Trick or treat, then trickery.

Halloween was a whirl, the usual madhouse. I gave away probably 300-plus pieces of candy and turned off my light with 20 minutes or so left to go. I could have made it to the bitter end if I’d not been fooled by a lull around 7; I started giving away doubles, for fear I wouldn’t run out. Plus, I discovered the assortment bag I bought was heavy with Almond Joys, and do kids even like those anymore? With all that coconut? I paired those with Whoppers and then full night fell and we were besieged.

I didn’t feel too badly, though, as the kids showing up late already had buckets that were overflowing with treats. No one went un-sugared.

Then I came inside and read the latest Trump tax story. I expect you’ll want to talk about that. Me, I have a heavy lift of editing to do this morning, so I’m-a open the floor to sputtering outrage and slip off into the wings.

Is there a trustworthy real-estate developer on this planet? Do any of them play by conventional rules?

Oh, and if you haven’t read this outstanding Fahrenthold piece on the GOP nominee’s “philanthropy,” you must. It rings on the anvil of truth, fo’ sho’. My favorite nugget:

New findings, for instance, show that the Trump Foundation’s largest-ever gift — $264,631 — was used to renovate a fountain outside the windows of Trump’s Plaza Hotel.

Its smallest-ever gift, for $7, was paid to the Boy Scouts in 1989, at a time when it cost $7 to register a new Scout. Trump’s oldest son was 11 at the time. Trump did not respond to a question about whether the money was paid to register him.

It won’t change a vote, but it’s a great read.

Happy Tuesdays, all.

Posted at 9:06 am in Current events, Same ol' same ol' |

76 responses to “Trick or treat, then trickery.”

  1. Kirk said on November 1, 2016 at 9:11 am

    We had all of 19 kids. I live in fear of running out, so I have dozens of Reese Cups and little Heath Bars to dispose of.

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  2. Icarus said on November 1, 2016 at 9:43 am

    We had a good steady batch but they stopped coming at least half an hour before the unofficial cutoff. Perhaps because last year Halloween fell on a Saturday we had later T-o-T?

    I don’t think kids like Whoppers either.

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  3. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on November 1, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Kirk, we are here to help.

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  4. LAMary said on November 1, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Good grief what do they like? Whoppers and Almond Joys are the best

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  5. Judybusy said on November 1, 2016 at 9:53 am

    LA Mary, I thought the same!

    The improv thing we went to was great. I’m going to door-knock for Ilhan Omar, the candidate, on Sunday.I found out she will be the first Somali woman elected to state office anywhere in the nation! Her politics are really progressive, too. It was really interesting to hear about her family, and how her two grandfathers encouraged her interest in politics and to ignore gender roles. She’s also a policy nerd, really likes to get into the details about how can we actually get change implemented.

    On the way home, we stopped at a house that had pulled out all the stops: lots of creepy statues in the front yard, complete with dry-ice fog and music. One of the figures was a skeleton laying on the ground whose hands crept out to touch you when you walked by. They’d set up a way to show images of zombies going back and forth in all the front windows.

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  6. Suzanne said on November 1, 2016 at 9:56 am

    We live out in the boonies, the sticks, the rural environs, whatever you want to call it. We have not had a trick or treater in 10 years. I don’t even bother to buy candy anymore.

    I have a friend who just visited New York. She has a friend there whose husband had a long career in commercial real estate in NYC. She said her friend’s husband said that almost no one in his business world will do business with Trump anymore because they know he’s such a bad risk. (No surprise there) But, by gawd, he’s gonna turn this country around.

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  7. Bitter Scribe said on November 1, 2016 at 10:09 am

    I’m jealous. I haven’t seen a trick-or-treater since moving out of my parents’ house lo these many years ago.

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  8. brian stouder said on November 1, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Well, the 12-year-old and I were shooed out of the house and onto the driveway, so that mom could get some pics while the sunlight was golden, and the colorful leaves on the trees shimmied in the breeze.

    We then set off down the sidewalk, stopping at each house that had a porchlight on, all the way to the fire house (good ol’ #7), and then meandering through the neighborhood streets on the way back toward home. The crowds were good, and the weather co-operated, and by the end I’d out-lasted the 12-year-old (the boots she wore as part of her costume gave her a little trouble), and she had a very full bag of candy.

    When we got home (in full darkness!), the official Halloween hours had reached an end, too – and Pam extinguished our porchlight. And then – she sent me off to Don Chava’s, to pick up the order she placed, and we watched (a recorded episode, I believe) of The Voice.

