Clams on the side.

My local fish market had a cooking class last night, and I jumped in at the last minute. The theme? Grilling. The temperature? Mid-50s. We ate grilled shrimp and grilled scallops, grilled clams and grilled tuna and grilled swordfish. There were some pickled vegetables and, to top everything off, a nice fish taco, made with grilled cod. Didn’t learn too much new, but got some new flavor ideas. My cooking has been blah lately, mainly because I feed an indifferent teenager and a husband whose arrival in the evenings can range from 7 to 9 p.m., or even later, and I’m not feelin’ it, cooking-wise. There is a strong temptation to stock the fridge with cold cuts and tell the world to learn to make sandwiches.

This will help. The weekend temperatures might even get over 70! Woo.

Let’s skip to the bloggage, then. Because the weekend is something I kinda need right now.

I run hot and cold on Jezebel, but with the fallout from the UVA false-rape disaster still falling, someone there needs to take some deep breaths before publishing stuff like this, a supportive (and anonymous) piece by a friend of the girl who dragged her mattress, her RAPE MATTRESS in case you didn’t read any of the twelve million stories about it, around Columbia University, culminating with dragging it across the stage at graduation this week. Here is her gripping tale of sexual assault, by the same man who allegedly assaulted mattress girl:

The incident happened my junior year at Columbia, when Paul followed me upstairs at a party, came into a room with me uninvited, closed the door behind us, and grabbed me. I politely said, “Hey, no, come on, let’s go back downstairs.” He didn’t listen. He held me close to him as I said no, and continued to pull me against him. I pushed him off and left the room quickly. I told a few friends and my boyfriend at the time how creepy and weird it was. I tried to find excuses for his behavior. I did a decent job of pushing it out of my mind.

Look. I am not condoning this behavior, but if I were, oh, say… a woman I knew in Fort Wayne who had a man climb through a window she left open on the hottest night of a hot summer, a man who held a knife to her throat and forced her to perform oral sex? If I were that woman, and read Anonymous’ story of being forcibly hugged, I would laugh bitterly in her face. Not that rape and assault has to be a game of one-upmanship, not at all. But the encounter she describes is something virtually every woman I know experienced at least once by the age of 19, and no one called it assault.

Something else published in Jezebel this week: My hot, consensual introduction to the rape fantasy romance novel.

What a confusing world we live in.

You want assault? I’ll show you (alleged) assault, quiverfull-style.

Time to hang things up for the weekend. Maybe some photo posts in the next few days? I’ll keep you posted. Ha.

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59 responses to “Clams on the side.”

  1. Sherri said on May 22, 2015 at 2:22 am

    Of course, the Duggars took Josh to a state trooper for a stern talking to. And of course, that state trooper is now serving 56 years for child pornography.

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  2. David C. said on May 22, 2015 at 6:09 am

    All is not well in the world of the self-righteous.

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  3. beb said on May 22, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Don’t tell me wife, but the new grill I bought her was her Mother’s Day present. She hates Mother’s Day. We finally broke it in last night with some pork steaks. Delicious. Chicken is coming up next.

    The Duggars, like the Kardashians are people I could not care less about. Thus I know really little about them except that they’re part of the American Freak show that is cable television. I did read that he was working for the Family Research Council. There’s two peas in a pod.

    And the Michigan pastor with a secret account on a gay hook-up site. I can’t help thinking (wishing) that he’d take his own advice and kill himself because “he’s already going to hell.”

    My outrage of the day is this:

    I can see the EULA already: “The malware on your phone is government property and may not be removed without the express, written consent of the NSA.”

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  4. alex said on May 22, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Thank God the Duggars chickened out on their Oprah interview. Instead of being a cable freak show they might have become a network freak show like Dr. Oz and Dr. Phil.

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  5. Deborah said on May 22, 2015 at 9:14 am

    When my daughter was a teen she cooked her own meals most of the time, we often got home from work late or ate stuff she didn’t want. Of course once a week or so we ate together and enjoyed conversation. She learned how to cook that way and over time got better and better at it.

