Ok, ok anibundel – here you go! An open thread.

Yada, yada – it’s yours!

Standard FYI clause: My rule of thumb is that I wait for 2 hours after Ta-Nehisi would usually open a thread (roughly noon, EST), and if none is forthcoming, I put one up here.

162 Comments

  1. http://threaders.wordpress.com/2012/06/14/are-there-no-gay-psychopaths/ “Are There No Gay Pschopaths”. I finally watched the True Blood premiere and something Tami said on the Racialicious round table got me thinking.

    • Gay men as violent sexual predators is a very, very well-worn trope. I mean, this is kind of silly:

      Trayvon Martin is a victim regardless of his past, LGBTQ people deserve full rights regardless of potential rapists, murderers or jerks among them.

      Trayvon Martin is a real person. He should be accurately portrayed as who he is. The character that’s being discussed here is not a real person, he is a fictional creation, meaning he can be anything the writers want him to be. Making him into a gay sexual predator is a choice that the creators have made, and it’s a fucking lame-ass one. Yes, people should be portrayed on TV with diversity, not just as saints but as sinners and madmen too, but people should also have some sense of history, and how various stereotypes have been used over and over again to marginalize out-groups.

      • I wrote that because I see the same underlying urge to present a perfect facade on the subject. It’s about more than the character although that’s what prompted the thought. It’s the same thing that animates the idea that any characterization of black folks on tv has to be positive or it’s damaging.

        • I doubt that any cultural critic would ever suggest that every portrayal of a black person on TV should be positive. What they would probably say is that, if you’re going to negatively portray a black person (or any minority) you should do it in an interesting way, and eschew as much as possible boring historical stereotypes. If the villain of your show is a super-miserly old Jew, you have failed.

          • I’m not saying people should be allowed to use stereotypes willy-nilly but having a Jewish character pick up a dollar off the street shouldn’t prompt critics to proclaim that it’s treating jewish characters “like shxt”. The hyperbole and inconsistency does no one any favors.

            • If I was watching a show with a character whose defining characteristic is that he’s a tight-assed old miser, and then in episode 61 they revealed that, oh by the way, he’s totes a Jew you guys, yeah, I’d be pretty put off by that shit (this doesn’t work for black characters because there’s generally no possibility of a “black reveal” unless the show is doing some really weird juju.)

    • Poke around here:

      http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/DepravedHomosexual

      At the risk of getting all “this thing is like that thing” there is something very Stepin Fetchit-y about this type of character.

      • I’m not arguing that it isn’t a stereotype my argument is that he’s been a depraved person period throughout his run on the show, his attraction to Jason isn’t what makes him depraved. He was depraved when he was a minister too.

        • Right, but making him gay is still a choice, and it’s a choice that reflects poorly on the show. (I’ll confess that I don’t watch and will never watch this dumb show, I’m just responding to your post and why I think it’s off base. Christ knows that no one really takes this show seriously in any case.)

          • and here’s where I kind of run into my problem. A depraved minister is okay but turning that character gay puts him into a space where they’re treating a community “like shxt”. That doesn’t make sense to me.

            • True Blood has a fuckton of gay characters, right? Or at least, gay characters pop up with some regularity? Assuming that’s true, then that dulls the criticism to some degree (which, let’s be honest, was pretty mild to begin with). But it’s still there. And I mean, if you want to make the argument that the “depraved minister” is a tired-ass trope that needs to be sent to time-out for a while, then by all means you should do so. But the “depraved gay guy” most certainly is a tired-ass trope, and if you’re going to deploy it you’d damn well better do it in a really interesting way (again, never watched this show, no idea what the status of this character is.)

            • I’ve only watched a little bit of the TV series, and I haven’t decided if making Newlin gay is homophobic or not, but I do find the idea of turning a fundamentalist Christian homophobe and vampire-phobe into a gay vampire to be kind of amusing. I mean, to me it’s all about this one individual, who’s a pretty well-established character (if one counts the books and the show), not about “all gay men are evil.”

              • This. Basically he’s the wide stance guy but his coming out shouldn’t preclude him from being the same asshole

  2. I don’t want to start a stampede or anything, but I seem to have my olde tyme way of posting back…. Shh! Don’t tell the WordPress elves!

