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  1. Angus99 says:

    Look at at that mug!

  2. pop top says:

    Tupperware party tonight! I’m hosting one only as a favor to a friend who has just started selling it. This stuff is crazy expensive, but at least it has a lifetime guarantee. We’ll be making margaritas with fresh fruit using one of their new gizmos, should be fun.

    Also we’ve just decided we’re heading to Atlanta for our anniversary this year since I have family there. It’ll cut down on costs since we won’t have to rent a car or pay for a hotel room. I haven’t been in almost ten years so I’m very excited. I’ve never been to the aquarium or the botanical gardens before. Plus I saw this crazy attraction on Squidbillies featuring a giant Civil War-era battlefield painting in a revolving room, turns out that it’s a real thing ( We are totally going to that.

    • womynist says:

      Hope you have fun at the Tupperware party. I have some ancient Tupperware that my mother gave me, and it helods up so much better than the Rubbermaid knock-offs.

      • pop top says:

        Yeah. Tupperware is one of the few brands left that when you purchase it, you’re actually paying for a quality, long-lasting item. I would have a whole house full of Tupperware if I had that kind of cash.

    • kayl says:

      The Georgia Aquarium rocks!

    • JulesNoctambule says:

      Be prepared for an entirely different Atlanta. We escaped it only five years ago, and plenty of areas are completely changed from when we lived there already! Traffic is even worse, which I didn’t think could be possible. Still some good things there, though; if seafood is to your liking, check out Six Feet Under across from Oakland cemetery (there’s a second location now; stick to the one in Grant Park) for delicious things from the sea and a hell of a rooftop view.

      • pop top says:

        I assumed traffic would be worse, which makes me glad that my aunt will be driving us around. Ha. What’s so different about it? Although as long as Little Five Points is the same, I think I’ll be OK. :D Thanks for the restaurant recommendation, the hubby loves seafood. I’d love to go to Tom Colicchio’s restaurant, since I’m a huge Top Chef fan.

    • myCatCracksMeUp says:

      I’ve got a little Tupperware that I bought at Tupperware parties when I was in my early 20s – 30 years ago – and it is still GREAT! At the time I bought it because I wanted to support my friends who had the parties, but if I had it to do over again, I’d buy a lot more of it.

      It is WAY better and any of the other plastic ware.

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        i’ve got tupperware that other people bought many years ago [some of it clearly from the 70’s based on the color scheme, which i collect] and it’s still in good shape. yay for thrift stores

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

      Tupperware makes the ONLY decent sippy cups, in my ever so humble opinion. Most sippy cups today have lids that screw on (so you can only use them as sippy cups, not as real cups), and have valves you often have to disable, and don’t help teach kids how to drink from a cup, since they have to suck so hard on the valves. You can get “plain” travel sippy cups, but they all spill.

      Tupperware makes plain cups. With tight-fitting lids with spouts. No valves. That then become unbreakable little kid cups when you put the lids in a drawer. They cost $16 for 4, and they are worth it.

      • pop top says:

        Eyebrows! You’ve been gone for ages girl. At least I haven’t seen you around…

        I used to have their sippy cups when I was little. My dad said they were the only thing I didn’t break. Ha.

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

          I know, everything got all BUSY. I feel like I mostly caught up over the summer and can do some leisure surfing again, but I expect fall will beat me down again soon. :D

          But I don’t get to write thoughtful posts much anymore because naps are short and Mini McGee wants to help me type if I try when he’s awake!

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      I love Tupperware; if you look, you can find older stuff in flea markets. I look! It’s mostly in good shape and still works.

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      Pro Tip if anyone is still watching, they actually sell real Tupperware on Amazon now, and it’s shipped by Amazon so it’s eligible for Prime or the free shipping. It’s pretty awesome and cheaper than the regular Tupperware price.

      I just bought two of the huge cereal containers because they are the only ones that really do keep cereal fresh, and they were only 16 dollars each. Awesome!

      I would love to go to a Tupperware party just to see all the neat things.

