Re: Because It's Been So Long Since We've All Seen Each Other

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I just got on a train to Boston, returning Saturday.

Some guy is eating a salad at 8:59 am. The quiet car attracts weirdos.


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 05-29-13 6:00 AM
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Dream of Quiet Produces Weirdos


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 05-29-13 6:07 AM
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I will be there, but probably not until 6:30 or 7.


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 05-29-13 6:09 AM
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I too will be out of town but I'm glad to hear that Fresh Salt is back in business post Sandy.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 05-29-13 6:10 AM
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Salad for breakfast isn't that weird, is it?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 05-29-13 6:25 AM
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5 Not if he washes it down with a beer.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 05-29-13 6:27 AM
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Damn it. I'll be on my way back from New England.


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 05-29-13 6:28 AM
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2 Dream of Quiet Produces Weirdos

I had to stare at this for a minute feeling like it should be somehow ringing a bell, and then once it did I had to puzzle more over why it didn't seem to resonate, so at the risk of sounding like a pedantic quibbler: "sueño" has the feature of meaning both "dream" and "sleep," and in the case of "el sueño de la razón produce monstruos" I'm pretty sure it's the latter. That is, "the sleep of reason" in the sense of "the suppression of the reasoning faculties" is what produces monsters. So I think the formula is something like "the sleep of X produces Y" in the sense that Y can flourish in the absence of X, whereas weirdos flourishing in the absence of quiet doesn't seem like what you're after.

Rereading this comment, on the subject of "weirdos": oh god, I'm one of them, aren't I?


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 05-29-13 6:52 AM
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Dream of Essear Produces Neb


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 05-29-13 6:58 AM
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And on waking: Was it Essear dreaming he was Neb? Or Neb dreaming he was Essear?


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 05-29-13 7:00 AM
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Anyway I'm pretty sure I long ago misunderstood the title, couldn't make much sense of it but internalized it that way anyway.


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 05-29-13 7:02 AM
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Neb, uh, couldn' essear?


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 05-29-13 7:25 AM
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La Vida es Sleep?


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 05-29-13 7:32 AM
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Fresh Salt!


Posted by: teraz kurwa my | Link to this comment | 05-29-13 11:41 AM
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Unfortunately, that's just too far for me to go on a workday.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 05-29-13 2:10 PM
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Is there a plausibly different NYC location that wouldn't be? Like, would midtown make a difference?


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 05-29-13 2:14 PM
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(That should be read as indicating having completely forgotten where you're located. If that was a joke about flying in again from the West Coast, as opposed to something straightforward about getting to Lower Manhattan from Fort Lee or someplace, I missed it.)


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 05-29-13 2:16 PM
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No, the main issue is just going to NYC at all. I could come down on a Saturday or Sunday since I could spend the whole day there.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 05-29-13 2:22 PM
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On my way. Should be there in about 30 minutes. Your first drink is on me if you arrive before 5:30.


Posted by: Benquo | Link to this comment | 05-31-13 1:00 PM
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Pay up, maggot!


Posted by: Awl | Link to this comment | 05-31-13 1:21 PM
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Almost there. This time you can recognize me because I am the one not wearing an ascot. If that helps.


Posted by: Benquo | Link to this comment | 05-31-13 1:38 PM
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Here with Awl. We're outside. I'm the one in the straw hat.


Posted by: Benquo | Link to this comment | 05-31-13 2:02 PM
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For the first time, I just saw someone throw salt over his shoulder, apparently unironically. This place is great!


Posted by: Benquo | Link to this comment | 05-31-13 2:37 PM
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Awl just bought the next round, so we've now both gotteb free drinks. You all are missing out.

Talking about Plato and the gods and Sappho and Homer and smartphone international data plans.


Posted by: Benquo | Link to this comment | 05-31-13 2:42 PM
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This is some fine live-blogging Benquo, I approve* and wish I was there.

*Keep it up.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 05-31-13 2:50 PM
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JM, LB, teraz, anyone on their way?


Posted by: Awl | Link to this comment | 05-31-13 2:54 PM
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I'm trying to see how much I should let myself drink.


