Re: Unfoggedbabysplosion Continues

1

Congratulations.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 6:44 AM
horizontal rule
2

What! Hooray!!


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 6:44 AM
horizontal rule
3

Congratulations. I am happy for Megan.


Posted by: lemmy caution | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 6:46 AM
horizontal rule
4

Oh, I'm actually crying. I had no idea who anon was and had thought of her for so long. Love and best wishes to all of them! I'm glad to see the shawl made with such love put to such good use.


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 6:51 AM
horizontal rule
5

Oh, how lovely! xoxox for all. Much love.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 6:53 AM
horizontal rule
6

I had no idea who anon was and had thought of her for so long.

Me too, this. Congratulations to Megan and Megan's honey! Welcome, little Steadfast!


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 6:57 AM
horizontal rule
7

SO WONDERFUL. Hooray! Baby! xoxo!


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 6:57 AM
horizontal rule
8

Good babying!


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 6:59 AM
horizontal rule
9

Congratulations and Best Wishes to Megan et al.


Posted by: idp | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 7:03 AM
horizontal rule
10

Hooray! Congratulations! Great name, too.


Posted by: parodie | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 7:04 AM
horizontal rule
11

Hooray for Megan and family!


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 7:08 AM
horizontal rule
12

Congratulations!


Posted by: widget | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 7:09 AM
horizontal rule
13

Baby!


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 7:10 AM
horizontal rule
14

Awesome! Have fun you three!


Posted by: dairy queen | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 7:10 AM
horizontal rule
15

4/6 is me, too.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 7:11 AM
horizontal rule
16

Extra special baby! Best wishes to Megan and family.


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 7:13 AM
horizontal rule
17

Congratulations!


Posted by: dalriata | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 7:13 AM
horizontal rule
18

Congratulations!


Posted by: Klug | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 7:15 AM
horizontal rule
19

I don't really understand how Megan and this other woman had the same baby (probably something involving end times) but congrats to them both!


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 7:18 AM
horizontal rule
20

Congratulations to all concerned!


Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 7:19 AM
horizontal rule
21

Babies! Hooray!


Posted by: politicalfootball | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 7:23 AM
horizontal rule
22

19: Baby time-share. Much more convenient than a full-time baby.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 7:24 AM
horizontal rule
23

Contratulations! Many happy returns! Etc!


Posted by: E. Messily | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 7:30 AM
horizontal rule
24

heebie is also Thorn and Blume, which is even more confusing.
Congratulations!


Posted by: Awl | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 7:32 AM
horizontal rule
25

Huzzah!


Posted by: beamish | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 7:32 AM
horizontal rule
26

Congratumalatibulationings! Like baby.


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 7:34 AM
horizontal rule
27

Congratulations!


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 7:35 AM
horizontal rule
28


"Steadfast" would make a good Puritan name: "From Steadfast Mather issued two daughters, Fortitude and Parsimony, and a son, Righteous Rectitude Mather."


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 7:35 AM
horizontal rule
29

Adorable. Congratulations Megan!


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 7:39 AM
horizontal rule
30

Oh, this is a very fine way to begin the day. Mazel tov to Megan and her family. And thanks to LB for sharing this wonderful news.


Posted by: Von Wafer | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 7:40 AM
horizontal rule
31

Woo baby!!!


Posted by: Chopper | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 7:41 AM
horizontal rule
32

Congratulations! Hooray for healthy babies!


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 7:43 AM
horizontal rule
33

Congratulations! Woo hoo!!!


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 7:45 AM
horizontal rule
34

Congrats to both Megan and anon on the timeshare! Just as awesome as the baby cuteness is that, to my eye, the pattern in the shawl seems to have arrows in each quadrant pointing to the middle as if to say, "Place baby here."


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 7:48 AM
horizontal rule
35

34: I think that's where the baby was beamed down from the baby mothership.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 7:58 AM
horizontal rule
36

Congrats Megan!


Posted by: BDM | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 8:00 AM
horizontal rule
37

Congratulations!


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 8:01 AM
horizontal rule
38

Mazel tov!


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 8:05 AM
horizontal rule
39

35- Sounds messy, I guess the shawl had some good stain treatment.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 8:10 AM
horizontal rule
40

Congratulations!


