Everything hurts.

If I get through the North American International Auto Show Charity Preview tonight, aka the Car Prom, it will be a damn miracle. Things just aren’t going my way. For weeks, I’ve been wondering if my poor knees can stand three hours in high heels, and to be sure, the heels I have don’t really work with my dress, but fuck it, these are about the most comfortable heels I can find (they have cork soles), and some things have to give when you’ve recently lost an ACL.

But now it’s worse, as today, I was fetching one from the closet for a final try-on, and what happened? I dropped it on my foot. The heel landed with the feeling of a scimitar to my third toe, just blinding pain. Hours later, it’s a vivid shade of purple and it hurts to walk. Oh, well — pain is how ladies roll at formal events.

It’s been snowing, anyway. I may well schlep to the event in my L.L. Bean boots with my shoes in a bag. We’re already going on the People Mover; you can call me the Spirit of Detroit.


OK, I have to make this short, because the end of the week is nigh and, well, see above. I see Neil Steinberg is no fan of the new Chicago Cubs mascot, Clark the Cub. It puts me in mind of when the Fort Wayne Wizards moved to a new stadium, and rebranded as the Tin Caps, the historical reference for which can be found via Wikipedia. I got an email from a lurker on this blog, asking if I could come up with an alternative team name on very short notice. I suggested “the Rivermen,” which I’m still sort of fond of. But the Tin Caps is what it was, and what it has stayed. Go with God, Tin Caps.

A not-safe-for-work photo array, but hugely beautiful — a lovely yoga practitioner, doing so in stark nakedness. It’s one of those photo essays that’s so beautiful it transcends sex; I found myself mostly examining her musculature. I’m sure you guys will be examining something else, but be forewarned. Not for the office.

Finally, I know some of you remember Marcia, who used to comment here a couple of years ago. You might not know that her family hit a rough patch for a while, culminating in the death of her nephew, just weeks before his graduation from Duke law school. There’s a final chapter to the story, and it’s a good read. Drink it in.

A good weekend, all!

Posted at 12:30 am in Popculch, Same ol' same ol' |

62 responses to “Everything hurts.”

  1. Danny said on January 17, 2014 at 1:25 am

    Wow, it’s a younger version of Robin! 🙂

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  2. Sherri said on January 17, 2014 at 2:43 am

    I think the real problem is that Cub fans think they are above all that mascot nonsense. Really, compared to other mascots, Clark the Cub isn’t that bad. I’m indifferent to mascots, as long as they leave me alone during the game, and don’t block my view. Except for Crazy Crab in San Francisco. I’ll boo Crazy Crab along with everybody else. The Pirate Parrot used to annoy me because for a while I had partial season tickets right behind the Pirates dugout, and he was always climbing up there doing something. I’d be keeping score, and he’d be making it hard to see if there was a new left-fielder out there.

    We’re stuck in the winter of the temperature inversion. Not much rain, not much snow, just a lot of stagnant air which means for for days on end. Which means FOG, fog that doesn’t clear until early afternoon, and then settles back in around 4. According to Cliff Mass, meteorology professor over at UW, November had 16 days with fog, December 22 days, and October was the worst for fog in 25 years. Maybe I should leave my daughter here and I should go to Eastern Washington on Sunday to start second semester…it’s sunny over there!

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  3. Dexter said on January 17, 2014 at 3:56 am

    Yoga Jones she ain’t. Actually, Yoga Jones was the only endearing character on the entire cast of “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix).

    I discussed the new aluminum Ford F-150 truck with a hardcore Ford truck buyer at the gasoline pumps yesterday. He buys a new F-250 every few years to pull his trailer home around the USA because his wife loves that life. He thought it would take off and sell well. It reminds me of the fall of 1995. Ford Taurus had been the best selling car for years, then abandoned the clean look for a car with a grill that looked like a catfish was about to attack you. Taurus never led the pack again. I hope the aluminum truck does well; Alan Mulally just re-upped with Ford, and I’d hate to see him become the CEO who killed the golden egg-laying goose.

