Friday Evening Open Thread


Summer is almost over!

What are you doing this weekend? I’m doing yard work and watching the Giants play the Braves.


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71 Responses to Friday Evening Open Thread

  1. WMCB says:

    I’ll be trying to clean out the “guest” room. I put that in quotes because it’s supposed to be a guest room, but what it *really is* is the place where we throw the clothes, toys, bags, boxes, and extra crap when we can’t be bothered figuring out what to do with it, but don’t want to throw it away. My sisters fly in Tuesday for a visit, so I have to unbury the bed and floor in there.

    • angienc says:

      We called that room “the junk room” in my house growing up — that was the official name — “the junk room” — we didn’t even try to pretend it was a guest room because that was the LAST room a guest was allowed to see.

  2. simofish says:

    Next year I am giving you 2 tickets to the SF Giants. You prefer weekend or week night. Let me know. I have access to 2 more seats next to my 2 – if you need 4.

  3. simofish says:

    BTW – I’m at the game tonight – wedding tomorrow – game Sunday

  4. carol haka says:

    November 7, 2012

  5. Honora says:

    Moving my oldest into her first apartment in Northern Virginia tomorrow. She has been in college in Boston for four years, so this feels like she is moving home. ; ) She is excited that her vote for Romney could ‘swing’ the state and therefore the election!! Wasn’t likely to happen with her vote here in Maryland.

    • angienc says:

      Your first post-college apartment is so exciting! Congrats Honora!

    • gxm17 says:

      Ah, my hometown DC. As Kennedy said “All the charm of the North, and efficiency of the South.” 😀

      Love it. I’m sure she’ll love too. Inside the Beltway is a very fun place, diverse and hip, the ultimate melting pot, nowhere near as bad as the rest of the country thinks. And she just missed tourist season! (I’ve never understood why anyone would visit DC in the summer but they come in droves.)

      • myiq2xu says:

        Dirty Harry’s infamous smelly tourists.

      • Honora says:

        Her dad and I met in DC during law school and she was born there, so she is going ‘home’. I know what you mean about peoples’ view of DC… DC residents are the only Americans that don’t actually contribute to the mess that is ‘DC’, because they are disenfranchised. (Voting members do not count!)

    • Congrats! A chick flying the nest has got to be the best thing. I haven’t yet experience it. Got a bit to go, but I am soooo looking forward to it.

      • leslie says:

        My daughter left for grad school nearly 18 yrs ago. She got her degree, then got a great job, bought a house, and settled into AZ. She always said she wanted to move back home, but couldn’t figure out how she could manage it and the job and her AZ friends, etc. She put her beautiful house on the market this week, and is moving home in October!! I couldn’t be happier. i will have all my chicks around here, and I’m thrilled.
        So, I send you congratulations, Honora and your daughter. It is such a special time. And I celebrate a homecoming here.

  6. angienc says:

    The preference cascade keeps falling:

    UVA Declines Obama Campaign Request

    A University of Virginia spokeswoman says President Barack Obama will not be at the university when he comes to Charlottesville on Wednesday. In a statement released Friday, it was confirmed that the university declined the president’s request to speak at UVA.

    UVA says the Obama campaign requested the use of one of two outdoor venues – the Amphitheater or the Harrison-Small Library plaza. The university declined the request for a number of reasons including class cancellations, which UVA estimates could be more than 186 classes on the second day of school. The other main reason is they would have to take on the full cost of security, and because of university policy and their federal and state tax exempt status, they would have to offer the same opportunity to the other candidate so as not to show favor for either candidate.

    Can you imagine this shit happening in 2008?

    Of course, the story fails to note another likely reason UVA declined — that the Obama campaign has been stiffing other venues of money they were supposed to pony up (the Romney campaign, OTOH, pays in advance). Guess the money situation is even worse than advertised.

    Link to full story:

    http://www.nbc29.com/story/19369132/obama-update

  7. gxm17 says:

    I’m taking the grandkids to Kings Dominion. If you don’t see me back here, I didn’t make it out alive.

  8. DandyTiger says:

    Probably going to mow the lawn this weekend. Yeah, I have no life.

  9. insanelysane says:

    My vegetable garden is over producing so I will be harvesting and cooking. Hope to see some pre-season NFL games and a few Giants games.

    How about those Giants?

  10. I’m recovering from teaching 7 in class sessions of my classes and one online session. Whew! It’s been quite a week. Session # 7 is tomorrow, but after that, I am not even checking e-mail until Monday. And I plan to get drunk. And eat steak.

  11. myiq2xu says:

  12. myiq2xu says:

    Vice President Joe Biden is postponing his planned trip to Tampa on Monday, the Associated Press is reporting.