Posted by: W. Breeze | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 8:12 AM
horizontal rule
41

Oh, congratulations. I agree with 34, everything in its right place.


Posted by: lourdes kayak | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 8:28 AM
horizontal rule
42

Heartfullest congratulations!


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 8:38 AM
horizontal rule
43

Congratulations! I hope the joy and relief sustain you through the newborn crazytime. This is really great news.


Posted by: lurid keyaki | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 8:41 AM
horizontal rule
44

Oh my goodness. What wonderful news! I had no idea.

Also, that is the cutest little dumpling I have ever seen.


Posted by: jms | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 8:44 AM
horizontal rule
45

Isn't it amazing what a good head of hair does to make a newborn look cuter?


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 8:47 AM
horizontal rule
46

45: Oh, did you knit that too?


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 8:48 AM
horizontal rule
47

That is what Freud would have you believe.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 8:49 AM
horizontal rule
48

All my kids were born with hair like this, then it fell out and took almost a year to grow back. They were like, "Ok, send out the cure newborn pictures- done? Good, I'm going bald."


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 9:04 AM
horizontal rule
49

cure=cute


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 9:04 AM
horizontal rule
50

Congratulations!


Posted by: Mooseking | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 9:06 AM
horizontal rule
51

Yeah, I think that's pretty standard. Sally was born with lots of hair, and everyone told us that was going to happen to her. Didn't in her case, but it's certainly a thing.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 9:07 AM
horizontal rule
52

Congratulations, Megan! Positively delightful!


Posted by: Yawnoc | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 9:12 AM
horizontal rule
53

Thank you all. It has been a very rocky three years. It got a lot better when there was no sign of hydrocephalus at Steady's 23 and 26 and 29 week ultrasounds. It got amazingly better last Wednesday when he was born (slightly early, 36 weeks) alive. It is still sinking in that this baby will stay with us.

28: I love the Piritan virtue names. I have been lobbying for Steadfast for years. I think it goes well with his last name. But it will have to be a nickname, if anything.


Posted by: Megan | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 9:12 AM
horizontal rule
54

I didn't realize Estonians were known for their virtues.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 9:19 AM
horizontal rule
55

Megan, I'm so happy for you guys. I can't imagine what you've been through. Has there been any genetic/medical insights? Does Steady's success change the medical diagnosis? Are you getting any sleep and are you doing okay with pumping/nursing? (Within one week my default assumption is that most are not doing okay.)


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 9:27 AM
horizontal rule
56

Congratulations!


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 9:27 AM
horizontal rule
57

28: A good Puritan-style from-the-archives baby name would be Provenance.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 9:31 AM
horizontal rule
58

Holy moly. Congratulations, Megan.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 9:35 AM
horizontal rule
59

Ontology.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 9:36 AM
horizontal rule
60

Congrats!


Posted by: Unfoggetarian: "Pause endlessly, then go in" (9) | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 9:40 AM
horizontal rule
61

Ontogeny!


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 9:49 AM
horizontal rule
62

That's fantastic! Congratulations, Megan.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 9:50 AM
horizontal rule
63

Wow, congratulations.

I had no idea that Megan was anon. That sounded like such an ordeal, I'm glad to hear that there's good news.


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 9:51 AM
horizontal rule
64

Phylogeny Progeny!


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 9:51 AM
horizontal rule
65

I have been lobbying for Steadfast for years.

"Steady" is such a great nickname for either sex, I think I might have to steal this name for the child I am not likely to actually have but enjoy daydreaming about.


Posted by: Swope FM | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 9:53 AM
horizontal rule
66

65: Goes well with Eddie.


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 9:58 AM
horizontal rule
67

And Spaghetti.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 10:02 AM
horizontal rule
68

Hooray! So happy for you, especially after all your anon disasters.


Posted by: k-sky | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 10:06 AM
horizontal rule
69

If it's one thing I've learned from unfogged it's that bad things happen to anonymous people. Just stick with your usual pseud and you'll be ok.


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 10:08 AM
horizontal rule
70

If it's one thing I've learned from unfogged it's that bad things happen to anonymous people.

OTOH, the anonymous people are having more exciting sexual experiences.


