In which I am doctor-shamed.

Guys! I’m feeling much better! After a week of misery, I finally dragged myself off to the doctor, and told her about the ears and the sore throat and the fever and the non-arc of this affliction, so it must be an infection and I need some serious meds and oh my I feel terrible and–

“Your right ear looks normal.”

Well, the pain is mostly on the left side, and–

“Your left ear is fine, too.”

But, but, fever! And pain! In my ears! I’m a swimmer!

“I’ll just do a strep test, then.”

You know the end of this story. The test was negative. My ears were fine. Diagnosis: “Viral blah-blah.” Her words.

“Don’t put that on the internet or anything.”

I wouldn’t dream of it.

The next day, the very next day, I was much improved. Enough that I headed out for a quick dinner with a friend, and posed in my boss Mike Tyson T-shirt in front of one of Midtown Detroit’s dwindling number of corner stores:

This time next year it’ll be an artisanal paper store, or something. Just you wait.

But now the hour is growing late, and I want to go to bed. A couple quick links:

This was on Slate Plus, and I’m not a member, but I was able to open it: Is Trump experiencing cognitive decline? Yet another examination of the StatNews piece a couple weeks back.

Obstruction of justice and the world of hurt to come.

Let’s hope the weekend heals me fully. Have a good one, all.

Posted at 10:46 pm in Current events, Same ol' same ol' |

82 responses to “In which I am doctor-shamed.”

  1. coozledad said on June 15, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    Jeff Sessions: “I don’ recall nobody peein’ in the preznit’s mouf. I mean, I was a senator at the time, an if had had a plug nickel fo ever time I seen one o’ them golden showa’s I’d be able to launder all the dirty sheets at the Moscow Hyatt after a Gazprom/ Republican party new year’s eve party.”

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  2. Hattie said on June 16, 2017 at 1:13 am

    You look fantaaaastic! Glad you are feeling better!

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  3. Dorothy said on June 16, 2017 at 5:52 am

    Glad you’re on the mend. You must have magical powers, though, cuz I could not open the Slate article. The other link made me positively salivate with anticipation. I’d love it if Trump brings himself down because of his tweeting – he’s going to bury himself with his own words, and the simplicity of that is a beautiful thing.

    I met the dog we’re going to adopt yesterday morning. Boy HOWDY did she smell. She’s getting groomed Monday, spayed Tuesday and we bring her home Wednesday. I’m hopeful we can make a success of this. She’s a little skittish, they told me, so I know this is going to be a challenge. Having owned dogs for almost 38 years I think we should handle this all right, but who knows? In the meantime I’m Google puppy kibble and am astounded at the prices of so many of these grain-free ones. Anyone have any recommendations? For now I’m thinking maybe Eukanuba, although I don’t think it’s grain-free.

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  4. Dorothy said on June 16, 2017 at 5:58 am

    (It’s early – Trump’s tweeting had nothing to do with Josh Marshall’s article. I think I meant Trump’s mouth in general – blabbing to people about firing Comey and why – and then his interview on t.v. two days later – it’s his own words that, in my mind, are going to help bring him down. That’s what I meant to say.)

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  5. alex said on June 16, 2017 at 6:58 am

    Giddy with delight. Hope My Pants is ensnared in it too. And prosecuted after 2018 so that the speaker of the house, third in succession, is a Dem.

    Dorothy, Eukanuba is great. It makes dogs shit pink marshmallows that turn to dust in sunlight and have a nonoffensive odor even when fresh, so you’ll never have sludgy fudge on your shoe or be sitting down to dinner and wondering why everything smells like ass.

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  6. Dorothy said on June 16, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Ok alex I laughed at that – but is that sarcasm or maybe a warning not to feed it to my new dog??

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  7. basset said on June 16, 2017 at 7:23 am

    “Iron Mike”? You mean the rapist? The ear-biter? The semiliterate thug who made his money committing assault while large audiences paid to watch?

    Oh, wait a minute, I heard he’s straightened up and started raising pigeons or something, he must be OK now.

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  8. basset said on June 16, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Or maybe that’s an ironic shirt and I don’t get it, which is entirely possible.

