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No one was on the schedule for tonight and I am on the road at a work conference so I am posting this as an Open Thread for people who want a place to gather.

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We share our experience, strength and hope.

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and a special welcome to anyone new to The Grieving Room.
We meet every Monday evening.
Whether your loss is recent, or many years ago;
whether you've lost a person, or a pet;
or even if the person you're "mourning" is still alive,
("pre-grief" can be a very lonely and confusing time),
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We can't solve each other's problems,
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Unlike a private journal
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I am posting this as an Open Thread for people who want a place to gather.

Please share whatever you need to share.

Participating here is an act of trust between blogfriends who know each other and between people who have never met.  We send our needs, our cries for help, our poems of loss and recovery, our honest emotions, out into the blogosphere.  We trust that someone reading our words has been in a similar place and truly understands.  We trust that someone out there will offer a kind word and stand beside us as we rant and rage about the unfairness of it all.  We read without judgment and offer presence, not advice.

We share our experience, strength and hope.

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Do you have a favorite cartoon theme song?


The last few weeks have been so relentless in terms of work and the stress of undone work that I need to lighten the mood a bit.

Cartoons usually do a good job of that.


Watching old-school cartoons takes me back to carefree childhood.

Watching later cartoons brings fond remembrance of the years when Saturday was a day off.

How I miss the luxury of unstructured weekend time... hours to lie in bed asleep and let the television watch me, or lie in bed awake watching the framing for sugar and toy commercials that is saturday morning children's television.

I enjoyed the cartoons themselves, but since I am more of an auditory than visual person, I was even more fond of the theme songs.

In the years before all sound was available on demand all the time, the years before YouTube, VCRs and even inexpensive tape recorders, the only way to hear the theme song was to watch it as it aired, so a cool theme was the inducement to get you to watch the cartoon from the very beginning.   I always made sure to change the channel as soon as it was time for the show to come on, or I would miss the best part!

And as with any well crafted song, hearing these themes evokes immediate and strong sense memories.

Predictably, cartoon themes mostly remind me of Saturday morning breakfast:

• the rustling of flakes or Os in the box.

• the hum as the TV warmed up and the clunk of turning the channel changer (yes i am OLD!)

• the tinkling of cereal bits as they bounce off the side of a ceramic bowl

• the snap crackle pop of the rice krispies (that cereal is pretty tasteless... i swear i only ate it because of the noise it made)

• the fat and sugar and crispiness turning to mush of Cap't Crunch with whole milk

• the spoon rattling around the empty bowl after the meal is over

• snuggling under a blanket and falling asleep again on the sofa with a full tummy as the cartoons end and the regular programming begins

When you hear these themes, what comes up for you?  Memories of watching cartoons as a child?  Memories of watching cartoons as an adult, perhaps with a bunch of friends and the help of mood altering substances?  I have a lot more favorites I could have included below: This Is It (the Bugs Bunny Theme); Spiderman, Freakazoid, The Flintstones, Animaniacs, the list goes on, and I'm sure someone will say how could you leave out ___??!!?

Do you have a favorite cartoon theme song?


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I'm a good liberal and I don't mind paying my taxes.

Taxes are a way of all of us putting our money together to serve the public good in ways that the private sector can't or won't do.

I just wrote a check for $10,000 to send to the IRS.

I also paid $1,200 in state taxes today.

$11,200 is a LOT of money to me.

So today I am really really angry.

Not angry like the t-potty folks who are ranting today because they think the majority of their tax dollars are used to put roofs over black heads or food in brown babies' stomachs.

Not angry like the peace activists who wish they could stop their tax dollars from funding war.

I'm angry, almost to the point of tears today, thinking about how hard it is for me to write this check and wipe out my special savings account (where I sock away money all year to cover my taxes)...

...when there are people who make ten times my salary who pay no taxes at all.

...when there are people who make 100 times and a thousand times my salary who pay NO taxes at all.

...when there are companies with profits that are ten thousand times (and more) of my salary who pay NO taxes AT ALL.

They have ways to hide money overseas that I can't take advantage of.

They use loopholes I can't take advantage of.  (I do get one big loophole for which I am extremely grateful, but which may close if some people get their way.)

Huge profitable companies like Boeing and Verizon and Rupert Murdoch's News Corp are not writing a big check today.  They are getting money back with an effective NEGATIVE tax rate.

Even the wealthy who are paying taxes pay a much lower effective tax rate than I do.

