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January 6th, 2014
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  1. RC@Jdizz

    well, well, well. Don't know if I'd call it an epic meltdown, but a meltdown nonetheless. Somehow, I think we both knew it was going to come down to this. See ya in Seattle Bro!

    January 12, 2014 at 4:03 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants @ RC

      Seattle better bring their lube.

      January 13, 2014 at 12:07 am |
      • RC@Jdizz

        Oh they'll bring it alright........

        January 13, 2014 at 10:24 am |
  2. RC@Jdizz

    This is shaping up to be a real barn-burner. Gotta say-Newton looks to be on fire....

    January 12, 2014 at 2:01 pm |
    • AleeD@ NFL Nose-pickers

      Good thing he doesn't play for Chicago. They place already burnt down once.

      January 12, 2014 at 3:10 pm |
  3. RichardHead

    Good Sunday Morning….Let's take a look at the Footyball Standings, Shall We ??
    A Perfect 2-0 so far….
    And tied for Second at 1-1
    Mary The Shark Shannon
    Todays 40 Whiner game could be the turning point.

    January 12, 2014 at 7:36 am |
    • RichardHead

      Dang–Forgot to place Sir Biddle in the second place class. :))

      January 12, 2014 at 7:40 am |
    • mary shannon

      And she falls to 1-2. Sigh.

      January 12, 2014 at 4:04 pm |
      • RichardHead@Mary S.

        We are Professionals at this, plus we strap on an extra large pillow to break the fall. :))

        January 12, 2014 at 4:14 pm |
        • mary shannon

          2-2 for the weekend. I'll take it.

          January 12, 2014 at 7:54 pm |
        • AleeD® @ RichHd & Mary S

          So THAT'S where my pillow went! Sir Bid & RC had some pretty rough landings this weekend without it. Rich, I hope you took out the "party favor" before strapping it on.

          January 13, 2014 at 6:49 am |
  4. mary shannon

    One for me. The second is in danger but theres still another half. :-)

    January 11, 2014 at 9:30 pm |
  5. RichardHead

    Who Dat on the LONG flight home ?

    January 11, 2014 at 7:30 pm |
    • RC@RH

      HOOOWEEE!!! Dat be NOLA! But holy crap, what a game! I was a little worried about a meltdown though....

      January 11, 2014 at 7:46 pm |
      • Truth@RC RH

        Great game, though like you, I worried about a meltdown...looks like Indy is putting iodine fight...

        January 11, 2014 at 9:02 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants

      Yeah. Da m it

      January 13, 2014 at 12:08 am |
  6. Truth

    Got to say bro, your Hawks look great under rough conditions...Mazel Tov!

    January 11, 2014 at 5:23 pm |
    • Truth@that is @RC


      January 11, 2014 at 5:24 pm |
      • RC@Truth

        Thanks Bro! So far so good:)

        January 11, 2014 at 5:36 pm |
  7. mgcady

    It was overcast last night, snowing today, so I didn't/won't get a chance to see auroras.

    January 10, 2014 at 12:14 pm |
  8. *****BREAKING NEWS*****

    Solar Flares are approaching Earth-cover Uranus with tin foil. You may now return to your regular Eatocracy.

    January 10, 2014 at 10:54 am |
    • MicheleG™

      LL I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I KE!

      January 10, 2014 at 11:31 am |
  9. RichardHead@Our Fearless Leader--KAT

    Sleep is Soooooo overrated,cuz the Squirrel will never get the Nuts. I understand through the rumor mill that Tony Bourdain will be opening up a New Fresh Market in Manhattan–something you will write about I hope,and also frequent?

    January 10, 2014 at 10:47 am |
  10. Truth™

    Good morning all, and Happy Friday. Lots of work planned for the weekend. I hate this time of year.

    January 10, 2014 at 8:48 am |
    • Working, working, working...

      January 10, 2014 at 9:49 am |
  11. Mary Shannon to Kat

    Good morning and Happy Friday!!! Woke up to a surprise 2 inches of snow this morning. Tomorrow is expected to be in the 50's with lots of rain. Who can keep up with all these weather changes?