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 10:17 AM
horizontal rule
71

Count me with 4/6/15. Hallelujah and hurrah forever! What a beautiful child.


Posted by: Gabardine Bathyscaphe | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 10:26 AM
horizontal rule
72

Yaaaaaaay! Congratulations to Megan, Partner, and Steadfast!


Posted by: J, Robot | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 10:26 AM
horizontal rule
73

Best News Ever!


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 10:32 AM
horizontal rule
74

I don't know, the lurkers seem like a positive group of people.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 10:34 AM
horizontal rule
75

They're certainly supportive.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 10:44 AM
horizontal rule
76

Hooray!


Posted by: Mr. Blandings | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 11:10 AM
horizontal rule
77

Congratulations! What a darling baby!


Posted by: ydnew | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 11:12 AM
horizontal rule
78

Has there been any genetic/medical insights? Does Steady's success change the medical diagnosis? Are you getting any sleep and are you doing okay with pumping/nursing? (Within one week my default assumption is that most are not doing okay.)

No, no helpful genetic insights yet. A year ago we sent our DNA to Yale to sequence. They got the four of us sequenced by February. We got pregnant in February. Then we hoped for Yale's analysis to come in time to tell us about the third pregnancy (knowing that the hydrocephalus would be visible by twenty weeks). But it never did.

Our genetic counselor lined up another way to analyze the exomes that Yale sequenced. A start-up type company is trying software that analyzes exomes (if you have them already sequenced). They ran ours and got us results in a couple days. Their best guess was a recessive mutation in a gene called NOTCH1. We tested Steady's DNA for NOTCH1. He had both of our recessive mutations, but the hydrocephalus never showed up. So our only hypothesis has been disproved. Maybe one day Yale will get back to us with their analysis.

Are we sleeping, breastfeeding well? Probably about like all new parents. Some successes, some struggle. He's great, though. I keep hearing that he's drowsy because he's slightly premature and that he'll get more awake soon. But for now he sleeps lots.


Posted by: Megan | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 11:55 AM
horizontal rule
79

Congratulations, Megan!


Posted by: Bave | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 12:05 PM
horizontal rule
80

Great news and that is one handsome fella.


Posted by: bill | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 12:11 PM
horizontal rule
81

The important question: how is your dog handling all this?


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 12:13 PM
horizontal rule
82

Let me be the first to shout hooray!


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 12:18 PM
horizontal rule
83

||

I have a friend who's been working for 3 years at this organization in DC which has been forced to lay him off. Don't know how good a lawyer he is of course, but he's one of the most positive people I know, and of the lawyers I know, he's the most enthusiastic about lawyering. So, just thought there might be a chance one of the lawyers here could have an idea for something for him to do.

|>


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 12:21 PM
horizontal rule
84

And, congratulations! Did I say that already... OK! Nice shawl too.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 12:21 PM
horizontal rule
85

Was a flaming couch thrown from the roof in celebration?


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 12:27 PM
horizontal rule
86

The dog is doing pretty good. He likes the new guy, and likes that all we do is sit in one room of the house. That way he can be in the same place as all of us. He has gotten more protective, though, and more determined to bark at passersby. I hope that eases up.


Posted by: Megan | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 12:27 PM
horizontal rule
87

OMG! Have not read the thread yet but I am so so so happy for you three + pup! (And so thrilled to hear about a happy ending to anon for now's story.)


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 12:40 PM
horizontal rule
88

78: Huh. Well, it'd be nice if those questions got resolved more satisfactorily, but this moment is at least dedicated to celebration. Incredibly happy for you guys. And he is beautiful.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 12:49 PM
horizontal rule
89

||

Here's a frivolous threadjack which I assume will not prevent anyone from gushing over Steady:

What shall I pseud the new baby? Hawaiian Punch and Hokey Pokey were a pair of guinea pigs we had when I was very little. We always got pets in pairs, but I don't necessarily feel attached to the pet name that went with Ace. So, here are the choices:

1. Terry, the name of the dog acquired with Ace. (My dad named them. Their names were Acyclovir and Terramycin.)
2. Popo, short for Popocatepetl, or Chompsky, a pair of cats acquired before I was born who died when I was a young child.
3. Epi, short for Eppendorf, or Splotch, the next pair of cats acquired after Popo and Chompsky died.
4. Rascal, Jammies' childhood dog. Which kind of plays well with Ace, as a name.

|>


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 1:04 PM
horizontal rule
90

Surely you can come up with some cute communicable disease name.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 1:06 PM
horizontal rule
91

I don't know how you could not go with Chompsky.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 1:08 PM
horizontal rule
92

Rascal is cute as a name. As is Popo. Epi is bad. I will always be thinkign of anaphalactic shock if you pseudonymously name your child Epi.


