Sunday OT
June 29, 2014 7:32 AM - dibs
Hydrangeas!!!! Not mine.

242 comments
June 29, 2014 7:35 AM - dibs
heard about the Nanny from hell who won't leave the house? Apparently she has a history of doing this and suing

http://www.insideedition.com/headlines/8519-family-says-they-hired-the-nanny-from-hell
Edited at June 29, 2014 7:54 AM
#1
June 29, 2014 8:38 AM - Deleted
They Said It Couldn’t Be Done
The Fate of Syria’s Chemical Weapons

Less than a year ago, President Bashar al-Assad of Syria and his forces were sporadically using chemical weapons on rebels and civilians in the civil war. Today, the stockpile that he grudgingly admitted to under international pressure is gone.

There are still questions about whether Syria retains hidden weapons and related technologies, but the deal brokered by the United States and Russia that eliminated the known arsenal — a 1,300-ton cache of chemical agents — has achieved an important result.

On Monday, Syria delivered the last of its known stocks to the Syrian port of Latakia where they were loaded aboard a Danish ship. Some of the arsenal is being destroyed in Finland, while other materials for weapons will be destroyed at sea on an American ship and at facilities in the United States, Britain and Germany.

The 2013 agreement was ambitious and the logistics daunting, especially because the chemical munitions components had to be cataloged and removed in the middle of a war. Even so, elimination of these weapons has not ended the Syrian civil war that has killed more than 160,000 people, displaced millions and spread into Iraq through a Sunni militant group, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

President Obama last week asked Congress for $500 million to finance the Syrian rebels who are trying to topple Mr. Assad, but it is unclear how or whether this could turn the tide.

The chemical removal operation is a particular accomplishment for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which implements a treaty that outlaws such arms and has worked with the United Nations to ensure that Syria fulfilled its commitments under the deal. However, the group, which won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2013, could not say categorically that Syria no longer possessed any chemical weapons. There is still verification work to do, and Syria has still not destroyed — as required — a dozen facilities used for making and mixing them.

One big weakness of the deal is that only the weapons acknowledged by Syria were affected; it is entirely possible that Mr. Assad is hiding an undeclared stockpile. Another question is whether he is trying to get around his commitments by using chlorine gas as a weapon. Chlorine is a common industrial chemical and not on the list of banned chemical agents, but its use as a weapon would still violate the Chemical Weapons Convention treaty.

American officials and international monitors must stay vigilant, of course, but the biggest burden falls on Russia to make sure that Mr. Assad, its ally in Damascus, does not subvert the deal in any way.

Despite the caveats and delays over nine months, the outcome has proved the wisdom of President Obama’s decision to threaten, and then back away from, military strikes against Syrian targets when Russia proposed a negotiated solution after the Syrians were found using sarin gas in August 2013 on the town of Ghouta, killing hundreds of people.

The resulting deal, which obligated Syria to give up its stockpile of mustard gas and precursor chemicals for sarin gas and other nerve agents, reduced the threat to innocent civilians. Mr. Obama averted military strikes, which were deeply unpopular at home and could have pulled the United States into the Syrian war, and President Vladimir Putin of Russia, faulted for selling arms to Mr. Assad and enabling his atrocities, saw his way to a diplomatic success.

President Obama’s critics excoriated the deal, but they have been proved wrong. The chemical weapons are now out of the hands of a brutal dictator — and all without firing a shot.
#2
June 29, 2014 8:41 AM - dibs
Tl;dr

Plus I don't read things posted by someone without an avatar
Edited at June 29, 2014 8:41 AM
#3
June 29, 2014 8:46 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
oh dear. just the links, please dear randi! where did your avatar go?
#4
June 29, 2014 8:46 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
ah, there it is!
#5
June 29, 2014 8:48 AM - dibs
Fitting. Creepy, just like him.
#6
June 29, 2014 9:16 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
GM

I'm going to do 'Facetime' with the short people later this morning. They're going to 'take me on a tour' of the villa they are staying in on their vacation with Grammy and their cousins.
Edited at June 29, 2014 9:21 AM
#7
June 29, 2014 9:27 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
DIBS,

Will you take a pic of the lavender? I'd love to see it's progress.
#8
June 29, 2014 9:29 AM - dibs
Ok...later.

i'm making the Merlot salt now. Seems to be working fine according to the method of reducing the wine and mixing in the salt. the salt doesn't dissolve. throw it in the oven on a tray for about an hour to dry it out
#9
June 29, 2014 9:45 AM - dibs
Lavendar is doing well
Edited at June 29, 2014 9:44 AM
#10
June 29, 2014 9:47 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Can you really taste the merlot when it's done? Or does it just make for pretty salt?

Thanks! Will it be sunnier in that spot for a good part of the day?
Edited at June 29, 2014 9:49 AM
#11
June 29, 2014 9:48 AM - dibs
not sure yet but it smells strong as i am reducing it on the stove
Edited at June 29, 2014 9:50 AM
#12
June 29, 2014 9:54 AM - Partridge
Good morning from paradise.

Fresh fruit, Nespresso coffee on demand, spinach, mushroom, feta egg white omelet breakfast.