    Anyone have any good weekend plans? I've got a birthday party for my 13 year old "bonus niece" tomorrow afternoon, but other than that, it will be football watching. Any predictions for the games?

    I'm going with Seattle, Colts, Panthers (sorry JDizz) and Broncos.

    January 10, 2014 at 8:18 am |
    • Kat Kinsman

      My plans include SLEEP (I hope). It's been a crazy, crazy, crazy week with my anxiety article publishing and the amazingly warm response. I need to sit back and process and grateful.

      Hope all of you are so well and happy and warm.

      January 10, 2014 at 9:03 am |
    • Sir Biddle@Mary "Playoff Picks" Shannon

      Going with the same except for the 9'ers. Don't think Carolina has it in them.

      January 10, 2014 at 9:10 am |
      • RichardHead

        I'm going with all of Mary The Sharks picks accept–NE over the Indianapolis Dolts. The 40 Whinners are going down.

        January 10, 2014 at 9:44 am |
        • RichardHead

          DOHHHH–should be except--BRAIN PHART….

          January 10, 2014 at 9:51 am |
    • Truth™

      Seattle over New Orleans, 21-14
      New England over Indy 35-21
      Carolina over SF 21-20
      Denver over San Diego 145-3

      January 10, 2014 at 9:56 am |
      • RichardHead

        And He's Still the Smartest Man in the room. Git your popcorn ready with REAL Butter. :))

        January 10, 2014 at 10:07 am |
      • RC@Truth™

        I like your picks except-wow, no love at all for SD?

        January 10, 2014 at 10:23 am |
        • RichardHead@RC

          South Dakota ?? Roger Maris was the only good thing from that State. :))

          January 10, 2014 at 10:26 am |
        • Truth™@RC

          I'm from Denver, where the Broncos are pretty much a religion. I like Rivers, but his backup band is somewhat lacking. I also think that Manning and company are going to still be exorcising the ghosts of last year's playoff loss that they will be extremely up for Sunday.

          January 10, 2014 at 10:34 am |
        • RC@RH

          Ha! Ya got me there.....

          January 10, 2014 at 10:34 am |
        • RC@Truth™

          I'm ex-from San Diego, so the Chargers used to be my team. But I agree with you, I don't think they have enough intestinal fortitude to beat Denver at home. Here in Seattle, the 12th man phenomenon is in full swing. Can't wait for NOLA tomorrow!

          January 10, 2014 at 10:44 am |
        • RC@Truth™

          Your comment is awaiting moderation.

          I'm ex-from San Diego, so the Chargers used to be my team. But I agree with you, I don't think they have enough intestinal fort!tude to beat Denver at home. Here in Seattle, the 12th man phenomenon is in full swing. Can't wait for NOLA tomorrow!
          Stoopid ModBotz!

          January 10, 2014 at 11:14 am |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫


      January 10, 2014 at 1:06 pm |
  12. RichardHead

    WAKE UP YOU SLACKERS……It's Friday.

    January 10, 2014 at 7:01 am |
    • JBJingles@RH

      Grilled cheese anyone?

      January 10, 2014 at 8:14 am |
      • RichardHead@JBJ

        You've Got Mail……What kinda cheese?

        January 10, 2014 at 8:53 am |
        • JBJingles@RH

          Nope, no have to hit the 'send' button. ;) A processed cheese product that start with a V. :D

          January 10, 2014 at 9:10 am |
        • RichardHead@JBJ

          Yes there is…I licked the stamp myself. I'll pass on the grilled cheese,Thank You tho.

          January 10, 2014 at 9:40 am |
        • JBJingles@RH

          Back at ya.

          January 10, 2014 at 11:32 am |
        • RichardHead@JBJ

          TAG, Your it. :))

          January 10, 2014 at 11:40 am |
  13. AleeD® @ Word of the Day (nodding to Turth™)

    buff knuckle: n
    Synonym: doofus, dingus, igit, numbnuts or other derogatory, name-calling term.

    Example: "You broke my tube bender, you buff knuckle!!"