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  9. brian stouder said on November 1, 2016 at 10:31 am

    (make that – “she sent ME off to Don Chava’s” etc.)

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  10. Kirk said on November 1, 2016 at 10:39 am

    If only I could find a way to upload candy.

    Even the kids across the street and their friends didn’t hit our street. They headed over to the big houses in the richer neighborhoods, where the treats apparently are larger and more elaborate.

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  11. Sherri said on November 1, 2016 at 10:40 am

    It rained here pretty good, so we only got 27 trick or treaters. We’re at the end of a cul de sac, so we only got the little ones from the cul de sac plus the teenagers who go one forever no matter what. I remember graduation to hand out duties by about 12, but I’ve seen trick or treaters here with more facial hair than my husband can grow. We mostly got the middle school variety last night, and I was giving them fistfuls of candy, but still lots left over.

    There are so many amazing stories in the Trump charity story, from showing up to an event for an organization he had never been involved with, taking a big donor’s seat on the stage, then leaving with giving a dime, to his Principal for a Day experience.

    On Somalis in the US, this week’s This American Life has a segment on a Republican congressman trying to cope with constituents in St. Cloud who are unhappy about Somalis in their city, and can’t grasp how racist and unAmerican what they’re saying to him is.

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  12. LAMary said on November 1, 2016 at 10:52 am

    We probably had about thirty kids come by. Mostly under age 10 and mostly in very home made or thrift store type costumes which made me very happy. I bought a non chocolate assortment bag at Costco and it contained tiny bags of tiny Haribo gummy bears among other things. Those and the Starburst went first.

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  13. Jean Shaw said on November 1, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Dark and winding street with no sidewalks = 3 kids + 4 parents. However, the Addams family was represented, so that was excellent.

    And the pumpkin army (30 across the street, 30 at our house) looked fabulous.

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  14. Suzanne said on November 1, 2016 at 11:11 am

    This is excellent. Take the time to read:

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  15. Jenine said on November 1, 2016 at 11:14 am

    The pumpkin army will march by night…

    Our jackolantern candles were blown out by the wind. My clever husband rigged up various flashlights so they’d stay illuminated. The 9th grader was a really good sport, she handed out the candy and the 3 bags were about the right amount.

    Next year Halloween falls on a Tuesday. Boo!

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  16. Deborah said on November 1, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Here’s a weird story for you, at least I think it’s weird. Not a Halloween story though, it happened a few nights ago.

    Little Bird and a friend a young man named Ronan, who lives upstairs from her in Santa Fe, were sitting outside around the chiminea on the patio in the evening they had plenty of wood and a hatchet to chop the wood into little pieces because the chiminea is smallish. They heard a noise and went around to check it out. I should mention that everyone is a bit on edge ever since another neighbor, the mentally ill guy, went off the rails and his sister kicked him out of her condo. Everyone is afraid he’ll come back and do some damage or hurt someone. Anyway, it turned out that the noise they heard was another neighbor next door, Morgan, who came back to her place after moving away, she needed to use the wifi since she had a few days left in the month which she had paid for and the new place she moved to hadn’t gotten wifi set up yet. So Little Bird and Ronan invited Morgan to join them on the patio when she finished, she did join them later. When Morgan returned to her car to leave their little gathering, suddenly Little Bird and Ronan heard Morgan scream, so they both ran over to see what was up and Ronan grabbed the hatchet in case something horrible had happened (like the mentally ill guy maybe had returned and was accosting her). Watch this video to see what happened

    The weird part is that this actually turned up on the Albuquerque nightly news. The Santa Fe police gave the TV news the video too. It just seems really odd to me. Morgan had since asked Little BIrd to testify in court on her behalf that the cops hadn’t identified themselves to her and she ran because it was dark and she didn’t know who they were. Of course she lied to Little Bird, which didn’t come out until Little Bird saw this video. Does this seem strange to you?

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  17. adrianne said on November 1, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    My favorite “people unclear on the concept of Halloween” was told by my friend Maureen Sieh, a reporter in Syracuse, N.Y., who grew up in Monroevia, Liberia. When kids came to her door, she thanked them and took candy out of their bags! They were so stunned, they didn’t say anything. When we told Maureen that she was supposed to give out the candy, she was mortified.

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  18. Scout said on November 1, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    We took our stash of candy over to a friend’s house where it became a part of a collective. There were far fewer trick-or-treaters there than we usually get on our street, but we all had a grand time gathered around a fire wok, drinking wine and eating chili while handing out multiples of treats to the kids.

