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It may be the case that I think of the white guy from the Roots as being Stanley.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 9:42 AM
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Alcohol and a loving family. But mostly alcohol.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 9:46 AM
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It should be something you can share, Mobes. Do you need my address?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 9:46 AM
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I sometimes share alcohol.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 9:47 AM
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With me?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 9:49 AM
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I've been focusing on the kids more than I think is really productive. There's nothing going on to worry about, I just don't want to think about work, public affairs, or other family issues, so I've become fascinated by middle-school gossip.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 9:49 AM
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The most calming music is Donald Fagen's album "The Nightfly". Second place:The Gerry Mulligan Quartet In Paris.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 9:49 AM
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5: Mailing it would be more of a "giving" situation than a "sharing" situation.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 9:51 AM
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1. I though Stanley played drums. Pretty sure he's not Questlove.

Serious calming requires alcohol- not too strong, the point isn't to pass out drunk, beer or a light wine that you an sup a lot of and still stand up. Plus P.G.Wodehouse, ideally Uncle Fred in the Springtime or other mid-period Blandings stuff.


Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 9:52 AM
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Megalomaniacal fantasies.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 9:52 AM
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Easy. Vin Scully. See eg here, calling Don Larsen's perfect game in 56 and Monday's unbelievable Juan Uribe homer.. I have no idea what I'll do when that guy retires. I guess megalomaniacal fantasies it is.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 10:02 AM
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I look at my boyfriend's Flickr page, which is almost entirely pictures of our dog.


Posted by: Megan | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 10:04 AM
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When I listen to something like the link in 11, it drives home how poorly Mad Men does mid-century voices and speech patterns. I remember someone linked here an article about how they ran the numbers, and Mad Men uses "will" and "would" where historically they would have said "shall" and "should", and a bunch of other speech anachronisms.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 10:06 AM
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Cry, cry, masturbate, cry.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 10:07 AM
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Masturbate, masturbate, masturbate, nap.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 10:10 AM
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Jonny Greenwood playing Steve Reich's Electric Counterpoint at a music festival in Poland this summer. It doesn't exactly make me more at ease in the world, but comfort is comfort.


Posted by: lurid keyaki | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 10:10 AM
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15: (sigh) Can't sleep, starting over.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 10:22 AM
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I also have this sachet of Siskiyou cedar needles on my desk; when stuff goes to shit I can bury my nose in it and give a muffled recitation of The Mountain Poems of Meng Hao-Jan from memory.


Posted by: lurid keyaki | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 10:24 AM
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17: Aren't you at work?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 10:25 AM
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It's beginning to feel like work.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 10:29 AM
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I find that watching The Sneak and My Cat's Got Knees usually calm me down enough to get some work done.

I discovered today that the German postdoc has not actually been stopping by my desk to chat about US politics out of interest in US politics but specifically because he thinks it's hilarious to wind me up. The arm waving, he says, particularly amuses the lab.

That's Germans for you, though. Sneaky.


Posted by: Frowner | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 10:40 AM
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Having a sly sense of humor is certainly working against stereotype.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 10:42 AM
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It's beginning to feel like work.

The beatings will continue until morale improves.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 10:44 AM
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20: Set aside 8% of what you produce and see if your employer matches it.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 10:44 AM
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Lately I've been using Benadryl and when I wake up all distressed in the night, doing increasingly complicated versions of the "A my name is..." thing in my head. (This time, let's make the first two letters have to be the same! This time, let's make first and last letters the same! Etc.)


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 11:02 AM
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When I get too worked up I just browse herpy.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 11:03 AM
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21: Your story feels familiar, although I think it's the preceding stage (before arm-waving and yelling) where I try to be polite or nonpartisan but grimace and grit my teeth that they like.


Posted by: ydnew | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 11:17 AM
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I like 9.

Wine works for me in non-drunk making quantities, in combination with a good book, or something entertaining but not demanding on the telly.

For music:

http://youtu.be/sJpE5FoMo-k

This will do it. Drifting as perfection unfurls.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 11:31 AM
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Goldberg Variations on harpsichord.


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 11:41 AM
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I'll add to the Bach fest.


Posted by: Awl | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 12:32 PM
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11 is right! Halford, do you know if he'll still be doing radio next week, or were those broadcasts just for L.A.'s NLDS?

And so are the most most recent comments! (I was already listening to the Brandenburg Concertos before opening the thread.)


