The anibundel-is-bored early open thread. Huzzah!

anibundel’s bored, and we love her far too much to let that stand! Have at it, you crazy Horde.

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.

48 Comments

  1. To be clear, I sang her a song:
    It’s a quarter after one,
    I’m severely bored,
    can we OTAN now?

    And I now have that song stuck in my head because of it.

  2. I actually have to write about the debate tonight, meaning I have to actually watch it.

    a) I have so much to read now as a result you have no idea.
    b) Oh lord, do I really have to watch? Really?

    • carlosthedwarf

       /  October 22, 2012

      If I wasn’t going to be watching in the company of a handsome and charming young gentleman, I probably would not be watching. And I’m one of the biggest politics junkies I know. It’s going to be worthless and uninteresting: though certainly Middle-East focused.

      • chingona

         /  October 22, 2012

        I’m going to watch, cause I’m like that, but I have a feeling that watching Romney act like the greatest Zionist that ever lived is going to be very painful.

        Nice about the handsome and charming gentleman, though.

        • carlosthedwarf

           /  October 22, 2012

          The combination of boy and booze will be the only thing keeping me from throwing things at the screen. [Also, breaking a man’s television is never the quickest way to his heart.]

          • David L

             /  October 22, 2012

            I have been informed of some very specific Chicago Bears players I need to ogle on Monday Night Football, as the boy won’t be in front of a TV to do it himself.

            I don’t really object.

      • taylor16

         /  October 22, 2012

        I am pretending there is no debate at all tonight, since that’s what I did last time (but not for the first debate), and I am superstitious.

        Also, I am a massive massive crab today and tonight I need to do something fun rather than frustrating and infuriating. Watching Romney talk is definitely in the latter category.

    • efgoldman

       /  October 22, 2012

      Let the kids write it up, for extra credit.
      They’d do at least as well as some pf our august main stream commentators. .

  3. It’s beautiful when life smacks you upside the head with wisdom. I had caught myself thinking of my ex, and was instantly reminded why we broke up in the first place and how different my current relationship is from my past one when we spoke.

  4. caoil

     /  October 22, 2012

    It snowed on the mountains here yesterday, so now they appear to have a dusting of powdered sugar on top, like a very large bundt cake.

  5. ICYMI: Project Runway Finale: http://wp.me/p10bqa-3f8
    and then I have all the runners up line’s reviewed, with the winner going up at 2pm: http://anibundel.wordpress.com/tag/projectrunwayfashionweek/

  6. Next Iron Chef’s Road To Redemption Part 2 recap: http://wp.me/p10bqa-3fW
    and Stephen Colbert has a ticket to Middle Earth (and You Don’t):L http://anibundel.wordpress.com/2012/10/22/stephen-colbert-has-a-ticket-to-middle-earth/

  7. Oh and knowing spoilers is the worst especially when they’re topical spoilers but you can’t say them because even though they’re a perfect metaphor the rest of the world will get mad at you for spoiling things.

    BLARG

  8. Oh and I posted this at ABLC: http://angryblackladychronicles.com/2012/10/22/fox-is-helping-cnn-look-classy/
    Ok, I’m done now. Promise.

  9. Thank God. I was actually making progress on writing my grade reports. But now I have this to distract me!

  10. David L

     /  October 22, 2012

    Saturday evening in a nutshell:
    Me: “So, Mom, Dad, part of why I haven’t been over here on the weekends recently is that I’ve been seeing someone, and I guess that I need to point out at least once that this person is a man…”
    Mom: “[Your sister] has told us about him. When do we get to meet him and why did it take you this long to tell us?
    Dad: “I’ve known for years.
    Me: Rolls eyes because 15 seconds have managed to encapsulate pretty much every major family dysfunction.

    Also, for those of you keeping score at home, I came out to myself in 1994, was never really in to anyone I met after I went to college in 2002, and haven’t really bothered filling in the people I knew before then because I haven’t particularly felt like I had a good reason to disturb the status quo (why, yes, I am pretty risk averse.)

    • Captain_Button

       /  October 22, 2012

      Obligatory TvTropes page: The Not Secret

      • David L

         /  October 22, 2012

        See, I knew it wasn’t at all a secret. My sister’s social circles in college overlapped too much with mine (her roommate was one of my fraternity brothers) and if she knew, I knew my parents knew because my sister is one young lady who is constitutionally incapable of keeping a secret.

        • chingona

           /  October 22, 2012

          I think your sister might be related to my husband’s family.

          But glad it was a bit of a non-event.

        • Captain_Button

           /  October 22, 2012

          Maybe people were just trying to maintian “plausible deniability”.

  11. Captain_Button

     /  October 22, 2012

    Best Culture ship name in The Hydrogen Sonata so far: The ex-Thug class ROU Refreshingly Unconcerned With the Vulgar Exigencies of Veracity.

  12. The other evening in 3 year olds.
    Niecling one hanging on the potty while i stand and wait. Only one side of the conversation is needed here:
    “Aun’Nani, what are those?”
    “Why are yours so big? Mommy’s aren’t big!”
    “Will mine be big?”
    ‘What are they for?”
    “Does it hurt?”
    ‘How do they come out?”

    I managed something along the lines of “it’s your genes, mine made mine big, no yours will probably be small like your moms, not they don’t hurt and let’s finish up now because your sister’s waiting to start eating dinner.”

    • chingona

       /  October 22, 2012

      (Genes are funny things. My mom’s aren’t big and mine are. I get my boobs from my dad’s side of the family.)

      • efgoldman

         /  October 22, 2012

        Genes are funny things.
        But nowhere near as funny as three-year-olds.

    • chingona

       /  October 22, 2012

      When my nieces were three and two, I had to take them into a public bathroom with me. As I pulled my pants up, older niece blurts out, “Your bottom looks just like my mom’s!”

  13. Captain_Button

     /  October 22, 2012

    2nd best line in the now available as an ebook Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance by Bujold:

    How did I get into this mess? Miles isn’t even here.

  14. koolaide

     /  October 22, 2012

    WNBA finals (spoilers for results).

    The Indiana Fever are, improbably, your WNBA champions. I say improbably b/c when a team does not have it’s leading scorer and its bench depth (especially at that position) is dodgy at best, they aren’t expected to win. Throw in a bench player tearing her ACL in Game 2, and you have an even more under-staffed team. The Lynx were last season’s champs and had the best regular season record. Indy had the 4th best record. The Lynx has 3 Olympians. Everyone thought the Lynx would win.

    Tamika Catchings finally has her WNBA ring. She willed her rag-tag team to victory. The entire team scrapped and fought and played hard every second. And Lin Dunn outcoached Reeves.

    Time for college ball🙂

    • taylor16

       /  October 22, 2012

      …and I thought game 4 was tonight, when hubby and I couldn’t go to the game. So I didn’t buy tickets, even though we were both home last night. And then since I thought the game was tonight, I didn’t even attempt to watch. And thus missed everything until I saw on the 11pm news that they’d won, along with interviews with ecstatic players and fans.

      Budding WNBA fan fails at fandom.😦

  15. koolaide

     /  October 22, 2012

    (TNC just posted an open thread)

  16. snailspace

     /  October 22, 2012

    Hey guys – OTAN up at TNC’s!

    • Wait, what?!

      • The comment that Fallows quotes at length is an email from Happy Surge. He wrote the first draft on our Facebook group.

        • I tweeted it as such because I figured that must be what it means. That is so cool! (Also, FWIW, I didn’t notice it before, but now that I’ve read it, I think he’s right).

  17. wearyvoter

     /  October 22, 2012

    Hi, I am in three places at once.