Black Friday open thread – with <3 to anibundel.

ani asked, and so ye have received!


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.




  1. Please note–I don’t care how in depth or intelligent your comment on my blog is. If it mentions the word “DISH” and/or “hopper” it’s going in the spam folder.

    And on that note, there are recaps today because Simon Cowell and the producers of XFactor are British, and don’t know to take off for Thanksgiving.
    And other than that there are amusements and cats.

    • I saw that first comment on the Twitter and had NO idea what you meant. Please to elaborate, oh Wise One*.

      *Heh – this reminds me. The boy referred to me last night as “old padawan.”

      • Do you not get spam from those bots? the hopper is the DVR that Dish network is pushing. But unlike the Zune twits who go directly to spam so I never see them, the Hopper people are crafty. They have real names. They write in full grammatically correct sentences. They even directly reference what the post is about–in detail–and in a timely manner, so they look like a real first time commenter. They usually even pick something like a recap, so it seems like a real deal comment.
        And then three quarters of the way through–usually just low enough so you have to scroll in order to catch it–they say something like “And that’s why I’m so glad we ordered the hopper from DISH! It’s a real life saver!” And the next thing you know its a commercial.

        • Oh, crap, no I don’t. But probably because I don’t write about TV. If there were some Israel/Palestine violence equivalent, they’d be all over it.

        • efgoldman

           /  November 23, 2012

          Well at least their Boston accents are almost authentic.

  2. Speaking of the boy, he is now officially taller than me. It’s only about 1/4 of an inch, but it’s undeniable — we found out yesterday after dinner, with my sister holding a ruler to our heads.

    I’d just like to note that this is a person who used to sleep on my belly.

    • caoil

       /  November 23, 2012

      He seemed to be getting very close to overtaking you in height in your pic from the bar mitzvah! Are there elves in the family he’s inheriting this from?

      • The husband (5′ 8″ or so) and I (5′ 4″-ish) actually come from tall families – we’re the short sheep! So yes, both kids are going to tower above us at a certain point. It makes them both very, very happy just to think about it! : )

        • efgoldman

           /  November 23, 2012

          So yes, both kids are going to tower above us at a certain point.
          Did you see the picture of the President and the two girls the other day? I think Malia is already as tall as Michelle.

    • Captain Button

       /  November 23, 2012

      As my father always said “That’s what happens when ya feed ’em meat!”

      (Which does not explain my tall niece who was raised vegetarian, however.)

    • Sorn

       /  November 23, 2012

      My mom used to tell us kids a story when I was younger and just begining to get taller than my mom. She said that when we lived in St. Louis, that a family friend, who I remember though I was very young, was having trouble with her kids. All three of them were basketball players, and extremely tall, and they always used to give their mother grief about how this short 5’4″ woman couldn’t spank them anymore. Well, one saturday after a long night of staying out past curfew athey woke up to pind themselves trapped into their bedsheets with saftey pins, while their mother was standing over them with a spoon. . .

      I don’t ususally condone corporal punishment, but the point of the story is that however tall he may be you’re still his mother.

  3. Also, I think I’m losing the battle with this rubber mat that sits under the litter box upstairs. It might be time to admit defeat and trash it.

  4. caoil

     /  November 23, 2012

    I caved and bought myself a new serger. On top of the car insurance I had to renew this month, my bank account looks very sad. On the upside, if I can get the hang of this machine, I can make the elf dress* look much more professional than it otherwise would have. I think I’ll do a few trial runs on gift bags, and then move on to using it on my yet-to-be-constructed hobbit shirt, and THEN move on to the dress.

    So much sewing to do. :-/ Glad I have taken a day and a half off work in the next while.

    *making it for a dear friend who never gets anything really nice. I promise pictures from the movie opening.

    • caoil

       /  November 23, 2012

      …and thank goodness the silk I ordered for the dress showed up yesterday! I was starting to panic…

  5. Did my Christmas outdoor lights… now to waste time on other projects around the house other than writing 5000 words for NaNo…

    • efgoldman

       /  November 23, 2012

      You were wasting a lot of time over in the football thread at Balloon Juice last night. As was I (how else would I know)?

  6. efgoldman

     /  November 23, 2012

    And for those of you who are sated with “As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!”
    I bring you this classic, to make you laugh so hard you’ll pee.

    • wearyvoter

       /  November 23, 2012

      The part that is so good about this is watching Carol Burnett trying so hard to not break up, as well as Vicki Lawrence and Dick Van Dyke. Tim Conway is evil in the very best way ever. (Side note: The day I see Ms. Burnett’s obituary, I will cry so hard.)

      • caoil

         /  November 23, 2012

        SSSSHHHHHH quiet! She’s not going to die, ever.

      • OMG that was sooooooooo many kinds of awesome! Thank you and bless you!

        (Full disclosure: Upon watching the WKRP episode in full, I didn’t find it as funny as it had been in my memory. But *this*…?)

    • I’m trying to put up my Christmas tree. I can’t afford to pee right now!!!!!!

  7. CitizenE

     /  November 23, 2012

    Grey and windy in soucentral TX. Cleaned the cottage for guests this AM. Raked and raked some more. The endless brown pecan leaves, the pecans boncing on ground and roofs, the beed red ornamental pear, whatever that giganto orange leaved knotty and twisty old monster hanging over from a back neighbor’s yard. Mowed which had the advantage of also mulching the leaves. Conveying the atmosphere–Cannonball Adderly:

  8. Oh and this:
    Black Friday? No Thanks. I’m Arming for the War On Christmas

  9. Captain Button

     /  November 23, 2012
    • Hey, most evangelicals think Catholics are in league with the Antichrist anyway. This will only cement that.