I pay both halves of the FICA on my whole income, and they pay nothing on the millions or billions they make above $118,500.

So yeah, I am upset today about paying my taxes, but not for the Republicon reasons.

It makes me equal parts angry, frustrated and tearful that there are people who make $11,200 in an HOUR who are filing for REFUNDS today.

There are people who casually spend that much on a dress or a pocketbook who are filing for REFUNDS today.

And I am equally angry, frustrated and tearful that so many other folks, including t-potty voters, direct their tax anger toward the so-called "undeserving poor" rather than toward military waste, corporate welfare and the "undeserving wealthy".

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What did you do during the dK blackout?


There was a time when I was so addicted to this place that I would go into total panic when I was unable to get on dK for some reason.

That was back in the day when I only worked half time and was on here all day every day and a lot of the night when I was up late dealing with (or recovering from) mom's medical issues.  I would sit and refresh refresh refresh as if that would help the site come back up sooner.  Or if I was getting a blue circle of waiting, I never knew if the site was down or if the problem was on my end.  I was really grateful when they started the status page so I could find out if the site was down or it was just my internet provider playing tricks on me.

But when the site went down last Friday night, it actually wasn't that bad.

We had plenty of advance notice so it didn't happen unexpectedly or take me by surprise in the middle of writing some epic post.  I had plenty of time to prepare myself.

I kept myself busy for a little while on Friday night during several hours of life without dKos.  I tried not to think about how many hours it would be.  I knew I was going to get to spend some of them asleep.  I had an early meeting Saturday morning so that was good--it would have been a bummer to have free hours on a relaxing Saturday at home without dKos available.

Friday night I played all my regular games: sudoku, TextTwist, Set.  I did a crossword puzzle.

It wasn't all sweetness and light on Friday, though.  I did go through a bit of withdrawal, reflexively hitting the dk bookmark and my TBM recent comments bookmark a few times only to see the screen reminder that, oh right, the site is down.

The irony is, back in the early days, I had lots of other websites that I read regularly.  When dK was down I would go spend time there.  Now I pretty much rely on this place for news, entertainment, fellowship, everything.  This is my bloghome.

I've been reading and commenting on the Guardian website lately.  You would not believe teh crazy that some RWNJ trolls are posting over there.  I figure I need to try to interject a little sanity so that all Americans don't look like wingnut fools.

Spent some time catching up on Twitter—I never think to check Twitter. LOLGOP and The Onion and John Fugelsang had some good stuff.  I saw David Ortiz was trending and that's how I discovered the Red Sox game had gone into mega extra innings.

I listened to some podcasts on Stitcher, including Stephanie Miller and Kagro in the Morning Show.

I should have worked on my taxes.  I'll have to file for an extension this year.  Again.

What did you do?  Did you read/comment on other sites?  Did you play word or number games? Did you go off line and actually do something in real life like read a book or watch TV or interact with a flesh and blood person?  Did you even notice the site was down?

What did you do while waiting for dK to come back?


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So Tired of Waiting For You by The Kinks on Grooveshark



I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me) by Aretha Franklin on Grooveshark

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Do you exercise to music?


After a lifetime of avoiding any more than the minimum amount of exercise I needed to do to get where I needed to go, I have lately been doing a daily walking routine.  I have worked myself up to 5000 steps a day, which may not sound like much since all the fitness people tell you to walk 10,000 steps a day, but there are people my size who don't even walk 500 steps a day, so I figure I am getting ahead of the game.

I walked on neighborhood streets until it got cold and then I broke down and joined a gym.  I joined in early January with all the other folks making their New Year's resolutions, but there are still a handful of people who joined about the same time as I did who are still showing up on a regular basis.  We give each other encouraging looks and high fives.

It's boring to exercise on machines, so there is a bank of 20 televisions along the far wall.  The only problem is that the shows they have on TV at the gym are boring.  I never realized how unusual my TV habits were until I was forced to watch mass market TV with a hundred other people half my age.

MTV?  Srsly?  Keeping up with the Kardashians? Dancing with the Stars? Two Broke Girls???  Food Network is on all the time too, which seems counterproductive for a gym.  Sometimes I get by with watching CNN, but you know how their bias can drive a liberal crazy.

Sometimes I would recite my evening prayers, or go over lists of things I had to do, anything to keep my mind occupied while the 45 minutes clicked by step after step after step.

Then dawn broke over Marblehead and duh!  I realized I should walk to music.

