Action-packed.

Kate and Alan had a father-daughter date Friday night, which left me on my own. So I ran an errand, had a solitary dinner at the bar of a spot I’ve never tried before, and went to a record release show in Hamtramck. Leaving around 11:30, I was rolling east on Mt. Elliott when a bunch of flashing blue lights were suddenly coming up fast behind. I pulled over, and three DPD units went by so at such a speed that I could barely catch that they were, indeed, DPD.

I got home, checked Twitter, and realized where they must have been headed: To the Crumbley manhunt, because news here doesn’t just happen, it warps and metastasizes and becomes SuperNews, a school shooting where the perp’s parents are accused of involuntary manslaughter and try to lam it, despite what their lawyers say. (The lawyers say they always intended to turn themselves in. They were simply “getting their affairs in order” and spending the night in an artist’s studio 40 miles from their home, nbd.)

Yes, it was a week where the news just didn’t quit. The Crumbleys iced the rancid cupcake. I’m sure you’ve all seen the pressers by now, the prosecutor explaining that the Parents of the Year not only bought their 15-year-old a semiautomatic handgun for an early Christmas present, they blew off school reports that young Ethan was exhibiting disturbing behavior and, on the day of the shooting, came to school for a conference and refused to take their boy home. And the school, for its part, didn’t exactly cover itself with glory by allowing him to go back to class without searching this backpack or locker.

This case is going to be with us for quite some time. I also have a feeling the gun people are simply biding their time and waiting until some of the spotlight has dimmed before they Well-Actually into a defense of the Crumbleys. It’s gonna be ugly.

Time will reveal more, but I’ll say, just to wake up on Saturday and see the entire family arrayed in mugshots, all occupants of the same county jail, was surreal.

Then I ran my Saturday-grind errands, had dinner with a friend and watched U-M win the Big 10 championship. So it was a good weekend after all.

Now it’s the week, and I have no energy. Half the people I know have Covid now, so I’m hoping it’s not a prelude to that. Pfingers crossed and pfaith in Pfizer, anyway. I’ve been careful, but not 2020-careful.

Fresh thread for now, and we’ll hope for something more stimulating in a day or two.

Posted at 9:20 pm in Current events, Detroit life |
 

53 responses to “Action-packed.”

  1. Suzanne said on December 6, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    This is horrifying, terrifying, disgusting, and truthful.
    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2022/01/january-6-insurrection-trump-coup-2024-election/620843/

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  2. Sherri said on December 6, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    A friend of mine went to Michigan to visit family for Thanksgiving, and was freaked out that nobody was wearing masks. (Everybody wears masks here.) She was hoping to see the Seattle Kraken play the Detroit Red Wings while she was there, because tickets were cheaper and easier to get in Detroit than Seattle, but once she got there and saw nobody wearing masks, she didn’t do it. She was able to get a booster while she was there, while it takes weeks to get a booster shot here.

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  3. Julie Robinson said on December 6, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    Suzanne, I’ve just finished the WaPo story of TFG coming into close contact with over 500 people after he was diagnosed with Covid and before he admitted it, and all I can say is OMFG. So, sorry, no more bandwith for him left today

    Sunday afternoon we baked cookies with two fifth graders; both fully vaccinated and part of families who are fully vaccinated. They arrived with their masks on and not once did I see either of them take them off or let them slide under their noses. For three hours. The kids have it figured out. And we had so much fun, until one of them got tired and said, “my fingers don’t want to move anymore”. Mom was there five minutes later.

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  4. Dexter Friend said on December 7, 2021 at 12:41 am

    Daddy Crumbley was sobbing in the Zoom-square news shot I saw on the news. I thought he was going to be stoic. Now in stir, he’s breaking. Since this is relatively new territory, any time the parents get sentenced to will be precedent. This is why I am hoping for a long stretch for them. The murderer can’t be executed, so he’ll be warehoused for what? 12 years maybe? He’ll be released some day I assume. Hell, John Hinckley is free as a bird these days.
    I drove past our local courthouse , 250 yards from my house, to see about 100 protesters with signs . They do not want a vax mandate. They hate Biden. A sign said “FUCK BIDEN”. The protest organizer said this protest was not political.

