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Nice, comprehensible post. Are you ill?


Posted by: SomeCallMeTim | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 2:38 PM
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Didn't everybody know you can tell by how she walks?


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 2:38 PM
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1: With political content, no less.

Who posted this, and what have you done with w-lfs-n?


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 2:41 PM
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given the finding that specifically penile-vaginal orgasm is associated with indices of better relationship quality...

Research has linked vaginal orgasm to better mental health.

Are either of these statements true?


Posted by: Brock Landers | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 2:46 PM
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observation: i hate medical women who keep their white coats unbuttoned so much that i haven't read the comic further mentioning that detail
you either wear them fully or don't


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 2:47 PM
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The men's coats are unbuttoned too, read.


Posted by: Brock Landers | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 2:49 PM
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The whole short coat/long coat thing is pretty stupid, too.


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 2:54 PM
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well, men whatever, i haven't mentioned them for some reason at a glance
didn't read, maybe, haven't read would sound as if it's the present tense
i really can't get the difference between those constructions
i hurt my spine carrying heavy stuff up and down the stairs all this week, me dragging the cart with some stuff and with a cold sore under my nose, people all seem start to smile seeing me


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 2:55 PM
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Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 3:02 PM
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Be careful read. Back injuries are no joke. I recently reinjured my back after having surgery ten years ago. Looks like more surgery in my future. Seriously - if your back is at all messed up see a doctor soon. I might have been able to avoid surgery altogether if I'd done that.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 3:05 PM
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What this blog needs is a post regarding the 9/11 anniversary - maybe one with some reflections on the different perspectives that New Yorkers, Washingtonians and others have on that historical event.

On second thought, nah - a poster who put up something like that would just get abused.


Posted by: politicalfootball | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 3:06 PM
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11.last isn't entirely fair. It isn't entirely unfair, either.


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 3:10 PM
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The study is weird (full-text original here. Sample size of 16, all college students in Belgium ("you know what they say about those Belgian girls"). The text of the study drips with Freudianism of what I thought was a totally discredited kind, but some of it (the first sentence and first four cited papers) appears to be reinforced by other studies.


Posted by: Nathan Williams | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 3:11 PM
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re: 10

Yeah, I am seeing someone for a minor back injury at the moment. It seems so trivial, but it's so fucking frustrating. I'd take a broken limb in a heartbeat over this niggling uncomfortable shit.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 3:13 PM
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"you know what they say about those Belgian girls"

Uh, dip 'em in mayo? they like mussels? heirs to a creative beer culture? leggy?


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 3:16 PM
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11. I thought that's what the 'clit' n 'lube' posts were about.

You know. Dealing with stress with humor.

Do we really need to spell *everything* out?


Posted by: Tripp | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 3:17 PM
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15: Eat like horses?


Posted by: Tripp | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 3:18 PM
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Oh wait! If they're open at the beginning of the evening, or closed at the end, they're no good? Is that it?


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 3:18 PM
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14 amen. I've been paying for a missed vault for a long time now.


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 3:18 PM
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Store them standing up so you don't get sediment in your glass?


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 3:19 PM
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Tart Flemish reds are better?


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 3:20 PM
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Pour syrup on them and eat for breakfast?


Posted by: Tripp | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 3:21 PM
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Article: given the finding that specifically penile-vaginal orgasm is associated with indices of better relationship quality...

Brock: Is this really true?

Not for lesbians.


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 3:23 PM
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That presumably depends on the nature of the association.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 3:24 PM
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Read can't see a doctor because she is a doctor. It's a self-reference paradox, like the barber who cuts the hair of everyone who doesn't cut their own hair.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 3:24 PM
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Ben - you keep going - I'm about Belgiumed out. I'll catch up later.


Posted by: Tripp | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 3:25 PM
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You can find good ones in farmhouses?


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 3:25 PM
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you know what they say about those Belgian girls

My good friend attended the College d'Europe in Brugge, which is right next to a secondary school for Belgian girls. We used to marvel at the delicious Belgian teenagers that circulated around the schoolyard at breaktime. We were impressed both by their pulchritude and by the contrast with the rest of the adult female population of Belgium.

