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TPBM -- Lucky #100. Ten Plus Years of 'The Person Below Me

This is a continuation of the topic TPBM #99 - A good number, one less than one hundred.

This topic was continued by TPBM 101: Introduction to TPBM.


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Jan 10, 11:22am Top

TPBM will begin the celebration.

Jan 10, 11:42am Top

I will!

TPBM has walked in another's shoes.

Jan 10, 11:46am Top

Ow, that might pinch.

TPBM will bring food to the celebration.

Edited: Jan 10, 2:17pm Top

Just got a late Christmas present of a box of See's Assorted Dark Chocolates. I'm willing to share.

//thanks for setting the thread up, WHL - I was out at lunch with the friend who gave me the box of See's.//

TPBM loves See's.

Jan 10, 4:04pm Top

Yep! They have wonderful peanut brittle.

TPBM prefers chocolate.

Edited: Jan 10, 6:48pm Top

Oh, yes. And See's is my favorite! Scotchmallows. Dark chocolate covered almonds. Chocolate chocolate chip truffles. Mmmmm.

The person below me prefers a box of mixed chocolates.

Edit: Congratulations to all of us centenarians, so to speak. Not in years but in threads!

Jan 11, 4:04am Top

Back in the post-war days of sweet rationing, American friends of my mother would send a large Whitman's Sampler box every Christmas. What a treat!

I was interested to find recently that the boxes are still available and look much the same as I remember.

TPBM has had enough chocolate to last for the next eleven months.

Jan 11, 5:44am Top

NO! NEVER! ("My name is Tid and I am a chocoholic").

TPBM sees the name Hershey and wonders what on earth it has to do with chocolate.

Jan 11, 9:27am Top

Yes, Hershey's is waxy and gross. Ghirardelli's is pretty good.

TPBM eschews store bought sweets and makes their own.

Edited: Jan 11, 10:05am Top

I do. I'm allergic to chocolate, so it's easier to make my own goodies. White chocolate dipped fruit is really easy. Cream cheese truffle balls. Penuche fudge. Marzipan - although I only can make mushroom shapes (you roll a long strip and cut it into pieces for the stems. then roll little balls and flatten them to make the caps. Stick together with a little sugar water, if any are left by then). I don't know how to make the fancy pretty ones they have in the stores.

My town has a great little confectioner shop that makes excellent salt water taffy and caramels. Nelson's Candies

TPBM doesn't like sweets.

Jan 11, 10:16am Top

I don't really. I'm more of a savory type. Salty, umami kinds of things.

TPBM likes bitter things.

Jan 11, 2:14pm Top

My tongue says horse radish is not bitter but it certainly does clear one's sinuses when it is fresh.

TPBM will provide an example umami. I'll too lazy to go to Google.

Jan 11, 4:58pm Top

Soy sauce is the probably the most used example. Miso.

The person below me also chooses savory over sweet. (For me, savory first then a little sweet.)

Jan 11, 8:09pm Top

Pretzels are gifts from the Gods. Plus, they go great with beer.

TPBM agrees existence of coffee which can be partaken of after a rich sweet is proof that the Gods love us and want us to be happen.

Edited: Jan 17, 1:18pm Top

"proof that the GodS love us . . ." (14)
Emphasis added).

I believe in only one God, and I'm undecided whether She proves Her love
by such an existence of coffee. I've found coffee to be, unlike alcohol, perfectly capable of being "cut down on". I now limit myself to two cups of coffee a week, and
sometimes even forget to take the second one.

TPBM has successfully cut down on at least
one of the following:

alcoholic beverages

root beer


Jan 12, 2:33am Top

I go cold turkey off of coffee from time to time just to prove to myself that I can.

TPBM will share their favorite cocktail recipe with us.

Jan 12, 8:22am Top

Amaretto + sour mix + 1 maraschino cherry

TPBM has another.

Jan 12, 9:33am Top

2 parts Jack Daniels, one part Schnapps. (Quality varies by flavor)

TPBM prefers wine

Edited: Jan 12, 9:36am Top

Yes, please.

//>12 ulmannc: I learned about umami from a Barenaked Ladies children's song called Food Party. It's a pretty good song if you want to google it.//

TPBM likes the Barenaked Ladies.

Jan 12, 11:03am Top

Yes, but I still wouldn't take their seat after they leave the sub'emway.

TPBM is less squeamish.

Jan 12, 12:03pm Top

I've never been offered a subway seat by a bare naked lady - but isn't this all getting a bit 'weinstein'?

TPBM always thinks twice before speaking nowadays.

Edited: Jan 13, 12:34pm Top

In this town you have to. What happens in Vegas stays an internet meme and can be used against you in a court of law or, worse, one of public opinion.

//I am dying, Egypt. I looked up my symptoms and I either have the flu or radiation sickness. And if this is the flu I can tell you it's a hum dinger.//

TPBM just lets it rip.

Jan 13, 4:25pm Top

I did at the last FoL Board Meeting and ended up abstaining from voting for additional funding. I couldn't in all good conscience vote for a 16% addition to an already bloated budget. If the Librarians are mad at me, they're keeping it well hidden.

TPBM is much more cautious.

Jan 15, 12:48pm Top

Yes! Much! What are we talking about?

TPBM has no work today.

Jan 15, 1:06pm Top

I have no work any day. Except emotional work and a doctor's visit.

TPBM works today.

Jan 15, 3:52pm Top

Yup, the kind of job where you get a 100% raise every year!!

TPBM REALLY works today.

Jan 16, 8:21am Top

I'm back at work today, grumble, grumble.

TPBM has strange dreams.

Jan 16, 9:48am Top

I do, and some are prophetic. I always know which ones are, too. Not about anything major, but it does happen.

//>27 morningwalker: I had to work yesterday!

TPBM sees into the future.

Jan 16, 11:36am Top

I look but I don't see much.

TPBM can read the runes.

Jan 16, 2:26pm Top

"Tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor, rich man, poor ... oops, I need to go to the toilet"

Oh, you said RUNES not PRUNES.

TPBM has a wealth of lost consonants and will share one with us.

Jan 17, 10:02am Top

Well there's always Atlantis. Oh, you said consonants...

//>28 SomeGuyInVirginia: sorry you had to work Monday but it's in the past and you need to move on.//

TPBM is often misunderstood.

Edited: Jan 17, 1:43pm Top

But then I added crab tartar!

//>31 morningwalker: Said the woman who spent the day in bunny slippers binging Xena Warrior Princess.//

Nobody knows where TPBM hides the spare key.

Jan 17, 1:47pm Top

Not even me. It fell into the monkey grass somewhere when we got the back porch power washed, and we really need to put another one out.

TPBM knows where their spare key is.

Jan 17, 2:24pm Top

Oh yes, I have lots of spare keys, now if only I knew which locks they can unlock.

TPBM has more than once unlocked something with the wrong key.

Jan 17, 2:31pm Top


TPBM has started a collection of keys that will be worth scads of money some day.

Jan 17, 3:07pm Top

Oh? yeah, that's why I have all these keys and no idea what any of them unlock. It's a collection.

TPBM has inadvertently started a collection of ______________

Jan 17, 3:25pm Top

Tea tins. I'm not really collecting. I just don't throw them out when they're empty :-)

TPBM has a collection of _________________

Jan 17, 4:05pm Top

Keys. I keep thinking they'll help someone with an art project someday.

TPBM has attempted to open the front door with a car key fob.

Jan 17, 6:56pm Top

No, but I used a bicycle tire iron several times.
Back in 1977, my first wife (ThiMs) and I did a bicycle trip from northern NJ to Pensacola, Fla. The original plan was to circumnavigate the contiguous 48, but she decided in Virginia that Florida was the end of the line for her. She caller her brother (at work) before arriving at his house. He said that virtually anything could unlock the front door. He wasn't kidding.

Everything I just stated was as it actually happened. TPBM is not above embellishing a story.

Jan 18, 6:04am Top

No, never, and I said the same thing to my husband who is the elf king of Avagardalon as he flew off to gather the Ents for one last strike against the forces of Mordor, who seem to have invaded our neighbourhood, making it very difficult to pop down to the corner shop to get basics such as flour, sugar, eggs and coffee.

However, I WAS at the concert where Chuck Berry's My Ding-A-Ling was recorded, and thus - to my eternal shame - my voice can be heard on a record that was #1 both sides of the Atlantic.

TPBM also has a memorable rock'n'roll experience to tell us (without embellishment, of course!)

Jan 18, 8:47am Top

True story. When I was 10 years old, I mailed a post card off to KFWB AM radio on a Tuesday to win a ticket to the Beatles concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Imagine my surprise when our neighbor called on Saturday, 4 days after I mailed the post card, when I wasn't listening to the radio to tell me they called my name and I had to call in to win. So I did. I won a ticket, the album Hard Day's Night (which I still have), and 4 Bobbin' Head Beatles Dolls (which I do not have, drat.) My dad let me to go the concert, putting me on a bus, telling the bus driver to watch out for me. I got back on the right bus, safely returned to Dad. Section R, almost nose-bleed seats, but I didn't care. It was THE BEATLES.

TPBM has a memorable rock'n'roll experience of their own. Without embellishment either. *smile*

Jan 18, 12:49pm Top

Well, I saw Robert Palmer and George Thorogood at a local college. It was pretty up close since it was a small venue. Not that exciting, but memorable to me.

//>32 SomeGuyInVirginia: tee hee.//

TPBM likes opera.

Edited: Jan 18, 12:55pm Top

In 1966, at the first concert of their last tour, I saw the Beatles twice in one day, matinee and evening. The night before, my friends and I had been hanging around their hotel (my dad drove us there) and a newspaper photographer snapped a picture. The next morning the picture was on the front page of the newspaper, large and above the fold. John Lennon's apology news conference for "we're more popular than Jesus" was below the fold. Kids in line for the show asked us to autograph their copies.

Also, I once smoked dope with Jimi Hendrix's back up band. They're all dead now. :-(

Leapt! But it's a good one so I'll leave it. I have never seen an opera in person, but have watched the Met on TV. I have an acquaintance in NYC whose goal is to see a thousand operas before he dies. He's in his sixties and upper six hundreds these days.

TPBM's got another one.