    The Text: —“One hundred or so people braved chilly temperatures and rainfall on Sunday afternoon to protest a vaccine mandate for health care workers that is now effectively halted.

    Sarah Pettit, a nurse at Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers-Bryan, started organizing the event last month, after the White House approved the mandate, which would have required vaccination against COVID-19 for all health care workers at facilities that receive funding from Medicare and Medicaid, including CHWC.

    Last week, federal judges blocked the order, but Pettit and others still rallied from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday to show disapproval for the mandate.
    By 2 p.m. protesters populated most of the northeast corner of the courthouse lawn in Bryan.

    “It’s a great turnout. I was expecting maybe half this size,” Pettit said, noting that people from as far away as Toledo and Fort Wayne, Indiana, made the trip to Bryan.

    Among the locals in attendance was Patti Rockey, chair of the Williams County Republican Central Committee.

    “This is not about politics,” she said. “It’s about an unconstitutional mandate.”

    Even so, many in attendance held signs in support of various candidates for state office, and one highly visible protester waved a flag with a near-expletive and an obscene gesture in opposition to President Joe Biden.

    Pettit said she was not thrilled with that and other off-color signs, but said the protest had been peaceful and positive.”—-END___—–text from The Bryan Times newspaper

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  5. beb said on December 7, 2021 at 3:10 am

    As far as I know the boy is going to be tried as an adult on first degree murder. In Michigan that’s Life without chance of parole. If convicted that boy won’t be free ever again.

    Withh the death of Fred Hyatt I wonder of the Washington Post will get more liberal or more consersative.

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  6. David C said on December 7, 2021 at 5:26 am

    The Crumbley’s mouthpiece was Larry Nassar’s mouthpiece. She’s a real shithole specialist.

    https://meaww.com/shannon-smith-teen-shooter-ethan-crumbley-parents-hire-larry-nassar-attorney

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  7. ROGirl said on December 7, 2021 at 8:46 am

    I have some news to share with the nnc community, and I will start with the good part. I am being released from the hospital today after having a mild heart attack last Thursday and Friday (they can evolve over time, as one of the doctors told me, they aren’t always just one event). I experienced the symptoms on Thursday (tightness across the chest, felt it in both arms), but they went away in a few minutes. I proceeded normally for the rest of the day and the next morning, but it started again when I got to work and sat at my desk. I went and sat in a dark room, called my doctor’s office, and made an appointment for that day. I was feeling a bit better, but it got worse when I tried to go back to my desk. I told my boss I needed to go to the doctor, he said whatever I need to do, I drove home carefully, experiencing a really bad headache with jaw pain, the stiffness radiating up my neck. I went to the doctor, and after telling him my symptoms, he said he was going to call the emergency room to tell them he was sending me over there. His office is a few miles from the hospital. I made a few calls on my way over, parked my car and walked into the emergency center. I told the doctor at intake that I was experiencing chest tightness and they took me for an EKG. After a wait, they took me for a chest x-ray. The doctor came and told me my EKG looked normal, and I thought things were OK. I waited some more, they took me to a room in emergency. They finally started treatment, taking my vitals and doing bloodwork. I’m not sure how long it took, but eventually a doctor came in and told me I was being admitted because I was having a heart attack. My heart enzymes were elevated, which is a marker for an event that could be a heart attack. That was the first time I heard of the tropopol enzyme. Needless to say I was shocked and confused. My lifestyle is pretty healthy, there have been no previous issues, how could I be having a heart attack? More to follow.

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  8. nancy said on December 7, 2021 at 8:52 am

    Sherri, your friend is correct: Masking is very much an afterthought in many parts of SE Michigan, and that includes hockey fans. However. I am noticing a red/blue divide here, wherein some venues where everyone is masked (like the record release thing I went to), and others where virtually no one is (a hockey game).