    I am on outrage overload with Trump and can’t wait until next Wednesday for the beginning of the end of hearing about that sorry sack of shit. I know his idiot minions will bellow and bleat but I am hoping that trolling social media is as activist as they manage to get.

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  19. basset said on November 1, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    We just put a bowl of candy on the steps and leave, hardly any ToT’ers on our street.
    Sitting in Arby’s right now quite disappointed, this was one of a few which were going to sell venison sandwiches for several days but they ran out in the first four hours. counter workers are all in camo.

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  20. Dorothy said on November 1, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Deborah that is a doozy of a story!

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  21. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on November 1, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Yikes. Glad no one was hurt.

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  22. Little Bird said on November 1, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Morgan has seen the video, I don’t think she’ll be asking me to testify anymore. I’m a little concerned for her mental state right now, but I’m also a bit angry that she so blatantly lied to me and Ronan.

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  23. Jakash said on November 1, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    I’ve got nothing against Arby’s, personally — Reubens at a fast food place seem like a swell idea to me, e.g. — but Basset’s post prompts me to share this tweet from Greg Knauss that I saw yesterday:

    “Whatever dignity manages to survive ordering at the Arby’s drive-thru is destroyed when you ask for ‘Horsey Sauce’ at the window.”

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  24. brian stouder said on November 1, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Little Bird & Deborah – I’m really, really happy that things turned out as well as they did.

    Times being what they are, there were a lot of ‘moving pieces’ in that scenario, and several of them could have gone badly wrong, quickly…but didn’t.

    Despite – or maybe because of – that, I agree w/Little Bird; I’d be upset with the one young lady, too

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  25. Little Bird said on November 1, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    I give a lot of credit to Ronan who VERY quickly came to a full stop when the police identified himself. I was a couple of steps behind because I was trying to unlock my phone so I could call the cops. There’s a touch of irony in that.

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  26. Deborah said on November 1, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Here are a few more details of the story. The drug paraphernalia they found on Morgan was a weed grinder. Little Bird said that while the police were trying to wrangle Morgan to the ground (in front of our garage by the way) she kept trying to hand Little Bird her purse but the cops wouldn’t let her. Probably because she knew what the cops would find in it. But another strange thing is that Morgan had pot in her car, we know this because she had offered to go get some for Little Bird and Ronan while they were all sitting out on the patio. LB and Ronan politely refused and then later the big hullabaloo happened. I’m surprised the police didn’t search her car.

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  27. Deborah said on November 1, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Oh, and another thing is Morgan was the neighbor with the dog that I kept complaining about because she let the beautiful dog run around the neighborhood pooping everywhere. I was afraid the dog was going to get hit by a car. At night the lane is very dark as you can tell by the video. Santa Fe is full of odd little streets like that.

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  28. Sherri said on November 1, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    I’m not that surprised that the young woman asked Little Bird to testify for her. If you’ve ever spent much time around people whose lives are generally a mess and who create a lot of their own drama, they have a fairly slippery relationship with reality and with their sense of the impact of their own actions in the world. On the video, you hear her tell the cops, I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to run, as if running just seconds before was totally out of her control.

    it doesn’t make sense to those of us who get the idea that accepting the consequences of out actions is better than creating bigger consequences by avoiding them, but I guess that if the consequences always seem overwhelming for whatever reason, it makes a certain sense.

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  29. Little Bird said on November 1, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    The thing is, if she hadn’t run, they wouldn’t have booked her. She could have even just used her credit card to pay off the bench warrant and gone home. No harm, no foul. Easy as that.

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  30. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on November 1, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    What Sherri said.

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  31. Charlotte said on November 1, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Yes, what Sherri said.

    We had some very darling Trick-or-treaters … including one little boy who looked at me and overcome with the bounty, said in the sweetest little voice “I’m just going to grab a whole handfull, okay?” He was maybe six. It was really adorable — less greed than simply overcome with the wonder of it all.

    Today, I’ve got a little Day of the Dead altar going. It’s been a few years since I’ve done one, but sadly, there are a bunch of new people who I feel could use a little Buddha/Virgin of Guadalupe/flower love across the great divide.

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  32. Sherri said on November 1, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    Ah, Little Bird, you think like someone who understands that dealing with problems is better than avoiding them! It wouldn’t surprise me if her credit card was maxed out.