Jan 18, 2:58pm Top

I'm in my seventies and have just passed 333 operas so I guess Phaedra's friend will beat me. I'll keep trying though.

In the sixties I walked out of a pub in London's Northumberland Avenue after a liquid lunch to be confronted by several dolly-birds who started to scream. They soon gave up and their spokeswoman said, in a puzzled tone "You aren't Georgie Fame, are you?" They were, I think, relieved when I assured them that I wasn't.

TPBM will go on with show-biz related experiences.

Jan 18, 3:47pm Top

I once had the drummer of the Guess Who become upset with me because I had no idea who he was. He was trying to 'score chicks' and I was trying to catch a cab at a hotel. Both of us were relieved when a cab showed up.

TPBM lived to tell this tale...

Jan 18, 6:05pm Top

I was married to my first wife for twenty-four and a half years.
I like the second one much better. It'll be seventeen years in late May.
She has a PET scan scheduled for a week from today.

TPBM know what to do.

Jan 19, 9:59am Top

Sometimes. Sometimes not.

TPBM has cabin fever.

Jan 19, 1:30pm Top

Oddly, no. I've enjoyed flaking out on the weekends lately, and just taking things easy. I'll probably be climbing the walls come March, though.

TPBM hopes it's going to snow a lot this year.

Jan 19, 4:33pm Top

Yes, otherwise we'll be right back in drought come the dry season. So far, not much.

TPBM knows dry seasons.

Jan 19, 7:01pm Top

Sure do! I had a whole pantry shelf full of them: onion flakes, dried parsley, rosemary, chives.
Can't touch any of them. My first wife, ThiMs, would occasionally try to slip them into something I was preparing for dinner.
I had no problem with her using them for herself, but she had a real mean streak in her.

TPBM knows dry reasons.

Jan 21, 6:36am Top

OMG, yes I do. If I don't dry myself thoroughly (quite hard when you have MS) I get itchy rashes!

TPBM knows dry treasons.

Jan 21, 2:11pm Top

Can't say that I do.

The person below me knows dry skin.

Jan 22, 12:53am Top

The year before my motorcycle accident, I worked in the Pattern Shop of a foundry in New Jersey. To clean out the vent holes for sand mold inserts, we use Gumout, which is used primarily to clean automobile carburetors and other engine parts. The most effective/only cleaner/soap in the bathroom was powdered 100% lye. My mode of transportation at that time was the motorcycle. When the weather got cold, the end effect of the Gumout, lye, and sub-freezing temperatures was severe desiccation. Flex my hands, and I'd start bleeding in hundreds of places.

TPBM has pressed flowers in a book.

Jan 22, 8:24am Top

yep... now if only I could remember WHICH book. I guess they will turn up eventually...

TPBM knows which book.

Jan 22, 8:42am Top

Peterson's Field Guide to Wildflowers. And it smells heavenly!

TPBM is shopping garden catalogs.

Jan 22, 8:44am Top

Not like I used to. I'll probably just plant a few things that I get from a local store.

TPBM is starting to get their tax documents together.

Jan 22, 8:49am Top

They're all in a drawer in my husband's home office. Every time something shows up, that's where it goes. He'll pull it all out sometime after the end of January, put it all in a shoe box and then I'll take it to the accountant.

TPBM does their own taxes.

Jan 22, 11:18am Top

Yes I do . . . (well with help from software) . . . but planning for 2018 is going to be interesting since the IRS hasn't published planning guidance and as long as the gov. is shut down nothing will happen.

The tax accountants haven't figured it out yet.

TBPM will not even think about this until 01 Jan 2019

Jan 23, 8:58am Top

Nope, I won't.

TPBM overthinks things.

Jan 23, 10:35am Top

There are at least seven ways to approach that question.

TPBM is a doer.

Jan 23, 3:27pm Top

yes, of the Time Warp. It's just a jump to the left...

TPBM is dancing.

Jan 23, 6:11pm Top

... in the dark. It's less scary.

TPBM is careful not to make an exhibition of themselves.

Jan 23, 7:05pm Top

Acquitted! That trench coat couldn't have possibly been mine; it was way too big.

TPBM has quit a job, on principle.

Jan 23, 8:52pm Top

The principle of I just couldn't take it anymore.

TPBM isn't going to take ______________.

Jan 24, 8:36am Top

Any wooden nickels. What does that even mean?? Why would anyone think a wooden nickel was comparable to a real nickel?

TPBM will enlighten us.

Jan 24, 8:47am Top

I'd have to actually read it first, but I do have a 53-page pamphlet on my shelves titled The Story of Wooden Money by Earl R. O'Cathey, signed by the author and inscribed to my mother.

TPBM is a coin collector.

Jan 24, 9:12am Top

Only by inheritance. It's in a box, under the bed, next to the box of patterned feed sacks and the box of Case knives, both of which I also inherited. Collectors should never sell their houses unless they're OK with a stuff diaspora.

TPBM is spare.

Edited: Jan 24, 12:00pm Top

Checking my Chambers Dictionary for adjectival meanings of 'spare', I am not lean, frugal, scanty or meagre. I might be said to be 'kept or available for others or for such purposes as may occur', I suppose.

To a Scot 'spare' is the opening or slit at the top of a skirt, pair of trousers, etc..

TPBM did not know that.

Edited: Jan 24, 1:39pm Top

I did not, actually. And now I can't figure out exactly if I ever thought about what the opening in bottom clothing was called...

A spare is the bowling pin left standing after the others are knocked down.

TPBM is a strike.

Jan 24, 1:47pm Top

A strike is if you knock down all the pins on the first try. A spare is if you knock down all the pins in two tries.

TPBM knows the score.

Jan 24, 5:20pm Top

Not more than 300, I suppose.

(During high school, I worked as a pinsetter in a 2-lane bowling alley. Rule #1: Do NOT send the ball back until all the pins have been cleared or reset.)

TPBM is used to manual labor.

Jan 24, 7:51pm Top

Hi, I don't think we've met.

TPBM is a dancing machine.

Jan 25, 9:35am Top

They call me Mean Gene the Dancing Machine. Does that answer your question?

TPBM tells fibs.

Jan 25, 9:37am Top

Nope. Not me. Never.

TPBM got their mouth washed out with soap when they were little.

Jan 25, 10:43am Top

More often than I care to remember. My explanation that I was creating stories didn't have much sway with my parents/teachers thereby ruining what I'm sure would have been a successful, not to mention prize-winning, writing career.

TPBM is a storyteller.

Jan 25, 11:19am Top

Once upon a time, there was a little girl who dreamed that when she grew up, she would ____________

TPBM will continue

Jan 25, 12:57pm Top

grow the very best garden evar! It would contain all sorts of plats, like


The person below me will keep going.

Jan 25, 1:27pm Top

Erythroxylum novogranatense, papver somniferum, and cannabis indica. Her daddy always emphasised the need for financial security. Her mommy. on the other hand..........

TPBM will pick up.

Jan 25, 3:23pm Top

was good looking, so the living was easy and the cotton was high...

TPBM rolls with it.

Jan 26, 8:41am Top

All the way downhill.

TPBM has a favorite ethnic food.

Jan 26, 11:15am Top

Thai. Although I'll eat anything but Ethiopian. I got sick as a dog the only time I ate it.

TPBM would buy sushi from a street vendor.

Jan 26, 12:10pm Top

sure! I only eat veggie sushi anyway so how bad can it be?

TPBM would dare to eat a hot dog from a convenience store.

Jan 26, 12:47pm Top

Desperate moment happen. I have traveled by Greyhound, so I should know.

TPBM dares otherwise.

Edited: Jan 29, 9:22am Top

I'm not much of a daredevil. I tend to not stray far from the beaten path.

TPBM has taken the road less traveled.

Jan 29, 9:23am Top

Pretty much my whole life.

TPBM will tell Lafayette that we are here.

Edited: Jan 29, 9:27am Top

OOPS! leaped!

well, the Colorado map had it marked as a state highway...

I didn't mind that it was unpaved, steep, and narrow with no guardrails, but I had to give up and turn back when it turned into a stream bed.

TPBM would have pressed on.

I will, as soon as I can get to Paris...

TPBM has been there.

Edited: Jan 29, 9:28am Top

Aack! Beaten to the punch.

With a four wheel drive vehicle, certainly. I have been in that position several times with friend Jimmy near Santa Fe, New Mexico.

We are. This "we" should be working on Friends of the Library Treasury stuff instead of having fun here on LT.

TPBM should also be doing something other than having fun here on LT.

TPBM has also pressed on, either to find the perfect fishing spot or to get away from other people.

Jan 29, 9:29am Top

//Poor TPBM! Both Darth-Heather and I thought we'd been leaped. You, TPBM should be able to respond to either post.//

Jan 29, 9:40am Top

I've been there AND I've pressed on. I can accomplish a lot when I set my mind to it.

TPBM should be working right now but is taking a wee break because, just because.

Jan 29, 1:19pm Top

Yep. Should be looking for work right now.

The person below me is looking for something else.

Jan 29, 1:40pm Top

Motivation. The downside of retirement is that you have so few deadlines, procrastination is far less of a problem. It's a vicious circle. Which is also the name of the last book I read.

TPBM reads up.

Jan 29, 5:25pm Top

Nope. The only way to make sense of this thread is to read DOWN.

TPBM thinks different.

Jan 30, 9:42am Top

Most conventional, I'm afraid.

TPBM thinks so far outside the box that ___________.

Jan 30, 1:02pm Top

Box? I don't see any box.

TPBM has the wherewithal and skills to build a slipcover for his/her books, if motivated.

Jan 30, 1:05pm Top

No. Never thought of it. Guess Iʻve never been motivated.

TPBM sometimes forgets to enter her/his new books in LT.

Jan 30, 1:18pm Top

yeah. I really need to put some time into entering and tagging.

OTOH, I DO remember how to build a book slipcover out of paper grocery bags, as was taught in elementary school for our textbooks. You know, back in the days when grocery bags were always paper.

TPBM is caught up on entering their book inventory.

Jan 30, 1:33pm Top

Surprisingly, yes, although there might be one or two strays plus the library book I started reading last night. It only took seven years.

TPBM is efficient.

Jan 30, 7:19pm Top

With regards to my books, yes. Other things, not so much.

TPBM is a Type A personality.