  3. SonarTech52 says:

    20 years ago today SRV died in the helicopter crash.. RIP Stevie

  4. speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

    Could someone tell me the direct contact information for sending an ECB letter to the executives at USAA? I am currently the victim of an analyst in their Executive Resolution department deciding to treat me like a criminal because of a transfer mistake their own people made. If you want details I’ll provide them, but I can prove that I cannot possibly have made the error since I have had ZERO access to the new accounts in question AT ALL since they were first created (due to their error that they are now punishing me for).

  5. Thassodar says:

    What kind of cat is that?! I want one. NOW!

    • Angus99 says:

      Hard to tell for sure, but he’s definitely got some Maine Coon breed in him. We have four – they’re awesome cats. His ears, paws and coloring point toward him being at least part Maine Coon. They’re big cats – males will reach 25 pounts, easily. Our oldest male is only four, and he’s at 27!

  6. Dustbunny says:

    I have the day off today..woo hoo. Will be going to Powells Books to sell some old books & buy new ones.I like sci fi & fantasy, but everything nowadays seems to be part of an endless series. I don’t want to wait years for the next book to come out (I’m talking to you, George RR Martin!). I’ll probably get the 3 Stieg Larsson books — I want to read them before I watch the Swedish movie versions…and I hear Tana French is a really good mystery writer.But I need some suggestions for new reading material…

    • pop top says:

      What specifically do you like in sci-fi and fantasy? There’s a lot of stuff I could suggest but it might not be to your tastes…

      • Dustbunny says:

        I like steampunk-ish, urban fantasy…China Mieville, Neil Gaiman, etc. Also George RR Martin, Tad Williams…anybody that brings a little different spin to generic fantasy. I haven’t really read any sci fi I enjoyed since David Brin’s last book came out. Recently finished Richard Morgan’s “Thirteen” which was ok but didn’t blow my socks off. I read Kevin Anderson’s Saga of the 7 Suns, which was pretty entertaining but not that deep.

        • pop top says:

          If you like steampunk and are a fan of Jane Austen, try Gail Carriger’s “Parasol Protectorate” series, the first book is called Soulless. They’re a nice, light read. Pretty witty too if you ask me. For urban fantasy, try the Dresden Files series (first book Storm Front), I just finished the most recent book in the series and it’s AMAZING. Avoid the Anita Blake novels at all costs. They start out being really interesting and just devolve into boring sex scenes and even more boring plot lines.

          • Dustbunny says:

            I’ll check out the Carriger series, thanks! I read one of the Dresden File books & thought it was ok but didn’t really love it enough to read the entire series :( I ended up getting the 2 Stieg Larsson books that are out in paperback, everything else that looked good was either hardcover or those spendy trade paperbacks that are between $10-$12. The Kindle is starting to look better & better.

            • pop top says:

              The first book is good, but not as good as the series gets. I was a little iffy on the series after reading Storm Front, but it’s definitely worth sticking with it. Also check out Joe Abercrombie’s “First Law” series; that is a really different fantasy series with some really good characters in it.

          • Dustbunny says:

            O.M.G. The Carriger series includes homicidal mechanical ladybugs! I can’t believe I had never heard of it until now :o !

  7. Ladybird says:

    Any advice on how to handle my impending unemployment? I’ve been temping since graduation and I’ll be out of a job next week. I have never been unemployed unless it was my choice, so this is new to me. :/

    Thank Jeebus for savings.

    • pop top says:

      Start asking everyone you know about getting a job where they work. Networking is one of the best ways to get a job, especially in this economy. Contact your state’s unemployment agency and get on unemployment, also put your name/resume into any job banks they might have, and see if they have any classes you can take (resume building, cover letter writing, whatever) to help you get a job faster.

    • myCatCracksMeUp says:

      Does your temp agency not have any other work for you?

      Are there other temp agencies in your area that you can try?

      Good luck!

      • speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

        Register with all the temp agencies you can. If they ask what work you will not do, and you do not want call center work, say so, don’t agree to everything they say just to be “nice.” Lie like a rug when they ask you how many other agencies you’ve registered with (they all want exclusives, but a single agency never has enough work). Keep the phone close to hand, call them three times a week to make sure they understand you are available, drop by every now and then to make yourself familiar and comfortable.

