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5 hours ago, krista4 said:

I just saw an ad for corgi racing at Emerald Downs on Sunday. This is a thing!?!? Why are we not going, @RedmondLonghorn?  @the rover and @proninja also invited.  (Yes, I tagged the old 'ninja account.)

this has been going on for a few years in Vancouver at hastings race track 

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9 hours ago, OrtonToOlsen said:

Just my 2 cents but Zappa is a musical genius.

But I don’t really like his stuff.  

feel this way about the Beatles

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9 hours ago, OrtonToOlsen said:

Just my 2 cents but Zappa is a musical genius.

But I don’t really like his stuff.  

Completely understandable take.  I got into a handful of his "goofy" albums (Apostrophe', Sheik, Joe's Garage) as much for the clever lyrics as for the music.  Some of the instrumental stuff really shows his guitar chops, but doesn't hold my interest as well.

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10 hours ago, krista4 said:

I just saw an ad for corgi racing at Emerald Downs on Sunday. This is a thing!?!? Why are we not going, @RedmondLonghorn?  @the rover and @proninja also invited.  (Yes, I tagged the old 'ninja account.)

I went to the dachshund races a few weeks ago—it was rigged.   I’m always up for the track.  Except this weekend.  In Chicago for Lollapalooza for 4 days.  

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11 hours ago, OrtonToOlsen said:

So circus 1987 my roommate, Jim, and I were doing something in our apartment like painting or putting together a bookshelf or rewiring one of his guitar amps.  

Our stereo was tuned to some local “today’s hits!” station.  I think we were just too lazy to get up and change the station and/or put in a CD.  

Now keep in mind our local radio stations sucked (still do).  Period.  Didn’t matter if it was pop or rock or country or easy listening...there was no “cutting edge” station like KROQ.

Suddenly, Jim says “GD IT!” And jumps up and grabs the phone.  

Now I wasn’t really paying much attention to the radio.  It was just background noise. But not for Jim.

Oh, and Jim was/is a very soft spoken guy.  I mean he comes off as a mellow dude but will cut you deep if he wants to.

So he calls KSUK or whatever.  The DJ answers.  

Jim: Oh hey..sorry to bug you but I need to know something.

DJ: Uh, ok, sure.

Jim: So did Huey Lewis die today?

DJ: What?  No. I mean lemme check the wire....no. No he didn’t.  Why are you asking?

Jim: Because you’ve played like 3 Huey Lewis songs in the last 45 minutes.  I just thought it was a tribute or something.

DJ: Ha ha ha. Very funny.  I have a set playlist.  Don’t give me crap and tie up the request line.

30 minutes later Jim picks up the phone again

DJ: KSUK request line. What’s going on?

Jim: Hey, did Madonna die or something?  Because you’ve played like 3 of her songs in the last..

DJ:  DUDE!  STOP CALLING ME!  STOP FING WITH ME!  I HAVE TO PLAY THIS #### OR I WILL GET FIRED.  I HATE MADONNA. I HATE HUEY LEWIS. I HATE JANET JACKSON. GET A LIFE AND STOP FING WITH ME! (click)

 

In the early days of XM Radio, my GB had one of those mobile "boom box" type units. Circus 2008 we were ice fishing in Eagle River. We had one of the classic rock stations going and had heard Phil Collins (solo, Genesis) like 5 times within an hour. Aside, I don't really fish. I just go to drink and smoke and go to the tata bar (RIP Weasel's, and now RIP Carrie Wylde's Frontier). At any rate, I called up XM Radio and said "That's enough Phil Collins"

"Excuse me sir?"

"You guys have played Invisible Touch, Land of Confusion, In the duh-duh duh-duh duh-duh dum-dum Air Tonight, and Su-Su-effing-Sudio since 1:30 on whatever station"

"Oh dear. Do you not like Phil Collins? We always strive to have a diverse playlist to satisfy all our customers"

"I have nothing against Phil Collins. But that's enough Phil Collins"

*click*

We didn't hear any Phil Collins the rest of the day. I like to think my call was recorded and is used for training new employees on how to deal with drunk people.

