Shiny new surfaces.

A productive weekend, on the House Overhaul project. Alan took most of two days to clean out the garage, and the number of heavy-duty trash bags at the curb — oy. Me, I handled a Problem Closet, and added one bag to the lineup, and also did some basement tidying, so while I didn’t pull my weight equally, I did my part.

In between, I came up with little chores to do. Like finally taking some copper polish to the bowl I bought at an estate sale a couple years ago:

I was so amazed, I looked it up online, because the polishing revealed a previously undetectable maker’s mark; that’s a $200 beating bowl, made in France. I got it and another saucepan for around $15, as I recall. Surround yourself with beautiful, functional things, if you can. You don’t need a lot — one or two will do.

In other news at this hour, I cooled on “Genius: Aretha” as it went on. It did do an interesting job with the central relationship of her life — with her father — but like so many of these things, it was too damn long and the dialogue could grate. The last episode or two was all OK time to wrap this up, so we’ll put the actress in a fat suit and give her some needlessly expository speeches. Why is it so hard for screenwriters to listen to the way people talk and then try to duplicate it? And watching the animations of the song titles rising to the top of the charts were…ugh.

Now I’m just waiting for some inspiration to strike, and allow me to progress with my day, which is mostly filled with chores, but oh well. Fortunately, I have some bloggage:

Mother of six fatally shot in road-rage attack. Yeah, this is perfectly normal and just collateral damage from all this freedumb:

Officials said they responded around noon to a report of a person shot on Interstate 95 in Lumberton, N.C., about 125 miles from Charlotte, N.C.

They discovered Julie Eberly, 47, of Manheim, Pa., had been shot through the passenger door of the vehicle her husband, Ryan, had been driving. She was taken to Southeastern Health in Lumberton, where she later died, the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office said. Mr. Eberly was not injured.

The couple celebrated their anniversary this week, Sheriff Burnis Wilkins of Robeson County said on Facebook. They were headed to Hilton Head Island, S.C., for a getaway, the sheriff said.

The story says they had a close call during a merge, so the other driver came around to the passenger side, rolled down his window and let fly. No suspects yet.

The Man With Ohio’s Most Punchable Face, Josh Mandel, was a participant in this so-called “Hunger Games” competition for the favor of the Lord of Mar-a-Lago as the Buckeye State’s Senate race heats up:

The contenders — former state Treasurer Josh Mandel, former state GOP Chair Jane Timken, technology company executive Bernie Moreno and investment banker Mike Gibbons — had flown (to Mar-a-Lago) to attend the fundraiser to benefit a Trump-endorsed Ohio candidate looking to oust one of the 10 House Republicans who backed his impeachment. As the candidates mingled during a pre-dinner cocktail reception, one of the president’s aides signaled to them that Trump wanted to huddle with them in a room just off the lobby.

What ensued was a 15-minute backroom backbiting session reminiscent of Trump’s reality TV show. Mandel said he was “crushing” Timken in polling. Timken touted her support on the ground thanks to her time as state party chair. Gibbons mentioned how he’d helped Trump’s campaign financially. Moreno noted that his daughter had worked on Trump’s 2020 campaign.

The scene illustrated what has become a central dynamic in the nascent 2022 race. In virtually every Republican primary, candidates are jockeying, auditioning and fighting for the former president’s backing. Trump has received overtures from a multitude of candidates desperate for his endorsement, something that top Republicans say gives him all-encompassing power to make-or-break the outcome of primaries.

And the former president, as was so often the case during his presidency, has seemed to relish pitting people against one another.

Of course he does. He’s that kind of asshole.

Posted at 8:45 am in Current events, Same ol' same ol' |
 

96 responses to “Shiny new surfaces.”

  1. Suzanne said on March 29, 2021 at 9:16 am

    That copper bowl is lovely!
    I love a good deal. This weekend I visited a Goodwill store for the first time in months. I needed a new dress. I do love the thrill of the hunt but with resale, you have to know your brands and look for stains, etc. I found a fun peasant style dress that is loose fitting (hide those flaws) and fit well. Never heard of the brand but what the heck, I liked it so I bought it. The brand is “Free People” so I looked it up when I got home and discovered that their dresses run well over $100 brand new. I paid $13.99 for the dress and it is in mint condition. Win! The other dress I got was J Jill brand, which usually run between $50-$100 brand new, for $13.99 and in mint condition. Win again!

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  2. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on March 29, 2021 at 9:35 am

    I watch this and I think Jake LaMotta, that closing scene of “Raging Bull”:

    https://www.mediaite.com/news/do-you-miss-me-yet-trump-crashes-mar-a-lago-wedding-reception-uses-toast-to-rag-on-biden/

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  3. Deborah said on March 29, 2021 at 9:36 am

    That lovely bowl looks like a Mauviel, I have a piece that I got on a discount because it has a tiny flaw that took me a year to find. I use it as a tub to wash dishes. And I got two more of their pieces on e-bay. They’re all in Abiquiu, I love the way copper-ware looks hanging on the wall pegs there. Yes I have to polish it all, but I have plenty of time for that when I’m there.

    I love it when I get a good deal, but I never seem to find super deals like some of you do.

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  4. Icarus said on March 29, 2021 at 9:46 am

    I’m signed up to get the vaccine tomorrow at Northwestern. Deborah, wanna get a donut?

    Over the years we have found a lot of great finds at Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc. We use to frequent the SA in Lincoln Park because rich people toss out a lot of good stuff once it bores them, but the prices are now more ridiculous. We still find a few good things but not the bargains they use to be.

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  5. Jeff Borden said on March 29, 2021 at 9:49 am

    We watched a couple of the streaming service Oscar-nominated films and enjoyed them both.

    “The Trial of the Chicago 7” is pretty much just brilliant. Well-written and beautifully acted by a great ensemble. Sasha Baron Cohen kills it as Abbie Hoffman, but Mark Rylance’s take on William Kunstler was my favorite. The courtroom dialogue is verbatim from the transcripts. It never disappoints.

    “Da 5 Bloods” shows Spike Lee at his best and, wow, whatta a cast. It’s Delroy Lindo’s movie, but the entire ensemble is pretty great. It could’ve been shortened a bit, but it’s a helluva ride. Definitely worthy of the accolades.

    I’m receiving the second Pfizer shot in a few hours so we’ll both be fully vaccinated. As much as it’s a relief, cases in Illinois are soaring again primarily in the 18- to 48-year-old category. Everyone is tired of this shit, I guess, but we’re going to take our foot off the brake too soon and might well be right back in the soup if Europe is any indication. Patience and self-sacrifice are in short supply these days.

