What’s for dinner? Nothing.

I don’t know how many more weeks like this I can take. One big thing after another big thing and here it is Thursday night and a pretty big weekend awaits. So I’m going to fold into bed pretty soon, but here I am for now.

I have a bookmark that’s been on my browser forever, called Wind Map. It shows the direction and velocity of prevailing winds all over the country at any given moment. I checked it Wednesday. You don’t get the motion effect here, but mercy, that’s a vortex:

The lighter the line, the faster the wind. Poor Colorado.

So let’s hop to the bloggage:

Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, describes his eating habits:

Twitter founder Jack Dorsey gave an interview revealing that he typically fasted on weekends and ate only one meal on weekdays, and that the single meal typically consisted of, “fish, chicken, or some steak,” plus arugula, spinach or “sometimes asparagus or Brussels sprouts” and finally, “I have mixed berries as a dessert.”

If a female CEO described the exact same eating habits, there’d be a volcano of armchair psychologists making diagnoses: She has an eating disorder! What a bad role model! But in Dorsey’s interview with CNBC, this was described as “biohacking.” So thank goddess for Monica Hesse to point out what bullshit this is:

I don’t know why we’re so reverential of the eating behaviors of Silicon Valley executives, except I sort of think I know why. These men completely revolutionized the way we took photographs, paid for services, connected with relatives and moved through the world. There’s something tantalizing in the idea that they also hold the key to revolutionizing our bodies.

And so we get articles in the Guardian about a group of male CEOs who call themselves “Fast Club” and participate in a “5:2” eating plan, in which they eat virtually nothing for two days a week. “The first day I felt so hungry I was going to die,” one was quoted as saying, while simultaneously insisting that this wasn’t a dangerous result, this was just biohacking.

It just never stops, does it?

With that, I’m going to keep watching “Paris is Burning” on Netflix and continue to be amazed at how we all follow poor gay people but aren’t even aware of it.

Posted at 9:51 pm in Popculch, Same ol' same ol' |

46 responses to “What’s for dinner? Nothing.”

  1. Mark P said on April 11, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    I drove from Georgia to Colorado a few weeks ago, just as they were having the previous blizzard. The wind flipped a couple of tractor-trailer rigs on I-70 in Kansas just as I was driving by. I looked at my weather radar app and it was wound up like a hurricane. I don’t think I have ever seen anything like that, and certainly have never driven in steady wind that was actually hard to stand up in.

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  2. Dexter Friend said on April 12, 2019 at 2:48 am

    I nearly always watch movies no more than about 1:15 until it’s popcorn time or dog-walkin’ time or I pause and click around to check weather or sports scores, and so I had no idea “Babette’s Feast” would lock me into my recliner from start to end-credits. Spectrum’s guide listed a comedy, but that film was deep-drama and really a great film. Filmed in 1987 and released in 1988,I never took the time to seek it out, and it’s been in my dvr vault a long time. I didn’t read any reviews but I thought it was another Bergman genre criticism of the world, and it was not. It was a thoughtful film of happy destiny; I loved it.

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  3. David C. said on April 12, 2019 at 6:23 am

    I would have thought that Petey Thiel’s young people’s blood transfusion thing or Steve Jobs not curing his cancer with a macrobiotic diet would have cured people’s thinking CEOs know shit about health.

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  4. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on April 12, 2019 at 7:59 am


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  5. Julie Robinson said on April 12, 2019 at 8:35 am

    It’s been many years since I saw Babette’s Feast, but if I remember correctly, Babette=Jesus.

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  6. JodiP said on April 12, 2019 at 9:31 am

    There is a podcast called ScienceVS that recently took a look at fasting. It does result in weight loss, but mostly because you’re just eating fewer calories. There is also research looking into the effects of fasting *as part* of a cancer-fighting regimen. I have no plans to do any type of fasting; there are healthier and more delicious ways of eating. (I think I’ll have a thin mint with my morning coffee…)

    That wind has deposited fine red dust on top of our snow; it came from Texas and northern Mexico.

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  7. ROGirl said on April 12, 2019 at 9:54 am

    The wind map looks like the top of Donald Trump’s head.