Jan 31, 9:05am Top

No. I think I might have partially been Type A a long time ago. Now I've been through so much that not much stresses or worries me. I just try to go with the flow. I think the wine helps a lot too.

TPBM is often tardy.

Jan 31, 9:25am Top

not often, but definitely when there has been wine involved...

TPBM is always early.

Jan 31, 10:29am Top

A few minutes, being late causes me too much angst to make it a habit.

TPBM is going to see the Rolling Stones.

Jan 31, 12:54pm Top

Nah, not really my kind of music.

The person below me is going to see a free concert.

Jan 31, 4:38pm Top

I am going to sing the Mozart Requiem and a work by John Rutter in a few weeks time. I won't pay to get in.

TPBM sings for her/his supper

Jan 31, 5:36pm Top

If I did I would starve.

TPBM thinks society is going to hell in a hand basket.

Jan 31, 7:21pm Top

It is questionable as to whether the hand basket is: a) a requirement, and b) something society can afford.
As for the rest of it, what makes you think we're not already there?

TPBM sees something cheerful in that.

Jan 31, 7:27pm Top

I'm waiting for Toto to pop out!

TPBM is waiting for something else.

Feb 1, 8:22am Top

The weekend.

TPBM thinks Starbucks is overrated.

Feb 1, 8:41am Top

Overpriced, for sure. Who pays $5 for a cup of coffee?

TPBM does.

Feb 1, 8:49am Top

If I do, it's because I've decided to splurge on some "specialty" type coffee that I wouldn't usually drink. Otherwise I'm only "paying" whatever the cost per cup breaks down to for making my own.

TPBM has something they'll splurge on once in awhile.

Feb 1, 9:46am Top

For me it's opera (live).

TPBM is a regular cinemagoer

Feb 1, 10:14am Top

There was a time... I wasn't the cinema-goer as much as the movies came to me.
One of the side benefits of my father's job required him to review at least three movies a week. He had that job for over twenty years. When I was five, I could thread a Bell & Howell 1600 35mm movie projector in less than thirty seconds. For the most part, I loved watching the movies, but I recall that "Pollyanna" was one that showed up at least three times a year. Dad also had this thing about protecting his kids from indecency, so during the viewing of "Goldfinger," his hand was over the lens whenever Ursula Andress made an appearance.

We also went to movie theaters on occasion, and a drive-in, but it was just for the experience.

TPBM is a regular attendee at live theater.

Feb 1, 2:08pm Top

Not lately, but I used to see most of everything in DC. I'd volunteer usher, so I got to see a lot of them for free. Huzzah!

TPBM gads about.

Feb 1, 4:22pm Top

When I get the chance, which is not that often.

TPBM makes their own chances.

//Not to be a smart-arse or anything, WHL, but just for accuracy's sake, Ursula Andress was in Dr. No (and certainly someone to enthuse young lads): Shirley Eaton was the gold painted corpse in Goldfinger. "I think my mouth's too big" said she. "It's just right. For me, that is." said 007"//

Feb 1, 5:28pm Top

//No offense take, your Abbottship. You are correct, and I appreciate the correction. I blame my error on 1) time; 2) stress; and 3) long-term depression. I'm not who I used to be.//

Feb 1, 5:42pm Top

//>114 WholeHouseLibrary: Don't feel bad, none of us are....//

Feb 1, 5:54pm Top

//>115 morningwalker: How true ;-( //

Feb 1, 6:12pm Top

//>115 morningwalker: That may be, but I'm not someone I, or anyone else, would want to spend any time with now. You're going to have to trust me on that.//

>113 abbottthomas: I used to, but when I came to grips with the chances she made, I divorced her. Don't need those kinds of problems.

TPBM reads poetry.

Feb 1, 8:46pm Top

I like to think that I experience poetry. No, not really. I'm sorry we didn't have to memorize poetry in school, that kind of thing builds character out the yin yang.

//>117 WholeHouseLibrary: You are always very welcome here.//

TPBM bruoght down the house.

Feb 2, 7:22am Top

I've never been a bruoghter, and the dotted red line proves it. However, I could include "brew oughta" in a sentence and it would make complete sense.

TPBM likes a brew, especially of ___________

Feb 2, 9:19am Top

Eye of newt, toadstools, spider webs and seaweed.

TPBM favors something sweeter.

Edited: Feb 2, 11:07am Top

yes, replace the seaweed with wool of bat for a lip-smacking libation.

TPBM has been poisoned.

Feb 2, 1:14pm Top

I've been so drunk I threw up, so yeah. It's been a long time but I still remember how sick I was. Ugh.

TPBM abstains.

Feb 2, 1:27pm Top

That's me. One swallow of anything with alcohol in it is deadly to me. Lucky for me that my depression doesn't include suicidal thoughts; it'd be so damn easy. But it ain't gonna happen.

TPBM abstains for other reasons.

Feb 3, 8:15pm Top

I don't abstain, but I only have one glass of wine, otherwise I get very talkative and my cheeks turn bright red.

TPBM prefers red to white.

Edited: Feb 4, 1:12am Top

I do, but sometimes something light is perfect.

TPBM prefers dark to light.

Feb 3, 11:11pm Top

The interpretation of meaningless data has been attempted.
That was the first error message I ever saw on a computer--in the first five minutes of me in my new job as a computer operator (for the stock exchanges in NYC.) I swear, my shoe only brushed the side of the console cabinet!

In short, I don't understand what you mean. It's like you asked: Is it closer to New York or by bus.

TPBM will please explain.

Feb 4, 1:16am Top

//There, I fixed it. Using autospell on my phone, should have read it before I hit post.//

Feb 4, 6:44am Top

//Oh, thank goodness! I thought I had taken too many crazy pills.//

Actually, I do. My favorite solitary pastimes, from when I was a kid right in through I was somewhat over fifty, were spelunking and astronomy.
Cliff Eberhardt has a tune containing the line: And a gray day now and then could really thrill me. It fits me to a tee. I'm photosensitive; everything is too bright.

TPBM prefers light to dark.

Feb 4, 12:42pm Top

In the immortal words of Arlo Guthrie, you can't have light without a dark to put it in. I'm not as much a fan of dark as I used to be because I just don't see as well anymore. Driving after dark is stressful.

TPBM knew that aging eyes need more light in order to focus.

Feb 4, 12:49pm Top

You are right. But if one works in dark places (under desks checking cable numbers and to see if RJ45's have been kicked out of wall or broken) light is a wonderful thing until you see what is NEXT TO THE WALL JACK!

TPBM has located some strange things there.

Edited: Feb 5, 10:17am Top

My Dad's ivory opium spoon! It was from a Chinese antique and had fallen out when someone moved it. Dad wouldn't know opium if it were served to him on a platter and had a sign attached reading 'Opium'. Well, I mean then he would, yeah.

Like me, TPBM is virulently opposed to the ivory trade. (I don't think antiques should be destroyed, but the modern practice should be punished along the lines of destroying a world heritage site.)

Feb 5, 9:25am Top

Absolutely! I recently saw an article where they are dyeing elephant tusks pink, making them unusable to poachers.

TPBM thinks trophy hunting is wrong.

Edited: Feb 5, 11:28am Top

Yep. Hunting for food is reasonable. Hunting for a selfie and some taxidermy... isn't.

The person below me is especially virulent about <fill in obscure opinion here>.

Feb 5, 2:18pm Top

The cost of health insurance!!! I don't know how it isn't considered robbery.

TPBM needs a new ______.

Feb 5, 6:01pm Top

...knee. One is very worn but should see me out, the other? I'm not so sure :-(

TPBM has done joint replacement.

Feb 5, 6:05pm Top

Yeah, a very 70s thing. But to avoid waste it was always preferable to finish the one before, right down to the roach.

TPBM's recreational drug of choice is _____________

Feb 5, 8:00pm Top

Single malt scotch. Or is it properly Scotch?

TPBM knows.

Edited: Feb 6, 9:52am Top

Or is it single malt scotch whiskey?? hmmm

TPBM solves mysteries.

Feb 6, 12:21pm Top

I'll solve that one. Whiskey with an E is normally Irish whiskey, Scotch (and yes, it deserves a capital) is whisky.

TPBM doesn't much mind if there is an E or not.

Feb 6, 12:39pm Top

nope - they both taste like bug spray to me.

TPBM prefers iced tea.

Feb 7, 8:46am Top

Only if it's unsweetened.

TPBM gets medical advice online.

Feb 7, 9:22am Top

Well, I do google symptoms sometimes. Those odd sparkly lights, the 3 inch extension of the nose ... that sort of thing.

TPBM is feeling under the weather.

Feb 7, 9:58am Top

Thanks for asking, but no, I feel pretty good. The usual achy bits still ache a bit, but nothing worth bothering with.

TPBM can whistle a happy tune.

Feb 7, 10:56am Top

No tune at all, actually. And although I can make the sound, I've got more control while inhaling, so none of the cacophony has much duration.
Just another of my anomalies.

TPBM finds it hard to conform to "standards."

Feb 7, 2:20pm Top

TPBM finds it hard to conform to "standards."

Feb 8, 9:15am Top

Sometimes if I don't agree with them. I find the older I get, the less I give a fig about conforming.

// I was just wondering if anyone has heard from John_Vaughn lately. Haven't seen him here in a while.??

TPBM does the right thing.

Feb 8, 9:30am Top

More often than not, unless I don't feel like it. So, maybe no?

//I haven't and I'm a bit worried. I DMed him weeks ago and didn't hear back.//

TPBM lets their attorneys deal with it.

Edited: Feb 8, 9:56am Top

Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel, you mean? No way! I wanted to sue them for malpractice but they wouldn't take the case.

TPBM wings it.

//John hasn't entered a new book since last September - very unlike him :-( //

Feb 9, 5:27pm Top

If God had wanted me to eat Buffalo wings He would not have invented dark meat. It's in the Bible! Seriously, was peel and eat shrimp not enough of a bother, people? We need a whole new hassle food? Cast off the yoke of conformity! Say 'No!' to wings!

TPBM is more laissez-faire.

Feb 10, 5:24am Top

:O Still reeling from the shock of discovering that the buffalo is a flighted animal. 😮 😮 😮

TPBM didn't know that either.

Feb 11, 8:33am Top

I do know that they are Near Threatened, the closest category to Extinction.