Enjoy the glorious day, friends!
#13
June 29, 2014 10:06 AM - dibs
After the seawater evaporates, brushing the salt out
Edited at June 29, 2014 10:06 AM
#14
June 29, 2014 10:10 AM - dibs
mix in the reduced wine and pop in the oven for 20 minutes to dry
Edited at June 29, 2014 10:10 AM
#15
June 29, 2014 10:18 AM - Partridge
Tasty.
#16
June 29, 2014 10:20 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Nice, LP! Enjoy! Fabulous weather you've ordered up for your weekend! ; )

Interesting, DIBS. Your counter looks like my old counter in DP. And, oddly enough, my sib's counter.




Edited at June 29, 2014 10:21 AM
#17
June 29, 2014 10:24 AM - dibs
That's the island. It's 3' x 8'. I cant remember the name of the granite
Edited at June 29, 2014 10:28 AM
#18
June 29, 2014 10:27 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
"Someone" just asked me to post a pic of the outdoor kitchen where she is! And it's a beauty!
#19
June 29, 2014 10:28 AM - Partridge
Thak, cob. Small favor requested via email.
#20
June 29, 2014 10:29 AM - dibs
WOW....that is nice
Edited at June 29, 2014 10:31 AM
#21
June 29, 2014 10:31 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Set a few more places at the table, LP, we'll be out in time for lunch! ; )

Si, we all *need* an outdoor kitchen. : D
Edited at June 29, 2014 10:32 AM
#22
June 29, 2014 10:31 AM - Partridge
We will dirty it up for lunch and dinner. Just installed this week. We all need an outdoor kitchen, right?
#23
June 29, 2014 10:36 AM - Partridge
My host's tennis pro just arrived. My host is a phenomenal player.
Edited at June 29, 2014 10:36 AM
#24
June 29, 2014 10:38 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Fun! Tennis people!

I've just finished my make-up for my 'Facetime' appearance today. Lol....
Edited at June 29, 2014 10:39 AM
#25
June 29, 2014 10:39 AM - Partridge
Bring some swill, would you, cobble? They only have small wine bottles with dates on the label. :)
#26
June 29, 2014 10:42 AM - Partridge
Wanna see the villa! Get pretty.
#27
June 29, 2014 10:43 AM - dibs
Where is Partridge????
#28
June 29, 2014 10:43 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
But, of course, wouldn't want to show up empty handed. ; )
#29
June 29, 2014 10:44 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
I'll send you the link of the place, but I can't recall the name of it right now. I'll ask when they 'call me' — at 11.

She's in Quogue.
Edited at June 29, 2014 10:45 AM
#30
June 29, 2014 10:46 AM - Mrs. Mingott
Gorgeous outdoor kitchen...my heavens. Dave, you are so industrious. Merlot salt? Who knew...Good morning, everyone. My guests have all left and I just don't know what to do with myself.
Edited at June 29, 2014 10:46 AM
#31
June 29, 2014 10:48 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
I think the operative word is "relax", Mrs. M! ; )
Edited at June 29, 2014 10:48 AM
#32
June 29, 2014 10:59 AM - dibs
The bottling operation
Edited at June 29, 2014 10:59 AM
#33
June 29, 2014 11:00 AM - dibs
All ready to give away
Edited at June 29, 2014 11:00 AM
#34
June 29, 2014 11:02 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Very handsome, DIBS.

How does it taste?
Edited at June 29, 2014 11:03 AM
#35
June 29, 2014 11:04 AM - dibs
Quite good actually. You can taste a bit of the wine. Very pleased with the outcome. Next batch, in a month will be sriracha
Edited at June 29, 2014 11:04 AM
#36
June 29, 2014 11:11 AM - Partridge
Should I email my order for the Sriracha Salt to the Distribution Center?

Mrs. M, yes, relax. Looked like you are quite the wedding planner.

#37
June 29, 2014 11:29 AM - Mrs. Mingott
Yes, Dave, like Partridge, I am a big fan of Siriacha. Better make a big batch;-) I am relaxing. Just had some blueberry pancakes and coffee before it gets too hot. Have a book I need to read for work.
#38
June 29, 2014 11:39 AM - pepper
I'll take one of each dibs. Thanks!
#39
June 29, 2014 11:40 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
VillaMayana, CostaRica. http://www.villamayana.com/

The short people are having a blast! 8 kids - cousins, their handlers, and Grammy.
Edited at June 29, 2014 12:08 PM
#40
June 29, 2014 11:43 AM - Slope4Eva
Cobble, are you trying to kill me! How beautiful.
Edited at June 29, 2014 11:43 AM
#41
June 29, 2014 11:44 AM - Mrs. Mingott
Gorgeous, Cobble.
#42
June 29, 2014 11:45 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
I'm psyched, when are we going? ; )
#43
June 29, 2014 11:47 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Ah, I see you are 'suffering', too, Mrs. M. ; )
#44
June 29, 2014 11:48 AM - Mrs. Mingott
It's tough, dear;-)
#45
June 29, 2014 11:53 AM - Partridge
Is this "can you top my location weekend"?

All gorgeous.

#46
June 29, 2014 11:56 AM - pepper
Very nice place, Mrs. M
Edited at June 29, 2014 11:56 AM
#47
June 29, 2014 11:58 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
"Is this "can you top my location weekend"?"