Posted by: Awl | Link to this comment | 05-31-13 2:55 PM
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I should be there in twenty minutes or so -- I'm almost finished up here. I can only hang out for one drink, though -- I need to get home reasonably early.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 05-31-13 2:59 PM
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Headed out to get to my next thing. Awl is still there, hanging out and being awesome.


Posted by: Benquo | Link to this comment | 05-31-13 3:12 PM
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JM and I are here, as is LB.


Posted by: Mr. Blandings | Link to this comment | 05-31-13 3:37 PM
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Well good, then kill a cat for the rest of us as the saying goes.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 05-31-13 3:40 PM
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I miss you all! Last Friday was so much better than tonight, although tonight is bad enough that most Fridays are better. Still, glad bits of the gang are back together and having fun.


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 05-31-13 5:35 PM
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27: would it help if you thought about homophones of your pseud?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 05-31-13 5:47 PM
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Goodnight, meetup!


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 05-31-13 7:18 PM
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I know it's been a lot of meet ups but Awl is leaving this Wednesday and won't be back for quite some time I believe and he and I are planning to meet Monday evening at, yes, you guessed it, Fresh Salt (unless you all chime in here and have any other ideas). I work in midtown till 6 so I don't think I'll be there until close to 7.

Personally, I was very sorry to have to miss UnfoggeDCon and would love to meet other commenters (or lurkers, you know you're always welcome).

Will someone with the requisite privileges please bump this post back up to the top? Maybe with some additional info, thanks.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 06- 2-13 8:08 PM
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Apologies to Awl, your time here coincided with tons of other stuff for me. Was out of town for most of it and am solidly booked until Thursday. (I am honest to god not one of those I'm So Busy people. This is unusual.)


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 06- 3-13 7:29 AM
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You know what I had for breakfast a couple of hours ago? Salad. It never occurred to me before this thread, but there it was, leftover in the refrigerator, and it suddenly looked like a perfectly plausible breakfast. (In addition to some actual food, of course. I haven't lost my mind completely.)


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 06- 3-13 7:44 AM
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Aww, too bad, Smearcase. We'll always have those few brief minutes at the party before I passed out.


Posted by: Awl | Link to this comment | 06- 3-13 7:45 AM
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Well, I was very sorry to miss the unfoggedecacon, which sounds like a great occasion, but I was busy humiliating US Marines in Italy with the aid of some tennis balls, a bottle of sparkling wine, thirty feet of rope and a high-powered rifle. Hope tonight's meetup goes well too, and I'm very glad to hear Fresh Salt has reopened.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 06- 3-13 8:36 AM
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Without a walrus and a crossbow involved, it's just not much of a story.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 06- 3-13 8:45 AM
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Write what you will about my novel, LB, but I think you are overstepping the mark when you start to give witheringly critical reviews of my actual life. Anyway, I couldn't have got the walrus through customs. As it was we had excess baggage.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 06- 3-13 9:56 AM
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Oblique baiting has failed. Moving to the more explicit:

So, how does one humiliate American marines, whether in Italy or otherwise, by means of tennis balls, rope, sparkling wine, and a high-powered rifle? I mean, I have some ideas, but they all seem implausible.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 06- 3-13 10:05 AM
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They've updated the biathlon.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 06- 3-13 10:06 AM
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Hey Elbee how do you keep a turkey in suspense?


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 06- 3-13 10:10 AM
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And are there any tips I should be passing on to my niece about how, as a US Marine, to avoid being humiliated by tennis-ball wielding Scotsmen? Given that she's still in training to be a helicopter mechanic in Pensacola, it's probably not likely to come up, but I would have said that about service in the Marine Corps generally until this conversation.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 06- 3-13 10:11 AM
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44: One of my most appealing characteristics is an almost unlimited willingness to play the straightman.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 06- 3-13 10:12 AM
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I had a salad for lunch. It was unsatisfying, as salads are, but I'm out of excuses right now for not eating better. (My go-to excuse is cold weather.)

Actually this plan is going to crash and burn because it is now the season of leaving the house and that usually leads to non-salad consumption.


