Thursday Open Thread
September 29, 2011 7:56 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
A man lives by believing something: not by debating and arguing about many things.
Thomas Carlyle

I don't mind arguing with myself. It's when I lose that it bothers me.
Richard Powers

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September 29, 2011 8:01 AM - dibs
A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone's feelings unintentionally.
Oscar Wilde

Arguments are extremely vulgar, for everyone in good society holds exactly the same opinion.
Oscar Wilde

Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
Oscar Wilde

I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world.
Oscar Wilde


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#1
September 29, 2011 8:03 AM - dibs
I think Dorothy Parker has a relevant quote as well. Something about sitting next to her!!!!!!!
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#2
September 29, 2011 8:05 AM - dibs
And here's what I think of you, Snappy....

In America the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience.
Oscar Wilde


#3
September 29, 2011 8:08 AM - CGar
GM, dave.
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#4
September 29, 2011 8:08 AM - dibs
And finally (probably not),

Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.
Oscar Wilde
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#5
September 29, 2011 8:09 AM - dibs
Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.
Oscar Wilde

#6
September 29, 2011 8:11 AM - CGar
Is this the quote of which you're thinking, though it's not Dorothy Parker:

"If you haven't got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me."
- Alice Roosevelt Longworth (1884-1980)

#7
September 29, 2011 8:12 AM - dibs
GM, CGar

Why was I born with such contemporaries?
Oscar Wilde


#8
September 29, 2011 8:13 AM - dibs
I think Dorothy claimed it as hers after Alice died.
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#9
September 29, 2011 8:19 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
A fine quotation is a diamond on the finger of a witty person, but a pebble in the hands of a fool.
~Author Unknown

:-)
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#10
September 29, 2011 8:21 AM - sixyearsandcounting
Maybe this sentence from one of my grad school readings will inspire an argument: ""But, as I shall try to argue, while cultural anthropology and cultural history, together with the New Historicism with which it entertains such rich relations, have successfully reintroduced a (new) historicist consideration of discourse as the product of identifiable cultural and historical formations, they have not been equally successful in restoring history as an active agent in the social construction of meaning."
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#11
September 29, 2011 8:22 AM - dibs
Who you calling a fool?????
#12
September 29, 2011 8:22 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Dave...
#13
September 29, 2011 8:22 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
:-)
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#14
September 29, 2011 8:23 AM - dibs
Six, who's the fool who wrote that sentence????? Another Harvard professor?????
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#15
September 29, 2011 8:23 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Six...I couldn't follow that quote...way too early in the morning for deep thoughts!
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#16
September 29, 2011 8:23 AM - dibs
Who asked you, Snappy????
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#17
September 29, 2011 8:24 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Dave...
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#18
September 29, 2011 8:24 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
:-)
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#19
September 29, 2011 8:25 AM - sixyearsandcounting
Snappy, I can't follow that quote no matter how awake I am! Dave - the author is this person: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabrielle_M._Spiegel


#20
September 29, 2011 8:26 AM - sixyearsandcounting
"I'd rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University." - William F. Buckley
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#21
September 29, 2011 8:26 AM - CGar
I love Christmas as much as the next Jew, but I can't believe they're already showing Christmas commercials. Macy's and M&Ms ran Christmas ads already. It's too damn early!
#22
September 29, 2011 8:26 AM - DeadCatBounce
Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love. How on earth can you explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love? Put your hand on a stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with that special girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. That's relativity.
Albert Einstein

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
Albert Einstein
#23
September 29, 2011 8:28 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Sex is a part of nature. I go along with nature.
Marilyn Monroe
#24
September 29, 2011 8:28 AM - Donatella
OMG, Dibs. That gold choker on Mr. T. is fabulous!!!! (the pendant can go though). Were you all arguing yesterday??

Play nice. Off to appointment with my father. Have a nice day and don't hit one another!!!
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#25
September 29, 2011 8:28 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere

I remember the first time I had sex - I kept the receipt.
Groucho Marx
#26
September 29, 2011 8:28 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Have fun DonaT! Hope your folks are doing well :-)
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#27
September 29, 2011 8:29 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
My wife wants sex in the back of the car and she wants me to drive.
Rodney Dangerfield
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#28
September 29, 2011 8:30 AM - dibs
"Hello, this is Sarah Palin. Is Senator Lieberman in?"

"No, he's not, today. It's Rosh Hoshanah."

"Oh, thank you Rosh. Can I leave a message?"
#29
September 29, 2011 8:31 AM - jessibaby
Rodney had the best delivery. Can totally hear him saying snappy's joke.
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#30
September 29, 2011 8:32 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Ok...time to get a move on. Fight nicely today folks...try and stay away from this...
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#31
September 29, 2011 8:37 AM - dibs
Initial Jobless Claims fell below 400,000 to 391,000!!!!!!! QoQ GDP # slightly better than expected
#32
September 29, 2011 8:56 AM - Arkady
We are usually convinced more easily by reasons we have found ourselves than by those which have occurred to others. -Blaise Pascal, philosopher and mathematician (1623-1662)

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#33
September 29, 2011 8:56 AM - cobblehiller
6 yrs, I have two friends who are full professors at major universities, they both speak like that quote, I can't understand a word of it. So I ask them to speak to me in English. They usually comply! ; )
#34
September 29, 2011 8:58 AM - dibs
Cobble, you never answered my question a few days ago. Will you now be using the "BoCoCa" acronym now that you're no longer part of it??????
#35
September 29, 2011 9:00 AM - Arkady
And are you changing your log-in to Ditsy Parker?
#36
September 29, 2011 9:01 AM - cobblehiller
GM, DIBS. I must have missed your question. Pardon me, I've been skimming a lot while I'm on the phone dealing with all this over here.

Your answer: I will start using the "B" word ... when hell freezes over. Satisfied now? : P
#37
September 29, 2011 9:01 AM - dibs
Arkady, there's no need to call attention to her "condition."
#38
September 29, 2011 9:03 AM - cobblehiller
Ditsy Parker! I'm not sure whether I should be affronted or laugh. No, I will be Ditmas Parker. I've already registered it here and on that 'other' blog with my current avatar. I'll switch over once I have my computer set up in the new apt.
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#39
September 29, 2011 9:04 AM - cobblehiller
Oh, be quiet, DIBS!
#40
September 29, 2011 9:07 AM - CGar
Register as many names as you want, but I'm not calling you anything but "cobble".
#41
September 29, 2011 9:10 AM - DeadCatBounce
I will call you Parker.
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#42
September 29, 2011 9:10 AM - dibs
I think "Belgian block" is more appropriate
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#43
September 29, 2011 9:11 AM - cobblehiller
Ok, CGar, I know who I am. This Ditmas Park move is just a "new coat" I'm trying on. I keep telling myself it doesn't have to be forever. I'm in a very sad mood about the move this morning. Probably because the movers are coming to give me an estimate. That seems to make it all too real to me.

One of my favorite DP quotes:
Iím never going to accomplish anything; thatís perfectly clear to me. Iím never going to be famous. My name will never be writ large on the roster of Those Who Do Things. I donít do anything. Not one single thing. I used to bite my nails, but I donít even do that any more.

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#44
September 29, 2011 9:11 AM - dibs
She should just Parker ass down and shut up.
#45
September 29, 2011 9:13 AM - Arkady
Well, CHiller, enjoy my uplift vicariously. Just talked to DEP & have a reprieve - it may well be that it's not my problem & could even be the city's. The next thing is a t.v. reading of the pipes by DEP which can't even be scheduled until Monday. Phew!
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#46
September 29, 2011 9:13 AM - cobblehiller
DIBS, Can you curb your snark this morning, please?
#47
September 29, 2011 9:14 AM - dibs
Sorry, Cobbble. I know how you feel.
#48
September 29, 2011 9:14 AM - dibs
So you can poop and shower, Arkady????
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#49
September 29, 2011 9:17 AM - cobblehiller
Glad for your good news, Arkady. : ) That sounded like a living nightmare in the making.
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#50
September 29, 2011 9:18 AM - cobblehiller
Another great DP quote: "Iíve never been a millionaire but I just know Iíd be darling at it."
#51
September 29, 2011 9:22 AM - More4Less
I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE Jewish holidays
#52
September 29, 2011 9:26 AM - More4Less
Arkady,

so how would you have been able to NOT use your main?? shower, poop,.... at the neighbors' facilities??
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#53
September 29, 2011 9:26 AM - Arkady
Can flush & bathe for now. It may still be my problem by less likely. Was sleepless all night fretting - among other things I won't be able to close the pool until this is resolved.
But at least I have a front tooth & can be clean for the reunion!
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#54
September 29, 2011 9:27 AM - More4Less
Cobble, new apt is in elevator bldg?
#55
September 29, 2011 9:28 AM - Arkady
Yes, M4L. Last night I took advantage of being elsewhere to use the 'facilities' & had arranged w/ a friend for ablutions.
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#56
September 29, 2011 9:29 AM - CGar
Top 10 Worst Re-Brandings of the Last Decade:

1. Brinks > Broadview Security

2. Phillip Morris > Altria

3. GMAC > Ally

4. Radio Shack > The Shack

5. Blackwater > Xe

6. Comcast > Xfinity

7. Arthur Anderson > Accenture

8. Sears Tower > Willis Tower

9. AOL > AoL.

10. CobbleSnaps > DitmasSnaps

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#57
September 29, 2011 9:30 AM - dibs
Arkady, you know I have a second bedroom and shower and W/D if you need it.
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#58
September 29, 2011 9:31 AM - More4Less
"ablutions" - is that a spelling error or that's a fancy word I need to add to my vocab bank?
#59
September 29, 2011 9:35 AM - dibs
m4l, it's fancy old white lady word

Another word would be "lavation" or even more appropriate "decontamination"
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#60
September 29, 2011 9:40 AM - Arkady
La-la-la... Old white lady is letting slings & arrows wash right off.
#61
September 29, 2011 9:42 AM - cobblehiller
M4L, Yes, it's a 6 story apt. building, with elevator and laundry in the building. The lobby and hallways need a re-do, as they are stuck somewhere in mid-70s. I was just fantasizing about having a convo with the LL, who seems to be interested in collecting tenants from Brownstone Bklyn. If he were to make some minor changes, he'd never have an empty apt. again.
#62
September 29, 2011 9:43 AM - cobblehiller
"10. CobbleSnaps > DitmasSnaps"

ACK!
#63
September 29, 2011 9:43 AM - Arkady
Although I may take you up on the invitation, dibs, just to lustrate in such lush surroundings!
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#64
September 29, 2011 9:44 AM - cobblehiller
Cortelyou Rd. B/Q trains.
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#65
September 29, 2011 9:44 AM - dibs
Cobble, what's the closest subway stop????
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#66
September 29, 2011 9:44 AM - Arkady
DitmasGlitter or ParkerSnaps
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#67
September 29, 2011 9:46 AM - Deleted
DIBS and all;

I thought I would ask you this question since you've had some damage to your homes: do you know of an insurer who underwrites property insurance for homes with a bad loss record? My mother-in-law put in too many claims to her insurer (against my advice) and her previous insurer (State Farm) notified her that they will not renew her policy. I went to two other insurers (Catslepoint and Naragansett) but they also declined. Allstate and Nationwide are no longer issuing new policies in Brooklyn.

Most likely my next step will be to enroll in the "assigned risk" pool, but that's going to cost. Thought I would give it one more try before I take that step.

Thanks in advance.
#68
September 29, 2011 9:48 AM - CGar
How 'bout them Red Sox???
#69
September 29, 2011 9:48 AM - dibs
I don't, benson.
#70
September 29, 2011 9:51 AM - denton
Chilling in Zucotti Park. The kids have set up an organized food stand. Gonna give them a contribution. Be back tom,w with some finance handouts.

#71
September 29, 2011 9:52 AM - dibs
Do any of them want stock tips, denton????
#72
September 29, 2011 9:58 AM - petebklyn
just skimming thru and sounds like arkady has some plumbing issue....do I need to got back to yesterday to figure out what happened?
and great you found place, cobble. and hurray rent stabilized/elevator/laundry.
and for those of you blowing the shofar today, enjoy.
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#73
September 29, 2011 9:58 AM - dibs
blowing the chauffeur?????
#74
September 29, 2011 10:02 AM - Deleted
"Chilling in Zucotti Park. The kids have set up an organized food stand. Gonna give them a contribution. Be back tom,w with some finance handouts."

Kids?? Revealing.

.
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#75
September 29, 2011 10:03 AM - Arkady
pete - Got a notice from DEP that there's a main waste pipe break of some kind in the street the discharge of which is undermining the roadbed. A neighbor & I both were told we might be the culprits but a phone call this morning ascertained that it isn't certain it's either of us & may well be the City's problem. They'll video the pipes to work it out.
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#76
September 29, 2011 10:04 AM - dibs
Is Zucotti a form of pasta????
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#77
September 29, 2011 10:07 AM - jessibaby
D, you still there? I'll swing by and say hello if you are...
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#78
September 29, 2011 10:07 AM - More4Less
Kindle Fire looks good EXCEPT no 3G wireless option so there goes my idea of using it as a potential cellphone replacement
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#79
September 29, 2011 10:08 AM - dibs
So how does it connect, m4l???
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#80
September 29, 2011 10:09 AM - petebklyn
I would fear could be quite costly if you were responsible. How would you even know...would have to take their word for it. Probably no insurance for that sort of thing.
#81
September 29, 2011 10:10 AM - minard lafever
It's interesting that Cobble chose Dorothy Parker as her avatar a long time ago and now she is D.Parker! It must be Karma.

D.Parker quote:
If all the girls who who attended the Yale prom were laid end to end..... I wouldn't be a bit surprised.
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#82
September 29, 2011 10:10 AM - Arkady
Yeah, M4L, but wouldn't it still be cheap(er) to get it & a 3-G phone? Saw an ad in the Verizon shop window on 7th last night showing one w/ plans for $29 (before taxes I'm sure.)
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#83
September 29, 2011 10:12 AM - Arkady
pete - They let you look at the video screen as they're snaking through it. But, you're right, gonna be pretty pricey if it's mine to deal w/.
Edited at September 29, 2011 10:12 AM
#84
September 29, 2011 10:12 AM - minard lafever
Zucotti is a form of real estate tycoon. I knew him back when he was head of the City Planning Commission. He has always lived in a brownstone in Carroll Gardens, no moving to swanky Manhattan for him.

#85
September 29, 2011 10:13 AM - DeadCatBounce
M4L - Also no camera. Too small to be useful for many Apps.
At $199, it is cheaper than the B&N Color Nook and other comparable devices so it will steal sales from a small pool of users looking for a 7" Android device. But it will not make a big dent in content sales on the itune store, which I think is the whole idea.
If it had included free 3G, then it would definitely be a significant contender.

#86
September 29, 2011 10:15 AM - More4Less
DIBS, it has wifi antenna so it can connect via your home network, your wireless Vz USB thingie, and wifi networks at retail shops. 3G wifi is connectivity to the wireless network built by the phone companies (AT&T, Vz, Clear,...) that's what allows you to go anywhere and have connectivity vs. mooching off some retail shops' wifi
#87
September 29, 2011 10:16 AM - cobblehiller
"It's interesting that Cobble chose Dorothy Parker as her avatar a long time ago and now she is D.Parker! It must be Karma."

DP was one of my mother's favorites. I was 'indoctrinated' at an early age.
#88
September 29, 2011 10:16 AM - minard lafever
I want to buy an Ipad but I honestly don't know what I would use it for.
I have laptop at home. a smartphone in pocket. where would I use a tablet? I honestly don't think it would be of any use to me although I want one just to have it but I'm not giving in to that. A Kindle Fire sounds more useful in that you can use Amazon's huge download selection of books and movies.

#89
September 29, 2011 10:17 AM - dibs
m4l, are there a lot of Chinese restaurants with Wi Fi?
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#90
September 29, 2011 10:19 AM - More4Less
Arkady, tablets have long long battery life - much longer than mobile hotspot devices or 3G phones. if you're to connect to the internet via the hot spot or 3G phones, those devices would drain out of their power way before your tablet drains out. Plus if you use your 3G phone's hot spot capabilities, the phone companies charge you for that - ie think $20.
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#91
September 29, 2011 10:19 AM - Deleted
Zucotti was also deputy mayor at one point. I think it was during Koch's reign but I'm not sure.
#92
September 29, 2011 10:20 AM - Deleted
where the hell do you put a tablet if you're a dude on the go? do you have to start carrying a murse?
#93
September 29, 2011 10:21 AM - More4Less
DCB, 7" is more mobile. I can have it in my pocket. the 10" is heavy and big - more mobile than the laptop but it's a little pain carrying it all over the place. Do agree it's a diff experience 7" vs 10"
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#94
September 29, 2011 10:22 AM - dibs
dh, I'm sure some hipster jackass will invent a belt carrier for a tablet!!!!!! Watch for it on diehipster.com
#95
September 29, 2011 10:22 AM - dibs
"Do agree it's a diff experience 7" vs 10"

YOU BET YOUR ASS IT IS!!!!!!!!
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#96
September 29, 2011 10:23 AM - More4Less
Minard, I have 2 laptops when I got the ipad. for email, web browsing, watching videos, etc, you'll find the tablet way way more convenient to use and you'll appreciate the long ass battery life difference with the tablets
#97
September 29, 2011 10:26 AM - More4Less
DIBS, if you do get a tablet w/o 3G access, you'll need to upgrade your Vz USB thingie to something like Clear hotspot
#98
September 29, 2011 10:26 AM - minard lafever
An architect friend takes the tablet in his briefcase to site meetings and uses it like a memo pad. I can see that. Could be useful if you have a lot of out of office meetings. Maybe.
#99
September 29, 2011 10:28 AM - boerumresident
Minard -- I agree, From my POV, $5-700 is just too much for a toy.

However, I also don't travel very much (either out of city or even within the city for work), so I understand using an ipad as a laptop replacement for sitting on the Acela and typing notes, web surfing, etc. Certainly a lot cheaper than an ultra light weight computer, and more pleasant to use than a smartphone.

OTOH, $199 to $250 is pretty acceptable. I started using a Nook color this year and use it all the time at home as a handy web browser, especially if the computer is not already on or if someone else is using the computer.
September 29, 2011 10:28 AM - minard lafever
M4L, I have two laptops too, I use one as a sort of extra hard drive. It's silly I know, I should give it to somebody who needs it.