    • Bob Jones' Neighbor

       /  June 14, 2012

      You mean… they fixed it!? Or just realized that their new “features” were, in fact, all bugs and put the original system back, the way God programmed it.

      • I don’t honestly know. It stank of bugs, rather than new features (I mean, seriously: Typing via Dashboard was invisible. How can that be intentional?), so I was really hoping that people would hit the box enough times that the bugs would fall out and I could carry on. As of this moment in time, it looks like that might have happened. Fingers firmly crossed!

    • Captain Button

       /  June 14, 2012

      “Do not go to the elves for counsel, for they will they will say both no and yes and .”

      • Captain Button

         /  June 14, 2012

        “Do not go to the elves for counsel, for they will they will say both no and yes and .”

      • Captain Button

         /  June 14, 2012

        Shen. My faux-HTML keeps getting threated as legit. should end

        • Captain Button

           /  June 14, 2012

          I give up. how do you escape <?

          • I have no idea what you’re doing here…!

            BUT: Replacing [ ] with carrots, as long as you open and close as usual, it works fine: [i] [/i] for italics, [b] [/b] for bold, etc.

            • Captain Button

               /  June 14, 2012

              “Do not go to the elves for counsel, for they will they will say both no and yes and [undefined error].”

              Of course by now the joke is lame.

            • You wascally wabbit!

    • YAYAAAAAAAAYYYYY
      (/ahem. sorry.)

  3. Bob Jones' Neighbor

     /  June 14, 2012

    Emily, I think everybody’s still over at TNC’s arguing and/or attempting to be witty, with varying degrees of success, over “stand your ground” laws. I got no blog to flog, so I’m just laying low, here.

    • You’re a wise man, Bob Jones’ Neighbor.

    • You are wise. Anytime people get upset over quoting Buffy, there’s trouble.

    • taylor16

       /  June 14, 2012

      I’m here! I’m just busy at work. Heading out of town tonight for the weekend, so I’m trying to tie up loose ends at work. And of course, the computers are misbehaving and the phones are ringing off the hook and my fellow employees are full of questions for me….

  4. MightBeLying

     /  June 14, 2012

    You guys, I just left my house! Everything I own is in a truck. I have like NO keys (gave all the work keys back yesterday). This is so WEIRD!

    I am having irrational paranoia that nobody in Rhode Island will like me and I will have no friends.

    • Aw, big hugs as you start your big adventure!

      And I’ve met you. How could people not like you? You’re delightful! Do they have pancakes in Rhode Island? I believe they do. You’ll be fine.

      • MightBeLying

         /  June 14, 2012

        What if they don’t have pancakes?! I should have gone to Chicago! I know *3* people who like me in Chicago …

        • You can always make your own pancakes? I have a pretty good recipe that includes oatmeal.

          • MightBeLying

             /  June 14, 2012

            Are we doing this at Emilys place now, too?

            • Eh, it’s not always oatmeal. I just put some par-cooked grains (corn meal, steel cut oats, 10-grain cereal mix) into my pancake batter as that gives them a little bit more texture and fiber, as well as helping them to hold in moisture while they’re cooking.

              • I am glad you have not inadvertently started an oatmeal/pancake flame war😀

                • Captain_Button

                   /  June 14, 2012

                  I need to get better and video fiddling so I can post stuff I want but can’t find, like the “Pancakes! Pancakes!” bit from Haibane Renmei.

        • efgoldman

           /  June 14, 2012

          Rhode Island is lousy with pancakes. And little breakfast/lunch places to get them, also too.

        • wearyvoter

           /  June 14, 2012

          And if you go to Chicago, there’s a lovely brunch place around the downtown called Eggstravaganza. I have eaten breakfast/brunch there once, and it was yummy. (The line was also out the door. Hubby and I had coffee at the Starbucks across the way while we waited for the friends we were meeting for breakfast to show up. We got there earlier than we thought we would because the walk from the hotel was shorter than we’d guesstimated by quite some.)

          • aaron singer

             /  June 14, 2012

            There are lots of good brunch places here, as well as lots of great food in general, in this biggest city in the Upper Midwest. I have no idea what Craig is talking about.

    • My parents are in Rhode Island, they’ll adopt anyone. Also if you’re around on July 7 let me know.

