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The comments on this story are priceless.
This group was in downtown at lunch giving away free samples. Chocolate pudding flavor ice cream.
Boo-rah! I just synchronized all my passworks. Take that internets mod-botz. Have a great drink filled weekend all.
Bought some crawfish last night at the store for giggles. Meh.
And a little pep to bring it out of the 80's
Good morning all, and Happy Friday!
Enjoy a little tune to start your day. The elevator scene at 3:30 brought our own AleeD to mind...;)
Thank you for the Alee visual. My mind is now wondering......
I wish I were Anthony Weiner
That is who I'd surely like to beeeeeee
"Cuz if I were Anthony Weiner
All the girls would tweet naughty pictures to me.
Thank 'Ya very mush...I'm here all week....and I'll tip the waitress's for 'ya.
We have a Wiennnner!
Huma Abedin will be selling CDs, posters and T-shirts after the show...
Training Camp Day!!!
Training camp for the San Francisco 49ers is going to be delayed, as half the team showed up with guitars, swimming trunks and ingredients for making S'mores. The other half of the team didn't want to get out of their parents' minivans.
More on this story as it develops...
Sounds like my kind of team.
Tarell Brown, following Charlie Sheen's warlock advice, loses $2 Million for not showing up to practice today. His excuse? He went to Disneyland!
Yeah, I saw that. LOL. Fired his agent in a hot second. Do people not read their own contracts?
Good morning from a cool, crisp and refreshed NE. Its 59 degrees right now, low humidity, just wonderful. I turned off the a/c and have the windows open...ahhhh.
Have a good day, everyone!
Anyone know what is killing my squash and zucchini plants? See also nasty brown area on left plant.
Your neighbor hates you and is taking a leak on your plants in the middle of the night.
Happy belated b-day by the way.
Thanks. I didn't get any spankings, though. =(
Get on Craigslist and find a freak. I'm sure there are a few in your area even.
Some of those posts are good for a laugh. Some are downright frightening. Seems to be a lot of closet freaks out there.
Squash bugs. Hard to kill with environmentally friendly insecticide. Best to treat them before you can see them.
If you find them on the plant smash them with your fingers. You can cut along the length of the vine near the affected and dying parts to get at the bugs in the inside because that's where they do their damage.
I wonder how they'd taste fried up?
Here you go. Salad Surgery.
Thanks will do some checking this weekend- thanks for the tips!
Please forgive me New York for I have sinned. I really need your vote and will send you an autographed picture via Twitter. Oh, and don't forget.......Weiner/Holder for President in 2016.
I thought I was going to be your running mate!
That's a Cutting Edge thought.
Guy looks like he's sending an email to his wife while watching his girlfriend get dressed. Just sayin'.
Any resources for food allergy sufferers? Lil Biddle #2 just diagnosed with serious allergy against peanuts, milk and all dairy products. Nice 1st birthday gift, egh?
First of all....Give Lil'Biddle 2 a Big Hug from us all. It could be caused by Hormones in the cow feed for more productive milk output, Baby Food manufactures using stability chemicals in the product for freshness,etc. I foresee a Vegan Backlash approaching.........Take Cover.
Thanks Rich. Just sucks as we are now armed with an Epipen everywhere he goes now.
Oh no! That's so rough! I'll get you a reading list asap, but you are NOT alone.
Thanks KAT and I got a chuckle as Jdizz had funny commentary in the older eatocracy article you linked. I swear he should be on stage or using his humor.
Appreciate the links and any info.
I just put it to Twitter and we'll see what people share. My own list come later.
Wow, seriously thank you very much!
More coming, but: http://allergicgirl.com/
Was just checking her site out as well from your twitter post. Scary to just learn there is such a thing as Food Allergy Bullying. I will release the Kraken if it happens to Baby Biddle!
Food allergy bullying...?
(rolls eyes and shakes head sadly)
It is so sad to me that as a human race, we never stop coming up with ways to hurt each other.
Oh God. I'm so sorry, Bid – and to Biddle 2, too.
My holistic MD tells me that acupuncture has been used successfully to remedy allergies. While I've been lucky enough to not need that therapy, I could be worth looking into – as well as at what age to begin treatment.
As densely populated as your area is, you'd have a better-than-average chance at finding a decent holistic doc or an acupuncturist – if you roll that way.
It sucks but we'll adjust to it. Hopefully he'll grown out at least the milk/dairy by age 5 they predict. Someone recommended hemp milk and I thought yea right, I'm open to a lot of stuff but lets draw the line somewhere. Mrs Biddle didn't even know you can do that. I know it doesn't get you high, but it still made me laugh. Lil Biddle, get your bowl ready....we're having cereal!
I applaud the discovery of this hemp milk.
Dude, that sucks. I remember when Little Dizz was an infant they said no peanut butter in the first year just in case.
I was in a meat coma last night.
Are you in the Dry or Aged Section of the Hospital?
Good morning! Please send your good wishes our way, Dad was admitted to the hospital yesterday for a collapsed lung, second time since last November. He's feeling better but has to heal so they can figure out why it happened.
