Okay, um, I'm lost. Uh, I'm angry, and I'm armed, so if you two have something that you need to work out --

Mal ,'War Stories'


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 - Sep 17, 2021 10:01:35 am PDT #9315 of 10010
"Look, son, if it's good enough for Shirley Bassey, it's good enough for you."

That sounds lovely, David. Any update on the cake decision? Inquiring minds, and all...

I went with the Fuerst Pueckler. Which has raspberry whipped cream and raspberry filling in the middle and chocolate ganache on top.


Steph L. - Sep 17, 2021 10:12:17 am PDT #9316 of 10010
Without a plan, it turns out, a lot of decisions are really hard. Eliot might actually hate his shrink. Yes, Eliot is getting healthier or whatever, but at what cost? He used to be a mess of scar tissue and substance abuse, but he could get dressed in the morning without an existential crisis.

Packing and whatnot for vacation! (We leave way too early on Monday morning.)

This is the trip you were googling spas for?

Yep -- Tim's cousin is getting married in Vermont, and since (1) we didn't take a vacation (or really any time off) last year, and (2) our wedding anniversary is next week, we decided to turn the trip into a weeklong vacation. I had lofty plans of lots of challenging hikes, and those plans turned into "short lazy hike on the flattest ground possible while still being on a trail" followed by "anniversary couples' massage and/or fuck it, maybe a whole spa day because we are both so goddamn burned out." And probably just loafing around the shore of Lake Champlain. Also hot cider donuts, Ben & Jerry's, and a maple soft-serve that is the most amazing ice cream product I've ever eaten. And then at the end of the week, 2 days of Beckmeyer shenanigans. There are many, many family members who haven't seen how I enthusiastically dance really, really badly at weddings.


sj - Sep 17, 2021 10:33:04 am PDT #9317 of 10010
"There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea."

Steph, that sounds wonderful. I hope you have a great time!


Laura - Sep 17, 2021 10:37:51 am PDT #9318 of 10010
I didn't know how to respond to the bat-shit crazy. And then I realized I didn't have to. -Victor Infante

{{lisah}} Ouch!

Not sure about weekend plans yet. Saturday my niece is going to help train me on using a gentle leader with Skinner. I just can't handle him, and she thinks I can with this. Weather permitting I may go kayaking around the lake to check out the fall leaves. Mostly just being relaxed.


Laura - Sep 17, 2021 10:41:41 am PDT #9319 of 10010
I didn't know how to respond to the bat-shit crazy. And then I realized I didn't have to. -Victor Infante

Sounds glorious, Steph. I wanted to take the ferry across Lake Champlain from NY to VT and do the Ben & Jerry's tour, but they are renovating, so next year. It would be a hella drive for a cone, just sayin'. We went across the lake on the ferry a few times when I was a kid and it is a fond memory. My dad used to buy liquor on the VT side because the taxes were cheaper or some such.


meara - Sep 17, 2021 10:54:30 am PDT #9320 of 10010

Bank called! (I insisted they give me the extension so I could call back on the main number, tho!) claimed it was a teller error and they’d typed the wrong account number. Wtf. For $6k? I was like “it’s an inconvenience for me because I have the money and other bank accounts, but for someone else this would’ve been a huge nightmare!” Now I gotta fix my direct deposit too, because it was supposed to hit today but the account is closed and I wasn’t able to update work info in time


Steph L. - Sep 17, 2021 10:57:57 am PDT #9321 of 10010
Without a plan, it turns out, a lot of decisions are really hard. Eliot might actually hate his shrink. Yes, Eliot is getting healthier or whatever, but at what cost? He used to be a mess of scar tissue and substance abuse, but he could get dressed in the morning without an existential crisis.

claimed it was a teller error and they’d typed the wrong account number.

Yeah, but they originally told you that someone walked into a brick-and-mortar brnach and withdrew the money. So either the mythical person who made the withdrawal or the mythical teller who typed the wrong number (or both) is a lie. That wouldn't fill me with confidence about their continued ability to be your bank.


Dana - Sep 17, 2021 10:59:43 am PDT #9322 of 10010
If dreams were thunder // And lightning was desire // This old house would've burned down // A long time ago -- John Prine

That's good news, except for all of the irritating parts.


meara - Sep 17, 2021 11:00:40 am PDT #9323 of 10010

Yeah—I think they’re still saying someone walked in and withdrew money, but they’re claiming the teller who did that withdrawal fucked up. Not 100% sure I believe (aren’t there double checks??) but I’d also believe if it was a thieving teller they probably wouldn’t tell me?


JenP - Sep 17, 2021 11:11:46 am PDT #9324 of 10010

Approve of cake choice. But, really, there wasn't one I wouldn't have liked.

lisah, ouch! Heal well.

Steph, that sounds heavenly.

meara, I'm glad it's resolved, but yikes.

Laura, lake kayaking and relaxing sound fab.

I kind of want to schedule a massage for this weekend now. Hmmm.