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Saturday All Day Check-in for the Herd: Greetings of the Moosekin

  Make sure you let your peeps

  know where to find you!  

  PLEASE Do Not Recommend the check-in diary!

      Recs on the Weather Critter Comment are still welcome. 🙂

The morning check-in is an open thread posted to give you a place to visit with the meeses. Feel free to chat about your weather, share a bit of your life, grump (if you must), rave (if you can). The diarist du jour sometimes posts and runs, other times sticks around for a bit, often returns throughout the day and always cares that meeses are happy … or at least contented.

On weekends (and holidays), you may find the check-in thread earlier or later than normal because … it is the weekend! Moosies need their beauty rest:

For those 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 important stuff to get you started:

– Comments do not Auto-refresh. Click the refresh/reload on your tab to see new ones. Only click Post once for comments. When a diary’s comment threads grow, the page takes longer to refresh and the comment may not display right away.

– 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. (p.s. Ratings don’t bestow mojo, online behaviour does).

– Finally, the posting rules for a new diary: “Be excellent to each other… or else

The Recommended list, defined:

– The Recommended list has a prominent place on the Front Page because it reflects the interests of the Moose. When people drive-by, we want them to see what we are talking about: news, politics, science, history, personal stories, culture.

– The Rec list algorithm, per Kysen:

The Rec List is based upon number of recs and number of days on the list.

The best way to control Rec List content is to ONLY rec diaries you WANT to see ON the list.

Don’t use the Recommendation button as a ‘I read this and I like it’ indicator….you can say that in the comments and by rating the comments contained within the diary.

– Per me:

… any post that reflects our values and gets us to think about who we are and our place in the world is valuable to progressives.

(Some other commenting/posting/tending notes for newbies can be found in this past check-in and, of course, consult Meese Mehta for all your questions on meesely decorum.)

You can follow the daily moosetrails here: Motley Moose Recent Comments.


Let the greetings begin!



  1. You may have noticed that the Moose pages are not responding well to your clicks. The Fierces don’t seem to be taking and clicking on links (including Post A Comment) doesn’t always work. Screen refresh after posting a comment is painfully slow.

    I think this is the return of the dreaded “scripting error” that cause a problem back in early February. A rogue script in the ShareIt button caused delays in rendering the screen. That button was removed.

    The problem only occurs on the full diary display … if you are tending comments only, from the Your Comments link, there is no delay.

    Don’t bother trying to click anything until you see that the links on the page are active. To test, put your mouse over any link and if it changes color, it is active. That is your indication that the display has finished and your Fierces will take (p.s. we don’t want your Fails).

    Remember, if you want to comment QUICKLY you can right-click on the date/time link of the comment and choose “Open in New Tab”. That display does not have the problem. (That’s how I do it anyway because I don’t want to lose the “new”).

    I will try to find out what can be done. If we have to turn off the Facebook/Twitter share buttons, temporarily until the bug can be found, will anyone’s life be destroyed?

  2. Rashaverak

    That’s 58° F for Celsius-challenged Moose.

    Just when are we going to join the rest of the world and get with the SI program?

    I doubt the teabaggers will go along willingly.  The SI is clearly Stealth Socialism, just part of the One-World Conspiracy! Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, and the Soviet Union all used the SI, you know!

     You will have to pry my yardstick and my gallon jug out of my cold, dead hands!


    I regretfully acknowledge that I have not contributed very much here in a long time.  For the past year, I have been involved in very nasty situation involving my aged mother, whom I believe is a victim of Stockholm Syndrome, and my teabagger brother, who…

    — owes the IRS several millions of dollars in back taxes,

    — lives with and apparently financially depends upon our mother,

    — watches Fox News and listens to RW Talk Radio for a significant portion of each day;

    — is a compulsive hoarder of worthless objects, and

    — apparently must rely on Medicaid to pay for his substantial hospital and medical bills,

    among other things.

    We are now in litigation.  It’s raw material for a novel.

  3. Diana in NoVa

    Just had a look at Tricia’s diary–gad, I’m one of those who posts on Facebook what I had for dinner!  Last night I made Crabmeat Pasta Salad and forgot to put the crabmeat in for a very good reason. However, only family and friends can see my FB page.

    I realize it’s giving up privacy, but I find FB a very convenient way to keep up with friends and family who live at a distance. My real thoughts and feelings are recorded in a journal that is strictly offline. I hope the hackers in Nigeria are completely mystified by it.