    • efgoldman

       /  June 14, 2012

      I am having irrational paranoia that nobody in Rhode Island will like me and I will have no friends.
      I’m in Rhode Island, and I already like you.
      Although, given our age difference, the relationship might be more “uncle/niece” (and aunt, for mrs efgoldman) than “friends.”

      • And just like that, I’m jealous of Might Be Lying.

        • efgoldman

           /  June 14, 2012

          We would adopt you, too. We are equal opportunity adopters.
          We adopted pretty much anyone that K brought home.
          We are emergency/auxiliary backup parents to uncounted children.

          • Yes, but she will actually be there to be adopted! Whereas here I sit, amongst the corn.

            • efgoldman

               /  June 14, 2012

              We’ve never done a long-distance adoption before, but there’s always a first time.
              Well, we adopted K’s roomate. She was 100 miles away.

      • Captain Button

         /  June 14, 2012

        Vivian: Bridge? He’s not really my uncle.
        Bridget: They never are dear.

    • There’s a very simple way to make friends in Rhode Island.

      Microbrew.

    • taylor16

       /  June 14, 2012

      Go to Providence College and find a woman there named Kara. Tell her you know someone she knows and wait there until she guesses who it is. Don’t give her any hints.

      I’m sure that won’t freak her out at all and you two will be friends for life.🙂

      (Really, I do know someone in Providence who is very fun and nice. Let me know if you would like a virtual intro.🙂

  5. JHarper2

     /  June 14, 2012

    For Anibundel. A Guardian slide show on the Style of Prince Charles.
    Note: Commentary not as witty or informed as our own Ani is.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/fashion/gallery/2012/jun/13/prince-charles-style-icon?INTCMP=ILCNETTXT3487

    • JHarper2

       /  June 14, 2012

      OHYEAH, for the second day in a row I managed to log in without sending myself to moderation. Another decade or so and I might get the hang of this internet thingy.

    • Kinda surprised it didn’t include him in his signature morning suit. I was always a fan of that one.

  6. carlosthedwarf

     /  June 14, 2012

    Okay, you guys, I need to learn how to iron clothes. My parents refused to teach me growing up (to be fair, it wasn’t something I was super-pumped to learn), and now it’s become a necessity that I learn, and fast. Anyone know a good website or something to teach me?

    • JHarper2

       /  June 14, 2012

      YouTube.
      How to Iron a Shirt

      How to press trousers.

      I used to do my laundry on Sunday Mornings, get up make 8 loaves of bread. While the bread is rising do the laundry. Once football or baseball comes on (around 11 or 12 around here, watch football while ironing and folding, bake the risen bread and by noon you have a feeling of accomplishment and welcome people for brunch.
      Note: baking is not integral to ironing..

      • carlosthedwarf

         /  June 14, 2012

        What I want to know is what happened to those 8 loaves of bread every week?

      • Ian

         /  June 14, 2012

        OMG WHAT IS THAT GUY DOING TO THOSE PANTS??!!?

      • socioprof

         /  June 14, 2012

        My mom used to do something similar while watching Dallas and her other nighttime soaps.

    • efgoldman

       /  June 14, 2012

      I learned (decades ago) by trial and error.
      I also learned to budget for having my shirts done.
      Started at 19 cents in those days.

      • carlosthedwarf

         /  June 14, 2012

        It’s $1.29 to have a shirt done now. If I can learn to iron, that’s one or two more drinks I can afford every week.

        • efgoldman

           /  June 14, 2012

          It’s $1.29 to have a shirt done now.
          I’d gladly pay that. $2.00 – $2.25 in our corner of paradise.

          • carlosthedwarf

             /  June 14, 2012

            Yeah, it’s really not an absurd amount. Having three dry cleaners within three blocks has its advantages. But it’s still money I’d rather spend on booze or games or other forms of recreation.

    • Makovnik

       /  June 14, 2012

      Ironing goals, in priority order, and how to achieve them:

      1. Don’t damage the garment. Pick an appropriate heat setting. The best way to do this is to check the tag; if it says not to iron, don’t. Generally, synthetics either can’t be ironed or take low heat, cotton and linen take high heat, and blends are in the middle. Keep the iron moving, or if you must, rest it only for a few seconds on tough spots like collar ends.