Good Tootsday morning Klass! Happy Birthday wishes to Jdizz, you really make me feel old, stop please.
I had a food question for you all, but now I forgot what it was! Maybe food ideas to feed an tribe of relatives? Going up to WA this weekend to celebrate mom's 75th birthday and lots of mouths to feed!
Ugh, yes that is usually on tap for one night. One night going out to dinner at Inca's for bueno margaritas, so that leaves me three other nights to feed the tribe of 14 peeps....
There's Donuts in the conference room.
Cheeseburgers and chips. Mother load nachos. Honey Bo Bo Sketti and ketchup.
Ugh. That last one re-jumbled my lunch. Do you eat that, Jerv-y Boo-Boo? ;)
Oh, dear god no. : ) Did you see the advertisments for Honey Bo Bo scratch and sniff to follow along with her reality show? The banality of the American public.
I have not seen it. If I had, I would have to gouge my eyes out ;)
Weather is quite nice up there right now, mid-upper 80's so maybe I will get the grill out...no sketti with ketchup, yuck!
I have alerted the local Fire Dept to be on standby.
Why thank you, thank you very much... ~_~
Thanks! I am old man.
Old @ 32? What does that make Rich? ^_^
Have you thought about how you'll feel you're 64?
Rich is Encino Man
Me like my old skool man cave.......Fire is good for cooking meat.
Really, Jdizz? Bro' looks like a dirty Brendan Fraiser? ~_~ *fans self*
Bro', you said you looked like Sam Elliot ... wait ... they both work for me! WIN! WIN! ~_~
Sam Elliot is close, but I think more Michael McDonald. JMHO.
Dear Insurance Agent: When I request a change, please just do it. Don't ask me questions, don't invade my privacy and above all, don't treat me like an idiot who needs to have remedial education before making a decision. Rest assured that I knew what I intended the first time I made this request over two weeks ago.
We DEFINITELY inherited the same genes when it comes to dealing with inane bureaucracies...
Are you saying Hi, or are you saying you are High? :)
HA! Good question. Just saying "Hi!" Haven't indulged in a while due random drug testing in this, our manufacturing environment. How (high) are you?
My stocks are quite high right now, thanks! ;)
Good morning all. This should wake the regulars...
Buckingham Palace has just announced that Catherine Middleton has given birth to an eight pound baby boy. His name has been announced as "Dorcus".
You may now return to your regularly scheduled Eatocracy.
PIP, PIP I say.....He is a Stallion........and The Royal Throne must be dug Deeper.
Nice to have some good news for a change!!
Dang.....just saw where Dennis Farina passed away. RIP.
Amen, Bro'. Amen.
If you have the time, would you mind please releasing my comment from moderation jail? Thanks very much.
We MUST first have a committee vote on this release–" We have to vote on it first to see what's in it "-then we have to revote the first vote for approval. Please take an early lunch or " Brunch " and pack patience–along with a change of unnerwares and necessary hygiene articles.
It hath been freed.
Thank you very much, kind lady.
^ Currently serving another week of suspension from 49ers forums for calling out the moderator that suspended me the first time the other day. Oops.
Should switch to the Seahawks forum :)
If we aren't at war, we're constantly practicing for it. Shameful.
Shhhhhh-–You didn't hear this from me......'cuz I'm not one to gossip-–tomorrow, July 23 is National Hot Dog Day....Yeah---and Sonic-Kat's favorite ice producer is having a SPECIAL. Chili Cheese Coney's or All American Hot Dogs for a Buck-that's right...$ 1.00. But Wait.....there's MORE-–they have the BEST Onion Rings on the Planet. Sooooo,I'm trying to figure out where I can drop this trailer and Bob Tail to the closest Sonic. Splurge People...it only happens one day a year.
Plus, I turn 32 tomorrow.
I Q has nothing to do with it-:)) An early Happy Birthday Bro.
Happy early birthday!!!
Tater tots and a diet cherry limeade with THAT ICE. You've sent me spiraling...
Diet....What color???? Would you like chili and cheese on those Tater Tots M'am?
Cheese on the tots, please!
I have to do the diet version - I just physically can't take that much sugar without feeling sick for the rest of the day. In other food, I avoid artificial sweeteners as much as humanly possible, but with Sonic drinks, there's just so much volume and nothing to buffer. And still - several years in and still no cola/lemon-lime soda, etc. I just know the slopes down which I slide most easily. If I had one Diet Coke, I'd be back to a 2-liter a day within a week and have to start over again.
Ok. So, I'm looking from the outside (I'm not American and I don't live in the US) but, hasn't this whole thing with Paula Dean been taken so far already?
Sorry, meant "too" far. (Typo)
Totally agree with you. Even the person suing her said it's not about the n word and all about harassment in a hostile work environment.
I think people are just too scared of being considered "racist". It's just a shame. That's how it looks from outside.
Yep. That horse has been beaten beyond death.
Movin' on-nothing to see here...