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  8. LAMary said on April 12, 2019 at 10:07 am

    I thought that wind map looked like Trump’s complicated hair arrangement, too. In more news, Steven Miller is pushing a plan to bus people awaiting asylum to all the cities who declared themselves asylum cities.

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  9. Bitter Scribe said on April 12, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    I don’t give a flying suck what Jack Dorsey eats or doesn’t eat. I want to know when he’s going to do something to prevent Twitter from being weaponized.

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  10. john (not mccain) said on April 12, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    I wish they’d ship a bunch of immigrants to my city! We’ve already got a ton of them and they make everything better. The variety of food is insane, and I love it when they still wear their traditional clothing. So colorful and interesting! As an added bonus, they make feral Trump vermin afraid to live here. Unfortunately, it’s not a sanctuary city.

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  11. Sherri said on April 12, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    I recently spoke with the ACLU club at the nearby high school. The students there were very interested in the issue of sanctuary cities, though not in a way Stephen Miller would like. They were disappointed by the limits of what being a sanctuary city actually accomplishes, that it can’t prevent ICE and CBP from operating in a sanctuary city, it just means that local law enforcement doesn’t cooperate.

    Cities that have declared sanctuary status have done so because they have experience with immigrants, documented and otherwise, and refugees, and don’t fear them. Obviously something Miller doesn’t grasp.

    I met with a young woman yesterday who is interested in running for city council. I don’t think the time is quite right for her in Redmond, but it’s not because she wears a hijab, it’s because she’s only in her mid-20s. I’m hoping to get her involved on a board or commission, though, because that will set her up to run later.

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  12. Sherri said on April 12, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    My husband told me about a conversation he had yesterday with a woman he had worked with a some point. He was asking her about her experience as a woman in tech. She mentioned the experiences of women engineers who were married to other, male, engineers. They all knew how they stacked up relative to their spouse. They knew how much they helped their spouses out with technical problems. Yet, they all watched their spouses get promoted faster.

    And it’s not unique to Microsoft. It’s not even unique to tech, though tech really, really wants to believe it’s a meritocracy.

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  13. beb said on April 12, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    Rep. Ilhan Omar is in trouble again for something she said that is being quotes out of context. Speaking at a Muslim conference she was noting how millions of Muslims were being made to suffer for what a small number of people did 18 years ago. She wasn’t being dismissive of the thousands who died on 9-11. Rather she was noting how all Muslims were suffering for the bad acts of a handful of individuals. And it’s not that she’s speaking thoughtlessly. She’s speaking directly and in the language of the day. It’s just so easy to take a phrase out of context and make it look bad. And it happens to her a lot because she’s a woman, a Muslim and a Hadji wearing Muslin at that. It’s a disgrace that this is happening.

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  14. Scout said on April 12, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    While National Security is of concern, the security of the Orange Hellbeast is pretty meh for me.

    Also at TPM – doom & gloom. We really are living through a dark age.

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  15. JodiP said on April 12, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    beb, I had to laugh when I saw your comment–which overall I really appreciate.

    Hadji is a term term of respect for Muslims who have made the pilgrimage to Mecca. I think the word you were looking for is hijab, which is the headscarf worn by some Muslim women. So, I had this image of a person on Ilhan’s head! (I really want this comment to come off as kind, and to thank you for the inadvertant chuckle. It’s so hard with just the written word!)

    I won’t be checking in this weekend–busy doing fun stuff, including potting up seedlings so they can grow on for the garden.

    Excited for Wednesday, when my honey and I leave for Sedona!

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  16. Scout said on April 12, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    I’m excited for you to go to Sedona too! It’s one of my favorite places on earth. Be sure to visit the Stupa – https://www.tara.org/stupas/sedona-arizona/
    The best crystal store is Crystal Magic.
    The hiking will be amazing this time of year. There are some good trails near the Stupa (Thunder Mountain area).
    If you do a jeep tour, we like Red Rock Western / Earth Wisdom.
    Tlaquepaque is the coolest shopping spot.
    The Hideaway House is a really good pizza/Italian place with amazing views.
    The Chocolatree has delicious raw/vegan food and a charming garden patio.
    Nearby downtown Cottonwood is charming. You can do wine tasting there or go down Page Springs Road where there are several really nice wineries with tasting rooms.
    Best spot to hang out and drink craft beer and eat free popcorn and peanuts is Oak Creek Brewery – 2050 Yavapai Dr.
    Drive up through Oak Creek Canyon – hike West Fork Trail. It’s along a creek that you cross multiple times. Do that one on a weekday though, it’s too crowded on weekends.
    Take a zillion pictures.