    Be very careful trying to help someone like this, because they are a a hole that never fills. Set clear firm boundaries, and stick to them. I’ve encountered a lot of alcoholics like this, unsurprisingly, but plenty of people who aren’t, too, and since my natural impulse is to fix things, I had to learn the boundary issue the hard way.

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  33. Little Bird said on November 1, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    At the his point I’m not offering any help to her. She’s beyond my ability to deal with. That might sound callous, but there’s also nothing I can do anyway. I’m glad she moved out of the neighborhood, so she won’t be bringing more drama to my parking lot.

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  34. Deborah said on November 1, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    And I thought we were done with drama when the mentally ill guy was finally gone. That was another whole story, too complex to go into here. He is still in Santa Fe, everyone will feel better if he is able to get the help he needs, or moves away, far away.

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  35. Sherri said on November 1, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Speaking of drama and holes that keep getting deeper, has the FBI always been this much of a clusterfuck or is this a,whole new depth?

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  36. brian stouder said on November 1, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Sherri – my guess is, the FBI has been much worse (thinking of J Edgar)

    And the US congress seems to be headed back to the days when worked-up morons could possibly cane one another.

    (from Fox News):

    North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr is apologizing after he was caught telling Republican supporters that he was surprised Hillary Clinton appeared on the cover of a gun magazine without a bull’s-eye on her face.

    That shit-for-brains should be censured

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  37. Sherri said on November 1, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    J Edgar’s FBI was disgusting, but competent about it. I doubt there was much leaking going on that hadn’t been approved by Hoover or much infighting tolerated by Hoover. I also doubt that agents had much leeway to freelance political investigations, only Hoover directed political investigations.

    The firehouse of leaking coming from the FBI since the Comey letter has been astounding, and there’s every indication that the NY office is pissed at the DC office and both are jockeying for power and spin. Then there were a bunch of 4 am tweets this morning on a previously quiet account pointing to doc dumps, including a doc dump on the 2001 investigation of the Marc Rich pardon?!

    It’s like the FBI didn’t want Russia hogging all the conspiracy theories.

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  38. MichaelG said on November 1, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    Did labs this AM for VA and for Kaiser. Chemo tomorrow. Had lunch with T at a Mexican place called La Venadita. They had a very nice Día de los Muertos altar. We sat at a table next to our esteemed mayor, Kevin Johnson.

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  39. Deborah said on November 1, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Wow, the FBI sound like a bunch of whiney babies. How are we expected to respect them after that kind of behavior? It’s really kind of scary.

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  40. Sherri said on November 1, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    I guess what I’m saying about the FBI now vs the Hoover FBI is that the Hoover FBI was bad in predictable ways, while it’s hard to tell what to trust with the current FBI.

    Hope chemo isn’t too bad, MichaelG. Esteemed isn’t a word used much with Kevin Johnson these days, though maybe Trump is making sexual predators cool again.

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  41. Judybusy said on November 1, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    Thanks for letting us know how it’s going, MichaelG. I hope chemo isn’t too bad tomorrow.

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  42. David C. said on November 1, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Everyone at work did a land office business last night. There wasn’t a single engineering bait pile this morning as there usually is. We didn’t do Halloween this year. We drove home from a visit to our families in Michigan and driving through Chicago and Milwaukee was enough. We also had too much Trump talk. My aunts and uncles are all Trumpies. The only good part was my churchiest aunt related a story from a friend’s, grandchild’s, uncle’s, cousin’s something-or-other (as all good urban legends start) who was on Hillary’s Secret Service detail. Anyway, he said good morning and Hill told him to fuck off. Like any likely urban legend it was too pat, and too tenuous to actually be checked. Anyway, I got to hear my church lady aunt say fuck off, so it wasn’t too bad.

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  43. MichaelG said on November 1, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    Chemo is chemo. That was an ironic “esteemed”, Sherri. Johnson’s a crook and a molester.

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  44. Sherri said on November 1, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    in the lucrative field of Hillary-bashing books, the Hillary tells a member of her detail to fuck off in response to good morning has evolved over time from her addressing an Arkansas state trooper to her greeting her Secret Service detail that way. These are the same sort of books that proclaimed that the Clintons had X-rated ornaments on the White House Christmas tree. The fuck off story seemed to have gained a new prominence, along with some other instances of Hillary cursing, to show that Hillary has a potty mouth and liberals are hypocrites for complaining about Trump saying pussy. That may be because they were more bothered that he said pussy, while we were more bothered that he was bragging about grabbing them without invitation. This led to some surreal moments, like Rush Limbaugh talking about how “consent” was the magic word for liberals when it came to sex, clearly implying there was some problem with this situation.