    Of course we are a national hot spot at the moment. I can’t stand it.

    Glad your friend was able to get boosted, though.

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  9. Deborah said on December 7, 2021 at 10:07 am

    Holy cow, ROgirl, quite an experience, glad you got help and they caught it. Take care.

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  10. Heather said on December 7, 2021 at 10:09 am

    Sending you good vibes, ROGirl, and hope you feel better soon–glad you didn’t wait on your symptoms.

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  11. LAMary said on December 7, 2021 at 10:27 am

    Still pretty much 2020 careful here and people wear masks in the few places I go. I haven’t heard of anyone I know having covid in a long time.

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  12. Julie Robinson said on December 7, 2021 at 10:36 am

    ROGirl, I’m so thankful that you listened to what your body was telling you. Work on your rehab and tell us more when you’re up to it. Sending you virtual hugs and healing vibes.

    Why would the Crumbleys hire Nassar’s attorney? He’s in jail for life. Methinks they aren’t the sharpest crayons in the box.

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  13. JodiP said on December 7, 2021 at 11:14 am

    ROGirl, I hope things continue to go well, and so glad you got treatment in time.

    The Foo Fighters cancelled a show here in Minneapolis because the venue (the U of MN stadium) didn’t require vax proof. Now they are playing at a much bigger venue–where the Vikings play.

    For weeks, I’ve known I need to be pulling back from public spaces. There are just 3 restaurants that require vaccination here. Our case count in my county has been super high all fall despite a rate of about 76% vaccination. I cancelled a coffee date with a friend this weekend for this reason. It just sucks.

    I think it’s really important to foucs on what we have control over and still include joy in our lives. One of my joys this week is that I began watching The Wheel of Time series on Amazon. I’m loving it–it’s just great brain candy! I read aobut 9 or 10 books of the series but got bored.

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  14. Suzanne said on December 7, 2021 at 11:31 am

    I am around way, way too many maskless people in any given week. Nobody wears masks here in NE Indiana. My county is stuck at about 36% fully vaccinated and the health commissioner for Allen County has announced that they are about to go into red status. I have taken to grocery shopping at off times when the store isn’t crowded since generally, there is about a 20% masked rate in any given store.

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  15. Sherri said on December 7, 2021 at 11:36 am

    All restaurants and indoor recreational facilities and outdoor events with more than 500 have proof of vaccination requirements here. Everyone is masked, and demand for boosters and vaccines for kids is high. My husband and I are getting boosted Thursday.

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  16. Andrea said on December 7, 2021 at 11:51 am

    ROGirl, adding to the chorus wishing you well and speedy healing. Glad you listened to your body instead of dismissing the symptoms and doubly glad that your doctor took it seriously.

    In Chicago, people are generally masked in indoor settings. My office is on the 27th floor and there is a tech firm that has 26 and 24. The tech bros use the elevator to go back and forth between their floors and often do not bother to put their masks on. The other day this unmasked guy got on with me. I stuck my arm in the doorway and in my best mom/CEO voice told him to go get his mask; I would not let the elevator leave until he got off. Literally who wants to be stuck in an elevator of all places with an unmasked person!?

    Everyone in my family who can be boosted is. The 16-year-old isn’t eligible yet. We are careful but not, as you say, 2020 careful. The riskiest thing is restaurants. We try to limit those to once in a while though.

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  17. Jeff Borden said on December 7, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    Dexter,

    While watching the Alabama-Georgia game, the camera panned the crowd on the sidelines and there it was. A large white man wearing a white T-shirt with large black type. It read: “Biden Sucks, Harris Swallows.” The rage at this mild-mannered old centrist Democrat is appalling, but the sexist and racist shit directed at Harris really pisses me off. I pretty much hate these people. Those who tell me I must try to understand them, try to engage them and get to know them better can go to hell. These fuckers don’t want to be understood. They live to piss off others.

