TPBM #99 - A good number, one less than one hundred
This is a continuation of the topic TPBM #98 - XCVIII .
This topic was continued by TPBM -- Lucky #100. Ten Plus Years of 'The Person Below Me.
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TPBM has never threaded a needle.
While being male would have some thinking I haven't, I'm capable enough at sewing to make minor repairs of clothing.
TPBM is not a fan of needles when seeing a doctor.
A necessary evil, I suppose. I do dislike the way, in the UK anyway, you are told to expect 'a little scratch'. To me a scratch implies movement across the skin: the nurse just can't cope with saying "Just a little prick".
TPBM couldn't care less.
I got my flu shot the other day and the nurse said "You'll feel just a little pinch". It was hardly even that.
TPBM remembers getting the polio vaccine on a sugar cube.
Two eggs were in a frying pan.
1st egg: Hello there!
2nd egg: Ahhhhh! A talking egg!
TPBM's yoke is easy, their burden light.
yep, and a rock, and some sand, and an acorn, and a leaf and a lucky penny. What's in your pocket?
TPBM will tell us what is in theirs.
Lint, 3 pennies, 1 dime, 2 quarters and a hole (not where the money is).
TPBM has a way to keep from losing things in pockets
I routinely empty my pockets before hanging up my clothes but that doesn't stop me losing money down the sides of chair cushions. Today is an important day in the UK for such losers as our old round pound coin ceases to be legal tender at midnight. My search revealed £1.27.
TPBM can explain the USA's loyalty to the dollar bill.
Because everything else is in metric.
TPBM has signed a petition.
Nope, but I have protested.
TPBM has a star named after them, or is named after a star.
No, but I was named after a Perry Como record. I know it's a long stretch, but it's all I got.
TPBM has too many books going right now.
Let's just say, don't take my Currently Reading collection too seriously.
TBPM has TBR under control.
For me, "control" means that I have them sorted both alphabetically and by genre. So, yes.
The likelihood that I could finish them in this lifetime - no.
TPBM has a better way.
Different, not better, but it works for me. TBRs are stowed on any available shelf except the Retreat, with a location tag for room, shelf, row.
TPBM has sorted their books by color before.
Only my old Penguins. Orange, green, blue, yellow, cerise - have I forgotten something?
Probably a lot of things if you're like me.
The person below has obsolete technology lurking around. (I just gave away about 100 books on cassette tape to the local animal shelter thrift store. No one wanted them. They are too bulky...)
I have obsolete technology, but for Reasons. My late husband had a lot of lectures on cassette tape which were never transferred to digital. When I sorted through everything, I made sure I kept the player for each type of media. When I was in the records management business, that was a truism: make sure you store the playback equipment along with the media.
On the other hand, TPBM also has stuff on floppy disks with no way to access the data.
No, I can still access them. What I'm truly at a loss with is how to read in all the punch cards I have from when I first started programming.
I can still read a card by looking which holes were punched, but it's time consuming.
TPBM knows a way.
Yes! I can get you there and back again. We'll need cookies, and a squirt gun full of holy water.
TPBM has their Halloween decorations up.
Noooo, I'm getting pumpkins this week. Stop nagging!
TPBM goes to Halloween affairs in October.
Not if I can help it. And they're easier to avoid now that the kids aren't into Halloween anymore.
TPBM is less curmudgeonly.
I'm a sucker for Halloween. That's when I get all my kitchen stuff, since my kitchen is done in orange and black just for that reason.
TPBM has their kitchen done in something else.
Twice. I'm more into roasting almonds, cashews, and peanuts -- it's quick, and I never have an issue with them being scorched on the outside while they're still raw on the inside.
TPBM has apple cider at the ready.
Meh. Cider's like incense, seems like a good idea at the time...
TPBM got bit.
I like chocolate, but think Hershey's is pretty nasty.
TPBM makes their own.
Hot chocolate, yes. I've given up on those nasty packets of chemicals.
TPBM agrees with the following statement: White Chocolate is an oxymoron.
Yes. And according to some, our president is just a Moron.
I do, but don't quite agree with the use of the word "just" there! Not only is moronitis a dreadful enough trait on its own for the POTUS but there's also all his other flaws too...
TPBM will list others.
For anyone who can get the BBC IPlayer this Point of View - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b096jkgd - gives a pretty comprehensive list.
TPBM thinks it could be the End of Days.
I try to remain optimistic, and listen to this https://youtu.be/WlBiLNN1NhQ.
TPBM is a fan of Monty Python.
Are you suggesting coconuts migrate?
TPBM doesn't think that is funny.
It's never funny when coconuts migrate, at least not to the people they roll over. Plus, all those tiny umbrellas.
TPBM is a victim.
I certainly was! (However I've never been a lumberjack, but I was ok...)
//apologies for not following 41, but I felt sorry for 37 whose theme was ignored...
Back to regular business - "and now for something completely different"//
TPBM either prefers Fawlty Towers or...
...bets on it.
//>43 Darth-Heather: I got it! I don't know much Monty Python, but I do know the Holy Grail/Spamalot! //
>43 Darth-Heather: //I'm the same when it comes to MPFC quotes. Sadly, all too often when I use them, the only reaction is a "HUH?" look. :( //
Sorry, I've never seen it and I only gamble occasionally. It looks interesting though. I'll add it to my ever growing list of things to check out when I don't have much to do...
>42 Tid: Thanks for your concern, but that's the beauty of TPBM - the topic can, and does go anywhere the TPBM wants it to. Ahhh, free speech is alive and well on LT.
TPBM has way too much to do, read, see, experience...
I don't know if it counts, but I've got a spate of the snorting vapors over having to take my car in tomorrow to have the oil changed. It's too pretty out, and if I have to get out of bed before 10:00am I'd rather it be for something interesting.
TPBM plays the game.
If you're going to play the game, son, you've gotta learn to play it right.
TPBM knows when to walk away, knows when to run.
You never count your karma when you're dancing in the circle
There'll be time for counting karma in the Summerlands.
(Full song here: http://www.neopagan.net/IB_Songs_OtherSilly.html#Wizard )
TPBM likes to filk.
I've no idea what filk is unless it's rude term for milk but I did like that pome!
TPBM will tell us what filking is.
// >43 Darth-Heather: Oops - my mistake; that's a quote that somehow passed me by! //
I love Filk Music! My favorite is Agnes, the Teenage Russian Spy.
The first verse goes:
Agnes, oh Agnes, oh how I love you
But Agnes, my Agnes, oh, how you make me blue
Today I was informed by the FBI
You're nothing but a teenage Russian Spy
TPBM can give us the next verse.
Agnes, oh Agnes
Just what have you done?
Agnes, my Agnes
For the Soviet Union
If only you were booked for beltin' some guy
Instead of for being a teenage Russian spy
Ok, now I know that Filk is a kind of music.
TPBM will explain in more detail...
Congrats on knowing/finding those lyrics. I've only known three other people who knew that song.
The tune is a standard 4-chord 50's melody.
Filk was originally a typo, and became a tongue-in-cheek genre for sci-fi songs -- ones about aliens or mad scientists, often found in Mad Magazine.
TPBM coulda guessed that.
Nope. Not in a million years.
The person below me has big plans for the week.
Like wondering whether to buy one of these: http://gettrumpybear.com/
TPBM has big plans for the wig.
Yes, I will comb it over.
