Re: Reflections on a Disney afternoon

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Nothing tastes as good as redressing the depredations of the wicked feels.


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 12:45 PM
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There is nothing so depredating as a wicked feel.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 12:51 PM
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The Wicked Feels is the name of my new band.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 1:00 PM
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Say it ain't so, SB.


Posted by: Mo MacArbie | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 1:03 PM
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There is nothing so wicked as a depredating feel.


Posted by: miss manners | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 1:05 PM
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Nothing tastes the wicked depredations. Good redressing.


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 1:14 PM
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If someone has to get redressed afterwards, it must have been a pretty wicked feel.


Posted by: widget | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 1:27 PM
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It would appear that candy bars are overrated.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 1:31 PM
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"Two Snickers and a Coke!"


Posted by: Wrongshore | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 1:40 PM
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I think you're remembering that Suicidal Tendencies video, and all he wanted was a Pepsi.


Posted by: Mr. Merle | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 1:46 PM
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Sorry to interfere with Standpipe's post, but I just heard that the head farmer of our local CSA has been ousted replaced. I know him. He's a friend, and has been here numerous times for dinner and a movie. My housemate and I basically referred him for the job. Oh, shit.

I think I'll make a phone call to see if people are okay. Life beckons, lest we become pathetic.

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Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 1:52 PM
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In that moment I conceived of what it is to be pathetic.

Depends on the candy bar.


Posted by: Jesurgislac | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 3:02 PM
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In what way was my wretched epiphany dependent on the particulars of the candy bar?


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 3:19 PM
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Pathetic or pitiable?


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 3:21 PM
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Pathetic or pitiable?

These are synonymous in my idiolect. Please to elaborate.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 3:26 PM
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I have to admit that this post surprised me, as I had assumed that Standpipe was much older than I; if his "childhood" overlapped with the heyday of the Disney Afternoon, however, then he and I are likely contemporaries.


Posted by: Otto von Bisquick | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 3:27 PM
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13: wouldn't'a been the same if he wanted a blowjob.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 3:31 PM
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I feel like I'm missing something. Should I be looking up "candy bar" on Urban Dictionary, or what?


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 3:35 PM
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Holy shit: DuckTales was only on for two seasons! That's just hard to believe, given how permanently the image of Scrooge McDuck diving into his pit of gold coins seems to be seared into my memory. When you're a kid, the days really do last forever.


Posted by: Otto von Bisquick | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 3:36 PM
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19: They syndicated it, though, no? Cause I am pretty sure I remember watching Duck Tales for longer than two years.....and I didn't have the Disney Channel.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 3:39 PM
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All I wanted was the Carl Ystremski with the sideburns.


Posted by: millhouse | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 3:43 PM
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I happened to be reading this post while listening to the drab fellow in front of me on this train try to pick up the gothy-looking cutie across the aisle. It was like a blinding revelation of what it means to be pathetic. Homer Simpson was right: public transportation is for jerks and lesbians. Also, it's still unpleasantly hot here, but you know what? It's not the heat—it's the humanity.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 3:47 PM
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Holy shit: DuckTales was only on for two seasons!

Impossible!

Then, a lot of my DuckTales memories are associated with the Nintendo game. Egypt, Transylvania, the Amazon... the moon!


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 3:48 PM
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20: Ah. It appears that the original episodes of DuckTales ran from '87 to '90. They only ran as a part of TDA for '90-'91 and '91-'92 (if we ignore the later, rump Disney Afternoon, when I wouldn't have been watching). So that probably explains it—I probably watched it pre-TDA and when it was a part of TDA.

And at least in my childhood market, The Disney Afternoon was on broadcast TV, not on Disney Channel.


Posted by: Otto von Bisquick | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 3:52 PM
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I feel like I'm missing something.

The commentariat is getting even?


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 3:53 PM
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24: I wasn't sure about that - I was unaware of the existence of the Disney Afternoon until now, even though I have fond memories of most of the shows associated with it. I was only allowed to watch an hour of television when I was little so I had to pick and choose my shows carefully. (And now, sitting at home at 3 in the afternoon, I'm watching a DVD. Thanks a lot mom, for ruining me for life).

I always did want to swim in piles of gold coins.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 3:57 PM
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Oh, forgot to include the quoted bit. 26 to 24.2, just in case it wasn't obvious.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 3:58 PM
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I vaguely remember reaching a point where it seemed like all the Duck Tales were repeats. But I might be thinking of one of the other cartoons in the block, like Darkwing Duck or that chipmunk one (not Alvin and the chipmunks, but something else).


