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As I'm sure you all know (....), July 4 is one of the 3 US national holidays that is not tied to a particular day of the calendar week.  (Bonus loser points if you can name the other 2 w/o looking them up.)  Since July 4 fell on a Thursday this year, this brings up the question for many workers of what to do on July 5, regarding work.  Unlike Black Friday the day after Thanksgiving, which has evolved into a de facto national holiday (mainly for purposes of shopping, of course), when there is a Friday, July 5, there isn't really a set national 'standard practice' of how to treat that day, when it comes to working or not.  No idea what any of you guys/gals did, which is the reason for the poll here.  Speaking for self....

.....the original plan was to try to work from home, which my colleagues who were thinking of working at all were going to do also.  No meetings, after all, so no reason to be physically on-site.  However, my work laptop has been having issues lately, so I wasn't sure if I could log into work from home.  

Bottom line:  I couldn't.  So I ended up coming into work after all to work a half-day.  Even though that seems pretty loser, it actually turned out OK, since it was pretty quiet at work, much fewer distractions than usual.  I managed to complete some requests and e-mails that could be done fairly fast, which included some from overseas (where, of course, they don't take July 4 off).  Of course, there will still be loads of stuff to do on Monday, but at least there's a tiny bit less.

Granted, like Black Friday, a good many businesses try to have Independence Day weekend sales, although these obviously don't have nearly the traction, or tradition (or whatever) of the former.  For the record (not that you care), I didn't shop yesterday, unless one counts going to happy hour in that aspect, i.e. of spending money on a holiday weekend.  BTW, that happy hour was the self-imposed deadline for me yesterday, since it started at 4 PM, even though obviously self didn't have to be there at 4 PM exactly.

So now that your holiday weekend is winding down, you can vote (or not) in the poll, and also observe the usual SNLC protocol, namely your loser stories of the week.  Hopefully these don't involve inappropriate instances of firecrackers, fireworks or other loud objects going off at the wrong time or in the wrong place....

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On Friday, July 5, 2013, I:

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  •  so is anyone actually here? (7+ / 0-)

    The fact that I am tells you how loser I am ;-P .  I'll stick with the computer snafu as my loser story for this week, since that should qualify nicely.

    "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

    by chingchongchinaman on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 06:06:14 PM PDT

  •  hi (4+ / 0-)

    Well, quiet and getting things done doesn't sound too loserly, plus happy hour...hmmm.  :)

    Nothing much going on here.  Lots of fireworks going off several days in a row, but our dog doesn't seem to mind or the cat.  

    My oldest son and his family are home from FL and have lots of pictures they took underwater.  My daughter and her family are on the way down to FL.  

    I am pretty sure my sons both had to work on Friday.  Hubby is retired, but he was picking blackberries and working on taking the back porch down so we can add a kitchen on.

    Not sure what he is listening to right now on PBS, but tenors are involved.  

    Best wishes!!!

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    by cfk on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 06:16:05 PM PDT

  •  Mother got certified mail yesterday. (4+ / 0-)

    She shares an unusual name with a deadbeat in Hackensack. Last time I dealt with this troll I had to change her phone number and go unpublished. Some lawyers are not as smart as they think.

    Clue: Deadbeats don't live in the same house for thirty years.

    •  "some", or "many"? (3+ / 0-)
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      Rhetorical question, of course.  Is this the first instance of such mail and the name mismatch?  Or is this a long-standing thing?

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 06:31:56 PM PDT

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      •  Not the first instance. (3+ / 0-)
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        An unusual name, a quick search, and Mother comes up first. This time the postage came to $5.244. Sister was a lawyer and will send a Cease and Desist letter.

        One time Mother paid the two thousand dollar electric bill for this deadbeat when badgered by phone. We got the money back.

        •  the other question I forgot to ask was.... (2+ / 0-)
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          .....how long this has been going on.  If it's years, then the law firm that's bugging your mom is really, really stupid.

          "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

          by chingchongchinaman on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 06:52:57 PM PDT

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          •  The deadbeat is serial. (2+ / 0-)
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            One tipstaff after another. We deal with them one at a time. If owing money was a crime the deadbeat would be in debter's prison. I haven't seen any evidence that this troll even knows that she shares a name with Mother.

            •  is said deadbeat traceable at all elsewhere? (1+ / 0-)
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              One would wonder, after all this time and so many instances.