September 29, 2011 10:29 AM - More4Less
DH, when it's jacket wearing weather, just put the 7" into any of them pockets. For me, I almost always have a backpack or something of that sort - you'll know when you have a kid to schlep around (ie backpack to carry the toys, food/snacks, change of clothing,....). it fits into pant pockets but it wouldn't be that comfortable as it's still big enough to be a little pain
September 29, 2011 10:30 AM - boerumresident
m4L -- I totally agree re mobility of the 7" tablet. I can't stand the idiots on the subway with their iPads; Something about it's size or weight or something makes men stand their with their elbows way out taking up way too much space.
September 29, 2011 10:31 AM - boerumresident
Does any one use those mobile hotspot cards? Any advice on getting one?
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September 29, 2011 10:32 AM - minard lafever
I was at a meeting this morning in someone's swanky office, I cannot see myself reaching into my briefcase and taking out an Ipad and typing stuff.
Seems kind of secretarial, like I'm taking the minutes.
Dunno, I'm not buying one until I can think of a use for it.

September 29, 2011 10:34 AM - More4Less
for work stuff, laptop better than tablet. for leisure stuff, tablet is way better. one unexpected customer segment has been older folks who are not that comfortable using computers - they love the ease and intuitiveness of tablets. they especially like the 1 button on/off (vs. the click this, that, then select shut down)
September 29, 2011 10:34 AM - minard lafever
Having a device that depends on being in a hotspot is highly annoying.
And it makes you spend way more time at Starbucks than you want.

September 29, 2011 10:34 AM - Arkady
minard - Those postage-stamp-sized tape (magnetic domain? what word do they use now?) recorders are better for meetings.
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September 29, 2011 10:35 AM - boerumresident
I think all typing at inter-office meetings should be verboten. Write it down by hand and type it up later.
September 29, 2011 10:36 AM - More4Less
BR, I use the Clear wireless 4G hotspot for my internect connectivity. when I go out, I take it with me so the kid can watch youtube on the ipad - ie for when he acts up
September 29, 2011 10:37 AM - minard lafever
If I take any notes at a meeting it is usually on the reverse of someone's business card. That may change, but it hasn't yet.

Edited at September 29, 2011 10:37 AM
September 29, 2011 10:37 AM - petebklyn
I used to have one of those wireless cards - so I could use my own laptop at work so big brother would not know or restrict sites I went to.
personally I have no real need or desire to be connected everywhere all the time. better that I am not. wastes too much time.
September 29, 2011 10:38 AM - More4Less
the voice recording & conversion to text apps are getting alot better. I can see them in another year or so get to the point where they'll be accurate enough to not bother typing down the convo's
September 29, 2011 10:40 AM - jessibaby
"I think all typing at inter-office meetings should be verboten. Write it down by hand and type it up later."

somehow i think those paying bills by the hour would disagree.
September 29, 2011 10:46 AM - boerumresident
Jessi -- depends on the client; some would be annoyed that you pissed off everyone at the meeting by the sounds of someone clacking away on the plastic keys of their Dell business laptop and I think form an attorney work-product point of view it's a lot stronger to argue that the memo is really the impressions of teh attorney if more caree goes into the crafting of the notes. May not be the same problem for bankers, as they piss people off generally and don't have any claim to privilege over their notes.
September 29, 2011 10:48 AM - minard lafever
from my experience, lawyers are loathe to put anything in writing.

September 29, 2011 10:49 AM - jessibaby
Interesting take - i'd buy it I worked for the client and called you up to justify the bill! In fact, I think I'll save it for a rainy day!
September 29, 2011 10:59 AM - bxgrl
I wish i could hook up my phone to the computer and have ti convert voice to text automatically for me. would make my life so much easier. I know they have the technology- and it would mean I would not have to use TTY
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September 29, 2011 11:01 AM - boerumresident
Jessi -- no problem, and sorry for the typos.
Edited at September 29, 2011 11:01 AM
September 29, 2011 11:01 AM - jessibaby
How does TTY work exactly?
Edited at September 29, 2011 11:01 AM
September 29, 2011 11:04 AM - More4Less
Bxgrl, believe Google voice app does it now - converting to text. think Scott uses or tested it before.
Edited at September 29, 2011 11:04 AM
September 29, 2011 11:08 AM - Arkady
M4L - How much is the Clear?
September 29, 2011 11:09 AM - bxgrl
Jessi- I have o have a special phone set up with a text display. When someone calls me I put my phone on the machine because now a special operator comes on. Th operator is a go between- the other person talks the him (or her), and she in turn types the message that I can read on my screen. When I answer, I type my reply, the operator reads it back to the caller. I have a phone now that allows m,e to add a tty but i am very reluctant to do that because the whole system is so unwieldy and makes having private or business conversations difficult or impossible.


I'll check that out, M4L- that could be great.
September 29, 2011 11:13 AM - jessibaby
Weird, so some stranger reads and writes your messages? I'm guessing you stick to the IM for the most part.
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September 29, 2011 11:14 AM - Not_Logged_In
Randolph: Pretty soon all brownstoner is going to be is mr. B's twitter feed :/

Really not understanding what he is up to over there....
September 29, 2011 11:14 AM - petebklyn
arkady, check the new brownstoner thread.
Edited at September 29, 2011 11:14 AM
September 29, 2011 11:15 AM - More4Less
Arkady, 45 all-in. do the free trial like Wonton did. there's a Clear retail store near you on 5th ave. I suggest you pay for the device (99) so you don't have to sign a contract. I see broadband prices dropping so no sense locking self into 2 yr commit
Edited at September 29, 2011 11:15 AM
September 29, 2011 11:18 AM - boerumresident
m4L -- so how does it work without a 2 year commit? Do you just turn off the service if you are not going to use it, and then turn it back on if you do?

Also, do you use it Clear at home?
September 29, 2011 11:18 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
DitmasSnaps Productions?

NO!

OMG, Cobbly! What are we gonna call ourselves??? We'll have to chat about this...over drinkies of course :-)
September 29, 2011 11:22 AM - cobblehiller
"NO!

OMG, Cobbly!"

That pretty much sums it (all of it) up for me, Snaps. Come drink with me here tomorrow night?
September 29, 2011 11:23 AM - dibs
OMG, Cobbly! What are we gonna call ourselves???


Two Asshat Ladies????
Edited at September 29, 2011 11:24 AM
September 29, 2011 11:23 AM - More4Less
BR, if you sign up for the 2 yr commit, the hotspot device is free. without the commit, you can call up anytime to turn off svc - ie they probably remove the hotspot device's machine number from their database with list of authorized machine #'s. I gave time warner the boot and use this as my broadband access at home too. I actually think it's faster
Edited at September 29, 2011 11:23 AM
September 29, 2011 11:24 AM - minard lafever
Snappy she could follow the Prince model and call herself
"the blogger formally known as Cobble"

Edited at September 29, 2011 11:24 AM
September 29, 2011 11:25 AM - More4Less
a few other options:
- use your legal names
- play the race card (ie oreo productions, checkers productions,...)
- F it and stick with current name
September 29, 2011 11:26 AM - jessibaby
^^bxgrl, apologies for what I wrote up there, it came out wrong.
Edited at September 29, 2011 11:26 AM
September 29, 2011 11:27 AM - dibs
Ruh roh. I see trouble. I made that mistake once!!!!!!! ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Edited at September 29, 2011 11:27 AM
September 29, 2011 11:27 AM - petebklyn
"bxgrl, apologies for what I wrote up there, it came out wrong." -- that is what the edit feature is for.
September 29, 2011 11:28 AM - cobblehiller
I love Two Fat Ladies...it's calming and amusing to watch.

Con Ed - check!
National Grid - check!
Renters Insurance - check!
Movers - check!

OY! The phone calls! Good thing I don't have a full-time job!! : P
September 29, 2011 11:29 AM - jessibaby
I'd rather be called a jerk than a coward, Pete. But yeah, that wouldve worked, too.
September 29, 2011 11:29 AM - rf
BSM in the Times:
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/29/in-fast-gentrifying-bed-stuy-a-celebration-of-early-black-settlers/
Edited at September 29, 2011 11:29 AM
September 29, 2011 11:33 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Cobble, I'll be there and I'll bring the swill!
September 29, 2011 11:36 AM - MontroseMorris
Cobble, you aren't killing yourself to get out by this weekend, are you?
Edited at September 29, 2011 11:36 AM
September 29, 2011 11:36 AM - More4Less
JB, that's what I like about you - ballsy (& honest too)
September 29, 2011 11:37 AM - Arkady
bxgrl - My next door neighbor is blind from diabetes but has a program that lets him speak instead of typing & that reads texts to him - you could use the same thing but the opposite way. It was either free or very cheap because he's disabled. I can find out what it is if you want.
Edited at September 29, 2011 11:37 AM
September 29, 2011 11:41 AM - bxgrl
JB- nothing wrong with what you said. I find it weird and creepy myself. :)
Edited at September 29, 2011 11:41 AM
September 29, 2011 11:42 AM - jessibaby
Yay!
September 29, 2011 11:43 AM - BoerumHillScott
Good morning everyone.

Since Wendy and our son are both off today and tomorrow, I'm taking vacation as well.

We are mostly doing house cleaning/organizing today, but tomorrow I think we are going hiking.
September 29, 2011 11:44 AM - bxgrl
That would be great Arkady. Especially if I can use it with a phone. Now if only there were a mobile device that I could take with me to meetings and such- it wold be nice to have real life closed captioning.
September 29, 2011 11:51 AM - More4Less
surprising (but I find it to be our benefit) to hear some folks are told when their last day at the company will be. I hope they tell me too so I can optimize the planning vs I'm just guessing the date right now
Edited at September 29, 2011 11:51 AM
September 29, 2011 11:52 AM - bxgrl
Seriously, M4L? You practically run your department.
September 29, 2011 11:54 AM - Deleted
Scott;

Having a day off is no excuse to reduce your OT posting. Please try to improve your performance!

September 29, 2011 11:55 AM - Arkady
pete - What's on 'Stoner that you think I should look at?
Edited at September 29, 2011 11:55 AM
September 29, 2011 11:58 AM - rf
Cobble, I really understand your melancholy about moving. But one day soon you'll wake up in your new place, look around at the extra space, and you'll be happy.
Edited at September 29, 2011 11:58 AM
September 29, 2011 11:58 AM - cobblehiller
MM, Nope, not this weekend, we just set the date 2 seconds ago - next weekend. 10/9!

OMFG!!!!

Snaps! Bring the BIG bottle! I'm gonna need it!! ; )
September 29, 2011 12:01 PM - More4Less
bxgrl, nearly all the folks in the office will be fired. we all guessing the D date. So it's nice to be told that date - better enables the planning
September 29, 2011 12:03 PM - cobblehiller
"surprising (but I find it to be our benefit) to hear some folks are told when their last day at the company will be. I hope they tell me too so I can optimize the planning vs I'm just guessing the date right now"

Oh dear, oh dear! M4L, I had no idea, when did they tell you about this?
Edited at September 29, 2011 12:03 PM
September 29, 2011 12:06 PM - petebklyn
I thought that sewer repair could damage brownstones might have been your area.
September 29, 2011 12:08 PM - petebklyn
tell us more about that Hipster musical, bhs. suitable for more mature people. or will all be over our heads. would I be embarrassed if I were sitting with my 22 year old niece by language/sexual content?
Edited at September 29, 2011 12:08 PM
September 29, 2011 12:09 PM - bxgrl
I'm so sorry, M4L!

Cobble, MM and I can come and help. Just let us know.
September 29, 2011 12:09 PM - petebklyn
should I call one of those lawyers about speeding ticket or are they all crooks?
Edited at September 29, 2011 12:09 PM
September 29, 2011 12:09 PM - cobblehiller
Btw, Movers, Not Shakers is still head and shoulders above the rest in terms of customer service and rates, IMHO. The owner was just here. Gave us good estimate within our budget for moving. I could have hugged him.
Edited at September 29, 2011 12:09 PM
September 29, 2011 12:10 PM - minard lafever
If vibrations from sewer repairs in the street damage your brownstone, There is something wrong with your house's foundations. You need to have it checked asap.

Edited at September 29, 2011 12:10 PM
September 29, 2011 12:11 PM - cobblehiller
"Cobble, MM and I can come and help. Just let us know."

G*d bless you for offering. Give me a couple days to get going, if I'm super panicked towards the middle of next week, I may call you!
September 29, 2011 12:11 PM - dibs
Good to know, Cobble. I will use them.
September 29, 2011 12:11 PM - petebklyn
worry I would have about moving companies - Is that I've read some shake you down for big big tip at end or won't give you your furniture. But that company is too well known for that.
Edited at September 29, 2011 12:11 PM
September 29, 2011 12:12 PM - Deleted
cobble - i've used OZ moving for about 7 moves, they're pretty damn good as well. expensive tho :-\
September 29, 2011 12:13 PM - cobblehiller
BH and I have used Movers, Not Shakers SEVERAL times in the past. None of that hanky-panky goes on. I discussed tipping with the owner as it's been several years and I wanted to make sure I had the number right.
September 29, 2011 12:13 PM - minard lafever
Dave, if you use them don't hug, OK?

September 29, 2011 12:14 PM - More4Less
Cobble, old news. company got bought many months ago and was just waiting for gov approvals for it to be official. folks at the office knows once official, the firing begins hence why tons of folks resigning and I've taken over 2 of those resigned folks' jobs.
September 29, 2011 12:14 PM - dibs
Depends what they look like, Minard. if they look like you, no worries!!!!! :)
September 29, 2011 12:15 PM - cobblehiller
I didn't hug him! I wanted to, but I didn't. It would have been AWKWARD! : P
Edited at September 29, 2011 12:15 PM
September 29, 2011 12:16 PM - BoerumHillScott
pete, if you can follow half the conversations here and on Brownstoner, the musical "Fucking Hipsters!" will not be over your head.

It has some adult language (as you could probably guess by the title), but nothing too over the top. There is no nudity, and one sex scene that is more comic than anything.

The show is 90% comedy, with a bit of heartwarming cheesiness thrown it.
It was by no means the best show I have ever seen, but one of the funniest.
Well worth $25 a ticket.

It's only playing though next Saturday.

http://www.nymf.org/module-ShowManager-display-sid-1700.html
Edited at September 29, 2011 12:16 PM
September 29, 2011 12:17 PM - cobblehiller
I'm so sorry, M4L, I've been self-absorbed. I didn't fully grok the situation. I recall people leaving and talk of downsizing. Missed the part about being bought and more firings. Very disheartening.
Edited at September 29, 2011 12:17 PM
September 29, 2011 12:17 PM - boerumresident
Storms a'comin'.
September 29, 2011 12:18 PM - minard lafever
Dave
Edited at September 29, 2011 12:18 PM
September 29, 2011 12:18 PM - More4Less
Looks like Christie might just run and announce early next week:
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/christie_feels_the_urge_QYtocnZuH6ArN54eGisgyL

yeah boy!!!!!!!!
September 29, 2011 12:19 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Cobble, what brand do you usually drink?
Edited at September 29, 2011 12:19 PM
September 29, 2011 12:22 PM - More4Less
skinny jeans:

- funny to see these jeans (albeit not stone wash) be in fashion again (last time was when I was in high school)
- ladies look fine in them
- hipster dudes look ok in them (even the chubby dudes)

but what the F are older dudes rocking them for - especially the chubby to fat ones. it doesn't make you look cool man. really doesn't
September 29, 2011 12:24 PM - cobblehiller
"Cobble, what brand do you usually drink?"

Cheap Swill du Jour brand! ; ) Whatever's cheap and not too sweet.
September 29, 2011 12:25 PM - More4Less
either the dude is mega contrarian or stupid, robbing same bank 3 days in a row is something:
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/gotcha_this_time_robbin_hood_8aNHlJxZmNTMZUldSrZ18H
Edited at September 29, 2011 12:25 PM
September 29, 2011 12:25 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
How can I tell if it's too sweet?! Reisling, chardonnay, ...?
September 29, 2011 12:26 PM - cobblehiller
Snaps, You're the sweetest. Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio. I'll pick some up! No worries!
Edited at September 29, 2011 12:26 PM
September 29, 2011 12:27 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Cobbly, no! The swill is on me!
Edited at September 29, 2011 12:27 PM
September 29, 2011 12:27 PM - cobblehiller
Thunder rumblings here.
September 29, 2011 12:28 PM - Donatella
Where's Benson? I use Travelers and I think they are good about the multiple claim issue (though it seems several of my issues have not been covered, i.e. water back flow and rodents, ala my squirrel visitor). This is what I would recommend for your mother in law. Call Gotham Brokerage http://gothambrokerage.com/. The owner, Jeff Schneiderman, is one of those special people we used to call "walking encyclopedias". He can give you a rundown on various companies and is fast, efficient, professional and is amazingly knowledgeable.
September 29, 2011 12:29 PM - cobblehiller
Ok, but don't go crazy. I really just need your fine company and the morale support!
September 29, 2011 12:30 PM - minard lafever
snappy: Italian: Pinot Grigio or Suave
California: Chardonay, or blanc de blancs

nothing under $14 a bottle or over 19, is a good rule.

avoid anything from New Zealand, South Africa, or Australia. those countries have no business making wine.
ps: that last statement is a guarantee for fifty outraged posts.



September 29, 2011 12:32 PM - Deleted
Donatella;

Thanks!
Edited at September 29, 2011 12:32 PM
September 29, 2011 12:33 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Minard, over 19 a bottle? Clearly you've never attended a clam bake with us...we drink straight up cheap swill! $19 a bottle...as if! LOL

Cobble, will do!
September 29, 2011 12:33 PM - petebklyn
"Looks like Christie might just run" -- 1) he could use the exercise
2) perhaps just weighing his chances.


(certainly murdoch is pushing this)
Edited at September 29, 2011 12:33 PM
September 29, 2011 12:33 PM - minard lafever
very ominous black cloud moving over NJ with lightning visible right now.

September 29, 2011 12:33 PM - dibs
Minard....you don't really know your wines if you are poo pooing AU, NZ & SA. Really.
Edited at September 29, 2011 12:33 PM
September 29, 2011 12:34 PM - minard lafever
I said no more than 19.
There is perfectly good wine in the mid-teens, dollars that is.