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  17. ROGirl said on April 12, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    I had a really rough day at work, and this was just what I needed to lighten my mood.


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  18. Deborah said on April 12, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    Gah! I had my first car accident today, after 54 years of driving (since I was 14). It was totally my fault, I was trying to get into the left turn lane from the middle lane and completely didn’t see a big old SUV in the left turn lane behind me. I sideswiped him, we could barely even find what damage I did to his car, only a left fender bent on mine and lost my left rearview mirror, but everything runs fine. I was so shaken up and LB too, she was in the passenger seat. Everyone couldn’t have been nicer, the cops who came to the scene were calm cool and collected, the driver of the vehicle I hit was conciliatory and pleasant. It shook me up to the point that I couldn’t think straight, couldn’t find the registration and insurance papers properly. I think it was obvious to everyone that I was a wreck after the collision, not the cars. I have learned my lesson, when I come back from Abiquiu after 3 nights there, I have so many errands to run in Santa fe that I’m kind of manic. I also hate, hate, hate to make left turns and right now I feel like I’ll never make another one again.

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  19. Julie Robinson said on April 12, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    Deborah, I’m so sorry. I’ve only been in one accident, other person’s fault, but I remember that feeling. Our son was four, and focusing on keeping him calm actually helped me.

    On a lighter note, one time a woman pulled out in front of me with a left turn and I had to jam on my brakes. I was relieved I hadn’t honked when I realized it was my mother-in-law. When I told my hubby, he was shocked that she made a left turn at all. Apparently when he was younger, she would drive miles out of her way to avoid left-turns.

    On a darker note, I just read the saddest Go Fund Me, from someone I was at school with. She is an adjunct professor, husband a Chicago schoolteacher fighting cancer. It’s been grueling and he ended up losing a lung with lots of complications, but his insurance is running out so they will have to bring him home from the rehab center and provide all his care themselves. Not only that, next year he goes on Medicare and they will have to pay for her health insurance, since as an adjunct she gets zero benefits. What a screwed up country we live in.

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  20. Deborah said on April 12, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    Some of the errands I was so manic about accomplishing today was (were?) getting our seedlings under control because LB and I don’t know what in the heck we’re doing. In London I got LB this cute little gizmo that makes seed pots out of newspaper. We followed the directions about process and timing and now we’ve got all of these seedlings that are growing out of control and we’ve got an entire month before we can plant them outside. I went to buy some regular pots and potting soil, fertilizer etc to try to make this work. I mean seeds are cheap and if this doesn’t work it’s not that big of a deal, it’s just so disappointing if this isn’t successful for our container garden efforts.

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  21. beb said on April 12, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    JodiP — Missed it by “that” much. (Holds fingers a millimeter apart.) Thanks for the correction. I was never a good speller and with age it’s only getting worse. Glad I brightened your day.

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  22. Colleen said on April 12, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    Sherri, there was a post on Facebook from Fort Wayne’s conservative radio station (WOWO)that noted a 37% pay gap in Indiana between men and women. To. A. Person, the comments were all along the lines of “fake news”, or that women don’t work in high paying professions, or my fave, Indiana is full of people with traditional values, so women stay home with the family instead of going out and working.

    I should never read the comments….

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  23. Sherri said on April 13, 2019 at 12:04 am

    I know, never read the comments. Sometime, you can’t help yourself. Today I was reading about the Congressmember who was walking Jamie Dimon through the finances of an employee in his bank in Irvine, CA, and how it was impossible to make ends meet on her salary. The comments were all “she should move somewhere cheaper” or “she should get an education and get a better job.” Which leaves the question, who is supposed to work those jobs in Irvine?

