Friday open thread – until the Return of the Khan should deem otherwise.

It’s yours….

Standard FYI clause: I generally wait about 2 hours after Ta-Nehisi would typically open a thread (roughly noon, EST, back when such a thing was typical…!), and if none is forthcoming, I put one up here.

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  1. Captain_Button

     /  November 30, 2012

    When is the movie version of “The Return Of The Khan” coming out?

  2. JHarper2

     /  November 30, 2012

    Is MoVember celebrated in the US? It is where amateurs grow mustaches to raise money for cancer.
    It is a worthy cause, but results in some awful Ron Howard style staches. Thankfully the amateurs will tomorrow go back to their proper state.
    Leave that sort of thing to the professionals.

    • Captain_Button

       /  November 30, 2012

      Never heard of it. Already have beard and mustache, avatar notwithstanding.

      • JHarper2

         /  November 30, 2012

        It’s big here, public figures, politicians, and ordinary folk get sponsors and grow cheesy whispy mustaches. It is horrible.
        I have a lovely mustaches I have had for decades. I hate it when I am asked if I am cutting it off Dec 1st.

        • Captain_Button

           /  November 30, 2012

          I don’t think mine ever gets longer than around an inch regardless.

        • I feel much the same way about the people who see my (very long) hair and immediately suggest I should cut it off for Locks of Love or a similar charity.

          • snailspace

             /  November 30, 2012

            Yes! I get this all the time. As if a) the only reason to grow it long was for Locks of Love and b) keeping my own hair on my own head is selfish.

            • Exactly! And it’s always the first thing these people say — “Wow, your hair is really long! You should donate it!” Not “are you planning to donate it?” or even “have you thought about donating it?”

    • My husband kinda-sorta participated, and he went full-beard, and it was the oddest thing on earth. Well, among the oddest things on earth. This anaconda regurgitating a cow is odder: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/osvideo-anaconda-vomits-cow-after-losing-appetite-20121129,0,2706545.story

    • I’m pretty sure Brian Sierk got in on that. The results… were not pretty.

    • It is, though the interest seems to be centered in the 20-something hipster population, which sort of makes it hard to tell who’s participating and who’s just wearing their usual facial hair.

    • carlosthedwarf

       /  November 30, 2012

      My cousin did it. The result was hideous. Beatles-era Ringo Starr meets Jason Bateman.

    • David L

       /  November 30, 2012

      Friend of mine did it, along with his brothers and father. But they’re eastern European Jews and went for a full beard as well, so they just looked like hasidim for the month.

  3. JHarper2

     /  November 30, 2012

    What is your least liked/most hated Christmas season or winter song?
    Me, I hate hate hate hate hate The Little Drummer Brat. Even the version by St Bing and St David.

    A small Christmas joke.
    At six the young child got up and opened all the presents.
    At eight, the downstairs neighbour appeared at the door, gave the urchin a jack-knife tied up with a bow and innocently asked if the child knew what was inside the drum that made such a big noise.

  4. Project Runway Recap!
    More disasters on XFactor!
    Other THINGS!

    http://anibundel.wordpress.com

    …I’m getting tired of Blogflogging. Is that a bad sign? *frets*

  5. mightbelying

     /  November 30, 2012

    I have a million things to do today, including getting ready for a job interview on Monday. So what do I do? Lock my keys in the car while it is running in front of the bank downtown. I am feeling … not so smart.
    (I did manage to get back into the car, eventually. I had to call my landlord and make sure they had spare keys, find a cab, go to the landlord and get into my apartment to get my extra keys, and take the cab back to the car. I was so worried it was going to be gone but, as my stepdad said, “Nobody can steal it! The keys are locked inside!”)

    • JHarper2

       /  November 30, 2012

      Good luck on Monday!

      • MightBeLying

         /  November 30, 2012

        Thanks! I feel pretty good about it. I still have to finish writing my teaching demo, though! Ack!

    • efgoldman

       /  November 30, 2012

      AAA has a doohickey that will reach inside the door and spring the lock. In car thief world they call it a “slim jim”.

      • mightbelying

         /  November 30, 2012

        I really need to join AAA. I looked around for police to see if anyone had one, but could not find a single cop. (I DID find an empty police station with no door!) Calling a mobile locksmith to come with their slim jim would have run me $120. Boo.

  6. carlosthedwarf

     /  November 30, 2012

    Somehow, I got roped into eating lunch outside today. Have I mentioned it’s barely in the 40s here today?

  7. I NaNo’ed to 50000 words.

    Now I gotta finish the rest of it and get to editing the damn thing.

  8. koolaide

     /  November 30, 2012

    Unfortunately, it is official. I have a cold. A cruddy kind of cold. bah.

  9. watson42

     /  November 30, 2012

    Horde, I am feeling seriously demoralized about everything today. I’m in one of those moods where I want to put all my stuff in storage or give it away and just bail. Take off for parts unknown until my money runs out. *sigh*

    • I wish I could offer you more than this, but if you look at my latest post, you’ll find some lovely otters.

      And I offer you my understanding and hugs.

    • efgoldman

       /  November 30, 2012

      Take off for parts unknown until my money runs out.
      Well, I live in RI. I’d get just across the state line.

  10. I’m leaving the house in 55 minutes to pick up a college friend so that we can go to the birthday party of two other college friends and I’m not packed and the car is a mess so…. I’m out!

    But I LOVE YOU GUYS SO MUCH. If TNC opens a thread, please send everyone over there my love, too, okay? Okay.

    xoxoxoxo
    ellaesther

    PS Of course, the student lounge is still yours. Just wash the coffee cups when you’re done.

    • watson42

       /  November 30, 2012

      Woo hoo for parties with friends! One of the best parts of my Thanksgiving was spending an afternoon with two of my oldest and best friends. Nothing dramatic, just hanging out and talking and laughing together. It was truly wonderful.

      And I will make sure the coffee cups get washed and put away.

      • Bookwoman

         /  November 30, 2012

        I’ll dry. I’m good at drying.

        • efgoldman

           /  November 30, 2012

          That’s what paper cups are for…

          • Bookwoman

             /  November 30, 2012

            Only proper mugs or cups are used in the student lounge. What kind of a philistine are you???

            • efgoldman

               /  November 30, 2012

              A Philistine from the “I hate washing dishes” sub-tribe.

              • so long as you contribute coffee, we can probably work out an arrangement where you don’t have to wash the mugs.

  11. caoil

     /  November 30, 2012

    It is supposed to rain all weekend and that is Just Fine By Me as I can sew and sew without interruption. Hopefully I didn’t just jinx myself. I won’t bore everyone with TOO many pictures on fb, but possibly 1 or 2.

  12. Anyanwu O.

     /  November 30, 2012

    Hello. It dawned on me recently that I haven’t seen Andy Hall over at TNC’s in I don’t know how long. I assume he’s ok since his blog is up to date. Does anyone know why he hasn’t been around?

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