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  6. Julie Robinson said on March 29, 2021 at 10:31 am

    Suzanne, you must be shopping the boutique section at Goodwill, paying those kind of prices! For many years most of our clothes came from thrift stores (anyone remember the Bargain Box?) and it’s still where I tend to look first. Now it’s trendy because it’s environmentally friendly too. Guess we were pioneers.

    We too are purging left and right because the big move is approaching. We’re taking some clothes, family photos, and not much else.

    Am currently watching IU introduce their new coach Mike Woodson. He’s a former player from the glory days, and the first thing he did was to invoke the name of his coach, Bob Knight. This will make the true believers very happy. I’m giving my attention to the IU women, who made the Elite Eight, unlike their male counterparts who didn’t even make the cut into the tournament.

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  7. Heather said on March 29, 2021 at 10:50 am

    My greatest find was a partial set of dinnerware from Crate & Barrel I’d fallen in love with while working there but didn’t feel like I have the money to buy, even with my discount. Then the company that made them went out of business and I was kicking myself for not doing so. I’m not a big thrifter, but one day a few years ago I was walking past my neighborhood Salvation Army and I swear a little voice told me to go in. There was a set of salad dishes, mugs, and teacups/saucers in the pattern. I couldn’t believe it! Later I found some dinner plates on eBay. It’s not that hard to find pieces on eBay and Etsy, but I’m still so tickled by the original trove, which was of course also super cheap.

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  8. Jenny Derringer said on March 29, 2021 at 11:02 am

    The candidates will continue “jockeying, auditioning and fighting for the former president’s backing” as long as that man is still alive. And considering his diet, that shouldn’t be too long.

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  9. Deborah said on March 29, 2021 at 11:08 am

    Would love to Icarus. What time? How about Stan’s at Erie and Fairbanks, a couple of blocks south of where you’ll be.

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  10. David C said on March 29, 2021 at 11:18 am

    The great donut debate of 2021 has been one of the more ridiculous social media range wars of this year. I think the (royal) we’re too fat side is losing pretty badly. Maybe they should give away a bag of carrot sticks for getting a vaccine and make it a contest. It’s all academic to me. The nearest Krispy Kreme is 75 miles away in Milwaukee. I don’t think I’d drive even five miles for a good dunut let alone a Krispy Kreme.

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  11. Deborah said on March 29, 2021 at 11:20 am

    Here’s the Mauviel pan I use for washing dishes in Abiquiu https://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/mauviel-hammered-copper-jam-pan/ I paid less than half the price shown. Still a lot for a dish pan, but for me it’s like a work of art hanging on the cabin wall. I can’t imagine making that much jam, but I guess if you have a lot of fruit trees and canning jars, why not.

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  12. Suzanne said on March 29, 2021 at 11:21 am

    Julie, I LOVED the Bargain Box! I shopped there all the time. I still have the little velvet dress with a white collar that I bought for my daughter there. I simply can’t part with it. I had all kinds of designer clothes from there for next to nothing.
    Yes, my Goodwill dresses were “boutique” and I kind of hesitated spending $13.99 for used clothes but then I thought about how I couldn’t buy that kind of quality new. There was a nice Land’s End dress for $5.99 that I almost bought but the fit wasn’t as good.
    I have 3 Nordic Ware bundt pans that I bought at Goodwill and never paid over $5 for any of them, 2 of which appear to have never been used. I also bought a nice salad spinner there for $3 and a Calvin Klein long wool winter coat for $25.00. Oh, and a couple of years ago I got a beautiful cashmere wool Talbots sweater for something like $4.99 and a Neiman Marcus sweater for the same price. Both in perfect condition.

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  13. JodiP said on March 29, 2021 at 11:35 am

    That copper bowl is so beautiful!

    Julie, with your purging, you are doing your family a huge favor. I just chatted with a co-worker whose in-laws left for Montana on Saturday to live with their daughter. When my co-worker and her husband arrived to help them load up, the mom was sorting through pens and deciding which ones to keep! And had cassette tapes of hooked on phonics from 35 years ago.

    We have a FB buy nothing group in our neighborhood and I keep finding stuff to give away that we’re aren’t using.

    I have a darling 60’s little black cocktail dress I bought at a vintage store in the mid-nineties. I am pretty sure I’ve written about it here–I wear it about once or twice a year. Or I did in the before times. I think I know what I’m wearing for my birthday dinner in June!

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  14. Icarus said on March 29, 2021 at 12:03 pm

    Deborah, that sounds good. I get jabbed at 9:45 and I think I’m supposed to wait a few minutes to make sure all is well? Should we try 10 or is 10:15 more likely?

    PS I sent you an email that I had for you from 2016.

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  15. Julie Robinson said on March 29, 2021 at 12:05 pm

    Suzanne, most of my kids dress clothes and winter coats came from the Bargain Box–those Junior League ladies bought quality. I should say I never found boys’ play clothes secondhand, and of course, I figured out why pretty quickly, since they were only good for the rag pile after Matt wore them. I finally started sewing little pants for him with triple layers at the knees, but he didn’t care if I put patches on the others, so it all worked out fine.

    Jodi, we have learned the hard way from my hoarder sister and mother. We’ve finally given up on the idea of Mother getting stuff sorted through. She’ll have to hire a moving truck and rent yet another storage unit. She can afford it, but it’s heartbreaking to watch her cling to hundreds of boxes of junk.

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  16. Deborah said on March 29, 2021 at 12:20 pm

    Icarus, I’m not seeing an email, so you might have an old address I don’t use anymore, and can’t access because I don’t remember my password. But I’ll be at Stan’s at 10-10:15 tomorrow. I’ll be the old lady with white hair, wearing black, which I’m getting sick of, as we move into warmer weather.

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  17. Jeff Borden said on March 29, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    Baseball fans in the NN.C orbit. Please write to MLB and demand the All-Star Game be relocated from Atlanta in the wake of the Jim Crow voting law.

    People might sneer at boycotts, but boy howdy, they worked in North Carolina during the great transgender bathroom debate a few years ago. The NBA took back the All-Star Game from Charlotte. The Atlantic Coast Conference relocated every single college tournament to a different state. And businesses dropped expansion plans and relocations to N.C. the tune of an estimated in $600 million in losses. (I believe Indiana also lost tens of millions because of its anti-LBGQT “religious freedom” law.)