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 1:17 PM
horizontal rule
93

Since this baby will be the youngest, I think Popo, Rascal or Splotch would be the fittingest.


Posted by: jms | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 1:25 PM
horizontal rule
94

Congrats to Megan!

83: The Plaintiffs' class actions firms that represent employees, of which there are several in the DC area, would be a natural fit. My firm does some of that and my email is attached in case he's interested in moving to Philadelphia,


Posted by: unimaginative | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 1:26 PM
horizontal rule
95

Heebie - Rascal.

Megan - congratulations! Also had no idea you were anon, and am so pleased this pregnancy has been so evidently successful. Wishing all of you all the best.


Posted by: asilon | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 1:36 PM
horizontal rule
96

Congrats and I'm so glad everything is going well.


Posted by: hydrobatidae | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 1:38 PM
horizontal rule
97

Popo sounds like the little kid word in German for butt.


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 2:00 PM
horizontal rule
98

Ha. VSOOBC, knecht thinks so too.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 2:02 PM
horizontal rule
99

It would be hard for Popo to get into the street drug trade, everyone would run away whenever they called his name.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 2:15 PM
horizontal rule
100

Congratulations, Megan and family, that's great. I didn't remember much of a history to pregnancy-related "anon" commenters, but looking back through it now, this comment must have been incredibly stressful at the time.

89: Given those choices, I'd go with Chompsky.


Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 2:16 PM
horizontal rule
101

Wonderful news, Megan. Congratulations!


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 2:17 PM
horizontal rule
102

Holy smokes, I had no idea this was in the works! I'm such a bad comments reader. Congratulations Megan!!!!! Yay!!!


Posted by: Saheli | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 2:19 PM
horizontal rule
103

Splotch! The best possible pseud for a child


Posted by: Nworb Werdna | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 2:19 PM
horizontal rule
104

I like Ace and Rascal.


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 2:20 PM
horizontal rule
105

Popocatepetl, or Chompsky, a pair of cats acquired before I was born

Your parents are very unlike mine. In a good way.

I like Ace and Rascal.

Agreed. Rascal drives, Ace shoots? Or the other way around?


Posted by: dalriata | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 2:25 PM
horizontal rule
106

I feel like it would be a shame to break the pattern you've established, which means Terry or something from Terramycin. (Harold Ramis?) But Rascal is good on its own.

Chompsky is much more a pet's name than any of the others.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 2:31 PM
horizontal rule
107

But Rascal is good on its own

Or Raskol (short for Rasknolnikov)


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 2:39 PM
horizontal rule
108

Ace and Rascal do seem like extras on the Dukes of Hazard, in an appealing way.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 3:06 PM
horizontal rule
109

Epi, but I am preferential to cute science-related names.


Posted by: Klug | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 3:08 PM
horizontal rule
110

106: what's the Harold Ramis connection to terramycin?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 3:09 PM
horizontal rule
111

106: what's the Harold Ramis connection to terramycin?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 3:09 PM
horizontal rule
112

Stupid ipad.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 3:10 PM
horizontal rule
113

Rascal is clearly the best choice.


Posted by: J, Robot | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 3:11 PM
horizontal rule
114

And can go with La Scar when you need to reverse* the name for anonymity.

*With minor fudging


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 3:17 PM
horizontal rule
115

Minor Fudge can be the online pseud of the next pet we get.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 3:23 PM
horizontal rule
116

Popo sounds like the little kid word in German for butt

The word my wife used with our children, because her mother had used it with her.


Posted by: idp | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 3:25 PM
horizontal rule
117

Fudge in G Minor.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 3:28 PM
horizontal rule
118

Lascar also means rascal* in early 20thc French slang,
so that's handy.