September 29, 2011 12:34 PM - Arkady
Soave. Chardonnay. Moral support to lift morale.
September 29, 2011 12:35 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Minard, the bottles of wine I buy cost about 12/13 bucks. And the bottle is HUGE!

:-)
September 29, 2011 12:36 PM - cobblehiller
"Minard, over 19 a bottle? Clearly you've never attended a clam bake with us...we drink straight up cheap swill! $19 a bottle...as if! LOL"

Snort! He really needs to see the swill we drink! Not under $14.00! No offense, Minard! If Snaps wasn't working, we could call ourselves...Two Broke Ladies! : P
September 29, 2011 12:36 PM - MontroseMorris
Minard! You know I love ya, but I also love a lot of the wines from all three of those countries, especially Australia. There are some fine wines coming out of all of those countries.

Ok, that's one "outraged" post.
Edited at September 29, 2011 12:36 PM
September 29, 2011 12:37 PM - Donatella
Arkady, good luck with the water issue. What a pain.

Baseball fans, last night there was some magical cosmic event swirling through the baseball universe. The American League East playoffs looked like they were sewn up with the Yankees in first place and the Red Sox getting the wild card. My father, an old time Yankee fan (but Florida resident who has been getting sweet on the Rays) was a little ticked off last night since he was hoping the Rays would play the Yankees in the AL East playoffs (i.e. the Red Sox would have had to lose their game last night and the Rays would have to beat the Yankees). At 9:30 or so, the Red Sox were winning against Baltimore and the Yankees were winning 7-0 against the Rays in the 8th inning. My father was disgusted and went to bed. The Red Sox proceeded to lose and at 12:05 am the Rays beat the Yankees 8-7 to win the wildcard. Amazing.
September 29, 2011 12:38 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
LOL, Cobble! I think a regular sized bottle of wine from either of us costs about 7/8 bucks! When we say cheap swill, we mean CHEAP SWILL!
Edited at September 29, 2011 12:38 PM
September 29, 2011 12:38 PM - MontroseMorris
There was an interesting article in I think, the NY Observer, about candidates. Basically, the author said that a candidate is at his/her most golden moment BEFORE they decide to run. After they declare, the bloom is off the rose, and they are subject to the in-fighting within their own party, which can be vicious, as well as the attacks from the other party. (or parties.) Also the press, which lovingly covered your every utterance before you were running, as if it were the wisdom of the gods, will now be reviewing your every public word, as well as every moment of your life, looking for dirt.

I admire a lot of things Christie has said and done, and disagreed a lot with him as well, but hope he realizes what he is getting in for. He's the golden boy now, but that won't last past the first debate or primary.
Edited at September 29, 2011 12:38 PM
September 29, 2011 12:38 PM - DeadCatBounce
Brownstoner has this new regular feature which has got to be the worst idea yet. It is called "The Hot Seat", and basically they interview a RE broker or some other boring shill.
ZZZZZZZZZZZ
September 29, 2011 12:38 PM - petebklyn
our house wines are certainly under $14 a bottle. especially if serving to company.
September 29, 2011 12:38 PM - minard lafever
I don't like wines from those countries.
Maybe the very expensive bottles are good, but there are much better values from areas with real wine-growing histories like California, Chile, as well as the old world champions France, Italy, Spain, Portugal.



September 29, 2011 12:39 PM - cobblehiller
I heard all about the baseball, blow by blow, this morning over coffee. BH was 'in a state' over it last night!
September 29, 2011 12:39 PM - Arkady
Thanks, pete. That wasn't there when I looked. I've added to it. It does seem to me that the work is being done a little cavalierly. And, given my current awareness, I'd be concerned that it's going to screw up the connections to individual houses.
Edited at September 29, 2011 12:39 PM
September 29, 2011 12:40 PM - minard lafever
"great people talk about ideas, ordinary people talk about things, little people talk about wine"
Oscar Wilde (?)
September 29, 2011 12:41 PM - petebklyn
but all of them whine.
September 29, 2011 12:42 PM - DeadCatBounce
Minard, I don't think of Portugal as a great, historic wine country. They do produce Port, but that is different.
September 29, 2011 12:43 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Whining? Who's whining? See my 8:22!
Edited at September 29, 2011 12:43 PM
September 29, 2011 12:43 PM - minard lafever
Portugal has very fine red wines. You should try some.
Port is a fortified wine like Sherry.

September 29, 2011 12:44 PM - minard lafever
ominous black cloud moving north, not crossing the Hudson.

September 29, 2011 12:44 PM - Donatella
Cobble, is BH a Red Sox fan? I seem to remember that. Yeah, well......any Yankee fan can't feel too much sympathy for Boston, but the Rays....well they are a bunch of very cute guys, a young very likeable, cohesive team who genuinely seem to have fun. Though who wouldn't love to see the Yankees be the ones to beat the Sox????
September 29, 2011 12:45 PM - bxgrl
I second MM's wine choices but then again, full disclosure, I grew up with Mogen david and Manischevitz :)
September 29, 2011 12:45 PM - More4Less
MM, Christie just need to look better than the current batch of Repubs in the race. I much rather see an Obama vs Christie than vs current bunch.
Edited at September 29, 2011 12:45 PM
September 29, 2011 12:46 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Bxgirl, Mama Snappy likes Manischevitz - ick!
Edited at September 29, 2011 12:46 PM
September 29, 2011 12:47 PM - Donatella
D-Cat, that new feature on B'stoner is totally in keeping with his new "brand". No interest. I have no interest at all. The only thing I like about that site now is the Forum. And that is because basically it is completely generated by readers.
Edited at September 29, 2011 12:47 PM
September 29, 2011 12:47 PM - More4Less
when the cheapo wines being pimped at the stores taste very similar to the not-cheap wines, I buy. if not, I go get usual.

cheapo equals sub $8
Edited at September 29, 2011 12:47 PM
September 29, 2011 12:50 PM - bxgrl
Mama Snappy and i are soul mates :)
September 29, 2011 12:50 PM - Not_Logged_In
Randolph: M4L, im in the mood for chinese food. You working tonight?
September 29, 2011 12:51 PM - More4Less
Minard, just some scattered grey clouds in central NJ. nothing scary heading toward NYC
Edited at September 29, 2011 12:51 PM
September 29, 2011 12:51 PM - Donatella
I don't want to spend money on wine. (I spend all my money on house and car repairs). I like the idea of getting a good bottle of wine for not a lot of money and there are good wines to be had cheaper than 14 bucks. Argentinean wine is cheaper because of the exchange rate. A good Malbec or Torrontes is nice. And cheap.
September 29, 2011 12:52 PM - Deleted
I agree with Montrose re: candidates (stop the presses!).

I like Christie alot, but I'm not sure how he'll play at the presidential level. George Will noted that New Jersey provides its governor the most power of all 50 states. Christie is a take-charge, take no prisoners type of guy and he's in the perfect position for it. Not sure it will work at the national level. In addtion, as I often remind: he's from the Northeast, and this country has not elected a president from our region in over 50 years - and that is no accident. We'll see.


Edited at September 29, 2011 12:52 PM
September 29, 2011 12:52 PM - cobblehiller
dona, I plead the 5th on the baseball. Let's just say, BH was pretty excited by all of it!
Edited at September 29, 2011 12:52 PM
September 29, 2011 12:53 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Bxgirl, when I get her in to town, I'll be sure to invite you over to have wine with us! She'll be happy to know that someone else will drink that stuff with her!
Edited at September 29, 2011 12:52 PM
September 29, 2011 12:53 PM - dibs
"real wine-growing histories like California"

I bet 80% of the vines were planted in 2000 or later. I watched the bubble in vineyards as it followed the tech bubble and the real estate bubble.
September 29, 2011 12:53 PM - Arkady
Dark skies & big drops here but not many so far. Radar shows most staying west of the Hudson.
September 29, 2011 12:53 PM - minard lafever
MM, the wines I have tasted from Australia all have a slight aftertaste of kangaroo.


September 29, 2011 12:53 PM - petebklyn
manischevitz cream white concord first wine I bought -I was probably 16- and got sick drunk. It musta been passover time because were advertising on tv so that is what I bought.
Edited at September 29, 2011 12:53 PM
September 29, 2011 12:55 PM - boerumresident
m4L -- the radar shows/ed a crazily localized batch moving through Elizabeth and Newark very fast, but it seems to have oddly veered north and is right now dumping on North Jersey towns like Fort Lee.
September 29, 2011 12:55 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
just got the internet back after EIGHTEEN HOURS of not having access! my roommate went to the cable place on 5th ave in greenwood heights to swap out modems and it worked. originally they wanted to come here and see what the problem was on TUESDAY! sometime between 2 and 6!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i got more shit tho done in the last 18 hours. i cant believe how much crap one can throw out of a single bedroom. and it's not even a cluttered or dirty bedroom. :-/ i havent had a room purge in like 2 years, but still, jesus. i think i threw out 3 huge trash bags of junk. i put out like 50 books last night on the wall at the bank on the corner of 1st and 5th ave and i was like ugh i hope they dont think im just dumping my garbage on other people (i hate when people do that) but i went out an hour later to walk my dog and only like 3 books were left. weirdly, three of my favorite books that i put out.

there's like 2oo plus comments, i dont know if i want to read thru it all, anything good? i wish there was a separate Politics thread. it would keep out most of the stuff people dont want read and it would cause less fights and name calling. maybe try it out to see if it works?

and please, for the love of all things holy, a separate punfest thread? puns are obnoxious to have to scroll thru. this kind of setup is not set up for that kind of stuff.

and is it just me or do radiators really throw off the feng shui of so many rooms? ugh. i hate them. is there a way to remove them and cap it off or something? im dreading the day the heat gets turned out, tho i always turn it off, but still. i just hate the stupid looking thing, it wastes prime wall space in a medium sized bedroom. im trying to make life easy, im trying to make it so that i dont have to do x to get to y but things like radiaters are always getting in my way.



*rob*

September 29, 2011 12:56 PM - Deleted
I am not a good Italian: I don't like wine, and rarely drink it. Makes me sleepy.
September 29, 2011 12:57 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
"aftertaste of kangaroo"

ROFL!!!
September 29, 2011 12:59 PM - CGar
"I grew up with Mogen david and Manischevitz"

I had an otherwise perfectly nice dinner recently with my eWife and my eSIL...until the eWife attempted to order Manischevitz Concord Grape.
September 29, 2011 1:01 PM - minard lafever
benson! for shame!
That attitude will take years off your life.

September 29, 2011 1:01 PM - Donatella
This is not a comment on Christie's ability to govern or his political talent or viability. But I think that while Christie's "Get the hell off the beach" style appeals to us, this brand of toughness does not have universal appeal. During my time living in Kansas City, I had to edit my speech so much it was crazy. I say OMG quite a bit (and I am a believer who is not trying to be sacrilegious) but people don't say God a lot there and they are slightly taken aback when you do. They actually say Gosh, golly, darn it, shoot, etc. Definitely, they don't say hell or damnit generally, not to mention the usual 4 letter words without which many of us can't communicate. This blog would completely shock those people.
Edited at September 29, 2011 1:01 PM
September 29, 2011 1:02 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote;
M4L, Yes, it's a 6 story apt. building, with elevator and laundry in the building. The lobby and hallways need a re-do, as they are stuck somewhere in mid-70s. I was just fantasizing about having a convo with the LL, who seems to be interested in collecting tenants from Brownstone Bklyn. If he were to make some minor changes, he'd never have an empty apt. again.

you havent even moved in yet and youre in cahoots with the landlord to redo the lobby and stuff? wtf? maybe people in the building dont want their rents shooting up. way to make your neighbors not like you before you even move in!!!! im sorry but im quite happy with my dingy (tho very clean) unrehabbed lobby.

*rob*

September 29, 2011 1:03 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
it's like you got fancy co-op tastes on a rent stabalized tenants budget :-/
dont hurt the people around you, cobble.

*rob*

September 29, 2011 1:06 PM - MontroseMorris
"Bxgirl, Mama Snappy likes Manischevitz - ick!"

My Mom did too. Wine was just not part of her cultural experience. Had she lived longer, and my brother and I been able to introduce her to the wonderful world of good wine, she would have probably found other wines she liked much, much better.
September 29, 2011 1:06 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
tablets are too messy for people who use lube when watching internet porn. since watching internet porn tho, i must say, ive become totally ambidexterous (sp?) my left hand is always great free and it's what i use my mouse and keyboard with. last night i had to go back to watching porn on DVD. ugh. it was like sleeping with an ex or something :-/

*rob*

Edited at September 29, 2011 1:06 PM
September 29, 2011 1:06 PM - Deleted
I think we should have some wine just about now, to keep things calm. In my case, I'll take a Manhattan.
September 29, 2011 1:08 PM - Deleted
"tablets are too messy for people who use lube when watching internet porn. "

I'll file that in "Things a middle-aged married guy learns on the internet"
September 29, 2011 1:08 PM - dibs
I'd sleep with any and all of my exes.
September 29, 2011 1:09 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
I just took this quiz...apparently I've got some things to work on as I'm only 45% nice!!!

http://www.gotoquiz.com/how_mean_are_you_18
September 29, 2011 1:09 PM - petebklyn
how do you make your manhattans?
Edited at September 29, 2011 1:09 PM
September 29, 2011 1:10 PM - cobblehiller
Rob, You're off the mark. It's a rent-stabilized building.
September 29, 2011 1:11 PM - Deleted
Pete;

I don't drink at home, only outside at social ocassions. Hence, I only order, never mix myself.
September 29, 2011 1:11 PM - Not_Logged_In
Randolph: Way to much info there Rob!
September 29, 2011 1:12 PM - minard lafever
Manhattans are a whiskey and sweet vermouth cocktail. usually other flavors are added too like bitters.
Vermouth is the fortified wine of Italy.

Edited at September 29, 2011 1:12 PM
September 29, 2011 1:15 PM - dibs
This is the best sweet vermouth
September 29, 2011 1:15 PM - petebklyn
I know what manhattans are--- but which brand and type of whiskey ---
Some people use sweet and dry vermouth for 'perfect manhattan'. cherry?
September 29, 2011 1:16 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Rob, You're off the mark. It's a rent-stabilized building.

true, that makes sense... i still think when major improvements are done, for many tenants, a bit of resentment definitely will happen. in my building whenever i walk out and see paint, plaster, etc i get worried. justly. i must say tho, my building seems very unmoonfacey, even the new tenants when they move in, not in a blip on my moondar. ive seen the owner tho dealing with various people at various times and it's pretty obvious he hates moonfaces. he also hates me tho for some reason. i always say hi, but i get a snarl. im assuming it's for other reasons.




*rob*

September 29, 2011 1:16 PM - dibs
Pete...bourbon and sweet vermouth.
September 29, 2011 1:17 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Way to much info there Rob!

yet the tip of your tongue is attached to dave's taint on a daily basis :-/ ok

*rob*

Edited at September 29, 2011 1:17 PM
September 29, 2011 1:18 PM - petebklyn
I got 78% nice.
Edited at September 29, 2011 1:18 PM
September 29, 2011 1:19 PM - dibs
I'd have to see a pic of randi first before I let that happen
Edited at September 29, 2011 1:19 PM
September 29, 2011 1:19 PM - Deleted
When I was a boy, Cinzano vermoth was a must at all family social gatherings. Always with the toast "cent'ann(o)'.

When I first went to Milan and took my customers to dinner, I thought I would appeal to our common ethnic roots. At the start of dinner, I raised my glass and shouted "cent'ann"!!! Silence. They looked at me as if I had shouted "Here's to your horse!"

Apparently the saying has gone out of use (at least in Milan) since the time my grandparents came over. The toast these days is "cen'cen", which basically has the same meaning.
September 29, 2011 1:21 PM - CGar
Snappy, shockingly, I am 58% nice.

So, tell your friends who think I'm one of the meanest people here to STFU!
Edited at September 29, 2011 1:21 PM
September 29, 2011 1:21 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
78%??? Hmmmm...I guess that's possible since there's no question about ripping down lost pooch posters :-)
Edited at September 29, 2011 1:21 PM
September 29, 2011 1:22 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
58% = still a ways to go, mr. mean man! LOL
September 29, 2011 1:22 PM - CGar
Only way Pete is 78% nice is by lying on the quiz.
September 29, 2011 1:23 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
hmm i took the quiz with the results:
You are 65% nice!

You are in the middle. Mostly it depends on the situation. You can be a mean b----/bastard when you want to be, but you can also be a good friend and be there for your friends. But mostly you need to be there more for your friends and be more reliable and nicer.

*rob*
September 29, 2011 1:23 PM - bxgrl
benson- there's an article in the NY Times today that address that exact question :http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/30/nyregion/for-christie-and-2-nj-senators-no-love-lost.html?_r=1

I know it's the Times, but it is interesting. I don't think we can really guess at this point who will win the GOP primary. Bachmann came out strong and faded away, the Perry. Even the Donald. Cain is having a surge. I don't think I've ever seen a Republican primary field like this.
Edited at September 29, 2011 1:23 PM
September 29, 2011 1:23 PM - CGar
Says Ms. 45%!!
September 29, 2011 1:23 PM - dibs
He's a union guy. He had someone else take the test for him while he stayed home and slept.
September 29, 2011 1:24 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
i sociopathed my way thru that quiz too and tried to answer every question with what i thought was the nicest answer :-/ i think it's flawed.

*rob*

September 29, 2011 1:24 PM - minard lafever
I don't drink Manhattans, I think they are too sweet. Some people like to make them with bourbon whiskey, others with Irish whiskey, and there are a hundred different types of vermouth. It's all to taste.

September 29, 2011 1:25 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
I think my 45% just shows how real I am :-)
September 29, 2011 1:25 PM - dibs
These sort of online quizes are for morons.
Edited at September 29, 2011 1:25 PM
September 29, 2011 1:25 PM - More4Less
Rob, wear a condom then
September 29, 2011 1:26 PM - cobblehiller
I'm 59% nice. BAH HA HA HA HA HA HA!
September 29, 2011 1:26 PM - More4Less
Rob, have you requested / schedule all the days off for remainder of year to chew up all the vacation days?
September 29, 2011 1:27 PM - petebklyn
You are 78% nice!