    Here’s the address:

    Rob Manfred
    Commissioner of Baseball
    75 Ninth Avenue, 5th Floor
    New York, NY 10011

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  18. Scout said on March 29, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    I love love love that copper bowl. I am a bowl freak and I collect bowls because I like functional art.

    My go-to thrift store is Savers, which benefits The Boys and Girls Clubs here in AZ. I get Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, JJill, and Chicos stuff there for next to nothing. I usually take a bagful of stuff with me to donate before I shop. When each pair of jeans or a top costs less than a cup of coffee, I figure I get my money’s worth out of them after I’ve worn them a few times. When I find an especially good piece I’ll keep it until it wears out, but I recycle most of it and get a new wardrobe every couple of months.

    Saving on clothes allows us to splurge on stuff like a new (to us) 2018 Subaru Forester that we bought this weekend and already took on it’s first breathtaking off road adventure: https://azoffroad.net/castle-hot-springs-road . We dirtied up the meticulous detailing the second day we had it but it was so worth it!

    I get my second Pfizer jab today. Who knew I’d ever be so excited to get a shot in the arm?

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  19. Jeff Borden said on March 29, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    And here’s the address of the state agency overseeing Georgia tourism.

    Pat Wilson
    Commissioner
    Georgia Department of Economic Development
    75 Fifth St. N.W., Suite 1200
    Atlanta, GA 30308

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  20. David C said on March 29, 2021 at 12:55 pm

    I’ve just had the most surreal hour of my life. My sister texted me to call our mom right away because mom thinks I’m dead. So when I call and say hi mom’s all bright and sunshiny and says “I was just thinking about calling you”. I didn’t think it was wise to tell her she just told my sister I’m dead. She’s been having short term memory formation problems for a while. She had it really bad about four years ago along with gastrointestinal problems. So she went to a gastroenterologist and he did an endoscopy and said he knew what the problem was. He diagnosed her with pernicious anemia. She started getting B-12 injections and her memory cleared up like throwing a switch. After a few months of injections, they switched her to oral B-12 and she’s been going down hill ever since. If that’s a coincidence or not, I don’t know. I ask her and our dad if they’re checking her B-12. They’re both “I guess so” with a shrug. My sister gets no further. They won’t let my sister go to doctor appointments or be added to the list of who the doctor can discuss their condition with. We’ve all had our jabs so in six weeks I can go visit them for the first time in a year and a half. Maybe my sister, my brother, and I can get through to them all together and in person. I have my doubts though. They’re both stubborn as they can be. I’m four hundred miles away and feeling pretty useless to do anything to help. Parents.

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  21. alex said on March 29, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    David, another thing they should check for is UTIs. I’ve been through this with my mother and I know a lot of other people who’ve had the same experience. UTIs can cause temporary dementia in the elderly and it’s one of the things that should be ruled out whenever someone’s having such an episode.

    As for Goodwill finds, my partner likes shopping there and is always finding me nice stuff. For $12 he snagged me a suede jacket in immaculate condition, Roundtree & Yorke label which is Dillard’s house brand, and I love it.

    Speaking of lucky finds at the Goodwill: https://www.wane.com/news/oklahoma-goodwill-employee-finds-42000-in-donated-sweater/

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  22. Julie Robinson said on March 29, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    Alex, you’re so right about the UTI’s. Several friends have gone through that with their moms, and having had a few I know it personally. I think by my second or third one my husband diagnosed it before me, because I was in brain fog. One friend’s mom hated having to go pee all the time so she stopped drinking water. Then she was both dehydrated and developed a UTI, and became delirious. I take cranberry supplements now, and fingers crossed it’s been more than five years without one.

    Cold but sunny today. Looking at gardening books.

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  23. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on March 29, 2021 at 1:28 pm

    Jeff B., I’m glad someone else appreciated the understated way Rylance played William Kunstler in “Chicago 7.” Cohen’s Hoffman was very, very good, but the way Rylance held that cast together and delivered the lines had me watching a second time just to focus on his performance.

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  24. LAMary said on March 29, 2021 at 1:42 pm

    I drink sparkling water 2/3 water, 1/3 cranberry juice, the straight stuff not cranberry cocktail. That’s been working for me for quite a while. Thank goodness.
    I got lots of pricey baby clothes and little kid clothes as gifts when my sons were little and those all went to the consignment store. So did the porta-crib and stroller and car seat. I’ve found good pans in the Out of the Closet store near me. They benefit Aids Project Los Angeles. I’ve unloaded a lot of stuff there too. I also sell things on my Neighborhood site. My over generous brother tends to go up a few notches from what I tell him I’d like for Christmas. Two years ago I was broke and he sent me a 700 dollar blender. I lie to him about using it. It got sold fast. This year I got a three hundred dollar combo toaster oven air fryer. It’s still in the box. I haven’t made up my mind about what I’m going to do with it yet. I’ve sold bread machines, juicers, ice cream makers. He lives a thousand miles away, thank goodness. On the other hand, last year he sent me one pan made by a company called Made In. That gets lots of use. I know it was not cheap but it wasn’t All Clad, either. He loves buying kitchen stuff. He has a closet in his house with at least 8 coffeemakers in it. Not cheap ones. He has another closet full of light bulbs and another full of toilet paper. He was a toilet paper hoarder before the pandemic. A trailblazer.

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  25. LAMary said on March 29, 2021 at 1:56 pm

    Just saw your facebook posting about the Aretha bio and your problem with expository dialogue. It made me think of a friend’s books. He has had two books published, one in the process. His expository dialogue is total crap. He is an old friend and he sends me galleys electronically. One’s in my in box now and I am making lots of excuses about not reading it. His first book was a novel based on a minor 19th century historic person. I hated it. I lied to him (seems to be my theme today, lying to my brother, lying to my friend)and said I liked it. Second book slightly better. Not as much dialogue. I fear for this third one.

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  26. Suzanne said on March 29, 2021 at 2:04 pm

    My husband & I loved “The Trial of the Chicago 7”. I was too young when all that went on to understand any of it, so it filled in a lot of history for me. I knew the name Bobby Seale but really knew nothing about him except that he was part of the Black Panthers. The names of the other defendants were familiar, too, but I was 10 when all that happened so had no idea what it was all about.

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  27. LAMary said on March 29, 2021 at 2:14 pm

    I remember when Abbie Hoffman scandalized the right wing by wearing a shirt made from the American flag. You can’t deface the flag that way! Now you can put trump’s face on it, make an entire ensemble from it as long as you’re a right winger.

