PM - BirdnestHead
True, Pete. Same with hydro-fracking. Without strict oversight and qc, it's just another disaster-in-the-making...
January 31, 2014 6:21 PM - petebklyn
they is who whoever builds, owns, and maintains pipeline.
January 31, 2014 6:22 PM - BirdnestHead
Well, I think we have close to 3 million miles of pipelines of one sort or another, and relatively few leaks. ( there's a map at eia.gov )

iPod touch keyboard too wonky for a decent overview of fracking tech problems. Suffice to say, it could be done safely, when the price is right.

Repairing the things that have already gone wrong is a different story...
January 31, 2014 6:23 PM - dibs
Doesn't pay anymore to do anything on the cheap. Cleanup and penalties too big. Reality. Stop your hand wringing

January 31, 2014 6:31 PM - dibs
Here's a big surprise….Assad dragging his feet on giving up chemical weapons.
January 31, 2014 6:37 PM - BirdnestHead
"when the price is right."

S'what I mean, when the price of crude and nat gas stays high enough to make it profitable to extract the stuff, vs the costs of safely getting the stuff and the cost of cleaning and the cost of penalties.

As some sectors have shown, sometimes the profit is so high, and the penalties so low, shenanigans begin to occur...

January 31, 2014 6:39 PM - dibs
I bet Pete owns a lot of stocks of companies involved in the energy business. In fact, most of them operate with very high standards.
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January 31, 2014 6:40 PM - BirdnestHead
Oh, but wait, in a free-market economy these things will just iron themselves out. Or not.
January 31, 2014 6:41 PM - dibs
Obama now has no excuse not to approve the pipeline givem the findings of the report.
January 31, 2014 6:42 PM - BirdnestHead
Uh-oh, I'm getting into a pre-"foam at the mouth state"...

Back away from the keyboard....
January 31, 2014 6:46 PM - Deleted
Woosah bh
January 31, 2014 6:53 PM - dibs
HEY rf….the cafeteria manager at the Utah school was placed on leave. The local school board apologized.

It had, as all the rest of us knew, absolutely nothing to do with Republican state politics.

Looking forward to the next assinine thing you dig up from the inter webs

January 31, 2014 7:00 PM - BoerumHillScott
Pipelines are the most environmentally safe way to move liquids and gases (as well as most cost effective over the long run and/or for large quantities).

The campaign against the pipeline was attempt to make moving shale oil more expensive so it would not be produced.
In reality, it would still get produced and moved to other markets, either via pipeline or rail, with reduced profit.
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January 31, 2014 7:04 PM - BoerumHillScott
The school lunch thing was beyond stupid and is making the round in the national news.
If you want to see some idiots that put the biggest MORON here to shame, check out the comments section on online news sources.
Edited at January 31, 2014 7:04 PM
January 31, 2014 7:06 PM - BoerumHillScott
Here's a good headline: "All Lanes on George Washington Bridge Blocked by Chris Christie’s Ego"
January 31, 2014 7:13 PM - dibs
Having some great grilled scallops with buttered fettucini with parmesan.
January 31, 2014 7:16 PM - More4Less
Christie has to survive bridge gate. I dread who are the supposed other top bench talent that will step up to challenge Hillary. without Christie, it'll be mega zzzzzzzzzzzzz '16 elections
January 31, 2014 7:27 PM - BirdnestHead
Hey, I got "Otis" correct in Final Jeopardy! Yay me!
January 31, 2014 7:28 PM - dibs
Congrats. I had no idea.
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January 31, 2014 7:31 PM - Deleted
Otis? Fresh

January 31, 2014 7:40 PM - rf
Hey Dave, I never said ANYTHING WHATSOEVER about the school lunch issue in Utah. Never, nothing.
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January 31, 2014 7:43 PM - dibs
Bxgrl, then. Apologies.

