Top Posts Of The Week And Open Thread

Mafia Wars CEO Brags About Scamming Users From Day One
Walmart Goes Crazy On Couple Suspected Of Shoplifting
Never Follow A Security Guard Into The Back Of The Store
MPAA Shuts Down Town’s Free Muni WiFi Over 1 Download
You Can Make Your Own Liquid Tamiflu At Home

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  1. bornonbord says:

    Man, I’m stoked about The Consumerists revamp. When is it going down?

    I got hit by the h1n1 flu last week. First official week on the job and I had to take 3 days off. Hrmph. Walgreens cheapo ibuprofen did the trick to stave off the fever though.

    • Awjvail says:

      @bornonbord: I got hit with h1n1 last week as well… had to call in sick twice. Broke my 8 month long streak of not calling in sick!

      Which.. at my job, is a very big feat.

      Tamiflu did not help. At all.

      • bornonbord says:

        @Awjvail: Dang! I love big streaks of not having to call in.

        @admiral_stabbin: Well, I think everyone here was just happy I didn’t get them sick.

        @larrymac – please put me on your do not call list: Ha! Sorry… I mean… “When’s that seamlessly and permanently going up?”

        @pecan 3.14159265: I think most physicians don’t bother testing if it is H1N1 specifically, but there are statistics (somewhere) showing that a high percentage of the flu today is H1N1 (since the normal flu season doesn’t start for a little while), so it’s safe to assume you had it. (Someone please back this up with a google or two)

        My doc said that since I didn’t have any history respiratory or heart disease, it wouldn’t matter for my demographic (young white male). “Treat the symptoms and you’ll be fine”

      • CompyPaq says:

        @Awjvail: Tamiflu really doesn’t do anything. If started early enough for the regular flu, it can cut off maybe one day. For Swine, nothing.

    • larrymac thinks testing should have occurred says:

      @bornonbord: Never say “going down” when talking about a system change. </battle-scarred IT guy>

  2. Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:


    So.. I got a bread maker for my birthday and I really want to make bread this weekend.. but I gotta get to the store and buy bread makin stuff.. this is one project I have.

    Today my dad is supposed to be picking me up from work (NOW!!) to help me go and buy a shower head and install it.

    And now he’s here. and I have to go! YAY!

  3. MartaMyrrha says:

    where does consumerist find all the awesome kitty pics?

    I lubs them!!!

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      @MartaMyrrha: that’s jayden, she is available for adoption

      • JulesNoctambule says:

        @catastrophegirl: I’m still working on the husband! We both think she’s absolutely precious, but are worried about the effect on Clare as she’s continuing to have stress issues.

        • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

          @JulesNoctambule: no pressure, REAAALLY
          you could always volunteer to foster one to see how clare reacts?

          • JulesNoctambule says:

            @catastrophegirl: We have two other cats as well; Tristan is frightened of anything that moves (if it’s too big to try to eat), and Sophie wants those damn kids (which is anyone but her or Daddy) off her lawn. If we’re going to acclimate Sophs to another animal, it has to be forever!

      • MartaMyrrha says:


        Oh she’s beautiful *heart*. She looks like my baby, but with short hair. Even the ‘under the table comment’ is like mine LOL.

        I meet my friends foster kittens tonight (found abandoned at a city warehouse). One never knows.

        PS: everyone should have a cat, or more than one if they can swing it.

  4. subtlefrog says:

    Open thread. Where Consumerists stop using Twitter like IM and move here for random musings – because once a week, anything goes.

    We heart open thread.

    • Awjvail says:

      @subtlefrog: Yes, this is an accurate description of open thread.

    • h3llc4t, breaker of office dress codes says:

      @subtlefrog: It’s so true.

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      @subtlefrog: Open thread is my favoritest. It’s like a mini-holiday to look forward to every week!