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I've been a big Genesis fan ever since the release of their 1980 album, Duke. Before that, I really didn't understand any of their work. Too artsy, too intellectual. It was on Duke where Phil Collins' presence became more apparent. I think Invisible Touch was the group's undisputed masterpiece. It's an epic meditation on intangibility. At the same time, it deepens and enriches the meaning of the preceding three albums.

Take the lyrics to Land of Confusion. In this song, Phil Collins addresses the problems of abusive political authority. In Too Deep is the most moving pop song of the 1980s, about monogamy and commitment. The song is extremely uplifting. Their lyrics are as positive and affirmative as anything I've heard in rock.

Phil Collins' solo career seems to be more commercial and therefore more satisfying, in a narrower way. Especially songs like In the Air Tonight and Against All Odds.  But I also think Phil Collins works best within the confines of the group, than as a solo artist, and I stress the word artist. This is Sussudio, a great, great song, a personal favorite.

 

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corporate: "we really need to understand how to make this company work better. what's working well for our employees? what do they like? dislike? how can we engage them better?"

employees: "you could ask us"

corporate: "nah, we'll hire some consultants to tell us what you actually think"

employees: "but..."

corporate: "you don't really know anything about anything anyways"

employees: "yeah.. but..."

corporate: "CONSULTANTS"

 

OK

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13 hours ago, OrtonToOlsen said:

So circus 1987 my roommate, Jim, and I were doing something in our apartment like painting or putting together a bookshelf or rewiring one of his guitar amps.  

Our stereo was tuned to some local “today’s hits!” station.  I think we were just too lazy to get up and change the station and/or put in a CD.  

Now keep in mind our local radio stations sucked (still do).  Period.  Didn’t matter if it was pop or rock or country or easy listening...there was no “cutting edge” station like KROQ.

Suddenly, Jim says “GD IT!” And jumps up and grabs the phone.  

Now I wasn’t really paying much attention to the radio.  It was just background noise. But not for Jim.

Oh, and Jim was/is a very soft spoken guy.  I mean he comes off as a mellow dude but will cut you deep if he wants to.

So he calls KSUK or whatever.  The DJ answers.  

Jim: Oh hey..sorry to bug you but I need to know something.

DJ: Uh, ok, sure.

Jim: So did Huey Lewis die today?

DJ: What?  No. I mean lemme check the wire....no. No he didn’t.  Why are you asking?

Jim: Because you’ve played like 3 Huey Lewis songs in the last 45 minutes.  I just thought it was a tribute or something.

DJ: Ha ha ha. Very funny.  I have a set playlist.  Don’t give me crap and tie up the request line.

30 minutes later Jim picks up the phone again

DJ: KSUK request line. What’s going on?

Jim: Hey, did Madonna die or something?  Because you’ve played like 3 of her songs in the last..

DJ:  DUDE!  STOP CALLING ME!  STOP FING WITH ME!  I HAVE TO PLAY THIS #### OR I WILL GET FIRED.  I HATE MADONNA. I HATE HUEY LEWIS. I HATE JANET JACKSON. GET A LIFE AND STOP FING WITH ME! (click)

 

Speaking of circa, was Up North with some friends and we were all bar hopping and browsing the little shops.  One had a bunch of old photographs and were captioned DISHEVELED CHILD circa 1897, MACKINAC CITY circa 1957, JEBS FISH MARKET 1976, etc when all of a sudden my buddy blurts out Jesus Christ this Circa guy that took all these pictures must be a hundred years old 

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2 hours ago, guru_007 said:

Phil Collins' solo career seems to be more commercial and therefore more satisfying, in a narrower way. 

 

???  Not sure I follow that statement   

Land of Confusion seems even more relevant today than when it came out. 

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58 minutes ago, GStrot said:
3 hours ago, guru_007 said:

Phil Collins' solo career seems to be more commercial and therefore more satisfying, in a narrower way. 

 

???  Not sure I follow that statement   

Land of Confusion seems even more relevant today than when it came out. 

speaking of huey lewis, I think their undisputed masterpiece is "Hip to be Square", a song so catchy, most people probably don't listen to the lyrics. But they should, because it's not just about the pleasures of conformity, and the importance of trends, it's also a personal statement about the band itself.