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  45. Sherri said on November 1, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    I know it’s a hopeless cause, but especially in light of all the leaking going on from the FBI these days, I really wish journos would be less free with the use of anonymous sources. Obviously, anonymous sources have value; where would we be without Deep Throat? But just like every whistleblower isn’t Daniel Ellsberg, not every anonymous source is Deep Throat, and it feels like anonymous sources are too often obscuring rather than enlightening.

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  46. Julie Robinson said on November 1, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    Omigoodness, Little Bird & Deborah, she sounds like a disaster. Our daughter’s former roommate was much like that, and I’m so relieved to be rid of her. I’m worried about what will become of the dog.

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  47. Little Bird said on November 1, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    The dog is a service dog, and Morgans father will likely come and get her dog and take her back to Texas if Morgan ends up having to serve time.

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  48. brian stouder said on November 1, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    So here is an oft-mentioned (hereabouts) type of urban legend – the old nails in the candy psycho-neighbor.

    the lead:

    COLDWATER, Mich. (WANE) A Fremont firefighter reportedly came across tacks and a nail inside candy that his children had gathered trick-or-treating Halloween evening in southern Michigan.

    The Fremont Police Department on Tuesday shared images of the compromised candies, two with tacks tucked inside and another impaled by a nail, on its Facebook page. The post’s caption said a Fremont firefighter had taken his children trick-or-treating in Coldwater, Michigan, just north of Fremont. When they got back home, the tacks and nail were found in the chocolates.

    And I will bet one nickel – $0.05 – that they end up arresting the Fremont firefighter.

    Because – if I was a terrorist/killer and wanted to give a kid lethal candy – would I do it from my own house?

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  49. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on November 1, 2016 at 11:02 pm


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  50. Dexter said on November 2, 2016 at 1:01 am

    Jakash: I was listening to a radio discussion about when you get sickened by a food, you will recoil from this food with great trepidation, and it may take years before desire to eat this food returns. When I was deathly ill from a horrible 1999 flu virus, I could not eat anything, and the doctor prescribed this nasty cherry-flavored liquid made for dehydrated babies called pedialite. I could not drink any cherry-flavored drinks like Dr. Pepper for seven years. The worst was a time in a seaside restaurant in Maryland where I ate calamari from a buffet…fried calamari. This was circa 1995 and I do believe I’ll never be able to ingest clamari again. In the past twenty years around home I have been poisoned just twice, once from a Walmart pie and lastly from an Arby’s reuben sandwich.

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  51. Dexter said on November 2, 2016 at 1:08 am

    Whoppers from a waxed half-gallon milk carton, what a treat. Now I never eat them but as a kid I could eat one hundred or more at once. LA Mary, agreed…Almond Joys are great. I do not enjoy Kit Kat bars nor anything with light-whipped nougat such as Three Musketeers.

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  52. Jakash said on November 2, 2016 at 1:53 am

    Way to bury the lede (or should that be lead?) Dexter! I read that whole comment thinking “Why is this directed to me?” “Did he confuse me with somebody else?” “Who brought up food poisoning today?” Until I got to the punch line. Nicely done! Sorry to hear about that, but not all that surprised, I suppose. For me, it was a pepperoni and mushroom pizza decades ago that resulted in me literally getting off an El train at Fullerton in Chicago (an emergency departure, as that wasn’t my stop) and, ahem, throwing up off the side of the platform. (I did try to move as far away from anything of significance underneath as I could.) Didn’t have any mushrooms for many years after that, though I never really liked them that much, anyway. I certainly wasn’t going to blame the pepperoni!

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  53. Deborah said on November 2, 2016 at 5:02 am

    I couldn’t eat anything mint flavored for years after getting some horrible oily mint flavored medicine when I had kidney stones at the end of my freshman year in college. I promptly threw up the medicine after they gave it to me. It was vile.

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  54. basset said on November 2, 2016 at 5:44 am

    I couldn’t drink tequila for ten or so years after a difficult experience my first semester at IU…

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  55. alex said on November 2, 2016 at 6:08 am

    My last time was some seared tuna that just didn’t sit right. I had it for lunch. That evening, while a passenger in a car on the interstate, I had to blow it out the window several times. Previously I’d gotten deathly ill from a shrimp appetizer that had kind of a weird tang to it. But I didn’t develop an aversion to tuna or shrimp, just the restaurants where these items had been served.