      2. Leave fewer wrinkles than when you started. Iron in sections, making sure that the fabric is flat against the board before you put the iron on it, or you’ll make wrinkles instead of take them out. Take it in small parts and move the piece around. Poke the corners or the pointy end of the ironing board into parts like shirt shoulders to isolate them. Remember that on sleeves and pant legs, there are two layers under the iron and both sides need to be flat, or else you will iron very crisp random pleats in the layer below.

      3. Make it look good. Use the tip of the iron to get around buttons and pleats. Iron shirt collars flat from the back first, then fold them into position and iron the crease. Cotton and linen usually need steam to really get flat. Use your iron’s steam setting (fill it with water first, of course), or put a damp washcloth over the section to iron and give it a quick shot with the hot iron before taking the washcloth away, or spray it with water from a bottle.

      That’s all I learned about ironing from my dressmaker grandmother. I hate it, but I can do it pretty well.

      • Makovnik

         /  June 14, 2012

        Or you could just watch those videos from JHarper2!

    • taylor16

       /  June 14, 2012

      Oh man. I wish I could help.

      But my name is taylor16, and my husband irons all of my clothes.

      (In my defense, he has to dress up EVERY DAY for work … and I don’t. But still.)

      • Bookwoman

         /  June 14, 2012

        My husband irons also too. It’s one of the reasons I married him. (Although I only rarely give him things to iron – I’m a ‘fold it right our of the dryer so it doesn’t need ironing’ person.)

        • carlosthedwarf

           /  June 14, 2012

          I find that works for my pants, but not my collared shirts. Of course, an unironed shirt is much more noticeable than unironed pants.

        • taylor16

           /  June 14, 2012

          Yes … I only rarely need things ironed, so it’s very rarely a problem.

          But carlos is right … collared shirts are the worst. Which is what hubby wears to work every night, so whenever I need to break out the old collared shirt and business suit jacket, I know just where to go for help!

          • Bookwoman

             /  June 14, 2012

            Yeah, I don’t wear collared shirts. I have a long neck, and when I put one on it makes me look like a giraffe. Husband (who wears a suit every day) mostly sends his to the cleaners, but has a few he likes to iron himself. He finds it relaxing.

            I once tried to iron one of his shirts, and it came out with more wrinkles than when I started. That was the end of that experiment.

            • taylor16

               /  June 14, 2012

              I always wind up with one GIANT crease down the shirt or whatever item. I will then adjust and try to flatten out that crease, and then create an equally huge crease on another part of the shirt. It’s immensely frustrating.

      • I used to Iron.
        Then I divorced the white collar husband and took up with the blue collar special events electrician. I may never have to iron again.

    • socioprof

       /  June 14, 2012

      My brother inherited the ironing gene from our grandmother who used the heavy, old-fashioned sort. She thought spray starch was a cop-out and he agrees. He got so good that he would augment his allowance by ironing for my mother. We used to have to iron ALL of our clothes for the week each weekend, a habit I disabused myself of my first month in college. Now, I think my iron is in the basement, buried under something somewhere. I personally believe that wrinkles give my clothes character and the only time my clothes are pressed is when they come from the store or the dry cleaners that way. I am saying all this to say that my sons will probably write something similar to you one day in the future.

      • wearyvoter

         /  June 14, 2012

        I have an iron. I know it’s here somewhere, but using it would involve clearing off cobwebs.🙂 @socioprof: My brother is the only one in my family who liked to iron, too.

  7. mythopoeia

     /  June 14, 2012

    You guys, my boyfriend bought me Cards Against Humanity. Let the games begin!

    • carlosthedwarf

       /  June 14, 2012

      WHAT?! HOW?! According to my friendly neighborhood game store, you can’t buy it anywhere.

        • carlosthedwarf

           /  June 14, 2012

          It’s also $25 to Amazon and its crappy labor practices, as opposed to my friendly neighborhood game store and its awesome owner and staff. [Labyrinth, at Eastern Market: Really, the most awesome place to buy games.] Perhaps I’ll buy some cardstock and print my own. To find a friend with a printer!

          • Have you gone to game night at Labyrinth yet? First Tuesdays, hosted by my man Doug Hoylman, who knows how to play everything.

