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TPBM #96 - Curium and Messier 96, or the natural number following 95 and preceding 97.

This is a continuation of the topic TPBM #95 - Luther, the theses, the girl and everything.


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Feb 8, 1:43pm Top

Okay, guys, here it is.

TPBM is glad that we have a new thread.

Feb 8, 1:58pm Top

I'm especially glad that I didn't have to come up with a cute title.

TPBM has never continued a thread in Talk.

Feb 8, 3:21pm Top

Well, never without glitches, unlike Karen. Yay Karen!

TPBM misses being paged.

Feb 8, 3:29pm Top

I do - we all had pagers, back in the day, and devised a system of message codes - important stuff like 888 = "meet at Dennys" and the like.

TPBM is a codebreaker.

Edited: Feb 8, 3:41pm Top

//thank you, Larry. I just finally thought that if I didn't do it, it would get to 500. Gotta thank ArmyAngel1986 for her contributions, too!//

Feb 8, 4:05pm Top

//Your mention of Curium made me think of this: https://www.cs.rochester.edu/~nelson/cesium/cesium_songs.html

Feb 8, 6:24pm Top

I'm sure I wouldn't have got the answer to 888. 88 in bingo calling is 'two fat ladies' - surely nothing to do with that?

TPBM plays bingo, or bongo, or banjo....

Feb 8, 6:50pm Top

I tried to learn bongos back in the '60s, but it turns out I'm rhythmically challenged.

TPBM faces a challenge, too.

Edited: Feb 9, 3:50am Top

I'm moving. I hurt my quad muscle which has made me throw my hip out. It's annoying not being functional when I need to be. And it's going to get worse as I get even older!

The person below me thinks whining is just plain sad.

(I'm just catching up. The last joke on the previous thread was great, politician, cow, rooster, etc. I shared with my relatives. I don't remember who to thank, but thank you to the contributor!)

Edit: Tid! Thank you for the laugh. I went back and looked.

Feb 9, 7:45am Top

Nah. A good whine may be all you get out of a given situation.

TPBM had to chip ice this morning.

Feb 9, 8:24am Top

Nope. That's why I love my garage.

TPBM likes ____________for breakfast.

Feb 9, 9:03am Top

Lovely golden fluffy pancakes, with butter and maple syrup. Anything more is just crazy talk.

TPBM eats breakfast every day.

Feb 9, 9:50am Top

I always eat at least a little bit, otherwise I have an unfortunate habit of fainting.

TPBM bakes their own bread.

Feb 9, 10:06am Top

I have in the past, but not so much now. I'm perfectly happy with the healthy grain bread I get from the grocery store.

TPBM makes/bakes their own _______ from scratch.

Feb 9, 12:43pm Top

Lots of stuff, but my favorites are desserts: brownies, beignets, poundcake.

TPBM prefers a particular subset of the culinary arts (pastries, molecular gastronomy, farm to table, French, etc).

Feb 9, 1:46pm Top

Casseroles and one pot meals. I live alone. If I'm going to fuss over cooking something, there'd better by leftovers.

TPBM is more refined.

Feb 9, 1:47pm Top

French is hard to beat - if I don't have to make it myself!

TPBM's favourite cuisine is..........

Feb 9, 2:20pm Top

Hmmm. I love Indian, but maybe that is because I have to drive 40 miles to get it. There's a really good local Italian restaurant that has fresh bread loaves with everything. Oh, and then there is a local Chinese restaurant that is really fresh and not greasy and has delicious hot and sour soup. Well, I just can't decide on a favorite. I'm kind of with >16 PhaedraB: though about the leftover thing. Maybe that's why I like to make soup.

TPBM has read Stone Soup.

Feb 9, 2:43pm Top

We did Stone Soup as a play in fourth grade. I even remember parts of it.

TPBM was in another play.

Feb 9, 5:09pm Top

I was a guard in a children's workhouse in Oliver! It's funny but I still have so many vivid memories of that time, even though much of high school was a blur.

TPBM played on Broadway.

Feb 9, 6:10pm Top

I worked on Broadway. 72nd and Broadway, upper West Side.

TPBM has a Broadway story.

Edited: Feb 9, 10:08pm Top

I was living in Connecticut and my then-friend-Bill, now husband-Bill and my friend Marie and I went to see A Chorus Line in NYC on Broadway. It was absolutely fabulous, I'd seen it in Los Angeles, and it was just as fabulous in NYC. We went to Ma Bell's Restaurant and I had the smallest dessert with the bigget name, Chocolate Hazelnut Torte, for a little dinky thing about 1" x 2" and my friend Marie had the smallest named dessert Trifle, which came in a huge, huge glass dish and was big enough for all three of us.

TPBM has seen Hamilton.

Feb 10, 8:54am Top

I haven't. I was planning on spending a long weekend in New York to catch up on shows, but that's been canceled for now. Maybe in the fall.

TPBM ushers at their local theater.

Feb 10, 10:03am Top

No, but I did attend a Bit of Broadway show there last month. If featured local singers doing various tunes from Broadway shows. We have some talented locals. The theater is a very nice one left over from Vaudeville days.

TPBM is going to see a movie at the theater this weekend.

Feb 10, 12:18pm Top

Define "theater" (aka "theatre" 😃) - we have a Saturday night film club in the community where I live, and this Saturday it's "These Dangerous Years", a 50s musical I'd never heard of before. We have a screen and a DVD projector and a programme so I suppose you could call it a "theatre"?

TPBM is going out somewhere this weekend.

Feb 10, 2:29pm Top

yes, to a greek food restaurant. The World's Greatest Niece is having a birthday :)

TPBM is also celebrating.

Feb 10, 5:27pm Top

I am not, I'm mourning. I've sending P-Bitty to kitten camp for two weeks while I get my apartment worked on. He'd better write every day! (I missed my weekly letter home once while living in Europe and my Mom called the local authorities to make sure I was not sick and not inconvenienced (arrested). It was legendary, briefly.)

TPBM is not without charity.

Feb 10, 5:57pm Top

//Poor P-Bitty! Poor cat daddy. Just think what a sweet reunion it will be.//

Feb 12, 8:55am Top

Parker will tear his eyes out! Sweet he doesn't do very well. Charity he has not.