    • h3llc4t, breaker of office dress codes says:

      @subtlefrog: I’m not sure if you’ll even come back to check this, but I think you’re the only person on here who would be as excited as I am. I went to the herp show yesterday before I went to work, and brought my evil, nasty, hateful ’08 hypo lavender corn male with me to see if a peer at BGSU could use him for their herp lab. (We already have two specimens with nicer lavender coloration so we didn’t really need him.) I was kinda surprised to learn that she didn’t have any lavender in their collection, so she took him and gave me her absolutely beautiful pair of mex-mex kings. I wasn’t really a huge Lampropeltis fan to start out with, but the more time I spend with them (I have a colleague who’s breeding thayeri and has been trying to convert me from corns, I think) the more I’m loving them.

      Dark phase female, such a sweetheart.

      I am in love with the striping on this boy.

      They’re both in quarantine right now and I’ve been trying to leave them alone. I’m gonna run some fecals and let them clean out then see about brumating them for the year. I hope it’s not too late, but we’ve had a few warm days out here and they haven’t cooled anyone down at the lab yet so I think we’ll be okay. I’ll catch up with the doctor in the spring and see if they’ll be needing any baby mexes. If so, we’ll see how the pair does, and if not, we’ll probably retire them and use them for education or display critters. The girl was used for education previously and her temperament is so great.
      Okay, that was long. Sorry. Can you tell I’m excited?

      • subtlefrog says:

        @h3llc4t, breaker of office dress codes: It’s all about bunedoggle. That way we know when we get replies. And all I can say is…Wow!!!!

        That bottom one is a Lampro? I’ve NEVER seen one with striping like that. Amazing.

        I knew you were a hobby herpist – what kind of education are you using them for? Are you on twitter? you should find me there if so.

        • h3llc4t, breaker of office dress codes says:

          @subtlefrog: I’m so excited about those stripes. :)
          I am not on Twitter, although the Consumerists and my friend Rob are making me reconsider that. And as for education, I used to work as an animal handling supervisor/trainer for a local wildlife center. They did a ton of outreach, and when I left there I volunteered a few specimens from our collection in case any extra snakes were needed. They generally use native Ohio species when possible but sometimes their best “ambassadors” have just eaten or are blue at the time that they’re needed. Because of insurance liability I don’t do programs on my own, which bums me out a little but it’s really for the best.

  5. theblackdog says:

    Yay open thread!

    So tonight is the opening of the play I am in. It’s a satirical comedy about the Bible, and I figure that if we don’t offend someone every night, we’re not doing our jobs right.

  6. Smashville says:

    Weekly pimping of the blog…


    Also…anyone used Nike+ before?

  7. MostlyHarmless says:

    Okay… lets see… (sorry in advance folks, you are my involuntary support group right now)…

    Depressions are no fun. I keep on getting reminded about that the hard way every 2 years on average :P

    Last weekend sucked, but this week has been getting better slowly. In fact, today is considerably better than last Friday.

    Right now I am oscillating between “things are going to be just right” and “i am royally screwed” every few hours. Better than feeling “we are doomed” all the time.

    Hopefully this weekend will be better than the last one.

    Ooooh a fun update: I got my Google Wave account finally. I waited and waited and waited… and then, two invites in three days!

    One of them, was from Google itself. From a form I filled out requesting a preview. So I think they are now rolling it out to more people. Which is great.

    And yes, I promised some of you that I will send you invites. I will, as soon as I get some to give out.

    What else… I dunno. Any suggestions on helping me cheer up?

  8. HogwartsAlum says:

    That kitteh is cool.

    A bit ranty; I apologize in advance. Mad at my doctor’s office. Due to my complaint of nausea after eating, they sent me for a gallbladder ultrasound last Friday morning, and I was told they would call right away if there was anything alarming. I heard nothing, but by Tuesday I kind of wanted to know what the results were, so I called them.

    The nurse said and I quote: “The ultrasound showed something in your gallbladder. It’s either a gallstone or a polyp; they can’t tell. We’re going to give you a referral to a surgeon.” Since then, I’ve heard nothing. I called back to check and they said “We’ll call you.” I called again today and they are “closed for educational purposes.” WTF???

    I’m more than a little confused; last time I needed a referral, it came lickety-split. Now I’m wondering if they can’t get hold of a surgeon, if they called and are waiting for a call back, if they haven’t followed up with that, or what. Because they don’t check their voice mail (I was late to my appointment because of a flat and the front desk didn’t even get my message and ADMITTED IT!), I’m calling again Monday after lunch, if I don’t hear anything.

