Wednesday Open Thread

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  1. jadzia1971 says:


    I just spent two hours attempting to buy an air conditioner to affix to my bedroom wall. Our local Home Depot equivalent has 10 models. Sounds good, right? Gotcha! Nine of them require a visit to a government office to obtain pre-authorization to purchase before you are allowed to give the store your money. I bought the tenth. Fifteen pages of government forms were required, and the taxes (the regular ones plus special sin taxes) doubled the price of the unit. Then they lost my order by the time I got to the pickup area. I might have cried in the parking lot. Oh, and the installation guys (government requires that you use the store guys, so obviously I got the best deal there) can’t come until next week and it isn’t likely they will actually install it on the day that they come.

    I live in Moscow-on-the-Loire. It’s the only explanation.

    • Anthony says:

      That’s insane! Its only a matter of time before that happens here in Moscow on the Hudson in the People’s Republic of New York. POTUS* believes that climate change is the most credible threat to our nation, so expect more regulations on every day items. Maybe toasters will be next…

    • DeniseVB says:

      I was up so stinkin’ early to post and I did think, maybe I’ll catch an early Jadzia drive by ! And I did, wheeee! Sorry about all the commie red tape you’re butting heads with, but much rather have a store installed appliance so I can blame them if there’s a problem, yet it’s still a choice here… far, but I love to Call The Guy now.

      • jadzia1971 says:

        I fully expect them to show up on Monday (earliest I could get), shake their heads, say “non, non…. ohhhh PUTAIN! … non” and then tell me they have to come back the first day of our family vacation, likely with an extra fee. That’s how these things usually go.

        • Anthony says:

          I know from years of personal experience that being the putain de ville has both its glories and its drawbacks 🤣🤣🤣

          • jadzia1971 says:

            HA HA. “Putain” also seems to mean “fuck” or “oh no.” I have learned that the cost of repairing something is directly proportional to the number of times I hear the word “putain” while the guy is inspecting the problem. If it’s two putains, it’s under 100 euros. Three putains or more, you’ll be breaking into your retirement account.

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    • 1539days says:

      How bad are the penalties for smuggling? Maybe I could ship you an AC from the US with a cheap bracket. I’ll put “Générateur solaire” or something on the box.

      • jadzia1971 says:

        HA HA ask me about my adventures with FedEx because my BFF sent me a relatively inexpensive ring…

    • John Denney says:

      Probably even more paperwork & taxes if you want to buy a guillotine.

      • jadzia1971 says:

        Yeah, but like divorce, the expense and difficulty of that purchase might be worth it.

        In Second Life, of course.

  2. Dora says:

    I hope he enjoyed himself. 🙂

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  5. Miranda says:

    Those flowers put me in a fall state of mind 🙂

    • DeniseVB says:

      I thought they were mums too, definitely a fall mum color, but they are pink marguerite daisies 🙂 They grew bush sized and blossomed year round in my SoCal yard.

      • Miranda says:

        Thanks for the info! I love all daisy variety of flowers. I probably don’t have enough sun to grow them. I’m part-sun at best. But that’s ok, I like my trees.

        • DeniseVB says:

          I have Shasta Daisies (also perennial) now, related to mums and the marguerites. They’ve been ignored for years and doing quite well as the trees matured in my yard, yes, part and filtered sun all day.

      • lyn5 says:

        They are pretty.

      • lateblum says:

        They are beautiful! The flowers you’ve “picked” lately have brightened my mornings and made me smile to see just what is possible from seeds or little plants in the ground! 💕

        • DeniseVB says:

          They brighten mine too, because the last thing I want to look at in the early a.m. is the news, unless there’s a hurricane baring down 🙂 Thank you for letting me play ❤

        • John Denney says:


          Thanks for brightening our days, Denise. 🙂

    • swanspirit says:

      I love those colors, so soothing.

  6. helenk3 says:

    start the day with a song

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  9. helenk3 says:

    Russia security tries to keep US Press out of bid-on -putin meeting. US reporters manhandled.

  10. jadzia1971 says:

    Outdoor masks end tomorrow, curfew is lifted on Sunday.

