TPBM #93 - Hello in Theleminese


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TPBM #93 - Hello in Theleminese

Editado: Jul 11, 2016, 11:34 am

// That would be pronounced "Thel em en EEZE." It's a long story.... //

Morningwalker's post #399 in the previous thread was: TPBM is unhappy to be back to work after a week wait, that's me.

No, but I'd like to be. I've had almost eleven years off (kind of, sort of,) and I'm actively looking for a steady income again. Contract programming and book editing isn't making ends meet, especially with the medical expenses we've had for the past year.

// You owe it to yourself to go back to the previous thread and have a gander at SGiV's last post.//

TPBM could have come up with a less obscure subject line.

Jul 11, 2016, 12:07 pm

Only for those who continue to show an interest in aging ex-football (soccer) players. The Class of '92 is a label applied to five former Manchester United stars who maintained their involvement in the beautiful game and spent some of their superfluous cash by buying a football club - Salford United.

TPBM can name the hairy one, and probably best player, of the five - or else suggest some other 92.

Editado: Jul 11, 2016, 12:22 pm

The hairy one? I think not.

My home state, Indiana, has 92 counties. No, I can't list them all from memory.

TPBM has another idea for 92 (or 93, as this seems to be our 93rd thread... but counting is not my strong suit).

Jul 11, 2016, 12:34 pm

Well, a quick Googling of 93 brought up this possible book related idea...

One of two ISBN Group Identifiers for books published in India.

TPBM has fond memories of 1993

Jul 11, 2016, 2:52 pm

Absolutely! It is the year my daughter was born.

TPBM also has fond memories of 1993.

Editado: Jul 11, 2016, 3:14 pm

>3 casvelyn: // Silly me! My mind is too taken up with the appalling state of government in the UK ;-( In 1993 we were just getting over our exit from the ERM and Black Wednesday, so I'll pass on that.//

Jul 11, 2016, 5:24 pm

Jurassic Park, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Fugitive (greatest movie line ever: Harrison Ford- "I didn't kill my wife!"/Tommy Lee Jones- "I don't care."), Sleepless in Seattle, Indecent Proposal, Schindler's List, Philadelphia. It was a good year.

TPBM has a golden year.

Jul 11, 2016, 5:35 pm

Eh, not really. Some have been better than others, but not by enough to be "golden."

The person below me has a golden goose.

Jul 11, 2016, 6:00 pm

It's not a goose; it's a cockatiel, and it belongs to my wife; not me. It's more of a goose egg. No, I take that back. It's ruined more furniture and other surfaces than we could ever hope to compensate by selling the @#$% thing. A used toothpick has more worth.

Don't get me started!

TPBM has firm boundaries when it comes to tolerance.

Jul 11, 2016, 6:53 pm

// >1 WholeHouseLibrary: Hey, I get it! Got the current! //

I have little tolerance for intolerant bigotry.

TPBM has examples.

Jul 12, 2016, 1:59 am

Plenty! But, I'd probably get so angry enumerating them, I'd probably burst a blood vessel in my eye. So, peace out.

TPBM may want to think of a new topic.

Jul 12, 2016, 8:27 am

Pickles. Or astronomy. Or Grumpy Cat. Or earthworm casings. Or crepe myrtles.

TPBM will choose from the above or provide a new topic themselves.

Jul 12, 2016, 8:29 am

Yes. The group will now discuss how Finding Florida by T.D. Allman with it's historical details on corruption, political chicanery and double-dealings, bent ballots, murder and mayhem relate to present day Florida.

TPBM already knows.

Jul 12, 2016, 9:02 am

No I don't but I was hoping for pickles. I used to make a great sweet chunk pickle but then that was when lots of us gardened in my neighborhood and we outnumbered the creatures. Now no one does. THe critters won. They got me 3 years ago.

TPBM makes a great bread and butter pickle!

Editado: Jul 12, 2016, 9:10 am

Well, you learn something every day! What I've been making for the last several years is bread and butter pickles. One recipe is my great-grandmother's 8-day pickles, the other is my husband's great aunt's 13-day pickles. These are the 8-day pickles:

TPBM knows the critters will always win against a vegetable garden.

Jul 12, 2016, 11:38 am

And against some flower gardens. I thought the deer were eating my purple coneflowers because they are about 3-4 feet high and the tops were eaten off. I then discovered Mr. Woodchuck likes to stand on his hind legs and gently bend the bud down to his mouth and chomp it and the leaves.

TPBM thinks karenmarie should share her pickles with us.

Jul 12, 2016, 12:30 pm

One of my earliest memories is helping Grandma make pickles, so, yes. Even if I can't get any of karenmarie's pickles, I am grateful she prompted the memory.

TPBM has another memory to be grateful for.

Jul 12, 2016, 12:31 pm

Yes! I'll pay my part for shipping. TPBM knows how to ship so they will not break! Tell me, please!!

Editado: Jul 12, 2016, 3:10 pm

Well, you could remove the pickles from the jar, toss them in a box, and mail them that way, but I don't think it would work very well.

// I can't eat store-bought pickles. Can't deal with dill, or onions, or garlic and such. I just slice a cucumber and let the pieces sit in a bowl of AC vinegar and a few ice cubes for less than a half hour, and then stuff my face with them. The ice keeps them crispy. //

TPBM has another "home recipe" to share.

Jul 12, 2016, 9:20 pm

My grandmother used to make water melon rind pickles. They were quite tasty, as I recall. I am not sure if anyone in the family has her recipe.

TPBM has an old family recipe to share.

Editado: Jul 13, 2016, 7:08 am

Yes, put two ice cubes in a glass of bourbon. Serves 2.

TPBM forswears the hard stuff.

Jul 13, 2016, 12:57 am

'Tis true. An accidental swallow of mouthwash put me in the hospital for several weeks.
It was a stupid idea thinking I could rinse out my mouth. It basically made my mouth one huge ulcer, and the shock reaction was a swallow.
Damn near killed me.

TPBM washes, rinses, and repeats.

Editado: Jul 13, 2016, 8:57 am

Yup. Did it this morning with my hair. It's still wet, with gel on it (or, as my daughter says, "Product"). It will be nice and dry by the time I go to lunch with my old IT department.

//Guess who has made watermelon rind pickles? Yup, yours truly. My FiL loved them. They are a serious pain the ass to make. I didn't start making them before most store bought watermelons start having thinner rinds. Whew! Cutting those rinds is hard on the hands.//

TPBM realizes that I don't have enough pickles to share with everybody and will let me forgive my not sending any.

Jul 13, 2016, 10:26 am

Well, okay, but don't show us pictures next time.

TPBM's mouth waters when they see ________.

Jul 13, 2016, 11:11 am

Pictures of pickles! Oh, the humanity!

TPBM knows how many pickled peppers Peter Piper picks, and will spill the beans.

Jul 13, 2016, 2:14 pm

A peck, wasn't it?

TPBM knows how you love somebody a bushel and a peck

Jul 13, 2016, 5:01 pm

Well, first I'd take her "into the barn", if you know what I mean ...
Then , we'd "peck" for a long time, if you know what I mean ...
Then I'd ...

TPBM knows what I mean.

Jul 13, 2016, 8:31 pm

You two would play Pokemon Go and then do good works for the deserving poor?

TPBM has a stylist.

Jul 14, 2016, 8:42 am

Yeah sure, and an agent, and a personal massage therapist and a maid and butler. I had to let the chauffeur go when I got the self-driving car. Sad because I really liked him in his uniform and hat.

TPBM took a walk on the wild side recently.

Jul 14, 2016, 11:27 am

Well, my cat's semi-feral, so... yes?

The person below me is also semi-feral.

Jul 14, 2016, 1:13 pm

If peeing in the corners is wrong, I don't want to be right.

TPBM is so very refined.

Editado: Jul 14, 2016, 2:38 pm

>31 SomeGuyInVirginia: When I read your post I laughed so hard I almost, well you know...peed my pants, so, no, not so refined. God I need to get out more.

TPBM is well defined.

Jul 14, 2016, 2:52 pm

a) I have pretty good boundaries
b) I like to think I'm undefinable
c) I'm open to the possibility that I'm wrong about both those things.

TPBM is open to ______________.

Jul 14, 2016, 3:09 pm

Another pot of coffee being at the ready.

TPBM often uses quotes from movies in their everyday discourse.

// MrsHouseLibrary's favorite movie is "Hot Fuzz." There's a scene where the main character confronts a group of black robed, hooded characters in an enclave. Part of the dialog has one of them saying "It's for the greater good." and everyone else intones "The greater good." I think it occurs twice or three times. So we've both gotten in the silly habit of doing that whenever we hear someone else say it. Not everyone gets the reference. //

Jul 15, 2016, 8:38 am

Well, not everyday but one of my favorites is "what we have is, failure to communicate." Oh oh and I recently had the opportunity to use "I carried a watermelon."

TPBM knows the movies both quotes are from and has some of their own favorites.

Jul 15, 2016, 9:24 am

//>32 morningwalker: Mercy buckets, ma'amzelle!//

Cool Hand Luke! A gem! I looked the second up but I've never seen Dirty Dancing, although it's supposed to be a really good movie. I really enjoyed Hot Fuzz, but I came within a trice of flying to London to see Shawn of the Dead when it first came out.

TPBM has strong feelings about who will play them and others in the movie of their life.

Jul 15, 2016, 4:48 pm

No, I'm easy about that. I'll leave it to the studio. But I would draw the line at Scarlett Johanssen, she's just not the inner me.

TPBM is uneasy about their 'inner me'.

Jul 15, 2016, 7:17 pm

Not at the moment. I just ate a lot of zucchini, though, so I may become uneasy in an hour or two.

TPBM is taking it easy.

Jul 16, 2016, 10:53 am

I am dying, Egypt, dying. The doc's given me some antibiotics and they seem to be helping. I had to clean out the kitchen for the exterminators, and now my place looks like I just moved in and I don't feel like straightening it out, so I'll probably read in bed all day. Worse things have happened. In other news, I got my hair cut really short and I'm kind of grooving on it. OH! And I'm going to binge watch 'Stranger Things' on Netflix! Yeah buddy!

TPBM isn't chatty at all.

Jul 16, 2016, 11:34 am


TPBM isn't afraid to speak in public.

Jul 16, 2016, 1:46 pm

That is incorrect.

TPBM isn't afraid to sing in public.

Jul 16, 2016, 3:07 pm

That is incorrect. Last time I sang in public and wasn't hyperventilating was in 8th grade. Our jr high school's chorus wasn't big and for graduation our Principal told us that if there weren't 100 students in the chorus to sing at graduation we wouldn't get our graduation party. Damned blackmailer. But I was oblivious to the stress of singing, only the injustice of it all.

TPBM has experienced a horrible injustice at the hands of a school principal.