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 4:00 PM
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Apparently, those memories are extremely vague. Looking up the years the shows ran, it appears that I stopped watching afternoon cartoons before any of those shows stopped running. So I must be remembering out-of-season reruns.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 4:05 PM
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Looking at the list in 19: oh, right, Gummi Bears was a TV show, not just a candy! Those were the days.

I didn't get into most of those shows, aside from Duck Tales and Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers. Also an excellent Nintendo game.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 4:05 PM
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29: They replayed them constantly. CONSTANTLY. Even with my limited schedule, I ended up feeling like I had seen them all too.

Also, Gummi Bears was one that for a long time that wasn't available on network television, and I was so, so envious of all my friends with the Disney Channel.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 4:07 PM
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I always did want to swim in piles of gold coins.

Bachelor diving into vault of aqueous currency = reduction of the feminine to the fungible, of women qua women to objects of penetration.

Sexist.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 4:08 PM
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Obama as Antichrist gets some new attention from World Net Daily. It seem there is this video ...
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Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 4:09 PM
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Sexist.

Is it sexist if I do it and I'm a woman? Cause I really do want to! Though I suspect I'd just end up with a black eye.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 4:11 PM
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31.2: You envied your friends because of their access to the Gummi Bears, of all things? Huh. That was by far the lamest one. Oh well, different strokes and all that.


Posted by: Otto von Bisquick | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 4:14 PM
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Gummi Bears was one that for a long time that wasn't available on network television

I thought they were here and there and everywhere.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 4:16 PM
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I always did want to swim in piles of gold coins.

Parenthetical is Danaë?


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 4:16 PM
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Is it sexist if I do it and I'm a woman?

It depends on the candy bar?


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 4:18 PM
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I had a total crush on one of the Gummi Bears characters.

I admit it. It was Tummi.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 4:20 PM
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35, 36: I know it was lame, but I think it was all about NOT having it. I had a lot of tv envy as a kid, trust me. As soon as I actually could watch it, I didn't.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 4:20 PM
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Wikipedia says Gummi Bears started on network tv, then went to Disney in syndication. So you were probably just too young to see it.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 4:22 PM
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It was high adventure and it was beyond compare. That is the opposite of lame, O blasphemers.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 4:22 PM
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Parenthetical is Danaë?

I suppose being raped by Zeus in the form of a shower of gold is better than being raped by Zeus in the form a swan. The story of Leda always freaked me out when I was younger.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 4:22 PM
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13: Was it Valrhona chocolate or Hershey's gunk? Chocolate Alchemist or vegelate rubbish?

25: YASATPA.


Posted by: Jesurgislac | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 4:23 PM
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41: Yes, I just looked at the dates. Not sure what's going on there. I know I didn't get to watch anything that wasn't PBS until at least 1988 or so, so maybe that's the problem. Or, the fact that my memories of childhood are completely out of order.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 4:24 PM
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43: Shower of gold always freaked me out more: it seemed so inescapable. Swans, on the other hand, one could usually scare off with a broadsheet newspaper.


Posted by: Jesurgislac | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 4:25 PM
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You are subtly asking to pantomime the Aeneid?


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 4:25 PM
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I envied people with the Disney Channel too! Gummi Bears seemed far superior to The Smurfs and Denver, the Last Dinosaur and Pirates of Dark Water and all the stuff I had access to. Also it showed great films like The Gnome-mobile which my aunt would tape and then send to us kids.

that chipmunk one (not Alvin and the chipmunks, but something else).

Tale Spin.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 4:29 PM
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(Sotto voce) After all these inconsistencies in her stories, I am beginning to suspect that Paren didn't actually have an American childhood after all. I think she's a spy! We should ask her who plays second for the Brooklyn Dodgers—any real Yank soldier would know that.


Posted by: Otto von Bisquick | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 4:29 PM
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No, Tale Spin was the one with the underwater dudes with prolapsed foreheads.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 4:32 PM
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Paren didn't actually have an American childhood after all

Inasmuch as growing up with California hippies equals this, it's probably true.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 4:34 PM
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Man, those cartoons all had such catchy theme songs. I know that more than once in recent times have I and my compatriots burst into, e.g., the DuckTales theme—likely while under the influence.


Posted by: Otto von Bisquick | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 4:38 PM
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What was it with food products becoming cartoon characters? Remember The California Raisins?


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 4:43 PM
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Remember The California Raisins?

I still have a little plastic California Raisin. I should put it on my desk.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 4:44 PM
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Tale Spin.

I think I was thinking of Rescue Rangers. I can't remember Tale Spin at all, though it appears to have been in the 2 hour block I watched. It's possible I replaced that 30 minutes with another show.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 4:46 PM
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54: I think my parents still have a Christmas tree ornament I made as a kid, which is some misshapen lump painted purple that I intended to be a California Raisin. ("The downside of being an only child? You know all the scary handmade ornaments are yours.")