TPBM has a few Buffalo Nickels around the house somewhere.

Feb 11, 11:08am Top

A few dozen of them, plus several dollar's worth of wheat-back pennies, Mercury dimes, and other rare coins.
But, they're not actually in the house; they're in a safe deposit box at my bank.
I have no idea what they're actually worth, and I'm not actually a collector, but you can blame my father for getting me into the habit of separating these coins from the rest.

TPBM picks up pennies only if they're face up.

Feb 11, 1:47pm Top

No, the ground has been too far away for a year or two now.

TPBM drops 'copper'* coins from change into charity boxes rather than taking them home.

*UK 'coppers' are now made from coloured steel.

Feb 12, 11:02am Top

Kind of - I save pennies in a jar until it is time to donate them to the yearly Boy Scout collection.

TPBM is unhappy with the result of this year's tax return.

Feb 12, 11:19am Top

Oh yeah! Big time.

TPBM wonders when they will get a tax cut.

Feb 12, 12:05pm Top

Always! Personal income taxes are criminal.

TPBM is a criminal.

Feb 12, 4:45pm Top

If you believe my ex, hell yeah.
But she's the one who has the rap sheet.

TPBM hasn't even gotten so much as a parking ticket.

Edited: Feb 12, 5:15pm Top

No, I havenʻt --the main reason for that is that I don't drive.

TPBM learned to drive at the early (?) age of ____. And here, if so desired, are the name(s) of the person(s) most to thank for that learning.

Feb 13, 5:36am Top

No, the LATE age of 24! And I have to thank a middle-aged Jamaican gentleman, who was cheaper than all the 'bigtime' schools of motoring such as BSM.

TPBM has driven in the past, but no longer.

Feb 13, 6:49am Top

No, I stay firmly rooted in the present, driving in February 2018. (sorry, couldn't resist.)

TPBM would love to time travel and will tell us when and where they would go.

Feb 13, 11:50am Top

I would travel forward to the end of time, just because I want to know how everything turns out.

TPBM would rather visit the past.

Feb 13, 12:03pm Top

I don't know that I'd like to visit the past, or future, as much as I would like to know how it was done.

TPBM is having a 1 minute dance party.

Edited: Feb 13, 2:42pm Top

Yes, but I cut it down to 55 minutes; everybody deserves a break even in partying.

TPBM, like the famous Will Rogers, does not belong to any organized political party.

Feb 13, 2:29pm Top

Does too!

Does not!

TPBM has exited...stage left.

Feb 13, 2:44pm Top

Righty Roo!

TPBM can go up, up, and away!

Edited: Feb 13, 2:50pm Top

Only if an escalator is provided; and at age 86 Iʻm
pretty cautious even about escalators.

TPBM prefers stairs over elevators and elevators over escalators.

Feb 13, 7:33pm Top

I definitely prefer the stairs - I don't get claustrophobic on them. I got my shoe sucked into the escalator track once, and was stuck there for awhile before they got my foot out. I got stuck in an elevator once too.

TPBM takes the long way home.

Feb 14, 5:17am Top

When lonely days turn to lonely nights
I take a trip to the city lights...

TPBM likes Supertramp

Feb 14, 7:53am Top

Yes, in the time that: It seemed that life was so wonderful,
A miracle, oh it was beautiful, magical.

TPBM is still a Dreamer

Feb 14, 10:38am Top

I have never been able to face Supertramp with anything other than unfettered loathing. Apparently I am in the minority on that one. Ditto Yes.

TPBM is super.

Feb 14, 10:50am Top

As my neighbor always says "super duper." Is that the correct spelling of duper or should it be dooper? I never know.

TPBM, when in doubt always believes Google.

Feb 14, 10:59am Top

I'm very suspicious of Google. It keeps trying to connect my various email addresses into one account, which defeats the purpose of keeping separate ones in the first place. It also wants to connect my FB page and my game apps, and it doesn't always ask for permission.

Google is very nosy.

I do like the Google Doodles though.

TPBM is boycotting Valentines Day.

Edited: Feb 14, 11:42am Top

I'm getting a colonoscopy. That's kinda a metaphor for my love life.

TPBM has a fun idea.

Feb 14, 12:20pm Top

Yeah, skip the colonoscopy and let's get drunk.

TPBM is in.

Edited: Feb 14, 12:22pm Top

I hate hangovers so don't want to get drunk, but a nice glass of red would be great.

TPBM prefers white.

Feb 14, 5:03pm Top

Mostly. Too many sulfates in red. Yesterday I was on a clear liquid diet and I kept thinking, Scotch is a clear liquid...

TPBM has another thought.

Edited: Feb 14, 6:21pm Top

//>172 Darth-Heather: I'm with you. I've always boycotted Vday. It shouldn't take card companies and chocolate companies commercializing their goods to let someone know you care.//

//>173 PhaedraB: A colonoscopy is not funny but your response cracked me up. I hope you get good results.//

//>174 2wonderY: I'm in!//

Feb 14, 9:42pm Top

>176 PhaedraB:. When I woke up after my first colonoscopy about 20 years ago, the first thing I wanted was a Guinness. The nurse told me that about 80% of the men ask for a beer when they wake up.

My latest visit to that wonderful test still wanted a Guinness afterwards. I'm told that men continue to ask for beer but many more varieties than in the past. I guess one has to do something to entertain oneself when you work in a facility that does several hundred of those things in a day.

TPBM has another choice than beer or Scotch.

Feb 15, 1:01am Top

Yes. My pants.

TPBM wants something else.

Feb 15, 5:07am Top

*snort* - thank goodness for a practical man! You are right, WHL.

At my recent colonoscopy I found that the unit had abandoned those confidence sapping backless gowns in favour of baggy shorts with a strategically placed 'trapdoor' - much more dignified.

TPBM may be the only contributor to this thread NOT to have had a colonoscopy.

Feb 15, 5:40am Top

>170 SomeGuyInVirginia: Aww. Well each to their own as the saying goes. Actually, I used to love Yes, but now - apart from their pre-Wakeman meisterwork 'The Yes Album' - I think they're sterile and rather cold.

So far, no colonoscopy, touch wood. But does MS incontinence count?

TPBM enjoys rude health.

Feb 15, 11:31am Top

I just like my health to be good.

TPBM has had the flu this year.

Feb 15, 12:52pm Top

No, had the jab instead.

TPBM is needle-shy

Feb 16, 8:29am Top

No, but I don't get the flu shot. I'll take my chances.

TPBM thinks this country has no hope or will give an example of hope.

Feb 16, 11:58am Top

The existence of LibraryThing.com.

TPBM will give another example of hope.

Feb 16, 12:02pm Top

I don't have much hope, beyond the fact that I know a lot of good people.

In my youth, I hoped I'd have a long, long life so I could see how things all turned out. Now, I look at the direction so many things are going and hope I die before everything goes to heck.

TPBM thought we'd never be still protesting this stuff 50 years later.

Feb 16, 1:58pm Top

The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

TPBM is less dogmatic.

Feb 16, 6:20pm Top

Of course! How many time have I had to tell you folks that 'm not a Pet Person? Beyond that, yeah, I'm an atheist.

Currently mourning the loss of my almost 25-year-old pickup truck; engine seized up on it yesterday, and even if I work every day until the end of the year, I couldn't pay what it will cost to get it running. The truly sad part is I was about 20 miles from home, MrsHouseLibrary is unable to drive, none of my sons were able to help, and as I looked through the contact list on my phone, there wasn't a single other person in there that I felt I could call. It took a bit over two hours for the tow truck to arrive. Today, I sold the truck for scrap. I bought the truck, new, in early April 1994.

TPBM has a friend that is close enough, there's no question if s/he would help you dispose of a body.

Feb 16, 6:53pm Top

I do. No questions asked. Unfortunately she has moved 5 hours away from me so she probably wouldn't be able to help me with the body now. Change isn't always good.

TPBM will help WHL.

Edited: Feb 21, 9:05am Top

//I doff my hat and give a salute as that honorable old friend of WHL is towed past.//

Feb 16, 7:58pm Top

I can hardly wait until you call me to help dispose of a body... I've watched alllll the tv shows and know exactly how it's done, and have a ready supply of sulfuric acid.

TPBM won't rat us out.

Feb 16, 9:09pm Top

I won't rat you out, but I bet you'll make a rookie mistake and get us all in trouble.

TPBM knows a good lawyer.

Feb 16, 10:10pm Top

She's retired, though, thus cannot legally give legal advice.

TPBM knows a live one.

Feb 17, 2:05am Top

// Re: >188 WholeHouseLibrary:
A few hours ago, I realized my relationship with my truck lasted three months longer than my first marriage. And it was more satisfying, too.
Sure am missing that truck.//

Edited: Feb 19, 5:22am Top

// >194 WholeHouseLibrary: It wasn't one of those famous Toyota pick-ups, was it? They are INDESTRUCTIBLE! //

"Lawyer" is a word used over here, even though we actually use solicitors and / or barristers. I suspect that in the States, those are terms for whores and (misspelled) coffee servers.

TPBM knows who the person was who was the former owner of WHL's body (oops, if ever there was a sentence that required rephrasing, that one surely is...)

Feb 20, 10:11am Top

No I don't have a clue. But when >194 WholeHouseLibrary: mentioned his relationship with his truck it reminded me of how my friend (the one who moved and would help me with a body) thought the words to the Huey Lewis song "I Want a New Drug" was "I Want a New Truck" and she couldn't figure out why he would want to sing about a truck.

TPBM has also gotten words to a song wrong.

Feb 20, 10:16am Top

"Excuse me while I kiss this guy (the sky)." Jimi Hendrix, Purple Haze

TPBM gets them right.

Edited: Feb 20, 10:43am Top

Only after looking them up online.

I remember the scene from the movie Jumpin' Jack Flash where Whoopie Goldberg is trying to get the lyrics to solve a clue pre-Internet. It's very funny. She ends up buying the sheet music. movie clip

TPBM liked that movie, too.

Edited: Feb 20, 3:36pm Top

//>198 karenmarie: I LOVED that movie! When she was in the telephone booth and got jacked I laughed long and hard. 'Mutant, junkie cockroaches...'//

Edited: Feb 20, 6:32pm Top

SomeGuy must still be in the 'phone booth. I never saw the film (but it sounds like I should) but I will do a TPBM to keep the show on the road.