            • carlosthedwarf

               /  June 14, 2012

              I hadn’t heard of that game night. Are you aware of the weekly Thursday game nights? They’re at Labyrinth the third Thursday of every month, and they rotate around various cafes in DC the other weeks. There’s also apparently one every Wednesday at a cafe in Columbia Heights, but I haven’t been to that one yet.

              • http://www.gamesclubofmd.org
                Tuesday nights are under their umbrella, and Doug also has a Friday night gig in Silver Spring that’s Metro accessible (IIRC, you don’t have a car?) Plenty of others in the DC area, but I don’t know how accessible they are for non-drivers.

                Any games I should bring Saturday?🙂

                • carlosthedwarf

                   /  June 15, 2012

                  I am bringing Chrononauts, as it can accommodate a large number of people and is simple to teach and play.

  8. JHarper2

     /  June 14, 2012

    For Emily and all who fear Daleks; they are just like anybody else, they take public transit.
    Daleks waiting for the bus in 1960s London

    • How do they board the bus? There are stairs.

    • …um

      While I firmly support any and all love of things Whovian, and am particularly taken with the idea of the Tardis, I don’t actually watch. Indeed, it was only yesterday that I finally learned what the Daleks actually are.

      /goes to the corner

      • I forgive you.
        Now go watch “Rose” post haste.

        • It was so much fun to start from the beginning with Doctor Who last summer and blow through the whole modern series. I find myself missing that when I do things that I associate with watching the show (like when I’m washing dishes or making lemonade. That was Doctor time.)

          I actually really enjoy how delightfully uneven it is. If you want to watch a great show, it is that sometimes. If you want to watch a dumb show that is begging to be made fun of, it is that also. It’s not my favorite show by a long ways, but I am very glad that I’m on the train now, and unlike some Joss Whedon shit this is still an active, ongoing concern. So what I’m saying is, Emily, give it a gander for realsies.

          • I… tried…?

            I watched a couple of episodes with the husband and it just – didn’t grab me. In that way it is meant to grab people like me.

            Perhaps someday I’ll try again — it truly feels like I’ve gone off the geek reservation with this — but for now, I have my 2-3 programs and I can’t even keep up with them.

            • Eh, everything isn’t for everyone. You know how I feel about Joss Whedon television shows.

            • Which doctor did you try and watch? Remember, this is a show that changes writers and lead actors fairly frequently, so if you tried watching say the first seires and it didn’t grab you, you could check out an episode from the the third or fourth series with David Tennant, or skip the Davies era all together and try an episode or two with Matt Smith.

              • wearyvoter

                 /  June 14, 2012

                I like David Tennant a lot, but I have to admit Matt Smith had me at fish fingers and custard. That was just fnckin’ hilarious, and I liked the way he interacted with Amelia. (I have to go back and watch the Eccleston eps one of these days.)

              • Gonzai55

                 /  June 14, 2012

                My ‘first Doctor’ was Sylvester McCoy. Saw half of one episode. It was probably 15 years before I tried to watch again. The second time it was David Tennant. THAT clicked.

              • (It was Matt Smith I was watching…).

                • wearyvoter

                   /  June 15, 2012

                  Our local PBS affiliate seems to have the rights for the Tennant part of the show, plus the first year with Matt Smith. Suffice it to say, I’ve seen series 5 about 3 times now. By viewing #3, I started watching acting technique. There’s the bit in “The Eleventh Hour” where 11 is up on the roof, confronting the Atraxi. His body language is kind of fun to watch. In particular, watch his hands. The tall, skinny, storky dude looks like he’s just itching for a fight. (Also, during the first bits of series 5, some of the dialogue sounds like it was set up to fit David Tennant’s style, but you can practically see Moffatt making the transition.)

        • cofax

           /  June 14, 2012

          “Blink”! (If we want to scare Emily away forever…)

  9. Captain Button

     /  June 14, 2012

    Dark cyncial pessimistic thought of the day:

    A problem with making the transition to a democratic society is that if a lot of the people want to try something that history has shown is a bad idea, they likely will have to try it and find out for themselves why it is a bad idea. And trying to stop the idea from being tried is very likely to convince those people that democracy is a sham. And they may well be right.

    Because the only lesson we learn from history is that we don’t learn lessons from history.

    (The immediate reason for thinking this is the coup* in Egypt, but I’ve had similar thoughts about Eastern Europe and the f-USSR for the past two decades.)