              "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

              by chingchongchinaman on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 07:01:23 PM PDT

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            •  There was a diary earlier today (1+ / 0-)
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              or yesterday about the deficiencies of background checks: people not getting jobs b/c they have the same first name (but totally different last name) as someone else. And other fuckups of that sort.

              I, for example, am getting dunned by some dumbo in Texas for some guy's back taxes or something. We share the same last name (extremely common, but not quite Smith or Jones) and the same first initial. But I've only been to TX once, changing planes at DFW, and I've never been a male.

              Usually I just send the letters back. It doesn't stop me from getting new ones.

              If they really want to get this deadbeat, they should hire someone with the computer chops to tell the difference between a man who has lived in TX and a woman who never left the airport the one time she HAD to be in that horrible place.

              Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

              by Youffraita on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 10:00:01 PM PDT

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              •  I suppose if you thought it was worth..... (1+ / 0-)
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                .....your time, you could spend 2 minutes, if that, on a Google search, and then send the results to the TX authorities to tell them to get some brains (but then this is TX we're talking about).

                "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

                by chingchongchinaman on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 10:04:46 PM PDT

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                •  The TX apparatchik (1+ / 0-)
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                  who sends me this stuff doesn't even have an email address. I tried.

                  I'm not gonna look for their deadbeat for them. Not unless/until they pay me to do so. Fuck 'em.

                  Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

                  by Youffraita on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 11:38:11 PM PDT

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                  •  that would be the whole point (1+ / 0-)
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                    This is TX, after all.  They have $ to spare, much more $ than brains, given the Repuke lock on state govt. there.

                    "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

                    by chingchongchinaman on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 10:06:24 AM PDT

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    •  That is hard (2+ / 0-)
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      I am glad she has you to help out.

      My daughter had our unusual last name until she married into a name that has thousands and some of those in her area with her name have not had exemplary records.  She had to put up a disclaimer once a few years ago.  I wish I had named her Xenia or something unusual.

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      by cfk on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 06:32:33 PM PDT

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      •  your daughter obviously didn't do the..... (2+ / 0-)
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        ......hyphenated name thing upon marriage.

        "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

        by chingchongchinaman on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 06:35:36 PM PDT

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        •  Lines are not long enough (2+ / 0-)
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          to sign that name if she had.  :)

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          by cfk on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 06:46:32 PM PDT

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          •  granted, nothing could be as long as the.... (2+ / 0-)
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            .....one Monty Python sketch with the name mentioned of Johann Gambolputty de von Ausfern- Schplenden- Schlitter- Crasscrenbon- Fried- Digger- Dingle- Dangle- Dongle- Dungle- Burstein- von- Knacker- Thrasher- Apple- Banger- Horowitz- Ticolensic- Grander- Knotty- Spelltinkle- Grandlich- Grumblemeyer- Spelterwasser- Kurstlich- Himbleeisen- Bahnwagen- Gutenabend- Bitte- ein- Nürnburger- Bratwustle- Gerspurten- Mitz- Weimache- Luber- Hundsfut- Gumberaber- Shönedanker- Kalbsfleisch- Mittler- Aucher von Hautkopft of Ulm.

            "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

            by chingchongchinaman on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 06:56:01 PM PDT

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            •  lololol (2+ / 0-)
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              Thanks for the smile.  

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              by cfk on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 07:22:38 PM PDT

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              •  to make it even funnier (or more loserly).... (2+ / 0-)
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                ......the page from which I took the text (using 'teh Google'  to find it, natch) didn't have all the middle names with capital letters.  I changed all those myself.  Now that is loser.

                "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

                by chingchongchinaman on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 07:43:57 PM PDT

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            •  Einstein was born in Ulm. (2+ / 0-)
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              He fled Germany as soon as he could and in spite of his expressed desire against monuments one was constructed there. There is a statue in Princeton as well.

              •  well, Ulm obviously needed someone good to.... (1+ / 0-)
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                ....whom to build a monument.  I've never been there, so I don't know which other worthies have been likewise honored, though doubtless no other statue-fied people in the city were other Nobel laureates.

                "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

                by chingchongchinaman on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 07:45:11 PM PDT

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                •  I can't find a link, but (2+ / 0-)
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                  There are two monuments there to a poor flyer. Boeblinger? sp? built a hang glider circa 1600? and flew across the Donau or so he said. When called on it he repeated the flight with a brand new hang glider and went straight into the river.

                  In recent years Ulm has constructed a glass pyramid public library and entirely removed all traces of the SS barracks where I was stationed.