We eventually surmised that this purported "school" was, in fact, the concentration camp where the Belgian government locks up all the attractive teenage girls, lest they should escape into the population at large and pollute the gene pool. I have yet to see any convincing evidence contradicting this theory.


Posted by: Knecht Ruprecht | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 3:27 PM
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Belgian girls no longer exist, they are just vague categories within the E.U.


Posted by: CN | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 3:29 PM
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Along the lines of the quote in point 5 of the OP, Sen. McCain said in a recent interview that Sarah Palin "knows more about energy than probably anyone else in the United States of America." So maybe Meghan learned that kind of rhetoric from her dad.


Posted by: hilker | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 3:30 PM
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You know what they say about comma splices, though.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 3:30 PM
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thank you, togolosh
i'll be okay i guess, after all this moving thing will settle down a bit
the other scientifically unproven observation: maybe piracetam is immunosupressive, i got cold after starting to take it and i never get any colds, my pee got colourless and now my face is covered with 3 or 4 pimples which is strange given my not very youthful age, never felt uglier during my entire life
but maybe it's just all the dust of moving


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 3:31 PM
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re: 28

That was probably the ńĆeska Skola zBrusel.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 3:31 PM
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Do we really want to elect the world's #1 expert on war, advised by the world's #1 expert on energy, as our president? Talk about out-of-touch eggheads!


Posted by: CN | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 3:32 PM
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Do we really want to elect the world's #1 expert on war, advised by the world's #1 expert on energy, as our president?

I don't know; looks like she's looking to take over that #1 war spot, too, according to this ABC news alert I just got:

EXCLUSIVE: GOV. SARAH PALIN WARNS WAR MAY BE NECESSARY IF RUSSIA INVADES ANOTHER COUNTRY

Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 3:40 PM
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Global Nuclear Fireball party, here we come.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 3:41 PM
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Global Nuclear Fireball party, here we come.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 3:41 PM
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LB loves nuclear war so much she came twice.


Posted by: Robust McManlyPants | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 3:43 PM
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another


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 3:48 PM
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I'm amused that ben admitted to liking Aerosmith in the post title. Who knew?!


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 3:56 PM
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looks like she's looking to take over that #1 war spot, too,

I'm increasingly convinced that McCain is merely a stage prop and it's actually Palin who's running for President.

What, if anything, is the connection between the "guilt" of observation 1 and the self-loathing of observation 3?


Posted by: Mary Catherine | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 4:00 PM
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How do you figure I admitted to anything more than knowing a famous song?


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 4:02 PM
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42: You know, ben, you're right. How long have you been refusing to admit you like Aerosmith? I'm sure we'd all still like you some if you did.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 4:11 PM
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42: We can just tell from the way you typed it.


Posted by: SomeCallMeTim | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 4:11 PM
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if your back is at all messed up see a doctor soon. I might have been able to avoid surgery altogether if I'd done that.

what can they suggest that will help? Backs are mysterious, in my experience they just x-ray you, give you some painkillers, and tell you stay active.


Posted by: PGD | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 4:14 PM
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As I understand, you can also tell a lot about someone's bowel movements by the way they walk, but that area of science is only for dedicated scientists who really care about science and truth. Scientific excretology is the red-headed stepchild of the butt sciences.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 4:15 PM
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42: We can just tell from the way you typed it.

Dude looks like a lady Belgian.

max
['We could have world peace if all the leaders of the world would just hold hands and declare war on Belgium.']


Posted by: max | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 4:26 PM
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re: 45

If that.

But, in some cases it's something GPs can diagnose.

And the things they can diagnose tend to be serious. Herniated discs, etc.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 4:30 PM
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Dude looks like a lady

Well, I guess I missed the point of that little ditty. I always thought it was 'Youuu look like a lady.'

(Yeah, thanks for coming out, MC. There's always a B team).


Posted by: Mary Catherine | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 4:31 PM
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In re: this title, I was thinking more of the Looney Tunes chestnut where the ghoulish butler (or whoever) says "walk this way, sir," and Bugs Bunny shrugs and walks like the ghoulish butler (or whoever). That one never gets old.


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 4:35 PM
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I thought that was a Mel Brooks chestnut?