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6 hours ago, the rover said:

I went to the dachshund races a few weeks ago—it was rigged.   I’m always up for the track.  Except this weekend.  In Chicago for Lollapalooza for 4 days.  

I refuse to believe that the Weiner Dog Nationals is not on the straight and narrow.

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5 hours ago, guru_007 said:

I've been a big Genesis fan ever since the release of their 1980 album, Duke. Before that, I really didn't understand any of their work. Too artsy, too intellectual. It was on Duke where Phil Collins' presence became more apparent. I think Invisible Touch was the group's undisputed masterpiece. It's an epic meditation on intangibility. At the same time, it deepens and enriches the meaning of the preceding three albums.

Take the lyrics to Land of Confusion. In this song, Phil Collins addresses the problems of abusive political authority. In Too Deep is the most moving pop song of the 1980s, about monogamy and commitment. The song is extremely uplifting. Their lyrics are as positive and affirmative as anything I've heard in rock.

Phil Collins' solo career seems to be more commercial and therefore more satisfying, in a narrower way. Especially songs like In the Air Tonight and Against All Odds.  But I also think Phil Collins works best within the confines of the group, than as a solo artist, and I stress the word artist. This is Sussudio, a great, great song, a personal favorite.

 

Brett Easton Ellis fan?

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14 hours ago, DA RAIDERS said:

KROQ sucked/s

KLOS’ ###### stepbrother

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If Lollapalooza is any indication, millennials are gonna bankrupt the bra industry.  

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Look at me... It's before 10 and I'm not at the office.

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1 hour ago, El Floppo said:

Look at me... It's before 10 and I'm not at the office.

Taking a half day?

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Sorry to hear about your mom Tanner.

Thoughts and prayers for her.

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9 hours ago, mr. furley said:

corporate: "we really need to understand how to make this company work better. what's working well for our employees? what do they like? dislike? how can we engage them better?"

employees: "you could ask us"

corporate: "nah, we'll hire some consultants to tell us what you actually think"

employees: "but..."

corporate: "you don't really know anything about anything anyways"

employees: "yeah.. but..."

corporate: "CONSULTANTS"

 

OK

their answer will be to make fewer of you around to ask.  

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40 minutes ago, OrtonToOlsen said:

I can’t believe I’m “friends” with people that think KLOS was better than KROQ.

91x was better than both

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4 hours ago, OrtonToOlsen said:

I can’t believe I’m “friends” with people that think KLOS was better than KROQ.

we also, don't want to sleep with pixies

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Getting ready to see Starship in concert (they are headlining our city festival/ fireworks)

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1 hour ago, Dan Lambskin said:

Cowbell :headbang:

hopefully they will headline over the puppet show.  

ETA:  "Welcome to Starship V14.0!!  Darrell wrote this!" [25 min. drum solo]

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I just spent a fifty bucks sexting a porn star

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15 hours ago, kevzilla said:

There's a stripper at the bar, celebrating her birthday with her stripper friends. Fun night. 

Update?

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Nice NYC day for me...

- 8am run with a friend.

- extended playground time with 8yo floppinha, highlighted by some quality tennis (no net) and her killing me in a game of round the world (basketball), followed up with running through the playground sprinkler.

- bike ride to some new public swings at pier 35 along the water with 12yo floppinho who goes to his first sleep away camp tomorrow for three weeks

- walk with both kids to Tompkins sq park (former anarchist shanty town when I first moved here) in the hood where there were punk bands playing, followed by crazy made and priced ice cream ("snowdays") , followed by meeting the previously anonymous ceramic mosaic artist who has made countless random public mosaics all over the hood my entire life in NYC, and who invited floppinha to help...so now every time we walk by too boots pizza, she'll know she is a part of it and the hood.

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This last shooting hits literally too close to home.  The Oregon District is an area I've partied in.  I had family that were there last night.  

I just don't know what to feel other than dismay. 