Jul 16, 2016, 5:04 pm

That is incorrect. I got "disciplined" about the fact I wore cutoffs in school, but I knew the rule and ignored it. And really, nothing ever came of it. The vice principal was a former WAC -- looked like she could eat shrapnel for lunch. We all called her Sarge. She was tough as nails, but it was easy (for me, apparently) to see it was a facade. There was a look in her eyes that she really cared deeply for all of the students. She died a few years ago from a fall off a stool. The chatter among the members of my graduating class was mostly unkind comments. Clearly, they didn't see what was so obvious to me.

TPBM has been to Mars.

Editado: Jul 16, 2016, 5:15 pm

At least some version of Mars. With Matt Damon.

TPBM has been to Europe.

Jul 16, 2016, 6:59 pm

I always thought that I was in Europe all the time. Since June 23rd when a majority of my countrymen voted to leave the European Union I am not so sure. It is a depressing situation.

TPBM is unfazed by national crisis.

Jul 17, 2016, 12:59 am

Having lived through a few, I'm a bit numb. Seems like ordinary life doesn't change as much as one fears -- or hopes.

TPBM hopes.

Jul 17, 2016, 11:33 am

Keep hope alive, baby.

TPBM dreams.

Editado: Jul 18, 2016, 8:30 am

Not much. Life has a way of getting in the way.

//>36 SomeGuyInVirginia: I'm not surprised you haven't seen Dirty Dancing, but it is one of, if not THE top chick flick for women aged 12-80. I mean Patrick Swayze dancing, hopeless romance, Patrick Swayze in tight black pants, good music, oh, did I mention Patrick Swayze?//

TPBM would like to live off the grid.

Jul 18, 2016, 9:02 am

It was always my dream to just drift and sail and live on a boat. Perhaps I am already OFF the main grid as I had to google the gentleman you seem to lust for ... he died young!

TPBM knows how to get on - and off - the "grid"

Editado: Jul 18, 2016, 9:36 am

Yes, but I have a cell phone and a credit card, so I am the gubmint's punk.

TPBM dresses punk.

Jul 18, 2016, 11:42 am

In a town filled with neo-hippies, I'm the one wearing black. But as I was never a punk or a goth, I prefer to think of it as neo-beatnik. Of course, there's the Witch thing, too...

TPBM is neo-_________.

Jul 18, 2016, 11:57 am

Paleolithic. At least until I've had my sixth mug of coffee.

TPBM is pneumo-_________________.

Jul 19, 2016, 8:36 am

Not that I know of. I could be wrong though.

TPBM has to dance when they hear _________.

Jul 19, 2016, 9:04 am

"Play that funky music white boy" as I'm a white boy with no sense of rhythm. I just shake my booty and have fun when I do get a chance to dance.

// //

TPBM will share their favorite dance song.

Editado: Jul 19, 2016, 9:15 am

'Get Up Offa That Thing.' Not only is it a dance anthem, but damn good advice.

TPBM learned to dance at Mrs. Trethowan's School for Gels.

Editado: Jul 19, 2016, 9:32 am

No, I learned tap and ballet and the Linkletter-Totten Dance Studio in Hawthorne, California when I was a little girl.

TPBM formally studied another type of dance.

Jul 19, 2016, 1:32 pm

My mother studied tap (in the '20s and '30s), and I took a few lessons here and there. When I remarried in my 50s, my 13-yr old stepson was studying tap. He was appalled that I would break into a step or two every now and again. He was especially appalled when he outgrew a pair of tap shoes and I discovered they fit me perfectly. Stepson is now 26 years old, hangs around Bushwick being a hipster black-leather-jacket occultist (he was featured in Buzzfeed!) and still takes tap classes. My tapping days, sadly, are over. In all seriousness, I think I'd fall right over.

TPBM knows what Buzzfeed is.

Jul 19, 2016, 3:07 pm

Not sure; I hope it's an intravenous infusion of caffeine.

TPBM can tell me.

Jul 19, 2016, 8:26 pm

Sure, I could tel you but then you'd be enlightened for a day. But I can teach you how to Google and you'll be enlightened for a lifetime.

TPBM ego surfs.

Jul 20, 2016, 1:06 am

Wossat, then? It is an anagram of sure fogs.

TPBM completes crosswords.

Jul 20, 2016, 2:44 am

More often than not.

TPBM prefers Sudoku.

Jul 20, 2016, 9:08 am

Well, I do a lot of Sudoku but after a while it's all gimmicks. Maybe it's jumped the shark for me?

TPBM has been to a wedding in Hawaii.

Jul 20, 2016, 10:22 am

No, but I went to a conference in Wisconsin once.

TPBM went to a funeral in New York.

Jul 20, 2016, 10:30 am

No, but I went to a button show in Virginia.

TPBM went to a competition in Louisiana.

Jul 20, 2016, 11:34 am

No, but I went to a Gaudy in Oxford.

TPBM went to a convention in Poughkeepsie.

Jul 20, 2016, 11:39 am

No, but I went to an engagement party on the Greek Island of Andros.

TPBM went to an airshow in Tucson.

Jul 20, 2016, 11:56 am

No, but I went to a flea market in Nevada.

TPBM went to a rave in Amsterdam.

Jul 20, 2016, 12:55 pm

No, but I've kissed the Blarney Stone.

TPBM went to the Burning Man event in Nevada.

Jul 20, 2016, 1:24 pm

No, but I spent the night in a haunted hotel.

TPBM went to a graduation party in New Jersey.

Jul 20, 2016, 1:47 pm

No, but I saw David Bowie at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.

TPBM went to a museum in Omaha.

Jul 20, 2016, 2:00 pm

No, but I saw Harry Chapin at a small venue in New London Connecticut.

TPBM went to a winery in Northern California.

Jul 20, 2016, 6:32 pm

No, but I found a silver dime on the beach once.

TPBM went to Comic-Con in San Diego.

Jul 20, 2016, 8:03 pm

No, but I was once introduced from the audience during a panel at a comi-con in Chicago.

TPBM went whale watching in Alaska.

Jul 20, 2016, 8:43 pm

No, but I ate squid in Nova Scotia.

TPBM has seen the dawn come up like thunder on the road to Mandalay.

Editado: Jul 21, 2016, 2:48 am

No, but I saw the cloudless sunset in the North Sea two days ago

TPBM took the long way to Tipperary

Jul 21, 2016, 2:39 am

No, but , two years ago, my brother did.

TPBM saw the birds of Capistrano.

Jul 21, 2016, 3:02 am

No, but barn swallows flew around my head, one week ago

TPBM has met the Angel of Harlem

Jul 21, 2016, 8:26 am

No, but I saw CATS on Broadway.

TPBM is related to a politician.

Jul 21, 2016, 8:31 am

God, no. Not in this life, at any rate.

TPBM runs screaming from any mention of politics these days.

Jul 21, 2016, 9:24 am

I do know what you mean, but there's just too much going on, certainly here in the UK. Demagoguery seems to thrive, here and elsewhere. Trump, Erdogan and now that harmless old Corbyn is beginning to sound that way. I blame the echo-chambers of social media. as much as anything.

TPBM will move to motherhood and apple-pie

Editado: Jul 21, 2016, 9:28 am

Well you can run, but you can not hide.

Leapt indeed!
There are doubts about the apples.

TPBM likes to keep up to date on the campaign's mothers.

Jul 21, 2016, 12:32 pm

They're all muthers.

TPBM is above the fray.

Jul 21, 2016, 2:20 pm

My slippers are frayed, so, yes.

TPBM slips.

Jul 21, 2016, 6:53 pm

Occasionally, but rarely in a Freudian sort of way.

TPBM has ridden a donkey in the Grand Canyon.

Jul 22, 2016, 8:23 am

No, but I watched with admiration as a group of them slowly made its way down carrying their human cargo.

TPBM has whitewater rafted.

Jul 22, 2016, 8:39 am

YES, finally something I have done!! Went on the Lehigh River and the Youghiogheny and some lesser trips close to home.

TPBM has zip lined.

Jul 22, 2016, 9:02 am

Never! First time I did it a girl in class broke her had to be rebroken some weeks later.

TPBM has been to the Vatican.

Jul 22, 2016, 9:35 am

YES - fifty-odd years ago, but I don't suppose it is all that different, except the Pope, of course. My main memory is of getting into the Sistine Chapel near to closing time and being driven out again by a line of attendants loudly rattling their keys.

TPBM has been north of the Arctic Circle

Jul 22, 2016, 10:45 am

No way, I don't even like winter in Pennsylvania.

TPBM has gazed at the stars under the desert night sky.

Editado: Jul 22, 2016, 10:50 am

Leapt again! Twice in two posts ...getting old can be a bummer!

Yes I did in the middle east and does Phoneix count?
Well I had to google it but yes, to my surprise, I have.

TPBM has been to the other extremes

Editado: Jul 22, 2016, 10:51 am

AAK! Leaped!

Night sky in the tropics? Nevah!

Yes, camping in Moab. Stunning, stunning, stunning.

TPBM did the Watusi on the 99th floor.

Jul 22, 2016, 11:27 am

Not that I recall.

TPBM has picked his/her feet in Poughkeepsie, or at least tell me why I would think of that.

Jul 22, 2016, 5:48 pm

No, I'd rather soak in Schenectady.

TPBM likes pickled __________.

Jul 22, 2016, 6:31 pm

Beets. No, actually, I'm lying. They're nasty.

TPBM likes raw _______________.

Jul 22, 2016, 9:32 pm

Carrots. Can't stand mushy, cooked ones.

TPBM prefers ______________.

Jul 22, 2016, 9:57 pm

Mushy, cooked carrots.

TPBM likes ________ soup.

Jul 23, 2016, 3:12 am

Helianthus tuberosus. Very delicious and if you have a garden, they are like a cold resistent potato, so even in the winter you can dig up fresh ones.

TPBM has been leaped.

Jul 23, 2016, 11:36 am

Yes, but more often I am the leaper.

TPBM looks before they leap.

Jul 23, 2016, 12:52 pm

The older I get, the more I look before leaping. Since I'm 63, that means a lot of looking these days.

TPBM leaped before they looked once but it turned out well.

Jul 24, 2016, 2:59 pm

Well, I quit my job once because of moral indignation with no other prospects lined up. I was younger then, but, looking back, I would probably make the same choice today.

And it did work out well, come to think of it.

TPBM also took a moral stand that worked out well in the end (or didn't).

Jul 24, 2016, 4:28 pm

Sure did! I quit my IT-related job while my then-wife was four-months pregnant with our second child. I worked for "Division A" of a bank in NYC, and my work space was in a building managed by "Division B." One of my B peers set up his boss to be fired, and was then promoted to that position. A few months later, he had twice enacted disciplinary actions against virtually everyone who worked under him. One more perceived infraction, and he could fire any of them. After that, I was told by my Division A manager that I now worked for this clown. I took a day off to talk to the HR department in NYC, as I hadn't been notified (or asked) about the change beforehand. They said there was nothing they could do. I went to work the next day, cleared out my desk, and put the contents in my car. I wrote up a letter of resignation, emailed a copy to HR, walked into this jerk's office, and tossed my ID badge on his desk. When he asked why, I told him exactly why and loud enough that everyone in the admin offices heard.