        The rest of the time, forget about them. Temp work is the icing on the cake of your job search. If you get it, good. If they have nothing for you, you had better not wait idly and wonder why it’s not working out.

        Frankly I hate temp agencies and if I never work with one again in my life it’ll be too soon.

    • speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

      Ladybird, please take an honest inventory of everything you can do that someone might like to pay for. Someone with a skill they can sell is never truly out of work. If I lost my job (FSM forbid) I could become a professional Tarot reader, or become a substitute English teacher, or sew home dec projects (curtains, bedding, pillows, fabric accents), or train dogs and cats, or run errands, or teach English as a second language, or become a computer tutor, or write technical documentation, or become a personal shopper, or write a cookbook. All that’s off the top of my head, without special equipment or training that I don’t have already, and that I could start tomorrow.

  8. mac-phisto says:

    so i reposted the tip on the groupon $4 tickets on my facebook account. more than a dozen of my friends have called, texted & emailed, “dude, your facebook account has been hacked.”


    makes me feel good that i have friends on the lookout, though. :)

  9. raydee wandered off on a tangent and got lost says:

    Last dental appointment of the year tomorrow; woo? Dentist and I agreed that the rest of the work I need done can wait until my benefits renew next year.

    Still, at least I did not need a root canal this time. :D

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Yay! I haven’t had one but I heard they suck.

      • speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

        They’re not that bad, just kind of dreary. Annoyance level about equals a bumpy two-hour-long plane flight, and if you can stand the feeling like a cat reached into your piehole and used your teeth for a scratching post while it rained on your face, that’s about as much pain as you need to deal with.

        RULE NUMBER 1: Don’t let the pain get above a tolerable level before you ask for more novocaine. Nobody ever died of an extra shot of novocaine when they needed it. Also don’t be a hero and not take your after-surgery pain killer. Trust me. But you’ll do fine so long as your dentist is reasonably competent.

  10. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    How do you guys decide when to support local businesses vs. big ecommerce or big box stores? I find it really difficult to support some local stores because I have to watch my bottom line and part of me feels ripped off for spending twice as much for something because it came from a local store because it’s not the store’s fault it can’t offer me the same deal as Amazon.

    I found a rug I like and even after negotiation, the cost won’t fit into my budget. I admit my budget is pretty tiny, so I don’t think there was a shot to begin with, but today I found a similar style and color online for half the price – I feel like I need to protect my wallet, but then I feel a little guilty that I’m pursuing the almighty buck instead of supporting a local business. I don’t think most local stores are fleecing customers, I just know that they can’t afford to give the kinds of discounts that big box or ecommerce stores can, and that’s why they’re struggling. And because the stores can’t give discounts, I can’t shop there much, and I don’t really want to go out of my budget (it’s a $140 difference), but I can’t help but feel like I’m contributing to the struggle.

    • pop top says:

      If there was a huge difference in price, like in your case, then I would definitely go with whatever saved me the most money. But if it would just be a few dollars more, I’d rather shop local.

    • speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

      Pecan pi, think about this: When you buy something from an eBay seller or from Amazon’s third-party seller network, or just from a website online, you are, more often than not, supporting a small local business somewhere. It may even be local to us. I remember the time I ordered something from an eBay seller, and I had a question about it once it came, and looked at the package to find that the seller’s business was less than a mile from my front door (they’re down there at Hillcroft and Harwin)… so I went there and talked to the same rep who had handled my online order.

    • Fidget says:

      Oh man. Just got back from family in the south…Wal-Mart is so wonderfully, wonderfully cheap, but I can usually resist since anything I want only comes in neon-dorm-colors. Kohl’s, on the other hand…espresso maker (not pod, mind) for $20 BEFORE 15% off. But for me, local isn’t an option back home, and big box isn’t an easy option where I live now, so it’s more cut and dried.

      I like the idea of finding mid-range between local and big box by what’s online, or maybe pick up a smaller accent thing from the local place while getting the rug elsewhere? We’re about to come up against buying a whole mess of cat things from awesome local shop vs order from something online; probably going to get the tree/box from amazon and pick up play things/collar from local.