    WHYYYY would you tell someone indirectly that they might need surgery (and I’m pretty sure that I will) and then ignore them? Excuse me, but I’m kinda a) upset here, and b) not feeling very well. Also, I have company coming New Year’s weekend and do NOT want to be sick then. I would really rather not have to do this as emergency surgery. I feel like I’m lugging around a little gall-y time bomb.


    Okay, rant over.

    • chucklebuck says:

      @HogwartsAlum: What is it with doctor’s offices? I’m having pretty much the exact same experience as you aside from the actual medical issue – supposed to get scheduled for surgery for something scary, call to inquire, am told will be called by EOD, then no call. Do they just not realize we’re kinda freaking out?

      I hope your surgery, once you ever get it scheduled, goes well.

    • MostlyHarmless says:

      Don’t sweat the rant. We are here to listen :)
      [Though right now, I am more in the “I need to talk” phase myself.]

      It is uncool the way they are handling the case, and I especially agree with not telling someone that they might need surgery and then keep them hanging in suspense for this long. That’s just a recipe to destroy the weekend.

    • HogwartsAlum says:

      @HogwartsAlum: UPDATE the surgeon’s office called and I have an appointment on Nov 23rd at 10:00. The lady said she can’t promise anything but she feels confident that it will take place before the end of the year. I told her I was having company NY weekend and she said “Oh you’ll be well by then.” Yay!

      @squinko: They already did an ultrasound; I don’t think they’ll bother judging by my symptoms. Apparently it was pretty obvious on there that there was something in it. Eeyeeew!

      @chucklebuck: I don’t know, but the office staff at mine is lately leaving a lot to be desired.

      @MostlyHarmless: Aww, if you need to talk, we’ll listen to you too. *HUG*

      @squinko: They can, but with the gallbladder, once it starts doing that, it keeps doing it. They would just have to do it again. Whatever it is is big enough to be making me sick, so I say YANK IT OUT. Besides, I had a stone get stuck or something a few years ago, and I DON’T want that to happen again. :P

      @pecan 3.14159265: I put up with them because I LOVE my doctor. At least they did it, so I’m happy now.

  9. SkokieGuy says:

    Volunteer for and attended awesome nutrition lecture on foods that fight inflammation. Makes me wants to totally scratch cook everything.


  10. pop top says:

    I forgot today was Friday until I saw this thread. Now I’m super happy. :-D

    Tonight Mr. Squinko has promised me a date night. The first in a month or so…about damn time. ;) I just picked up three new games for my DS, and two new games for my 360, so I’m excited. Tomorrow we’re having dinner with my dad and step-mom, no D&D again. :( Sunday we’re taking some friends to this cool winery we went to a few weeks ago. I am by no means a wine person, but this place is great. They even have some excellent mead.

    I made beef stew and meatballs this week, both for the first time . The meatballs were pretty good, kind of dry, and I disliked the stew. Mr. Squinko said it was great though, so I guess I didn’t do anything wrong? Just not a fan of stew.

  11. GitEmSteveDave_HurtHisKnee says:

    Yeah, I promise I’m gonna sit down and write the thank you letter to everyone I have been writing in my head this weekend. I hope.

  12. Ratty says:

    This has been a super dull week. One of accomplishments in the last 7 days was getting my 2nd level 80 – Orc Shaman. Healed H ToC (successfully–no wipes) in less than 48 hours after getting the level. That’s worth being a bit pleased over, I guess. lol Warcraft.

    Also ran a lot for 4 days, and early work meetings have kept me from doing so again the last couple days. Tomorrow I want to hit at least 3 more miles.

    There’s a bake sale at work next week. going to make nanaimo bars. not going to eat said nanaimo bars. Except for cooking samples, mind! We’re doing a lot of charity fundraising this winter. Our workplace is adopting 3 families for Christmas and getting them all some gifts. Bake sale money goes to the food bank I believe, and we’re doing a book sale and raffle to go to some other organizations. I think it’s kind of cool.

  13. Ratty says:


    I got a new trainee at work who is sitting with me. yesterday he asked me “do you mind if i eat?” Figuring he meant a snack on break or something, I said no.