Snort! It would seem so! ; ) Me, I'm just in Brooklyn, going to visit yet another someone in the hospital in a little while. (Not Snaps, Not elderly.)
#48
June 29, 2014 11:58 AM - Mrs. Mingott
It's amazing what you can get in Maine for less than a Bed Stuy brownstone.
Edited at June 29, 2014 11:58 AM
#49
June 29, 2014 11:59 AM - Partridge
Holy! Just saw a prop plane towing a glider then launch it. Now circling overhead like a vulture.
Edited at June 29, 2014 11:59 AM
#50
June 29, 2014 12:04 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Do you own it, Mrs. M? How long?
#51
June 29, 2014 12:04 PM - Mrs. Mingott
It will be 2 years next month.
#52
June 29, 2014 12:07 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Bueno, enjoy! And let us know when we can come up. We're very easy house guests. ; )
#53
June 29, 2014 12:09 PM - Mrs. Mingott
If you can cook, love books, and gin, you are always welcome ;-)
#54
June 29, 2014 12:13 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Perfect! As it turns out, I'm not a bad cook, we read a ton, and I love gin. Well, I prefer vino, but when in Rome (or Maine, as the case may be) ... ; )
Edited at June 29, 2014 12:14 PM
#55
June 29, 2014 12:15 PM - Mrs. Mingott
Someone brought some Maine cranberry wine yesterday. It was surprisingly delicious.
#56
June 29, 2014 12:16 PM - sixyearsandcounting
I went to the local wine shop the other day and they were serving a gin/white wine/fizz of some sort cocktail. Sounded horrible but was actually decent, and I'm no fan of gin.
#57
June 29, 2014 12:17 PM - Mrs. Mingott
A lot of people tell me they hate gin, but if I get them to try good gin, like Hendricks, they like it.
#58
June 29, 2014 12:19 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I used to be a fan of gin martinis — alas, too many of them give me a walloping hangover.
Edited at June 29, 2014 12:19 PM
#59
June 29, 2014 12:24 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Tough work, if you can get it. : ) Entertaining, I'm sure.
#60
June 29, 2014 12:27 PM - Mrs. Mingott
Beautiful illustrations.
Edited at June 29, 2014 12:27 PM
#61
June 29, 2014 12:33 PM - rf
Sounds like he's pitching for DeLepp!
#62
June 29, 2014 12:40 PM - Mrs. Mingott
I always pitch...
Edited at June 29, 2014 12:40 PM
#63
June 29, 2014 12:45 PM - pepper
Not versatile?
Edited at June 29, 2014 12:45 PM
#64
June 29, 2014 12:51 PM - Mrs. Mingott
No
Edited at June 29, 2014 12:51 PM
#65
June 29, 2014 12:56 PM - ilovestoops
I looked up sriracha and it says it's a sauce. What do ya'll use it on?

dibs - the flowers & salt & salt jars look great!
#66
June 29, 2014 1:07 PM - pepper
It's a hot sauce, Stoops, so anything you might want to spice up. It's good with eggs, for example.
#67
June 29, 2014 1:07 PM - ilovestoops
Mrs. M: there's another PLUSA that show up here sometimes. He's from Maine (interior), is in a field related to yours, and is writing a book (I think).
#68
June 29, 2014 1:08 PM - Mrs. Mingott
Ah...
#69
June 29, 2014 1:10 PM - ilovestoops
I love hot sauces but not all the flavors - am used to Tex-Mex salsa but don't like all salsa. I read that sriracha has vinegar - I loathe the smell & taste of vinegar so I probably wouldn't like it. I have to hold my breathe sometimes when walking by the olive bar at Garden of Eden because of the vinegar smell.
#70
June 29, 2014 1:12 PM - pepper
The vinegar really isn't noticeable. Not like in tabasco, for example.
Edited at June 29, 2014 1:12 PM
#71
June 29, 2014 1:16 PM - Mrs. Mingott
I don't like vinegar very much either, Stoops, but Siriacha does not taste like vinegar. It is very hot. It has more of a pepper and garlic taste. Delicious in marinades for steak or chicken. It is nothing like Tobasco or Red's Hot Sauce.
#72
June 29, 2014 1:38 PM - ilovestoops
I should try it, then - love hot pepper & garlic on nearly everything. I'll look for it in the store. do ya'll recommend any particular brand?
#73
June 29, 2014 1:40 PM - Slope4Eva
Mrs. M, my sister is headed to your town this weekend, any must sees? She was surprised when I said, "sure, I've heard of Ogunquit".
#74
June 29, 2014 1:45 PM - pepper
haha. The OT is very educational, Eva!

