Saturday Morning Moose Check-in and Open Thread for the Herd

by: JanF

Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 06:00:45 AM EST





  Make sure you let your peeps know where to find you!  

JanF :: Saturday Morning Moose Check-in and Open Thread for the Herd
If you are new to the Moose, Kysen left a Moose Welcome Mat (Part Deux) so, please, wipe your feet before you walk in the front door start posting.

The big stuff:
- Comments do not Auto-refresh. Click the refresh/reload on your tab to see new ones.
- To check for replies to your comments, click the "My Comments" link in the right-hand column (or go to "My Moose"). Comments will be listed and a link to Recent Replies will be shown. (Note: Tending comments builds community)
- Ratings: Fierce means Thumbs Up, Fail means Thumbs Down, Meh means one of three things: I am unFailing you but I can't Fierce you, I am unFiercing after a mistaken Fierce, or Meh. Just Meh.

(Some other notes for newbies are in in this old check-in)

~

This is pretty darned easy to remember ... the posting rules for a new diary:

Be excellent to each other... or else

From Kysen's keyboard to your eyes:

Think of our comment threads as dinner table conversations. We start with the assumption that all come to the conversation with good intentions and go from there. If you get upset or angry, get up from the table and step outside for a bit.

For those looking for a second chance to make a first impression, that is very good advice.

~

Yesterday's Daily F Bomb (don't forget to hover over the photos).

See you in the threads!

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47 degrees in Madison WI (1.93 / 27)


Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


Good morning - (2.00 / 26)
40 degrees and foggy here, with an expected high around 60. I'm sitting in Starbucks, about to head to work for my bi-weekly Saturday morning shift.

We got the building permit for my workshop yesterday. Work on it will begin in the next few weeks, and should be ready to go by summer.  Shell is being put as a shed from a big box lumber store, then electric, insulation, etc., done by us. In the process of brushing up on code updates now.  

No matter where you go, there you are...

Buckaroo Banzai


Mooselicious Comments: Collectivism Edition (2.00 / 29)
We don't have Top Comments here but I am finding it difficult to resist sharing comments I think that folks should not miss. Share your own "finds" here.

My nomination, in ragekage's article The Evil Lie-beral Algebra Conspiracy:

Al-Gebra is an offshoot of Al-Qaeda, so i'm told.
a recent member was arrested at LAX, entering the country with a compass and straightedge, well-known weapons of math instruction.  The manhunt for Al-Gebra leaders Osuma Bin Addin and Boor Bahki continues.
by: bubbanomics @ Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 10:55:57 AM CST


Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


What about Ab Bacus? (2.00 / 26)
He's old, but still dangerous!

No matter where you go, there you are...

Buckaroo Banzai


[ Parent ]
Very Mooselicious, indeed. eom (2.00 / 21)


[ Parent ]
I'm concerned about... (2.00 / 23)
Al Abama myself. Those people can be nuts.

[ Parent ]
+4 (2.00 / 17)
n/t

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


[ Parent ]
Top comments could be a good idea (2.00 / 19)
Maybe recommend, in your morning check in, people to repost their favourite comments from the day before

Just a thought... (this is now my favourite comment)

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


[ Parent ]
I second that motion! n/t (2.00 / 18)


Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

[ Parent ]
Second thoughts - this is now my top comment ^^ (2.00 / 15)


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

[ Parent ]
Al-Truism is an enemy of republicans too (2.00 / 13)
.

[ Parent ]
Al GoRythym..........No Sir, you no longer have the right to (2.00 / 16)
break out in a spontaneous dance. Please come with us.

No sir, not even Snoopy.

time...it seems to move so slowly until that day, when it doesn't.


[ Parent ]
Freezing in London... after a mild spell (2.00 / 22)
Could snow - not a common event in Southern England. I hope it doesn't disrupt the trains. Off to the Coast - Brighton - where my two sisters live. Partly social visit, partly to interview them for my next book about my dad and Scientology

Keep warm Moozog, and catch ya on the flip

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


Kew in the snow (2.00 / 13)
That would be something

[ Parent ]
After a warmish Friday in Columbia, the wheels are forecast to (2.00 / 19)
come off this afternoon.  Falling temperatures, rain turning to sleet turning to snow.  Perfect! (not snark).  A hot chocolate with Baileys Hazelnut and whipped cream will be in order.

"I base most of my fashion sense on whether or not it itches"  -- Gilda Radner

Oh let me know what time, (2.00 / 17)
so we can clank mugs, I think we are getting the same thing. Cheers!

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

[ Parent ]
Probably mid-afternoon. I haven't had Bailey's in years but (2.00 / 16)
when they came out with the hazelnut I just had to buy a bottle.  Then I got another bottle as a Christmas gift.  I'm in high cotton, drink-wise.  Enjoy yours too.

