Taylor Swift is coming to town for two nights, Friday and Saturday, and it appears the town has caught Swiftie Fever.

Whatever that means.

I remember standing on a corner downtown, in the Beforetimes, and watching a giant semi rumble down Woodward Avenue headed for Ford Field emblazoned 1989 World Tour. This was a couple days before the show, and I figured they needed that long to set up the stage. But with this recent visit I realize it could merely have been the merch truck. The shows are Friday and Saturday night, but the merch store opened today, Thursday, and the line was wrapped around the block hours ahead of time:

The first “Swifties” arrived more than seven hours before sales opened from a truck parked outside Ford Field. By 8 a.m., more than 1,000 fans were lined up awaiting the 10 a.m. opening to buy T-shirts, sweatshirts and other items commemorating the pop superstar’s Eras Tour.

“The merch is special, but we made so many memories waiting in line and being here and going to the shows and posting on Instagram and just listening to her music and that just means so much more to me,” said Stella Kane of Brighton, who came with sister, Ireland, 14, and arrived at Ford Field about 2 a.m. with their cousin, Ainsley Kane, 18, of Novi. “I mean, the merch is important, but it’s the memories that come with it that make it so much better.”

It’s the white-girl version of Aretha’s funeral viewing a few years back, when they laid her out in the Wright Museum of African-American History for a couple days (changing her outfit every day), for fans to pay their respects. Lots of these Swifties today didn’t even have tickets, which are selling for four figures even in the nosebleed sections. And OK then:

Swift’s 52-night, 20-city tour is anticipated to earn the singer-songwriter around $500 million, according to Forbes.

Not bad for a few months’ work. I’m unfamiliar with her body of work, although I dialed her up on Spotify while I made dinner. Perfect pop music, and I can absolutely understand why young women love her.

Otherwise, we are not experiencing the degree of misery New York is due to the forest-fire smoke, although we’re definitely feeling it. Red-orb sunrises and sunsets, and air-quality warnings every day for a week or so. We have the windows closed and the furnace running the fan. I’m not as bugged as Alan, aka Allergy Guy, but my eyes are a little itchy.

Michigan hasn’t had rain in at least three weeks, maybe more, and the northern forests are tinder-dry, just as fireworks and peak camping seasons ramp up. There was a 3,000-acre burn near Grayling last weekend, and I expect more.

Just remember: Global warming is a Chinese myth, as reported by our former president.

Speaking of whom: Indicted. Again.

Finally, would someone stuff Salena Zito in a bag somewhere:

For the record, I’ve seen nothing but constant urging for kids to explore skilled trades for years now. The column is about Mike Rowe, who is allegedly a skilled tradesman but who spends most of his time hosting a TV show and otherwise being a media guy, but never mind that. I’d link it, but paywall. Apparently he spends a lot of time talking to Fox News-type audiences. What a surprise.

OK, into the weekend we go. Swiftly!

Posted at 8:53 pm in Current events, Popculch |

50 responses to “Swiftly.”

  1. alex said on June 8, 2023 at 9:33 pm

    Yay! We’ll get to see the Orange Turd in a matching jumpsuit. Shorn of the AquaNet combover. Cut off from the fawning mainstream media that helped get him elected in 2016. Despite all the smoke from Climate Change, I’m breathing better already.

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  2. Sherri said on June 8, 2023 at 10:54 pm

    Who knew that John Roberts would pass up a chance to utterly destroy the Voting Rights Act? Roberts hates it when his side makes such a stupid argument that if he does what he really wants to, he’d be embarrassed. So Roberts will occasionally smack down the conservatives, telling them to do better. Thomas and Alito can’t be embarrassed.

    Kavanaugh is totally ridiculous, having voted one way in the shadow docket and then flipped on the case.

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  3. Michael said on June 8, 2023 at 11:03 pm

    Mike Rowe also has (wait for it) a degree in communications and becamefamous for hostinga TV show.

    This particular screed really frosts my cookies. It’s the most tiresome, patently false horsefeathers around.

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  4. Sherri said on June 8, 2023 at 11:25 pm

    It’s not necessarily easy to break into the skilled trades. Friend of mine sort of took in a kid who’s barely made it through high school and whose parents made it clear that he was no longer welcome at home now that he was 18. They helped him get training as an electrician, but he found it difficult to get consistent work as an electrician. This was in the aftermath of the financial crisis, but construction trades are always subject to booms and busts. He ended up working part time jobs at UPS while going to community college, and eventually transferring to a 4 year college and getting an engineering degree.