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  28. Deborah said on March 29, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    We liked the Chicago 7 movie too. I think I may have mentioned here that my husband went to the trial and heard Abby Hoffmann give one of his speeches. He said that Hoffmann was more electric than Baron Cohen made him sound, but we enjoyed it. I sat in on a trial that Judge Julius Hoffman presided over a few years after the Chicago 7 trial, he was an asshole.

    I was out for a walk and on my way back I stopped at a shoe store in the Hancock building that usually has very pricey shoes, but I saw the sale sign and couldn’t resist. I got a pair of shoes there for $25!! After saying I never get super deals.

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  29. Jakash said on March 29, 2021 at 2:33 pm

    We were introduced to Mark Rylance’s fine acting in “Wolf Hall,” in which he portrayed Thomas Cromwell very effectively.

    Time for my annual rant about Netflix, which I’ll abbreviate, much to the chagrin of all! As far as I can determine, there has been no DVD of “The Trial of the Chicago 7” released, nor a date for it announced. Having Oscar-nominated films from September only available to view for 3 weeks in “select theaters” during a pandemic and then strictly on Netflix is an outrage. Harrumph!

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  30. Mark P said on March 29, 2021 at 3:50 pm

    Jakash, we can’t get broadband. Every time my wife and I see some interesting sounding movie ad, I have to tell her it’s streaming (“What’s that?”) so we can’t watch it until it’s on DVD. We are signed up for the abominable Musk’s STARLINK, which may remedy that.

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  31. LAMary said on March 29, 2021 at 4:12 pm

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/michigan-gop-chair-calls-top-democratic-women-witches-and-quips-about-assassination-of-republican-congressmen/ar-BB1f27Ek

    Michigan has it’s own Josh Mandel.

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  32. alex said on March 29, 2021 at 4:33 pm

    The one day I forget my cellphone at home. So I get a call from the police at work telling me that my parents have been in a car accident. They’re not hurt but the car’s totaled and so are the two other vehicles that beaned them when they apparently made a left turn against traffic.

    I’m sure they don’t want to hear it but they shouldn’t be driving and we’re going to have to stage an intervention here sometime soon.

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  33. LAMary said on March 29, 2021 at 4:39 pm

    Scout, I have a thing for pitchers. Do you like porcelain?I have a fabulous white porcelain bowl. I think it’s made in Italy and the porcelain is thick. It’s huge. Mostly in depth huge, not width. I bought it at a garage sale at least 15 years ago and I’ve never used it, but I look at it and think if I ever have a buffet for 20 it would be great for salad. Or if I want to make a huge loaf of bread and need a bowl large enough for the dough to have room to rise, I’m good. It’s on a high shelf with earthquake wax on the bottom so when things shake it won’t crash to the floor, or worse, bean some household member.

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  34. JodiP said on March 29, 2021 at 4:41 pm

    Alex, I am sorry to hear about the accident, and glad to hear your folks weren’t hurt. I think getting older folks to stop driving is one of the hardest tasks of helping our parents. I wish you the best on that.

    LAMary’s comment popped up as I was writing. I now know about earthquake wax. Brilliant.

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  35. Deborah said on March 29, 2021 at 4:48 pm

    S and I printed out our Covid immunization record from our Northwestern online chart. It’s not a handy card, but an 8 1/2 x 11 document. I printed 2 copies, one to keep with my passport and another to put in my wallet. Just to say I did it I’m going to get a free Krispy Kreme donut, there’s a KK shop in the loop area, I used to pass when I walked home from work, at least there used to be.

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  36. Julie Robinson said on March 29, 2021 at 5:39 pm

    Alex, I hope your folks are okay. As for driving, the insurance company may be your friend. After three small accidents, my MIL had to go through driving school in order to continue getting insurance. When she predictably flunked, she was mad, but at the company, not the family.

    The sad thing is she was the last of her group with a license and had been driving all her friends around.

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  37. basset said on March 29, 2021 at 6:01 pm

    We got the daily double on free doughnuts – one Krispy Kreme apiece for showing our vaccination proof (pictures on our phone of the vax cards) and another for me from Dunkin Donuts for giving blood. Or maybe it’s just Dunkin now.

    Mark P, I hear you on the broadband – lack of it is one major reason our house search has taken so long. “But they have Dish Network” and “they have Radio Shack internet” are two answers we really didn’t want to hear.

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  38. LAMary said on March 29, 2021 at 6:03 pm

    I have not driven in months because my cataract is bad and I would not want to be another driver or pedestrian on the street when I was behind the wheel. The cataract will be fixed soon and I am looking forward to not being dependent on the two males in the household to schlep me around.

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  39. David C said on March 29, 2021 at 6:09 pm

    Glad your parents are OK, Alex. Taking the keys away has got to be one of the hardest thing we have to do for/to our parents.

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  40. LAMary said on March 29, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    Taking keys away from drunks is hard too. Been through that a few times with boyfriends and family members. It’s not as permanent but your parents are less likely to take a drunken swing at you.

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  41. LAMary said on March 29, 2021 at 6:27 pm

    Deborah, didn’t you get a 3X5 CDC card when you got your vaccination? I think it’s from the CDC. It’s in my car and I’m not running outside to look and I may be wrong, but I have some government document I can show to prove I’m good. It might be a California state thing. I’ll check.

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  42. LAMary said on March 29, 2021 at 6:35 pm

    https://www.vesselfinder.com/?imo=9811000

    Compliments of the sea captain in my family.

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  43. LAMary said on March 29, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    The card is definitely from the CDC and Staples and Office Depot will laminate yours for you gratis.

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  44. Scout said on March 29, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    LAMary, I don’t have any porcelain bowls, but it’s funny you mentioned pitchers. I have a collection of Fiestaware pitchers on display on top of my cabinets. I had a couple of them and a friend noticed them and asked if I wanted the remainder of her collection. So now I have a nice display of them in varied hues of turquoise, teal and red.

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  45. David C said on March 29, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    I don’t know if every state has this but Wisconsin had an immunization registry. Every vaccination I’ve had since we got here is listed. I got my Covid vaccine earlier this week and it’s already listed.

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  46. Deborah said on March 29, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    When we got our last shot I forgot to ask about the card but I remember looking around for some info about how to get one and seeing none, but we got this sheet of paper that said how to get documentation from our my-chart online set-up. I have no idea how to go about getting a simple card now. It would be nice to have a simple card because I have a tiny wallet that fits in my pocket and the folded 8 1/2 x 11 document makes it way too thick.

