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CALABASH!

Uh, my interview ends at 7. I will need food, beer, and I am not hip.


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 1:20 PM
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Let's meet up somewhere along the F train. Or the C train. Eh, fuck, I'm easy: somewhere south of 42nd, please.

By the by, is anyone coming out tomorrow who could plausibly wear a size 32 jean? I have these totally awesome (secondhand but now very clean!) Sergio Valente jeans, high-waisted and normal-legged and a little bit early-1980s skanky, and they just don't fit me.


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 1:26 PM
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could plausibly wear a size 32 jean?

Not I, said the stocky woman.

I might make it for one drink and have to split -- I've got a couple of briefs to write this week and people keep talking to me.

I got no idea on places. We could go back to O'Reilly's, they serve food, but they were lame as anything.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 1:29 PM
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Sound like cute jeans! But why, oh, why is high-waisted stuff coming back into style? I do not wish my boobs to rest on my waistband! (Granted, this was probably more of a problem with fit rather than the cut, but I was 13, and I am scarred.)


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 1:30 PM
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But why, oh, why is high-waisted stuff coming back into style? I do not wish my boobs to rest on my waistband!

Oh, you people. Not two weeks ago there was an anguished discussion here about how all the women's jeans nowadays require a bikini wax to wear. Never satisfied, the lot of you.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 1:32 PM
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I was happy to see the high-waisted jean come back, but then I go and get a pair that doesn't fit properly AT ALL and the bloom is off the rose, as it were.


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 1:34 PM
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5: I really like lower-cut jeans.


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 1:35 PM
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It's a golden mean thing. The 80's high-cut ones are ugly on my body-type: I'm shortwaisted, apparently like Cala. But the really low cut ones are awful on anyone who isn't seventeen and svelte. I like a jean hitting me right at or below the navel.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 1:37 PM
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I might make it for one drink and have to split -- I've got a couple of briefs
Sheesh, someone else can wear the pants. Sounds like you're a little overly cautious, though.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 1:37 PM
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These pants hit me at the lowest rib. Or they would if the crotch weren't sagging down towards my knees. I don't know what era of crack-smokin' sizing these jeans date from, but they are officially the Wrong Size for me. Can nobody take them off my hands?


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 1:40 PM
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I'm going to throw out Fresh Salt again -- a cozy, charming, casual bar downtown (near the Seaport, actually, but not part of the awful mall complex). They serve sandwiches and soup and play excellent music at conversation-friendly levels. A quick walk from the Fulton St. subway, which has many train lines. A reasonable cab ride from anywhere south of 14th and close-in Brooklyn. I like this bar so much I commute from Brooklyn to drink there.


Posted by: Bave Dee | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 1:40 PM
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They have an awesome little silver ram's head ensignia on the back pocket? Anyone?


Shit.


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 1:41 PM
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I would if you weren't already five inches taller than me. But it sounds like I could fit into those jeans up to my shoulders.


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 1:43 PM
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We'll cut off the bottom five inches on the legs! No problemo!


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 1:44 PM
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Is the other thread the fashion thread?

Fresh Salt.

Other suggestions? I'm feeling parched.


Posted by: Bave Dee | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 1:47 PM
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I do not wish my boobs to rest on my waistband!

Now you have gone and ruined my mental Cala image. I vaguely recall beautiful wedding pictures. Now, I can only think of this horrible image.


Posted by: will | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 1:52 PM
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I like Fresh Salt! It's a little out of the way, but very peaceful.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 2:03 PM
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That's two subway stops for me, so I can do that just fine.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 2:08 PM
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I might come, and I do wear 31/32 jeans (damn things - either too tight after washing or too loose after a couple days) but I'm a bit taller than you and probably of the wrong gender to wear them


Posted by: tkm | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 2:09 PM
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Fresh Salt looks nice but I will have to figure out how to get there.


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 2:10 PM
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What subway will you be near (or a rough address if you don't know)?


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 2:11 PM
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4, I think. Near 51st.


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 2:13 PM
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4% spandex! They'd look good on somebody who normally wears a 34, I think!


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 2:13 PM
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So the pants are too big for Ogged?