    * If that is what it is.

  10. Yesterday I finally wrapped up an experiment with Macallan Cask Strength, testing to see how it tastes diluted to 45%, 50%, and 55% ABV compared with it’s 58.2% bottling strength. They all had interesting characteristics that were unique, but still recognizable as part of the same spectrum.

    http://cocktailchem.blogspot.com/2012/06/whisky-review-macallan-cask-strength.html

  11. and of course, I was at lunch when it went up. Lunch I went to late because of the office furniture debacle this morning.
    Lunch I went to so late I missed the conference call i was supposed to have this afternoon.

    Today is fired. Make me feel better, Go look at my new fashion posts and make me feel like I’m not just writing into a void.

    • Think of any famous animal from TV or the movies, from Mr. Ed to Eddie the dog. Chances are, that animal is dead.

      (Mirth!)

    • taylor16

       /  June 14, 2012

      I looked at them! And almost left a comment on the Jason Wu one saying “I would wear almost all of these dresses! Especially the first two whitish ones and the ones with the green patterned shapes on them!”

      Alas, I’ve been trained well by TNC that I shouldn’t leave a comment if I’m not adding anything substantive to the conversation, and I didn’t think that comment qualified. I will rethink my commenting strategy, though.🙂

      • Have you noticed my posts? “Substantive” is not something that should be worried about.

        • taylor16

           /  June 14, 2012

          Haha, I know. I will do better, I promise!!

  12. what should i make for the horde meet up this saturday? blondies or cookies?

    • I was going to make banana bread, but I won’t be home at all Friday and I have to leave by 10 Saturday morning and sorry guys, but I don’t love you enough to get up crazy early on a Saturday to bake. It’ll have to wait for an evening Horde.

      • carlosthedwarf

         /  June 14, 2012

        Yeah, I’m going to have to just pick something up on the way, because I’m not going to have time to cook anything between now and then. Any requests?

        • carlosthedwarf

           /  June 14, 2012

          And just like that, Adam Roberts posts a key lime pie recipe that I just might have to make time for tomorrow.

    • dave in texas

       /  June 14, 2012

      Somebody will feel slighted no matter which one you choose. To avoid this, you should make both.

    • efgoldman

       /  June 14, 2012

      Make blondies, pack them carefully, and send them to me.

  13. Captain Button

     /  June 14, 2012

    I don’t think you can get Debbie Harry clones finished that quickly.

  14. Because it’s faster than retyping the whole thing, here’s what happened yesterday evening. http://gonzai55.livejournal.com/439593.html
    I was able to get the car taken care of this morning, but I’m still a nervous wreck.

  15. Because I am apparently in tune with the cosmos (seriously?) I’m almost done reading GoT. And this morning while waiting for my mother, I read Sansa’s chapter near the end of the book. Then when I got on the internet, I found this: http://io9.com/5918114/george-w-bushs-decapitated-head-appeared-on-game-of-thrones

    In other news, I’ll have to buy the DVD, posthaste. I want THAT version.

  16. Went down to Austin for an interview with the not-for-profit and I think I’m a take the job. I love the school, love the work, and love the programs I’d be working on. The only issue with the gig is the money and I might have to sell drugs but we’ll cross that bridge when I get to it. YOLO

  17. People!

    Today is FLAG DAY!

    On this day flags get 20 percent wavier!

    SALUTE THE FLAG! Well, more than you usually salute, but you know what I mean!!!

  18. baiskeli

     /  June 14, 2012

    So I have a hill near my home that I’ve been using to gauge my fitness as the season progresses (road biking).

    It is .6 miles long and an average grade of 8.5 (with sections of 15%). In December, the first time I rode it I took 6:02 (6 minutes and 2 seconds). I’ve gotten progressively better (the first time I rode it, I didn’t know whether I’d make it to the top, now its a matter of going harder and harder). We even did it for hill repeats a few weeks ago (I did it 6 times, I thought I was going to puke)

    Today morning, 3:42 (which puts me 15/40 on Strava). My previous best was 3:54, and prior to that 4:02
    http://app.strava.com/rides/10794972#189214061

    The KOM is 2:51, and it was 2:56 for quite a while. I’m about 175 lbs (was 180 first time I rode it, goal is to get to 167), so I won’t be killing it on hills, but my goal was to be at 3:30 by end of season, I’m moving that goal to 3:10.