*Maybe more "hoodlum." Others I am sure will opine.


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 3:38 PM
horizontal rule
119

Thank you 94! However, it seems that he is still required to work in the non-profit or government world because of scholarship terms, or something like that.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 4:27 PM
horizontal rule
120

terramycin


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 4:31 PM
horizontal rule
121

Ned, the lawyer friend who worked there has moved on (so no current connection to offer), but Emily's List might be somewhere to consider for a lefty nonprofit that hires lawyers.


Posted by: ydnew | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 4:42 PM
horizontal rule
122

Lascar's a racial term isn't it? South Asian sailors crewing western ships. The French usage presumably derived from that.


Posted by: Keir | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 4:48 PM
horizontal rule
123

Also, and separately, congratulations!


Posted by: Keir | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 4:49 PM
horizontal rule
124

Lascar also means soldier (or sailor) in Anglo-Indian. It's Arabic by way of Persian.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 4:49 PM
horizontal rule
125

Or maybe I meant Persian by way of Arabic. Anyway I like Rascal.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 4:54 PM
horizontal rule
126

Rascal's Wager: Even under the assumption that getting away with it is unlikely, the potential benefits of misbehaving are so vast as to make obedience irrational.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 5:20 PM
horizontal rule
127

MEGAN!! How overjoyed I am to hear the news. (And what a total shock.)

Wow, this is just so lovely. Wow.


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 5:40 PM
horizontal rule
128

Ned, more from Phila:

This place is a good nonprofit and they're hiring for a staff attorney. I don't know who's currently running their legal dept, but their (relatively new) ED seems to be a mover and shaker.

There's also F/r///n/d/s of F/rmw/rkers, though as far as I know they are not currently hiring an attorney. At some point their 40-year veteran is going to have to retire, though.


Posted by: ttiW | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 5:44 PM
horizontal rule
129

My office is hiring, and scuttlebutt is that the market's gotten better, which means that we aren't getting lots of great applicants. If he's interested in working for NYS, give him my email -- I can't do much, but I can walk him through the process. And if our office's experiences are typical, it might be a good time to check out the AG's office in whatever state he wants to be in (VA? MD?)


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 5:48 PM
horizontal rule
130

Maybe he wants to work somewhere that pays enough to afford haircuts?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 6:08 PM
horizontal rule
131

I'm starting to feel as if admitting to my haircut routine was a mistake. Look, it goes from a short bob to long straight hair with some layers in it -- there isn't a stage inbetween where it looks terribly strange. I think.

Don't judge me. You're all judging me, aren't you?


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 6:15 PM
horizontal rule
132

Of course not. We assume you use a flowbee for touch ups in between.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 6:27 PM
horizontal rule
133

I read that as it has some lawyers in it.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 6:31 PM
horizontal rule
134

I am the male version of LizardBreath. My hair goes from buzzcut to dirty hippie length. People are always shocked when it goes back to buzzcut.


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 6:36 PM
horizontal rule
135

Wow. Congratulations, Megan. Made my day.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 6:39 PM
horizontal rule
136

Oh my gosh. Yeah, I'm crying. This place I tell ya. So, so happy for you, Hooray!


Posted by: Penny | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 6:48 PM
horizontal rule
137

Oh, I mean, I aim to get my hair cut every couple months but don't usually end up doing it until Blume fairly explicitly says "wow, yeah, that's really pretty bad". But I'm a scientist, not a high-powered Manhattan lawyer. We get an awful lot of leeway.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 6:53 PM
horizontal rule
138

I used to be high-powered. Now I'm a scrappy, underpaid civil servant. Eccentric grooming decisions are totally in character.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 6:55 PM
horizontal rule
139

"Representing the State of New York will be Cousin Itt."


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 6:56 PM
horizontal rule
140

You're all judging me, aren't you?

I liked your short haircut, and I liked your long grown out haircut, and I presume that I would have liked all the intermediate stages. As the resident voice of the male gaze, I say fuck that noise, your haircutting routine is sound!


