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  1. axhandler1 says:


  2. Coffee says:

    Early open thread today…Laura must have a munch date.

  3. LanMan04 says:

    If I have to debate one more fundie about why gay marriage will not destroy society, I’m going to go insane…

  4. TheMansfieldMauler says:

    88M not in labor force now. Yeah, that unemployment number from yesterday? Here’s the reason:

  5. MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

    So, I’m a very happy camper. I got my tickets to Savor, both nights, and one of my closest friends from high school is going to come visit that weekend and attend with me.

    Any other craft beer fans going?

    • Coffee says:

      No >:|

      But that’s because I haven’t drunk anything since I started my diet on 2/20. Feelin’ good about that, and just got the running shoes I ordered, so we’ll see how that goes. Have to say, though…a 90-Minute IPA sounds like it would hit the spot after work ;)

      • MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

        I picked up a case of Raison D’Etre last night; I think I like it even better than their 90-Minute IPA…and it’s cheaper.

        /now I’m rubbing it in

        • Dr. Ned - This underwear is Sofa King Comfortable! says:

          Stop rubbing Coffee, you’re gonna get Squinko all hot and bothered.

        • chizu says:

          I have a bottle of Celebrator and 2 bottles of Vertical Epic 11/11/11 sitting at home right now… I think I might just have to cook with them. ;)

    • chizu says:

      Sadly, all beer tastes the same to me. :( Only when one is more bitter than another for me.

      Not to mention horribly allergic to it…

      My ex is really into craft beer, so I was slightly exposed to it. I like the idea of craft beer and I’m fascinated by it. I just wish I can have some and be able to taste the difference…

      I actually dreamt that I had the same allergy effect all over again last night. It was pretty horrible.

      • Dr. Ned - This underwear is Sofa King Comfortable! says:

        I have a beer allergy as well. When I drank it, or any alcoholic beverage, I broke out in legal troubles.

        • chizu says:

          I break out in hives and lose the first layer of skin on my face..

          • Dr. Ned - This underwear is Sofa King Comfortable! says:

            At least you don’t wake up to another inmate who has wrapped himself in toilet paper telling you about meeting Charlie Murphy.

          • Quirk Sugarplum says:

            Lucky! I wish I could just drink something to loose the first layer of skin on my face. I have to get expensive procedures done for that. And even then it’s never the whole first layer – there are always patches they miss. They’re always so rude there! It’s not enough that I’m paying for this out of pocket? They can’t even offer some coffee while I wait? Not that I really like coffee because it tastes like ashes to me and I wouldn’t drink it even if they offered, but wtf? Then I have to go buy special cosmetics just to cover up the patches and the only place that has them is 50 miles away. PLUS they only take cash. Who does that anymore? And don’t even get me started on the only ATM near there. It’s filthy and one time I found a condom sticking out of the deposit slip bin. Which wouldn’t be so bad but it really, really looked used if you know what I mean. I had to move it to get to the keypad and there was nothing in there to use! So I took off my shoe and nudged it and then *of course* it fell off and into my shoe. Ewwww! So I had to drive home with only the one shoe on and when I got there I left the shoe in the carport. The next morning I found that my neighbor’s dog Cap found it and drug shoe and all to their living room! I was SO embarassed! I can’t look their dog in the eye anymore. :(

        • Coffee says:

          Now you got 99 problems, but a beer ain’t one.

  6. lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

    I’m happy to sit down for a few minutes. My Dad’s hip replacement surgery went really well on Monday, and he was released from the hospital yesterday. He can walk with the walker, stand up, sit down, and get in and out of bed by himself. Yay! I’m on laundry and cleaning detail to help my Mom. I just spent about 1/2 hour digging the red wagon out of storage (gotta talk to Mom about the hoarding) so we can use it to take laundry outside and get groceries, etc. from the car to the back door when I’m not here.

    She’s at the store now, so I better put all this stuff back in the storage area before she gets home and freaks out. I was supposed to be dusting and cleaning the basement, not making a mess!

    That’s about it for now. Next step is lunch and exercises for Dad. And hopefully a nap!