>55 bnielsen: Are you kidding? Is that for real???? OMG if it is, we've sunk to a new low...
TPBM reads scandal sheets while in line at the grocery store.
Because of how/when I shop since I work nights in a grocery store, I'm almost never standing on line to check out. I will occasionally glance thru one while on break/lunch tho.
TPBM agrees that the Weekly World News was the best "scandal" sheet to actually read.
Yes! It was so very, very weird. Bat Boy! The woman who bludgeoned her husband to death with a watermelon! Good times.
//>55 bnielsen: The certificate of authenticity makes it classy!//
TPBM has it all together.
Yes, in a great big heap. I wish I could find the things I need!
TPBM goes for it!
Usually, but not today. I feel drowsy and think I'm getting a cold.
TPBM speaks another language.
Yes, but I don't get a chance to use it much. I also spoke German and English as a kid, but I've forgotten all my German.
TPBM is a polyglot.
Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, first-level Calculus. Base 8, base 16. Hexadecimal for starting an old IBM 1130 computer at the School of Business and Management's Computer Center while I was at Pepperdine in LA.
TPBM remembers their first portable electronic calculator.
// >56 morningwalker: and >59 SomeGuyInVirginia: I saw a comment saying that "The care tag says not to machine wash but instead, Trumpy Bear required to be Golden Showered by multiple women in a hotel room." //
Easily. A Texas Instruments 8-digit calculator with LED-display. Looking like the "Spirit of '76" edition.
TPBM has a box in the attic with even weirder old calculators.
In 1967 in a physics lab there was an electronic calculator and each number was actually a tube that created numbers. You know tubes like radios, transmitters and TVs had before solid state really took off.
I still love my little HP65 (I think) with reverse polish notation!!!
TPBM knows the manufacturer of that silly calculator.
Of course. Hewlett Packard - everybody knows that! (hmm...not really, I Binged it - I don't like Google)
TPBM loves Google.
Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.
TPBM has multitudes of something other than books.
Boxes of photos, memorabilia, junk, character cake tins, dishes, etc. in the attic, in dormers, behind the guest bedroom closet, in closets, and in the room behind husband's media room. All waiting to be gone through.
TPBM has already started the process of getting rid of their junk.
For some reason I can't easily throw out a tea caddy. Now, if you drink tea like me and have done it for forty years ...
But I've given away a couple of them, so that must count as a start.
TPBM has multitudes of something other than books and tea caddies.
Yes: pennies. I haven't counted them; I only know the number is over 100. (I don't, b t w, have any tea caddies. As an ex- teen-age caddy, in fact, I thought that
golf clubs were the only thing that caddies
TPBM wishes that the penny would be
abolished (and is willing to risk the consequent
boost in prices to the next higher divisible-by-five).
No, actually, I like pennies. Somehow, picking up a "lucky nickel" found on the ground doesn't have the same appeal.
I would, however, like to abolish Daylight Savings Time.
TPBM was so much older then, but is younger than that now.
I'm 86 now and am, I hope, younger than I
was at 19. (The end of sophomore year in
high school (age 15) and end of sophomore year in college (age 19) are the ages at which I remember being the most depressed, and
depression, though I didn't immediately know
it by that name, is a corollary of "old age".
TPBM's favorite decade/age is
the __ __ __ __ s
( or age __ __ - __ __).
Most ages from 20 to 49 were pretty good, but things seem to start falling apart in the 50s.
// >72 rolandperkins: Canada has abolished the penny, and I am quite content with that decision. And prices that end in .01 or .02 are rounded down, so it all evens out.//
TPBM exercises regularly.
I walk and do yoga. I should probably be doing more. I used to exercise to look good, sigh...now I just do it to keep alive.
TPBM knows the score.
I was made to translate a book of Virgil's Aenid for O Level Latin but only managed it with the help of James Brodie's literal translation as a crib. The only thing I remember, after sixty years, is a line which ran something like: "Before him fly the winds, bearing their utterances to the shore."
TPBM can remind me which book I was working on.
Hmmm...nope I'm drawing a blank here. Of course I'm not a reliable source to remind someone of something, since sometimes I forget the book I read last week. Sorry.
TPBM can help >81 abbottthomas:.
Not yet, but I'm about to go to the grocery store, so maybe soon.
TPBM has a fine kettle of fish.
I have a fine electric kettle. No fish in it. Just water.
The person below me heard a fishy story.
Well, most others got hooked by it, but personally, on a scale of 1 to 5, it rated a 0.5, so I gill not repeat it.
And I've got nothing. TPBM will somehow manage a snappy response.
Of course I do. Brother and I were fishing with bamboo poles (6 feet of line, no reel) next to each other. I don't remember which lake or too many of the details, but the upshot was we both thought we'd caught the fish, there was a snarl of line, and the fish, probably 3" long a the most, was dangling on a loop between us. My dad wasn't a patient man, so cut the line, put the fish back in the lake, and cut both lines off the ends of the poles and attached new line. Problem solved, children unhappy. But it was MY fish. *smile*
TPBM loves to fish, either freshwater or ocean.
Sorry, you seem to have omitted the word "eat" ... the answer is of course Yes.
TPBM knows what a creel is.
Sure, it's a "leerc" spelled backwards.
--Kiddin' -- I do know but just barely; don't think
I've ever had one in my hands.
TPBM can define "humanism".
The science of, like, whatever.
TPBM can define 'technology'.
Sorry, I mean this for another thread.
Well, I can, and it surprises me: Technology ("science of craft", from Greek τέχνη, techne, "art, skill, cunning of hand"; and -λογία, -logia) is the collection of techniques, skills, methods, and processes used in the production of goods or services or in the accomplishment of objectives, such as scientific investigation. Technology can be the knowledge of techniques, processes, and the like, or it can be embedded in machines to allow for operation without detailed knowledge of their workings.
The bit about the knowledge of techniques, processes, and the like is interesting because I tend to think of technology as gadgets.
TPBM doesn't have a smartphone and is happy to remain without one.
I have one but mostly I use it to listen to podcasts and some texting, to get family members rallied together for a holiday or get together (getting them together is like herding cats!)
TPBM has herded cats.
If you mean running a bus trip with many people visiting old homes, then I have "herded cats." They don't listen, can't read their watches and get on the wrong bus!
TPBM has REALLY hearded cats.
//cat herding? You need to watch this video!
// >97 rastaphrog:. Excellent. I'm am passing it along to a friend of my wife's that would probably qualify as a "Cat Lady." //
TPBM has herded cats, real or virtual!
I don't really have to herd them. We have a system where I give them everything they want, and they follow me around.
TPBM talks to the animals.
Yes, and tonight I get to talk to the spirits of the dead! Bwaha! Bwahahahaha! Happy Halloween!
TPBM is grounded.
Not tonight. Tonight I fly...(cackle, cackle)
TPBM will celebrate tonight with a scary movie.
Not me. Haven't been involved in anything related to this holiday in nearly twenty years now.
I get my daily dose of scary by paying attention to what's happening in Hollywood.
The scary movies are like romantic comedies in comparison.
TPBM is already stealing from the candy bowl.
Just one. Yesterday.
TPBM doesn't expect any trick or treaters, either, but likes to be prepared.
I'm expecting them, tho I'm not sure how many. There seemed to be less of them last year than the year before. However many it is, it won't compare to when I was living with mom and decorated the yard and answered the door in a skeleton costume. My record for those years was over 300 kids.