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 06- 3-13 10:19 AM
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Agreed. I'm going across the street to the drug store and buy Swedish Fish.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 06- 3-13 10:20 AM
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it is now the season of leaving the house and that usually leads to non-salad consumption

It's decorative gourd negroni lobster roll season, motherfuckers.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 06- 3-13 10:22 AM
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45: the best way is to make your niece aware that there is more to infantry tactics than simply looking at the map and saying, after a long pause, "...so, we're gonna attack them, right?" before proposing a mass frontal assault across open ground towards the machine-gun position. That tends not to get terribly high marks from the judges. Unless one of the judges is General Melchett. I had to restrain myself from remarking out loud "It's the last thing they'll expect us to do! Baaaah!" because, as many have noted before me, a day without a Blackadder quote is like a day without sunshine.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 06- 3-13 10:39 AM
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Salad for lunch for me today. I've been doing the 5-2 thing with some limited success. Recently things keep coming up on my "days" (Monday and Thursday) and I forget to do it another day of the week when that happens.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 06- 3-13 10:43 AM
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Possibly relevant to 50.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 06- 3-13 10:52 AM
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I'm very sorry to crap out like this but unfortunately I haven't been feeling very well the past couple of nights and I'm afraid an expedition down to Fresh Salt after work will really knock me for a loop. I have a long awaited vacation next week with my nephews and I can't afford to get sick right now. Still I'd be up for a quick nosh just after 6 in the midtown area (I'm near Bryant Park) if anyone is up for it. I can (and will) text Awl in an hour or so and tell him not to go to Fresh Salt if no one sounds in here as he has only sporadic wifi. (Lurkers are welcome!) I got the opportunity to hang with Awl for a bit last week (I hope I'm not violating SOOBC) and he really is awesome so don't hesitate. And really, rather than hang out with my sorry under the weather ass in midtown you all should go hang out with Awl at Fresh Salt anyway.


41 You know you don't have to get the whole walrus through customs. Just the oosik will do.

Also I'm sure ajay's side cheated. They're supposed all wear bright red coats and stand up straight in nice rows and columns.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 06- 3-13 12:18 PM
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I was planning on showing up, but if it's not happening... Going all the way to midtown for just a quick bite seems a bit far.


Posted by: teraz kurwa my | Link to this comment | 06- 3-13 12:20 PM
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You should definitely go, teraz. To Fresh Salt, that is. If you say you'll go I'll text Awl and tell him you'll be there. And then I'll drag my sorry under the weather ass home to bed - where it belongs).


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 06- 3-13 12:41 PM
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So, 7 at the unfogged home away from home?


Posted by: teraz kurwa my | Link to this comment | 06- 3-13 2:30 PM
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It looks like this event is cancelled*. I just heard from Awl and he's heading back to where he's staying at. Blame me, it's all my fault. Sorry for crapping out like that folks. If anyone doesn't see this in time and shows up anyway I owe you a beer (at least).

*Can someone with posting privileges please make note of the cancellation on the OP and maybe bump it? Thanks.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 06- 3-13 2:32 PM
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Sorry teraz it looks like it's not happening; I think he's heading back and I'm heading home. I didn't see your 56 when I was writing my 57.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 06- 3-13 2:37 PM
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57, 58: Oh, why did you say anything? Teraz could have had a wonderful adventure, going to Fresh Salt and not meeting anyone, then falling in with a gang of Lascars who would have involved him in a secret plot to overthrow the Sultan of Brunei with the aid of a sensuous Belorussian double-agent and a thumb-drive full of hot IP. By this time next month he could have been reclining at a villa on the Adriatic, counting his fortune of several pallets of 100 yuan notes.


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 06- 3-13 3:06 PM
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Natilio, you've been to Fresh Salt. If you could fall in with anyone more exotic than a bunch of brokers there, I'd be very surprised.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 06- 3-13 3:10 PM
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There are narrow streets nearby! That area under the bridge seemed fairly sketchy. Plus, the whole point is that teraz would be mistaken for some Polish super-spy, and those people don't have their meet-ups just anywhere, you know.


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 06- 3-13 3:14 PM
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Brokers are the 21st century equivalent of Lascars.


Posted by: teraz kurwa my | Link to this comment | 06- 3-13 3:20 PM
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