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On 8/4/2019 at 1:25 AM, strykerpks said:

For the record I like Phil Collins

Against all odds, Easy lover, Land of Confusion, Take me home.....countless hits.  Big fan.

As a person, though, he was a megadoosh to his ex and daughter, actress Lily Collins.

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Long-overdue Dave update

Dave is still at the rehab hospital in Indy and continues to make progress, although it's apparently too slow for the insurance company, which keeps basically threatening each week to boot him out and into a nursing home. Interestingly, when his wife asks for the specific criteria they look at, she can't get a straight answer (read: :moneybag: ).  One big discovery a couple of weeks back is that he had a detached retina in one eye and IIRC a blood clot in the other, leaving him legally (if not entirely) blind for the first 2 months of rehab.  Which could go a long way to explain some slow progress in terms of standing up and doing things that require some spatial awareness. Also the wide-eyed stare in the pictures.

Anyway, he had successful eye surgery last Thursday and I think they were expecting him to regain his vision in 5-ish days, which would be early this week.

His son has been really good about posting updates on their GoFundMe page.  I'm not asking for donations, but if you're interested in more details on his rehab/recovery progress, there's a lot more detail there than I can remember to type out here.

And quoting his son in the updates: Hug your loved ones. Tomorrow is not promised. #RoemerStrong

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20 hours ago, El Floppo said:

 12yo floppinho who goes to his first sleep away camp tomorrow for three weeks

:cry:

Just put him on the bus.

The crying was me, not him.

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47 minutes ago, El Floppo said:

:cry:

Just put him on the bus.

The crying was me, not him.

three weeks! he's going to come back with a beard and a wife

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3 minutes ago, mr. furley said:

three weeks! he's going to come back with a beard and a wife

And with this being an NYC centric performing arts camp, the "beard" could take on other meanings.

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59 minutes ago, El Floppo said:

And with this being an NYC centric performing arts camp, the "beard" could take on other meanings.

mazel tov!

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23 hours ago, El Floppo said:
On 8/3/2019 at 11:35 PM, kevzilla said:

There's a stripper at the bar, celebrating her birthday with her stripper friends. Fun night. 

Update?

Nobody got naked or anything. They were friends of the band, and one of them got up and belted out several songs. Did a solid job, too.

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I've been upset all day.  A friend of mine slipped and fell off a mountain yesterday.  Dead.  No TPW necessary for me as we were just casual friends, but she's someone I greatly admired.  In addition to being an amazing hiker and climber, she was equally brilliant in her day job in the Physics department at University of Washington.  We have a mutual friend there who told me the University is as devastated as the hiking/climbing community.  

We're all just in complete shock and sorrow, but aside from that, here's what is freaking me out:  she was an extremely careful, safe hiker.  She climbed some very difficult peaks, but as carefully as anyone I've ever known.  And then she slipped on some scree on a traverse that is not terribly challenging or considered dangerous, and fell into a huge gulley.  Lots of people die in these mountains, but we can usually tell ourselves that they did something "wrong," something we would not do ourselves so that we can take solace that we are "safe."  But here's this reminder that none of us ever really is, because if Ann wasn't safe, then we aren't either.  

Actually if you do want to send TPW, keep her husband in mind.  He was there with her.  In fact, I'd noticed yesterday morning she had posted a gorgeous 360-summit pic with the "current situation" caption, and I was envying their latest adventure.  She was dead a few hours later.  I can't imagine what he's going through, especially leaving the mountains with her body left behind - SAR were going to try to get her out today but I haven't heard yet if they did.  So freaking horrible.

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So sorry for the loss of your friend and TPW’s to the husband. I can’t imagine how utterly devastating a situation that is.

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9 minutes ago, krista4 said:

I've been upset all day.  A friend of mine slipped and fell off a mountain yesterday.  Dead.  No TPW necessary for me as we were just casual friends, but she's someone I greatly admired.  In addition to being an amazing hiker and climber, she was equally brilliant in her day job in the Physics department at University of Washington.  We have a mutual friend there who told me the University is as devastated as the hiking/climbing community.  