TPBM (If in the US) isn't looking forward to the time change this weekend.
I live in Arizona. We don't participate. But I do find it annoying that I have to remember other people's time when I want to call. Thank heavens for "spring forward, fall back!"
The person below me understands why we still have such a ridiculous thing as Daylight Saving Time.
I used to be. About a month ago, a dear friend said she'd started giving me event times 1/2 hour earlier than everybody else. So I've been trying to clean up my act.
TPBM gets everywhere early.
Nope. I aim for "exactly on time" and over 90% of the time I succeed. The rest of the time, I know the world isn't going to end.
TPBM has sometimes exhibited signs of OCD.
Those who, as I, are so blessed, refer it properly as: CDO.
Some find it tedious, others feel I'm being annoyingly petty, but they never complain about their land-line phone cords being untangled. "Gee, I didn't know it was that long!"
There's dozens of other impulsively must-be-just-so issues I deal with on a daily basis.
TPBM can name one.
Yes, you must login to LT and check on TPBM while sipping a morning beverage and wearing PJs and snuggly bunny slippers.
TPBM can name another of >109 WholeHouseLibrary: 's daily issues that must be addressed.
WHL may also enjoy repeatedly checking that the oven is, in fact, turned off...
TPBM can describe another.
Did I pull the front door too? I mean, all the way?
TPBM's mind is uncluttered.
This morning, yes. Wool sox and LLBean moccasins, a cup of coffee, and the first chapter of The Wind-up Bird Chronicles read for the group read. I'm in a free-form zone today.
TPBM has a few errands to run today.
I've already run one of them. I'm now waiting to hear from a friend I have to meet up with to give them something. Since the meet up will take place close to or at the supermarket where I want to do some shopping, I want to combine those two.
TPBM has a busy weekend ahead of them.
Friends over on Saturday, which means it will be busiest Friday through Saturday afternoon. Have to have people over regularly so the housecleaning gets done.
TPBM is tidy.
FFS! Don't DO that!! I just spat my drink all over my computer screen.
TPBM really is tidy.
For the most part, but don't look in my sock drawer or open that one closet.
TPBM had/has a button box.
Quite a few of them, actually - mine, husband's mother's, my mother's, I even think I have husband's great-aunt's. All separate, all tucked around the house, all unorganized. Sigh.
TPBM keeps like items together.
I wiped the coffee off my computer screen whistling "Don't worry, be happy", then went off to meditate for half an hour, saying the mantra over and again "You ARE serene - killing those *******s can wait for another day".
TPBM has their own path to equanimity.
I wish. Retirement helped A LOT.
The person below me has a new __________ to try.
Nothing, I'm like a cat and new stuff just bugs me.
TPBM is receptive.
Not today. It's raining, it's Monday, and my insurance premiums are going to be out of this world. So, No, I'm not receptive today! (I may not be tomorrow either)
TPBM is ready for winter.
yep - the woodpile is stacked and the flannel sheets are on the bed and the heated cat beds are turned on. We are set!
TPBM is thoughtful.
Newp, running early. I hate to be late, it makes me feel awful.
TPBM is beemish.
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!
Mind you, I don't often feel that way, more's the pity.
TPBM is a committed contrarian.
Not a clue. I know how to go with the flow though.
TPBM is in the same boat.
I am in the Ship of Fools.
TPBM is captain of their destiny.
Control is an illusion.
TPBM has looked at __________ from upside down.
Well, I got that all wrong. I immediately thought Both Sides Now, but thought Judy Collins. And then once I realized it was Joni Mitchell, I realized the lyrics aren't exactly that. Not enough coffee.
TPBM has really looked at __________ from upside down.
Yes, I've unlocked that curiosity door.
TPBM knows that friends don't lie.
// >134 karenmarie: Why not Judy Collins for Both Sides Now? My first thought too. I enjoy her take much more than Joni's, particularly the slow and rather gloomy later versions. But then the lyrics aren't exactly that....;-( //
// >137 abbottthomas: You're right - they both recorded it. I backed away too soon about Judy Collins, but the lyrics still aren't right.//
>136 SomeGuyInVirginia: Not true.
// For the record (no pun intended) Both Sides Now was written by Joni Mitchell. Judy Collins covered the song, which is the more popular version. This happens often:
City of New Orleans was written by Steve Goodman, but we all know Arlo Guthrie's cover of it.
All Along the Watchtower was written by Bob Dylan, but we all love the version by Jimi Hendrix.
Same for Mr. Tambourine Man, except The Byrds cover is the one we all think of.
And, the tune popularized by Trout Fishing in America, Prom Night in Pigtown was written by John Gorka.//
TPBM can think of other examples.
// >139 WholeHouseLibrary: Steve Goodman who wrote City of New Orleans also wrote Go, Cubs, Go. A few years earlier he had written the wonderful comic song, A Dying Cubs Fan's Last Request. He was asked to write something more positive about the Cubs, so that is how we got the song that was sung by thousands inside and outside Wrigley Field. Last year.//
No, but I just love watching Trout Fishing in America and listening to Prom Night in Pigtown. Ahhh...takes me back...
TPBM is getting snow today.
No snow yesterday and today it's raining. It's been a while since we have had proper snow in S E England. Shame, really.
TPBM keeps watching the skies.
They are sunny and a lovely blue. Going to be a warm week here in the desert.
The person below me has had a turkey/stuffing/cranberry tamale.
No, but I do adore a turkey, mayo, and cranberry sauce sandwich on whole grain bread.
TPBM prefers traditional foods for their favorite holiday and will tell us the holiday and what the foods are.
Taylor ham (pork roll) on an English muffin with a fried egg and aged Swiss cheese.
My sons come over in the morning, and we all have that for breakfast -- with a gallon of coffee.
TPBM has had the above-named treat.
No, but it just made me very hungry for one.
I like karenmarie's post. The person below me prefers traditional foods for their favorite holiday and will tell us the holiday and what the foods are. (Turkey, stuffing and real mashed potatoes for me! Thanksgiving and Christmas.)
I love to have ham at Christmas. I think I'd most like a steak, but I've never even heard of steak for Christmas.
TPBM had been on TV.
//Husband, daughter, and I have something close, Larry - prime rib, twice baked potatoes, and green beans.//
Once for sure when I was interviewed after one of the floods back when I owned my house. Couple possibilities when I was part of a group being talked to, couple possibilities when I was in a crowd with news crews aiming cameras at us. And a possibility of being on the news in Idaho when I was interviewed in the airport heading home via Texas after it'd been hit by a hurricane around 10 years or so ago.
TPBM has an old style tube TV.
with a 14 inch screen. i want to keep my room 'gezellig', pleasant.
TPBM has an old style working/connected telephone.
I have kept one which has a built-in VHS player just to be able to play some old tapes that I couldn't transfer to DVD
//Leaped! But thinking about it an old style telephone with a built-in VHS player would be cool//
Electronic Luddite as I only use email and LT.
Well, I do read the paper(?) on the computer. . .
TPBM also minimizes all the social media TPBM also minimizes all the social media “stuff” to simplify one's life.
LibraryThing and Geocahing are the only "social" things I do. I find I'm becoming more of recluse. MrsHouseLibrary is in her 2nd week of being elsewhere (pet sitting, don't you know, for her sister) and I haven't even so much as gone to the movies or the coffee shop; no plans to, either.
