Re: The Arnolds feign death until the Wagners, sensing the sudden awkwardness, are compelled to leave.

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I told the story a little more dramatically than it really happened. My friend was working on her computer, while the kids watched a movie. It was already set that she had to leave at 3 pm, to pick up the older kid. So 3 pm happened to come while I was passed out on the floor.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 4:13 PM
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I had my first "fall asleep while trying to put Zardoz to sleep". Naturally, Blume took a picture of me asleep on the floor, with Zardoz peering at me brightly.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 4:17 PM
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Don't worry, I'm sure they assumed you were drunk, not rude.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 4:23 PM
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Are you sure it was just because you were tired? Do you have both kidneys?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 4:42 PM
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I'm revising something I wrote while I was sleep-deprived. It's taking longer than I expected, because a lot of it sounds about right, but is actually wrong in subtle ways.


Posted by: torrey pine | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 4:56 PM
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So where were Ace and the HPs during your blackout? Did you friend just leave them roaming the house like animals?


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 5:02 PM
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Did you friend just leave them roaming the house like animals?

ITYM "like the animals they are".


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 5:05 PM
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They were watching a movie! Actually, Jammies was working from home. So there was an adult presence, although not one that mitigated the social awkwardness.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 5:25 PM
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I am impressed if Ace is up to roaming.

Is the picture of Zardoz and papa in the pool? No? Sads.


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 5:27 PM
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I think the caption is just "sensing awkwardness".


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 5:29 PM
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Is the picture of Zardoz and papa in the pool? No?

Oh, hell no.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 5:37 PM
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Oh, hell no.

I'll bet the baby looks photogenic.


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 5:40 PM
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10: Someone hasn't googled!


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 5:41 PM
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Following on to ten...

In the you kids category, is the reference got by youse? What about our knife-crime island contingent?


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 5:42 PM
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There's not much to it. It's the caption to a Far Side cartoon.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 5:48 PM
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Yeah, I was just musing. Thinking that the cartoon might be 20 years old (or older) and wondering how many younger folx are familiar with it. Touchstones of the past and nostalgia. I used "shocked, shocked" today and felt it necessary to preface it with "As Captain Renault says in Casablanca".


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 5:54 PM
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Oh...I love this: Thagomizer.


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 5:56 PM
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We're now further removed in time from the start of the Far Side than the start of the Far Side is from the Korean War.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 6:22 PM
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The far side of the Far Side is the near side to the Korean War.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 6:33 PM
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Kids born in 2013 never didn't know that the Korean War is over.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 6:34 PM
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We're now further removed from the start of Peanuts than one of my dad's teeth is from the rest of his teeth.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 6:34 PM
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How big is his mouth?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 6:41 PM
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Can it hold his peanuts?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 6:42 PM
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We're now further removed from Charles Schultz's death than Charles Schultz's death was from the original publication of the earliest comics in the second volume of The Complete Far Side.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 6:42 PM
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Your dad's teeth aren't national treasures, Moby!

Wait, are they?

May I have one?


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 6:42 PM
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We're now further away from January 2013 than we are from September 2013.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 6:43 PM
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We're further away from the fall of the Berlin Wall than we are from 9/11.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 6:43 PM
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If I had to rank the fall of the Berlin Wall, 9/11, and today in chronological order, I'd probably put the fall of the Berlin Wall first. But it'd be close.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 6:44 PM
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We're now further away from the beginning of this thread than we are from the end of this thread.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 6:44 PM
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The Berlin Wall took longer to fall than it took me to write this comment.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 6:45 PM
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And was longer ago.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 6:45 PM
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The dentists have a (hopefully) less crooked thing where you mail your old dental gold in for cash. His previous tooth was worth like fifty bucks. The one before that was probably worthless once extracted.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 6:46 PM
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We're now closer to death than each other.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 6:46 PM
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Also unlike your comment, it was a wall.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 6:46 PM
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I mean, in a non-morbid way.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 6:46 PM
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32 to 25.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 6:46 PM
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Awkwardly: a loved friend's book is out.

Some reviews viewable here -- this might be something AWB would be interested in.

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Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 6:46 PM
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34 to 26.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 6:48 PM
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Unlike 38, this comment is addressing the comment that it intends to address.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 6:54 PM
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You know. I still feel pretty damn embarrassed that I actually laid down and went to sleep on the floor in front of a houseguest.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 7:03 PM
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Cats do it a lot.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 7:10 PM
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Try doing that when you are a houseguest, just to provide a point of comparison.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 7:10 PM
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Try doing that when you are a houseguest, just to provide a point of comparison.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 7:11 PM
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If you do it twice, you'll have a line of comparison!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 7:12 PM
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It's good that she's a friend; that means she probably didn't take any of your stuff while you were sleeping.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 7:15 PM
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It isn't science if it isn't replicable.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 7:15 PM
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40: Oh, that's supposed to be embarrassing?


