Day off.

Sorry, guys. My Easter weekend was packed, and now I’m trying to finish two stories while nursing an oral-surgery post-op patient, i.e., Kate, newly freed of four impacted wisdom teeth. New thread, and I’ll see ya later when I come up for air.

Suggested topic of discussion: The Rolling Stone fiasco.

Posted at 10:44 am in Uncategorized |

29 responses to “Day off.”

  1. Kirk said on April 6, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Following up on Dexter’s comment on the previous thread re: the new Cubs looking like the old Cubs. Apparently, the renovation of Wrigley Field isn’t going so well, as this Deadspin story explains:

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  2. brian stouder said on April 6, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Enjoy your day off!

    Aside from that, let me say that once, I attended a monster truck show at an indoor-venue (the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum) and exited that place somewhat off my pins.

    The experience was very like sticking my head into a metal garbage can, and then having 5 or 6 guys pound on the can with hammers for the next hour or two.

    The linked article is a little like that, between hindsight and what was known at the time, a disorienting cascade of events seems to characterize the Rolling Stone avalanche of mistakes. And the worst of the crowd will take full advantage (as always) of this, going forward

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  3. LAMary said on April 6, 2015 at 11:51 am

    I had all four of my wisdom teeth removed at the same time when I was about Kate’s age. I recall I had bruised cheeks afterwards. I looked like I was wearing bluish purple blush.

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  4. susan said on April 6, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Now here is an excellent idea…that will never happen, of course. Because Wingnuttia’s head would explode, its Big Maw would spew out bile, and its Big Butt would squirt out Santorum. But still, I hadn’t realized that anniversary was today. And a nice round number it is, at that. Let’s all raise a glass!

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  5. brian stouder said on April 6, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Susan – an excellent article, and I could not agree more, that it is past time to rename military installations and the like, away from the 2 century-old names of traitors, to just about any damned thing else!

    Any private in the United States Army, or any nurse who worked with Clara Barton (or Barton herself) picked at random, more deserves to have a fort named after him or her than any damned rebel general, period

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  6. susan said on April 6, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Oh wait, the anniversary is this Thursday, April 9th. Sorry. I got a little too enthusiastic. I’ll still raise a glass of fizzy water today, tomorrow, Wednesday, and Thursday.

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  7. brian stouder said on April 6, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Susan – and not for nothing, but we’re also a week out from the 150th anniversary of the day the music really and truly died…

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  8. Deborah said on April 6, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    So much to read today, I’m about half way through the link about the Rolling Stone debacle, but I have to stop and move on to some household chores.

    I did want to mention that I’m going to hear Ta’ Nahishi Coates (spelling?) Weds night here in Santa Fe. I bought a ticket last week, and it was one of only three left. It’s sponsored by the Lannon Foundation, which has very popular programs.

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  9. Charlotte said on April 6, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    And Phi Psi at UVA is suing Rolling Stone:

    Deborah — I’m so jealous! Lannon is terrific — they helped us out with some $$ a zillion years ago when I helped run the Art of the Wild workshops at Squaw Valley …

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  10. Judybusy said on April 6, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Deborah, that’s terrific. We all would love a report, I’m sure.

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  11. Deborah said on April 6, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    I’ll definitely give you guys a report after Weds.

    Off topic as usual, LB is on a diet because she’s going to be in a wedding in a couple of months and she wants to look spiffy. So we’ve been looking into healthier foods in general and we came across Nutritional Yeast. I had never heard of it before, if you’re vegan you probably know all about it but wow is it good. I found this on Buzz Feed, lots of yummy looking recipes to use it with, instead of cheese mostly and sprinkled on various dishes for extra flavor. We found it at Whole Foods in the bulk food section, but it’s probably available lots of other places. I’ve also been reading about Miso Paste, it gives a lot of flavor and can be used lots of different ways besides to make Miso Soup.