Posted by: joyslinger | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 12:50 PM
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31 -- he's on the radio for all of the playoff games, including the NLCS and the WS if we get there. But due to annoying broadcast deals you need an actual terrestrial radio that picks up KLAC or the usual Dodgers radio broadcast to listen to him.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 12:59 PM
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Oh, good - I suppose the statement that I feared I remembered was narrow, and specified the NLDS, because it was too early to be sure of advancement.

Also good - I've been using MLB's streaming services all along, for TV and radio alike, so I'm in clover where access is concerned.


Posted by: joyslinger | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 1:09 PM
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To the OP:

Soothe. David Francey Green Fields, from The Far End of Summer

Slow down. My heartbeat slows for this.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 1:15 PM
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Excellent! I didn't know you were a fan, thought I was the only one here.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 1:27 PM
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Am I being blocked? I keep getting a message saying my comment is being held for review, but everyone else is still posting.


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 1:33 PM
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Ok, it has something to do with the content of my post. The comment above went through, but when I tried to post the comment I had been trying before to post to the "assorted" thread I was blocked again.


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 1:36 PM
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Ok this is the first half of the comment I was trying to post before, the part without the links.


I think that the Friedmanite-libertarian economics of 1970-2010 has largely been discredited

You'd think that the exactly date of death for this movement would be in September 2008, but it seems to still be alive.


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 1:37 PM
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Was it full of profanity? Because we're getting pretty fucking tired of that shit.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 1:37 PM
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You probably inadvertently used a phrase that was once used to filter out a troll.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 1:38 PM
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39: Just say "abortiom" and "suicidw".


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 1:38 PM
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Steinford potato racists boo-jwah.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 1:39 PM
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It worked!


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 1:39 PM
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I like a bit of Bach now and then.


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 1:40 PM
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Hmm, I want to know why this is happening. Let me try this:

Kai Ryssdal's Marketplace

I really want to hear Ryssdal to reading Lowell P. Thurber's essays for The Onion. Someone needs to make those recordings happen.


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 1:40 PM
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Somehow Hawaii picked up the phrase "BOO-YA!" That was one of the most unexpected things I've heard her say. Four year olds can be douchey, I guess.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 1:40 PM
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Apparently, it does doesn't let me link to the Onion.


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 1:41 PM
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What other 90s catchphrases can she learn. Boom Shaka Laka.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 1:41 PM
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What other 90s catchphrases can she learn[?]

"That's why they call it The Cage!"

"Click-clack!"

"Do I make you horny, baby? Randy?"


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 1:44 PM
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35: It's nice that you like David Francey too, Halford.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 1:44 PM
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I think Halford is right. World-views don't die suddenly when everyone involved slaps themselves on forehead and says "How could we have been so stupid!" The experience of everyone under the age of 30 is that markets are transparently not self-regulating, and that you can work hard and get completely screwed through no fault of your own. Unless there is some miracle boom like the Nasdaq bubble, that will have a long-term effect on future economic attitudes.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 1:47 PM
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That was a weird quirk, Rob. You should be able to post everything fine now.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 1:48 PM
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48: "Did I do that?!"


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 1:50 PM
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Let me just check that no filtering is causing problems with me expressing myself to the fullest range of my intellectual output.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 1:51 PM
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Poooooooop!


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 1:51 PM
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O.K. Carry on.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 1:51 PM
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Wish me luck on my 3rd round job interview in 5 minutes. The receptionist I just checked in with did not even look at me.

The person I would report to likes me fine. I just need to get his boss to approve.

Think good thoughts.


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 1:54 PM
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Good thoughts!


Posted by: politicalfootball | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 1:55 PM
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Good luck. I'm sure you'll do fine.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 1:56 PM
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I think that the Friedmanite-libertarian economics of 1970-2010 has largely been discredited

You'd think that the exactly date of death for this movement would be in September 2008, but it seems to still be alive.

Kai Ryssdal's Marketplace

I really want to hear Ryssdal to reading Lowell P. Thurber's essays for The Onion. Someone needs to make those recordings happen.


Posted by: [rob helpy-chalk's quarantined comment] | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 2:00 PM
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35: Yes and no, I'm afraid - I'm an unabashed admirer of Vin Scully, and Dodger home games are my drug of choice when I'm up late enough, but I'm a Red Sox fan born and bred. (Exactly the wrong affiliation to confess to you, I know!)