The one with the rooster, Stoops. With the green top.
#75
June 29, 2014 1:48 PM - pepper
This one
#76
June 29, 2014 1:54 PM - Slope4Eva
It sure is, Pepper. At times I feel like I've learned more than I really wanted to. :-)
#77
June 29, 2014 1:55 PM - pepper
Tru dat!
#78
June 29, 2014 1:55 PM - ilovestoops
thanks, pep
#79
June 29, 2014 2:15 PM - Mrs. Mingott
Eva, the great thing about Ogunquit is that it is just a little village and you can walk to everything. It is mainly a great beach with a village of gay bars and restaurants. Bread & Roses bakery is a must visit. So is Five-O restaurant for dinner. There is a small museum, The Ogunquit Museum of Art on the edge of town that is very nice. Ogunquit used to be an art colony. I would avoid the restaurants in Perkins Cove as they are always very crowded tourist traps with mediocre food. The restaurants in the main village are the best.
Edited at June 29, 2014 2:15 PM
#80
June 29, 2014 2:22 PM - Slope4Eva
Thanks, I'll pass this along. Then I'll ask why they chose "a village of gay bars and restaurants". Not that there's anything wrong with that, of course.
Edited at June 29, 2014 2:22 PM
#81
June 29, 2014 2:23 PM - rf
Ha, Eva, just what I was thinking. Mrs. Mingott doesn't know all of us (yet)!
#82
June 29, 2014 3:16 PM - DeadCatBounce
I am in Brooklyn this weekend with a long list of projects:
1. Reconcile receipts. Nope.
2. Repair kitchen cabinets. Nope.
3. Food shopping. Nope.
4. Cook dinner for Mrs DCB (Who is working today. Nope.
There are a lot more, all followed by "Nope".

Edited at June 29, 2014 3:16 PM
#83
June 29, 2014 3:26 PM - dibs
Wonderul day out on the boat. Storm Cat ran just fine. The line of boats for the blessing was just too long and disorganized.
#84
June 29, 2014 3:35 PM - Deleted
Derp
Edited at June 29, 2014 3:35 PM
#85
June 29, 2014 3:45 PM - Mrs. Mingott
I thought John Wayne Gacy was dead?
#86
June 29, 2014 3:52 PM - rf
Randi, your clown stole Snappy's afro.
Edited at June 29, 2014 3:52 PM
#87
June 29, 2014 3:57 PM - DeadCatBounce
Marvelously expressive Avatar.
Truly Derp worthy.
#88
June 29, 2014 3:58 PM - dibs
Oh, snap, Mrs. M

Edited at June 29, 2014 3:58 PM
#89
June 29, 2014 4:08 PM - dibs
Some hot guys on costa Rican team

Edited at June 29, 2014 4:08 PM
#90
June 29, 2014 4:11 PM - Mrs. Mingott
Amen to that, Dave. Yum yum...Que rico, papi
Edited at June 29, 2014 4:11 PM
#91
June 29, 2014 4:16 PM - Mrs. Mingott
Oscar Duarte is my favorite. But Giancarlo Gonzalez can join in too.
#92
June 29, 2014 4:29 PM - Deleted
The last thing in the world this site needed was another horny person openly lusting after straight Hispanic men.


#93
June 29, 2014 4:48 PM - dibs
Lust after this, randi
Edited at June 29, 2014 4:48 PM
#94
June 29, 2014 4:55 PM - DeadCatBounce
Well, in the interest of a fair and balanced blog, Allison Stokke...
Edited at June 29, 2014 4:55 PM
#95
June 29, 2014 4:55 PM - Deleted
Classy.
#96
June 29, 2014 4:56 PM - dibs
Exhausted after out in the sun all day. Not sure if I can make it to 10:30 to watch Vicious.
Edited at June 29, 2014 4:56 PM
#97
June 29, 2014 4:56 PM - rf
Meshach Taylor, the actor best known for playing the only male character on the popular television show “Designing Women,” died on Saturday at his home outside Los Angeles. He was 67.
Edited at June 29, 2014 4:56 PM
#98
June 29, 2014 4:57 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
stoops, check your earthlink email, a friend sent some info about skeleton keys, which may be useful for you.
Edited at June 29, 2014 4:57 PM
#99
June 29, 2014 5:08 PM - dibs
67! Ughhh. It was colorectal cancer. Get your colonoscopies people
June 29, 2014 5:11 PM - DeadCatBounce
Is nobody going to follow up the photo of Allison with a pole vaulting joke?
Where the hell is Bif???
Edited at June 29, 2014 5:11 PM
June 29, 2014 5:20 PM - rf
Biff hasn't showed up in a long, long time.
June 29, 2014 5:22 PM - DeadCatBounce
True, rf. But he has a great sense of humor.
June 29, 2014 5:27 PM - Mrs. Mingott
A reporter meets a man carrying an eight-foot-long metal stick and asks, “Are you a pole vaulter?” “No,” says the man, “I’m German. But how did you know my name is Walter?
June 29, 2014 5:36 PM - Deleted
Derp
June 29, 2014 5:46 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Lol, you deserved that randi. : P