TPBM understands our new thread title.

Edited: Feb 12, 12:35pm Top

Only because I looked in Wikipedia before I wrote post #418 in the last thread. ArmyAngel set it out in post #419. I kept coming back to soixante-neuf and could only see a couple who had tired of all that sort of thing.

TPBM is still frisky

Feb 13, 10:51am Top

Still frisky??? Hmmm I'll have to get back to you on that one.

TPBM needs a new ______________.

Feb 13, 11:20am Top

Leg, hip, magic wand?

The person below me would also like a magic wand.

Feb 13, 11:45am Top

Yes, please.

TPBM casts their own spell.

Feb 13, 5:24pm Top

Didn't work. He's now President.

TPBM thinks we should all say our prayers for the next 4 years.

Feb 13, 6:54pm Top

Eh. If spells didn't work, prayers probably won't either.

TPBM is battening down the hatches.

Feb 13, 7:47pm Top

Already did but my periscope is dirty. . .

TPBM knows how to clean it without opening the hatch. . .

Feb 14, 5:05am Top

Yeah - that's what the internet is for!

TPBM has another method to "clean their (metaphorical) periscope"

Feb 14, 9:08am Top

Use it to look at something very very clean indeed?

TPBM sends up a flair.

Feb 14, 9:28am Top

Yeah, about a dozen, and with flair (and due warning to the water cops). When I sold our boat I used the pistol to burn off all the out-of-date flares with great flair. Only over open water of course, we did not want an aflair with fires.

TPBM cleans their windows with internet.

Feb 14, 9:51am Top

I'm lazy and wait for it to rain. A good nor'easter washes the front windows nicely.

The person below me buttplants over their own tongue.

Feb 14, 5:30pm Top

I couldn't find a definition for buttplants, but now I know what buttplates are.

The person below me is sometimes perplexed.

Feb 14, 6:58pm Top

We live in perplexing times.

TPBM will be specific.

Feb 15, 7:14am Top


TPBM nods knowingly

Feb 15, 7:20am Top

I greatly fear that we are entering a very dark time, and one day soon we'll wish our problems were the travel ban, and Obamacare, and the Brexit.

TPBM is more upbeat.

Feb 15, 9:10am Top


TPBM is keeping his/her head below the parapet.

Feb 15, 9:19am Top

And wearing a helmet.

TPBM stockpiles (and is armed).

Feb 15, 9:43am Top

We don't stockpile exactly, but do have a big pantry and a freezer in the garage. We are armed, too. 'Nuff said.

TPBM has inherited rifles, shotguns, and/or handguns.

Feb 15, 10:04am Top

I'm British. 'Nuff said.

TPBM, on the other hand, ......

Feb 15, 10:31am Top

I'm Southern. 'Nuff said.

TPBM rages against the dying of the light.

Feb 15, 11:06am Top

Nope. I welcome the dusk with open arms. I also like walking early in the morning before daylight when the rest of the world still slumbers and all is quiet and calm.

//with all the doomsday talk, did I miss something big, or is it just the world these days as usual???//

TPBM avoids conflict.

Feb 16, 4:39am Top

I try. But these days it seems to be harder and harder.

The person below me has tried out an adult coloring book. (I'm changing the subject to the very, very light.)

Feb 16, 7:58am Top

I have have a couple sitting in a pile beside my chair. Under a few things.

TPBM has artistic talent.

Feb 16, 8:11am Top

Nope. That's why I have adult coloring books, gel pens, and colored pencils.

TPBM can see blue skies.

Feb 16, 8:26am Top

Not today but Saturday and Sunday with the temp up to 60F!

TPBM will join us outside on Saturday or Sunday spraying the stinky stuff to keep the deer (aka long legged rats) away from the plants! Can't hunt around here.

Feb 16, 8:41am Top

Our plants are still buried under two feet of snow. I haven't seen the deer in a few weeks, but we have a flock of about 50 turkeys roaming around our land.

Turkeys looked pitiful out there wading through deep snow trying to find food, so I threw out some peanuts but that caused a huge screaming turkey battle.

TPBM doesn't feed the animals.

Feb 16, 9:24am Top

I always feed the animals.

TPBM plays for the love of the game.

Feb 16, 9:49am Top

........ not for the sake of a ribboned coat,
Or the selfish hope of a season's fame,
But his captain's hand on his shoulder smote
'Play up! play up! and play the game! '

TPBM keeps a stiff upper lip

Edited: Feb 16, 9:54am Top

No. That sounds downright painful.

TPBM keeps his/her chin up.

Feb 16, 10:26am Top

I do my best, what with gravity and all pulling it down.

TPBM has broad shoulders.

Feb 16, 12:21pm Top

I wish - I have to use shoulder pads to get my cape to flare like Vader's does.

TPBM has falsies.

Feb 16, 6:01pm Top

The days when it mattered are long past.

TPBM is taller than the average height for age/gender

Feb 16, 6:41pm Top

No, pretty much average, but people always think that I'm taller than I really am.

TPBM has a superpower.

Feb 16, 8:15pm Top


What's a superpower?

TPBM knows!!

Feb 17, 4:38am Top

Don't play the innocent with me - I can see right through you.

TPBM has a different superpower

Feb 17, 9:53am Top

I knew you would say something like that!

TPBM has yet another superpower.

Feb 17, 10:33am Top

Sorry - same superpower : I knew you knew I would say something like that..

TPBM really does have a different superpower.

Feb 17, 10:36am Top

Nope. No superpower. And a serious lack of any power when it comes to dealing with major idiots at utilities, banks, and funeral homes in California. Harrumph.

TPBM knows that as soon as their daffodils/forsythia/redbuds bloom, they will get a late frost.

Feb 18, 3:33pm Top

Um, no? I don't have any. And I think it is too late for a frost now. Even though we are getting down in the 40's at night again which meant I had to put on a jacket last night. (I love Arizona!)

The person below me has flowers blooming already.

Edited: Feb 19, 10:06am Top

Yes! I'm happy with the Winter Aconites, Snowdrops and one little pink outdoor cyclamen.
Spring is in the air.