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  9. alex said on June 16, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Dorothy, I’m serious. That stuff is miracle food. And it still maintains its nutritive properties after it comes out the other end. Some friends with two dogs that ate Eukanuba used to throw the shit under an arbor vita and it grew so enormous they had to cut it down.

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  10. Suzanne said on June 16, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Not only did VP My Pants lawyer up with a high priced attorney, he’s no doubt paying for using money raised by his newly formed PAC:

    Trump’s approval rating continues to fall and I know his approval numbers are skewed by the senior citizen crowd like my parents who watch Fox News all day and have never owned a computer so have no idea whatsoever what Twitter even is. When Trump’s tweets verge on nonsense, it means nothing to them. They have no context for it. But he’s a Republican so they believe they have to support him or the country will veer into communism. In many ways, it really is that simple.

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  11. LAMary said on June 16, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Costco dog food, Dorothy. I was in a very jazzy pet food store and I asked for a recommendation. After showing me a lot of very expensive stuff the dog food store guy actually said Costco is very good dog food as well. My dogs eat it and they do fine.

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  12. john (not mccain) said on June 16, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Just finished reading the Patty Hearst book. What a story! I was alive at the time, but was only 10-12 so there were many things I’d forgotten and many I never knew. I’d always believed the brainwashing story, but no longer. The odd thing is I rewatched one of her John Waters appearances and now she comes off disturbing and weird instead of quirky and cute. Of course, this means it’s even more appropriate for her to be in a Waters’ cast.

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  13. Julie Robinson said on June 16, 2017 at 9:27 am

    But do your dogs poop pink marshmallows? 🙂

    Those of you who lived through Watergate, doesn’t this feel like it’s headed to the same conclusion? Let’s summarize the results: VP resigns ahead of criminal charges, President resigns ahead of removal by impeachment, new President is moderate and begins the journey towards healing. Bring it on!

    Hubby will be home soon; someone doing roadwork near his office hit a gas main and they’re closed for the rest of the day. I guess they forgot to call 811.

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  14. coozledad said on June 16, 2017 at 9:46 am

    From Trump’s forthcoming “Sticky Lil’ Fingers” album.

    I met a bugspray/vodka queen in Moscow
    She dragged me to the sauna for a spell
    I told her “Air’s too dry for me here. Madam.
    Do you “do the Dew” in this hotel?”

    It’s the Russotrash wimmenz gimme gimme gimme
    The kompromat blues.

    She stretched me on a king sized rubber mattress
    Just like the one I kept back in New York
    She told me “Please to be getting self undressed,
    and I begin to marinate the pork.”

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  15. Deborah said on June 16, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Marinating the pork, lol.

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  16. Sherri said on June 16, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Civility means more than cooling down what we say to each other. It also means treating our fellow citizens with dignity and respect in the policies through which we govern ourselves.

    Amen, Brother Charlie.

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  17. Suzi said on June 16, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Amen, Brother Charlie.
    Brother Coozledad???
    Civility, a suggestion.

    (You can spare us the vitriol about how those rules don’t apply in the face of evil, Evil, EVIL.)

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  18. coozledad said on June 16, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Lock him up.

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  19. brian stouder said on June 16, 2017 at 11:21 am

    I can definitely hang with ‘lock him up!’

    Aside from that – Our Propietress looks like a million bucks, yes?

    So if the doctor charged $175, that’s still a $999,825 profit – and tax free! (Talk about your ‘art of the deal’)

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  20. Connie said on June 16, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    As long as the language in these comments remains as foul as it has become I no longer find civility here.

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  21. coozledad said on June 16, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Civility is a cudgel the Republicans only drag out when they’re on the ropes. Your president boasts about grabbing pussy. That’s beyond simple vylgarity: It’s criminal.

    Steve Scalise spoke to groups who were behind the radicalization of Dylan Roof. He collected money from them. Don’t preach to me about civility when there are commenters out here who advocate torture, who dismiss structural racism and civic inequality, and who rolled over for our petty mobbed up tyrant like the good little corporate cyphers they were born to be. Scared shitless. Not an ounce of guts.

    The truly vulgar are the abettors of this lawless administration.

