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  1. El_Fez says:

    Ladies and gentlemen, I’m very pleased to announce that I managed to go most of this week without molesting any children whatsoever, despite being the proud owner of a penis!

    • El_Fez says:

      . . . . awww, damnit!

      Please disregard my previous statement. Thank you.

      • Important Business Man (Formerly Will Print T-shirts For Food) says:

        You’re a two-minute man. Nobody likes two-minute men.

    • Coffee says:

      I know you’re having fun with this and everything, and I found the comments disquieting in their misandry and a little sad in their paranoia, but I would caution yourself on going overboard with the bullying. I guess it’s just that:

      1. We don’t know what the OP’s life story is, nor how it has affected her and her attitudes toward men. Did something happen that may have caused her to see the world through a different set of lenses than you have? Maybe. Maybe not. I don’t know, but I won’t ignore the possibility.

      2. It seems that the community consensus was so overwhelmingly against the OP that there got to be a bit of a mob mentality over the thing. Once people start piling on, it’s easier for individuals to do it as well. Would you be treating this person the same way if you were not part of a larger group that had excoriated her?

      3. If you said something that everyone thought was just horrible, and they kept bringing it up…and bringing it up…and bringing it up…and bringing it up…how would it make you feel?

      4. For some – and I know I fit this mold – The Consumerist is a pleasant place to spend a few minutes during breaks and make a wisecrack, have a small debate, get self-righteous about something, etc. I enjoy being able to come here. I would be a little sad if circumstances were such that suddenly, everyone were hostile toward me. The OP has been posting here for years, and while I don’t agree with many of the things she says, it’s my opinion, at least, that she be given the opportunity to move on from that day.

      That’s all.

      • MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

        I agree. Exaggerating someone’s position AND keeping on about it over and over after they’ve fallen silent is a bit over the line between vigorously making your point and bullying.

      • wade says:

        1. It’s good to practice empathy, but regardless of reason, a bigot is still a bigot. Or, are you suggesting that it’s ok, for example, to join the KKK, but only if you were beat up by a racial minority?? Would that, causing you to see the world through a different set of lenses, justify burning crosses on someone’s lawn?

        2. Yep. There was a mob mentality, and a lot of it had to do with the fact that she just wouldn’t back down from her ludicrous statements. I don’t know if they would actually be able to, but I’m sure a lot of people would hope that they would be able to tell off some prejudiced a-hole without the backing of a larger group. This was a pretty good practice.

        3. It would make me feel like I should probably take a minute and wonder why everyone, in a startling display of unanimity, was telling me that I needed to pull my head out of my ass. Following the note of I “don’t understand what I’m supposed to apologize for,” I would say that, at the very minimum, bringing it up repeatedly until she apologizes is certainly fair game.

        4. Boo-effing-hoo. Don’t say patently offensive things (repeatedly! and without remorse!), and then you can reserve the right to complain when someone doesn’t let it go.

        • Coffee says:

          Judging by your recent comment history – which happens to include four separate posts attacking Loias by name – my post was not aimed at you; it was aimed at people who realize that there’s no sport in repeatedly trolling someone well after the fact. Carry on lighting your torch and sharpening your pitchfork…you seem to derive enough pleasure from it.

          • El_Fez says:

            (Pssst, guys – it was suppose to be a joke! Okay, it was only a marginally funny one at best, but it wasn’t suppose to be serious)

            • Coffee says:

              I know, Fez, and I really wasn’t trying to single you out, but felt that it was more appropriate to mention in the open thread. I’ve just noticed – and you’re not the only one doing it – that it’s become something of a meme to joke about it. I can’t stop it, but I just felt like voicing my opinion. Sometimes the jokes we make come at the expense of others, and I’m as guilty of that as anyone.

          • wade says:

            I guess you got spanked so badly that ad hominem seems like the only way to go, but I still want to know if you think it’s cool to be in the KKK, but only if you’ve had sufficient life experiences to see the world through a different set of lenses.

  2. SPOON - now with Forkin attitude says:

    due to comments beyond sanity control all comments will be underlined.

  3. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    Lots of stuff this week:

    1. Tomorrow is the day our carpet is restretched (for those of you who recall the Consumerist article on the subject. It’s an all-day event, and we have to be there to shift all our “stuff” to different rooms as they work. I impulse-bought a carpet cleaner and am using this opportunity to clean the carpet while everthing is cleared.