    While Macron is doubling down on forcing TWELVE YEAR OLDS to be vaccinated, imposing vaccine passports, and QR codes (or if you don’t have a cell phone, which of course I certainly do not, forcing you to write your name and address in a notebook to give to the government) required for the “privilege” of entering a restaurant.

    Also, it is 80-100 degrees here depending on the region and time of day, school buildings aren’t air conditioned (they are AWFUL this time of year, I was literally in tears the last time I had to go into one), and little kids are being forced to wear masks all day. Home schooling is about to be banned. My girls are sweet and incredibly well behaved and aren’t the type to break the rules–and they are miserable.

    Clearly we are supposed to be grateful.

    • jadzia1971 says:

      Oh, and my high schoolers are subjected to the same regime. Plus having a QTip shoved up their nose every day that they go to school. (Their school year is over as of today, thank God–the girls go until July 2. The heat wave is predicted to last two MONTHS, which is why I spent 1500 euros on two fucking room air conditioners today.)

      • votermom says:


        big hugs to you and the kids

      • Mothy67 says:

        Are restaurants, hotels, clubs, theaters air conditioned. I was only in Paris once in another century and I recall the metro reeked of human funk, but it was early October so don’t remember any extreme weather.

        • jadzia1971 says:

          Many but not all restaurants. Larger hotels. Clubs have been closed since March 2020. Theaters just reopened I think (for the first time also since 3/20) and they are air conditioned, except in really small towns.

          Basically, if you want to be sure–go to a grocery store with a big frozen foods section.

      • lateblum says:

        Oh Jadzia, I know what you are experiencing. And how miserable it is. I am so very sorry for you and your family. (Whenever I think the disgusting and corrupt democrats that reign supreme in Illinois are bad – and they are terrible – I will think of you and this circus you have to deal with.)
        The heat situation here comes and goes. Thank God for breaks in the weather. Over the last few years I did buy 2 freestanding ACs that vent out the windows. But my bedroom is too small to accommodate either of them. And my old window unit is so old that I’m afraid to use it. Plus, I have to rely on my ds who is always too busy with his family and their new (older) house. So earlier this week, after going from BestBuy to HomeDepot, to Lowe’s and finding nothing, I went online and ultimately ordered a window fan that is different from anything I’ve seen. The catch – – – that there are none to be had in the Midwest. Finally, I found it at a store in WA state. I ordered it to be shipped to me in Illinois. I keep expecting an email saying they don’t ship across country. I’ve already contacted dd in Seattle so that if they finally say they will only ship “in state” I can have it delivered to her and she can have UPS ship it the rest of the way. At least I don’t have to go through govt red tape!

        It’s the 90° days with ultra high humidity that are killers. I have an older dehumidifier that I used last month when it became unbearable. Although the heat generated by the unit was considerable, it was *dry* heat, lol, but it did make a difference.

        I hope the rest of your summer is more comfortable or at least tolerable.
        ❤️ to you!

        • lateblum says:

          For anyone who doesn’t recall, the building I live in doesn’t permit window ac units on the “street facing windows”. All of my windows except the kitchen, face South and West and are “street facing windows” because I live on the corner. Years ago, the city cut down all the huge trees that provided shelter from the sun due to diseased trees. This means I get sun (and accompanying heat) from mid morning to mid-evening every day. While it is wonderfully bright here, it is horribly hot. I can have one window ac in only 1 of my 2 bedrooms. It is archaic. The building won’t permit those mini-split ac units. I tried. So have others tried. The board said “No”. So I “get it” when people struggle with summer heat issues.
          Many TCHers have offered solutions over the years. I’m grateful for the suggestions. Sadly, this condo board values optics over quality of life. I’d move, but there are too many glitches that need to be repaired before I can even list my place. Those glitches, if they are to be repaired would cost me nearly my entire savings. The electrical rewiring alone has been estimated at between $20 – 30k !! The bathroom plumbing estimate is $15-20k. Repairing windows that need to be propped open cost $700 each. I have 5 that need work. Then every room will need repainting except the kitchen.

          • 1539days says:

            If you see “historic” anywhere in a Real Estate listing, run like hell.

          • lateblum says:

            So very true!M!
            Sadly, it wasn’t deemed “historic” until after I moved in. Also, I was 30 years younger and didn’t think the heat would matter given all the shade trees around the building. Also, I hadn’t lived anywhere longer than 9 years ever. Who knew I’d outlast everyone here except for the “Karen” living next door.

