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Monday, September 26th, 2016
12:01 pm
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Sunday, September 25th, 2016
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Saturday, September 24th, 2016
12:01 pm
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  • Fri, 12:07: Christie inconvenienced a bunch of people to get revenge on one guy. That's such Republican thinking. Trickle-up bridge closing.
  • Fri, 12:14: RT @owillis: if u think conservatives are being unfairly targeted on twitter i have about 50,000 trump fans calling for women to be raped w…
  • Fri, 12:27: RT @Highspirits_1: So I compiled a list of 70, Dragon Quest 7 (3DS) One liners by the Jester. If anyone finds any more, let me know! https…
  • Fri, 12:39: Taking a civil service test tomorrow morning, and seeing @alyankovic in the evening. It's the waiting that I dread.
  • Fri, 12:40: RT @jrome58: So: 1) The idea that content warnings are innately liberal is incorrect 2) Trigger warnings are warnings, not restrictions.
  • Fri, 12:43: RT @fmarciuliano: What Leaves Think About While Falling #Fall https://t.co/32dai6Bqhb
  • Fri, 12:43: RT @theclobra: Being bi-sexual gives you the power of invisibility? This just isn't fair at all. #BiVisibilityDay
  • Fri, 12:46: RT @pattymo: TRUMP: Get that judge from My Cousin Vinny on the Supreme Court list STAFFER: The actor, Fred Gwynne? He died in 1993 TRUMP: M…
  • Fri, 12:46: RT @joshgondelman: Every college football fight song would sound so dorky during an actual fight. "Oh you wanna go?" *ten trombones start p…
  • Fri, 12:54: Trump is the kind of guy who'd slit his mom's throat for a nickel. But then, Ben Carson attacked his mom w/a hammer with no nickel involved
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Friday, September 23rd, 2016
2:27 am
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Wednesday, September 21st, 2016
3:12 pm
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Tuesday, September 20th, 2016
12:01 pm
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Monday, September 19th, 2016
12:01 pm
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  • Sun, 17:51: Stations of the�Flag https://t.co/HsrsrtXJKF https://t.co/wm0UZx4Lfg
  • Sun, 20:39: RT @drewgmackie: Do old people on social media think "share if you remember" is, like, a legal obligation?
  • Sun, 21:20: RT @meganamram: Fallon interviewing Hitler: "Let's talk about your book!"
  • Sun, 21:27: RT @behindyourback: If I said that when Trump was 22 he choked a prostitute to death would you have even a single moment of doubting that t…
  • Sun, 21:42: RT @Travon: And to think, all this wouldn't be possible if OJ hadn't gotten away with killing his wife. #Emmys
  • Sun, 21:46: RT @drewgmackie: "Another early version of the play featured the literal ghost of Virginia Woolf and a wacky, Scooby Doo-style chase scene…
  • Sun, 22:00: Why are John Oliver and Jimmy Kimmel even in the same category? Different sorts of late-night comedy entirely. #Emmys
  • Sun, 22:16: What about that Jerry Seinfeld series, Comedians Die in Hot Cars?
  • Sun, 22:40: I'll admit I don't keep up on such things, but "Mr. Robot" has to be a joke, right? #Emmys
  • Mon, 10:29: I've read the first three chapters of "The Exorcist," and it's interesting how much of the dialogue is exactly the same as in the movie.
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Sunday, September 18th, 2016
12:01 pm
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Saturday, September 17th, 2016
12:01 pm
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Friday, September 16th, 2016
3:26 pm
People Got a Lotta Nerve
Beth and I had been meaning to visit the Prospect Park Zoo for a while, since it's nearby and we have free admission for a year (only a few more months now) with the NYC ID.

We finally got around to it on Monday, which I had off from my temp job for Eid al-Adha even though I'm not Muslim. It's a very small zoo without a lot of animals, and none that are particularly big. They were highlighting their two sea lions, both female, which are generally much smaller than the males. Why have I never heard the term "sea lioness"? I guess gender-specific nouns are kind of on their way out in modern language. We saw a feeding, at which the trainers make the sea lions do tricks and then give them fish.

Some of the tricks were used to assess their health, but I couldn't help thinking how annoying it would be to have to do tricks during lunchtime. Or maybe that's their equivalent of having a job. I know some people think zoos are cruel in general, and I can't say they're totally wrong, although some of the animals are probably having better lives there than they would in the wild. It depends on the specific circumstances; it's a pretty common opinion now that Sea World treats its orcas terribly, but I don't know if it's hurting their business. Really, though, one of the main things I noticed about this zoo was how parents either didn't watch their kids or encouraged them to cause trouble. Some parents were holding up their kids to the glass of an exhibit, and the children were banging on it. I have to suspect that scares the animals even more than they're already terrified by being stared at all day. I have a little more sympathy for the kids who run around, because that's probably what I would have done as a kid. Still, after the big news story about the kid who climbed into the gorilla cage, you'd think parents would be a lot more careful at zoos. Kids acting up while animals mind their own business is some of the most obvious metaphorical behavior I've come across. The strange thing is that being at zoos and other places that people like to bring their kids actually sometimes makes me wish I DID have kids to take there, so that they could do the things I can't. I did manage to squeeze into a turtle shell for a photograph that's now my Facebook profile picture, but I'm too big to, say, crawl around in the prairie dog town.

Don't worry; I'm not having kids. There are just times when it might be fun to borrow some. Or maybe not. After the zoo, we ate at Junior's for the first time, and I still have some apple crumb cheesecake left over.