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Yay! I’m glad Dad’s surgery went well. I hope the rest of your weekend is good. :)

    • MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

      Maybe you can get her to get help with the hoarding by emphasizing that Dad needs to move around to heal properly, and while he’s healing he will be unsteady and needs clear paths through the house and such?

      • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

        LOL – my mom is a closet hoarder! The entire house appears free and clear of clutter, until you open a closet or storage area. Then look out! She has stuff that she’ll never use again, but will not get rid of, and it will eventually be my problem.

        I got Dad in the house yesterday, and he sat down in his chair in the living room. I thought I’d hang his coat up in the coat closet in the front hall. Ha! I opened the door, found one empty hanger, and could barely cram his coat in there! I asked my Mom if she really needed 20 different spring jackets, and she insists she wears them all. Uh, no, probably not.

        • MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

          Oh well, at least it’s kind of under control. And I’m glad your dad is doing well, of course!

        • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

          it could be worse. i have stacks of books and moving boxes [from 2009] in my dining room. but my bedroom closet is completely empty

    • chizu says:

      Yay. Glad to hear that he’s doing well. Make sure you encourage him to stick to his physical therapy and have the therapist explain to him WHY he must do some of those exercises, even when he’s at home.

      PT got to be too expensive for my mum to continue to do it at the hospital. And I think her therapist didn’t do a good enough job (along with the doctor) to explain to her why it was crucial to do PT and what it would do to her recovery. She lamented over how they should have explain more to her. Should my mother continue with her PT? Yes, she should have. But I think it’s also the therapist’s job to explain all the details to her so she wouldn’t question “why am I doing this particular exercise over and over again versus this other exercise? what does it do for me?”

      • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

        Dad is really chomping at the bit to get back to normal, and gladly does the walking and other things the PT dept showed him.

        He was walking with the walker a little while ago, he has to walk for 5-10 minutes if he can tolerate it, and now he’s standing at the sink with the walker and washing dishes. He also ate lunch standing up as he says his behind is tired of sitting all the time. He’s always doing stuff, like working on his cars and tractors, chopping wood, mowing, etc. and it’s not like him to sit still for long. The sitting part is the worst for him.

        After I get the clothes off the line, I’m going to read through his exercise regimen and make sure we do all the steps.

  7. HogwartsProfessor says:

    Oh dear God.

    This afternoon I have a “group meeting” (read: interview) for a job I applied for at a company in the same industrial park I used to work in. They said it would take about 2.5-3 hours. FOR A RECEPTIONIST POSITION. Ye gods.

    The company looks like it might be a cool place to work, but the idea of a group interview is not only intimidating, it sounds like a bunch of crap. 45 minutes to listen to them talk about why it’s a great place to work, 45 minutes to tell them about myself, and the rest of the time for “assessments.” I’m thinking “Okay, I”m probably not going to get it, so I’ll go in there calmly because I don’t give a shit and this will make a great blog post.”

    Otherwise, I have no plans for the weekend except skating and working on my program dress and possibly prepping my kitchen for painting.

    Sewing tip #742: when you are sitting on the floor cutting out a pattern, if you’re listening to your iPod, make sure your headphone cord is out of the way first.




    • CrankyOwl says:

      30 minutes of that will be spent on looking at your Facebook posts after they ask you for the password :)

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        They’re not getting it. :)

        “What does this have to do with the position? Nothing? Oh okay. Well, I’m afraid I can’t divulge confidential information of that nature, since it’s not only a violation of Facebook’s terms of service, but of the privacy of friends and family I connect with. I’m sure you wouldn’t want me to divulge company passwords at the drop of a hat like that.”

        I pass the test and get applause? Great. They get pissy about it? I leave. Fuck them.

        • tooluser says:

          Everyone has a safety net now. You won’t starve and you won’t die if you simply give up and let the wage slaves support you. Stay home and watch cartoons. File for disability, maybe.

          You’ll feel better about yourself later. There, there, have some ice cream.