TPBM goes for slow thinking.

Feb 21, 8:39am Top

Do I have a choice?

//>200 abbottthomas: I haven't seen the movie either. Now I'm curious.//

TPBM goes for slow dancing.

Feb 21, 4:17pm Top

One night at a club I asked why they never played any slow songs. The answer was, 'Are you kidding?'. Apparently a waltz tempo would lead to wild abandon. My response was, 'How could you tell?'

TPBM has always played it safe.

Feb 22, 10:51am Top

Usually, but I think everyone needs to take a walk on the wild side sometime too.

TPBM has a favorite viral video.

Feb 22, 11:19am Top

If it's not viral, it should be.

TPBM has another.

Feb 23, 5:42am Top

I'm sure it must have been viral sometime!

// >198 karenmarie: I always thought Jumpin' Jack Flash began "I was born in a flat by her cave"! //

TPBM either has another great You Tube video or another misheard lyric for us.

Feb 23, 11:21am Top

// Nope, but I've been hunting for lyrics once, where I contacted the singer and he didn't know the lyrics either!

Edited: Feb 23, 11:39am Top

"Spill the wine, **** that girl" which is really "Spill the wine, take that pearl" by Eric Burdon and the Animals. I only realized it this week when I got interested in old videos of them and wanted all the lyrics. Sigh.

//>205 Tid: that's a riot, Tid!//

TPBM has another great YouTube video or another misheard lyric.

Edited: Feb 24, 7:55am Top

I just looked up the lyrics to Jumpin' Jack Flash. There are two different versions of the second line, "And I howled at the morning driving rain" or "And I howled at my ma in the driving rain."

When I married, my new husband came with a five year old daughter. She would sing Jumpin' Jack Flash. Needless to say, I couldn't understand a word. But very cute.

I always thought that "Bits and Pieces" was "Big Fat Pieces." A friend always thought the carol was "Hark the Hairy Angels Sing."

The person below me will add to the theme.

Feb 24, 9:08am Top

Slight variation to the theme. You know all those websites that give the lyrics to songs? There's one line in Blue Mink's "Melting Pot" that seems beyond their intellectual ability to transcribe. These are the two most common versions:

- And be thankful little Mrs. Graceful

- Making Lady Favor

It's actually "Mick and Lady Faithfull"! At the time, Mick Jagger was still involved with Marianne Faithfull. Sigh.

TPBM knows how to correct these howlers.

Feb 26, 9:20am Top

Wikipedia of course. Because we know all information there is absolutely 100% correct!

TPBM's favorite junk food is_____.

Edited: Feb 26, 10:00am Top

with meat or shrimps (no mustard, thanks), combined with crispy french fries and mayonnaise.

TPBM has sometime eaten a meat- or fish kroket

Feb 26, 10:32am Top

My wife loves good chicken krokets. Never seen a fish one.

TPBM has had a fish kroket.

Feb 26, 2:20pm Top

Yup, though I had to follow the phonetic spelling of that link to discover we are actually talking about croquettes!

TPBM was similarly discombobulated.

Feb 26, 2:48pm Top

Don't talk to me about Bob! He still has my CDs!

TPBM is clear and present.

Feb 26, 3:43pm Top

Low clouds here, presently.

TPBM knows which way the wind blows.

Feb 26, 6:46pm Top

From Siberia, apparently. It certainly felt like that walking home tonight.

TPBM has had their DNA analysed.

Feb 26, 7:16pm Top

The entirety of it is strands of caffeine molecules.

TPBM understands.

Feb 26, 11:23pm Top

Yep. Though I have some CO2 molecules in there too. Look for the bubbles.

The person below me gets fizzy.

Feb 27, 5:46am Top

Fizzy - me, moi, myself, I? What rubbish!! I'm the least fizzy person you could possibly meet and I bet you've met SQUILLIONS in your time!!! Now, where did I put that... what? What is it I'm looking for? I clean forgot. Jeez, I need another coffee, it must be all of 20 minutes since the last one. Now where are my clean mugs?

TPBM is more sober.

Feb 27, 8:29am Top

Unfortunately I have to be sober at work. Some silly policy or another...

TPBM enjoys the 2 martini lunch.

Feb 27, 8:40am Top

No, but my Dad did. Occasionally, in the early 1980s, I'd go out with a group of managers from work and we'd end up with a bottle or two of wine. I was not a cheap drunk then, so could handle a glass or two and manage to be productive in the afternoon.

TPBM is a cheap drunk.

Feb 27, 8:57am Top

no I like the expensive stuff. I indulge rarely, so might as well have top shelf.

TPBM wants to be free.

Feb 27, 9:34am Top

Only to an extent, but this person definitely wants to break free.


TPBM is making progress.

Feb 27, 11:21am Top

Slowly, surely, making progress.

TPBM already arrived.

Feb 28, 8:26am Top

No. I have a long way to go.

TPBM has watched a good movie lately.

Feb 28, 8:30am Top

Yes, The Dressmaker on Amazon Prime was better than I expected.

TPBM has also watched a good one lately.

Feb 28, 12:32pm Top

an old black and white version of Agatha Christieʻs
"And then there Were None" -- if you can call it lately -- weeks or was it months ago.

TPBM has see at least one
of 3 of my favorites:

The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968)
The Three Strangers
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Feb 28, 5:23pm Top

Wow, I've not seen ANY of those!

TPBM has seen at least one of my favourites:

Run, Lola, Run
Being John Malkovich
When Harry Met Sally

Feb 28, 6:39pm Top

The middle one.

I met Malkovich a couple of times when he was merely another struggling actor in Chicago. Last time I saw him, he was umpiring a theater league softball game. So I'm among the select group of people who knows they've seen him with his real hair (or lack thereof).

TPBM knew someone when.

Feb 28, 10:49pm Top

Probably the most apropos to LT someone I knew back when I was still religious and attended church was Richard Ostling.

TPBM is defying the odds

Mar 1, 2:32am Top

Considering I've been dead twice, yeah, I tend to agree with you. Mind you, neither incident was my own doing. (Just want to set the record straight.)

TPBM keeps meticulous records.

Mar 1, 8:41am Top

In my own haphazard sort of way.

TPBM marches to the tune of a different drummer.

Mar 1, 9:22am Top

I have been told that a few dozen times but I don't know which drum.

TPBM knows!!!

Mar 1, 11:01am Top

Clearly, you've mistaken me for the Shadow.

TPBM listens to vintage radio shows.

Mar 1, 12:26pm Top

I have enjoyed the BBC recordings of the Marx Brothers shows from the 1930s, Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel with Michael Roberts and Frank Lazarus playing the Flywheel and Ravelli parts and sounding very much like Groucho and Chico.

Show trivia:
Grouch and Chico shared an income of $6500 a week for the original shows, a high salary in the Depression.
Groucho's lawyer role was originally named Beagle but this was changed to Flywheel (much better, IMHO) after threatened legal action by a New York attorney named Morris Beagle, fed up with phone calls asking for his partner, Shyster.

Enough of that!

TPBM will ramble on about something else.

Edited: Mar 2, 8:43am Top

Okay, I got up to a foot of snow today and had to shovel the deck so I could get to the bird feeder and feed the birds. There I discovered some squirrel or something had taken the suet feeder so the poor birds have no suet to keep them warm today because I wasn't going to dig around in a foot of snow to look for it. Also had to shovel path to get to the newspaper and the driveway so I could get to work. Now my back hurts and I'm tired. I'm weary of winter and long for a sunny beach somewhere. How was that for a ramble, or is it more like whining?

TPBM can do a better ramble.

Mar 5, 11:20am Top

No I can't.

TPBM wonders where everyone went.

Mar 5, 11:30am Top

Shhhh! Everybody stay down behind the couch, until...

TPBM will jump up and say......

Mar 5, 11:34am Top

I didn't do it the man was dead when I got there!

TPBM has a story and is sticking to it.

Mar 5, 12:18pm Top

I plead the fifth!

TPBM has a gun.

Mar 5, 5:14pm Top

Not this pacifist!
When my son-in-law showed up for a visit with his wife and family, two pistols and six rifles, I called the police. I had already warned him that I won't allow any firearms on my property. My right to life, etc, supersedes his warped sense of manliness. Oh, the stories I could tell! They once went homeless rather than him sell (or pawn) any of his firearms.

TPBM sleeps well at night.

Mar 5, 8:46pm Top

Through the power of modern medicine.

TPBM has another method.

Mar 6, 8:56am Top


TPBM likes to stay up late.

Mar 6, 9:49am Top

I always have, even as a young timer.

TPBM rises with the birds.

Mar 6, 11:06am Top

yes, especially in the summer when the neighbor's rooster ensures that we are all awake at 3:30am. Or any time car headlights flash across his yard. Or whatever other random times make sense to a rooster. I keep threatening to tape his beak shut.

TPBM doesn't let frustrations get the best of them.

Mar 6, 12:07pm Top

We had a rogue rooster once, abandoned by it's owner and roosting in my neighbor's tobacco barn. He happened to be behind my car as I was backing out of the driveway. Best dark meat eating ever!

TPBM has eaten snapping turtle.

Mar 6, 1:20pm Top

Nope, only frog's legs.

TPBM has a turtle story.

Mar 6, 2:42pm Top

David Sedaris had a good one about a snapping turtle. With a tumour.

TPBM enjoys listening to Sedaris.

Mar 6, 10:30pm Top

Absolutely. Listening to him and reading his stuff. I still haven't read his Theft by Finding yet, but it's here on my shelves just waiting for the right moment.

TPBM has just found the PERFECT book from their shelves.

Mar 7, 8:56am Top

Well, I don't know if it was perfect but I finished a library book and am waiting for an Early Reviewer so over the weekend I pulled my old paperback Travels With Charley off my shelf and re-read it (something I rarely do). I must say I remembered very little of it from my first reading. Love Steinbeck.

TPBM has a book they re-read.

Mar 7, 9:19am Top

yep, this year I'm attempting to re-read these:

I treasured them as a child, and it's been a lot of years since I opened any of them. I'm reading one each month, in between all the other reading, and the couple I've read so far are still pretty good.

TPBM has more than they can handle.

Mar 7, 10:30am Top

Don't get me started!