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  24. Dexter Friend said on April 13, 2019 at 1:06 am

    54 years with a clean record is amazing, Deborah. I have been driving for 52 years and have been in quite a few fender-benders and a half-rollover and even a wreck in which the rear half of my ’80 Chevy Citation was compacted totally over the right rear wheel when a huge truck smashed into it. The only incident with a bit of humor occurred in Fort Wayne in December, 1972. In those days, you went to a travel agent’s office for plane tickets, and I had gone downtown for a ticket to New York City via UAL. Anyway, going west on Washington Blvd., I saw a stunningly beautiful woman, blond hair flowing, dressed in a mini-skirt. I averted my eyeballs to gawk at her and slam-bam…I hit an elderly woman’s giant GM sedan. My VW was dented and needed attention, but was drivable. The elderly lady’s behemoth received a tiny scratch on the license plate. She was in a hurry; “you fix your car and I’ll fix mine!”, she blurted out, and that was that. It took 2 weeks to get my car back, fixed. In those days, body shops gave ya a loaner. My loaner was a horrible automatic-stick VW that had slow acceleration and no heater…it was December. I got my car back the day I left for LaGuardia from Baer Field.

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  25. David C. said on April 13, 2019 at 6:09 am

    Last year I rented a car with a lane departure warning system. It’s great. Until I drove that car, I didn’t think I’d need it. I have mirrors and they’re adjusted properly (most people’s aren’t, they’re turned too far inward). Now, I know my next car will have it. Who knows when that will be. Our car is five years old with only 26,000 miles on the odometer.

    I see from today in nn.c history that Moe passed away seven years ago. It seems almost impossible that it was that long ago.

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  26. basset said on April 13, 2019 at 8:09 am

    David, how do you adjust them?

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  27. Jakash said on April 13, 2019 at 11:36 am

    I’ve been driving for decades, but only learned about this rear-view mirror thing a few years ago. A couple [the max allowable! ; )] links below. Even though I now adjust them correctly, I’m among those who “miss being able to see their own car in the side mirrors.”

    “When correctly positioned, the mirrors negate a car’s blind spots. This obviates the need to glance over your shoulder to safely change lanes as well as the need for an expensive blind-spot warning system.” While this is true, I seldom trust it and still often glance over my shoulder. D’oh!

    “To adjust the driver’s side-view mirror, place your head against the left side window and set the mirror so you can just barely see the side of the car in the mirror’s right side.

    “To adjust the passenger’s side-view mirror, position your head so that it is just above the center console. Set the mirror so you can just barely see the side of the car in the left side of the mirror. If the vehicle is not equipped with remove mirror-adjustment controls, you may need assistance when properly positioning this mirror.”



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  28. Suzanne said on April 13, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    Jakash, that’s fascinating! I will have to try it. My husband freaks out because I turn my head when changing lanes but it’s what I was taught and what has saved me from ramming into someone more times than I care to mention.

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  29. Dave said on April 13, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    Jakash, we took a senior citizen’s driving course in Florida and that was the way they taught us to adjust our mirrors. It took some getting used to but it’s been over a year now since we took the course and it works well. I still take that quick glance before changing lanes, though.

    Car insurance in Florida is outrageous, it’s a no fault state and said to be the second most expensive state for insurance in the country. We got a small discount for taking the course but our insurance, with excellent driving histories, is about double what it was in Indiana.

    Reading comments usually leaves me with my head shaking.

    Dexter, I was in a wreck in 1967 with my buddy who was driving a Corvair. He rear-ended a Buick Electra 225, it put a scratch on the Buick’s bumper but made the front end of his Corvair look like an inverted V.

    Off topic but an article about Ti-Nehesi Coates’ father: https://www.huffpost.com/highline/article/now-we-re-talking/paul-coates/

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  30. Deborah said on April 13, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    My collision yesterday wasn’t because my mirrors weren’t angled properly, it was sheer stupidity on my part. I had a million things on my mind to get done and I didn’t have my schedule very planned out, I was bouncing around from here to there like a ping pong ball. I was criss crossing around the city to get things done in the most circuitous route possible, I realize now. When I needed to turn left and was in the wrong lane, I was just careless about checking to see if it was clear. I remember checking but it happened so fast, wham, and then it was over. I’m usually a super cautious and defensive driver, hence my 54 years with a clean record.