On Wednesday evening, we went out to a bar to see a friend of ours who's moving back to Texas. It seemed like there was a time when everyone we knew was moving to New York, and now they're all leaving. Okay, not that many people are leaving, although one of our other friends was discussing the possibility. Anyway, we spent some time at a bar, which was all right even though I generally think bars are too noisy. I wonder how much business a quiet bar that encourages patrons to talk to each other would get. Actually, I've been in a few, but I don't remember which ones they were. We pretty much never go to bars except when someone else we know has invited us there, or there's a concert we want to see. When we got home that day, our cat Reagan ran outside onto the stoop. I've had cats who would try this pretty much anytime you opened the door, but ours usually don't. Beth was able to chase her back into the apartment, but I wish there were some way to tell her we don't approve. I remember reading somewhere that cats sometimes respond to rewards but never to punishments, and I had to wonder if a cat wrote it. And really, if any cat were going to try living outside, one who demands constant human attention and food would be about the last one who should try it. I've had outdoor cats before, but I don't think I ever will again. I've also had a cat who was killed by a car. As with the zoo animals, I feel kind of bad for keeping them cooped up inside all the time, but they usually seem to be fairly content.

Current Mood: okay
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Thursday, September 15th, 2016
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Wednesday, September 14th, 2016
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Tuesday, September 13th, 2016
12:01 pm
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Sunday, September 11th, 2016
11:54 pm
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Saturday, September 10th, 2016
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Friday, September 9th, 2016
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Thursday, September 8th, 2016
8:33 pm
Tourist Trap Time
This past week or so has been fairly eventful, at least relative to the rest of my recent life, so I might as well give an overview. On Wednesday evening, Beth and I went to Rye Playland, and what a wry playland it was!

Admission was half price after 5 PM, but to get there we had to take the Metro North from Grand Central to Rye, then catch a bus at the train station. We were afraid we might have just missed the bus, but actually it was running a bit late. We went there before four years ago, and it hasn't changed much since then. One of the rides I mentioned back then, Ye Olde Mill, was still there, but not running that day. We did go on a few others I can't recall having ridden before, including Sky Skater, the Crazy Mouse, and Starship 2000. The first one was pretty tame but also painful, while the last of those is more commonly known as a Gravitron. I'm always amused when amusement parks and other attractions have knockoffs of licensed characters, and I'm never sure whether they just hope the copyright holders won't notice or they change them just enough to get away with it. One of the dark rides, the Flying Witch, had Ersatz Freddy Krueger outside and Knockoff Pinhead inside.

Ersatz Freddy says, "Welcome to evening television, bint!"
And do you think the Beatles would have something to say about this kiddie ride?

We're floating along in a yellow boat, a yellow boat, a yellow boat...
I mentioned before how there are pictures of Thor on the Thunder Bolt, but it's actually inclusive of different pantheons.

Zeus and Pegasus are also there, as are possibly Apollo and Artemis, even though they don't traditionally use lightning. Why not Raijin or Indra? Did they not have enough commercial appeal?

I already talked about seeing 31 on Thursday, so I guess I'll move on to Friday, when we visited Beth's aunt's house and saw the new puppy. They had just gotten a new Miniature Pinscher named Sadie not long before that, and then they adopted her brother Tiny as well.

The other two dogs there, Ruby and Ricky, belong to Beth's uncle Harry. Ruby was in the same litter as Clancy and Mabel, and her fur was much darker when she was a puppy. Our friend Stephanie was going to Atlantic City on Saturday, and invited several people to go with her, but it ended up just being her, a friend of hers I don't think we'd met before, Beth, and me. This was the day when the wind from Tropical Storm Hermine was affecting the area, and there was also a policeman shot outside Caesar's early that morning. It was pretty uneventful for us, although we noticed that the part of the Boardwalk where the casinos had closed down (the Showboat and Revel are out of business, and I understand the Trump Taj Mahal will be soon as well) was pretty much covered by a miniature sandstorm. I guess there wasn't as much there to block the sand from the beach. We ate brunch at the Continental, a restaurant in the mall that used to be called Ocean One, and I think is now just the Shops at Caesar's. It had a beach theme and bathrooms with plastic curtains instead of doors. Speaking of Atlantic City, I've always been interested in themed attractions and the names they use. I know the casinos aren't going for authenticity, but if the Taj Mahal is supposed to be India-themed, why is the entertainment venue there called Xanadu? That's a European name for Shangdu in China. Caesar's has the Circus Maximus, which is thematically appropriate, but isn't that where gladiators murdered people? It's weird that are generally a fair number of Indian patrons at a casino with a tacky India theme, and also that the guy who wants to ban Muslims from entering the country named his casino after a building commissioned by a shah. I don't believe Donald Trump owns the casino anymore, but it's still appropriate that another business with his name on it is failing.

We returned to Brooklyn on Sunday, and attended Stephanie's party in the evening. This was the same Stephanie we met in Atlantic City, but not the same one who saw 31 with us, although that Stephanie was also at the party. There are several people we really only see when we're invited to a group event and I wish we could see more often. I'm glad Stephanie invites us to stuff. She has a lot of other friends, and is good at making everybody feel included. Wednesday was the last evening that the Brooklyn Botanic Garden was open this year (the garden is still going to be open, but not at night), and our free passes for the year are going to expire soon, so we stopped by for a few hours.

Parts of it were really dark after the sun had gone day, enough so that it was difficult to figure out where to walk. I'm making it sound worse than it was, but I would have thought they would have had more lights. And I suppose that's pretty much it.

Current Mood: sweaty
3:15 pm
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Wednesday, September 7th, 2016
12:01 pm
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