TPBM sees, or hears, other signs of Spring

Feb 19, 9:04am Top

Spring!? Wait. I'm still enjoying our Florida "winter". Being able to breath and even walk a little... don't rush it!

TPBM is in a blooming rush

Feb 19, 10:17am Top

I'm not personally, but our forsythia is, darn it. Our last frost date is near the end of April, so I anticipate at least one more overnight temp in the mid-high 20Fs and several right around freezing. Too many plants and trees think it's spring. This will not go well.

TPBM is perfectly happy with the season they are currently experiencing.

Feb 19, 10:19am Top

//>70 John_Vaughan: can imagine that, Seems that your winter is warmer than our early spring //

Feb 19, 11:38am Top

Yes, I think so. It's getting milder (not necessarily a good thing..) but also sunnier and the flowers are beginning to show. Lots of daffs.

TPBM has begun to garden.

Feb 20, 10:01am Top

I have! I have a tiny jungle of seedlings on the dining table under a seed light: Three types of tomatoes, mixed bell peppers, basil, cucumbers, and jalapenos. This is my second attempt at gardening, hopefully it doesn't end with a collection of withered plants, like last time.

TPBM doesn't forget that all things need water.

Edited: Feb 20, 10:06am Top

Aak! Leaped!

No, it seems cruel to let things dry up.

TPBM doesn't forget that some things need scotch.

Feb 20, 12:04pm Top

Friend Larry. *smile* I'm more of a red wine person.

TPBM has a favorite winery.

Feb 21, 12:18am Top

I'm not much for wine. Beer or bourbon for me. And sometimes margaritas or bloody Mary's.

The person below me likes to drink milk.

Feb 21, 1:30am Top

Blech. For my entire adult life, I have found the idea of drinking straight milk disgusting. Unless it's chocolate, because chocolate fixes everything.

TPBM likes chocolate _______________.

Edited: Feb 21, 4:50am Top

YES!!! (No need for the _______________, except to dismiss ornery cheapo quasi-chocolate like Cadburys, Hershey, and the rest; I'm talking about high-cocoa Continental style REAL chocolate full of extra scrummy things like rum or cherry brandy or praline or truffle or orange or strawberry or coffee or nuts or caramel with sea salt or blueberry or even chilli)

Oh, did I say that out loud?

TPBM also _____ chocolate ( insert addictive verb of choice - I drew an arrow pointing left, but for some reason LT thinks "ah, a left pointing arrow - know what, I'll delete it and everything that follows it..." )

Feb 21, 8:19am Top

is allergic to chocolate. I know, it's a curse. I must have been really bad in a former life.

TPBM is also consoled by cheesecake.

Feb 21, 8:38am Top

I'm not much of a dessert person or a chocolate person. I like Swedish fish once in a while. I know, weird.

TPBM has a favorite childhood candy.

Edited: Feb 21, 8:45am Top

Look bars. They are nougat with almonds covered with dark chocolate.

TPBM also has a favorite childhood candy.

Feb 21, 8:56am Top

//Stop! I have nothing in my stash drawer this morning. I will have to do a snack run now.//

Edited: Feb 21, 8:58am Top

There were so many! I was very fond of Lik-M-Aid, which had a candy stick to dip into pouches of flavoured sugar.

TPBM has another favourite childhood candy to taunt 2wonderY with.

Feb 21, 8:59am Top

My grandmother used to make wonderful marzipan candy. There is a nice candy shop in town that makes a decent version.

TPBM feeds their sweet tooth.

Feb 21, 9:14am Top

Yes, with scotch. (as a fatty and a diabetic I shrink from sugary sweets (candies) except dark choc with sea salt).

TPBM has followed the green thumb and chocolate theme with _____

Feb 21, 9:40am Top

Girl Scout cookies. Tis the season!

TPBM gets over with __________.

Feb 21, 2:32pm Top

Well I want to get over this stupid cold with plenty of liquids, vitamin C, rest, and lots of tissues. I'm really mad because I had yesterday off from work and blue skies and sunshine in February, and I was stuck coughing, aching and sneezing on the couch all day.

TPBM has an abundance of sunshine and blue skies.

Feb 21, 5:59pm Top

I got back from vacation on Sunday. Not only was it sunny and beautiful on my cruise and in Florida, it was beautiful and sunny when we landed in Pennsylvania.

TPBM is having a great day.

Feb 21, 7:17pm Top

a great long weekend, actually! It included our first trip of the year to our favorite deli for the best pastrami in the world, and ended with our first trip of the year to the raptor hospital to visit the hawks and owls.

I had to get back to work today, but came home to the new Neil Gaiman book in my mailbox, so today is also a good day.

TPBM is planning a vacation.

Feb 21, 7:26pm Top

Just came back from a long Con weekend which was wonderful but I am so exhausted I'm about to go back to bed for a nap.

TPBM has a vacation sooner rather than later.

Feb 22, 7:50am Top

I need one, but no- later rather than sooner.

TPBM has bells on.

Feb 22, 8:03am Top

No bells, but I happen to be wearing button jewelry today.

TPBM is a gypsy, inside or out.

Feb 22, 9:13am Top

I guess I'm a gypsy on the inside. The idea of a freestyle gypsy life greatly appeals to me. However, the reality of the inconveniences that would arise keep me rooted.

TPBM has checked something off their bucket list.

Feb 22, 9:17am Top

Retirement. I retired a year ago and am just getting into the swing of things. I wake up most mornings wondering which day it is and wake up all mornings grateful.

TPBM has an unusual item on their bucket list.

Feb 22, 9:26am Top

I'm attempting to visit every National Park in the US. So far I've been to 23 out of 59. Some are in remote areas and will take some planning.

TPBM also has an interesting bucket list.

Feb 22, 2:59pm Top

I have one made of plastic but try to avoid situations where I have to use it. It stands upright, and doesn't list or its contents would spill out.

TPBM is, was, or will be, a hippy.

Feb 22, 4:12pm Top

No need to comment on my anatomy. I'm a little sensitive about it.

TPBM is, was, or will be, a hippie.

