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Thursday Morning Herd Check-in: Greetings of the Moosekin

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Let the greetings begin!



  1. DeniseVelez

    here in Hudson Valley NY.

    O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! (not)

    So sick of this weather.

    Got up this morning to be greeted with the news that some racist baseball fans were all riled up about Marc Anthony singing God Bless America at the All Star Game

    IT is attracting outrage and major headlines in the Spanish/Latin American press. Example:

    Marc Anthony es criticado por cantar ‘God Bless America’ en Juego de Estrellas de las Grandes Ligas

    The irony it burns. Story in English:

    Marc Anthony is a New York Puerto Rican.

    Marco Antonio Muñiz, known professionally by his stage name Marc Anthony, born in New York City to Puerto Rican parents Guillermina, a housewife, and Felipe Muñiz, a musician and hospital lunchroom worker. Anthony is of Puerto Rican descent, and his parents named him after Mexican singer Marco Antonio Muñiz. Anthony grew up in East Harlem, also known as Spanish Harlem and El Barrio, and is the youngest of 8 surviving children.

    Here’s the video of him singing:

    Last time I looked,  a lot of star baseball players are Latinos.


    Time for  more cafe con leche.

  2. Too hot to be out. Being stuck inside is no good. But, it will pass eventually. I just hope the damages won’t be too large.

    I plan to venture out this morning for 9 holes of golf with my crazy buddy Steve. We usually have the world’s problems solved by the 6th hole.  

  3. pittiepat

    92% humidity.  The heat index will be about 105.  I’ve got to do laundry this am so will be heading out in the next few minutes to get it done before the heat becomes unbearable.  No a/c in the laundromat.

  4. iriti

    Hot here. Muggy. So what’s new you ask? Nothing.

    ‘Nother day, ‘nother dollar. But at least Friday is closing in on us.

  5. anotherdemocrat

    The rain is just about gone :(. But at least for a few days, the lake levels weren’t dropping. But our temps are edging back to normal. Mid 90s today, upper 90s by the weekend. It was a nice break while it lasted.

    Eating breakfast – yogurt again, and cherries – and drinking tea. I was actually asleep when the alarm went off! Still, playing some nice, energetic Michael Franti in my head, just because it is happy, energetic music. I want to find out who our “yogurt fairy” is — 2 days in a row, someone put several yogurts in the fridge with a “take one” note on them. So I’ve had yogurt with granola for breakfast the past couple of days.

    Few thoughts in my head, but at least I slept, maybe 7 whole hours.

  6. Jk2003

    Hot and humid in the Chicago suburbs.  Went to a beach yesterday to try and cool off and only got sunburned.  Have the air set at 79 during the day just to give it a break.  As long as I am in front of a fan I am okay.  Supposedly there will be storms tomorrow to break this heat and humidity.  

    My daughter is getting her kindergarten eye exam today.  Only five weeks and she gets on that bus to go.  I cry just thinking about it.

    Watched the HBO movie about Phil Spector last night.  Mamet wrote and directed it.  It was well done but not exactly balanced.  

  7. wordsinthewind

    the old dog is going for her annual teeth cleaning which means she didn’t get to have breakfast when Grace did. And I’m really tired of clouds and rain already, the weather guy on our tv tells me to hang on one more day and it’ll clear up. The one bright spot in the morning is mr w who never gets up in a bad mood, or so seldom I can’t remember the last time. He’s the calm center of our household.

  8. PadreJM

    It was 60°F and brightly shining when I got up at 5:00.

    Things are going very well at the office, considering that we are facing severe budgetary pressures, have a very green staff, and the day-to-day operation of a drop-in center is necessarily unpredictable and at times even chaotic.

    It’s a good thing that both the women who just came on board our staff are quick learners, because life at the Center definitely is a case of learning to swim in the deep end.  Yesterday’s intakes included a violent sexual assault survivor, who is physically disabled, and who came in with her worker from the NGO which runs our local domestic violence shelter.  It was not a situation that fits their mandate or guidelines, but they are providing her services anyway to the extent they can given restrictions on some of their designated funding.

    The D.A. wants her to stay in town so she can testify before the Grand Jury tomorrow, and at trial, but has offered no help keeping her safe even though the perpetrator is still at large.  We’re putting her up in a motel for a few nights, and providing transportation home to the Portland area.  Afterward, I’m going to arrange some meetings with local officials to address the systemic problems with victim assistance here in town.  I was appalled at the situation.