Good! You are a person who is upfront with your feelings. And if they so happen to be a little mean and nasty, so be it. You aren't mean but you aren't really nice either. Kind of a pushover sometimes also. You've got to learn not to roll with the punches so much. Stand up for yourself!
September 29, 2011 1:27 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
there was also a story in the times today about the plight of the "45 year old, unpaid intern". lol. i dont mean to lol, it's definitely a bad thing. but these people have advanced degrees, etc, but they do it cuz they can cuz they come from money. immigrants are not the ones driving down wages in this country, it's waaaaaaaaaaay overeducated (and i use that term lightly) moonfaces with allowances to be able to do stupid things like that.

45 year unpaid intern for a YEAR? one word: LOSER

*rob*

Edited at September 29, 2011 1:27 PM
September 29, 2011 1:27 PM - minard lafever
shall we talk now about brandies and cognacs? Such educational threads.

September 29, 2011 1:27 PM - Not_Logged_In
Randolph: My tongue and daves taint have never and will never meet.

Do gay guys all shave their balls and butts and everything in between or is that a matter of preference the same way some girls like hairy chests?
Edited at September 29, 2011 1:27 PM
September 29, 2011 1:28 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
You aren't mean

the owners and parents of the missing pets and children who's posters you rip down disagree.

*rob*

September 29, 2011 1:28 PM - bxgrl
85%
September 29, 2011 1:29 PM - Arkady
I got a 65% but I thought some of the questions didn't have answers of what I'd actually do so I 'niced' at least one & 'nastied' another.
September 29, 2011 1:29 PM - cobblehiller
There is a g*d! I can keep my home phone number that I've had for nearly 20 years!
September 29, 2011 1:30 PM - petebklyn
no they don't. probably no more/less than ungay guys.
September 29, 2011 1:31 PM - bxgrl
I thought the range of answers weren't that good. Too pat.
September 29, 2011 1:31 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Yeah, I didn't like a lot of the answer options. I think (hope) I'm more than 45% nice!
September 29, 2011 1:31 PM - CGar
"I can keep my home phone number that I've had for nearly 20 years!"

You have a phone??
September 29, 2011 1:31 PM - minard lafever
Cobble, Yay!
That can be one of tonight's toasts -with nice Italian wine.

September 29, 2011 1:31 PM - dibs
randi, I don't hang out with hairy guys so i wouldn't know. I don't like shaved pubic area.

It's creeepy and childlike, even more so than you!!!! :)

So much for classy cognac and brandy talk.
September 29, 2011 1:32 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
waiting for Queen Montrose to waltz in announcing her 100% score lol.

*rob*

Edited at September 29, 2011 1:32 PM
September 29, 2011 1:33 PM - petebklyn
I've had my number for over 30 --- only difference is when they took away 212 and made 718.
September 29, 2011 1:34 PM - Arkady
Yoicks!!! Ranger just tried to leap through the bubbler fountain & got caught in the leaf net!
September 29, 2011 1:34 PM - CGar
I did the quiz again and tried to go with the nicer, more reasonable answers. Still, I only got 78%.
September 29, 2011 1:34 PM - petebklyn
I can list all the fancy scotch's from lesbi cabinet. I don't go for that stuff tho. purely a wino.
Edited at September 29, 2011 1:34 PM
September 29, 2011 1:35 PM - minard lafever
There are only two countries that make fine brandy and cognac: France and Spain.
-and don't tell me that Fiji or Uzbekistan is now making very fine brandy!

September 29, 2011 1:35 PM - Not_Logged_In
Randolph: I have a friend (female) who used to do bikini waxes for a living and she said the prettiest girls always had the weirdest looking and smelliest vajajays!!! Somehow that just makes sense to me.
September 29, 2011 1:35 PM - dibs
I like it in a small town when the exchange (the first three numbers of your phone number) are all the same for everyone and you can give people your number by just using the last 4 digits...it's like that in P-Town and carversville
September 29, 2011 1:36 PM - CGar
Arkady, is he okoi now???
September 29, 2011 1:36 PM - bxgrl
Sadly for me, I won't be drinking anything for quite some time.
September 29, 2011 1:36 PM - dibs
Who is Ranger???? Some visitor cat????
September 29, 2011 1:36 PM - Arkady
In DC, my mother had the same number all her life - 83 years. But it changed from 3 letters to 4 digits to 2 letters w/ 4 digits, to 2 letters w/ 5 digits, to same but w/ an area code.
September 29, 2011 1:37 PM - dibs
Oh, a koi!!!!
September 29, 2011 1:38 PM - Not_Logged_In
Randolph: Is bxgrl pregnant?
Edited at September 29, 2011 1:38 PM
September 29, 2011 1:38 PM - Arkady
Ranger is the oranger of my 2 gold fish. The other is Hawk because he has a red tail.
Edited at September 29, 2011 1:38 PM
September 29, 2011 1:38 PM - More4Less
am 49%. was hoping to be 51% or so
September 29, 2011 1:38 PM - dibs
When I was young, my grandmother had a party line. Also, we used the "names" we were Ivanhoe 9 - xxxx
September 29, 2011 1:40 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Ok...so i'm not so nice, but at least I'm not an asshole!

http://quizfarm.com/quizzes/new/picklecheeta/are-you-an-asshole/
September 29, 2011 1:41 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
these quizzes are really dumb. might as well take the what facts of life chracter are you...

my results:
Which Facts of Life Character are you 2
Congrats Jo!!! You're as tough as they come and you don't mind getting your hands dirty. Of course their are those few times when you are soft hearted...but if anybody says that you'll punch them!

http://quizilla.teennick.com/quizzes/1374209/noaction

*rob*

Edited at September 29, 2011 1:41 PM
September 29, 2011 1:43 PM - CGar
We had a party line in Vermont. That was a weird experience.
September 29, 2011 1:43 PM - CGar
Puma, I'd advise you to keep cobble away from your fish.
Edited at September 29, 2011 1:43 PM
September 29, 2011 1:44 PM - dibs
"Ok...so i'm not so nice, but at least I'm not an asshole!"

Matter of opinion.
September 29, 2011 1:45 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
How many times do I have to tell you all the Cobbly doesn't kill fish! She's the Florence Nightingale of Fish Resuscitation and rips fish back from the clutches of the jaws of death!
September 29, 2011 1:45 PM - bxgrl
No, randi- stomach ulcers :(
September 29, 2011 1:45 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
I have a friend (female) who used to do bikini waxes for a living

that's just fucking digusting. did you let her in your house? i could NEVER be friends with ANYONE who touches people for a living. there's some lines that can't be crossed, that's one of them.

*rob*

September 29, 2011 1:46 PM - minard lafever
my father has had the exact same phone number including area code since 1961.

September 29, 2011 1:46 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Dave, is that one of those 'takes one to know one' type statements? If so, then yep, I'm an asshole...pronounced by King Asshole himself :-)

J/K

(not a personal attack...a joke folks, a joke!)
Edited at September 29, 2011 1:46 PM
September 29, 2011 1:46 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
lol @ snappy's resilient terlet fish (do you still have them btw?)


*rob*

September 29, 2011 1:48 PM - denton
"avoid anything from New Zealand, South Africa, or Australia. those countries have no business making wine."

Best Sauvignon Blanc in the world comes out of NZ. SA also making some very interesting wines.

You can get good wines for $19, you can get better wines for more.

Portuguese reds used to be horrible, that's why they invented Port. The only way to make them drinkable.

Cognac is only made in France, I use some German brandies for cooking and they are drinkable in a pinch.

Edited at September 29, 2011 1:48 PM
September 29, 2011 1:48 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
okay, the last 18 hours i did not have internet i was MAD PRODUCTIVE, and now that it's back im sitting around with a bunch of other losers wasting my life away. this aint right. (im not at work tho, today is Hasha Shannah's birthday and we got off for it woo woo!). oddly we are working on Columbus' birthday lol. well,, we have the option to take that day off or another day which is also a jewish holiday.


*rob*

Edited at September 29, 2011 1:48 PM
September 29, 2011 1:51 PM - cobblehiller
Arkady has flying fish?
Edited at September 29, 2011 1:51 PM
September 29, 2011 1:51 PM - More4Less
wow, Bank of America to charge $5/month on debit cards. think these boys will suffer some deposit outflows similar to Netflix when they up'd the price. it's no accident that Capital One and TD bank have been posting Ad's touting no ATM fees, no big ass minimums on checking,....
Edited at September 29, 2011 1:51 PM
September 29, 2011 1:52 PM - rf
from my brother's facebook page
Edited at September 29, 2011 1:52 PM
September 29, 2011 1:53 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
do all housing works take donations (mostly clothes?) there is one across the street from me. i know the one in soho takes pretty much anything (i think). they seem to throw out most of their local donations, so not sure if it's worth it?

*rob*

Edited at September 29, 2011 1:53 PM
September 29, 2011 1:53 PM - Deleted
Rf;

What?? No New York Times link??
September 29, 2011 1:55 PM - Not_Logged_In
Randolph: Rob she made like $80 and hour. And I didn't know her at the time. She said after 6 months she couldn't take it anymore and quit.
Edited at September 29, 2011 1:55 PM
September 29, 2011 1:55 PM - rf
Benson, I said where it came from, didn't I? Do you have a problem with reading comprehension?
September 29, 2011 1:56 PM - Deleted
Rf;

If it doesn't have a NYT link, then I don't believe it!
September 29, 2011 1:57 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
RF, that is completely ridiculous. if obama was white he'd be just as annoyed upon, im SURE based on his policies and lack of getting things done. how race-baitey can one get? besides, he's half black and half white. while i dont disagree that there are a bunch of racists out there blaming him for shit cuz he's "black" there are tons of people who are criticising him because he, well, is just sucking hardcore, but to call everyone a racist cuz they think he sucks is just lame. i did not like bush either, other than the fact that he was a funny person at times. but i guess i cant have an opinion cuz i dont vote. :-/

you know who could save this country? Tyra Banks. She's black by the way.


*rob*
Edited at September 29, 2011 1:57 PM
September 29, 2011 1:57 PM - dibs
Has Fox News used it yet???????
September 29, 2011 1:58 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
i remember (correct me if im wrong) getting a 500 dollar check mailed to me that i think was signed by george bush (okay tell me if im totally imagining this shit...) like in 200... 2006 maybe? i dont know. i just remember a check and being like SWEEEEEEEEEET

*rob*

September 29, 2011 1:58 PM - More4Less
OK, add another card to the fight menu at the next gathering. rf vs benson jello / mud wrestling match. did the house log my wager on the rob vs Cobble?? I've got $1k on Cobble please
September 29, 2011 1:58 PM - Not_Logged_In
Randolph: More inane twitter threads over on that other site
Edited at September 29, 2011 1:58 PM
September 29, 2011 1:58 PM - ij
I saw a good Facebook photo recently too:


Edited at September 29, 2011 1:58 PM
September 29, 2011 1:59 PM - cobblehiller
"wow, Bank of America to charge $5/month on debit cards."

That's insane. Where will it end? Banks just looking for one hand out after another! For doing very little! It's all computerized!
September 29, 2011 1:59 PM - petebklyn
I thought arkady was up in prospect park and the ranger there caught caught in a net.
September 29, 2011 1:59 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Rob she made like $80 and hour. And I didn't know her at the time. She said after 6 months she couldn't take it anymore and quit.

when it comes to the skin-to-skin contact industries, people usually ARE paid what the job is worth doing. im sure DIBS agrees, but we could probably learn a lot about business in general from prostitution.

*rob*

September 29, 2011 1:59 PM - petebklyn
I don't have a debit card. let them charge $20 for all I care.
September 29, 2011 2:01 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
randi: i found out a good friend of mine from college used to work in a massage parlor lol. like really "work". in jersey. lol. my ex at the time blamed her for giving me crabs once when it was in fact HIM who gave me them. and i was like wow, maybe youre right? ugh. naive.


*rob*

September 29, 2011 2:01 PM - bxgrl
What is arkady doing in a park with a ranger? Is he cute? Park rangers can be quite hunky, I'm told.
September 29, 2011 2:02 PM - minard lafever
I don't have a debit card either.
Don't like them.

Edited at September 29, 2011 2:02 PM
September 29, 2011 2:02 PM - More4Less
Pete, you sure your ATM is not one of those ATM cards with Debit card abilities???
Edited at September 29, 2011 2:02 PM
September 29, 2011 2:02 PM - bxgrl
"I don't have a debit card. let them charge $20 for all I care.'

channelling Ron Paul? ;-)
Edited at September 29, 2011 2:02 PM
September 29, 2011 2:03 PM - bxgrl
I love mine. Makes my life easier.
Edited at September 29, 2011 2:03 PM
September 29, 2011 2:03 PM - petebklyn
I refused the ATM with the debit....they keep trying to push one on me.
Edited at September 29, 2011 2:03 PM
September 29, 2011 2:03 PM - CGar
Did you all hear about the 7 Great Neck students who were arrested when it was discovered that 6 of them paid the 7th to take their SATs?

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/28/nyregion/7-long-island-students-charged-in-sat-fraud-scheme.html
Edited at September 29, 2011 2:03 PM
September 29, 2011 2:04 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
re: debit card, i was cleaning out my junk drawers and saw two debit cards from my bank that i requested back in the day to be sent to me unused, etc. still in the envelopes. id probably use it, but i work right near my bank and have to go in their everyday anyway so if i had to do it that way it wouldnt be so bad. but im still carrying literally like a dollar in my account, for a very long time. they switched me over to a premiere customer which the perks mean no monthly fees (they hoisted a 3 dollar banking fee at one point?). i never even received the checks from them cuz i moved out where they were sent. banking proper seems so strange to me. i literally keep my cash in my ms. pac man lunchbox. and there's not a lot anyway. and duke is for the most part trained to not allow people to touch things in my room. tho it's been years now, i bet he lost that training much like he lost his pissing in sewars training.


*rob*

September 29, 2011 2:04 PM - Not_Logged_In
Randolph: Minard how do you get cash then, go to the teller?
September 29, 2011 2:04 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
not ms. pac man lunch box (i wish) a regular pac-man lunchbox

*rob*

September 29, 2011 2:05 PM - rf
It's faster using a debit card, especially when DIBS is behind you, tapping his feet as you count your change.
Edited at September 29, 2011 2:05 PM
September 29, 2011 2:06 PM - minard lafever
I made them give me a simple ATM card with no debit card attached.
Unlike a credit card, if you fall victim to a hacker or thief, the money comes right out of your checking account. You may have to wait a while for the bank to make good on it. On a credit card, its the bank's money.
Edited at September 29, 2011 2:06 PM
September 29, 2011 2:07 PM - Not_Logged_In
Randolph: Who else besides me keeps an emergency stack of cash hidden in their home?
September 29, 2011 2:08 PM - dibs
The article on Bloomberg about the B of A debit cards seems to restrict it to those who use it for purchases, not when it's used as an ATM card. I suppose the computers will monitor it and decide who to charge using an algorithm. You can bet I'll be watching my statement as I only use it as an ATM.....so that I don't have to stand in line behind rf and Minard while they count their bills three times.
September 29, 2011 2:08 PM - Not_Logged_In
Randolph: Oh I see. I just never use my debit card online or anything. I don't see the harm in using one for groceries or movie tickets or whatever?
September 29, 2011 2:08 PM - CGar
dave's not the only one, rf, so let's hope I'm never behind you in a checkout line.
September 29, 2011 2:09 PM - dibs
I keep a $100 bill in my wallet for emergencies. Like if I find something really special at a glory hole.

Cognac, anyone???
Edited at September 29, 2011 2:11 PM
September 29, 2011 2:09 PM - Donatella
The shy visitor cat was chased away by the aggressive visitor cat. They had a big fight in the back yard. Apparantlly my patio is the place to be. The aggressor is a black cat named Sharon.

Benson, don't say I never got you out of a potential jam. NEVER use that Italian toast with the Japanese. Cen'cen roughly translated in colloquial Japanese means "Penis, Penis". This cultural fauxpas has been made many times by Italians and Italian Americans and is usually met with blank stares or lurid snickers.
Edited at September 29, 2011 2:09 PM
September 29, 2011 2:09 PM - More4Less
Pete, I refused the debit cards too but recently, that's no longer an option at many banks. it's debit atm card or no card at all. so if you got a new card recently, it might be debit. you can tell if you look at card for "Debit" label
Edited at September 29, 2011 2:09 PM
September 29, 2011 2:10 PM - petebklyn
I agree with minard...that is why I don't have. Regular ATM to get cash and credit card to buy things.
(no cash stash at home - but i have a change jar)
September 29, 2011 2:10 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Minard how do you get cash then, go to the teller?

if minard is anything like me, it's never a problem. sorry, but paying a fee (tho i guess sometimes not?) to use a machine to vomit out YOUR cash? get the fuck out of my face. why not keep your cash from the second you get paid? why let the banks play around with it? i mean yeah duh if you have millions of dollars then yes that makes sense, but if you dont, youre just playing the fool letting people handle your money for no exact reason other than convenience, and really, it's not THAT convenient. we're lucky we live in a dense city like this... but even on the corner of my block i still see people go to the bank drive-thru (it's always PACKED with people parked up on the curbs inside of it) just to handle their own money that they could easily have just held onto themselves. they aint making any money keeping it in there anyway and are wasting a ton of money on gas, and oh yeah, you drive thru people at the TD bank, stop throwing out your fast food wrappers all over. this is totally indemic. and ive noticed it now for 3 years. it's every race, every age group, every gender. wtf? i want to set up a time release camera to watch these people one day, it would be an awesome video of watching people throw out shit from their car windows while waiting to do bank transactions in a giant drive thru bank parking lot that used to be a gas station.

Edited at September 29, 2011 2:10 PM
September 29, 2011 2:10 PM - denton
"Be back tom,w with some finance handouts."

Kids?? Revealing."

Hey benson..

Change always starts with the kids.

But yeah, mostly young people were there, plus the usual older rabble rousers that go to all these events to 'make the scene'. The revolution won't be starting in the morning cuz half of them were still asleep when I got there.

I was thinking about the sixties. I was a little young for the good stuff, being just 14 in 1968, and also preoccupied with my own survival, but it strikes me that back then the issues were fairly clear cut. Get the eff out of Vietnam, and end discrimination against Blacks, and to a lesser degree, women.

Today the issues are far more complicated. No one can agree on what happened, and no one can agree on how to fix it. Because of this complexity, it's easy to make these kids look stupid on TV. From being there today, I see a lot of them are not stupid. They're probably educated and come from well off families, just like the 1960s.