    • Me - now with more humidity says:

      The big box stores employ more of my neighbors than the local stores could ever support, now or in the past. No one forces people to work anywhere at gunpoint, other than chain gangs.

      I shop the locally-owned stores when it makes sense — the ACE hardware up the street, for example, and the bakery around the corner. And I shop big box and chains when that makes sense — Home Depot on the rare occasion that ACE doesn’t have what I want, Walmart (shut up, I’ve heard it all before and most of it is BS) for groceries vs Publix and WinnDixie which are also big chains, Toys R Us, Office Max, Michaels. We have no small local grocers, toy stores, hobby shops or stationery shops. And in many cases, I could buy big box items online, but I go to the local locations anyway.

      I have breakfast or lunch at a friend’s independent coffee shop on the beach at least once a week, but I also patronize Starbucks because my friend doesn’t carry iced black tea and my kid likes the SB croissants. But he also enjoys the local place’s muffins. And I love their Reuben.

      We eat at McDonald’s sometimes, Five Guys sometimes, and locally-owned places sometimes… especially for seafood, Chinese, Baja Mex, subs and bagels. It depends on what I’m in the mood for. I like Panera, too, and as far as I can tell, everyone who works there lives here, gets paid here, deposits their checks here, sends their kids to school with my kid, and pumps money back into the economy here — no one is bussed in from corporate or from a holding company in New York.

      GAP employs local folks, as do Costco, Walmart, Best Buy, Toys-R-Us, Old Navy, Target, KMart, McDonalds, KFC, Aplebee’s, Starbucks, Goodyear, my Honda dealer, and every local store of a chain. My Shell station is locally-owned and operated by a nice guy with a family who pays local taxes just like the erst of us who live here. Locals also own stock in big box stores — and many depend on their gains and dividends from those stocks, which are created by the work of and buying by locals all over the country buying there.

      All employment is local at any store in our community.

      Beware the strawmen 8-)

  11. katia802 says:

    Got through the halfway point of my second (5 wk) term in school. Have only felt ripped off 3 times so far, not bad for a tech school i guess. Discovered online classes are definately not for me. And that i have an even stronger tolerance for blood and guts than I thought. Classmate brought a PETA video in the other day, all it did was make me think of hamburgers for lunch.

    I e mailed Ben about an awesome experience with (of all places) Tandy leather! Made a huge order to them, online, they called us at home the next day to make sure it was really us that made the order! Nice to see good customer service for a change.

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      i’ve always had good service from tandy leather. i tend to shop in person at the local store but when they had closed most of their brick and mortar locations for a while [the one near me really IS a brick building] i shopped online and had prompt service with no problems

      • katia802 says:

        there is one kinda near me, but we have no car. Would cost me about 30.00 one way for a cab. Sucks, the folks at our local store are really nice, I would love to meet them in person.

  12. segfault, registered cat offender says:

    That’s the ugliest cat I’ve ever seen.

  13. DJ Charlie says:

    Getting ready for the station’s 2 year anniversary party tonight. VERY hectic day!!! If anyone wants to tune in, it’s starting at 11 Eastern tonight, at (shameless plug)

  14. JulesNoctambule says:

    The show I’m doing in September has decided to extend the event into Sunday for no extra vendor fee, totally voluntary. Except I have tickets to see the guys from Mythbusters that afternoon! I hate having to choose when everything good happens all at once.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      YOU’RE GOING TO SEE THE MYTHBUSTERS!?!?!? I am SOOOO jealous! *fumes, grrrrs, arrrggghhhs*

      No really, have fun!! :)

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      What are you, crazy? Go see the Mythbusters!! As if that’s really a decision you have to contemplate? Come on!

  15. HogwartsProfessor says:

    Sweet sleepy kitteh….awww. I want to scritch his little head.

  16. HogwartsProfessor says:

    So I’m going to the doctor on Monday to see why I keep having pain since they took my gallbladder out. It’s a horrid pain that feels exactly like a gallstone attack, and comes and goes, mostly at night. Once it was so bad I had to take a leftover hydrocodone to make it subside so I could sleep. I still have one left and I’m saving it just in case.