TPBM, on the other hand, is underwhelmed.

Mar 7, 3:09pm Top


TPBM is under something else.

Edited: Mar 7, 3:33pm Top


TPBM is below ...

Mar 7, 3:34pm Top


And TPBM is getting a bit dizzy.

Mar 7, 4:10pm Top

Yes, because you are also above me now and i below myself and around you.

TPBM has played twister

Mar 7, 5:09pm Top

Those were the days!

I gave up work when I got on the floor to examine a sick child on a sofa and then couldn't get up without help from its mother.

TPBM has another Road-to-Damascus moment to share.

Mar 7, 9:27pm Top

//251 I have those books too, Darth-Heather! I've never tried reading them cover-to-cover though. More power to you!//

Mar 8, 8:50am Top

//>258 karenmarie: I credit this collection with initiating my lifelong love of myths and fantasy. I have somehow held on to them all these years, through many changes of house, and it was a good feeling to crack one open after all this time. I'm noticing a lot of themes and commonalities that I didn't notice as a child, particularly in the archaic view of how women are portrayed, but I'm chalking it up to a sign of the times.//

Mar 8, 8:57am Top

A couple years ago while on a family camping trip and playing a game of baseball I ran the bases and discovered it hurt my knees to run. Aging isn't for sissies.

TPBM has another.

Mar 8, 9:02am Top

My left knee had a mid-life crisis in the grocery store parking lot while I was trying to pull a 22# turkey out from the bottom shelf of the grocery cart. I can get down there, but not get back up again.

TPBM knows why it's always the knees.

Mar 8, 10:07am Top

Because knees are the sore thumb of the body?

TPBM refuses to budge.

Mar 8, 10:27am Top

Not so much a refusal as an inability! Drat this MS...

TPBM mustn't grumble.

Mar 8, 10:37am Top

Hey, I reserve the right to grumble and bitch. It makes it all bearable.

TPBM does too.

Mar 8, 2:31pm Top

. . . and I thought it was driving a car with a clutch from 1965 to 2015. Now ladders and I don't get along. . .

TPBM knows exactly how the knee was hurt but it wasn't the turkey!

Edited: Mar 8, 11:48pm Top

Let's see... first, there was a fellow nicknamed "Leadfoot," on the opposing high school's soccer team ... put my kneecap about six inches higher than it's supposed to be. About six months later, playing center field, I took a line-drive to the knee on the day of the prom. I didn't dance that evening. A year later, the calf and thigh were squeezed apart in an act of (someone else's) stupidity involving two cars. Then there was the motorcycle accident that chewed up and shredded my sciatic nerve ... so, yeah, I know.

My mother, on the hand, at the age of 84 (ten years ago) had a bizarre accident, as a pedestrian, in a parking lot. Someone drove up her leg and came to rest on her thigh. She was still standing. Other than some swelling, no problem.

TPBM takes their calcium pill every day.

Edited to fix a typo.

Mar 9, 8:39am Top

No but I take B, C, and D.

TPBM is Irish.

Mar 9, 10:01am Top

Yes and no. My lineage is quite solidly English and Welsh with a touch of Bavarian but my grandfather was working in Ireland for a year or two at the time of my father's birth. My sister wanted to express her disapproval of the first Gulf war and rang the Irish embassy to see if she could get an Irish passport. She was told. "If your daddy was born in Ireland you are Irish, whether you like it or not!"

TPBM has dual citizenship.

Mar 9, 1:20pm Top

How dare you suggest I have Multiple-personality Disorder!
When Golgatha finds out, he's gonna beat the living c**p out of you. You better run!

TPBM knows I'm just kidding, right? I mean, really, Golgatha has been dormant for decades now, and the meds help a lot. (Note to self: time to reorder...)

Mar 10, 12:19am Top

There, there, WHL, of course we know you're kidding! Keep taking the meds just in case, though. *smile*

TPBM takes their meds faithfully.

Mar 10, 12:08pm Top

Yeah. I know what happens when I don't.

TPBM knows what happens.

Mar 11, 3:42pm Top

I'm almost afraid to ask!

TPBM does volunteer work.

Mar 11, 3:59pm Top

Yup, and I get a 100% raise every ______.

TPBM knows what to put in the ____________!

Mar 12, 9:23am Top

Time a bell rings???

TPBM is missing that lost hour from Daylight Savings Time...yawn..

Mar 12, 10:49am Top

Today no. Yesterday is when I was missing it as I had an hour less to do all the after work/before bed stuff I do.

TPBM is being challenged.

Mar 12, 10:56am Top

Yepper, so far this Monday morning has been as ducky as being slapped across the viz with a mackerel.

TPBM has faith in caffeine.

Edited: Mar 12, 1:58pm Top

Yes, faith that, unlike alcohol, itʻs possible to "cut down" on it. (I cut alcohol down -- to nothing -- at age 34;) now, at 86, Iʻve been, in recent years, allowing myself a maximum of two cups of coffee a week. (Never was interested in decaffeinated coffee.) Some weeks, I even forget to take the 2 cups.

TPBM has done at least one successful "cut down".

Mar 13, 3:53am Top

I used to go cold turkey whenever I was on vacation; always at least two weeks. In 1993, I worked for a place that gave you two weeks the very first day you started, and added a day for every year you worked there. Then every four years, you were given a six-week sabbatical, which if used for community service, could be stretched out to twelve weeks--and you could take it along with your vacation time. In effect, it could be four straight months out of the office. Great place!

The point is, I would go for at least two weeks without coffee, and often much longer, because I didn't feel the need for it. That is, until I learned that caffeine is often the best way to keep migraine headaches at bay. I've suffered from migraines since I was in elementary school, and I didn't make the connection until I was in my late 30s. Except for one major episode about four years ago (on Thanksgiving, and for the next two days), I've kept it under control. I drink eight to ten cups every day, and there's no down side.

TPBM is wondering why it seems to be taking an inordinate amount of time to get to 400 posts in this thread.

Mar 13, 7:27am Top

No, I wasn't but...


Mar 13, 7:28am Top

No, I'm not either but...

TPBM will help

Mar 13, 7:28am Top

Happy to

TPBM will help some more

Mar 13, 7:28am Top

No problem!

TPBM will do their bit.

Mar 13, 8:25am Top

We could always ask some Russians to meddle and speed things up.

TPBM is just such a Russian.

Mar 13, 8:54am Top

Nyet! err, I mean, No, of course not.

TPBM has a fish story to tell.

Edited: Mar 13, 9:05am Top

I know a obscene and offensive joke about a person of short stature in a lift (elevator).

ETA that fish does come into it - I'm following the rules!

TPBM will miss Ken Dodd.

Mar 13, 9:20am Top


TPBM will miss Rex Tillerson

Mar 13, 9:41am Top

Until this morning I thought Rex Tillerson was John Gotti. Not really.

TPBM lives far from the place of their birth.

Mar 13, 9:50am Top

Yes. Born on the West Coast, now live on the East Coast. I'm happy to be from LA.

TPBM lives within _______ miles of where they were born.

Mar 13, 10:07am Top


TPBM lives less than 20 miles of where they were born

Mar 13, 1:25pm Top

Come to think of it, I do, but as my birthplace was in London's metropolitan sprawl it doesn't quite feel like it. I had rather a roundabout journey to what's been home for the last thirty years or so.

TPBM really has a yen to go back once again to their home town.

Edited: Mar 13, 7:46pm Top

Yes, and itʻs an inexplicable yen: I no longer know anyone there, and I canʻt think of any specific place that I want to see. (Home town is Woburn,MA, some 5,200 miles from where I live now (Waianaʻe, HI))
"ONCE again": Oh, does it have to be only once? Oh well, maybe, as I AM 86 years old.

TPBM still lives in their native town, or still knows at least 4 people living there.

Mar 13, 7:37pm Top

I know a bunch of people in my home town. My home town is a major city, so lots of people live there, natives or not.

TPBM has smaller standards.

Mar 14, 9:35am Top

Yes, I really didn't grow up in a city or a town (more like the boondocks), but I only live about 10 miles from there now.

TPBM couldn't dream of living anywhere but a large city.

Mar 14, 10:09am Top

I have Green Acres syndrome. Half of me wants to live in the city and the other half wants to live in the deep country. I've spent most of my life in or around big cities, but I'll probably retire to the Boondocks.

TPBM lives in a bunker.

Mar 15, 9:53am Top

No, I live in the sky.

TPBM sleeps in a bunk bed.

Mar 15, 10:16am Top

No, I'm afraid of heights.

TPBM is afraid of _________.

Mar 15, 10:30am Top

Coming up with the next topic thread title. Hopefully someone else has an idea :)

TPBM has an idea.

Mar 15, 3:46pm Top


TPBM is dogged.

Mar 15, 6:55pm Top

.. by the spectre of Brexit. Don't get me started! Perhaps Room 101 is the appropriate trope for the next thread.

TPBM is a right little Pollyanna.

Mar 16, 10:57am Top

No way, I can see the bad in almost anything.

TPBM can not stand to see ONE more snowflake!

Mar 16, 11:58am Top

With respect and condolences to our friends at or above the fortieth parallel, I shall refrain from emoting how absolutely, mind-bogglingly, beautiful the weather has been in central Texas this week. Bluebonnets and irises are blooming, the temperature has been varying between the mid-sixties to the mid-seventies; humidity has been between forty and fifty percent; even biting insects have been merely saying hello as they buzz on by. No, I shan't rile up those New Englanders into fits of woe by and despondence by exploiting the gob-smackingly gorgeous weather we're experiencing here. I won't do that, mostly because it's all about to change. It's going to rain for the next three days, then our blinding, searing, life-sucking summer begins. Be thankful for your snow; it makes good insulation against the hell-like conditions that will soon be upon us down here.

TPBM revels in all that snow.

Mar 16, 12:58pm Top

What snow??!! This winter's biggest snowstorm occurred on my commute into town this morning. I didn't even have to turn on my windshield wipers! It's sunny now. When I lived in Bavaria we'd get 13 feet of snow and I could ski out my back door.

TPBM is looking forward to the flowers that bloom in the spring, tra-la.

Mar 16, 2:05pm Top

I am ready to jump ahead to the summer of roses and wine, tra la la la la. Actually either of those things would be welcome right about now.