    Now I’m experiencing a bit of PTSD, we had to run an errand this morning, my husband was driving and I kept clenching my jaw and flinching. I don’t mean to make light of people who have experienced profound trauma like war etc, my reactions now are mild, obviously compared to what full blown PTSD must be like.

    I’m also a notorious backseat driver, have been all of my life, even before I could drive. My mother didn’t drive as many mothers I knew back then didn’t either. She used to constantly nag my dad about his driving which is probably where I got it from.

    Edit: I forgot to mention that the article Dave linked to about Paul Coates was facinating

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  31. David C. said on April 13, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    Jackash has it. I was taught in driver training to aim the side mirrors so you see the back corner of the car, too. I spent a lot of time craning my neck to check my blind spots until I slipped a disk in my neck and it didn’t crane so well anymore. Then I heard the method Jackash described on Car Talk. It was quite a revelation. It does take a while to get used to, but once you do you’ll feel a lot more confident on the highway. I still like the lane departure system. It’s belt and suspenders, but that’s OK with me.

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  32. Dexter Friend said on April 13, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    My daughter lives in Redland-Miami, Florida. She just now told me her insurance (she and her husband, both in their mid-40s) pay , for one SUV and a tiny Hyundai, $470 monthly. My wife and I pay about $280 , total, every six months. That is for full coverage on her Impala and basic coverage on my van, including both vehicles. This is roughly 10% of what they pay. Her husband said “It isn’t that we’re bad drivers, it’s that there are horrible drivers on every side of us.” No wonder he prefers to fly airplanes. Sheeee-itttt!~ He said Lady Luck or The Lord or something, anyway, was with him recently. He flys Hawker charters, mostly corporate executives, out of Miami Executive Aviation Airport near the Everglades. Shortly after V1, rotate, as the plane was climbing , in a flash he notices a great flock of birds dead-ahead. Apparently the ascending flock dived in unison as he had no time to adjust his angle of attack , and nothing happened. Ah, the joys of modern travel. I asked him if he had shit his pants and he said no way anything was getting past that puckered-up orifice. Ha.

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  33. LAMary said on April 13, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    My car insurance, for a 2016 VW golf wagon and a 2012 Subaru Impreza is $369 every month. That’s bundled with the homeowners insurance. I can’t change my carrier. Very few insurance companies do homeowners for hillside areas in CA any more. If I switch my care insurance I will lose the discount I get on homeowners.

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  34. Colleen said on April 13, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    I about dropped my teeth when we moved to Florida and switched the car insurance. Easily double what we were paying in Indiana. We are with USAA, and I have been with them for probably 25 years. Steve and I both have spotless records. I can’t imagine what the rates must be with a less than stellar record.

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  35. LAMary said on April 14, 2019 at 12:11 am

    Neither my son nor I have any tickets or accidents in the last 20 years. Still paying that outrageous amount. Allstate stopped selling homeowners insurance in CA a few years ago. After last fall’s fires a lot of other companies pulled out as well. I have Travelers. Between the registration fees and the insurance and the gas prices (four dollars per gallon again) owning a car is insanely expensive.

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  36. jerry said on April 14, 2019 at 3:37 am

    LAMary, Gas at $4 a gallon – I wish. By my calculation I’m currently paying $6.23 a (US) gallon. Mark you insurance for my wife and I to drive a Honda Jazz was about $200 a year, although that was before I wrote the car off in dazzling sunlight. God knows what we’ll have to pay when we replace the car.

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  37. Deborah said on April 14, 2019 at 9:22 am

    We pay about $600 a year for insurance on our Jeep in NM, which will now go up, of course. No car anymore in Chicago, boy we saved a bundle doing that. Also gas in NM near us is around $2.50 a gallon.

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  38. Sherri said on April 14, 2019 at 10:31 am

    We pay about $500/6 months for my 2014 Acura RDX, $400 for my husband’s 2010 Toyota Prius, and $375 for the 2004 Acura MDX my 24 year old daughter is driving. Gas is $3.15 at Costco, $3.35 elsewhere. My insurance went up after a parking lot accident a couple of years ago.