    None of which would have happened had my friend not given him a place to stay and some financial support.

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  5. LAMary said on June 8, 2023 at 11:47 pm

    Mike Rowe used to shill crap on QVC too. I think he claimed he was an opera singer as well. Yes, I used to watch QVC a long time ago when I was up in the middle of the night with a baby. QVC and The Weather Channel. Non-narrative TV.

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  6. Mark P said on June 9, 2023 at 1:59 am

    I don’t understand the Swift mania, or the mania about any other entertainer. I make no judgement; I simply don’t understand it. It’s a failing on my part, I’m sure.

    My cousin is a long-time electrician. He’s currently working several hours away from home at a battery manufacturing plant being constructed near Nashville. Apparently there is little work closer to home. His father, my late uncle, was also an electrician. I think the closest he worked to home was 20 or 30 miles away at a power plant that was under construction. Otherwise, he worked far from home, from Atlanta to NYC. That was probably 40 or more years ago. So, there is work for electricians, but not necessarily where you want it to be. Of course, those were union jobs. There might be non-union jobs closer to home, but I suspect they don’t pay all that well, especially for someone just starting out.

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  7. Brandon said on June 9, 2023 at 5:24 am

    An article on the feud between Mike Rowe and David Simon, which started when “Rowe wrote a blog post to publicize a Baltimore-themed episode of his show Somebody’s Gotta Do It and to look for suggestions of “anonymous people who love what they do” to be featured on the show. He titled the post “Rewiring The Wire” and characterized the episode as an attempt to undo Baltimore’s unsavory reputation, which he blames solely on David Simon’s The Wire and Homicide: Life on the Street.”

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  8. David C said on June 9, 2023 at 5:54 am

    It’s tough for electricians and plumbers, for sure. Welding though, is high demand. If you have an AA in welding technology you’ll probably work steadily your whole career. Even those with welding certificates are needed and you can get one of those in about a few weeks.

    The first time I heard Taylor Swift actually sing was a duet she did with Matt Berninger on The National’s latest release. It was really good.

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  9. Deborah said on June 9, 2023 at 5:56 am

    How does a young person afford $1,000+ for a ticket to a concert? The photos I’ve seen of attendees look like teenagers, are their parents buying the ticket? Wow, am I out of touch with family life these days.

    I remember being gaga over the Beatles when I was an early teen so I get how young girls can fall for a celebrity like Swift. Emotional maturity hasn’t kicked in yet and things can get carried away in your psyche. That doesn’t mean the one being worshiped doesn’t have talent, that’s involved too.

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  10. Dorothy said on June 9, 2023 at 7:40 am

    I doubt we will be the kind of indulgent grandparents who fork over $1,000 to a grandchild who is pining to see a pop star perform. I balked at $54 to go see Bluey on stage and I’m a pretty easy mark when it comes to spoiling the grandkids! I babysat in 1972 for the 6 month old baby of a woman who had separated from her husband. Karen was teaching an evening class somewhere, and when she got home she left Mia asleep in her crib to run me home in her car, which was about 6 blocks away. Can you imagine someone doing that these days?! Anyway, I saved the $5/night I earned while she taught that 8 week course, and bought myself a really cool midi length coat. It cost $35.

    As delightful as it would be to see TFG succumb to fear and worry by having a fatal heart attack, I really prefer to see him sweat and squirm in a courtroom. And the prospect of getting to watch it four times over? – it just doesn’t get much better than that. I know it paints me in a very ugly color to say I find the prospect of his death delightful, but after what he’s done to this country, I don’t have any fucks to give.

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  11. David C said on June 9, 2023 at 8:19 am

    Oh, I want to see him squirm. Seeing him in a courtroom should be fascinating. The best thing he could do for himself is to sit there and shut up. He’s fundamentally unable to do that, though. He’ll probably mouth off through it all and be his own jerky self. Seeing a judge and his lawyer’s constantly tugging on his leash will be hilarious.

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  12. ROGirl said on June 9, 2023 at 9:07 am

    I’m feeling the effects of the smoke today. My throat is scratchy, my eyes are irritated, my nose is kind of congested, and now I have a headache. Maybe the hvac system is circulating it through the office.

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  13. Mark P said on June 9, 2023 at 9:51 am

    I hope Trump lives to a very old age … in prison. And I hope it’s in one or more state prisons, and once he’s out of state prison, he can start serving his term in a federal pen.