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  12. Deborah said on April 6, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    To add to the healthier eating, we got a spiralizer that we use to make “pasta” out of zucchini. You can use all kinds of other veggies too. Then, instead of using regular pasta that packs on the pounds, you just cook the spiralized veggie noodles with whatever topping you want and it tastes just like regular pasta. It saves time too because you don’t have to boil water for pasta and cook whatever you’re using for topping separately. Saves on washing extra pots and pans too. I’ve been seeing pre-spiralized veggies in Whole Foods but dang they’re expensive. It’s much cheaper to do it yourself. The gizmo that you use to make the spirals that we bought was about $15, and fits nicely in a drawer with other gadgets.

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  13. Dexter said on April 6, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    My uppers are in there still, asleep, sideways, but my lower wisdom teeth erupted painfully when I was in the most inopportune place, the Republic of Vietnam. Luckily, there was an oral surgeon near my unit, drafted and stuck there by the US Army to tend to dental emergencies, and he took me to a chair, gave me a little novocaine, held my head back forcefully with his hand, and stuck those pliers in there and yanked those two monsters out-my-head. Jesus, what a day. I bled clots for two days and lost all strength for a couple more. I just healed up on my cot, no follow up, no nuthin’. Finally, I was cured and healed. And now Ms. Derringer will never have to worry about wisdom teeth.
    My dentist told me he could schedule surgery to remove the sideways uppers, that was ten years ago…nah…I’ll let it ride.

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  14. beb said on April 6, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    I wonder if this is Kate’s Ester break? I had my tonsils removed one Easter break. What a rotten way to spend a week off from school and no amount of ice cream could make it better.

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  15. Kirk said on April 6, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    I had all four of my wisdom teeth removed on my 39th birthday. I was out of commission for a week, as two of them were screwed up enough that I required general anesthetic and hospital surgery, rather than 15 minutes in a dental chair.

    I often use a salmon recipe that uses miso, and it’s mighty flavorful.

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  16. Sherri said on April 6, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    I don’t have any wisdom teeth. They just aren’t there. I’m also missing a molar back there. My husband doesn’t have wisdom teeth either, and our daughter is missing wisdom teeth and two molars in back.

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  17. Jolene said on April 6, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    I’ve never had them either. Not sorry to be deprived of the experience.

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  18. Deborah said on April 6, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    I had one wisdom tooth extracted at the dentist’s office. It was such a horrendous experience that I had the remaining three done by an oral surgeon, while totally anesthasized. What I found out later was that the same oral surgeon I used killed three people with improper anesthesia and lost his license to practice. I was fine obviously, and I healed quickly.

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  19. Connie said on April 6, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    My poor kid spent her 14 yr old easter break having her upper jaw broken and rebuilt. And had to turn down an invitation to Jackson Hold besides.

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  20. Kirk said on April 6, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    A friend of mine, a dental hygienist in northern Kentucky, said a patient asked her one day about wisdom teeth and why people had them if they usually needed to be removed. She explained that they had become superfluous in the course of human evolution. “You believe in evolution?” the hick in the chair responded.

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  21. Dave said on April 6, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    My two uppers are gone, done by my childhood dentist in Reynoldsburg, when I was at least 20, don’t remember exactly. Still have my two lowers, a different dentist said they should come out because he said that he’d seen many cases where folks got older and with age came more pain. That was in my early 30’s. Now, 30 years later, still have them, no issues, and the current dentist, who we’ve gone to our whole time living in Fort Wayne (29 years this May) scoffs at the idea.

    I was listening to a talk show here in FLA today and the host was completely aghast at the idea that Jann Wenner isn’t cleaning house at Rolling Stone. Is he showing loyalty to his employees by not doing so? Is he thinking it reflects badly on him and he should go, too, if anyone does? Or is he a kinder employer than most?

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  22. Suzanne said on April 6, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    I had all 4 of my wisdom teeth removed at once under local anesthesia. I didn’t want to be put under as I feared of having my last sight on this earth being the ceiling of the oral surgeon’s office. No thanks.

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  23. Ann said on April 6, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Mine were all removed Christmas break of my sophomore year at Michigan (Go Blue!). My mom was with me when the nurse was asking me the pre-op questions, one of which was “are you on any medications? Even if it’s just aspirin?” I was very grateful for the general anesthesia which gave me three hours before my mother starting asking questions about my birth control pills.