June 29, 2014 6:06 PM - dibs
84° today and dropping to 59° tonight...typical Cape weather
Edited at June 29, 2014 6:07 PM
June 29, 2014 6:11 PM - dibs
15 foot geat white shark spotted here off Nauset Beach
Edited at June 29, 2014 6:14 PM
June 29, 2014 6:11 PM - pepper
We've had beautiful weather here this weekend. Sunny and very low humidity. Very breezy.
June 29, 2014 6:14 PM - pepper
Do you ever go swimming there dibs?
Edited at June 29, 2014 6:14 PM
June 29, 2014 6:16 PM - dibs
Not at Nauset Beach. here in the bay/harbor and Herring Cove Beach
Edited at June 29, 2014 6:15 PM
June 29, 2014 6:19 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Haha @ Mrs M's pole vaulter joke. That one's going straight to facebook for all my German-speaking friends.
June 29, 2014 6:26 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Where is Nauset Beach, DIBS?
June 29, 2014 6:31 PM - dibs
Looking at that map, as you go back down the cape it is just a few miles south of us here...on the ocean side, not the bay side
Edited at June 29, 2014 6:33 PM
June 29, 2014 6:31 PM - Mrs. Mingott
It is 84 degrees in my bedroom. I guess I need to stop procrastinating and put the damn air conditioner unit in the window.
June 29, 2014 6:34 PM - dibs
Chatham gets a lot of great whites because they have a big seal population
June 29, 2014 6:36 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
We put our a/cs in a few weeks ago, we're using them already. We're on the top floor of a brownstone. We're going to be baked alive this summer.
June 29, 2014 6:37 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I found it, thanks, DIBS. Interesting. Yes, FOOD, no doubt!
June 29, 2014 6:41 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Costa Rica v. Greece - tied at the end of two overtimes. Shootout to follow!
Edited at June 29, 2014 6:41 PM
June 29, 2014 6:50 PM - dibs
I'm surprised anyone in Greece would work overtime
Edited at June 29, 2014 6:50 PM
June 29, 2014 7:07 PM - dibs
60 Minutes doing an exposé on SS Disability Program abuses.
Edited at June 29, 2014 7:07 PM
June 29, 2014 7:08 PM - DeLepp
Mexico game was heartbreaking. Netherlands didn't score first goal till 88th minute and then in a blink scored another. Much better game than Costa Rica/Greece which was kind of boring.
June 29, 2014 7:16 PM - pepper
Where did you watch, DeLepp?
June 29, 2014 7:20 PM - DeLepp
Tonic East on 29th and 3rd. Quite festive.
June 29, 2014 7:23 PM - pepper
I guess the West Side was to be avoided today...
June 29, 2014 7:24 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
A company I used to work for had it's Holiday party there once. It was very nice.
June 29, 2014 7:26 PM - DeadCatBounce
Ugh, weekend flew by.
Edited at June 29, 2014 7:26 PM
June 29, 2014 7:34 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Doesn't it always? I'm thankful it's a short week, and will likely have early dismissal on Thursday.
Edited at June 29, 2014 7:34 PM
June 29, 2014 7:43 PM - pepper
A couple of sparrows are building a nest in the roof of my deck. I know from dibs' experience that I shouldn't let them, but I can't bring myself to wreck it. They must be nearly done, as they are now bringing soft fuzzy things in...
June 29, 2014 7:57 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Why not let them? It's such a joy to watch, pep. : )

June 29, 2014 8:01 PM - pepper
Well, I am for now. They are pretty cute...

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June 29, 2014 8:03 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I mean unless they're bringing the in-laws, and dropping bird poop on your idyll.
June 29, 2014 8:07 PM - pepper
I think they brought another couple to see the place this morning - there were 4 of them on the railing facing the nest, 2 males and 2 females...
June 29, 2014 8:11 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Cuteness! Showing off their new home in Cobble Hill...who wouldn't?! And so well appointed with hydrangea, red pepper, christmas lights, et al. : )
June 29, 2014 8:13 PM - ilovestoops
cobble: just got home and caught up on the OT . read your e-mail - tell your friend thanks! (OR, thank you directly to cobblefriend, if you're lurking!) I see acouple of screws on the lock that I especially want a key for - will try to take it off tomorrow and will try the recommended locksmiths.

My friend had sent me a list of street closings so I thought if we went straight across to West St from downtown, that I could miss all the parade stuff. NO - West St in the Village was barely moving! Forturnately I left early so made the performance in plenty of time.
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June 29, 2014 8:16 PM - ilovestoops
as I've mentioned before, I HATE PARADES!!!! unless they have interesting stuff like the Thanksgiving Day parade. I think even the halloween parade isn't very good any more. the last time I saw it, over a decade ago, it was mainly men in drag & Chinese dragons - same old stuff gets tiring after a while. In the early 80's there were lots of very creative and imaginative costumes (e.g., Imelda Marcos' shoes)
June 29, 2014 8:19 PM - Deleted
Took Brandi for her first bike ride today. She loved it. I'd post a pic but it's not safe, there are too many unknowns around here now.
June 29, 2014 8:24 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
randi, your paranoia is worse than mine! You may need a vacation. Stress has gotten to you.