    That said, I’m making progress on my latest short story, still getting a red tide on my face and neck every time I set foot in my own back yard, and still missing my granddaughter, whom I haven’t seen all week. Her parents are taking her to the Reston Festival today and we’ll go too, so we may meet there.

    Hope everyone will have a marvelous weekend! I’m going to try to forget politics for a while (still depressed about Wisconsin) and just enjoy life.

  4. We joined our neighbors at a Japanese restaurant last evening. We sat around a large griddle. The waiter took our orders. A little later, the chef came our with a cart and proceeded to put on a show. Lots of humor and fancy knife and spatula work and flames. The food was delicious.

    Jan, I see some changes to the text of your check-in. Those are helpful. I still feel like a newbie. The links are handy. The Questions… diary last weekend was another good source of information for new members. I thought the answers and insights given by you, and the others who have been here from the beginning, were very helpful for beginners. Could it be included as a reference? Just a thought.

    I hope your Saturday is a good one, each and all.

  5. wordsinthewind

    we got rain last night, the good kind that falls slow and steady with no lightening. Everyone slept really well and woke up early, the dogs in time to be fed and go for their after breakfast naps.  

  6. PadreJM

    But I’m expecting today to hit the low 90’s.  It’s 53°F right now in my little city along the Columbia, and slightly hazy.  We rarely had haze in the gorge until they built a coal-fired power plant in Boardman.  Now, most days, when descending the Klickitat mountains, one can see it laying across the river basin like a blanket.  Seven more years until its scheduled closing in 2020.

    I started antibiotics yesterday afternoon.  All vestiges of my sore throat disappeared overnight.  I’m hoping the rest of the symptoms will abate quickly.  I am feeling better.

  7. Nurse Kelley

    Khloe is still asleep, a great blessing for her. We’re fine, and iriti and trs are on the last leg home. Whew!

  8. slksfca

    The fog is back today, along with cooler temperatures. But then we never have more than two or three sunny days in a row. I’m resigned. 🙂

  9. DeniseVelez

    and have spent the morning cleaning 🙁

    am now ready to tackle the bird poop on the back porch and drag out the grill.  Looks like we will have no more cold weather – finally.

  10. princesspat

    My Samsung Netbook has been an easy pleasure to use, but it was inexpensive several years ago and has become very cranky….so I bought what I thought would be an easy replacement. Silly me!

    It has the dreaded Windows 8, and Justin (my ever so nice and patient computer guy) set it up to open in desk mode so I thought I would be fine. But the type is very small, I can’t make Solitaire work, and the wireless connection from the basement router is slow. The Best Buy help desk will see me soon!

    ps   I bought a Samsung Series7 Ultrabook….very lightweight, love the keyboard, more computer than I need, etc. I hope I can persevere to learn to use it.

  11. Nurse Kelley

    We took Tommy down the pass for a shot this morning, and Kat is sitting in the sun with a book, her phone, and her Kindle Fire. She has access to fb but no internet so far.

    Our weather is gorgeous and, especially to a newcomer like Kat, the mountains are looking majestic. My hope is that there will be no drama from Mother Nature this weekend and that R & R can continue.

    Did your rain stop?

  12. playing in his first tournament today. The bigger boys are all middle school and high school aged. He had a good time, and the big kids were helpful and kind.

  13. Kysen

    supposed to 88 last I saw.

    Got up and out before dawn to hit the waves before too many tourists poured in.

    I was actually surprised by how ‘uncrowded’ it was…and most of us were locals…not the best waves, but nice enough that I stayed on the water for a couple hours.

    Got home/showered and to church. Rare for me (wife goes weekly)…but they have a potluck available after both services on Father’s Day…that was enough to tempt me. It is hard to pass up a seemingly unlimited spread of Southern cooking provided by very competitive Southern ladies. /grin

    It was delicious.

    Led to a food coma from which I am still trying to recover. 😛

    When we got home I got my ‘Father’s Day’ cards and gift from the pups (I got new bearings for my blades and a ‘See Rock City’ birdhouse).

    I’m now lollygaggin’ before we head over to a Father’s Day bbq that friends are havin’.

    We are supposed to, after that, see Man of Steel.

    I hope it is good…but, I will be content so long as it is not BAD. Ya know?

    Hope everyone is having a wonderful Sunday…Happy Father’s Day to all the Papas out there.


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