    • chizu says:

      I don’t think I could talk about myself for 45 minutes…

      Good luck with the job interviews! I can’t even begin to think about finding a new job… My whole work hour thing is fluctuating. The past two weeks had been quiet, but I suspect it’ll get picked up again soon. Which makes trying to find a second job a little difficult because my schedule is uncertain… :(

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        That sucks. I hope it gets itself together. It IS hard to say what you can commit to when hours are fluctuating.

        I bet the 45 minutes is like a regular interview. I’m not wild about doing it in front of other candidates. Imma go like my chat bud recommended and not give a shit. That will keep me from being nervous.

        Who knows? I may not WANT the job. They might be assholes, or all be bright-eyed positive thinkers who say “YEAAAH!” a lot and do fist pumps. In that case, I think I’ll play with them a little. >:) Muwahahaha.

    • cash_da_pibble says:

      In all honesty, as soon as I find out a position is a cattle-call, I leave.
      They didn’t really “select me out of hundreds”…
      They’re pooling us all together and making snap decisions.
      They aren’t going to remember my resume, they’re going to remember the funny guy/pretty girl.

      They have decided I’m not worth a decent interview, so I have decided they aren’t worth my time.
      Of course, I’m not in dire straits job wise- so I can afford to fish for work.

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        Well, I’m going to go anyway. If nothing else, I’ll get a decent blog post out of it. :)

        45 minutes for the company presentation, though, makes me wonder if there’s a secret cult. OR…if Assembly of God has a stake in the company. Although they are pretty ubiquitous around here, they usually post their are-you-a-moral-nonhomo/married/nonfornicator/letmeseeinsideyourpurse yougottawearadress jobseeker criteria up front.

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        Also, when I told my bf I thought it was a cattle call last night, he said I should wear a brass bell and moo randomly between questions. If I think of that and start laughing in the middle I’m gonna kill him!

    • SecretShopper: pours out a lil' liquor for the homies Wasp & Otter says:

      I feel your pain, in preparation for my impending unemployment I’ve been interviewing, I’d forgotten how nerve wracking it could be.

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        Yeah, I’m kinda hating my life right now. Although I’ve enjoyed getting caught up on Judge Judy. :)

    • slyabney says:

      I’ve done a 2 hour group interview just to work at a Disney Store….so yeah.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      So I went and it was a screening thing, and we took tests, half of which were math (which I suck at and couldn’t even do) and the other half those stupid personality inventories that any reasonably intelligent person can totally bullshit. We’re supposed to hear by next week if they are going to call us in for an interview.

      It seems like it would be an awesome place to work, if only you were perfect.

  8. longfeltwant says:

    The EA victory stings as an invalid result. It sullies the reputation of the contest.

  9. KyBash says:

    Can I impose to ask for a little help?

    I’m having a problem with US Bank.

    The local branch says it isn’t their problem, and the appropriate department won’t answer my e-mails (I’ve been sending one or two a day since Monday).

    Does anyone have an e-mail address for any US Bank or US Bancorp exec? (I’ve tried creating addresses using their format and names I’ve found on the net, but they bounce.)

    I’ll really appreciate any help!

    • MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

      I see they’re on Facebook and Twitter. Have you tried publicly shaming/embarrassing them yet? I’d say you’re about at the point where it’s time to try dirty tricks like that.

      • KyBash says:

        Thanks for the advice.

        I don’t have a Facebook account and I’ve never twitted/tweeted/twerped in my life, so I don’t see how I could use those.

        I do appreciate the thought!

        Oh, I should have mentioned that I can’t call them because my disability prevents my using a telephone.

        • Laura Northrup says:

          Do they not accept relay calls?

          • KyBash says:

            I tried one of those — it was a total disaster!

            My only real options are e-mails or letters, and I haven’t been able to get the frontline troops to answer the e-mails (some departments are wonderful, and I get a response in a few hours, but the credit card division . . . I e-mailed on another matter on 3/2 and they still haven’t answered!).

  10. SecretShopper: pours out a lil' liquor for the homies Wasp & Otter says:

    In further employment related news I had two interviews this week: one with the city’s CoC, the other with a catering company as a pastry chef’s assistant. Both went well, the CoC guy sent me an email to set up a 2nd interview next week, the catering guy basically offered me the job whenever i get my official release from my current job. If $ wasn’t an issue I’d go with the catering, im over corporate politics, but the CoC is gonna pay a lot more and I’d get to use that degree i spent 5 years earning. any advice?