Exercising to music has been a big deal in the culture at large ever since aerobics classes first became the rage.  But back when Let's Get Physical was the hit tune on all the workout tapes, I swore I would never get involved in a fitness program that required me to listen to pop dreck.   Picking out my own music never occurred to me.

My walking pace is about 100 steps per minute, which is fortunate because a lot of popular music is set at 100 beats per minute.  There must be something special about that pace because a whole lot of songs are right in that same sweet spot.

Walking to a beat is so much easier.  With my list of 100 bpm songs the workout flies by.  It's almost like dancing.  In fact, sometimes I know I am bopping my head and playing air drums in a way that would be comical if anyone were watching me.

Fortunately everyone is focused on him or herself--eyes face forward at the bank of TVs, or eyes down at the counter on the machine watching the seconds and minutes and steps and miles and heart rates.

And with my playlist I always know where I am in the workout--how far I still have to go in time or distance.  These are songs I like a whole lot so I probably won't get tired of them for a while, but if I do, I found several websites with songs ranked by beats per minute so that I can switch in some replacements and keep it fresh.  I can also use this website to check a favorite song to see how close it is to 100bpm.

Now I have my own version of "Sweating to the Oldies"!  My current list, in order, is in the start up soundtrack below.

Eminence Front—a mindless repetitive way to just get started.  The only problem is that every time the car commercial featuring that song comes on I feel like I am supposed to get up and start walking!

If I Ever Lose My Faith in You—sometimes I feel I am singing about holding on to faith in myself.

Ain't Nobody—great dance tune I can't get enough of, and little bit wishful thinking :-D

Higher Love—more exercise and wishful thinking at the same time.  Killing two birds with one stone, or baking two cakes in the same oven as the new non-violent metaphor would say.

Suit and Tie remix—actually a little bit faster than 100bpm, so by this time I am sweating and watching my heart rate closely.

Lose Yourself to Dance—if I am getting tired or my back is starting to hurt, this one keeps pushing me with "come on come on come on come on come on come on come on come on come on come on..."

Stayin Alive—anyone who remembers the iconic opening scene of Saturday Night Fever already associates this song with walking.  Besides, I am trying to think of my fitness as a matter of life and death, so singing along with "ah, ah, ah, ah, stayin alive, stayin alive" makes form follow content.

Usually Stayin Alive puts me over the 5000 mark if I have done some walking before I get to the treadmill.  If not, I continue through Beast of Burden and Put Your Records On either in time to the music or slower for a cool down period.

Do you walk or run or exercise to music?  Do you have favorite songs to work out to?  How do you select those songs?  Is there a song you work out with now (or otherwise associate with exercise) so that just hearing it makes you break out in a sweat?

Do you have music to exercise by?


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Eminence Front by Top 1000 Classic Rock Songs on Grooveshark

Prologue (If I Ever Lose My Faith in You) by Sting on Grooveshark

Ain't Nobody by Chaka Khan on Grooveshark

Higher Love by Steve Winwood on Grooveshark

Suit & Tie (Oliver Nelson Remix) by Justin Timberlake on Grooveshark

Lose Yourself to Dance by Daft punk on Grooveshark

Stayin' Alive by Bee Gees on Grooveshark

09 - Beast Of Burden by The Rolling Stones on Grooveshark

Put Your Records On by Corinne Bailey Rae on Grooveshark

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Do you have a celebrity crush?


Have I said lately how much I love Stephen Colbert?

I used to have so many crushes I kept track of them with something I called the "favorite boy list".  In fact there were two lists:  one for guys I actually knew in real life, and the other was for celebrities--television actors, songwriters, composers, comedians, movie stars, talk show hosts, etc.

I was fickle and my tastes kept changing.  Names moved up and down depending on a new song or a new movie or just a arbitrary change of heart that day.

As I entered mature adulthood I would not admit to this favorite boy list to anyone except my closest friends, or other women who shared the same crush(es).  I kept expecting to grow out of it, but then the thunderbolt would hit and someone new would catapult to the top of the favorite boy list.

I am old, and my crushes are mostly age appropriate.  Some folks get older while the age of their celebrity crushes stays the same, but that's not my way.  I have never even heard of most of the guys on the crush lists of younger women and men.  While some of them are pretty to look at, my crushes have never been based solely on visual appeal.  There's always an intellectual element and a progressive values element and other soul-depth criteria involved.  

Tom Hanks was at the top of my celebrity list for almost 20 years.  (I did say I was old!)