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  6. Charlotte said on May 22, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Oh sigh. Just got the text that my friend’s mother, who had Alzheimer’s, has finally passed after three long days. It’s so hard because you don’t want someone to live like that, and yet my friend lost her father and sisters in a plane crash when she was a girl. She has all of us, and a husband, and kids, but now she’s lost the last of her family. And her mom was a character. I was *very* fond of her. So very very sad — and nearly everyone I know is dealing with a parent who has dementia.

    I feel you on the dinner thing — Himself comes home anywhere between 7-9, or even later as summer hits, since it doesn’t get dark here until 10 or so. We do a lot of rice-in-the-ricecooker + something on the grill + some veggies in the summer. Boring, but it works.

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  7. Connie said on May 22, 2015 at 9:52 am

    My daughter has been a foodie cook since she was 11. Which was when her Dad let her and her friend make a from scratch angel food while I was gone. They used eleven egg whites and threw away the yokes. Then she watched Alton Brown make pate choux and walked into the kitchen and did it herself. She made chocolate chip pancakes for every sleepover breakfast. And these days sometimes she makes me risotto.

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  8. Bitter Scribe said on May 22, 2015 at 10:21 am

    I guess we’ve seen the last of the Duggars on teevee. Now that that sweet reality-show cash is about to dry up, will Jim Bob have to get a real job? Does he even know how to do anything, besides knock up his wife?

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  9. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on May 22, 2015 at 10:31 am

    So you’re assuming they’re all his?

    (Sorry, in a cranky mood today.)

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  10. brian stouder said on May 22, 2015 at 10:38 am

    In keeping with the Monaco/Indy/Charlotte Big Race Weekend now looming –

    I’d say Jeff just grabbed the lead in Turn 2, for Thread Win….but it’s early and lots can happen between now and the chex!

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  11. Jeff Borden said on May 22, 2015 at 10:42 am

    I’m like Beb and try to avoid all the reality TV families, but cultural osmosis is a powerful thing, so I’ve heard about this family and their child-bearing ways. I don’t care about their obsessions with producing more children, but didn’t know they were players in the whole right-wing religion industry. So, they’re pretty big hypocrites and god help the daughters who were molested and throw the molester in the pokey.

    Meanwhile, have any of your been reading about what Kansas is doing to its poor? Not all the rules about what they can and cannot buy with their lavish benefits, but about how those bennies are distributed? The poor are limited to withdrawing $25 per day from ATMs using state issued cards. You all know most ATMs dispense nothing but $20 bills. Plus, since these are the poorest of the poor, they must pay fees to use the machines, which amount to, say, $1.50 or so. This means they cannot buy food in bulk, which would give them more for less money.

    God, what makes reasonable people loathe the unfortunate so deeply? What has happened to common compassion? Empathy? Kindness? Charity?

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  12. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on May 22, 2015 at 11:05 am

    I’m sure this will be “enjoyed” by many hereabouts –

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  13. Heather said on May 22, 2015 at 11:15 am

    For some reason the Josh Duggar story has pushed through the mental screen that protects me from having to become outraged at every single example of extreme conservative hypocrisy, dumbfuckery, and nastiness. Maybe it’s the fact that Michelle Duggar did a robocall against a law designed to include gender identity as one of the protected classes in an employment discrimination, claiming that trans people would use it to prey on children. Maybe it’s because this gleeful celebration of an endless parade of babies glosses over the fact that it must really suck having to compete for your parents’ attention as you’re growing up. But really I think it’s because I’m tired of looking at more photos of puffy-faced, doofy-looking clueless white guys looking all smug while they blithely go about destroying people’s lives.

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  14. Judybusy said on May 22, 2015 at 11:24 am

    I never clicked on any of the stories about the mattress-carrying woman, so I thought she was making a statement about homelessness. Uh, thanks, I guess for the enlightenment.

    As the oldest girl on a farm with a nurse mom, I began cooking around 12. By 14, I was routinely cooking for 6-8 people for supper (a meal I now call dinner, much to the confusion of my mother. Dinner’s at noon.) Luckily, I really liked it, and have always loved the whole cooking experience. Since my early 20s, as live-in care providers for two guys with developmental disabilities, my ex and I began planning a weekly menu. I still do this, and it helps a ton. My current spouse thought it was a little crazy at first, but after 16 years, she’s gotten used to it! During the brief time I was single between partners, I still planned and cooked this way. I just love eating so much…..