What I'm planning to do is to try and sit with some of them (if they wake up on time, lol) and give them some talking points. If you're gonna rag on Wall Street, then you need to have some facts and figures. So I'm working on a handout that will discuss:

The War on Pensions: The 'lost decade' for investors, the end of buy and hold, the indexes then and now, computer trading, investment bank profits during the lost decade, etc.

the War on Savers: (I see this is getting to be quite the topic among conservatives). The destruction of interest income on bank deposits, bonds, and annuities that has devastated income from savings accounts and CDs and hurt retirees and the working classes. In fact I didn't even realize how bad it was until yesterday, as I don't really keep anything in a savings account. That's why I had to check here to confirm that .01% interest as being offered by JPM online really means that a $100,000 savings account will now earn $10 in interest a year, less fees and inflation.

I saw some union guys looking around at the scene and looking pretty grumpy. I might throw out a couple of secret union signs and ask how their pension fund is doing.


Edited at September 29, 2011 2:10 PM
September 29, 2011 2:11 PM - petebklyn
I have regular ones from capital one and sovereign bank.
September 29, 2011 2:12 PM - dibs
I use a credit card for all purchases as it accumulates United miles.
Edited at September 29, 2011 2:12 PM
September 29, 2011 2:13 PM - minard lafever
I got a plain, and free, ATM card from Chase.
I always keep cash at home.
I have been through several blackouts.
Dave probably has a secret room with gold coins like Scrooge McDuck.


September 29, 2011 2:16 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
okay im going to sound really stupid (what else is new) but im sure what i have is a debit atm card. that just means you can take out money from what is in your bank account, right? back in college i got like a bunch of credit cards that i basically would just go to the deli or anywhere really and get cash from it. i think most of the cards had a 500 dollar limit. everyone i knew just signed up for cards and took out the cash. after 7 years you never had to worry about it (unless you were worrying about your credit score but at the time i didnt even know what a credit score WAS). move a bunch of times in a few years and it just becomes impossible for people to find you. i bet they can do it better now than back then, but whatever, it was what it was. free money you got from people who would set up booths in the students centers at college. predatory totally. tho we were all adults. these days youre not an adult proper until 45 and anything you do before that should just be forgiven. :-/



*rob*

September 29, 2011 2:16 PM - denton
"You may have to wait a while for the bank to make good on it. On a credit card, its the bank's money."

Close but no CGar. The reason I don't use a debit card (but of course have an ATM card) is that by law, credit card companies can only charge you $50 if you lose a credit card. With a debit card, you are legally on the hook for the ENTIRE amount that is stolen. Yes banks have been making nice about it and giving the money back, but they have no obligation to.

Too much risk for me.

September 29, 2011 2:16 PM - minard lafever
I use my credit card for everything, on line and off.
I get money back for spending money, nothing for saving it.
Funny economy right?

September 29, 2011 2:16 PM - Arkady
I have ATM/debit cards - I was going to change to just ATM (for which there's no fee, rob) but you don't qualify for points w/ those - or not at Citi, anyway.
Sun's out!!
Way to go, denton. I was explaining to a kid the other day how dangerous it used to be to drive below Baltimore w/ NY plates on your car.
Edited at September 29, 2011 2:16 PM
September 29, 2011 2:17 PM - denton
rob if your ATM card has a mastercard or visa logo on it, it's a debit card. If not sure, try and buy a pack of cigs with it.
September 29, 2011 2:17 PM - Deleted
"NEVER use that Italian toast with the Japanese. Cen'cen roughly translated in colloquial Japanese means "Penis, Penis". This cultural fauxpas has been made many times by Italians and Italian Americans and is usually met with blank stares or lurid snickers."

Donatella;

To make matters worse: my last name also translates into a slang Japanese term for "penis". I love to watch the face of the hotel attendant in Japan when I announce my last name.

.
Edited at September 29, 2011 2:17 PM
September 29, 2011 2:17 PM - CGar
dave, check out this Morris Mini parked on Amity Street...
September 29, 2011 2:18 PM - CGar
Take 2...
Edited at September 29, 2011 2:18 PM
September 29, 2011 2:18 PM - cobblehiller
"if minard is anything like me"

Minard is nothing like you. Trust me, few are! : P
Edited at September 29, 2011 2:18 PM
September 29, 2011 2:18 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Dave probably has a secret room with gold coins like Scrooge McDuck.

omg Ducktales!!!!!!!! when he would swim in his money ahhahahah. i hate disney, but i loved that show and the video games.

and yes, always a good idea to keep cash on hand at home. ALWAYS. if you have a home invasion and you have no money? ugh, youre most likely to get your neck sliced than just a regular bat on the head.



*rob*

September 29, 2011 2:19 PM - CGar
"Close but no CGar."

Denton, lucky for everyone there's only one of me.
September 29, 2011 2:19 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Minard is nothing like you. Trust me, few are! : P

oh stop it. if i had to find a place to move within a month i would have out dramaqueened you x 10, and you KNOW it lol

*rob*

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September 29, 2011 2:19 PM - rf
How much money? Hmmm, we know where you live!
September 29, 2011 2:20 PM - Deleted
boo - i missed the Manhattan recipe conversation!!

i've been having them lately with 100 proof Rittenhouse rye. knocks you on your ass. and antica vermouth, obvi.

"perfect manhattans" are gross
September 29, 2011 2:20 PM - Arkady
I have half a dozen credit cards - I used to assign one to each client for expenses. Now I keep them all because they have different reward structures that I like &/or I use each for a different type of purchase - & just got a new Cap One for Europe because most of them charge a fee for international transactions but Cap One doesn't.
September 29, 2011 2:21 PM - dibs
CGar...they should woodgrain those two painted panels within the ash framing. it'd look spectacular.
Edited at September 29, 2011 2:21 PM
September 29, 2011 2:22 PM - Arkady
I keep no cash. Cash is the poor man's credit card. (Tom Wolfe I think. Maybe Vonnegut.)
September 29, 2011 2:24 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
rob if your ATM card has a mastercard or visa logo on it, it's a debit card. If not sure, try and buy a pack of cigs with it.

denton, just looked. it's a debit mastercard. i cant buy anything with it as there's less than a dollar in my bank account. (OOOOOOOOOH do debit cards have cash advances!?!?) jk. i dont work that way. my grandfather taught me a valuable lesson in life, if you cant afford something outright and in full, you can't afford it and don't buy it. credit was a good thing for a while, but too much easy credit kind fucked us, no? i keep hearing about the housing easy credit thing of the last ten years. GRRRR why didnt i know that you could buy a place with no money down and no / bad credit? i mean, i guess id still be able to paying it off (knock on wood) just wish i knew about those easy opportunities back then when i was throwing all my money into rent. seems like they prayed more on families than single people i guess?

*rob*

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September 29, 2011 2:24 PM - CGar
The back is wood-paneled like that, dave, but I couldn't get a good shot because the motorcycle is in the way.
September 29, 2011 2:24 PM - cobblehiller
Would you guys do the change of address for CC's before you move or after? I'm already having the mail forwarded as of late next week. Do I need to change the CC's now? Or can I wait two weeks?
September 29, 2011 2:24 PM - minard lafever
dave, at home with his friends.
Edited at September 29, 2011 2:24 PM
September 29, 2011 2:25 PM - Deleted
I could heat my apartment if I burned all the credit card offerings I receive through the mail on a daily basis. Unfortunately for these companies, I only carry one credit card.
September 29, 2011 2:25 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Cash is the poor man's credit card.

huh? i know it's not good to hoarde too much cash cuz DUE it gets so devalued, but if you just only use cash in it's current form, you are better off than people buying everything on credit. am i wrong on this?

*rob*


*rob*

Edited at September 29, 2011 2:25 PM
September 29, 2011 2:26 PM - dibs
Cobble, don't you pay your CCs online???? The paper billing can wait.

Don't forget your magazines


Edited at September 29, 2011 2:26 PM
September 29, 2011 2:28 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
i love the chartreuse paint job on the cinderblock walls in McScrooge's basement. and that's the exact image i had when you mentioned scrooge mcDuck. but i think dave injects more of those gold coins into the economy than scrooge mcduck does. scrooge was just a money hoarder.


*rob*
September 29, 2011 2:28 PM - dibs
My brother got a credit card application in the mail addressed to his dog, Nicky, a few years ago.
Edited at September 29, 2011 2:28 PM
September 29, 2011 2:29 PM - dibs
I'm texting with a hustler that I knew years ago as we speak. Maybe there'll be an injection into the economy (and me too).
September 29, 2011 2:30 PM - minard lafever
The only bill I can't pay on line is my co-op maintenance.
I have to write out the check every month. antediluvian!

Edited at September 29, 2011 2:30 PM
September 29, 2011 2:30 PM - bxgrl
benson- I only have one credit card too. But let me know if you need more fuel- I have a ton of offers.
Edited at September 29, 2011 2:30 PM
September 29, 2011 2:31 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
botany question...

in the alley behind my apartments (im on ground level) and the alley is right on my bedroom window.... in the last year ginormous weeds grew out of the concrete, almost covering most of the alley!!!! i was like ew. anyway, just looked out now cleaning the windows and they all have white flowerish type buds on them. what is that? also is this maybe where are all the spiders are coming from? they are not hideous looking weeds, but very tall, like almost 3 feet tall with white smallish petals in bunches. i know shit about flowers so i dont know how to describe them.
but they all came up thru the concrete.

*rob*

September 29, 2011 2:32 PM - CGar
Cobble, I'd do all your address changes now. CCs always take at least 1 billing cycle to change addresses - though you may be able to do it online faster. Meanwhile, the post office will forward.
September 29, 2011 2:33 PM - BoerumHillScott
I have a total of 3 credit cards: two joint ones with Wendy and one just in my name.
All have rewards and all are automatically paid off every month.

One reason for having more than a single credit card is in case that one gets stolen/duped.
I've had cards duped 3 or 4 times over the years.

I never use an debit card, for the various reasons others have already listed.

My dad has been dead for 15 years and had not lived with my mom for 15 before that, but he still gets credit card offers in the mail at my mom's house.
Edited at September 29, 2011 2:34 PM
September 29, 2011 2:33 PM - CGar
I have to write checks for rent and health insurance. Very annoying.
Edited at September 29, 2011 2:33 PM
September 29, 2011 2:33 PM - Arkady
I pay everything snail mail because I want the paper trail - it's helped me several times.
CHiller - It depends when your cards are due - forwarded mail can take quite a while so if you anticipate getting statements in the next week I wouldn't change the address until the day you move. If you've got all your statements, though, I'd change it now & ask a friend in your current building to keep an eye out for mail for you after you've moved. I've forwarded mail for up to a year for tenants who have moved
September 29, 2011 2:33 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
My brother got a credit card application in the mail addressed to his dog, Nicky, a few years ago.

i keep hearing that this happens. exactly how does this happen tho? i would LOVE if my dog had his own credit card so he could pay for his own medical/vet bills. how can i get my dog to get a credit card under his name? just sign up?

*rob*

September 29, 2011 2:34 PM - bxgrl
New Poll shows Romney back on top. (CBS news)
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September 29, 2011 2:35 PM - BoerumHillScott
When I first moved here, I had to get a certified check for my rent every month - total pain in the ass.
Now we use on online transfer service through Chase to pay our landlady.
September 29, 2011 2:35 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
okay, the dog's name is Nicky? the only scenario i could imagine of how "nicky" got a credit card was if someone was out walking nicki and there was a credit card broker (?) evesdropping in on the conversation and thought nicki was perhaps a member of the family of somewhat adult age? im not looking for free money, just retirement options for my best friend that arent gonna rape my pocketbook.


*rob*

September 29, 2011 2:36 PM - dibs
I think it happens through the vet since they usually use the dog's name and the family surname for the account.
September 29, 2011 2:36 PM - More4Less
Benson, good to have 2 credit cards. good to have one in home drawer or something - ie as the back up if you lose wallet and have something to cover you while replacement card is in transit. it's also good to have one just for on-line purchase - keep a low limit on that card.
Edited at September 29, 2011 2:36 PM
September 29, 2011 2:37 PM - Deleted
What annoys the hell out of me is that many of the credit card offers I receive have personal information on them. For instance, I belong to three airline frequent-flier clubs. Many of the offers list my ff # and mileage, along with an offer of more miles if I sign up. Hence, I have to go through the bother of shredding them, rather than just chucking them in the recycling bin
September 29, 2011 2:37 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
I pay everything snail mail because I want the paper trail - it's helped me several times.

it's mad old school, but this is SPOT on.

*rob*

September 29, 2011 2:39 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
I think it happens through the vet since they usually use the dog's name and the family surname for the account.

interesting. every vet ive been to with duke always had his name listed as "Duke, K9" on all what seems like important papers and shit they printed out from their computers.

*rob*

September 29, 2011 2:40 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
in fact "K9" would be written multiple times... so i guess what you say makes sense.

*rob*

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September 29, 2011 2:40 PM - minard lafever
Arkady, you don't get canceled checks back from the bank do you? They stopped doing that years ago. You can request a digital image I guess.
In any case, when you pay on line, the bank keeps track of every transaction. You save time, paper, and stamps.
Edited at September 29, 2011 2:40 PM
September 29, 2011 2:41 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
so basically all i'd have to do is white out the "K9" and me and duke would be credit-rollin' in gin and juice, eh, i mean have a retirement fund for him?

*rob*

Edited at September 29, 2011 2:41 PM
September 29, 2011 2:42 PM - Arkady
I've had a few friends tell me how silly it is to do snail mail but at least 3 of them have started doing it again themselves after problems they had. I had 2 credit card scams last week - one I caught on a statement & one the card co. caught as atypical purchase. No idea how either number was gotten although ex-bf thinks it was via one of the r.f. readers.
September 29, 2011 2:42 PM - denton
I automatically shred all cc offers, it's safer.

I keep an Amex and a high limit MC. That's enuf. Some snooty restaurants only take Amex. Costco also.
Edited at September 29, 2011 2:42 PM
September 29, 2011 2:42 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
You save time, paper, and stamps.

and 1000's more people lose their jobs.

*rob*

Edited at September 29, 2011 2:42 PM
September 29, 2011 2:43 PM - Arkady
The bank puts mini b&W photos of the checks in w/ statements.
September 29, 2011 2:43 PM - denton
I'm with Arkady, while I check all my bank and cc accounts on line every morning when I wake up, I like to keep bank and cc statements on paper. I might want to buy a place in Minard's snooty coop and they might ask me dfor two years' worth of paper.
September 29, 2011 2:45 PM - minard lafever
I don't think it's silly to do snail mail just less convenient.
Credit card scams are a problem, that's why I only use one card (easier to track transactions) and I do not use debit cards.


Edited at September 29, 2011 2:45 PM
September 29, 2011 2:45 PM - Arkady
Oh, yeah. I do almost all my banking on line.
Edited at September 29, 2011 2:45 PM
September 29, 2011 2:48 PM - minard lafever
Most snooty coops want to see two years of tax returns, and the current balances in your bank and security accounts. Oh, and a pay stub. And some require a certificate of circumcision (mostly in Crown Heights).

September 29, 2011 2:48 PM - Donatella
Denton, I am glad that you are sitting down with some young people to explain something about the very complicated and interconnected world of capital markets and finance. I will never forget something that my uncle did to me once.

It was 1968, (which was NOT a simple year). The world was in RUINS or so it seemed. I was graduating from high school, we just lived through a series of assassinations -- Martin Luther King, Bobby Kennedy, there was the Chicago convention, the riots there, riots in major cities post Martin Luther King's death, we were in the thick of Vietnam, an escalating mess. Columbia students took over the school in protests. Not that we were alone. There were student riots in France, there was Prague Spring, it was the height of the Cultural Revolution and persecutions in China, and in the Catholic Church, there was massive turmoil post Vatican II, and it was the year of Humanae Vitae, the Catholic encyclical which seemed to be a lighting rod for dissent within the Catholic Church. All the nuns in my Catholic school (except for 3 elderly) LEFT the order. After I graduated, the entire faculty was GONE except for those few. Everything was in an uproar. Plus I was a teenager trying to make sense of all this.

At a family gathering, I told my uncle sincerely that I thought that the Vietnam War was a mistake and that it was wrong and that we should leave (I have never changed my mind). He told me that I had no idea what I was talking about, that I knew nothing about this, that when I got some knowledge about the world and about history and learned something about life and about the situation, then maybe I could say something about this topic. I never forgot that. I was a kid and that was a wacko time and maybe I was only a teenager but I WAS lookikng around me. He didn't stop to explain what it was that I didn't understand or give me a sense of where I was wrong. I remember walking around and around the block of my grandmother's house trying to walk off the feeling of humiliation. (My own father never did anything like that). Of course, you find out later all your uncle's problems and his Korean War nightmare and his own crazy overlay, but the memory of that still stings.

And from that, I learned something. Just what you say. Take the opportunity to teach the "kids" something. Don't just smash them. People needs information, facts, the ability to cope with ambiguity, and above all the ability to listen and to learn before they act. Kids need to learn that from adults. And I use the term kids as adolescents and people in their early 20s.
Edited at September 29, 2011 2:48 PM
September 29, 2011 2:48 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
I might want to buy a place in Minard's snooty coop and they might ask me dfor two years' worth of paper.

parchment, and all in cursive no less!! speaking of cursive i keep seeing articles about how most schools dont teach that anymore. i HATED cursive and i do not like reading it, so i can see the argument. im also one of those people who totally has a different signature all the time.

*rob*

September 29, 2011 2:50 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Most snooty coops want to see two years of tax returns, and the current balances in your bank and security accounts.

i understand tax returns. i do not however understand your bank account balances. that is so fucked up. even rentals do that btw. it's like who u know i dont got a million dollars stuffed in pillows somewhere? (i dont) but, so retarded. we've turned into such a nosey society when it comes to financials. that's why i'd never live in a co-op, i dont want my neighbors knowing my financials. it really does just cater to people with padded bank accounts from family "gifts" that none of them pay any fucking taxes on.


*rob*

September 29, 2011 2:55 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Take the opportunity to teach the "kids" something. Don't just smash them. People needs information, facts, the ability to cope with ambiguity, and above all the ability to listen and to learn before they act. Kids need to learn that from adults.

i have a total opposite stance on that. most people teach their kids more bad things than good. humans, animals, cells, etc... learn not by teaching but thru living and evolving. that's why as humans we are stunted evolution-wise. we are so hell bent on others teaching us when in fact everything they have to teach is irrelevant and counter-intuitive.