"I base most of my fashion sense on whether or not it itches"  -- Gilda Radner

[ Parent ]
Thanks. :) (2.00 / 8)
I think I will do Kahlua, but I have to finish my laundry first. I like having a reward to look forward to!

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

[ Parent ]
323 (2.00 / 21)
Days without an in inch of snow here in the land of Chicago. Looks like we may have another winter without sledding. ::sigh::

49 going to 48, with a special weather statement: WINTRY MIX INCLUDING LIGHT SNOW ACCUMULATION TONIGHT...

My 6th grade science tells that the 48 degree low will make the snow part of the difficult. ;)

Sipping my blazing hot coffee out of my brand spankin' new mug. I drink my coffee cafe au lait style, so I need a big mug, and belive it or not it is hard to find big mugs without sayings or flowers. Target has these fantastic mugs in great colors for only $1.50, and they are very heavy, not flimsy at all. Score!

Have a great day, everyone!

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.


61F here on Douglas Lake, TN this morning. (2.00 / 18)
About to go have a coffee and Carolans with Donna sitting on the upper deck.

Since moving here in August we have identified or created coffee and Carolans (better than Baileys, more creamy/less sharp) locations.

- First thing in the morning is the upper deck next to the living room. Two bar chairs and the railing as a table and you can look down onto the bay. When the leaves are gone, like now, you can see through the trees on the other peninsula and out into a larger chunk of water.

- In the afternoon, particularly when it is hot, the deck of the office I built is perfect. The trees on the south side shade it.

- In the evening right down by the water (now dirt, but the water will return) I carved a flat spot into the hill big enough for four chairs and two small tables. The angle is just right to look down the bay to where it opens up, and the sunset lights up the water wonderfully.

- At night on the floating boathouse, with the christmas lights providing a soft glow and sparkling the ripples, surrounded by the inscrutable gaze of turtles.

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


It is. (2.00 / 13)
Blissfulness is like oxygen, you have to find it if it isn't available.

Here is the Morning Spot.



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


[ Parent ]
How nice! (2.00 / 8)
I wish I had a view that wasn't the back of someone's house and patio. I disguise it pretty well in the summer with trees and shrubs, but in the winter it's blech!

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

[ Parent ]
You make do with what you have. (2.00 / 4)
We lived in Kensington Market in Toronto once up on a time. Had a tiny patch of mud in the back on an alley. Dressed it up pretty good into a cozy sitting area.

They filmed Return of Kung Fu (or whatever that show was called) in the neighborhood and I saw it on TV once.

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


[ Parent ]
I have those chairs! (2.00 / 1)
I really like the swivel. I bought the ottomans (ottomen?) with them.

They are right now wearing their winter covers which will not come off until Real Spring ... expected around April.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


[ Parent ]
They were left here by the owners, (2.00 / 1)
whose college age son was living here previously.

I need to take apart and grease the bearings. They aren't as swivelly as they should be.

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


[ Parent ]
Wow (2.00 / 11)
Are you adopting at the moment?

My muscles relaxed just reading your description.


[ Parent ]
My muscles are killing me today. (2.00 / 13)
Getting that bloody Gator unstuck yesterday was a bit much.

We've moved a lot and every time I do the same thing. In Scotts Valley, CA (our last stop) we rented a few acres on the side of a mountain, covered in redwoods. The owners lived there previously and were Without Clue about landscaping and had done nothing with the property in 18 years. I resurrected a 70-year-old Wysteria bower they didn't even know was there and over two years expanded it with brick found buried and redwood logs and boughs cleaned up out of the forest.

My favorite project here was turning the nasty old swim platform into a floating boathouse for our little wooden row/sail boat. Here it is as it was before the water went out, have the top off atm and will put a proper deck on it before the water comes back.

We lived in Ontario 2001-2007 a few hours north of Toronto at an old lodge that went bankrupt, splitting the property with a couple who have been friends. The lodge had been the Rich Kids' camp back then, Rob and I were highschool dropouts and roommates in our teens, so that had a sweet nuance to it. There were 28 buildings with 18 on the part that Donna and I ended up with, and I spent all my restless energy creating spots to relax. Below is a bonfire area in the middle of "Cabin Town", a cluster of five little bed/bath cabins (me in the tree, my highschool chum Gonzo knowingly waiting for something dreadful to happen).