A week later, I was working in NYC again, for a different place entirely, for more more money, and for the most supportive boss I've ever had.

TPBM also took a moral stand that worked out well in the end (or didn't).

Jul 25, 2016, 12:50 am

I told my second husband, the actor, that after being the one with the straight job for a decade, it was his turn to bite the bullet so I could try to do something with my art. Didn't take too long before we separated. I miss the son-of-a-gun, but I've done a lot with my life since then.

TPBM also took a moral stand that worked out well in the end (or didn't).

Jul 25, 2016, 1:24 pm

I once threw a burglar out of the house. It was the stoopidest thing I've ever done, but when I found him I was furious! Luckily, he wanted out as much as I wanted him to be out so I didn't get killed.

TPBM is twisting by the pool.

Jul 25, 2016, 2:38 pm

How about swiveling in my armchair in the air-conditioning? After all, it's 95F, heat index 111F.

TPBM inherited a neat old toy from a relative or friend.

Jul 25, 2016, 6:13 pm

Not a toy, and not necessarily an inheritance, but a painted, plaster table lamp in the shape of an old sailing vessel, three masts. It originally belonged to my father's father. Somehow, Dad got it, and when the folks moved to Florida, they were going to toss it out. Well, I used that lamp to read by when I was a kid, so I grabbed it!

There's also this turkey platter that my mother gave me. It belonged to her grandmother, and we used it every Thanksgiving. Of all the siblings still living in New Jersey, I was the only one who had any kids, so my mother told me about the history of the platter and said she was passing it on to me. With that, she gently placed it on the kitchen table, and it cracked! I took it anyway; glued and clamped it; and I'm still using it every Thanksgiving.

Keep this going. TPBM inherited a neat old toy from a relative or friend.

Jul 25, 2016, 8:07 pm

Not a toy, and I've probably mentioned it before, but I have a small book (Shakespeare?) where my grandmother wrote inside 'Read by moonlight, Chowan College, Summer Term, 1914.' She was never more than five feet away from a book at any time in her life.

TPBM inherited another neat old toy, gizmo, treasure or whatsit from a relative or a friend.

Jul 25, 2016, 8:11 pm

Not a toy, but a freestanding, copper-lined humidor with a clock in the door. It belonged to my grandfather. I once asked my dad how old it was and he said he remembered it as always being there, so that puts it back to the mid-1920s at least. I love it. But the clock hasn't worked in my memory.

Keep this going. TPBM inherited a neat old toy from a relative or friend.

Editado: Jul 25, 2016, 10:49 pm

From a friend, and not a toy. I worked for a year in the pattern shop of an iron foundry in northern New Jersey. I was maybe 21 at the time. One of the pattern makers was a fellow by the name of Gregory Bobenwrither; strange old guy, but immensely talented; lived in a teeny house in Hawthorne with his wife; was pulled out of school to go to work when he was in 8th grade. He read whenever he wasn't working or tinkering around on his basement. Down there, he had a small wood shop, a small forge, and a dark room. He used filters on a stereo camera, took pictures using monochrome (black-and-white) film, developed the slides and set them into frames. He built a device that would accept the slides at different ends and onto a movie screen, project full-color 3-D images. He was also a master wood carver, and created etchings. We became good friends, and I visited him often over the following ten or more years, before I moved to Texas.

In the late 80s, he was asked to contribute his etchings to a book project. Everything about the book was handmade -- the paper, the printing, his etchings, the binding ... I still have the newspaper article about it. In all, there were 500 books created, an they each sold for $300. I couldn't afford one. One of them is in the Pierpont Morgan Library (or museum, I forget which) in NYC. Well, I've got over a hundred of his etchings -- most of which he mailed to me after I moved to Texas. A few dozen are in frames on my bedroom wall; the rest are still in the envelopes he mailed them in. When I get time, I'll have them all on display.

Keep this going. TPBM inherited a neat old toy from a relative or friend.

Jul 26, 2016, 10:04 am

Not a toy but a couple stamps that my mother carved as a girl. I think one is a horse and one is a woman's face. I also have her scrap book with movie stars like Roy Rogers in it.

TPBM will continue or change to a topic of their choosing.

Editado: Jul 28, 2016, 8:45 am

Back to me. From my MiL, husband's mother, we inherited her 1930s child's Singer Sewing Machine and her Charley McCarthy doll. From her Aunt Eloise, my daughter inherited the doll Eloise was given as a child in the late 1910s.

Keep this going. TPBM inherited a neat old toy from a relative or friend.

Jul 26, 2016, 11:14 am

When my parents downsized, they gave me a Bavarian hand cranked music box, with these large, O-shaped disks. The music is made by bellows blowing air though pipes. Most of the music were folk songs, with one Christmas tune. One song I recall vividly, a dance ballad; I still hum it occasionally and when I do I think that I'm probably one of the few people left in the world who still know it.

TPBM inherited a neat old toy from a relative or friend.

Jul 26, 2016, 12:10 pm

Kind of - I inherited a lovely old spanish acoustic guitar from my Memere. That is when I learned that she used to perform locally at country dances before she met Pepere. I never would have guessed - she lived until I was almost 40 and never mentioned that part of her life at all. I was glad to find the photos of her in her stage costumes - spangly cowboy boots and hats.

TPBM inherited something neat from a relative or a friend.

Jul 27, 2016, 8:25 am

I inherited brown eyes good sense of humor from my dad. Not that neat, but it's all I got.

TPBM drinks green tea.

Jul 27, 2016, 9:21 am

Gah! No, not a tea drinker. Well, iced tea.

TPBM can see into the future.

Jul 27, 2016, 10:47 am

No more than anyone else can. But, over time, I've found that, more often than not, things I've opined/predicted/what-have-you have played out as I thought they would -- for better or worse.

TPBM didn't see that coming.

Jul 27, 2016, 4:16 pm

You mean the election?

Just call me Cassandra; even when I'm dead right, people don't want to believe me.

TPBM knew all along.

Jul 27, 2016, 7:44 pm

I try to know as little as possible. So far I've been very successful.

TPBM gives a little bit.

Jul 28, 2016, 8:45 am

Not as much as I should, but yes, a little bit.

TPBM has a vegetable or herb garden.

Jul 28, 2016, 9:20 am

Both. Plus flower gardens. All are a bit out of control right now as July heat keeps me from keeping up with the weeds.

TPBM has bought clothing for a pet (excluding WHL).

Editado: Jul 28, 2016, 9:46 am

// >119 morningwalker: *smile* re excluding WHL. I know it's to save him stress, right? //

Jul 28, 2016, 11:50 am

//You have no idea!//

Jul 28, 2016, 1:22 pm

Nope, but I've bought clothes because of a pet. I have to pay the dry cleaner $1 extra per shirt because P-Bitey always lays into my arm to make a point. Every time I go in, the Korean lady who runs the place points to my shirt sleeves and says 'bloooooood'.

TPBM will send WHL a puppy.

Jul 28, 2016, 1:29 pm

//>120 karenmarie: Yes, exactly to save him stress...or maybe to rile him up????//

Jul 28, 2016, 4:10 pm

I suppose if it were delivered by drone it might take out the cockatiel.......

Re pet problems, today I heard a very angry young man (in cycling kit, as it happens) opposite Euston Station in the middle of London shouting into his mobile phone "Louise, you don't have to give me any stress about a f**king kitten!".

TPBM will recall another eavesdropping

Editado: Jul 29, 2016, 11:29 am

Not an evesdropping, but twice I've seen undercover ops pass items in the Metro Center subway stop.

TPBM pays attention to their surroundings.

Jul 29, 2016, 12:19 pm

I have to, especially in the morning when I walk since there are frequent bear sightings in the area. Lately though its just me the dog, a little red fox and a mama deer and her two fawns.

TPBM likes old black and white movies.

Jul 29, 2016, 12:48 pm

//>126 morningwalker: It's not Christmas without a Hope and Crosby Road movie.//

Jul 29, 2016, 1:55 pm

//>127 SomeGuyInVirginia: Or without "It's a Wonderful Life." God I love that show. I haven't watched a Hope and Crosby in years. Wonder if they're on UTube??//

Editado: Jul 29, 2016, 9:31 pm

I do like old black and white movies - William Powell's My Man Godfrey and the Thin Man series, Arsenic and Old Lace and lots of other old Cary Grant movies, Katherine Hepburn, A Streetcar Named Desire, Astaire and Rogers, and lots and lots more. Even better, my 23-year old daughter appreciates them too.

TPBM loves old musicals, black and white OR color.

Jul 30, 2016, 12:15 am

Oh yes! Anything with Judy Garland. Or Gene Kelly. Or by Rodgers and Hammerstein or Cole Porter. Those guys knew how to craft a great lyric and pair it with a great melody!

TPBM will Begin the Beguine.

Jul 30, 2016, 8:06 am

And a night of tropical splendor.

I get a kick out of TPBM.

Jul 30, 2016, 10:17 am

Not likely; my leg's not that long. But if I ever get the chance ... okay.

TPBM is okay with how things are.

Jul 30, 2016, 2:32 pm

It's the wrong time and the wrong place,
Though your face (I am sure) is charming, it's the wrong face

So, just of now, I'll pass.

TPBM is the promised kiss of springtime

Jul 31, 2016, 10:07 am

No, just one of those things.

TPBM has love for sale.

Jul 31, 2016, 11:03 pm

Money can't buy me love.

TPBM wants to know a secret.

Ago 1, 2016, 1:37 am

I do dah do!

TPBM can drive my car, eight days a week.

Ago 1, 2016, 8:21 am

I will if the pay is right.

TPBM is too hot (hot damn), called a police and a fireman.

Ago 1, 2016, 9:38 am

Knowing me, knowing you, it's the best I can do.

TPBM is bringing sexy back.

Ago 1, 2016, 10:58 am

I've always thought sexy is something you perceive in others; not something that you are.

Having said that, if you like my body, and you think I'm sexy, come on TPBM, let me know.

Ago 2, 2016, 1:42 am

In olden days a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking, now heaven knows, sexiness is in the eye of the beholder.

TPBM has beheld WHL and has got him under his or her skin.

Ago 2, 2016, 9:27 am

He's the top! He's the Colosseum. He's the top! He's the Louvre museum. He's a melody from a symphony by Strauss, he's a Bendel bonnet, a Shakespeare's sonnet, he's Mickey Mouse!

TPBM is public enemy number one.

Ago 2, 2016, 9:27 am

//Where's 2wonderY? Her screen name is perfect for this. Come in, 2wY!//

Ago 3, 2016, 8:43 am

No, I'm not good enough to be #1. I think I'm somewhere around #4 or #5.

TPBM has an idea where 2wy is hiding.