*rob*

September 29, 2011 2:55 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
unless it's math. most people need others to teach them math.

*rob*

September 29, 2011 2:57 PM - Arkady
Dona - A neighbor kid interviewed me for a school project the other day asking my views on politics & religion: he was at least as well informed as I. We talked for about an hour & he had to distill it all to 1,000 words or fewer & I feel sure he can be more succinct than I was.
Edited at September 29, 2011 2:57 PM
September 29, 2011 2:57 PM - Not_Logged_In
Randolph: Ok this is awesome. Original hipster fixie riding filmed by Thomas edition

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bu2MrSxuPz8

September 29, 2011 2:59 PM - Deleted
I could spend hours on Donatella's 2.48 post, but I'm busy today. Suffice it to say that I have a different view of the world.
Edited at September 29, 2011 2:59 PM
September 29, 2011 3:00 PM - rf
Benson, I am so surprised (NOT!)!
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September 29, 2011 3:04 PM - denton
Speaking of snooty coops and debit cards, once when I was on a coop board and a shareholder wanted to do a refi, we did ask for two months' of bank statements. She bought everything on debit cards, including sex toys from a well known local emporium. All of this showed up on the bank statements.
September 29, 2011 3:05 PM - bxgrl
dona- loved your 2:48 post. Went through much the same thing except it was with my big brother- a viet vet.
September 29, 2011 3:07 PM - denton
Hi Dona, that was another great thing about Vietnam, it also destroyed inter-generational trust, trust in the government, and naturally hurt the economy. I lived near Columbia in 1968 and witnessed a lot first hand (also was on the street the day of MLK's assassination, riot cops all over).


September 29, 2011 3:13 PM - denton
My retired partner is a right wing republican evangelical Christian. Therefore we stick mostly to business. He was a helicopter machinegunner in Vietnam, you can imagine what he did and saw. Any mention of Jane Fonda elevates his blood pressure. He has numerous medical problems from being wounded and exposure to agent orange. He too thinks the whole thing was a mistake. He was a volunteer btw.
September 29, 2011 3:14 PM - cobblehiller
Yes, I pay all my bill online now. Magazines - yep, just did 'em a couple minutes ago. All that's left is notifying my broker (ha ha, who manages what I laughingly refer to as my retirement account) and calling the renters insurance people two days before we actually move,
September 29, 2011 3:14 PM - jessibaby
"it's also good to have one just for on-line purchase - keep a low limit on that card."

Now that is a very good idea, M4L.
September 29, 2011 3:18 PM - cobblehiller
"Cobble, I'd do all your address changes now."

Ok, I'll do them now.
September 29, 2011 3:18 PM - dibs
I find myself doing more of my online stuff through payPal and using bank account or CC
September 29, 2011 3:18 PM - ij
I only have one credit card, which I pay off in full each month, by a mailed check like my other bills, but I don't get a lot of offers.
September 29, 2011 3:18 PM - More4Less
JB, if you allow me to yap yap yap, you'll notice that an occasional nugget of wisdom does come out from that big mouth
September 29, 2011 3:21 PM - More4Less
I pay my maintenance, mortgage, etc thru on-line banking. from creditor / landlord standpoint, it's no difference to them - ie a check via bank on my behalf is same as a check I write out & mail to them
Edited at September 29, 2011 3:20 PM
September 29, 2011 3:25 PM - Arkady
I pay all my cards off every month too - there are few months that I haven't spent on each category: CostCo, on-line, international, etc. Gives a lot of bargaining power when you can say to them, since 1965 I've never paid interest on your card nor been late etc.
Edited at September 29, 2011 3:25 PM
September 29, 2011 3:26 PM - minard lafever
I like Paypal. Very good service. I wish more places accepted it.


September 29, 2011 3:29 PM - jessibaby
"Gives a lot of bargaining power when you can say to them, since 1965 I've never paid interest on your card nor been late etc"

I'd cancel you.
September 29, 2011 3:30 PM - Bedstuymaven
Bxgrl is pregnant. Is her e-hubby the father?
September 29, 2011 3:31 PM - Deleted
credit card companies don't make money off of people with no balances.

i was steadily paying one off and as i was getting the balance down they kept lowering the limit on it. really pissed me off since % of available credit used affects your credit score.
September 29, 2011 3:33 PM - BoerumHillScott
When I got my apartment, the landlady and broker did not approve of the small number of transactions on my bank accounts, so they also demanded 2 months worth of credit card statements.

September 29, 2011 3:34 PM - More4Less
DH, they do make money off us peeps with no balance - our spending generates the 2-3.5% merchant fees. of course the real big bucks is them interest $$$
September 29, 2011 3:35 PM - minard lafever
credit cards are such a rip off. Especially for people who have trouble paying them off on time. Banks are gross, but what else is new?

Edited at September 29, 2011 3:35 PM
September 29, 2011 3:36 PM - jessibaby
That's right, the merchant fees, Arkady, I'll uncancel you so long as you make big purchases. M4L, you're a real smart talker today.
September 29, 2011 3:37 PM - minard lafever
Dark clouds coming over the Hudson now, gales. Very windy, will hit Brooklyn soon.

Edited at September 29, 2011 3:37 PM
September 29, 2011 3:38 PM - dibs
Pitch black in midtown
September 29, 2011 3:38 PM - CGar
Whoa! Day just turned to night.
September 29, 2011 3:38 PM - CGar
Jinx, dave and Minard!
Edited at September 29, 2011 3:38 PM
September 29, 2011 3:40 PM - More4Less
oh boy, hope the kid doesn't get blown away as he gets off the school bus around now
September 29, 2011 3:42 PM - ij
Love weather like this. So dramatic.
September 29, 2011 3:42 PM - More4Less
boy, am I regretting closing the Netflix short. it's an Asian Girl 4 sure - ie NO BOTTOM
September 29, 2011 3:42 PM - Arkady
Here, too, & winds blowing leaves all over the place. Birds flying around screeching too - crows & geese!
September 29, 2011 3:43 PM - denton
same in GH, storm rolling in.
Edited at September 29, 2011 3:43 PM
September 29, 2011 3:44 PM - petebklyn
"but I don't get a lot of offers." -- you're just being modest, I'm sure.
September 29, 2011 3:45 PM - cobblehiller
I get tons of CC offers! They make me howl! I bet I get one a week. Which is absurd, because, as we all know, I'm effectively broke.
September 29, 2011 3:45 PM - CGar
Me too, Puma...just took a pic in my garden...
September 29, 2011 3:47 PM - dibs
I think you guys are a bunch of bird brains. Why don't you all go flock off
September 29, 2011 3:47 PM - CGar
Thunder, I love it!
Edited at September 29, 2011 3:47 PM
September 29, 2011 3:48 PM - Donatella
I didn't just post and run. Purposely, anyway. I have to do something else with parents. What the hell is going on in NY?
September 29, 2011 3:48 PM - Arkady
Radar says we're getting a big red blotch w/ yellow & orange trim. Thunder off in the distance & big drops splashing down.
September 29, 2011 3:49 PM - CGar
It's nearly Raunch Hour, so, tell us, dave, do you Swallow?
September 29, 2011 3:50 PM - dibs
Heavy storms about to hit according to the map. Should be over in an hour.
September 29, 2011 3:50 PM - cobblehiller
Great, It's going to pouring while I have to walk 10 blocks to the dentist! : (
September 29, 2011 3:50 PM - minard lafever
at least its not the black tornado clouds from this morning.

Edited at September 29, 2011 3:50 PM
September 29, 2011 3:51 PM - cobblehiller
I better go put on my duck suit.
September 29, 2011 3:51 PM - dibs
Funny you should mention that, CGar. I was just txting about that sort of thing to an old hustler friend.
September 29, 2011 3:52 PM - CGar
cobble, you're Cuckoo to take flight during the storm.
Edited at September 29, 2011 3:52 PM
September 29, 2011 3:53 PM - cobblehiller
Me in my duck suit....


September 29, 2011 3:54 PM - cobblehiller
I don't have to leave for awhile, hoping it ends or is close to ending as I have to leave.
Edited at September 29, 2011 3:54 PM
September 29, 2011 3:58 PM - CGar
I tried going outside, but rain drops keep falling on my head.
Edited at September 29, 2011 3:58 PM
September 29, 2011 3:58 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
so im in td bank just now at the coin counting machine (12 bux WOO WOO) fyi: this is only in pennies and pretty much pennies i found cleaning up! then i walk outside and the rain pours and thunder starts. how dramatic. lol. also what's up with TD bank? the most un diverse group of employees ever. there were at least 20 people working there, every single one african american. and the security guard was asian. lol. id be just as chary if everyone was white. what gives? is it a racist bank?


*rob*



September 29, 2011 4:00 PM - minard lafever
Yikes! that lightning bolt either hit my building or the one across the street!

September 29, 2011 4:00 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
ugh my entire bedroom is torn apart right now to organize. :( i want to be done by 6, but this looks futile.

*rob*

September 29, 2011 4:00 PM - Deleted
"Radar says we're getting a big red blotch w/ yellow & orange trim"

we're getting herpes?
September 29, 2011 4:02 PM - dibs
"the security guard was asian. "

In a uniform??????
September 29, 2011 4:02 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Great, It's going to pouring while I have to walk 10 blocks to the dentist! : (

but think of the laughing gas :) i have to schedule a cleaning soon, after my next paycheck, i cant WAIT! i hope i even have a few cavities so i can go back! best.legal.high.EVER

*rob*

September 29, 2011 4:02 PM - jessibaby
Minard I saw that from my window, it was freaky for sure.
Edited at September 29, 2011 4:02 PM
September 29, 2011 4:03 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
dave, yeah a sorta security guard uniform. you would have probably thought he was hot. total mouth breather and all hahahah

*rob*

September 29, 2011 4:05 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
i am hereby making a pact with the Universe. NO MORE STUPID JUNK AM I TAKING IN MY LIFE! some of the things i own make me scratch my head, literally and metaphorically. whereever i move next i am making sure there are NO CLOSETS, at most just ONE! for CLOTHES! i have so much closet and storage space that in the last few years ive filled them up with JUNK!

*rob*

September 29, 2011 4:07 PM - CGar
"Radar says we're getting a big red blotch w/ yellow & orange trim"
Edited at September 29, 2011 4:07 PM
September 29, 2011 4:11 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
does anyone else have a really hard time getting rid of clothes? i can pretty much feel okay with throwing anything out, but it's so hard for me to just throw out clothes even tho there are things i never wear and will probably never wear. grrr. i know some people say throw out everything you havent work in like a month? or a year?

*rob*

Edited at September 29, 2011 4:11 PM
September 29, 2011 4:11 PM - jessibaby
Rob, why don't you use your prepaid healthcare card for the dentist? Is dental not covered by it?
September 29, 2011 4:12 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
ew cgar, that pic is so moonface lol

*rob*

September 29, 2011 4:13 PM - dibs
rob, do you know who it is???
Edited at September 29, 2011 4:13 PM
September 29, 2011 4:15 PM - Deleted
is it common for the mantles of old fireplaces in brooklyn to be bluestone?
September 29, 2011 4:15 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Rob, why don't you use your prepaid healthcare card for the dentist? Is dental not covered by it?

no dental, no vision, no over the counter medicine (without a prescription for that last one. how retarded). it was explicity said we'd lose our benefits if we attempted to use them for those things. my contact lens guy said that back in the day people would just use everything left on their health flex cards the day before it was to renew and he'd write them a blank bill or something and they'd get store credit. he did it for me, charged what was left on my card and it got denied. i could have gotten my insurance revoked! i didnt know that! oh well. my dental isnt SO bad. we have like a 300 deductible... when my front toofs were knocked out i lucked out, they covered it almost fully. i have still a crown to get, so ill get that done this year, tho i got the post in like 3 years ago. holy thunder.

*rob*


September 29, 2011 4:16 PM - dibs
dh...mine look like some sort of bluestone or slate
September 29, 2011 4:17 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
okay it REALLY looks hurricane katrina in my room right now. i hate taking everything apart and out and now im sitting in a big mess

*rob*

September 29, 2011 4:17 PM - jessibaby
wow, rob - they've really changed the rules on those things, I guess. Or maybe I'm confusing them with the prepaid tax free flexcard, that's probably it.
September 29, 2011 4:18 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
rob, do you know who it is???

who?

*rob*

September 29, 2011 4:18 PM - Arkady
CHiller - It looks as if it should taper off pretty soon & be gone not long after that.
September 29, 2011 4:19 PM - CGar
jester, I deleted my post after dave posed his question. I'm non-PBR curious to see if *rob* recognizes him.
Edited at September 29, 2011 4:19 PM
September 29, 2011 4:20 PM - Deleted
gotcha dibs - saw the finished apartment product today. landlord ended up cleaning up the fireplace and not painting it white like i assumed. he said it was bluestone. definitely growing on me.
Edited at September 29, 2011 4:20 PM
September 29, 2011 4:20 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
wow, rob - they've really changed the rules on those things, I guess. Or maybe I'm confusing them with the prepaid tax free flexcard, that's probably it.

jessi, both. this is the prepaid tax free flexcard im talking about, but believe it or not, part of the first part of obama's health care changes in 09 (we got a letter about it!!!!) put a TON of restrictions on the card. but it also depends on your health plan too and ours prohibits vision and dental, but back in the day you could use the flex card attached to your plan for things like contact lenses anyway, the rules were very lax. you could also buy snickers bars with if you wanted to. i remember at a meeting once we had when we first got the card and our broker was like blah blah you can use it on some things in the drug store but you cant buy cigarettes or candy bars and i swear everyone turned around and looked at me :-/

*rob*

September 29, 2011 4:20 PM - dibs
What TV show was he on, rob??????
Edited at September 29, 2011 4:20 PM
September 29, 2011 4:21 PM - bxgrl
BSM- yes, to paraphrase Judy Henske: Pregnant with celestial fire. - written by John Militon in the days when he was going blind.

Denton- my brother was a military photographer. TO this day he can barely talk about what he saw- he flew with the rescue and recovery crews out of Da Nang. Feels pretty much the same way about it all as your friend but he is a dyed in the wool Democrat. Never mention Jane Fonda around him.
September 29, 2011 4:21 PM - Arkady
But we weren't sure if dibs's were bluestone or soap stone. Mine are all marble. Some are various kinds of tiles.
Edited at September 29, 2011 4:21 PM
September 29, 2011 4:23 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
that sounds nice DH that he didnt paint it. (the fireplace). is it a working one? im actually not a fan of fireplaces, they scare the shit out of me, but i like the non working ones. /:: go to crate and barrell or target and get a bunch of candles and place them in the fireplace to emulate a working one:://moonface

*rob*


*rob*

September 29, 2011 4:23 PM - CGar
"Mine are all marble."

I thought you'd lost your marbles.
Edited at September 29, 2011 4:23 PM
September 29, 2011 4:23 PM - ij
I can't figure out how to delete my own comments!
Edited at September 29, 2011 4:23 PM
September 29, 2011 4:23 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Who among you can control the weather? I need a huge favor...this humidity is killing me. Please make it go away. Thank you.
September 29, 2011 4:24 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
I thought Dave's looked like soapstone.
September 29, 2011 4:25 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
What TV show was he on, rob??????

oh that person someone posted earlier that i called a moonface? i only called that pic a moonface cuz he has that fugly pedophile look going on, like a lot of moonface men these days. fugly. i have no clue who it is or what show he was on tho. my best guess.. mash?


*rob*

September 29, 2011 4:26 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
I thought Dave's looked like soapstone.

maybe after the KY jelly

*rob*

September 29, 2011 4:27 PM - cobblehiller
"CHiller - It looks as if it should taper off pretty soon & be gone not long after that."

Excellent, because getting SOAKED on the way to the DENTIST is not my idea of a good time. : P
September 29, 2011 4:27 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Who among you can control the weather? I need a huge favor...this humidity is killing me. Please make it go away. Thank you.

i turned on the ac. fuck it. i feel guilty turning it on this late in the year, but we are on this planet for a finite time, why not be as comfortable as possible?

*rob*

Edited at September 29, 2011 4:27 PM
September 29, 2011 4:27 PM - jessibaby
Wow, so it's prepaid but you can only use it on a very limited class of purchases. Very annoying, it's more like an insurance benefit with a cap, it seems.
September 29, 2011 4:28 PM - cobblehiller
DH, Which neighborhood are you moving to?
September 29, 2011 4:28 PM - CGar
"Who among you can control the weather? I need a huge favor...this humidity is killing me. Please make it go away."

No problem, Snappy. I'll see if Simon Bar Sinister still has his weather machine.
Edited at September 29, 2011 4:28 PM
September 29, 2011 4:28 PM - Bedstuymaven
BSM- yes, to paraphrase Judy Henske: Pregnant with celestial fire. - written by John Militon in the days when he was going blind.
I was trying to start a vicious rumor, full innneundos about you cheating on e-hubby.
Edited at September 29, 2011 4:28 PM
September 29, 2011 4:28 PM - boerumresident
I am praying the humidity goes away by Sunday when the temperatures crash to the fifties and sixties.
Edited at September 29, 2011 4:28 PM
September 29, 2011 4:28 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
My ac has been going non stop for quite a while now. But having to go outside is destroying my ability to breathe :-(
Edited at September 29, 2011 4:28 PM
September 29, 2011 4:29 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Wow, so it's prepaid but you can only use it on a very limited class of purchases. Very annoying, it's more like an insurance benefit with a cap, it seems.

it's prepaid, but our employer put 2500 dollars on the card. our deductible before the insurance kicks in is like 2800 something. but having 2500 dollars paid for by your employer for the year and then only having to kick in the next 300 before the insurance kicks in isnt really a bad deal at all. so im not complaining.

*rob*

September 29, 2011 4:29 PM - cobblehiller
My parents house had several (4) marble fire places. I spent part of a summer cleaning the paint off of one of them.
September 29, 2011 4:30 PM - CGar
Pretty good, *rob*. Gary Burghoff as Radar O'Reilly in M*A*S*H. And you were right about him being a moonface. As jester said, he hails from Ottumwa, Iowa.
Edited at September 29, 2011 4:30 PM
September 29, 2011 4:30 PM - jessibaby
So what happens if you don't use the money on the card? Who keeps it? Insurance company, I'm guessing.
Edited at September 29, 2011 4:30 PM
September 29, 2011 4:31 PM - jessibaby
And what happens if you have a catastrophic accident?
September 29, 2011 4:34 PM - Deleted
still williamsburg cobble, but further east from where i am now. literally looked in every neighborhood, but once again the best deal ended up being in good old billyburg!