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 4:49 PM
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What was it with food products becoming cartoon characters?

The entire Disney menagerie is edible, strictly speaking.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 4:50 PM
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And more recently, the "Your Arms Are Broken" version of the Duck Tales theme has become popular.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 4:50 PM
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Including the little boogery things in The Little Mermaid?

(You know, the former mer-people whose souls Ursula had stolen.)


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 4:52 PM
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59 to 57.


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 4:53 PM
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Inasmuch as growing up with California hippies equals this, it's probably true.

Growing up with California hippies is an American an upbringing as it is possible to have.


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 4:53 PM
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The entire Disney menagerie is edible, strictly speaking.

They put the œuvre in hors d'œuvre.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 4:53 PM
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56: Veronica Mars!


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 4:58 PM
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56: You may or may not want to hang on to those misshapen handmade ornaments, essear. Your super-cute self, memory of whom the ornaments evoke? Do you really want to renounce it? Tough to say.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 5:06 PM
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63: Yeah, I'm afraid I'm disturbingly close to knowing the dialogue of the first season by heart.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 5:11 PM
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65: I really need to buy that season. I have the third (because I was addicted and couldn't wait for Netflix so I bought it on Itunes). And of course the third is the least satisfying of the seasons.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 5:13 PM
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They put the œuvre in hors d'œuvre.

I want to know what l'œuvre is. I want you to show me.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 5:15 PM
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My parents always had us put the handmade ornaments toward the back of the tree. I don't blame them; we made some ugly-ass ornaments.


Posted by: Otto von Bisquick | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 5:19 PM
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The ones that scare me are the ones with our pictures on them. Generally, terrible school pictures on really cheap plastic things.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 5:20 PM
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There's one bearing a ~1st grade picture of me that elicits "Awww"s when it is brought out each year. This makes me bashful, and so I bring it over to the back of the tree.


Posted by: Otto von Bisquick | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 5:27 PM
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Aww, you probably were adorable.

I, on the other hand, had those horrible giant 80s glasses. You could barely see my face! Ughhhh.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 5:29 PM
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The 80s were a bad decade for glasses, yes. I was glad to be correction-free until HS.


Posted by: Otto von Bisquick | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 5:30 PM
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Lucky, lucky you. It didn't help that I embraced both the neon clothes and headband trends. Boys had it so much easier in the 80s.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 5:38 PM
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people whose souls Ursula had stolen acquired as a result of breaches of contract.


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 5:43 PM
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I stand corrected.


Posted by: Bitchphd | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 5:50 PM
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They still looked like boogers, though.


Posted by: Bitchphd | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 5:51 PM
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65: Me too. CA and I are rewatching it *right now.*


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 5:53 PM
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I must make a note of the date:

July 31, 3009. Standpipe Bridgeplate warmed my heart.


Posted by: Rah | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 6:34 PM
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I want to know what l'œuvre is. I want you to show me.

Has no one yet exclaimed on the brilliance of this?


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 6:35 PM
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79: I confess I got it only after re-reading it twice after you pointed out its greatness. Excellent work, 'pipe.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 6:56 PM
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Aw, you guys.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 7:41 PM
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And they said if you listened carefully, just so, you could hear the laughter of squirrels.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 7:45 PM
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Christ, that image still chills my blood.


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 7:46 PM
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83 to 76.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 7:47 PM
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I happen to know that squirrels don't laugh. Rather, they rise up on their hind legs, fix their glassy eyes on the horizon, and sigh long and deep, like an emphysemic muppet.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 8:12 PM
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All I wanted was a Pepsi


Posted by: lemmy caution | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 8:20 PM
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That doesn't seem quite terrifyingly manic enough, Standpipe.


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 8:22 PM
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A manic squirrel.


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 8:31 PM
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Believe me, it's terrifying enough when it's looking straight through you and you can tell, just tell, that it's calling out to its star of origin and all its sister squirrels and you get back to your apartment and every single one of your screened windows has a squirrel-sized hole in it, ringed with tufts of fur. And then, after all that, do you look in your hiking shoes? No, you fucking do not.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 8:32 PM
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Yes---yes, that would indeed terrify me.


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 8:37 PM
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Yoooooigh... yooooooigh... yooooooooigh...


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 8:40 PM
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Standpipe warmed my heart long ago with his love for Sesame Street Fever. My sister (b. 1981) watched the duck show. I wasn't really watching cartoons then, though I did like the Gummi Bears. I watched the Smurfs, and I was a fan of (shudder!) the Snorks.


