No studying? Damn! Next thing they'll tell me is I'll have to eat jelly doughnuts or sleep with a supermodel to get things done around here. I ask you, how much can one man give?

Xander ,'Conversations with Dead People'


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.


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.)


Laura - Aug 16, 2022 8:59:16 am PDT #16878 of 20375
"Against all evidence, I keep thinking the assholes are outliers." - James Holden

Cold Hollow Cider Mill also has a hard cider tasting room, and their hard ciders are excellent.

Hard cider is one of my favorite things, and it is likely better than the stuff my dad made! Not sure if we'll be able to do the B&J tour because it is booked up, but we'll try. We'll at least stop and do the ice cream eating. Taking notes on the other stops! Thanks.


-t - Aug 16, 2022 8:59:47 am PDT #16879 of 20375
I am a woman of various inclinations and only some of the time are they to burn everything down in frustration

That sounds like a great trip, Laura (and Tep's additional recs sound wonderful as well)

I did make it to work, on time and everything! My guess for where the bus would be was pretty close to right, and it's a stop where they pause for a while to keep the schedule correct so there was not much chance of missing it once I saw it coming. Actual bus ride was fine. I intended to order breakfast to pick up on the walk between the transit center and work, but then I remembered that I hadn't brought any shampoo etc for the shower so I figured I'd stop at the gas station that is right next to the office and buy toiletries and a breakfast sandwich or something, but once I got there they didn't have any shampoo or soap or anything so I didn't buy food either. Fortunately, there actually was shampoo and soap in the shower, I'm not entirely sure they were provided for everyone's use but, hey, I needed them and once I figured out which direction of the handle was hot and which was cold it was a pretty pleasant shower (although the little nook the showers are in is dark - there is a light fixture and a switch that looks like it should turn that light on, but it doesn't seem to work) so at this point I am clean and at my desk on time but very hungry. If my life is a video game I am not scoring a lot of points today.