    January 9, 2014 at 3:18 pm |
    • Turth™@AleeD

      Woe to the Buff Knuckle (WOD) who gets on the wrong side of the Blog Dominatrix...

      January 9, 2014 at 4:00 pm |
    • Jerv

      I am LM AO, AleeD. I would add "ig-nit ." For trolls, anyway...

      What's the next home improvement project?

      January 9, 2014 at 7:54 pm |
      • AleeD® @ Jerv

        Always happy to please – or not – as the case may be. ~_~

        Thanks for asking (you're such a doll). We're probably going to repaint the guest bath next. The patchwork of paint samples is starting to get to me. ;) Hubby & I need to work on a few issues in the dungeon before we get started on that little project.

        How's tings with you? Last I remember about Pops you moved him somewhere ... ?

        January 10, 2014 at 6:55 am |
        • Jerv@AleeD

          Good for you tackling those improvement projects. Pops sold his house and moved him in with me. Been about a year. I'm taking half a day today. Take care!

          January 10, 2014 at 7:17 am |
    • JBJingles@WoD Challenge

      What would the definition of "knuff buckle" be then? :D

      January 10, 2014 at 11:34 am |
      • AleeD®, picking up the gauntlet

        That's truckers' slang for a huge belt fastening device:
        "Dang, Rich! Ya think that's knuff buckle for ya? What're ya compensating for anyway?"

        January 10, 2014 at 1:12 pm |
        • RC

          LMAO over here!

          January 10, 2014 at 1:16 pm |
        • RichardHead@My 'Sista

          If it ain't tight, It ain't right. JBJ will be there tomorrow--alert the Authorities.

          January 10, 2014 at 1:27 pm |
        • AleeD® @ My brothah from anothah mothah

          Duuuuuude! She told me she was packin' extra Velveeta for the trip. Better watch your fiber intake while she's there!

          [More importantly, have fun you two!}

          January 10, 2014 at 1:35 pm |
  14. Sir Biddle

    Happy New Year Klatch! I know its 9 days late and everything, but how is everyone?

    January 9, 2014 at 12:16 pm |
    • AleeD®

      Scarce – but the imPOtent people are here. How were your holidays?

      January 9, 2014 at 12:20 pm |
      • Sir Biddle

        It was very Noice! The FIL was not that bad, but I also drank a lot of bourbon and Tom & Jerrys, so that helped too. What about chu?

        January 9, 2014 at 12:23 pm |
        • TuRth™@AleeD, Biddle

          The New Year was good, but I am sick to death of hearing about MJ...Glad the cold snap is abating for most of us as well. AleeD has a new toy in the dungeon as well that I am sure she will be trying on you soon...

          Glad to hear that you and yours got through as well. Holidays can be hard.

          January 9, 2014 at 12:30 pm |
        • Sir Biddle@Turth and The Mistress

          Ha! The MJ took me a second. Micheal Jackson, Michael Jordon....dohhh The chronic. I don't partake so I wasn't quick on that one. Has Jdizz moved in with you yet? Look out for a U-Haul with Wisconsin plates.

          Love to hear about Alee's new tell!

          January 9, 2014 at 12:55 pm |
        • Turth™@Biddle

          MJ isn't my thing either, so I don't understand all the hoopla, but JDizz and TWO are making bids to subdivide the garage. Just need to add a ventilation system. I am getting sick of all of the "rocky mountain high" jokes...

          Ask Alee about her Tubing bender...Word is she has already worn the first one...

          January 9, 2014 at 1:02 pm |
        • AleeD® @ Sir Biddle & Turth™

          Turns out the mandrel broke again but we haven't learned to keep a spare. (insert eye roll here) We were considering having them made of wood....

          January 9, 2014 at 1:11 pm |
        • Turth™@Biddle, AleeD

          I hate when that happens...

          January 9, 2014 at 1:21 pm |
        • Sir Biddle@Turth and The Mistress

          Maybe a Fleshlight would help you see things differently.

