Re: Stay Glad


Fuck that shit. I assume everyone else here was aware that Greyhound Bus tickets are sold "first-come first-served" despite having a specific time printed on them. So if you are coming to my place and are one of ~10 people to miss the cut on your putative bus I feel somewhat obligated to wake up at 4:00 AM* to go pick you up at the bus station during a possible snow storm. Bazz fazz. I also thought the route in question was safely covered by Megabus but they apparently pulled it sometime over the past year.

*That's typical insomnia time anyway.

Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 12-28-12 9:46 PM
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That Greyhound policy worked in my favor a few times in that I showed up early and caught an early bus. I believe on some routes it's now possible to get a true reserved spot.

Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 12-28-12 9:58 PM
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This comment is me forgoing any unseemly speculation as to why one might show up at a Greyhound station early enough to catch an earlier bus.

Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 12-28-12 10:06 PM
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The funny thing is that each time I wasn't any earlier than their advice to show up about an hour early on busy routes to make sure you don't end up having to ride a later bus. Only instead of waiting an hour I boarded within 10 minutes.

Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 12-28-12 10:12 PM
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(Oh, was there an original post here?)

That's a pretty great list. I especially like "wash teeth if any".

Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 12-29-12 1:16 AM
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5.1: I guess that was a pretty egregious threadjack. But what's Woody Guthrie all about if not bitching about minor tribulations?

Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 12-29-12 5:32 AM
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Plus, folk music makes me think of buses. VW mini-buses, but still buses.

Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12-29-12 6:37 AM
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I got a hoping machine for Christmas, but the batteries weren't included.

Posted by: Mentioner | Link to this comment | 12-29-12 9:44 AM
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The seeming repetition of 21 and 22 leads me to imagine that 22 means he wants to start keeping a sourdough starter.

Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 12-29-12 9:49 AM
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"Keep rancho clean" reminds me of my FIL, who owned an avocado orchard for about 30 years and always called it his rancho. At his wake there was much hilarity about his egregious Spanglish.

Posted by: bill | Link to this comment | 12-29-12 9:52 AM
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Can someone with the Smitten Kitchen cookbook give me her ingredient list (with amounts) for the black pepper and blue cheese gougères?

Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 12-29-12 9:53 AM
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11: I got it for Christmas, but left it in MN with a bunch of presents my parents are going to ship to me. However, I just spoke to mom and she's going to email me the recipe.

Posted by: Mr. Blandings | Link to this comment | 12-29-12 10:19 AM
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I used to ride a Greyhound route which, on peak holiday days, worked like some sort of African share taxi. A driver would come into the room and shout, "Who's going to X? Who's going to Y? OK, that's two loads. I'm making my bus express to X. The bus on the left will run to X via Y only." I was impressed by their flexibility.

Posted by: Scomber mix | Link to this comment | 12-29-12 11:13 AM
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12: If not, I can do it right now? I'll do it right now anyway, just in case.

Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 12-29-12 11:17 AM
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Recipe obtained! Thx, mineshaft!

Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 12-29-12 11:20 AM
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Guthrie? Works here

Brad DeLong tried to explain why there are no strong political movements to counter the New Gilded Age. At his place and Thoma's, comments are useful:Emerson shows up with his usual anti-Schlesinger/Hofstadter but Dan Kervick is the Man with a terrific comment, echoing Chris Hedges. You know where they are.

From a comment at Brad's, this pdf is terrific:

Why Aren't Our Cities Burning Like 1968 ...Michael B. Katz, 2008. Lots of cites and studies. He lists lots of factors, carceration and unemployment and other stuff that enrages me. For instance

But indirect rule meant that civil violence or other claims on city government increasingly would be directed toward African American elected officials, African American public bureaucrats, and African American police.
Not only is the symbolics difficult, but the black leaders that would be leading riots are now in the DMV and Mayor's office. And more.

Who do you is losing the Gov't jobs at all levels during Obama's austerity program? And he does have one and is an austerian, the lack of money sent to the states and cities, his cutting domestic programs, the indifference to blacks losing their houses or going underwater on mortgages, even downsizing the standing army in favor of drones and Seals. Obama is the worst President for blacks in fifty years.


Posted by: bob mcmanus | Link to this comment | 12-30-12 10:16 AM
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DeLong because this comment by Maynard Handley is important

(c) The traditional pattern of revolutions has been that while the poor do most of the dying, the middle class do the organizing and agitating. The US, however, has created a system which managed to ensnare the middle class in a web of debt very early on, which makes them a lot more scared to go down that sort of road --- the downside if the world is not up-ended is a lot higher. Mass mortgages were a good start for this program (and I suspect have a role to play in the different US vs Europe trajectories in the early 20th C), but student debt is even better as it gets piled on earlier and is even harder to discharge, AND, going back to point (a), it has that all-important "YOU chose to take on this debt, YOU are responsible for it" element.

The student loan "bubble," and the numbers are amazing, has really exploded since 2008 and belongs almost entirely to Obama. Guess who, what class and gender and color, is going to be fucked for the rest of the lives with student loans?

Now, a lot of people like to give a break on intentionality, but whenever there are alternatives to systematic and possibly permanent immiseration of a large portion of the populace, even when those alternatives include revolution, civil war, or political coup, or even a dialogue of hate and rage against the obstructionists, then the consequences of craven accomodation have to be considered intentional.

Posted by: bob mcmanus | Link to this comment | 12-30-12 10:28 AM
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