//We have a Kellogg phone (oak, hand crank, separate earpiece) on our wall in the living room. Used to belong to my wife's great -aunt and -uncle in east Texas. Also a hand-cranked phonograph that used to belong to her father; still works.//
TPBM is down-sizing.
Always, although I must admit the glut in October (57 books acquired) has me feeling a bit sated. Not for long, however!
TPBM gets rid of one book for every new book acquired.
Well RIGHT now,, yes. But in the long run: fewer. I'm currently visiting Barnes & Noble almost once a week. But I try to hold myself to a promise of giving away three books for every one that I acquire.
TPBM has recently bought at least 5 books.
Sigh, yes. However, they were eBooks so I don't get all skeeved out about not having any room left.
TPBM is a hoarder. Like on tee-bee.
Yes, but I'm also a purger. I'm a book bulimic.
TPBM mapped it out.
Yes, but I have a terrible, terrible sense of direction! Very annoying.
The person below me seldom gets lost.
True. When driving with the Abbess I often have to argue about location and direction but am almost always right.
TPBM does smug
//As an aside, we used to enjoy the signs in France where an arrow was labelled 'Toutes directions'.//
I try not to, but sometimes it's simply appropriate.
TPBM is smug about __________.
Sure. "gums". (I do cryptic crosswords, though I may have to explain to Americans what they are...)
TPBM does cryptics.
Can you rephrase the question using a series of bright, shiny objects and cat videos?
TPBM is clear.
No, but my shoes could use some polish, now that you mention it.
// >165 SomeGuyInVirginia: Damn! I thought you'd set me a cryptic crossword clue there - that's half an hour of my life I'll never get back! //
We all shine on.
//>170 Tid: Hehe.//
TPBM recently saw a mouse.
yes, or at least what remained after three cats got to it first. I thought one of them had coughed up a hairball until I noticed that it had a tail.
TPBM has ladybugs moving in for winter.
They don't seem to do that here. I think they pack their bags and head off for the Mediterranean or something. Usually in autumn we see Eratigena atrica coming in in search of sex but not so far. It must be Brexit.
TPBM is a dab hand with a glass and postcard.
Not me. I'm too phobic to get that close to one.
TPBM has a solution.
Water, sugar, vinegar, and a couple of drops of dish soap. Works like a charm on the fruit flies.
TPBM can tell me what has been making that occasional popping noise in the corner of my living room.
//>176 bnielsen: How did I not notice that sitting in the corner of the room?!?//
My mom mentioned bathtub gin making during the depression. (Made then, not told me then.) But I've never tried brewing anything but tea.
The person below me brews a mean cup of tea.
I usually only want tea when I have a cold. I was into the kombucha tea thing for a while and was making it on a regular basis, but as with all those fad things, I grew tired of making it and let my scoby die.
TPBM drinks kombucha regularly.
I've never had the urge to try it. It's really a thing where I live; my grocery store has a kombucha growler station right by the checkout.
Indeed. The one and only time I tried mushrooms I came to tied up int the trunk of a car being driven by a rogue TSA agent and three nuns from Our Lady of the Twisted Bicycle. I still get Christmas cards from two of them.
TPBM is caring and good.
I care about keeping in Christmas-card-contact with people I have carried in the boot of my car - and I'm good at knots.
TPBM is aware
I am. Only a couple of days to get ready for Thanksgiving. Today is grocery shopping, tomorrow is setting the dining room table and making pies and marinated corn salad. T-day itself will be a happy frenzy.
TPBM just wishes it was the Friday after Thanksgiving.
I do - we do our Friendsgiving turkey dinner on Saturday, so Friday is my cooking-and-cleaning frenzy.
TPBM doesn't enjoy Thanksgiving.
I do, but it is to Halloween what Hanukkah is to Christmas- nice but just a trifle too sensible.
>183 abbottthomas: Eeep!
TPBM goes whole hog.
I probably will tomorrow. I always eat too much on Thanksgiving.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all in US!!
TPBM will eat too much tomorrow in solidarity with me.
Yes I will! You rule! I'm supposed to have dinner with my Dad but I really, really don't want to drive to Williamsburg this afternoon. Really I don't. He's not cooking so it's not a hooge deal, but he's been talking about me coming down for a week.
HAPPY TURKLE DEE!
TPBM is sentient.
I come across that way, but I'm actually a very well programmed automatron with a large number of subroutines which allow me to interact as if I am.
TPBM is running on automatic.
Empty, actually, but I've been that way for so long I hardly notice it anymore.
TPBM, like The Dude, abides, only perhaps without so much swearing.
As I get older, I find that there is more and more that I just can't abide, even with swearing. Social media*, ska, young and not so young people walking down the street with eyes (and thumbs) glued to their smart phones, Brexit, Momentum and the rest of the hard Left, arch-Tories, the hyper rich, 'snowflake' undergraduates, 'safe places', those who try to remove context from history, Krispy Kreme donuts........................................
TPBM thanks whatever gods may be for Mozart, pinot noir and smoked streaky bacon - or something else, maybe.
*I don't include LT!
I do, but also ska, dub (roots) reggae, The Beatles, curry (vindaloo for a cold is unbeatable), chocolate, environmentalists, David Attenborough, I Sorry I Haven't A Clue, Have I Got News For You, international cuisine, Emily whatsername (Jeremy Corbyn's number 2), Kermode and Mayo, Test Match Special. Did I say chocolate?
TPBM will add to or subtract from, our lists.
Okay. Since we just had Thanksgiving I'm thankful for books, warm socks, internet shopping, and potato chips.
TPBM is cyber shopping today.
Only if I can buy a 55" 4K HD tee-bee for under $100. So, no.
(I am thankful for time, and family and friends, and how really wonderfully marvelous sheets have become since I was in college.)
TPBM got it on Black Friday.
No, but some of the online sales I coud have done Friday can still be done, so I'm debating it. I have to decide if I want the items badly enough to spend money on things I don't really need, just would like to have. The discount codes are good for hours yet, so I have time to think about it.
TPBM needs to do some shopping that can only be done in person.
Stocking stuffers and one present each for husband and daughter.
//The TV? No. Got it in September. Got a few small things during Black Friday week from Amazon though.//
TPBM got something wonderful on Black Friday.
I ordered a Kitchen Aid stand mixer for which I have been lusting since they came on the market. It's a bit of an extravagance for me, even at the lower price, but hey. you only live once, and I like to bake in the winter.
TPBM has rationalizations for seasonal extravagances.
//>197 PhaedraB: Yeah, that's a nice machine! What color did you get?//
//>198 2wonderY: Well, I only had a choice of red, white or black, so since my kitchen is done in black and orange, I chose black. Now the next trick is figuring out where to keep it. I'm in a micro apartment, but there's a fair amount of kitchen storage, so I'll probably have to rearrange things. I might try to keep it on the counter, but that will mean a serious dent in my already limited work space.//
Of course! I have rationalizations for all occasions.
TPBM is frugal.
By nature, no. That's why I have all these controls on my spending, I have goals and a Future Plan, and write everything down. I can tell you what I spent money for on April 17, 2008, and how much was cash or credit, why and where.
TPBM doesn't worry about money.
I see no sense in worrying about things I don't have.
I worry about the missing edit access to the wiki pages.
TPBM don't know what I'm talking about.