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  39. basset said on April 14, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    Just back from some extended driving, Nashville down to the Georgia coast to fish and go on a nature trip. Managed to avoid Atlanta for over twenty years but now I’ve been there three times in the last month or so… on the way down southbound 75 was completely closed for two hours due to a police chase and multiple wreck, on the way back six of seven lanes on 75 were closed for construction just north of downtown.

    Definitely would recommend the trip, though… B&B in St. Marys way down in the southeastern corner of Georgia, nature tour of Cumberland Island National Seashore, fishing was good till I fell out of the boat.

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  40. Julie Robinson said on April 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    bassett, talk about burying the lede! I think we need to hear a little more.

    And I hope to drive around Atlanta only one more time in life, when we move to Orlando for good. It’s a cluster.

    Homeowners’ insurance is also expensive in Florida. After one of the big hurricanes several companies pulled out of the state completely. With less competition, everyone else raised their prices.

    LAMary, is your insurance also high because of your son’s age? I think ours doubled when our son got his license.

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  41. basset said on April 14, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    the fishing, you mean? we were in a 21-foot boat, me, Mrs. B and the guide, throwing live shrimp on the bottom in about five feet of water next to a rock jetty. doing great on black drum and redfish, even a few whiting and one sting ray.

    Mrs. B was sitting up front and I was going down the side aisle, my balance is not real great anyway and I just put my feet too close together and overbalanced as the boat was rocking my way. don’t even remember falling, just landing on my back in the water and seeing the surface recede.

    survival reflexes kicked in and I swam up and got hold of the boat, worked around to the stern and tried to pull myself in but I couldn’t do it even with the guide’s help. started to get scared at this point, everything had happened too fast up till then.

    ended up sitting astride the motor while the guide raised it, then using a rope tied off to a cleat up front to work myself into the boat. lost my glasses and drowned a camera, had to buy some readers at the dollar store and have Jr overnight my spare pair from home.

    also in my pocket… Mrs. B’s jewelry, which we didn’t want her to wear and didn’t want left in the car at the boat ramp. her little wedding & engagement rings, a 3-diamond ring I got her a few years ago, and my mother’s engagement ring… all in a little pouch, pocket was velcro’d shut so they didn’t come out.

    couldn’t get the fall and sight of water over my face out of my mind for a couple days, though, and it still comes up.

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  42. LAMary said on April 14, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    My son is 25 and has a clean driving record. Not only that, he’s on the road touring as a merchandise guy for a band quite a bit so his annual mileage is low. He’s a good driver too.

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  43. Julie Robinson said on April 14, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Oh man, bassett. I wouldn’t have the upper body strength to pull myself out either. It was never great, but after my shoulder injury I’ve not been able to focus on it at all. But you saved the rings, and you’ve got a good story to tell!

    Mary, when our kids were away at college our company let us pause their insurance, I think they called it driveway coverage. It definitely helped. But you’ve probably explored all those options.

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  44. Deborah said on April 14, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    Basset, whoa! Lucky you didn’t lose the jewelry.

    I had a busy morning cleaning out the cabin after the dusty, windy days. We took the furniture outside, I dusted, swept and mopped, shook out the rugs. I don’t think the concrete floor has ever been this clean. Of course it’s going to be windy again later this afternoon, so it won’t last long. But as LB will tell you sweeping and cleaning floors is one of my favorite things to do, especially sweeping. I think it’s because it’s one of the few things you can do in this world that you can see instant progress and while I’m doing it I can imagine sweeping the republicans out. I have a friend who’s an avid gardner, when she shovels manure out over her flower beds she imagines doing that to the Republicans in congress, and of course the current administration.

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  45. Scout said on April 15, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    It is heartbreaking to see Notre Dame Cathedral on fire. Je suis triste.

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  46. Dexter Friend said on April 16, 2019 at 3:19 am

    I was saddened to see the oaken spire tumbling…it had no chance. I was taken aback as Brian Williams, on msnbc, reported as the fire was raging, how the Catholic leaders had already called for donations from the public to re-build. A day or so too soon, perhaps? Everyone knows the Catholic Church is one of the, if not the largest landowner in the world, and behind those huge walls in Rome resides massive wealth of treasures and documents of banks, investment agencies, billions of dollars right there. And yet, they call on the poor they say they are so concerned about to empty their purses to rebuild the iconic Notre Dame. What am I missing?

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