    Happy long weekend, all!

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  15. adrianne said on May 22, 2015 at 11:42 am

    About to make a dash out to the Union Square greenmarket, where early veggies (asparagus, herbs, etc.) have made an appearance. I am so looking forward to Memorial Day weekend. Finally going to get my own flowers and herbs in the ground. But not yet! There’s a frost warning tonight for the Hudson Valley. I follow the old folk wisdom of not planting the tender annuals until Memorial Day. Came in handy this year.

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  16. Bitter Scribe said on May 22, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Jeff Borden: Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is thumping on the poor to distract his electorate from the fact that his policies and decisions have been disastrous.

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  17. Jeff Borden said on May 22, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Bitter Scribe, I hear you. There’s another story on Salon recently about just how bad a bet he has made on Arthur Laffer and his laughable curve theory. All anyone needs to do when assessing these hardline rightwing governors is look at the absolute clusterfk they’ve made of their own homes. Kansas is the leading example, but the doofus in Wisconsin has worked a similar reverse miracle, creating higher levels of debt by cutting taxes for the wealthy and the corporations while slashing school funding, social services and infrastructure improvements.

    Minnesota, in contrast, jacked up the tax rates for its highest income residents and is enjoying an economic renaissance with rising employment, lower debt, flusher school funding, etc. It is outperforming all peer states.

    And yet Laffer, who is as responsible for the death of America’s middle-class as anyone not named Reagan, is still seen as a wizard. Go figure.

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  18. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on May 22, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    The Laffer curve, infamously brought into being on a bar napkin.

    “For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.” – H. L. Mencken

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  19. brian stouder said on May 22, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    I am tempted to believe that the United States’ political pendulum has reached about as far right as it can, and that it will come back toward more sensible, pragmatic, work-a-day thinking.

    I say “tempted” because – who knows? There is certainly the possibility of going still further on all this hard-hearted crap that (for example) the Flying Monkeys of the right wing airwaves flap their lips about every blessed day, until they’re almost literally red-in-the-face.

    Nobody needs any health insurance (“Die!!”), and we don’t need any restrictions on guns (“Die!!”), and we should eviscerate public food assistance (“Die!!”), and we should militarize our police departments(“Die, Die, Die, Die Die!!!”), and we should completely deregulate soul-less corporate titans, and ignore whatever they do (as they are infallible, since those human beings are not in government), and subsidize them when they somehow accidently lose everything and crash our economy (because really, it’s their’s)….

    this has GOT to be past its sell-by date, yes?

    I’m beginning to think so. Our Bobby Knight look-alike doofus governor seems to be spiraling toward the ground, in Indiana!!, and other hard-right personages are having a hard time, too, right about now.

    (I’m thinking Elizabeth Warren)

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  20. adrianne said on May 22, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    I dunno, Brian. The Repubs have a pretty tight lock on most of the statehouses, the House of Representatives for the near future (until the next redistricting) and maybe the U.S. Senate in the next election cycle. Despite the disasters in Kansas, Florida and other red states (OK, maybe Florida is purple), people keep re-electing these clowns. So I’m not terribly hopeful.

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  21. David C. said on May 22, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Bitter Scribe, if Jim Bob gets tossed off wingnut welfare it’s going to be like “Every sperm is sacred” in real life. “It’s medical experiments for the lot of you.” Michael Palin would be proud.

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  22. beb said on May 22, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    The very Christian ™ Mike Huckabee has come out defending the Duggars and claims they acted responsible 15 years ago when Josh Duggar was molesting girls (who may or may not have been his sisters) and that we should forgive and let bygones be bygones. This is pretty remarkable because covering up a (sorry, multiple) felony sexual offense is pretty heavy stuff. I feel like Huckabee ought to be charged as an accessory-after-the-fact for even pretending that the Duggars acted responsible back then.

    Jeff (TMMO) I just feel that self-proclaimed Christians should be held to a higher standard because of their holier-than-thou attitudes. People, like you, who actually act like Christ commanded, have my admiration.