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 6:58 PM
horizontal rule
141

Aw, thanks. I feel all warm and objectified.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 7:02 PM
horizontal rule
142

I don't think I have the slightest idea what you look like.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 7:08 PM
horizontal rule
143

She looks sort of warm and objectified.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 7:13 PM
horizontal rule
144

Terrifying, isn't it? I could be standing behind you right now.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 7:14 PM
horizontal rule
145

Hair billowing out behind.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 7:14 PM
horizontal rule
146

Or remaining severely in place, depending on where I am in the cycle.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 7:15 PM
horizontal rule
147

Not for your hair, anyway.


Posted by: Mr. Blandings | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 7:16 PM
horizontal rule
148

145: billowing out of where?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 7:17 PM
horizontal rule
149

Oh dear god and I read that as "I say fuck that nose." It it possible to develop dyslexia in the course of 24 hours? What have you people done to me?


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 7:22 PM
horizontal rule
150

147: Nice.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 7:22 PM
horizontal rule
151

149: "I say! I say, old chum. I have rather a favor to ask."


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 7:26 PM
horizontal rule
152

This reminds me. I should take a selfie for my linkedin page.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 7:51 PM
horizontal rule
153

Congrats, Megan!


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 7:51 PM
horizontal rule
154

Congratulations, Megan! And Anon!


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 8:26 PM
horizontal rule
155

Megan: Echoing 4, 6, 63, etc., I too had no idea who anon was, but I'm glad you've been able to get such a happy ending this time around. Congratulations to all three of you!


Posted by: Dave W. | Link to this comment | 10-20-14 8:28 PM
horizontal rule
156

Delighted for Megan and her sweetie. I had no clue who anon was - didn't spend time trying to figure it out or anything but certainly successfully concealed her distinctive voice.


Posted by: emir | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 1:15 AM
horizontal rule
157

didn't spend time trying to figure it out or anything but certainly successfully concealed her distinctive voice.

Yeah, agreed. I also had no idea, and I generally think of Megan as having a distinctive and recognizable way of commenting.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 1:18 AM
horizontal rule
158

89. Late to the fair. due to getting a good night's sleep, but Splotch is completely onomatopoeic for most baby activities.


Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 2:24 AM
horizontal rule
159

122. Urdu from Persian from Arabic. Arabic al askar also finds its way down the opposite side of the Indian Ocean to emerge in Kiswahili as Askari: a soldier or policeman. Well travelled word.


Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 3:07 AM
horizontal rule
160

As in one of the many pullulating jihadi groups in Pakistan, the Lashkar-e-Taiba (Army of Righteousness).


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 3:24 AM
horizontal rule
161

This lurker supports the babysplosion in email, and also right here in the comments! All the best to Megan and Sweetie and lovely Steadfast.


Posted by: Antipodestrian | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 4:36 AM
horizontal rule
162

May I ask a question? Yes? Okay, here goes: I'm scheduled to give a talk tomorrow night at a small, non-profit historical society in the Mountain West. They're selling tickets, so this appears to be a fund-raiser of some kind for them. They've also done some publicity, so they're already out a few bucks on the deal.

The problem is this: a very good friend of mine, someone who figures prominently in my book and with whom I've remained close in recent years, just died yesterday. The wake is tonight; the funeral is tomorrow. Although I won't be able to make it to the wake, I'd very much like to go to the funeral. Both for personal and professional reasons, I feel like I should be there. But if I go, I'll have to cancel on the historical society.

So what should I do? I honestly don't know the etiquette in this situation. Is it okay to leave the historical society in the lurch, realizing that I'll be creating some problems for the people there?


Posted by: Von Wafer | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 4:45 AM
horizontal rule
163

You're excused from the talk. The historical society can reschedule. They can be irritated; you can apologize and offer to reschedule. Sorry for your the loss of your friend.


Posted by: ydnew | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 4:52 AM
horizontal rule
164

-your


Posted by: ydnew | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 4:54 AM
horizontal rule
165

163 gets it exactly right. I add my condolences.


Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 4:56 AM
horizontal rule
166

Okay, thanks so much. It's terribly sad, as he was a truly great person.


Posted by: Von Wafer | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 5:01 AM
horizontal rule
167

I agree with ydnew that if they respect your work, they have to expect you to do it properly. I'm sorry for your loss but glad you'll be able to be there.