    Poor Clark, attacked around the world while still in infancy. Ya hafta give this bear a chance, H8ers! As a quite rabid White Sox fan in the 1980’s, I made it to most Sunday games at old Comiskey Park. The Sox had twin mascots, Ribbie and Rhubarb. Being a scorecard keeper like Sherri, I was a traditionalist and at first I hated those two idiots. After I had been around Ribbie and Rhubarb a few games, I began to love them. They were so goddam funny with their giant bottoms they shook around, they were so sweet with the little kids who adored them, and they were great cheerleaders for the Sox and they would get great laughs from their clowning with the base coaches between innings. Yes, I had an open mind because I am a disciple of Bill “Ole Will” Veeck, the baseball maverick entrepreneur. Once I saw one of them scurrying beneath the center field bleachers. A ribald fan screamed a filthy obscenity at him (her?) and the mascot stopped, turned, and made a dual sign indicating the heckler could not only kiss his fat ass, but suck his nonexistent member as well, and that endeared me to Ribbie and Rhubarb forever.

    Rivermen would have been fine; the Charleston team (Bill Murray’s South Carolina team) already had incorporated the new team name Riverdogs by then. Maybe that’s why they turned to the Johnny Appleseed theme.
    I still love the name Lansing Lugnuts. Classic, eh?

    I told this a few years ago as I recall, but it’s on topic so here goes: The former mascot of the defunct Fort Wayne Wizards was (at first) “Wayne the Wizard”. My co-worker Jerry was coerced into attending a baseball party in what I guess was a suite or club box. There was food, there was beer all during the game. Jerry hated baseball, he was a tennis nut, but he condescended. Wayne the Wizard could smell a beer party , and every inning-break he’d saunter up to the suite and schmooze and of course one of the partiers would give him a beer which he’d just tip and drain, and back to work he’d go. It was a long game, but the beer never ran out, despite the hole Wayne the Wizard made in the supply. Jerry said Wayne was wobbly and staggering around the stands by the ninth inning. Such a lovable mascot. Shortly after that Wayne was history.

    GO NINERS!! Don’t believe a damn thing about how Colin Kaepernick is some kind of narcissistic creep. This should be the game of the year. They play Seattle.

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  4. linda said on January 17, 2014 at 6:51 am

    Do you know how I know I’m old? All I could think of on many of those poses was how much my joints would hurt.

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  5. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on January 17, 2014 at 6:56 am

    Would the F-150 crash, sales-wise, just because it’s not steel? I guess that’s where we see if the marketing geniuses can really do their job, since the dang Hummers are made of aircraft-grade ‘lume. But if they look like a gaping gaffed gar on the road heading atcha, they’re hosed. I’ll have to see if there are pics on the web yet of ’em.

    Columbus was an epic snarl last night, and I had a campus area meeting that I scheduled too tight with getting back to Newark; a stripe of light snow hit Franklin County just as the afternoon sun was going low enough to stop melting anything while the temps were just dipping past reezing, so the bridge decks & overpasses all unexpectedly had sheets of skid on ’em. The impressive thing about my fellow central Ohio drivers: I saw no wrecks (had to have been some, somewhere), the lines and slowdowns were everyone having to ease up and gently nudge themselves across those treacherous intervals where the skiff of snow had melt-frozen into sheets (or scrims) of ice.

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  6. Jolene said on January 17, 2014 at 8:20 am

    FWIW, the analysts discussing the new aluminum truck on the NewsHour last night were very positive about it. The gist seemed to be that it has all the attributes of the current popular model and more, including being cheaper to operate.

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  7. Connie said on January 17, 2014 at 8:21 am

    I’m with Linda. It was painful to just look at.

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  8. beb said on January 17, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Nothing says Hell like starting prom night with a bruised and swollen toe. Seriously, is there an unwritten rule that says women can’t wear flats to fancy occasions?

    What was the reasoning for going all aluminum on the F-150? Was it cheaper? Easier to manufacture? Was weight that much of a consideration for a truck? While airplanes are made of aluminum (though I wonder how many people really know that) and no one seems to think their fragile, I wonder if people looking at an all-aluminum truck aren’t going to compare it to an aluminum pop can?

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  9. Basset said on January 17, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Nashville Sounds in our town, seems to fit. They’re in the Pacific Coast League, which doesn’t.
    Best sports name ever: minor league hockey, the now defunct Maxon Whoopees.