Feb 22, 6:08pm Top

The abbess was in Haight-Ashbury in 1967 despite which she has never, in my sight, worn flowers in her hair nor ingested psychoactive substances (apart from the occasional Sauvignon Blanc).

TPBM often goes against the flow

Feb 23, 9:01am Top

I don't so much go against the flow as I stay out of the stream.

//>96 Darth-Heather: Wow! What's your next destination?//

TPBM is a news junkie (fake or real).

Feb 23, 9:45am Top

//>100 morningwalker: This summer we are visiting my dad in Minneapolis, and will spend a week camping around the north part of the state, where we can visit a National Park called Isle Royale on an island in Lake Superior, so we expect to check that one off the list this year.

Next year will be Yellowstone!//

Edited: Feb 23, 10:42am Top

I am a real news junkie, therefore I discount most of what is offered by the Republican Regime. I don't watch TV news; rather, I get info from NPR and cellphone apps.

TPBM has cut back their news intake in recent months.

Feb 23, 10:47am Top

I have. It's nauseating. I just watch the recaps from the late show hosts. Seth Meyers is funny.

TPBM keeps up with current events.

Edited: Feb 23, 10:48am Top


Nope. I am. I'm fascinated by the spectacle.

TPBM still watches cartoons.

Feb 23, 11:24am Top

Yes, I love them. All types, although I don't have a tee-bee so my knowledge is spotty.

TPBM has a cabinet full of old plastic food containers.

Feb 23, 1:09pm Top

Even though I have purged them with every move (I've moved a lot) after four and a half years here, I have a stash of empty plastic food containers. I used to use them in the freezer (when you cook for one there are a lot of leftovers) but my son got me one of those vacuum freezer bag things. Which I love.

TPBM knows how plastic food containers breed.

Feb 23, 1:24pm Top

Apparently they do so by running off together to someplace private and leaving the lids behind.

TPBM doesn't use plastic.

Feb 23, 1:28pm Top

Working very hard to eliminate as much plastic from my life as I can. I carry my own ceramic cup to places where I expect to be offered styrofoam. Blech-y stuff melts into the drink.

TPBM has a sensitive set of taste buds.

Feb 24, 11:47am Top

I think soda from a can tastes gross, does that count? I try to avoid styrofoam, too, but more because it outlasts the pyramids in a landfill. I wonder what people in 500 years will think of us?

TPBM has thrown a watermelon from a building roof.

Feb 24, 11:49am Top

not off a roof, no, but we did sling some from the trebuchet my brother built. it turns out that frozen ones go further than warm ones.

TPBM prefers to use a catapult.

Feb 24, 5:05pm Top

//Have we had this conversation before? I don't know why it always comes back to me throwing watermelons off buildings. I was defenestrated in a past life, probably. I know my dad swears I'll be shot in this one.//

Feb 24, 6:17pm Top

// I guess you must have been really impressed by the result. Didn't Frederick Forsyth's Jackal assassin shoot a watermelon with an explosive round when he was practicing to take out Dr Gaulle? That wasn't bad.//

No catapult, but the best thing I have defenestrated was an upright piano from a fourth floor window. Unforgettable - I can still hear the BOING!!!

TPBM will share the memory of some gratuitously destructive act.

Feb 24, 6:25pm Top

TPBM & Friends might enjoy reading poem HORSE SAYS GOOD-BYE (AND GOOD RIDDANCE)
TO THE TWENTIETH CENTURY (by Clarence Major) - easy to find via online Search.

Feb 24, 8:15pm Top

I worked in the same office as my ex-husband. He fell in love with his boss. She had to take a job elsewhere (rules, you know). I took the nameplate from her old office and buried it in used cat litter. She is allergic to cats. Not really super destructive but satisfying.

The person below me can easily top this.

(I did accidentally destroy a bottle of ketchup. Back when they were made of glass. I dropped it on the tile floor. What a mess!)

Feb 25, 10:06am Top

Not me. I was brought up in the 60s. "Peace and love, man" (at least, that's what I thought until I discovered an archive of all the issues of OZ Magazine and remembered what violently anti-establishment anarchic times they were...).

TPBM really does a have satisfying tale of gratuitous violence or even better, revenge.

Feb 25, 10:08am Top

// xorscape! How fiendish! I love it! Another excellent use for cat litter. //

Feb 25, 10:36am Top

This is kinda awful, but I have to confess. I had a customer who behaved extremely abusive on the phone, over something pretty inconsequential. She called several times one week, shouting obscenities at anyone who answered the phone. We all handled it as well as we could, and were glad when it was done, because the service we provide isn't something people do repeatedly so we wouldn't be hearing from her again.

But it was bothering me to have to take that attitude from anyone. Soooo since her cell phone number was on our caller ID, I signed her up for an anonymous text message through the CDC website that notifys her that someone she has been with has herpes and that she should get tested.

I know, it's bad. But there is a lesson to be learned - do not abuse people who have your personal info. I could have done much worse. But I felt better after that and can let it go now, except for the occasional mean-spirited snickering.

TPBM has done worse.

Feb 27, 9:30am Top

I regret that I once did. It was called the Steward's Secret Revenge and its effect was dramatic. But I can not tell you what it was as it is a secret.

TPBM knows how many Billy bookcases rolled off the production line of the Gyllensvaans Mobler factory in Kattilstorp in the few seconds of my typing.

Edited: Feb 27, 10:18am Top

//Come on, John. You really shouldn't tantalise us. We promise not to tell. And, I suppose, being a confession I could offer some sort of absolution ;-)//

Feb 27, 11:11am Top

//Dude. Seriously.//

Feb 27, 12:59pm Top

I believe there were 12 Billy bookcases that rolled off the production line of the Gyllensvaans Mobler factory in Kattilstorp in the few seconds of your typing. It should have been less, but >118 John_Vaughan: is a notoriously slow typist.

TPBM is slow at __________.

Feb 27, 4:49pm Top

Reading. I'm a slow reader. I didn't know that until I looked my times up online. Like remedial English class slow.

