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Obits:  I can't believe George Carlin died.  Well, partly I can't believe he made it this long.  But what crappy news to wake up to!  In college I had a class where I had to invent and pitch a TV show.  I don't really remember the concept I came up with, but I wanted it to be hosted by George Carlin.  

Sports:  Looking forward to watching Russia kick more a..., er, soccer balls.  Also giddy that the Cubs swept the Sox.  Once again the North has one the Civil War.  I also found myself watching the gymnastics tryouts.  Gymnastics is creepy.  I think points should be deducted for creepiness.  If you can do all of those flips and not look creepy, you should get bonus points.

Society:  I greatly enjoyed the Sirota party, only to learn late in the night that the Sangria I'd been enjoying so much had a significant dose of brandy in it, which might explain why I had such a fabulous time despite the constant assault from mosquitoes.  I expect to perish from West Nile any day now...  Anyway, I think I liked Sirota much more than most of the people there.  That is, only a handful (ok, 4 that I counted: Sirota, myself, an eccentric friend, and the British husband of an acquaintance) of people were brave enough to be even a smidgen critical of Obama.  And after Sirota left, it was also us who had to hang out in the alley to smoke and who closed the party down.  It's my lot in life to find myself among the fringe of a group of people who are already a fringe minority.  I really like the the Brit.  He wanted to talk about Russia and finance and foreign policy.  Anyway, my moment of brandy-induced enlightenment came late that night when I was so thankful that my reallife friends are more interesting than our celebrity guest.  It was a wonderful feeling, until I woke up the next day with a blaring headache and a million itchy welts.

Finance:  Helicopter monies to arrive soon.  Whew.

So, how was your weekend?

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.

by poemless on Mon Jun 23rd, 2008 at 12:07:38 PM EST
It'll be interesting to see how the press covers Carlin's death.  Think they have any videos without language that would disqualify them from being on the air?

Glad the Sirota party went well.  I envy you.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Mon Jun 23rd, 2008 at 12:34:45 PM EST
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Nothing to envy.  Well, except the sangria...

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.
by poemless on Mon Jun 23rd, 2008 at 01:45:58 PM EST
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Nah, not a fan of sangria.  Beer and whiskey for me.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Mon Jun 23rd, 2008 at 02:20:43 PM EST
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It was Midsummer. I remember nothing...

Oh, except I do recall that I didn't use the word 'smidgen' the entire time ;-)

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Mon Jun 23rd, 2008 at 01:40:25 PM EST
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Antismidgenite...

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.
by poemless on Mon Jun 23rd, 2008 at 01:45:27 PM EST
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Smidgens and tads refer to quantities that are largely unknown to the Finns. If you open a bottle you drink it, like the Russians.

There is a word 'snadi' that can be substituted when rarely referring to small amounts. The jack in petanque is called a snadi.

In case you are interested....and a case is what Finnish beer comes in. A six-pack with a carrying handle is called a 'mäyräkoira' or dachshund.

<from Prof Sven's book of Fascinating Finnish Idioms with an 'm'>

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Mon Jun 23rd, 2008 at 02:06:26 PM EST
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I believe I used the term in reference to the amount of criticism directed at Obama, not in reference to alcohol.  

Is this the effing end of the month language police raid or something, Sven?  It is seriously annoying.

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.

by poemless on Mon Jun 23rd, 2008 at 02:09:37 PM EST
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its probably his post midsummer festival hangover.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Mon Jun 23rd, 2008 at 02:11:48 PM EST
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The days are now getting shorter - always a time for reflection. This is what happens in a culture played largely in a minor key ;-)

Though I had rather a successful day, including a trip to the recycling centre with kaput electronics, the return of Midsummer empties, and complaining to the council about the disappearance of our local bottle bank for non-returnables. All of this in pouring rain.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Mon Jun 23rd, 2008 at 02:21:40 PM EST
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That reminds me I have to visit the bottlebank myself


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Mon Jun 23rd, 2008 at 02:53:33 PM EST
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I think you are right.  We'll give him a pass today.  :)

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.
by poemless on Mon Jun 23rd, 2008 at 02:40:25 PM EST
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As you wish....

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Mon Jun 23rd, 2008 at 02:12:30 PM EST
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a fringe minority.  Russophiles are, and you and I share membership in that particular one.

paul spencer
by paul spencer (spencerinthegorge AT yahoo DOT com) on Mon Jun 23rd, 2008 at 11:13:47 PM EST
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To clarify, I am er, perfectly aware that Obama supporters are not a fringe minority.  Hello - I live in Chicago.  My group of friends with their particular brand of political activities (like running candidates against Daley's machine), however, are a minority.  Some more fringey than others...

I didn't know you were a "Russophile."  :)

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.

by poemless on Tue Jun 24th, 2008 at 11:23:56 AM EST
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