    I’m kind of tired of waking up thinking I’m dying.

    • Me - now with more humidity says:

      I had similar pain, and it turned out to be appendicitis. Took a CAT scan to find it. Pain-free ever since. Went into emergency surgery at 3pm and was asleep on my own couch by 6pm.

      • speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

        I have pain where they took my kidney out, and it feels just like an acute kidney infection, and I get a very low fever along with it. I used to run to the doctor thinking something was wrong with my other kidney (sometimes your nerves get screwed up and you feel the pain on the other side). But then I noticed that I only have that pain at certain times. Like right before my period. Probably endometriosis. Just one more reason to look forward to menopause (won’t be long now).

  17. Cantras says:

    Job I really wanted was taken off the “available positions” list. My guy on the inside says it might just mean they have enough resumes to slog through for now, but I’m guessing my odds are not good. :( I wish I could have found an HR number to call. The only number I ever found was a humanless phone tree. (it makes sense that they wouldn’t post a number, it’s a company that makes something people get obsessed with, my guy says the security doors are more about keeping out “OMG PLZ GIEF ME JOB” than regular security-type-security.)
    Looking at other jobs, but a little bit down now because nothing sounds that awesome.

  18. NarcolepticGirl says:

    Heading down to Pigeon Forge/Sevierville for the weekend.
    Maybe do some hiking in the Smokies while we’re there.
    Found a riverside hotel (with good customer reviews) on sale for $66/n including tax.

    Even though it’s less than an hour away, it still feels like a mini-vacation (until I get used to it, I assume).

  19. Daverson says:

    My best wishes to all of you traveling to activities this weekend – I hope you all have wonderful times. I’m staying home because our new dog is coming home from the pound tomorrow and we’ll be acclimating her to her new home…and to her new “big brother,” our six-year-old dog.

    They’ve met a couple of times so far – Old Dog came with us on every visit to the pound so we could check their initial reactions to one another. She adores him and he mostly tries to ignore her, but we think that given time they’ll grow to appreciate one another.

    • pop top says:

      Aww, puppies! Good luck with the new doggy. I’m jealous.

    • cash_da_pibble says:

      Now, just remember- they’re bullies, so be sure to keep any conflict to a minimum and be sure to establish the rules early on.
      I would also recommend purchasing a break stick-
      hope you never have to use it, but a life-saver if you need to.

      I learned a lot from participating here:

    • cash_da_pibble says:

      Now, just remember- they’re bullies, so be sure to keep any conflict to a minimum and be sure to establish the rules early on.
      I would also recommend purchasing a break stick-
      hope you never have to use it, but a life-saver if you need to.

      I learned a lot from participating here:

  20. TheMonkeyKing says:

    For what it’s worth…

    Make sure you throw out or at least put in the garage those brown cardboard boxes as soon as you get them from deliveries. A few cockroaches were found in one of the boxes I got from Amazon. I keep a pretty clean house and really spotless kitchen. I heard some scratching one night coming from two Amazon boxes that were delivered that evening. When I opened the boxes I saw them in there in brown paper padding.

    • Me - now with more humidity says:

      We had an infestation of small cockroaches from a new toaster. They set up a colony in the insulation… pest guy says it happens too often. Replaced the toaster and no problems since.

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

    So the baby scratched my cornea and I went to the ER and they gave me a tetanus shot because I hadn’t had a booster in so long and then I became convinced I had tetanus and then I looked at Wikipedia and I learned takes like 2 weeks for the shot to become fully effective and all the horrible things that would happen to me and I actually called the doctor and said to the nurse, “I have imaginary tetanus and I promise never to look at Wikipedia again, but I really need someone to tell me I don’t have tetanus.” And the nurse laughed and got the doctor and the doctor listened to my symptoms and told me I did not have tetanus but that I did need more and different eyedrops. The nurse said it was okay because imaginary illnesses are much easier to cure than real ones.