    He proceeded to decimate 1/2 pound of cookies, 1/2 big bag of Doritos, several PB&J sandwiches, 2 foil pouches of pop-tarts (so 4 of the suckers) and several bottles of Propel fitness water (!!!). This over the course of a mere 6 1/2 hours of an office job.

    He’s not an exceptionally big guy, but good lord. I’m going to get Diabeetus from watching him.

  14. katstermonster says:

    Wheeeeee open thread!!! I just had a lovely nap through an hour-long seminar.

    Now I’m going to go to Starbucks and correct some papers, then I’m headed to my friend’s to see the baby she had recently, thennnn who knows! Yippee for Fridayyyyy!

  15. h3llc4t, breaker of office dress codes says:

    It’s been an eventful week at la casa de H3llc4t.
    -Paid off all of the bills that my mom ran up to the tune of $5k. The only debt that I have left at all is a small amount of student loans. The last year sucked so hard but I’m free now from a lot of stress. Still gonna keep the second job to save up for a house/wedding.
    -Got myself my Dune tattoo as a reward for surviving this year without totally losing my mind.
    -Threw my back out on Monday some time, woke up at 3AM with horrible pain. Saw Urgent Care, diagnosed with muscle spasms, came home with muscle relaxers which are pretty much useless.
    -Hung in until yesterday, where I went to a different Urgent Care closer to my office. Waited 2 hours, took a urine test (probably to prove I wasn’t taking drugs), saw a doctor who jabbed me in the kidney because he couldn’t understand why I was experiencing such severe back pain without “any real provocation,” cried in the examining room from the pain/anger at being treated like a shady addict.
    -However, I finally got my sweet, sweet codeine and the first good night’s sleep all week.
    -Just had great Indian with one of my best girlfriends from college. She reminds me to have faith in the world. Also, now my hair smells like curry. Mmmmm tikkalicious. It’s like bootylicious but more savory.

  16. Elvisisdead says:

    Just a note to the world – you get screwed if you go contract to perm.

  17. RecordStoreToughGuy_RidesTheWarpOfSpaceIntoTheWombOfNight says:

    Hooray! The promise of the open thread somewhat dulls the sting of not getting to see Pirate Radio with this friend I would kind of like to be more than friends with. S’okay, though, she still wants to meet for sushi, she just has a family thing to go to that means no time for sushi and a movie.

  18. Berz says:

    Anyone make a kegerator before? I’m going to build an insulated cabinet and use the guts from an old college fridge to do it. Tips?

    • admiral_stabbin says:

      @Berz: I haven’t done it myself, but I knew a guy that made one out of an old horizontal chest freezer. It saved the headache of building a cabinet, and was free to him.

    • CaffiendCA says:

      @Berz: Chest freezers are a great option. Cheaper than regular fridges. Easy to convert to a fridge – they have teperature regulators that control the power to set temp. Building a cabinet would be quite a bit more money, and insulation would be an issue. Check craigslist for a chest freezer, you could get one for free – $50 or so. Conversion kts are available, but you should probably just get components.

      They hold two full size kegs, or 3-4 ponies.

  19. Dont lump me into your 99%! says:

    Nice meetup Mostly Harmless!!! Classic the conversation you were having with your parents and not knowing your mic was on!

    Cannot wait for the next. I actually wish there was one right now so I could bitch about my employer!!!

  20. PsiCop says:

    I can’t resist. Here is the sweetheart, Sable:

  21. RecordStoreToughGuy_RidesTheWarpOfSpaceIntoTheWombOfNight says:

    @Oranges w/ Cheese has 2 cats! ahahaha.: You’re probably building muscle mass, which is counteracting any fat loss. Stick with it, though, and you’ll start to see results.

  22. gStein_*|bringing starpipe back|* says:

    @catastrophegirl: i have an amazing recipe for chicken soup… i’ll post it when i get home

  23. gStein_*|bringing starpipe back|* says:

    @catastrophegirl: also, i recall someone on here mentioning celiac sprue… you by any chance?

