Re: Vintage Tees

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Might have been a freebie. I have a Reagan For President faux-vintage shirt that I got as a freebie. (I can't remember for what. Probably a more expensive variation of those "We'll front you unrequested mailing labels in the hope that you feel obligated to give us money" things.)

(Of course, I suspect the counter-argument to that is "If you're on such a list that they would send you one, you're a simple-minded ass..." though that seems mostly to simply be a variation of "Republicans. Ugh.")


Posted by: trumwill | Link to this comment | 05-23-15 12:18 PM
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Reagan-Bush nostalgia may seem misguided and superannuated but, cf. a recent David Brooks mishmash, conservatives are still bitterly furious at America for preferring Smilin' Joe Namath to T-Square-Cut Johnny Unitas back in Medici Florence or whenever.


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 05-23-15 12:47 PM
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I treasured the T shirt I got in Georgetown on my first ever trip to the States -- "He's tan, rested and ready. Nixon in '88"


Posted by: NW | Link to this comment | 05-23-15 3:24 PM
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1: Frankly, any significant nostalgia for Reagan qua president as opposed to Reagan qua timeframe entitles you to every iota of every person's scorn


Posted by: Turgid Jacobian | Link to this comment | 05-23-15 3:34 PM
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4: Free is free, is what I'm saying! Could just be a matter of free! I mean, I don't think I'm nostalgic for the 2011 Episcopal Church Fun Run... (But, I dunno, maybe the guy did by the shirt.)


Posted by: trumwill | Link to this comment | 05-23-15 3:49 PM
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There is no Russian word for "free t-shirt".


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 05-23-15 3:57 PM
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conservatives are still bitterly furious at America for preferring Smilin' Joe Namath to T-Square-Cut Johnny Unitas

I also prefer Johnny U, but that's because I'm pro-Baltimore and anti-Fur.


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 05-23-15 3:58 PM
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5: Next you're going to tell me we should give people a pass when they unwittingly refer to National Airport as "Reagan."

NEVER.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 05-23-15 3:59 PM
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8: Whatever, Norman Podhoretz.


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 05-23-15 4:00 PM
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8: Can't we just all get along (and call it DCA?).


Posted by: trumwill | Link to this comment | 05-23-15 4:10 PM
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Is Dulles called "DCB"?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 05-23-15 4:30 PM
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National=DCA. Dulles=IAB. BWI = BWI.


Posted by: Unfoggetarian: "Pause endlessly, then go in" | Link to this comment | 05-23-15 4:35 PM
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I suppose my system makes too much sense and couldn't possibly be used if O'Hare isn't CHB.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 05-23-15 4:47 PM
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My sister sometimes calls it Reagan. Bad because she's a good Democrat, worse because she's a native Washingtonian.


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 05-23-15 4:49 PM
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Ahimsub, there was a case here a few years ago where some hipster was wearing his "Bumfuck Texas High School Band" t-shirt when he was struck and killed while biking, and he had no ID on him. So the geniuses at the daily paper were tracking down leads in bumfuck, while the police simply searched the serial number of his iPod and figured out that he was a Yankee.


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 05-23-15 5:10 PM
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Dulles is actually IAD.


Posted by: Todd | Link to this comment | 05-23-15 5:16 PM
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Reagan is actually an IUD.


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 05-23-15 5:17 PM
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So the thing about always wearing clean underwear because you never know when you'll be hit by a car is secondary to not wearing some random freebie shirt because police won't be able to notify your family


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 05-23-15 5:51 PM
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Actually, since they couldn't find more information about his identity, the newspaper published a detailed description of his underpants and their level of filthiness.

So they're of equal importance.


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 05-23-15 6:06 PM
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When in the company of people who call National "Reagan" one should find a way to call BWI "Marshall." A better legacy, and a better man.


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 05-23-15 6:25 PM
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I suppose the thing to remember is that all of this will be under a kilometer of ice in 10,000 or 100,000 or 1,000,000 years. And that's just a drop in the bucket on geologic timescales. The "Anthropocene" will only survive as a strange layer of metals in certain soils or rock formations. The Fimbulwinter will descend with Jadis-like fury -- a crystal dagger stabbing and disrupting the senseless round of genocide and ecocide that characterize this etiolated, fallen epoch.