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  14. Jeff Borden said on June 9, 2023 at 9:52 am

    The defense of the orange cancer by the QOP is already full-throated outrage and more demonization of our judicial system. Again, I believe it is absolutely imperative to deny QOPers ANY office from the lowest to the highest until the party embraces reality and walks away from the cult of personality. I will never, ever vote for Republican candidate for any office until those events occur. I wonder if they ever will.

    I’m not thrilled with the filing being in Floriduh, where the slob enjoys a great deal of support. But I have to trust the reputation of Jack Smith, who apparently is a legal ninja, just as I have to trust that the fourth-rate collection of “legal talent” employed by the orange cancer will perform as you’d expect fourth-rate talent to perform.

    Some of the tRumpanzees will likely turn to violence. I feel for the court officials and jury members who will be targeted by these ugly morons. Let us hope they do their duty and take down the clown.

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  15. David C said on June 9, 2023 at 10:08 am

    I just heard Aileen “loose” Cannon has been assigned the case. I don’t know if that’s just for the indictment or if that makes her the trial judge.

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  16. Julie Robinson said on June 9, 2023 at 11:40 am

    Please send all the electricians, plumbers, and HVAC people to Orlando, where the shortage is reaching critical proportions. The last two electricians we called never even called us back. Ditto issues with HVAC at church where we’re looking to replace the whole system.

    I was going to comment on Taylor Swift high ticket prices until I remembered I bought Paul McCartney tickets for D’s birthday last year and they were $400 for not the best but not the worst seats. That’s once per lifetime, though. McCartney has a new book out and I reserved it at the library to see if it would be enjoyed over and over. As a librarian’s daughter I believe in shared book ownership.

    Hoping against hope that one of these indictments will be the dagger through TFG’s coffin and that he won’t be up again the next sunset.

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  17. ROGirl said on June 9, 2023 at 12:48 pm

    Someone at work who said he doesn’t pay attention to the news wasn’t aware that haze from fires in Canada has been blanketing the eastern U S this week. Then I told him there was some good news yesterday because someone got indicted and he said he hoped it was Hunter Biden. Selective news consumption, apparently.

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  18. LAMary said on June 9, 2023 at 2:27 pm

    I wonder how teenagers get $1000 bucks for tickets. I also wonder how teenagers get enough money to buy AR-15s.

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  19. Dave said on June 9, 2023 at 2:31 pm

    Jeff, we’re getting old and hoping that I (we) see the day these disreputable folks are run out of office or out of town on a rail is getting less and less likely.

    ROGirl, interesting that your co-worker didn’t know anything about the fires but thought Hunter Biden should be indicted. That’s very selective news consumption, indeed.

    I don’t know any Taylor Swift songs, although I do know it’s her when I hear her in the grocery store, it’s always the same song where she goes, “Ah oh, ah oh”, and that’s all I know. Doing a search trying to find it leads me to another song where she sings, “Uh oh, uh oh”.

    Meanwhile, and completely off topic, I was listening to Terri Gross’s interview with the composers Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and I’d alway thought that “We’ve Gotta Get Out of This Place” was written perhaps by Eric Burdon. No, they wrote and Barry had hoped to have a hit with it but The Animals recorded it with some lyric edits and Barry’s version was never released. A little bit of rock history I didn’t know.

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  20. Scout said on June 9, 2023 at 2:41 pm

    “Fucking Espionage”

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  21. David C said on June 9, 2023 at 2:58 pm

    The best stuff I’ve found so far is on page 15. He is fucked six ways to Sunday. Even his mall lawyers know it and are jumping ship. If there’s anyone is history who is as fucking stupid as this, I don’t know who that would be.


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  22. Cheez Whiz said on June 9, 2023 at 3:11 pm

    “Reverse the narrative”. What narrative? Where? I don’t mind propaganda, but does it have to be so stupid? I mean, ignore the whole just try to find a skilled tradesman available in an emergency situation where you won’t even bother to ask how much because you don’t care, it has to get fixed. Who is denigrating skilled tradesmen, other than the ones who tried to overthrow a duly elected government? Is that the pesky narrative?

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  23. Mark P said on June 9, 2023 at 4:08 pm

    It really does look like Trump’s big, fat, orange goose is cooked. The moron taped himself showing classified documents to an uncleared person. The photograph of documents stored on the stage of a ballroom open to multiple people is icing on the shit cake. There is no way he can get out of this one, at least if we still have even the pretense of a working justice system.

