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Wednesday Watering Hole: Check In & Hangout for the Herd

Good morning, Moosekind. Don’t forget to let your peeps know where to find you.

The common Moose, Alces alces, unlike other members of the deer family, is a solitary animal that doesn’t form herds. Not so its rarer but nearest relative, Alces purplius, the Motley Moose. Though sometimes solitary, the Motley Moose herds in ever shifting groups at the local watering hole to exchange news and just pass the time.

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The morning check-in is an open thread and general social hour. Come back when time allows through the day – the conversation continues.

It’s traditional but not obligatory to give us a weather check where you are and let us know what’s new, interesting, challenging or even routine in your life lately. Nothing is particularly obligatory here except:

Always remember the Moose Golden (Purple?) Rule:

Be kind to each other… or else.

What could be simpler than that, right?

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  1. iriti

    50 degrees here in the Shenandoah Valley, headed for a high of 79. Supposed to be a near perfect weather day; here’s hoping the other aspects are as auspicious.

    How are you this fine morning?

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  2. 51 delightful degrees in Madison WI with an expected high of 68 … maybe some rain but right now it is dry.

    Your kitteh surprise reminded me of this:

    I feel the vortex of work pulling back in … no no … let me stay and peep!! … :::sobs:::

  3. DeniseVelez

    going up to a delightful sunny 75.

    Off to the eye doctor this morning for my second laser surgery.  

    Morning chuckles.  The latest media frenzy of the minute is over FLOTUS dealing with a heckler at a fundraiser.

    The heckler didn’t expect the response she got from FLOTUS.

       Most notable part of the event was an interruption from a protester about 12 minutes into the 20-minute speech. A pro-LGBT rights individual standing at the front began shouting for an executive order on gay rights. (Pool did not hear exactly what.)

       “One of the things I don’t do well is this,” replied FLOTUS to loud applause. She left the lectern and moved over to the protester, saying they could “listen to me or you can take the mic, but I’m leaving. You all decide. You have one choice.”

       Crowd started shouting that they wanted FLOTUS to stay.

       “You need to go!” said one woman near the protester.

       The protester was then escorted out, shouting “…lesbian looking for federal equality before I die.” (First part of the quote was inaudible.) Pool could not get their name before they were taken out.

       “So let me make the point that I was making before,” continued FLOTUS. “We are here for our kids. So we must recapture that passion. That same urgency and energy that we felt back in 2008, 2012. Understand this – this is what I want you all to understand. This is not about us. No one back here. It’s not about you or you or your issue or your thing. This is about our children.”

       Loud applause in response to this comment.

    What was even more interesting from my biased pov was the remark after from heckler Sturtz

       “Basically, I was asked by the first lady to be quiet, and I can’t be quiet any longer. … I was surprised by how negative the crowd seemed to be. It was actually a little unsettling and disturbing,” said Sturtz.

       “She obviously thought she was going to make an example of me or something. I wasn’t scared at all,” she added.

    Umm…surprised that people there didn’t approve of your rudeness?  

    You weren’t “scared”…hmmmm…did you think FLOTUS was gonna throw down and deck you?

    Never had a face to face with an ABL before?  HAH.

    I’m pretty tired of peeps dissin’ Michelle all the time and glad she let a little bit of her Chicago show 🙂

    The moral of the story:

    Don’t diss a Sis from Chi-town 😉

    Y’all may not agree with me, but I had to laugh about this.

    I’m sure there will be a slew of fallout – have already read the comment sewers at several sites – this just proves Michelle is homophobic yadda yadda… whatever.

    Anyway…good morning.

  4. Otteray Scribe

    Looks like a nice day. Tomorrow is June 6, the day that went down in history as D-Day, the Allied invasion of the beaches at Normandy. I am working on a D-Day story for the 67th anniversary. The “Longest Day,” indeed.  

  5. I know. It isn’t Monday. But, this is the first day of my usual W, Th, F workweek. This one is special. This Friday is my last day. I quit. Had enough. All on good terms, too.

    It’s 60 this morning in E IA. Should be a nice day. It is a good day to make changes. Got anything planned?

  6. Portlaw

    seventies here on the coast. It’s not even eight and I am already behind. Sigh. Hope you all have a day that interests you!

  7. Khloe

    56 with an expected high of 67. I will continue organizing and making sure I haven’t missed anything today. My place isn’t that big, but I always have a way of finding nooks and crannies to put things. Now I have to find them all. 5 days left to go!

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  8. anotherdemocrat

    Yesterday driving to church at 6:30, my car said it was 99 degrees. Sigh.