    After watching the Kyle Rittenhouse disaster trial in Kenosha, I’m thrilled to see the Oakland County D.A. going hard at the Crumbleys. Perhaps if a few parents lose everything –house, career, friends, savings– and spend a few years in jail for letting junior go to school with an automatic pistol, others will think twice about making guns so readily available to their spawn. Rittenhouse’s mother ought to be in the pokey for what her child did. Instead, she’s invited to QOP meetings while her kid visits the demented old man down in Mar-a-Lago. No justice.

    I’m returning to the classrooms of Loyola University Chicago in January, teaching back-to-back public speaking classes. Students and instructors are required to be masked whenever they are inside an LUC building, so it will be challenging to lecture through the mask and to evaluate students when they give their presentations while masked. I’ve been assured 95% of faculty, staff and students are vaccinated. We’ll see. I just felt like I needed to be out doing something and this is something that makes me feel good. The money is welcome, too.

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  18. alex said on December 7, 2021 at 1:47 pm

    ROGirl, your experience sounds eerily similar to mine about ten years ago. I was having unfamiliar twinges of pain in my neck and face sporadically over several days with increasing frequency and intensity. After about four days of it I went to bed with plans to call my doctor the next day. Then I thought better of it and asked my partner to drive me to the hospital, where they told me I was having a heart attack.

    Today just did labs for my semi-annual checkup on Friday. I’m a bit concerned because I think I may have been shipped a bunch of defective Trulicity pens for diabetes. I noticed that I wasn’t feeling anything when the needle was depressed and noticed liquid pooling on the surface of my skin instead of being injected subcutaneously. Well, the first of my labs have started coming in and my triglycerides are 458 (which is in the fucking stratosphere) and my fasting glucose was 127 and my A1C is 6.7. Trulicity costs $10K-$12K a year and has depleted my HSA considerably and I had normal numbers when the pens were working. Pisses me off.

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  19. ROGirl said on December 7, 2021 at 3:47 pm

    I have one piece of advice: don’t check into the hospital with heart attack symptoms on a Friday. Unless your case turns out to be an emergency, you won’t be scheduled for a procedure until Monday.

    After I finally had the heart catheterization yesterday (I was awake while it was going on), the doctor told me that my mild heart attack wasn’t due to a typical cause, like coronary artery disease. I didn’t need a stent, there weren’t any blockages. He said he had only seen cases like mine 7 times in his career. He called it SCAD, Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection, and told me to look it up on the Mayo Clinic website. I asked how another one can be prevented and he said through medication.

    Interestingly, most of these cases happen to women who are in their 30s, often post-pregnancy. The only thing I can think of is that it’s stress related, but the doctors don’t know why it happened.

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  20. Scout said on December 7, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    A good friend of mine sent me an email today. I hadn’t spoken to him since his father passed from cancer and he was catching me up. I copied and will paste part of it here because I am so incredulous that what occurred is still allowed to happen after all the hell of 2020.

    “Sooooo sorry being so incommunicado. There was all the crazy town of my dads difficult battle with cancer. There was a window of hope for getting him rehabilitated to a point to receive radiation treatment that would have shrunk his tumor tremendously.

    But that window of hope and opportunity was slammed shut with a loud bang when there was a COVID-19 outbreak in the rehab facility he was placed in. they did not require 100% vaccination of their staff and visitors, AND they allowed visitors to take off their masks once they were alone in the rooms with the patient. So outrageous.

    with exception of my dad, we all had booster vaccinations. and we all took covid 19 tests that returned back negative. So we can be 100% positive that he caught the virus from the being in the facility itself. Anyway having covid 19 magnified all the pain and suffering for him. I had never ever before heard / witnessed my dad cry profusely and loudly. it was all so initially shocking and heartbreaking for all of us. if his experience before passing wasn’t rough enough, then COVID-19 has put a major strain on funeral homes for scheduling and managing everything related to viewings, services and on top of that the military related events.”

    I am appalled and so saddened. What are people thinking????