TPBM is in the mood to sail the ocean blue.

Mar 16, 2:20pm Top

Well I prefer one little chair for me,
Next to a bigger chair for two to curl up in,
And for someone who likes to Rock, a Rocking chair in the middle.

TPBM likes Castles.

Mar 16, 4:29pm Top

As long as it's The Man In The High...

TPBM also likes Dick (please - note there's a capital letter beginning that word).

Mar 16, 5:04pm Top

Ich liebe dich.

TPBM is circumspect.

Mar 16, 6:14pm Top

>301 WholeHouseLibrary: thanks for cheering me up as look out across the frozen tundra I call home.

Mar 17, 12:20pm Top

>307 morningwalker: "No need to thank me, ma'am. That's my job; it's what I do." He moves on ....

>306 SomeGuyInVirginia: I'm more retrospect. Know what I mean, daddy-o?

If TPBM catches my meaning, gets my drift, that would be like, cool, man! Can you dig it?

Mar 17, 2:06pm Top

No, but I can dig a lot of boogers out of my nose: I'm coming off a cold.

In other news, I now have a day job! Now that training's done it'll be part time for a few months, but come summer I'll be busy as all get out. Mind you, it's not in the field I went to school for, but it's an income. And helping those little germ factories up their reading game has its own upsides.

The person below me will also share good news.

Mar 18, 9:18am Top

Major strike/lockout hitting the country by April 10, so maybe a lot of spare time for reading.

The person below me knows of what I speak.

Mar 18, 9:27am Top

I love the Internet - I was able to quickly and easily find out that there will probably be a lockout of over 400,000 state employees in Denmark on April 10th. I'm assuming that you're either a state employee or work for an organization directly affected by the lockout and thus will be home and able to read all day if you wish.

TPBM has participated, willingly or not, in a strike or lockout.

Mar 18, 9:57am Top

In the early 90's I was involved in a lockout that turned into a strike. (Union did things half assed after proposed new contract had been voted down and strike authorized.)

TPBM telecommutes.

Mar 18, 5:31pm Top

I'm a whizz with Google Maps! That's not to say I use them for anything so mundane as WORK, but they're still an endless source of wonder.

TPBM has explored __________ via Google Maps.

Mar 19, 7:34am Top

The Alphabet

TPBM has gone far.

Mar 19, 9:50am Top

Some might say, too far; others, not nearly enough. To the former, my apologies. To the latter, well, you 're a travel agent.

TPBM knows their limits.

Mar 19, 11:50am Top

Man's GOT to know his limitations.

TPBM feels lucky.

Mar 19, 11:50am Top

No, not really.

TPBM has no borders.

Mar 19, 1:52pm Top

You can politely call me a generalist, or not so politely, a dilettante.

TPBM agrees that "dilettantes" make the best writers*--gives ʻem a wider scope.

*AND if she/he happens to be a librarian: the best librarians, too!

Edited: Mar 20, 8:51am Top

Choosing depth or spread of manure depends on whether you are growing grass or pumpkins.

TPBM philosophises.

Mar 20, 8:37am Top

I try not, it only leads to confusion, and more questions than answers.

TPBM jazzercises.

Edited: Mar 20, 9:50am Top

No, but I make the panda do it.

TPBM spins.

Mar 20, 10:19am Top

I turn slowly as a warm-up for the grave.

TPBM expects to be spinning too.

Mar 20, 11:11am Top

Once I have enough caffine in me - then I don't care if I'm dizzy!

TPBM has another reason for spinning. . .

Edited: Mar 20, 12:24pm Top

right round baby, round round, like a record baby, right round round round...

TPBM still spins vinyl from time to time.

Mar 20, 4:17pm Top

You mean like wet-look black shorts?

TPBM thinks it's not a good idea trying to convince HR to let people go home early by calling the Head 'Simone Legree'. ...godireallyreallywanttogohome...

Mar 20, 5:13pm Top

Probably not a good idea. I feel your pain. I worked for a retailer who was insisting everyone come to work when the county administrator was begging people to stay off the roads. Then the buses stopped running so I said go to heck with keeping the store open and caught a cab to go home. But when the cabbie realized my home was up a steep hill, he almost abandoned me. Yes, I tipped him well. It's a miracle I didn't get fired, but you gotta have some kind of limits.

TPBM has a happy snow day story.

Mar 21, 12:01am Top

I do, but it would be a very long story, and I don't have the time to write anymore.

TPBM has also had to give up something they loved due to priorities and responsibilities.

Mar 21, 9:50am Top

Yes, a life of leisure. Actually you can't give something up if you never had it to begin with.

TPBM is one of the elite and lives a leisurely life.

Edited: Mar 22, 10:37am Top

I'm sorry, I would have replied earlier but I was practicing looking languid in the mirror. (If I ever win the lottery, when they ask me what I'm going to do with the money I'm not going to say what everyone says, 'I'm going to pay some bills, help my family, and do some good in the world.' What annoying BS. I'm going to tell the truth, that 'I'm going to live like a king for the rest of my $@!# life.')

TPBM is deluded.

Mar 21, 10:59am Top

My delusions are sometimes the only things that keep me going, even when reality intrudes.

TPBM is anticipating.

Mar 21, 3:52pm Top

I already mentioned that (>310 bnielsen:).

TPBM is participating.

Mar 21, 4:37pm Top

To your cause, in spirit only. We're too busy mopping up after the serial bomber right now. He ended it all about four miles from here.
We normally have a traffic jam on I-35 here anyway. It took someone I know almost two hours to go 12 miles because of that inconsiderate b****rd, punk kid.

TPBM, by comparison, lives in an idyllic area, far from crap like this.

Mar 21, 6:03pm Top

I don't know about idyllic, but we have never had bombs (so far!) I'm glad 'the suspect is deceased', as your police put it

TPBM wonders what the world is coming to.

Mar 21, 8:26pm Top

I don't think anything surprises me anymore.

TPBM wants to see how it all turns out.

Mar 22, 8:27am Top

Sort of, but at the same time, I'm scared.

TPBM thinks the end is near.

Mar 22, 10:57am Top

Maybe my end is near but the rest of the world, no way!

TPBM has a different opinion . . . what a wimpy comment by yours truly. . . oh well, back to digging out of the spring snow. Happy 2nd day of spring - bright sun and the white stuff is melting!!

Mar 22, 11:02am Top

I'm of two minds on that, but the medication is helping.

TPBM self medicates.

Mar 22, 2:14pm Top

With social media, including LT. That, and compulsively playing solitaire on my phone. Before phones, I'd compulsively play solitaire with real cards, to the point where I would get callouses on my hands. Ah, those were the days!

TPBM does something else compulsively.

Mar 23, 10:12am Top

I alternate compulsive activities. I read, knit, walk and cook (not necessarily in that order).

TPBM has eaten flan, and liked it.

Mar 23, 10:16am Top

Yes. Custardy and crunchy yummy goodness.

TPBM isn't particularly fond of sweets, but does have one favorite that they can't resist.

Mar 23, 11:25am Top

Rice pudding or bread pudding!

TPBM loves tapioca.

Edited: Mar 23, 4:52pm Top

I do, although it is the Fugu sashimi of milk-based treats.

TPBM likes to play in the mud.

Edited: Apr 1, 10:42pm Top

No, not physical mud. But I did once play around mentally with baseball broadcaster Jim Brittʻs evaluation of old time manager Harold "Muddy" Ruel. He began wondering why the aging Ruel
would want to stay in baseball -- with an unpromising team the soon-to-move St. Louis Browns. His conclusion: Muddy has baseball in his blood.

TPBM has a favorite old time baseball player or manager.

Mar 23, 2:51pm Top

How about old time baseball announcers? Jack Brickhouse, y'all. Harry Caray was fine if you didn't mind from the seventh inning on the play-by-play would be incomprehensible because Harry was drunk and bored and rambling on about anything but the game.

TPBM knows who wrote Go, Cubs, Go.

Edited: Mar 23, 4:07pm Top

I didnʻt know, but I do now, thanks to LT: Marv Levy (also the author of Marv Levy: Where Else would you Rather Be?)

TPBM has watched/heard baseball broadcasts on both radio and TV.

Mar 23, 7:47pm Top

Me too! By Saam was my man. Richie Ashburn was no slouch either. And then there was Harry Kalas. I still like radio better.

Let's go to the field!

And who could play the tin monster in right field At Connie Mack better than Johnny Callison. He had a lot of assists on outs at first and second bases!

TPBM knows this team!!

Mar 24, 11:44am Top

No, not me. But I do know Liverpool FC, who are owned by the same owners as the Boston Red Sox, i.e. the Fenway Sports Group.

TPBM is more interested in football (you call it - euwww - soccer!) than baseball.

Edited: Mar 24, 11:57am Top

Arggh! I've been preempted!

346> Can't say that I do. I have as much interest in sports as I do in being mauled by a lion, which is to say, none.
It peeves me that I pay a tax on my cable bill, and another one on my satellite bill, just so everyone else can watch local sports.

Satellite is for TV; cable is for Internet and email; two different companies. Then there's the cell phones... I'm probably paying several hundred dollars more a month than I need to, but I can't get the time to do the analysis of the pros and cons of consolidating the services. I have emails going back over ten years that I still need to reference.

347> Actually, yes. I played soccer in high school until the opposing team's halfback (nicknamed Leadfoot) relocated my right kneecap to several inches up my thigh. If I lost the remote for the satellite box, and it had been on a sports channel, I would hope beyond hope that it was one that aired either soccer or lacrosse.

TPBM lives a much simpler, less complicated life.

Mar 25, 2:48pm Top

I didn't even know a simpler, less complicated life was a thing.

TPBM is in the throes

Mar 25, 2:56pm Top

Never been in "the throes"! Iʻve always taken "throes" to be a misspelling of a word that means football passes or baseball pitches.

TPBM has done at least one of the following:

pitched a baseball or softball.

done whatever you do with the whatever it is in curling.

passed a football.

Mar 25, 3:03pm Top

Can't say that I have.

Ever since I was four, I've not been able to grip a ball with my dominant hand. All attempts have resulted in high-altitude lobs or gone a maximum distance of maybe ten feet (and most of that was accomplished by the ball rolling on the ground.

My hair has never been long enough to curl, and it's not my thing anyway.