One more thing....at the risk of sounding prejudiced, which is not me at all, does anyone else have a pet peeve about companies that mark their products in both English and Spanish? I bought some paint brushes this weekend for a project, and just noticed that they say "GOOD", followed by "BUENO".
Anyone have a strong opinion about this?
I would like to hear about this also from some of our whirled travelers. When you visit other countries, do they conversely add English to their native languaged labels?
I normally travel to English speaking countries, so that doesn't count, but I will say that in Aruba, the grocery stores mostly use the native language or some loose interpretation of English.
I Don't speak Chinese !!!
Hi! To be honest, I'm more annoyed by the use of incorrect Spanish in the tags. I mean, if you're going to use Spanish, can't you pay someone who knows correct Spanish instead of using an online translator?
Without judging you in any way and in all good faith, I've never really got what the issue is with stuff in other languages or people speaking another language. People in my country walk the street speaking many languages and it doesn't bother anyone. Granted, we are a touristic country, but so is NYC and people look weird at me when I'm speaking Spanish there. I mean, why would I speak English to someone whose first language is Spanish when my first language is also Spanish?
Welcome, Arturo, and I also welcome the perspective you are bringing from outside the US looking in, so to speak.
I completely understand the need for multiple languages when dealing with touristy locales, but how many tourists buy paintbrushes? Yes, its just one example, but its more of a respect thing in my way of thinking. If I go somewhere that is does not speak English as the official language, I'd expect to have to learn key phrases and try to fit in with the local population wherever possible, showing respect for them and their culture.
IMHO, when businesses dual-label their product they are making dangerous assumptions. One example, they are assuming that Spanish speakers don't know English. Two, they are ignoring the many other cultures who are prevalent in the US, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, etc.
I see nothing wrong with you having a conversation with your Spanish speaking friends, but respectfully, when it is done in the presence of English speakers it can feel exclusionary, as if you are talking about us and don't want us to know, especially if laughter is there as well. In my work I interact with people from all countries and enjoy learning about them and their customs. I just ask that people who have chosen to make our country their home show respect for it.
Ok, flag waving done. :-)
LOL! Ok. I fully appreciate what you say and I know sometimes it can feel weird when people speak another language in front of people who don't. I feel it's not kind to speak a different language if other people in your group don't. And yes, many times people ARE making fun of whoever they assume doesn't speak the language, which is a very ignorant thing to do, because you never know if the person does speak the language. Especially if you're in a city like NYC where a lot of people do speak it.
Now, I'd really like to get your opinion about what goes on in cities like Miami. Everytime I pass through Miami, which I have to do most times because it's a hub, I wonder. Does anyone speak English in this city. I was in Miami in January and spent 5 days. Only used my English at the hotel counter. (Not even at the airport)
On the other hand, while it's not kind to speak a different language when someone in your group doesn't, I don't think it applies when you're riding a bus or the subway. I mean, why would someone feel uncomfortable because they can't understand my private conversation?
About the paintbrush, I think they just made a business decision. A lot of the construction work is being done by hispanics. They probably want to make sure that if that guy gets to be the one to pick up some articles from the hardware store, they appeal to him.
Most folks in Miami speak perfectly good English. Especially employees of hotels, restaurants, airports and tourist destinations. However, they often don't immediately because some tourists are such ignorant lummoxes that they just don't want to deal with the arrogance. Can't say as I blame them.
As Mary commented, if we're traveling to another country and English isn't their first language, we'll make every effort to learn. It's not hard if you just give it an open-minded try.
Doesn't bug me in the least. All about money.
And don't even get me started on bi-lingual ballots!
Don't leave me hanging.....
Welllll-Since you insist. If you can't read and understand the ballot in the language for that country, you shouldn't be voting. I doubt Mexico prints their ballots in Spanish and English.
Good morning, the heat wave finally broke on Saturday evening, temps are better but humidity is still creeping up, just like the guy in the photo. That's the NE for you.
Everybody have a good weekend?
He is scary as it looks like he can see my soul.
I'm a Soul Man....
He looks like he wants to eat you – and not in that good way, either.
" She's having my Baby......and I know who the Daddy is ".......
In the interest of Sharon Cher alike, here's a tasty-sounding Summertime treat. Enjoy!
Dirty Pirate’s Popsicles
2- 1/2 cups Coke (slightly flat works best)
1/3 cup Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
1/3 cup Kahlua
Mix ingredients and pour into Popsicle molds.
Freeze about 2 hours or until mixture starts to solidify just enough to hold a Popsicle stick upright.
Finish freezing overnight. Enjoy!
Note 1: If you don't have popsicle molds, use ice cube trays. After pouring the mixture into the trays,cover them in plastic wrap and poke popsicle sticks or toothpicks into the plastic so they penetrate the mix. Freeze overnight.
Note 2: Leave out the plastic wrap and wooden objects from note 1 and you've just made special ice cubes that won't dilute your glass of coke (or ginger ale).
Eesh! Kozmo Kreepy is back and his robe is open.
Waiter! Cancel my order! I won't need those micro sausages after all.
We would have also accepted a Geraldo selfie joke.
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