    While in the process of working myself up to the point of frenzy where I was convinced I had imaginary tetanus, I talked to a friend of mine who’s a doctor and I was like, “I’m terrified I have tetanus of the eyeball,” and she said, “Technically you’d have tetanus of the central nervous system VIA the eyeball.” So helpful.

    So the moral of this story is, go get your tetanus boosters STAT. And you’ll get your pertussis booster in the same shot, which is good because of the outbreak in California. The diptheria booster is just a bonus.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      I thought the moral of the story was to wear goggles so that the baby can’t scratch your corneas. Congrats on not having tetanus!

    • Toffeemama is looking for a few good Otters says:

      Glad you don’t have tetanus! That baby-flailing thing is something I definitely won’t miss when they get older. My two-year-old still tries to climb up/over/past me all the time, even with shoes on. How old is your little one now?

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

        15 months! And he looks like a BOY now, not a baby, since we had to get him a haircut. :)

        • Toffeemama is looking for a few good Otters says:

          Wow, he’s getting big! My second is 2 months old now, so I’m still mostly confined to the house and it’s driving me CRAZY. I tell you, having two little ones is a lot harder than I thought it was going to be.

          • HogwartsProfessor says:

            Is that the new one in your avatar? Sooo cute!

            • Toffeemama is looking for a few good Otters says:

              Thanks; we call her Little Red. She got shots at the Dr. today, and she’s been crying about it all afternoon. Thankfully, I’m going out with my mother-in-law tomorrow for a little “retail therapy”

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

        And I do NOT look forward to the shoes … being scaled like Mt. Everest is bad enough with bare feet!

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

    Oh, and so a friend of mine just got thrown out of the public library for bottle-feeding her (preemie) infant. She said, “Would you throw me out if I were breastfeeding?” and they said, “No, you have a right to breastfeed in this building.” But they threw her out anyway for bottlefeeding, for having “food and beverages” in a library.

    This strikes me as both perfectly logical application of the rules, and totally insane.

    (I can see not wanting a mobile child to have a bottle and fling milk on the books, but this is a non-walking babe in arms, in the children’s section while she was helping her two bigger kids pick out books.)

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

      So why don’t women just bottlefeed instead of whipping out their breasts in public? BECAUSE THEY GET THROWN OUT OF LIBRARIES, THAT’S WHY! (*ahem*)

  23. theblackdog says:


    Tonight I’m going to a video game meetup, then tomorrow I should be at one of the most kick ass weddings this year. My friends are having a luau themed reception with it since they can finally get married after 15 years of being together.

    Sunday, the BF finally returns home after not seeing him for two months! :-D

  24. Fidget says:

    Does anyone have experience with FIV cats? The chubby tiger we wanted got adopted while we were away, and while there are other cat options to be interviewed, there is another chubby tiger who is deaf (not a problem), around 3-5 yrs old (not a problem) and FIV+ (can’t tell from internet searches whether this is just a perceived problem, or if I’d be adopting a cat with a very short lifespan and very large medical bills, as everyone seems to be really biased one way or another). This will be our first and only cat, but we have no car and were planning on having an emergency fund rather than pet insurance, if any of that helps. I’m not trying to be the cat hero, but since the deafness and older-ness aren’t at all an issue for me, it would be nice to pick up the harder to place cat if possible. Not asking the agency right away what they would suggest, since I have yet to see a middle of the road opinion on adopting such a cat.
    Also, penchant for chubby tigers.

    • pop top says:
    • speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

      Fidget, I had a kitten that was FIV+ because he got antibodies from his mother. He was not FIV+ later in his life. Consider whether this might be the case with your potential furperson.

      Ironically, my buddy Bandersnatch (also an orange tom) died fairly young (6 years old) of cardiomyopathy, which some Maine Coons and mixes are susceptible to, but he should not have succumbed to so young. He was a truly good-hearted, patient, intelligent cat, everyone’s favorite, and the whole vet office cried when it was time to help him go.

      Don’t be afraid to have a good cat for as long as you can. You can’t plan for everything.

  25. crazydavythe1st says:

    …ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhahhhhh. look at the kitteh.