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  22. Jakash said on June 16, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    Gotta say, I thought the same thing as Basset. Whether it’s being worn ironically, or not, I was surprised to see the Proprietress proudly sporting that shirt. I don’t doubt that she’d question a bundle of my sartorial choices, given the opportunity, but I don’t have a blog and am not a national treasure! : )

    In for a dime… The limited, effective use of coarse language doesn’t bother me much (particularly in a blog comment) and Cooz is a helluva wordsmith who can certainly write circles around me. If he could cut back from seemingly a third of his comments featuring sodomy of one sort or another, on the other hand, that might be nice! ; )

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  23. coozledad said on June 16, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    They let you do that when you’re a celebrity.

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  24. alex said on June 16, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    I like the sodomy.

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  25. coozledad said on June 16, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    It’s a popular favorite down here in the Bible belt. If you could remake “Caligula” with less dialog and more fisting, you could rename it “The Whore of Babylon” and they’d be trucking yokels in like they did for that Mel Gibson torturefest; theaters better double up on the fudgesicles.

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  26. Jakash said on June 16, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    LOL to 23 & 24…

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  27. Sherri said on June 16, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Cooz and I are products of the South, so we know all about civility as a cudgel. Civility is used in the South as a way of shutting people up (especially women) and of not talking about the stampede of elephants in the room. People who are in church every time the doors open, would never let a curse word pass their lips, and would always be unfailingly polite, can also be perfectly content with believing that black people are lesser.

    Consider the fact that the Southern Baptist Convention this week had to be shamed into passing a resolution condemning the alt-right. I doubt an uncivil word was ever said in derailing the original resolution, but it never made it out of committee.

    So, I’m with Charlie Pierce: civility is about actions, not words. However, given that I do not possess the creativity nor the eloquence of Cooz, I will try to temper my use of swearing. I do, however, reserve my right to refer to the senior senator from Kentucky by what he is rather than by his name.

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  28. Dorothy said on June 16, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Is it too much to hope that The One We Really Despise might get all hepped up while he’s tweeting and perhaps go into full-blown conniption, swallow his tongue, combust from within, blow real live smoke out of his arse, and then, of course, expire?

    lol @ 23 and 24 too.

    A week or two ago y’all really heaped it on Danny’s head about that couple he met at a restaurant and he ‘chuckled’ about some crap one of them said about Obama. I really don’t think he (Danny) deserved all the derision pointed at him. I also thought “What would I have done if I were in that position?” I would not want to make a scene in a restaurant and risk embarrassing myself or my spouse, but I do think I sure as hell would have stopped by their table and murmured a few choice words about their dumbass point of view on my way out of the place. Danny should be allowed to react the way he wants to react, and no one really should be telling one of us how we SHOULD have handled something, unless we are asked an opinion. We’ve all regretted things from time to time and who knows what Danny was feeling about that? We can disagree but we sure should not be pissing all over each other with insults. I thought this crowd was better than that.

    Okay now I have that off my chest. Alex I was lazy and bought a 33 lb. bag of Eukanuba at Amazon today but it’s probably not going to arrive until after Nestle gets to our house Wednesday. Guess I’ll be stopping by Petco or one of those places Sunday. Mary we have a Costco membership but I swear every time we go there we spend waaaay more than we need to. My husband doesn’t know how to shop with a list and stick with it. Maybe once she’s grown and doesn’t need puppy food anymore, we’ll try the Costco food. We fed Augie and Husk Pedigree and they lived 13 and 11 years, so they were okay. We don’t really need to be overly concerned about the cost of this dog food now – all I want is for this stray to become used to us as soon as she can, and get healthy bones and skin after being on her own for 4-5 months.

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  29. ROGirl said on June 16, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    The dog poop discussion really grossed me out.

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  30. Joe Kobiela said on June 16, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Dogs eat their own poop,so I really wouldn’t worry to much about what you feed them.
    Toby is our 7th golden retriever over 35 years and Purina has always worked just fine.
    Pilot Joe

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  31. Dorothy said on June 16, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Not all dogs eat their own poop, Joe. Only the really selective ones. That being said, full disclosure, my two recently deceased dogs imbibed on the cat’s output once in awhile.