Then this happened, and I thought it was hilarious parody, but I did not yet see the man behind the performance.

Then this happened, and I thought it was brilliant, and my jaw dropped at the sheer political bravery of it.

Then this happened, and after he snapped off that final line I said damn!  A man after my own heart!

Then this happened, and the thunderbolt that had been soaring through the air for five years finally hit its mark:

I make no apologies for being a stone cold fangirl when it comes to Colbert.  None. what. so. ever.  He is so multitalented and so beautiful and so appealing on all the intangible levels as well that now I can't even imagine anyone could ever knock him off the top of the favorite boy list.  He is going to reign for a good long time.

I never saw a taping of The Colbert Report, and never tried to.  I imagine myself being reduced to gibbering drooling inanity if ever faced with the man in person, so I'm content to admire from a distance.  I almost emptied my bank account to see him in Company, but then thought better of it, and enjoyed it just as much on videotape.

I was heartbroken by the end of the Report.  Look, he made a hat.  Now he's working on finishing another hat.  September 8 can't come soon enough for me.  If (God forbid) the Late Show doesn't work out well, he can always do dramatic television, or movies, or Broadway, or comedy specials, or political commentary, or run for office o please o please o please?  If Ronald Reagan can be a governor and a president...

Even people who are happily married or coupled have the occasional harmless crush.  A crush on a celebrity you will never meet is a lot safer than the real world variety.  I've heard lots of couples joke about the "celebrity free pass".  Are you attracted to celebrities you admire and feel a kindred spirit connection with? Or are your celebrity crushes more along the lines of when you're hot you're hot?

Will you admit to having a celebrity crush?


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not sure how long some of these videos will remain accessible...



"The Girl is Mine" with John Legend

"Get Lucky" with a bunch of interesting friends

The new royalty-free Happy Birthday song



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I am posting this as an Open Thread for people who want a place to gather.

Please share whatever you need to share.

Participating here is an act of trust between blogfriends who know each other and between people who have never met.  We send our needs, our cries for help, our poems of loss and recovery, our honest emotions, out into the blogosphere.  We trust that someone reading our words has been in a similar place and truly understands.  We trust that someone out there will offer a kind word and stand beside us as we rant and rage about the unfairness of it all.  We read without judgment and offer presence, not advice.

We share our experience, strength and hope.

Welcome, fellow travelers on the grief journey
and a special welcome to anyone new to The Grieving Room.
We meet every Monday evening.
Whether your loss is recent, or many years ago;
whether you've lost a person, or a pet;
or even if the person you're "mourning" is still alive,
("pre-grief" can be a very lonely and confusing time),
you can come to this diary and say whatever you need to say.
We can't solve each other's problems,
but we can be a sounding board and a place of connection.
Unlike a private journal
here, you know: your words are read by people who
have been through their own hell.
There's no need to pretty it up or tone it down..
It just is.
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Do you enjoy any unusual comfort foods?


Now that spring is here and the winter blues are behind us, I hope I can get back to healthier eating.

Over the last two months I have been reaching way too often for the unusual comfort foods I grew up with.

My grandfather is responsible for two of them.

One of his favorite snacks was to mix equal amounts of softened butter and pancake syrup in a dish and then spread it on Club crackers.  He used to eat it before bed when he came from working the late shift.  Sometimes I would crawl out of bed and go downstairs to join him, and he would give a few crackers to me.

I don't have "syrup crackers" very often in the wintertime, but I have been overindulging in something I call "Big Daddy Rice".  Basically it's just steaming hot white rice, with lots of butter, a little sugar, and evaporated milk.  Creamy sweet and almost like a dessert, it warms me up on more than a physical level.  Coming home out of a howling blizzard to a hot bowl of Big Daddy Rice helped me make it through this record setting harsh winter.

I've tried making it with brown rice and olivio and sweet and low and skim milk, but the effect is not the same!

I also ate waaay too many bologna and cheese sandwiches this past winter.  They bring back memories of walking home from school at lunchtime for a sandwich and a cup of soup in cold weather.  (The "soup and sandwich, soup and sandwich" commercial was popular then.)  Though I usually splurge on high quality cheese at other times, this sandwich is about generic American cheese and nothingspecial bologna on plain white "air bread".  With real mayo.

I've tried using all beef deli quality bologna with gourmet cheddar cheese on 12 grain bread with reduced fat mayonnaise, but the effect is not the same!