Posted by: will | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 2:15 PM
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You get on the 6 at 51st and Lex and take it one stop downtown to 42d. Get off and cross the platform to take the 4 or the 5 three stops to Fulton, and then look at Bave's linked map to get you the last two blocks.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 2:16 PM
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Those jeans sound nice but the length...the length...


Posted by: stroll | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 2:16 PM
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25: Oh, that sounds easy. And getting back will be easy, too.


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 2:19 PM
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Should we say 8pm, then? Will anyone be there earlier?


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 2:21 PM
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The only thing is that I can't remember if it's Fulton or Nassau -- the same subway stop has different names on different lines. But it's the third stop after 42d street: 14th, then B'klyn Bridge/City Hall, then you get off at the next stop, which is called either Fulton or Nassau.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 2:22 PM
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I could be there at 7:30. I'm going to have to wimp out pretty early.


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 2:26 PM
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Cala, when you get off the 4/5 at Fulton, you will need to follow the signs inside the station to the right exit -- that platform is the farthest from where you want to be. It's a little confusing, so just keep following the signs to the 2/3 platform. Then, before you take the stairs down to the 2/3, take the nearest exit (to Fulton Street).

You then walk downhill on Fulton, take a left at the Gap in that horrid cobblestone mall, and take the next right (Beekman). Fresh Salt is one or two doors down on the far side of the street.


Posted by: Bave Dee | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 2:26 PM
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I'll come at 7:30, too. If I have time, maybe I'll drop by Century 21 on my way and get some new clothes. That other thread is making me paranoid.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 2:28 PM
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I'll be there by 7:30 at the latest. Happy hour ends at 8, y'all.


Posted by: Bave Dee | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 2:37 PM
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Never satisfied, the lot of you.

And that's a promise, laydeeez.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 2:47 PM
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I can be there by 7:30, for sure. (And yay! Meetup convenient for me!)

Cala, if you need more detailed directions, you can try HopStop. It will tell you what subways to take and even how to walk to and from the station. Fresh Salt's address is 146 Beekman St.

Also, I'll email you my cell number for in case you get lost.


Posted by: Becks | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 3:19 PM
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Never mind. I can't make it. Sorry to make you all plan and then cancel plans and I'm really sorry. But it isn't going to work out tomorrow night.


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 4:25 PM
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Aw, crap. This is actually better for me, because I really do need to spend all available time between now and Friday writing, but I wanted to show up despite that. Nonetheless, drat.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 4:27 PM
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I'm so sorry. I'm literally in tears here, but I just had a massive fight over this AND the interview.


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 4:34 PM
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No, no. No one should ever cry over Unfogged, even a little. (Or over a job interview, come to think.) Don't be sorry -- there's no obligation to show up in person to entertain us.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 4:36 PM
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Don't cry, BoBala! Think how much less jealous the Californians are going to be now.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 4:41 PM
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Wh...what? Oh, Cala! I'm so sorry! Fights are the worst.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 4:44 PM
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This is true. There was particularized Californian bitterness, of which I was aware, which will now be moot.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 4:44 PM
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:-(


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 4:45 PM
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Calamity indeed. I am sad.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 4:46 PM
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Sorry.


Posted by: washerdreyer | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 4:46 PM
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I should probably cancel the interview.


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 4:50 PM
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OMG, Cala. Are you... okay? Do you wanna talk about it?


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 4:53 PM
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Hang in there, Cala. This too shall pass.


Posted by: Not Prince Hamlet | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 4:56 PM
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They always say that, and then it turns out that what passes after this is more shit.


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 4:59 PM
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I should probably cancel the interview.

Nah. Take a few minutes, go for a walk, call an Unfogger.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 5:00 PM
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Yeah, if there's anything I can do, email or call (I think you know my name, and googling it gives you my office number).


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 5:04 PM
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Awww, Cala, I'm sorry to hear it. Fights are miserable.


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 5:04 PM
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What ogged said, combined with what AWB and LB said. Hang in there!


Posted by: mrh | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 5:08 PM
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I'll be okay. I should go to my dance class now.