                  •  Albrecht Berblinger; I found...... (2+ / 0-)
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                    ......this page that you might find of interest.

                    "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

                    by chingchongchinaman on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 08:26:58 PM PDT

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                    •  That is the man. (1+ / 0-)
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                      My film from thirty years ago is not digitized, yet.

                      •  perhaps one day I'll visit there (1+ / 0-)
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                        I've hit all the major and usually touristed big cities in Germany (OK, except Frankfurt, but I understand there's not much there tourist-wise), so it's time to hit the smaller noteworthy cities, perhaps, e.g. Passau, Gottingen, Ulm.

                        "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

                        by chingchongchinaman on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 09:51:43 PM PDT

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                        •  OMG, there's the Frankfurt Book Fair every autumn! (1+ / 0-)
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                          It's the world's best known and I think biggest international book fair. I've never been, but all the publishers are trying to find books worthy of translation, sell foreign rights to works they're publishing -- it's the industry's biggest shindig!

                          If you want a reason to go to Frankfurt, that's it right there. And if it's anything like the book industry fairs I've been to here, there are plenty of freebies for the taking: look for the mob scene in front of one booth or another. (You will want to ship them back by boat, though, rather than flying with them, unless you are very careful and only take one or three.)

                          Oh, and the Brits and Americans will be there, so not all the books will be in other languages.

                          Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

                          by Youffraita on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 11:00:59 PM PDT

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                          •  good grief, www.book-fair.com? (1+ / 0-)
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                            They must have gotten in really early to claim that web address.  I saw that it's in October; not the most optimal time for an overseas vacation, as there's enough stuff even here to keep me busy that month.  But thanks for the tip :) .

                            "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

                            by chingchongchinaman on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 09:25:14 PM PDT

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      •  Oh, for an uncommon last name! (2+ / 0-)
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        That's why I love being Youffraita online. Sure, I made it up -- and afaict I'm the only Youff in the webisphere.

        IRL there are millions with my last name, worldwide, and my first name is pretty common too.

        Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

        by Youffraita on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 10:03:10 PM PDT

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        •  I remember way back in the day that.... (1+ / 0-)
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          .....then Eagles coach Buddy Ryan had a nickname for some big defensive line guy who came from the South Pacific, named Junior Tautalatasi, but I think Ryan just called him "Junior Smith".

          "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

          by chingchongchinaman on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 10:29:10 AM PDT

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          •  How boring. (1+ / 0-)
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            He couldn't come up with a better nickname than that?

            "Junior Tasi"
            "Junior "Talatasi"

            y'know, something along those lines?

            Jeez, Americans are so damn provincial.

            Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

            by Youffraita on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 11:05:41 PM PDT

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            •  if Buddy Ryan had simply said.... (1+ / 0-)
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              ...."Junior T", that would have been fine.  OK football coach, but perhaps the coach didn't have much else in the brains department.

              "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

              by chingchongchinaman on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 09:20:45 PM PDT

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  •  I Had a Dream Working Friday. (4+ / 0-)

    One of my artisan biz clients needed some support work, and by coincidence was entertaining at a big event in the region, so I got a free pass, got to watch some great goings on from right up close, and had some fine food to boot while I tinkered away outdoors in some great weather.

    And I get to write off the mileage!

    Doesn't usually work that way; usually working during most people's 4 day weekends happens down in the basement on concrete under fluorescent lights.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 06:27:23 PM PDT

  •  The post office where I went to mail a letter (3+ / 0-)
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    on Fri. also worked a half day. I worked on my yard while the exterior painter was finishing up.

    •  hmm, didn't think about the post office..... (2+ / 0-)
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      ......although given budget cuts, it makes sense for them to work just half a day, as it's probably pretty quiet on a day like yesterday.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 06:58:09 PM PDT

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  •  I am a loser this week. (4+ / 0-)

    Almost every week I lurk in SNLC. Most weeks, I think, "I have a pretty great life, I don't qualify. I'm not a loser." But I have been overlooking one incredibly huge thing. I have a shitty marriage.

    I'm getting divorced. On Thursday morning, I have my first meeting with my lawyer. She costs $300 an hour, so I want to use her time at maximum efficiency. I've made a detailed, written presentation, with enough pertinent facts, statements of all assets, debts, incomes, expenses, objectives, and questions.

    I've submitted an application for an apartment. At the age of 55, I'm going to have to start all over, in the sort of apartment I had when I was a fresh-out-of-college new hire. I'll have to buy new furniture, equip the kitchen, etc. You know something? I'm looking forward to it.