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 05-23-15 6:43 PM
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21:

The past stood at my shoulder, naked and defenseless as all dead things, as though it were time itself that had been laid open by the fall of the mountain. Fossil bones protruded from the surface in places, the bones of mighty animals and of men. The forest had set its own dead there as well, stumps and limbs that time had turned to stone, so that I wondered as I descended, if it might not be that Urth is not, as we assume, older than her daughters the trees, and imagined them growing in the emptiness before the face of the sun, tree clinging to tree with tangled roots and interlacing twigs until at last their accumulation became our Urth, and they only the nap of her garment.

Deeper than these lay the buildings and mechanisms of humanity. (And it may be that those of other races lay there as well, for several of the stories in the brown book I carried seemed to imply that colonies once existed here of those beings whom we call the cacogens, though they are in fact of myriad races, each as distinct as our own.) I saw metals there that were green and blue in the same sense that copper is said to be red or silver white, colored metals so curiously wrought that I could not be certain whether their shapes had been intended as works of art or as parts for strange machines, and it may be indeed that among some of those unfathomable peoples there is no distinction.

At one point, only slightly less than halfway down, the line of the fault had coincided with the tiled wall of some great building, so that the windy path I trod slashed across it. What the design was those tiles traced, I never knew; as I descended the cliff I was too near to see it, and when I reached the base at last it was too high for me to discern, lost in the shifting mists of the falling river. Yet as I walked, I saw it as an insect may be said to see the face in a portrait over whose surface it creeps. The tiles were of many shapes, though they fit together so closely, and at first I thought them representations of birds, lizards, fish and suchlike creatures, all interlocked in the grip of life. Now I feel that this was not so, that they were instead the shapes of a geometry I failed to comprehend, diagrams so complex that the living forms seemed to appear in them as the forms of actual animals appear from the intricate geometries of complex molecules.


Posted by: OPIONATED SEVERIAN | Link to this comment | 05-23-15 6:55 PM
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BWI "Marshall." A better legacy, and a better man.

Yeah, except I hate it when things that should rightly be named after geography after people, like the Triborough Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, the Queensbourough Ed Koch Bridge, or the Helen Bentley Port of Baltimore.

Of course, the one bridge named after a person who actually earned it, the Arland D. Williams Jr. Memorial Bridge, still every one just calls it the 14ths Street Bridge.


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 05-23-15 7:33 PM
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s/OPIONATED SEVERIAN/Karl Marx/


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 05-23-15 8:06 PM
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"The Somnambulance" would be a good name for a band.


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 05-23-15 8:11 PM
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Anyone got a link to the Unfogged mobile version? Just got a new phone and the page widening is giving me flashbacks to the early days of Slashdot.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 05-23-15 10:31 PM
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I'm hijacking this thread to ask, WHERE WAS THE EUROVISION LIVE BLOG POST?*

*I may be a little bit drunk


Posted by: Buttercup | Link to this comment | 05-23-15 10:46 PM
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DCB is the Dictionary of Canadian Biography.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 05-23-15 10:58 PM
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woooo drunkkkkk,.....


Posted by: Chopper | Link to this comment | 05-23-15 11:01 PM
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Ha. I persuaded NW to watch chunks of Eurovision with me last night. I couldn't believe he'd made it this far through life without ever having seen it before.


Posted by: Ume | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 1:40 AM
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It's better with the sound off. Much much better.


Posted by: NW | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 2:26 AM
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williams memorial bridge is not distinctive. i'm going to call it the lenny skutnik bridge.


Posted by: bjk | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 3:39 AM
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Yikes. Hang in there Geebies. A friend in TX just lost his house to water.

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Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 4:50 AM
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I was just tuning in to say we were just evacuated. Needless to say, we did not have a tidy evacuation plan in place.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 5:10 AM
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I'm feeling a bit agitated. We're out for breakfast tacos now. Our house is off the ground, though.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 5:12 AM
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Man. Hang in there.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 5:22 AM
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My friend was awoken by the sound of 6' of water flooding into his first floor. Had to break a second-story window and swim away.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 5:24 AM
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Holy shit. Where does he live?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 5:32 AM
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Wimberley


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 5:45 AM
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It's wimberley's fault that we're flooded.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 5:50 AM
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Their river meets up with our river downstream of here, and theirs is so flooded that ours has backed up.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 5:51 AM
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Poor Geebies. I hope you get to return soon to an undamaged home.