Ago 3, 2016, 9:08 am

I think she's hiding from public enemy #1!

TPBM fudges the numbers.

Ago 3, 2016, 9:46 am

Oh no, data geek that I am I love to lie with statistics.

TPBM has kept a reading diary for a long time.

Editado: Ago 3, 2016, 9:56 am

Does 24 years count? I'm only 30, so it feels like a long time to me. Sadly, the childhood reading diary is no longer extant. It was a big binder with a Books Read section, a TBR section, and a section keeping track of my progress in various series and which library systems (we had library cards at three systems) had which books. All handwritten, and all kept perfectly up to date through my near-constant revisions. In middle school I started keeping an electronic version of the binder (also no longer with us) in a Word doc, before moving to spreadsheets in high school (which I still have), and ultimately here to LT.

Clearly I was meant to be a librarian.

TPBM had their adult career foreshadowed in childhood hobbies or interests.

Ago 3, 2016, 11:07 am

I grew up on a small, rather wet and soggy, island in the Thames Estuary where all the boys wandered around the marsh, the ditches and ponds. We enjoyed getting 'wet foot' when we found water deeper than our 'wellies', so of course, at 15 I skipped school and went to sea.

TPBM has always been totally at sea,

Ago 3, 2016, 2:53 pm

No, but I've probably gone overboard a few times.

TPBM is looking forward to the meteor shower this month (Aug 11).

Ago 4, 2016, 9:56 am

It's about time those meteors showered, they were looking very scruffy! Neatness counts!

TPBM has washed a statue.

Ago 4, 2016, 9:58 am

Yes, of Hermes. But I washed the column he stood on as well and - being Plaster of Paris, not marble - it melted.

TPBM has frequent melt-downs.

Ago 4, 2016, 12:40 pm

Only occasional ones since I retired.

TPBM channels melt-down energy into get-things-accomplished energy.

Ago 4, 2016, 1:03 pm

Yes, I recently bought an electric bike.

TPBM owns an electric mike.

Ago 4, 2016, 5:03 pm

I've been told I'm plenty loud.

TPBM has an electric boogaloo.

Ago 5, 2016, 11:16 am

Nope, my boogaloo is solar powered! I'm trying to be more environmentally friendly.

TPBM is still groovy.

Ago 5, 2016, 12:12 pm

After all these years.

TPBM is still crazy.

Ago 5, 2016, 12:21 pm

Yup! According to my mother (age 95) and my wife (don't ask) and my daughter, I have always been that way. I thought that was a prerequisite of being hired to work on computers and related stuff . . . TPBM begs to disagree!

Ago 5, 2016, 3:18 pm

Nope, sorry. I totally agree. I start programming computers in 1972 and just retired in January from a career as a programmer/analyst.

I'm still crazy after all these years and don't plan on changing anytime soon.

TPBM has changed careers more than once.

Ago 5, 2016, 4:28 pm

More like, I've lost count:

chronologically, first occurrences only:

Telephone salesperson
Statistical clerk
Office clerical
Store clerk
File clerk
Art gallery assistant
Records manager
Personal assistant
Office manager
Bookstore owner
Arts & crafter
Web designer
Retired (phew!)

TPBM can guess what my degree is in.

Ago 5, 2016, 4:31 pm

Eclectic Studies?

TPBM is also a Jack (or Jill) of all trades.

Ago 7, 2016, 9:38 am

A Jill of some trades, at least.

TPBM has heard of Fatso the Fat-Arsed Wombat.

Ago 7, 2016, 7:21 pm

That weird guy who sat next to me on the subway last week?

TPBM has been in a self-driving car.

Ago 8, 2016, 8:27 am

No, I lied when I said I had one earlier. My car is 10 years old and is a really good car I hope to keep it a long time. It's small, but I downsized on my kayak and can actually fit the new one inside. I went down the creek yesterday and it was beautiful.

TPBM had a busy weekend.

Ago 8, 2016, 11:12 am

For me, yes. Lunch with friends on Saturday and monthly book club meeting last night. Today's already been busy too - Friends of the Library Board Meeting.

TPBM goes to Friends of the Library book sales as often as they can.

Ago 8, 2016, 12:27 pm

I avoid them like the plague. The last thing I can cope with at this point is more books in my house; my tbr shelf is around 80 volumes as it is, and there's another 5 on my bedside table.. I do donate to book sales, though. In my case, it's Friends of the Animal Shelter that benefits. They have a $5-a-bag sale the last weekend of every month.

TPBM has a favorite charity.

Ago 9, 2016, 8:38 am

Top two are my local library and local humane society.

TPBM never watches the Olympics.

Ago 9, 2016, 9:04 am

Not intentionally, but it's on everywhere. I guess that would make it second-hand coverage.

TPBM wonders 'are there no prisons?'

Ago 9, 2016, 9:46 am

No Ebenezer, only workhouses. You know, like your office.

TPBM prefers that ....

Ago 9, 2016, 6:27 pm

.... to The Gulag Archipelago. (Nice catch, John)

TPBM thinks that the punishment should fit the crime.

Ago 10, 2016, 9:12 am

Don't get me started, I've got a little list. OK, not so little.

TPBM flies in their dreams.

Ago 10, 2016, 10:00 am

Gawd no! When I retired I rejoiced (mistakenly) that I would never, ever, have to get on a 'plane and fly again.

TPBM prefers the bus and subamenway.

Ago 10, 2016, 11:45 am

Nope. I have my trusty little car.

TPBM would like to _______________before they die.

Ago 10, 2016, 12:31 pm

Stab in the forehead the next person who utters the phrase 'the gift of reading.' I dunno, maybe it's just me.

TPBM would like to ____________ before they die.

Ago 10, 2016, 12:46 pm

Read all of my books.

TPBM would like to ____________ before they die.

Editado: Ago 10, 2016, 1:09 pm

Pay off my Amazon account.

TPBM would like to see another good joke before they die.

Ago 10, 2016, 1:16 pm

Well, the elections are just around the corner.

TPBM would like to _____________ before they die.

Ago 10, 2016, 2:00 pm

Give a good joke (well in my opinion) to >174 John_Vaughan: - Okay, ready? Why don’t you ever see hippopotamus' hiding in trees? Wait for it......Because they’re REALLY good at it.

TPBM has a really bad joke too.

Ago 10, 2016, 3:18 pm

No, I am Canadian. We are all watching the long running practical joke south of us when incredulity.

TPBM has a really bad joke to share.

Ago 11, 2016, 5:16 am

What did the green grape say to the purple grape? Breath dammit, BREATH!

TPBM has another.

Ago 11, 2016, 7:30 am

Knock! Knock!
Who's there?
Banana who?

Knock! Knock!
Who's there?
Banana who?

Knock! Knock!
Who's there?
Banana who?

Knock! Knock!
Who's there?
Orange who?
Orange you glad I didn't say banana?

TPBM has another.

Editado: Ago 11, 2016, 3:05 pm

Knock knock.
Who's there?
Nobody here but us chickens.
Nobody here but us chickens who?
Click me

TPBM has another.

Ago 12, 2016, 6:02 am

Why was 6 afraid of 7?
Because 7,8,9.

Okay, onto something else.

TPBM reads more than 50% of their books on an e-reader.

Ago 12, 2016, 8:15 am

No. I like the convenience of ebooks from the library, but still prefer holding the physical book in my hand most of the time.

TPBM listens to a lot of audible books.

Ago 12, 2016, 9:13 am

I am now, and have in the past but stopped for a while. I'm listening to I Am Half Sick of Shadows, by Alan Bradley, and really enjoying it. I wasn't sure I would when I picked it up at he library, and picked up The Rule of Four (horrifically boring) and The Marriage Proposal (unread) but Half Sick clocked in at just over seven hours and I'm going to be on the road about that this weekend, so I thought I'd finish it and check another one off on my 75 Read in 2016 box. I don't know if it's the narrator that's making it so enjoyable, or if it's the campy, Ealing Studios comedy aspect of the writing, but I'm getting a kick out of it (about 45 mins in.)

TPBM works in a film studio.

Editado: Ago 12, 2016, 10:42 am

Brother was an animator at Universal Studios. That was way back before they sent the work overseas. I remember watching his computer animated resumé when he was applying for the job.

TPBM has a family reunion this month.

Ago 12, 2016, 10:44 am

No, but I lunched at Pinewood Studios with my boss about three times a week for a while. Disconcerting to be surround at the bar by Ewocks - even more to look up at the stage in the dining room as see "Jaws" standing there in a VERY short dressing gown. He was big.

TPBM has worked in a studio ...

Ago 12, 2016, 1:54 pm

A commercial photography studio, in my youth. I was an assistant photographer, which meant I did all the hauling and lifting and loading of sheet film into huge view cameras which even when atop 20-ft ladders were still over my head. We did Spiegel catalogs and Herrschners, among others. It was there where I learned what top models looked like when they arrived at a studio, before the stylists took the rollers out of their hair and made them all pretty. If you saw them on the street before that, you wouldn't have given them a second glance. This was decades before Photoshop, of course, so it was all about the makeup and lighting and styling. What retouching that was done was directly on negatives with teeny, tiny paint brushes. I also learned how they make skinny towels and blankets look fluffy, thick and plush for the photos. (Hint: it involves cardboard inserts.)

TPBM has inside information.

Ago 14, 2016, 8:39 am

I sure do. Every book I own is inside the house.

TPBM had an unusual job when they were (or are) in their twenties.

Ago 14, 2016, 9:56 am

I picked peas for the Green Giant.

TPBM had an unusual job when they were in their thirties.

Ago 14, 2016, 10:06 am

>187 karenmarie: I drove a Jack & Jill ice cream truck for two summers back in the dark ages. I even had a dog that came out for its own cup of vanilla ice cream with a dime taped to her collar! The truck was my transportation during the summer as long as I remembered to put the "OUT OF SERVICE" signs on it when I went through certain townships where I didn't have a peddler's license! Lots of other good stories as well. Like the cat that protected the pet rabbit!

Now back to TPBM who had an unusual job in their thirties.

Ago 14, 2016, 10:21 am

//>189 ulmannc: Hi Chuck! I am totally charmed with the idea of the dog with the dime taped to her collar for ice cream. Our neighborhood had an ice cream truck too. We'd hear it a block away and beg Mom for a dime each.//

Ago 14, 2016, 12:37 pm

Not in my 30s; I was too entrenched in computers, raising my kids and such. But in my 20s --

I worked in the pattern shop of a now-abandoned iron foundry (it's been torn down and replaced by condos) in Mahwah, NJ. One year later, on my first day of vacation, I, on my motorcycle, got hit by a car and broke my hip in four places, paralyzing my right leg.

A friend of a friend hired me to work in his shop wiring up relay boards -- for ranks of organ pipes. Eventually, I got the use of my leg again and the work expanded to all aspects of building and maintaining pipe organs, including voicing the pipes. It was probably the best job I'll ever have.