It's so eay to get the lefty liberals mixed up
January 31, 2014 7:44 PM - dibs
Just finished most of my tax record accounting
January 31, 2014 7:44 PM - dibs
There's a very strong, nasty skunk smell here.
January 31, 2014 7:47 PM - rf
I got home about 20 minutes ago. I left my dad's house at 4:10. Trip usually takes 50-55 minutes.
January 31, 2014 7:48 PM - dibs
Problems going through the city? I'm betting it's going to be hell now through Sunday.
January 31, 2014 7:48 PM - rf
I e-filed my taxes today.
January 31, 2014 7:52 PM - Deleted
Skunk? Someone blazin?
January 31, 2014 7:54 PM - rf
No. One doesn't have to go through Manhattan to get from Long Island to Bedford-Stuyvesant. Very heavy traffic on Northern State Parkway/Grand Central Parkway, but I don't know why. Stalled car on Jackie Robinson Parkway but I got around it pretty quickly.
January 31, 2014 7:56 PM - Deleted
You take the Jackie Robinson? When my mom drops me off in Bk we usually do LIE to BQE to wythe exit. Guess I'm a little further west than you tho.
January 31, 2014 7:58 PM - rf
My dad has stopped shaving. My brother and I asked him earlier in the week if he was through with shaving and he said, no, he would start again. But his beard is pretty filled in by now. Maybe he likes the look with his shorts and his compression stockings.
January 31, 2014 8:01 PM - rf
Here he is, from a couple of weeks ago, making dinner for himself and his wife.
January 31, 2014 8:02 PM - dibs
Is that Miracle Whip I see???
January 31, 2014 8:03 PM - rf
Usually less traffic this way, especially during the week. And yes, I am further east now. It's 10 minutes to the Jackie Robinson from my house via Macon and Bushwick Ave. (Hancock going home.)
January 31, 2014 8:03 PM - rf
No, it's the Costco house brand of mayo.
January 31, 2014 8:06 PM - Deleted
As I have said before, I believe the "environmental" movement, as it is currently constituted, is losing the high ground. I believe that their "all in" bet on global warming (or whatever it is called these days) and their obstructionist attitude on matters such as the Keystone pipeline and fracking will cost them dearly. There are huge parts of our population that need a decent job, and they will grow increasingly tired of the chicken little arguments.

That is not to say that there is not a legitimate interest with respect to the environment. It is, however, one of a number of interests. Hopefully, a more level-headed advocacy will take its place.
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January 31, 2014 8:09 PM - Deleted

Your dad looks like the spitting image of a guy with whom I work.
January 31, 2014 8:10 PM - pepper
Your dad cracks me up, rf. He looks good!
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January 31, 2014 8:12 PM - Deleted
Strappin lookin fella!
January 31, 2014 8:15 PM - Deleted
But how do his legs stack up to bensons?
January 31, 2014 8:16 PM - pepper
Does benson wear compression stockings?
January 31, 2014 8:16 PM - Deleted
I thinl I'm going to have my legs insured.
January 31, 2014 8:16 PM - BirdnestHead
Admittedly, Otis was a bit of a Hail Mary, but I couldn't think of any demo that would start with cutting a rope, and involve safety. Thanks to Peter Cooper, I knew elevators were being figured out around that time. Peter kind of messed up a bit: he left a round shaft for an elevator in the Cooper Union Foundation Bldg, not realizing they would wind up being square. On the other hand, we have a relatively rare cylindrical elevator...
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January 31, 2014 8:20 PM - Deleted
I found out some bad news today - I probably have diabetes. It runs in my family - my father has it, my brother has it and my grandmother had it. My (gorgeous) legs have been weak lately and I've had them checked out. Given my family history, my doctor had my blood sugar checked out, and it is high. Bummer. My wife wonders why I'm not freaking out, but it's just part of life. My dad's diabetes manifested itself at the same exact age as I am currently - 56 - and he is still going strong, just shy of 90 years old.
January 31, 2014 8:23 PM - pepper
Bummer, benson. Sorry to hear that. You've got good perspective on it. And you aren't overweight, which helps a lot.
January 31, 2014 8:25 PM - dibs
Sorry to hear this. So all you have is high blood sugar at this stage?
January 31, 2014 8:29 PM - Deleted
I've got to talk to my doctor and see if it's full-blown diabetes. I'm usually pretty strict with my diet, but the past year or so I've let myself go, due to a combination fo stress and the fact that there are always goodies where I work. I'm hoping that if I resume a more strict diet, I can avoid all the complex stuff. My legs already feel better since I cut way back the past 2-3 weeks.
January 31, 2014 8:30 PM - Partridge
Crappy news Benson. Sorry.

rf, your father looks great. Can't get over his upper body muscle tone. His shoulders rival Randi's.

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January 31, 2014 8:34 PM - BirdnestHead
Sorry, Benson, that sounds crappy.
January 31, 2014 8:36 PM - rf
Benson, I know several people who were able to forestall diabetes with diet and exercise. It's great that your dad is doing well as a diabetic at almost 90 years old!

My dad will be 91 in March. He was an airplane mechanic for 47 years from the week of his graduation from Aviation High School until Pan Am went under. He was on the line crew (the guy with the flashlights guiding the plane in, then talked to the pilot about what the plane needed, then did routine maintenance including stuff like changing engines, to turn the plane around). For most of those years, he also drove a newspaper truck. He worked for a wholesaler and he bundled his papers and loaded and unloaded his own truck without a helper. Both jobs were outdoors and very physically demanding. Until 2 or 3 years ago, he routinely walked a couple of miles every week just for the exercise. He always pushed himself very hard. And I think he looks pretty good for an old guy!

