On the road.

I got virtually all my shopping done before December 1, so I thought I might spend this month doing the things other people do, but I never seem to have time for. Like…baking. I’m not one to make dozens of family-recipe cookies and breads and candies, but a friend sent me this one for something called Negroni cookies and I whipped up a batch last night.

They turned out pretty great. Not overpoweringly sweet, interesting flavors, nice to look at on a plate. A lot of work for about two dozen cookies, but oh well. Endorsed.

Cookie reports. That’s what I’m reduced to. Wait — I also do the crossword puzzle and the NYT’s Spelling Bee, so I haven’t quite tipped into full-on pathetic old-lady existence just yet. Or is that the actual evidence. Thought so.

Sorry I’ve been so scarce this week. Two problems: I have little to say and I’m doing some freelance work. No giveaways, but how about a hint?

Yeah, you’re gonna have to wait for this one. Sorry.

I woke up the other morning to the news that Elon Musk was booed — loudly, and for a long time — during a Dave Chappelle set in San Francisco last month. From his reaction, ” a first for me in real life (frequent on Twitter),” it sounds like he’s like most rich guys, in that he’s surrounded by ass-kissers and thinks his shit doesn’t stink. (“No sir! Smells like fresh blueberry muffins back here!”) I will never understand this level of self-delusion, but then, I guess that’s what he pays his entourage to do. Plump his pillows, fluff his feathers, you know the drill.

Dave Chappelle, I figured, would know better. I guess he likes to punch down now.

As public comedowns go, it’s hard to beat the one Musk is going through now. Without being arrested or charged with a crime, he’s managed to squander a large chunk of his wealth, do serious damage to his reputation and stand revealed as an empty, silly twit, given to replicating his shallow gene pool with multiple women and tweeting slander about Dr. Fauci.


Now I’m watching “Pelosi in the House” and it’s getting to the good part, so. See you later. I hope before the end of the week, but you never know — the cup needs to refill.

Posted at 7:05 pm in Media, Same ol' same ol' |

58 responses to “On the road.”

  1. Dorothy said on December 14, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    Oooh what a coincidence! I’m watching that, too. I started it this afternoon but turned it off to go get Olivia off the bus. I just picked it back up and have a half hour to go.

    I’m struck by the fact that several times Mrs. Pelosi was filmed with no makeup on and she looks really great. The scene with Paul scraping goo off of the microwave plate made me laugh, and it looked like Nancy was amused by it, too. I especially love that her grandkids and daughter call her Mimi, which is what Olivia calls me. My kids called my mother that, too, and it morphed into just Meem.

    Of course Nancy looks really good – her daughter is the documentarian. Nonetheless, I’m enjoying the doc.

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  2. Deborah said on December 14, 2022 at 9:08 pm

    Damn, now I really wish I had some cookies to eat. Will have to make some this holiday season. A Negroni is one of my favorite cocktails, I like the ones made with bourbon too, called boulvardier (I have no idea how to spell that and neither does autocorrect).

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  3. Little bird said on December 14, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    Folks, you are witnesses! Deborah wants to make cookies!! I always want to make a batch or two this time of year.

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  4. beb said on December 14, 2022 at 10:21 pm

    The nice thing about Musk burning down Twitter is that he has driven Trump off the front page. I got so tired of opening political blogs and there would be a 4 x 6 photo of his ugly mug. Of course now I have to look at Musk’s weird looking face most of the time. Not much of a change of scenery but….

    So Musk as laid off half the staff, alienated half his advertisers, let the crackpots and nazi bback in. Now I hear that he’s not paying rent on Twitter’s offices, laid off the cleaning staff and is threatening to no pay the legally obligated severence pay. I’m no genius but I don’t see how any of that is helping his cause. And it makes me worried about the the future of SpaceX, the one thing he has done right.

    It had to happen I seem to have come down with Covid. At ;east I suspect I have. Our daughter came down with it, tested positive while I tested negative. But that poking a stick up your nose so triggers a reaction that I suspect I messed up the protocol. In any case the next day I had the same coughing, stuffed nose and headaches that our daughter had. My wife has it, too. She probably picked it up while convalescing from surgary and we caught from her. Anyway we’re all recovering at home. We all had four shots so this is no worse than a bad cold. But even bad colds that linger on for a week really suck.