We're all just in complete shock and sorrow, but aside from that, here's what is freaking me out:  she was an extremely careful, safe hiker.  She climbed some very difficult peaks, but as carefully as anyone I've ever known.  And then she slipped on some scree on a traverse that is not terribly challenging or considered dangerous, and fell into a huge gulley.  Lots of people die in these mountains, but we can usually tell ourselves that they did something "wrong," something we would not do ourselves so that we can take solace that we are "safe."  But here's this reminder that none of us ever really is, because if Ann wasn't safe, then we aren't either.  

Actually if you do want to send TPW, keep her husband in mind.  He was there with her.  In fact, I'd noticed yesterday morning she had posted a gorgeous 360-summit pic with the "current situation" caption, and I was envying their latest adventure.  She was dead a few hours later.  I can't imagine what he's going through, especially leaving the mountains with her body left behind - SAR were going to try to get her out today but I haven't heard yet if they did.  So freaking horrible.

That's just horrible. I can't even imagine.

Actually, I can just a bit. Every once in a while on our vacation we'd be at the edge of a canyon and I'd suddenly get the willies thinking about how easy it would be to place a foot wrong or slip on some loose dirt on the slickrock and go off the edge. Freaked me out a bit.

Horrible to hear of it actually happening to someone. And not that it makes it worse or better, but there's just something horrible/not fair that it's someone that knows what they're doing and who is being careful rather than one of the idiots all over the place doing stupid and dangerous stuff.

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38 minutes ago, krista4 said:

I've been upset all day.  A friend of mine slipped and fell off a mountain yesterday.  Dead.  No TPW necessary for me as we were just casual friends, but she's someone I greatly admired.  In addition to being an amazing hiker and climber, she was equally brilliant in her day job in the Physics department at University of Washington.  We have a mutual friend there who told me the University is as devastated as the hiking/climbing community.  

We're all just in complete shock and sorrow, but aside from that, here's what is freaking me out:  she was an extremely careful, safe hiker.  She climbed some very difficult peaks, but as carefully as anyone I've ever known.  And then she slipped on some scree on a traverse that is not terribly challenging or considered dangerous, and fell into a huge gulley.  Lots of people die in these mountains, but we can usually tell ourselves that they did something "wrong," something we would not do ourselves so that we can take solace that we are "safe."  But here's this reminder that none of us ever really is, because if Ann wasn't safe, then we aren't either.  

Actually if you do want to send TPW, keep her husband in mind.  He was there with her.  In fact, I'd noticed yesterday morning she had posted a gorgeous 360-summit pic with the "current situation" caption, and I was envying their latest adventure.  She was dead a few hours later.  I can't imagine what he's going through, especially leaving the mountains with her body left behind - SAR were going to try to get her out today but I haven't heard yet if they did.  So freaking horrible.

whoa.  sorry for all affected.  

 

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On 2/7/2019 at 11:08 PM, Binky The Doormat said:

Went to the meeting - it was an overall parents/kids meeting about the debate camps available.  I didn't realize that U of Michigan had a number of different camps (3 weeks/4 weeks and the 7 week).  Anyway, we talked to the head coach and she said that she would prefer that our daughter went to the 7-week.  Apparently, her school is fairly well recognized for debate and has some strong connections with the people running the camp.  So she will be in with the juniors/seniors and is likely to have her ### handed to her for a while 😄.  They usually have 10-12 kids attend each year.  

Parental brag - daughter got home Friday from the 7 week debate camp at University of Michigan.  She loved it - they had 9-10 kids from her school go.  Her debate partner went as well.  

She said the food was awful - there were not allowed to go to the good cafeteria for some reason (think it was not their "assigned" one) so they ate a lot of ramen from Amazon care packages.  She goes back to school week from tomorrow - not much of a summer, but she really liked it.  

They start travel debates in mid-September and go all the way through Spring almost every Thursday - Sunday.  This is crazy.  

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Thanks, guys.  Grove, I know what you're saying.  I don't want anyone to die in the mountains, even if they're doing something stupid, but it seems particularly unfair to happen to someone who spent so much time mentoring and teaching others how to be safe outdoors.

Speaking of which, just saw this nice tribute to Ann.

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