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  21. David C said on December 7, 2021 at 5:10 pm

    My dad was in the hospital recently with a heart attack. My brother spent the most time up at the hospital. I just found out last week that neither he nor my sister-in-law are vaccinated. I asked my sister how the hell they let him into the hospital. She just shrugged. I knew my brother was a right wing nut but I didn’t know he was such a selfish idiot. What indeed are people thinking?

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  22. Suzanne said on December 7, 2021 at 5:36 pm

    ROGirl glad you’re ok after the scare. Interestingly, I ran across this Twitter thread today, discussing the same issue:
    https://twitter.com/erinatthepost/status/1468293566304817156?s=21

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  23. Deborah said on December 7, 2021 at 7:41 pm

    I saw that same Twitter thread this morning about the young woman with SCAD after giving birth. What a coincidence that it would show up the same day that you commented about your experience, ROGirl. Hope everyone is on the mend.

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  24. Ann said on December 7, 2021 at 11:58 pm

    I was going to comment about the twitter thread as well. Lots of people learning about SCAD today. So glad you caught it ROGirl.

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  25. ROGirl said on December 8, 2021 at 6:07 am

    The heart enzyme is troponin, not tropofol (I must have had propofol on the brain).

    I’m still trying to process all of this; it’s going to take some time. It’s interesting that the twitter thread appeared now. I’ve been online trying to find out whether there have been any studies into this type of heart attack, and the answer is not many, probably because around 80% of them happen to women.

    The building I was in had only vaccinated patients. I was also tested in emergency before I was allowed to be taken to it. Unvaccinated patients and people with Covid are in other buildings.

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  26. Suzanne said on December 8, 2021 at 11:17 am

    It’s always strange how things seem to cluster. There is this SCAD which I hear about twice in one day and for which I wish ROGirl nothing but a quick recovery. About 10 years ago, a young women in my daughter’s class nearly died from an Arteriovenous Malformation in her head, but she recovered. I had never heard of such a thing. Within a few months, a co-worker’s daughter-in-law discovered she had the same issue in her jaw and recovered as well. I don’t think I have run into anyone with this issue since.

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  27. Julie Robinson said on December 8, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    Well, coincidentally we are on hold right now with our Medicare plan for next year, and have spent hours looking for a doctor. We finally chose one and then found she only treats women, which is fine for me but we liked going to the same person, or at least the same office. So now we’ve found a practice of four, two women and two men, but we can’t make an appointment until we choose them as our primary care physician. You can’t make the change online, so far we’ve been on hold for half an hour. Anyway…

    The Former Guy will be in Orlando, at the Amway Center of course, on Sunday. The cheapest tickets cost $100 and they go way, way up after that. Oh, and Bill O’Reilly is part of the tour also. Luckily I don’t have to go near that part of town.

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  28. Jeff Borden said on December 8, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    There’s a column in the NYT today addressing what I’ve been fearing since our nation began splitting at the seams. Basically, the writer suggests Russia and China are feeling very frisky because they see a weakened country where consensus on anything is nearly impossible. He posits that if Russia were to invade Ukraine or China were to invade Taiwan, there would be no unity in our government to deal with those provocations. He also notes that the draining experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq have cooled American ardor for international combat. It’s quite a scary column.

    Meanwhile, folks, is anyone paying attention to how rightwing media is lionizing Russia and Putin? Tucker McNear Swanson Carlson last night was defending Putin’s push toward Ukraine, echoing almost word for word the explanations the Nazis gave for invading Poland. And Newsmax, the even more nutty rightwing channel, is pushing the narrative “Vlad the Great,” extolling the ex-KGB creep as a powerful, unifying force in his country in horribly admiring terms.

    The march to fascism already is well along. One of our political parties thinks that’s just swell. Motherfuckers.

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  29. Suzanne said on December 8, 2021 at 1:37 pm

    I read this a few months ago. Interesting piece.
    https://theamericanscholar.org/putins-potemkin-paradise/

    The same issue had this companion piece:
    https://theamericanscholar.org/the-china-model/

    Both are worth reading (if there isn’t a paywall).