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  32. Charlotte said on June 16, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Dorothy — I’ve fed Diamond brand to both my new dog and my dear departed bird dogs — they’ve probably got a grain free, but that’s never been an issue with my dogs. Diamond’s pretty no-frills, but my vet says it’s a solid brand. Of course, Hank also gets a backyard egg with his breakfast, and scraps, and lots of moldy cheese rinds, all of which do him just fine. The kitty now, I did have to go up a step brand-wise for her. She nearly froze to death before I got her, so in the fall she gets very fat, but she had a really crummy coat until I bought her fancier cat food. Now she’s sleek. Lumpy and funny looking still with only one ear and missing the tip of her tail, but sleek.

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  33. Danny said on June 16, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Okay, how many of us tried Milk Bone when we were kids? When I was five, I think my dream was to be a dog who would grow up to race cars with Mario Andretti and Jackie Stewart AND play football for the Baltimore Colts.

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  34. nancy said on June 16, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Tyson was a bad person, but a great fighter. He’s a better person now.

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  35. Jakash said on June 16, 2017 at 3:11 pm


    “… no one really should be telling one of us how we SHOULD have handled something…”

    As one of those who took issue with Danny’s comment, I wasn’t suggesting how he should have responded in the moment, I was taking issue with the attitude he expressed and his comments here. Of course, the false equivalency nonsense he was promoting two days ago was even worse, so there’s that… And he’s not shy about delivering an insult or two himself, when he feels like it, for whatever that’s worth. As this topic was expressly verboten by the Proprietress herself, I’ll leave it at that. Charles Pierce covers it much better in Sherri’s link @ 16 than I could, regardless.

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  36. alex said on June 16, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Never tried Milk Bone. But my parents noticed me emulating the dog when I was in diapers, so for potty training they put dog shit in the training potty and sat the dog on it, then showed me the shit, then sat me on it. To hear my mother tell it I was housebroken from thence forward.

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  37. David C. said on June 16, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    My cousins tried regular dog food. My aunt could set a party line on fire with all her talking (gossiping), anyway she once talked through lunch time and my cousins were hungry, so they figured if it’s OK for the dog, it wouldn’t do them any harm. They probably ranged from about 5-9 years old at the time. It was probably Purina. If only Eukanuba existed at the time. Marshmallow poop would have freaked out my aunt but good.

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  38. Danny said on June 16, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Jakash, as explained several weeks ago, my “attitude” was not one of acceptance towards that Australian couple, but more along the lines of “wow, the shit people believe.”

    And I don’t think you were around NNC back when Gabby Giffords was shot. The reaction was extremely knee-jerk, immediately blaming Sarah Palin and the “Right” for promoting a toxic environment of hate-filled political rhetoric. It was later found out that this was not true insofar as being a motivating factor for Jared Loughner. In fact, he seemed to have no affiliation with pop-culch politics and it was a classic case of paranoid schizophrenia. The same cannot be said for 66-year-old James Hodgkinson who was steeped in the progressive hate-rhetoric culture and motivated by it to his heinous act. So no “false-equivalency” at all. And that is the last thing I will say of this.

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  39. coozledad said on June 16, 2017 at 4:41 pm

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  40. Heather said on June 16, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    I think we can all agree there is violent rhetoric on both sides. But there is no doubt in my mind that the right has made an art and a profitable mainstream industry out of it.

    The white cop who killed Philando Castile, the African-American man who was killed in his car after he was pulled over, has been acquitted. This isn’t even a message that it’s OK to kill black people if you are a cop. It’s fact.

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  41. brian stouderq said on June 16, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    Cooz shares a tremendous (not to say “great”!) link at 39.

    The article goes on about the derision The Donald heaps on the ‘meeedia’ (and should lean more on some of the media righties, like Oxy-Rush, et al) – and then wins me over completely when special attention is paid to Katy Tur of NBC.

    She’s a genuine hero, as far as I’m concerned. The article points out what many of us noted back at the time – that candidate Trump frequently pointed her out and used her name, while whipping his crowds into an ‘anti-meeeedia’ frenzy; again, and again.

    A generation or two ago, war reporters (like Cronkite and Sevareide) rode in bombers and reported back what they experienced; and Ms Turr certainly earned her stripes, too.