Posted by: mrh | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 4:37 PM
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re: 50

Or the Police Story/Naked Gun thing:

"To a hospital?"

"Yeah, it's a big building with lots of doctors and nurses"


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 4:37 PM
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re: 51

Bugs Bunny predates Mel Brooks by ... a lot.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 4:38 PM
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53: What? How? Mel Brooks is 2000 years old!


Posted by: mrh | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 4:39 PM
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52: "But that's not important right now."


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 4:39 PM
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53: Just in linear time, ttaM.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 4:42 PM
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I saw the interview with the McCain girl, shamelessly plugging her book on the Today Show. I thought I had misheard her remark. I believe the intent was along the line of "no family knows war quite the way mine does" which is still a rather unsympathetic view of other military families.


Posted by: Tassled Loafered Leech | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 4:42 PM
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There are quite a few of what we now call Easter eggs in the old Looney Tunes cartoons. Most of them have to do with old radio shows and others about the animators themselves.


Posted by: Tassled Loafered Leech | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 4:45 PM
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55 "Coffee"?


Posted by: Tiny Hermaphrodite | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 4:46 PM
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"Yes, I know."


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 4:47 PM
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I love LOVE the Bugs Bunny opera skits. "Whhhhyyy, would you want to kill a waaaaaab-bit?"


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 4:48 PM
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In re: this title, I was thinking more of the Looney Tunes chestnut where the ghoulish butler (or whoever) says "walk this way, sir," and Bugs Bunny shrugs and walks like the ghoulish butler (or whoever)

Have legs like mine.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 4:54 PM
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which is still a rather unsympathetic moronic view of other military families.

fixed that for you.


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 4:56 PM
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53: What? How? Mel Brooks is 2000 years old!

I thought that was ogged?

Well, I guess I missed the point of that little ditty. I always thought it was 'Youuu look like a lady.'

Love on an elevator escalator.

max
['Wait, dear, I've think something has gotten AH! AGHHHHHH! AGHHHHHHHH!']


Posted by: max | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 4:58 PM
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63. What offended me more was that some publisher thought that this would be a good time to release a children's book regarding a Presidential candidate. Cynical pandering, or outright support? I mean, I know the book won't sell if he loses, but really.


Posted by: Tassled Loafered Leech | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 5:01 PM
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have legs like mine
my niece doesn't know the shapes like conus or cube or sphere yet and says hat or ball or house
pointing the wooden figures
it's amazing that she can see those things that abstractly and she's only 1.8 yo!


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 5:03 PM
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64: "Song writing's a bitch, and then it has puppies."

(actual Steve Tyler quote, according to his Wikipedia page).


Posted by: Mary Catherine | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 5:10 PM
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65: that did take a pretty jaded view of things.


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 5:11 PM
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45 - there are exercises and stretches you can do to strengthen your back, relieve pressure and spread the load more evenly. A surprising amount of your upper body weight is carried by the abdominals, for example. Strong abs can make a big difference. Also by stretching your hamstrings you can make it so that when you bend over more of the movement is in your hips rather than your back. There's a bunch of other stuff, but I'm a physicist, not a physician so consult your Doctor blahblahblah.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 5:11 PM
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69: Yeah, sometimes. But his basic point is valid, most back problems fall into the bins: a) be careful and exercise more or b) you're screwed.


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 5:13 PM
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My elbow is still swollen.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 5:15 PM
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70 - mine is (b), unfortunately. That's why I talk about it: you can get from (a) to (b) with nothing more than a little neglect.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 5:19 PM
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72 is correct.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 5:22 PM
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72: well, that's a good point. If you have an existing condition, you really should do what you can about it.


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 5:23 PM
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the only precaution i take to avoid back injury is flexing my knees when i try to lift something heavy
the best precaution is to not lift anything heavy of course, so for some time i won't lift anything heavy
but after the injury i thought rest is recommended, not activity
there is our proverb 'the knowing people are experienced people" which sounds a little bit mockingly
for swollen joints i'd recommend salty tea compresses


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 5:29 PM
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Is this the medical conditions thread? Because I went to the doctor today! For the first time in like five years! I learned that (a) if your ankle makes clicky noises and has a constant grindy sensation, go see a doctor at some point x where x < 5 years of clicky grindy ankle; and (b) the x-ray line takes forever.