//>112 abbottthomas: I can hear it in my head, this grand concordant Bong! Nice. Of course, I do have to ask why you threw an upright piano out a fourth floor window. Other than it was there and you had the time.//

TPBM flies through books.

Feb 27, 5:28pm Top

I used to, but children stopped believing in fairies and my wings fell off.

TPBM has their own reading speed.

Feb 27, 6:37pm Top

//>122 SomeGuyInVirginia: It was easier than carrying it down all those stairs ;-)//

Feb 27, 8:15pm Top

My reading speed is directly proportional to how much I'm enjoying a book. If it slows to molasses in wintertime, I abandon it. Fortunately I've had a lot of good books this month so have been going like crazy.

TPBM uses bookmarks.

Feb 27, 11:11pm Top

I collect 'em. I might have more bookmarks than books on the TBR shelf.

TPBM has a _____________ shelf.

Feb 28, 7:44am Top

I have a shelf of child-sized watering cans up behind my desk at work. Twelve of them, as I now count them. No! It's not a collection! No it isn't.

TPBM has got seeds sprouting.

Feb 28, 8:20am Top

No, I'll probably just buy plants from local greenhouse.

TPBM needs new shoes.

Feb 28, 8:54am Top

New sneakers for work actually. The ones I wear are both ready to fall apart given the right circumstances.

TPBM needs to step it up on completing something.

Feb 28, 9:22am Top

I've been toying with the idea of giving up coffee. I dunno, maybe there will still be a reason for living after that I just can't see in my caffeine fueled state.

TPBM has a new toy.

Feb 28, 9:43am Top

(slowly types) Yes a Nespresso Pod Espresso Machine. to go with our Cafeteria, in support of our Filter machine. Give up coffee ?! What an idea.

TPBM knew my secret revenge involved tomato soup.

Feb 28, 9:48am Top

//Give up coffee, Larry? Yipes. Too horrible to even contemplate, as I sip my second cup of the morning.//

Feb 28, 10:21am Top

No, I want more detail John_Vaughan, mwahahaha

TPBM concurs.

Feb 28, 10:29am Top

yes please! I didn't want to be the only one needing absolution from the Abbott...

TPBM has questions.

Feb 28, 11:47am Top

Yes I do. Come on >131 John_Vaughan:, spill the beans.

TPBM has answers.

Mar 1, 9:13am Top

Loads of them. I just need to be asked the questions they belong to.

TPBM has reservations.

Mar 1, 9:47am Top

Yes, we do. For a cruise for our fiftieth wedding in April, just a quickie around our local pond (the Gulf).

TPBM knows the secret revenge has no beans.

Mar 1, 10:05am Top

"Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!"

TPBM shares my wish for calm seas in April (although John may be OK in the teeth of a gale)

Mar 1, 11:33am Top

//Aye Abbott, I do like a bit o' wind and shipping 'green ones'.//

Mar 1, 3:09pm Top

Yes, yes I do hope for calm seas in April because I don't want to be the recipient of secret tomato revenge! "We have to convince the little housewife out there that the tomato that ate the family pet is not dangerous!"- Ted Swan, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1978)

TPBM has been the recipient of double secret tomato revenge.

Mar 1, 3:33pm Top

No, I bloody haven't!

TPBM thinks I'm getting warm...

Edited: Mar 2, 9:56am Top

Yes, the soup had to be hot to dissolve the added powder. It was also served with a swirl of "cream". Actually, at sea it was tinned milk.

TPBM knows how to clean silver.

Mar 2, 10:49am Top

Yes, tell the butler to do it.

TPBM smokes menthols.

Mar 2, 11:27am Top

I don't smoke anything anymore. But I used to like Salems.

TPBM is giving up something for Lent.

Mar 2, 11:51am Top


TPBM has had enough of mortification of the flesh, and spirit.

Mar 2, 1:27pm Top

It has long been my contention that the purpose of incarnation is to experience incarnation fully. I would have pursued experiencing it even more fully, but lack of funds has limited my access.

TPBM has a purpose.

Mar 2, 1:56pm Top

Yes, it's to keep my cats supplied with catnip on a regular basis (if I don't I pay the price).

TPBM lives with an unruly beast.

Mar 2, 2:00pm Top

I'm not sure exactly what it is. Something in the wall sounds bigger than a mouse, unless it is multiple mice. Whatever it is, the cats are pretty excited about it.

//>146 PhaedraB: I concur.//

TPBM tames the beast.

Mar 3, 9:07am Top

What's a world without beasts?

//>128 morningwalker: Parker, every now and then, will sit and stare at a spot on the wall just below the ceiling. I have seen way to many horror movies to be ok with that. Last time I told him 'You're just doing that to freak me out!'//

TPBM is having a fry up.

Mar 3, 9:37am Top

With a wedge and a mug.

TPBM knows what Parker can see.

Edited: Mar 3, 10:22am Top

Oh God no! I never want to know what goes on those devious little minds.

//>149 SomeGuyInVirginia: Is Parker back home? If he is, have you been punished yet?//

TPBM saw the puppy with the selfie on her ear.

Mar 5, 6:04pm Top

No, but I saw Colonel Mustard in the Library with the Gun.

TPBM loves board games.

Mar 6, 4:14am Top

I'm too board to answer this, sorry.

TPBM will answer instead.

Mar 6, 6:01am Top

I only play games when I'm aboard.

151> Parker is not back yet, the window installation has gone through several delays but should be finished tomorrow and P-Bitty back home Sunday. I just think about contractors and my head explodes in confetti.

TPBM is above board.

Mar 6, 11:18am Top

No, my room is just off the kitchen. See that door next to the fridge? Anyway, breakfast is super convenient.

The person below me pays room & board.

Edited: Mar 6, 11:23am Top

Sort of, it's called a mortgage.

>154 SomeGuyInVirginia: Yes windows will be a must for Parker's return.//

TPBM is head over heels.

Mar 6, 11:30am Top

According to my yoga instructor, my posture alignment is more "head-over-toes", which is bad and I'm supposed to be reminding myself to stop leaning forward when I walk.

TPBM gets it straight.

Mar 6, 1:49pm Top


TPBM is even straighter.