  24. DangerMouth says:


    “I Make My Own ____ Gingerbread Home”

    Having trouble coming up with a funny (blank), tho :(

  25. larrymac thinks testing should have occurred says:

    @catastrophegirl: “Slow News Day” cocktail, with sloe gin, and ummm, I can’t figure out the rest.

  26. Awjvail says:

    @MostlyHarmless: Retail.

    Most everyone hates their job, the company is the shittiest company that I have ever seen in my life, employee morale is down the tubes, and nobody really cares about their job anymore.

  27. floraposte says:

    @pecan 3.14159265: I think it gets complicated by the fact that we use the term “flu” in ways the CDC wouldn’t.

  28. MostlyHarmless says:

    @SkokieGuy: Well, this one was not caused by diet. It was triggered by some specific incidents. While I am sure the diet will help, getting over some things just takes time. Till then, you need to do something to tide you over :)

    Thanks for the food tips though. I am sure they will help. But really, I don’t think I am in a state to figure out how to do all that elimination when I am least interested in eating, let alone cooking.

  29. theblackdog says:

    @MostlyHarmless: OTOH my super cool priest was laughing at the part of the show she got to see at rehearsal the other night.

  30. bornonbord says:

    @catastrophegirl: Thank you.

  31. pop top says:

    @Ratty: Chocolate chip bread is the best. :P

  32. Ratty says:

    @Oranges w/ Cheese has 2 cats! ahahaha.: I have a feral/Resto druid and an enh/resto shaman. My guild leader is an enh shaman and doesn’t understand the class and it drives me up the wall. Says Blizz poorly itemized gear for shamans. Always runs out of mana and rarely if ever usues totems or shields. Says something’s wrong with shamans. They rock now! Argh.

  33. pop top says:

    @pecan 3.14159265: I don’t know, I’m being surprised. :) Our date nights are usually just movies + dinner, but sometimes we’ll go to a restaurant we’ve never been to before. Bonus points if it’s something really different like Indian or Thai.

    Something we really love doing is going on day trips to places around the state that are two hours or less away. Michigan has an insane amount of cute little towns, especially on the Great Lakes. Or we’ll find a crazy festival to go to for a few hours, and then see what’s in the town too. It’s a ton of fun.

  34. gStein_*|bringing starpipe back|* says:

    @catastrophegirl: i just bring the recipes :P (there’s more creative types that can name them)

    @DangerMouth: i thought we’d call the cookbook “I Make My Own At Home”

    What about a butterscotch mousse for Golden Poo? (i;ll go try to make some and see how it turns out)

  35. pb5000 says:

    @pecan 3.14159265: If your flu symptoms included a serious cough, one that you felt heavily in your chest, I’d say it was H1N1. I had it two weeks ago and like @Awjvail: tamiflu didn’t help me much either. If anything it only made me sick to my stomach.

  36. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    @DangerMouth: there’s a discount for taking 2

    * $95 per cat/kitten
    * $150 for a pair of cats/kittens
    * $50 for a “special needs” cat/kitten


  37. sammy_b says:

    @theblackdog_FeelingRandom: not so impressed with google is very slow.

  38. MostlyHarmless says:


    Bait and Shrimp cocktail?

  39. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    @DangerMouth: I love it. Pineapple upside down cake, both for the gold theme and for being upside down on your mortgage?

  40. gStein_*|bringing starpipe back|* says:

    @DangerMouth: the book name wasn’t my idea, someone else said it last week

    @catastrophegirl: so, for the golden poo…
    sometimes at parties, i’ve seen these little no-bake cookies (if you could call them that) made out of peanut butter, oatmeal, powdered sugar, chocolate chips, some nuts… i’ll try to find a real recipe, and a real name for them

  41. GitEmSteveDave_HurtHisKnee says:

    @floraposte: @MostlyHarmless: Actually, I was taking photos for an Instructable I’m writing for the RoofCoffeeCup. My goal is to see a bunch of them cruising around and following their adventures on Twitter. I was showing how a 3oz cup can hold a 10lb dumbbell, but because of my white counters and the flash, I couldn’t get it to properly show how it was free hanging. So I was swinging it over the edge of the counter and going to shoot it against my stove door, when it detached and fell straight down onto the top of my knee. It was right after this photo:

    Luckily it didn’t hit my feet, because Mr. Gouty Toe would have LOVED for that to happen. Also, my toe was over a foot closer to the floor than my knee, so the weight would have been moving faster. I do get to do my House impression though.