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  23. David C. said on May 22, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Life in that family must be oppressive as hell. It seems like just a matter of time before one of the daughters decides spending decades knocked-up by some goober her father picks for her until her chassis falls out just isn’t going to be her lot in life.

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  24. Julie Robinson said on May 22, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    beb, I saw that too and my blood boiled. It’s a lengthy statement and Huckabee only mentions the victims briefly, saying it was wrong because they were exposed instead of remaining private. Nothing about their pain, or what was done for their healing, only the perpetrator’s healing. I believe he will be held accountable for this in eternity. Here on earth, he has the Duggars’ endorsement of his candidacy and I guess that’s all he really cares about.

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  25. Dexter said on May 22, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    “You’re sixteen, you’re beautiful, and you’re…covered in doody?” WTF?
    Now this is just f’in disgusting, dammitt.

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  26. Jeff Borden said on May 22, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Huckabee is such a disgusting dipshit. If he’s not hawking snake oil cures to people on his mailing lists, he’s giving cover to a child molester. There’s no bible big enough to hide that shit, Huck.

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  27. brian stouder said on May 22, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Dex, this part was striking:

    Rogy managed to ignore her own disgust long enough to use a phone app to discover that there were five planes flying over their party at the time. There hasn’t been any acknowledgement or confirmation from the FAA, other than to tell the news station that planes are required to empty their waste tanks at airports, not over suburban neighborhoods.

    THAT was quick thinking, I’d say! And then the very next thing got me laughing:

    There is also an exterior lock on the tank to prevent these insanely disgusting loads from accidentally being dropped during flight but occasionally, it does happen.

    So indeed, shit happens, eh?

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  28. Sue said on May 22, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    19 Kids and Counting has been yanked off the air. I did not think that was going to happen.
    And re Huckabee, isn’t he the ‘Jesus wept’ guy? Isn’t he the one who said that after the DOMA decision?

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  29. Sherri said on May 22, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    At least Huckabee doesn’t confine his forgiveness to white people:

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  30. Sherri said on May 22, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    I know you’re all shocked to hear that others associated with the Duggars have their own sex scandals:

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  31. Hattie said on May 22, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    When I worked in a prison, I taught English to a man who had raped his stepdaughter at gunpoint. Nice fellow.

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  32. MichaelG said on May 22, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    I had to Google these Duggar people. The mom is 48 and the dad is 49. The mom has given birth to 19 children and has had some (I don’t know how many) miscarriages. The house they live in was basically paid for through donations. The molester is 27, his wife is 26. They have three children with a fourth due in July. Lord. Why do these people get all the approbation and good stuff when the, certainly no more wacky, Octomom gets shunned?

    Nineteen kids? Can you imagine? How can she not say anything to Mr. but “Don’t you be waving that thing at me!”

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  33. Little Bird said on May 22, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Learning how to cook, and cook well, has been a very good thing for me. I love cooking and have gotten very creative with it. Of course, there is a slight drawback. It means we rarely go out to eat any more. And then there are the dishes to be washed.
    But then Deborah and my stepfather are so enthusiastic about dinners I make and I feel like I’m glowing!

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  34. alex said on May 22, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    So the Duggars got their “quiverfull” learning at the knee of a fellow named Gothard. Yes, there is a God, one with an extremely wicked sense of humor at the expense of the most extravagantly pious.

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  35. David Edelstein said on May 22, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    Straw man, light it on fire. Someone who was punched in the stomach and knocked down didn’t have it bad as the person hit over the head with a two-by-four, but both were assaulted.

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  36. Sue said on May 22, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    If that bunch gets a gofundme account, I’m making a donation to Planned Parenthood in their honor.

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  37. Suzanne said on May 22, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    I don’t get reality TV, I don’t get the Duggers, and I don’t get why anybody gives a flying fig about them. But, several of my very religious friends have posted on Facebook the expected “It’s just the liberal media attacking them. After all, he said he was sorry and so is forgiven.” Same as they said about the Michigan Pastor trolling on Grindr. I don’t get it. If this was their kid’s teacher in a public school, they’d be calling fo blood.