          • John Denney says:

            Sounds like “the board” needs what my Mom used to call, “a good tuning up” for starters.
            Maybe rally the rest of the upset residents.
            Call yourselves, “protesters”. 😉

        • jadzia1971 says:

          I miss those window units! I went into debt to buy one my first hot summer in Chicago. Good luck with the fans! God knows I wish I had made this purchase last April (which I did think about doing) when it WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN URGENT.

      • 1539days says:

        Holy crap! With the cost of AC, that French heat wave is going to kill more old people than COVID.

        • lateblum says:

          In 1995 Chicago more than 700 people died during the heat wave.

          • jadzia1971 says:

            I remember that. The entire city government should have been tarred and feathered for that disaster because if I recall correctly, lots of those elderly people lived in neighborhoods where they were afraid to open their windows because of the cross-fire (sound familiar?) and they basically baked to death in their apartments.

        • Constance says:

          These conditions sound awful. I only have a heat pump but it can keep the house 10 to 15 degrees colder than outside. In Seattle no matter how crazy the day temp is it cools down to the 60s at night. It’s been in the 70s and 80s here but at night it gets down to 55 still.

        • jadzia1971 says:

          No kidding. We have already been unimaginably cruel to the elderly living in our nursing homes. They were pretty much prisoners for more than a year. Solitary confinement in their rooms.

  11. DandyTIger says:

    Funny side note about Virginia. It looks like we’ll be ending our emergency orders and lifting any remaining mask rules the end of this month. Here’s the funny bit, there’s a law on the books that makes it illegal to wear a mask. I assume there are work environment exceptions, but I think the law is about being able to identify the bad guys. This should get interesting.

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  13. foxyladi14 says:

    WOOT!!! 😀

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    This Day In History. 🙂

  16. Locked-N-Loaded says:

    I hope this link works. It is a 13 minute video aboard the Maid of the Mist boat tour at Niagara Falls. If it doesn’t work, just follow John Kucko Digital on Facebook. All of his pics and videos are terrific!!

    • lyn5 says:

      Looks like fun!

    • DeniseVB says:

      Great memory from my kidhood in the 50s. We wore those bright yellow rubber full bodied New England fishermen raincoats and the boat was wide opened and not afraid to tease the falls 🙂

      • Locked-N-Loaded says:

        That is so great!! My hometown is Rochester, NY so we went to Niagara Falls dozens of times over the years, but we never went on the boat tour.

        • DeniseVB says:

          First thing I noticed about your video….boat so safe now and the passengers were wearing blue hefty bags. 😀

        • lateblum says:

          Went to Niagara Falls on my honeymoon. We were on our way to the Adirondacks. We went on the Maid of the Mist as well! It was truly awesome.
          And the boats actually were a lot less safe back then. Just as Denise said.

        • Constance says:

          It’s reminding me of the 1950s movie with Marilyn Monroe, “Niagara”. Super creepy but great scenery.

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    • 1539days says:

      Looks like more visual changes to make it more like a mobile OS. Probably not a lot has changed under the hood except the addition of some apps. This has the same problem as iOS. Consumers don’t care that much about “operating systems” and just want to run apps and browsers.

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  22. Mothy67 says:

    Masterpice Bakery hit again this time for refusing to bake a transition cake
    He’s appealing.

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    • elliesmom says:

      This is harrassment based on someone’s religion. It has turned people like me against the politics of the LGBT movement. If I owned the bakery, they would have to be afraid to eat the cake. I understand not everybody in the LGBT community agrees with terrorizing a baker over a cake, but I don’t see a lot of them speaking out against it. It’s not like he owns the only bakery in a 10 mile radius, and it’s not that hard to bake yourself a cake. You can buy a box cake mix, and you can get frosting in a can. This is just exercising raw political power. I hope the folks behind this choke on cake.

    • jadzia1971 says:

      I’m still waiting for someone to try that shit at a Muslim or Russian bakery.

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  24. helenk3 says:

    wouldn’t you like to be a fly on the wall during Putin’s conversation with his people after his meeting with bid-on?

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