Indeed, not really, but sounds rather alarming
TPBM can explain the point of >203 bnielsen:
I think spammers were using the wiki pages for nefarious purposes. Perhaps there is now a "Mother, may I" to enter.
TPBM has the combination.
24 left, 5 right, 25 left. That should do it.
TPBM knows who will topple next in the sex scandals.
I wish it would be the drumpf, but am probably going to be disappointed.
TPBM has a better idea of who will topple next in the sex scandals.
Nope, but I know it's going to be someone in the private sector. Nobody in gubmint is going to fire anybody, so it's up to us to remove the bums from office.
TPBM has an enemies list.
No, not really. I guess I need to get out more.
TPBM is a friend indeed.
Certainly more in deed than in word. I say the wrong thing a lot, but I mean well...
TPBM has a clear conscience.
>208 SomeGuyInVirginia: The correct answer was Garrison Keillor.
//>211 SomeGuyInVirginia: I saw that on one of my news feeds today. OMG.//
>210 Darth-Heather: I wish! I have anxiety attacks manifesting in pangs of guilt regarding things I wasn't even involved in.
Such a nuisance! Doesn't help that I'm obsessive-compulsive and depressed.
TPBM knows a guy who knows a guy who can fix it.
My boss in NY said he knew a guy. He also said had he made different choices in his youth, he could have been the guy. The opening credit sequence for The Sopranos was filmed in his neighborhood, if you get my drift.
No, that's not me, it's Boris. Interviewed yesterday about the €50bn we may pay to the EU to ruin the UK (he said earlier that the EU could go whistle for any money), he said that it was time to get the ship off the rocks and move on. At least I thought he said 'ship'.
Most ships pulled off rocks sink AFAIK.
TPBM has bigger things to fret about.
Of course I do! My new coffeemaker is arriving today. The bloviating orange gasbag is making me crazy and afraid. Christmas is coming. I need to read 10 books in December to meet my 75 group challenge goal of 100 books this year.
TPBM is much calmer about things.
Not at this time of the year.
//>211 SomeGuyInVirginia: nooooo...I can believe all the other scumbags, but not Garrison, sniff, sob//
TPBM knows not what to believe in anymore.
I believe I'll crack another book. (I just started The Happy Man yesterday- perfect December scary read!)
>212 karenmarie: I know! >218 2wonderY: Snort. I have papers proving I'm not guilty! >219 morningwalker: I can't believe I won't be able to listen to A Prairie Home Companion on Saturdays.
TPBM can name 100 teen movies.
Don't recall even seeing any when I was a
teenager, some 70 years ago. OK, if you
knock off a zero on that "100", but don't
make me summarize them or even itemize them.
TPBM wants to name her/his favorite war movies.
#1. The Great Escape.
There. That's all my favorite war movies.
TPBM has others to add.
//>220 SomeGuyInVirginia: I think you better check the touchstones for your book. Heehee...it doesn't look very scary to me, unless you're afraid of dump trucks of course. It did get a 4 1/2 star rating.//
M.A.S.H. comes to mind immediately. I've watched other war movies and while good, are not favorites.
TPBM will name their favorite movie, regardless of genre.
I can't really pick one but I love Coen brother movies.
TPBM is going to a movie this weekend.
Probably not, although I'm looking forward to seeing Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri. And IT.
Only when I don't have a choice, and even then it's more a matter of I'm the only one working "authorized" to do something.
TPBM is putting off to tomorrow something they could do today.
I am the queen of procrastination! In fact, if procrastination were an Olympic sport, I'd be on the podium!
TPBM never leaves things undone.
Forgets to line my Peruvian ski cap with tin foil. Because when you're that high the rays are that much stronger.
TPBM has an inanimate object as a pet.
A stuffed Eeyore, gift from a friend. Because Eeyore is my spirit animal.
TPBM spirits _____________.
Sorry, I don't imbibe.
TPBM has participated in a medical study.
I suppose I am something like the rabbi who crossed himself every time he left home.
TPBM knows what I am checking
Your opponent? The "none of the above" option? Really, no friggin' clue.
TPBM, on the other hand, does know.
The naughty and nice list?
Earworm now, drat.
TPBM has a foolproof way to get rid of an earworm.
I consider myself more in the line of Baba Looey.
TPBM relates to another 'toon.
//>235 abbottthomas: FWIW it's 'Spectacles, testicles, wallet and watch' but I regret lowering the tone.//
Th, th, that's all Folks!
TPBM liked "squirrel and moose" (said in a Russian accent -since it's all things Russian these days)
Yes! These people apparently did also:
TPBM watched just for the Mr. Peabody segments.
I wasn't choosy. We only had 3 TV channels then and I would watch any cartoon that was on.
//>242 Darth-Heather: that's great!!!//
TPBM gets weary of sooo many choices today.
I do, because then it's stressful thinking that I might make a wrong choice.
TPBM has started noticing that their grocery stores don't have true variety of products anymore, just more and more types of Ranch, catsup, mustard, and coffee creamers.
Yes, I hate having to buy one item and trying to find it in a ginormous store. Mayonnaise. Plastic drop cloths. You are the bane of my existence.
TPBM pulls their own weight.
If I'm using the power jack, I can be pulling around 20x my weight.
TPBM is rooting for a team to make the playoffs.
Me? I am probably the least sporty person on earth.
TPBM is competitive.
Yes on who will be the one who will take this thread to nothing lesser than one hundred.
TBPM Has an original idea how to name the next topic
Ton up? In memory of the good old days in the Ace Café on the North Circular Road.
TPBM is more imaginative.
I'm trying to imagine what the good old days in the Ace Café on the North Circular Road were like. Hmmm
TPBM remembers when ____.
The person below me is wearing something warm. Or drinking something warm...
(1) Yes: a sweater; (and I'm in Hawai'i!!) but ) (2) aiming at drinking something
TPBM prefers sweaters to
Nope. Gotta have pockets, and for most of fall/winter/early spring prefer a down vest over a long-sleeved shirt. When it gets really cold I'll add a scarf and gloves. I don't like jackets so much and only wear them if it's TCFW - too cold for words.
TPBM loves winter.
I do, even brutal winters. I've spent a lot of time in the alps and the Rockies. Plus, both flying and snow seem magical to me.
TPBM has seen a running footman.
There is a pub in London - Charles Street, Mayfair - which used to be called 'I was the Only Running Footman' and now just 'The Footman'. More of restaurant than a pub now, I fear.
TPBM wouldn't consider what was once called a liquid lunch
I had bosses who took liquid lunches. One of 'em got pretty handsy afterwards. At the PR firm, one of the executive VPs used to pass out at his desk. The other executives would discretely close his office door. Just two of the reasons why I declined to watch Mad Men; I worked with those guys and didn't like 'em one bit.
TPBM has better memories.
Sure do! I was sexually harassed by female coworkers. It was nothing that I, personally, would file charges over, and none of them are in government positions (not intended to be a double entendre), but I would imagine that in today's political atmosphere, someone else might complain and I'd miss those girls very much.
TPBM will please (pretty please) bail me out and change the subject.
ETA: It is not my intention to make light of what is currently a hot topic. No one should have to suffer the crudeness and indignities that has gone on for millennia (I'm sure) and has only been brought to the forefront of our social senses in the past several weeks. I suppose the difference here is that I found my situation oddly peculiar.