    This case took my full attention for a couple of hours, during which time my assistant, only on her second day, had to manage the office with the help of the secretary-receptionist, only on her second day.  They came through the “baptism by fire” with flying colors.

    I’ve got a busy day ahead, including a couple of after-hours appointments, so once again I’ll probably not be popping in here very often, if at all.

  9. nchristine

    print system…. fun and games and politics.  I’m going to have to ‘go out’ and meet people so that I know what the hell is going on.

    (SME – Subject Matter Expert – the person other teams go to to find out if x,y, or z can be done and how long will it take.)

    Thing is I’ve wanted to be SME, but not this fast!!!  Dumped directly into the fire pit!!  One thing is that I can do it the way I want now… so if I want to do some clean up, I can.

  10. bfitzinAR

    I count a good night when I get 7 hours of sleep interrupted by one “bathroom break” around 2 a.m.  I can’t remember the last time I had one of those.  Lately I’ve been getting a couple of hours of decent sleep between 2 and 5 preceded and succeeded by too sleepy to read (can’t focus well enough) but too much mucus in the form of sludge needs assistance to get down the back of my throat to sleep.  This is playing merry hell with my ability to concentrate at work.  As to the QC meetings, I’m mostly just keeping my mouth shut.  If it’s a voice vote on something I’m the only one disagreeing, I just don’t vote.  If it’s a rollcall vote, I vote my conscience with a statement of why I’m voting that way (in a nice, non-confrontational, “professional” RoO manner).  It messes with my sleep and chews on my head, but when I’ve got 10 or more people voting the other way – several of whom are Dems – I’m not going to change anything.  OK – rant over.  Hope everybody has a good Thursday.  {{{HUGS}}}

  11. JG in MD

    Yesterday her vomiting reached beyond “just a few hairballs” to truly scary.

    Geriatric workup, blood work and X-ray: $357 on the ol’ credit card.

    And my only pair of walking sandals broke yesterday. I’ve never been down to one pair, but the other pair broke last year. For Clarks or equivalent it’ll be $60 on the credit card.

    And I was trying to replace a couple of worn-out bras. Silly me. Next thing you know I’ll be wanting to get my teeth cleaned.

  12. emeraldmaiden

    checks clock Yep, still morning. Gonna be another hot one today, probably stay in. Updating and editing eBay listings, and then I need to do some work on the Etsy shop.

    Bad night last night; electrical zings in my “good” foot, and the hip & knee on the bad side were cranky, so no good uninterrupted sleep. Thank Blob for coffee!

    If I can get up the gumption, we’re planning to make some pickles later today.  

  13. slksfca

    Yesterday was pretty busy for me. Got a fresh new haircut and accomplished some errands. Took a pile of rolled coins to the bank and deposited them in my savings account, $60 worth.

    Today I’m heading across town to look for some new pants that actually fit, and then to meet up with a friend.

    Weather continues grey without sign of any let-up. But they say we may finally get a bit of sunshine over the weekend. I hope so but I’m not counting on it.

  14. News Alert Action Central!

    Jim in IA reported a 39 today on his 9 hole round of golf. Par is 36. The score included 2 birdies, 6 fairways and 5 greens hit in regulation. Bystanders report he is acting way too happy about it. He hadn’t played in 2 weeks. It must be the heat getting to him.

    Next time will be a very different story. You will probably never hear about that one.

    Now back to your regularly scheduled program.

  15. princesspat

    RonK, our son and grandson are out crabbing in the small boat now and this evening have tickets for a cruise on Bellingham Bay aboard The Lady Washington…..a fun day on the water for them and a welcome quiet day for me.

  16. JG in MD

    At Easy Spirit, found two pairs of leather sandals, buy 1 get 1 half off, both were on sale. The two were about $60.00, the usual price for one pair.

    Didn’t find a bra.

    Most of the bras these days are padded, including the large sizes. Honestly, would a DDD size woman want a padded bra? And a lot of the regular big bras are labeled “minimizer.” ::Irony alert::

    I have a theory that the padded bras are cheaper to manufacture so they’re pushing them on us, so to speak. Rhona thinks I’m paranoid, can’t imagine why I would think that.

    Suggestions for how to research this?

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