          January 9, 2014 at 2:09 pm |
    • RC

      Still alive and kickin'. Glad to hear you survived the FIL. and yes-booze helps:)

      January 9, 2014 at 2:30 pm |
  15. snowbunny

    @ Kat Kinsman For whatever reason my comment won't post. Too long maybe, I'm certainly not using bad words. LOL! I'll make it short and see what happens. After numerous emails to CNN and no luck, I'm going to ask you. (cause you seem like a caring person). Why doesn't the marquee blog have a "Kat Kinsman"? It's so out of hand there. Those of us who enjoy blogging can't due to the trolling and all the dating sites and that rant and rave troll. (that's what we call this person) Could you, would you take, a moment to see what I'm talking about and maybe contact the proper person who could address this problem? I'm so frustrated, even when this person steals our names and uses them on This Just In they get deleted. Most everyone has quit posting on the marquee. It's a shame. Sorry to take so much space (I know I said I'd keep it short. LOL!) in your lounge. Please, can you help?

    January 9, 2014 at 10:31 am |
    • Jerv

      Okay, Kat. What do you think?

      January 9, 2014 at 7:59 pm |
  16. AleeD®

    Production is shutdown due to lack of raw materials plus one of our tubing benders is broken. Our internal network is down due to a catastrophic loss of power at the plant this morning. Complete shutdown of all but emergency lights – except the ones in engineering. *snicker*

    You know the worst part? I couldn't find my coffee in the dark! 0_o

    January 9, 2014 at 8:04 am |
    • Truth™@AleeD

      *snicker*...tubing bender...
      Sounds like something you would use in the dungeon...

      January 9, 2014 at 8:38 am |
  17. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫


    January 8, 2014 at 5:18 pm |
  18. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    Not surprised. =)

    CO raking in the tax dollars.

    January 8, 2014 at 4:53 pm |
    • Truth™@JDizz

      Opening week had dispensaries with lines three hours long. Keep those tax dollars coming in folks...

      January 8, 2014 at 5:10 pm |
  19. Breaking News!™

    CNN is reporting a "staggering gap" between the academic abilities of college athletes and their peers.

    In other news, water is wet, and tonight is widely expected to be dark.

    You may return to your regularly scheduled Eatocracy...

    January 8, 2014 at 12:21 pm |
    • MicheleG™

      LUV those exotic hard-to-understand inferences! Keep 'em coming!

      January 8, 2014 at 6:15 pm |
  20. TNT

    Is it Spring yet? All tho, we've warmed up to -8 degrees. Woo-hoo!

    January 8, 2014 at 11:01 am |
  21. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    It's sad when you wake up and think, "Hey, it's -15 degrees, not bad!! A high of 2 today, ALRIGHT!!!"


    January 8, 2014 at 10:35 am |
    • RC

      Hmmm....46 here this morning and surprise-it's raining.

      January 8, 2014 at 10:49 am |
  22. Mary Shannon to Kat

    Kat, I really appreciated your article on anxiety. I can relate to some of the points you brought up, but certainly not to the extent that you're experienced. You're a very brave woman to write the soul-baring articles that you produce, and you absolutely inspire me!

    One of the things that jumped out of the article to me was the brain zaps. I had been on anti-depressant meds for menopause related issues for a while, and an uncaring doc decided that "I've been on them too long" and stopped me...cold turkey. I went through the zaps for 3 weeks, not just in my brain but in my whole body. I thought there was something wrong with my neurological system, having Parkinson's in my family, but after some research found that it is a common side effect of withdrawal.

    Keep up the good work, Kat!!

    January 8, 2014 at 10:32 am |
    • Kat Kinsman

      Thank you so much for reading it. I honestly think the more people who talk about it, the better for everyone. And oooof - those zaps. I would like to go the rest of my life without ever feeling one again.

      January 11, 2014 at 1:13 am |
  23. Truth™

    Good morning all, on a day that is as cold as a mother in law's kiss...Seems the entire country is experiencing record lows, except my for home state of Colorado, which since last week has been experiencing record highs.

    January 8, 2014 at 8:15 am |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫ @ Turth

      January 8, 2014 at 10:33 am |
  24. Starts at 1:44. Love her!