He's been wearing the compression stockings for about a year. His legs were swelling up and subject to infection that put him in the hospital a couple of times. He was finally diagnosed with venous insufficiency. The stockings fixed the condition almost immediately!

January 31, 2014 8:37 PM - dibs
Well, I need to cut back too as my triglycerides are high. I stopped drinking any sodas years ago but I snack too often on sweets, cookies and ice cream. But the bigger issue is the wine consumption. I can't remember what my levels were last time, but they were above normal. I'll check next week.
January 31, 2014 8:38 PM - rf
My tax return was accepted by the IRS. That was quick! Today's the first day for e-file.
January 31, 2014 8:38 PM - dibs
He looks great for 91, rf.
January 31, 2014 8:43 PM - lechacal
Sorry to hear that Benson.
January 31, 2014 8:43 PM - Partridge
Dave, it's been 31 days since my last sip of wine and these are my sins. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, high sugar. All have come down. Will check again at the end of February. Thought it would be hard, but it hasn't been. I feel better and I've lost a few pounds.
January 31, 2014 8:45 PM - etson
Sorry to hear benson - glad you are (rightly) unfazed & positive.

Wilford Brimley can help you with Diabeetus, as it is more properly known:

January 31, 2014 8:50 PM - Deleted
Thanks all. Another characteristic of my family is that we spring into action when faced with a challenge, and that is where my mind is at.

Lech: good to see you around these parts!
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January 31, 2014 8:53 PM - Deleted

My place of work is diagonally across the street from Aviation High School. Not sure if it is at the same place as when your father went there. It's a great school.
January 31, 2014 9:15 PM - lechacal
I had to work late tonight and consequentially missed the Irvington village spelling bee. My neighborhood fields one of the best teams.
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January 31, 2014 9:36 PM - rf
You still working crazy hours?
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January 31, 2014 9:52 PM - Deleted
Sorry to hear that benson. Good luck!

Sup jackal
January 31, 2014 9:59 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Rf, your dad looks great!

I was sometimes embarrassed by the 'get-ups' my dad would go out in. Silly of me in hindsight. Given what I would give to see him now.

Edited at January 31, 2014 10:14 PM
January 31, 2014 10:02 PM - Cobble B. Hiller

Hey lech!

Home for a bit, doing my 'homework' for the elderly. I vascillate between feeling everything is under control, they're fine...and sheer terror/panic that they aren't/ it is not. Reality is probably somewhere in between.
Edited at January 31, 2014 10:04 PM
January 31, 2014 10:05 PM - Legion
Why is rf always blaming Republicans for any crumb that hits the floor?
I'm reading that the school cafateria scandal was all local. WTF!
Edited at January 31, 2014 10:05 PM
January 31, 2014 10:06 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
benson, hope you can start taking better care, and are able to get it under control.
Edited at January 31, 2014 10:05 PM
January 31, 2014 10:14 PM - pepper
school cafeteria = bxgrl, not rf....
January 31, 2014 10:16 PM - Legion
Type I is the bad one, due to a lack of insulin producing cells in the pancreas (islets of langerhans).
That's the one that can lead to retinopathy, neuropathy and renal failure. Onset is early in life. Insulin required.
Type II is the milder form and usually from insulin resistence or decreased production of insulin but not an absolute lack of it. Usually controlled with diet and pills.
Edited at January 31, 2014 10:16 PM
January 31, 2014 10:17 PM - Partridge
I think Legion is practicing his Shecky Greene routine. Or it's the tin foil.
January 31, 2014 10:19 PM - etson
Just saw deBlasio and son-with-the-hair picking up dinner.
deB looked so sheepish / self-conscious one wondered why he didn't just order in.
January 31, 2014 10:24 PM - pepper
Oh, oops. It was a joke? My bad. Apologies... Must get new batteries for the meter.
January 31, 2014 10:25 PM - Legion
and you gals just ruined the timing! :o(
January 31, 2014 10:48 PM - rf
Cobble, I know exactly what you mean.
January 31, 2014 10:49 PM - Partridge
: )
January 31, 2014 10:53 PM - ilovestoops
One of my best friends has type 1 - got it in his 30's, as did his father. he takes too much insulin and is always passing out. has had many injuries. I think I mentioned at one of our get-togethers that his work called me because he listed me as emergency contact and he'd missed a meeting - scared the shit out of me - he had passed out but was ok. I've been with him a few times when his blood sugar has gotten too low and it's awful. benson - take care of yourself but don't go overboard like my friend!
January 31, 2014 10:54 PM - ilovestoops
catching up - just watched last sunday's downton abbey.
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January 31, 2014 10:58 PM - Legion
Type I diabetics should carry around some kind of sweet at all times.
More dangerous to go hypoglycemic than hyper.
I usually suggest a tube of that colored gel used to write names on cakes.
It avoids the danger of accidentally swallowing a candy if you pass out.
January 31, 2014 11:08 PM - DeLepp
My niece has type 1. When she was 9 my mom and sister took her to radio city for xmas and then we all met at china grill for dinner with friends. Table had 7 martinis and 2 ginger ales, Niece adeline checked her levels and then injected herself with insulin. Regis Philbin and wife was sitting behind us, he turned white.
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January 31, 2014 11:14 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I expect you do, rf.