    And it’s good to see that this is noticed

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  42. alex said on June 16, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Jared Loughner wasn’t motivated by Sarah Palin. He was motivated by someone else little known at the time — Alex Jones. Read up on it, beeyotch and suck my progressive hate-rhetoric culture you effing troll:

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  43. Sherri said on June 16, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Seventy-four seconds. The cop who killed Philando Castile had shot him 7 times just 74 seconds after pulling him over for a broken taillight.

    We don’t live in a civil society, and it’s not because some of us swear. Some of us swear because we live in an extremely unjust society, and too many people clamoring for more civility don’t care.

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  44. Danny said on June 16, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    Alex, your logic (snort): Jared Loughner listens to Alex Jones and believes Bush is behind 9/11 so…. he shoots a Democrat? Got it.

    And Alex Jones and Van Jones are both 9/11 truthers. So freakin’ what?

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  45. Peter said on June 16, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Well, this has been an interesting discussion today.

    Our golden doodle only ate Eukanuba, bugs he found in the house, and a squirrel or two he caught outside of the house (ew…). He did just fine.

    Oh, our fearless leader, and his faithful servant from Indiana. I think that squirrel my dog ate had more brains than the two of them; I know my dog did.

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  46. Sherri said on June 16, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    This is not political, and very funny:

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  47. Deborah said on June 16, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    A lot of lefties are against the excessive gun culture in America, at least it seems that way to me. So that in itself, you would think would curtail mass shootings coming from that side. But then the congressional baseball shooter goes and does something totally against that. Obviously maladjusted, mental problems promulgated his behavior. Hate and vitriol are in the air and find a home in troubled minds, whichever place it comes from.

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  48. Deborah said on June 16, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Sherri at #46 tied with Peter at #45 for the thread win.

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  49. Heather said on June 16, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    It’s been pointed out that previous instances of domestic abuse are the most significant indicators of gun violence. So maybe it’s not a left or right issue but a male anger problem.

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  50. alex said on June 16, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Obviously it’s not an issue to the Party of Male Anger.

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  51. Joe K said on June 16, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    I knew a guy that ate dog food regularly, never hurt him at all, however he did get run over buy a car when he stopped in the road to lick his nuts.
    Pilot Joe

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  52. coozledad said on June 16, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    I’m afraid the only world apart from abject stupidity is in fiction. The will to cruelty is too hard coded in poncey white striplings. They’ve mocked decency since the days they were the only ones allowed to wear three foot long shoes.

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  53. coozledad said on June 16, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    It must severely pain the Russophile and Republican trash to know that come the next election, there will be a phalanx of women standing at the door of the Democratic party offices, asking “What your ass think you here for, bitch?”

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  54. Dorothy said on June 16, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    I understand, Jakash, or at least I think I do. I did not mean to criticize any one, two or three people. I was speaking in generalities. I know we all agree to disagree about many issues here. But that day people were yelling at Danny made me feel very sad, and I had to let it all sink in before I could actually say something about it. I did not go back and re-read any of that day’s words before I posted here a few times today. It was more of a blue feeling I had, a disappointment that such hurtful things were being said when I think Danny was misunderstood, and no one stopped to ask him how he felt. Seemed (at the time) like everyone jumped to conclusions. I’ll shut up about it now. I was just trying to plea that we all try to remember we’re all human and have feelings and not be so quick to judge.

    The world could do with a lot less finger pointing and blame and instead sit down with people whose opinions are different from their own, and at least try to be less judgmental. That goes for me, too. I’m awfully judgey about anyone I know who voted for Trump. I just don’t bring it up because I don’t want to lose (some) friendships. I like to think most of them (people I know) are regretting voting for him. I really need to control myself on Facebook about him. The less I try to think about him the calmer I am. He is not good for my health, I’m positive.

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  55. Suzanne said on June 16, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    Pilot Joe #51. That made me laugh. Out loud. For real.

    Megyn Kelly.
    Pretty much what I figured she was like.

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  56. alex said on June 16, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    Just blew a whole evening trying to find a store that sells food dehydrators and no luck. They have frivolous shit like cotton candy makers taking up major shelf space in places like Target; you’d think you could find dehydrators, but no.

    I’ve got a shit ton of garlic scapes ready to harvest and a precious small window of time in which to do it. I plan to freeze some, dry some if I can ever find a frickin’ machine, and make some fresh food with the remainder. All of the retail stores feature dehydrators online but don’t stock them, evidently.