    • slyabney says:

      Can you work the $$$ job and do part/spare time with Catering?

      Then you can get a better idea of them both and decide. It’s hard to advise since you’ll need to think of the future, which will lead you in the direction you want to go, but the emotional health part is important as well.

      Good luck!

      • SecretShopper: pours out a lil' liquor for the homies Wasp & Otter says:

        well if I get the CoC job I was thinking along those same lines, trying to swing catering weekends and evenings here & there. I guess a choice between 2 jobs is a good problem though.

  11. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    in hock up to my eyeballs for a new central a/c unit that’s being installed monday. at the least the old is only mostly dead, not completely dead so it’s still cooling. just leaking, icing over, noisy, not always starting and broken drain trap.

    repair estimate $3500 plus $71 per quarter hour to trace the leak, unit is 9 years old

    replacement estimate: 2 ton 15 seer system that will keep my house as cool as i want, new programmable thermostat installed, new pipes, new wiring $6311. and energy company rebate of $300 plus state rebate of $300.

    it was an easy decision actually, much easier than i expected after talking to a bunch of contractors and reading consumer reports about how to buy a central a/c unit

    the raccoon is becoming more aggressive and i could pay someone a whole bunch of money to trap and remove it every time it comes back or i could become a certified wildlife damage control agent for $175 and a two day class and then i will be legal to remove wildlife from my property at any time, as often as i want.
    seriously considering that option since i live in the woods and deal with foxes, possums, rodents, and snakes and there’s more than one raccoon out there

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      I would totally go for the class if you can. That way you’ll be empowered to deal with it on your own. No waiting for someone to come, no having to take off work to be on the property when they come, etc.

      I should look into this. I have possum problems in my backyard and one night I went out to say goodnight to Psychokitty and saw a SKUNK! 0_0

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        eh, skunks aren’t as likely to bite you and pass rabies if they get mad at least

        • HogwartsProfessor says:

          No, but they squirt you. SQUIRT I SAY

          • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

            One of my coworkers smelled vaguely of skunk for a few days after she cleaned up her poor dog. We had a good time ribbing her about it.

    • MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

      Don’t forget, you’ll probably save on your energy bill with a newer AC unit.

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:
    • cash_da_pibble says:

      I’d become a a certified wildlife damage control agent, on the quick. A license like that could get you spme pretty exciting part-time work. I’ve been thinking of going back to school myself, just to keep myself educated in stuff I’m interested in. I’m teetering between animal behavior and Marketing… come to think if it, Marketing is kind of like a study in animal behavior- HUMAN animal behavior.

    • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

      I’ll have to look into that and see if they have something like that here in PA. I’ve never heard of it, though. If I run into a problem with an animal, like I think one is rabid, or there’s a large anaconda sized black snake in the house, I can call one of the neighborhood men and in the case of a possibly rabid animal, several of the men will track it down, shoot it and bury it. Snakes we take care of on our own…but it would be nice if there was an official person to call. I guess we just take care of things ourselves here in the sticks!

      Whenever I see the eyeglasses commercial on TV where the woman leaves the raccoon in the house instead of her cat, I think of you!

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        she’s got to be REALLY blind because i can tell the difference between the obese brown tabby and the raccoon even without my glasses on.
        there is NO relocating them here as i finally found out today. any nuisance raccoons are euthanized if they have caused “extensive property damage” – by the homeonwer [without a permit during hunting season] or with a permit out of season. or by a professional.
        the professional charges a lot more than the certification costs and then i could deal with my own nuisance wildlife whenever i want.
        this raccoon has not caused extensive property damage so state law says i have to live with it.

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      oh and another consumerist commenter [up to that person to say who they are if they want] and myself are putting words on a page about roku and internet streaming tv/movies over at

      and for an article i want to write about it, i’m taking a poll about the barriers people experience when streaming/considering streaming their entertainment at my usual page

      i’d love to hear from consumerist commenters on the poll. so far the results are coming in mostly “cost of content” as the main issue.