Also, I lied to my doctor about smoking, drinking, exercise and birth control. I'm sorry.


Posted by: jms | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 5:33 PM
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I lied to my doctor about smoking, drinking, exercise and birth control. I'm sorry.

I never quite get this. Why? (Though I guess you're not much of an outlier, as I know they assume you lie on drinking.)


Posted by: SomeCallMeTim | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 5:39 PM
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76: Pah. The only thing there that could have anything to do with a clicky ankle is maybe alcohol (with respect to possible meds, but for a clicky ankle?) or the exercise. Never you worry.

What's this about an x-ray line? Are there not appointments?


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 5:40 PM
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You shouldn't lie to your doctor, jms.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 5:40 PM
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64: "Song writing's a bitch, and then it has puppies."

"I have always said I would rather grow up wrong than be right in someone else's eyes."

max
['Future presidential candidate.']


Posted by: max | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 5:43 PM
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What's this about an x-ray line?

Obviously a European. (ducks)


Posted by: Tassled Loafered Leech | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 5:44 PM
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Further to 78: okay, I suppose birth control could have something to with clicky-ankley, insofar as I believe some forms can foster osteoporosis. And smoking can mess with the blood circulation in your, um, your cartilage, I think.

You shouldn't lie to your doctor, jms.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 5:44 PM
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I want you to march right back to that doctor and tell him or her the truth, jms.

No excuses!


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 5:45 PM
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I've had clicky ankles since I was about 15, but I always assumed that was from pointe. A full-body osteoporosis scan done when I was about 20 showed that I had way above average bone-density, so I'm not very concerned about that. Should I look into the clicky ankles? They're not bothering me at all, except for making it impossible for me to become a ninja-assassin.


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 5:51 PM
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I lied about smoking because the question was on a little quiz form. I started filling it out truthfully, and suddenly I thought, what if this becomes part of my permanent medical file, and I lose my job and I will forever be ineligible for private insurance? And so then I lied. And you know what they say about lying -- once you start weaving that tangled web, forever and ever must you weave.

Anyway, the ankle isn't related to the smoking or the drinking or the birth control, which is the rhythm method and withdrawal, which I know is not a good idea, and that is why I don't like to tell people, except, hello everyone on the internets! I only lied about the exercise because he asked me if it hurt, and I said, when I run, and he asked me how much I run, like five miles? ten miles? And then I was too embarrassed to be, like, um, across the room, tap the door and come back? So I said, yeah, something like that.

Doctors, don't shame your patients, or they will lie to you. Maybe I'll confess my lies to him, in an anonymous handwritten letter.


Posted by: jms | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 5:56 PM
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80: The guitar gods of the 1970s were important harbingers of the empty nihilism of our age.


Posted by: Mary Catherine | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 5:57 PM
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80: The guitar gods of the 1970s were important harbingers of the empty nihilism of our age.

...after they sobered up.

max
['Livin' on a Dredge.']


Posted by: max | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 6:05 PM
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4 was a real question.


Posted by: Brock Landers | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 6:05 PM
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what if this becomes part of my permanent medical file

No, you're right, of course. The extended questionnaires that ask you about every damned thing, ever, raise questions: relevance? It only becomes important to reveal all if you're looking at something a bit more serious (and are dealing with a doctor you trust to work with you, not someone you've just met and may never see again).


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 6:06 PM
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88: Brock would like to discuss these propositions:

given the finding that specifically penile-vaginal orgasm is associated with indices of better relationship quality...

Research has linked vaginal orgasm to better mental health.

Do you want further scientific findings about this -- cites, as it were -- Brock? Is that it?


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 6:12 PM
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85 - I understand. There are things I didn't tell my doctor because I was worried about my medical records being required for a background check. For a while I was seriously considering (and indeed invited to apply for) a job with a government contractor that would have required various high level clearances. There were things I ought to have told my doctor but didn't because I thought they would compromise my ability to get the job. I eventually took a different job in large part to avoid the buttscoping required for all those clearances.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 6:18 PM
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90: yes?