    It’s not a baking story but recently (before we got sick) I was doing some grocery shopping and noticed that Jello(tm) had a no-bake Pumpkin-style pie box. I’ve always enjoyed pumpkin pie (the crust not so much) so I took the box, tossed out the crumb crust mix and just may the pie filling. It was surprisingly delicious and had the texture and “mouth-feel” of real pumpkin pie. It made for a delightful night-time treat.

    We’re not a big Christmas family so I will be glad when the holidays are over and the cooking shows will revert to regular foods.

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  5. Dexter Friend said on December 15, 2022 at 3:36 am

    Alarms are all over the news: by now everyone should have had 5 Covid19/Omicron shots and the new strong flu shot. Something like only 18% of American adults have gone the distance here. People are dying, still, of flu and Covid19.

    Musk was left to stand awkwardly for 8 minutes onstage with Dave Chappelle, mute. Nobody knows what the hell this charade was all about.

    Our family get-together is this Saturday near Findlay. I shall have a Christmas cookie. I’ll succumb to instant coffee for the first time in a decade because nobody in my extended family drinks coffee. Isn’t that amazing? I ain’t dragging a coffee maker down there to clog up the area where all the crockpot stuff will be plugged in. No, hell, I’ll just bring a thermos of good coffee. They live so far from civilization any gas station coffee would be cold by the time I got there.

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  6. Dorothy said on December 15, 2022 at 4:22 am

    I’m glad you mentioned the 5 shots, Dexter. I was about to remind Beb that there have been the original two shots when the vaccine first came out, and then we’ve had 3 boosters since then.

    Beb, I think I might have it, too. I started on Sunday morning with a throat tickle of sorts, and later that night I could just feel it coming on. Yesterday my throat hurt even more, my ears felt clogged and I had a manageable headache (Tylenol helped). And then again, once the evening started, the thickening throat feeling came back and I’m coughing occasionally, too. I took my temp yesterday but it was not elevated. Everyone at my son’s house has a version of this, and we were with them Saturday so it’s likely I picked it up from them. My voice this morning is a very (not sexy) deep and whispery one.

    My husband had a colonoscopy on Tuesday so I was at the surgical center with him. We had to wear masks and I’m glad I did just in case I was contagious. Whether I have Covid or just a cold, wearing a mask in a medical building now just seems to make sense. I had a flu shot in November, too, so I’m not too worried about this turning into something scary.

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  7. David C said on December 15, 2022 at 6:06 am

    I went to the ophthalmologist on Monday and they’re still requiring masks. They told me they never stopped requiring them. I was hoping they would say me cataracts were bad enough to have my lenses replaced. No dice. So on the rare occasions I do drive at night I get the cheap-assed light show from idiots with aftermarket LED headlights.

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  8. alex said on December 15, 2022 at 11:12 am

    Numerous people in my office sick with respiratory stuff, some staying home and others coming in, perhaps hoping to make the rest of us miserable just in time for the holidays.

    Managing partner is always on my case about my medical appointments but backpedals and says he’s worried about me and praying for me and tries to blow sunshine up my ass whenever he sees that I’m peeved with his jackassery. He’s proud of the fact that he never sees a doctor for routine preventive care. And he’s had COVID and thinks he’s fully immunized because of it. At least he’s one of the few staying home this week with whatever’s going around.

    Me, I get to leave for some fresh air over the noon hour to have a crown re-cemented that fell out yesterday while I was eating soup.

    And next week I have a consult with a surgeon for carpal tunnel and look forward to the respite from work that this should bring. Pretty bad when going under the knife is preferable to going to the office. I’ve submitted a claim to Worker’s Comp and we’ll see if they come through.

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  9. David C said on December 15, 2022 at 12:04 pm

    OMFG. tRump’s major announcement was digital trading cards. What a loser.

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  10. Julie Robinson said on December 15, 2022 at 12:20 pm

    My one experience with Workman’s Comp was that my injury had attention paid to it stat, when it had been being ignored. My employer knew better than to mess with the legal entities. Hope it goes well for you, Alex, and that you get a good long rehabilitation period.

    beb, it seems Musk has been reading the playbook of TFG, also refusing to pay vendors, laying off kitchen staff and listing the equipment for sale. Now he’s only the second richest person in the world, sad trombones.

    We didn’t make sophisticated cookies. We made good Republican cloth coat cookies; cut outs and Kiss cookies. That’s what my family loves.

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  11. Deborah said on December 15, 2022 at 12:20 pm

    Can you imagine having an ego that gigantic that you would expect people to buy stupid images of yourself for $99 each? What a scam. I wonder how many poor souls will be compelled to buy one?