    I've been working my ass off, picking a lawyer, collecting the financial records, apartment hunting, and thinking the process through. By chance, the move-in day for the new apartment is one day after our 30th anniversary.

    Yes, it hurts.

    “Americans are fighters. We're tough, resourceful and creative, and if we have the chance to fight on a level playing field, where everyone pays a fair share and everyone has a real shot, then no one - no one - can stop us. ”-- Elizabeth Warren

    by Positronicus on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 06:37:31 PM PDT

    •  Best wishes (4+ / 0-)

      I am very sorry you are going through this.

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      by cfk on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 06:49:44 PM PDT

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    •  ouch (3+ / 0-)
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      Sorry about this.  I know that my hang-ups are generally small beer (although they don't seem like small beer to me, of course), but they're nothing like this.  They might be the diametric opposite, in a manner of speaking, regarding matrimony and such.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 06:59:08 PM PDT

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    •  Terribly sorry. (2+ / 0-)
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      That's a biggie.

      3CM can correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the idea of Saturday Night Losers Club is that we are losers b/c we have nothing better to do on Saturday night than hang out here and tell tales of woe. And, you know, chat with each other.

      For me personally, this is one of the two diaries I'm guaranteed to check out as soon as I get home from work (b/c I work weekends -- I like being off midweek & others like having weekends free so it's not a bad thing).

      You don't have to feel like a loser to drop in and converse with us. I'm sure cfk isn't a loser, and I'm pretty sure 3CM isn't either, except for being painfully shy.

      So I hope you'll come back and post more comments in the future. You really don't need a Loser Story of the Week to join the fun! I don't usually have one, although the one about the burst bag of premixed iced coffee was epic....

      Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

      by Youffraita on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 10:18:46 PM PDT

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      •  well, SNLC was originally meant to be a..... (1+ / 0-)
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        ......light-hearted version of "waa, I'm a loser" or "this dumb thing happened to me this week", rather than a full-throttle WYFP? type series.  But otherwise, your general concept is pretty on the mark :) .

        "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

        by chingchongchinaman on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 10:09:58 AM PDT

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  •  Segue: NPR. Cooking segment was t-rav. (3+ / 0-)
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    Supposed to be a longtime specialty in St. Louis. Was it on the happy hour menu?

    •  oh no :) (3+ / 0-)
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      Better place than that.  There wasn't really a menu as such, but a particular wine brand was promoting themselves.  The restaurant just put out happy hour food for one to take or not as one pleased.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 07:09:53 PM PDT

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  •  Went to usual Saturday night hangout at the club (2+ / 0-)
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    (non-loser) but had a migraine as I went (goddamn heat and stress) and when that passed I stepped down wrong and my left ankle decided to discuss everything I've ever done wrong with it. And when that settled down my gut started in, so we picked up the plethora of toy bags, having done no scenes, and came back to father in law's place.

    Getting up early tomorrow (today) to make sure he gets his pills and breakfast due to the caretaker's medical issues, and then off to go get the free washer and dryer we scored. Then I'll do some laundry and go pick yet more black raspberries out back, from the seemingly inexhaustible patch.

    When you come to find how essential the comfort of a well-kept home is to the bodily strength and good conditions, to a sound mind and spirit, and useful days, you will reverence the good housekeeper as I do above artist or poet, beauty or genius.

    by Alexandra Lynch on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 10:21:38 PM PDT

    •  I have never been clear on this: (2+ / 0-)

      What is the difference between black raspberries and blackberries?

      Are they two different fruits, or two different names for the same thing?

      Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

      by Youffraita on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 10:24:41 PM PDT

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      •  Two different fruits. (2+ / 0-)
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        Black raspberries are smaller and the little individual cells of the fruit come away from the core. In blackberries they stick to the core.

        When you come to find how essential the comfort of a well-kept home is to the bodily strength and good conditions, to a sound mind and spirit, and useful days, you will reverence the good housekeeper as I do above artist or poet, beauty or genius.

        by Alexandra Lynch on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 06:57:43 AM PDT

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    •  sorry about the ankle snafu (1+ / 0-)
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      On the lighter side, though, interesting about the free washer and dryer there.  Reminds me of my one friend who's asking about taking care of my cats when I'm away, no doubt so she can get a crack at free laundry at my place, in part (she has to pay a coin laundry at her condo complex).

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 10:23:22 AM PDT

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