TPBM had an unusual, interesting, and/or favorite job at some point in hos or her life. (I had all three at the same time.)

Ago 14, 2016, 1:31 pm

My absolutely favorite job was owning a metaphysical bookstore. Too bad we went broke.

TPBM has fond memories of a job.

Ago 14, 2016, 7:06 pm

I am enjoying my current position about as much as I have any other in my life: things I love, other things I wouldn't mind changing. I was a special needs foster parent for an extremely disabled yet gifted boy (think a very young Stephen Hawking) for much of my 30's. That was a job and a life-changing experience all rolled into one. He was a bit famous (on C.B.C., CNN and front page of newspapers) and I had emails and letters from all over the world when he died when he was 12.

TPBM has not so fond memories of a job.

Ago 15, 2016, 8:43 am

Yes, the job I have now. I've been here for almost 11 years. I hate my job. It must be Monday after a dreary rainy weekend.

TPBM works from home.

Ago 15, 2016, 9:05 am

Gah! No! I like working in an office with people around.

//Sorry about the job, mw, that stinks.//

TPBM is feuding with a family member.

Ago 16, 2016, 9:03 am

No, surprisingly (since we fought all the time as kids) my siblings and I get along pretty well most of the time.

>195 SomeGuyInVirginia: Thanks for the sympathy.//

TPBM dislikes when books have an Introduction.

Ago 16, 2016, 9:11 am

Funny, I don't mind an introduction but I will skip a novel that has a preface. They drive me batty, are almost always poorly written, and aren't usually needed. I sometimes read introductions last.

TPBM has a secret identity.

Ago 16, 2016, 10:24 am

Well not any more apparently. Shame I rather enjoyed ...

TPBM knows what ...

//SGiV have you noticed we tend to wait for >196 morningwalker: to get back from her morning walk before we post?//

Ago 16, 2016, 10:28 am

Oh, yes! A nod is as good as a wink to a blind horse.

TPBM can think of a new saw that comes up to the standard of the old saws.

Ago 16, 2016, 1:13 pm

Which old saw standard -- sharp or rusty?

TPBM can answer.

Ago 16, 2016, 1:29 pm

I could, but my answer would have no teeth. :)

TPBM saw right through that (absolutely terrible, I admit) pun.

Ago 16, 2016, 1:35 pm

I though it was cutting!

TPBM bears the brunt.

Ago 16, 2016, 2:27 pm

Only before I I've had my morning liter of coffee, then I become very likeable, until it's time for elevensies, in which case I have to start all over again.

TPBM groked what I meant.

Ago 16, 2016, 6:26 pm

I'm pretty sure I do. Much caffeine needed at least through mid-day.

TPBM avoids caffeine.

Ago 17, 2016, 3:13 am

Only in the morning before taking the bicycle to work.

TPBM avoids bicycles.

Ago 17, 2016, 10:03 am

true... I broke my jaw once, by hitting pavement with it, and am cautious of further facial risks.

TPBM knows where it's at.

Ago 17, 2016, 10:15 am


//>198 John_Vaughan: gee, thanks you guys for waiting for me!//

TPBM listens to __________.

Ago 17, 2016, 12:29 pm

the voices in my head.

TPBM never procrastinates.

Ago 17, 2016, 2:42 pm

Let me get back to you on that.

TPBM is making progress.

Ago 17, 2016, 3:46 pm

I dunno, is two steps forward, three steps back considered progress?

Ago 17, 2016, 5:05 pm

Yes, if you're dancing the tango.

TPBM is making headway.

Ago 17, 2016, 5:16 pm

I am. I'm moving books that I've read from the Library to my Retreat. Today I moved 120 books and updated the location tags. I'm whupped.

TPBM keeps their books sorted - either by status, or author, or title, or color, or Dewey, or .... whatever, unlike me, who keeps my books by what shelf they'll fit on and uses location tags.

Ago 17, 2016, 5:18 pm

Yes! Sort of. I keep mysteries and anything that might be controversial or hard to explain in the bedroom. Where they belong.

TPBM has a memory palace (library).

Ago 18, 2016, 3:27 am

Ahem. There's a reason I call myself WholeHouseLibrary, you know ...

TPBM is considering an expansion on the household just to accommodate more bookshelves.

Ago 18, 2016, 7:03 am

Well now, I am in the process of moving the several bookcases from our hall and landing in preparation for a paint job. They are going into what we still call 'the Girls' room' despite the fact that one girl has her own place in London and the other is in California. I am realising that it would make a very good library (with a sofa bed for visits).

TPBM will advise me how to bring the Abbess around to my way of thinking.

Ago 18, 2016, 8:51 am

Tell her that with the bookcases out of the hall and off the landing permanently, she can put something else interesting in those spaces. Or leave them bare if they were overcrowded. It is now her space to do with what she wants.

I just took over some shelving in daughter's old playroom to de-clutter some of my bookshelves downstairs. Less clutter is good in 'public' spaces.

And of course a library with a sofa bed is perfect for visitors and for the acquisition of books and adding more bookshelves.....

TPBM has just culled a serious number of books and is proud.

Editado: Ago 18, 2016, 8:48 am

Oops Leapt! 660 to charity and more of a sad feeling than proud.
As a start, immediately change the name in your conversations with SWMBO to 'library".
It takes a while as dealing with the "empty nest syndrome" takes the female of the species far longer than the male. I am still not allowed, after two years, to drop the back seats of our jeep because "That's where the girls sit".

TPBM will also support our dear Abbott.

Editado: Ago 18, 2016, 8:57 am

No, (head hangs in shame) but I keep meaning to.

TPBM has a library room in their house.

Ago 18, 2016, 9:08 am

I do, because my husband knows how much books mean to me. When we built this house we took one of the bedrooms, eliminated the closet, and made two walls floor-to-ceiling bookshelves.

TPBM also has a library room in their house.

Ago 18, 2016, 9:14 am

I wish! At least everything is in or on shelves.

TPBM regularly has a 5 minute dance party.

Ago 18, 2016, 10:14 am

Maybe not 5 minutes but I will 'bust a move' every once in awhile when I'm alone.

TPBM is ready for pumpkin flavored everything.

Ago 18, 2016, 11:44 am

yes, I'm hoping for pumpkin-flavored toothpaste this year.

TPBM is shaking off the brain-fog.

Ago 19, 2016, 1:05 am

Well, I am getting my second wind, which I often do a bit later at night. I may write a review or start a new book (or both) before bed.

TPBM is a morning person.

Ago 19, 2016, 2:21 am

Not in this lifetime.

TPBM is a lark.

Ago 19, 2016, 8:22 am

I'm probably more of a catbird.

TPBM sings like a canary.

Ago 19, 2016, 9:16 am

I'm no dirty rat.

TPBM twitters.

Ago 19, 2016, 11:59 am

Not as often as I used to.

TPBM would be compared to a _______________.

Editado: Ago 20, 2016, 1:00 am

I take it the the omitted word between be and compared is: nothing (great visual pun!); so the obvious answer is: everything.

TPBM takes keen interest in _______________.

Editado: Ago 19, 2016, 6:17 pm

Mensagem removida pelo autor.

Ago 20, 2016, 8:39 am

What the abbott could have censored.

TPBM will go to a museum today.

Ago 20, 2016, 10:03 am

Sort of. I'm sorting through some stuff I inherited two years ago.

TPBM knows of what I speak.

Ago 20, 2016, 10:09 am

My version is something I bought several years from a favorite dealer and I just opened it. I surprised myself!

TPBM can probably guess why I am surprised!

Ago 20, 2016, 12:31 pm

"Holy cow, I spent money on this?"

TPBM has a more positive guess.

Ago 20, 2016, 12:59 pm

"I already have this. Drat! I have to catch up on my LC data entry!"

TPBM has bought the same book twice _____ times.

Ago 20, 2016, 3:31 pm

One time. Possibly the sole advantage of having little money.

TPBM has bought the same book more than twice; _____ times, in fact.

Ago 20, 2016, 3:52 pm

"Over a dozen, possibly two, but really, who's keeping track" is close enough of an answer.
Some of these duplicated purchases were because ThiMs (my ex) would occasionally and stealthily toss out a book I owned. She was, possibly still is, that kind of person. I finally took care of the problem by divorcing her.

TPBM thinks that was too mild a reaction.

Ago 21, 2016, 8:03 am

Within the confines of not doing bodily harm, no. We wouldn't want you to have gone to jail, WHL.

TPBM has recently lost a pair of sunglasses.

Ago 21, 2016, 9:40 am

No, because they're a five dollar pair from Wal-Mart. If they had been Ray Bans, I'd have been on my 7th pair by now. I can't keep an expensive pair of sun glasses.

TPBM sheds.

Ago 21, 2016, 1:33 pm

Just one. It's in the back yard and store gardening tools and junk.

//The trick to keeping an expensive pair of Ray Bans is to scratch up the lenses on day 1. I've had mine for fifteen years now.//

TPBM uses a lanyard attached to the glasses to keep them at the ready.

Ago 21, 2016, 2:42 pm

Same idea, different application. I use a magnetized loop that I can put on any shirt and keep the glasses handy. I got the idea from MiL, and have a couple of hers that pin to shirts, but the magnetic one doesn't damage the shirt.

TPBM has had cataract surgery.

Ago 21, 2016, 3:10 pm

September 20th. actually.

TPBM had both eyes done.

Ago 22, 2016, 7:18 am

Not yet - the lens opacities are simmering quietly. I'd guess 2-3 years. I hope the NHS will be around to sort me out.

TPBM is embarrassed (just a little!) that the young pay taxes to help old people go out for pub lunches.

Ago 22, 2016, 8:19 am

Heck no. The old people paid their dues.

TPBM is shy.

Ago 22, 2016, 9:43 am

In a weird way. I think I am, but that's not at all how I'm described.

TPBM sings the body electric.

Ago 22, 2016, 4:15 pm

Despite playing at lots of open mic nights at various coffee houses over the decades, no one would call the sounds emitting from my mouth as "singing". I think most are shocked that I do it at all.

So, maybe I do ...

TPBM finds glaring GPS issues (grammar, punctuation, and/or spelling) in almost every book s/he reads.

Ago 22, 2016, 4:34 pm

I do on almost every book published after 1995. Scandalous.

TPBM is the Mona Lisa.

Editado: Ago 22, 2016, 4:38 pm

Nope, just a cold and lonely lovely work of art

TPBM wants to rock-n-roll all night, and party every day...

Ago 22, 2016, 5:15 pm

Some nights, yes, but tonight I've got a weekly critique meeting, and it's with some absolutely awesome writers. Not even my wife can stop me from going.

TPBM is passionate about _________________.

Ago 23, 2016, 9:10 am


TPBM is a nut about _____________.

Ago 23, 2016, 9:32 am

Clean sheets. I just love crawling into bed with freshly laundered sheets.

TPBM is hopeful that ___________.