    I’m at work eating my quinoa, eggs & vegetables breakfast. I should have made an appointment with my acupuncturist, my shoulder is still stiff.

    Last night’s feminism class was interesting. And it’ll be very book-y and intellectual (when you go to a church with the word “University” in its name, that comes with the territory) – there are 4 retired clergy taking the class & the woman leading it graduated from seminary in May & is pursuing ordination. She said last night that every paper or project she did in school, she tried to make it about either feminist or queer theology. I like her. I guess I’m a wave 2.5 — just like I’m neither a boomer or buster. I haven’t read any of this stuff for probably 7 years or so, I’ll need to get my brain back in working order.

    Today’s workout is hill running. I have sunscreen & Off in the car & I’ll be sure my waterbottle is full. And of course, all clothing this time of year is made from drifit fabric. (I really wish I could actually have a wardrobe of nothing but that type of fabric, instead of only my workout clothes)  

  9. nchristine

    What an oxicoden tablet and a night’s sleep will help with.

    In the past 3 months –

    – new job

    – 30 year anniversary of hand being caught in the car trunk, with resulting 30 years of issues.

    – 30 year high school graduation and, of course, not wanted for any celebration.  Was an outcast in high school, still am.

    – Dad finally put the old house up for sale and closed this past Friday (they had the house just short of 30 years)

    – in a couple of weeks it’ll be the 6th anniversary of mom’s passing

    – I’ve been off the BC for 2.5 weeks since the script ran out and the new script came yesterday.

    – co-worker has basically been targeted by the boss and I had mixed feelings about him to begin with.  I also know what it feels like to be targeted.

    – did I mention the new job??

    Writing that down… shows that there’s an awful lot of ‘stuff’ going on… no wonder I’ve gotten really emotional the last few days.

  10. Jk2003

    Pretty morning.  Fifties going to seventies.  May rain later.

    No solid plans today.  My kids and I have started our summer schedule which includes thirty minutes of group reading prior to going outside.  My daughter also practices her handwriting and does a few addition and subtraction problems prior to getting outside.  When the weather is bad or they are just pooped we watch old bill nye the science guy shows.  They rock.  

    Joined the library.  Got kids some books and now I am can’t wait to go there without the kids.  I need a new book.  Suggestions accepted.  I am a fiction reader.  Scifi and fantasy are acceptable genres as well as the more “serious” stuff.

  11. Nurse Kelley

    Going up to a scorching 50° today with rain in the forecast, a big change from one year ago when it was hot and dry all month. I had a stroke of luck yesterday: the yardman put down fertilizer, which Mother Nature pounded into the ground with rain and hail thirty minutes later.

  12. 80s with scattered thunderstorms today. Was thinking of trying to go to the store but will probably wait until tomorrow. Still feeling really shaky from the food poisoning.

    Tried something different yesterday to see if I could get inside a cloud. So for those of you flying be careful you never know what may be inside that next cloud. 😉

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  13. slksfca

    Still overcast here with substandard temperature. Nice weather supposed to return on Friday or so but not until then.

    If I can wake up sufficiently I’ll be meeting my buddy L at a neighborhood diner for breakfast in a couple of hours. It will be fun hanging with him and catching up (we haven’t gotten together in a few weeks).

  14. bfitzinAR

    day 3 migraine (not really a bad one – I can see mostly and I’m not vomiting) – how much of it is attributable to the County situation (CT nutjobs Monday and nimbys last night – meetings ran late both nights) I don’t know.  There’s a bunch of stress at work, too, as the corporatists add more and more B.S. rules, regs, and pointless loops to our jobs – I really think they are trying to get us all to quit so they can hire desperate youngsters who don’t know any better at lower wages/benefits.  The folks at the top never do realize how much shit us bottom 25% will put up with when our paychecks are on the line.  Dignity is good but food and a roof is better.  Anyway, if I can figure out the new, improved formatting the Brasshats want for the Annual Report, I can get to work on the actual facts that need to go into it.  Hope everybody is doing well – I’ll try to check/read up but so far my day has been 1) get into and rec the morning check-in before 8:30, 2) write a comment 11:51.  {{{HUGS}}} bf

  15. slksfca

    Then we walked over to the park and finally ended up in the art museum, where we spent a fascinating couple of hours with a couple of my favorite paintings, along with some other stuff I hadn’t seen before.

    By 2PM my energy level was flagging so we stopped in at the museum cafe for a light lunch and a beer, which (perhaps oddly, perhaps not) reinvigorated me. But I’m home now and more than ready for a nice nap!

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