Posted by: joyslinger | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 2:00 PM
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And I've followed rob into the wrong thread. He is the Pied Piper of Wrongness.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 2:05 PM
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Well, that's fine, at least you're not like the despicable Jesus McQueen, who lives in neither Boston nor San Francisco yet is inexplicably raising his daughters to be Red Sox and Giants fans.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 2:06 PM
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Speaking of, if the Pirates win tonight, the Dodgers suck.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 2:12 PM
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When I listen to something like the link in 11, it drives home how poorly Mad Men does mid-century voices and speech patterns.

I was recently re-watching the A&E Nero Wolfe, and although I thought at the time Tim Hutton's fifties voice sounded kind of weird and exaggerated, it's quite a lot like that audio clip.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 2:33 PM
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Stories like this are an antidote to something:

The man known for dressing up in an Elmo costume and harassing New York City tourists with anti-Semitic outbursts was sentenced in Manhattan Criminal Court on Wednesday to a year in jail after admitting he tried to extort $2 million from the Girl Scouts.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 2:38 PM
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63: a) I was born in the Boston area and grew up in Vermont, so I was born into it; b) I wanted to follow an NL west coast team because of the time difference and opted against the Dodgers out of respect for my late, sainted, Brooklyn-born father, who was betrayed by them when he was a teenager; and c) I was going to tell you that you can listen to KLAC on mlb.tv, but now I won't, you jerk.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 2:39 PM
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67: The fact that you are even bothering to respond in any rational way to Halford's provocation speaks worse of you than any possible revelation about your fandom.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 2:45 PM
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But what does it say about YOU that you were prompted to leave comment 68?


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 2:45 PM
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64 illustrates how out of practice in trash talk Pirates fans are.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 2:47 PM
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68: I just wanted to call him a jerk, really. Also FUCKING RED SOX WOO!


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 2:49 PM
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69: It says that I care.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 2:49 PM
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Anyhow, there's a small but real rump of Brooklyn fans who stuck with the Dodgers even after the move, including the family of Dodgers superfan/Robert Halford fantasy love interest Alyssa Milano.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 2:51 PM
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Also also, now I wish I had a TV so I could watch the goddamn games. Stupid broadcast rules. I blame IP lawyers.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 2:55 PM
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In the '60s, the Dodgers were on of the NL teams I sort of liked. Then Tommy Lasorda ruined that for like the next eleventy million zillion years.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 2:57 PM
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74: I blame Tommy Lasorda.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 2:58 PM
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Come on, Stormcrow, I'm not the biggest Lasorda fan either but how can you beat this, which is right up your alley.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 3:00 PM
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I will say that the Tug McGraw-Pete Rose combo for the Phillies was about 1.63 times as annoying as Lasorda. Lasorda is the individual baseball asshole champion of my era, but he couldn't match that deadly duo.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 3:03 PM
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77: Oh right, forgot about that which I've seen before. A bit of redemption.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 3:03 PM
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re: 29

That doesn't work for me. I've tried to like Bach on the harpsichord, and I know a lot of people really really love Landowska, Leonhardt and others, and that for a lot of people it's the purest and highest form. The performances are great. But [purely personally] I just can't listen to it and take much pleasure in it. Although that Leonhardt is nice. Probably a defect in my taste but my own preference runs to piano for the keyboard works, albeit not excessively lush reverb heavy recordings [or monstrosities like Dinnerstein].


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 3:05 PM
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I will feel forever stained by the fact that I rooted for Pete Rose when he was on the Phillies, but what was so awful about Tug McGraw.

I didn't know until this second that his son is Tim McGraw, who is an active Democrat and therefore forgiven all sins against the ear.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 3:10 PM
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Huh, I didn't know that either. Weird.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 3:13 PM
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81: I'm probably just a random hater. Tried top find a video, but Tug McGraw pounding the glove in the 1980 season was too much for me what with it signifying Pete Rose winning. And partly because I was in Houston that season, and the Astros lost a heartbreaking series to the Phils that they should have won. But in real life--Nolan Ryan RWNJ (mostly revealed later in life, however) was a key part of the Astros. So I'm about as deep as an oil slick on this stuff.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 4:24 PM
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Tim McGraw is a Democrat? But... his music is so terrible. That doesn't seem possible.


Posted by: urple | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 4:31 PM
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Folk music is proof that good politics and really shitty music coexist often.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 4:36 PM
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Folk music is proof that good politics and really shitty music coexist often.

Folk music is the anti-Wagner.