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  38. Sue said on May 22, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    Jeff Borden, I can’t say for sure, but I think the tide may be turning in WI. Walker’s legislature, in the past very willing to march in step with him, is quietly-to-noisily objecting to many aspects of his budget (it wasn’t a Dem who called it a ‘crap budget’). That can only mean one thing – they’re hearing from constituents who aren’t “I stand with Scott Walker” cheerleaders.
    It was ok when they were going after teachers, until people started to be affected by teacher turnover and schools seriously struggling to stay open. Oh, and did I mention they want to allow people to use taxpayer money to send their kids to voucher schools – out of state? It was ok when they were going after poor people, but now it’s affecting ‘regular’ people, and it’s going to take years to get your kid through college because many campuses are offering buyouts to staff in preparation for the carnage coming with this budget, so say hello to a lengthier process when you can’t get the classes you need to graduate, assuming your major hasn’t been yanked. It was ok when they weren’t going after you, but since a lot – a LOT – of people use the probably-defunded state park system, this budget is going to affect many, many people directly.
    I have a very conservative friend who voted for Mary Burke, but that’s because his wife is in education and he’s been affected. I don’t think he’s alone.
    The tide seems to be turning in press coverage as well. There is more and lengthier coverage of things like Walker’s time away from the state (not necessarily a bad thing) and WEDC shenanigans.
    And so far Feingold is handling this perfectly, staying quiet while RoJo the clown digs himself ever deeper.
    For the first time in 6 years I’m feeling a teeny-tiny glimmer of hope.

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  39. Dexter said on May 23, 2015 at 1:13 am

    #31 @ Hattie: My wife told me that an incident just like the one you wrote about happened locally here in NW Ohio a few generations back. The man admitted what he had done to the elder of the family, and the old man decreed punishment: castration. Conveniently, the family business was pig farming, with skilled hands at the art; the rapist was dragged far from the road and out of ear-shot, and cut just like a hog would be.
    Was this true, or just a widely circulated hush-hush tale to possibly protect vulnerable children? The whole story was so sad and disgusting and horrifying I just didn’t know what to believe.

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  40. ROGirl said on May 23, 2015 at 6:24 am

    Sleazy exploiters publicly cashing in on their sanctimony and in turn being exploited by a sleazy TV network are revealed as hypocritical bad actors and are thrown under the bus in quick order.

    News at 11.

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  41. beb said on May 23, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Ireland appears to be vote yes to gay marriage. Ireland!

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  42. Charlotte said on May 23, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Nance — you and the Washington post are on the same page:
    And many of my younger feminist Twitter people are outraged …

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  43. alex said on May 23, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Well, looks like my gas grill is toast to start off the holiday weekend. I turned it on to let it self-clean a bit, left for a few minutes and came back to find a huge grease fire billowing out from underneath. Went to turn it off and the controls are all wobbly and melted inside. It was brand new last fall.

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  44. David C. said on May 23, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Alex, gas grills are an abomination. God melted your knobs as a warning to use a Weber grill and lump charcoal. He hath spoken.

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  45. alex said on May 23, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Well, it’s not as bad as I thought at first blush. In fact, the component parts have never come cleaner because everything on them just turned to ash this time. As for my metallic looking knobs, they’re plastic and replaceable. Just a bit cockeyed for now.

    I have charcoal grills too, David C, but none of them can cook a turkey or a pork loin in record time like this one. I don’t consider using my gas grill as a cookout experience so much as just having an auxiliary oven so I don’t have to trash my kitchen. Cleanliness is next to Godliness, so I think I’m forgiven. Tonight brining and glazing and roasting a pork loin to take to the lake tomorrow.

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  46. Deborah said on May 23, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Isn’t wanting to have an ungodly number of children a disorder of some kind? Like pet hoarding. It’s certainly odd.

    I’m back in Chicago, the playground groundbreaking went off this morning without a hitch. I’m tired now.

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  47. Deborah said on May 23, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    I forgot to mention that tomorrow morning is Bike the Drive in Chicago, when they close off Lake Shore Drive to all motorized vehicles, only bikes from 5 am until 11 am. One of these years I’m going to participate, it always sneaks up on me.