Mar 6, 2:50pm Top

Sure, OK.

TPBM thinks everyone is cuter when they're in IKEA.

Mar 6, 5:25pm Top

I wouldn't know; by complete chance, I have never been in an Ikea in my life, despite moving in with someone once who had tons of Ikea furniture.

TPBM has been, and will tell.

Mar 7, 9:03am Top

Well I've only been in IKEA a couple times, and not for a few years now, but I don't remember seeing anyone who struck me as cute while I was there. That's not saying people are not cuter while in IKEA, it's more saying I don't have a very good memory. Sorry I couldn't be more help on this issue.

TPBM knows for a fact people are cuter in IKEA, or someplace else.

Mar 7, 9:14am Top

I don't know about the people, but I have one word for you - "Swedish meatballs."

TPBM has an IKEA kitchen.

Mar 7, 9:47am Top

I have a kitchen?!

TPBM has discovered a wonderful new author.

Mar 7, 9:52am Top

Yes! For me at least. George Saunders. Apparently he's a brilliant short story writer, but I just read Lincoln in the Bardo, his first novel, and loved it and gave it 5 stars.

TPBM is generous with 5 stars.

Mar 7, 1:38pm Top

No, I'm pretty stingy with my 5 stars. The book has to be something I absolutely loved.

//>164 karenmarie: I've been hearing about that book and wondered if I would like it. If you think it's worthy of 5 stars, I might have to add it to TBR pile.//

TPBM is stingy with _______.

Mar 7, 2:37pm Top

my stuff. Don't touch.

TPBM is biased against _______.

Mar 7, 3:57pm Top

Am I allowed to use the T word here? Or would I be accused of Trumpfism?

TPBM has thoughts about this...

Mar 7, 5:25pm Top

I'd say run all the bums out of town, except that if the zombie apocalypse has taught us anything it's that governments only have downhill to go.

TPBM goes with the flow.

Mar 7, 6:58pm Top

You bet your sweet bippy! I am not going to draw attention to myself in these uncertain times.

TPBM throws pots

Edited: Mar 8, 4:25am Top

I've never thrown a pot. I have thrown a hissy fit (not for years though).

The person below me has some lovely pottery.

(I think there was an earlier post about Billy bookcases from IKEA. I need some extra shelves for my paperbacks and ran across this statement: "It is estimated that every five seconds, one BILLY bookcase is sold somewhere in the world.")

(Oh, and I love the IKEA tea lights. Cheap and a good burn.)

Mar 8, 5:16am Top

I like plain simple pottery such as stoneware, as long as it's finished with an attractive colour. I'd also find houseroom for Clarice Cliff but prices are way beyond me. Sigh. On the other hand, if you meant ornamental pottery, I think you'd go a long way to beat the Ancient Greek vases ("vahziz", please...), though I also have a stunning Spanish vase - terracotta with an elegantly quite wide body, but a very thin neck widening out a little to a rim.

TPBM can wax lyrical about glassware.

Mar 8, 9:09am Top

Nah, I'm more of a recipe lyrical waxer.

TPBM can wax lyrically about _______.

Mar 8, 9:59am Top

Cognac and its difference from Brandy and how and where it is created.
//>169 abbottthomas: Werry interesting, but not werry funny. Say goodnight Dick//

TPBM remembers who Radar and Hot Lips were

Mar 8, 10:04am Top

My brother and I could only watch MASH when my mom wasn't looking - she did not approve of that sort of humour.

TPBM knows why.

Mar 8, 10:14am Top

Gad, MASH. A great series that eventually choked to death on its own smug. I had an uncle who got tanked at bar at Dulles airport with William Christopher, the guy who played Father Mulcahy.

TPBM got the rockin' pneumonia and the boogie woogie flu.

Edited: Mar 8, 1:20pm Top

//Fantastic way to put it, Larry! Choked to death on its own smug. Oh, yeah! I didn't like the TV show MASH nearly as much as the original movie. And the original book, MASH was fantastic.//

Mar 8, 4:27pm Top

Not I but SWMBO had walking pneumonia. Went to bed on her birthday (poor lass) and stayed there nearly 3 weeks. Keeps asking me where February went.

TPBM will explain the fascinations and details of their own favorite soap.

Edited: Mar 8, 4:48pm Top

Coronation Street, though its fascinations aren't immediately obvious beyond a sometimes witty script.

TPBM wonders why >173 John_Vaughan: asked about M*A*S*H when he'd just referenced Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In...

Mar 9, 10:06am Top

Our John works in mysterious ways his wonders to perform.

//Sorry Darth, I leaped. Because MASH could be lewd and questioned the status quo, at least when the series was still worth watching.//

TPBM comes on little cat feet.

Edited: Mar 9, 10:07am Top

Of course.

TPBM rambles.

Mar 9, 10:21am Top

I do. Because now is the time, and the time is now.

TPBM has rolled and called the tumblin' dice.

Mar 9, 1:53pm Top

Only in board games ... though I did re-record said song as it is half a semitone too slow.

TPBM will name their favourite Rolling Stones track.

Mar 9, 2:05pm Top

Gimme Shelter or Rip This Joint, it's a toss up.

TPBM has a song they love so much they turn it off when it plays on the radio so it won't get stale.

Mar 10, 1:58pm Top

Not really, not now.

TPBM recently binge watched ________.

Mar 10, 2:02pm Top

The 2005 BBC miniseries Bleak House, in honor of reading the book in February.

TPBM recently binge watched ___________.

Mar 10, 2:31pm Top

The Clone Wars series on Netflix - found out they would no longer be available after March 7th, so I blasted through the remaining 50 episodes in one week.

TPBM's favorite binge watch is _______

Mar 10, 5:47pm Top

Just watched the recent BBC drama series 'Taboo' - all 8 hour-long episodes over 5 days. Quite the most stunning historical (or drama, period) series I've seen in ages. Though last year's 'Night Manager' was also brilliant. So was 'Undercover'!

TPBM's favourite recent drama series was __________

Mar 11, 8:56am Top

Work. I don't know why it has to be like that either.

TPBM recognized the wheel of Fortune turning turning.