Posted by: Brock Landers | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 6:31 PM
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You're going to have to start getting colonoscopies eventually anyway, togolosh.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 6:33 PM
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You fucking people. I tell my docs that I'm married with a 7 year old and not monogamous, for chrissake. They as that shit for your *health*.

I'm increasingly convinced that McCain is merely a stage prop and it's actually Palin who's running for President.

I think this is true, yes.


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 6:40 PM
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ask.


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 6:41 PM
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You've never been lectured by a doctor, B.? In a manner that was unwarranted?


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 6:48 PM
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You fucking people. I tell my docs that I'm married with a 7 year old and not monogamous

No, you fucking people, B. I only fucking person. Anyway, the doctor didn't ask me about that.


Posted by: jms | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 6:49 PM
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If you are trying to simulate dialect, B, I believe the convention is to write "axe". "Da doctor, he axe me a question". Glad to help.


Posted by: Tassled Loafered Leech | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 6:50 PM
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96: About that particular issue? No. About other things? Yes. When lectured, I complain and then don't go back.


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 7:01 PM
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Should I look into the clicky ankles? They're not bothering me at all, except for making it impossible for me to become a ninja-assassin.
Nonsense. A good ninja could pass them off as crickets. Or, um, those toy chattering false teeth. The cat must have got hold of them. You are getting sleepy.


Posted by: mcmc | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 7:08 PM
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I looked up the failure rate for withdrawal a while ago, and it is in fact 96%, practiced properly, compared to 98% for condoms used properly. I decided I could live with a 4% chance per year of getting pregnant for the pleasure of not dealing with condoms and not dealing with the side effects of hormonal birth control. I suppose I could get fitted for a diaphragm, but I haven't bothered. Withdrawal's been my method of b.c. for nigh on nine months without incident. I think it gets a bad rap. I could see why it's a bad idea for teenage girls to believe teenage boys who promise to pull out, but once you're older and having sex with men with good orgasmic control, if you're willing to assume a 4% risk, it doesn't seem such a bad choice.


Posted by: Michelle Obama | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 7:11 PM
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Excuse me. The failure rates for condoms and withdrawal are in fact 2 and 4% respectively, of course.


Posted by: M.O. | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 7:13 PM
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99: That sounds about right. One doesn't like to play musical doctors all the time, though. This gets complicated, depending on what one's being lectured about, and by whom.

For people who don't have, or need or want to have, a stable longer-term relationship with a primary care physician -- which sounds to be the case for a number of people who write here about medical things -- full disclosure doesn't sound necessary or even wise.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 7:15 PM
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If you don't have a stable long-term relationship with a primary doc, then playing musical doctors is what you're *doing*.

I get why people lie. All I'm saying is, you really shouldn't. Not only b/c of your own health, but b/c docs that lecture people need to be educated, and I'm going to go out on a limb and say that those here assembled are generally quite capable of giving the doc the ol' raised eyebrow, if necessary.


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 7:21 PM
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101: Withdrawal's been my method of b.c. for nigh on nine months without incident

Nine months?

I'm astonished by these figures, actually. I assume "practiced properly" includes no penetration during fertile periods.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 7:23 PM
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There's penetration and there's penetration.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 7:24 PM
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You're right, ben.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 7:29 PM
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When it comes to marital medical fidelity, an open but honest approach is what works best for B.


Posted by: Mary Catherine | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 7:29 PM
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B.'s generally right, except for the implied part about disclosing every damn thing to a specialist doc you're quite probably only seeing a few times.


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A friend of mine was a Mormon missionary in Honduras. He was sometimes called upon to translate in "worthiness interviews" between the native Honduran mission president, who spoke no English, and a few of the North American missionaries, who felt the need to confess and repent of some adolescent hanky-panky so they could be proper conduits for the Spirit. My friend related to me on several occasions how awkward it was to translate the phrase "¿Ubo penetracion?"


Posted by: Bave Dee | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 7:34 PM
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I just tell the motherfuckers "None of your damn business! Your job is to cure me!" That shuts 'em up.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 7:35 PM
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I think M.O. upthread is going to become pregnant in the next year or two. Which is fine.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 7:40 PM
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111 to 110.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 7:41 PM
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"¿Ubo penetracion?"