September 29, 2011 4:34 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
So what happens if you don't use the money on the card? Who keeps it? Insurance company, I'm guessing.

i dont know if it goes back to the owner of the company who paid it or the insurance company really. it would be awesome if we could roll it over, but we cant.

quote:
And what happens if you have a catastrophic accident?

you get a bill and then pay for it with your ameriflex card and hope to hell that the hospital (i think they mostly all do) will accept it. it's like a debit card. if not you have to pay upfront then get reimbursed from the insurance company. if i had to deal with something like that, id just be like oh wells and probably not even open up the envelopes.

*rob*

Edited at September 29, 2011 4:34 PM
September 29, 2011 4:35 PM - ij
Pretend you never saw this, m'k.
September 29, 2011 4:35 PM - bxgrl
BSM- ehubby and i live in a swirl of vicious rumor so one more is just so much never mind :-D
September 29, 2011 4:36 PM - jessibaby
so you don't have the 2,500 limit on the ameriflex card? You have two different cards? your insurance is very confusing to me.
September 29, 2011 4:39 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
all i know is that last year we had 2000 dollars on the card and i didnt go to the doctor once and never used it. glad i didnt have to, but still. i could have gone to a shrink every week for 5 months tho and used it that way, but most good shrinks are boutique these days. and im sorry but im not discussing my issues with a glorified social worker. fuck that. plus id only be doing it for the lulz if i did that, like that time i went to detox at beth isreal (or st. vincents) just for the fun of it for 4 days cuz i thought it would be like being on on a reality tv show. and it was exactly like being on big brother. the ghetto version. <3

*rob*
September 29, 2011 4:40 PM - boerumresident
what is an ehubby? Are you and your ball and chain (I mean, dearly beloved) both PLUSAs?
September 29, 2011 4:42 PM - cobblehiller
CGar is bxgrl's eHubby. I don't have an eHubby. But I have an eTenant on my deck. Get it, BR? It's all made up for fun, silly rabbit.
Edited at September 29, 2011 4:41 PM
September 29, 2011 4:42 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
so you don't have the 2,500 limit on the ameriflex card? You have two different cards? your insurance is very confusing to me.

it's a high deductible insurance plan. our deductible this year is 2800 something dollars. it's cheaper that way. it's a cheaper insurance plan. we can have an HSA card or not have one. but we have one. some people can have an HSA and put their own money if they want cuz it's pretaxed dollars, etc. our employer gives everyone an HSA flex card account and card that is loaded with 2500 dollars on it. so 2500 dollars can go towards our deducitble and once that is up, we have to foot the bill of 300 something dollars before our insurance kicks in.

i dont know how else to explain it, but yes insurance is so foggy and confusing. that is as best as i can understand it

also, we can only do in network doctors, etc.

*rob*

September 29, 2011 4:43 PM - CGar
"what is an ehubby?"

That would be me BoeRes. She married me for my money.
Edited at September 29, 2011 4:43 PM
September 29, 2011 4:43 PM - jessibaby
Rob, if you had a faux fireplace, what would you put in it? I agree it's too moonfacey to put candles in it. But not sure what else would work. I'm thinking to just leave it empty.
September 29, 2011 4:44 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
like lets say i didnt have the flex card loaded with 2500 dpollars on it? i would have to spend the first 2800 dollars out of pocket before insurance starts picking up the bills...

*rob*

September 29, 2011 4:45 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Rob, if you had a faux fireplace, what would you put in it?

probably the landlord.

*rob*

September 29, 2011 4:46 PM - CGar
"But I have an eTenant on my deck"

Until you decided to move just to get away from me. Now I have to find someplace else to pitch my tent.
September 29, 2011 4:46 PM - ij
My boss is falling over himself with a customer looking up the photo of Mussolini's hanging.
September 29, 2011 4:47 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
JK. id probably just release helium ballons thru it or something. i dont know, i never thought about having a fireplace. i dont like them like i said
they kinda take up too much space and ruin a wall, and in in tiny apartments are a total hinderance to wall space and often horrific feng shiu if it's a cut up apartment.

*rob*

September 29, 2011 4:48 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
it just got super sunny in park slope, im gonna take that as a sign to get off my ty-ty and get some shit done.

*rob*

Edited at September 29, 2011 4:48 PM
September 29, 2011 4:48 PM - More4Less
DH, fireplace too??????? wow, that's a pimping aptmt. is the "orig details" stuff growing on you - ie if you hit lotto and buy a historic townhouse, you wont gut it and convert it to "modern"?
Edited at September 29, 2011 4:48 PM
September 29, 2011 4:49 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
some people stack their books in fireplaces. that works. a tad pretentious tho. i dont know. if i had a big fireplace maybe a witches cauldron? decorative of course? why are you asking me. it's like asking what i'd do if i had an outhouse.

*rob*

Edited at September 29, 2011 4:49 PM
September 29, 2011 4:50 PM - jessibaby
you think a fireplace ruins a wall? i think it makes it when you have a nice mantel.
September 29, 2011 4:51 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
when i think of a "pimping" apartment the LAST thing i picture is a fireplace :-/ maybe if youre inviting the cast of Little Women over, perhaps.


*rob*

Edited at September 29, 2011 4:51 PM
September 29, 2011 4:51 PM - CGar
I agree with jessi about the fireplace and the mantel.
Edited at September 29, 2011 4:51 PM
September 29, 2011 4:52 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
you think a fireplace ruins a wall? i think it makes it when you have a nice mantel.

in some SMALL places, and cut up apartments, yeah i think it does. much like random radiators. it doesnt ruin it aesthetically, but space wise, it puts limits on how you can set up your furniture.

*rob*

Edited at September 29, 2011 4:52 PM
September 29, 2011 4:54 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
i mean there IS a reason why people got rid of fireplaces when they started carving up brownstones. space and they can be annoying, but now people get their retro bloomers in a twist when they are filled or carved out :-/ Judy Jetson is shitting her pants.

*rob*

September 29, 2011 4:54 PM - jessibaby
I'm asking you because you agreed that the candles arent the way to go. I thought maybe you had a vision of what would be nice as an alternative. I kinda like those peacock things. Oh wait, you wouldnt like that.
http://www.anticasoffitta.com/store/product_info.php/cPath/152/products_id/1151
Edited at September 29, 2011 4:54 PM
September 29, 2011 4:55 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
im not one of those stereotypical "McMansion" haters, i dont give a crap how people like to live, but ooooof. they have some of the most HIDEOUS fireplaces EVER.

*rob*

September 29, 2011 4:57 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
it just occurred to me that there was a fireplace in the living room in the place i lived in harlem. i have a pic of it and what was in it, ill try to find the pic later somewhere in my photobucket and post it. part of me thinks the tv was in front of it for a large part of when i was living there and it was filled with. i dont even know right now.

*rob*

Edited at September 29, 2011 4:57 PM
September 29, 2011 4:57 PM - rf
cgar, you can pitch your tent on Cobble's (oops! Ditmas's) e-deck! Of course!
September 29, 2011 4:58 PM - jessibaby
yeah, the worst mcmansion fireplaces are the ones that have glass on both sides - to use in like a dining and living room. frightening.
Edited at September 29, 2011 4:58 PM
September 29, 2011 5:01 PM - BoerumHillScott
I had a gas fireplace that you turned on by flipping a standard electrical switch on the wall.

I had a friend with a remote control for his fireplace.

I like the look of fireplaces, but they can make it hard to arrange a room that also has a television in it.
Edited at September 29, 2011 5:01 PM
September 29, 2011 5:04 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
my kinda fireplace...

http://cdn.freshome.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/metalfire-fireplaces-4.jpg
Edited at September 29, 2011 5:04 PM
September 29, 2011 5:05 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
I had a friend with a remote control for his fireplace.

gross. that's what i call cosmic confliction. i.e. the flinstones versus the jetsons. that shit is lame. there's a gazillion better things in this Universe that a lightswitch could turn on than a fireplace. some people have no creativity.

at that, im using a vacuum clear from (must be the 50s or 60? maybe 70s) an electrolux, beige, dirty, giant, weird cable, and when you run it smells like farts coming out from the main part. hahahha but it has the sucking power of dave on asian awareness week.


*rob*
September 29, 2011 5:07 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
OMG!
Edited at September 29, 2011 5:07 PM
September 29, 2011 5:08 PM - Arkady
All my fire places are where the forced air vents are - they were designed & built for that.
September 29, 2011 5:08 PM - Deleted
yeah m4l - the period stuff has been growing on me, although the new crib really only has the fireplace as far as period stuff goes. landlord covered up the tin ceilings in the kitchen.
September 29, 2011 5:13 PM - boerumresident
CH (soon to be DP?) -- thanks. Making up for fun is a lot cooler than what I feared -- which is that it was something like the "work husband/wife" meme that is percolating in the press this year.
Edited at September 29, 2011 5:13 PM
September 29, 2011 5:14 PM - Arkady
Wild weather! Literally not a cloud in the sky!
Edited at September 29, 2011 5:14 PM
September 29, 2011 5:16 PM - More4Less
gloss black or satin gold paint on nice tin ceiling is real nice
Edited at September 29, 2011 5:16 PM
September 29, 2011 5:21 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
cleaning the deep recessess of my closets... why do i own so many pairs of sized 12 ladies flaired jeans? :-/ wtf?


*rob*

September 29, 2011 5:25 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Sell those jeans at the flea.
September 29, 2011 5:28 PM - bxgrl
Oh no, BR- our marriage is strictly for my benefit a I have taken advantage of the poor man shamefully. Cobble is ever so much nicer to him. ;-)
Edited at September 29, 2011 5:28 PM
September 29, 2011 5:31 PM - bxgrl
I like a deep matte grey for tin ceilings. Or white.
Edited at September 29, 2011 5:31 PM
September 29, 2011 5:32 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
this sucks. going thru my closet i realize there's tons of stuff i could have worn for the last few years (im talking like clothes to wear to work) not my hannah montana *rob* outside work garb... :-/ a few things could use a tailor, ive never been to one. im talking about random rips and stuff. duct tape works perfect for some, just fixed up a pair of pants with duct tape (they are grey so it blends) but some other things i dont know, i dont know how to sew (at least not to fix clothes..) is that shit expensive? i dont mind being a fashion disaster outside of work, but at work, sometimes i get random IM's from people asking me wtf im wearing and why lol. our dress code is basically business very casual but i feel like half the time i show at work dressed up like domestic abuse battered barbie just borrowed business casual from the local womens shelter kinda look thing going on. the fact that one co-worker of mine told me that everyone in the office calls me "raggamuffin" doesnt help much.
i know he must be telling the truth cuz we have names for everyone else, but i hate being known as a raggamuffin. when he first told me i thought he meant people thought i dressed raggae (which yes makes no sense) but then i looked up the word on the internet and i ran into the stairwell and wrote in my journal.

*rob*

September 29, 2011 5:34 PM - Legion
bxgrl,

I read that article you suggested on the use of multiple computer sites to model enzyme structures.
It's fascinating stuff. Along the lines of the SETI (search for extra-terrestrial life) project which also used volunteer computers to crunch numbers and data sets.

In the future, I can see computer games being modeled on predicting the folding patterns of given proteinaceous enzyme structures. Anyone who's ever played tetris will understand what I'm getting at. In that video game, the objective is to twist the falling geometric pieces in just the right manner to fit into an increasingly complex structure.

Seems to me that the computer gaming market could join forces with a major biochemistry research center and put millions of man hours spent on video-gaming to good use.


September 29, 2011 5:36 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
oh yeah and whatever i wasnt CRYING in my journal or anything, i own my raggamuffinness, but sometimes i do wish i could be one of those spiffy looking people you see on the train going to work in the morning, but then i think it's just not possible.

*rob*

Edited at September 29, 2011 5:36 PM
September 29, 2011 5:43 PM - rf
But you think pink hair would be a problem with your bosses?
Edited at September 29, 2011 5:43 PM
September 29, 2011 5:43 PM - bxgrl
Legion- I thought it was really fascinating. More interesting for me is that gamers depended on a visual approach- maybe that was the reason it worked. Fresh eyes and not tied into the scientific method.

Here's another great story too- about a red dress made from a nazi flag. http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/44644153/ns/today-today_people/t/dress-made-nazi-flag-reveals-owners-past-spy/#.ToTlb83qJBk
Edited at September 29, 2011 5:43 PM
September 29, 2011 5:45 PM - bxgrl
rob- I think it is possible but you would have to rethink how you dress. It's not bad to be distinctive, but you could spiff up and still be yourself. I bet you'd look good!
September 29, 2011 5:45 PM - jessibaby
Rob, you'd look cute in a suit!
Edited at September 29, 2011 5:45 PM
September 29, 2011 5:47 PM - Deleted
oh god - someone do a youtube video of a *rob* makeover - comedy gold
September 29, 2011 5:49 PM - jessibaby
Yes, Randi can do the editing!
September 29, 2011 5:49 PM - Deleted
bank of america to start charging 5 bux a month to use debit card bc of dodd frank fee caps:


http://www.wnyc.org/articles/wnyc-news/2011/sep/29/bank-of-americas-5-per-month-debit-card-fee-is-sign-of-the-times/


September 29, 2011 5:50 PM - cobblehiller
Rob, with very little effort/money you could spiff yourself up easily.
September 29, 2011 5:51 PM - Legion
bxgrl,
Every organic chemistry textbook contains the story of how the famous biochemist Kekule labored for months attempting to work out the structure of benzene. Giving up one day he went to bed early in his frustration.
That evening he had a dream which depicted 6 snakes in sequence, each biting the tale of the one before. Upon awakening, he understood the hexagonal geometry of the benzene molecule. {}

Edited at September 29, 2011 5:51 PM
September 29, 2011 5:53 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
oh god - someone do a youtube video of a *rob* makeover - comedy gold

VH1 NEEDS to do a gay male version of Charm School. did anyone see that show? it lasted a few seasons, a bunch of girls go to Charm School to learn proper etiquette about everything in life. most.amazing.show ever!!! the first dean was Mo'nique season 1, then ricki lake, then sharon osbourne. a lot of the girls who went on charm school came out learning a lot and went on to better and bigger things, or course most of them went back to stripping, but still. a gay version would be good! gay people are usually stereotyped in a certain way, like being neat, pampery, stylish, etc. i dont know. i fit none of those roles (tho i do like keeping things neat but even that is iffy).

quote:
oh god - someone do a youtube video of a *rob* makeover - comedy gold

last week the beauty truck was on broadway, DH. giving out free stuff (i got some bottles of pantene pro V and peanut butter health bars for womens health lol). they were giving makeovers in the truck, but those kinds of makeovers are superficial. i need a hands to nuts makeover!! not a superficial one.

*rob*

Edited at September 29, 2011 5:53 PM
September 29, 2011 5:56 PM - bxgrl
I suggest a makeover rob party for the wild women of the OT. :)
September 29, 2011 5:57 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Rob, with very little effort/money you could spiff yourself up easily.

i would be eternally grateful if you could give me a few pointers. everything i know about basic grooming i learned on my own.


*rob*

September 29, 2011 5:58 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
I'm in. I'll even bring the wine...oughtta be a helluva party!
September 29, 2011 6:01 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Rob, you'd look cute in a suit!

jessi, i dont know much about fashion or stuff like that, but im gonna disagree. im 5'9". no one. . NO ONE (unless youre a lesbian) looks good in a suit who is under 6 feet tall. it's almost impossible.

*rob*

Edited at September 29, 2011 6:01 PM
September 29, 2011 6:02 PM - cobblehiller
Rob, You are a good looking person. Minor changes would go a long way. Bring your 5 favorite/nicest shirts and 4 or 5 nicest pants and not-sneakers. We'll buy the booze. Advance hint: Standing up straight will help. Try it now and again. I used to stoop because I am tall, but I trained myself to stand up straight. It makes an impression.
Edited at September 29, 2011 6:05 PM
September 29, 2011 6:04 PM - cobblehiller
"CH (soon to be DP?) -- thanks. Making up for fun is a lot cooler than what I feared -- which is that it was something like the "work husband/wife" meme that is percolating in the press this year."

We're nutso, BR, but we're not THAT weird! : P

I'll switch to Ditmas Parker as soon as I have my computer set up in the new apt. Until then, I am cobblehiller. I've already registered the new names here and over there on that 'other blog'. ; )
September 29, 2011 6:04 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
OMG, I'm so excited for this party! I have ties I can give to the cause!!! When? WHEN!!! This is GREAT!

(even though i'm a mo, i do enjoy an occasional game of dress-up!)
September 29, 2011 6:06 PM - cobblehiller
"(even though i'm a mo, i do enjoy an occasional game of dress-up!)"

Snaps, I've seen you dressed up for work for a couple times, you always look very professional and neat/nice!
Edited at September 29, 2011 6:06 PM
September 29, 2011 6:06 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Advance hint: Standing up straight will help. Try it now and again. I used to stoop because I was tall, but I trained myself to stand up straight. It makes an impression.

y'all that's a personal attack! she's making fun of my hump!

*rob*

September 29, 2011 6:08 PM - cobblehiller
"NO ONE (unless youre a lesbian) looks good in a suit who is under 6 feet tall. it's almost impossible."