Ago 23, 2016, 6:15 pm

..reason will prevail.

TPBM has another vain hope.

Editado: Ago 23, 2016, 8:23 pm

Sure do -- that the phlebotomist finds it on the first jab. Oh wait, that would be a vein hope. Sorry about that.

TPBM is hopeful that ______________________.

Ago 24, 2016, 8:35 am

The rescue efforts in Italy pay off with many survivors of the earthquake.

TPBM has a question.

Ago 24, 2016, 9:41 am

Yes, what do scientists know about an Earth-like planet with water, and when did they know it?

TPBM has the answer.

Ago 25, 2016, 8:15 am


TPBM knows the question.

Ago 25, 2016, 9:18 am

Yes!! What is the answer to everything?

TPBM has been a contestant on a game show.

Ago 25, 2016, 12:34 pm

Not me, but I brother-in-law qualified for Jeopardy. He didn't make the final cut to go on air, but he was content with knowing he was good enough to do so.

Also, I was an alternate for one of those high school kids quiz shows back in the '60s. Alas, I was not used on the program, and my school's team lost rather spectacularly.

TPBM actually made it.

Editado: Ago 25, 2016, 2:22 pm

I did make it on to a TV show for kids hosted by Julius Sumner Miller when I was 13. Having just looked it up, I see that it was called Why Is It So? Each show had 3 kids. I still have the record album I got from being on the show, about Ben Franklin.

TPBM still has some record albums and perhaps even some 45s.

Ago 25, 2016, 5:19 pm

Several hundred, in fact. MrsHouseLibrary owns all of the 45s, except for one, which was made by a friend of mine some thirty-plus years ago.
The albums are mostly mine and cover a wide range of musical genres. I haven't played any of them in several years, mostly because MrsHouseLibrary has made access to the turntable a challenge by covering it with a cloth and fragile knick-knaks. And, at this point, I really don't have the time to listen to them.

TPBM has 8-tracks.

Ago 25, 2016, 5:30 pm

8 whats?

TPBM is thoroughly modern.

Ago 26, 2016, 1:56 am

Absolutely! My fountain pen uses cartridges, not that rubber bladder thing. Messy!

TPBM longs for the days when _________________.

Ago 26, 2016, 9:05 am

It was all so simple then.

TPBM prefers the ______________.

Ago 26, 2016, 9:48 am

The morning, of course!

TPBM likes kimchee.

Ago 26, 2016, 7:17 pm

Most of my family adore it, but I find it a bit spicy for my taste. I love bulgogi however! And bipimbap. I make a mean japchae.

TPBM likes piroshki

Ago 26, 2016, 7:28 pm

Sure, if it's the same as pierogi. If not, I dunno.

TPBM knows.

Ago 26, 2016, 7:42 pm

The interpretation of meaningless data has been attempted.

TPBM knows how to crash a computer.

Ago 26, 2016, 8:36 pm

Just unplug it during an update!

TPBM has a better way.

Ago 27, 2016, 7:27 am

Drive it over a cliff.

TPBM has the best way of all.

Ago 27, 2016, 9:26 am

Put off taking backups.

TPBM hates Windows 10.

Ago 27, 2016, 9:36 am

Much too "visual" for me. I can read.

TPBM has found the end of their rainbow

Ago 27, 2016, 9:56 am

I'm almost there! Yes, it's just over the next rise.

TPBM knows what awaits me there.

Ago 27, 2016, 10:08 am

Something to do with 'crocks', I understand: make what you will of that ;-)

TPBM knows what Orson Welles said about Happy Endings.

Ago 27, 2016, 1:56 pm

They go great with California wines?

TPBM believes in the Loch Ness monster.

Ago 27, 2016, 2:04 pm

I do. I've been re-reading the Outlander series and even Claire Randall Fraser sees Nessie! I mean, c'mon on! If Claire sees Nessie, then it has to be so.

TPBM believes in another mythological creature.

Ago 27, 2016, 2:13 pm

// >272 abbottthomas: Just my luck, I'd find ugly shoes instead of a crock of gold :( //

Ago 27, 2016, 4:33 pm

//>275 Jenni_Canuck: Ugly gold shoes?//

Ago 28, 2016, 9:06 am

>272 abbottthomas: // I think the quote is worth answering myself -

"If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story".

Ago 28, 2016, 9:42 am

>277 abbottthomas: Perxactly. It's the Wheel of Fortune and not the Linear Progression of Fortune.

Ago 29, 2016, 9:09 am

>274 karenmarie: I used to think moose were mythological, but it turns out they are real. They are also quite tasty.

TPBM has tried to draw their eye floaters.

Ago 29, 2016, 9:13 am

No, they're usually just round so they wouldn't be very interesting to draw. Sometimes they look like an asterisk * though.

TPBM has binge watched something on Netflix lately.

Ago 29, 2016, 9:19 am

Not on Netflix, but on Amazon Prime - all seven seasons of The Good Wife. It was fantastic.

TPBM has also binge watched something lately - Netflix, Amazon Prime, other.....

Ago 29, 2016, 12:10 pm

Not binged watching, but the past few weeks I've re-watched the BBC's Black Books during dinner; two episodes/night tops.

TPBM has more stamina.

Ago 29, 2016, 1:38 pm

I'm home all day, so sometimes I will put on something and just let it run. At the end of last week it was Twin Peaks. It was a slog, though. I kept watching (or at least, leaving it on in the background) because of some OCD completist compulsion.

TPBM has a better suggestion.

Ago 29, 2016, 4:33 pm

Read a book.

TPBM has another suggestion for our friend PhaedraB.

Editado: Ago 29, 2016, 4:43 pm

Listen to music.

TPBM has a favorite music/radio channel.

Editado: Ago 29, 2016, 5:13 pm

For a long time it was BBC Radio 1. Now I listen to old radio programs on

TPBM has a favorite telebizhun channel/content provider.

Ago 29, 2016, 6:43 pm

Amazon Prime. Tons of movies, series, and documentaries.

TPBM has recently bought a new electronic toy or device.

Ago 30, 2016, 3:12 am

If a replacement battery for my Galaxy III counts, then yes.

TPBM likes radishes.

Ago 30, 2016, 9:13 am

I do like radishes.

TPBM likes to climb things.

Ago 30, 2016, 9:28 am

No, not at all. The flatter the ground the better.

TPBM likes boats.

Editado: Ago 30, 2016, 10:10 am

Oh dear yes. Still suffering withdrawal symptoms from having to sell my last, a 23' fisher. But I kept falling over so "le sigh'.

TPBM loves bikes

Ago 30, 2016, 5:58 pm

Watching people ride them, watching people drive them, contemplating getting rid of the one in the garage that daughter never rides..... yup. I love bikes.

TPBM actually uses a bike to move from one place to another in time and space.

Ago 30, 2016, 8:49 pm

In 1977, my first wife and I planned a perimeter-of-the-lower-48 bicycle tour. Started out in northern NJ, and ended it in Pensacola, Fla. Took lots of notes; lots of slides. Never wrote the book.

Became charter members of a bicycle touring club in NJ; attended two GEAR rallies (New Paltz and Geneseo, if I recall correctly), and bicycled back from the latter. Commuted eleven miles (each way) by bicycle to get to my job as a surveyor -- until the accident.

Here in Texas, I commuted less than five miles each way to work at least three days a week (usually). I stopped when it became too dangerous (too many cars and no shoulder) to risk it anymore. After almost ten years of non-use, I finally donated my custom-frame bike to a bike shop.

TPBM has completed a Century ride.

Ago 31, 2016, 8:15 am

Century! I couldn't even complete a Decade ride!!

TPBM has been accused of being ________.

Ago 31, 2016, 9:25 am

Practically perfect in every way.

TPBM has been in the news.

Ago 31, 2016, 12:58 pm

No, they haven't caught me yet...

TPBM has never_________.

Ago 31, 2016, 1:01 pm

Yep, not ever.

OTOH, TPBM has always _____________.

Ago 31, 2016, 4:00 pm

Always remember, never say "never" or "always."

TPBM never __________.

Ago 31, 2016, 5:02 pm

//>297 2wonderY: where have you been? We've missed you.//

Ago 31, 2016, 5:09 pm

//>299 morningwalker: Yes, we have missed you. Welcome back.//

Editado: Set 1, 2016, 9:15 am

>300 SomeGuyInVirginia: you don't think she's back in the witness protection program again do you?//

Ago 31, 2016, 10:42 pm

//Could be. Who do we know who's recently been sent up the river?//

Ago 31, 2016, 10:52 pm

ever layers yellowing sleeves in season.

TPBM waits by the phone.

Set 1, 2016, 5:51 am

Since I cart my cell phone most places with me, I'd have to say the answer is yes. Land line, never.

TPBM reads a newspaper every day.

Set 1, 2016, 6:35 am

Only if you call doing a quick scan of the headlines and the major points of the articles "reading" a newspaper.

TPBM feels the best part of a newspaper is the comic section.

Set 1, 2016, 8:32 am

It's right up there with the obituaries.

TPBM has submitted letters to the editor.

Editado: Set 1, 2016, 10:28 am

>299 morningwalker: & >300 SomeGuyInVirginia:

//Thank you dears. But you are not supposed to officially notice; I count on you to cover for me when there are unexplained absences. (Remember the Miter of Scaramouch?)//
// You will both receive disciplinary letters from B, I meant B. Sorry.//

Set 1, 2016, 9:26 am

//>307 2wonderY: Was that out loud?! That was totally not supposed to be out loud!//

Editado: Set 1, 2016, 10:16 am

//Gather 'round, people.

Set 1, 2016, 12:09 pm

//Not the flashy thing!//

Set 1, 2016, 12:38 pm

//I don't remember what the last prompt was...//

Set 1, 2016, 12:52 pm

//Why are we all here?//

Set 1, 2016, 1:03 pm

//Where did we all come from?//

Set 1, 2016, 1:49 pm

There now, the pause that refreshes!

TPBM has submitted letters to the editor.

Editado: Set 1, 2016, 4:30 pm

I've had a letter or two printed in The Times (of London). Mostly about the inevitable need for a Euthanasia Act to tidy up what I believe is referred to as 'Elder Care'.

TPBM is really into euphemisms.

Set 2, 2016, 2:28 am

Currently reading about "Gemeinnützige Stiftung zur Anstaltspflege", so yes.

TPBM is wise enough to not google that.

Set 2, 2016, 8:35 am

Yes, no time to. Have to get my work done so I can leave at noon today to start a much looked forward to long weekend.

TPBM did Google it.

Set 2, 2016, 10:36 am

Sorry, yes. I thought it was a dare.

Is TPBM saoránach den domhan .

Editado: Set 2, 2016, 3:40 pm

You stepped in WHAT?

TPBM id as polyglot. (Clearly, I'm not.)

ETA: That should have read: TPBM is a polyglot. Not ~identifies ones self as a~ polyglot.
Note to self: Never, ever, ever touch a keyboard without at least a full pot of coffee in you -- ever! Bad WHL! Bad WHL!