Mar 11, 9:02am Top

//We've been watching Taboo, too, Larry. It's rather amazing and certainly not for the faint of heart. We'll check out Night Manager and Undercover.//

Mar 11, 10:32am Top

The wheel keeps turning and you can't slow down, you can't let go and you can't hold on. You can't go back, and you can't stand still, but if the thunder don't get you then the lightning will.

TPBM is also aware of a no-win situation.

Mar 11, 10:32am Top

//>189 karenmarie: I loved the Night Manager and highly recommend it. I will have to take a look at Taboo.//

Mar 12, 4:01pm Top

I think the US is living one right now.

The person below me wants something sweet.

Mar 12, 4:05pm Top

There's one brownie left from Wednesday's 9" x 13" pan, wrapped in aluminum foil. Husband hasn't noticed it, so I think it's mine and I will eat it as a reading snack.

TPBM would prefer something salty.

Mar 12, 7:16pm Top

Thinking about making an early dinner just to get the thought of potato chips out of my head.

TPBM is out of their head over ___________.

Mar 13, 7:42am Top

Well, potato chips. They're kind of the food that holds all other foods together.

TPBM doesn't want to end up like __________.

Mar 13, 2:01pm Top

A crazy old cat lady who wears a purple cardigan covered in cat hair and smells like cat urine.

TPBM knows someone who marches to a different drummer.

Edited: Mar 13, 3:37pm Top

Yes, we all do. And we are wondering how T. Parker's homecoming is going. With or without windows.

TPBM IS that Different Drummer.

Edited: Mar 13, 3:51pm Top

I don't do drums and I don't march. (That must qualify as Different).

TPBM is wary of the ides of March.

Mar 13, 4:46pm Top

yes, it's my boss' birthday and he is one of those who insists that he doesn't want his birthday acknowledged but then mopes if nobody wishes him a happy one.

TPBM is celebrating Pi Day tomorrow.

Mar 13, 5:08pm Top

God I hope so. If by 'celebrating' you mean 'enjoying a snow day home' and by 'Pi' you mean 'actual pie'. Except I don't have pie but I do have honey crisp apples and steak. And potato chips because, what, I'm a barbarian?

>197 John_Vaughan: P-Bitty is home and loving it. He doesn't care much for the new windows and neither do I. He doesn't like them because they're different and I don't like them because what I had to go through for the five gawddamn weeks it took to get them installed amounted to trauma. Certainly there was a lot of yelling on the phone. It's like some government bureaucracy was responsible for installing my windows.

It is so good to have his furry butt back home.

TPBM doesn't need a weather man to know which way the wind blows.

Mar 13, 5:26pm Top

Maybe a weather woman?

Mar 13, 6:31pm Top

I am but mad north-north-west.

When the wind is southerly, TPBM knows a hawk from a handsaw.

Mar 14, 6:09am Top

I always know a hawk from a handsaw, though I don't use or own either.

TPBM recognises an obscure saying in what the Abbott said and will explain it.

Mar 14, 8:28am Top

Obscure sayings go right over my head. No, I don't have a clue.

TPBM has a clue.

Mar 14, 8:41am Top

I'm sorry I haven't a clue, either.

TPBM seas awl, nos awl.

Mar 14, 9:36am Top

I do. Hamlet: Act 2, Scene 2, Page 16.

TPBM (like our dear Abbott) knew that without Google.

Mar 14, 11:11am Top

I knew the source, though I couldn't have named chapter and verse.

TPBM is an expert on ___________.

Mar 14, 11:52am Top

Accidentally buying duplicates and even sometimes triplicates of books. I have started logging onto LT on my cellphone to check, but still get lazy sometimes and have an Ooops! moment when I get home.

TPBM has also accidentally bought duplicates of books.

Mar 14, 4:02pm Top

No, but my late husband was a pro at it. One of the reasons I started cataloging our books.

TPBM hits doubles or triples.

Mar 14, 8:30pm Top

Used to when I was in little league.

TPBM also learned how to catch batting practice because he couldn't hit a curve worth beans!

// >208 karenmarie: You are not a true book collector if you haven't bought the same book twice several times!//

Mar 15, 6:01am Top


TPBM assumes the gender of the TPBT

Mar 15, 7:49am Top

Nope. Always iffy. But back when I was a tyke, we were taught that "he" was acceptable when gender is unknown. Now, I'm never sure what is acceptable. It seems to change when I'm not looking.

The person below me is feeling warm and cozy.

Mar 15, 8:25am Top

Yeah, all that snow shoveling warms me up fast.

TPBM is on a 2 hour delay.

Mar 15, 8:32am Top

Nope, we're open for business and business is good! Whoo-hoo! (I got here soooo early today.)

TPBM feels that we are on the cusp of a new age.

Mar 15, 9:01am Top

Could be. As Tom Lehrer sang, "Soon we'll be sliding down the razor blade of life."

TPBM prepares for unknown unknowns

Edited: Mar 15, 9:03am Top

Sure do. Usually at about 3am when I should be sleeping. Not by choice.

TPBM plans ahead.

Mar 15, 2:46pm Top

Also usually at 3am. Unfortunately, I never remember any of those plans after I get out of bed.

TPBM is planning a vacation.

Mar 15, 3:16pm Top

Yes, four of us going to Malaga in Spain.

TPBM is planning a vacation on a different scale.

Mar 16, 9:37am Top

I'm putting together a week in Buenos Aires, but I don't yet know when I'm going.

TPBM has been to Good Airs and can recommend something, or some other Airs entirely.

Mar 16, 12:50pm Top

Air On A G String by Johann Sebastian.

TPBM can recommend other airs...

Edited: Mar 17, 4:36pm Top

'fraid not, I wouldn't know my Airs from a hole in the ground.

TPBM is celebrating St. Green Beer Day!

Mar 17, 12:52pm Top

I hope so! Going for Girls Night with some buddies at a place called "The Tap Room Grille" - I am assuming a place with "tap room" in the name can hook me up with Guinness on draft.

TPBM is Irish today too.

Mar 17, 12:55pm Top

I'm always Irish-American, but I don't know the degree, with Patricks in my direct line back at least to 1828 here in the US.

