Where is everybody?

by: sricki

Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 21:30:43 PM EDT



Don't anyone FP this on impulse or anything... this is not some profound philosophical treatise on the origins and journeys of humankind.

I mean seriously, where the hell is everyone?

Every time the Moose got slow in recent years, I said to myself, "Just wait til election season 2012." Now here we are and most folks are... uh, where?

I see some of you piddling about with a comment here, a comment there... but... where is everyone? Where is my John? Where is my Holz? Where are you all?

What is happening in everyone's lives? I know what's happening in mine. An abridged version: I got dumped, I moved back to my hometown which caused me to lose the job I'd held in my former living situation, and am now working at the first place that would take me... an ophthalmologist's office. (I absolutely fucking HATE it, in case anyone is wondering.) I am tired and stressed and defeated, but I am alive (enough).

But where... where... where is everyone else?

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On call right now and working my ass off. (2.00 / 8)
Applying for residency AND getting married SOON. Alive and kickin (see what I did there old timers?) and missing John specifically like crazy. Everybody else I see here and there. I guess it's life getting in the way of blogs mostly and social media (twtr, FB) getting peeps to consume info in different ways. The place has always been slow with bursts of unsustainable activity. I worry sometimes that this Moose will get stuffed and showcased in some 3rd rate blog museum. What I do know is that I'll be able to contact those I want when I want with very little trouble at all. Friends for the long haul even if the Moose eventually kicks bucket.  

p.s. Love ya sricki.  

Just because they are posting on a progressive site doesn't make them progressives. - John Allen


Hey Spiff! (2.00 / 7)
Many many congrats on your upcoming wedding! She is a lucky girl!

Come to me in my dreams, and then
By day I shall be well again!
For so the night will more than pay
The hopeless longing of the day.


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Nooooo! (2.00 / 6)
To the bucket kicking.  Social media can go fish, nothing beats this forum if you ask me.  Facebook is like meeting people you kind of know at the supermarket and talking about what you watched on TV last night.  Yuk.

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Felicidades! (2.00 / 6)
do we get to see wedding pictures when it happens?  

"If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition"

Bernice Johnson Reagon


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I Would Post a Lot More... (2.00 / 7)
But I tend to flood the forum sometimes.  Sigh.  What to do?

Flood more (2.00 / 6)
We all enjoy reading...

My problem is that my recent jounralistic employment is in conflict with intense blogging, both in terms of time, and being asked to remain exclusive

But still this is the forum I'd go to for a sane discussion and to have my mind opened  

The p***artist formerly known as 'Brit'


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me too (2.00 / 8)
i've gone quiet 'cause I'm so damned busy lately.  i'm trying to squeeze in some time for ofa (and a local I like), working full-time, full-time student again (15 units / 5 classes atm) and I've got 3 kids (oldest doing cross country and water polo simultaneously, middle's in jazz band, and young jack is four -- currently down with a barking cough & flu.  yay.

a few months ago, my bmw caught on fire in the drive.  that was awesome.  i have a subaru now.  mr. hippie pants.

like spiff, i'm missing gandalf.  worried even.  not a peep from him when the tigers made the series.  quiet after the sweep, OK, but before?  where's our O.G.G.?

holz pops her head in occasionally.  in fact, she dropped a comment a week or so ago that was epic: the holz of old.  good to see rfahey popping in now and again. kysen's too quiet though, our perv rating has tapered significantly in his absence (c'mon, i can't do it all myself).  shaun, strummy, and viguy can NEVER post enough as far as I'm concerned:  their six-word jokes are more informative than 94% of the posts in the blogosphere anyway.  blasky is omnipresent and the only virtual person i know whose emoticons feel real to me.  when blasky goes ;-) you can bet his face actually matches.

Earth is the best vacation place for advanced clowns. --Gary Busey
 


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asdf (2.00 / 9)
sandy

Earth is the best vacation place for advanced clowns. --Gary Busey
 


btw, not taking lightly... (2.00 / 6)
An unsettling preview of things to come in New York arrived in December 1992 when a powerful nor'easter struck the city. It raised sea level at the southern tip of Manhattan by eight feet, flooded the Battery Park Tunnel with six feet of water, forced LaGuardia Airport to close, and shorted out the entire New York subway system, stranding passengers on trains and in stations (salt water conducts electricity, causing shorting, and it's corrosive). The whole city was completely shut down, paralyzing the lives of 21 million people in the tri-state metro area - seven percent of the U.S. population. And this wasn't even a hurricane.