I do not think these are the standard comfort foods most people enjoy, like mac and cheese and pancakes and mashed potatoes, although the rice is hot and starchy.

The way they taste is yummy, but the taste is not the source of comfort.  They are comforting because of the memories they evoke, of eating with my grandfather in the kitchen of the house where I grew up.  I don't even remember we talked much.  It was just good to be with him.  He was my surrogate daddy since my biological father was not in my life at all then.  Just being in his presence made me feel secure.

The bologna sandwiches evoke memories of my grandmother, who made my lunches when I came home at noon on school days.  My mom, a single mother at a young age, was fortunate to live with her older sister and her parents, so that other adults were able to take care of me while she was out working, or hanging with her friends.

So the foods themselves are less important than the memory of the loving home where I spent my first few years of life, the grandparents who raised me like their own child, and the only time in my life when I was safe, protected, cherished, and wanted for nothing.

I can only recapture that now through the sense memory of syrup crackers, bologna and cheese sandwiches, and big daddy rice.

Lots of folks reach for pasta, pancakes, baked goods or potatoes when they think of comfort food.  But do you or your family have specialized comfort foods that are a little out of the ordinary?  What memories are associated with them?  Have you tried to update them or make them healthier?  How did that work out?

Do you have unusual comfort foods?


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“I have shoes older than you!”


Such was the exasperated comment of a woman about my age directed at a clueless young cashier who was giving her some attitude about an unsolved customer service problem. At the time I thought it was a strange way to claim age privilege.  Why would keeping old clothes entitle someone to respect?

But then I thought to myself, estimating the cashier to be no older than her early 20s, I don't have shoes older than her age, but I definitely have t-shirts older than her.  A whole bunch of concert tees from back when it was cool to go to concerts and buy souvenir t-shirts (do bands still DO that?). In fact, the coolest thing of all was to be at the concert in a t-shirt from a previous tour, proving how long ago you had been a fan.  Wearing your Darkness On The Edge of Town t-shirt at The River tour?  Kewlness!

Then I remembered that I also have shoes older than she is, since I still have my original pair of Uggs I bought in the late 80s. They have holes where the upper is coming apart from the sole but they are still warmer and more comfortable than anything else I could wear on a cold day.

I have a pair of jeans from 1985 that don't fit any more but I am saving them anyway because of their association of a very special trip to the mountains in Maine with a whole bunch of friends that summer. What a Memorial Day weekend... it was a nonstop party...

And I definitely have pocketbooks older than she is. In addition to old purses that belonged to my mom that I cannot bear to part with, I also have an old purple fringe shoulder bag from the 70s that I love. Fringe is back in style now—but it is too small for the amount of stuff I carry on a daily basis, so I can't actually wear it except as a retro fashion statement, and I don't have many opportunities for those.

In fact, I might have some dresses older than her MOTHER, since I have the dress I wore the day I graduated from high school in 1974.  I wore that same dress to the morning church service when I graduated from college in 1979, and I still have the bright mostly green tie-dye dress I wore when we went out to dinner that evening at Davio's.

I can't use any of those old clothes, though.  None of them fit, except the Uggs.  Even the pocketbook strap is barely long enough to go over my shoulder now. Every time I move and go through those old things I wonder why I am keeping them.  I cannot let go of the powerful memories.  

The oldest thing I own that I still wear is a lined windbreaker jacket from the early 90s that I bought to go on my one and only ski trip.  I still wear that jacket often, in fact it is one of my favorite pieces of clothing.  I had it on last Wednesday when temperatures here climbed into the low 50s.  If it isn't older than that salesclerk, she was still learning to read when I got it.

Do you have old shoes, old sweaters, old jeans, that you are saving for pure nostalgia, or that you still wear?

Do you have shoes older than she is?


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...the VERY SAME THING would be happening right now.

Rcons would still be asking "how do we know she was not doing State Department business on her personal email account"?

Rcons would be still asking "how do we know there are no Benghazi emails on her personal email account"

Rcons would be still asking "why does she get to decide what is personal email and what is professional email"

Rcons would be asking why she was using a separate personal email address--what did she have to hide?

Rcons would be demanding that she release her personal email to prove there were no State Department emails on her personal account.

She would STILL be in the VERY SAME level of trouble.

This is just another chapter in the never ending saga entitled "Hillary Can't Win."

So can everyone please stop pretending that there was some other better way that HRC could have handled this?

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No one was on the schedule to write for tonight so I am posting this as an Open Thread for people who want a place to gather.

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