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  57. basset said on June 16, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    Convection oven on the lowest setting works for us when we’re making jerky. you could probably put a regular oven on 180 or so, crack the door, and rig a fan to blow through it.

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  58. Jolene said on June 17, 2017 at 12:12 am

    If you have Amazon Prime, Alex, you can get one by Monday. They have quite a few models.

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  59. Dexter said on June 17, 2017 at 3:02 am

    nance…I listen to a helluva lotta comedians, and Tom Segura’s “The time I met Iron Mike Tyson” is the best and funniest.

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  60. BigHank53 said on June 17, 2017 at 4:31 am

    Breville’s top of the line toaster over has a “dehydrate” setting, believe it or not. Of course it’s $400. The next time I build a kitchen I’m considering making a home for one of those. We already use the toaster oven more than the standard one.

    Is there a Gander Mountain or Cabela’s near you? Either one should have a dehydrator on the shelf.

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  61. David C. said on June 17, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Any home and farm type store should have a dehydrator too. Here they’re Mill’s Fleet+Farm. When I lived in Michigan it was Family Farm and Home. Most places seem to have something like that.

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  62. coozledad said on June 17, 2017 at 9:19 am

    It’s time to have a long discussion about how whites always circle the wagons around their terrorist state. Always.

    One reason Republicans conduct a war on education is because it cultivates empathy. They have no use for it.

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  63. alex said on June 17, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Thanks for the ideas, folks! We have both farm stores and hunting stores around here. It hadn’t occurred to me that people use these gizmos to make jerky. Duh. The search continues anew this morning.

    The garlic scapes are all very tender and curly right now, not gone to seed yet, so I’m going to snip them all. The cilantro, which came back from last year, are all beginning to bolt with the hot weather, so I’m going to harvest that today as well and use it in a salsa, along with the scapes, to take to a party tonight.

    Already there are peppers a-poppin’ and even some tomatoes, though not mature yet. It’s been a good year so far for the garden.

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  64. coozledad said on June 17, 2017 at 9:45 am

    More right wing calls for violence:

    It’s all the fuckers even do.

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  65. David C. said on June 17, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Everyone who is taking the violent liberal bait needs to Google “liberal hunting permit” and “conservative hunting permit” and get back to me.

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  66. coozledad said on June 17, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Right wing political violence. Government sanctioned, white sanctioned racism.

    She’s right. One day they’re coming for you. Some jumped up little feeb in a uniform will shoot your guts out, and he’ll walk. If you aren’t afraid, you’re an idiot.

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  67. coozledad said on June 17, 2017 at 10:17 am

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  68. alex said on June 17, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Cosby gets off again, as it were. Who knows whether the prosecution will retry.

    The trouble with juries is the same as the trouble with voters. There’s always a contrarian asshat or two, and defense counsel know how to pick ’em.

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  69. Sherri said on June 17, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    No doubt the Republican Senators on the Judiciary committee will stand up and keep these morons off the Federal bench, right? Aren’t we told that checks and balances are going to ensure that everything’s going to be just fine?

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  70. Julie Robinson said on June 17, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Prosecutor has tweeted that Cosby will stand trial again. Too many men on this jury, IMHO.

    Gander Mountain is closing their store in the Fort, according to a sign I saw on Lima Rd earlier in the week. So Alex, you might get a good buy there, or they might be out completely.

    Speaking of eating dog food: Scooby snacks look like they’re for kids, so many eat them.

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  71. beb said on June 17, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    My wife hates going to the doctor because they can never find anything wrong with her even though she’s hurting like a sumabitch. So she had pneumonia for a week before going in….

    She’s better now.

    On gun violence I blame The Godfather for teaching us that guns do solve all our problems.

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  72. coozledad said on June 17, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    The arrival of Fascism.

    Ain’t nothing more vulgar than a dumbass Repblican.

