Re: Guest Post - Lose Yourself

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She's not from Texas, is she? Sounds like a furriner.


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 07-29-15 7:14 AM
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She's part of the Jade Helm invasion. Sshhhhhh.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07-29-15 7:17 AM
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Where's she sleeping?

Oh, and what are you thinking about subdividing the big bedroom? Definitely yes, definitely no, or still waiting to see?


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 07-29-15 7:21 AM
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My guess is definitely yes, but not for the next five years. Right now we've got all four sleeping in the big room, and in my opinion, it's going great. We just sleep-trained Rascal last week, so we are in this lovely novel phase of just tucking them all in and walking out the door.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07-29-15 7:26 AM
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So she'll sleep in the extra room, which is still a guest room.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07-29-15 7:26 AM
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Hi E Messily! Hope you have a fabulous time in Tx! The geebies sound like fun so I am confident you will. I bet Hawaii has some top tips re style, il faut en profiter!


Posted by: dairy queen | Link to this comment | 07-29-15 7:28 AM
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If you have a Guest room, you can decorate it with Spinal Tap stuff.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07-29-15 7:28 AM
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I'm happy to hear your sleep room is working well, heebie. I plan to transfer the girls to that (one smallish room full of beds for sleeping and reading, one big room with toys and clothes for time awake) and I think it will work much better than the setups we've had. And yay yay yay E Messily!


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 07-29-15 7:31 AM
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I'm curious whether the huge new vitamin regimen for E. Messily is working. And what incredible Halloween costumes she'll make for the Geebies.


Posted by: Megan | Link to this comment | 07-29-15 9:25 AM
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Hi guys!

The vitamins are not doing anything yet, I don't think. I wasn't supposed to expect anything to happen before "4 months or maybe a year" so. I'll check in again from Texas- mid-September will be the 4 month mark.

I am curious/excited about the Halloween costumes too.

I don't know if I totally understand Awl's questions. Probably I am jumping to complicated technical debates or something. Perhaps he will clarify using additional words? but
1. Are all of the gestures ASL: yes? Depending what you mean exactly. All of the things she does with her hands are things that are involved in the production of ASL signs. The rhythm and number of repetitions have been modified in some cases to match the beat and/or make a visual pattern.
2. I don't understand this question. She is using mouthing to cue the listener/watcher about where in the song she is and what the English lyrics are, but not in a way that is ever replaced by the ASL translation. And actual conversational ASL involves a lot of mouthing too, some of which is related to the mouth movements used in the production of English words.
3. Yes, way cool is correct.


Posted by: E. Messily | Link to this comment | 07-29-15 9:40 AM
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Pokey will probably want to be something easy like an American armadillo or a whale shark or a black desert bobcat. Hawaii might want to be....maybe a data collector. Lately I have a vision of her as a statistician. Ace might want to be...a monkey princess. Rascal, per tradition, will wear the octopus costume.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07-29-15 9:44 AM
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Don't let Hawaii do that. All you get done is commenting on the internet.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07-29-15 9:46 AM
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Also: We're leaving this afternoon to drive to Montana and camping on the way, so posting will be spotty.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07-29-15 1:14 PM
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That sounds like a very long trip.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07-29-15 1:17 PM
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I checked the map and 14 appears to be correct.


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 07-29-15 1:21 PM
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I meant that it sounds longer than you'd think even looking at the map.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07-29-15 1:22 PM
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16: I can't verify that.


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 07-29-15 1:26 PM
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We should arrive mid-Monday. But we're spending the weekend not driving, just camping.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07-29-15 2:23 PM
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Have fun camping/driving! We enjoyed our 8 days of it this month.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 07-29-15 2:39 PM
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We're apparently going to have a scorcher of a weekend, still in the 90s Monday. I hope you're camping somewhere higher up.


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 07-29-15 2:59 PM
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I don't understand what is happening to e messily. I hope is it nothing unsportsmanlike.


Posted by: urple | Link to this comment | 07-29-15 11:56 PM
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2: So not only are you betraying Texas, you're violating the Third Amendment to do it.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 07-30-15 12:07 AM
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I don't understand what is happening to e messily.

She has gone to live in the countryTexas. Only for a semester, I think.


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 07-30-15 3:25 AM
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I don't understand what is happening to e messily.

Me neither!

I haven't actually gone to Texas yet. Heebie jumped the gun a little because of how exciting this all is. I'm driving down after all the Montana and camping is over.


Posted by: E. Messily | Link to this comment | 07-30-15 10:25 AM
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Messily, I tried to find a witty way to ask this, but I'll have to go with sincerity instead: I understand that the vitamins won't yet have made a difference, but I hope that at least they're no longer making you sick?

(Also, how awesome that you'll be around the liveblog the jeebies!)


Posted by: Mme. Merle | Link to this comment | 07-30-15 10:52 AM
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I'm not sure what I'm going to do when all the Montana is over. Jump the shark, I guess.


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 07-30-15 11:01 AM
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26: Transformative!