Michelangelo. We saw a piece about him on one of husband's morning shows - husband frequently mentions pieces coming up and if I'm interested I sit down and watch.
TPBM gets recommendations for books or cultural items from a friend or loved one.
Books seldom, cultural items all the time.
TPBM has been singing Christmas carols.
No one has ever been so bold faced as to actually say I can sing.
It's usually: "That's a very ... ... interesting ... interpretation of something kind of like a song."
TPBM traditionally participates in open singalongs of The Messiah.
I would, except that my singing sounds like crows having a fight... a very off-key fight...
TPBM sings along anyway.
I don't, and I usually want to take a pointy stick to the know-it-all who pops out of his seat like an cork from a champagne bottle at the start of the Hallelujah chorus.
TPBM, like me, needs a cookie and a nap.
I just had a piece of divinity. Is that an acceptable cookie substitute? I'd like to take a nap but the coffee has done its job and I'm happily wired.
TPBM avoids caffeine.
When I am out and about. Old men will know why.
TPBM is not what s/he was.
//Yeah, I do.//
That's me. I used to have a sense of humor and laughed a lot. Some even considered me at least mildly humorous at times.
All that's gone now. I curse the fact I wake up in the morning. I'm reclusive and angry. My green guy has not yet exposed himself, but that'll happen soon enough, I imagine. I read, but not very often. I don't write at all anymore. MrsHouseLibrary just started another round of chemo. I'm pretty much stretched to the limits of my endurance.
TPBM damn well better not feel sorry for me. It is what it is.
>273 WholeHouseLibrary: I don't feel sorry, for you but I do commiserate. It's tough. Find a way to cope. I'll be thinking good thoughts about you.
//>273 WholeHouseLibrary: I nursed a husband through cancer at home. He died in our living room ten months after diagnosis. It was ten months of pure hell. I don't feel sorry for you, but I do feel for you.//
I am not. I remember in my early 20s not being able to get enough of crowds and noise and excitement. It wasn't that long ago, but I avoid crowds like a plague, now.
Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy follow TPBM all the days of their life. Or some other stalker.
Yep, this is my stalker. He follows me constantly. It's a good thing he's exceptionally handsome and well mannered :)
TPBM strives to be well mannered.
I do. That's how I was raised. It works about 95% of the time. The other 5% of the time I am afraid that I let my Inner Bitch out.
TPBM is feeling stressed because of the holidays.
Not now, but I sure did stress when I was working retail. I remember telling my late husband that the only thing Christmas meant to me was a guaranteed day off.
I even blogged about it:
TPBM has a holiday miracle to share.
I can't think of one right now, darn it.
I get my new hip tomorrow morning. So here's hoping I'll be able to walk again. That would be my Christmas miracle.
Best wishes to all of you and prayers for you and your loved ones.
The person below me reads or listens to Christmas stories at this time of year. (I do.)
//xor! Here's to dancing again! Much love.//
Natchurrly. Ghost stories, I'm also going to listen to Tim Curry's reading of A Christmas Carol sometime over the holiday. Whoot!
TPBM pushes and pulls.
// >276 SomeGuyInVirginia: No - only Gladly, my cross-eyed bear... //
I push and pull to drive my car - it's adapted for hand controls!
TPBM is already feeling Christmassy
Presents purchased, wrapped, and shipped. Decorations out. Cookies baked last night. I'm done. Although, I'll probably make more cookies because A) I just got a stand mixer and I want to put it through its paces, and B) cookies!
TPBM does holidays at the last minute.
Kinda, although Dec. 1 is Go Day for ornaments and lights. I'm waiting till next week to get cards out. I just can't seem to get it together with the freakin' post office.
TPBM jobs it out.
Nope. I'm the job-ee. Husband jobs it out to me. *smile*
TPBM remembers a special Christmas from when they were little.
They were all special, my parents kept Christmas well. I do remember my second Christmas and how it seemed magical. Christmas has always been the only day that I'm a morning person. I walked up to the coffee table that my folks still have, saw the yellow rubber ball with multi-colored polka dots that I still have (it was for my brother), and had to wait for my Dad to get out of my play fort so that I could get in. Bonus, my brother was still nothing but a damp pile so he was completely out of the way.
TPBM remembers a special gift.
Some years I don't feel like dealing with all the christmas decorations, but I do always take out the snowman that my great-grandfather carved for me when I was 4. I still collect snowmen and have dozens now, but that is my favorite one.
He painted it white, with a black top hat and holding a red umbrella and a black bird.
Only at our savings account. Can't believe how fast it's going. Apparently, its made of balsa wood.
Don't think I can play it, though! Lauren Bacall's advice to Bogie gets me some way but not far enough.
TPBM remembers what it was.
Pick your towel off the floor and don't call me Shirley?
TPBM lost it at the movies.
Only occasionally ...
TPBM is celebrating Beethoven's birthday today.
Aack! too late. I wasn't. I do love some of his music, though.
TPBM's favorite baroque/classical composer is __________.
I prefer Romantics to baroques, especially Strauss.
TPBM knows how to waltz.
Aak! Leaped! Yes! Had to learn to waltz and swim as a kid.
TPBM prefers another.
Does depend on my mood - J. S. Bach is good most of the time but sometimes only Wagner hits the button.
TPBM's voice can reach the back of the Gallery
When the amp is cranked up to 11, yes.
TPBM remembers a time when getting to 400 messages in these threads took maybe a week, unlike this one, which has taken over two months to (now) break 300.
I never kept close count of the number
of messages, so I don't really remember that time. (Have been here since 2009, though). But, from what I do remember, the 400/ 1 week figure sounds plausible.
TPBM wonders why some profiles give a
"Location" and some don't. Did that become
information that was optional to give or withhold?
TPBM wonders why biographies and books
primarily about one person rarely name
that person in a tag.
I don't actually, but a tag of the person's name, to me, seems superfluous. The name is in the title or subtitle. It's just that much more to sift through in the results of a search.
TPBM longs for efficiency and less redundancy in his/her life.
I don't think efficiency and redundancy are mutually exclusive. I like being efficient, I like redundancy in many areas.
TPBM has the goal of cleaning out at least one closet before the end of 2017.
Don't get me going on domestic strife! The Abbess and I have different ideas as to what needs to be retained for a comfortable and secure life. Despite presenting her with those Japanese decluttering books - all you need is a toothbrush and a tatami - she prefers full drawers and cupboards. When I protest she simply says "What about your 4000 books?"
TPBM has a winning answer to that.
ETA where do the decluttered Japanese keep their books?
Kindle? Or maybe they're like my sister and brother-in-law, they just don't keep books. Most of what they read comes from the library, and if they own a book, they read it and then give it away. They have this lovely home with acres of walls for bookshelves, with one bookcase down in the basement office. It boggles my mind. Still, I got rid of about 1000 books in the last seven years, but mostly not mine; they were my late husband's.
That is an excellent term for it. I'm working on removing materials from my house a small bit at a time. I no longer shop, so that helps.
TPBM shops for others, not self.
I shop for groceries, period. Except for MrsHouseLibrary's grandchildren and the grandchildren of her sisters, there's no gift exchange, ever.
Still, I'm looking forward to one morning next week when my sons will visit and we'll have that special breakfast together. Then it's on to the Feats of Strength and the Airing of Grievances.
TPBM has another fine holiday tradition.