    Today during my walk I stopped at Sur Le table to look at ceramic mixing bowls for using to make no-knead bread. I was pretty astounded to find that they had exactly zero bowls like that in stock. Why is that?

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  47. Julie Robinson said on March 29, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    The card we got here says it’s from the CDC and is just a little larger than a driver’s license or credit card so it does not fit in my wallet, or anyone’s, unless they are way oversized. It’s more than a little bit aggravating. You’re supposed to be able to get it on your phone but Mother’s didn’t work; every time I try it says wrong credentials. We’ll see if if works for me after my second shot.

    I also read that CDC doesn’t recommend laminating because there’s such a good chance we’ll need boosters. If you can get a good copy, laminate that.

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  48. David C said on March 29, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    Here’s a guide to the CDC card.

    https://thepointsguy.com/guide/cdc-vaccine-card/

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  49. Dorothy said on March 29, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    Alex I’m so relieved your parents are okay. Sorry about the cars. In the late 1990’s, a couple months after he had bypass surgery, my dad blacked out at the wheel and they hit a telephone pole. They were driving to my oldest brother’s house, only about 4 miles from their apartment. That was the last time he drove (mom never did learn how to drive). Mum was slightly injured, Dad was okay but quite shaken. We did not need to take away keys but we had all been considering how to approach him. And as far as leaving home without your cell phone…? In 2017 I went to a knitting guild meeting and realized on the way there that I had plugged in my phone to give it a boost. I forgot to grab it but I was only going to be gone about 90 minutes. My husband met me in the driveway when I got home as I got out of my car to let me know my phone started ringing like crazy right after I left. My family was trying to let us know that our Mum had died somewhat suddenly that evening. To this day I am obsessive about making sure I have my phone with me when I leave the house. In my mind, if I forget it again, I’m inviting a disaster of unknown force and size into my life. Irrational? Yep. But I don’t give two sh**s. That phone is always in my purse.

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  50. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on March 29, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    Deborah, because people have taken to baking bread at home during Covidtide!

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  51. Dexter Friend said on March 30, 2021 at 3:05 am

    Josh Mandel is a creep who is like Miller in many ways. He’s in-league with Jim Jordan, too, and believe me, in rural Ohio these two assholes are extremely popular. We do not want Mandel to be our Senator. I can’t stand the thought.
    I could watch the Aretha show but I developed a dislike for her, which I posted here a few years ago. She was despicable, doing thing like setting all her awards to the curb like Nance and Alan did with garage junk. A fan picked all the Grammies and stuff up and carted it all to the Motown Museum at least. But what rankled me was that Aretha was like Trump in that she stiffed everyone who worked for her, the whole gamut, plumbers and house help and groundskeepers, everybody. Yeah, that shit was in both The Freep and The News.
    Well, I got a final letter from Social Security stating Carla Lee’s status is now marked as final. It surprised me how much paperwork survivors get bombarded with at a passing, especially when the only benefit I got was the measly $255 payment which has not changed since Dad passed 20 years ago. Then the V.A. fucked up by not changing my disability award money; I was supposed to get a pay cut upon CL’s death, but I had to spend 90 minutes on the phone to find out the V.A. person sent me a letter saying everything was updated, when they never did anything to change it. So now I owe them back-money.
    I had to go to Toledo V.A. also for a blood draw, and the usually busy place was damn-nearly empty. Telehealth has taken over, except for lab work, it appears.
    Man, Lawrence O’Donnell lit into Deborah Birx tonight about lying about Trump’s studying data and really understanding the pandemic a year ago. He called her a liar about 10 times. Last evening Birx apologized for the botching of the Trump plan to downplay the dangers. She was complicit. L.O.D. showed her no mercy; I have never seen him so livid.

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  52. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on March 30, 2021 at 7:56 am

    I’ve met both Mandel & Jordan, and Josh makes Jim seem warm & cuddly in person by comparison. But on my most conservative day, any conversation you might ever get to have with Sherrod Brown I guarantee will be the highlight of the day. He is three times as personable and engaging as he comes across on TV, and if he’s with Connie, it’s totally a real human experience with smart, caring people who know a great deal about what government is actually doing, what it can’t do, and how to move policy but with people first and foremost.

    Dexter, would you believe the SS death benefit has been at that level since 1954? Something preachers and morticians know all too well. And yeah, the paper that keeps coming a year and more after a death is pretty wild. It does slow down, but it doesn’t seem to stop completely for longer than you’d think it should. Bless you as you’re sorting it all out. Then there’s scammers, and my dad dying a year ago but apparently still applying recently for unemployment, et cetera . . .

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  53. JodiP said on March 30, 2021 at 9:21 am

    Dorothy, in 2008, we had the same experience of not being available when my wife’s father died at 62 of a heart attack. We had cell phones, but definitely did not carry them around all the time. We were out for hours with our visiting niece enjoying the science museum and lunch. We got home to the message on our answering machine. The niece was supposed to stay overnight, but another aunt who was local was able to take her (niece lived over an hour away)

    My wife has never been able to return to the science museum because of this day.

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  54. LAMary said on March 30, 2021 at 9:26 am

    Deborah, Macy’s has been emailing sale info to me a lot lately and they have some bowls on sale. Until about a week ago.Mason Cash bowls as seen on Downton Abbey, were on sale. I bought a set of glass bowls, some French brand, lots of sizes nesting in each other. I like them for baking projects to get all my ingredients organized. The brand is Duralex.Anchor Hocking has a similar set.

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  55. Deborah said on March 30, 2021 at 10:19 am

    I’ll have to check out Macy’s. The one a couple of blocks away in Water Tower place closed, but I’m happy because a Target is supposed to go in there. The other Macy’s is in the Marshall Fields building, that’ll give me a good reason to walk down to the loop.

    I’m going to be meeting Icarus in a bit, I always like meeting nn.c peeps. When this pandemic is over and after we get the work done on a few things in our place I’m going to have a cocktail party here for the nn.c Chicago folks and anyone else from out of town who might want to come. This will probably not happen until the fall.

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  56. LAMary said on March 30, 2021 at 11:04 am

    Part of the package when you book your wedding at Mar A Lago. This and catching covid from the staff.

    https://tinyurl.com/yb33tx86

    and this: https://tinyurl.com/wx86enjc

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  57. JodiP said on March 30, 2021 at 11:13 am

    Sadly, Mary, the crowd laughed along with Trump, so I suspect they were thrilled he was there. Dunno. Also, I looked up Mason Cash bowls–they are all over the place! They are so beautiful. I don’t need more bowls, but if I did….