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 7:17 PM
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We're now closer to death

Always already closer.


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 7:23 PM
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Closer yet.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 7:25 PM
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45: Or she knew what to take that wouldn't be missed right away.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 7:26 PM
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It is cute fashionable to be so carefree as to nap on the floor with a guest visiting.


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 7:39 PM
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Oh honey, you have three wee nippers! She should be honored to ever see you when you're NOT asleep.


Posted by: cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 7:46 PM
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I think I'll take 52 to heart.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 8:00 PM
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52: What??? Children aren't enough and now the Geebies have taken in a family of snapping turtles?


Posted by: Benquo | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 8:24 PM
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I was going to quote something from The Sotweed Factor to 48 and 49, but I see that I have previously quoted it five times on this blog.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 8:41 PM
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And so to bed.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 8:41 PM
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37! I... know that author very very well!


Posted by: AWB | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 9:50 PM
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52: The better to bleast feed you with.


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 10:00 PM
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Heebie, if it makes you feel any better, I have done this too. After a weekend in which I had a total of four hours sleep, I was invited to a girl's house for dinner(which she cooked) and utterly failed to impress her by falling asleep at table while she was out of the room. Three hours later I woke up. Shed cleared the table and gone to bed.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 11:20 PM
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Heebie, if it makes you feel any better, I have done this too. After a weekend in which I had a total of four hours sleep, I was invited to a girl's house for dinner(which she cooked) and utterly failed to impress her by falling asleep at table while she was out of the room. Three hours later I woke up. Shed cleared the table and gone to bed.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 08-19-13 11:20 PM
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...and then double-posted about it. That's much worse.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 08-20-13 12:06 AM
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Maybe it happened twice.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 08-20-13 12:10 AM
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Last time I passed out on Heebie's floor, you can bet I had a better lead-in story.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 08-20-13 12:12 AM
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When I first started grad school, I used to pass out on the floor of my apartment in the middle of the day. I shared it with two other people who regularly came home and thought I'd been killed, and I was woken by their screams. I'd just come home and throw myself on the floor next to the couch and pass right out.


Posted by: AWB | Link to this comment | 08-20-13 12:13 AM
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(I remembered this Far Side strip immediately, Heebie.)


Posted by: AWB | Link to this comment | 08-20-13 12:14 AM
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62: The second comment was about his anxiety dream about the first comment. It was supposed to go in the other thread.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 08-20-13 12:28 AM
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64 raises so many questions.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 08-20-13 12:41 AM
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Maybe it happened twice.

Nope, the fact that it happened the first time very definitely precluded it ever happening again, at least with that particular girl.

64 is weird because the natural reaction to seeing someone lying on the floor is not "she's been killed!" but "she's fainted". And, after the first time, you'd think they'd remember that you just kind of like to sleep on the floor. Unless you sleep in a particularly dead-looking way (eyes open, blue waxy complexion, large steak knife protruding from chest).


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 08-20-13 2:08 AM
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It's an unfortunate consequence of the "dress like a murder victim" fashion craze of '09.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 08-20-13 4:01 AM
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Sleeping in front of other people is something that some people can do, but I always found it slightly odd. Not the accidental thing that AWB describes, but a friend used to have a flatmate who used to sleep in her room with the door wide-open. This was a shared student flat, and her room opened directly onto the corridor shared by another 6 or 7 people.

There was something vaguely exhibitionist about it, I think, but not in any super obvious way. Almost all of her flatmates [male and female] found it odd enough to remark on it, though.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 08-20-13 4:06 AM
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I fell asleep in an Indian restaurant in Paris. The advice about beating jet lag by staying up until your normal bedtime is difficult in practice.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 08-20-13 4:16 AM
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Melatonin is the stuff for beating jetlag - you take it just before you need to go to sleep, and it resets the body clock. I am a fan.

Doesn't solve the "staying up later" problem, but I always find it's easier (say you normally go to sleep at 11) to stay up till 2 than to go to bed at 8.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 08-20-13 5:54 AM
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I second the recommendation for melatonin. It is the shiznit for jet lag. I use it when I visit my sister and usually have reset my clock within a day or so.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 08-20-13 7:10 AM
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Somewhere I posted about the time I fell asleep standing up, and fell over, during a tour of a castle in Poland, but now I can't find it. The tour guide was just so boring and I was so jet-lagged.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-20-13 9:16 AM
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But yes melatonin.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-20-13 9:16 AM
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57: 37! I... know that author very very well!

You do? That author was my college roommate, very dear. Huh. I thought her work would be up your alley.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 08-20-13 5:43 PM
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I love the OP story so much.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 08-21-13 6:11 PM
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