June 29, 2014 8:24 PM - pepper
She got big enough to fit into a helmet? Sweet. I bet she smiled the whole time...
June 29, 2014 8:26 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Cobblefriend does lurk from time to time but is a very busy person currently. I hope cobblefriend reads your thanks, but I'll email it, just to be sure.
June 29, 2014 8:56 PM - dibs
Yes, sometimes the paranoia here is ridiculous
June 29, 2014 8:59 PM - Deleted
Maybe if you didn't cheerlead the crazies and drag in unknowns people wouldn't be paranoid.
June 29, 2014 9:00 PM - Mrs. Mingott
Unless someone is thinking of posting pictures of their hot, twenty-something boyfriend riding a bike, I REALLY wouldn't worry if I were you.
June 29, 2014 9:01 PM - Deleted
Sketchy ^^^^
June 29, 2014 9:01 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Hush, DIBS. Not everyone is as comfortable with exposing so much of themselves as you are.
June 29, 2014 9:04 PM - Mrs. Mingott
Isn't posting pictures of your family that only friends can see what Facebook is for? I'm sketchy? Says the man with the evil clown avatar.
June 29, 2014 9:05 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Mrs. M, I believe you've just been dissed as an 'unknown'.

randi, we were all 'unknown' at one point. You've got to calm down. Mrs. M may be a whacknut, but so far is no more whack-nutty than the rest of us.
June 29, 2014 9:08 PM - pepper
Everyone was an unknown when they first joined the OT.
June 29, 2014 9:09 PM - Mrs. Mingott
Aw, Cobble, that analysis is right out of the high-WASP book: "How to Politely Judge People Without Confrontation."
June 29, 2014 9:10 PM - rf
Randi, I hate so say it, but you're sounding a little like Rob. The blog is what it is. None of us can make anyone else post differently (unless Scott as owner of the site pulls the plug on anyone or on the whole thing).

Glad Brandi loved her bike ride!
Edited at June 29, 2014 9:10 PM
June 29, 2014 9:10 PM - Mrs. Mingott
I was invited to post here. If you want me to leave, why don't you take a vote, and I will. It really doesn't matter to me either way. Fun chit chat is great, but it would be selfish of me to stay if it bothers people.
June 29, 2014 9:13 PM - pepper
I hope you will stay, Mrs. M.
June 29, 2014 9:14 PM - Deleted
I hate to admit it but I'd rather rob was still here.
June 29, 2014 9:14 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Lol...I meant no disrespect, Mrs. M. I'm enjoying your company. Seriously, I was just having a little fun sorting randi out at your expense. ; ) You may yet prove to be way-whackier than we are, but that remains to be seen. Innocent until proven guilty. : D
June 29, 2014 9:16 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Why, randi? Not enough misogyny, hate, misanthropy, and autosexuality for you?
Edited at June 29, 2014 9:18 PM
June 29, 2014 9:16 PM - Mrs. Mingott
I do not have children, but if I did, I would never post pictures of them to a blog that anyone and everyone has access to. R's hissy fit that I am posting here does not cancel out the truth that it isn't a good idea to do that regardless of who posts comments. At least I "sing for my supper" by being nice and hopefully entertaining.
June 29, 2014 9:17 PM - sixyearsandcounting
I think Mrs. M is an excellent addition to our corner of the world.
Edited at June 29, 2014 9:17 PM
June 29, 2014 9:18 PM - rf
Mrs. Mingott, all of us have met in person at one time or another. We've had people here before who stayed long enough to realize that they had been spotted as phony baloney and disappeared as quickly as they had showed up. But it doesn't go down that way (nh) if anyone can vouch for confirming your actual existence.

The only one we've ever voted on was Rob, and the vote was completely irrelevant.
June 29, 2014 9:19 PM - rf
I guess that means that you don't think the get-together I attended yesterday was an Obama campaign event. Not that there's anything wrong with an Obama campaign event.
June 29, 2014 9:19 PM - Mrs. Mingott
Ok, so counting Randi's vote, we have:
R Mrs. Mingott
1 3
June 29, 2014 9:21 PM - Mrs. Mingott
It was a joke, Marge. And no, there isn't. As for Republican campaign rallies, I just assume everyone speaks English because I have never been welcomed to one.
Edited at June 29, 2014 9:21 PM
June 29, 2014 9:22 PM - Deleted
Nevermind I don't really care. It's just pretty lame around here recently and at least rob was unpredictable and insane. Now there's just more gross middle aged hormonal blah blah my vacation house in Maine blah Blah dears blah.

Ok, leaving again.
June 29, 2014 9:23 PM - Mrs. Mingott
Why was I invited if you only want people you have actually spent time with? If that is the rule, I will leave.
June 29, 2014 9:24 PM - rf
I am rf, not Marge. In the winter I use the photo of the Dowager Countess.
June 29, 2014 9:25 PM - pepper
That is not the rule, it's just what usually, eventually happens when one posts long enough...
June 29, 2014 9:25 PM - Deleted
Dave is a slut is why.
June 29, 2014 9:25 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I think Mrs. M is a delightful addition. I'm not voting him off the island. He's engaging, intelligent, and has a sense of humor. All good in my book. If he's putting us on, it will come out at some point. For now, I'm enjoying some new blood in our ever decreasing pool.
June 29, 2014 9:26 PM - Mrs. Mingott
Sorry, your ladyship. Apparently I am both middle-aged AND hormonal, so I must be a real nutter
June 29, 2014 9:27 PM - rf
Don't take my posts as any more or less than my own opinion.

