Re: Coincidence? I Think Not

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That shit can happen.

Have I mentioned Wendy's ripping me off?

Actually, it was weird, when living in LA, to listen to music programming on KCRW and, without fail, hear the tracks they were pushing show up on some TV show a couple of months later.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 8:17 PM
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The album "New York Groove" is on was the first record I owned.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 8:21 PM
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There was this recently.

Intolerance of coincidence is a key characteristic of magical thinking.


Posted by: Gonerill | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 8:22 PM
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Yeah, yeah. Can't talk me out of it.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 8:24 PM
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I'm not a goober.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 8:32 PM
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There was this recently.

Sure, but that's obviously a coincidence. This, this is different.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 8:34 PM
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You know, you're writing like young Ben, Ogged.


Posted by: Armsmasher | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 8:35 PM
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Face it, you're the goober of goobers, and you're just trying to provoke us.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 8:36 PM
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If I'm such a goober, why am I sitting drinking tea out of fine stemware, under a lacy parasol, with my little finger crooked? Riddle me that, genius.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 8:39 PM
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I hope it's iced tea, both for the sake of the stemware and because of the weather.


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 8:42 PM
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Ian Snell likes tea.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 8:43 PM
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It seems a little precarious to hold stemware without a pinky's support. Perhaps you should balance it on your chin?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 8:44 PM
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But anyway, I pride myself on not being affected by coincidences. I just think "So what if you saw four different women carrying parasols today, after not seeing more than four all year? Just think of all the other things that could have happened four times today, but didn't. Or did, but you didn't notice, because we notice patterns that we want to notice. It's within the margin of error. No need to wonder whether the same thought went through all of their heads. Poisson distribution blah blah blah."


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 8:45 PM
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Goober or notice are the only options? What about the "I don't watch tv, I'm afraid" option?


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 8:47 PM
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9, 10: Tea in stemware? What??


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 8:47 PM
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Perhaps you should balance it on your chin?

Like a puppy dog with a biscuit on his nose? And then when Unfogged gives me the command, I'll snap my head and drink the tea.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 8:48 PM
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14: Why are you afraid of TV, B? It's so shiny and pretty!


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 8:49 PM
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What about the "I don't watch tv, I'm afraid

I think that one is a proper subset of goober.


Posted by: Gonerill | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 8:49 PM
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What the hell is Entourage?

Don't answer that.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 8:49 PM
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14: don't be afraid. TV is your friend!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 8:49 PM
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16: I'm beginning to doubt that it's only tea you're drinking.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 8:49 PM
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16: adorable and delicious!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 8:50 PM
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20: Ooh! The sweet sweet pwnage!!


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 8:50 PM
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I DON'T EVEN OWN A TV

PWNED


Posted by: OPINIONATED GRANDMA | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 8:50 PM
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23: it took me a while to pick the font.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 8:51 PM
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I'm beginning to doubt that it's only tea you're drinking.

No, it is! It's from Long Island.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 8:54 PM
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25: Oh, okay then. Well done. Most appropriate.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 8:55 PM
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27->26, surely


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 8:55 PM
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What the hell is Entourage?

Huh, here's an embarrassingly earnest post about it.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 8:55 PM
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I wrote "I'm afraid" on purpose so as to make it clear that "I don't watch tv" was not a statement of superiority or dislike. It's mostly got to do with being too cheap to afford cable + spending too much fucking time online instead. Hardly something to brag about.


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 8:55 PM
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26: Wait, Long Island Iced Tea in stemware? Now you're really freaking me out.

Oh, the youth of today.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 8:56 PM
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30: well fine Ms. Superior, some of us just proles like to unwind after a long day in the salt mines, but I suppose that's just too much for your delicate sensibilities.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 8:57 PM
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30: Like we care about why you wrote what you wrote anyway. Silly intentionalist.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 8:59 PM
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32: No, no, B is totally down with the gente, Sifu!


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 8:59 PM
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Oh fuck all of you.


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 9:00 PM
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Wait, Long Island Iced Tea in stemware? Now you're really freaking me out.

One of my roommates drinks cheap wine out of coffee cups, and it kind of drives me batty, given the abundance of available stemware in our kitchen. I'm not sure it matters, though, since this is cheap, cheap wine.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 9:00 PM
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36: Does he at least hold his pinky out?


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 9:01 PM
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You could move "just" pretty well anywhere you want in 32, and it'd make the same amount of sense.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 9:01 PM
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37: the goober he is? Of course not.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 9:02 PM
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38: Clearly you were too caught up in choosing the right font to proofread. Still, "just proles" is probably an acceptable version of "jes' folks".


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 9:03 PM
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I was thinking it referred to the well developed sense of justice among the TV-watching proletariat.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 9:04 PM
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39: I'd feel like a goober too, if my roommate was Yoda.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 9:04 PM
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One of my roommates drinks cheap wine out of coffee cups,

My dad does this. And then he microwaves his red wine before drinking it, because he keeps it in the fridge, see, and he wants it to taste normal when he drinks it.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 9:04 PM
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42: If he were Yoda, Sifu. Were.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 9:05 PM
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Microwaved is the new normal.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 9:05 PM
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43: Have you tried telling him that you know it's not coffee and you aren''t judging him for drinking wine at 7am?