Sometimes, I feel like I'm passing a football, but I really don't want to talk about it.

TPBM has done long-distance bicycle touring.

Mar 25, 4:39pm Top

Define long distance! I once cycled the Tarka trail from somewhere I can't remember to Barnstaple - and back... An afternoon's pleasure (of sorts) but probably not what you had in mind.

TPBM's longest bicycle ride was _____________

Edited: Mar 25, 6:05pm Top

Once, about 100 km on a saturday, (about 60 miles).
To a holiday destination in the South West of The Netherlands. The day before we thought we would have the wind in the back, but the wind had turned 180 degrees... happily for a long time i had the Mood thàt the wind was in the back, so all turned out right anyway.

TPBM had climbed a high mountain by feet (and hands)

Mar 26, 12:56am Top

Yes, but I used to do a lot of that, and it was a long time ago, so I can't begin to tell you where or how high.

The bicycle trip thing: at least a few hundred miles. I've done two. The second was after a GEAR (Great Eastern Area Rally) event in Geneseo, NY. (the northern end of one of the middle Finger Lakes.) Five of us cycled back to northern New Jersey. The first was just me and ThiMs ... in better times ... from northern New Jersey to Pensacola, Florida; 1,500 miles in all, in 50 days. Got there just in time to do my first (and only) Century Ride.

Bicycles have changed so much since back then. I'd have to get a whole new set of tools to keep them in good repair.

TPBM has run a marathon.

Mar 26, 8:58am Top

I never liked running. I'm a walker.

TPBM basks in sunshine like a cat.

Mar 26, 9:43am Top

lots of basking in the sunshine with a cat lately; Hobo's cancer is progressing and I try to spend as much time with him as I can, doing whatever he chooses to do.

TPBM avoids the sun.

Mar 26, 8:11pm Top

Yeah. My nose sunburns easily as it is, plus the meds that keep my pain at bay make me photosensitive.

TPBM never saw the point of lying on a beach.

Mar 26, 8:20pm Top

Why just on the beach? I make it a point to always speak the truth, based on empirical evidence.

TPBM has been known to stretch the truth a bit. Come on, you know you have!

Mar 27, 9:24am Top

Not once! No sir, never.

TPBM knew someone who disappeared.

Mar 27, 10:32am Top

My brother, alas. We think he's in Arizona, but he's chosen to not be in touch for the last 10 years even though my sister and I both live in the same houses with the same land line numbers as in 2008. Lots of sad history there.....

TPBM is stuck researching one of the branches of their family tree.

Edited: Mar 27, 10:58am Top

No, that task belongs to my sister. I don't know if I really want to know too much about my family tree. I think there may be some nuts in it...

//>356 Darth-Heather: so sorry to hear about your Hobo. You're a good cat mom.//

TPBM has a theory.

Edited: Mar 27, 11:02am Top

You mean like, out on a limb? Nope, but I am gathering family names for consideration for a new grandbaby.

Ack! Leaped

I do have a theory, and will keep you apprised.

TPBM looks ahead, not behind.

Mar 27, 11:03am Top

//>356 Darth-Heather: I'm sorry, too, to hear about Hobo's cancer.//

Mar 27, 11:47am Top

//>356 Darth-Heather: Lord, yes, what Morning and Karen said. I'm glad you get to spend some quality time with Hobo.//

Mar 27, 12:44pm Top

//thanks, you guys. It's always tough when we get to this point with our fuzzy friends; their lifespans are just too short. This time it's exponentially more crushing though - Hobo is the nicest little soul I've ever known and the world won't be the same without him. His lungs are almost completely filled with tumour, and I don't think he has many days left. He's weary, but still cheerful and purring. I wished a better end for him than this agonizing one. He's the only reason I understand what Perfect Love And Perfect Trust really means. He loves everything and everyone and I'm fortunate to have had him for a friend for so long.//

Mar 27, 1:16pm Top

//>365 Darth-Heather: your post made me cry because I too went through the loss of a dear fur friend recently from cancer. They certainly are Perfect Love and Perfect trust.//

Mar 27, 1:17pm Top

//>366 morningwalker: {{hugs}}//

Mar 27, 2:46pm Top

>362 2wonderY: Well, yeah, sure! It's where my eyeballs are.

I'm actually surprised that we don't have eyes on our pointer fingers; much easier to find things under couches and all.

TPBM can imagine another advantagic evolutionary modification for humans.

Mar 27, 7:29pm Top

How about knees that work for one's whole lifespan?

TPBM improves something else.

Mar 28, 8:52am Top

I'm trying to improve my ability to ignore sensational headlines because I just can't believe anything anymore.

//>367 Darth-Heather: Thanks.//

TPBM knows the truth.

Edited: Mar 28, 11:40am Top

Only the Shadow knows for sure.

TPBM is noble and brave and pure.

Mar 28, 1:57pm Top

Hearts full of youth, hearts full of truth, six parts gin to one part vermouth.

TPBM makes a mean Martini.

Mar 28, 8:11pm Top

All I know is, they work.

TPBM makes a Manhattan.

Mar 29, 8:30am Top

No, but we'll have Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island too...

TPBM has a favorite line from a favorite movie.

Mar 29, 8:42am Top

//>372 abbottthomas: I love Tom Lehrer's songs.//

Mar 29, 11:27am Top

"It's naht ah twomuh!" Arnold in some movie trying to quiet a kid who thinks every ache is a tumor.

//>374 morningwalker: It's lovely going through the zoo.//

TPBM was in that movie.

Mar 29, 6:01pm Top

No, I was in the movie where I ordered what she's having.

TPBM also wishes to partake of the same thing...

Mar 30, 9:38pm Top

Oh yes! Of course real is better than fake.....

TPBM still doesn't get the reference.

Mar 31, 4:53am Top

Indeed, i don't bother, that happens so often here :)

TPBM likes to hunt for eggs

Mar 31, 10:49am Top

//>379 EMS_24: When Harry Met Sally. The Katz's Delicatessan scene. Rob Reiner's mother Estelle Reiner's line after Meg Ryan teaches Harry a well-deserved lesson in ego and fakery.//

Mar 31, 12:34pm Top

I wasn't aware it was a thing! Regardless, and it's just because I've got too much going on, I can't even wrap my head around the idea of participating. I wish the best of luck to those that do, though.

TPBM is cutting back.

Edited: Mar 31, 1:58pm Top

yes, on buying cat food. Sadly, Hobo succumbed to his lung cancer this week. I will miss him forever; he was very special.

On a related note, his brother and sister have gained quite a bit of weight over the past few months, because I've been opening multiple cans of food at every meal, hoping to tempt Hobo to eat more. He didn't, but they did. Now they will have to adjust to a more reasonable diet before we all get scolded by the vet.

TPBM is hanging in there.

Mar 31, 2:03pm Top

Not exactly the best metaphor for me at the moment, but in a good way. I've now been employed long enough to be expecting my second paycheck. I'm now tutoring kids in reading -- not what I studied for, but interesting nonetheless.

>382 Darth-Heather: I'm so sorry your kitty has died. I hope his spirit is frolicking in a ginormous field of catnip.

The person below me has had their life take an unexpected turn, but been pleased with the results of that turn.

Edited: Mar 31, 8:10pm Top

//>382 Darth-Heather: I'm so sorry. I know how you are feeling. I shed tears for you as I have she'd tears for those I have also loved and lost.//

Edited: Apr 1, 6:19am Top

// >380 karenmarie: Hilarious! Thanks, 've watched that scene at YT; my cultural baggage is still expanding ;) //

Edited: Apr 1, 4:09pm Top

//>382 Darth-Heather: I know that pain and am truly sorry for you. I'm going to be extra good to Parker today.//

Apr 1, 4:08pm Top

383> Well, yes. I am referring to the lovely MrsHouseLibrary, of course.
She wasn't what I expected, and not what I was looking for, but there's no doubt she's exactly what I needed.

TPBM should be so lucky in life.

Apr 1, 5:23pm Top

I am! Anybody that can put up with me for close to 48 years must have been exactly what I needed and I didn't even know it!! What a dunce I am!!

TPBM has the same luck as the two of us above!!

Apr 2, 9:25am Top

No, but I still feel lucky.

TPBM has a name for Karma.

Apr 2, 12:36pm Top

Yes. What comes around, goes around. Yea, lame but it's all I got and it's Monday.

TPBM is anxiously awaiting the magical 400th post and is thinking of a name for the new thread this very minute.

Apr 2, 1:28pm Top

I sure hope someone has their thinking cap on!

TPBM has a great suggestion.

Apr 2, 2:20pm Top

TPBM 101: Introduction to TPBM?

TPBM has another.

Edited: Apr 2, 2:25pm Top

"Does TPBM exist?"

TPBM has never seen a thread title she/he didnʻt like.

Apr 3, 10:03am Top

Well, I haven't understood all of them, but I guess I liked them well enough.

TPBM is ready for a 10 minute break.

Apr 3, 10:26am Top

In the words of the poet (James Brown) 'Get up offa that thing, HUH, and dance till you feel better!'

TPBM is a foe to the dowdy.

Edited: Apr 3, 1:56pm Top

Far from it; in fact, I donʻt think Iʻve ever used the word "dowdy", orally or mentally, or heard it applied to myself,

TPBM is a foe of at least one of the following teams:

Boston Red Sox

New York Yankees

New England Patriots

Chicago Black Hawks

Apr 3, 6:13pm Top

Can't say that I am. One doesn't feel hostile toward something if one is completely indifferent to the entity/phenomena/whatever in general.
I'm not ... tribal.

Perhaps TPBM can explain it better.

Apr 4, 5:09am Top

Substitute Manchester United or Everton for one of that neutral and incomprehensible (to me) list, and yes, I can understand! Mind you, I'm not at all a foe of the Boston Red Sox, as their owners also own the football club that is close to my tribal heart.

TPBM has at least one tribe of which they consider themselves a member.

Edited: Apr 4, 10:13am Top

Sorry I'm with >397 WholeHouseLibrary:. Meh, completely indifferent to any sporting event or team.

However, I do have good news. I just finished the egg hunt. I found them all!!!

TPBM has been hunting too.

Apr 4, 10:59am Top

No, I don't enjoy hunting.

TPBM and everyone else, will continue here

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