    I have a 48 mile race this weekend (my longest race, and ironically, my first race this season). We’ll see how I do. My goal is to finish with the pack.

    • Captain_Button

       /  June 14, 2012

      I can’t quote stats like you, but I am doing better one hills than I used to. On the 7 mile route to lunch I use on the weekend, when I started there were 2.5 hills I couldn’t get up without stopping to walk or rest, and now there is one.

      • baiskeli

         /  June 14, 2012

        I’ve never been good on hills, so I work on it cause it’s my weakness.

        Its all relative, a Floridian would call our hills mountains, a Coloradian (is that a word?) would call them little bumps in the road🙂

    • Makovnik

       /  June 14, 2012

      What are these … hills … you speak of? /Chicagoan
      Seriously, that’s some impressive improvent.

      • aaron singer

         /  June 14, 2012

        The version of hill that I know is Ridge Avenue. Or Mount Trashmore in Evanston (just a block away from here).

  19. dmf

     /  June 14, 2012

    • Gonzai55

       /  June 14, 2012

      I rather like Beth Orton’s take on this song, and especially how it was used on the show ‘Life’.

  20. dmf

     /  June 14, 2012

    rise up sisters and just walk away from that abusive man-culture:
    http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2012-06-14/american-roman-catholic-nuns-and-vatican

  21. I am fasting and taking oral purgatives today in preparation for a colonoscopy tomorrow. I know, I know I shouldn’t just throw this stuff out for everybody to be jealous of me about, but there you go. Some of us just have it that good.

    It’s a routine thing my doc wants because I’m an old fart just to be sure I’m not a “polyp-producer”. Trouble is, I did this a couple of months ago but there was still too much “material” in the bowel when the specialist was taking a look. So the repeat is with longer fasting and more potent purges. This better work this time.

    I have now been awake for 9 hours without solids and am acutely aware that my next opportunity to eat anything is more than 24 hours in the future. I am pretending to work from home by promptly answering emails, but really I am planning the steaks, chickens etc, etc that I will prepare in my grill/smoker on the weekend.

    Thanks for listening. Sorry for TMI.

    • Hopefully the plans are sufficiently delicious to see you through the next day.

    • Bookwoman

       /  June 14, 2012

      Oh yes, such fun. I never want to taste lemon-lime gatorade again. What’s your regimen (and won’t this be lovely for the onlookers to read)? Mine was four Dulcolax in the afternoon, followed by an evening spent sipping a gallon of gatorade and Miralax cocktail. Fortunately it worked for me, but I went with a friend to her appointment and they had to send her home because she wasn’t cleaned out enough. She was not a happy camper.

      • 8:00 AM: 1 sachet of Pico-Salax in 5 oz water followed by 2 1/2 litres of clear liquid over 90 minutes. 2:00 PM: repeat. 8:00 PM 2 litres GoLYTELY over 90 minutes (as far as I can tell GoLYTELY is chemically identical to automotive antifreeze). 5:00 AM tomorrow: repeat the GoLYTELY and nothing by mouth from 6:30 AM until the procedure is complete at probably 1:30 PM tomorrow.

        Nothing but good times.

      • wearyvoter

         /  June 14, 2012

        @Bookwoman–you had the same regimen I did. My husband had to down two bottles of something else vile, plus the 4 Dulcolax. The day I went in for my ‘scoping, it took them 15 stabs at it to find a vein for my Heperin lock for the IV drip. (Usually, there’s one on my right arm that the blood bank loves, but I was quite dehydrated.)

    • efgoldman

       /  June 14, 2012

      Prep is worse (*MUCH* worse) than the procedure, which I’m always asleep for.
      I share your old-fartness.

    • JHarper2

       /  June 14, 2012

      For similar reasons I had two colonoscopies in 8 days last fall. Then they had to operate to remove a growth from bowel. Prep for colonoscopy was much harsher than that for surgery.

      In my hospital, in a refinement of cruelty, the Endoscopy Dept is situated right beside the coffee shop. The people waiting to register and waiting for the procedure can smell the coffee and the baking, and the stews and soups etc.

  22. Ugh, Asha Greyjoy sex scenes. Make it stop.