//>310 WholeHouseLibrary: Happy Holiday-For-The-Rest-of-Us!//
Our holidays all follow the tradition where my in-laws don't tell us what the plan is, and then they are angry when we aren't there at the not-specified time.
TPBM is always on time.
Yes. The last one there buys the drinks.
>309 2wonderY: Perzactly.
TPBM cooks in three languages.
My spam ravioli au truffes has to be tasted to be believed, and even then you probably won't.
TPBM's favourite own dish is ______________
I do a mean tray-bake with potato wedges laced with chipotle paste, shallots, red peppers, cherry tomatoes and finished off with a tin of tuna and a tin of sweet corn.
TPBM is cooking Christmas dinner for a gathering.
No, it's the breakfast thing we prefer. I refer you back to my >310 WholeHouseLibrary:
It turns out my step-son and family will be arriving on the 26th, and be with us until New Year Day -- a full week. I hope to spend an inordinate amount of time raking leaves and/or geocaching.
TPBM is waiting until the last minute to get those bargains.
Nope. All done. All presents bought. Only a couple of batches of cookies to make so that I can exchange presents with a friend AFTER Christmas. He always gets me a box of See's Dark Chocolates, and lately I've been making Pecan Puffs and Brown Sugar Cookies for him and his wife.
TPBM is glad for the long weekend.
//>315 WholeHouseLibrary: The "bargains" I'm waiting on is all the Xmas stuff that'll be marked down to half price Tuesday. Depending on what sales in my store are like today and tomorrow, I could do some good stocking up on candy and a few other things before I leave work Tuesday morning.//
No long weekend for me. Worked last night, working tonight, working Monday night. Have been asked if I'd be willing to work SUnday night as there's a possible "situation" that'll require having some people in the store overnight.
TPBM still has decorating to do.
Wrapping only. I'm at Dad's and the joint was decorated when I got here.
TPBM had it wrapped up.
You bet. I was done last Saturday. I even got some items for a gift exchange that may not even happen. In which case, I have four extra presents all nicely wrapped up for next year.
TPBM thinks ahead.
Unfortunately, yes. I get impatient with friends/family/strangers who don't think things through before beginning something. Unnecessary delays bring out my "green guy."
TPBM know I'm not talking about the Grinch.
Yes, and I'm sorry that things are rough for you right now, WHL. If I could snap my fingers and make it all better, I would.
TPBM hopes for a better 2018.
I do, 2017 has had its challenges.
//Merry Christmas everyone!//
TPBM is active.
"Active" is probably an overstatement. So far today I've only gotten as far as "vertical". Shall see what the day brings...
Yes, and I have the bad digestion to show for it.
TPBM digests much more.
Recently digested a 22 volume encyclopedia, so it can go to the second-hand book charity one of these days. Basically it was a 5 volume encyclopedia with pictures added.
TPBM digests much more.
Yesterday I had roast beast, crab, shrimp, ham, lobster, and goose. There might have been a vegetable, I vaguely recall something green. Today I'm only going to have Gatorade and Tums.
>325 bnielsen: That's great, I've wanted to do that for years.
TPBM had been binge watching a show.
Forged in Fire, on the History channel. There are four season so far, but I only discovered it back in October. I've been recording them on the DVR and even have a grid checklist of season and episode to track which ones I haven't got yet. Smashing things with a hammer has a certain satisfying appeal to me, lately.
Good topic; TPBM has also been binge watching a show.
I've been watching Person of Interest, but a bit haphazardly. I'm DVRing it, but the station has been broadcasting it at several different times and mixing up the seasons. I'm up to season three of five. The spreadsheet sounds like a good idea.
I watch Forged in Fire, too, when they have broadcast marathons. Did you notice they have a disclaimer now? It's because of this:
TPBM also binge watches.
Yes I do - mainly because I've missed many good drama series. Then there's a Series 2 so the BBC iPlayer puts the whole of Series 1 online, so I binge to make up for lost time before settling down to Series 2. So of like a streamed box set. Favourite recent series has been The A Word which ...
... TPBM has also seen and enjoyed.
No, but I just checked it out and it sounds good. We can watch it on Amazon Prime, so might suggest it to husband.
TPBM is binge-watching another good series.
No binge; in fact we only viewed episode 1 of it, but:
"The Crown". On, I'm not sure what medium; (my son doesn't have TV, nor do we),
but anyway: at my son's house over the Christmas holiday we were introduced to it.
TPBM recalls having seen more than one episode of
"Rome" the unsuccessful (?)
series of a few years back.
// >330 karenmarie: Where do you find good stuff on Amazon Prime? I just started a subscription and it all looks a bit rubbish. I tried the category "documentaries" and only semi-dramas about the Vikings came up. How do you find BBC stuff there? //
//Hi Tid! In this particular case I looked The A Word up on www.imdb.com - Internet Movie Database - and saw that I could watch it on Amazon video - checked it out and saw that it was included in my Prime Membership. Just now, logged in to Amazon, under category Amazon Video, I searched for bbc amazon prime video and it just pulled up all sorts of good things. Things go on and off Prime randomly, too, so if you see it as Included in your Prime membership today, it may be pay for view tomorrow. Gotta stay on top of it! Good luck! I love Amazon Prime for all sorts of reasons, not the least of which is streaming video.)
Only the European Robin in the garden, some angel figurines and Christmas Cards do still surround me. Today I 've got another three.
TPBM Has a special destination for gotten Christmas Cards
I'm living in two rooms now; I don't know how much more I could downsize.
// >333 karenmarie: I tried that and a whole lot of BBC stuff came up - thanks! Not The A Word though, but having seen the whole first 2 series on iPlayer that's not a showstopper //
My goal is to reduce my lie-berry by 700 books by spring. I just have too many books and I'm looking at a move in a couple of years. Plus, I want I want a tee-bee so I can watch movies like a normal person.
//>334 morningwalker: Welcome back, morning! You've been missed!//
//you're welcome, Tid!//
Free space. My goal is to free up a lot of space in our house this coming year by getting rid of things none of us want or need. Give away, sell, throw away.
TPBM is working on their 2018 goals and resolutions.
I still haven't figured out my 2017 goals!!! (I don't make resolutions because I know myself all too well).
//>339 SomeGuyInVirginia: Thanks.//
TPBM always makes resolutions and keeps them.
Yeaaaahhhh, sure I do! And I negotiated a lasting peace in the Middle East; and paid off our country's debt. I even got everyone to obey the speed limit. Yeah, that's the ticket! (Signed, Danny Flannagan)
That's probably my favorite character portrayal from Saturday Night Live. On his own, John Lovitz was pure genius.
TPBM has different favorite character from SNL, or if not familiar with that show, from some other comedy troupe.
Roseanne Roseannadanna or Emily Litella.
TPBM has big plans for New Year's Eve.
Yes! I plan on being asleep. I'm driving back home Monday after spending Christmas with Dad.
TPBM will party like it's 1999.
Kind of - I'm spending the evening with twin 3-year-old boys, and they make me feel young.
TPBM will party all night.
Only in my mind. In reality I'll be at work.
TPBM plans a quiet transition into the new year.
I might or I might not. A couple of days ago someone offered me a ride to a party, but I haven't heard back from them.
TPBM knows what's going on.
I do. Tonight we'll probably watch 2 episodes of Midsomer Murders and conk out early, just like we always do.