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  73. Sherri said on June 17, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    A fascinating article about a non-denominational evangelical minister and how he deals with his father, also an evangelical minister, transitioning to female:

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  74. Sherri said on June 17, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    And this is just cute, to lighten the day:

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  75. alex said on June 17, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Went to the farm stores and the hunting stores and it was still a big bust. Went to Gander Mountain, which is having a going-out-of-business sale, and the place was packed with zombie-eyed hillbillies and smelled like reefer. But no food dehydrators there, only spare shelves for a model they used to sell.

    So shopping online for one now before I go spray weedkiller on my gravel and call it a day.

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  76. Deborah said on June 17, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    It’s 91 in Abiquiu right now, going up to 96, the humidity is 9%, yesterday was 5%. There are 2 major fires that are sending a lot of smoke our way. It’s that time of year. I read that Phoenix was expecting to get up to 120 today, I hope Scout is faring ok through that. The monsoon season is supposed to start in a week or two, cooling rains will be welcome.

    The Shakespeare link was maybe not surprising, that people are complaining to Shakespeare companies that have nothing to do with the controversial Central Park production. Dumbasses for sure.

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  77. alex said on June 17, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Just ordered from Amazon with 2-day shipping.

    I considered trying to use my convection oven as Dex suggested but it can’t be programmed at temperatures below 300F.

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  78. coozledad said on June 17, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    No wonder Trumpers hate Shakespeare. Sonnet 157 really has it in for him:

    Lo in the White house when the faint blue light
    Spills on the carpeting from the big screen
    The orange daubed and wattled human shite
    lofts his outerborough goombah scream

    And having cleared the greasy chicken tub
    His jowls aslick and quivering in wrath
    A staffer that has drawn the shortest nub
    Whispers “it is time, sir, for your bath.”

    It’s then with withering pitch the blob replies
    In the voice and manner of Wayne Newton
    “I wanna milkshake and some dirty fries!
    Go get ‘em now, before I phone up Putin.”

    “I’m going to fucking fuck up this TV.
    Jesus wept when he was crucified like me.”

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  79. Dexter said on June 18, 2017 at 2:46 am

    And so…Fathers’ Day
    Dad missed a train connection trying to get to Florida (Pensacola Naval Air Station) and his brother George busted the old Auburn car from northern Indiana to Cincinnati where Dad ran like crazy and grabbed the last car and made his train . And I had to run to catch a train after a rented bicycle flatted out in Chicago. 1981…so much alike. Dad was stationed at Alameda Naval Air Station and was manifested to head to the Pacific on the USS Franklin . Mysteriously, a toothache sent him to sick bay in California and the Franklin sustained Kamikaze attacks and many were killed. And I was carrying orders for nine days awaiting air transpo to the Central Highlands to assume duty as a medic with the 196th Light Infantry Bde. (23rd Infanty Div) but the monsoons kept scrubbing my flights, my orders expired, and finally I was put on a C-119 which crashed in the blinding monsoon weather…some casualties ;I was OK, area too “hot” for truck rescue for three days and finally a jeep came for me and another medic, and so, I made it to Cam Ranh Bay then eventually to Nha Trang where I hooked up for general medic work and also as a part time Dust-Off Helicopter Ambulance Medic.
    So Dad missed a great chance to die via Kamikaze attack but for a toothache, and I missed the worst firebase attack in the entire Vietnam war, FSB (Firebase Mary Ann…March, 1971) because of monsoons grounding all transpo flights to the Central Highlands for nine days…Dad and me, two peas in a pod, two D (death)-dodgers…two slackers. Me and Dad. Happy Fathers’ Day, every child.
    Dad lived to age 86.

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  80. Suzanne said on June 18, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Beautiful tribute, Dexter!

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  81. coozledad said on June 18, 2017 at 8:31 am


    Bet he done been forgibben by Caucasoid Jeeber.

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  82. Jakash said on June 18, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Interesting Neil Steinberg piece in the Sun-Times today, with a Ft. Wayne connection, to boot. “A crumpled photo, and a daughter’s search for the father she never met.”

    “‘She gave me some shirts and this box to bring the baby home in — a white, rectangular-shaped box with a little soft pad in it. Babies born in Madison, Tennessee, at that time came home in these boxes.’ They went to get her in their 1966 Ford Fairlane and were introduced to a baby with black hair that stuck straight up. ‘She looked like a bird that had been pushed out of the nest…'”

    With a photo that documents the truth of both of those observations…

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