  42. Ratty says:

    @Oranges w/ Cheese has 2 cats! ahahaha.: It was totally true in TBC, but as of now, 3.2 WotLK, Shamans are itemized really well and have great trees and zero need to be low on Mana even on long fights.

  43. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    @pecan 3.14159265: ok, i can see ‘pineapple upside down financing cake’ for both mortgages and cars?

  44. pop top says:

    @pecan 3.14159265: What a weirdo. He must be really hot for you to put up with that. ;)

  45. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    @catastrophegirl: Ugh, it ate my post. I used some of your themes, this is what I came up with.

    snuggie – Snuggie Shrimp (shrimp wrapped in bacon)
    starbucks tastes burnt – Espresso and chocolate mousse
    morning deals – definitely should be a breakfast burrito of some kind (eggs, chorizo, peppers, mushrooms, cheese)
    airline baggage/fees – could be a recipe for fish or chicken cooked in a parchment bag
    chinese poison train – this could be tricky, since some people may feel it’s offensive.

  46. MostlyHarmless says:

    @catastrophegirl: Hahahahaha I LOVE the idea of disemvowelling a recipe to make it vegetarian.

  47. RecordStoreToughGuy_RidesTheWarpOfSpaceIntoTheWombOfNight says:

    @Ratty: Yeah, sounds like he’s DOIN’ IT RONG. He needs to learn that Totems are your friends, and how to use a shield. Or he could just play a DK. That’s like god moding anyway. ^_^

  48. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    @pecan 3.14159265: someone listed it in last week’s OT.
    i think maybe if it’s renamed from chinese poison train to something else, but i didn’t have any ideas

  49. Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

    @nbs2: I need to buy yeast, bread flour, and powdered milk. And thanks for the tip, but I live in a one bedroom apartment with a teensy kitchen, so storing a 50lb bag of flour just would not work for me. I have to keep it in airtight plastic containers to keep flour bugs out anyway.

  50. cash_da_pibble says:

    I love reading the adventures of SteveDave.
    Do you have a blog?

  51. Ratty says:

    @Kimaroo – Fortified with Kittydus Purrularis: Noooo!

    How awful. :(

    Then I suggest pumpkin spice bread, for pumpkin lust purposes.

  52. RoofCoffeeCup says:

    @cash_da_pibble: You can also follow ME, and not that ego-maniac SteveDave, on Twitter at [] .

  53. Kuchen says:

    @squinko: You forgot to mention the biggest draw in Frankenmuth: Bronner’s, the world’s largest Christmas store!


  54. katia802 says:

    @MostlyHarmless: If you lived close by me I’d loan you my Tiggybum. His purring is so loud you can hear him in the next room, best thing in the world for feeling better. Honestly, best advice I can give you is to not let people tell you “get over it” or “it’s not so bad” Take yourself out for a walk, get yourself a chocolatey treat, and just be good to you for a while. Not a cure, but might help a bit

  55. MostlyHarmless says:

    @catastrophegirl: Above and Beyond of course is the dessert.

    Strawberry-vanilla ice cream scoops, with chocolate shavings, a slight bit of cream for garnishing, and a sprinkle of pumpkin spice? Topped with a cherry or something similar.

  56. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    @MostlyHarmless: i hope to have several desserts in the list

  57. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    @RecordStoreToughGuy_IsBeing(pur)SuedByAMonster: ok, so sitting in a bad movie might give you the opportunity you would have otherwise not had, hrm?

  58. MostlyHarmless says:


    Ha ha, the very thought of a purry kitty makes me feel slightly better.

    I should find a place that will let me hug furry kitties. None of my friends have any. And my mom made me give mine away.

  59. DangerMouth says:

    “dessert: executive customer service
    Chocolate mousse. With a side of foie gras.”

    Because it’s expensive but doesn’t actually work?