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  12. susan said on December 15, 2022 at 1:57 pm

    Julie, what are “Republican cloth coat cookies”? Sounds like something that would dry out your mouth and then choke you. Sounds about right, then.

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  13. susan said on December 15, 2022 at 2:08 pm

    This is very cool. Maybe the audience for this history will broaden beyond the podcast audience.

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  14. Julie Robinson said on December 15, 2022 at 2:44 pm

    I was riffing on Nixon’s Checkers speech when he said Pat didn’t have a dur, just a good Republican cloth coat. Meaning they weren’t fancy.

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  15. Julie Robinson said on December 15, 2022 at 2:59 pm

    That’s a fur, not dur. I should never try to type on my phone.

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  16. Jeff Borden said on December 15, 2022 at 3:44 pm

    I’ve used the so-called Checkers speech, which includes his famous line about a nice Republican cloth coat, in my public speaking classes. The speech saved Nixon’s political ass. (Those of a more youthful nature will note Checkers was the name of a cocker spaniel given to Tricky Dick’s daughter’s by a funder. . .and which he vowed they would not give up.) By today’s standards, it’s a very cornball speech, but it worked.

    Elon Musk baffles me. I guess I prefer the “old money” model of quiet snobbery over “hey, look at me,” though I generally don’t find the very rich particularly interesting as people overall. He keeps selling off Tesla stock and the price keeps tumbling. Twitter has lost something like half its advertisers since he reinstated the Nazis, QAnon loons, white supremacists, etc. to the platform. In fact, he’s not even the richest man in the world any more. It’s now Bernard Arnault, who owns the parent company of Louis Vuitton is worth $173 billion.

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  17. jcburns said on December 15, 2022 at 3:56 pm

    Interesting how many NN.C commentators (including Nancy herself) predicted violence in this ‘today in nn.c history’ post, December 15, 2020.

    I mean…they were right.

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  18. jim said on December 15, 2022 at 5:30 pm

    In Fort Wayne, helping daughter’s family move and get a house on the market. 3/4 of them are positive fr RSV.

    Like Dexter I’m five Covid shots and a quad flu finished for the year. Feeling good.

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  19. David C said on December 15, 2022 at 5:43 pm

    I had to go only one reply into December 15, 2020 when I said I wouldn’t be surprised if my trumpy neighbor had a garage full of diesel and potassium nitrate. He didn’t or at least he hasn’t used it yet. Every window in his house still has a trump sign in it though. I think the dude needs some extra sunlight to cure the brain worms.

    I’m only four shots in because my first was the J&J. I’ve been a Moderna man since then.

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  20. Deborah said on December 15, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    Five shots for us too and LB and I have had covid twice. So don’t know if that also helps our immunity, I don’t really think so but it would be nice.

    We’re having our condo next door neighbors over for holiday cheer this evening. LB has all kinds of goodies lined up and I’m hungry. These neighbors are artists and very fun to get together with. They don’t have to worry about driving home so everyone can imbibe as much as they want.

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  21. A. Riley said on December 16, 2022 at 12:00 am

    Immunocompromised here, so *six* beautiful Pfizers on board and a big hairy old-lady flu shot. I’m as ready as anyone could be, I guess, and I’m definitely wearing a mask to church on Christmas Eve. I’m helping with the early child-friendly service so the place will be full of cute little viral vectors in their new Christmas sweaters. And whatever they’re carrying, I don’t want it.

    When I was working, my next-cube neighbor had a little kid in daycare. The kid would catch every germ in circulation and give it to her mom, who would then share it with everyone in the office. I haven’t been sick since before March 2020 and it’s because that particular source is cut off. Little kids. Little petri dishes.

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  22. Dexter Friend said on December 16, 2022 at 2:47 am

    The Prince of Wales comes off as a real dick. I’m not accusing racism by William, maybe we can assume the whole Royals universe is steeped in racism (many here , I am sure, always have believed it), but I just had to break away from the 4th episode; I just couldn’t take it anymore, I felt queasy. I’ll soldier on through it tomorrow. Not joyous mood-making video.

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  23. ROGirl said on December 16, 2022 at 5:50 am

    I had my one year (post-heart attack) check-up yesterday and everything looked good. He’s keeping me on the cholesterol and blood pressure medications, which I get with no out of pocket charges through my insurance. Now my eyes are getting worse with cataracts, when I try to read street signs I have to squint a lot to see them. Getting old sucks, but I’ve avoided covid and I feel OK (don’t want to jinx anything).