What's more, none of the hurricane forecasts described here takes into account the pre-hurricane "flood" that global warming will roll into the city. Amplified by local geological conditions, one U.S. government study predicts that up to two feet of ocean rise may occur by 2050 in New York and 3.5 feet by 2080. The next Big One could find the city already totally saturated with water around the edges, hanging on by a thread.

Finally, the same warming that raises sea level will also likely endow New York's next Big One with much stronger winds. These winds will push still more surge water into the city. The wind itself could then blow through the city with impacts scarcely comprehensible. Many of the city's two million trees, their roots wrapped tightly around all manner of buried telephone and electrical wires, will fall.

And that's just at street level. A hurricane's winds increase in force as you go up, in some cases nearly doubling in speed at 350 feet. This would deliver a super-enhanced body blow to every building in the city above 30 stories, which is to say pretty much the entire skyscraper forest of Manhattan. Who can even imagine the scene of flying glass and dislodged masonry filling the air and falling to the street everywhere from Midtown to the Financial District?

http://thinkprogress.org/clima...

Earth is the best vacation place for advanced clowns. --Gary Busey
 


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I'm sitting here watching the wind whip through our trees (2.00 / 7)
everything that could be removed from outside has been...

It's starting to rain - expecting 75-90 mile an hour gusts later this evening.

Hubby is home - no way he could get to NYC if he tried.

My school is closed - we still have internet - power will probably go out soon here, but we have back up generator.


"If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition"

Bernice Johnson Reagon


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shitheap (2.00 / 6)
Ann Romney earlier this year at a private fundraiser described Mitt Romney as the "grown-up" the country needs to repair the economy and prevent an economic collapse in the style of Greece.

"You know - the ship's going over the waterfall; it's almost there," the former Massachusetts first lady said in March at a private fundraiser in Orange County, Calif., according to audio obtained by Mother Jones and published Monday. "And we look what's happening in Greece, and we look what's happening around the world, we look what's happening internationally. This is a frightening world, and we need a grown-up, and we need someone that understands the economy. So I'm glad Mitt is grown-up to you all."

'cause obama's just a 'boy', i guess.

who fucking talks like that?  jeez.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-...

Earth is the best vacation place for advanced clowns. --Gary Busey
 


Reporting for duty (2.00 / 8)
Hey sricki sorry to hear about the tough times you've been having... keep your head up I'm sure things will turn around!

I graduated, got married, got a job designing outdoor advertising and overall I really can't complain.  I still follow politics fairly closely, but I disengaged quite a bit simply because it was completely stressing me out.

One fun thing I've done is build a Skeeball machine from scratch (well, it's mostly done but still not 100% finished) along with creating the custom software for it... but other than that I've been pretty boring over the last few years.

This election season I guess has brought me out of the woodwork and I've been obsessively watching the polls for the last month or so... I definitely lurk every once in a while but I've never had anything interesting to post (not that this post is terribly interesting either haha).

I'm rambling now but I'm glad to see so many familiar names keeping up the good fight!

I hate broccoli, and yet, in a certain sense, I am broccoli.  


Hey hombre (2.00 / 5)
So good to hear your news after the japes and joustings four years ago

You were such fun then. You deserve a fun life  

The p***artist formerly known as 'Brit'


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Purple! (2.00 / 5)
I just pulled one of your old DD comments yesterday, glad to see your face!

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

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Mostly hanging (2.00 / 6)
At balloon-juice.com

Howard Dean is my guy. (in a strictly nonsexual fashion)

Champaign Urbana, IL. (2.00 / 6)
At the TCIPG conference at the University of Illinois.

Very interesting things going on, still putting together things by hand with incredible challenges. Would say more but my power supply is at home in TN and I need to whip up some slides for tomorrow.

http://tcipg.org/2012-tcipg-in...

A few friends ran an exercise and found a half million industrial systems connected to the Internet. Working through that (or beginning to) by putting together a coalition of private sector folks.

Be good, Srickimine, life works out in the end (and along the way). Worry not.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


Brooklyn (2.00 / 8)
The situation in NYC right is...well not good.