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  48. Dexter said on May 24, 2015 at 4:21 am

    My friend Mitch, who is called “The Bike Czar” down around the Calumet area (you may have seen him on his frequent TV appearances…he just got back from a fact-finding bicycling experience in Seattle…Portland before that) will be there again…he never misses. My brother won’t make it this year…he’s still at Warren Barr Gold Coast rehabbing from some mysterious condition that caused significant memory loss and bizarre awareness confusion. He’s improving a little, they say…I don’t see it.

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  49. Deborah said on May 24, 2015 at 7:16 am

    Bike the Drive is happening now and it’s so quiet with no cars on Lake Shore Dr.

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  50. Heather said on May 24, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    I did Bike the Drive once and found it a little underwhelming. Well, the weather wasn’t great that year and it was really foggy, so maybe that was part of it. But I didn’t see that big of a difference between the event and biking the normal lakefront path at times when it isn’t so busy. I suppose it is nice not having to watch out for any pedestrians or joggers. But now that I’ve crossed it off the list, I have no big desire to do it again.

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  51. Colleen said on May 24, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    I did the 5 borough ride in NYC a few years ago. Very cool. Rode through Central Park, past Radio City, and down FDR drive, to name a few. We didn’t make it quite to the end, giving up at the last bridge. But I would like to do it again. Husband would not. He refers to it as “the time we almost died”.

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  52. Dexter said on May 24, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Colleen I envy you. The 5-borough ride looks so fantastic. I always track down videos of that ride.

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  53. Deborah said on May 24, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    During part of Bike the Drive this morning it was raining so people we’re wearing jackets or rain ponchos and it was so colorful to look down onto. I don’t remember that in previous years. It’s raining again and tomorrow it’s supposed to be windy. My flight is supposed to leave at 8:40am so I hope the wind starts after that. It’s one of the few nonstops to Albuquerque, I should be in Santa Fe by 1. We’re getting a new dryer at our place there, which is somewhat unexpected but nice. Our landlady loves us.

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  54. Dexter said on May 24, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    Deborah, you get the Golden Wings; you truly are the NN dot C blog jet setter f all time. Pilot Joe, sorry…jet mileage only! BTW, Joe, my son-in-law who left a NetJets captain’s seat for a couple business adventures missed flying so much he hired in at GoJet, the UAL subsidy airline.

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  55. Deborah said on May 25, 2015 at 8:51 am

    For some reason this time I didn’t get the TSA special treatment at the airport that I’ve been getting for awhile, unasked for. I thought I got it because I’m an old person, but I guess not. I had to go through the regular routine this morning which is a pain. I get so stressed when I have to take out my laptop and take off my shoes etc when I feel like the people behind me are getting pushy. Maybe because it’s a holiday they’re not giving anyone a break. Who knows.

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  56. Joe K said on May 25, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Did he hire in as a F/O or a Captain?
    It do get in the blood for sure.
    Pilot Joe

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  57. Dexter said on May 25, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Joe: He “found out what he already knew”…he starts at the bottom. He left today for a ten-week flight training school in St. Louis, Missouri , as he was not certified to fly these particular jets. I don’t know if , when he starts to fly passengers, what he’ll be…F.O. or Captain. I respect him for venturing into capitalism to attempt to get rich (did not work out…at all) but I bet he secretly wishes he was still a NetJets Captain. But he is never-look-back guy, and he’ll be on top of the world soon, again.

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  58. Deborah said on May 25, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    I’m back in Santa Fe, it’s cool enough to have a fire tonight. It’s a bit of a stretch but I don’t care I love the smell, the sound and the sight of a fire. This may be the last one of the season, sad to say.

    When we were in the town where my husband grew up, for the playground groundbreaking we stopped in at the cemetery to see his father’s and grandparents graves so I did my Memorial Day duty then. Today was a busy travel day, the airports were doing a brisk business.

    Little Bird just made a remark about how weird it is to have a fire on Memorial Day that’s not for grilling.

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  59. James said on June 4, 2015 at 5:15 pm

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