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  24. Dorothy said on December 16, 2022 at 7:03 am

    A. Riley – a former sister-in-law of mine said once “We get sick in November and get better in April.” She was mother of three youngsters at the time and I think of it quite often this time of year. It’s likely I grew up in the same kind of environment because I have nine siblings. Talk about petri dishes ….

    Nancy I’m anxious to find out what your project is about regarding The Ohio Players. The former Chair of my department at UD launched the Dayton Funk Symposium and Dance Party in 2018. The next event was cancelled due to Covid, but they did a second one in November 2021. One of the participants was James “Diamond” Williams of the Ohio Players. I went to the dance party and mostly sat and smiled and watched as some really great dancing was happening in front of me! I’m 65 and most of the dancers were older than me.

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  25. FDChief said on December 16, 2022 at 8:25 am

    It’s hard to figure out which is the gaudier sign pointing to the End of The Republic; that a former chief executive is grifting by creating images of himself as icons and superheroes…or his confidence that there are enough drooling idiot “citizens” willing to buy those images that he CAN run the grift on them.

    So Elmo has given up pretending that his quest is “free” speech by tossing anyone he thinks is speaking…umm…things he doesn’t want to hear?

    I’m shocked! Shocked!

    Good piece over at Raw Story about how all this isn’t solveable anytime soon because it’s not Trump and it’s not Elmo. It’s the millions of meat puppets full of bile and rage that they can’t call people slurs without getting censorious looks nowadays.

    Where are the Antifa Hit Squads when you really need them..?

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  26. LAMary said on December 16, 2022 at 8:53 am

    I had a crud earlier this week. Big time chills, low grade fever, body aches. It lasted about two days. One of my sons had the same thing a few days later. We both tested negative and it probably wasn’t flu if it lasted only a couple of days but man, I felt like shit for those two days.

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  27. alex said on December 16, 2022 at 9:40 am

    Taking a personal day from work since my whole office is a sick ward and so few have the decency to stay home. Also need to take care of personal business.

    My weird neighbors across the street moved in about six years ago and have always had their blinds heavily drawn. The house has an enormous bank of windows in front from floor to ceiling. You’d think they would enjoy their spectacular view. Now all of a sudden they have a new TV the size of a jumbotron and are evidently eager to show it off and the drapes are wide open 24/7. The view from here, and it’s quite a distance, makes it look like a drive-in movie screen. Even the most garish Christmas displays in this neighborhood can’t compete with it.

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  28. Jeff Borden said on December 16, 2022 at 9:44 am

    The problem is there’s so damned much money to be made by inciting fear, anger, hatred, paranoia and envy because there is an enormous audience of ‘Muricans who really want to indulge in those warped viewpoints.

    Case in point: There’s a sack of meat named James O’Keefe, who calls himself a “journalist” and operates Project Veritas, which successfully destroyed ACORN and continues to stir up trouble. Francis Parker School, an exclusive private school in Lincoln Park in Chicago, recently shut down because of a bomb threat after O’Keefe aired a heavily edited video of a Parker dean discussing sex education classes. Well, Mr. O’Keefe last year earned $405,000 and his right-wing hit shop has an annual budget of $20 million.

    You can really get rich quick by being a dick in ‘Murica.

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  29. FDChief said on December 16, 2022 at 10:11 am

    The sad, sorry thing about contemplating Tricky Dick vis-a-vis the 2022 GQP is that while both can be characterized as pathological liars and plutocrat-fluffers Nixon was at least sane enough to, say, accept advice from competent people. Evil? Yes…but not stupid.

    A Nixon administration confronted with Covid-19 would have done conventional public health, emphasized vaccination, been boring and no different from any other US presidency.

    Compare that with DeSantis barking about vaccine show trials or GQP grifting horse paste or all the other looney-tunes nonsense.

    Mind you…Nixon was still a paranoid evil scumbag.

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  30. David C said on December 16, 2022 at 11:15 am

    The Trumpies are claiming that the NFTs sold out. It likely isn’t the rubes buying them. It would be a great way to launder Saudi money though.

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  31. alex said on December 16, 2022 at 11:19 am

    I could come up with better caricatures of Trump than any of his non-fungible tokens and probably make a mint selling them to people who despise him.