TPBM loves corned beef and cabbage.

Mar 17, 1:45pm Top

Mar 17, 4:36pm Top

>224 abbottthomas: //...white socks, and bluuueeee ribbon beer. At your service.//

Mar 17, 6:56pm Top

>225 SomeGuyInVirginia: //I had Randy Newman in mind. "He may be a fool, but he's our fool....."//

Mar 18, 6:57am Top

I'm more of a bubble-and-squeak-plus-bacon girl myself.

TPBM will describe their favourite 'quick pan fry' meal.

Mar 18, 1:21pm Top

Stir-fried sliced meat and frozen veg, with rice made in the rice cooker so I don't even have to watch it. I get an "Asian mix" veg package with a spicy powder for sauce included. Sometimes I add a tablespoon of peanut butter or tahini for a different Asian flavor.

TPBM has another.

Mar 19, 8:52am Top

My favorite quick meal is to season and sear thin boneless pork chops in a skillet and then add sliced potatoes and veggies then add beef broth and simmer until done. Yummy

TPBM uses their crock pot always and wants to make PhaedraB's recipe. (I do!)

Mar 20, 9:37am Top

Nope, I have one pan which, for reasons that escape me, has been in my refrigerator for the past three years.

Today is National Alien Abduction Day! TPBM will share their abduction story.

Mar 20, 9:45am Top

I would but every time I try to talk about it I get a searing pain in my left temple for some reason. Hmmm.

TPBM can talk freely about their abduction. (Ouch there's that pain again!)

Mar 20, 10:55am Top

No, it is a tort or felony so I could incriminate myself. Or you.

TPBM is feeling much better now ...and courts the night.

Mar 20, 6:20pm Top

The only thing I can catch is a cold (see what I did there?)

TPBM thinks conspiracy theories are barmy but endlessly amusing.

Mar 20, 7:43pm Top

Way too aggravating to be amusing.

TPBM has a theory of their own.

Mar 21, 6:56am Top

Yes, but it is staying close to my chest.

TPBM can remember being wrapped in vinegar and brown paper or red flannel or goose grease.

Mar 21, 7:29am Top

Why did it have to be red? Yes it was a cozy way to go to bed, at least while the wet flannel was hot; but the cold wet flannel was a bit icky later on.

TPBM stays safe with safety pins.

Mar 21, 8:44am Top

There was a time when I always kept one pinned inside my lapel or hem, just in case of an emergency. Now I'm not even sure where to find a safety pin in the house.

TPBM is prepared for ___________.

Mar 21, 9:53am Top

The zombie apocalypse, 'natch. Not really. I could make it through a week with the canned goods I've got, but I'm not ready for system breakdown or anything.

TPBM is a survivalist.

Mar 21, 9:55am Top

Hey, I harvest my own water.

TPBM wouldn't drink the stuff.

Mar 21, 11:04am Top

god no. Do you realize what's in that stuff? Hydrogen is dangerous, you know. Ever see footage of the Hindenburg disaster?

TPBM prefers two oxygen molecules.

Mar 21, 11:24am Top

Funnily enough, I have hyperbaric oxygen therapy every week.

TPBM likes their oxygen on the rocks.

Mar 21, 11:50am Top

You know they sell it in ingestible form as a nutritional supplement, eh?

TPBM likes most things on the rocks.

Mar 22, 5:37am Top

Not when caught on a lee shore.

TPBM knows their orlop from their top-gallant yard

Mar 22, 8:42am Top

Yes, faintly. Saw an orlop on the rocks once, drinking oxygen supplement.

TPBM has just started a new book and ....

Mar 22, 9:31am Top

... I'd have finished it, too, if it wasn't for those meddling kids bosses.

TPBM wants a cheeseburger in paradise.

Edited: Mar 22, 10:09am Top

Aak! Leaped! That's what I get for opening computer windows then getting sidetracked.

Yes, but I better hurry before they pave paradise and put in a parking lot (o-whoo whoo whoo whoo).

the writing is better than the content. Heads in Beds; every country that doesn't have compulsory military service should require its yute to work for a year in a large hotel. It's better than an MBA degree.

TPBM blogs.

Mar 23, 8:55am Top


TPBM escapes life for a while by __________.

Mar 23, 9:14am Top

Listening to Wagner.

TPBM couldn't stomach that.

Mar 23, 9:19am Top

My stomach is normally pretty good. It's my eardrums I'd worry about with Wagner.

The person below me is nosy.

Mar 23, 9:53am Top

I prefer to think of it as 'engaged.'

Naw, honestly, I usually figger that if I don't know the whole story, it's because it's none of my business. If it was my business, someone would have already told me.

TPBM engages otherwise.

Mar 23, 10:03am Top

I am, and always have been. I want to know what and why.

TPBM turns a blind eye.

Mar 23, 4:38pm Top

wink, wink, nudge, nudge... say no more!

TPBM likes photography.

Mar 23, 4:50pm Top

Oh yes! You chose the right PBY.. I wish my talent was even a fraction of my enthusiasm. Currently using the Lumix LX100.

TPBM shoots with...

Mar 24, 9:04am Top

A Bazooka. This is Floriduh after all.

TPBM lives in the nation's Blah and climbs fences.

Mar 24, 9:08am Top

It was just a test!

TPBM breaks down walls.

Mar 24, 2:16pm Top

And heads toward Mexico.

Accompanied by?

Mar 24, 3:12pm Top

//It probably says something about our times, but my first reaction, now, whenever there's a terrorist attack is not to wonder if my friends are OK but to curse those who attempted it and pointedly avoid the news for 48 hours. at and Tid, I hope you're both well.//

Mar 24, 6:31pm Top

//Fine thank you. It was a horrible attack, but there seems to be so many these days. Definitely not the right time to be leaving Europe though, they've been more than ready to stand by us (and our allies over your way too, of course).//

Mar 24, 7:06pm Top

// Me too, thanks SGIV. I walked over Westminster Bridge a couple of weeks ago and was thinking then about the extraordinarily wide range of nationalities represented by the visitors and now reflected in Wednesday's casualties. This was no way to treat guests.//

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