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  56. nancy said on November 2, 2016 at 9:18 am

    And this, my friends, Is why I don’t drink gin. Ever.

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  57. LindaG said on November 2, 2016 at 10:36 am

    I just turned 63. When I was in nursery school I threw up from egg salad. To this day my stomach still rumbles whenever someone tries to serve it to me (although my excuse is more about just not liking the taste rather than the truth.)

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  58. Kirk said on November 2, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Chocolate doughnuts.

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  59. LAMary said on November 2, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Sushi. I used to love it but I got a bad batch at a takeout once about thirty years ago and I still can’t eat sushi.

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  60. Heather said on November 2, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    I never got sick from it, but I really cannot deal with the smell of tuna casserole. Cold tuna salad is fine, delicious even.

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  61. Jenine said on November 2, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    This thread turned into a good aid if you’re dieting.

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  62. Scout said on November 2, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    Tequila here. It took me well into my 40’s to be able to drink even just a mild Margarita after a major teenage mishap (almost died) that has come to be referred to as “The Tequila Incident”. Still cannot (nor desire to) drink it in shots form.

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  63. Jakash said on November 2, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    Alcohol-wise, for me it was Southern Comfort, though avoiding that has not been a challenge at all…

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  64. Deborah said on November 2, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    Jakash, when I was in Bangkok on business years ago, traffic was outrageous. It took people 2 hours to drive a few miles from their homes to their workplaces. Men who commuted to work and back regularly kept what they called a comfort cup in their cars to relieve themselves if they were stuck in traffic. Then when the company that owned Southern Comfort tried to expand into Bangkok they couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t selling well. Plus there’s the color of Southern Comfort, that didn’t help either.

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  65. Suzanne said on November 2, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    I had an incident when I was in college. I rarely drank and my brother made me a very, very large martini, which I drank not knowing it was pure alcohol. I was very naïve! And then, when I got home, it all came back up. That was 30+ years ago and I have not had a proper martini since. I’ll drink gin & tonics and have had flavored martinis, but not your garden variety gin martini. Ugh.

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  66. Jakash said on November 2, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Good one, Deborah. Seems to me that pouring the SC directly into one’s trusty “comfort cup” without actually processing it through their body would be the best way to go, anyway, and none would likely be able to tell the difference. ; )

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  67. Sherri said on November 2, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    I think this captures pretty well what’s going on with the Brexiters and the Trumpers, the ones who aren’t in that basket,of deplorables:

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  68. Sherri said on November 2, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Reporters are belatedly remembering that there are interesting stories to be found outside the Trump-supporting white middle class:

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  69. Sherri said on November 2, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Watch out for Pete Ricketts, governor of Nebraska with a lot of personal wealth as well as family wealth:

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  70. Deborah said on November 2, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    I’m braising a pork shoulder in the oven with apple cider and some vegetables. Can anyone tell me what the temp should be? The shoulder is about 3 1/4 lbs. I’m not good with pork. I looked it up online but found it confusing.

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  71. brian stouder said on November 2, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Sherri, it’s (darkly) humorous that the death-enamored governor of Nebraska is named ‘Ricketts’. Charles Dickens couldn’t have named such a morally deficient, morally weak character any more fittingly

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  72. Sherri said on November 2, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Unfortunately, Brian, he’s not so much death-enamored as power-enamored, which is why I say watch out for him. He’s got the money (The Ricketts family owns the Cubs and the Mercers are backing him, both Trump backers), enough ties to Republican establishment to keep them comfortable, yet enough outsider cred (governor of a small population state) to appeal to the base. He may not be on the DC radar yet for 2020, but the pieces are there.

    Just a reminder that Trump isn’t really that far from the mainstream as the people will try to make it appear in a few months.

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  73. Sherri said on November 2, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    The last article you need to read about Trump voters:

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  74. alex said on November 2, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Deborah, I’d say 350 or so is probably a good temperature for braising a pork shoulder.

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  75. Deborah said on November 2, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Sherri, that Awl link was a good one. I’m sick of reading about Trump supporters and what motivates them, but I’m sure it’s not going to end even after the election.

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  76. A.Riley said on November 2, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    Cooked green peppers. When I was about ten, my newlywed oldest sister proudly served her visiting mother & little sis a dinner that featured stuffed green peppers she had prepared with her own pretty hands. I gave them up along the side of the road on the way home — and to this day, fifty years later, I just can’t face cooked bell peppers. Raw, they’re great; cooked, never ever ever.

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