    2. We had our family bridal shower last weekend, and it was all awesome kitchen stuff! We literally went through our kitchen and set out all the old stuff being replaced and donated it all. It felt so good to get rid of so much junk, and to get a real, good-quality pot and pan set.

    3. A while back our bathtub drain stopper mechanism and I bought parts to replace it, including a new rubber gasket for the overflow drain. A few months later my fiance is apparently taking a bath when I get home, and I see this pool of water downstairs and dripping!!!! So, apparently I didn’t buy the right gasket, need a plumber AND a drywaller to fix this thing. Very sad. As I write I realize I could get a pop-up stopper and install a cap on the overflow pipe instead, and avoid a plumber. I might just do that.

    4. Twenty-Five Days Until Wedding! AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      so, what you are saying is you do your own plumbing at home?

      • Not Given says:

        I hate when DH does that. It always turns into a fucking nightmare of clogs leaks, multiple trips to the hardware store and finally trips out of town to the plumber supply wholesaler.

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

          Out of all the things household related, I think plumbing is right up there with water boarding. It seems like you never know what’s going to happen. My Dad and I replaced the shallow well water pump in my basement, and just as he tightened the last fitting on the water pipe where it comes in through the cellar wall from the springhouse, the pipe snapped off and shot a stream of water 2″ thick straight at me. I slammed my hand onto the sharp pipe edges to stop the water flow, cut my hand, and looked at my Dad and said “OK Dutch Boy, what now?”. We switched places, I ran out to the spring house, removed the lid, leaned over and put a cover over the intake pipe to stop the water flow.

          We were dirty, wet, and not happy, and after yet another trip to the hardware store, we managed to fix the problem. Arriving at the store, the clerk knew exactly which department I needed based on my wet, muddy clothes.

          I HATE PLUMBING PROJECTS! I’d rather pay someone to do it.

          • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

            plumbing doesn’t bother me at all, but my sister is really good at it so i tend to refer to her for info on it. actually, i’m good at drains and toilets, she’s good at intake lines, faucets, toilets and showers.
            i am glad neither of us has a well though

  4. DJ Charlie says:

    Work on the Lady progresses! The new stripes are nearly done, and there’s a 100 foot roll of window tint sitting in my living room right now waiting to be used!

    Oh, and she has a Facebook page now! (yeah, i know, Facebooks is the evils, precious! but it’s there if you want to see her.)

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

      For someone who has a few spots on his car that the paint needs to be repaired due to wear, and for someone who is tempted to do it himself… any suggestions?

      It seems really pretty based on DIY pages, but for someone who has never done it I don’t want to fuck it up and I know there is a nuance to it. One spot is about fist-sized, the other spot is 2-3 times that size.

      Or, is it worth getting a pro to repair it, or even do a whole new paint job. I thought about that since the paint is generally dull, but otherwise not damaged.

      • DJ Charlie says:

        Honestly, the “$50 paint job” works. It won’t give you a showroom finish, and it’s more like $80 since the article was written, but if you just want it looking good (but not showroom perfect), it’s the way to go. The CHEAPEST pro shop wanted $1600 to repaint her, and that’s WITHOUT the stripes. Single color, one coat.

        Gotta warn you on 2 things though.

        1, It takes TIME. It’s taken me 2 months to get the Lady where she is now, and I’m still not done.

        2, Preparation is EVERYTHING. Sand the bad spots until you see bare metal, and then LIGHTLY spray with primer before you even crack open the can of paint. Oh, and definitely ONLY use Rustoleum, just like all the blogs and forum posts say. I tried using a store brand as a sample, and believe me, there IS a difference.

        • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

          All I’m looking for is for the patch to match the rest of it :-)

          • DJ Charlie says:

            That would be MUCH harder than repainting the whole thing. Color matching a room, or piece of furniture is easy. Color matching a car is extremely hard, and expensive.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      She is looking GOOD!

      • DJ Charlie says:

        Thanks! Just finish the wraparound stripes, waiting on it to dry so I can demask now.

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      on a non awesome van related note…. any updates on a roku channel from your station?

      • DJ Charlie says:

        We’re working on it. We lost our tech guy, and I’m slowly filling in for him.

        • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

          well the roku developers’ forum is a good place to get tips if you want to DIY it. also, your station may be available on roku already as part of another existing channel. i already listen to a friend’s sunday night broadcast from 5 states away on the roku channel for LIVE365 radio.