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  24. LAMary said on June 9, 2023 at 6:20 pm

    The photo of boxes of documents stored next to a toilet is impressive.

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  25. alex said on June 9, 2023 at 7:30 pm

    Meanwhile Pence, Haley, DeSantis, et al. have joined the “witch hunt” chorus, even though they’re all doubtless feeling even cheerier about the Orange Turd’s indictment than any Democrat.

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  26. Sherri said on June 9, 2023 at 9:47 pm

    Wonder what Trump wanted to do with all those documents? Just have them to puff up his own ego? Show them off to sycophants? Sell them to the highest bidder? Give them to Putin to keep his handler happy?

    The QOP can scream witch hunt all day. This is so much worse than what they were yelling “Lock her up!” about. Clinton was at worst a little sloppy about some classified material that wasn’t even secret. Trump deliberately took highly secret material and tried to hide that he took it so he could keep it.

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  27. Dexter Friend said on June 10, 2023 at 1:28 am

    Only one reason the case will be in Miami and not D.C. In D.C., Trump got just 6% of the popular vote in 2020, while in Florida, he won easily. If Jack Smith would have held proceedings in D.C., there would be endless court challenges if the jury would convict, while in Florida, so red a state, those claims of an anti-Trump jury wouldn’t float do easily. Trump is very vulnerable this time; his lawyers are feuding and he has no real defense against charged crimes. Trump’s own words-on-tape should convict him.

    More power to the Swifties. I , like Deborah, was swept up in Beatlemania. I bought all the records with my paper route money. I remember the joy, and I understand.
    I even had a stand-all-night on line once, although a different situation, and I was way past teen years. In 1976 I was working graveyard shift heading for my 11:00 PM shift. On WLW-AM radio, an announcement: World Series tickets would go on sale at 9:00 AM at the box office at the Cincinnati Reds’ Riverfront Stadium.
    I gassed up the Ford truck and blew off work and headed south; I knew this would be my one and only chance to see a World Series game. About 2:00 AM I arrived and got on line behind maybe 500 others, for the long night of waiting. I enjoyed the excitement of being around real baseball nuts like myself, sharing great plays we had seen, comparing great players of the past. The sun came up and 9:00 inched closer. Men with walkie-talkies were ordering hordes of kids around…these were scalpers who had recruited kids to each buy the limit of 4 tickets. There were scuffles as some kids cut the line; there were no cops to maintain order. Finally I get to #3 at the window and a man got his 4 tickets. Then WHAM! The ticket window was slammed down, sold out.
    And that was that, as they say. I’ll never see a World Series game.

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  28. Sherri said on June 10, 2023 at 1:59 pm

    Why are we are forced to be research subjects in Elon Musk’s great experiment?


    I’m tempted to get a bunch of “Unsafe at any Speed” stickers and slap them on any Tesla I encounter. Even the ones owned by my friends!

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  29. Mark P said on June 10, 2023 at 5:11 pm

    I saw a video where a Tesla owner tried the latest full self-driving mode. It tried to do stupid, potentially dangerous things at least twice in his drive, but he was really pleased with the performance. He had to grab the wheel to keep the car where it was supposed to be. That makes me suspicious of any Tesla owner who says FSD is ready for real-world use.

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  30. David C said on June 10, 2023 at 5:25 pm

    We have emergency braking on our new Subaru. I haven’t needed it yet but the guy at the dealer who shows all the features of the car said once he was on a freeway entrance ramp with a frontage road beside it. It saw the stopped cars on the frontage road and braked hard. I can turn it off but right now, I’m waiting to see if it does anything weird for me. If it works, it should be a plus for safety.

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  31. LAMary said on June 10, 2023 at 8:58 pm

    Get off my lawn…
    I’m old and I like to steer, stop and turn my own car. I wish I still had a manual transmission. I’ve never rear ended anyone but I’ve been rear ended five times, all in LA. One was bad enough to total the car, my much loved Honda Civic wagon (with a manual transmission). I still hold the opinion that Tesla drivers are the same as BMW drivers in their attitude towards other vehicles on the road. It’s not the same as asshole Dodge Charger drivers. They’re trying to prove something. Tesla and BMW drivers don’t need to prove they’re special. They just know it.
    Speaking of special, I saw a caravan of Lamborghinis today. All of them had signs on the driver’s door saying “Bay to LA Lamborghinis.” I hope no one rear ends them.