In Utah in the 90s it was mostly my neighbor's property I inflicted myself on, our yard being pretty small (though I did turn all that over, put in a little stream and pond in the tiny backyard after digging it down a few feet). I posted this in another thread recently, the big green wall can be seen from space (thanks google earth) and bounded an RC truck track I carved out of a field full of fifty years of debris. Now, obviously, gone to seed again, but we had a great bonfire area and a shady Race Deck in a clump of trees in the middle (now gone). I would stand up there and race around with a headset on while I worked on the phone.

My Evil Plan to leave the world littered with places folks can relax is well underway... ;~)

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


[ Parent ]
Awesome (2.00 / 9)
What a great variation of Johnny Appleseed, still giving the future world what it will need the most.

[ Parent ]
Fab pics Blasky, (2.00 / 10)
but please remember us small-screened folks and make your images smaller!

My screen gets all upset and messed up with big images like these and it makes me a sad panda. :(

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.


[ Parent ]
I thought I toned them down to 600p wide. (2.00 / 5)
Lemme see what photobucket is up to...

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

[ Parent ]
Photobucket has had (2.00 / 7)
an attitude lately. I'm sure you did it right when you resized, but for whatever reason photobucket sometimes takes hours (if it EVER takes) to "register" the resizing. What works for me is just to choose "save a copy" rather than "save and replace" and then just use the copy instead. That way I don't have to wait on photobucket to get its head out of its ass and apply the change.

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.


[ Parent ]
why did photobucket have to change the format? (2.00 / 3)
IMHO, it was perfect the way it was.
the new format won't even show the page option to edit my pics.  

time...it seems to move so slowly until that day, when it doesn't.


[ Parent ]
Weather good/bad news (2.00 / 17)
The good news is that it's supposed to make it into the 60's today and tomorrow. The bad news is that it's now supposed to rain all weekend. (sigh)  

"The story so far:
In the beginning the Universe was created.
This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move."
― Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe


22 in Prosser, WA (2.00 / 18)
Bit of a shock coming down from 55 two days ago. My artichokes may not care much for it. Otherwise all is well in pot smokin, gay marryin WA state.

I won't be all that active here. Trust me, that is for the best.


Why would you say that? (2.00 / 8)
How about if you try and let us decide.  ;)

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

[ Parent ]
Unfortunate history, which I do not care to revisit (2.00 / 7)


[ Parent ]
No worries, (2.00 / 7)
I think a lot of do, myself included. I have only been here about a week, but I really love it. I don't feel judged at all and IMO it is a great balance of politics and community.  

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

[ Parent ]
Good morning moose herd. (2.00 / 18)
60 degrees in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL with a high of 77. Sunny and beautiful, blue skies. Squirrel knocked down my window bird feeder but all is well: had oral surgery on Tues. (on top of a cold).  This is the first day I feel human...no more posting high from painkillers!

Good Morning (2.00 / 16)
Checking in from Daniel's Bagels on 3rd Ave in NYC today. All is well. Forty something and cloudy. Wet concrete but I think the rain is over for awhile and we'll be up into fifties later.

Headed for a run in the park in a bit.  


24° and very dark in the PNW this morning..... (2.00 / 15)

Good morning!

Love is the lasting legacy of our lives


Morning, My Son in Law got an Ordinary Husbanding Level! (2.00 / 12)
OHL!  With his OHL! he is now a bona fide member of the International Consensus of Husbands (ICH).   For negotiating the secret trial of passing up fun his wife endorsed for the detection of the LOOK OF ULTIMATE DEATH (the detection of LOUD is the final step!) he is now a member in good standing. By detecting that LOUD and acting appropriately to it he is now a member of the ICH lifer track division with all rights and privileges associated including but not limited to sleeping without hearing backhanded snark whispered in your ears.

ICH: Cause we knows you aint happy if your wife ain't recognizing landmines for millenia!



"I honor the place in you where Spirit lives
I honor the place in you which is
of Love, of Truth, of Light, of Peace,
when you are in that place in you,
and I am in that place in me,
then we are One."  Namaste Friends!


I listened to that tune and looking down found I was wearing bell-bottoms. (2.00 / 12)
Not sure how that happened. ;~)

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

[ Parent ]
Do they still make bell bottoms? ;) (2.00 / 7)
I was just talking to some of my moose friends elsewhere this morning about Sears and was reminded of these sassy jeans that used to be my favorite when I was a youngster. They had a roller skate on the back pocket, and I don't remember if they were bell bottoms but they were fucking awesome!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/75...

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.


[ Parent ]
Heh Sears, no Levis for me I had Toughskins EOM (2.00 / 7)


"I honor the place in you where Spirit lives
I honor the place in you which is
of Love, of Truth, of Light, of Peace,
when you are in that place in you,
and I am in that place in me,
then we are One."  Namaste Friends!