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  24. adrianne said on April 6, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    The Rolling Stone article on the U. Va. alleged rape, and the collective shrug by its editors in the Columbia University dissection of what went wrong, is quite maddening if you’re a journalist or just live with one. Our proprietress had smelled a rat when she read the original story, and it appears that the writer fell in love with the narrative of gang rape in the frat house and never did the least fact-checking of the story. But the real blame rests with the editors (including Jann Wenner, who read the story before publication) who let this anonymously sourced tale get published.

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  25. brian stouder said on April 6, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    I know the odds are (heavily, if not decisively) against it, but here’s hoping Rahm Emmanuel gets defeated in tomorrow’s election.

    Then, maybe Chicago can still have public schools

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  26. basset said on April 6, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    We have some house guests right now, and they’re watching the national championship basketball game in the next room. Just once I would like to see one of those kids bring the ball down the court, stop dead, throw it up into the stands and quit… “this is my last game, basketball hasn’t been fun since sixth grade, p**s on you, coach, I’m done!”

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  27. Dexter said on April 7, 2015 at 1:07 am

    Bassett, I recall several boys at my high school quitting and many more being kicked off the team for a variety of infractions…getting caught drinking a single beer at a school dance…smoking a cigarette to appear cool…always a rat somewhere to squeal on kids like that. But I remember when a kid quit basketball to work as a bag boy at the grocery store and also my friend Kevin reacted to being benched by getting a job as a tool and die apprentice after school at a small factory…he wasn’t any sort of union apprentice going for a card, he was just there working for a buck fifty an hour and learning a trade. Now he’s still working as a journeyman tool maker, probably because he walked out of basketball practice. Also, I remember a varsity player who was upset at not playing and he screamed at the coach about it, walked away, and became the star of the FFA team. (Future Farmers of America). I cannot imagine why any player who has dedicated his life to getting to the final game, achieving that, playing his heart and guts out trying to win not for money, but the glory for his school, stopping and throwing the basketball into the crowd and quitting and just give up…what the hell? Why would you like to see that? I did wonder what happened to a red-headed dude in the army when I was in California…he quit the army and went to Sweden as a deserter. We found this information later: his daddy was a rich man and orchestrated the desertion, bought the ticket to Sweden and bankrolled his son over there to save him from going to Vietnam. There was a reason and payoff, a plan there…but saying “piss off coach” and walking away from a championship game would surely land a kid in a psyche ward, right?

    So I was disappointed that fucking Duke beat the Badgers, and I wish the best for the Notre Dame women as they battle Connecticut tonight in Tampa for the championship. Maybe some Notre Dame woman player will take a basketball and throw it at the Connecticut coach’s balls …would that satisfy you?

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  28. Basset said on April 7, 2015 at 7:27 am

    Actually, what would satisfy me would be for college sports
    to go back to the club level, that ain’t gonna happen though. I’m sure there are college players who don’t enjoy the game, for whom it quit being fun at some point and who are hanging on for the scholarship or because of family, peer, or some other pressure… maybe if one of em would snap right in front of everyone it’d stimulate some discussion of team sports’ unhealthy role in our society.

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  29. Dexter said on April 7, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Well…my daughter’s best friend since high school days has a son who played football so well he made the Indiana All-State first team. He played at a large Indianapolis school and has many, many colleges offering up everything they can legally to get him to play their defensive line. Physically, he is a beast…I think he’s 6’6″ and way over 300 pounds of muscle. And from the start he has always said he will not play college football because He just does not want to have anything to do with any of it. He has siblings and the parents have a mortgage, and though she’s a tenured math teacher and Dad is a union electrician, it’s still hard to pay for three kids in college at one time without massive loans. The parents will make sure the big guy gets to school, and he’s now leaning to Ball State, but he threw out any scholarship offers adamantly. I do not know which schools, but at leat two Big Ten schools wanted him badly. No dice.

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