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 5:11 PM
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Do the Flashdance dance, I'll bet that works.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 5:13 PM
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I'm doing a bellydancing dance. I have a hip scarf that jingles.


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 5:15 PM
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49: OK, my anecdote: I had a huge ugly fight with my girlfriend as she was driving me to callback interviews with a very good law firm that I was pretty interested in. I was bad enough in the interviews that a family friend who was a partner there took me out to lunch not long after to offer advice so I'd have a chance elsewhere, in the course of which he mentioned an interviewer's comment that's stuck with me: "The only interesting thing this guy has ever done was to drop out of Harvard, and that was probably a bad idea." And yet I did end up in a perfectly good job. Almost 20 years later the girlfriend, now wife, means a hell of a lot more than that or any other job I've had, despite all sorts of self-induced and non-self-induced shit we've been through since.

It does pass. Sometimes it gets worse before it gets better, but it does pass.


Posted by: Not Prince Hamlet | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 5:17 PM
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On reflection, probably the wrong anecdote. But you've got a day to recover before the interview! And we're all sending good vibes your way!


Posted by: Not Prince Hamlet | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 5:34 PM
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I actually thought Not Prince Hamlet's anecdote was a good one. Part of marriage of realizing the fights are just temporary things. The beauty of a commitment is the realization that you can get royally pissed off at someone and they will still be there the next week. It will cool off.


Posted by: will | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 5:38 PM
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Dammit, I knew I was tempting the fates when I named this thread.

And, Cala, if you need anything, you've got my email and number. Anytime!


Posted by: Becks | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 6:48 PM
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Thanks. I'll be okay. The downside of a commitment is the realization that you can get royally pissed off at someone and can't make them not your problem any more without a lot of paperwork.

I really don't want to interview tomorrow. I was looking forward to it before but now it's going to be hard to care about whether Pretend Company X should move into Pretend Country Y.


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 6:55 PM
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Take a couple of hours to think about it, then have another argument, then think some more. We all can meet up another time.


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 7:26 PM
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One's vantage point is always so important.

I read this and think, "ah, yes, but the upside of a commitment is the realization that she can get royally pissed off at me and cannot make me not her problem any more without a lot of paperwork."


Posted by: will | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 7:30 PM
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Oh and to pick up your "shopping for suits sucks" topic, Cala -- boy howdy does it. I think it's even worse than usual now at the end of the season. I tried to go shopping tonight and almost every single suit had the same issue: the bottoms that were left were in sizes 0, 2, 4, 6, and 8 and the jackets that were left were in sizes 10, 12, 14, and 16. Who the hell is that going to help???


Posted by: Becks | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 7:35 PM
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Marriage vow: I promise that no matter how pissed off I get at you, I will not leave forgive you.

Shopping voodoo: Be clueless about the end of the season, then you will not be disappointed.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 7:45 PM
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The 16/0 combination would be funny.

The tailor had forgotten about my suit jacket. It was a good thing I stopped in at three. But he apologized and fixed it right away!


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 7:49 PM
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Who the hell is that going to help???

The mushroom people, I guess.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 7:55 PM
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There was particularized Californian bitterness, of which I was aware, which will now be moot.

Don't worry. We have strategic reserves of bitterness.


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 8:40 PM
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The mushroom people, I guess.

As long as the bottoms are skirts -- those thick central monolegs make trousers completely out of the question.


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 8:45 PM
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Sympathy to Cala. Fights are wretched.


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 8:46 PM
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that sucks Cala. this is the part where I can't think of anything helpful to say.


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 8:47 PM
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68: Alaska is cold for a meetup.


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 8:53 PM
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Cala it's okay I will take a bus down to New York in a pantsuit and pretend to be you.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 8:57 PM
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Alaska is cold for a meetup.

The reserves are off-shore. We'd have to get permission from the Coastal Commission to tap them, but deals can be made.


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 8:57 PM
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73: Please do this. We promise to call you Cala.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 9:00 PM
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74: Palo Alto has their own service.


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 9:01 PM
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I went shopping for pants recently and at one store there was just about only under 30 or over 36 for the normal looking stuff, and consistently hideous stuff between 30 and 36.

