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  1. momtimestwo says:

    From our local newspaper, “A man may face charges of driving under the influence after police investigating a pickup crash Thursday night found a finger but no driver, according to Metro police.”

    Since this is Nashville, let the country songs begin!

    • cash_da_pibble says:

      Maaan, that’s just strange.

    • Dustbunny says:

      “It wasn’t enough you took my heart, you had to take my finger too”?

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      Darlin, since you left me, thar have been thangs I’ve done I’m not proud of.

      The night, I went drinkin.. to drown my loss of love.

      Oh darlin, I’m not sure how it happened.. but I lost my finger ya hear..

      The night my truck got away from me, when I slipped inta the wrong geearrr.

    • Bativac says:

      A finger but no driver, that’s all he left behind

      He took my heart and soul from me, he treated me so kind

      But he couldn’t be tied down, and though my love for him was blind…

      He drove off in his pickup and left just one finger behind.

  2. You Can Call Me Al(isa) says:

    I don’t recall who mentioned the book _Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman_, but I borrowed it from the library and I am enjoying it! Thanks for the suggestion!

    • pop top says:

      It probably wasn’t me but I recommend that book to everyone. I love it! The story about Cantonese versus Mandarin Chinese is my favorite.

  3. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    Couple weeks ago I posed the question if anyone else had seen DQ cup sizes dropping.

    I went again last ngiht, first time since then, and I’ve now noticed a price increase. We’re creatures of habit, and our order usually comes to $8 and change, and this time came to $9 and change. I don’t normally look at the actually sale price anymore and we go so infrequently that this could all be my imagination.

    Anyone else seen price jumps at DQ?

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      I haven’t been since my last roadtrip.. but I am DYING to try a Pumpkin Pie Blizzard. OMG.

      • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

        It was okay (thats what I bought). It takes very much like pumpkin pie. But cold, liquid pumpkin pie. Like eating the filling out of the can. With chunks of crust in there.

        The taste was fine, but the texture was a little unnerving.

        • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

          kimaroo is addicted to pumpkin. telling her it tastes like cold liquid pumpkin pie is going to torment her until she gets one

  4. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    This week I’ve got a litany of office complaints. It smells like ramen in my office, and I am not happy with that. Also, chatty women drive me nuts. They yammer on about everything out loud to each other. I don’t need to know about your doctor’s appointment but if you insist on talking about it out loud, don’t do it in the office!

    • pop top says:

      How can you not like the smell of Ramen?

      • Queep misses WarOtter :( says:

        Depends on how far you are from college. I’ve begun to tolerate it again, but there were a few years in there…

      • raydee wandered off on a tangent and got lost says:

        Depending on the brand, ramen can smell pretty awful, all stale and salty.

        I have a friend and coworker who is notorious with burnt popcorn. That is probably worse.

        • HogwartsProfessor says:

          I don’t know….earlier this week, someone burned bacon in the microwave. Normally bacon smell has me floating around like a cartoon character, but this was AWFUL.

        • EdWedig says:

          Back at a previous employer, one of the other workers had it down to a science: he’d put a bag or popcorn in the microwave, punch in 4:00, and leave. He’d wander back later, and the popcorn would be done.

          Except when he accidentally put in 40:00…and then then got stuck on a phone call.

          The bag actually caught fire, pretty much destroyed the micrwave, and the burnt popcorn smell lasted for WEEKS.

      • Me - now with more humidity says:

        College flashback. Couldn’t-afford-more-than-noodles PTSD.

  5. Angus99 says:

    “I Asked for Your Heart, But You Gave Me the Finger”

  6. MaytagRepairman says:

    My wife and I have AT&T cell phones but our neighborhood gets lousy coverage. I guess when a coverage map says “Moderate”, it really means “lousy to none”. Looking at various coverage maps our only other choice would be to go to Verizon but my father-in-law’s Verizon phone works only marginally better in our house. Yes, I live in the boonies. Worse yet my house sits at the bottom of the neighborhood.

    I bent over last night and bought the 3g micro cell from AT&T. I had been looking at them for a long time but had my doubts that it would work and dreaded going down to the mall to buy it in person. I would much rather buy it online but they only sell it in AT&T stores.

    I bought it for a flat price of about $150. I didn’t cave in for the $20 per month and we will give you a $100 rebate and unlimited blah blah blah. The big drawback is that they still charge my minutes despite me using MY internet connection to make phone calls but I have plenty of rollover minutes.

    I am happy to report that this gadget works really well. We both get 5 bars throughout the first floor of our house. I haven’t tried the second floor yet.

    • Oranges w/ Cheese says:

      Unfortunately 3g signals REALLY degrade when they pass through any sort of buildling. So even if your neighborhood is spotty, your house is going to be worse inside.