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  10. nancy said on January 17, 2014 at 8:35 am

    All: Coozledad just emailed to say he’s fine. Been busy at his vegetarian petting zoo:

    Sorry I haven’t been commenting the past couple of days, but I’ve been a little preoccupied, with among other things, a stray hunting dog that’s terrorizing the sheep. It’s a long story, but the not very much shorter is, the dog is virtually impossible to catch, and the last time we caught it and phoned every sequence of numbers the vague glyphs on its collar suggested, a guy drove out to our house, straight up to the front door (like they always do) had to get us to help him leash the dog ( which was afraid of him) all the while asking us if we had children, what church we went to, where we worked…

    We penned the dog the next time it showed up, and have fed it for a year. It still isn’t tame. It is fucked up. Now it’s gotten out of the fence and chases the sheep away from their fodder and the cats away from their evening feed. I can’t catch it. This is the republic of North Carolina, so services like Animal Control are nonexistent in rural areas, and even if they would bother to drive twenty minutes to come out and catch the dog, they will return it to the guy who will let it go and it will be back here, so the dog has to die.

    I have had it in the gunsights a couple of times, but just couldn’t do it. I even had the shotgun trained on it a couple of days ago and tried to shoot it without watching it be turned to meat, and missed. With fucking buckshot.

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  11. alex said on January 17, 2014 at 8:38 am

    The third generation Taurus did indeed look like a catfish:


    The first one, in ’87, was a total game changer, leading the entire industry to go from sharp-edged and boxy to slick and streamlined. It was a ripoff of the Audi 5000 introduced in 1983, but Ford got all the credit.

    Chrysler goofed up much the same way at one time. Its cars in the mid to late ’50s were the trendsetters when it came to styling, some of the most graceful designs ever. Then, in the early ’60s, they tried to outdo themselves and turned out what were some of the ugliest cars of all time.

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  12. BigHank53 said on January 17, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Ford claims the aluminum bodywork on the new F-150 is saving 700 pounds, which is large enough to make a difference in fuel economy. They’ll also get to corner the market on replacement body panels. With a vehicle as popular as the F-150, someone with a stamping press will gear up to make fenders and door panels for body shops. I don’t know of any that do significant work with aluminum. Also, the damn things won’t rust, which is a selling point in about half the US and all of Canada.

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  13. Dave said on January 17, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Alex, my grandparents had a 1962 Dodge. You’re right, it was one ugly car. It looked very similar to this:

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  14. Peter said on January 17, 2014 at 9:25 am

    beb, I would have agreed with you, but I read that even in Red State Texas, if you can get a pickup with even slightly better gas mileage you’ll save a lot of $$ over the long term. I live in an urban area and rack up some serious mileage, but I’m sure it’s nothing compared to those guys.

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  15. LAMary said on January 17, 2014 at 9:33 am

    I wish my bod would bend that way. Even more I wish my bod LOOKED that way. Jeez. At 61 it’s probably too late to expect results like that no matter how much yoga I do.
    It’s been hot and dry here for at least two weeks and no one was surprised when a fire started yesterday. It’s a good 30 miles from my home but it’s very smoky here. It’s supposed to get windy again today with single digit humidity so I doubt if there will be any significant improvement in the fire situation.

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  16. Julie Robinson said on January 17, 2014 at 9:46 am

    As I understand it, the better mileage is not so much for customers, most of whom will buy it no matter what, but to meet the government mileage standards. The whole fleet has to average so much, and with trucks being such a big seller for Ford they’re having trouble meeting it.

    I’d like to see a return to the small pickups that were popular 30 years ago, but they no longer sell well. Apparently the typical truck driver equates manliness with size.

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  17. Minnie said on January 17, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Good to hear from Coozledad. I don’t envy his situation, though.

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  18. Deborah said on January 17, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Does anyone else think those yoga photos were shopped? Not necessarily the body shape, but come on she’s got to have some blemishes somewhere, a vein or two, maybe a bruise. Her skin can’t be that perfect. Can it?

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  19. brian stouder said on January 17, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Y’know, I’m gonna hafta take a look at this yoga thing, later on

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  20. Deborah said on January 17, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Just about every male around here drives a pickup and they’re all enormous. I chalk it up to the tiny penis syndrome. Most of the women drive giant SUVs. Our Jeep Pioneer looks small in comparison, in Chicago it seems big.

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  21. Judybusy said on January 17, 2014 at 11:00 am

    A fun news story about electronic newspapers, which was broadcast in 1981! It’s just a two minute video.

    Cooz, sorry to have to hear that about the dog. It’s shitty you end up getting stuck cleaning up someone else’s mess. Poor thing.

    Since we’re checking in more about our whereabouts, I will take this opportunity to share I’m going to Puerto Rico on Monday, coming back the 30th. I don’t get online while I’m there, so happy chatting! See you on the flip side.