  5. El_Fez says:

    Oh, on an ever so slightly more serious note, I finally got around to getting all my Red Rock Country roadtrip pictures up on flicker:

    If you ever have a week and nothing to do, for the love of god, get thyself down there. That is amazingly gorgeous country! Zion is just stunning and Bryce is very cool. I only wish I had more time to explore. I’ve been all over the globe (more or less) and the Colorado Plateau is some of the most beautiful scenery I’ve ever seen.

  6. InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

    Here, lizard, lizard, lizard.

    I’m going to a mignight showing of Easy Rider tonight, but other than that, I gots no plans this weekend. Anybody doing anything fun?

    • DJ Charlie says:

      Finishing the Lady’s stripes, adding the station logo to the back, and then a nice soapy wash and wax!

      • InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

        You’re an awesome guy, Charlie, but you and I have some really different definitions of “fun”.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Darn it, you stole my lizard comment!

      It’s going to warm up this weekend, so I think I’ll put up my little pool. Then I’ll sit in it for ten minutes, get bored, and get out. Repeat every weekend during the warm weather.

      It is fun to throw myself in after I’ve walked in the heat, though. Clothes and all. :)

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  8. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    whee!!!! my roku channel site is really picking up and i’m going to get my first google adsense check for $129.00 in a few weeks. it’s very exciting to actually get paid for it since i’ve been doing this for a year, and created the site with advertising in november.
    watching the money grow and not getting any of it is really frustrating, since google has a $100 minimum before they pay out.

    also, i have a new advertiser/revenue sharing program with it. yes, it’s a porn site and i get a cut if people get a membership through my link [disclosure is on the site]
    but churches don’t pay and i’ve got veterinary bills to cover.

    any tips from other bloggers about income, ad revenue, paying taxes on it or disclosing where my profit comes from? or anything else i don’t know enough about to ask?

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      I don’t, but I’ll be watching this thread because I was thinking about putting ads on my blogs also. I became an affiliate for a blogger who has a book out, but so far no one has bought it through my site. :P

      • Cat says:

        If you can do it in your state, Amazon Affiliates has had the best reurns for me.

        I get paid in Amazon gift cards so they get it back in the end, anyway.

    • wade says:

      I’m pretty sure that when I messed around with adsense last year, it said that you didn’t have to report the income if you made less than $600 ($500?). Since it took me so long to make $100, that wasn’t a problem at all for me. Beyond that amount, they will have to notify the IRS, and you will have to report it. Of course, they’ll send you a 1099 or something for it.

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        good to know. i’ve had small income things before that i had to report but they were around $500 so i wasn’t sure of the cutoff

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      oh, also, last night i discovered that apparently there’s a market for millefiori mechanically separated chicken.
      clown face meat log
      enter at your own risk.

  9. Important Business Man (Formerly Will Print T-shirts For Food) says:

    Just got a promotion at my second job. My already 11x higher income has now doubled. Called the ex to brag about it, told him we should have stayed together, I would have gladly taken care of him until he’s done with school. Oh well.

  10. Important Business Man (Formerly Will Print T-shirts For Food) says:

  11. Murph1908 says:

    Today, I saw a police car stop, then continue to turn left through a red light. (Not a normal turn on red).

    No lights. No siren. His destination? Chick-fil-a for lunch. He backed into his space and leisurely walked into the building and up to the counter to order.

    I am one who tends to defend police. They do a tough job with little thanks, and are judged often by the worst apples in the cart.

    But this got me a little peeved.

    • Coffee says:

      This is totally common and infuriates me. My father used to live on a hillside overlooking a police station, and one night at about 2:00am, I was outside smoking. I watched a police car come up to a stop sign, idle there for about ten seconds, and then do a peel-out that lasted so long that smoke started coming from the tires. No reason…didn’t put his lights on or anything. Just felt like peeling out. This was in a quiet, wealthy community, and I’m sure he wasn’t responding to anything because after the peel-out, he just continued on his merry way.

  12. nbs2 says:

    Today is my last day at DC working place. Next week, I pack. This time next Friday, I’ll be on the road to Houston.

    I’m really going to miss the DC area. I hear Houston is nice, but not as nice as where we are right now.

    Thanks, Kimaroo, for your help. I’ll probably bug you even more next week. If the missus is up for it, would you guys be up for meeting up for lunch or something? I have an uncle in west Houston and friends in the Humble area, but I’m already feeling friendless in Houston.

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      You’re welcome for the help! I don’t mind if you have more questions. I’ll try my best to answer them for you.

      As far as lunch goes, I’ll run it by Mr. Aroo. He’s usually got his weekends reserved for gaming, but every once in a while I can convince him to join the world of the living. Lol.