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  30. Dexter Friend said on December 8, 2021 at 1:44 pm

    41 years gone since a crazed lunatic in front of The Dakota Apartments off Central Park in New York shook the nation and the world and upset the hell out of me as well. Before that, George had been stabbed when a maniac scaled the fence surrounding George Harrison’s property and tried to kill George. Since then, really since Charles Whitman went on a killing spree in 1966 in Austin, horrible murders and mass murders have become commonplace in the USA. A wave of hopelessness rolls over me still on every December 8 as I recall the horror of John Lennon’s assassination, by a fan, a homicidal fanatic.

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  31. jcburns said on December 8, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    There’s an Amway center in Orlando!? I thought that stuff was limited to Grand Rapids, MI.

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  32. tajalli said on December 8, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    jcburns, Amway is almost ubiquitous in the US, just like Mary Kay. A friend out in Hawaii was a rep and tried to involve me. I really can’t see how any single company can have the absolute best version of all products. But then, the brain power of the average US bear is in deathly decline, so some may actually believe that since they also believe in The Big Lie and The Big Liars.

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  33. garmoore2 said on December 8, 2021 at 2:06 pm

    JC, the DeVos family had a lot going on in Orlando. Rich DeVos owned the Orlando Magic of the NBA. When he hopped the twig, his son Dan took over.

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  34. Julie Robinson said on December 8, 2021 at 3:02 pm

    Plus the Publix lady gives huge amounts of money to all the wrong people. We try to boycott them as much as possible, but they are practically on every other corner.

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  35. Jenine said on December 8, 2021 at 4:46 pm

    @garmoore2, thanks for a new phrase to me “hop the twig”. I’m adding it to my list. One of my favorites is “popped his/her clogs”.

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  36. susan said on December 8, 2021 at 5:02 pm

    Jenine – Hop the twig made me sit up and chortle, too. I’d never heard that euphemism. And, lookee, there’s even a website! Also, I’ve never heard popped her clogs, either.

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  37. Julie Robinson said on December 8, 2021 at 5:03 pm

    The Magic play at the Amway Center. And they’re never any good because the DeVos family won’t pony up for talent.

    After only three hours we got through to the insurance, changed our PCP, and called the doctor back to get appointments. Now we just have to repeat with dentists and optometrists, and hope and pray we find good people. We’ve had a few recommendations but none of them have been on the insurance list.

    Years ago a doctor told mom she should move while she was still young enough to manage it, and I very much see the wisdom of his thinking. Dealing with the move itself, changing addresses and providers, trying to get settled in, it all takes a lot of time and effort. We had a double load taking care of all this for mom too. Next up is some new furniture; I hear that’s fun to shop for these days too.

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  38. Jeff Gill said on December 8, 2021 at 5:54 pm

    Anyone here in Connecticut who could run over and check the basement for me, as to dampness? I loathe damp basements: that would be a deal breaker for me.

    Well, and the $70,000 a year property tax. And $35 million asking price (but I bet for cash you could have it for $25 million).

    https://twitter.com/zillow/status/1467929325668220931

    Oh, and I know there are John Scalzi fans here: he just bought a church. Nice one, too. Check his blog for pics.

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  39. tajalli said on December 8, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    https://whatever.scalzi.com/2021/12/06/and-now-the-latest-scalzi-acquisition/

    https://whatever.scalzi.com/2021/12/08/church-acquisition-follow-up/

    Made possible by the dwindling number of christian Christians.

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  40. tajalli said on December 8, 2021 at 7:21 pm

    links for the scalzi church posts.

    https://whatever.scalzi.com/2021/12/06/and-now-the-latest-scalzi-acquisition/

    https://whatever.scalzi.com/2021/12/08/church-acquisition-follow-up/

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  41. alex said on December 8, 2021 at 8:06 pm

    Bit the big one is still my fave with croaked at number two.