TPBM will toast the New Year in with an alcoholic beverage of some sort, even if not at midnight.
Didn't celebrate New Years Eve even when I was drinking; didn't drink any more than on any other night. (Not any LESS, either, if I could help it.)
TPBM's favorite beverage is
one of the following:
gin; wine (except for muscatel); ale.
No, I don't drink much alcohol anymore. I like beer but can't say it's my favorite beverage.
Happy New Year to everyone. I have just had successful hip replacement surgery and am pretty much pain free for the first time in two years. I'm in heaven. I hope for good things for all of you this coming year.
The person below me is enjoying a quiet day.
Except for the frenzy here on LT for my favorite groups, yes. Reading, a bit of baking, possibly cooking a bit of dinner, but mainly just relaxing with husband at home watching football.
TPBM has big plans for today.
I plan on not getting dressed. So far, going great.
TPBM is also doing great.
No, no greats in our house - we have storage heaters not real fires ;)
TPBM groans aloud.
Yes, except that I've had laryngitis for a week so "aloud" is a bit of an overstatement. So far the best I can do is a small squeak.
TPBM is contagious.
I don't think so, but I have had a bit of a tickle in my throat today.
TPBM is happy to be back at work (or not).
No work. Retired. My husband isn't particularly happy to be back at work, though.
TPBM loves their job.
Depends on how you define job. I finally found what I wanted to be when I grew up: retired.
TPBM is active.
Still on my feet - does that count?
TPBM can't believe that 2018 will not be an improvement on 2017.
Oh, I can believe it. I just hope 2018 is better. The threshold for happiness has been moved pretty low when it's 'the world hasn't been turned into a smoking ruin.' I've a feeling that it's going to be rather heinous until the fall, at least for me.
TPBM's cell phone is always bleating and squeaking and they don't know why.
No, my phone is well behaved and rarely makes noise.
TPBM has watched Black Mirror on Netflix.
No, I've been watching Z Nation. It's hokey and sometimes aggravating, but it doesn't have the bleak desolation of The Walking Dead. And Lt. Roberta Warren is a hottie.
TPBM eschews the zombie apocalypse genre.
Yes. I used to like reading about vampires and werewolves and zombies in two series, but one series ended (the Sookie Stackhouse series) and the Anita Blake series has gotten just a tad weird even for me.
TPBM has a different genre that they eschew.
I would like to eschew the bitter cold weather forecast for the next couple days. Bbrrrrrr.
TPBM likes wool socks.
I do. They're all I wear, thick heavy wool socks with my black New Balance tennis shoes with gel insoles.
TPBM doesn't like wool's scratchiness.
It's never bugged me. I used to use wool blankets, but since discovering Korean mink style blankets I haven't looked back.
TPBM has sought and found.
And subsequently lost -- more times than I care to remember.
TPBM had lost something, checked the Lost & Found, and recovered said item.
//When my younger brother lived and worked in NYC, he told me that he always had three umbrellas. One he left at home; another he left at work, and the third, he always left on the bus.//
I did leave an umbrella in my grocery cart once, but they had it when I returned.
I also have a little canvas bag, maybe 7"x7", with a charming botanical graph that I use to tote my reusable produce bags to the store. Sometimes I use a little carabiner to hook it to my reusable bag, or to my purse, or to the shopping cart. I've left it behind at both of the stores at which I shop most often. Both times, they had it in the lost and found. The nice young man at the Albertson's say they hang on to left-behind bags if they're "nice ones." He had a whole box full of abandoned reusable bags. I imagine people don't think to check with lost and found for a bag.
TPBM shops with reusables.
I do, but I feel a little silly about it. My mom bought them for me at Hannaford, so they have the Hannaford logo all over them, but I shop at Market Basket...
TPBM has brand loyalty.
My life depends on it. Severe and deadly digestive disorder, so if there's a food that is safe for me and I like the flavor, I stick with it. Whenever the labeling changes, I have to figure out if they changed one of the ingredients.
I'm very concerned about the disuse of corn syrup solids. Despite being diabetic, it makes foods much safer for me to eat, basically by displacing and diluting a lot of what is for me, an over-concentration of harmful food substances. I'm going through a long-term bout of depression, but clearly, I'm not suicidal.
TPBM has something cheery to say.
Mountains with vistas. I grew up in the flatlands which gave me a lifelong feeling of claustrophobia if I'm in a landscape where I if I can't see very far. Now I live at the far end of a mountain valley with a third-floor balcony that reveals a lovey view.
TPBM is content with what they can see.
No, or what's a Heaven for? One of the reasons I like living in a high rise is that I can see for miles and miles; I just wish I had about twice as much space.
TPBM starts then stops.
It's amazing what you can accomplish when you can't sleep.
I was up at 5:50, and by 5:45, had already eaten breakfast and was on my first mug of coffee.
I sat in the living room, with the cable TV light classics channel playing just the right stuff (including a cover of "Carmen" on a harp), and my for-the-past-six-months current-read in my lap. (Piano Lessons: Music, Love, and True Adventures by Noah Adams)
Mind you, due to time restrictions and priorities (MrsHouseLibrary), it's taken me 5 months and 3 weeks to get through less than half the 250 pages of text. I read 50 more pages on Saturday and finished it off an hour ago. Parts are a bit tedious, but overall, a worthwhile read.
My next book is an inscribed FE of The Wine Lover's Daughter: A Memoir by my absolute favorite author, Anne Fadiman.
All in all, this is a good as it gets for me.
TPBM is having a shpadoinkle day.
No, it's more of a zzakrynkxzl day.
TPBM knows what either I or WHL is talking about...
Sure. Just as I know what the AITA airport abbreviations mean: https://xkcd.com/1937/
TPBM is more buff than Buffy.
I wish. Right now I get tired doing simple leg and hip strengthening exercises.
The person below me is enjoying the day.
Yes, sunshine and testing other peoples programs. What's not to like.
TPBM also enjoys the day but for another reason.
Reading, drinking coffee, being alone in the house, and having no other obligations than to go for deep tissue massage therapy at 11 today. An introvert's idea of heaven.
TPBM is an introvert.
According to your description of an introvert's idea of heaven, I think I might be an introvert.
TPBM is also an introvert and can add to >387 karenmarie: list.
I'd have to add 'going for a road trip and listening to a good audiobook.' Mainly because that's what I'd like to be doing right now. Or after noon, so the ice can melt.
TPBM is experiencing a change in the weather.
Just as well that I've got isinglass curtains that roll right down, then.
TPBM has a finer rig.
//There was some discussion a thread or two about the name for the 100th thread. Anybody's welcome to create new threads although I've created the last several.... so what should the name of the 100th thread be? And does anybody else want to take over creating the next one? We're close to needing a new one.//
//Close, yes, but keep in mind that, given the 400 messages per thread standard we've been following, we don't reach 40,000 messages until we fill up that 100th thread.//
No, nothing that fancy.
TPBM will respond quickly so we can start a new thread (after 400).
I am, and we're close. Any names? If not, and if nobody wants to take on the happy chore of creating the new thread, I was thinking of calling it Lucky 100. Ten Plus Years of 'The Person Below Me'
C'mon, LTers, suggestions!
TPBM didn't realize that the very first The Person Below Me thread was created on September 6, 2007.
I didn't! Shame on me! >397 karenmarie: I like the new thread title.
TPBM likes it too.
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