Set 2, 2016, 3:22 pm

Well, I never thought of my first and middle names as polyglot (composed of more than one language), but there you go.


Karen is the Danish form of Katherine. Marie is the Czech and French form of Mary. Czech in my case since I'm 5th generation Czech American on my mother's side of the family.

TPBM id as polyglot or id as reference to a preference or inside joke.

Set 2, 2016, 3:43 pm

My whole life seems to be and inside joke without a punch line.

Please note my ETA in #319.

TPBM knows his/her blood type.

Set 2, 2016, 4:29 pm

I do, only because the Red Cross put it on my blood donor card.

TPBM is smoother than a fresh jar of Skippy.

Set 3, 2016, 10:00 am

No, I'm more like Skippy's crunchy cousin, Ajax.

TPBM is sweet Calypso.

Set 3, 2016, 2:30 pm

More like Cassandra. I tell 'em, but they just don't listen.

TPBM has a personal Odyssey.

Set 3, 2016, 7:49 pm

A personal beef, really, but it doesn't involve anyone or anything here, so ... enough said.

TPBM is cooler than a polar bear on an ice floe in a raging blizzard.

Set 4, 2016, 8:55 am

Whoa, that's cool! No, probably not.

//>322 Darth-Heather: I love that video. I just had to watch it.//

TPBM is too hot, hot damn.

Set 4, 2016, 9:17 am

I wish. Today is the fourth day of autumn and feels like it, although we are promised warmer weather next week. I will miss that, however, as I will be at my favourite holiday destination in Eastern Crete.

TPBM hopes that John Vaughan weathered the Florida hurricane - too much weather for my taste.

Editado: Set 4, 2016, 9:52 am

I do hope so - Florida got smacked pretty hard. Lots of people without power, lots of flooding.

TPBM has been in the path of a hurricane and has respect for the forces of nature.

Set 4, 2016, 10:29 am

I have, Isabel, that seemed little more than a windy rain for the Nation's Blah, but blew down forests here and cut power, for some, for weeks.

//John! Send up a flare!//


Set 4, 2016, 6:08 pm

Most Prolific Blather Talker? Oh yeah! I'm legendary.

TPBM has an inkling of what SGiV meant.

Set 4, 2016, 9:06 pm

Seldom, but that's what makes him so fun to have around.

TPBM has an inkling.

Editado: Set 5, 2016, 9:00 am

Yes, and it hurts.
//Thanks for your kind concern but we have weathered about 9 hurricanes now. I loved the storm we did get - & 4 days of rain reminded me why our dear Abbott retreats to Greece!//

TPBM is very perceptive,

Editado: Set 5, 2016, 9:12 am

..(too late) >>

Set 5, 2016, 10:40 am

What? Sorry, was watching the clouds.

//Pshaw, I don't even rate among the interesting people here.//

TPBM is razor sharp.

Set 5, 2016, 10:43 am

//We disagree SGiV//

Set 5, 2016, 12:30 pm

Sharp as a tack, the kind that gets into the sole of your shoe and you don't notice it until it starts poking the sole of your foot.

TPBM is pretty sharp, too.

Set 6, 2016, 9:19 am

Sharp like Gumby! Seriously, someone just shoot me in the head.

//I say this in all sincerity, we're all pretty extraordinary.//

TPBM will tell us who will play their superhero identity in the movie.

Editado: Set 6, 2016, 9:40 am

My doppelganger is Nicole Kidman, but I suspect her superpower is an excellent Resting Bitch Face.

TPBM knows the difference between rationalizing and justifying.

(btw >326 morningwalker: - that guy is the grooviest!)

Set 6, 2016, 9:47 am

The former is based on emotion and personal bias whereas the latter relies on verifiable facts and research (usually).

TPBM knows the difference between will and shall.

Set 7, 2016, 9:13 am

I do, but if I tell you then I'd have to kill you, so I'm keeping it to myself for your own protection.

TPBM attends state fairs.

Set 7, 2016, 9:40 am

No, but only because it's so far from where I live.

TPBM has turned state's witness.

Set 7, 2016, 10:22 am

No boss - honest I didn't! I just "helped with a few enquires" about you.

TPBM loves jargon.

Set 7, 2016, 10:59 am

That I do. I delight in using phrases like: "the chromatography shows invalid spectrum peaks at the specified retention time which obscures the detection column's ability to properly quantify the qualifying ion".

TPBM gets my drift

Set 7, 2016, 11:16 am

Hell, yeah! All you have to do is filter the test sample through an amplified prismatic photon displacement attenuator. I thought everyone knew that. See what you get when you've got novices working for you? Amateurs!

TPBM already knew that , too.

Set 8, 2016, 4:24 am

"amplified prismatic photon displacement attenuator"? But that's just a piece of colored glass. You need to use my snake oil to polish it if you want reliable results. Just send me $100 and I'll send you a free sample.

TPBM don't like that kind of free samples.

Set 8, 2016, 9:17 am

If I send you $100 can you send me the snake oil, instead?

TPBM recently drank a craft or small-batch spirit

Editado: Set 8, 2016, 9:19 am

I drank the spirit.

TPBM has gotten one of those scam calls from the IRS.

Editado: Set 8, 2016, 10:07 am

I might have except that we don't answer the land line unless we recognize the caller's number. If someone wants to leave a message they're more than welcome to, but that very rarely happens.

TPBM has gotten a scam call from someone that is so obviously a scam that they wondered why the caller even tries.

Set 8, 2016, 11:26 am

>348 karenmarie: //I don't have caller ID, but if I'm home and awake I can hear the answering machine from anywhere in the apartment. Except on rare occasions, the whole outgoing message doesn't even finish running before whoever's calling hangs up. I'd say 90% of the time if the caller does leave a message, it's either a robocall that's not complete because it started soon as it heard the pickup, or a politician.//

Set 8, 2016, 12:37 pm

Yeah, I had a call from "the medical office billing department" but I kept asking "Which medical office?" until the caller got flustered and finally hung up. I go to multiple medical offices, so I have a pretty darn good idea what actual billing offices sound like.

TPBM got another good one.

Set 8, 2016, 12:58 pm

I got one from a guy (with a very strong South American accent) who claimed to be raising funds for "The United States of America Police Force". He kept saying it was my chance to do good "on a national level, ma'am". I was not able to convince him that the USA does not have a national police force.

TPBM has an earworm right now.

Set 8, 2016, 1:06 pm

Emails purportedly from people I know asking me to wire money to them out of country because they've gotten sick or been mugged. I always write back telling them sure, wait for it.
I sign as Poopsie.

TPBM has been called names.

Set 8, 2016, 2:26 pm

Just the other day on FB someone called me a bitch. No, honey, that's Witch you're thinking of. ;-)

TPBM is kinder.

Set 8, 2016, 2:50 pm

I usually only swear at people behind their backs, or in my car with the windows rolled up, so am I kinder?? Probably not, but maybe!!

//>352 2wonderY: I had a cousin we called Poopsie. I don't know how it got started and of course he didn't like it, but it stuck for a long time.//

TPBM had or has a nickname.

Set 8, 2016, 3:01 pm

I do. It's Darth. (originally I was called Evil Heather, but have advanced from Chaotic Evil to Lawful Evil. Ah, maturity...)

TPBM has a much cooler nickname.

Set 8, 2016, 3:17 pm

I call my wife "She Who Must Be Obeyed" because it is the truth! I need all the help I can get! She absolutely HATES it!

TBPM must have another nickname from something on the BBC!

Set 9, 2016, 3:04 am

Afraid not. But it would be cool.

The person below me still has something from his or her childhood.

Set 9, 2016, 3:09 am

//I'm sorry I missed the scam calls section. I came home one day and had two back to back identical messages, same voice, same script, from the "IRS" only with different return phone numbers! I get IRS scam calls all the time. Once I was at my mom's. She didn't have a computer, but a guy called insisting that I give him access to her computer to save it from a virus or something. It took quite a while to convince him that we didn't have a computer!

On the sad side, a neighbor of my mom's got suckered by the grandson needing money because he was in trouble scam. She felt foolish and lost several thousand dollars.//

Set 9, 2016, 4:51 am

// A lot of my friends (in their fifties) are telling me stories about elderly relatives who's being sold expensive mobile services, automobile help, magazines etc from lowlife scumbag telemarketing salespersons //

>357 xorscape: Afraid not. I've also run out of elderly relatives.

TPBM have lots of elderly relatives.

Set 9, 2016, 8:30 am

I was fortunate to have great-grandparents until I was 20, and only recently lost the last of my grandparents. Now my parents and in-laws are reaching "elderly" status.

My in-laws are in their 90's, and they fell for the scam call that claims that someone they know has pre-paid for LifeAlert system for them. It certainly seemed likely to them that one of their kids would have set up this service, so they went ahead and gave out their bank account number.... fortunately we found out about it right away, and got the bank to close their account. This seems like a particularly despicable scam, to prey on elderly people's fear.

TPBM remembers their dreams.

Set 9, 2016, 9:09 am

Not all the time, but last night I had a strange one about waitressing and 8 thick gold coins stacked on a table.

TPBM has looked up some of their dreams in a dream analysis book.

Set 9, 2016, 9:21 am

I'd be afraid to. Last night I dreamed about being trapped in a world with demon zombies. Very scary.

TPBM uses a different coffee cup every day.

Set 9, 2016, 10:39 am

Back in 2005, MrsHouseLibrary and I spent two week in NYC. We stayed at four hotels in different areas of Manhattan so we could spend our time at interesting places in the neighborhood rather than navigating our way to other parts of the city. We spent four days at the Library Hotel on E. 41st Street; didn't want to leave. Regardless, we purchased two coffee mugs from them, and up until about four months ago, I've used one of them every day. Then MHL accidentally broke the handle off the mug. I've repaired it, but there's some excessive glue I still need to file off it, so I've been using the other mug since.

The short answer is no.

TPBM has a favorite mug, and will tell us why it is so.

Set 9, 2016, 1:52 pm

It has changed over the years. When I was married, it was my husband's. When I was little it was my dad's. I've always been too critical of the mug in the mirror. :)

For coffee I have a weird, handmade mug from a garage sale. It resembles an animal and has a little flat button on the handle for my thumb for carrying. It also holds a decent amount of coffee!

The person below me will continue "mugging."

Editado: Set 9, 2016, 2:10 pm

I use one of three coffee mugs. At work I have one with the seal of the state of Indiana, because I work for the state of Indiana. No idea where I got it; I found it in storage with a bunch of kitchen supplies I hauled home from college and left boxed up for years. At home I use either a giant mug that's really a soup bowl or a small one that's about twice the size of a demitasse cup, depending on how much coffee I want need.

TPBM mugs as well. Or has mugs.