  60. RecordStoreToughGuy_RidesTheWarpOfSpaceIntoTheWombOfNight says:

    @catastrophegirl: Well, I could try, but it might not end well. XD

  61. samurailynn says:

    @MostlyHarmless: I’ve dealt with depression off and on throughout my life, and it really makes life more difficult. I don’t know what the specific incidents that triggered your depression are, but it might help to talk to someone. I’ve had times where when I’m depressed, things that would usually just annoy me ended up making me really upset. Just ranting about what was bothering me to someone ended up making me feel better about it. I hope you’re able to forget about it and have a good weekend!

  62. cash_da_pibble says:

    @MostlyHarmless: wanna be my friend? I have a fat cat that loves skritches, a bony one that is a lap slut, and just to keep you grounded, a mean black one that burns holes through you just for S & G.

  63. NatalieErin says:

    @pecan 3.14159265: Yes, but I think that’s a problem during every flu season.

    Most people, at least as far as I can tell, have no idea what the actual flu (i.e. influenza) is. People think if they have a bad cold or a norovirus that they’ve had the flu, so they don’t get vaccination.

    I hope primary care docs and other health care workers are correcting these misconceptions, but considering the vaccine is in limited supply it might be a moot point for most people.

  64. subtlefrog says:

    @MostlyHarmless: Ahem…oh yeah?

  65. JulesNoctambule says:

    @catastrophegirl: It’s the Rock and Shop Market: []
    There will be all kinds of great stuff there, and live music as well! I did their vintage show last month and it was fab.

  66. MostlyHarmless says:

    @Eyebrows McGee (now with more baby!): Haha, actually, ironically enough, the first link is more relevant to my case :)

    I am very shy when it comes to meeting new people, and I always struggle with that (though I am trying to get over that).

    My depression isnt exactly chronic, and generally I am a fairly happy person. Though most of my depressions and anxiety attacks have been facilitated by circumstances caused by my shyness.

    That first book looks like it should help with a longer term solution.


  67. DangerMouth says:

    @catastrophegirl: mmm, liver jam…

  68. nbs2 says:

    @Kimaroo – Fortified with Kittydus Purrularis: I would have said that you can get away with regular flour, but since you have to pick up the other stuff anyway…

    As for small apartments, I totally understand. When we bought our house, I couldn’t believe how much more space I had. Now, instead of using a corner of my room as an extended pantry, I can actually use a storage room.

  69. pop top says:

    @Kuchen: I think you mean CHRISTmas. ;) While it’s said to be the biggest draw, I see more people go to the World Beer Fest, or Oktoberfest, than that crappy place. It’s fun for a laugh, but man, is it scary.

  70. Eyebrows McGee (now with double the baby!) says:

    @MostlyHarmless: What I like about the second one (can’t speak to the first one!) is that it comes with exercises that help with the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy … meditations to help you stop your negative thought train and get to a better place. I like that it’s adaptable to ANY level/type of negative thought problem.

    But glad the first one may help as well!

  71. h3llc4t, breaker of office dress codes says:

    @squinko: Heh, I’ll get decent pictures soon; Kris photographed the whole process with the intention of submitting them for BME’s gallery. I can say though that it’s “Fear is the mind-killer” in script inspired by Ralph Steadman’s work.

  72. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    @Eyebrows McGee (now with more baby!): sounds like a good one. morning deals fritatta.
    this list is getting pretty long.

  73. katstermonster says:

    @HogwartsAlum: Soooo boring. Also, I was very sleepy, and they moved it to a room with reeeeeally comfy chairs this week. Amazing.

  74. subtlefrog says:

    @h3llc4t, breaker of office dress codes: DUNE tattoo. You are even more awesome than previously thought.

  75. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    @subtlefrog: hrm, could go either way.
    “lost luggage soup” has a ring to it, in my opinion.
    are these fried wontons?

  76. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    @subtlefrog: scones get a lot of kneading. [i use the food processor]

  77. drjayphd says:

    @catastrophegirl: In a nod to tags from long ago, some sort of fish dish. Chinese Poisson Train.

  78. theblackdog says:

    @Kimaroo – Fortified with Kittydus Purrularis: “we would like to apologize to anyone who loves the platypus…”

    Dogma FTW!!!

    Actually, we make a potentially tasteless joke in the play about God’s sense of humor.