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Open Thread!

Sep 22, 2012 by Ugh
Although, every thread on TiO is an Open Thread, to a certain extent. Just to throw it out there, some things I'm disliking these days: 1. Other drivers. 2. My house. 3. Vegetables (unless tomatoes count, then "almost all vegetables"). 4. Airport security. 5. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan (in no particular order). 6. Major League Baseball. 7. Working. 8. Multi-national corporations and their intellectual property B.S. 9. The NFL Network. 10. Lists. :-)


Sep 22, 2012, 08:38:09 dr ngo wrote:

OK, I'll play. First, following up on Ugh's list: 1) Pass - I don't drive enough to get seriously annoyed; 2) My house is great! - sorry about yours; 3) Vegetables are excellent, if not overcooked. Come to my (great) house and I'll stirfry some for you; 4) Airport security is a drag, but not, in my recent experience, much worse than expected; 5) Yes and yes (in no particular order); 6) MLB is OK, except that of the five teams I sorta follow (I've moved around a lot), it now looks like none of the four contenders will make the playoffs . . . classic September Swoon. And the fifth is the Cubs, who were long gone already. 7) I gave up working - or, to be more precise, they threw me out when I got too old - eight years ago. Better off now. 8) Sure. 9) We don't get NFLN, and never have, so I guess I'm OK without it. After the Carolina Panthers got creamed last night - or so they tell me - I miss it even less. 10) No! I love lists! Let me enumerate the reasons why . . . !!

(just kidding. mostly)

What I'm most disliking nowadays, besides political contemptibility (of which there's a lot around) and cursors that don't work, is growing old. Turns out it's true what they say: it's not for wussies.

But consider the alternative . . .

Sep 22, 2012, 09:02:49 libjpn wrote:

The Romney camp must have heard you and wanted to deflect the conversation here.

Or maybe they wanted to move up to number 1 or 2

If you (or anyone) would like to write something that would outline what happened and why it is [insert adjective here] and mail it to me at libjpn gmail. I would be happy to post it.

Sep 25, 2012, 03:56:22 russell wrote:

(4) i didn't fly for about 25 years due to an extreme fear of flying. the current airport security regime had been put in place in the interim, and it had been so long since i'd flown that i didn't really remember anything different. so, to me, 'airport security' is basically 'the normal flying experience'. hey, a silver lining!

what bugs me is that i have about five lifetime's worth of stuff i want to do, and only one lifetime to do it in. plus, i'm a very disorganized and distractable guy, so i probably won't even get one full lifetime's worth in.

romney and ryan are kind of at the noise level, for me. at least at this point. i was just a toddler when ike was president, in my lifetime republicans have basically always been weirdos and/or creeps.

Sep 25, 2012, 03:57:46 russell wrote:

actually, gerald ford was not so bad. except for the 'pardoning nixon' part. but he wasn't around very long.

Sep 25, 2012, 08:58:23 russell wrote:

and, i hasten to add, by "republicans" i mean "republican national office holders".

not people who happen to be republicans.

Sep 25, 2012, 14:11:17 dr ngo wrote:

russell: [i]i'm a very disorganized and distractable guy, so i probably won't even get one full lifetime's worth in.[/i]

I'm currently reading Henry Hitchings, [i]Defining the World: The extraordinary story of Dr Johnson's dictionary[/i], in which, among other things, he comments on Johnson's self-flagellation: "Although a tirelessly productive author, Johnson considered himself disgracefully lazy--believing that only Presto, a dog belonging to his friend Hester Thrale, might truly be thought lazier. His diaries are full of self-recrimination: assurances that he will work harder, along with detailed schedules to ensure that he will do so." Etc. Etc. A man of great talent AND energy, but given to what at the time they called "melancholy."

So, Russell, you are in good company, I think.

Sep 27, 2012, 05:37:38 nous wrote:

Dr. Johnson (a la Blackadder!

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