    But here’s the latest:


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  32. Deborah said on December 16, 2022 at 11:28 am

    David, I think you hit the nail on the head, what a great way for Trump to launder foreign money right into his pocket.

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  33. basset said on December 16, 2022 at 11:38 am

    Deer season continues in Tennessee… yesterday a big bobcat showed up as I was waiting for deer to arrive, walked around for awhile and left. Quite a sight.

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  34. Scout said on December 16, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    I’m enjoying this collection.


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  35. FDChief said on December 16, 2022 at 12:14 pm

    Well…(re: David reporting the sales of the digital schwag by Dumbfuck Media)…these are the people who also reported that you could shove a lightbulb up your jacksie to cure Covid and the hurricanes go where they’re told to go.

    So YMMV. Just sayin’…

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  36. Heather said on December 16, 2022 at 12:21 pm

    Looking at that old post, I was worried about violence. But I remember on January 6, for some reason I wasn’t all that worried even as the mob hit the Capitol steps . . . but then quickly went to “oh, shit.”

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  37. David C said on December 16, 2022 at 12:56 pm

    Sure FDChief, they lie all the time. I can’t figure out an angle that would be to their advantage in saying they’re sold out if they weren’t. That’s why my thinking it’s a money laundering scheme. Even that doesn’t quite square, does it? Why would they otherwise stop? It is mind blowing and I’ll be damned if I can figure it out.

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  38. David C said on December 16, 2022 at 1:14 pm

    Maybe I thought of an angle. They’re just hoping that claiming they’re sold will make everybody forget about them. Even their supporters are laughing about it. They’re declaring victory and going home.

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  39. Scout said on December 16, 2022 at 1:34 pm

    David C, I think it is both. Money laundering and a quick exit from the public talking (aka laughing uproariously) about it.

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  40. Deborah said on December 16, 2022 at 4:35 pm

    Scout, I know you have spent time in Sedona, can you give me a recommendation for a place to stay there? We will be going through AZ to get to and from So CA in mid February to see my husband’s granddaughter and are looking for a place to stay in Sedona on our way back. The places he has found online are either super expensive or unknown as to their sketchy-ness. I don’t know how else to get in touch with you since I’m not on FB or Twitter anymore. Sorry to the rest of the nn.c crew for using this forum.

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  41. Scout said on December 16, 2022 at 5:10 pm

    Deborah, The best place is L’Auberge, totally super pricey, however, worth it if you want to splurge. Otherwise, Los Abrigados is very nice and affordable and it’s right by Tlaquepaque (Tla-ka-pack-e) Arts and Shopping Village. We usually book an airbnb when we go up.

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  42. Deborah said on December 16, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    Thanks Scout, we’ll check those places out.

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  43. susan said on December 16, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    L’Auberge….economy class $905.84/night, for one….ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Yeesh. That’s blergh, not splurge. But they have woo stones if you need them.

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  44. Jeff Gill said on December 16, 2022 at 10:28 pm

    Haven’t checked, but Twitter talk is that the Trump NFTs can only be purchased in lots *up to* $9,900 . . . which is $100 short of the legal notice amount to the feds. Which is interesting. Especially if they sold out. Laundering right out in the open? Yeah, fits.

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  45. Deborah said on December 16, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    Have checked out both, the second one listed will probably be it mainly because we’ll only be there one night and going all out doesn’t seem appropriate. We spent the night in a VRBO there before Air-bnb was possible previously but just for one night this trip seems a little excessive.

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  46. Dexter said on December 17, 2022 at 2:55 am

    A must to avoid: “Don’t Pick Up the Phone”. It’s about a creep who, for ten years, faked being a cop, called fast food managers all over the nation, and told them he was a local cop and one of his employees had just stolen from a customer’s purse. He then gave a generic description, usually of a young girl, and told the manager to take the girl to an office and strip search her. In at least one case it went so far the creep convinced the girl had to perform oral sex on the manager’s boyfriend to get her to confess. You can guess how the trial went at show’s end.
    I am just about finished with Meghan and Harry’s doc. What a lot of shit they put up with. It’s heartbreaking but worthwhile. Painful, though.

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  47. Suzanne said on December 17, 2022 at 12:32 pm

    I have mixed feelings about Harry & Meghan. Ok, they were treated badly by the royals but people everywhere are treated badly by their family or friends or employers and don’t have the resources that Harry has by way of his birth. So, they have the luxury of distancing themselves from his family and telling their story but In doing so, don’t have to worry they will be homeless or unable to pay their day to day bills. I am sure it was a tough decision to leave the royals behind but it’s not like doing so meant they had to get jobs at the local grocery store or Amazon warehouse.