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  42. Deborah said on December 9, 2021 at 9:18 am

    I’m seeing lots of clever puns on Twitter about the Fox Christmas “tree” fire, that it was the work of santifa, or antifir, and that the act was a hate pine. Lots more.

    We’re back in Santa Fe, tomorrow LB is getting a shot in her bum hip that hopefully will relieve her pain for maybe even a year. She’s a little nervous, not really about getting the shot but that it might not work, she’s been in pain for over a decade and they can’t seem to find anything wrong. If it doesn’t work she will be getting spinal ablation which implants a device at the hip that connects electrodes to her spine. This all may be caused by her rare neurological condition but none of the Drs here seem to know. She went to a pain specialist and he’s the one recommending the shot and spinal ablation if it doesn’t work.

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  43. Deborah said on December 9, 2021 at 9:46 am

    This is hysterical https://medium.com/@everywhereist/bros-lecce-we-eat-at-the-worst-michelin-starred-restaurant-ever-3466c98cdbdf

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  44. Jeff Borden said on December 9, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    Oh my. Maybe pumping out 19 children isn’t such a very good idea. It doesn’t seem to have worked for the Duggars of Arkysaw.

    https://apnews.com/article/josh-duggar-convicted-child-pornography-26436604345361733003627af33bda78

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  45. Suzanne said on December 9, 2021 at 2:05 pm

    Jeff, I think this conviction explains why Mr Dugger wanted all those children. It’s creepy as heck.

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  46. Icarus said on December 9, 2021 at 3:36 pm

    Are all Project Managers lunatics or have I just been lucky? Asking for me.

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  47. tajalli said on December 9, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    Ah, Deborah@42! This was truly hilarious. The Emperor’s New Clothes of Gastronomy for the Insanely Rich and Anorexic. Thanks for making my day!

    Out here in fusion land, tasting menus have always been advertised as such up front. But give me un burrito de mole pollo con crema y lechuga from Gordo’s any day and I’m happy. Add jalapeños and I’m in heaven.

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  48. Deborah said on December 9, 2021 at 5:07 pm

    Icarus, project managers were often the bane of my existence before I retired. Not all of them but many. Many of them seemed to exhibit the epitome of the Peter Principle https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_principle

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  49. Julie Robinson said on December 9, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    Our son’s girlfriend is a newly minted project manager in her first job so I’ve been seeing it through her eyes. She’s surprised at what a boys club it is (I guess she didn’t realize how many engineers are male?). She’s also perplexed at how resistant they are to change. She knows so much about how to smooth out their process, but they will have to learn new systems first, and they are also resistant to that. I don’t see her lasting long at this position. She really wanted to continue working at the Mouse House but moving up to a project manager position, but they want 10 years of outside experience in the field first.

    The cult, sorry, religious community that Amy Coney Barrett is part of also seems to admire that whole quiverfull thing. You know who else prohibited birth control? Nazis.

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  50. beb said on December 9, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    I long wished there were a way to filter Yahoo’s home page because if there were the first thing I would filter out would have been an reference to the Duggars. Followed by Sister-Wives. Both shows seems to wallow in illegal, immoral and corrupting social behavior.

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  51. ROGirl said on December 10, 2021 at 5:32 am

    Some of the parents of the Oxford victims have retained Geoffrey Feiger, and he’s suing the school discrict for $100 million.

    In manufacturing, the project manager role mostly consists of pushing other team members to do their jobs to the customer schedule.

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  52. Jeff Gill said on December 10, 2021 at 7:21 am

    “Most of my job is getting people to do what they already should be doing.”

    ~ Harry Truman, about a project manager position he once held

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  53. Jessica Weissman said on December 12, 2021 at 11:55 pm

    About ⅓ of the PMs I’ve worked for have been lunatics. I got to see it from their point of view once, when in my annual review my manager told me “I know that when I tell you to do something it will get done.” Which struck me as table stakes for an employee.

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