And Dave is going to be really really mad at me (not that he isn't always) if he thinks I pushed you out. I don't have that power.
June 29, 2014 9:28 PM - pepper
"Dave is a slut"

so true, so true... ;o)
Edited at June 29, 2014 9:28 PM
June 29, 2014 9:28 PM - Mrs. Mingott
Putting you on? How? Did I try to sell you shares in a Ponzi scheme? I have tourism advice and we discussed hot sauce today.
June 29, 2014 9:29 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Rule? What rule? Hey! None of us would have met if that were the rule. There is no rule, Mrs. M.

Why randi has his panties in a bunch is what bears examining here, not the appearance of a new person. LP and pep were new not long ago, too, as were we ALL to each other at one point. Cripes, what's gotten into everyone?
June 29, 2014 9:30 PM - rf
Every time there's someone new, I remember a buzz about where did this person come from?

For sure it's not like we are overcrowded with regular posters here!
June 29, 2014 9:30 PM - Deleted
Lp is chill as fuck. This new one, not so much.
June 29, 2014 9:31 PM - Deleted
I'm extremely suspicious of the timing. Dh rob and I split and the this weird amalgamation of dibs cgar and arkady shows up. Smells fishy to me but I have already been dismissed as paranoid and so many other things in the past that I know all this falls on deaf ears.
Edited at June 29, 2014 9:31 PM
June 29, 2014 9:31 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
We had someone 'put us on' some years ago, Mrs. M - back in 2011. We enjoyed it thoroughly, perhaps too much really. Then he quit us. I liked him.
June 29, 2014 9:32 PM - sixyearsandcounting
I agree with Cobble.

June 29, 2014 9:32 PM - pepper
I came in out of the cold. No invite or anything. If I'd had this kind of reception, I'd have been gone in a flash. Again, Mrs. M, I've very much enjoyed having you around the last few days. You've breathed some much needed freshness into this place...
Edited at June 29, 2014 9:32 PM
June 29, 2014 9:33 PM - Deleted
That ivy asshole?! I saw through that idiot from day one. Y'all were pwnd.
June 29, 2014 9:33 PM - dibs
I'm going to rub some of my salt in randi's wounds
Edited at June 29, 2014 9:33 PM
June 29, 2014 9:34 PM - Deleted
I'm sure your salt tastes like dick
June 29, 2014 9:34 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Yes, we all get a little twitchy around new people, but look how wonderfully LP and pep have settled in. Even you randi, you barely posted for ages, except to make fun of how many posts per day each of us had--you haven't forgotten?
June 29, 2014 9:34 PM - Mrs. Mingott
An amalgamation? Oh, my. See that white van outside your window? Can you see me waving?
I was told this would be fun. I feel like Michele Obama being interviewed by Fox & Friends.
June 29, 2014 9:35 PM - Deleted
That was on bstoner not here. Completely irrelevant
June 29, 2014 9:35 PM - Mrs. Mingott
Dave, if you cooked me up in a lab, I sure as hell hope I get health insurance.
June 29, 2014 9:36 PM - Deleted
Please don't address me, new person.
June 29, 2014 9:36 PM - dibs
Randi is very thin skinned. He can dish it out but cant take it
Edited at June 29, 2014 9:36 PM
June 29, 2014 9:37 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Yes, BHIvy. G*d, I fell for him like a ton of bricks. But we knew he was putting us on, and I, for one, loved every minute of it. Sigh. Man, that was some fun ride.
Edited at June 29, 2014 9:36 PM
June 29, 2014 9:37 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
wtf is happening here? is my fever back or are you all nutty as fuck today? why hate for randi and the new person? what am i missing???
June 29, 2014 9:37 PM - Deleted
You do realize you say the same things over and over Dave???
June 29, 2014 9:38 PM - dibs
No one is hating on "the new person" except randi. So, who cares?????
Edited at June 29, 2014 9:39 PM
June 29, 2014 9:38 PM - Mrs. Mingott
When I was little, my mother told me not to talk to strange clowns. And mormon missionaries.
June 29, 2014 9:40 PM - Mrs. Mingott
I am still confused. If you have a big party and someone brings someone along who is entertaining and doesn't ask for anything, do you let them stay, or does their credit report have to come in first?
June 29, 2014 9:41 PM - Deleted
You think any of the losers here have parties where people come over and bring friends??? Lol.
June 29, 2014 9:42 PM - rf
I don't know what the fuck is going on right now and I don't want to contribute to it. I have received a lot of really good support here when things were very difficult for me in my real life, and I believe it's been that way for others. So I hope the blog doesn't crash and burn tonight. I think right now the best thing I can do is say good night and hope I haven't done any damage.
Edited at June 29, 2014 9:42 PM
June 29, 2014 9:43 PM - dibs
I have. A few of them at my old house. And even at X's place
June 29, 2014 9:43 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
dave i already know, as its well documented that you hate randi. anyone else wanna answer?
June 29, 2014 9:44 PM - dibs
Randi's just bein an ass again.
June 29, 2014 9:44 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Dibs, your old friend Jaguar showed up in the children-in-bars thread on DPC, which has now reached 152 comments.
June 29, 2014 9:44 PM - DeLepp
dh, if lurking I went to market table last night, quite good. It's the same owners as "the little owl".
June 29, 2014 9:45 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
agreed rf. i'm just gonna bounce for tonight. i dont understand what's happening and maybe that's a good thing. nite folks.
Edited at June 29, 2014 9:45 PM
June 29, 2014 9:45 PM - dibs
I guess you know everything, Snappy. In fact, I have probably met him more than most any of you in real life.
June 29, 2014 9:46 PM - Mrs. Mingott
Dave, if they vote me out, can we still hang out at Front St. and talk about other guys' butts? You have my "actual" contact information.
June 29, 2014 9:46 PM - Deleted
This is true.
June 29, 2014 9:48 PM - dibs
they wont vote you out. they would vote randi out first.
June 29, 2014 9:50 PM - Deleted
Also true.
Edited at June 29, 2014 9:49 PM
June 29, 2014 9:50 PM - pepper
This is not Survivor.
Edited at June 29, 2014 9:50 PM
June 29, 2014 9:52 PM - dibs
As if these votes actually mean anything
June 29, 2014 9:52 PM - dibs
LOL, Pepper.
June 29, 2014 9:57 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
No voting! Randi just needs a Xanax or something.
June 29, 2014 9:57 PM - dibs
Mrs M, are you going to watch Vicious tonight on PBS at 10:30?
June 29, 2014 9:58 PM - sixyearsandcounting
I still agree with Cobble.
Edited at June 29, 2014 9:58 PM
June 29, 2014 10:00 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Mrs. M, one new poster here was requested to undergo a gender verification on the Brooklyn Bridge. But that was five years ago now.
Edited at June 29, 2014 10:00 PM
June 29, 2014 10:00 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I'm going to stay up for Vicious.
June 29, 2014 10:00 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Don't let the crazies ruin it for you, Mrs. M.
June 29, 2014 10:01 PM - pepper
Stay, Mrs. M! Please stay!
June 29, 2014 10:04 PM - Deleted
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Edited at June 29, 2014 10:04 PM
June 29, 2014 10:06 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Seriously, Mrs. M. I've honestly enjoyed your company. Please don't go.
June 29, 2014 10:07 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Randi, are you having some kind of existential crisis?
June 29, 2014 10:07 PM - dibs
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June 29, 2014 10:09 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Your mother is so classless, she's a Marxist utopia.
June 29, 2014 10:09 PM - DeLepp
How odd that someone who says daily that they don't want to be here shoves someone else off.