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  22. Judybusy said on January 17, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Sometimes, no matter how carefully you think you check that HTML stuff, it just doesn’t happen. http://www.wimp.com/theinternet/

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  23. Charlotte said on January 17, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Aw Cooz — that dog story is heartbreaking. Almost nothing makes me as mad as people who ruin animals (cretin owner of course, not you).

    I hope the new 150 does well — like Deborah, we’re surrounded by ginormous trucks out here — each with just one person driving, at 85mph over the Bozeman pass. 700 pounds is a lot of gas to save, even if these idiots won’t do it themselves … Me? I’m still looking for a deal on a manual transmission Honda Fit … or an ELF. I’m still dreaming of the ELF (organictransit.com).

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  24. alex said on January 17, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Has anyone here had any experience dealing with the hard drive data recovery racket?

    So far I’ve been quoted some very vague (and very large) price ranges, well into the thousands. Once I ship off my hard drive, they have it — and have me over a barrel. So this morning, I looked up what I thought was a local business with a local telephone number and address. I show up there and it’s a FedEx. I call the number and it’s someone in Columbus who tells me that they can send a shipping label to my iPhone and the FedEx people should be able to download it. I said no thanks.

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  25. Julie Robinson said on January 17, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Alex, we’ve used A+ several times and the charges were reasonable, but we have PC’s so I don’t know if they handle Macs.

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  26. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on January 17, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Glad Cooz is well; it is hard not to get jumpy these days, with the funeral home calling too often for my tastes here at home, too. Since he’s tied up with his rurritability right now — may I rant? Thank you.

    Ohio, leading the nation again. This week, in reasons to end the death penalty, and why we should put tragic twisted broken people in lock-up for life. Because: A) It’s cheaper than the necessary cost of litigating our way through all the needed legal safeguards before taking an irrevocable step, B) It isn’t irrevocable, we can do *something* if it turns out twenty years later the justice system made a tragic error, which happens every 100 or so cases, and C) If we want cruel & unusual punishment, let’s at least suck it up and go ask to amend the Constitution. As you can tell by my three reasons, I’m as opposed to the death penalty on pragmatic & humane grounds as I am on moral & humane ones. The “man” yesterday did a horrible thing that warrants our severest punishment. But unless we want our severest punishment to be the modern version of a towering eunuch with a silk scarf slowly garroting a condemned criminal in a public square, or the medical approach to taking a prisoner to Tyburn and hanging them with a thick rope & simple slip knot, let’s let being locked away under florescent lights with every privilege in life in the hands of uniformed guards be as ugly as we feel we need to be as a society.


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  27. nancy said on January 17, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Boy, are you guys cynical. The F-150 sells to manly men who actually need it, for the most part. The boom in truck sales is credited to the recovering economy, especially housing. Contractors haul stuff.

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  28. mark said on January 17, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Nancy- Thank you for noting the utility of a full-size pick-up and that some/many/most people/men buy them to haul things.

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  29. Basset said on January 17, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Cooz, tough situation but you gotta do what you gotta do – just make it a clean and merciful kill.

    And I liked the “catfish” Taurus a lot better than the current Fords, which all look angry to me. Hyundais do too.

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  30. alex said on January 17, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Julie, A+ is where I took it for the new hard drive. They were unable to retrieve my data from the old one, however, and referred me to a place in California that would have me ship it. Starting price just to look at it? $700. From there it could go into the thousands depending on how much “difficulty” they encounter while trying to extract the data.

    I became a member of Angie’s List a while back. If I can remember my passwords and shit, I’ll see what they have to say about it.

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  31. Scout said on January 17, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Poor coozledad. Nothing is harder on an animal lover than making a tough decision like that one. Thinking about you, friend.

    In AZ there are quite a few big ass pick ups driven by people you know damn well have never hauled anything but a large Costco shopping spree, but yeah, it’s good to know truck sales are up due to improvements in the housing sector.

    Nancy, I hope your aching feet carry you through the whole car prom without causing too much pain. Looking forward to the report and pictures.

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  32. LAMary said on January 17, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Here are some flats you could wear to the car prom. You could show off your purple toe.


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  33. CathyC said on January 17, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    alex, MacExperience in Indy or Bloomington. The Bloomington shop has rescued our hard drive info a couple times, both PowerBooks. I’d trust them if you end up sending somewhere. Cost about $125 if I remember correctly.