Hubo, Bave.

</benjamín hijo de lobo>


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 7:42 PM
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As I've explained, with natural methods of birth control youend up with six kids instead of fourteen, while keeping the delightful element of surprise as to exactly when they'll show up.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 7:43 PM
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Prescriptivist.


Posted by: Bave Dee | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 7:44 PM
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88 was an earnest comment.


Posted by: Brock Landers | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 7:47 PM
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semper hubo penetracion sub hubo penetracion.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 7:51 PM
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116: "hubo penetracion" gets 200 times more hits.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 7:55 PM
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119: From the vulgar.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 7:56 PM
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It is a vulgar topic.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 7:57 PM
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Ubo Roi?


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 7:58 PM
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116: "hubo penetracion" gets 200 times more hits.

Fucking elitist.


Posted by: Bave Dee | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 8:01 PM
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¿Hubo Chávez? is a grammatical sentence and ripe for joke-making.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 8:04 PM
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No, parsimon, I mean, we have sex, and then my boyfriend withdraws before he comes, each and every time. If the man urinates before intercourse (the other element of "practice properly") to clear his urinary tract of possible leftover sperm, there is a 4% failure rate per year of precisely this practice. The odds of me becoming pregnant in the next year or two are 7.84%, I believe.


Posted by: MO | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 8:11 PM
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125: Cool.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 8:18 PM
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Stanley's real name is a grammatical sentence in Hungarian which means "I suck".


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 8:19 PM
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127: I was unaware of that, ben. Thanks!


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 8:21 PM
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125: MO, if you can stand to be fitted for a diaphragm, it's at least as good,* and he doesn't have to withdraw before he comes. Which is kind of nice.

* And can be fun to use.

I'm not lecturing you: I get it. I don't like hormonal b.c. or condoms either.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 8:25 PM
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As I've explained, with natural methods of birth control you end up with six kids instead of fourteen,

And with a mere six kids, the younger ones can sleep on cots in the kitchen! (Not that I'd know anything about that at first-hand, of course, just speaking purely theoretically here).


Posted by: Mary Catherine | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 8:27 PM
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.98^10 = .82
.96^10 = .66

That's it. I'm done with sex.


Posted by: amb | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 8:29 PM
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130: As a wee lad, it was a summer treat for me and my brother to sleep on the dining room floor in sleeping bags, for the AC unit blew only into the living room and dining room.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 8:30 PM
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my understanding is that the failure rates given above are using the opposite assumptions.

i.e. withdrawal is 4% if you discount all the teenage boys who mess up, but condom use is only 2% if you include all the teenage boys (and their partners) who don't use them properly. So there is that. I may be misremembering though.


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 8:47 PM
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"use is only 2%" should be "use is 2% only". And iirc, it dropped to about 1%.


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 8:49 PM
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otoh, i don't think I trust any of the methodology involved in determining "proper" or "improper" use to be that accurate, so it's probably a wash.


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 8:52 PM
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i'll stop consecutive commenting now, if it's ok with you lot.


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 8:52 PM
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It's all in the proper and improper use, innit?

It really just depends on how much it concerns you to become pregnant.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 8:57 PM
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Hey soup, what are you doing w.r.t. Ike?


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 9:36 PM
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138: Hey M/tch: what are all you crazy Texans doing about that? I called my one friend in Houston (a friend of the blog, at least by one degree), and she's seeking higher ground locally, has plenty of beer and water, and feels pretty okay.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 9:39 PM
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139: won't it be funny when the 20' storm surge hits.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 9:47 PM
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We're about five hours away from the coast so are just expecting heavy wind, rain, and traffic here in Austin. Some friends in Houston are in San Antonio for the weekend, but they had already planned that before Ike became a menace.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 9:54 PM
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140: No. And don't start with that old "we shouldn't rebuild Houston, there shouldn't be a city there" schtick, bub.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 9:55 PM
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142: OR ELSE I BURN DOWN YOUR STORAGE UNIT!!!!1!!!


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 9:55 PM
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142: hurricanes are the least of the reasons there shouldn't be a city where Houston is.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 9:57 PM
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depends on how much it concerns you to become pregnant.