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 07-30-15 11:03 AM
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Come hang out in Texas! I'm sure the Geebies have plenty of room.


Posted by: E. Messily | Link to this comment | 07-30-15 11:10 AM
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25- I can't tell for sure. I think I've mostly adjusted. My baseline level of digestive function wasn't that functional to start with, but I'm definitely doing better now than I was the first couple of weeks.


Posted by: E. Messily | Link to this comment | 07-30-15 11:13 AM
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E. Messily: the saga continues! I feel like you could turn the story of your life into an NPR radio series, if you were so inclined.


Posted by: torrey pine | Link to this comment | 07-31-15 7:13 AM
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Pokey will probably want to be something easy like an American armadillo

Watch out, Pokey!

Texas Man Hurt When Bullet Ricochets Off Armadillo He Tried To Shoot


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 07-31-15 11:35 AM
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Key point: "This was the second armadillo-shooting-followed-by-ricochet of the year."


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07-31-15 11:37 AM
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I won't be hunting any armadillos but I will be going out into the desert to have my very first falconry lesson tomorrow.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 07-31-15 12:49 PM
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For real?


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 07-31-15 1:01 PM
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Does anybody know Arabic for "snipe hunting"?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07-31-15 1:02 PM
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After enough lessons, can you just get a falcon to keep with you all the time, like Dsquared with his war-owl-bearing prosthetic shoulders?


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 07-31-15 1:02 PM
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My apartment has mice. I wonder what the potential is for indoor falconry.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 07-31-15 1:03 PM
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33 Yep. For real.
My ambition to work my way up to war owl and get one before D2 does.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 07-31-15 1:04 PM
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33 Yep. For real.
My ambition to work my way up to war owl and get one before D2 does.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 07-31-15 1:04 PM
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You can do indoor falconry with a cat, if you can get a cat to stand on your arm.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07-31-15 1:05 PM
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39 + is


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 07-31-15 1:14 PM
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40 cracked me up.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 07-31-15 1:35 PM
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I wonder how much Arabian falconry practice differs from European? Whether the lure is spun the same way, for instance or whether they tighten the hood between the free (right) hand and the teeth, as we do. Little things like that. I'm sure the basics are very similar.


Posted by: idp | Link to this comment | 07-31-15 1:54 PM
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43 So you've been? (What is the proper past tense anyway, to have falconed?) I had an English housemate when I was an undergrad who was into falconry but I never took the opportunity to go with her.

The Arabian hoods are different so perhaps they tighten them in a different manner as well.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 07-31-15 2:38 PM
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I've been around it and read about it both, but except for holding hawks on wrist I've haven't done it. Do the peninsula falcons have bells like the English ones do?


Posted by: idp | Link to this comment | 07-31-15 2:48 PM
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I'll let you know.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 07-31-15 3:13 PM
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FYI, I've spent a ridiculous totally reasonable amount of time today investigating armadillo costume ideas and options. Does it have to be realistic, or could it be like a sparkly space armadillo?


Posted by: E. Messily | Link to this comment | 07-31-15 3:53 PM
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Also, American armadillo? Come on, Pokey. There are so many awesomer armadillo options. Pink Fairy Armadillo. Hairy Long-Nosed Armadillo. Screaming Hairy Armadillo.


Posted by: E. Messily | Link to this comment | 07-31-15 3:57 PM
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Bullet-Proof Hairy Space Armadillo


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 07-31-15 4:00 PM
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Roadkill Armadillo


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 07-31-15 7:32 PM
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Wasn't today like, the hottest day in Arrakis in 40 years or something?


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 07-31-15 7:32 PM
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Link in 50 is better than you're probably thinking.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 07-31-15 7:33 PM
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52: Not really, no. Not that it wasn't good.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 08- 1-15 12:34 AM
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51 I'll have to check. Lately they all feel like the hottest day in 40 years here. I think the record was set in 2010 with the temp almost at 123 but it's been 120 a few times since I've been here and regularly pretty damn close to same.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 08- 1-15 1:38 AM
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Dear God I am sitting in the back seat of a Toyota Landcruiser next to a hooded but otherwise unrestrained Falcon and it's just hopped up on the headrest of the seat.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 08- 1-15 6:30 AM
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55. Wear a hat!


Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 08- 1-15 6:44 AM
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56 Stupid me I left it at home.

Ok my guide has pulled over and tied it to the other side.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 08- 1-15 6:58 AM
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Liveblogged falconry is going to be a delight!


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 08- 1-15 7:59 AM
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Wow is it safe to be out in that heat without a hat??? Sounds super awesome tho!

Also Thorn major huzzahs!


Posted by: dairy queen | Link to this comment | 08- 1-15 8:16 AM
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The falconer does indeed " tighten the hood between the free (right) hand and the teeth" as is the case with European falconry (and apparently the use of hoods is an Arabian practice imported to Europe during the Crusades).

As for spinning of the lure it was attached to a quadrocopter and was dangled more than spun. You might say this was a fairly nontraditional introduction to the sport.