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  32. LAMary said on June 10, 2023 at 9:08 pm

    Here’s a very special pair of shoes:


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  33. Dexter Friend said on June 11, 2023 at 3:04 am

    I had warm feeling this AM as I drove past the local diner. Two tiny vintage MGs were parked side-by-side. A friend had one 50 years ago and he always was begging for rides as his MG was always broken down. Cute cars, though.

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  34. Deborah said on June 11, 2023 at 6:32 am

    Dexter, I had a series of MGs when I was younger. I think my infatuation with tiny convertible sports cars started when I saw “The Birds” as a kid, Tippi Hedron, drove one around Bodega Bay and I thought it was so cool. When I had those cars they were in the shop constantly. Finally I got a Miata when they came out and I no longer had the breaking down problem. I eventually outgrew my obsession, now I often wonder what that was all about.

    LA Mary, those shoes are hideous.

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  35. FDChief said on June 11, 2023 at 10:06 am

    The frustrating thing about all the indictments isn’t knowing that Tubby will either 1) get off completely or 2) get a slap on the wrist, because that’s how rich white guys roll here in the Land of the Free.

    No, it’s listening to his cult baying at the moon knowing how utterly lost these CHUDs are, while hearing “reasonable” Republicans whatabout everything (if not flat-out saying “well, he should get to be criming because reasons”.)

    We should just be honest and replace every “blind justice” image with a picture of Trump giving that shit-eating grin he does while flashing his usual thumbs-up. It’d suck, but at least it’d be honest…

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  36. Mark P said on June 11, 2023 at 10:18 am

    I drove a Triumph TR-3 in high school. It was hot in the summer and cold in the winter, with drafty side curtains and top and wimpy windshield wipers. It rode like an ox cart, and the steering was so hard it was like a weightlifting workout. I remember being exhausted after driving it around all day in the summer heat. My best friend from high school, now my brother in law, is a well-off orthopedic surgeon in Lexington, KY. He bought a beautifully-restored TR-3. He texted a picture from a sports car gathering in Louisville that he drove it to. He said it wasn’t as much fun as when we were kids.

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  37. FDChief said on June 11, 2023 at 10:19 am

    Sherri: and it’s not just the Teslas themselves. There’s a thing about a lot of Tesla drivers.

    BMWs used to be my personal road-hazard gold standard. Speeding, tailgating, weaving thru traffic, cutting off…pick a driving dick-move and I could count on a Beemer driver.

    But Tesla drivers often seem to take that as a challenge. I’ve seen more road-hole driving from Teslas in the past couple of years than from BMWs in the decade before that.

    Maybe Elmo’s building a bit of himself into every one..?

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  38. nancy said on June 11, 2023 at 11:11 am

    FDChief, one of the most satisfying videos I’ve ever seen — and I have searched and searched for it, in vain — was a news clip in the aftermath of an ice storm in Atlanta. A BMW driver basically stood on his accelerator at the bottom of a hill, perhaps believing the ice would melt under his spinning tires, and in a way it did. The tires caught fire, then the car caught fire, and it burned to a crisp.

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  39. LAMary said on June 11, 2023 at 11:23 am

    FDChief, I’m glad it’s not just me. There are other electric cars out there that don’t seem to inspire their owners to drive like jerks. I think you might be on to something suggesting there’s some essence of Elmo built in.

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  40. FDChief said on June 11, 2023 at 11:25 am


    Read the whole thing.

    FWIW, that’s utterly nuts. Nuts as in “Idi Amin/Saddam Hussein” nuts. I don’t think us normies really get what’s going on in the wingnut fever swamps, but it’s goddamn creepy.

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  41. 4dbirds said on June 11, 2023 at 11:59 am

    It infuriates me as a person who worked in Intel and had access to classified documents every single day as to how Trump treated these documents. The pictures of the aging and collapsing cardboard boxes just leaves me wondering how fucking cheap he is. Couldn’t they buy a bunch of plastic tubs at Walmart to protect them? The only thing I can think of this behavior that in addition to being a show-off and braggart, he is a hoarder. Every hoarders episode I’ve seen has a subject who swears the filthy hoard in their house is a beloved, valuable collection.

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  42. Suzanne said on June 11, 2023 at 12:01 pm

    FDChief, a very scary thread. Jeff Sharlet has been on my radar for the past few years, doing reporting that no one else seems to be doing. I still don’t think people understand how unhinged so many of our fellow citizens are. My daughter told me recently about a co-worker who is highly educated and excellent at her job who mentioned that she believed the bad air in NYC recently was from the government spewing some sort of toxins into the air on purpose & claiming it was wildfire smoke as a cover for their bad deeds. My daughter was gobsmacked.