A good doctor visit, with positive reports, has me riding high. A cough, clearing of the throat, terrifies me. My objectivity is down around nil, I've called in the experts. We're nearly drowning in expertise. And yet, I don't sleep. I fixate on little things wondering if I'm missing something larger. Focus on the big picture for awhile. Then refocusing on the minutae again. And back and forth I go.

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January 31, 2014 11:16 PM - DeLepp
cobble, have a glass of wine.
January 31, 2014 11:24 PM - Partridge
Yes, have two glasses.

I know the fear, but you must try to consider how your stress and sleepless nights will benefit them. It won't. You must care for yourself if you are going to do your best for them.
January 31, 2014 11:24 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I think I may need the whole cask...
January 31, 2014 11:28 PM - Legion
to sleep...perchance to dream...

good night all. :o)
January 31, 2014 11:28 PM - ilovestoops
legion: he carries sugar pills. the problem is when his blood sugar starts getting too low he can very suddenly become irrational - totally denies there is a problem. it's the most bizarre experience to try to convince him that he needs sugar. he says that long term it's better not to let blood sugar get too high - I tell him he's not taking into consideration the short term risks of hurting himself when he passes out, or getting mugged, etc.

January 31, 2014 11:30 PM - ilovestoops
cobble - I can't imagine how stressful it is dealing with your friends. lp's right - take car of yourself!

rf: your dad looks really good!
January 31, 2014 11:34 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Yes, I know you know. I'm trying. I do my best to block it out while I'm at work. Focus on what's in front of me. But in my off hours, and especially late at night, my mind works overtime. Making lists of things to buy, calls to make, experts to speak to. Afraid of missing something, I don't know what.

One of my friends took my hand this evening, and spoke to me through the background din of the shift change. It was heartfelt and sincere, saying he's happy and feels lucky to have all these good people around him, but he's not liking this being old, and he's uncomfortable in being the way he is at this advanced age. It felt like a warning to me. Like he was telling me that he's letting go. Little by little. He's leaving us. And I'm not ready to lose him. I cried on my walk home. I'm crying now.
Edited at January 31, 2014 11:34 PM
January 31, 2014 11:34 PM - Partridge
My laundry is out of the dryer. Off to get a good night's sleep before SuperBowlmageddon. Good night, all!
January 31, 2014 11:35 PM - DeLepp
stoops, I'm kinda stunned that you would throw such a DIRTY party. Fruit boobies and butt plugs?
January 31, 2014 11:40 PM - Partridge
Oh dear, sweet Cobble. It takes more strength than any of us have to cope with that. Deep breaths.
Edited at January 31, 2014 11:40 PM
January 31, 2014 11:47 PM - ilovestoops
uh oh, someone's been telling stories. you were supposed to be there, after all, it was your birthday!

all the stuff was totally innocent until it got into the hands of PLUSA's
January 31, 2014 11:49 PM - DeLepp
January 31, 2014 11:50 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I'm sorry, thank you for responding. I'm just having 'a moment', and thinking/feeling out loud, after a long week. I'll be ok. I'll go have a little shot of cognac and try to remember to breath for a bit.
January 31, 2014 11:52 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
"all the stuff was totally innocent until it got into the hands of PLUSA's"

It's true...a bunch of drunken louts perverted innocent children's toys. Go figure. ; )
February 1, 2014 12:02 AM - pepper
February 1, 2014 12:11 AM - ilovestoops
this is driving me crazy and I think there's a simple solution. on the right side of the browser is a scroll bar. there's usually an up arrow at the top and a down arrow at the bottom that can be clicked on to move the screen up or down a little. those little arrows are missing. I've got the bar (don't know what it's called) on the scroll bar that I can move to move the screen, but not the arrows. where are they and how do I get them back?
February 1, 2014 12:12 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Louts and loutesses?