Anyway, sorry about the meetup.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 10:29 PM
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Sending virtual CALAMINE lotion! Hope you have a better day tomorrow.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 02-12-08 10:33 PM
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YOU CAN HAS INTERVIEW
I KNOWS IT

Much sympathy, Cala.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 02-13-08 7:59 AM
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It is pissing down rain. Pissing. So not only am I going to have to care about Pretend Company's widget share, I'm going to have to do so after having ruined my new shoes.

Motion to move the Northeast somewhere non-sucky.


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 02-13-08 8:31 AM
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I think you're supposed to put your nice shoes in a plastic bag inside a big Saks Fifth Ave. or Prada shopping bag, and wear your wellingtons out in the rain.


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 02-13-08 8:39 AM
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Speaking of pissing down...

Also, I had to walk home in the rain today. Wah.


Posted by: mrh | Link to this comment | 02-13-08 12:16 PM
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I'm really sorry to miss this meetup, since I would love to meet Cala.


Posted by: Invisible Adjunct | Link to this comment | 02-13-08 5:48 PM
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80. Seconded. How about we all just stowaway in Beck's luggage? Move the Northeast to Costa Rica.


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 02-13-08 5:50 PM
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Is it possible to miss a meetup that isn't happening?


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 02-13-08 5:55 PM
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I walked home in the rain and by gum I loved it!

Well, no.

I did walk home in the rain,though.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 02-13-08 5:58 PM
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Is it possible to miss a meetup that isn't happening?

Of course.

But I'm a complete idiot, because I hadn't read the thread.


Posted by: Invisible Adjunct | Link to this comment | 02-13-08 6:02 PM
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If you guys don't like rain, you probably don't want to move to Costa Rica.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 02-13-08 6:05 PM
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I was actually worried that plans changed again and I was missing out.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 02-13-08 6:07 PM
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You guys could still meet, you know. Just without Cala.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 02-13-08 6:09 PM
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And you can miss Cala, whether or not she's in New York.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 02-13-08 6:10 PM
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That doesn't seem to have happened, though. (Note "seems" - there could still be a secret meetup right now.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 02-13-08 6:15 PM
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Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 02-13-08 6:16 PM
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I miss Cala always and everywhere. And I'm trying not to get paranoid about a secret meetup happening without me at my favorite bar.


Posted by: Bave Dee | Link to this comment | 02-13-08 6:18 PM
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You could also have a meetup, say, tomorrow.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 02-13-08 6:21 PM
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94: oh. My. God. It's so fun! Everybody's calling me Cala and -- I wouldn't have guessed this -- I love my new heels!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 02-13-08 6:28 PM
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Damn, and I really wanted to see your ass in that pantsuit, Tweety.


Posted by: Bave Dee | Link to this comment | 02-13-08 6:30 PM
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Like a charcoal gray wool Uluru!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 02-13-08 6:33 PM
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I was going to suggest that we meet anyway but then my evening got suddenly complicated. Another time!


Posted by: Becks | Link to this comment | 02-13-08 6:35 PM
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Yeah, and I had a vitally necessary evening of being in the office getting shouted at by partners, culminating in the words "I've given notice already."


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 02-13-08 6:37 PM
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100. That sounds like a very satisfying retort. Did they quit shouting?


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 02-13-08 6:42 PM
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100: That sounds like a sequence from a sitcom. "See this notice? NOTICE. notice."


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 02-13-08 9:04 PM
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101: No, it was actually quite unpleasant and upsetting.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 02-13-08 9:07 PM
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None of the other interviewees wanted to make friends and go out to dinner. Either they all have fabulous lives, or sticks up their asses.


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 02-13-08 9:08 PM
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Perhaps having a stick up one's ass is fabulous?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 02-13-08 9:09 PM
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I vote for 2. They might be fabulous sticks though.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 02-13-08 9:10 PM
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Or a fabulous ass.


Posted by: Gonerill | Link to this comment | 02-13-08 9:11 PM
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Of all the pwns in all the threads on all the blogs you had to be there, heebie.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 02-13-08 9:12 PM
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I could use a Fresh Salt night tomorrow, my friends. Thoughts?


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 02-13-08 9:18 PM
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