37: That's awful. Poor guy. Lucky he's OK.


Posted by: ydnew | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 5:53 AM
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heebs, email me where you live so I can worry with more focus!


Posted by: NW | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 5:54 AM
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I added a photo to the flickr group.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 5:55 AM
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Christ. Stay safe, Heebie and family.


Posted by: Ume | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 5:56 AM
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S/an Mar/cos.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 5:56 AM
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Just realized I left my purse at the house. Awesome.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 5:58 AM
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Best of luck, Geebs & Geeblets.


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 6:03 AM
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Floodwaters and sausage gravy really look disorientingly similar.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 6:20 AM
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Heading home, sounds like it's receding.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 6:26 AM
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Oh man! Hope everything is ok when you get there.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 6:30 AM
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Also, NW, you are so, so wrong about Eurovision. It's the best.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 6:31 AM
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NMM to John Nash. Or his wife.


Posted by: | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 6:46 AM
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Helicopters overhead doing search and rescue, apparently. Out power is back on.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 6:52 AM
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Oh wow, that's awful. Fucking taxi drivers.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 6:53 AM
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55 to 53.

54: House okay?


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 6:54 AM
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Yep, dry house.

Sorry to hear about JN.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 7:17 AM
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Hooray for your house being O.K.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 7:40 AM
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It's wimberley's fault that we're flooded.

The Wiki for their river now has the flood and claims the river rose 31 feet in one hour. Holy smokes! Glad the geebies are all okay.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 7:57 AM
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There's a good Piazza San Marco joke in here somewhere, I just know it!

Anyway, glad that y'all are safe. Get an evacuation/stay in place emergency plan figured out though!


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 8:02 AM
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26: Wait, there's a mobile version to this site? That would be groovy!


Posted by: trumwill | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 8:41 AM
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Why such an extreme river rise? How well is the area set up with wetlands and storm water basins? Or was there just so much rain it didn't matter?


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 10:13 AM
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Heebie, your town is trending on Twitter.

There is a "mobile version" of the site, but I designed it about a dozen years ago for my Nokia phone, and I don't think it has any advantages over the regular site, but it's here. (It's always been linked from the front page.)


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 10:14 AM
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Heebie lives in Stoke?


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 10:19 AM
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64: I am so very sad I didn't get up in time to watch that game.


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 10:23 AM
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OMG is this schadenfeude-riffic. Maureen Dowd discovers that Uber drivers can rate her.


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 10:50 AM
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That article is really something. It makes me wonder how badly she'd been acting, because I kind of doubt "accidentally made on person wait for a few minutes" was the explanation there, given her general tone of "Can you believe that you have to show them consideration and stuff and not just think of them as anonymous, disposable drones? I thought they were just little people!".


Posted by: MHPH | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 11:05 AM
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To the OP: Did the guy look like he might have been wearing the shirt ironically? I'm buying one of the "Obama Can't Ban These Guns" tank-tops because I think that gun-lovers' paranoia is amusing, and also my arms are really scrawny, so it'll work as a nice visual gag too.


Posted by: protoplasm | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 12:25 PM
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Ratings are for the little people.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 12:39 PM
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66: Uber and the ADA.

Wheelchair! -2 hit rating points.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 1:08 PM
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OT: I'm in the part of the wilderness with cell service.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 1:17 PM
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Also the part not more than a mile or two from a road at anytime. Which trailhead?


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 1:27 PM
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Wow Heebie, I'm glad you're all okay. Doing an organized fun outing with four little kids impresses me, I can only imagine being evacuated on no notice. Nice planning, the raised house.


Posted by: Penny | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 1:37 PM
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Buck and I just did that yesterday. I like hiking, but I do find trees a little intimidating without little wrought-iron fences around them like they're supposed to have.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 1:38 PM
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I'm at Grindle Shelter.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 1:44 PM
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Congratulations on your house being OK.

Also,

Needless to say, we did not have a tidy evacuation plan in place.

