She didn't even touch her pumpkin. It's a freak with no face.

Willow ,'Help'


Natter 77: I miss my friends. I miss my enemies. I miss the people I talked to every day.

Off-topic discussion. Wanna talk about corsets, duct tape, butt kicking, or physics? This is the place. Detailed discussion of any current-season TV must be whitefonted.


Laura - Aug 15, 2022 6:03:43 am PDT #16868 of 20375
"Against all evidence, I keep thinking the assholes are outliers." - James Holden

Sounds like some nice weekends.

{{Sheryl}} I'm sorry that your plans need to be changed.

Sorry Pickles didn't work out, but a good home will be found. We've had to do that before and it is hard.

We had a busy and fun weekend. Went to my SIL's place outside NYC and went to see A Chorus Line in an outside park environment. It was good fun. After the show I had to look up the bio of the man who was clearly the best dancer on stage. It ended up that he wasn't experienced at all and it was his first show with the ensemble. He was a choreographer with a high school. Older, with a pot belly, and absolutely glided on the stage. (eta: he played the assistant Larry) Also a delightful surprise, the sound was perfect. All too often musicals with live orchestras outdoors just don't get the vocal/music balance right at all, and the sound people knocked it out of the park, so to speak. DH let them know it was noticed and appreciated.


JenP - Aug 15, 2022 7:01:24 am PDT #16869 of 20375

That sounds fun, Laura.

We had a good weekend with some friends thrown in, and tonight we're having dinner with another friend whose good friend is visiting from Paris -- she's an acquaintance of mine, so it will be fun to see her after 30 years.

Now I'm going to go "work from zoom" with my buddy, Dave. I have many things to write today, so wish me muses, I guess.


DavidS - Aug 15, 2022 8:39:31 am PDT #16870 of 20375
"Look, son, if it's good enough for Shirley Bassey, it's good enough for you."

Everyone finds their home.

A consoling thought.

I have many things to write today, so wish me muses, I guess.

Muse-ma!

Today is Amy Garvey's first day on her new job, so wish her easy orientation.

I was just reading the NYT piece on the B-52s who are doing their last tour (they're not retiring as such -just no longer doing tours. Which is fair considering several of their members are in their 70s). Just a fantastic, queer, talented batch of party weirdos who came completely out of left field and made a lot of people happy for a long time.

I knew that Ricky Wilson & Keith Strickland had been lovers in the early 70s and then best friends by the time the band formed. I didn't realize that Keith was the only person that Ricky told he had AIDS, and even forbade Keith from telling Cindy Wilson (Ricky's sister). So heartbreaking.

Really a series of unlikely miracles that they came together, that they were an immediate hit, that they survived Ricky's death, that they hit mainstream commercial success. Here's to the people that put on wigs and dance around at parties.


-t - Aug 15, 2022 8:50:46 am PDT #16871 of 20375
I am a woman of various inclinations and only some of the time are they to burn everything down in frustration

~~~Amy!


askye - Aug 15, 2022 9:38:06 am PDT #16872 of 20375
Thrive to spite them

Sheryl - Aug 15, 2022 2:24:30 pm PDT #16873 of 20375
Fandom means never having to say "But where would I wear that?"

Timelies all!

Well, we’re in Buffalo now. Went to the Toronto Zoo before we left. Of course, Mr. S was more interested in stuff that cost extra, and had a mini meltdown when he found out he couldn’t do the rope climbing because he was wearing flip-flops. Sigh…


-t - Aug 16, 2022 6:44:59 am PDT #16874 of 20375
I am a woman of various inclinations and only some of the time are they to burn everything down in frustration

Waiting for the bus. I don’t think this option actually saves me any money (pretty sure it used to, but that was 5 days a week with a monthly pass and going 2 days a week the monthly pass is not cost effective) but it feels more responsible, so I’m giving it a try. Annoyed at the signage not making it all clear where the bus I want will actually stop, and very unclear how to pay (there’s a new app option since I was doing this last) but both of those will get sorted out shortly.


-t - Aug 16, 2022 6:58:25 am PDT #16875 of 20375
I am a woman of various inclinations and only some of the time are they to burn everything down in frustration

Hahahaha I still don’t know to pay because it’s free but I already bought and activated my pass. Oops.


Laura - Aug 16, 2022 8:12:53 am PDT #16876 of 20375
"Against all evidence, I keep thinking the assholes are outliers." - James Holden

Hmm, I hope the bus was found and that you have been delivered to your destination.

I've made an excursion plan for Thursday and Friday with DH, #1, and GF. We'll head from here toward Vermont going over Lake Champlain on the ferry. Then staying at a lovely inn at Stowe VT with hot tubs, fire pits, and even a basketball hoop. They claim a heart hot breakfast too. On the list are the Ben & Jerry's factory, Vermont Teddy Bears where they make them, and a dairy farm to see cows and cheese being made and of course sampling said cheese. Quick 2 day trip, but likely filled with activity. Looking forward to it. Of course I have to work both days, but hopefully things will be calm.


Steph L. - Aug 16, 2022 8:28:13 am PDT #16877 of 20375
It's actually been a really hard year, when you stop and do the math. Eliot would cry, too, if it didn't take him seventy minutes of therapy, two cocktails, and a Sondheim medley before he can experience a human emotion through the haze of his PTSD.

On the list are the Ben & Jerry's factory

Oh! You'll be right down the road from Cold Hollow Cider Mill, which has the best damn apple cider donuts EVER. It's about 2 1/2 miles north on the same road that Ben & Jerry's is on, like a 5-minute drive into Waterbury Center. Definitely worth a stop. If you have time, Cold Hollow Cider Mill also has a hard cider tasting room, and their hard ciders are excellent.

I also wholeheartedly recommend picking up some chocolates from Lake Champlain Chocolates, which is in between Ben & Jerry's and Cold Hollow Cider Mill, on the same road. (It's Vermont, and Waterbury is small, there's really just the one main road.)

(My brother worked in Waterbury for years, and I visited often enough that I knew all the fun food/drinky places to go when a person is in town. And the Ben & Jerry's factory tour is definitely fun.)