      Get ready to be HOT. It’s already super hot here. : ( I’m melting.

  13. nbs2 says:


    Also, I passed the EMT “bar” in MD. All I need is my card, and I can ride. Well, that and moving back to MD. Ah well, my parents live nearby. I can run calls on vacations.

  14. MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

    I’m going to Savor Craft Beer & Food festival tonight and tomorrow night.


    That is all.

    • Coffee says:

      Very jealous of you about that. If I lived in the area, I would put a one-day moratorium on my alcohol abstinence and join you.

      • VintageLydia says:

        How do you think I feel being this close to Savor and not being able to drink at all :( Always next time…

  15. HogwartsProfessor says:

    Here there be dragons…..

    Had an interview this morning, and a bit of clerical testing. I passed. Yay me! It went well, I think, and I kind of liked the sound of the job. It may actually be a chance for me to move off the front desk and into something new, and a bit more responsible. It’s an admin position at a large insurance company.

    I have another interview in an hour with the prosecutor’s office in the Child Support division. I was kind of surprised they called me, because it said “prior legal experience preferred.” But I would guess legal secretaries will go for the admin jobs at law firms, where they can get more money, rather than a clerk-typist job for the county. I’m thinking, hey, once you get one government job it’s easier to get another one. So if I move it would be better.

    Right now I kinda want the first one. But we’ll see. I’ve been more direct about asking about the workplace atmosphere, after coming off an extremely tense one with no communication and extreme disorganization, etc. Although I imagine child support won’t exactly be stress-free. Depends on the bosses, I guess. The lady sounded really nice on the phone.

    Have a great weekend, everyone!

    • MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

      Yay for prospects! o/

    • Coffee says:

      Congrats, Hogwarts! If you’d join the dark side and let us kidnap you on G+, I’m sure that many more would let you know that they’re happy you’re getting into the interview process and may even have options ;)


    • nbs2 says:

      Hooray for government jobs! As much as people make fun of gov. workers, I think they (generally) are greater contributors to the community than private (especially at law firms).

      Good luck!

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

      Good luck! I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you and the job interview! :)

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      how do you ask that without it sounding odd? i mean “hey, you guys aren’t a bunch of wacko backstabbing meanie-heads, right?” probably doesn’t go over well. i guess i’d just be assuming they’d lie if it was bad anyway

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Thanks everybody!

      Catastrophegirl- I typically ask about the corporate culture and what the managerial style of the boss is like. That tells me a LOT about the atmosphere. Also, I can tell stuff from the way the interviewer(s) act and whether or not they seem stressed, or other people do.

      The interview went smashing. My only concern is the pay; it’s kind of low and no raises unless budgets are reviewed. I made them laugh really hard more than once and I liked both of them very much. The office manager gave me a little tour afterward, before she took me out, which is a good sign. The low pay is sorta balanced out by 1) opportunities, and 2) utterly free insurance, although there is a mandatory 4% retirement deduction. Bleah.

      Now if only the cool factor of the gubmint office and the pay/schedule/benefits/no phone involved part of the other job could be combined….I’ll know about one before the other. Or I might not get either. There’s no telling.

  16. wade says:

    I was surprised that we didn’t get another diatribe about Scott Walker after his recall failed. What happened to MBQ? Does she not care anymore???

  17. chizu says:

    Just when I can’t think of what else could happen that would make me even more broke than usual this month, my laptop gave out on me last night. I think the video card blew out while I was reading Consumerist. (Firework on screen, colour bars everywhere, can’t get past the Window logo.) My poor laptop is almost 5 years old, so I’m not really mad, just annoyed since I seriously can’t afford it right now. I guess there’s always browsing on my tiny phone screen on wifi at home until I’m able to save up a tiny bit of money to finance a new laptop…

    More on the money front — my brother told me that he wants to go on this “new diet” and that from now on (or by the end of the month?), he’s just going to do his own grocery shopping so we’ll have our separate grocery bills. Great in the sense that I could cook and eat according to myself. Somewhat lousy that I can’t really indulge every now and then. Hahaha… But most importantly, I’m annoyed because I feel like my brother is trying to put less and less into our joint account for our shared expenses, despite the fact that he’s getting paid way more than I do now and that I am having a lot of financial trouble. So now we’re just down to our mortgage + utilities. I’m not going to begin on ranting because I wouldn’t know where to begin or where to end.