[ Parent ]
Did you look at the pic, (2.00 / 6)
those were pretty sweet for toughskins, right. :)

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

[ Parent ]
good morning Fellow Mooz! (2.00 / 11)
love me sum Saturday morning, don't care what the weather is 'cuz i'm not leaving the house. might not even leave tomorrow and i'll consider whether i will on Monday.

i enjoy doing all the household chores, putting everything back in it's place and getting all the 'have to's' over with on Saturday morning. then i can enjoy a guilt-free 3 days of extended hometime to do the millions of things i 'want to do'.

carry on.


time...it seems to move so slowly until that day, when it doesn't.


8° on Pikes Peak - but sunny. (2.00 / 11)
Going down to -11 tonight "they" say. Six thousand feet above me, on the summit, the wind chill yesterday was minus 45°. Yikes!

Company coming from Denver, so I must find a dustrag and clean a bit. Y'all behave today!


"Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." ~ Desmond Tutu


"Y'all behave today" (2.00 / 1)
So far looks like they did! But I am not at the bottom of the threads yet.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


[ Parent ]
morning all. (2.00 / 11)
looks like a working weekend for bubba.

G'day all (2.00 / 10)
Only 28 now in La Crosse - quite a difference from Madison! Was going to go to "coffee with the neighbors" (a thing a guy in my neighborhood started on Saturdays and Wednesdays at a local coffee shop) but have a headache and feel a little snuffly. With the flu rampaging around I thought it might be prudent to stay home. But I really appreciate his efforts at building community.

I've been having long, epic, cast-of-thousands dreams all week. When that happens it usually means I'm entering a period of change. We'll see what comes next.


Are you a dream interpreter ... (2.00 / 1)
... or do you just have a sense of your own dreams and what they portend? Cast-of-thousands dreams sound chaotic. Do they make you wake up tired?

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


[ Parent ]
Not an interpreter exactly (2.00 / 1)
but I understand symbolism and I do have prescient dreams.

These chaotic, long, incredibly detailed dreams are something that happen when I am in flux. Often they're the first sign I notice that something's happening.


[ Parent ]
Morning, all. 28º here in the Armstrong Valley (2.00 / 10)
Had to check the hummingbird feeder this morning to be sure the liquid hadn't frozen.  There are fewer hummers around now, but there are a few making very regular trips to the feeder throughout the day.

The sun is burning off the fog a bit early -- looks like it will be shivery cold but clear today.  Off to feed a friend's horses, the to another house to do some baking (no oven here).  The afternoon will be spent tackling some brush and blackberries to start a burn pile, and maybe marking out post holes for a fence.

Wishing you all an excellent day.


Still fighting brush and blackberries? (2.00 / 1)
That seems a never-ending job for you. At least here in the winter outdoor vegetation stops being an issue.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


[ Parent ]
A dash of cynicism antidote. (2.00 / 5)
Susan Boyle crossed my mind recently and I thought I would look up news on her today. A story on HuffPo recently uses a bit of title-twist to get readership (playing for salacious train-wreck watchers: "Susan Boyle's Fairytale Career Confronted By Reality" :~P ), but shows a story of a normal person doing well. No fairy tale, no sudden nirvana - but that wasn't what anyone sane expects in life.

Despite the chorus of "rigged!" that inevitably sprang up after her success, after three years it still seems to be what it looked like. Someone with talent fortunate enough to get a chance, someone who life had not been entirely kind to.

Yes, I know the caveats about the trouble the world has. But it has beauty as well, and we choose which we allow to guide us. Life is in total largely what we perceive, whether largely good or largely bad. I see a world that is predominated with good, salted with the bad a cognizant person expects - true - but in lower proportions than any time in history.

Thank you again, Susan. You are beautiful.



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


Thanks Chris.....a very nice antidote indeed. (2.00 / 5)


Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

[ Parent ]
11:05 pm, is it unherd of to check in at check out time? (2.00 / 2)
If so, its not only dark in the Blue state, it's grey as in foggy and misty. Not worth checking in for a visit from your other places.

Ha!! It just says "check-in". No set time, BSRH. (2.00 / 2)
We are not that way! Look at me ... reading comments the next morning and replying. Internet conversations are asynchronous and a comment may not get a reply or acknowledgement for a few days. It suits me quite well as I have very little control over my schedule. I'm here when I'm here.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


[ Parent ]
Ha! and hear when she is here, or is versa vice. (2.00 / 1)
And now to see if there is a monday herding up.

[ Parent ]
Animal nuz coincidence: real moose stories in comments (2.00 / 3)
although no moose were harmed in making of the comic, plenty of stories about harm that moose do for real. over in the orange swamp. Not the moose, the commenters are over in the orange swamp.  

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