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 4:38 PM
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Huh. Wikipedia:

McGraw, a Democrat, has stated that he would like to run for public office in the future, possibly for Senate or Governor of Tennessee, his home state. In the same interview, he praised former President Bill Clinton. He has referred to himself as a "Blue Dog Democrat" and stated that he supported presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2008.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 4:39 PM
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Also a super nice guy, treats everyone around him very loyally and well, and easy to work with, I have on good authority.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 4:42 PM
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Nolan Ryan RWNJ

Nolan Ryan Rhymes With New Jersey? That's some slough-level pronunciation weirdness.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 4:42 PM
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I'm sorry, the bad music overrides all of that.


Posted by: urple | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 4:44 PM
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80.--I do love some piano versions (although "admiration" more than "love" is what I feel for Gould's recordings), but for me, the harpsichord version is what I put on when I need to be truly soothed.


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 4:47 PM
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Folk music is proof that good politics and really shitty music coexist often.

As noted by Tom Lehrer.


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 4:48 PM
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87: calling oneself a "Blue Dog Democrat" in the South has the same ritualistic quality as identifying as a "moderate Republican" in the Northeast. He campaigned for John Kerry at a time when the Dixie Chicks were demonstrating the risks of going against the grain in the country milieu. Plus, I suspect that Faith Hill has him pussy-whipped enough to keep him in the liberal fold.


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 4:52 PM
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Geez, apo. You don't get the south at all.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 5:02 PM
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Too late (piano version) - No doubt
http://www.archtest.com/search.aspx?fldSearch=0104


Posted by: Mooseking | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 5:06 PM
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I did not even realize that there was a connection between the two. And one with an interesting history (per Wiki):

He was born Samuel Timothy McGraw in Delhi, Louisiana, the only child of Elizabeth "Betty" Ann D'Agostino, a waitress, and Frank Edwin "Tug" McGraw Jr., ... In 1966, Tug was a pitcher for the Jacksonville Suns, and he lived in an apartment above Betty D'Agostino, who attended Terry Parker High School. The pair had a relationship, and when Betty became pregnant, her parents sent her to Louisiana to live with relatives and to have the baby.
... McGraw grew up believing his stepfather, Horace Smith, was his father. ... At age 11, McGraw discovered his birth certificate while searching his mother's closet to look for Christmas presents. After his discovery, his mother revealed that his biological father was Tug McGraw, and took Tim to meet him for the first time.For seven years, Tug denied being Tim's father. Tim was 18 years old when Tug first realized how much Tim looked like him at that age, and he acknowledged paternity. They remained close until Tug's death in 2004.
I will note that he turned 18 about the time when Dad McGraw retired from baseball which I'm guessing had as much to do with it as resemblance. (And I will admit that Dad McG did have a sense of humor... but he pounded his mitt in an obnoxious manner!)


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 5:09 PM
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Julia Cloud's recordings are lovely, so sad that she died young. Heard Angela Hewitt give an amazing series of concerts of the Well Tempered Clavier when I was in law school, right before my first year exams, I always think it helped my result in Contracts. But then I read an interview with her a few tears later yammering on about how lucky the rest of us are that she deigns to make her music available to us peons to brighten our wretched lives and have not been able to shake the irritated feeling it provoked in me. Besides, lately she seems to share a personal stylist with Barbara Bush. This is quite strange as during her Bach concerts lo those years ago she sported a fire engine red satin backless pantsuit during one concert that was all kinds of yowza.

The Chronicles of Anna Magdalena Bach is a fantastic movie, and you can get it on Netflix! I think this can only be due to Netflix not realizing Straub-Huillet were raging Marxists. I hadn't realized until recently that Danielle Huillet died in 2006. I loved their movie about ancient Rome, interviewing the ancient Roman dude en plein milieu de Rome modern. Actually, love all their movies that I've seen.


Posted by: dairy queen | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 5:57 PM
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Julia Cloud's recordings are lovely, so sad that she died young. Heard Angela Hewitt give an amazing series of concerts of the Well Tempered Clavier when I was in law school, right before my first year exams, I always think it helped my result in Contracts. But then I read an interview with her a few tears later yammering on about how lucky the rest of us are that she deigns to make her music available to us peons to brighten our wretched lives and have not been able to shake the irritated feeling it provoked in me. Besides, lately she seems to share a personal stylist with Barbara Bush. This is quite strange as during her Bach concerts lo those years ago she sported a fire engine red satin backless pantsuit during one concert that was all kinds of yowza.