WRONG. WRONG. WRONG. If you really want to change your clothing/look, you've got to dump these preconceptions. I didn't learn how to dress myself until I was about 30. It took me a long time to adjust to the idea of even wearing a skirt or suit. The feedback I got when I did start to "dress up" was amazing. It takes very little, and you will be surprised, and you will get positive feedback.
September 29, 2011 6:08 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
I try to clean up well...makes for better court outcomes! LOL
September 29, 2011 6:10 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
I have ties I can give to the cause!!!

but do you and your ilk even know how to TIE them!?!? :)

*rob*

Edited at September 29, 2011 6:10 PM
September 29, 2011 6:10 PM - cobblehiller
"I try to clean up well...makes for better court outcomes! LOL"

You laugh, but it's true. I was very surprised by the reception I got when looking for an office job after years in retail when I started to 'dress up' a bit and wear suits. You carry yourself differently, and it projects an attitude to others. It's important. I always thought it was all about what's in your 'head'. It was a shock to find out what a difference a little change of clothes could make.
September 29, 2011 6:10 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Rob, I know you don't believe it, but you are a good lookin' chap. A lot of the way you come off currently is more about your attitude towards life in general that colors things. Get those ducks in a row, pop on some tailored looking pants and a good looking shirt, and whamo...Autosexual Rob will be beating the boys back with a stick, proclaiming that his heart belongs to his hand :-)
September 29, 2011 6:11 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Of course I can tie a tie. I'm a lesbian for God's sake!
September 29, 2011 6:11 PM - cobblehiller
You don't have a hump, you big fat liar! : P
September 29, 2011 6:11 PM - dibs
ARRRRGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH...I just had a broker in to look at the house..French...and she brought her small child. This girl jumped on the beds and picked everything up (I should have handed her one of the phalusses) and was uncontrollable by her mother. I must have told her 15 x not to do anything.
Edited at September 29, 2011 6:11 PM
September 29, 2011 6:12 PM - cobblehiller
"Autosexual Rob will be beating the boys back with a stick, proclaiming that his heart belongs to his hand :-)"

SNORT!
September 29, 2011 6:15 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Dave, hard line to walk...I'd wanna yank the kid up, but you don't wanna put off the buyer. That stinks.

Well, I'm sliding down the dinosaur for today. Later my lovelies!
September 29, 2011 6:15 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
The feedback I got when I did start to "dress up" was amazing. It takes very little, and you will be surprised, and you will get positive feedback.

im not doing this for work related reasons. i dont work with snobs. im doing this because ive decided it's time i find a man. but most gay guys are kinda snobbish when it comes to how you look and appearances. of course i wouldnt want to be with someone like that. so you see my dilemma? so the makeover has to be helping me find a man. but it cant be about the makeover. what happens the next day? i always wonder when those chicks on oprah and stuff take a shower and that hairdo that looks so good winds up looking like skunk stew the next day.

*rob*

September 29, 2011 6:23 PM - dibs
Yes, you asshats will be thanking Dodd Frank for A LOT OF HIGHER FEES.
Edited at September 29, 2011 6:23 PM
September 29, 2011 6:24 PM - jessibaby
Rob, as my girl Patti Stanger said, you have to dress for the type of man you want to attract. Would you want to date someone who dresses like you? If answer is yes, problem solved. If no, it's time for a little makeover. Jeans and a tucked out button down would be super cute.
September 29, 2011 6:26 PM - jessibaby
As in not tucked in, I'm not talking ballooned out. Hello Murray Hill.
September 29, 2011 6:29 PM - cobblehiller
"Jeans and a tucked out button down would be super cute."

It's a classic. BH does it all the time. Makes me melt. : P
September 29, 2011 6:34 PM - CGar
"NO ONE ... looks good in a suit who is under 6 feet tall"

STFU *rob*.
Edited at September 29, 2011 6:34 PM
September 29, 2011 6:38 PM - Arkady
I can tie a tie - had to for school uniform, horseback riding, etc. Can even do a bow tie.
September 29, 2011 6:41 PM - Arkady
What's the deal w/ the links we have to other sites? Is there reciprocity or we just choose to have them? I'd like to add Here's Park Slope: 'Stoner often picks up stories from them so I think they might be good.
September 29, 2011 6:44 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
ugh cgar, dont be a little twatwaffle about that comment i made about suits and height. jeez. i still stand behind what i say in saying that anyone under 6 feet looks weird in a suit.

quote:
as my girl Patti Stanger said, you have to dress for the type of man you want to attract. Would you want to date someone who dresses like you? If answer is yes, problem solved.

i dont want to date guys who have money and most gay guys seem to have money or they fake it like they have money. on the other end of the spectrum you have a ton of moonfaces pretending like they are poor and slumming it when they have parental allowances and trust funds. what's a gay guy like me to do?! at least with woman, on date ONE you KNOW if they are a gold diggin' or not. sorry if that is sexist, but it's true. when it comes to gay men you really can't tell! obviouslly no one will be gold digging for me cuz there arent that many gay hobos out there (tho that would be awesome if there was) but like in the middle end of stuff, ugh. gay guys are 10x worse than gold digging women.

also the stuff i have to offer in a relationship is not in high demand. i lol @ that tho cuz if more people in general realized that they dont have much to offer they wouldnt be so upset about being alone hahhahah.



*rob*
September 29, 2011 6:51 PM - Arkady
Speaking of twatwaffles, I just responded to 'Stargazer' over there in the sewage line thread
How can you gaze at stars w/ your head up your rectum?
September 29, 2011 6:51 PM - CGar
*rob*, was it really necessary for me to add...
September 29, 2011 6:59 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
sorry. words that end is -asm, -ism, and -ed usually escape me.

*rob*

Edited at September 29, 2011 6:59 PM
September 29, 2011 7:02 PM - bxgrl
Rob- offer is on the table. I agree with everyone else- you'll clean up great! :) So think about it. We promise not to beat up on you too badly.
Edited at September 29, 2011 7:02 PM
September 29, 2011 7:23 PM - minard lafever
tying a bow tie is like tying your shoe lace around your neck. It should be minimally challenging.
tying one of the more complicated necktie knots like a full windsor is more complicated.
September 29, 2011 7:28 PM - BoerumHillScott
I've always disliked how I dressed, but I have never cared enough to do anything about it.
September 29, 2011 7:36 PM - Legion
*rob*
You were asking earlier about a weed growing outside the window.
It's probably Queen Anne's Lace, a relative of the carrot.
Blame the original "moonfaces" for bringing the invasive plant over from Europe.

Edited at September 29, 2011 7:35 PM
September 29, 2011 7:36 PM - denton
"It was a shock to find out what a difference a little change of clothes could make."

Yeah, I'm still wearing my shorts and my customers are still talking to me. Must be a guy thing.
Edited at September 29, 2011 7:36 PM
September 29, 2011 7:38 PM - denton
"Autosexual Rob will be beating the boys back with a stick, proclaiming that his heart belongs to his hand"

Autosexual rob will be beating his stick to a boys porno.
September 29, 2011 7:38 PM - denton
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Edited at September 29, 2011 7:38 PM
September 29, 2011 7:44 PM - Legion
Legion's Sartorial Corner:
(unsolicited advice to be taken for what it's worth)

For men unsure of what to wear, here's the simpliest shortcut to
looking presentable and with minimal fuss.

Navy Blue two button suit, American cut, don't try to get too fancy with the European cut. In a wool of year-round weight.
White dress shirt. Button down for those with a conservative streak, non button down for the avant-garde.
Black or Dark Brown Oxfords with dark socks. (wear white socks if you work in show business)

That's it.
September 29, 2011 7:45 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
legion, that is exactly what the weeds/flowers in my alleyway look like!!!!

and i agree with denton (if im hearing him correctly) it's the man who makes the clothes and not the other way around. im putting about 20 shirts out right now for the taking. almost every book i put out last night was taken in like an hour. decent shirts, not tshirts. im sticking all my tshirts in a box. wtf i have 4 closets and like 2 of them were filled with random tshirts :-/ do i really NEED 3 hooters tshirts?i have a hard time throwing out tshirts but no problem throwing out other clothes. threw out like 10 pairs of pants before. i felt like it's weird to put those out, but shirts are okay.

bxgirl, im up for a makeover. can we go out and get mani/pedi's tho too beforehand!??! (im serious). but not at a moonface joint, like an old school asian one where they will tell you flat out if your feet stink.


*rob*

Edited at September 29, 2011 7:45 PM
September 29, 2011 7:45 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
as in "wash them again"

and "wash them again!!!" lol

*rob*

Edited at September 29, 2011 7:45 PM
September 29, 2011 7:48 PM - CGar
And, Legion, don't forget the rat fur overcoat.
September 29, 2011 7:49 PM - Legion
*rob*
It is certainly true that a man's character is what defines him
but it is equally true that the clothing he wears can project that character from across the room.
September 29, 2011 7:49 PM - petebklyn
*rob* - no makeover by bunch of ladies. Thats what gay guys do.
What was that tv show couple years back?


September 29, 2011 7:50 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
i only have two of my original rat furs left :( both im keeping. everyone needs a rat fur in case they have to run out in the middle of the night in case something horrible happens. youll be the one interviewed first on the news and probably the first directed to the nearest shelter. both, good things!


*rob*

Edited at September 29, 2011 7:50 PM
September 29, 2011 7:52 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
*rob* - no makeover by bunch of ladies. Thats what gay guys do.
What was that tv show couple years back?

it was that show that was like came out after queer eye for the straight guy, no? there was some show where tragic gays got makeovers i think but it was short lived. and they didnt address the underlying issues.

*rob*

September 29, 2011 7:52 PM - petebklyn
lesbi just made me a martini. celebrating his published journal article.
here is link if want to read about technical depressing subject.
http://journals.lww.com/ajnonline/Fulltext/2011/10000/Original_Research__Deactivation_of_ICDs_at_the_End.18.aspx

September 29, 2011 7:55 PM - petebklyn
right, that show. but they were pretty good...most of them. gave good hints, ideas.
Edited at September 29, 2011 7:55 PM
September 29, 2011 7:56 PM - Legion
lol CGar,
I know I've seen a photo of President Theodore Roosevelt wearing a Beaver Coat at some kind of sporting event.
I think the idea of *rob* wearing a Beaver coat is disturbing on too many levels, however.
Edited at September 29, 2011 7:56 PM
September 29, 2011 7:57 PM - petebklyn
I can't wear those european cuts or pleated front pants. ass is too fat.
September 29, 2011 7:58 PM - Donatella
Lesbi is so cool.
Edited at September 29, 2011 7:58 PM
September 29, 2011 7:58 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
OMG...If mani/pedis are being done too, I'm definitely there!!!
September 29, 2011 7:59 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Congrats to Lesbi on the article! I'm too brain dead after work, but I've bookmarked it and will read it this weekend.
September 29, 2011 7:59 PM - CGar
Legion, *rob* in his rat fur coat is a site to behold.
Edited at September 29, 2011 7:59 PM
September 29, 2011 8:01 PM - Donatella
What happened weather wise up there? Was there a storm? Last night down here I witnessed something really wild. It was dusk, a darkened horizon but still blue skys and white puffy low clouds in a large formation and withing the clouds was continuous lightening. No thunder but a light show behind the large puffy clouds. Occasionally, a bolt would extend from the cloud but mostly it was like a giant tinker bell going off inside the cloud. And it went on and on. They call it heat lightning down here. I never saw such a thing before.
September 29, 2011 8:01 PM - petebklyn
I always felt awkward and uncomfortable wearing suit and tie. Luckily I never had job that was required.
September 29, 2011 8:03 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
fake fur coats have gotten me out of a LOT of jams in neighborhoods i didnt belong in and when ive been lost. (seriously).

*rob*

September 29, 2011 8:04 PM - Legion
congrats to lesbi
pete.
great article!
I had no idea that there was no set protocol for de-activation of an ICD
in the terminally ill.
Edited at September 29, 2011 8:04 PM
September 29, 2011 8:05 PM - CGar
Careful, *rob*, that crazy woman tried to put lipstick on me once...
September 29, 2011 8:05 PM - Legion
I remember CGar,
I caught sight of rob wearing his snow leopard at Bell House.
September 29, 2011 8:06 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
I always felt awkward and uncomfortable wearing suit and tie. Luckily I never had job that was required.

in the summer when i see people walking around in suits im like *FUHGACK* it cant be worth the money, no way, no how. people say you get used to it? i dont know, looks gross. i dont know how cops and fire fighters do it either. i LOVE fall cuz of the weather but i HATE HATE HATE that old buildings blast the heat sometime in october and who wants to wear long sleeves in a hot office? ugh. id rather wear long sleeves in the summer inside and short sleeves in the winter cuz offices are way too hot in the winter..

*rob*

Edited at September 29, 2011 8:06 PM
September 29, 2011 8:08 PM - CGar
Pedro, there's a lot to celebrate with lesbiman these days!
Edited at September 29, 2011 8:08 PM
September 29, 2011 8:09 PM - petebklyn
thanks. but congrats to me. how many times I had to reread and edit and comment thru the whole long process of getting published.
Edited at September 29, 2011 8:08 PM
September 29, 2011 8:09 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
okay im picking out a youtube song before i get back to my tasks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6Q3mHyzn78&ob=av2n
<3

*rob*

September 29, 2011 8:09 PM - minard lafever
There are very stylish young men in the financial district. You can tell they think they're hot stuff, because I guess they are. Very expensive suits. Impeccable Italian shoes. And they're young. The Financial firms and top law firms still require traditional business attire.

September 29, 2011 8:10 PM - petebklyn
never mind the cops and fireman. how do the hasids do it in the summer?
September 29, 2011 8:11 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Careful, *rob*, that crazy woman tried to put lipstick on me once...

oh as if i dont know their enthusiam is a little Mean Girls experiment?!?! ill let them play martha dumptruck on me, i dont care. i KNOW who the Heathers on this board are who are not...

*rob*

Edited at September 29, 2011 8:11 PM
September 29, 2011 8:13 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
There are very stylish young men in the financial district. You can tell they think they're hot stuff, because I guess they are. Very expensive suits. Impeccable Italian shoes. And they're young. The Financial firms and top law firms still require traditional business attire.

yep. if i was a fresh moonface chick from idaho i'd be ALL down there and not in stupid places like bushwick.... ladies, parental allowances for your midwestern coke habit and trust funds only go so far, just sayin'.

*rob*

September 29, 2011 8:14 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
In my defense, I was stone cold drunk when I tried to put lipstick on Cargar and Dave. And the little cry-baby pansies wouldn't let me :-( I'm not a Heather (love that movie!) and I swear I won't break out the lipstick. However, I make no promises regarding glitter.
September 29, 2011 8:16 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
never mind the cops and fireman. how do the hasids do it in the summer?

one farted on me once the 1 train once when i tried squeeze in. :-/ im not even kidding. i give him mad props

*rob*

September 29, 2011 8:18 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
one farted on me once the 1 train once when i tried squeeze in

my grammar gets worse and worse with each year.

*rob*

Edited at September 29, 2011 8:18 PM
September 29, 2011 8:21 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
snappy do you find her hot? im always curious about what you find hot. im sure you question what i find hot too...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNqIJ3e0OJw

*rob*

September 29, 2011 8:22 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
im thinking about letting my little project clean bedroom go done unchecked. i literally did everything except put a ton of stuff back in the closet and and im not in the mood to do it right now but it's gonna get me all OCD if i dont, but it's good for my OCD if i just let it sit...

*rob*

September 29, 2011 8:28 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Lady of Rage has never done it for me. Not sure why, but she doesn't.
Edited at September 29, 2011 8:28 PM
September 29, 2011 8:35 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
are you more of a queen latifah type?

ive never seen this lol
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdD53RwqZIQ

i was on the Queen Latifah show back in the day (as an audience member) we were SO f'ing stoked to see it and what was the theme of the show? BURN VICTIMS! then one of queen's minions yelled at us. i dont blame her, my friend screamed something rude out. gack. can you find old shows of queen latifah on youtube?

snappy are you more salt n pepa?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCadcBR95oU&ob=av2e

i think youre more this tho

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqNgAlMLjhk

but who do you find attractive? youre as coy as i am!!!!

*rob*

September 29, 2011 8:52 PM - Arkady
Gee! Look how many posts & no venom & vituperative...
September 29, 2011 9:03 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
i didnt say anything vitupertive today.

*rob*

Edited at September 29, 2011 9:03 PM
September 29, 2011 9:27 PM - ij
Congratulations to lesbiman! I just read it.
September 29, 2011 9:32 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
i just went off on myself... exactly like this... cleaning my closets..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOILKHmZBwc&feature=player_embedded
Edited at September 29, 2011 9:32 PM
September 29, 2011 9:37 PM - Arkady
More school night fireworks. Wonder what it is this time.
September 29, 2011 9:38 PM - Arkady
Rosh Hashanah fireworks?
Edited at September 29, 2011 9:38 PM
September 29, 2011 9:42 PM - rf
No public school today or tomorrow for Rosh Hashona.
September 29, 2011 9:42 PM - rf
I clicked on the report to see many, many articles published by Lesbiman! Quite the scholar.
Edited at September 29, 2011 9:42 PM
September 29, 2011 9:43 PM - Deleted
"Gee! Look how many posts & no venom & vituperative..."

Want me to do something about that?
Edited at September 29, 2011 9:43 PM
September 29, 2011 9:46 PM - minard lafever
Dave was vulgar earlier but I let it pass since I'm a gentleman.

Edited at September 29, 2011 9:46 PM
September 29, 2011 10:03 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
tell me WHO she is? i dont wanna google her.

*rob*
September 29, 2011 10:11 PM - bxgrl
rob, actually we were serious, not being mean girls. You're not an experiment. You're Ken :)

Hasidic men- in the summer? Pete- sit down on the subway in the summer when one of hem stands over you and holds onto the rail. They don't manage. And congrats to Lesbi (and you).
Edited at September 29, 2011 10:18 PM
September 29, 2011 10:13 PM - Arkady
Queen Anne's Lace is called cow parsley in England. Darwin grew it to study but it's considered a weed same as here.
Congrats to Lesbi & pete!!
September 29, 2011 10:28 PM - Donatella
I like a more formal workplace. I think the most formal place in the US I have seen is Washington DC. All men wear suits and ties. Women dress up. Everybody also wears black, grey, and navy. NY financial world used to look like that, but no more. In Houston, everyone is dress down. The uniform for men is chinos and golf shirts or button down shirts. This is the energy industry. Women are more informal but dress pretty sexy. IT I guess matches the industry it is in, but generally if they can get away with it they would wear flip flops, ripped jeans and tshirts. On dress down day in Kansas city, some guys came to work looking like they just crawled out from under a tractor. In work clothes. With grease spots.
Edited at September 29, 2011 10:28 PM
September 29, 2011 11:39 PM - sixyearsandcounting
DonaT, I agree, DC is way more formal than NYC. Unfortunately the formality reinforced my general impression of the place - it was a very monochrome city, everyone working in gov't or a think tank or some government contractor or NGO. Basically, all politics, all the time, with everyone kissing ass and trying to suck money out of the public trough to get trashed at the next happy hour.

That said, in general I like a more formal workplace too - it shows some respect for the job.
Edited at September 29, 2011 11:39 PM
October 7, 2011 10:20 AM - CGar
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