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  34. Julie Robinson said on January 17, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Sorry, Alex, it sounds like they don’t know Macs.

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  35. Dexter said on January 17, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    I wasn’t a contractor hauling stuff nor a farmer transporting hay bales; I was not using my truck for any professional reasons at all. I just liked having a good truck to throw a bicycle into the bed and take off somewhere for a ride. Oh, I also had cars like Ford Escorts and Mercury Lynx which I would carry bikes on a rear-mounted rack, but having a truck was easy. Also, the day you sell a truck, you need a truck to haul something. When the big maple tree cracked our house in two and we had to abandon ship for a few months, I bought a friend’s big Chevy 1500 to haul everything out to storage. He said “…you just want to borrow my truck, it would be OK?” But this was a chance to buy a truck. Oh hell yes.
    Now, my mechanic’s computer classifies my Windstar van as a truck, but it’s a minivan, c’mon! I want to take the middle seats out for cargo hauling but my wife says “no”. I have had a couple GMC Jimmys, a full-sized Chevy, and an F-150, also a Ford Ranger that was burned out and was a bad deal all the way around.

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  36. alex said on January 17, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Thanks Cathy. I’ll look them up and give them a holler. It’d be worth driving there for savings like that.

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  37. Dexter said on January 17, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Aluminum truck, from Car Talk Plaza:

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  38. Deborah said on January 17, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Yeah, sorry to be cynical but there can’t be that many contractors in Santa Fe. I agree with Scout, a lot of the giant pickups here don’t haul much. They’re often way to clean for that. Right now I’m at the car place getting my Jeep serviced, it’s the 15,000 mile check up. My next stop is the carwash, it’s filthy from multiple trips out to the land in Abiquiu hauling wood.

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  39. LAMary said on January 17, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    I see lots of pick ups in the nurse parking lot here at the hospital.

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  40. Sherri said on January 17, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Alex, it’s obviously too late now, but for your new drive, look into some of the new cloud-based backup services. I use Carbonite, and while I haven’t had to use it for catastrophic recovery yet, I’ve used it to recover individual files and have been happy. Files are backed up continuously, the user interface for restoration is pretty good, and my files are encrypted locally before being stored on their server.

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  41. nancy said on January 17, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Sometimes they haul trailers.

    Don’t get me wrong, I think people who drive huge vehicles they don’t need are silly. (There are PLENTY of them here.) But just because a truck is clean doesn’t mean it’s never used for truckin’. We have had lots of work done on our house lately, and the big boss always arrives in a pristine full-size pickup.

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  42. Charlotte said on January 17, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    That’s what keeps me from getting a horse. It would be really fun to ride again, and Himself has 5 acres I could keep a horse on, but I’d have to get a truck, and a trailer, and then it’s down the rabbit hole of farriers and vet bills. Mostly though, it’s the truck.

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  43. Dexter said on January 17, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Clark the Cub is not the only new mascot appearing in 2014. All these stand-bys are toast. Click the link for the replacement photos.

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  44. Dexter said on January 17, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Free coffee and Pringles for the taking…if you are near US 23 by Ann Arbor. http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2014/01/overturned_semi_spills_food_cl.html

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  45. Peter said on January 17, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Alex, I’ve had your problem, and Micro Center got my data back for a very reasonable price – if I recall, under $200.00.

    I know there’s one in Chicago, don’t know other locations.

    Oh, I feel your pain.

    (Homer Simpson imitation) “Road Pringles…..aaaaahhhhh”

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  46. brian stouder said on January 17, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    I think the first pair of shoes at Mary’s link would be perfecto standing next to one of those aluminum Ford F-150’s.

    Betcha’ the models next to it are wearing something very similar.

    And agreed that the new Fords look angry; like a bargain Astin Martin (which Ford owns?)

    Never bet against Alan Mulally. He’s the hero of that book Once Upon a Car, and if the book is even halfway accurate, he’s going to rank up there with Henry himself, on the list of most important leaders at Ford Motor Company

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  47. Tim said on January 17, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Apropos of nothing above, this line appeared in the Fort Wayne Sentinel obit of Johnny Appleseed (in the Tin Cups-reference link) and it just struck me: “He was a follower of Swedenborg and devoutly believed that the more he endured in this world the less he would have to suffer and the greater would be his happiness hereafter — he submitted to every privation with cheerfulness and content, believing that in so doing he was securing snug quarters hereafter.”
    That sounds sort of like an American version of Buddhism or some forms of Hinduism. And I love “snug quarters hereafter.”