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  48. Dorothy said on December 17, 2022 at 3:45 pm

    Suzanne I don’t think that’s the point of the documentary. I have seen five of the six parts and I’ve come away with how it portrays the senior royals and their office staff, and the way they barely reacted or tried to support H&M when so much vitriol was being pointed in Meghan’s direction. Everything with them is IMAGE IMAGE IMAGE and how they come across the public, to justify their very existence. I never thought they were a team of girl and Boy Scouts, doing good deeds around the world or anything sappy like that. But the way they handled all of the nasty things being said about Meghan is just stunning and sad. H&M wanted to get their side of the story out. They never grouse about how they’re going to make a living – I think they both knew they’d never have any issues with earning $$ to support themselves. But the cost of security in light of death threats, etc. being all around them. I don’t know how Meghan can smile. I’d be terrified if I had live with those worries around me all the time.

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  49. Deborah said on December 17, 2022 at 4:56 pm

    Dorothy, what does H&M mean?

    Do any of you buy those red or silver waxed amaryllis bulbs they sell at Trader Joes every holiday season? I love them. I bought 6 red ones this year. They say you don’t have to water them at all, but here in NM I spritz the green parts with water from time to time. I usually get them earlier so they bloom by Christmas, but who cares, they’re beautiful. They also sell paperwhites but I’m not seeing them there this year unless they already sold out before we got to Santa Fe.

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  50. Deborah said on December 17, 2022 at 5:01 pm

    Yikes! NM is one of those states https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2022/12/17/colorado-river-crisis-conference/

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  51. Dorothy said on December 17, 2022 at 5:33 pm

    Harry & Meghan = H & M. They refer to each other in the doc as H and M all the time. Even Meghan’s mother called him H at one point.

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  52. David C said on December 17, 2022 at 5:54 pm

    We’re still looking for where we’ll land after I retire. Even though New Mexico sounds intriguing and we’d like a warmer climate, we’re concerned about the water situation in the Southwest. Right now it looks like we’ll go back to Michigan. Plenty of water and that’s where our families are. We have no children so being close to family will be important.

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  53. Jeff Borden said on December 17, 2022 at 5:59 pm

    We’re hoping to live in Chicago until we croak. Three teaching hospitals, excellent public and private transportation, cultural attractions for our minds, more cuisines than my taste buds can shake a tongue at. . .Winter is never easy here, but as they say much further north, there’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothing.

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  54. Deggjr said on December 17, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    The Great Lakes have 20% of the world’s fresh water. This despite the presence of the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline and the Trump/Ryan Foxconn deal.

    The suburb I live in replaced municipal well water with Lake Michigan water recently. Winters are rough, still, I’m staying put for the water.

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  55. Deborah said on December 17, 2022 at 11:37 pm

    They’re building a lot of housing in Santa Fe right now. In some ways it’s a good thing because some of it is low income housing and much needed for the people who work in the tourist industries here. But everyone is nervous about water. Obviously not all of it is low income housing, not by a long shot, so a big question is how will there be enough water for everyone, that question gets louder and louder as the years go by. Every time I see new construction I wonder and then on the other hand we ourselves are relatively new adding to the water issues. It’s complicated and nobody wants to talk about it. We think about dishwashing, showers and laundry more here than we do in Chicago, also watering plants etc etc. It’s all scary.

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  56. brian stouder said on December 18, 2022 at 12:38 pm

    Deborah, indeed. As I’ve previously said (probably umpteen times, but I now claim ‘old retired guy’ privilege) one of the most impressive walkabouts I’ve experienced was a few years back when it was ‘Visitor in your own hometown’ day here in Fort Wayne, and the kids and I visited the water filtration plant. Fresh clean drinking water is something I’ve always taken completely for granted…and that tour was genuinely fascinating

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  57. LAMary said on December 18, 2022 at 1:05 pm

    Navy showers have been the norm here at Casa LAMary for years. Get wet, turn off the water and lather up, rinse off. When you first turn on the shower, keep a bucket in the shower to catch the water while you wait for it to get warm. That water gets dumped on the garden or poured into the dog’s water bowl.

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  58. Deborah said on December 18, 2022 at 5:23 pm

    We used to keep a bucket for shower water too. But the bucket got used for something outside and it got left out there, we need another shower bucket.

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