Mrs M you are a delight.
June 29, 2014 10:09 PM - sixyearsandcounting
That sign is from a Tea Party rally. Dibs self-pwns.
Edited at June 29, 2014 10:09 PM
June 29, 2014 10:14 PM - dibs
I'm watching the Mecum car auction before Vicious.
June 29, 2014 10:17 PM - Partridge
Hi.

I'm back home. What's shakin'?
June 29, 2014 10:19 PM - dibs
Randi's being an ass again
Edited at June 29, 2014 10:20 PM
June 29, 2014 10:25 PM - Partridge
R'andi, behave yourself please or I may become unchill. ;) Kiss Br'andi for me, buddy.

Where did the Ogunquit sweetboy go? I like him too. And, he-l-l-o, he has been posting on Brownstoner for a long time. He is far from an unknown.
Edited at June 29, 2014 10:25 PM
June 29, 2014 10:31 PM - RowerChick
Hello from Baton Rouge. Will you people play nice already?
Mrs. M please stay. There are so few of us newbies.
I enjoy your posts.
June 29, 2014 10:34 PM - RowerChick
More from BHS's Mom's garden.
June 29, 2014 10:41 PM - RowerChick
If your still awake Snappy, this one's for you. There's a huge old-school candy shop on the way from Baton Rouge to Crowley.
June 29, 2014 10:44 PM - Partridge
Hi, Chick. Hope you are having fun.

If it's ok with you, I won't rotate the photos. They stand up well sideways.
June 29, 2014 10:45 PM - RowerChick
Good Cajun Dinner at Miss Ella Mae's house in Crowley.

That's it for tonight.
Edited at June 29, 2014 10:45 PM
June 29, 2014 10:48 PM - RowerChick
Part
I can't seem to rotate photos when I take them directly from the phone.
But I do like the way they look sideways.


June 29, 2014 11:02 PM - Partridge
That is a common problem. You are still a step ahead of me as I cannot post pictures from my phone at all. Hence the surrogate posting of my Quogue photos.
Edited at June 29, 2014 11:02 PM
June 29, 2014 11:04 PM - pepper
If you take the photo holding your phone horizontally, not vertically, it should post fine. DH taught me that.
June 29, 2014 11:27 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Well then. Randi sure gave rob at his worst a run for the money tonight.


June 29, 2014 11:38 PM - pepper
I feel very disappointed, somehow...
June 29, 2014 11:51 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I'm very disappointed, too, pep. : (
July 2, 2014 10:32 PM - Mrs. Mingott
Relaxing in the shade
Edited at July 2, 2014 10:32 PM
July 2, 2014 10:32 PM - Mrs. Mingott
I am writing an article about private presses who published erotica during the depression. This is my homework for today.
July 2, 2014 10:33 PM - Mrs. Mingott
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July 2, 2014 10:33 PM - Mrs. Mingott
For heaven's sake, I really did think this would be a fun experience and a great anecdote about meeting some of my neighbors.