    We love buying pottery for serving dishes at art fairs. Of course, no new ones in 2020, but perhaps this year. I love seeing the table with the bowls and platters. Some we buy on vacation so they bring back wonderful memories.

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  58. LAMary said on March 30, 2021 at 11:21 am

    Mason Cash bowls are gorgeous. And freaking expensive. I had a big one, another gift, and I dropped it. But yes, they are very nice.
    Here’s the set of Duralex bowls I mentioned. I like them a lot. Since they stack like Russian dolls they don’t take up much room. Yes, you have to deal with Bezos. I’m sure they’re available elsewhere, but Amazon’s price is a good 20 bucks less. I know, I know. Just shoot me.

    https://tinyurl.com/3hktm68y

    and here’s the MasonCash bowl I broke.

    https://tinyurl.com/c8n2v5ak

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  59. Deborah said on March 30, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    I had a pleasant meeting with Icarus at Stan’s donuts. But it was one of the few times I’ve been in a public space sans mask, obviously you can’t eat a donut or drink coffee with one on. It was a little too chilly to sit outside. I got up to get cream in my coffee and forgot to put my mask back on to do that, I didn’t realize it until I was walking back to the table.

    My husband is on a zoom call and it’s driving me crazy because the sound is very echo-y. I don’t know why they don’t restart the meeting or something. Another problem with taking out all the walls in your place. I’m heading out soon as this call is going to go on and on.

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  60. Icarus said on March 30, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    It was a pleasure meeting you today Deborah. To give you an idea of how far apart we live, I just got home. My connecting bus was leaving as my train pulled into the Irving Park blue line station and the next one was 15 minutes out, so I walked home. No big deal since I need the exercise.

    It’s “nice” that my high blood pressure got me jumped in the line for the vaccine but now it’s time to get that under control.

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  61. Deborah said on March 30, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    I thought this was a good description of the twice impeached former guy (will be stated as TIFG from now on because it’s too much to type every time)at the wedding crashing from Twitter: The bride’s lifelong dream of being the center of attention on the happiest day of her young life, cruelly destroyed by the ramblings of a sweaty, syphilitic septuagenarian who grabbed the mic as he had grabbed so many women: clumsily, with small hands and flapping lips.

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  62. LAMary said on March 30, 2021 at 1:51 pm

    TIFG wasn’t wearing his height enhancing pumps at the wedding either.Looking about 5’11” to me. Not 6’4″.And he has small feet.

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  63. Bruce Fields said on March 30, 2021 at 2:06 pm

    We’ve made it easiest to live in a way that’s totally dependent on driving for work, social life, entertainment, and basic needs. How do we expect people to feel about giving up their car keys?

    This is one reason I’ll never settle down in a place without decent transit and some minimum level of density.

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  64. Scout said on March 30, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    “This is what he does now. He babbles at weddings. He complains. Whenever someone plays the song ‘YMCA,’ he magically appears like Beetlejuice. So he ended the speech by instructing the guests to violently storm the buffet table.” – Jimmy Kimmel

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  65. Dorothy said on March 30, 2021 at 2:42 pm

    Jodi @ 53 – I can identify. I went back to knitting guild meetings a few months after Mum died, but I felt nervous and jittery and uncomfortable. I just could not get past that. So I never went back. Sad but I could not handle the anxiety it created in me.

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  66. LAMary said on March 30, 2021 at 5:11 pm

    I have some sort endless music selection going on my tablet, I think geared to my age or something. But right now the long version of Light My Fire is playing. I remember thinking it was so cool. It really sucks. I was clueless at 14.

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  67. Dave said on March 30, 2021 at 5:17 pm

    She had her wedding reception at TIFG’s (I like that) resort/golf course/hide-a-way/joint, whatever. Who would do that if they weren’t a fan of his, unless her family has a lot more money than sense or maybe Daddy’s a big fan. Or something. Even if I had that kind of money, I wouldn’t go near the place. She might have expected something like this might happen or maybe she was hoping it wouldn’t. Still, she had her reception there. To me, that sums it up.

    I’ve probably said it before here but we made my father stop driving and then he couldn’t understand why he couldn’t go out and drive a few places. My brother said to give him the keys but I said it would be one thing if he kills himself but I couldn’t stand it if he killed or badly injured someone else. He had no business on the highway, that’s a certainty, and he was gone within another year. Alex, glad your parents accident wasn’t even worse.

    Mary, HA! I can’t hardly stand to listen to The Doors today and all their stupid lyrics, although I still like to hear “Break on Through”. Meanwhile, “Teach Your Children” by CSN&Y is playing in my background.

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  68. Sherri said on March 30, 2021 at 5:41 pm

    In my role as planning commissioner, I get letters. Today’s accused me (along with the rest of the commission, the city council, and the mayor) of raping Redmond, catering only to greed and big money, and covering the earth in concrete. Why? Because a suburban style single story strip mall will be demolished and replace with a multistory apartment over retail building. Said property is right across the street from where a light rail station is being built, set to open in 2024.

    Redmond has a 3 to 1 jobs to housing ratio. Now, I happen to know that this particular letter writer is a 90 year old woman who has lived here since 1970, so it’s not too surprising that she’s unhappy with change, but the evil part of me would like to ask this person who signed her letter The Reverend So and So exactly how a no room at the inn approach fits with her theology.

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  69. LAMary said on March 30, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    I live in an area that 35 years ago, when I bought this house, was sketchy. My little corner of it was artsy, but we still got gang graffiti, people shooting up in the park, cars stolen, car radios stolen, used condoms on the street. In the last five years the gentrification of the whole area; not must my hill but all of northeast LA has changed things a lot. Now we have a homeless problem fed by gentrification for sure. Someone who owned some little 600 sq ft house as a rental property found out he could sell it for 800k so the tenants got booted out. So now on the Neighborhood website I see postings like, “I moved her almost a year ago and now I have to deal with used condoms on the street and syringes in the park.” Sorry, a-hole. Your arrival did not make everything magically perfect. Same people complain when there is talk of building two shelters in the area for the homeless. I know it’s frustrating, but change is hard. If you’re happy in your cute little Craftsman bungalow, that’s great. But realize you’ve displaced someone who can’t afford to live anywhere within 50 miles.