The Chronicles of Anna Magdalena Bach is a fantastic movie, and you can get it on Netflix! I think this can only be due to Netflix not realizing Straub-Huillet were raging Marxists. I hadn't realized until recently that Danielle Huillet died in 2006. I loved their movie about ancient Rome, interviewing the ancient Roman dude en plein milieu de Rome modern. Actually, love all their movies that I've seen.


Posted by: dairy queen | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 5:57 PM
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Apologies for double post, do not know how that happened.


Posted by: dairy queen | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 6:03 PM
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Tonight I fell up some stairs in the stadium during Nia's game and almost entirely caught Selah, but the top of her head did hit a step and I essentially wish I could disappear or something. She is fine and the hospital urgent care thinks there's no damage at all, though I'm sort of ripped up and bloody. But in the car on the way over, I kept playing the girls' favorite song, Laura Mvula's "Green Garden," and hearing her chortling and clapping the whole time was soothing. She immediately stops crying and starts clapping whenever it comes on. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5akYnlwubDo (Selah and I, the lightest-skinned ones in the family, are the only ones who love Mvula's anti-colorism/white privilege song "That's Alright," http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYjHixQ9Ns4 and so we enjoy it on our own. And tomorrow when we're all in the car for five hours, others may have to suck it up and listen so she can clap happily.)


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 7:38 PM
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Glad everyone is O.K. Hope the drive goes well.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 7:43 PM
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Anyway, baseball is tense. Who knew?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 7:48 PM
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Can you score while on defense, like in football? Otherwise, tension over.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 7:50 PM
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Oh Thorn. I hope you heal fast and forgive yourself faster. It was an accident.
Laura Mvula is so great, and both those songs have been comforts this month. Usual comfort links: Eddie Izzard doing bits on YouTube.


Posted by: Penny | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 7:51 PM
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Sorry Thorn! I was just telling my 2yo the captivating story of her falling down a whole flight of stairs as a baby and turning out ok. Among worst moments of my life; I remember distinctly the catastrophism of my thoughts, that that had been the good part of my life as a parent and now we were beginning the awful part. Really glad you guys are basically ok.


Posted by: lurid keyaki | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 8:01 PM
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Well that sucks. I like that Pittsburgh team plus I was looking forward to a week of going for supremely obnoxious commenting all the time. On the other hand now not absolutely every single person who's not a Dodgers fan will be rooting against us.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 8:04 PM
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Yikes Thorn, but I'm sure everyone is fine. As my father said when I brought my kid over for the first time "You can drop babies without injuring them at all. They're very resilient. They're designed to be dropped." Things the make you go hmmmmmmmm.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 8:08 PM
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We're totally fine. It was mostly just the horror of having done it and feeling like we needed to get it checked out because we'e not her legal guardians and blah blah. The doctors said I did all the right things in the ways I was able to protect her and there's no bruising or anything at all in terms of physical damage to her and mine is minimal and will be fine by tomorrow. She is really the best baby, plus we're not going to face an investigation or anything, which is why I have to worry extra. And for the next few days, we'll have a pool and hot tub to wear out the big girls (and presumably me as chaperone and Selah, who's a happy water baby and will be then she's not asleep) and I think things will be enjoyable.


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 8:27 PM
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Well that sucks. I like that Pittsburgh team plus I was looking forward to a week of going for supremely obnoxious commenting all the time. On the other hand now not absolutely every single person who's not a Dodgers fan will be rooting against us.

I think it's the exact opposite. On my baseball message boards everyone got sick of the Cardinals' incessant luck about five years ago, and now hates them even more because they beat the Pirates. So enjoy us bandwagoners while you can.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 10- 9-13 8:38 PM
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I'm realizing that I probably lied about hating the Dodgers forever. For teams that I am neither actively rooting for or in current hate mode, I generally start watching or reading about a game/series and see where my emotions end up. And actually I find that I am pleased that LA beat Atlanta (the war chant cannot be tolerated) and may even end up rooting for them over the Cardinals (but we'll see! any little event can swing me).


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 10-10-13 7:21 AM
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I'm going to go back to not noticing.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10-10-13 7:25 AM
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Geez, apo. You don't get the south at all.

Heh. It's mutual. The only thing I could have told you about Tim McGraw was that he is a country singer married to the woman who sang the Sunday Night Football song the past few years.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 10-10-13 7:31 AM
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It is mildly disorienting to find myself having a minor preference for the Cardinals over the Dodgers in the NLCS, because of Blume's in-laws on the one hand and Halford on the other.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 10-10-13 7:36 AM
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I should, but I got ruint by growing up with sports addictions.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 10-10-13 7:36 AM
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Wait, my in-laws.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 10-10-13 7:36 AM
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Dope.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 10-10-13 7:37 AM
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Blume's in-laws are New England-centric, are they not?