I would be hella concerned if I became pregnant.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 9:58 PM
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145: You can't live the kind of life you lead and not expect to sometimes produce a butt baby, apo.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 10:02 PM
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144: What are your feelings on Galveston?


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 10:03 PM
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147: good thing it's small!

Actually Ari's post on the subject of commerce seeking higher ground was quite thoughtful, in my opinion. Especially in its advice to New Orleans.

Which, you know, he better not let that go to his head.

Seriously, though, I think Houston is a perfectly good place to have a giant city assuming really cheap energy. If you can't run the air conditioners, why are you living in hell?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 10:06 PM
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144: I agree it's not optimally placed, but the goodie hut turned into a city and it didn't seem worth it to move it. In hindsight, we probably should have kept reloading until we got a chariot or something.


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I have no problem with smallish vacation-oriented kind of towns placed where they're likely to be regularly obliterated by natural disaster. It's just when you get a large, very poor population living there for no good (non-historical) reason that I start to wonder. Especially given how delighted the government seems to be to subsidize people living in places they're otherwise perfectly capable of realizing are stupid places to put large, permanent development.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 10:08 PM
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Huh. It appears to be raining.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 10:12 PM
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151: Raining McCain?


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 10:15 PM
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God, I hope not.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 10:17 PM
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Houston is where it is because of a hurricane. Galveston getting Katrina'ed but with big waves in 1900 and all. Can you say "Ship Channel"? Sure you can.

Death came howling on the ocean
Death calls, you got to go


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1) Fuck me.

2) Houston is pretty much what you proposed re: New Orleans, if I recall correctly, Sifu. The only floods there will be from way too much rain on too flat an area.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09-11-08 11:19 PM
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138: Hanging out here. We're in a pretty good place. Lots of lineups at the gas stations today --- at least the ones that hadn't run out of gas.


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2) Houston is pretty much what you proposed re: New Orleans, if I recall correctly, Sifu.

Ja. Galveston got immersed, and several thousand people died, and they moved the thing inland 50 miles. Houston is what Galveston would've become if Galveston hadn't got flattened.

New Orleans, on the other hand, is inland (although it was even more inland before large parts of the delta sank beneath the waves). The problem with New Orleans is that it is built on mud.

Miami was built on a sand bar, New Orleans was built in a sinking swamp, Houston was built in the tropics and Los Angeles was built in a desert by the ocean. (And Denver was built in a ditch between two mountains, Salt Lake was built next to a large supply of poisonous water, and with Las Vegas, they got the bright idea to skip the ocean and keep the desert.)

max
['Large cities don't exist without large amounts of energy.']


Posted by: max | Link to this comment | 09-12-08 4:20 AM
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and I lose my job and I will forever be ineligible for private insurance?

This is why I can not leave Massachusetts until (or more like unless) major health care reform is enacted on the national level.


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 09-12-08 5:19 AM
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Ms. Obama, have you ever considered getting a Paragard IUD?


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 09-12-08 5:28 AM
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All this talk about Hurricane Ike has got me worried. I better stock up on wine and beer for the weekend.


Posted by: Will | Link to this comment | 09-12-08 6:36 AM
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The gas station around the corner from my house went from $3.69 to $4.69 a gallon overnight.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 09-12-08 7:11 AM
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Miami was built on a sand bar, New Orleans was built in a sinking swamp, Houston was built in the tropics and Los Angeles was built in a desert by the ocean.

Which city was built on rock and roll?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09-12-08 7:14 AM
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Cleveland, Ohio.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 09-12-08 7:15 AM
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I thought that was where the heart of rock and roll was still beating.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09-12-08 7:17 AM
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Oh, they like to claim that, but the real insiders know that's actually Dubuque, Iowa.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 09-12-08 7:24 AM
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163, 164: Whatever do you mean? Cleveland is built on a combination of alluvial deposits from an ancestral Lake Erie and various glacial tills. Get it right, please.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09-12-08 7:27 AM
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various glacial tills

Rock.

alluvial deposits from an ancestral Lake Erie

Roll.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09-12-08 7:32 AM
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Which city was built on rock and roll?

Jefferson City, Missouri.

max
['Someday they will launch a starship from there.']


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