    An Obama campaign official says Biden is putting off Monday’s trip in order to ensure that all local law enforcement and emergency management resources can stay focused on Tropical Storm Isaac, which could impact Florida during the convention.

    Biden had planned a two-day swing through Florida during the Republican meetings to counter their message. The official says Biden still plans to continue with stops in Orlando and St. Augustine on Tuesday.

    http://www.baynews9.com/content/news/baynews9/news/article.html/content/news/articles/bn9/2012/8/24/vp_biden_postpones_t.html

    Apparently Tampa can only handle one natural disaster at a time.

    • Oh man, weak ass. Weak in the knees sissy boys. They don’t like to be challenged. They can be pushed back. Suckers.

    • angienc says:

      I think it has more to do with this in the “Weekend Memo” on the gop.com website

      P.S. In a gesture of bipartisanship, we ask Vice President Biden to stay here in Tampa for all four days. After all, he is one of our best surrogates. We’ll roll out the welcome mat and even ensure he gets a delivery of Crumb and Get It pastries every morning.

      Reince was on Hannity last night (yes, I’m watching Hannity now) and said the same thing. I think it’s Alinsky Rule #5 about ridicule being the best weapon against your opponent. Reince & Mitt have obviously read the book.

  13. myiq2xu says:

    WTF?

    The Giants game isn’t on TV tonight!

    Grrrrrrrrrrr.

  14. How do we feel about this? http://www.buzzfeed.com/zekejmiller/romney-campaign-radically-changes-gop-nominating-p

    I mean, the GOP did fix the caucus fiasco, but the late rule change is reminiscent of the RBC changes at the same time. I have mixed feelings about it. What so you?

    • myiq2xu says:

      Will it change the outcome?

    • angienc says:

      I’m not giving Buzzfeed any clicks so I’m assuming this is about having the state roll call on Monday instead of on Thursday as originally planned and as to that, I don’t care what anyone says: the move was made so that the general election money can start being used on Tuesday (which happens as soon as Romney is “official” nominee after the state roll call)– they thought Biden was going to be there in Tampa holding rallies & they wanted to start getting their ads out earlier.
      Good thinking, IMO but with Reince & Mitt, there’s been a lot of good thinking by the GOP this year.

  15. Hilarious. http://heygirlitspaulryan.tumblr.com/post/29911828187/an-open-letter-to-janna-ryan

    Dear Princess Kate Of Wisconsin,

    First off—we love your look. I mean really, you’re just cute as a button.

    If we’re being honest (and we are), most of us are totally jealous that you’re married to the hottest man on the hill. But we’re not a bunch of haters! We can all be friends if you’ll just do one, tiny little thing for us.

    Don’t be selfish, girl.

    We know what you’ve got.

    We appreciate you sharing your husband with America—his economic wisdom and unwavering leadership make us weak in the knees. We know you and your family could have a quiet, private life in Wisconsin petting cows and eating cheese, but your husband selflessly serves this country to the best of his ability to leave a better America for your children and ours.

    Trust me, your sacrifice has not been overlooked.

    But let’s get real for a moment, Janna: You’re holding back.

    You’ve got the before and after P90X pictures. We know you do.

    Are you really going to let America think that dated shirtless picture TMZ broke is the best you can do?

    With so much at stake this November, are you really going to leave everything to the imagination of the American people?

    Come on.

    Don’t do it for us. Do it for your country.

    Love,

    The Hey Girl, It’s Paul Ryan Girls (And All Women Of America If We’re Being Real)

  16. myiq2xu says:

    If you enjoy large quantities of schadenfreude, check out the comments to this:

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/08/24/1123736/-Mitt-Romney-goes-birther

  17. yttik says:

    Oh my goodness, the Mariners and White Sox game was pretty intense! We were left for dead by the side of the road, when suddenly we scored six runs in the 9th inning. Holy crap, then we had the game won on a final catch….when two of our players collided and knocked the ball out of his mitt.

    We may have lost, but at least we scared the crap out of them.

    • leslie says:

      yttik,
      I was @Ravinia seeing Lyle Lovett in concert. I checked the score on my phone when I thought the game was probably over and saw thoseb 6 runs in the top of the 9th and nearly dropped the phone. I had a really tough time paying attention to the concert as I “watched” the scoreboard on my phone. I was relieved the Sox pulled it out! After sweeping the Yankees earlier this week, but being swept by KC last week, I was holding my breath.
      Yes, a very big scare!!

  18. myiq2xu says:

    The Klown Theory of Making the Baseball Playoffs:

    1. Get into first place.

    2. Stay there.

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