Breakfast tacos are the best evacuation plan of all.


Posted by: AcademicLurker | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 2:07 PM
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Breakfast tacos are the best evacuation plan of all.

They're not very tidy, though.

Glad to hear things worked out okay.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 2:10 PM
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75: Ah, will be doing a day hike south and west of there a bit tomorrow.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 2:57 PM
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but I do find trees a little intimidating without little wrought-iron fences around them like they're supposed to have.

Can't have too much protection from predatory trees.


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Fascinating stuff

Watched a movie other night Summer Vacation:1999 Kaneko Shusuke 1988 kinda ghost b/oy l/ove thing about four teenagers all alone on their old private school campus for the summer, romantic relationships, homicidal jealousies. Director had background in soft porn, which doesn't mean much explicit but landscape eye candy, romantic piano, vaseline on lens.

Parts are played wonderfully by four young women, in short haircuts and boys uniforms no makeup but very obviously female tending toward androgynous. Vincent Canby said the women were "representing" the boys.

It is even more interesting when you know the source material, the stone classic foundational BL manga Heart of Thomas, drawn with the boys having long flowing or curly blondish locks, i.e., looking like very "feminine" boys rather than masculine girls.

IOW, the film is several kinds of commentary on the manga, and meta-commentary on gender relations

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Posted by: bob mcmanus | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 3:46 PM
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Really a lot of destruction on the poor side of town, where the wimberley river runs through heebie town. One fatality. Lots of homes destroyed, presumably rentals where the renters are really wiped out.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 6:14 PM
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Also we're under curfew tonight! I don't think I've ever been under official curfew before.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 6:20 PM
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That's terribly sad. How are the kids taking this?


Posted by: Penny | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 6:29 PM
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They probably aren't out late regardless.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 6:52 PM
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83: it's just been on the fun and games level for them. We got out their kiddie fishing poles and let them cast in off the back deck.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 7:04 PM
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My high water emergency plan would include kettlebells.

http://hispanic-fitness.com/2014/11/22/awesome-underwater-workouts-underwater-kettlebell-training-underwater-weight-lifting-and-more/


Posted by: Econolicious Flood WOD | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 10:07 PM
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79: maybe LB saw "Evil Dead 2" at an impressionable age.


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 05-24-15 11:23 PM
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What's the place for 'This Is Just to Say' variations?


Posted by: beamish | Link to this comment | 05-25-15 7:32 PM
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I should probably have drawn more conclusions from the fact the guy running our election night committee room was wearing a 1992 Labour T-shirt:-0


Posted by: Alex | Link to this comment | 05-26-15 2:52 AM
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67: "Coming from a family of Irish maids, I had been looking forward to the concierge democracy, where we could all be masters of Downton Abbey, butled by drones and summoning staff by just touching our smartphones. "

She really does see them as drones. Also she uses the construction "my Uber" which just crawls up my ass and dies. I hate it hate it hate it. It's becomeing so common as to be standard usage to say idiotic shit like "I made a Facebook." No, you did not. Mark Zuckerberg made a Facebook and you made an account on Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook. Is adding "account" to the sentence really such a burden? Is saying things that are self-evidently stupid really an acceptable price to pay for saving half a breath? Maureen Dowd rode an Uber taxi (or just "car" if we want to play their stupid game of pretending they aren't a taxi service). I'd pay good money to see her ride an Uber or any other multinational corporation, however that might be arranged.

Shorter me: Everything is stupid.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 05-26-15 5:40 AM
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"I made a Facebook."

Well, go get a plastic baggie.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 05-26-15 5:43 AM
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where we could all be masters of Downton Abbey, butled by drones and summoning staff by just touching our smartphones. "

It's really dramatically obvious there that the "we" in her head definitely does not include anyone in the category of "staff" or "concierge".


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88: right here.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 05-26-15 6:08 AM
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Those are good. Nice work.


Posted by: beamish | Link to this comment | 05-26-15 9:37 AM
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All the stuff I hear about Uber makes me happier to stick to Hailo which has actual professional taxi drivers charging the standard rates. Hailo gets 10% commission which the drivers tell me is a bit on the steep side but usually worth it for the extra work.


Posted by: emir | Link to this comment | 05-26-15 10:23 AM
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