Set 9, 2016, 2:14 pm

I have a small collection of favorite mugs; the biggest problem is not adding to the collection. Fortunately, the space I have to store them is limited, so any new items may push an old favorite off the shelf, so to speak. The most recent acquisition is a handmade mug with an ouroboros design. it's rather small, so I found space for it.

Currently drinking coffee from a mug with the inscription: ""Coffee... the favorite drink of the civilized world." Thomas Jefferson to Edmond Rogers, February 14, 1824". I got it years ago at Monticello, hence the citation for the quote.

TPBM has another favorite, maybe for tea.

Set 9, 2016, 2:22 pm

I work in a chemistry lab, and the mug I use for my endless cups of tea says: "If you aren't part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate".

TPBM is winning at something.

Set 11, 2016, 8:29 am

Well I won a game of solitaire a couple days ago.

TPBM woke up to a beautiful morning.

Set 11, 2016, 9:39 am

I don't know yet. It looks less mucky out there.

TPBM always wakes up to a beautiful morning.

Editado: Set 11, 2016, 11:43 am

Just waking up is a good start! Particularly when the corn is as high as an elephant's eye.

TPBM has been to Kansas City - not necessarily on a Friday

Set 11, 2016, 12:01 pm

Does going through the airport twice count? - Indianapolis to KC to Philadelphia and Helena MT to KC to Philadelphia.

TPBM has landed in an airport on a commercial flight that couldn't handle a commercial jet. Tupelo MS is one of those!

Editado: Set 11, 2016, 1:49 pm

Having resided away from big cities on and off, I've taken my share of prop planes to get from the big airports to the little ones. But I'm not sure if Medford OR or Peoria IL can't handle the big jets or if the airlines I've taken just choose not to sent them there.

When I lived in Greensboro NC, we had a nice airport, Piedmont International. It was designated "international" because once a week there was a flight to a Caribbean island.

TPBM has spent too much time in a particularly large airport.

Set 11, 2016, 3:16 pm

JFK 4 years ago. 8 hours instead of the 2 hours layover because of dangerous weather. I'm lucky my flight was only delayed, not cancelled, as most flights were cancelled. I read, played on my cell phone and computer, and dozed.

TPBM has been a passenger in a helicopter.

Set 12, 2016, 5:04 am

I have, very exciting.

TPBM knows that getting up at 4:00am to do laundry is the price you pay when you haven't rinsed out a sock in two weeks and it's either do laundry ASAP or wear sweats to work. Or a ballet dancer's tutu. From Halloween.

Set 12, 2016, 1:29 pm

Reminds me, I have to do laundry today. But I'm retired, so 4 AM is not in my vocabulary. (As if it ever was.)

Although, I think the tutu would be a very nice statement piece.

TPBM wore something interesting to work.

Set 12, 2016, 1:32 pm

Well, not interesting but I had to wear a sweater today for the first time in months...brrrr.

//>375 PhaedraB: do you really think >374 SomeGuyInVirginia: ONLY wears his tutu on Halloween or laundry day?//

TPBM has worn a tutu.

Set 12, 2016, 1:50 pm

//>376 morningwalker: That's for SGIV to say, not me!//

Set 12, 2016, 1:54 pm

Tut tut!
TPBM has also roared at Rastaphrog's joke at

Set 12, 2016, 2:04 pm

I didn't roar, but I did laugh. :-D

TPBM roared.

Set 12, 2016, 2:16 pm

No, but I had a few laughs as I went through the thread. I'm going back to it right now to add my own bad joke (which I love).

TPBM has recently discovered a new thread that piqued their interest on LT.

Editado: Set 12, 2016, 2:21 pm

Drat! Preempted.

I've had enough coffee this morning.

Oddly enough, since returning to LT after an 18-month hiatus, I rarely look beyond the scant groups and threads I currently belong to.

Alas, the engine of my 22-year old truck (195,000 miles) is beyond repair. I'm looking for a replacement vehicle on the cheap.

TPBM knows of a source.

Set 12, 2016, 2:22 pm

Not for a truck. I'm thinking about a new car. Mine is over 16 years old and has almost 240,000 miles, but I still love her! And she runs great...

The person below me doesn't get attached to things.

Set 12, 2016, 3:04 pm

Sometimes I do, but I'm getting better. I gave away almost everything I owned after my husband died, in preparation for moving across the country. Also, going through his things brought home the idea that when I pass, most everything I own now will wind up in a dumpster. So precious things I'm trying to pass along now. But sometimes when I go through my LT catalog and see the titles of books I've let go, I get sad and sentimental. Life is like that.

TPBM will lighten the tone.

Editado: Set 12, 2016, 4:12 pm

Edited: Sorry, I posted in the wrong thread.

Lighten the tone? Heeeeeemmmm. High C. You're welcome!

TPBM fell for it.

Set 12, 2016, 4:13 pm

>380 morningwalker:'s done that here -

TPBM knows another cannibal joke

Set 12, 2016, 4:44 pm

Two cannibals are sharing a lost tourist. "You start at the feet. I'll start at the head." says the first. After a little while he notices his friend hasn't said much. "You ok?" he asks.
"Fine." Comes the reply. "I'm having a ball."
"You're eating too fast."

TPBM knows a better one.

Set 13, 2016, 9:38 am

Okay. So a dyslexic man walks into a bra.

TPBM wears a watch.

Editado: Set 13, 2016, 1:33 pm

I do! A cheap Timex with a band I change all the time.

>385 abbottthomas:
A Frenchman, an Englishman and a New Yorker are captured by cannibals. The Chief goes to the Frenchman and says, "We are going to kill you, eat you, and make a canoe out of your skin!" But, being a considerate tribe, the Chief offers the Frenchman a last request. The Frenchman asks for a large cognac. Naturally (since this is the way things work in jokes) he is granted a large tumbler of cognac, and is then killed.
The Chief says to the Englishman, "We are going to kill you, eat you, and make a canoe out of your skin!" and offers the Englishman a last request. The Englishman chooses a pint of ale, after which he is killed.
The Chief says to the New Yorker, "We are going to kill you, eat you, and make a canoe out of your skin!" and offers him a last request. The New Yorker asks for a fork.
"A fork?" asks the Chief.
"Yes, a fork."
So the New Yorker gets his fork. Immediately he starts stabbing himself over and over again while shouting, "Here's your freakin' canoe!"

TPBM knows someone who knows someone.

Set 13, 2016, 11:58 am

I'm either 3 or 4 degrees of separation (I forget how you're supposed to calculate it) from Kevin Bacon. Does that count?

TPBM knows what counts.

Set 13, 2016, 8:16 pm

Powerful friends.

TPBM is powerful and wants to be friends.

Set 13, 2016, 8:58 pm


TPBM sees all and knows all.

Set 13, 2016, 9:16 pm

Madame Phaedra will read your fate, no prob.

TPBM is fated to _____________.

Set 14, 2016, 2:52 am

The future has yet to be written.

TPBM has good penmanship.

Set 14, 2016, 5:18 am

Not bad. It's legible and looks pretty good. It is printing I don't like and do very well. I get impatient and it becomes a combination of printing cursive.

The person below me has re-watched an old favorite movie recently.

Set 14, 2016, 7:55 am

Almost - I've pulled Harvey out of the pile and carried it upstairs to my Retreat to watch sometime soon.

TPBM is in search of a good TV series to watch.

Set 14, 2016, 9:39 am

Not with The Walking Dead resuming next month!

TPBM has an all-time favorite TV series.

Set 14, 2016, 9:59 am

Wow, I can't pick just one there were so many good ones. Hmmm....Northern Exposure was great, Andy Griffith still a classic, Sopranos - great. There are more but those are the ones that came to mind first. I don't watch TV series now unless they are on Netflix.

TPBM has a top 5 movie list of their favorites.

Editado: Set 14, 2016, 12:45 pm

1. Field of Dreams
2. Somewhere in Time
3. Shawshank Redemption
4. Saving Private Ryan
5. We were Soldiers
6. Clue

TPBM would rather watch comedies.

Editado: Set 14, 2016, 5:01 pm

No, I tend to run the gamut of genre when it comes to films. But, I draw the line at crap -- won't waste another moment if bores me.

TPBM has seen a movie shot in CinemaScope®.

Set 14, 2016, 5:44 pm

Many. I am of the last generation that saw most of their movies at the movie theater.

TPBM letterboxes.

Set 14, 2016, 6:36 pm

Ha! I geocache whenever I get a chance. Found over a hundred, two of which qualified as letterboxes. I haven't created any, though.
If it hadn't been for geocaching, I wouldn't have a clue as to what you meant.

TPBM prefers finding things that don't actually exist.

Editado: Set 16, 2016, 6:45 pm

I hope someone can teach me how to do that Pokeman Go thing at the event I'm going to this weekend.

>401 WholeHouseLibrary: That isn't what I meant!

TPBM has an opinion on cinematic letterboxing.

edited to fix errant italicizing

Set 15, 2016, 3:21 am

Oh! That's very different now, isn't it?

You left off the "cinematic" and like a comma, it makes a lot of difference. For example: I like cooking grandma and pets.
Kind of creepy, don't you think?

Anyway, cinematic letterboxing is a bane to those (like me) who bought a wide-screen TV. It's designed for what letterboxing does for a more squarish screen, except the formatting retains the black bars at the top and bottom, effectively rendering more than half the screen black.
No, for TV, I don't like it at all.

TPBM, however, may feel otherwise.

Set 15, 2016, 8:25 am

I have no idea what cinematic letterboxing is so I'm pretty neutral about the whole thing.

TPBM is reading a thriller right now.

Set 15, 2016, 11:10 am

Well yes, yes I suppose I am. The Karla Trilogy by Le Carre (for about the fifth time). David Cornwall can create a "true" atmosphere with just a few paragraphs. Closes I can get to fiction or thrillers.

TPBM is still boggling at "cinematic letterboxing"

Set 15, 2016, 11:24 am

I think it's the thing where I can't get the tv settings right - if it set it so that movies fit across the wide screen (with those black bars at top and bottom), then when I'm watching regular TV, the side edges are cut off and I can't see the score of the game. I didn't know there was a special name for it; I've been calling it "damn this tv with it's fancy settings"

TPBM has a confession to make.

Set 15, 2016, 4:21 pm

Forgive me fodder, last night I had honey ice cream with dried lavender blossoms and it wasn't as bad as I was hoping it would be. So I could be all snarky and all.

TPBM keeps it simple.

Set 16, 2016, 8:58 am

Yes I am.

//We should not really start yet She Who Walks in the morning is still out//

TPBM likes mnemonics

Set 16, 2016, 10:11 am

I do, but I can never remember them...

//Sorry>408 John_Vaughan: darn work got in the way this morning.//

TPBM likes the Ramones.

Jun 28, 2021, 9:03 am

je suis nouvelle dans le coin.
TPBM a besoin d'une une bel épisode de série télévisée.
Este tópico foi continuado por TPBM #94 - Haydn's Surprise Symphony.