I have power, but lights are flickering. Manhattan is dark and flooded. Water came up higher than anyone expected. The situation on the Atlantic shores- Queens, Long Island, Staten Island, doesn't sound good.

Worse storm I've ever seen, far far far worse than Irene.

But we're getting through this.

Hope everyone else is ok.  


Con Ed power plant on 14th street blew up. (2.00 / 7)
http://www.dnainfo.com/new-yor...

"If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition"

Bernice Johnson Reagon


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God, that video is horrifying (2.00 / 7)
Transformers blowing up?  There must be massive banks of them in a station like that.

From what I've been able to glean, it appears there weren't any Con Ed workers in the plant who got hurt or killed.  Small solace for those hundreds of thousands plunged into powerless darkness, but still, it's something positive.  I hope that proves to be true.

If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well it were done subjunctively.


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Saw the explosion in the sky (2.00 / 4)
and heard it. Sounded like Baghdad during the war. It was a very scary night.  

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Just checking in - power is out in my county (Ulster) (2.00 / 7)
have back-up generator so am fine - surprised i still have working cable/internet


"If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition"

Bernice Johnson Reagon


Hang in there! (2.00 / 6)
Was thinking of you, and DTO, and Kysen, and Foxy, and all our east coast mooq today.

Earth is the best vacation place for advanced clowns. --Gary Busey
 


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am up - waiting for enough daylight to see if we sustained any damage (2.00 / 5)
to trees/outbuildings.

Husband wants to go to work - he is worried about his clients, but Trailways (commuter bus line) is still out of service to NYC.

Hope other East Coat Moose check-in to let us know how they are doing.

"If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition"

Bernice Johnson Reagon


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Touring the coasts (2.00 / 5)
weird experience. the storm is over except for the short squalls that come in with rain and wind for about five minutes every hour or so. Kinda like aftershocks.

The sounds of sires echoing through the city. Smells of burning.

Was down by Coney Island earlier, unbelievable damage. Parts of the city look like New Orleans after Katrina.


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North of Boston, coastal town (2.00 / 5)
Never lost power, just a handful of flickers.  I haven't gone out yet to look around, but we basically got a love tap rather than the back of Sandy's hand.

Farther south, though, the Bay State's South Shore down into Rhode Island and Connecticut, well, they got hammered bad, from what the regional news network is showing.  

If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well it were done subjunctively.


I'm not a "regular" anymore, but.... (2.00 / 6)
I caught this thread and figured I'd chime in. I do tend to get way too embroiled in FB debates that suck up all my online time, but try to at least peek in here once in a while. I spent a solid week with no 'Net and spotty phone, wound up ditching T-Mobile and going back to Clearwire for wireless and CREDO for phone, but still catching up from that hiatus. I'm also finally teaching myself to sew, which has its ups and downs.

Hope everyone's okay in Sandy's aftermath! Can't help but wonder where all the climate deniers are now, with their "we can't afford the catastrophic impact on our economy that we'd have with carbon caps..." Yeah, right.

I love my country, but I think we should start seeing other people.


Wow, sricki, you've been through the wringer!!! (2.00 / 7)
Maybe popping in here a bit more often would help you keep spirits up.

Or sell a relative and come camp out here in Jerusalem for a spell.  It's certainly a change of scenery...

And congrats on the nuptials spiff!!!  May you have years of joy together.

The future is unwritten


Hey, sricki (2.00 / 7)
That's rough, I'm sorry, but it's a mark of character that you've got your head up, and that counts in the grand scheme of things, even if it doesn't feel like it right now.  We all get beaten down by life, it's all about getting back up.  That's really the only thing that matters.  We all fight for another day.

Things are ok on my end, although it's been a strange couple of months.  I served as an ADA for six months in Brooklyn on on externship from my firm, which was incredibly challenging and rewarding (I was able to help get a few convictions, lost one to a very sleazy defense attorney).  I worked with some of the best people I've ever met, it was truly an honor.  When I got back, my firm promptly went bankrupt, which made the papers.  I went with some others to a different firm, so I didn't lose my job, but it was a very stressful time before everything got sorted out, and a lot of good people did lose their jobs.  And, now that things have settled down a little bit, we have a daughter coming in January.  So, I feel like I've aged about 10 years since February or so.


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