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  70. Deborah said on March 30, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    I hear ya LA Mary, but as a young family of 3 wanting to live in the city of St. Louis, my ex and I had no options. I realize now that we were pioneers in the gentrification movement unknowingly. We had no idea what we were perpetuating, we really didn’t. We were just so happy to be able to afford a house. Now when I look back on it I get it but at the time we were clueless. It’s not something I’m proud of, I wish I had known, but alas, I did not.

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  71. Julie Robinson said on March 30, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    Our Orlando neighborhood has become hipster town and prices have gone way up. We thought we’d be able to help our kids find their own place, or my mom to get a condo, but we’re priced out. That’s why we’re building our little 700 ft addition, which is costing more than our entire 2300 ft with basement and two car garage on half an acre sold for. These are small, old homes and they all need work. It’s crazy.

    At least we didn’t displace others. The neighborhood changed as the original owners from the 50’s were dying or moving to nursing homes.

    Sherri, are you dreading opening your mail?

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  72. LAMary said on March 30, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    I switched the playlist and got Tracy Chapman singing Fast Car. What a good song. Followed by James Taylor Fire and Rain. I needed those this afternoon.
    I didn’t move here thinking I was gentrifying anything. We had Latino neighbors, white neighbors, old and young. None of us were rich by any stretch. They couple across the street wre both professors but not wealthy. The couple next door barely spoke English. He was a gardener, she was a house cleaner. Two sweet kids. The current owner makes pottery for show biz folks. Drives a Range Rover. The house across the street the profs lived in sold for a million five. I haven’t met the woman yet. She’s been there six months.

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  73. Sherri said on March 30, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    Gentrification happens when jobs move in and housing doesn’t keep up. Like so many things, it’s much less about individual choices and much more about systemic policy decisions that privilege existing SFH owners over everybody else, that make it difficult to add density.

    Julie, to top it off, I got a call from a staff member in the planning department warning me that I might get a call from an unhappy applicant. The applicant had berated her for 30 minutes and said she was going to call me and complain. The real problem is that there’s is nothing the city can do to make the applicant happy, because her fundamental problem is that it’s difficult to find someone who can lease to her regardless of zoning because federal banking laws. (She has one retail marijuana store and a license for another in Redmond, but has had trouble finding a place to rent.)

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  74. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on March 30, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    Sherri, you’re reminding me of how blessed I am with the staff in our planning department, who really work hard to keep applicants and disgruntled neighbors off our backs as citizen panel members (we don’t get paid or anything other than a nice certificate once every three years from village council). But it’s a small town and I’m in the book, and the paper, and online, so . . . what I get irritated by is not so much NIMBY as the “pull the ladder up” contingent, folks who get in on various narrow provisions or are given permission to do particular things, but then immediately turn and try to keep anyone else at all out, and deny neighbors on their block or neighborhood in general from getting the variance they received. They got into the magic clubhouse, and they want to pull up the ladder so no one else gets in. Our BZBA is not sympathetic to such arguments, but we do give any adjoining neighbor’s concerns serious consideration, even if we think it’s kind of childish or frivolous.

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  75. alex said on March 30, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    We’re going through a somewhat different sort of gentrification here. It’s suburban/exurban. Property values are going through the roof because we’re in a Black-free school district where there’s limited housing and high demand. Homes change hands before they even get listed, and that’s after a bidding war I’m not even sure how you’d get in on.

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  76. Sherri said on March 31, 2021 at 1:03 am

    Large overlap between the NIMBYs and the pull the ladder up people, in my experience. We’re just citizen volunteer commissioners as well, no pay, just lots of reading and meetings, but we’re also the formal public hearing body for zoning and comp plan changes, rather than council, so staff can’t really shield us. And that’s fine; I feel bad that the staff member, who didn’t know the full history with this applicant, took the abuse from her.

    Redmond punches above its weight in many areas, but it’s still a small town when it comes to politics.

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  77. Dexter Friend said on March 31, 2021 at 1:34 am

    Gaetz is a prize repugg, eh? https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2021/03/matt-gaetz-probed-for-possible-relationship-with-a-minor.html

    JMMO: I just missed Senator Brown by a half hour a few years ago as he visited our Toledo VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic. Oddly, when my step-grandson was hanging by a thread over an application to the Air Force Academy, based on a broken bone the potential cadet suffered, Del Latta’s boy Rep. Bob Latta’s staff was actually more helpful in dealing with the matter, as Senator Brown’s people never contacted any of our family about the situation. My grandson was ultimately rejected and ended up studying aeronautical engineering at OSU-Columbus.

    UCLA beat my Wolverines fair and square, no complaints. When all they had to do was make a shot, and they missed, that’s the way the cookie crumbles. A 1 point loss. 🙁

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  78. Julie Robinson said on March 31, 2021 at 9:14 am

    Reportedly Gaetz is considering resigning and joining Newsmax. How many disgraced politicians can Newsmax, OAN and Fox absorb?

    The death of the unrepentant G. Gordon Liddy has taken me on a trip down memory lane. In the early 80’s a TV movie based on his autobiography was filmed around my hometown area and premiered at the local historic theater. I’m betting few had read the book and there were a lot of shocked attendees during the scenes of him killing and eating rats as a young boy, among others. The town had laid down the red carpet and arranged for shooting in the most revered of historic buildings, and, well, they came across as yokels.

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  79. Deborah said on March 31, 2021 at 10:05 am

    I always thought Matt Gaetz’s name was pronounced “gets” but apparently it’s “gates”. I hope we can rid the airwaves of him, what a creep.

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  80. basset said on March 31, 2021 at 10:24 am

    And even more restrictive than NIMBYs are the BANANAs… Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anybody.

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  81. Jeff Borden said on March 31, 2021 at 11:26 am

    I try to avoid watching cable TV news from any source on general principal, but I’ve just laughed my butt off for several minutes watching video of Gas Mask Matt Gaetz visiting with Fucker Carlson last night. Jesus on a Popsicle Stick! You folks should check it out.

    Basically, Gaetz threw Carlson into the fan blades by spouting off about how Fucker, too, had been charged with sexual crimes and would know how it felt. A visible shaken Carlson responds it was a “mentally ill” viewer who he “never met” who raised the charge some 20 years ago. Later, Gaetz ropes Carlson in yet again by reminding him of a dinner they shared with Carlson’s spouse and Gaetz’s girlfriend. Once again, Carlson declares he has no memory of that event. It’s just hilarious.

    I’ve always figured Gaetz to be in the Lindsey Graham/Aaron Schock/Matt Foley camp. Clearly, I was incorrect.