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  48. LAMary said on January 17, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    I just got a new car, or at least for me it’s new. It’s two years old. I have a groovy 2012 VW golf 2.5. My son has my 2002 Beetle now.

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  49. beb said on January 17, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Peter, there’s a Micro Center here in Detroit. It’s my new, favorite place to shop.

    Deborah, do the women driving ginormus SUVs also suffer from tiny penis syndrome?

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  50. alex said on January 17, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Thanks, Peter, I used to shop at Micro Center when I lived in Chicago.

    I just spoke with someone at MacExperience in Indy mentioned by Cathy upthread. The guy told me that if the place I had my computer repaired couldn’t do it, chances are they can’t either and that it’s a job for the big guys—Drive Savers—so I guess I’m just going to have to suck it up. I will see what Angie’s list has to say about it though.

    I’ll never again make the mistake of not backing things up better. I had about 25,000 photographs covering a span of more than ten years, not to mention all sorts of apps, music and other things. My music purchased from Apple was okay because they keep your Apple Store purchases in a cloud, but I bought a lot from Amazon too.

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  51. brian stouder said on January 17, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    And by the way, I have now seen the nekkid woman doin’ the yoga thing, and I gotta say – I must be getting old.

    She looks anorexic, to me.

    The preface mentioned something about ‘you can see how this sort of thing would lend itself to sex’, and to be honest, no, I can’t.

    High-performance cars like a Ferrari would be wasted on me, I won’t sky-dive, bungee jumping from some absurd height is completely out of the question, and if I somhow bungled into intimate terms with someone as flexible as she is, it would end (prematurely!) in a cascade of laughter

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  52. David C. said on January 17, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    I wonder how much time and money Ford had to spend re-calibrating their crash analysis software for the F-150. Steel behaves way differently than aluminum. Steel bends nice and predictably. Aluminum reaches a certain point and snaps.

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  53. Bitter Scribe said on January 17, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    The photographer is the husband of that yoga woman. Lucky bastard. Hope he’s not insecure.

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  54. Little Bird said on January 17, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    The husband of yoga lady is probably far too content to be insecure.

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  55. Jolene said on January 17, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Those photos are so concentrated on the architecture of the body that, for the most part, they don’t seem sexy. They’re all about line. No warmth. Not that that’s bad for what the pictures mean to be–or what it seems to me they mean to be. They invite touch, but in the way a graceful metal sculpture invites touch.

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  56. alex said on January 17, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Those pendulous boobs look just like the ones in Vanessa Williams’ ignominious star turn in Penthouse. With redeeming artistic merit, of course. Looking at those doesn’t give one a stiffy so much as a sympathetic charley horse.

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  57. Dexter said on January 18, 2014 at 2:45 am

    We never discuss basketball here but OMG did you see Kevin Durant last night ? He plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder and they beat a tough Golden State Warriors team. KD scored 54 points and was crazy-good and accurate. He’s the only player I will stop everything else I might be doing to watch.

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  58. David C. said on January 18, 2014 at 7:17 am

    When I looked at the pictures, I thought if you put a harem costume on her you could make a packet at two bits a pop as a carnival sideshow attraction. “Hurry, hurry, hurry, see the amazing double-jointed princess from the exotic orient. Parents, do not deprive your children of this educational experience.”

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  59. del said on January 18, 2014 at 8:04 am

    First we lose Prospero. Now Brian’s appreciation of yoga girl is muted. Oh Proteus protect us. 🙂

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  60. Ann said on January 18, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Another story of a blogging community losing a faithful contributor and learning about him only after his death. http://jonathanturley.org/2014/01/18/in-memory-of-david-blair-drumm-1948-2013/

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  61. 4dbirds said on January 19, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Yoga girl looks lovely. I do think her breasts are slightly enhanced. It not the norm to be that thin and have full breasts. In any case, they are beautiful.

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  62. Rana said on January 19, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    I’d like to see a return to the small pickups that were popular 30 years ago You and me both. I’d also like the return of station wagons.

    Re: Yoga woman – she’s flexible, and has good balance, but she’s not nearly as well-muscled as most of the yoginis I know. And doing it naked isn’t a new thing; check out Kathryn Budidg’s portfolio for some true strength and even more impressive balancing poses.

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