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 10-10-13 7:37 AM
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damn


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 10-10-13 7:38 AM
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114 -> 111. Even though my dad didn't buy a pickup truck to keep me from growing up gay or a nerd. (I think that was the subtext of one of the pickup truck ads I saw last night. They were driving in a mountain valley, and the voiceover was about the kid preferring video games to picking up a ball, but now possibly a "convert.". Something like that.)


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 10-10-13 7:42 AM
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Nothing straighter than playing with balls.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 10-10-13 7:53 AM
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What kind of balls do you need a truck to pick up? Oh, okay, right.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 10-10-13 7:58 AM
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Look for the ad in coming days in baseball games. I was kind of half-watching/listening.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 10-10-13 8:21 AM
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I've seen the pickup truck ad where the guy has to drive around looking for a calf, which probably ran away because it was a Holstein mysteriously housed with a herd of longhorns. I've seen that one 950 times. It's this year's equivalent of last year's "THIS TRAIN".

Do not remember the one about video games.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 10-10-13 8:25 AM
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I always imagine the guy in the pickup truck ad in 123 as the American Bjartur of Summerhouses, looking obsessively for a lost lamb, doomed to ultimate failure under the crushing burden of debt.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 10-10-13 8:30 AM
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It's hard to keep straight which are the pickup truck ads and which are for Viagra. Like the guy pulling the horse trailer home over dirt roads, that one is Viagra or equivalent, right?


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 10-10-13 8:48 AM
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The Viagra ad where the guy drives around everywhere looking for a calf is great.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10-10-13 8:50 AM
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The one where the guy destroys his car by knocking over a basketball hoop and then stands there sheepishly as his wife talks to the insurance agent is for Viagra, right?


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 10-10-13 8:54 AM
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127: I think you're thinking of the one where the guy is taking batting practice and spraying balls all over Washington DC.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 10-10-13 8:58 AM
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Actually I think every ad aver that was geared to selling stuff to men was actually for Viagra.

Marlboro Man--Viagra.
"Take it all off"--Viagra.
Republican presidential ads--Viagra.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 10-10-13 9:00 AM
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What I actually think, let me actually show it to you.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 10-10-13 9:01 AM
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This was my favorite Viagra ad.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 10-10-13 9:02 AM
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The Viagra ad where Mike Ditka throws a football through a suspended tire is something I made-up, right?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10-10-13 9:03 AM
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Obama, or Ditka? Ditka.

What about if it was a mini-Ditka, and Obama was in a monster truck?

Ditka.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 10-10-13 9:07 AM
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It's hard to keep straight

Not for those of us who grew up playing with balls.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 10-10-13 9:08 AM
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134: Straight man or straight man? It's clear that I'm at least one of those two.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 10-10-13 9:19 AM
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124 is great, Halford. I picked up Independent People as a result of conversations here and absolutely loved it.


Posted by: Stranded in Lubbock | Link to this comment | 10-10-13 9:54 AM
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Yes, "What would Bjartur of Summerhouses do?" has somewhat replaced "What would Clark Griswold do?" in my interior cautionary monologue.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 10-10-13 9:57 AM
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For amusement, may I suggest looking at the Twitter handle @chicagoventra? CTA has new cards, and the proper handle for the vendor is @ventrachicago, but the parody account contains gems like "Good news! We've tripled our number of call center workers to nearly FOUR people! #Ventra #VentraCares" There are many responses from people not in on the joke for added fun.


Posted by: ydnew | Link to this comment | 10-10-13 10:39 AM
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130 is awesome, too. My parents tease my brother about his dream romance involving the dual bathtubs that are the hallmark of whichever non-Viagra ED drug I can't think of right now. (We got to Chicago fine, but I'm wiped out. The big girls are fans of Chicago-style pizza, while baby Selah decided to eat my salad, which was both fantastic and adorable.)


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 10-10-13 7:42 PM
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139: It's Cialis, and that ad totally cracks me up.


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 10-10-13 7:52 PM
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I find the Maher Shalal Hash Baz song "What's Your Business Here, Elijah?" very soothing.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 10-11-13 1:03 PM
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And it's on youtube now, which it wasn't the last time I checked!


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