    January 8, 2014 at 7:57 am |
  25. RichardHead

    Good Morning Everyone…It's January 8th and You know what that means-–HAPPY BIRTHDAY to THE KING !! It's Elvis Birthday ( I'm snarling my lip as I write this ) and I'm craving a Peanut Butter and Nanner sammich. Keep your eye out for him today.

    January 8, 2014 at 7:15 am |
    • Ms. Grammar as Elvis

      Why, Thank Ya, Thank Ya, vera much!

      January 8, 2014 at 10:17 am |
    • RC

      I hear he's been seen in Vegas.

      January 8, 2014 at 10:35 am |
    • TNT

      Yup, would've been 79. My Mom still loves him. Lol!

      January 8, 2014 at 10:58 am |

    January 7, 2014 at 11:48 am |
  27. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫ @ RC

    My reply's aren't showing up again. To answer your question, an hour east of Minneapolis, western Wisconsin

    January 7, 2014 at 10:47 am |
    • RC@ Jdizz

      Wow. I couldn't imagine trying to go about my daily life in that kind of cold. Have you thought about installing a block heater on the Jeep?

      January 7, 2014 at 10:53 am |
    • Kat Kinsman

      They're not in the queue, so I'm not sure what's going on.

      January 7, 2014 at 12:37 pm |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫ @ Kat

        Seems to be mostly on replies, though posting is sometimes effected.

        January 7, 2014 at 12:54 pm |
        • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫ @ Kat

          and apparently mostly early in the day, lol

          January 7, 2014 at 12:54 pm |
  28. Truth™

    Good morning all, and my condolences to those living in the icebox right now. Denver has a balmy 34 right now. Was actually warmer this morning than at bedtime last night. Supposed to hit almost fifty later today, so hopefully that will be moving east.

    Sending this out in the thought of wishful thinking...One of my favs...

    January 7, 2014 at 8:19 am |
  29. Mary Shannon

    3 degrees here with a wind chill of -13. Expected high of 11 with windchills of -15. Yippee. Polar vortex be gone!

    I'm also trying to convince others that we need a new year's resolution to not do early conference calls, like the one I'm on right now. Anyone else have this problem?

    January 7, 2014 at 7:35 am |
    • AleeD®@Mary S

      No' me, man. Why do they need to conference this early in the a.m? Are they calling from E-rope?

      January 7, 2014 at 7:44 am |
      • Mary Shannon

        Not this particular call, its mostly US based people. I think its more a case of the person scheduling the call being a morning person and so things are set to their clock.

        January 7, 2014 at 8:23 am |
        • AleeD®@Mary S

          You were at least able to keep your woolies on, right? I'm hoping for the sake of your comfort that it wasn't a video call. Bring on the coffee!

          January 7, 2014 at 8:39 am |
  30. AleeD®

    A balmy 40 on the way in to work this a.m. Windchill drops it into the 20's & 30's. Niiiiiiiice. :(
    However, there's no snow in the forecast. ^_^

    January 7, 2014 at 7:24 am |
  31. Queen of Everything

    Hey all! Taking advantage of being stuck inside to check in with this rowdy group. We've got a foot of snow and we're at -15 with a wind chill of -40. Thank goodness for heat and electricity! Stay warm and well everyone!

    January 6, 2014 at 5:05 pm |
    • Ms. Grammar

      Great to "see" you. How is everyone?

      January 7, 2014 at 11:47 am |
  32. Truth™

    My lunch in three words: Thai Food Truck...

    And to think that I was the kid who hated to try new foods when growing up...

    January 6, 2014 at 3:56 pm |
  33. TNT

    Hello everyone! Hot cocoa for all on this rotten day. (for most of us, anyways. Lol)
    @ JBJingles & RC, I got a txt from my friend this morning! It said, "Thank you for caring & how about coming over for coffee one day soon"? WOW! That's huge! Had to tell you because I know you were concerned, as well. :)

    January 6, 2014 at 1:43 pm |
    • JBJingles@TNT

      Eggcellent news! This is a good first step for them to reach out...