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 9:06 PM
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I wouldn't drink anything out of stemware unless it was at a social gathering. They seem precarious to me.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 9:06 PM
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47: The precariousness is precisely the reason you should practice at home, so you don't look like a goober at social gatherings.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 9:07 PM
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The only container to avoid at all costs is a martini glass. Now that's some lousy ergonomics. Just ask them to make it in a regular tumbler.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 9:08 PM
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Social gatherings can be quite precarious, a situation much helped by well-filled stemware.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 9:08 PM
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49: I just bring my own Big Gulp cup.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 9:09 PM
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I just bring my own Big Gulp cup.

Wise. And environmentally sound.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 9:10 PM
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49: Yep, bad design, especially considering the effects of what's contained on motor skills. Still, so cool looking. Much cooler than the coffee cup I usually put my martinis in.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 9:10 PM
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Some evenings, mother Earth is so happy that I've done this that she kisses me right on the lips for hours and hours.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 9:11 PM
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52: Environmentally sound? You mean that when you hold it up to your ear you can hear the ocean, right?


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 9:12 PM
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What gets me are bars that fill martini glasses so full that you have to slurp down the top inch or so like you're at a pie-eating contest.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 9:12 PM
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The girl in the world is smiling 'cause she's in love with the man in the moon.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 9:13 PM
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56: But think of the value for money, Sifu!


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 9:14 PM
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The precariousness is precisely the reason you should practice at home, so you don't look like a goober at social gatherings.

At home I either drink water or beer. These both require a big container.

56: You know you're getting value for your money when you have to take a horsey drink.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 9:14 PM
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I really dislike drinking Manhattans from cocktail (i.e. "martini") glasses, even though I know it's perfectly traditional. I'm not sure why it bothers me. (Because I'm crazy, yes, right.)


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 9:14 PM
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58: I would have to be much richer than I am to be excited to pay to pour a cocktail all over a table.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 9:15 PM
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60: You're uncomfortable with the yuppie lifestyle, yet you see it as your due?


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 9:15 PM
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Personally, it's my ethnic heritage. Whether or not I'm comfortable with it, I must learn it well and educate the world, lest it die out for good.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 9:16 PM
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61: What if George W. Bush were strapped to that table?


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 9:17 PM
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64: what kind of twisted fuck do you think I am?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 9:17 PM
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OT, but does this look good to eat?


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 9:43 PM
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I'd eat it, yup.


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 9:45 PM
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I'm a little skeptical of the combination of red wine and soy sauce, but other than that, hell yeah.


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 10:17 PM
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Yes. You could also do it with plums. I've done things like that in the past.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 11:42 PM
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So while we're on the topic of songs found on the interwebs, just thought I'd pass this along:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjNNxnKVEpQ&mode=related&search=


Posted by: cornholio | Link to this comment | 08-22-07 11:53 PM
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then he microwaves his red wine before drinking it, because he keeps it in the fridge, see, and he wants it to taste normal when he drinks it

Ex-boyfriend's girlfriend-before-me was a sommelier, and he claimed she did this all the time.


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 08-23-07 3:29 AM
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Yeah, I've seen it done on tv.

Also seen, which I assume is more standard, someone heating up a jug/decanter with very hot water so that the (cool) room temperature wine would be slightly warmer.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 08-23-07 4:39 AM
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then he microwaves his red wine before drinking it, because he keeps it in the fridge, see, and he wants it to taste normal when he drinks it

But why keep it in the fridge at all? increases time between bottle and mouth. Bad idea.


Posted by: OneFatEnglishman | Link to this comment | 08-23-07 4:41 AM
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Was also told that when sommelier-girlfriend had an open bottle she wanted to keep around for more than a day or so, it would go in the FREEZER.

I live alone and don't always finish a bottle in one sitting, but I don't understand keeping open wine around longer than a day or two.


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 08-23-07 5:44 AM
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do you go through life somnolescent and oblivious, flitting from one thing to another, without even a thread of memory to connect them?

I blame the red wine. Meanwhile, on an unrelated topic--see how I flit--, the NYT wants to know "Who is John Galt?"

What a great rewrite of the novel this would make. At the end we discover that John Galt isn't a mighty engineer, but a spammer/junk bond dealer/balloonist from Kansas.


Posted by: Populuxe | Link to this comment | 08-23-07 6:39 AM
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67->64.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 08-23-07 7:34 AM
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Damn. I fell asleep last night and could not participate in the heebie goober conversation.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 08-23-07 7:45 AM
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76: Ten hours for that, Apo? The new kid must be a bear.


Posted by: SomeCallMeTim | Link to this comment | 08-23-07 7:45 AM
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I was 40 when my son was born. We were excited and happy and seemed to hold up very well, but looking back on it, big parts of what I'd been doing just went away. Even now I'll find traces of some project as it were abandoned in mid stroke, as if the plague had carried everyone in town off in an afternoon.


Posted by: I don't pay | Link to this comment | 08-23-07 7:55 AM
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That's when you need an Indian man-servent, like ogged has. If he weren't a wiley Persian, ogged would already offered Apo the use of his.


Posted by: SomeCallMeTim | Link to this comment | 08-23-07 8:05 AM
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A personal assistant/servant would be really helpful. Apparently, there are businesses that other that sort of thing.

As I have noted before, I've always been drawn to the idea of communal living which each person utilizes his or her expertise to help the group. (I'm not afraid to admit that I am jealous of snarkout's meals.)


Posted by: will | Link to this comment | 08-23-07 8:12 AM
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Obviously, I would not perform the editing blog posts task or the typing while talking on the phone task.


Posted by: will | Link to this comment | 08-23-07 8:13 AM
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I went to bed early last night, Tim.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 08-23-07 9:41 AM
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