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  82. Deborah said on March 31, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    I’m probably the last person on the planet who didn’t know about this, but are you all familiar with Duchess Goldblatt? I found out about her about a week and a half ago when Ann who comments here sometimes, posted about the Duchess on FB. Since then I’ve read every tweet she’s written and read the book about the creation of her, by the anonymous author. I love her avatar, the painting by Franz Hals in the National portrait gallery. Anyway I found the book funny and sad, but sad in a good way. I ordered the book from Amazon but forgot to change the shipping address so it got sent to Santa Fe, I was so curious I just ordered another copy and had it sent to Chicago pronto. LB is going to read the Santa Fe copy this weekend. The Duchess’s tweets are pithy and uplifting and there are many hilarious twists and turns. I have this theory that she fills a void in adults that Mr. Rodgers filled in children. She reassures us that we’re loved especially when we find that hard to believe. https://www.duchessgoldblatt.com/ check out her Twitter account too, it’s the best of Twitter.

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  83. Suzanne said on March 31, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    Until just now, I knew nothing about Duchess Goldblatt. Let us know how the book is, Deborah. It sounds interesting.

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  84. Deborah said on March 31, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    Suzanne, I finished the book this morning, it’s an easy read. I liked it, Lyle Lovett plays a big part in the story, he came to know her through Twitter and they got to know each other in real life. I always liked Lovett but would not call myself a serious fan at all. I like his “If I had a Boat” song. He is from Klein, TX, the first year I was married to my ex we lived in Spring, TX which is the next town over. My ex was a teacher at a Lutheran school in Spring, probably when Lovett was a student at the Lutheran school in Klein. The most interesting part of the book is how the author created the Duchess character as a way to bring herself out of depression after her husband left her, and she writes about her dysfunctional family, growing up. I really enjoy the tweets the best, she channels an 81 year old eccentric woman, they can be hilarious and quite touching.

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  85. Julie Robinson said on March 31, 2021 at 1:55 pm

    Here’s a NYT review of the Goldblatt book: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/07/books/review/becoming-duchess-goldblatt-anonymous.html. The reviewer assumes “she” is a gay man, but doesn’t know. Thanks for reminding me of it, Deborah, I’d forgotten I wanted to read it.

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  86. Bitter Scribe said on March 31, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    In “Down and Out in Paris and London,” George Orwell curses those copper cooking vessels:

    Those copper saucepans are the bane of a plongeur’s [dishwasher’s] life. They have to be scoured with sand and bunches of chain, ten minutes to each one, and then polished on the outside with Brasso. Fortunately, the art of making them has been lost and they are gradually vanishing from French kitchens, though one can still buy them second-hand.

    Note that the book came out in 1933.

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  87. beb said on March 31, 2021 at 8:25 pm

    Id only there were a 10 minute commuute from LA to Detroit. We have so many vacant houses. Probably close to a half dozen nice brick homes on our street alone. They would need in some cases a lot of repair from scrapers but the houses themselves are solid.

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  88. Dexter Friend said on April 1, 2021 at 2:09 am

    I always watched MSNBC before all the devices arrived a few years ago, and now I watch and listen all the time when no games or movies or the 6:30 national news are on. Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell are my faves, and Rachel had Alexandria Octavio-Cortez on. AOC is such an intellectual, Rachel let her go deep, deep into how the new infrastructure bill proposal is way too cheap, even though Biden is definitely going to have to negotiate with the repuggs to cut the cost down to get it passed. AOC is a true advocate for the poor renters who have to fight to keep the clean water in the home taps and to have heat and to have repairs done when needed to apartments. I have a Verizon unlimited data plan so I listen to msnbc a lot on my phone while in the car of moving around outside.
    Trump has been exiled to Devil’s Island! Have a great APRIL FOOLS DAY!

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  89. Suzanne said on April 1, 2021 at 10:29 am

    Another day, another shooting incident. This one didn’t even make the top headlines
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/03/31/orange-shooting-los-angeles-california/

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  90. basset said on April 1, 2021 at 11:15 am

    Reposting something I shared on here a few years ago, still one of the better April Fool’s Day pranks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27ugSKW4-QQ

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  91. ROGirl said on April 1, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    Last week it was in the 60s and 70s. Today it’s barely 30 degrees and snowing. And it’s opening day, only a small number of people allowed in the stadium, no crowds partying and tailgating downtown.

    My check came in the mail today, designated “Economic Impact Payment”. The last time it went directly to my bank account. The first one was accompanied by a letter signed by the former guy, which I shredded (the letter, not the check). No letter with this one.

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  92. Deborah said on April 1, 2021 at 1:25 pm

    Cold here in Chigago too. When I woke up this morning my weather app said the wind chill was 12. My allergies had already started to kick in, I suppose the daffodils around the city are all dead now.

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  93. Sherri said on April 1, 2021 at 4:10 pm

    Well, I finally have an appointment for a shot! I became eligible yesterday, and spent time searching for an appointment, finally tracking one down at a pharmacy in Seattle. Mine is next Tuesday, my husband’s is next Wednesday. It’s the Moderna vaccine, so an extra week to wait for the second shot, unless one of the mass vaccine sites we’re registered for comes through before Tuesday. My daughter, eligible through her work, is getting the J&J shot on Saturday.

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  94. Deborah said on April 1, 2021 at 6:14 pm

    LB is still waiting for an appointment, her age group was determined eligible yesterday or the day before. She’s registered 4 different ways now, through the NM health department, through Market Street, a local grocery store that has a pharmacy, through CVS which opened up to appointments only recently and the local hospital called St. Vincent’s (also known as St. Victims). Nothing has come through yet. Meanwhile S and I got our second shot a week ago so we have one more week ago before we’re considered safer. It will be good when that happens.

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  95. Julie Robinson said on April 1, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    D got his second shot today and mine is next week. Then later in the month we’re going to tempt the fates and board an airplane to Orlando. Double-masked.

    Indiana’s governor is lifting mask mandates soon and so is the local county health commissioner. Compliance is already horrible, but what do you expect in a red state like Indiana. Earlier this week a group of maskless parents visited a school board to pressure them to lift the mandate for the remainder of the school year. Happily, the board didn’t bend to the idiots.

    Deborah, my allergies have been wretched the last couple weeks too.

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  96. Heather said on April 1, 2021 at 8:26 pm

    This might get lost if Nancy updates soon, but I’d love to hear her take on the Grosse Pointe businessman who was financing a drug ring and constructing a submarine to ship cocaine. The story is behind a paywall.

    https://twitter.com/handschug_nick/status/1377762465153449986

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