      Glad the microcell works! We need one for Tmobile :(

  7. Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:


    I’m SO EXCITED for this weekend, I actually have plans!

    On Sunday, I’m going to go to a Costco across town to meet… ALTON BROWN.

    I can’t waitcan’twaitcan’twaitcan’twait WOOHOOO!!

    Othewise.. this week is ova and I’m so glad.

    Also, that’s a beautiful cat. Wow.

    • JulesNoctambule says:

      I met Alton Brown once — we used to live in the same city, and I ran into him (almost literally) at a bookstore. If he’s as friendly now as he was then, you’re in for a treat!

      • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

        Aww, that sounds so fun! A private one-on-one meeting is probably way more exciting than a scheduled book signing meeting.

        I’ve been spying on twitter (search Alton Brown).. everyone is saying he’s really nice : )

    • raydee wandered off on a tangent and got lost says:

      Holy crap that’s awesome! A friend of mine got me a salt cellar from his brand. His show is the only thing I missed when I stopped watching live TV.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      I audibly gasped. Alton Brown is one of my culinary heroes! He’s so knowledgeable. Do you have his books? If so, get them signed! If not, buy them, then get them signed.

      • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

        He’s going to be there for a book signing for Good Eats 2. So I’ll buy the book there and get it signed!

        I’m sure that you can understand how excited I am. OMG OMG OM GOMG OMG.

        My ultimate wish is to be able to take a picture with him. (Ok so really, ULTIMATE would be getting to be on his show or at the taping.. but we’re talking about realistic ultimate here. lol.)

    • cash_da_pibble says:

      So cool!
      I don’t know tons about him, but I have seen a couple of his shows.
      He’s so quirky and smart, without being condescending, and it’s fun show to watch.

      He made BAKLAVA look so easy to make!

  8. pop top says:

    One of the local nature centers is having their annual Apple Butter Festival this weekend and I’m so excited! I love fall. :D We’ll be going to another nature center after that to meet a poor groundhog named Bucky who was hit by a car and had his teeth knocked out and has been adopted by the center. A friend took a picture of him eating a banana, it was so cute! I’d take him home with me, but I don’t think Mr. Squinko would be pleased. Neither would our cat I think…

  9. segfault, registered cat offender says:

    That cat needs its fur trimmed. I would probably shave it so it wouldn’t be a problem for a few weeks.

  10. qbubbles says:

    Hay! I had the baby!! :D 7lbs 9.4oz. She was born 10.8.10. :)

  11. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    the cat rescue yardsale last weekend raised an unprecedented $2900 for vet bills, and spay/neuter surgeries for our rescues and for feral cats.
    but it was exhausting! i think we need to find a bigger place to hold it next time since we didn’t even have room for everything that was stored in my shed after the storage unit and everyone’s spare rooms were emptied of donations.
    now i have the unfortunate weekend task of making my outdoors suit the housing people in the city I DON’T LIVE IN. the highway is being extended past my house in the next couple of years so the city has decided to start preparing to annex my township. means i still don’t pay them taxes or get their services but we are now in the “extra territorial jurisdiction” and subject to city ordinances. so they went around last week and notified people and provided checklists to people like me who had a few things to fix.

    had a lovely chat with the inspector though, and to the probable chagrin of my neighbor, i get to keep my car stuff and plastic storage bins in the carport. but i did have to take the lawn down to 8 inches tall. fortunately i am also allowed to have plants of any height as long as they are ornamental. this just means it’s even more important for me to figure out how to kill the lawn without chemicals.
    tarps nailed to my lawn for 5 months didn’t do it but a layer of shingle debris for a month did. i don’t get to keep the shingles on my lawn though. grrr

    • pop top says:

      You know, I’ve always wondered if you could get away with say, creating a walkway to your house, and then sectioning off the rest of the lawn with some nice bricks or paving stones or whatever, and then just calling your lawn a garden. You’d probably have to do some planting to get some actual garden-looking items in it, but I wonder if it would work…

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        i checked. you have to have official “ornamental grasses” which means not sod grown tall but types of grasses sold as ornamentals at the garden center.
        i found someone who works for a reasonable rate to till it under for me in the spring though. he did a good job cutting around the volunteer trees that i am leaving – crepe myrtles and maples that seeded themselves in the backyard.

        • pop top says:

          My backyard has large patches of clover and violets in the summer, but they get mowed along with all the grass. I wish that was my entire backyard, it’s so pretty when all of it is in bloom.

          • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

            i’m going to try to keep the clover. i found 3 four leaved clovers when i was viewing the property prior to purchase.
            but then i will put in portulaca [moss rose] that never gets taller than 8 inches, grows best in drought, blooms like crazy when it rains and keeps arsenic and BPA out of the ground water. also, it’s really cheap

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      ooh, i also just realized today is the 3 year anniversary of my diabetes diagnosis! yes, this is cause for celebration because i’m doing pretty darn well now, in comparison to then

  12. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

    So I think we have all seen the video/pictures of the lady who took pictures of a plain hamburger and fries for 180 days, and she was amazed that, despite being indoors in a (hopefully) clean house, no maggots or mold formed on it. I think she may have tweaked the conditions to achieve the goal she wanted, what with her being a vegetarian and all. So, to try and refute her “experiment”, I tried it:

    I think all will be amazed at my results.

  13. Bativac says:

    I need advice from the hivemind.

    I’m up for a contract renewal for my AT&T cellphone plan, and my wife and I want iPhones. (Okay, my wife wants an iPhone.) Currently we’re using flip phones. We aren’t internet addicts or anything. Can anybody tell me what kind of monthly bills we can expect for average usage of two iPhones? Should we shop around for another carrier and go with another smartphone? (We aren’t tied to the iPhone. Really my wife just liked the “star map” application she saw on somebody else’s phone.)

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      If she really just wants to use apps (I’ve not heard of this StarMap App, so bare that in mind) she could consider the iPod touch, which can use apps, now has the double camera, and operates soley on WiFi so that there is no AT&T or cellphone bill involved.

      I have one and love mine, but I can understand if it isn’t the right device for the right need.

      As far as iPhones go though, whatever minute plan you’re on now should be fine, you’d just need to add on the plan for the Data (internet) which is either 15 dollars a month for 200MB or 25 dollars a month for 2Gigs, for each iPhone. Other than that, the regular parts of the bill shouldn’t change.

      Hope that helps.

    • Oranges w/ Cheese says:

      This depends on if you want texting or not and how heavily you use it.

      Lowest priced family plan with 550 minutes – $59.95 (if its available in your area, otherwise its $69.99 for the 750 plan)
      Unlimited Texting for both – $30
      Iphone plans for both – $50 for 2gb each or $30 with a 200mb cap

      Do the math and figure your usage. Minimum though with 2 iphones, a bare bones data plan (200mb each) and $5 texting (200 messages) each you’re looking at $59.99 + $10 + $30 = $100 + taxes + your upgrade fees for both ($18 each) on your first bill, probably about $120 – $130 for first bill and about $115 continuous.

    • pop top says:

      Android phones have the “star map” app too (Google Sky Map). I’d shop around if you’re not into the iPhone for it being an iPhone, which is really the only reason to buy it.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      We were in the same situation you were a few years ago. Here’s the truth: you don’t know how tied you will be to the internet until you actually use a smartphone. We will never go back to using regular dumbphones.

      I like checking my email whenever an email comes in – I like checking my twitter feed, browsing blogs, and watching videos on my phone. I like checking sports scores, reading the news, and texting is so much better and easier on a QWERTY keyboard. I pay bills through apps on my phone now, because sometimes I don’t want to wait until I get home. I check my cell phone usage through the AT&T app. I love having constant access to all the information I want. I love that I can order books through the Amazon app on my phone while I’m in the car, 100 miles away from my house.

      Our family plan for two iPhones is ~$160. We haven’t taken ourselves off unlimited data, so that’s why it’s higher than yours would be.

    • Bativac says:

      Thanks, guys and gals. I was afraid I was going to be looking at $200 phone bills.

      We text a fair amount but otherwise, I don’t see myself using the internet on the phone very much. I’m in front of a computer at work 10 hours a day 6 days a week and get my fill of the internet.

  14. HogwartsProfessor says:

    I went to the car man at lunch and my old Buick needs a new radiator. The upside is it is way less than I thought it would be, thanks to a recommendation from a friend that let me avoid the overpriced place. Even though I had to visit the First National Bank of Mom, which I HATE.

    Another upside is that I have some of the money because of all my cutting back. Yay!

  15. Oranges w/ Cheese says:

    Having moved to Michigan, there is no longer any Chick-fil-a here. However, we’ve discovered there’s on at a Mall in indiana that’s only an hour away!

    We’re making a pilgrimage!

    Also, first BOC from woot showed up this past week and it was craptacular. Lots of useless stuff, but I did get a webcam and a mouse for the office. Woo.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      Chick-Fil-A is my favorite fast food restaurant. It’s just delightful.

    • pop top says:

      I didn’t know you had moved up here, I thought you were still in FL. Welcome. :D I know there’s a sizable amount of Michigan Consumeristas, we should have a bar night some time.

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      just remember not to go on a sunday