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 9:04 PM
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Blood-chilling, not heart-warming! Have you understood nothing of the squirrel menace?


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 9:12 PM
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66, 77 (Veronica Mars): yeah, I'm in the middle of rewatching the whole series right now. (Slowly; a few episodes a week.) I've seen all of the first season several times before, but I think this is the first time I've rewatched the others all the way through (previously, just isolated episodes on a few occasions). Season two is holding up better than I expected; the Meg/Duncan/baby plot is much shorter and more tolerable than it seemed at the time. I think in my memory I assigned all the good parts of season two to season one. As I get near the end of the season I'm sort of dreading the whole Beaver reveal/retcon, though.

Also, to 66: I would offer you my spare copy of the first season, but one disc is pretty badly scratched (to the point that I suspect someone I lent it to used the DVD as a coaster). I've contemplated getting that disc from Netflix and sending them the scratched one, but so far I haven't been able to work up sufficient turpitude for that.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 10:45 PM
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(Slowly; a few episodes a week.)

You have much better self-control than I do.

Also, to 66: I would offer you my spare copy of the first season, but one disc is pretty badly scratched (to the point that I suspect someone I lent it to used the DVD as a coaster).

You have a spare copy! I would offer you things of your choosing (mix cds? baked goods? a California care package?) in return, even if a disc is scratched. If it really is spare, that is.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 10:48 PM
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I want to know what l'œuvre is. I want you to show me.

Has no one yet exclaimed on the brilliance of this?

Let me be the first to exclaim on the brilliance of that. In fact I didn't really, in my pants heart, believe Standpipe was actually back until I read that line. Then I knew: It's true! It's really happening!!


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 10:55 PM
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95: It is really a spare, yes. People were borrowing it for long periods of time, so I bought another one. On inspection, none of the discs look as scratched as I was remembering, so maybe I'm thinking of something else I let someone borrow. But several of the discs do have scratches. I'll check out how well they play and get back to you.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 11:03 PM
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97: Oh, cool! The linked email works. And, uh, I'm not picky. I'd take a set where 4 out of 5 (or however many) discs worked.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 11:07 PM
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Huh.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 11:07 PM
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That's totally awesome, neb. Where did you find it?


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 11:08 PM
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Looking in the archives directory.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 11:09 PM
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Dammit, now I'm going to end up watching season 1 again just to see how well the discs work. Cliff! "I like this case. It's... tawdry."


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 11:13 PM
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What's an "editon"?


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 11:18 PM
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It's a kind of subatomic particle that fixes mistakes in manuscripts.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 11:19 PM
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What's an "editon"?

It's an excitation of the fundamental field that transmits the force of editing.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 11:19 PM
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Fuck.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 11:19 PM
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now I'm going to end up watching season 1 again just to see how well the discs work.

Terrible fate.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 11:21 PM
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How does this field theory account for the dildo variants though?

Dildo excitation is all well and good, but is it renormalizable?


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 11:24 PM
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It's naively not renormalizable, but it's renormalizable in the large N expansion, IYKWIM.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 11:26 PM
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IDTID.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 11:29 PM
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I had an accident playing horseshoes tonight (tip: beer + horseshoes doesn't mix all that well) and the resulting injury to my leg hurts like a mofo. Just wanted to whine.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 11:29 PM
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94 &c.: You know, most scratched discs can be made usable again with a good plastic polish. I use this stuff.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 11:36 PM
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Disc two is unplayable, but the scratches look pretty shallow, so maybe Jesus's polish would help.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 11:47 PM
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And to bring things full circle I'm watching "An Echolls Family Christmas".


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 11:49 PM
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111: Would have loved to have seen them play horseshoes at the "beer summit". The potential for mayhem would have added a much needed edge. (Although we would have probably just gotten a weeks worth of chortling at Obama's lack of form and skill.)


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 11:53 PM
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98: E-mail sent.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 08- 1-09 12:04 AM
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116: Returned, from a different address, just to warn you in case it ended up in the spam filters or something.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 08- 1-09 12:35 AM
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You people are going to force me to log in to facebook for the first time since January. And then I'll have more than one friend.

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Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 08- 1-09 2:43 AM
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You know, most scratched discs can be made usable again with a good plastic polish a banana.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 08- 1-09 5:40 AM
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A manic squirrel.

We don't have a picture, alas, but last year the squirrels so gorged themselves on our plums that one of them was spotted on its back, fur stained with juice, stomach distended, tongue lolling. No joke.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 08- 1-09 7:15 AM
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120: mighta been drunk.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08- 1-09 7:52 AM
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