We brought a live pigeon with us and the falcon took it on my release. My friend and cow-orker who went with me was first but flubbed the removal of the hood and we had to recover the falcon some distance away when it finally alighted with the hood still on. It's traditional to say "bismillah," "in the name of God" when you release the falcon which makes for a halal kill but I just muttered something along the lines of "this is for every time I couldn't find a table and chair in Bryant Park that wasn't encrusted with your foul turds so I could eat my lunch in peace."

We also did a bit of dune bashing and went to our guide's farm to see his pigeons (he races them too) and his cousin's farm nearby to see his Salukis and other animals including peacocks, various exotic African pigeons, sheep, etc.

The hat turned out not to matter much as we only went out to the desert for the falconry bit when the sun was very low on the horizon.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 08- 1-15 10:51 AM
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Did you get a sense of mere anarchy being loosed upon the world?


Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 08- 1-15 11:13 AM
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61 Haha, very good. I did get to witness the"blood-dimmed tide being loosed" at least in the form of the tiny pigeon's body the falcon tore to bits. And I did get to hear a traditional Arabic falconer's call, something like "Ahh, ahh, ahh," but I can't really do it justice.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 08- 1-15 11:23 AM
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Wow is it safe to be out in that heat without a hat???

It's almost not safe to be out here without a hat. Happy sweaty wedding.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 08- 1-15 12:16 PM
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Thanks for updating, Barry. Sounds so interesting.


Posted by: ydnew | Link to this comment | 08- 1-15 12:20 PM
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Seriously. 60 is perfect!


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 08- 1-15 2:21 PM
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43. Boringly enough, the verb for performing falconry is "fly." So, you have flown falcons.

Handling the big owls is said to be scarier and more dangerous, btw. (I have never touched anything bigger than a saw-whet owl, and they are teensy-weensy, not to mention extremely cute.)


Posted by: DaveLMA | Link to this comment | 08- 1-15 2:55 PM
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From now on I will always understand "bismillah' as the Arabic for "this is for every time I couldn't find a table and chair in Bryant Park that wasn't encrusted with your foul turds so I could eat my lunch in peace.


Posted by: nw | Link to this comment | 08- 1-15 3:13 PM
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From now on I will always understand "bismillah' as the Arabic for "this is for every time I couldn't find a table and chair in Bryant Park that wasn't encrusted with your foul turds so I could eat my lunch in peace.


Posted by: nw | Link to this comment | 08- 1-15 3:13 PM
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Oh, great. I've just done the telephone double post. I blame Joan Baez. She sang 'imagine" non ironically this evening and there are not enough drugs at the folk festival to expunge the memory.


Posted by: nw | Link to this comment | 08- 1-15 3:15 PM
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Joan Baez is still active┬┐


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 1-15 3:43 PM
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My phone is from Mexico, I guess.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 1-15 4:15 PM
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Don't tell Donald Trump.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 08- 1-15 4:18 PM
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Sitting in a pocket next to my nuts is a job Americans aren't willing to do.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 1-15 4:22 PM
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Generally speaking.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 1-15 4:30 PM
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something like "Ahh, ahh, ahh"

Like the Count from Sesame Street. One, two, three pigeon bits.


Posted by: Todd | Link to this comment | 08- 1-15 4:32 PM
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My nuts and Roma tomatoes have many things in common.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 1-15 5:05 PM
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Color and aroma?


Posted by: Turgid Jacobian | Link to this comment | 08- 1-15 5:10 PM
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Shape, seeds, Americans unwilling, and often at the grocery store.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 1-15 5:14 PM
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In Italian food, member of the deadly nightshade family, oft mistaken for vegetables?


Posted by: Turgid Jacobian | Link to this comment | 08- 1-15 5:50 PM
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NMM to the world's last and only counter counter enclave.


(Up early to go and take a driver's test to get my license.)

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Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 08- 1-15 6:26 PM
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70 She was here late last fall. She did not enjoy our climate, but sang the crap out of her best work.


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 08- 1-15 6:44 PM
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http://www.unfogged.com/archives/comments_14185.html#1757255


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 08- 1-15 6:46 PM
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Cooch Behar would make a great pseud.


Posted by: Todd | Link to this comment | 08- 1-15 6:51 PM
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83: Especially if "behar" translates to "wry" in some South Asian language. One hopes.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 08- 1-15 9:13 PM
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NMM2 Cilla Black. If you were masturbating to Cilla Black, this news is the least of your problems.

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Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 08- 2-15 4:59 AM
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You know it's kicking in when the wheezy window unit AC starts sounding like it's actually forming words and talking to you.
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Posted by: President Behind every good man there is a woman, and that woman was Martha Washington, man, and eve | Link to this comment | 08- 2-15 11:47 AM
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We also did a bit of dune bashing

It's true, all the books after God-Emperor are pointless.


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 08- 2-15 11:57 AM
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this is for every time I couldn't find a table and chair in Bryant Park

Yay for falconry, New York-style.


Posted by: torrey pine | Link to this comment | 08- 2-15 2:19 PM
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