And ajay, thanks for 160. I wondered about that during last night's discussion and meant to look it up this morning and now don't have to!


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 5:07 AM
horizontal rule
168

Yes, 163 is the right thing to do, and they would be churlish to be visibly irritated at the news. You should offer to reschedule, though, because as you say it will be putting them out - and if there's some sort of extra you can throw in to make up for it, that would be a gracious gesture ("Sorry I have to cancel. I appreciate your understanding. Of course I'll be happy to reschedule next month instead, and I'll bring along a co-author/give two talks instead of one/ sign books/ do my legendary impression of General Sheridan".


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 5:23 AM
horizontal rule
169

"I will offer everyone who attends lifetime immunity from cholera, so you'll all have that going for you."


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 5:27 AM
horizontal rule
170

Which is nice.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 5:38 AM
horizontal rule
171

And my condolences to you and the family of your friend.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 5:39 AM
horizontal rule
172

Ditto to 171.


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 5:40 AM
horizontal rule
173

Congratulations, Megan and family!


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 5:50 AM
horizontal rule
174

Standpipe!


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 5:59 AM
horizontal rule
175

Pridgeblate!


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 6:12 AM
horizontal rule
176

Yep to 163.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 6:13 AM
horizontal rule
177

I encountered the word this morning, in the way one often does when thinking about particular uncommon words.

In Jonathan Edwards' Doctrine of Original Sin Defended, he quotes from John Taylor's The Scripture-Doctrine of Original Sin:

It seems to be with a like view that Dr. Taylor says, "We must not take the measure of our health and enjoyments from a lazar house, nor of our understanding from bedlam, nor of our morals from a gaol."


Posted by: idp | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 6:47 AM
horizontal rule
178

Megan! So happy for you! What a wonderful little boy! (Also, very pretty blanket.)


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 7:54 AM
horizontal rule
179

Congrats, Megan!!


Posted by: will | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 7:54 AM
horizontal rule
180

177: a lazar-house is not a house for lascars. It's a leper colony (after Lazarus the leper).


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 8:18 AM
horizontal rule
181

180:
That makes sense.

Also interesting is Lascar's relation to Askari. I think of Askaris as African soldiers, in the service of colonial powers. So in the WWI campaigns in East Africa, a lot of the soldiers on both sides were Askaris.

Would Idi Amin's background be describable that way, or had the word passed out of use in the immediate post-WWII period?


Posted by: idp | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 8:32 AM
horizontal rule
182

It's still in use today - a company called Askari Security Services was hiring Ugandan mercenaries to serve in Iraq.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 8:40 AM
horizontal rule
183

Further to 180: Philadelphia's Lazaretto, the nations' first quarantine facility for new arrivals (built 1799, following horrible yellow fever epidemic of 1793).


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 9:44 AM
horizontal rule
184

s/b nation's


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 9:44 AM
horizontal rule
185

Thanks for the links, ttiW!


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 9:45 AM
horizontal rule
186

159 > 181. Askari is Kiswahili for soldier, and is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future. Also means policeman.


Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 9:49 AM
horizontal rule
187

R.W. Emerson uses the term lazzaroni disparagingly somewhere I can't find, and looking it up I find it too refers to Lazarus, the namesake of a hospital in Naples. It means layabouts.


Posted by: idp | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 10:10 AM
horizontal rule
188

Megan, that is wonderful news. Your tribulations as anon were heartbreaking. I am so glad for you and your sweetie. What a lovely, lovely, baby.


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 4:11 PM
horizontal rule
189

Congrats Megan. He's so precious!

My little one is losing all her hair except for a thick patch in the middle. It would make an awesome mohawk but her dad insists that we style it as a comb over.


Posted by: LizSpigot | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 4:13 PM
horizontal rule
190

Congrats, Megan!


Posted by: torrey pine | Link to this comment | 10-21-14 6:58 PM
horizontal rule
191

Congratulation, Megan and family!

(Baby!)


Posted by: clew | Link to this comment | 10-22-14 3:39 PM
horizontal rule
192

Haven't read the thread or the OP, so let me be the first to suggest Fresh Salt.


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 10-22-14 5:06 PM
horizontal rule