    I hope everyone has a good weekend. The lizard is creepy. I had to adblock it or I would have freaked…

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      please tell me you are making plans to prevent disaster if you have to go it alone

  18. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

    Gadget damn it. Thanks to the FDA, I have been trying for ~3 weeks to get my prescription for 5mg tabs of Dextroamphetimine filled. I have a plan through Walgreens, but the place I went to told me that it’s still on backorder at their location, and also that they apparently can’t check if other Walgreens might have it in stock, and that I will have to call them myself to check. If it wasn’t for the fact that I was using this Walgreens because the one closer to my home checked their online inventory system and found one that possibly had enough, and then called them to verify, I might have believed them.

    BUT, the bad part is that my prescription ran out TODAY, and I now have to quit cold turkey unless I can find a pharmacy(that I don’t have a discount prescription plan through) that has the pills. This will be an interesting day/weekend.

    • Not Given says:

      Try pharmacies in poorer neighborhoods, the kids are less likely to have been diagnosed with ADHD.

  19. Laura Northrup says:

    Yay, I fixed the open underline tag.

  20. VintageLydia says:

    I think I might actually post in one of these for once…

    I found out yesterday BabyVintage is a boy so it makes my dreams of a nautical-themed nursery much easier (apparently sailboats are not gender-neutral! I grew up in a Navy/Harbor town and loved boats from the beginning!) I’m trying not to go overboard in the decor. Thankfully some red and white or blue and white striped details and sailcloth-inspired currents with a few pictures on the walls will probably be enough to convey the theme without screaming BABY!

    We also found out recently VintageKitty has lymphoma. It’s been a tough few weeks but after some pragmatic thinking (and keeping in mind we’ll have a very expensive addition this fall) we’re going to just put her on steroids and keep her comfortable and happy until she passes on. Chemo was way outside our budget and the prognosis wasn’t much better and radiation treatment could potentially leave her blind and without her sense of smell (because the tumor is on the bridge of her nose.) The good thing about steroids and lymphoma is the steroids will probably shrink the tumor for a little while and we’ll have more time with her than with other cancers.

    I hope everyone has a good weekend and good week next week :)

    • larrymac thinks testing should have occurred says:

      Nautical theme, “go overboard”?

      I see what you did there. :-P

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      after helping my sister with two cats with cancer, i can tell you the side effects from chemo about the sense of smell proved true, which resulted in both cats stopping eating.
      the food didn’t smell good so they didn’t want it. force feeding a sick cat sucks for everyone. one cat came through, the other didn’t. but it was very hard on everyone.
      sorry to hear about VintageKitty.
      congratulations on VintageBaby

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

    My fun story this week was lawn mower blade sharpening with my Dad. He’s really doing well after hip replacement surgery on April 2, and has been cleared to drive the fire truck again, and pretty much everything else…except getting down on the garage floor, etc. He can only bend so far as of now, but with physical therapy that’s getting better week by week.

    The other night (with his instruction) I put together an engine block lifting thing, put a big strap around the mower, lifted it off the ground, and added blocks and jacks. Then I crawled underneath and used an air ratchet to remove the blades and handed them up to Dad. He sharpened them, I put them back on, and cleaned out the mower deck and greased the fittings.

    While I was laying on the floor, I saw 2 little feet approach. It was my Mom, and she was probably checking things out to make sure Dad wasn’t doing something he wasn’t supposed to do. Her only comment was about the mess I was making on the floor with all the grass stuff.

    Fun times, actually. I would rather remove and put back on 1000 mower blades a day than work at this job, that’s for sure.

    Happy weekend, everyone!

  22. Rexy on a rampage says:

    Rant mode on:

    So a few days ago, I’m getting ready to go out and can’t find my car keys anywhere. Spent four hours searching, no luck, and gave up, thinking they would turn up later. Resumed the search after dinner; no luck after three more hours. Recruited my roommate to help, they had no luck. Since my car is outside, of course a window had to be down and we had to get thunderstorms two nights in a two, effectively drenching my car until I stood out in the rain and hail (for the record, hail really does hurt when it’s the size of a quarter) and made a patethic attempt to seal the window with trashbags and tape. I would’ve been less inclined to stand out in the rain and get drenched had the wind not been blowing everything directly into my car.

    That leads me to today, where I was looking for my keys from 2 am to 6 am. Still no luck. These bastard keys seem to have turned invisible. Now I have to pay $30 out of pocket (AAA covers $50) for a replacement key made. Oh, and did I mention that my house key was also on there so that has to be replaced as well? It’s been just a dandy week.

    Rant mode off.