      January 6, 2014 at 3:47 pm |
    • RC@ TNT

      That's awesome news! Wishing the best:)

      January 7, 2014 at 10:33 am |
  34. Truth™

    Interesting story out of Rolling Stone...

    January 6, 2014 at 12:19 pm |
  35. Mary Shannon

    Soooo glad to not be living in Arizona:,,20772444,00.html

    January 6, 2014 at 11:45 am |
    • MicheleG™

      wow....had no idea bout this.

      I'm FROM Phoenix but live in southern Cal these days. Just as well, I think.

      January 6, 2014 at 11:49 am |
  36. MicheleG™

    Photo caption: "Camping in the living room is OK when the temp outside is below zero.... Especially when you're a kid from Phoenix!"

    January 6, 2014 at 11:16 am |
  37. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    -25 F this morning. Needless to say Jdizz needed a jump. And I even had it idling at midnight last night.

    January 6, 2014 at 10:37 am |
    • The Witty One@JDizz

      I was supposed to fly to Indy this morning where it is -15. Luckily my flight got cancelled and I couldn't get re-booked! Working from the balmy DMV.

      January 6, 2014 at 12:03 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      Oh, lawd. -60 windchills tonight. I'm gonna have to get up every couple hours and start the Jeep for a bit to avoid another morning of dead battery. =(

      January 6, 2014 at 4:50 pm |
      • RC@ Jdizzle

        Good Lord! Where are you that's it's that cold. I couldn't function. Last time it got below 20 here, I wouldn't leave the house.

        January 7, 2014 at 10:29 am |
  38. AleeD®

    Today's high is .... right now @ 63. We will drop to 36 by 6pm. Woo *shiver* hoo.

    January 6, 2014 at 7:18 am |
    • RichardHead

      26 degrees in Katy and even colder tomorrow morning. Brrrrrr--Guess I'll have to find a Nanuke of the North jacket for Big Blue.

      January 6, 2014 at 7:22 am |
      • Mary Shannon

        Saturday was -5, high of 18. This morning it is 55 with the expected low of 6. Tomorrow's high is expected to be 14. All this change is crazy!!!

        Anyone have a fun weekend?

        January 6, 2014 at 8:42 am |
    • Truth™

      Woke to five below. During the drive to the office went from three to nine according to the car's temp gauge. A little brisk, to be sure...

      January 6, 2014 at 9:04 am |
      • The Witty One@Truth


        January 6, 2014 at 12:02 pm |
        • Truth™@TWO

          I have business colleagues coming to town later this month, and they were asking things to do in their off hours. I suggested dispensaries or the National Western Stock Show...January is a slow month out here...

          January 6, 2014 at 12:14 pm |
        • The Witty One@Truth

          If I got a client in Colorado, I would probably just end up never leaving :)

          January 6, 2014 at 2:02 pm |
        • Truth™@TWO

          I'm surprised at how many people are "new users". Of the two MMJ dispensaries that I know turned recreational, there are hours-long lines to get in. I didn't think it would be that big a deal, since it was fairly readily available before if you knew where to look.

          January 6, 2014 at 2:26 pm |
    • Kat Kinsman

      Good thing out pal up there has his toasty sleeping bag!

      January 6, 2014 at 10:25 am |
    • mgcady

      High was about 51, low will be 5-9 tonight.

      January 6, 2014 at 12:12 pm |
      • Mary Shannon

        I think you're close by me, based on the temps you have been reporting.

        January 6, 2014 at 1:55 pm |
        • mgcady

          Albany, NY

          February 11, 2014 at 2:04 pm |
    • JBJingles

      75* here, please warm up FL for me AleeD, I'm heading that way next weekend...

      January 6, 2014 at 3:50 pm |
      • AleeD®@JBJingles

        Warm up? Let's see .... high for the weekend will be 79, low around 63 with 10% chance of rain. Will that do? ;)

        I just don't understand why, around this time of year, Florida is where the snowbirds come to roost. :)

        January 7, 2014 at 6:58 am |
        • JBJingles@AleeD

          Why thank you! That will do just fine, light packing

          January 7, 2014 at 9:48 pm |
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