    I think we are in for a rough summer. It reminds me of the late 60s.

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  43. Dorothy said on June 11, 2023 at 12:03 pm

    I had a job my senior year of high school via the work study program. In the afternoons I took a bus to work at a teeny tiny storefront in Forest Hills, PA. The owner (Alan) had a printing press at his parents’ nearby home. The store sold office supplies and wedding invitations. He owned a little green MG and gave me a ride home from work one day. It felt like he was Fred Flintstone and he was powering it with his feet. I was 5’9” in high school so my long legs were not really comfortable in that little car. Still, it was a cool thing to ride in. I wonder what ever happened to Alan Katchmar? He smoked too much, and drank crappy instant coffee.

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  44. susan said on June 11, 2023 at 12:21 pm

    Triumphs were in the same category as MGs back then. Electrical problems were their middle name. That was the hallmark of English cars. I was going to go to Woodstock (yes, that one) with a friend, heading up there in his Triumph. I still have the image in my mind of him bending over that car, parked in the driveway, trying to start the damned thing. Messing with wires and plugs and cables, jabbing and pulling at things. For hours. But always with such a calm demeanor. His serene attitude, as he circled around the thing, strangely annoyed me, though. Why wasn’t he hopping mad??! Eventually, I realized if you had a Triumph, you had to be a sort of Zen Master.

    We never made it to Woodstock.

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  45. Sherri said on June 11, 2023 at 1:06 pm

    Meanwhile, the anti-woke movement is convinced that DEI and pronouns are the biggest threat we face. (I think the anti-woke movement should be called the “keep white people comfortable” movement.)


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  46. FDChief said on June 11, 2023 at 3:23 pm

    What’s reeeeeal irking for me isn’t so much Tubby – he’s just a nasty little crackpot and we know that – or his cult, but how he’s reported.

    I’m old enough to remember Lyndon LaRouche (just as cracked, less nasty), Ross Perot (not as cracked, or nasty), and George Wallace (not cracked, real nasty) and they were all pretty much covered like crackpots (Wallace wasn’t, but his out-and-proud racism was).

    It’s blatantly obvious that Tubby’s schtick is practically as whack as LaRouche was whether it’s genuine or kayfabe. So it’s be nice to see him covered the way LaRouche was – play his antivaxx sound bite introduced as “In his latest whacky rant Donald Trump came out in favor of more disease. More smallpox? How kooky is that, eh, Jane?”

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  47. basset said on June 11, 2023 at 4:04 pm

    Why do the English drink warm beer? Because they have Lucas refrigerators…

    Saw home Covid tests on a yard-sale table yesterday, that was a first.

    Don’t usually watch golf, but we have it on to follow the weather warnings… the network has some kind of magical device which shows exactly where balls are hit off the tee, most often dead straight at rocket speed and landing on the green.

    I’d pay to see TV of my old golfing crew hacking around the hard as pavement city park we played on in Wichita… “ahh, tough break, Jack, that’s another remarkable left-handed slice from Basset, and another ball out of bounds into approaching traffic… (red arrow following the ball through someone’s windshield) and now he is pulling yet another beer from his bag, maybe that will slow his swing down a little…”

    I actually did that once, hit a moving car, but the glass didn’t break.

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  48. Sherri said on June 11, 2023 at 4:48 pm

    Basset, my husband once hit a foul ball in a softball game that bounced off a moving bus in traffic and broke a window in a house across the street from where we were playing!

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  49. David C said on June 11, 2023 at 5:55 pm

    I love it when physics and chance play together to make strange things happen.

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  50. Deborah said on June 11, 2023 at 9:01 pm

    One of the MGs I had was so screwed up electrically that once for some reason I turned on the headlights before inserting the key and the car started. It was always electrical reasons when the various cars were in the shop. But did that stop me from buying the next MG? Nope. I had 3 in a row before I finally got a Miata. I had 2 Miata’s the first one which I loved I had for 10 years and then “loaned” it to my husband’s younger daughter who lived in LA and like everyone who lives there needed a car. She promptly totaled it on one of the freeways. Meanwhile I had a new Miata that never grabbed me like that first one. I sold it when we moved to Chicago after I’d only had it a year or so. It just didn’t have the same vibe and I was losing my tiny convertible obsession by then, about time.

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